May 4, 2006


  1. Sr. Margaret Carney to receive honorary doctorate from USF
  2. SBU to celebrate Communications Day 2006
  3. Fortune 500 CEO R. Kerry Clark to address graduates
  4. SBU counseling professor completes second book
  5. Bona students inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon
  6. Commencement Week activities announced
  7. Bona's announces new director of institutional grants
  8. News from the Richter Center
  9. An invitation from Sr. Margaret
  10. Career Center News ...
  11. Newsmakers ...
  12. Friday Forum


Sr. Margaret Carney to receive honorary doctorate from USF

St. Bonaventure University president, Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., has been chosen to receive an honorary degree from the University of St. Francis.

The degree Sr. Margaret will receive is a Doctor of Humane Letters. She was chosen for this honor in recognition of her outstanding leadership and accomplishments in Catholic and Franciscan higher education, in the Catholic and Franciscan Intellectual Tradition and in Franciscan studies.

On the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition, Sr. Margaret said, “This tradition views the Incarnation of Christ as conferring ultimate dignity on the simple experience of being human. This validation of the human project is an antidote to the nihilism and cynicism of so many modern philosophies. And it accounts for the particular ‘coloration’ of Franciscan study and work – a color palette dominated by hues of joy, simplicity and pleasure … in life.”

Sr. Margaret was also chosen to be the keynote speaker for the University of St. Francis’ Commencement Exercises to be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The University of St. Francis was founded in 1890. It is a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offering undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 2,000 students from a broad geographic region.

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SBU to celebrate Communications Day 2006

St. Bonaventure University’s Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication will host its annual Communications Day on Oct. 26.

This year’s Communications Day will host two keynote speakers. One will be David Shribman, executive editor for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and journalism Pulitzer Prize-winner. The other will be Danielle Hibler, a sophomore from Canon-McMillan High School in Pennsylvania. She will speak on censorship and how she fought local school officials to get her article titled “The Choking Game” published in her high school paper.

Communications Day introduces high school students and teachers involved in newspapers, literary magazines, yearbooks and radio/television shows to media professionals. The professional participants hold sessions ranging from sports and public relations to interviews and photojournalism. All of the professionals who participate represent a vastly rich history of journalism experience in the media and communication areas.

Past keynote speakers have included Charles Hanley, a 1968 graduate of SBU, special correspondent on international issues for The Associated Press, in 2005 and Brian Toolan, a ’72 grad and vice president and editor of the Hartford Courant, in 2004.

The cost of the day for each participant is $10, which includes registration, continental breakfast, lunch and a Communications Day souvenir bag. Those interested in registering can find the form at www.sbu.edu, call the J/MC school at (716) 375-2520 or e-mail the information to jmc@sbu.edu.

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Fortune 500 CEO R. Kerry Clark to address graduates

When members of the Class of 2006 at St. Bonaventure University assemble to receive their diplomas on May 14, they will meet one of the world’s most dynamic business leaders, a man who has lead not one but two Fortune 500 companies.

R. Kerry Clark, president, chief executive officer and member of the board of directors of Cardinal Health, Inc., and former director of Procter & Gamble’s family health business, will address SBU’s graduating class at this year’s Commencement Exercises to take place Sunday, May 14, in the University’s Reilly Center Arena. Some 481 undergraduates and 243 graduate students are expected to receive degrees during the ceremonies.

The University will bestow on Clark the honorary degree of Doctor of Commercial Science, Doctoris Commercialis Scientiae. Also receiving an honorary degree during Commencement Exercises will be William L. Richter, one of the “The Anniversary Campaign for St. Bonaventure University” leading philanthropists, former trustee and successful businessman. He will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters, Litterarum Humaniorum Doctoris.

In his new leadership role at Cardinal Health, Inc., No. 19 on the Fortune 500 list and a $75 billion, global company that serves the health care industry, Clark works to improve the management and delivery of supplies and medication for hospitals, physician offices and pharmacies. Through this diverse offering, Cardinal Health delivers integrated health care solutions that help customers reduce their costs, improve efficiency, and deliver better and safer care to patients. Clark leads Cardinal Health’s workforce of more than 55,000 people on six continents.

At Cardinal Health, Clark directs the company’s collaboration with Safe Kids Worldwide to educate parents and caregivers about the risks of medication-related poisoning to children. With funding from Cardinal Health Foundation, Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of more than 450 coalitions in 16 countries whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under, launched in March a bilingual national campaign to raise awareness of poison prevention.

Under Clark’s leadership at Procter & Gamble, No. 24 on the Fortune 500 list, P&G’s family health business grew to one-third of P&G’s worldwide business and almost $20 billion in annual sales in the pharmaceutical, personal health, oral, baby, family and pet care businesses, including such products as Crest, Oral B, Pampers, Bounty, Iams, Prilosec and Actonel.

While at P&G, Clark lead two signature P&G projects: making the world’s water safe to drink for more than 1 billion people who lack access to clean drinking water, and improving the life of children in developing countries through such projects as the Children’s Safe Drinking Water program. In the aftermath of the recent tsunami and Gulf region hurricanes, Kerry Clark was heavily involved in P&G’s massive relief efforts.

Clark is a director of Textron Inc., a global multi-industry company serving the general aviation, aerospace, defense, and industrial and commercial finance markets. He is a trustee and past chairman of the board for the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, one of the world’s leading zoos in the areas of conservation, education and adventure.

He earned board appointments to the Greater Cincinnati United Way; GS1, a global standards setting organization for the consumer goods industry; the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan; and The Soap and Detergent Association.

A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Kerry Clark graduated from Queen’s University with a bachelor of commerce degree. Clark and his wife, Norah, have two daughters.

Commencement Weekend will include a Candlelight Ceremony at 8:45 p.m. Friday, May 12, and a Baccalaureate Mass at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13. Commencement will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 14, in the Reilly Center Arena. For more information regarding Commencement Week activities, contact Bryan Smith at (716) 375-2376 or bsmith@sbu.edu. A schedule of events is available here.

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SBU counseling professor completes second book

Barbara C. Trolley, Ph.D., C.R.C., assistant professor of counselor education at St. Bonaventure University, is in the final works of her second book scheduled to be out this May.

The book, “Demystifying and Deescalating Cyber Bullying in the Schools: A Resource Guide for Counselors, Educators and Parents,” is written by Trolley as well as co-authors Connie Hanel and Linda Shields, who both earned masters of science in education from SBU.

The book includes issues about Internet safety but focuses mainly on the assessment of cyber bullying and takes a proactive approach to prevention and intervention. Trolley explains the development of PEAS (psychological, educational and social interventions) as a comprehensive approach to dealing with cyber bullies and decreasing further victims.

Collectively, the writing team has been working on the new book for more than a year. Some of the hands-on research Trolley and her co-authors utilized was a survey of school counselors on cyber bullying followed by a three-hour workshop on the topic at the New York State School Counselor conference. They also kept busy with presentations for school counselors, educators, technology staff and parents throughout Western New York.

Trolley’s intention for the new book is to aid school counselors in dealing with cyber bullying situations should they arise. She explains that often counselors turn the situation over to the parents or resort to suspension or expulsion in an effort to diffuse the problem. In the book, counselors are provided with the tools to provide a holistic approach to cyber bullying. Several helpful resources offered include incident reporting forms, assessment forms, a decision tree, a review of policies and agreements for legal matters and specific intervention and prevention ideas and activities.

Trolley’s new book will be one of the few on cyber bullying available to counselors. She discovered a lack of professional articles on the issue from an educator’s point of view while researching. Throughout her research, Trolley has remained in contact with Nancy Willard, director of the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use and author of “Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats: Responding to the Challenge of Online Social Cruelty, threats and distress,” and Parry Aftab, cyber bully attorney and executive director of www.wiredsafety.org.

Trolley, also a licensed psychologist and a certified rehabilitation counselor, has worked for more than 30 years in the clinical and academic areas focusing on children and teens. She recently co-wrote “School Counseling Resource Manual: Practical Tools of the Trade,” with former student Heather S. Haas. Published in December 2004, it provided counselors with necessary information to give counseling education student interns a better understanding of the work structure they will be working in as well as providing them with the skills they need as counselors.

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Bona students inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon

Inductions for the New York Omega Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon were held on Tuesday, April 25.

St. Bonaventure University inductees are: Kaitlin Drago, a finance major from Lakewood, N.Y., Elizabeth Hartnett, a graduate student majoring in education from Elmira, N.Y., Kevin Miller, a physics major from Lansdale, Pa., Susan Minchin, a chemistry major from Elmira, N.Y., and Craig Vicini, a finance major from Russell, Pa.

Pi Mu Epsilon is the National Mathematics Society, which was founded at Syracuse University in 1914. It now has chapters at colleges and universities in every state of the nation. Its principal aim is to promote scholarly activity in mathematics among students in academic institutions. The New York Omega Chapter at St. Bonaventure was chartered in 1978 and assists the department of mathematics in arranging special activities such as speakers, programs, and problem solving sessions.

The chapter adviser is Dr. Chris Leary, associate professor of mathematics.

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Commencement Week activities announced

The following events and activities have been planned for Commencement Week 2006:

On Wednesday, May 10, there will be a Senior “Kick-Off” Breakfast from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Doyle Dining Room. This will be followed by the Senior Olympics and Cookout from 1 to 5 p.m. on the front lawn of Hickey Dining Hall, and the Senior Social in the Clubhouse Restaurant.

On Thursday, May 11, there will be a softball/kickball tournament with chicken barbeque from 1 to 3 p.m. on the front lawn of Francis Hall. A Faculty/Staff/Senior Reception is planned for 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the front lawn of Hickey Dining Hall. At 6:30 p.m., the Senior Banquet and slide show will begin in Hickey Dining Hall, followed by a Senior Social in the Rathskeller.

At 8:45 p.m. Friday, May 12, the 10th Annual Candlelight Induction Ceremony will be held on the steps of Plassmann Hall. The rain site is The Sandra A. and William L. Richter Recreation Center. This will be followed by a Family Social from 9 to 11 p.m. in Hickey Dining Hall.

On Saturday, May 13, the ROTC Military Science Commissioning Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the Rigas Family Theater of The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, followed by a reception in the Quick Center atrium. At 4:30 p.m., Baccalaureate Mass will be celebrated in the Reilly Center Arena, followed by a second Family Social from 9 to 11 p.m. in Hickey Dining Hall.

On Sunday, May 14, from 8 to 10 a.m., there will be a continental breakfast at $3 a person in Hickey Dining Hall. The Reilly Center Arena will open to Commencement guests at 8:30 a.m. The Commencement procession begins at 10:05 a.m. followed by ceremonies at 10:30 a.m. Immediately following Commencement, a champagne reception will be held on the west lawn of the Reilly Center. The rain site for the champagne toast is Hickey Dining Hall.

Additional information about Commencement Weekend, including the assembly points for participants, is available at http://www.sbu.edu/student-services/registrar's-office/commencement-2006/index.htm.

Tickets are required to attend Commencement; members of the media who wish to attend are asked to request passes by noon Thursday, May 11, through Bryan S. Smith at (716) 375-2376 or bsmith@sbu.edu.

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Bona's announces new director of institutional grants

St. Bonaventure University has named Paula Davis to the position of director of institutional grants.

Davis is familiar with raising funds for a Master’s Level 1 institution with professional programs as well as liberal arts, through her years of experience at Ithaca College, an institution with similar qualities as St. Bonaventure.

Davis was most recently Ithaca College’s director of corporate and foundation relations, and previously its associate director of academic funding and sponsored programs. Over the course of her career, she has raised more than $16 million in grants from a variety of public and private sources, including The Kresge Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the New York State Council for the Arts, and the New York Council for the Humanities.

Davis hopes to receive private grants from governmental and private sources that will benefit St. Bonaventure and help it reach its campaign fundraising goals.

“I plan to work with many people on campus to develop a plan that will match the University’s many strengths with current trends in foundation, corporate, and public funding,” said Davis, “I’m excited to join an institution that not only has credible academics, but also high Franciscan values, which I consider essential for any graduate in today’s society.”

Davis has a bachelor’s degree in German from Cornell University and a master’s in library science from Kent State University in Ohio. Before becoming a fundraiser, Davis worked 16 years in public relations and marketing for a variety of nonprofit organizations. Her primary residence is in Ithaca, N.Y., with her husband Keith, who is the assistant director of media relations at Ithaca College, and their three cats. She also has an apartment in Allegany.

The University community is invited to contact Davis to discuss potential grant projects. She may be reached by e-mail at pdavis@sbu.edu or by calling her office at (716) 375-4041.

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News from the Richter Center

Spouse hours have been expanded at the Sandra A. and William L. Richter Center. Beginning in the fall of 2006, spouses of full-time University employees may work out at the Richter Center from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. weekdays for a cost of $75 per year. Spouses will need to get a University ID card to be used with the card access system. Further announcements will take place this summer on how to receive an SBU ID card.

The current practice of spouses being able to use the center for free on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (during the academic year), summers, and while students are on break, will continue as it has since the Richter Center opened.bu.

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An invitation from Sr. Margaret

Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., University president, requests the honor of your presence as the University officially names The William F. Walsh Science Center at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 5 in the the Robert R. Jones Board of Trustees Room, Doyle Hall.

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Career Center News ...

Open hours for students graduating in May will be held on May 3 & 4 from 1:30 - 4:30 in the Career Center. No appointment necessary. Stop in to put the final touches on your résumé and cover letter, ask questions about the interviewing process, discuss your job search strategies and more. For other events, visit the Career Center Events Web page.

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Newsmakers ...

Fr. Michael Cusato, O.F.M., director of the Franciscan Institute and dean of the School of Franciscan Studies, joined other distinguished medieval scholars at a recent conference at Princeton University titled A Literary Apostolate: Franciscans, Lovers and Critics in Medieval and Early Modern Europe in honor of John V. Fleming. Fr. Michael presented a paper on Saturday, April 22, 2006, titled “Francis of Assisi, Deacon? A Re-examination of the Early Franciscan Sources 1229-1235.”


Dr. Lauren De La Vars, associate professor of English, and Dr. Alva V. Cellini, professor of modern languages, participated in the annual conference of the College English Association in San Antonio, Texas, April 5-8. Cellini presented a paper on Andrea O’Reilly Herrera’s “The Pearl of the Antilles: Revolutionary Transformations of Cuban Women’s Culture” and moderated a session on film and literature. De La Vars coordinated 14 sessions as a member of CEA’s national program committee, served as the national liaison for the New York College English Association, moderated a session on chairing English departments and a session on regional fiction, and presented a paper on “Tradition, Romance, and Modernism in Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle (1948).”


Dr. Stephen M. Horan, CFA, professor of finance, received a publication acceptance from the Financial Analysts Journal for his paper titled “Withdrawal Location from Tax-Advantaged Savings Accounts in a Progressive Tax Rate Environment.” An extension of Horan’s continuing work in tax efficient investing, the paper examines optimal withdrawal strategies from tax-advantaged accounts.


Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., University President, recently appointed Dr. Diana Lawrence-Brown to the service of an advocacy officer of the University for 2006-2007. The appointment will be an annual appointment, subject to reappointment, with her term ending May 31, 2007.


Alisa Smith-Riel, a graduate student in the English MA program, won the Graduate Student Award at the New York College English Association conference on “Resistance to Tyranny: Representing the Struggle for Human Rights in Literature.” Smith-Riel presented her winning paper at Marymount College of Fordham University on Saturday, April 29. Adam Colton, a graduate student in the English MA program, also presented a paper, “A German Communist in King Arthur’s Court,” about Marxist themes in Mark Twain’s novel A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Tracy Schrems, lecturer in English, presented a paper on teaching Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, “Drawing Parallels between the Classics and Popular Culture, or Victor and the Monster Meet Stryker and Wolverine.”
Dr. Lauren De La Vars, associate professor of English, attended the conference and board meeting as executive director of the New York College English Association.


Dr. K. R. Sundararajan, professor of theology, has been invited to the World Congress of Psychiatry, to be held in Beijing, China, from Sept. 23-26, 2006. He will present a paper in a panel on “Attachment and depression, East and West Perspectives: Insights from a comparative study of love mysticism.”

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Friday Forum

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

Date: May 5, 2006 (this Friday)
Speaker: Nancy Casey, Mary Piccioli, Ann Lehman
Time: Lunch starts at noon, Forum goes from 12:35 to 1:30 p.m., including Q&A
Place: University Club - Above Hickey
Title: "The New First Year Experience at SBU"

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