Nov. 2, 2006


  1. Athletic director search update for campus community
  2. University's radio station now online
  3. Pappas' work to go on display at Quick Center
  4. Homelessness researcher, alum to visit campus
  5. Graduate student writing book
  6. ROTC to hold Veterans' Day Ceremony
  7. Mt. Irenaeus honors Piccioli, Bryner
  8. Newsmakers
  9. Career Center News ...
  10. Friday Forum


Athletic director search update for campus community

The Athletic Director Search Committee is pleased to provide the campus community an update on its progress.

After a painstaking review process, three candidates have been invited to visit campus. They are: Matthew Bassett, the senior associate athletic director at Binghamton University; Thomas McElroy, the former director of athletics at the University of Rhode Island; and Steven Watson, the associate director of athletics at Eastern Michigan University. Mr. Watson will visit campus Nov. 5-7, Mr. Bassett Nov. 12-14 and Mr. McElroy Nov. 15-17.

There will be an open forum for all faculty, staff and administrators to hear from the candidates during each of the three campus visits. Each will be held from 3:45-4:30 p.m. Mr. Watson’s will be on Monday, Nov. 6, in the Robert R. Jones Board of Trustees Room, Doyle Hall; Mr. Bassett’s will be on Nov. 13 in Dresser Auditorium (Section C) of the Murphy Professional Building; and Mr. McElroy’s will be on Nov. 16 in the Board of Trustees Room.

Following these forums, your feedback will be welcome. Comment sheets will be made available and should be returned to any committee member.

Candidates’ resumes are available for review at the following offices: the President’s Office, Provost’s Office, VP for Student Life, Reilly Center Room 108 (athletics), Registrar’s Office and University Ministries.

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University's radio station now online

St. Bonaventure University’s radio station (WSBU-FM 88.3 The Buzz) has joined Live365.com, the world’s largest Internet radio network, exposing Bona’s voice to the world.

During the spring 2006 semester, The Buzz’s board of directors presented a written proposal to the members of the University’s Board of Trustees in hopes of expanding the station’s listenership, which currently only has about a 15-mile radius on an AM/FM radio.

“Only communities as far as Salamanca and Cuba could hear the Buzz,” said Buzz programming director Chris DeMarchis. “Live streaming is huge because now anybody in the world, including alumni, parents and friends, can hear the The Buzz at the convenience of their computer and an internet connection.”

The Board of Trustees approved livestreaming over the summer, but there were some initial questions regarding content on the air.

“The Board of Trustees had some concerns regarding DJs bashing the University, but we included in the proposal that we would have a stricter control of what goes over the air, said DeMarchis. “We are continually trying to make the shows sound better and more professional by providing DJs with feedback on their shows.”

Roger Keener, director of the counseling center and The Buzz’s adviser, assisted in the proposal for live streaming because he said it is a great recruiting tool for the University.

”Not only does live streaming improve the quality and reputability at the station, it adds a positive light on the University,” Keener said. “If a prospective student stumbles on the Web site (www.wsbufm.net), he or she can simply click the link on the bottom of the page that brings the user right to the SBU Website. This is a great recruitment tool because live streaming is going to attract a lot of prospective freshmen. The Buzz could be the deciding factor between a student picking St. Bonaventure or another school.”

The Buzz operates at 165 watts, is nationally ranked No. 2 by the Princeton Review and offers the local community a variety of music including modern rock, alternative and hip-hop along with news, sports and specialty shows.

Live365 represents 150 countries and gets 4 million listeners a month. Since its launch in 1999, Live365 is a two-time winner of the Best Radio Website Award from the Web Marketing Association, a two-time winner of the People's Voice award for Best Music Site at the Webby Awards (2001, 2002), a winner of the Webby's People's Voice Award for Best Radio Site (2004), and has received Best-of-Web designations from Forbes.com and the San Francisco Chronicle.

To listen to The Buzz online, go to www.wsbufm.net.

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Pappas' work to go on display at Quick Center

InnerSpace Continuum, recent paintings and prints by Buffalo artist James Pappas, will be on view from Nov. 7, 2006, through Jan. 14, 2007, at The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University.

Jazz has had a deep and lasting effect on Pappas and his art. He has followed developments in jazz since he was a young man. From the Swing era and bebop, to the more personal and expressionistic sounds of free jazz, the music has influenced the way he approaches art.

Just as a jazz musician starts with a song — a specific musical form that has structure, a particular notation and even words that express a specific meaning — Pappas starts with things, objects, events from the concrete world and starts improvising.

As Jack Quinan wrote in the essay for Pappas’ 1997 exhibition at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, “He has internalized the fundamental tenets of jazz — the rhythmic understructure that supports solo and ensemble improvisational elaborations and dissemblings of basic tunes and chord changes — and from individual artists such as John Coltrane, Sun Ra and Charlie Parker he has absorbed specific innovational approaches to the manipulation of space and time and to notions of spirituality and joy that belong comfortably to any serious art form.”

Besides music, his influences are many: abstract expressionist painting, African-American cinema, the world around him, feelings and ideas, the eternal formal questions with which all artists grapple, and even his early athletic training (in high school he was a New York State champion track runner). (more) “For me, ‘making art’ is like an adventure in time and space,” says Pappas. “What I am trying to express may be alien to your eye, but it is the soul that I am trying to reach.”

James Pappas studied under artist James Vernon Herring at St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, N.C. Pappas continued his undergraduate and graduate work at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Albright Art School, where he received his master of fine arts degree in painting in 1974. He also received a certificate from the Rochester Institute of Technology’s prestigious Screen Printing Program.

An associate professor in the African American Studies Department at UB, Pappas has lectured and exhibited widely in North America and abroad for more than 25 years.

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays noon to 4 p.m. The galleries of the Quick Center are free and open to the public year round. For general information or group tours call (716) 375-2494, visit www.sbu.edu or e-mail Quick@sbu.edu.

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Homelessness researcher, alum to visit campus

Dr. Dennis Culhane, a 1985 St. Bonaventure University graduate who has been recognized for his pioneering research for combating homelessness, will visit campus and Mt. Irenaeus during a three-day visit Nov. 2 to 4.

Culhane, an associate professor of social welfare policy at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, studies homelessness and housing policy. His research has been instrumental in a national shift in how society addresses homelessness, including expansions in supportive housing for people who are chronically homeless, and housing stabilization programs for people at risk of homelessness.

The St. Bonaventure community is invited to Culhane’s talk “A Home for Everyone — Addressing Homelessness in America” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in Dresser Auditorium. He also will be the guest speaker during the Nov. 3 Friday Forum, where he’ll address “Learning for Service.” The Friday Forum is open to all SBU faculty and staff. It begins at noon in the University Club above Hickey Dining Hall.

And Friday evening he will discuss “Community: Diversity and Oneness” during an Overnight at Mt. Irenaeus. The evening will begin with dinner at 6:15 p.m. with reflection in Holy Peace Chapel to follow. The overnight will continue through midday Saturday. Students should sign up in the Merton Center for transportation, which will leave at 4 p.m. Friday and return after lunch on Saturday.

Culhane earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, graduating first in his class, in 1985. As an undergraduate, he always brought together in his own life the study of psychology and the study of the Franciscan experience, said Fr. Daniel Riley, O.F.M., guardian of Holy Peace Chapel at Mt. Irenaeus.

“Dennis has always had a keen interest in bridging his personal interest and changing the human condition,” said Fr. Dan. For instance, during his time at St. Bonaventure, Culhane spent four weeks at the St. Francis Inn soup kitchen in Philadelphia, and four weeks with the Mountain community.

Today he has served as counsel to the president and Congress on homelessness issues.

“Dennis is among a number of alumni who have become key leaders and are deeply involved in applying their Franciscan values to concerns in the world,” Fr. Dan said.

Culhane’s primary areas of research are homelessness, housing policy, and policy analysis research methods. His current work includes studies of the impact of homelessness on the utilization of public health, corrections and social services in New York City and Philadelphia.

He is leading an effort to produce an annual report for the U.S. Congress on the prevalence and dynamics of homelessness based on analyses of automated shelter records in a nationally representative sample of U.S. cities. He is also working with several jurisdictions to develop a typology of homelessness among families, and to test various interventions to prevent or reduce homeless spells among families.

Culhane co-directs Penn’s Cartographic Modeling Laboratory (CML), which applies spatial data and spatial analysis tools to the study of how the social and built environments influence health and behavior, particularly in an urban context. Also at the university he serves as research associate professor of psychology in psychiatry; research associate of population studies; and senior fellow with the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.

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Graduate student writing book

Lasantha Rodrigo, a native of Sri Lanka and an English graduate student at St. Bonaventure University, is writing a book about his life, tracing his personal struggles with multiple sclerosis and his journey with God.

The autobiographical novel takes place in the state of Washington and has flashbacks to his time in Iowa. He has completed nine chapters. “I envision the book to be 15 chapters long,” Rodrigo said. His tentative title is “Beyond the Rhododendron Trail.”

Rodrigo said education in public schools (including college) in Sri Lanka is free. He attended Royal College in Colombo, Sri Lanka, the largest school that educates students from kindergarten to 12th grade. At the time he attended 8,000 students were enrolled. “I was selected to enter the University of Colombo,” he said. “Only 1 percent qualify to enter the universities.”

Rodrigo wanted to study theater and English literature, but the University of Colombo did not offer a theater major.

“When I first thought about coming to the U.S. for higher education, I already had quite a few friends studying here. My initial mentor, a high school English teacher, had studied in the U.S.,” Rodrigo said. “I had heard that the U.S. awarded merit based financial aid to students, so I pursued a full ride.” Rodrigo started his U.S. education at Waldorf College in Iowa, where he took theater and English literature classes. He decided to transfer to Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., because Waldorf College did not have a theater major.

“I was on full scholarship at Waldorf and could transfer to Pacific Lutheran on the same deal—full scholarship,” Rodrigo said.

Rodrigo’s scholarship was extended to include a master’s degree, but he withdrew in his final semester because a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis interrupted his plans. (more) “I went back home, started working, and took three years off,” he said. “I worked as creative director for an advertising agency in Sri Lanka.”

When he felt ready to reapply to graduate school, Rodrigo visited the gradschools.com Web site and sent inquiry letters to 75 graduate programs. He decided to apply to three of them. “Of the three I decided to apply to, Bona’s was my top choice,” Rodrigo said. “Dr. Charles Gannon from the English department contacted me. His response was very encouraging.”

Rodrigo was accepted at all three programs he applied to, but chose to attend St. Bonaventure University because the response he received was the most welcoming.

Rodrigo is a Learning Fellow in St. Bonaventure’s English graduate program this year. “I observe and assist in mentoring Dr. Slagle’s Clare 111 class on Monday, Wednesday and Friday,” he said.

Next year, Rodrigo will be a Teaching Fellow and instruct two sections of Clare courses. “My plan is to go for a Ph.D. and teach at a university,” he said. “But I’m going to leave it up to God to decide for sure.”

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Mt. Irenaeus honors Piccioli, Bryner

As Mt. Irenaeus has grown since its beginning 20 years ago, so has its partners in ministry. In grateful appreciation for their service to Mt. Irenaeus, the Franciscan friars of the Mountain announce the presentation of Francis Medals to Mary Piccioli and Margaret Bryner.

Mary Piccioli, a lifelong resident of the Olean area whose family had many dear friends and deep relationships with friars over the years, has always shown an innate understanding and practice of the Franciscan heritage. On Oct. 13 at the evening prayer of the annual retreat for Mt. Irenaeus Trustees, Students for the Mountain and partners in ministry, Piccioli was presented the Francis Medal.

“Following one of our Trustees, Mary took on the responsibilities of establishing a manner and practice of caring for the Mountain’s finances and business in a Franciscan manner,” said Fr. Daniel Riley, O.F.M., guardian of Holy Peace Friary at Mt. Irenaeus and a University minister. “She has established a way of doing this that is both stable for our well being and respectful of our benefactors’ intentions. Further, she shows us a servant model of management, always alert to concerns for justice for and fairness toward others.”

Piccioli spent long hours and personal time helping to establish her role as a Trustee in the Mountain’s early days as the community moved toward the formalization of its Board of Trustees. More recently she took on the responsibilities of an operating officer, transitioning from Trustee responsibilities to the more day-to-day and annual concerns.

Piccioli has served as dean of enrollment and director of institutional research at St. Bonaventure since 2003. She previously served as the University’s director of financial aid, director of enrollment research and as assistant director of financial aid, a post she was appointed to in 1983. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and an MBA from St. Bonaventure.

Margaret Bryner is director of the University’s Higher Education Opportunity Program and chair of the Franciscan Mountain Retreat’s Annual Auction. Bryner will be presented with a Francis Medal at the celebration of Mass for the Sixth Annual Auction at 5 p.m. Saturday in the University Chapel. Bryner is an example of one who offers practical vision and daily practice to accomplish visions, Fr. Dan said.

Growing up in her Christian faith and finding her own personal enthusiasm for “Franciscan ways” as she joined St. Bonaventure University, Bryner has been willing to take a strong stand and offer her capacities and capabilities to foster dialogue and activity between religious communities in the Olean, Allegany and Bradford, Pa., areas.

“Early, when the Mountain was developing its way of life and finding its way with Bona’s, Margaret saw the value of this Provincial ministry as a bridge between the two educational cultures and a way of attending to the needs, especially of those less advantaged, in our broader culture,” said Fr. Dan.

Bryner began to bring HEOP students to Mt. Irenaeus for an experience that would help further their personal development. The Mountain became a special place of welcome and comfort as these students entered into the larger University community and their experiences helped them gain relationships with each other and a desire to learn in the classroom.

“Each summer, as the Mountain grew, Margaret grew in ways of engaging these students in life. …She so values the personal growth of individuals and the integration of their education that she draws upon many of us in the University community to re-engage one another in the service of our youth,” Fr. Dan said.

Bryner has served as a Trustee for Mt. Irenaeus and assisted with the planning for the House of Peace and other structures. Seeing the need in sustaining these structures, she conceived of and then organized and instituted the Mountain Auction, which is celebrating its sixth year.

Bryner joined the University in 1975 as an instructor of physical education, and since 1982 has been with HEOP, where she has served as counselor, assistant director and was named director in 1994. She also served as the women’s volleyball coach from 1975-87. Bryner holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree from Indiana University.

Holy Name Province established the Francis Medal in 1998. The medal is awarded through friars of the Province to recognize and express deep appreciation to women and men who have advanced the values and ideals of St. Francis and/or generously assisted the friars in living and proclaiming the Gospel after the example of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis is renowned throughout the world for the many ways in which he strove to be the humble servant of the poor and marginalized.

Mt. Irenaeus, a not-for-profit Franciscan mountain retreat located outside West Clarksville, N.Y., has just completed its celebration of 20 years of welcoming. This special place had its beginnings when a few members of the St. Bonaventure University community began a search for a place where members of the community could get away for a weekend of rest and reflection. During the summers of 1983 and 1984, Collins Hall, a University-owned building on Union Street in Allegany, served as the Mountain’s first home.

In November 1984, the searchers found the current site. Construction of the first cabin began in summer 1985. Today the Mountain’s 380 acres include, in addition to Holy Peace Chapel and Friary, several cabins and 10 to 12 miles of trails. For more information about Mt. Irenaeus, go to www.mounti.com. For more information about Holy Name Province, go to www.hnp.org.

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ROTC to hold Veterans' Day ceremony

The St. Bonaventure University Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) will host a Veterans’ Day Ceremony on Nov. 10, 2006, at the Veterans’ Memorial Statue located outside the western entrance to the Reilly Center.

The ceremony will begin promptly at 11 a.m. and will feature the cadet color guard team, honor guard, music and remarks from the professor of military science, Lt. Col. Richard Trietley. All University and local community residents are invited to attend this ceremony designed to honor our nation’s past, present and future soldiers, airmen, sailors and marines.

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Dr. Carl J. Case, professor of management science, had a paper titled “Preparing IS Students with Effective Team Skills” published in the journal Issues in Information Systems. The paper was also presented at International Association for Computer Information Systems (IACIS) 2006 Conference in Reno, Nev., Oct. 6, 2006.

Dr. Carl J. Case, professor of management science, and Darwin L. King, professor of accounting, had a paper titled “Is Undergraduate Spam Under Control?” published in the journal Issues in Information Systems. The paper was also presented at International Association for Computer Information Systems (IACIS) 2006 Conference in Reno, Nev., Oct. 7, 2006.

Dr. Gaston Dembele, assistant professor of education, developed and presented a workshop - “Incorporating Writing Activities into Reading Sessions: Using Writing to Improve Adult Learners’ Reading Skills” - to Literacy Volunteers of Cattaraugus County (LVCC) Aug. 16, 2006. Ten volunteers were in attendance of this workshop which was held in the San Damiano Room at St. Bonaventure University. Topics covered included: the importance of writing; the writing process; writing conferences and other writing activities and strategies. Participants left with a set of materials compiled and developed by Dembele. The mission of the LVCC is as follows: “to increase literacy in Cattaraugus County through the use of trained and supported volunteers. Services are free, and are aimed to primarily assist adults reading at the lowest literacy levels.”

At its recent annual conference in Indianapolis, the Association for General and Liberal Education accepted the resignation of Michael Chiariello from its Executive Council and immediately approved Chiariello’s nomination of Clare College Dean, David DiMattio to serve out the two-year balance of his term. Chiariello currently serves as Director of St. Bonaventure University’s Franciscan Heritage Semester Study in Italy Program. Chiariello said, “I was gratified that the AGLS Council accepted my nomination of Dean DiMattio. He will be able to continue Clare College’s participation in the AGLS effort to recognize exemplary programs in general and liberal education.” Established in 1961, AGLS, the Association for General and Liberal Studies, is a national forum for inquiry concerning the improvement of undergraduate education. According to its mission statement, “AGLS serves colleges and universities by helping students and faculty enjoy the benefits of a liberal education attained through quality general education.”

Dr. John Mulryan, Board of Trustees Professor of English, was an honored guest at the dedication of the Robert J. Wickenheiser library at the University of South Carolina (Columbia). The dedication took place Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006. On Friday, Sept. 29, 2006, Mulryan was a guest speaker on the panel "Great Bookmen," at the University of Illinois (Urbana). On Oct. 20, 2006, he presented a paper on Ben Jonson and the emblem tradition at the International conference on drama and art at Binghamton University. On Oct. 27-28, 2006, Mulryan he participated in the Northeast Milton Seminar, which met at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, Canada.

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Career Center News ...

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Friday Forum

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

Date: Nov. 3, 2006 (this Friday)
Speaker: Prof. Dennis Culhane
Time: Lunch starts at noon, Forum goes from 12:35 to 1:30 p.m., including Q&A
Place: University Club - Above Hickey
Title: "Learning for Service"

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