|May 11, 2006
Recognition of service to highlight SBU's 2006
St. Bonaventure University’s class of 2006 will participate in the 11th annual Candlelight Ceremony at 8:45 p.m. Friday, May 12, at the steps of Plassmann Hall.
Fr. Xavier Seubert, O.F.M., a 1967 graduate and professor in the Department of Theology, will lead the opening procession. Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., university president, will give the welcome to the class and Eugene O’Connor, a 1979 alumnus and president of the National Alumni Board will give the opening remarks.
Four people will assist with the lighting of the candles. They include Sheila Green-Callen, Class of 2000, Jim DiRisio, Class of 1986, Mary Piccioli, Class of 1981 and Bob Donius, vice president for University Ministries.
Senior class president Michael Damiano will deliver the closing remarks and Fr. Xavier will conclude the ceremony with the benediction.
The Candlelight Ceremony was instituted in 1996 and has become a tradition. The incoming freshmen class also participates in a Candlelight Ceremony at the end of Welcome Days each August.
Andrea G. Michnik of Elma will address her classmates and guests at St. Bonaventure University’s 146th Commencement Exercises at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the Reilly Center Arena.
Michnik said her address to fellow graduates “isn’t a typical Commencement speech. There are no famous quotes and no Dr. Seuss stories. It is unique in many ways.”
“I consider my speech a gift — something that all of the graduates of 2006 can take with them. I want graduates to reflect on their time here and know that the words I speak, speak for everyone,” she said.
Michnik, who is completing an honors degree in journalism/mass communication with a minor in marketing, has been named to the Dean’s List every semester.
One of the most important aspects of her academic history was the semester she spent in Washington, D.C., at American University in fall 2004. She participated in lectures, visited prominent figures in the mass communication/broadcast journalism field, hosted guest speakers, and traveled to well-known businesses and corporations throughout the District of Columbia.
“This was a huge risk I took, leaving school to live in a city for six months, yet it really opened my eyes to a lot of opportunities to help others, especially in terms of the arts/non-profits,” Michnik said.
She has worked in public relations for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, where she assisted with publicity, promotions, advertising and event management.
For the past year, she has worked as media manager with The Journey Project at St. Bonaventure, interviewing former interns and site supervisors for media coverage, and writing copy for print and Web publication. This experience helped her to focus her vocational goals and determine what she wanted to do once she completed her undergraduate work.
“Without internship opportunities through the Journey Project, I never would have known about the importance of service work and my passion to volunteer and get involved in the non-profit sector,” Michnik said.
Michnik has also interned at The Georgetowner Newspaper in Washington, D.C., and with Archbishop Walsh High School in Olean.
Her campus activities have included membership in the American Marketing Association, Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and Legacy Dance Team, and serving as a St. Bonaventure student ambassador and Atlantic 10 varsity cheerleader. For her Honors Project, she planned a local workshop for arts educators to show them how to promote the arts in school. Although the event was canceled due to low interest by educators, Michnik had lined up guest speakers, interactive networking sessions and roundtable discussions, and developed a 60-page plans book and resource workbook.
She has volunteered with the SBU Campus Move Out program, Relay for Life, National Public Radio phone-a-thon, and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and as a residential academic mentor.
Michnik, a 2002 graduate of Iroquois High School, is a daughter of Ken and Donna Michnik of Elma. She has two younger sisters, Leanna and Jessica. Michnik plans to attend St. Bonaventure’s 16-month Integrated Marketing Communications graduate program and is seeking a job at a cultural arts non-profit organization in the Western New York region. After completing her master’s degree, Michnik plans to move back to Washington, D.C., to possibly start her own cultural/arts non-profit or find work at one.
Thursday, May 4, a group of 15 students from the Reading 510 Children’s
Literature class, studying for their master’s degree in education at St.
Bonaventure University, donated boxes of children’s books and CD players
for children hospitalized in Bradford (Pa.) Regional Medical Center and
Olean General Hospital.
Eleven St. Bonaventure University undergraduates and one honorary member were inducted recently into the Eta Theta Chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the national French Honor Society for Colleges and Universities.
Pi Delta Phi seeks to recognize merit in the study of French language, literature and civilization among American students of French who have achieved high scholastic honors in the general curriculum as well as French.
The inductees include: Maria Blair, a sophomore French major from Olean; Marilyn Brutus, a junior English and French major from Ridge, N.Y.; Patrick Brutus, a freshman philosophy major with a minor in French from Ridge, N.Y.; Alexandra Holbrook, a freshman psychology and French major from Westfield, N.Y.; Stacy Kastner, a junior English major from North Tonawanda; Evelyn Kirby, a sophomore journalism/ mass communication major with minors in French and marketing from Syracuse; Cory McLean, a junior English major with a minor in computer science from Hinsdale; Jaymie Lanera, a senior French major from Amawalk, N.Y.; Lucy Morrisette, a sophomore French and political science major from Petersburg, Va.; Maria Luisa Pareja Krauel, a teaching assistant in the Department of Modern Languages from Palma de Mallorca (Baleares), Spain; Carl Pfadt, a freshman management sciences major with a minor in French from Pittsford, Vt.; and Courtney Sullivan, a freshman French and English major from Erie, Pa.
The society has chapters in 318 universities and colleges with the first chapter being established in 1906 at the University of California at Berkeley.
Presiding over the ceremony was Aubrey Jones, chapter president, assisted by Kelly Voll, vice president, and Dr. Guy F. Imhoff, chapter moderator.
Two members of St. Bonaventure University’s Class of 2006 will be starting the next leg of their “good journey” in Cambridge, Mass., on the campus of America’s oldest university.
Brianna Giacoia of Marlboro, N.Y., and Matthew Cressler of Smyrna, Ga., are both completing bachelor’s degrees in theology at St. Bonaventure and are among 481 undergraduates expected to receive degrees during Commencement Exercises Sunday. They both have been admitted to Harvard Divinity School’s highly selective and extremely rigorous graduate program and have enrolled in the two-year Master of Theological Studies program.
“These are Bonaventure’s best. They have grasped the Franciscan vision and I think both want to put their intellectual energies in service of that vision,” said Dr. Susan Abraham, assistant professor of theology and the students’ academic adviser.
A dual major in history, Cressler’s goal is to seek a doctorate so as to teach and write at the university level. Giacoia, who is minoring in journalism/mass communication, also plans to pursue a Ph.D.
“I haven’t solidified my plans, but my main area of interest is religion and contemporary society, especially in the area of gender and sexuality studies,” she said. “I plan to apply to Ph.D. programs after I complete my program at Harvard with the goal of becoming a professor. I love research and writing, so staying in academia seemed the perfect fit.”
Giacoia has completed
a four-year program in three years. “I have never met an individual with
so much focus. She is an extremely academic thinker with tremendous
initiative. Her work ethic enhances her intellectual capacity,” said
“Matthew is probably one of the brightest students I have ever met. What I appreciate is he has considerable intellectual skills but is considerably humble,” Abraham said.
Cressler has received a Presidential Scholarship each of his four years and was a member of the University Honors Program.
He has immersed himself in the life of the University over the last four years, including a number of leadership roles. He has worked to develop and build healthy community among students in the residence halls as a resident assistant for three years and has been an active member of Students for the Mountain for the past three years. He has been a member of St. Bonaventure’s Musical Theater Company, the a cappella group The Last Second, and various intramural sports teams, including indoor and outdoor soccer and flag football.
For Cressler, studying theology is as much about how we live our lives in the world with one another as it is learning about how to think and analyze in the classroom.
“My out-of-class experiences haven’t just supplemented my education. They have been an integral part of it,” he said. “My service to Mt. Irenaeus and my summer spent living in community at Mt. Irenaeus has offered me a foundation in lived-Franciscan-spirituality that I would not have had otherwise.”
Abraham has been Cressler’s adviser since he was a freshman; she became Brianna’s adviser last year. Abraham said each person in the Department of Theology has challenged them differently. “We constantly watch them and their academic careers,” she said.
“My entire experience here at Bona’s has made me the person I am. Academically, I have had the opportunity to learn from some dynamic professors who have taught me a great deal,” said Giacoia. “The personal attention I’ve received here has been invaluable to my development as a student. I have been challenged, encouraged and supported here. I don’t know if I’d have the opportunity to attend Harvard if I had done my undergrad anywhere else.”
Cressler agreed. “My
educational experience inside and outside the classroom at Bonaventure has
thoroughly readied me for this next step into Harvard. I have had the best
professors and mentors I could have ever encountered at any institution,”
The strength of the University’s Department of Theology has been in contemporary theology and society.
“People who learn and study contemporary theology are very attractive to graduate programs because they’re always looking for young minds who can connect theology to the present,” said Dr. Abraham.
There are very few material rewards in the academic study of theology, Abraham admits. “The labor and the love allow you to be persevering. (For Cressler and Giacoia) It is their work ethic that got them here and their work ethic that will get them through Harvard,” she said.
Students who major or
minor in theology are trained to investigate and interpret human
experiences of God, how God relates to the world, and how we relate to
each other because of our faith in God. Franciscan theology is founded on
the organic relationship of God to the world and of our relationship to
God, ourselves and to others in the world. In our present moment of
resurgent religiosity, such reflective and practical faith may provide the
answer for human beings who wonder how to live with each
Some 481 undergraduates and 243 graduate students are expected to receive degrees during Sunday’s ceremonies, during which R. Kerry Clark, president, chief executive officer and member of the board of directors of Cardinal Health, Inc., will give the Commencement address and William L. Richter, philanthropist, former trustee and successful businessman, will receive an honorary degree along with Clark.
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., May 10, 2006 — St. Bonaventure University officially named The William F. Walsh Science Center at a private ceremony held on campus Friday for the Walsh family and invited guests.
This initiative — to be built with the assistance of federal funding secured by New York Congressmen James T. Walsh and Amory Houghton as an upgrade of the University’s science facilities — is one of the most ambitious undertakings in the University’s history. With construction to begin soon by E.E. Austin & Son, of Falconer, N.Y., the 46,500 square-foot-facility, to be completed in 2008, will house state-of-the-art computer science, laboratory and classroom space, biology labs, organic and general chemistry labs, a Natural World lab, a 150-seat indoor amphitheater, and faculty offices integrated with lab space for better student-teacher accessibility.
The plans call for a structure to be built parallel to DeLaRoche Hall, the oldest academic building on campus. A central corridor will join them. The final stage of the project will be the renovation of the existing hall.
The architectural firm of Cannon Design of Buffalo, N.Y., designed the addition and the renovation. “One of the most important things this facility will do is put science on display at St. Bonaventure,” said Michael Mistriner, senior vice president at Cannon Design.
“The new construction and renovation will say to students ‘come join our research team.’ The Walsh Science Center is being designed at every facet around encouraging student faculty interaction and multidisciplinary research,” said Dr. Stephen Stahl, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. “There was a paradigm switch in teaching science, mathematics and technology in the 1990s that involved the development of research-robust curricula. The basic premise is that students learn best by doing, and when learning by ‘canned’ exercises what students learn is how to get the correct answer, but when students learn by doing original research projects they learn how to ask the right question, and then set about getting the correct answers. This is a level of sophistication that typically did not occur until the doctoral level.”
“In the last six to nine months there has been an emergence of consciousness and concern in our country about the critical need to improve education in science, mathematics and engineering,” said Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., president of St. Bonaventure University.
“We are at the right time, in the right place, with the right national and international agenda to be making the announcements we are making today. The addition of this facility allows us to advance our strategic goals of achieving academic excellence and strengthening St. Bonaventure’s reputation through a vision of technology and scientific competitiveness. This will have a transforming effect on this University’s ability to attract high quality faculty and outstanding students, and we are already seeing that impact with the current class entering for the fall of 2006. The prospect of a new facility has allowed us to rethink the model of education,” she said.
Congressman James Walsh, a 1970 graduate of St. Bonaventure, said, “The future for this country is truly in science education. This project will make a remarkable difference in a great institution. It will continue that legacy and attract the best and the brightest people. We are very proud to be a part of this.”
The Science Center is being named in honor of his father, William F. Walsh, who graduated from St. Bonaventure in 1934 and who enjoyed a distinguished political career, the pinnacle of which was being Central New York’s representative in the 93rd, 94th and 95th Congresses.
“We are especially proud of our dad who has been our leader and has never forgotten his most important job — that of being our father,” said Walsh. “We are deeply grateful to St. Bonaventure for recognizing his leadership.”
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Watch for live video feeds of construction areas at Hickey Dining Hall, Friedsam Library and The William F. Walsh Science Center beginning Wednesday, May 17!
The St. Bonaventure University U.S. Army ROTC program is proud to announce the 2006 Commissioning Ceremony for its seven new second lieutenants into the U.S Army. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13, in the Rigas Family Theater in The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
Additionally, a United States Marine Corps officer candidate will also be commissioned as a second lieutenant.
ceremony, Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Kenneth Chrosniak, a former St. Bonaventure
University Army ROTC assistant professor of military science and 1988
alumnus, will be the guest speaker. Immediately following the ceremony,
the traditional silver dollar salute will occur outside of the Quick
• Christopher Busse, a management science major from Peekskill, N.Y. He enrolled in the Reserve Officers Training Corps as a freshman and received a four-year scholarship at St. Bonaventure. Upon completion of the Leadership Development and Assessment Course, Busse was selected for commissioning as a Transportation Corps officer. As an ROTC cadet, he has served as the Alpha Company Platoon Leader and the Bravo Company Commander. He is the son of Wayne and Doreen Busse.
• Philip Corrigan, a journalism/mass communication major and political science minor from Olney, Md. He enrolled in the Reserve Officers Training Corps as a freshman and received a three-year scholarship at St. Bonaventure. Corrigan is a graduate of the United States Army Airborne school and was assigned Cadet Troop Leader Training at Fort Campbell, Ky. Upon completion of the Leadership Development and Assessment Course, Corrigan was selected for commissioning as an infantry officer. As an ROTC cadet, he has served as the battalion commander, the Alpha Company commander, the captain of the Ranger Challenge team and Battalion S-5. He is the son of James and Phyllis Corrigan.
• Michael Ronald Federico, a history major from Burr Ridge, Ill. He enrolled in the Reserve Officers Training Corps as a freshman at St. Bonaventure. Upon completion of the Leadership Development and Assessment Course, Federico was selected for commissioning as an engineer officer. As an ROTC cadet, he has served as a squad leader, the Alpha Company commander, an executive officer, the S-1, and command sergeant major. He is the son of Richard and Jeanne Federico.
• Danielle Gordon, a journalism/mass communication major from Syracuse. She enrolled in the Reserve Officers Training Corps as a freshman and received a three-year scholarship at St. Bonaventure. Gordon was assigned Cadet Troop Leader Training at Ft. Lewis, Wash. Upon completion of the Leadership Development and Assessment Course, she was selected for commissioning as a quartermaster officer. As an ROTC cadet, she has served as the Battalion S-5 and the Bravo Company Platoon leader. She is the daughter of Timothy and Valerie Gordon.
• Brian Pilarski, a sociology major from Buffalo. He enrolled in the Reserve Officers Training Corps as a freshman and joined as a Simultaneous Membership Program cadet with the New York National Guard, 1-108th Infantry (now the 2-101 CAV). Pilarski is a graduate of the United States Army’s Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training with an MOS of 11B (Infantry). Upon completion of the Leadership Development and Assessment Course, he was selected for commissioning as an infantry officer. As an ROTC cadet, he has served as the S-5 and the executive officer for Bravo Company. Pilarski is the son of Terry Sylvia.
• Timothy Stolinski, a history major from Dunkirk. He enrolled in the Reserve Officers Training Corps as a freshman and received a three-year scholarship at St. Bonaventure. He was assigned Cadet Troop Leader Training at Fort Polk, La. Upon completion of the Leadership Development and Assessment Course, Stolinski was selected for commissioning as an air defense officer. As an ROTC cadet, he has served as the Bravo Company commander and Alpha Company executive officer. He is the son of Wayne and Linda Stolinski.
• James Wellington II, a sociology major from Elmira. He enrolled in the Reserve Officers Training Corps as a freshman and received a three-year scholarship at St. Bonaventure. Wellington is a graduate of the United States Army’s Airborne school. Upon completion of the Leadership Development and Assessment Course, he was selected for commissioning as an armor officer. As an ROTC cadet, he served as the Alpha Company commander and the battalion executive officer. He is the son of James and Julie Wellington.
• Jonathan Henry Royer, a sociology major from Highland Heights, Ohio. He enrolled in Officer Candidates School as a freshman and graduated in August of 2005 at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. Upon completion of Officer Candidates School, Royer was selected for commissioning with an air contract. At Officer Candidates School, he served in various leadership billets at the platoon and company level that gave him the experience and courage he needs to become a field grade officer in the operating forces of the United States Marine Corps. He will return to Quantico in September for The Basic School. Upon graduation from The Basic School, he will continue his training at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola for flight school. Royer is the son of John and Susan Royer.
Dr. Susan B.
Anders, associate professor of accounting, and Samuel R.
Orlando, BBA/MBA candidate in accounting, presented their paper,
“A Descriptive Study of Accounting Principles and Practices in Latin
America,” at the first annual Business Research Consortium of Western New
York on April 29, 2006. This paper attempts to analyze important issues
and areas of accounting measurement and reporting in Latin America and
investigates the current state of accounting principles and practices of
seven Latin American countries in a descriptive study. Latin America lacks
both a compilation and a comparison of its accounting systems. Accounting
is a developing profession in Latin America, and it is important to track
the evolution and summarize the principles and practices of these
countries, as well as to describe the environmental factors that affect
these accounting principles. Additionally, it is significant to observe
how these principles and practices compare to those of the U.S. and the
international community. There is little organized research in the field
of Latin American accounting, and a major contribution of the current
study is the compilation and summary of information pertinent to Latin
Recently Gan was elected president of Concerned Philosophers for Peace, a group of more than 20 philosophers from across North America who have been meeting for years to discuss issues of just war, nuclear weapons and nonviolence. The group will hold its 19th annual meeting at St. Bonaventure University this fall, Oct. 19-21. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas Gandhi, will be the keynote speaker.
Gan has also been invited to participate in the Summer Nonproliferation Institute, to be held June 21-25, 2006, at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt. The conference will be hosted by Middlebury College and the Monterey Institute’s Center for Nonproliferation Studies. The conference will introduce scholars from around the country to the facts and issues surrounding the proliferation and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Dr. Alison More presented a paper recently at the 41st International Medieval Congress held annually at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. More’s paper was titled “Transforming Men: Hagiographic Representations of Masculinity in Vitae from Thirteenth-Century Liège.” Dr. Jean François Godet-Calogeras presented a paper on “Introducing the Franciscan Institute’s Web Site on Franciscan Women.” Both More and Godet-Calogeras are members of the teaching and research faculty of the Franciscan Institute.