Nov. 3, 2005


  1. SBU offers driving tour of Franciscan historical sites
  2. Faculty meeting on Nov. 9 to address enrollment, retention, recruitment
  3. Country star Neal McCoy to perform at St. Bonaventure Dec. 11
  4. Guitarist Christoph Denoth and vocalists offer music from Shakespeare's time at SBU
  5. Veteran's Day ceremony slated at SBU
  6. The Pink Floyd Experience comes to Bona's; to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims
  7. SBU Theater's original fall production just around the corner
  8. Win two tickets to Saturday's Mountain Auction!
  9. Last chance to support our United Way!
  10. Career Center News ...
  11. Newsmakers ...
  12. Friday Forum


SBU offers driving tour of Franciscan historical sites

St. Bonaventure University has mapped out a 94-mile driving tour visiting several sites in the Cattaraugus County region where friars lived and worked in the mid-1800s.

Dennis Frank, archivist at SBU, said the Franciscan Anniversary Committee, which was in charge of preparing the first stage in the celebration of the University’s 150th anniversary, came up with this idea when they met. The committee thought people would be interested in knowing more about the friars.

“While we did discuss the possibility of a guided tour, the logistics made a self-guided process more attractive,” Frank said. “It also allows people to choose their own time for the tour, to travel at their own speed and to modify it as they wish.”

The pamphlet that guides the tour, which talks in detail about 11 different sites and directs tour participants through the county, is available in SBU’s Archives, located in Friedsam Library and in the University Chapel in Doyle Hall.

The 2.5-hour tour starts at St. Bonaventure University at the Statue of the Blessed Mother. It then visits historical sites on Main Street in Allegany such as the Stations of the Cross, the St. Bonaventure University Cemetery, the Motherhouse, St. Nicholas Church and the St. Bonaventure Church. The pamphlet then directs travelers to Nine Mile Road, which allows one to see St. John’s Church.

The tour continues to Ellicottville, the first home of the Franciscans. After Ellicottville, the tour winds down with Thomas McMahon’s house, a home to the friars during their first several months in America. It continues to St. Pacificus Church which stands on Humphrey Hill and was the first of many mission churches founded by the Franciscan friars in Western New York, and is the oldest church they founded and still serve in the eastern United States. The tour finishes up with sites at Seneca Oil Spring, St. Marys of the Angels Church in Olean and finally to the entrance on the west side of campus.

“Our object in creating the tour was to allow people to get a sense of the region that the early friars were responsible for and to highlight the extent of Franciscan involvement in the area,” Frank said. “Though this tour may only take a couple of hours by car, it clearly shows the size of the territory the Franciscan missionaries had accepted and how quickly they set to work.”

Other than this tour, Frank talked about how the committee is beginning to work on a tour of shrines and statues around campus. Members hope to have it finished by the end of the semester.

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Faculty meeting on Nov. 9 to address enrollment, retention, recruitment

On Nov. 9, the general meeting of the faculty will be chaired by University President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D.

The topic of the meeting will be an overview of current enrollment trends, discussion of retention issues and recruitment of students for the incoming freshman class.

Mary Piccioli, dean of enrollment, and Jim DiRisio, director of admissions, will make presentations. Members of the current task force on enrollment will also participate by sharing specific recruitment/retention tactics that call for faculty participation.

The meeting will be limited to one hour and will take place in Dresser Auditorium of The John J. Murphy Building from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9.

All University faculty are encouraged to attend the meeting.

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Country star Neal McCoy to perform at St. Bonaventure Dec. 11

Country singer Neal McCoy is coming to St. Bonaventure University on Sunday, Dec. 11, to perform Christmas favorites as well as his hit songs, including “Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On,” in a community concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Reilly Center Arena.

All seats for the concert are reserved. Tickets are $29.50 and are now on sale at the Reilly Center Arena’s Ticket Office, all Tops Friendly Markets, by phone at (888) 223-6000, or online at tickets.com.

“The University is very pleased to offer this caliber of talent as a gift to the Olean-area community during the Christmas season,” said Steve Plesac, director of student activities at St. Bonaventure. “This concert will include not only all the hits Neal’s fans are accustomed to hearing on the radio, but a number of songs of the season as well.”

Neal McCoy was born Hubert Neal McGaughey Jr. in Jacksonville, Texas, on July 30, 1958. He began his professional career as singer in a rhythm-and-blues band. Soon after he shifted his career to country music and began playing in bars and clubs throughout Texas.

In 1981 he landed a spot on tour as the opening act for Charley Pride. He stayed six years before leaving to pursue his own recording career in 1988.

In 1988 he released his debut single, “That’s How Much I Love You,” under the name Neal McGoy. His name was then modified to Neal McCoy in 1990 when he released his debut album “At This Moment.”

To date, McCoy has sold more than 5 million records including three platinum albums, “No Doubt About It,” “You Gotta Love That,” and a greatest hits album, which was in the top 10 on the Billboard Country Charts for 19 consecutive weeks.

His self-titled album, “Neal McCoy” reached Certified Gold in 1996 securing McCoy’s place among country music’s elite.

Other more recently released albums include “Be Good At It,” in 1998, “The Life Of The Party,” in 1999 and “24’7’365,” in 2000.

On Aug. 23, this multi-platinum country music star released his 10th album, “That’s Life,” the first on his own label, 903 Music.

“For all the success we’ve had over the years, I’ve always felt something was missing,” McCoy says. “Now, with my first album on my own label, I’m able to do the songs I want to do just as I want to do them.”

McCoy’s reputation for exciting live shows precedes him and this performance promises to be no different.

“When the audience is really into it, it just doesn’t get any better,” says McCoy. “On stage is where I belong.”

McCoy boasts many additional career highlights.
• 2005 ACM/Home Depot Humanitarian Award Winner
• 9 USO Tours with friend Wayne Newton since 2001
• Two-time TNN/Music City News’ “Entertainer of the Year”
• CMT’s “Top 10 Video of the Year – “The Shake”
• TNN/Music City News “Video of the Year – “Then You Can Tell Me
• Robert J. Burton Award (Country song most performed on Radio) –

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Guitarist Christoph Denoth and vocalists offer music from Shakespeare's time at SBU

Friends of Good Music, in association with The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts (QCA), presents the internationally renowned Swiss guitarist Christoph Denoth, soprano Elizabeth Dabney and baritone Maksim Ivanov, in the program “Mr. Dowland’s Midnight.”

Third in a series of seven classical music and jazz concert events, Denoth’s performance will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in the QCA’s Rigas Family Theater.

Denoth will also conduct a master class at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Room 211 of the Quick Center. The master class is free and open to the public and all are invited to “bring your guitar.”

A contemporary of Shakespeare, John Dowland, born in 1563, composed more than 100 pieces for lute that were arranged for harpsichord, viola da gamba or string ensembles during his lifetime. Denoth examined the original manuscripts preserved at Cambridge and Oxford and adapted them for guitar in the tradition of ancient music. The recording “Mister Dowland’s Midnight” has won numerous international awards.

Denoth was born in Basel and studied classical guitar at various Swiss conservatories as well as in master classes with Pepe Romero, Alvaro Pierri and Oscar Ghiglia. He won international awards including the 35th Concours International de Guitare Paris and the 1995 Stresa Competition. Denoth is a sought-after guitar soloist; he performs regularly with different orchestras and chamber ensembles and at international festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein and Salzburg Mozarteum Festivals. He has performed at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City and at many colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Young and rising American stars Dabney and Ivanov will join Denoth for an evening of authentic music from Shakespeare’s time.

This performance is sponsored in part by Ried’s Markets Inc. and the New York State Council on the Arts. For subscriptions, tickets and information, call the QCA at (716) 375-2494. The QCA extends its gallery hours opening one hour before, and remaining open one hour after, each performance. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Museum admission is free and open to the public, year round. Visit us at www.sbu.edu.

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Veteran's Day ceremony slated at SBU

Our nation’s heroes will be honored in a Veterans Day ceremony hosted by the St. Bonaventure University Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) on Nov. 11.

The ceremony will take place at the Veterans Memorial located outside the west entrance of the Reilly Center Arena. It will begin promptly at 11:11 a.m. and will feature the cadet color guard team, honor guard and music. Dr. Frank E. “Skip” Saal, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, will provide remarks on behalf of the University and professor of military science, Lt. Col. Richard Trietley, will provide remarks on behalf of the corps.

All University and community residents are invited to attend this ceremony designed to honor our nation’s past, present and future soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines.

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The Pink Floyd Experience comes to Bona's; to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims

The Pink Floyd Experience, a re-interpretation of the live concert that changed live performance forever, will perform at the St. Bonaventure University Reilly Center Arena at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

St. Bonaventure University and the Cattaraugus County Campus of Jamestown Community College have come together to bring The Pink Floyd Experience Benefit Concert for the Hurricane Katrina relief effort to Bona’s, with additional sponsorship from The Mix 101.5 FM, Studio 4 East, Citizen Printing, and on campus, the Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board, WSBU-88.3 The Buzz and The Bona Venture.

SBU and JCC students, as well as SBU faculty and staff, will be admitted free with complimentary tickets available at the Reilly Center ticket office. Tickets are available for $12 for the general public at the Reilly Center ticket office, all Tops Friendly Markets, by phone at 888-223-6000 or online at tickets.com. But students and others alike will have the chance to show their generosity as donations for Hurricane Katrina relief will be collected at the Reilly Center doors.

“This concert is an opportunity for SBU and JCC students as well as area residents to show that we are members of a wider community, the world community,” said Steve Plesac, director of student activities at SBU. “We hope that people will help the victims of Hurricane Katrina while enjoying a tremendous evening of entertainment.”

The concert is a celebration that brings the music, themes and innovation of the timeless band Pink Floyd to fans around the world, rocking out all the legendary music of Pink Floyd with outrageous stage effects. Opening the show, a 45-foot wall crumbles to the ground revealing the band’s six musicians. Concert-goers’ hair will be standing on end after a helicopter sweeps in introducing the next song!

Without giving away too many surprises, the show finishes with a 12-foot-long Pig blimp that flies over the audience in final homage to Pink Floyd’s most familiar image!

The goal was to form the perfect re-interpretation of the original thrill and glory of Pink Floyd. Creators wanted to keep it intimate and put the legendary combination of music, sound, hook and lights in a theater setting. They wanted to ensure the show was an assault on the senses including everything that is Floyd.

After the search for the perfect band was complete, the world premiere opened in the fall of 2003 and included 270,000 watts of light, 20 tons of full quadraphonic sound and six amazing musicians creating a show fit for the ultimate Pink Floyd fan.

Pink Floyd remains one of the most influential rock bands of all time. They are rarely discussed without using words like “psychedelic” and “provocative.” The Pink Floyd Experience has captured just that.

As one of rock and roll’s biggest icons, Pink Floyd’s most famous album, Dark Side Of The Moon is tied for the fourth biggest selling album in Capitol Records history, behind only The Beatles, The Beatles 1967-1970 and Garth Brooks' No Fences.

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SBU Theater's original fall production just around the corner

SBU Theater will present an original play, “The Inner Above: A Shakespearean Journey” Wednesday through Saturday Nov. 9-12 at 7:30 p.m. in The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The script was originally written by director Dr. Ed. Simone, associate professor of theater in collaboration with John Neville Andrews, head of performance in the theater department at the University of Michigan. The script has been re-written and revised, however, with the help of the cast.

“It’s wonderful because the script was written not only by John and myself, but with the help of the students in a very real sense,” said Simone. “They grab onto the concepts in the scenes and push the characters into new and contemporary territory.”

The play follows Kaci, a young woman searching for herself, through about a dozen Shakespearean plays. The 12 actors play about 30 different roles. Featured plays include “Romeo and Juliet,” The Merchant of Venice,” “Hamlet,” “Julius Caesar,” “Othello” and “Much Ado About Nothing.”

The plays were chosen specifically to tell the story of Kaci's discoveries about life, love, ambition and relationships, and the issues, problems and desires that go along with them.

The cast:

Jennifer Albanese —Lady Capulet, Portia and Desdemona
Judy Chiariello — Arianna Laurent (elder)
Pat Devers — Bottom and Othello
Benjamin Gregg —Ferdinand and Romeo
Blair Knowles — Kaci Laurent
Emily Rose Maher —Helena, Cressida and Miranda
Kara Manning —Adrianna Laurent (younger), Titiana, Juliet’s Nurse, Brutus’ Portia and Olivia Stephanie Nikolaou —Juliet and Emilia
Matthew Orsini —Hatspur and Polonious
Gabriel Potter —Troilus and Hamlet
Stephen Schrader —Laertes, Richard III and Brutus
Elizabeth Schumer —Nerissa and Viola

Stage Crew includes:
Mr. Don Hopwood — Technical Director
Jessica O’Day — Production Stage Manager
Ben Wolf — Lighting
Rick Zuber — Sound

"The Inner Above" play travels through many different Shakespearean stories, and the set is minimal. Lighting is used extensively to express mood and suggest a change of location.

“The main location is in Kaci’s grandmother’s attic but the other locations are suggested,” says Simone. “There are a few stage effects as well; it’s a very magical environment.”

Responsible for creating that magical environment are students: stage manager Jessica O'Day, lighting technician Ben Wolfe, and sound engineer Rick Zuber. Mr. Don Hopwood, the QCA's technical director, designs and oversees the tech work for "The Inner Above."

Actor Ben Gregg, who is new to SBU Theater, says the play is fast paced and exciting.

“I think people will enjoy it because of the style and pacing,” says Gregg. “It is quick and sharp and very entertaining.”

The audience will have the opportunity to discuss “The Inner Above” with the cast, technicians and director during the “Friday Talk-Back” program. All audience members have to do is stay in their seats following the Friday night performance to get an inside look at what went into making “The Inner Above.”

Tickets for “The Inner Above” are available to the public for $8 and to subscribers, seniors and employees for $6. Free student rush seating is available one hour before curtain time at the box office, in-person with a valid student ID.

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Win two tickets to Saturday's Mountain Auction!

Be the first to respond with the correct answer and you'll win two tickets to the Mountain Auction Saturday in Doyle Hall. Mass begins at 5 p.m. in the University Chapel, followed by silent and verbal auctions at 6 p.m. in the Robert R. Jones Board of Trustees Room.

Trivia question: The Mission of Mt. Irenaeus is to join with Jesus Christ in "making all things new." What book of the Bible is the verse "making all things new" from?

Be the first to e-mail beberth@sbu.edu and win!

Some 200 items are available at the Auction, which also offers many handcrafted treasures, gift baskets, home appliances, and décor, hobby and leisure items in all price ranges. For a preview of this year's offerings, go to http://www.sbu.edu/spiritual-life/university-ministries/mt.-irenaeus/mountain-auction/index.htm. The evening will include a generous buffet of hors d'oeuvres, beverages and desserts prepared by University Dining Services. Tickets are $38 per person; to make reservations, contact Michelle Marcellin at ext. 2096 or by e-mail at mmarc@sbu.edu. Since the auction's inception, it has raised more than $100,000 to support the needs of Mt. Irenaeus.

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Last chance to support our United Way!

Last chance to support our United Way! 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and tomorrow - Rally in the Reilly for United Way! Our SBU campus United Way campaign will wrap up tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 4. Support our local United Way! Come to the rally or contact campus campaign director Jill Gray at the Quick Center, ext. 2479 or jgray@sbu.edu.

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Career Center News ...

The Career Center has designated November as Interview Skill Building Month. For a list of programs and workshops designed to help build strong interviewing skills, visit the Career Center Events Web page.

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Newsmakers ...

Luke Donius (’07, biology) and Tom Veeder (’08, biology) will be presenting posters at the 32nd Rochester Academy of Science Fall Paper Session, in Canandaigua, N.Y., on Nov. 5. Donius will be presenting two posters containing data collected during his Borer Research Fellowship project this past summer (with Dr. Joel Benington, professor of biology), investigating the pharmacology and energetics of conjugation in the protist Tetrahymena thermophila. Donius will also be available to discuss another poster that reports research by Pat Doret (’06, biology), who worked last year with Benington, studying the same model system. Veeder will present the results of a research project he participated in during his freshman year as part of a Journey Project internship (with Dr. Ted Georgian, professor of biology), studying the stream ecology of Coon Branch at the Pfeiffer Nature Center. Veeder will also be available to discuss another poster that reports research by Reneé Willey (’05, biology), who worked last year with Dr. Patty Parsley, assistant professor of biology, studying the same model system. Willey was also a Journey Project intern.


Dr. Elizabeth Littell-Lamb
, assistant professor of history, organized the panel “Planting the Seeds of Revolution: Modern Educators and China’s Revolutionary Transformation, 1910-1949” for the annual meeting of the American Association for Chinese Studies hosted by Vanderbilt University Oct. 22-23. The panel included scholars from Georgetown College, University of Houston and The Ohio State University. Her own paper was titled “Partners in Revolution: The YWCA, Christian Socialists, and Shanghai Leftists in 1930s China.”


Chris Mackowski, associate professor of journalism and mass communication, spent the early part of this week as writer-in-residence at Passaic County Community College in Passaic, N.J., just outside New York City.

As part of his residency, which ran Sunday, Oct. 30, through Tuesday, Nov. 1, Mackowski spoke to writing and theater classes. The residency culminated with a staged reading of one of Mackowski's current playwriting projects. Acting students read from a script Mackowski is currently developing for next season for Bradford Little Theatre in Bradford, Pa.


René E. Wroblewski, assistant professor in the School of Education, co-facilitated a working discussion group at the 36th annual conference of the Northeastern Educational Research Association on Oct. 19 and 20 in Kerhonkson, N.Y. The discussion group session was titled “Dissertation Support Group to Intercollegiate Faculty Network” and focused on issues relating to junior faculty making the transition from student to instructor in higher education. She facilitated this session with colleagues from four other universities in the Western New York area.

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Friday Forum

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

Date: Nov. 4, 2005 (this Friday)
Speaker: Ed. Simone
Time: Lunch starts at noon, Forum goes from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., including Q&A
Place: University Club - Above Hickey
Title: "How I Spent My Summer on the Rialto: Creating a Shylock for The Merchant of Venice"

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