Sept. 22, 2005


  1. St. Bonaventure kicks off campaign, announces $90 million goal
  2. Barry, Lehrer, Scothon, Corderi chosen for SBU's Media Excellence awards
  3. Shapiro, SBU Lenna Visiting Professor, to lecture on Shakespeare, the Holocaust
  4. Sr. Margaret Carney named 'Friend of Lithuania' by national committee
  5. SBU trustees kick off campaign, discuss enrollment, censure; welcome new members
  6. Get ready for a Family Weekend full of music and entertainment at SBU
  7. International Studies welcomes 52 new and returning students to SBU this fall
  8. Newsmakers...
  9. Friday Forum
  10. Tribute, service award to highlight 2005 Francis Week schedule at SBU
  11. Career Center news...


St. Bonaventure kicks off campaign, announces $90 million goal

St. Bonaventure University launched the public phase of its “Anniversary Campaign for St. Bonaventure” with a Mass, celebratory kickoff and picnic this afternoon on the University campus.

Leslie C. Quick III, University trustee and campaign chair, announced the campaign goal of $90 million as a brown-and-white banner bearing the dollar figure was unveiled in the Reilly Center Arena with the help of two of the campaign co-chairs, Raymond C. Dee and Arnold J. Eckelman, and Student Government Association president Nigel-Ray Garcia.

The University has already raised more than $57.7 million toward the goal during the quiet phase of the campaign. The public phase of the campaign will culminate at the close of the University’s sesquicentennial year of 2008-09.

“We are here to acknowledge the arrival of the first friars 150 years ago and to celebrate the exciting institution that has grown from their efforts. And we are here to affirm our commitment for the future of St. Bonaventure University by launching the public phase of our capital campaign,” said University president Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F.,S.T.D., as she welcomed members of the University community and guests to the kickoff, which also marks the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Franciscan friars in Western New York.

“We are stewards of their legacy,” Sr. Margaret emphasized, noting that private support is essential to care for and enrich the legacy left by the founding friars. The private funds raised are “transforming the campus” through the Sandra A. and William L. Richter Center, a recreation facility dedicated in September 2004, the new DeLaRoche Hall science facility, which is in the beginning stages of construction, signature academic programs, improved financial aid and enhanced faculty support.

“We are here this afternoon because of our beliefs,” campaign chair Leslie Quick III reminded the gathering. “Our belief in our God. Our belief in the Franciscans – past, present and future – who guide all that we do.’

“Our belief in ourselves — that we are servants in the wonderful and enriching tradition of St. Francis and St. Clare,” he continued. “And because that, despite the trials and tribulations in the world around us, we believe the future is bright and promising; that there is more work to be done; and that we, working together, can help bring this belief to reality.”

Quick noted that in addition to hard work, “a great and growing University also needs financial resources beyond those that can be provided by tuition revenue. The University has high expectations of itself – expectations for enhanced financial stability; for more assistance for students; for expanded faculty and staff development; and the finest facilities possible. These expectations can be realized with our help.”

He asked those gathered, together with his campaign co-chairs Ray Dee, Arnie Eckelman and Lisa Molinaro, and the rest of the Board of Trustees to help make this campaign the glorious success it can be. “Ladies and gentlemen, by the end of this campaign in 2009, together we will raise a total of $90 million dollars!” he said as cords were pulled unveiling a banner with the campaign goal.

The thrust of the campaign is to fund three major goals:

• “Enhancing the Learning Experience” — Supporting an inclusive effort aimed at achieving academic excellence across disciplines at St. Bonaventure University and invigorating the student experience both inside and outside the classroom.

• Ensuring Franciscan Mission Effectiveness — Recognizing the presence and power of the Franciscan mission in the daily life of the University and supporting the friars of Holy Name Province, who are the heart and soul of the University, as well as the work of the Franciscan Institute, Mt. Irenaeus, University Ministries, the Franciscan Center for Social Concern and the Journey Project.

• Securing Institutional Well-Being — Funding the long-term fiscal health of the University by increasing its endowment.

The University has titled the campaign “The Anniversary Campaign for St. Bonaventure” in recognition of the approaching 150th anniversary of its founding, which it will celebrate throughout academic year 2008-09.

More than 175 attended as Fr. Dominic Monti, O.F.M., vicar provincial of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, gave an academic lecture, “The Coming of the Friars,” on Thursday, Sept. 15, in The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts with a reception following in the lobby, where movable displays of historical artifacts and photos were set up for viewing. The historical displays will be on view during the Bonagany street festival from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, and at Masses on Family Weekend in the University Chapel, where permanent displays have also been installed.

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Barry, Lehrer, Scothon, Corderi chosen for SBU’s Media Excellence awards

St. Bonaventure University will honor top professionals in the print, broadcast and public relations fields, as well as two outstanding 2005 journalism graduates, during its Media Excellence Awards Luncheon slated for Friday, Oct. 7, at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.

Among those to be honored are:

• Dave Barry, humor columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner
• Jim Lehrer, author and Emmy Award-winning TV personality from “Newshour with Jim Lehrer”
• Chuck Scothon, senior vice president of marketing and brand development for Fisher-Price
• Victoria Corderi, NBC News correspondent for Dateline NBC
• Jim Miller, 2005 SBU graduate and Wayne County reporter for The Finger Lakes Times

The Bob Considine Award

Dave Barry has been a humor columnist for the Miami Herald since 1983. His column appears in more than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad. In 1988 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for his “consistently effective use of humor as a device for presenting fresh insights into serious concerns.”

He has also written 25 books, two of which were used as the basis for the CBS TV sitcom “Dave’s World,” in which Harry Anderson played Barry.

His journalism career began as a reporter with the Daily Local News, in West Chester, Pa., “where he covered a series of incredibly dull municipal meetings, some of which are still going on,” he reports. In 1975, Barry joined Burger Associates, a consulting firm. He taught effective writing to business people. In his own words, he “spent nearly eight years trying to get his students to stop writing things like ‘Enclosed please find the enclosed enclosures,’ but he eventually realized that it was hopeless.”

For a 1992 American Booksellers Association convention, several authors, including Barry, formed a band for charity: The Rock Bottom Remainders (a publishing term for books that don’t sell). The members of the band included authors such as Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson, Mitch Albom, Kathy Goldmark, Roy Blount Jr., Barbara Kingsolver and Matt Groening.

The band’s road tour resulted in the book “Mid-Life Confidential: The Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America with Three Chords and an Attitude.”

Barry resides in Miama with his wife, Michelle, a sportswriter. He has a son, Rob, and a daughter, Sophie, neither of whom think he’s funny.

The Douglas Edwards Award

Born in Wichita, Kan., in 1934, Jim Lehrer received an A.A. degree from Victoria College and a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1956 from the University of Missouri before joining the Marine Corps. From 1959 to 1966, he was a reporter for the Dallas Morning News and then the Dallas Times-Herald.

Lehrer’s newspaper career led him to public television. He subsequently moved to Washington, D.C., to serve as the public affairs coordinator for PBS, and was also a member of PBS’s Journalism Advisory Board and a fellow at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Lehrer went on to join the National Public Affairs Center for Television (NPACT) as a correspondent.

In October 1975, the half-hour Robert MacNeil Report, with Jim Lehrer as the Washington correspondent, premiered on Thirteen/WNET New York. Over the next seven years, The MacNeil/Lehrer Report won more than 30 awards for journalistic excellence. In September 1983, Lehrer and MacNeil launched The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. The 1995-96 season marked the 20th year of their journalistic odyssey, as well as MacNeil’s departure and Lehrer’s stewardship of the program in its current incarnation, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

He has been honored with numerous awards for journalism, including the 1999 National Humanities Medal, presented by President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. He was also inducted into the Television Hall of Fame with MacNeil and into The Silver Circle of the Washington, DC, Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Lehrer is the author of 15 novels, two memoirs and three plays. Lehrer and MacNeil are partners in MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, and Lehrer is co-producer of The NewsHour as well as producer of other programs and series for public, commercial and cable television-several of which Lehrer has hosted.

Lehrer and his wife, novelist Kate Lehrer, have been married since 1960. They have three daughters, Amanda, Lucy and Jamie, and grandchildren.

The Thomas Mosser Award

Chuck Scothon, is senior vice president of marketing and brand development for Fisher-Price. Named to this position in April 2000, Scothon oversees all marketing activities for the infant and preschool brand, including Learning, Little People, Power Wheels, Rescue Heroes and Pixter categories. In addition, he oversees all aspects of licensing, market research and marketing communications, including packaging and advertising.

Scothon began his career at Fisher-Price in 1994, as director of marketing for the Power Wheels line and in 1998 was promoted to vice president of marketing. In April, 2000 Scothon was promoted to senior vice president of marketing and again in July 2003 to senior vice president of marketing and brand development.

Prior to working at Fisher-Price, Scothon worked for Prince Sports Group as a marketing manager on various categories including tennis rackets and at Kenner Products, where he worked in marketing on both boys and girls toys.

In addition, he serves on the boards of directors for both EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) and Playing for Keeps, a national committee that deals in child development and growth.

Alumna of the Year Award

Victoria Corderi joined NBC News in 1994 as a correspondent for Dateline NBC. She came to NBC News from WABC-TV in New York, where she was an anchor and reporter. Before that, she spent from 1985 to 1992 with CBS News, where she served as a correspondent for the newsmagazines 48 Hours and Street Stories.

During her first three years at the network, she covered Central America for the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, and during her last year, she served as a news anchor for the CBS Morning News.

For her work at 48 Hours, Corderi won three national news Emmys and a George Foster Peabody Award for Excellence in Journalism. She also received the Las Primeras Award for being one of the first Hispanic network anchors, and she has been named to the Who’s Who Among Hispanic Americans. In 1997, she received an Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative journalism for a report on contaminated mattresses.

She began her television career in 1982 as a reporter for WPLG-TV in Miami, where she covered politics and federal agencies. Before that, Corderi was a reporter with the Miami News, the city’s afternoon daily newspaper.

In 1979, she graduated magna cum laude from St. Bonaventure University with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism. She and her husband live with their four children in suburban Maryland.

The Mark Hellinger Award

The winner of this year’s Mark Hellinger Award is James Miller, son of Paul and Lori Miller of Rochester, N.Y. He graduated from the Aquinas Institute in 2001.

While attending St. Bonaventure, he served as news editor of the campus weekly, The Bona Venture, for two and a half years. In 2003, Miller spent six weeks studying at Oxford University and traveling in Europe as part of the University’s Francis E. Kelley Oxford Program.

In 2005, Miller graduated summa cum laude from SBU’s Honors Program with a degree in journalism and mass communication. He completed a senior capstone project and an Honors Project, both titled “A Survey of the Practice and Impact of Censoring the Collegiate Press.”

Miller now works for The Finger Lakes Times, a daily newspaper based in Geneva, N.Y. Miller serves as the paper’s Wayne County reporter and lives in the village of Newark.

When not reporting, he enjoys reading, genealogy and spending time with friends and family.

The runner-up for this year’s Mark Hellinger Award is Nicole Severino, who graduated from St. Bonaventure in May 2005 with a degree in journalism and mass communication and a minor in marketing. Severino also received The Mosser Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Mass Communication Curriculum.

Severino was very involved on campus, holding leadership roles in each of her activities. During her freshman year, she founded the Public Relations Society and worked diligently to see it become an accredited chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Working with the American Advertising Federation for her junior and senior years, Severino was a co-creative director and treasurer. She was actively involved with the Student Ambassador Association through the Office of Admissions, helping to recruit potential students as the organization’s co-president.

She was also a three-time recipient of the Fr. Joe Doino, O.F.M. Awards, earning “Student Leader of the Year” in 2003 and 2004, and was awarded the “Heather Lohr Cabinet Member of the Year” in 2005 for her work as management secretary for the Student Government Association.

Severino is an account coordinator for Coyne Public Relations in Parsippany, N.J.

Additional information and reservations are available through St. Bonaventure’s Office of University relations by calling Patty Thibodeau at (716) 375-2334, or going to www.sbu.edu/jmc/ and clicking on “The Media Excellence Awards” under “Special Events.”

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Shapiro, SBU Lenna Visiting Professor, to lecture on Shakespeare, the Holocaust

Dr. Michael Shapiro, a professor of English at the University of Illinois, will offer a free public lecture on Shakespeare and the Holocaust as St. Bonaventure University’s Lenna Visiting Professor.

Shapiro, who has taught at several universities including Michigan State, Tamkang, Cornell and Reading University in England, is visiting SBU until Oct. 2.

He will deliver “The Merchant of Venice after Auschwitz: Shakespearean Comedy Meets the Holocaust,” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

While visiting SBU, Shapiro will also participate in classes including University Forum, World Views and several English and drama courses.

Shapiro has written several books on the Holocaust and Elizabethan drama, with an emphasis on Shakespeare, the most recent being, “Gender in Play on the Shakespearean Stage: Boy Heroines and Female Pages.” Shapiro has also written numerous articles and reviews. He served as Scholar-In-Residence at both Millikin University (1990), and Southern Oregon State College (1992).

Shapiro received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Rochester in 1959, and a master’s degree from Columbia University in 1960. He also attended the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham in England in 1960, and received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1967.

The Lenna Endowed Visiting Professorship, established in 1990, is funded through gifts from Betty S. Lenna Fairbank and the late Reginald A. Lenna of Jamestown. It is designed to bring scholars of stature in their field to St. Bonaventure and Jamestown Community College. Former visiting professors include Dr. Robert Lax, Dr. Stanley Stewart, Dr. Anne LaBastille, Dr. Phillip Wexler, Dr. Giuseppe F. Mazzotta, John Hanchette, Dr. Wade Clark Roof, Robert McNeely, Margaret Hermann, Dr. Ludmila Kovalskaya, Dr. Laurence M. Hauptman, Dr. Sophia Hillan and Richard Benedetto.

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Sr. Margaret Carney named 'Friend of Lithuania' by national committee

Sr. Margaret Carney received the “Friend of Lithuania” award from the Lithuanian Affairs Committee of the Knights of Lithuania on during its 92nd National Convention titled “Faith, Freedom, and Fraternalism,” held Aug. 11-14 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Sr. Margaret was highly recommended for the award as a result of her work as a member of the Franciscan Institute faculty, and her eight years’ service as general superior of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God, in Pittsburgh, Pa., which included re-establishing the Order in Lithuania.

“The nation and people of Lithuania are dear to me for many reasons,” said Sr. Margaret. “When I finally had the privilege of visiting the country a decade ago I was overwhelmed by the strength, endurance and faith that I found there.”

Sr. Margaret’s involvement with Lithuania began in her childhood, when as a student of St. Francis Academy she sang in the Lithuanian choir. In 1959, Sr. Margaret joined the Sisters of St. Francis of Whitehall, Pa., serving as a teacher in numerous Lithuanian parishes.

As Lithuania re-established its independence, Sr. Margaret, by then serving as general superior, responded to a call from Bishop Paul Baltakis to attend a special meeting for religious personnel with connections to Lithuania after which she then led her congregation in assisting the country.

Sr. Margaret worked with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Office for Eastern Europe staff members to form a network of religious women who could offer support and resources to those in Lithuania.

“I visited Lithuania in 1995 and this experience left a profound impression and insight into the plight of a suffering nation trying to rebuild its economic, social, spiritual and international existence,” said Sr. Margaret. “I continue to be happy whenever I have an opportunity to provide assistance to the Lithuanian nation or to share the riches of Lithuanian culture and concern.”

The Knights of Lithuania, founded by Mykolas Norkunas in 1913 and originating in Lawrence, Mass., currently is made up of 51 councils in the United States with approximately 3,000 active members.

A Roman Catholic organization, the Knights of Lithuania consists of men and women of Lithuanian ancestry and has a primary focus to foster, maintain and nurture an appreciation of the Lithuanian language, customs, traditions and culture among its members.

Sr. Margaret was the first woman to have earned a doctoral degree from the Franciscan University in Rome. In addition to this degree, she has earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Duquesne University, a master’s degree from the Franciscan Institute and honorary doctorates from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio and Madonna College in Michigan.

An internationally known author and lecturer on Franciscan life, Sr. Margaret has taught at locations around the world including at the Franciscan Institute of Asia in the Philippines and the Antonianum in Rome, and has lectured extensively in the United States, Africa and Europe.

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SBU trustees kick off campaign, discuss enrollment, censure; welcome new members

The St. Bonaventure University Board of Trustees celebrated the kickoff of the Anniversary Campaign for St. Bonaventure, discussed the University’s enrollment and the status of the American Association of University Professors’ censure of St. Bonaventure, and accepted audited financial statements for fiscal year 2004-05 during its meeting Friday and Saturday on campus.

The trustees heard a progress report on the Anniversary Campaign for St. Bonaventure, which was kicked off with a Mass, celebration and picnic Friday evening. Campaign chair Leslie C. Quick III announced the campaign goal of $90 million, of which more than $57 million has been raised to date. The campaign will conclude at the end of the 2008-09 academic year, when the University will also celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding.

Mary Piccioli, dean of enrollment and director of institutional research, presented a report including the results of a survey of enrolled and non-enrolled students that was performed by an outside firm, Longmire & Co. The trustees discussed ways to strengthen enrollment outreach and initiatives, and to better communicate the University’s uniqueness and mission.

The Board also welcomed five new members, including Timothy F. Fidgeon, ’65, Brian M. McNamee, ’78, Fr. John F. O’Connor, O.F.M., Provincial Minister of the Most Holy Name of Jesus Province in New York City, John V. Sponyoe, ’61, and Bernard Stoecklein, all of whom took their seats for the first time during the meeting. Each will serve a three-year term.

In other action, the Board:

bulletHeard a report on progress toward removing the University’s censure by the American Association of University Professors, which dates to the time of financial exigency in the early 1990s; and
bulletApproved a list of faculty and student representatives to Board committees for 2005-06, including:

Academic Affairs:
Faculty - Fr. Allen H. Weber, O.F.M.
Student - Chris Dunham

Faculty - Dr. Patrick Casey
Student - Kevin McKinley

Buildings and Grounds:
Faculty - Ann M. Tenglund
Student - Shane Ryan

Faculty - Dr. Joseph E. Zimmer
Student - Danielle Grobmyer

Faculty - Dr. Michael W. Jackson
Student - Nigel-Ray Garcia

Finance & Investment:
Faculty – Dr. Jeffrey H. Peterson
Student – Erika Mattoon

Franciscan Mission:
Faculty – Dr. Alva Cellini
Student – Andrea Kelley

Faculty – Dr. Michael W. Jackson
Student – Julie Vrbancic

Faculty – Dr. Barry L. Gan
Student – Michael Damiano

Student Life:
Faculty – Dr. Alva Cellini
Student – Michael Damiano

Faculty - Ann M. Tenglund
Student – Talia Coveleski

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Get ready for a Family Weekend full of music and entertainment at SBU

This year’s Family Weekend at St. Bonaventure University is full of exciting entertainment and amazing talent that is fun for the whole family! So grab a seat, kick back your feet and get ready for a weekend full of innovative performers. The University’s 47th Annual Family Weekend, sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, runs Sept. 23-25.

From 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, Reilly Center Arena, music will be provided by Les Sabina’s Academy of Jazz and Cool, featuring: Leslie M. Sabina, Ph.D., Ken Crane, Tom Gestwicki, Jan Rhody, Tim Sullivan and Moses Howden.

New to Family Weekend this year is the family festival “Bonagany,” celebrating the friendship between St. Bonaventure and the village of Allegany with an afternoon of music, food and fun. Join the gathering on Main and Fourth streets in Allegany for a student club and organizational fair, music by Hotel California, an Eagles tribute band (no tickets required), and historical displays highlighting the Franciscan friars' arrival in Western New York 150 years ago.

Bring your walking shoes and an appetite, as Allegany restaurants will be showcasing their favorite dishes along the sidewalk. Inflatables, including a giant slide and a rock-climbing wall, will be available to all ages in the parking lot of First Tier Bank. If it rains, the fair and music will be located under the covered complex at the Allegany Firemen’s Park off North First Street.

At 8:30 p.m. Saturday, enjoy a performance by Bjorn Again at Reilly Center Arena. The “ABBA-solutely fabulous” Bjorn Again perform all the greatest Abba hits as they are meant to be seen and heard—in all their fantastic ‘70s glitz, complete with costumes, dance moves and Swedish banter known and loved by ABBA fans everywhere.

Tickets for Family Weekend activities are $16 for adults, $10 for high school, college and St. Bonaventure students, $5 for children grades 6-8 and $3 for children grades 1-5. Children in kindergarten and under are free. For more ticket information, please call (716) 375-2514.

The full list of events for Family Weekend will include:

• Friday, Sept. 23

• 10 a.m.: Season Exhibitions Opening at The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Six exceptional new exhibitions, with the season highlight Stitches in Time: The Bayeux Tapestry, a Monument of Medieval Narrative Recreated.”

• 12:30 p.m.: Demonstration: Meet the performers of the folk trio “Simple Gifts” as they demonstrate the carious and unusual instruments they play in the opening performance.

• 7:30 p.m.: Season Performance Opening—“Simple Gifts”—at the Quick Center. Three women play 12 instruments drawing on a variety of ethnic folk styles. For theater tickets, call the Quick Center Box Office at ext. 2494.

• 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Music by Les Sabina’s Academy of Jazz and Cool, Reilly Center Arena, featuring: Leslie M. Sabina, Ph.D., Ken Crane, Tom Gestwicki, Jan Rhody, Tim Sullivan and Moses Howden.

• Saturday, Sept. 24

• 8 a.m. –3 p.m.: 10th Annual Family Weekend Golf Tournament, SBU Golf Course. Nine-hole tournament; green fees waived for SBU students and families. Register for tee times in the Sandra A. and William L. Richter Center.

• 9-10:30 a.m.: Family Weekend Reception, The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

• 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Alumni Reception for SBU graduates and their families, University Club, Hickey Dining Hall.

• 11 a.m.: ROTC Fall Awards Ceremony, Rigas Family Theater, Quick Center for the Arts. A reception in The Quick Center will precede the ceremony from 10:15-11 a.m.

• 11 a.m.: Women’s field hockey vs. Fredonia

• 11 a.m. –3 p.m.: Open house at Mt. Irenaeus. All are welcome! Refreshments will be served. Reflections and prayer in the Chapel around 1 p.m. Introduce your family to the mountain, walk the trails, meet friends—new and old! Directions are available in the Thomas Merton Ministry Center or through www.mounti.com.

• Noon-4 p.m.: New this year is “Bonagany,” an afternoon of music, food, and fun on Main and Fourth streets in Allegany. Join us for a student club and organizational fair, music by Hotel California, an Eagles tribute band (no tickets required), and historical displays highlighting the Franciscan friars’ arrival in Western New York 150 years ago. Activities include an inflatable giant slide and a rock-climbing wall in the parking lot of First Tier Bank. Rain site: covered complex at Allegany Firemen’s Park off North First Street.

• Noon: Phi Eta Sigma Induction (new inductees only) in the University Chapel, Doyle Hall. Luncheon to follow in Doyle Dining Room.

• 1 p.m.: Gallery talk “Abbaye/Michelle Elzay” at the Quick Center. Photographer Michelle Elzay speaks about her photographic portraits of the 51 cloistered Benedictine nuns from the Abbaye Saint Marie du Maumont, France.

• 8:30 p.m.: Performance by Bjorn Again, Reilly Center Arena. The “ABBA-solutely fabulous” Bjorn Again perform all the greatest Abba hits as they are meant to be seen and heard—in all their fantastic ‘70s glitz, complete with costumes, dance moves and Swedish banter known and loved by ABBA fans everywhere. For tickets, call Student Activities at ext. 2514 or email Carol Higley

• Sunday, Sept. 25

• 10:30 a.m.: Family Weekend Sunday Eucharist, Reilly Center Arena.

• 1 p.m.: Men’s rugby vs. SUNY- Geneseo.

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International Studies welcomes 52 new and returning students to SBU this fall

This semester 52 students from 21 different countries are attending St. Bonaventure University. The students have traveled to the University from as nearby as Canada and from as far away as Australia.

Out of the 52 international students, 15 live in Canada, five live in Spain, four are from Poland, three live in Turkey, Croatia and Kenya and two are from India, Venezuela, Columbia and Japan. There is also one student from each of the following countries: Australia, Italy, Cameroon, France, Angola, Gambia, South Korea, Indonesia, Russia, Denmark and Serbia.

This year’s new students include:

• Kate Cherry – biology major from Australia, swimmer.
• Cecilia Constantini – graduate from Italy, teaching assistant.
• Maria Inmaculada Flores Mateo – graduate from Spain, teaching assistant.
• Kata Karadza– graduate Franciscan studies major from Croatia, Franciscan Institute.
• Borina Kim – graduate Franciscan studies major from South Korea, Franciscan Institute.
• Ivan Kovacevic – sociology major from Croatia, basketball player.
• Krzyzsztof Kukulka – graduate Franciscan studies major from Poland, Franciscan Institute.
• Victor Lecina Munoz – computer science major from Spain, tennis player.
• Anna Martorell – journalism and mass communications major from Spain, tennis player.
• Ivanka Mihaljevic – graduate Franciscan studies major from Croatia, Franciscan Institute.
• Leo Mochizuki – accounting major from Spain, tennis player.
• Aroldo Nery – journalism and mass communications major from Colombia, swimmer.
• Consolata Owour – graduate Franciscan studies major from Kenya, Franciscan Institute.
• Maria Luisa Pareja Krauel – graduate from Spain, teaching assistant.
• Risa Tanaka –English Language and Studies major from Japan, Sophia Exchange.
• Borko Tesic – graduate MBA from Serbia, asst. tennis coach.
• Hiromi Yuguchi – accounting major from Japan.

The number of international students on campus has remained stable over the last four years. There have been between 45 and 50 students on campus at any given time in recent years.

Many students are from a more diverse number of countries. “This year we are seeing a difference in the clustering of students,” said Alice Sayegh, director of international studies at the University. “We have more students from Spain this year than in the recent past.” Many of them are newly recruited student athletes to the men’s and women’s tennis teams. “Students will hear Croatian being spoken on campus more than ever!” Sayegh said. Five of the international students share Croatian as a common language.

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Newsmakers ...

Darwin L. King, professor of accounting, and Kevin A Purdy, a May 2005 dual degree graduate, had an article published in the Sept. issue of the Oil, Gas & Energy Quarterly. The article was titled “Timber Theft: A Growing Problem.” This article reviewed the increasing problem of timber theft in the United States. The authors discussed controls that can be implemented in order to reduce the risk of timber thefts. Finally, the article discussed the tax implications of a theft loss. This was the 14th article King has published in this journal since Jan. 2000.


Dr. K. R. Sundararajan, professor of theology, will be attending the Third International Conference on Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychologies in Beijing, China, from Sept. 24 to 29, 2005. He will present a paper on “The Child and Play—Two Models of Transpersonal Consciousness.” This conference is being hosted by Sino-American Institute of Transpersonal Studies, Santa Ana, CA., and the Department of Psychology, Beijing Forestry University.

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Friday Forum

All SBU faculty, staff and administrators are welcome to all the Friday Forums.

Date: Sept. 23, 2005 (this Friday)
Speaker: Lenna visiting professor Michael Shapiro
Time: Lunch starts at noon, Forum goes from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., including Q&A
Place: University Club - Above Hickey
Title: "A Fresh Look at Elie Wiesel's Night"

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Tribute, service award to hightlight 2005 Francis Week schedule at SBU

St. Bonaventure University will hold its annual celebration for the patron saint of the University when Francis Week is observed this year.

Francis Week celebrates the patron saint of the University, St. Francis of Assisi.

The celebration begins with a Family Weekend Eucharist on Sept. 25 and culminates in the Feast of St. Francis and the celebration of the Eucharist on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

St. Bonaventure also welcomes speakers Fr. André Cirino, O.F.M., as well as Josef Raischl, S.F.O., and his wife, Bernadette Raischl.

They will be giving a speech on Thursday, Sept. 29, titled, “The Strategy That Saved Assisi,” followed by a posthumous service award honoring Col. Valentin Müller (1891-1951).

Müller, a German physician, commanded the hospitals in wartime Assisi, Italy, in February 1944. Müller convinced German authorities to declare Assisi a “hospital city,” which prevented the occupation of the city by German troops and steered fighting away from the city. In June 1944, Müller commanded the evacuation of 2,000 German wounded and hospital personnel to make sure no harm was done to the buildings of Assisi by Allied bombings. Müller ordered a large quantity of medical supplies to be left in the city for use by residents, an action that left him vulnerable to punishment in Berlin. He also was the last medical doctor to make visits to the homes of Jewish patients.

Fr. André, a Franciscan preacher, has ministered in parishes, Franciscan formation, and education. Fr. André also worked at the Little Portion retreat house in the Bronx for eight years. He has written or co-authored both books and articles for The Cord: A Franciscan Spiritual Review, published by the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University. Most recently he has written “My Heart's Quest: Collected Writings of Eric Doyle, Friar Minor and Theologian,” with Josef Raischl.

Josef Raischl, S.F.O., spent a year of study in Rome at the Capuchin Theological Institute. He collaborated with Fr. André to develop a retreat on St. Bonaventure’s “Journey into God” during that time.

A native of Germany, Raischl studied theology at the Catholic University of Eichstatt, as well as at the Franciscan International Study Center in England. There he was a student of the late Eric Doyle, O.F.M., a Franciscan friar and scholar. Doyle, an advocate for the ordination of women in the church, also taught in the Graduate Theology Department at St. Bonaventure University from 1970 to 1982.

Bernadette Raischl, a psychotherapist and dance instructor, will give two workshops on meditative dance for prayer and worship on Tuesday during Francis Week. Raischl, the granddaughter of Col. Mueller. lives with her husband and their children in Dachau, Germany.

Following are the activities of Francis Week:

Sunday, Sept. 25
Family Weekend Eucharist
10:30 a.m., Reilly Center Arena
Presider and Homilist: Fr. André Cirino, O.F.M.

Tuesday, Sept. 27
Morning at the Motherhouse
9-10 a.m., Meditation on “Canticle of the Creatures,”
with an introduction to Franciscan mysticism
10:30-11:30 a.m., Workshop on meditative dance
for prayer and worship; presenter: Bernadette Raischl
Evening Away at Mt. Irenaeus
4 p.m. departure and 10 p.m. return
5:15-6:30 p.m.; Meditation on “Canticle of the Creatures,”
with an introduction to Franciscan mysticism
8:15-9:30 p.m., Workshop on meditative dance for prayer and worship;
Presenter: Bernadette Raischl

Wednesday, Sept. 28
Clare 401 University Forum
Overview of Bonaventure’s “Journey into God” and implications for our
1:30-3:30 p.m., Dresser Auditorium, Murphy Building

Thursday, Sept. 29
2005 Fr. Jerome Kelly, O.F.M., Memorial Speakers
Fr. André Cirino, O.F.M.
Josef Raischl, S.F.O., and Bernadette Raischl
4:30 p.m., Rigas Theater, Quick Center for the Arts
“The Strategy that Saved Assisi”
5:30-6:30 p.m., Dresser-Rand Atrium, Quick Center
Posthumous Service Award honoring Col. Valentin Mueller;
reception to follow

Friday, Sept. 30
Bonaventure’s Life and Itinerarium
Pastoral implications for retreats, formation, parishes; a conversation
with Franciscan Institute faculty and students.

Presenter: Fr. André Cirino, O.F.M.
9-11:30 a.m., Upper Seminar Room, Friedsam Library

Saturday, Oct. 1
Francis Week Overnight at Mt. Irenaeus
Theme: “Seeking Peace with a Panting Spirit”
Contact Michelle Marcellin at (716) 375–2096 for departure details.

Monday, Oct. 3
Transitus – dramatic re-enactment of the passing of St. Francis
9 p.m., University Chapel
Directed by Br. Basil Valente, O.F.M.
A dramatic re-enactment of the passing of St. Francis from earthly to eternal life, the Transitus incorporates music and dramatic narration in retelling the legacy of the saint from Assisi.
Dessert Reception (after Transitus)
10 p.m., Robert R. Jones Board of Trustees Room, Doyle Hall

Tuesday, Oct. 4 – Feast of St. Francis
Blessing of the Animals
4 p.m., lawn in front of University Chapel
Feast of St. Francis: Celebration of the Eucharist
5 p.m., University Chapel

Bonaventure community welcomes everyone to attend a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, in front of Plassmann Hall for a moment of prayer and reflection in honor of those affected by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The ceremony is a way for the St. Bonaventure community to pay tribute to those affected by the tragedy. This ceremony also allows the St. Bonaventure community to remember the people who died and their families who suffered.

St. Bonaventure University welcomes the public and local businesses to join in the fellowship of the event. For more information on the event, please contact the St. Bonaventure University ROTC Department at (716) 375-2508.

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