Oct. 16, 2006


  1. Mohandas Ghandi's grandson to keynote peace conference
  2. USA Today founding member to speak at University
  3. University announces new additions to its community
  4. Leading Biblical scholar to speak
  5. See "The Color Purple" on Broadway
  6. Career Center News ...


Mohandas Ghandi's grandson to keynote peace conference

Members of the Western New York community will have a chance to converse with some of the most dynamic thinkers of peace and nonviolence issues in North America at St. Bonaventure University this month.

Concerned Philosophers for Peace, a group of philosophers from across North America, will be holding its 19th annual meeting at St. Bonaventure University Oct. 19 to 22. The conference, titled “Peacework: A Celebration of 25 Years of Peace and Nonviolence Studies at SBU,” will have the members discuss issues of just war, nuclear weapons and nonviolence. A number of alumni from the program will be returning to participate in the conference and festivities. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas Gandhi, will be the keynote speaker of the annual meeting at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, in Rigas Family Theater in The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Gandhi’s speech is titled “Is Peace Possible Without Nonviolence?”

Growing up under the apartheid in South Africa, Arun Gandhi became angry about being beaten by “white” South Africans for being too black and “black” South Africans for being too white. He sought “eye for an eye” justice. His parents sent him to his grandfather to learn how to cope with his anger and how to deal with discrimination through nonviolence.

Today Gandhi is the president and co-founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence and is the author of several books. His first book, A Patch of White (1949), is about prejudiced life in South Africa. More recently, he wrote The Forgotten Woman: The Untold Story of Kastur, the Wife of Mahatma Gandhi, jointly with his wife and fellow co-founder of the institute, Sunanda.

Another chief speaker will be Jack DuVall, president and founding director of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. Duvall was the executive producer of the two-part Emmy-nominated PBS television series “A Force More Powerful,” and co-author of a book with the same title. He has been a public television executive and writer, and, for 16 years, worked in non-fiction television programming.

The entire conference is open to members of the community for free, except for the Oct. 20 banquet at the Doyle Hall Dining Room, which is open to the community for $35 per person. Papers and discussions will take place all day Friday, Saturday morning and Sunday morning.

A schedule of the conference and registration information can be found at the Web site http://acorn.sbu.edu/celebration.htm.

Dr. Barry L. Gan, professor of philosophy and director of the Center of Nonviolence at St. Bonaventure, was recently elected president of the group. Gan says he encourages interested members of the community to join in the discussions and celebrations by attending any or all events associated with the conference.

“The upcoming celebration of 25 years of peace and nonviolence studies at SBU, coupled as it is with the 19th annual meeting of Concerned Philosophers for Peace, offers the area public an uncommon opportunity to participate in exchanges with some of the more dynamic thinkers and actors on nonviolence, war and peace in North America,” Gan said.

Concerned Philosophers For Peace (CPP), according to an article by William C. Gay on the group’s Web site, benezet.org, was initiated as a response to the “increased militarism” of the Reagan Administration.

Gay writes, “Since its inception in 1981, Concerned Philosophers For Peace has become the largest and most active organization of professional philosophers in North America oriented to the critique of militarism and the search for a just and lasting peace.”

Included as part of the conference will be a 3-to-4-mile Gulu Walk at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, for all members of the community. The walk, beginning on the St. Bonaventure campus, will symbolize the plight of Gulu children. Gulu, an area in Uganda, has rebel armies that kidnap and force children to join it. Children walk daily in the beginning of the night to the city, sleeping wherever they can, to escape the armies. Other Gulu walks will be taking place the same day around the country. The organizer of the walk is teacher Courtney Howard of Cuba-Rushford Central School.

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USA Today founding member to speak at University

High school students interested in the media will have an opportunity to delve into the profession by spending the day with media professionals at St. Bonaventure University’s Communications Day on Friday, Oct. 20.

More than 250 students from high schools in Western New York and northern Pennsylvania are expected to attend.

Richard Benedetto, White House and national political correspondent for USA Today, will give the keynote address. Workshop sessions with professionals will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the keynote at 12:30 p.m. in the John J. Murphy Professional Building.

Participants will explore media-related topics from public relations to interviewing and photojournalism during the workshops. The workshops include, among others, “TV Journalism: Making a Difference”; “Public Relations Means Communication”; “What Makes a Good Yearbook”; “The Importance of Photos in Journalism”; and “Radio Careers: Your Voice Counts.”

Lee Coppola, dean of the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication, said, “The workshops not only teach students how to better do their jobs as high school journalists, they also help students decide what field of communications they want to study, or whether they want to embark on a communications career in the first place.”

Benedetto has reported on government and politics on the local, state and national levels for the past 35 years. In his career, he has covered the administrations of presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He has recently published a book about his experiences, “Politicians Are People, Too.” Benedetto, a founding member of USA Today, wrote the paper’s first cover story.

He has lectured at colleges and universities across the country and has received numerous journalism awards. In 1998, he was honored with the National Italian American Foundation Media Award, and the University Press of America published a memoir of his long reporting career. In 2005, he was a visiting professor at St. Bonaventure University.For more information, visit the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at www.sbu.edu.

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University announces new additions to its community

The St. Bonaventure University community welcomed several new members to its staff, faculty and administration this academic year.

Kieran Gray, ’06, joined the admissions team in May as an admissions counselor. She has her bachelor’s in political science and sociology. Caroline Allen, ’06, and Tania Baker, ’05, joined the admissions team as counselors in June. Allen holds a bachelor’s in journalism and mass communications, and Baker earned her bachelor’s in history from the University. Ellen Anderson also joined admissions as a counselor. Anderson has a bachelor’s degree in American studies from the University of Minnesota.

Brian Kellogg joined the technology services team in June as the new network services manager. Kellogg holds a bachelor’s degree in information technology and has served as enterprise communications analyst at Dresser Rand. Karla Bright also joined technology services in 2004, becoming full time in 2005, as instructional technology support. She provides support to faculty and staff using the WebCT courseware and various software programs. Bright graduated from Jamestown Community College with a degree in computer information systems.

Paula Davis became the director of institutional grants for University Relations in April. Davis has a bachelor’s degree in German from Cornell University and a master’s in library science from Kent State University in Ohio. Paul Moore returned to the department in late August for a one-year term as executive director of development and senior major gifts officer.

Andrew Johnston and Dino Presley joined the Department of Athletics as assistant men’s basketball coaches in May and June respectively. Johnston, an 18-year veteran of coaching college basketball, earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of New Hampshire. Preseley, with more than 13 years of experience on the college and high school levels, graduated from Kutztown University.

Jacob Luhn was promoted to the position of assistant men’s basketball coach in the spring. Luhn served as the Bonnies’ director of basketball operations from 2003 to 2006. Luhn graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Boston with a degree in exercise science and physical education and will complete a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts this year. Erin Finnegan became assistant athletic trainer in August, covering women’s soccer, women's basketball, and softball. Finnegan holds a master’s degree in athletic training education from Ohio University and a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Canisius College.

Manoj Khettry was named St. Bonaventure’s women’s soccer coach in April. Khettry earned his bachelor’s degree in English literature and Spanish language and literature from Earlham College. He received his master’s degree in Spanish language and literature from Miami University. Sarah Cartmill became assistant women’s basketball coach in June. A former standout player at Binghamton University, Cartmill played professional basketball in Europe for three years.

Ludwig Brunner joined The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts staff on a full-time basis in June as programming consultant. Craig Klose joined the Quick Center in August as writer and editor. Klose holds a bachelor’s degree in design from Buffalo State College, where he also minored in English.

Sheila Darrow and Richard L. Randall joined the Franciscan Friary.

Julia Coccaro, Diana Webster and Aaron Goodman are all new to the Residence Life staff at St. Bonaventure. Goodman began as residence director at Devereux Hall in July. He has a bachelor’s degree in political communication from Emerson College. Webster started at the University in August as the residence director for the east side of campus. She graduated from Bucknell University in May with a major in philosophy and minors in peace studies and studio art.

Wendi L. Becker, Darlene Bender and Sandra Ukolowicz joined the housekeeping services team.

Donna Higley became the construction assistant in March. Higley is working toward her bachelor’s degree in business and management science.

Kristine Later started as the HEOP (Higher Education Opportunity Program) assistant director / counselor in April. Later holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Rochester and a graduate degree in international business from the Université de Mons-Hainaut, Mons, Belgium.

Annmarie McLaughlin became the secretary of the Franciscan Institute in November 2005, after serving in the housing office part time since August 2004. McLaughlin worked previously at Jamestown Community College and the Olean Business Institute.

Sr. Daria Mitchell, O.S.F., joined the Franciscan Institute in August as interim managing editor of Franciscan Institute publications after serving part time for the Institute since 2003. Sr. Daria graduated from Marian College in Indianapolis, Ind., with a bachelor’s degree in English, from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a master’s in educational leadership, and from St. Bonaventure with a master’s in Franciscan studies.

Dr. Timothy J. Johnson is the Fr. Joseph Doino Visiting Professor for Franciscan Studies at the Franciscan Institute this fall. Johnson is an associate professor of religion and chair of the liberal studies department at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla.

New faculty members include Kimberly DeSimone, lecturer of marketing, and Pauline W. Hoffmann, assistant professor of journalism and mass communication.

Dr. William J. Elenchin became an assistant visiting professor in the sociology/social sciences department in August. Elenchin holds a Ph.D. in human services from Capella University, where he studied the relationships between faith beliefs systems and wellness. He worked previously as a behavioral therapist, a counselor at both a program for delinquent youth and an adolescent treatment facility, a military police officer for the Army, and a fraud investigator in the financial industry.

Dr. Jefferson D. Slagle joined the University as assistant professor of English in August. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, and a master’s degree and doctorate from The Ohio State University.

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Leading Biblical scholar to speak

St. Bonaventure University will host a public lecture by Dr. Morna Hooker, one of the world’s leading New Testament scholars, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, in the Dresser Auditorium of the Murphy Professional Building on the west side of campus. The title of Dr. Hooker's talk is “The Apostle Paul’s Use of the Old Testament.” The event is free and open to the public, and will include time for questions from the audience.

From 1976 until her retirement in 1998, Dr. Hooker served as Lady Margaret’s Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge in England. Over the last 40 years, she has authored 17 books and scores of professional articles on a wide range of subjects pertaining to the Gospels and the letters of Paul. Her publications have been highly influential in the field of New Testament studies, shaping the discussion on a host of questions that have been debated by New Testament scholars.

According to Dr. Chris Stanley, professor of theology at St. Bonaventure University, Hooker is one of the leading biblical scholars of her generation. “Colleagues routinely pay tribute to the breadth and depth of her expertise and the value of her contributions to the field.” he said.

In addition to her many publications, Dr. Hooker was a member of the revision committee for the New English Bible and is also a co-editor of the “New Interpreter’s Bible” series. For many years she served as editor of “The Journal of Theological Studies,” one of the leading journals in the field, and the prestigious Black’s New Testament Commentary series. Since 1977, she has given nearly 20 named lectures around the world, not to mention the scores of sermons that she has delivered as a Methodist lay preacher.

In honor of her many contributions to the field, Dr. Hooker was elected in 1988 as the first British woman president of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS), an elite international society of New Testament scholars. In 2004 she was awarded the Burkitt Medal for Biblical Studies by the British Academy. A Festschrift was published in her honor in 1996.

The Visiting Scholars Committee of St. Bonaventure University sponsors Dr. Hooker’s lecture.

For more information, contact Dr. Chris Stanley at 716-375-2454 or cstanley@sbu.edu

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See "The Color Purple" on Broadway

First Advantage Consulting and Travel is offering a trip to see "The Color Purple" on Broadway November24-25. The total cost of the trip is $249 and the bus leaves from Kmart Hertel Avenue in Buffalo. The trip also includes time at Macy's for shopping. For more information contact Ellen Grant at (716) 308-6328 or egb99@aol.com

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Career Center News ...

For more information on On-campus Recruiting, On-Campus Recruiting Orientations,upcoming workshops and more visit: Career Center Events Web page.

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