March 23, 2006


  1. Ben Folds to play SBU's spring concert
  2. First-Year Experience to integrate academics, student life, mission
  3. St. Bonaventure University junior announced as McGowan Scholar
  4. Bennett named 2006 Woman of Promise
  5. Syracuse Symphony Orchestra to perform at Quick Center
  6. St. Bonaventure's first Art and Media Fair slated for April
  7. St. Bonaventure sophomore to compete in 'Miss NY State' pageant
  8. Reception to be held for supervisors and alumni of SBU's counselor program
  9. Poverty simulation helps participants understand frustrations of low-income families
  10. St. Bonaventure University announces three graduate open house dates
  11. Health and relationships speaker to visit SBU
  12. St. Bonaventure announces Lenten schedule
  13. Career Center News...
  14. Newsmakers...
  15. Friday Forum


Ben Folds to play SBU's spring concert

Ben Folds and His Band will have their turn to rock the Reilly Center Arena at St. Bonaventure on April 24 at 8 p.m.

Folds will be promoting his second solo album “Songs for Silverman” with bassist Jared Reynolds and drummer Lindsay Jamieson.

“This is an album that we can sit in someone’s living room and play from start to finish on piano, bass and drums. It’s straightforward with a lot of heart,” says Folds.

The album’s subject matter ranges from politics to crazy girlfriends to Folds’ daughter, Gracie. While there is no theme tying the songs together, Folds says all the songs on “Songs for Silverman” are imbued with the excitement the trio shared in the studio.

“Some records really capture a moment in time,” he says. “This album is about being spiritually tight, not necessarily musically tight.”

After Ben Folds Five disbanded in 2000, Folds spent some time touring and recording solo. Still, piano, bass and drums was where he felt most comfortable. “Piano, bass and drums has always been most natural for me. I have tapes back to when I was 12 years old that are piano, bass and drums. I had two bands before Ben Folds Five that were piano, bass and drums. I felt the need to get away from that and do something different for a while but playing with bass and drums is my home.”

Tickets go on sale Thursday, March 23, at 10 a.m. at the Reilly Center Ticket Office. St. Bonaventure student and employee tickets are $15. Public tickets are $23 presale or $25 the day of the concert. Public tickets are also available at Tops, online at http://www.tickets.com or by phone at 1-888-223-6000.

There is no ticket limit.

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First-Year Experience to integrate academics, student life, mission

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., March 23, 2006 — A new First-Year Experience program at St. Bonaventure University will integrate academics, student life and mission-focused experiences.

The initiative will create living and learning communities in which academic success, increased campus involvement, adjustment to college and retention will be emphasized.

Upperclassmen are invited to be a part of the initiative, which was designed based on recommendations from a broad base of University constituents including faculty, staff and students.

“What we were trying to do is look at other colleges and craft a ‘best practices’ for St. Bonaventure that will welcome students to campus,” said Dr. Nancy Casey, associate professor of education.

Limited housing in Shay-Loughlen halls and Robinson-Falconio halls for the 2006-07 academic year will be available to upperclassmen seeking to be part of the program. The majority of rooms in those residence halls will be designated for incoming freshmen.

Major renovations to Shay-Loughlen halls will be undertaken this summer. Shay Hall will be configured into suites, in which two rooms will share an adjoining bathroom. Loughlen will be updated with new paint, fixtures, flooring and a renovated lobby.

Students who want to learn more about their housing options are invited to attend upcoming meetings planned for 7 p.m. Sunday and 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Shay-Loughlen lounge. To be considered for the rooms, an application is necessary and available at the meetings.

Room selection for students begins April 9.

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St. Bonaventure University junior announced as McGowan Scholar

St. Bonaventure University’s School of Business announces Craig A. Vicini, a junior finance major from Russell, Pa., as the recipient of the 2006-2007 McGowan Scholar Award.

The McGowan Charitable Fund awards a scholarship of $18,000 to one business student at St. Bonaventure, as well as other colleges and universities. Named in honor of William G. McGowan, founder and chairman of MCI Communications Corp., the scholarship recognizes business students who possess qualities of such as excellence of character, intellectual curiosity, a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurial potential.

In order to be eligible for this scholarship the applicant must be a full-time student who has a primary major in an academic program offered by the School of Business. The student must also be recommended by at least one member of the business school faculty, have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0, and submit a 1,000-word essay on the contributions of William G. McGowan to today’s business world – and to the telecommunications field specifically.

In his winning essay, Vicini praised McGowan’s ability to enter the telecommunications market, compete against AT&T’s monopoly, become a major competitor and win a large part of the market share, breaking customers’ brand loyalty and convincing them to switch service.

“However, Mr. McGowan’s greatest contributions to today’s business world did not come from the achievement itself, but rather the repercussions of the achievement,” wrote Vicini. “From the 1960s through today, people have witnessed … the birth of cellular phones, palm-pilots and other advances in wireless technology, as well as the creation and implementation of videoconferencing and the Internet to link people from any location together.”

Vicini says that McGowan is an important figure to him because he was one of the catalysts in creating a society of exponential technological growth.

“For that, I believe Mr. McGowan must be recognized and I, personally, have great admiration and respect for his efforts which have advanced technology to unfathomably high levels,” said Vicini.

Vicini says he applied for this scholarship to reward himself for the hard work he has put in here at Bona’s.

“I have been striving for the academic excellence that St. Bonaventure highly promotes and this was a way for that dedication to be recognized with more than just a ‘good job’ note on an exam,” said Vicini.

“Craig is a very bright, diligent, and conscientious student. He is also a genuinely pleasant individual,” said Dr. Robert Florence, assistant professor of finance. “It was a pleasure to have him as my student and I am very pleased to have him as one of my advisees.”

On campus, Vicini is mainly involved in working with the Francis E. Kelley Oxford Program as a student assistant for the program. He is also an active participant in various campus organizations such as the Campus Activities Board and the Finance Club. He is also a tutor in microeconomics for the Teaching and Learning Center. Off campus, he enjoys hiking, golfing and taking trips to Pittsburgh to watch the Steelers or Pirates play.

When Vicini graduates next May he plans on attending graduate school, though he is not yet sure if it will be at St. Bonaventure or elsewhere.

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Woman of Promise Award

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., March 22, 2006 — St. Bonaventure University’s Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication has named Lois Bennett as the recipient of its 2006 Dr. Mary A. Hamilton Woman of Promise Award.

Bennett was presented the award Tuesday, March 21, in Dresser Auditorium of The John J. Murphy Professional Building. Barbara Pinson, anchor and reporter for WIVB-TV Channel 4 News in Buffalo, served as the keynote speaker. Pinson previously taught in the journalism school as an adjunct professor.

The Woman of Promise Award is named after Dr. Mary A. Hamilton, a retired associate professor of journalism and mass communication at St. Bonaventure. A 1959 graduate, Hamilton returned in 1982 as a faculty member; she also served as chair of the journalism department. An expert in media law and women’s contributions to the media, Hamilton worked as a reporter and editor in New York City, Washington D.C., and York, Pa., and helped develop a public relations program for the Center for Constitutional Rights. She holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

The award is presented to a senior who excels in and out of the classroom and sets a good example for her peers. The recipient is a student who, in the faculty’s opinion, possesses all the skills necessary to not only succeed, but also thrive in her postgraduate career.

Bennett was born in Wimbledon, England, and currently hails from Calgary. She visited SBU originally as a recruit for the soccer team but chose to enroll because of the journalism program.

“Throughout my four years at St. Bonaventure, I’ve tried to expand my experiences beyond the athletic realm,” Bennett said.

During her freshman year, she became involved in the Student Athlete Advisory Council. She is president of the council. Through the SAAC, she has done volunteer work at the YMCA and around the Bonaventure campus. Also during her freshman year, Bennett went on a service trip through University Ministries to Belize and has since completed two more service endeavors to New York City and Guyana.

During the summer between her sophomore and junior years, Bennett interned at CNN in Miami. “I experienced a complete change of culture and my first real newsroom simultaneously in a three-month period,” she says. “I was able to shadow national correspondent Susan Candiotti during an interview with O.J. Simpson and his attorney and also attend press conferences for Shaquille O’Neal and John Ashcroft.”

Upon her return, she became involved in both SBU-TV and the American Advertising Federation, and she was a member of AAF’s presentation team for both 2005 and 2006. During her senior year, she was named captain of the women’s soccer team and was recognized by the Atlantic 10 commissioner for her academic success. She has earned dean’s list status for five semesters and has been named to the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll all four years at Bonaventure. After soccer finished, Bennett joined the a capella singing group on campus, Vocalusion.

Next year, Bennett plans to either attend law school in California or travel to Africa for a one-year service placement with Right to Play.

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St. Bonaventure's first Art and Media Fair slated for April

The first Bonaventure Art and Media Fair (BAM) will debut Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22, in the San Damiano Room of Francis Hall at St. Bonaventure University.

The BAM Fair is an opportunity for St. Bonaventure students, local and regional artists and performers, and community political organizations to show their creative interests and provide an outlet for free expression.

Dr. Mark Huddle, assistant professor of history at SBU, is helping students organize the fair, and said that it will celebrate the independent spirit and foster the “do-it-yourself” ethos of alternative media outlets, advocacy groups and grassroots organizations both on campus and off.

“As American culture and media has grown more centralized in the hands of fewer and fewer corporate interests, opportunities for the expression of ideas or creative works that fall outside the mainstream are limited,” said Huddle.

In addition to live musical performances by a variety of groups throughout the two-day fair, there will be interactive workshops and panels covering issues such as independent magazines, self-publishing, the music industry, poverty and social advocacy, and filmmaking. Spoken word performances, live theatre and film screenings are planned to be part of the event. The fair will also feature an appearance by the Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate, Sander Hicks.

The Bonaventure Art and Media Fair is student-driven. Bill Boguski, a junior journalism/mass communication major from Carmel, N.Y., is one of the students leading the organization of BAM.

“There are a lot of great things happening on this campus and in the surrounding area,” Boguski said. “People are starting record companies and magazines in their dorm rooms. Others are making art and performing their own plays and no one ever hears about it. This is an opportunity to showcase that activity.”

Likewise, Rebecca Dahl, a senior journalism/mass communication major from Buffalo, believes this is a great opportunity for community political activists to get their ideas and concerns out to a wider audience.

“A lot of us are politically active or want to be politically active. There will be social justice organizations from throughout the region with tables at the fair. Not only will this be a wonderful chance for members of our community to learn about new ideas or volunteer opportunities, but it’s an excellent place for activists to network with one another.”

All events are free and open to the public, although organizers will be asking for a donation at the door with proceeds being donated to Katrina relief. Organizations or individuals who wish to participate may reserve a booth at the fair for $10.

Any persons or organizations interested in participating may contact Dahl by phone at (716) 379-5381, or by e-mail at dahlra@sbu.edu; Boguski by phone at (845) 705-2134, or by e-mail at boguskwj@sbu.edu; or Huddle by phone at (716) 375-2242, or by e-mail at mhuddle@sbu.edu

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St. Bonaventure sophomore to compete in 'Miss NY State' pageant

A St. Bonaventure University student won the annual Miss Niagara County pageant at the Niagara Falls High School Performing Arts Center.

North Tonawanda’s Leah Kingston, 20, a sophomore at the University, won a $4,500 scholarship and a trip to Watertown to compete in the Miss New York State pageant June 29 to July 1. Miss New York will represent the state at the Miss America pageant.

Kingston, an elementary/early childhood education major, sang in the talent segment of the Niagara Falls competition, which also included interviews and judging in the swimsuit, casual wear and evening gown categories.

“When I was little I competed in beauty pageants and won ‘Tiny Princess’ in the Niagara County Fair pageant and ‘Little Princess’ in the Canal Fest pageant,” said Kingston. Kingston also entered the Canal Fest Pageant in July and won the pageant. “My mom had read about the Niagara County Scholarship Pageant and suggested that I enter,” she said.

Her platform, titled “The Intervention of Early Childhood Education as a Tool for Reform,” stresses the value that a pre-k education has on both children and society.

Kingston has been on the dean’s list for three semesters. She is a St. Bonaventure University cheerleader and student ambassador. She is looking forward to traveling to programs and classrooms around the area, meeting government officials and professionals to discuss her platform.

Kingston says that all of her appearances will help to prepare her for the state competition, improve her public speaking and bring attention to her education platform. “Already I am focusing on Miss New York State,” she said. She will attend a three-day orientation workshop in May and will spend a week in Watertown prior to the competition.

“Overall, the pageant was a wonderful experience,” she said. “I spent several weeks getting to know 10 other great girls from Niagara County. Not only did I walk away with the title of Miss Niagara County 2006, but also several new friendships.”

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Reception to be held for supervisors and alumni of SBU's counselor program

A luncheon reception will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, April 7, for supervisors, students, alumni, faculty members and friends of St. Bonaventure University’s Counselor Education Program from both the Olean and Hilbert campuses.

The reception will be held at Romanello’s South Restaurant, 5793 South Park Ave. in Hamburg. The buffet lunch will feature stuffed chicken and vegetable lasagna.

The event will host a panel of New York state mental health licensure that will include:

Bryan Hunter, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT
• Chair, New York State Board of Mental Health Practitioners
• Professor and coordinator of music therapy, Nazareth College

Bridget C. Marinaccio, Ph.D.
• Private practitioner specializing in treating mood and anxiety disorders
• Director of graduate psychology and mental health counseling, Medaille College

Chris Siuta, LMHC
• Director of counseling, Hopevale
• Adjunct professor

The cost is $15 per person and cash or checks made payable and sent to:
Dr. Alan Silliker
St. Bonaventure University
School of Education
St. Bonaventure, N.Y. 14778

Please RSVP by March 30, and any questions can be directed to Dr. Barbara Trolley at btrolley@sbu.edu.

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Poverty simulation helps participants understand frustrations of low-income families

About 30 people experienced the virtual realities of poverty in a unique poverty simulation conducted Feb. 17 by St. Bonaventure’s University Ministries. Three sessions for the public to participate in will be offered in upcoming weeks.

The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) was designed to help people better understand the realities of poverty. Participants included SBU faculty and staff, members of various human service agencies and local civic and community leaders.

“This program helps people understand the complexities and frustrations of living in poverty day to day,” said the Rev. Cheryl A.E. Parris, social ministries coordinator for the university. “With a greater awareness of its impact, we can more effectively address the poverty issues in our community.”

Using a simulation kit, participants role-played the lives of low-income families. Some were disabled and others were senior citizens on Social Security. They had the stressful task of providing for basic necessities and shelter on a limited budget during the course of four 15-minute “weeks.” They interacted with human service agencies, grocers, pawnbrokers, bill collectors, job interviewers, police officers and others.

The simulation is designed to sensitize those who frequently deal with low–income families as well as to create a broader awareness of poverty among policymakers, community leaders and others.

The Poverty Simulation will be offered three more times this spring:
4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Sunday, March 26, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 109 South Barry St.
7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 28, at SBU, Francis Hall
1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Monday, April 10, at SBU, Doyle Hall

Each session is limited to 50 participants. Individuals may register by contacting Rev. Cheryl Parris by phone at (716)-375-7813, or by e-mail at cparris@sbu.edu. Or, contact Thomas Rynone, student coordinator, by e-mail at rynonet@sbu.edu.

There are more than 19 million people that reside in New York state. According to the 2004 Census for New York, out of these 19 million plus people, approximately 2.28 million people, 12 percent of New York residents are categorized as living under in poverty. This means that 2.28 million New Yorkers are struggling to meet their basic needs. “This is the everyday reality of thousands of New Yorkers. Understanding that reality will help us change it,” said Parris.

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St. Bonaventure University announces three graduate open house dates

St. Bonaventure University has announced three graduate open house dates for both the SBU and the Buffalo Center (Hamburg) locations. St. Bonaventure offers career-advancing graduate programs in Education, English, Franciscan Studies, MBA, Leadership, and Integrated Marketing Communications.

The open house events for the SBU campus in Olean will be held in the Robert R. Jones Board of Trustees Room, Doyle Hall, and the events for SBU’s Buffalo Center in Hamburg will be held in Franciscan Hall at Hilbert College.

The dates for the SBU open houses are:
• From 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 25, in Hamburg, N.Y.
• From 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 29, in Olean, N.Y.
• From 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 29, in Hamburg, N.Y.

Please contact Connie Horan in the Office of Graduate Admissions at (716) 375-2021 or at gradsch@sbu.edu with any questions. Those planning on attending can register for the events online at www.sbu.edu.

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Health and Relationships speaker to visit St. Bonaventure

Eric Garrison, an international speaker and trainer in college health issues, will lead an interactive workshop that will highlight harm reduction strategies so that students of all ages and social habits can enjoy themselves at gatherings across campus, in town, or back at home.

The program, titled “When a Relationship Goes Terribly Right,” will take place at 6 p.m. March 28, in the Dresser Auditorium of the John J. Murphy Professional Building.

“I applaud St. Bonaventure’s efforts to reduce harmful behaviors on campus and within the local community. I also praise the work they are doing to make health and wellness priorities on their remarkable campus,” said Garrison. “The programs that have been organized benefit all students, faculty and staff.”

With master’s degrees from the College of William and Mary (education) and the University of London (public health), Garrison was named diplomat of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the world’s oldest school of public health, housed within the University of London where he once served as student president.

He has trained and studied with doctors from around the world and was invited to meet with members of Parliament and the Royal Family. In the U.S., Garrison has been a guest lecturer at Emory University School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, a variety of undergraduate schools and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

In England, he addressed doctors and psychologists at three of the five “red brick” (equal to our Ivy League) institutions: the universities of Leeds, London and Oxford. He is recognized globally as an advocate for comprehensive health education and the “sexological” preparation of doctors and nurses. His witty prose and thorough research have graced the written press, and his mellifluous voice and sagacious advice have floated on airwaves to help listeners with their relationships.

Though he has visited the campus before, this will be Garrison’s first time speaking at St. Bonaventure University. Students and an adviser from St. Bonaventure’s MERT (Medical Emergency Response Team) recently had heard Garrison lecture at the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Conference hosted this year in Boston and invited him to campus.

“I offer many thanks to everyone at Bonaventure who have demonstrated overwhelming hospitality and careful planning to make this workshop run so smoothly. I haven’t boarded my plane yet, and already I feel welcome. My challenge now to the entire student body is to be active participants for the event and to make St. Bonaventure an even better campus for everyone and a role model for the other schools in the surrounding area. I am not asking the students to pledge not to drink. I am, however, asking them to pledge to be there for an entertaining night!” said Garrison.

This event is sponsored by MERT and Winning CHOICES, and is free and open to the public. For more information on Garrison, visit www.ericgarrison.info.

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St. Bonaventure announces Lenten schedule

St. Bonaventure University will celebrate Lent this year with several services and events throughout the season.

The Lenten schedule is as follows:

• Daily Eucharist is celebrated at 5 p.m. every Monday through Wednesday in the University Chapel; Doyle Hall, at 5 p.m. every Thursday in the Friary Chapel and at 12:05 p.m. every Friday in the Friary Chapel. All are welcome.

• Women’s Prayer Group meets at 9:30 p.m. every Monday in St. Joseph Oratory.

• Men’s Prayer Group meets at 10 p.m. every Tuesday in St. Joseph Oratory.

• RFD Lenten Prayer will take place at 10 p.m. every Wednesday in the first floor Falconio Hall lounge. All are welcome.

• Taize Prayer Around the Cross will be celebrated at 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, in the Shay Hall Dream Room.

• Communal Penance Service will be celebrated at 9 p.m. Monday, March 20, in the University Chapel. St. Joseph’s Altar, a traditional celebration of breads and pastries, will follow the Communal Penance Service.

• Stations of the Cross will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Friday, March 24, in the University Chapel.

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Career Center News ...

For more information on CareerFest '06 and ADVANCE registration, business dining etiquette dinner and on-campus recruiting, check out the Career Center Events Web page.

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Newsmakers ...

Dr. Diana Lawrence-Brown, associate professor in the School of Education, was a presenter at the national conference of the Association of Teacher Educators in Atlanta Feb. 20, 2006. The presentation was titled “Supporting ALL learners in school communities through commitment: Preparing teachers for a differentiated classroom.”


Dr. Leslie Sabina
, professor of music and chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, presented a research paper, “Writing for the Young Jazz Band: Balancing Creativity with Accessibility,” at the International Jazz Composers’ Symposium at the University of South Florida in Tampa on March 11, 2006.
At the 33rd Annual International Conference of the International Association for Jazz Education, held in New York City, Jan. 11-14, 2006, Sabina presented a clinic, “Writing for the Jazz Education Journal,” for which Sabina is editor. Sabina also had a composition, “Deep Fried,” presented for attendees by the All-Star Conference Big Band, a group comprised of jazz studies directors and professors from around the country.


Dr. Leigh A. Simone, assistant professor of modern languages, gave a paper titled “Comedic Aspects of Azorín’s Theater” at the V Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica in Lima, Peru on March 9, 2006. The conference, jointly sponsored by the University of Dayton and Lock Haven University, had more than 100 participants from South and Central America, Spain, Mexico and the United States.


Dr. Chris Stanley, professor of theology, will be the keynote speaker at a two-day seminar on religion and violence that will be held in Sydney, Australia, May 19-20, 2006. The seminar, “Validating Violence – Violating Faith?” is sponsored by the Public and Contextual Theology Strategic Research Centre, a consortium of four seminaries and universities in the Sydney area. Stanley will give two talks that examine how Christians have used the Bible both to justify and to oppose acts of violence. The program is part of an eight-week tour in which Stanley will lecture at a variety of sites in Australia and New Zealand, teach a two-week graduate course at a New Zealand seminary, and present a paper at an international conference in New Zealand on “Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World.”

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Friday Forum

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

Date: March 24, 2006 (this Friday)
Speaker: Matthew Cressler and David DiMattio
Time: Lunch starts at noon, Forum goes from 12:35 to 1:30 p.m., including Q&A
Place: University Club - Above Hickey
Title: "CLARE 401: The Local Action Project"

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