|March 2, 2005
Doino Awards to recognize outstanding Bonaventure
Give this person the recognition they deserve by nominating them for one of the Fr. Joe Doino, O.F.M., Honors and Awards.
The purpose of these awards is to recognize the exceptional contributions of individuals on campus. Fr. Joe, who died March 7, 1994, became the first faculty member to receive the Faculty Appreciation Award posthumously. Fr. Joe was known for his contributions to the University as a professor, scholar, musician, preacher and priest. He was also the Student Government adviser and served on the Student Government Awards Committee since its inception. In 1995, the ceremony was named in his honor.
Award categories are:
Nomination forms can be
picked up in the Office of Student Life (Reilly Center, Room 203), the
Student Activities Office (Reilly Center, Room 208) and University
Ministries. Forms are also available from the Web by clicking here: The
forms must be submitted to the Office of Student Life by Friday, March
Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is pleased to
announce it is the 2005 recipient of the Organizational Award of Merit
given by the Western New York Association of Historical Agencies (WNYAHA).
The award commended the
exhibition’s “ambitious outreach component for local schools,” and went on
to state that, “The project serves as a model for the region’s
For the first time, St. Bonaventure University will offer a workshop highlighting effective public relations tactics for arts educators. The workshop is called Arts Smarts and was created by senior Andrea Michnik as the focus of her honors project.
The event is slated for 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Quick Center for the Arts. The event is invite only. Invitations were sent out to various educators from Erie, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties.
All senior honors students at
St. Bonaventure are required to propose and complete a yearlong research
endeavor. In the beginning of the school year, students write a formal
proposal to the honors board for acceptance. As Michnik was preparing her
proposal in August she wanted to work on something different than the
traditional research paper.
Because Michnik is not a fine arts major or an education major, she had to employ the help of the QCA staff and Dr. Peggy Burke, dean of the School of Education for the University, to help with gaining experience in the education and arts fields.
Michnik also received a
$3,700 grant from the Journey Project for Arts Smarts, a grant that she
wrote herself. Out of 16 people who applied, she is one of the four people
to get the full amount requested.
“She did a great deal of research to find out the areas that are of the most concern for local high school teachers who oversee school arts programs. Based on that research, she was able to create a line-up of programs that will help teachers address those challenges,” said Mackowski.
“She wanted this to be a very
service-oriented project, which has turned out great because it actually
involves many different levels of service: Andrea’s service to the
University and the Quick Center for the Arts, the Quick Center for the
Michnik is a native of Elma, N.Y. She lives with her parents, Ken and Donna Michnik and her two younger sisters Leanna and Jessica. She is a senior honor’s journalism/mass communication major with a minor in marketing and has made the dean’s list every semester at St. Bonaventure.
She is also member of the American Marketing Association and currently helps design ads and manages the Web site for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. She also does public relations and free lance work locally for Mellon Technology in Olean. She will be attending graduate school at St. Bonaventure next fall to study integrated marketing communications.
The tentative schedule on
April 1 is as follows:
The morning discussion sessions will be held upstairs at the QCA in the two choral rooms simultaneously.
If the project is a success, Michnik would like to see this event carried out in coming years, perhaps with a different focus, but still containing the central theme of arts education.
Michnik is looking for volunteers for that week. For more information, e-mail her at email@example.com.
College Bowl team advances to national tournament
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., Feb. 29, 2006 — St. Bonaventure University’s College Bowl team decisively won its regional tournament and will advance to the national championship tournament April 21-23 in Hartford, Conn.
With an 11-1 record, the SBU team defeated the University of Rochester, who won the competition in 2005. SBU also decisively defeated many teams from New York and New England including Northeastern University, Providence College, Rochester Institute of Technology and Syracuse University.
The team is co-captained by Sam Orlando, a five-year accounting major from West Branch, Mich., and Jason B. Schultz, a journalism and mass communication major from Rochester, N.Y. Other team members are Tim Randel, a Spanish major who was the second-highest scorer in Saturday’s games and the top scorer in Sunday’s playoffs; Bill Kenney, a journalism and mass communication major from Fairport, N.Y.; and Ray Prendergast, a history major from Little Neck, N.Y.
“This has been a great experience. When we left for Marist University, I don’t think any of us went expecting to win. I think we knew we had a chance and our confidence just kept growing after every match,” said Randel
College Bowl at SBU is sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences and is moderated by Dr. Lauren De La Vars of the Department of English and Dr. David Matz of the Department of Classics.
De La Vars thinks the team has represented the University well and also believes that the team’s success is a direct correlation of the academic standards of St. Bonaventure. “I think our team’s success represents the quality of education students receive at St. Bonaventure. I am convinced that Clare College allows students to obtain a core understanding of all different facets of academic knowledge,” she said.
Matz has helped moderate the College Bowl team for many years and says that the Bonaventure team exhibits a unique confidence in competition. “It’s kind of like a David vs. Goliath situation in a sense when you are going against institutions who really practice for this kind of thing. But our team is composed of remarkably bright young men who are also in touch with the University. They represent Bonaventure values, but they are also just typical Bonaventure students.”
College Bowl is a rapid-recall game of general and academic knowledge. The questions range from all categories, including physics, European history, music and much more. The team usually practices at least once a week with different trivia games and occasionally competes against a team on campus made up of faculty members.
At the national tournament
Bonaventure will face these teams who won their regions: UCLA, University
of Illinois, University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, The Ohio
State University, Washington University-St. Louis, Baylor University,
Seton Hall University and Bucknell University.
World-renowned medievalist Jacques Dalarun will present a free public lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, at The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University.
Dalarun will be speaking as part of the closing-week events for the center’s exhibition of a 210-foot-long replica of the Bayeux Tapestry, “Stitches in Time: The Bayeux Tapestry – A Medieval Narrative Recreated,” which closes Sunday, March 19. The exhibition will be open an hour before and after the lecture.
Dalarun refers to the Bayeux Tapestry as a “strange strip cartoon, which actually works more like a movie,” that tells the story of the conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy. Scholars continue to debate its dating, origin and sponsor, as well as its exact meaning. However, there is no doubt that this embroidered story is an exceptional testimony to the material and mental aspects of medieval life.
Dalarun is senior researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris. Previously he worked as director of the Medieval Department at the French Academy in Rome and was the former director of the Institute of Research and History of the Texts.
He spent last year in Olean as the Joseph A. Doino Visiting Professor of Franciscan Studies at the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure. Dalarun has written numerous books, mainly on religious life in the Middle Ages.
The Bayeux Tapestry is seen
as an important primary historical document intended for a sophisticated
audience, many of whom had lived through the events it portrays. Its
illustrations provide scholars with much information regarding daily life
and depict more than 1,500 different objects, animals and figures. Still,
it remains a remarkably unified and comprehensible narrative
As well as documenting an important historic event, the original work is critically important as a record of costumes, arms, customs, styles and details of early medieval life. It is surprisingly sophisticated in its approach to storytelling, as each part of the story is given its own section and the actions of the figures are easily decipherable providing momentum to the reading of the narrative.
The recreation on display at
the Quick Center was created over a period of 11 years by Raymond J.
Dugan, a professor of French at the University of Waterloo who became
fascinated by the Bayeux Tapestry on his many trips to the small town of
Bayeux in the north of France.
St. Bonaventure is submitting
an application to the U.S. Department of Education Title III:
Strengthening Institutions grant program. One of the purposes of the
5-year grant is to improve and strengthen academic quality at the
institution to which it is awarded.
Union-Endicott High School from Endicott, N.Y., won the 18th
Annual Invitational High School Programming Contest at St. Bonaventure
University on Friday, Feb. 24. The Union-Endicott team was the only team
to solve six of the eight problems correctly and did it in a total of 620
minutes. Fox Lane High School from Bedford, N.Y., placed second, solving
four problems in a total of 289 minutes. Ithaca High School from Ithaca,
N.Y., placed third, correctly solving four problems in a total of 344
In addition to the top three
teams, the competition included students from the following schools:
Allegany-Limestone High School, Archmere Academy, Atholton High School,
Canandaigua Academy, Fairport High School, Hinsdale Central School, John
P. Stevens High School, Lancaster Country Day School, Livonia High School,
North Allegheny High School, Upper St. Clair High School, Warsaw High
School and Webster Schroeder High School.
All SBU faculty, staff and administrators are welcome to all the Friday Forums.
Date: March 3, 2006
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Dr. Robert P. Amico, professor of philosophy, and Charles Virga, former diversity consultant for St. Bonaventure, were invited keynote speakers at Jamestown Community College for Faculty Development Day. Virga spoke on multicultural competency and Amico spoke on curriculum transformation. The Four-College (SBU, Alfred University, Alfred State College & Jamestown Community College) faculty summer seminar in curriculum transformation is entering its fifth year this summer.
Dr. Carl J. Case, associate professor of management science, and Dr. Kimberly S. Young, associate professor of management science, presented their paper “A Gender Analysis of Student Music Downloading Behavior and Ethics” at the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences 13th Annual Conference held in Las Vegas on Feb. 23-26.