April 20, 2006


  1. Update on search for Vice President forMarketing and Communications
  2. Author Hal Niedzviecki set to kick off first Arts and Media Fair at SBU
  3. SBU names new director of Professional Leadership Master's program
  4. St. Bonaventure College Bowl team advances to national tournament
  5. St. Bonaventure to welcome acclaimed writer Patricia Kennealy-Morrison
  6. Student musicians offer triple treat this month
  7. SBU brings volunteer income tax assistance program to Cattaraugus County for third year
  8. Newsmakers...
  9. Friday Forum
  10. Career Center News ...


Update on search for Vice President for Marketing and Communications

The Vice President for Marketing and Communications search committee is expected to meet this week and next to review and interview candidates. Finalist candidates are expected to be visiting campus on May 1st and May 2nd. More details on the schedule of finalist vists will be distributed as the same become available. If you should have any questions in reference to this matter, please contact Brenda McGee Snow, Chair of the search committee.

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Author Hal Niedzviecki set to kick off first Arts and Media Fair at SBU

St. Bonaventure University’s first Arts and Media Fair (BAM!), is scheduled for Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22, on campus in the San Damiano Room inside Francis Hall. The event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Bands will play from 6 p.m. to midnight on both Friday and Saturday nights.

BAM! 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.

Author, culture commentator and editor, Hal Niedzviecki, will read from and lead a discussion of his latest work, titled “Hello I’m Special: How Individuality Became the New Conformity,” which was recently published by City Lights Books. His presentation will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in Conference Room 1 in Francis Hall.

“Hello I’m Special” is a challenging, humorous look at the ways in which non-conformity has been co-opted, marketed and sold back to America’s youth to the degree that true individuality is nearly “extinct.”

The Niedzviecki presentation is just the beginning of a full weekend of events. Thirty-five local and regional political organizations, artists, musicians and craftsmen have committed to tabling at the event. Events will include (not the complete schedule of events):

- 4 p.m. Friday, April 21 – Jackson Ellis, editor of “Verbicide” magazine will discuss independent publishing in the Francis Café in Francis Hall.

- 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22 – A spoken word/poetry slam will take place in Conference Room 1 in Francis Hall.

- 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22 – A panel from Boathouse Records will present on starting a record company in Conference Room 2 in Francis Hall.

- 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22 – A performance by the SBU Step Team will be held in the San Damiano Room in Francis Hall.

- 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22 – Sander Hicks, a Green party candidate for the United States Senate and head of the Drench Kiss Media Corporation, will lead a workshop on independent media and publishing in the Francis Café.

- 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22 – A workshop led by the documentary film-makers from Snowshoe Films will be held in the Francis Café.

A complete listing of events and times can be obtained by contacting the event coordinators listed below.

All events are free and open to the public but organizers are asking for a donation at the door.

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

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SBU names new director of Professional Leadership Master's program

Dr. Kimberly Young has been named the new director of St. Bonaventure University’s AACSB-accredited Master’s of Professional Leadership graduate program.

Young is a licensed psychologist and an associate professor of management sciences. She is an internationally known researcher, author and speaker on the impact of technology on human behavior. She began teaching at St. Bonaventure’s school of business in the fall of 2002 and began teaching organizational leadership for the Leadership Program in the fall of 2003.

Her book, “Caught in the Net,” is the first book to address Internet addiction recovery and has been translated in six languages. Her latest book, “Tangled in the Web,” explores cybersex fantasy and its potential for addiction.

She has been an invited lecturer at dozens of universities and conferences including the European Union on Health and Medicine held in Norway and the First International Congress on Internet addiction, held in Zurich.

Young holds a bachelor’s of science in business administration with concentrations in finance and management information systems from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She also has a master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been featured in hundreds of media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, CNN and ABC’s World News Tonight.

The Master of Science in Professional Leadership (MPL) is designed to create effective leaders. The program focuses on skill development to prepare students for leadership positions in corporations, government, healthcare, nonprofit or community organizations. It focuses on understanding human behavior and developing leadership competencies in strategic planning, team building, problem solving, and ethical decision-making. The graduate business program is taught in a weekend format at St. Bonaventure University’s Buffalo Center, located at 5200 South Park Ave. in Hamburg, N.Y.

Information on the MPL program will be available at St. Bonaventure’s Buffalo Center Graduate Open House from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 in Franciscan Hall on the Hilbert College campus. Admissions requirements and program details can be found at www.sbu.edu/mpl or by calling the Office of Graduate Admissions at 800-462-5050.

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St. Bonaventure College Bowl team advances to national tournament

Five St. Bonaventure students will represent the University when they compete in the College Bowl National Tournament in Hartford, Conn., April 21–23.

Bill Kenney, Sam Orlando, Ray Prendergast, Tim Randel and Jason Schultz have already represented the University at a regional level, attending the regional championship tournament and taking first place in their group.

The group consisted of 15 Northeastern colleges. The St. Bonaventure team posted an 11-1 record to win the regionals and advance to the national tournament. The national tournament is made up of the 15 regional winners plus one randomly selected wild card team from the second place finishers.

“Getting to the national tournament is a huge accomplishment,” said Dr. David Matz, professor of classical languages and co-coach of SBU’s College Bowl team, along with associate professor of English Dr. Lauren De La Vars. “College Bowl has been around at Bonaventure since the 1960s (with a few gaps), and this is the first time we have ever made it to the nationals. To get there, we had to defeat the perennial regional champ, the University of Rochester, as well as Syracuse University, and several large SUNY schools.”

At the national tournament the team will compete against such institutions as the Universities of Arizona, Illinois, Ohio State, Northwestern, UCLA, Bucknell and Davidson.

“I just think it’s a wonderful opportunity for Bonaventure to make an impact on a national level in academics,” said Bill Kenney, a junior journalism and mass communications major from Fairport, N.Y., and a member of the five-person St. Bonaventure team. “It’s pretty neat to be able to represent the Brown and White in any way. We plan on doing well and making sure people know who Bonaventure is.”

Information about the national tournament can be found on the College Bowl Web site at http://www.collegebowl.com/.

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St. Bonaventure to welcome acclaimed writer Patricia Kennealy-Morrison

St. Bonaventure University will welcome a former journalism student and acclaimed writer to campus when Patricia Kennealy-Morrison, widow of the late musician Jim Morrison, visits the campus.

Kennealy-Morrison will visit campus April 19-21 to speak with journalism classes. She will also speak about her 1992 memoir, “Strange Days: My Life With and Without Jim Morrison,” at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, April 20, in the Dresser Auditorium of the John J. Murphy Professional Building. The public is invited.

Kennealy-Morrison, author of “The Keltiad,” the acclaimed series of Celtic science-fantasy novels —ancient legends transported to outer space, King Arthur meets “Star Wars” — was born in New York City and has lived there all her adult life. She grew up in North Babylon, N.Y., and attended St. Bonaventure University before transferring to and graduating from Harpur College (now Binghamton University) with a bachelor’s degree in English literature.

From 1968 to 1971, she was the editor-in-chief of Jazz & Pop, a well-respected progressive music magazine, and is considered one of the first female rock critics.

“The Copper Crown,” her first Keltiad book, was published in 1984, and the eighth, “The Deer’s Cry,” in 1999. She recently finished writing “The Crystal Ship: The Priestess and The Shaman — The Spiritual Voyage of Patricia & Jim Morrison,” a spiritual memoir, and “The Gates of Overwave,” a children’s fairytale.

Kennealy-Morrison is working on the ninth Keltiad book (“The Cloak of Gold”); a mystery series; a historical novel about King Alfred the Great’s Viking adversary, Guthrum the Dane; a feature/interview with big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton on the spirituality of surfing; venturing into songwriting and developing several projects for movies and television.

In January 1969 she met Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, in a private interview; they were married in a Celtic wedding ceremony in June 1970. He died July 3, 1971, in Paris.

Knighted at Roslin Chapel in Scotland in 1990 as a Dame of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (the modern-day incarnation of the ancient Knights Templar), she is a member of Mensa and has been a priestess in a Celtic Pagan spiritual tradition for 40 years.

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Student musicians offer triple treat this month

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at St. Bonaventure University will wrap up the student music concert season with three performances later this month.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, student vocalists, pianists and ensembles will be featured in a Chamber Music Concert. Music will include classical works for soloists, as well as modern and jazz-influenced pieces performed by the SBU Flute, Percussion and String ensembles.

At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, the SBU Jazz Band will take the stage in a concert of big band jazz. The band will perform pieces written by its director, Dr. Leslie Sabina, chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, and will also feature the SBU Saxophone Quartet and Flute Ensemble.

Finally, at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30, the SBU Concert Choir and Concert Band will present their annual Spring Concert. This concert will also feature the newly formed SBU Community Orchestra in its premiere performance.

“The student ensembles and soloists showcase the high talent level present at SBU,” said Sabina.

“The community will be impressed with the variety of music presented in this series of concerts. There's something for everyone,” he said.

All concerts are free admission, and will be held in The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts’ Rigas Family Theater. For more information contact Sabina at (716) 375-2320.

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SBU brings volunteer income tax assistance program to Cattaraugus County

St. Bonaventure University Accounting Association students have once again prepared tax returns without charge for community members in Cattaraugus County this tax season.

Since 2004, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) has utilized SBU volunteers to make it possible for low-income workers to receive the maximum benefit from the federal and state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

The IRS created VITA in 1969 to aid taxpayers who could not afford paid assistance. The VITA program in New York state is a partnership between the IRS and the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). The program is designed to provide tax returns to those eligible for EITC, a refundable income tax credit for low-income working individuals with earned income.

St. Bonaventure students hit the ground running in 2004 by getting $195,000 in refunds for community members after preparing only 104 tax returns. According to Dr. Susan Anders, associate professor of accounting and program coordinator, in only their third year with VITA the students have brought almost $746,000 in refunds with nearly $300,000 for the 2006 alone.

Students began to take on the VITA project in the beginning of the fall 2003 semester after being contacted by the Cattaraugus County Department of Social Services. Cattaraugus County is an economically depressed area as well as one of the poorest counties in the state. SBU accounting majors used the program as an opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real tax returns while giving back to the community.

According to an article published in The CPA Journal by Anders and Timothy M. Crawford, both registered AICPA Financial Literacy Volunteers, the county is the perfect place for a successful financial-literacy program because of the large potential audience for which the training could make a difference and accounting students interested in service.

VITA volunteers walk away with hands-on experience and the ability to help those in need. The program’s growing success is an indicator that SBU’s accounting majors truly care about the business they are pursuing and will go out of their way to get the job done.

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Newsmakers ...

Dr. Carl J. Case, associate professor of management science, and Darwin L. King, professor of accounting, had a paper titled “Student Online Purchase Decision Making: An Analysis by Product Category” published in the journal Business Research Yearbook. The paper was also presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Academy of Business Disciplines in San Diego, Calif., April 6-9.


Dr. Joyce A. Joyce
, assistant professor of sociology, presented a paper titled “The Impact of Marital Status on the Economic Well-Being of Women in Later Life” at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society in Boston, Mass., on Feb. 23, 2006. The paper was from her dissertation. In addition, she received a publishing contract to publish her dissertation.

Joyce has also been invited to direct a workshop for a conference at Alfred University. The workshop is called “Reaching Out to the Disconnected Elderly.” The conference is co-sponsored by the Allegany/Western Steuben Rural Health Network, Alfred University, Allegany County Community Partnership on Aging and SUNY Alfred. The conference is titled “Holding the Hands of Time! Facing the Challenges of Aging.” It will be held on May 5, 2006, at Alfred University.


St. Bonaventure hosted a Model United Nations Conference on Saturday, April 8. The conference is part of a new initiative, the Mid-Atlantic Model United Nations Consortium, started by the advisers from St. Bonaventure University, Mercyhurst College and Westminster College to provide a series of intense one-day MUN experiences. This event, which examined the situation in Haiti, was attended by students from five colleges. St. Bonaventure received the award for the second-best team. SBU student Adam Sorokes won an “excellent” award for his portrayal of Cuba while Ryan Cook earned the highest “superior” award representing the United States of America. The team has worked hard this year, participating in three MAMUNC conferences and the Harvard National MUN conference, as well as hosting a high school conference with more than 300 students.


Dr. Kimberly Young, associate professor of management sciences, was an invited lecturer at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa. Her talk, “Internet Abuse on Campus,” investigated the dangers of students who abuse the Internet and what faculty and administrators can do to prevent this. She followed her lecture with a half-day training workshop for counselors and college mental health personnel from the region to talk about assessment and treatment issues for Internet-addicted college students.

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Friday Forum

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

Date: April 21, 2005 (this Friday)
Speaker: K.R. Sundararajan
Time: Lunch starts at noon, Forum goes from 12:35 to 1:30 p.m., including Q&A
Place: University Club - Above Hickey
Title: "A history of the 'Hindu and Franciscan Dialogue' at St. Bonaventure University " and "On being Hindu in a non-Hindu World-A personal story."

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Career Center News ...

For information on on-campus recruiting, programs for seniors, networking from scratch and more, be sure to check out Career Directions at the Career Center Events Web page.

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