|Oct. 20, 2005
Ingham to speak on Franciscan universities in the
third millennium during SBU lecture
St. Bonaventure University’s Department of Physics, in conjunction with the office of the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, will sponsor a public lecture about the works of Albert Einstein at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Garret Theater, located in the southeast end of Devereux Hall.
The lecture, titled “God’s Dice and Einstein,” will be of a non-mathematical nature, meant for the general public. St. Bonaventure will join in with physics departments throughout the world to commemorate the centenary year of the 1905 works of Albert Einstein. The featured speaker will be Dr. John F. Neeson, chair of the Department of Physics. His presentation will be a tribute to one of the most productive years of individual scientific achievement in history. Of Einstein’s 1905 papers, the most spectacular is on the subject of Special Relativity. Other papers on Brownian Motion and the Photoelectric Effect were also very significant to the scientific community, yet less well known to the public.
Following the presentation, a panel will discuss the impact of Einstein on other disciplines and questions from the audience will be taken.
Parking for the event will be provided at Hopkins Hall and St. Bonaventure physics majors will act as escorts to the lecture.
Dr. Neeson, professor of physics, joined St. Bonaventure in 1965 and was promoted to professor in 1975. He received a bachelor’s degree from Canisius College in 1958, a master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1960 and a Ph.D. from SUNY Buffalo in 1965. Neeson is also a licensed professional engineer. He has served St. Bonaventure as the associate dean of arts and sciences as well as director of institutional research and academic services since 1977. He is published in the areas of low-energy nuclear physics, phonon-photon interaction, heat transfer, modeling of impedance to coronary blood flow and in the area of nuclear regulation.
Girls’ Day 2005 will be hosted by St. Bonaventure University on Oct. 22 and will feature a number of professional women in the field of computer science.
The goal of the Girls’ Day program is to nurture the interest of girls at a middle school age in learning about computers. By exposing them to hands-on, interesting applications of computer technology, the Computer Science Department at St. Bonaventure hopes to grab the attention of these girls before they begin to shy away from math and science classes. The presenters of the various workshops hope to show the girls that they can have viable, interesting, profitable careers in the sciences, particularly computer science.
The Girls’ Day presenters are students, professors, graduates and guests with various backgrounds and experiences to share with the girls.
Alice for Beginners and Advanced Alice are programs that will allow participants to create computer-generated animations easily. Angela Colomaio and Gabriel Potter will present this workshop with assistance from Sharon Woodruff and Emilie Swan.
Angela Colomaio is a junior computer science major with a minor in business information systems. She is from Olean, N.Y., and in interested in computer programming and animation.
Gabriel Potter is a senior computer science major and a theater minor. He has been working with Alice since his sophomore year and attended every St. Bonaventure conference for Alice since then. He thinks that teaching a foundational program like Alice will help get students interested in technology at a young age.
Sharon Woodruff is a St. Bonaventure University graduate in computer
science and is currently an assistant professor of computer science at the
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. She has 20 years of teaching
experience at Pitt-Bradford and has primary interests in database
management and the social and ethical
Emilie Swan is a student at St. Bernard’s in Bradford Pa. She has participated in both Girls’ Day and Alice Showcase events.
Handy with Hardware, presented by Ann Tenglund will allow participants to take computers apart and “see what makes them tick.”
Ann Tenglund is the coordinator of library and computer services and information literacy librarian at St,Bonaventure University’s Friedsam Memorial Library. She received her master’s in library science from Syracuse University and a subject master’s in education from St. Bonaventure University.
Pixel Perfect will teach students how to work with digital images using Adobe Photoshop Elements presented by Marcia Vick.
Marcia Vick is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University in computer science and was employed at Eastman Kodak for 12 years. There she developed and managed imagery analysis applications. She currently uses image processing for family-based applications.
Robots will be presented by Laurie MacVittie and Dr. Anne Foerst. The participants will program a robot to solve map problems.
Laurie MacVittie is a graduate of the University of Buffalo and Buffalo State College. She holds degrees in both physical education and elementary education. She has been involved in education for 23 years teaching children and adults. Currently, Laurie is a staff specialist with Cattaraugus Allegany BOCES. She is primarily responsible for developing math, science and technology programs for 22 area school districts.
Dr. Anne Foerst is a professor of computer science and technology at St. Bonaventure University. She works on social and religious mechanisms including the study of human interaction with robots. She was the theological advisor for humanoid robots, Cog and Kismet at MIT. Dr. Foerst has been featured on National Public Radio and works with other forms of public media, presenting all over the world on questions of human dignity in an age of bio-technology and robots.
Web Site Design will allow students to build a Girls’ Day Web site for family and friends to look at, presented by Barbara Snyderman.
Barbara Snyderman is a 1993 graduate of St. Bonaventure’s computer science department. She runs her own information technology consulting and Web design business: Business Information Technology Solutions, LLC in Rochester, N.Y. She focuses on helping small businesses and organizations promote themselves, communicate consistently with customers and economically sell their products and services on the Internet.
The schedule for Girls’ Day will include three 50-minute sessions in the morning and one 50-minute session in the afternoon. The day will feature a video presentation by Pamela Ludford, a PhD student in computer science at the University of Minnesota. To conclude the day, there will be a panel discussion with the presenters to allow participants to ask more questions and discuss what they experienced.
This year, institutions including SBU face an increased challenge in budgeting energy costs.
Several factors, including the effects of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, have conspired to drive energy prices up dramatically. Natural gas costs for this winter are predicted to be up to twice the level of last year. Because natural gas is used by many power plants to generate electricity, significant increases in electric bills are projected as well.
“Most of us have the importance of energy conservation at home sharply focused for us every month, when the bills arrive. But at work or at school, we are insulated from the direct effect of increased bills,” said Phil Winger, director of maintenance and physical plant for the University. “Our students, for example, do not see the energy bills for their campus apartments any more than our staff see the bills for their offices. Still, out of concern for the diversion of funds from other uses, we should all pay extra attention this year to conservation at SBU.”
Winger went on to describe some aspects of energy use at the University:
“The campus is heated with natural gas, though the central boiler plant can also burn fuel oil. Apartment-style housing units have gas furnaces, like many homes. Our large buildings, however, are heated by steam from central boilers. Only Francis Hall, the Richter Center and Hopkins Hall rely on independent boilers — the rest are connected to the central plant,” he said.
Control of steam heat is a challenging technical problem, Winger said. Individual steam radiators are essentially either on or off; there is little that can be done at the radiator to moderate its heat when it is on.
“A modest degree of control for the building as a whole is provided by varying the pressure of the steam” for all of SBU’s large residence halls, including Devereux, Doyle, Shay-Loughlen, Francis, Robinson and Falconio halls) and of Hickey Dining Hall, Butler Gymnasium and the Reilly Center as well, he said.
“In more modern buildings, such as the Quick Center, DeLaRoche Hall and Plassmann Annex, the steam is used to heat water, which is circulated to individual rooms. Water is easier to control than steam, and better local control of the heat is possible,” he said. “Still, typically many rooms are controlled by one thermostat (as in a home), and it is important to understand where the thermostat is in order to sensibly regulate heat in your area.”
One aspect of large building heating systems differs from familiar home systems. Because of the large population in some buildings, a great deal of fresh air is provided by the ventilation system. A large proportion of the heating energy required for the building — often more than half — is used just to heat this fresh air to acceptable temperature. Timers or other sensors are used to turn the ventilation off when the building is largely empty, so communication about building use is very important. Of course, open windows are uncontrolled energy consumers, wasting energy unchecked.
Winger noted one more important heat fact: domestic hot water for showers and the like is a significant user of fuel. “In the dorms, hot water use exceeds the demands of the heating system until late November,” he said. “Avoiding the waste of hot water is an important area for conservation.”
Winger offered a series of tips for conserving energy, both natural gas and electricity, which follow.
Tips for saving natural gas:
1. Set thermostats between 68-70 degrees for heating. Put on a sweater
or socks if you are cold at this temperature.
Tips for saving electricity:
1. Please turn off the lights when they are not in use. Lighting is far
and away the biggest user of electricity on campus.
St. Bonaventure will host this year’s IRS Tax Practitioner Fall Seminar, on Tuesday, Dec.13, at the Premier Banquet Center located in Olean.
The full-day seminar is limited to 70 participants and registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost of registration is $160 and the deadline for registration is Tuesday, Nov. 29.
Topics for the seminar will include:
• IRS Tax Law Changes: Tax law updates and changes for the 2005/2006-tax year. This includes an overview of issues such as the “Hurricane Katrina” law and energy bill currently under consideration.
• IRS Miscellaneous Updates: This session will cover index changes, miscellaneous items, IRS web site improvements, new forms to e-file and EFTPS improvements. Also areas of focus for IRS audits will be reviewed along with helpful information on IRS procedures.
• Advocacy in Action (Taxpayer Advocate Service):
Various facets of the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) program will be
covered including how
• E-file (NYS Taxation and finance): This session will
provide an explanation of the new legislation requiring certain tax
preparers to e-file their clients’ New York State individual personal
income tax returns beginning Jan. 1, 2006.
• Centralized Insolvency and Impact of the New Bankruptcy Law: There will be a discussion of the changes in Bankruptcy laws and how they will affect taxpayers and their practitioners.
• “Do the Right Thing” – NYS Tax Shelter Legislation and Voluntary Compliance Initiative: Find out about the Voluntary Compliance Initiative that gives taxpayers involved in a tax avoidance transaction an opportunity to “do the right thing” by reporting and paying underreported tax liabilities and interest during the period of Oct. 1, 2005 to March 1, 2006. This also includes an overview of the Tax Shelter Legislation that covers the disclosure requirements for taxpayers and material advisors involved in Reportable Transactions, the new and amended penalties and the extended Statute of Limitations.
• The 2006 Retirement Plan Formula you need to know (Service+Enforcement=Compliance): This will provide a check-up to preparers and clients for the road to retirement including new routes, knowing the limits and the tools to take along.
Attendees of this seminar will be awarded eight CPE credits for full participation.
For additional information on the seminar please contact Ann Lehman, academic coordinator for the School of Business, at 716-375-2111.
St. Bonaventure University is an approved sponsor of Continuing Professional Education Courses and Programs for Certified Public Accountants licensed and in practice in New York State.
Every fall, the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control
sends an inspector to look at our campus. This year he will arrive on
October 24 and spend the next two weeks looking thoroughly at every
5. Don’t remove fire extinguishers or block access to them.
6. Report missing or burned out exit signs.
Close the door on the fire.
Growing programs and ties between St. Bonaventure and the United
Way of Cattaraugus County Inc. were the focus as University employees
gathered for a “Results You Can See” Campaign Kickoff breakfast Friday,
Oct. 14, in The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
As part of St. Bonaventure University’s Disability Awareness Month
programming, the School of Business will be hosting a presentation on
Working with Individuals with Disabilities.
From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in Murphy’s Dresser Auditorium, SBU’s School of Education will sponsor a panel discussion titled “The Transitioning Needs of Students with Disabilities: Preparing for and During Higher Education.”
Panelists include Dr. Timothy Janikowski, director of the
rehabilitation counseling program and co-director of the proposed mental
health counseling program at the State University of New York at Buffalo;
Fran Moyer, private practitioner and counselor for students with
disabilities at Erie Community College’s South Campus; Heather Haas,
school counselor and special educator at Hopevale Union Free School
District; James Driscoll, school counselor at Olean Middle School; Ron
Hager, disability unit attorney for Buffalo Neighborhood Legal Services;
Kate Monroe, director of academic services at Hilbert College in Hamburg;
and Aleasa Michnik, SBU elementary education/special education
On Saturday, Oct. 15, a “Walk for Accessibility” was held to raise
money for door assist devices to be installed in the John J. Murphy
Professional Building. The goal was $2,600. Participants were asked to
either raise money or make a donation the day of the walk.
The guest speaker was Dr. Dwight Kauppi, a retired faculty member of
the counseling and educational psychology department of the University of
Buffalo, where he taught for 29 years. He received his Ph.D. in psychology
in 1971 from the University of Minnesota and is a certified rehabilitation
counselor and licensed psychologist.
All SBU faculty, staff and administrators are welcome to all the Friday Forums.
Date: Oct. 21, 2005 (this
For information on how to utilize a career fair, deadline for job quest sign ups, on-campus recruiting resumés deadline and interviews, visit the Career Center Events Web page.
Dr. Kevin Borgeson, assistant professor of sociology, recently finished doing consulting work on the topic of why children join hate groups for CNN Presents: the weekly long-running special topics program of the affiliate.
Dr. Michael Chiariello, dean of Clare College, attended the annual conference of the Association for General and Liberal Studies (AGLS), in Fairfax, Va., Oct. 6-9, and assumed his seat on their Executive Council, to which he was elected last summer. Chiariello participated in an invitation-only panel to review a proposal to incorporate an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) for general education in institutions accredited by the North Central Higher Learning Commission. The Association for General and Liberal Studies, established in 1961, is a national organization for higher education faculty and administrators who share a commitment to the centrality of general and liberal education in the undergraduate experience.