|Nov. 9, 2006
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Kenny Rogers will hit the road again for the holidays and he’s stopping in town to spread a little Christmas cheer.
The 25th anniversary of Rogers’ highly acclaimed Christmas Tour, one of the longest-running Christmas tours in history, comes to the region Wednesday, Dec. 13, for a 7:30 p.m. performance in the Reilly Center Arena at St. Bonaventure University.
Rogers will perform his classics such as, “The Gambler,” as well as new hits, “I Can’t Unlove You,” from Water & Bridges, and heartwarming Christmas songs, such as “Let it Snow.”
The tour, “Kenny Rogers Christmas and Hits Featuring Linda Davis,” kicks off in South Bend, Ind., on Nov. 24. Tour stops include Richmond, Va., Atlantic City, N.J., and Baltimore, Md., among others. Joining Rogers on stage will be country star Linda Davis, as well as a local choir and children from each city visited.
“It’s so important for me to make sure each town feels personally involved with my show,” Rogers said. “The holidays are about warmth and togetherness, which is what I strive for on this tour. I’m looking forward to this tour as I have for the past 25 years.”
Kenny Rogers’ debut
single “I Can’t Unlove You” from Water & Bridges entered the Top 20 on
both the Billboard and R&R charts in 2006, and made Billboard’s Hot
100 list in 2006. The song, written by Wade Kirby and Will Robinson,
expresses the inner turmoil of letting go of a lost love. The video for
his latest hit, “The Last 10 Years (Superman),” has just been added to
CMT, GAC, and CMT’s Pure Country, simultaneously. The video has a unique
quality, using computer generated imaging that has never been seen before
Rogers is the only
artist to chart a record in each of the last six decades and has three
Grammy Awards, five Country Music Association Awards, 18 American Music
Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards and 11 People’s Choice
Awards. He’s also ranked No. 8 on the Recording Industry Association of
America’s list of Top Selling Male Artists of all time.
Winthrop Wetherbee will be giving a lecture on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the Robert R. Jones Trustees Room in Doyle Hall.
Wetherbee is the author of two major books on Chaucer titled “Chaucer and the Poets: An Essay on Troilus and Criseyde” (1984) and “Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales” (2004).
He was most recently an Avalon Foundation Professor for the Humanities at Cornell University until retiring in June 2005. His other teaching experiences include professor of classics and English at Cornell and professor of English at the University of Chicago.
In addition to teaching, Wetherbee has held administrative positions as the director of medieval studies, assistant chair of comparative literature and chair of the English Department at Cornell. He was also the coordinator of university writing programs at Chicago.
Wetherbee is an expert in Medieval Latin as well as Chaucer, and he is a member of the Medieval Academy. He is on the advisory board of the Center for Medieval Studies at Penn State University and the editorial board of Dante Studies, an annual journal containing Dante’s life, works, influence and critical reception.
He received a bachelor’s degree in classics and English from Harvard University in 1960. He then went on to graduate school at the United Kingdom’s University of Leeds, where he earned a master’s degree in English. In 1967, Wetherbee attended the University of California at Berkeley where he received a Ph.D. in English.
Wetherbee lives with his wife, Andrea, in Ithaca, N.Y., where he is completing a book on Dante.
His lecture is sponsored by the Visiting Scholars Committee, and precedes the play performance of “The Canterbury Tales,” which will be held at The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts (QCA) at 7:30 p.m. Full price tickets are $18; tickets for QCA subscribers, SBU staff and senior citizens are $15 and $5 for SBU students. All tickets may be purchased at the door on the night of the performance.
Wetherbee’s lecture is free and open to the public.
Chaucers' The Canterbury Tales will be showing at SBU's Quick Center at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15.
October’s Disability Awareness Month at St. Bonaventure celebrated “Positive Images of People with Disabilities.”
The walk that was held Oct. 15, along with the bake sale and Chinese Auction, raised $661 to support three local agencies, Hunter’s Hope, The Special Olympics, and The ReHabilitation Center, who provide services and support to individuals with disabilities.
Sue LoTempio, the featured speaker for October, spoke about the need for the media to portray individuals with disabilities in a new way. LoTempio, who has been in a wheelchair since childhood, is the assistant managing editor of The Buffalo News. In her years as a journalist, she has witnessed discrimination against individuals with disabilities in they way they are covered by the media. Often the media focuses on the disability, not the person’s accomplishments.
During her talk she reminded the audience that even though she is in a wheelchair, she is still a completely capable person. Individuals with disabilities are often in the spotlight for doing something ordinary with a focus on pity or inspiration. She reminded the audience that anyone can become disabled at any time.
Individuals with disabilities are the largest minority group, yet 50 percent of people with disabilities are unemployed and students with disabilities are twice as likely to drop out of high school. LoTempio ended her presentation by telling the audience, “Go out there and change the world.” What a perfect end to a wonderful month.
St. Bonaventure University will join colleges and universities around the nation to celebrate International Education Week from Nov. 13-17.
Former President Bill Clinton inaugurated the first International Education Week in 2000. Secretary of State Colin Powell announced in 2001 that the Bush administration would continue this tradition, declaring the second week of November as International Education Week.
The focus of events nationwide and on the SBU campus during this week will highlight international education at U.S. colleges and universities, both in the arena of international students pursuing academic programs in America and overseas academic opportunities for American students to study abroad.
This year’s events will highlight several accomplishments the University has realized this past year, including the dedication of the Damietta Center, a multi-cultural gathering space for all members of the community; acknowledging the 10th anniversary of SBU collaboration with Bond University, the University’s oldest partner in Australia; and noting the U.S. Senate unanimous declaration that 2006 be celebrated as “The Year of Study Abroad.”
The annual study abroad fair will be held Tuesday, Nov. 14, and Wednesday, Nov. 15. Traditionally, study abroad alumni will staff tables in the Reilly Center lobby and share their overseas experiences with students.
“This has become a major focal point for students to have an opportunity to see the numbers of overseas academic programs available,” said Alice Sayegh, director of international studies.
Scholarship recipients will be announced for spring 2007 programs on Nov. 16: the F. Donald Kenney International Scholars Awards and the Bond University tuition awards will be available for SBU overseas academic programs next semester. Selections will be made by the Faculty Study Abroad Committee and will include students attending the SBU-approved program at National University of Ireland at Galway and students participating in the spring semester at Bond.
From 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, there will be a community reception at the Damietta Center to acknowledge this milestone achievement for the University. There will be an opportunity for those who have not yet seen the facility to tour the center; international delicacies will be available in each of the public spaces.
These events have added meaning this year: in late 2005, the U.S. Senate, by unanimous vote, declared 2006 as the “Year of Study Abroad” to recognize the importance of study abroad. This resolution boosts the visibility of study abroad in the United States and sets the stage for further action on the national level to expand study abroad opportunities. Achievements coming from the Lincoln Commission and additional funding for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships have and will continue to have a direct positive impact on SBU students looking for government funding for study abroad.
For information about SBU international study opportunities or scholarships, please contact Alice Sayegh at 375-2574 or visit www.sbu.edu/intstudies.
Approximately 50 middle school girls came to the St. Bonaventure University campus Saturday, Nov. 4, for the fifth annual Girls’ Day.
“No matter what they choose to do they will have to deal with technology, and it’s important to make sure they’re comfortable early,” she Dr. Suzanne Watson, computer science lecturer and coordinator of the event, who said the intent was to introduce participants to various technology applications.
Participants cycled through four 50-minute workshops that included a hands-on seminar with robots and AOL instant messenger technology and an introduction to programming software. The day concluded with a panel discussion with expert presenters.
Parents and teachers who accompanied students to the workshop also got a lesson in new technology and safety. Laura L’Esperance, a sophomore computer science and music major, presented a Power Point presentation on the growing technology field.
“The presentation showed how we’re training students today for jobs that haven’t even been invented yet to show how fast technology is developing. The parents needed to see how this is affecting their girls so they would be more supportive of a decision to pursue a field in science or technology when their girls are older,” she said.
Watson is pleased
with the positive responses she received from participants, parents and
ROTC shows improvement in Ranger Challenge
A grueling obstacle course, a speedy weapons exercise and a land navigation challenge were only a few of the events the St. Bonaventure ROTC tackled at the annual ROTC Ranger Challenge in Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pa.
The Challenge, held from Oct. 13-15, tested both the physical and mental capabilities of its participants. Twenty ROTC brigades from universities across the East competed. Each team consisted of 13 people, 10 of whom actively participated with another three serving as alternates.
The St. Bonaventure ROTC had been training for six weeks in preparation for the competition. Out of the 20 teams, SBU finished 14th, moving up three places from last year. Overall, the team improved in a majority of the nine events.
“[The team] worked hard to get where they were,” stated Margaret Kubiak, co-captain of the team. “Before every event we got them focused. We told them, ‘Here’s what you have to have, here’s what you have to do, here’s what you shouldn’t do, and best of luck.’ We had people who hadn’t even seen the competition who took it right in stride.”
A basic physical training test constituted the first event. Each team performed two minutes of sit-ups, two minutes of push-ups and ran two miles. Each score was averaged and ranked. The SBU Rangers then took part in a land navigation assignment. While being timed, members plotted grid coordinates on a map and found them in the woods of Ft. Indiantown Gap. The team earned over a hundred points more than the past two previous years.
Two weapons events consisting of assembling and disassembling an M-16 and a simulation followed. Each team member sat at a desk and disassembled and reassembled a weapon on command. Afterward, the cadets underwent a weapons simulation challenge. Members picked up an M-16 attached to a computer and shot at targets on a screen. The first weapon event was judged on speed while the simulation required speed and accuracy.
After the weapon events, SBU competed in a rope-bridge challenge. Armed with a strip of rope, gloves and a snap link, members made their own harnesses and worked together to assemble a rope bridge over a river. The team finished 10th in the event.
A test in hand grenade assault awaited the team afterward. The team threw mock grenades, releasing nothing more than a flash of smoke, at targets. The 400-meter course consisted of six different sections, each section testing a different position of throwing, and presenting a new level of difficulty. St. Bonaventure finished 3rd in the event, which was based on accuracy and procedure.
The competition further tested the cadets’ physical ability on the obstacle course. Participants lunged themselves over a 6-foot wall, climbed various ropes and beams, and crawled under tight areas. A patrolling quiz followed the obstacle course with each team member individually evaluated based on a 25-question examination containing information from the Army’s Infantry field manual.
In the final event, a 6-mile ruck-run, each team traveled through a predetermined gravel course while carrying a rucksack packed with roughly 25 pounds of equipment. The SBU beat last year’s time two minutes.
“Every year we’ll be improving… The team is getting older.” Kubiak said. “Next year, we’ll have seniors that have been on the team since freshman year. This year we did not have that. It’s all about building on it every year.”
The counseling honor society Chi Sigma Iota has inducted 14 new members from St. Bonaventure University.
Established in 1985 at the Ohio State University, the international honor society is directed toward students, professional counselors and counselor educators. For students to be eligible they must have a grade point average of 3.5 or above and be enrolled in a graduate-level counseling program.
Dr. Mary O. Adekson, associate professor of counselor education, is the faculty adviser of the Phi Rho chapter at St. Bonaventure.
“The initiates will continue to present themselves in a professional manner in all their endeavors as counselors in training,” said Adekson.
According to the Chi Sigma Iota Web site, the motive for forming an international honor society in counseling was to ensure recognition for superb academic achievement as well as outstanding service within the counseling profession.
There are 281 Chi Sigma Iota chapters within the United States, Europe and Philippines. The chapters include more than 10,000 active members and more than 50,000 initiated members. Adekson said the Phi Rho chapter this year will elect new officers and plan potential fundraisers.
The inductees include: Bridget J. Anderson of Liverpool, N.Y.; Amanda J. Buck of Olean, N.Y.; Jeffrey L. Dean of Portville, N.Y.; Brianna C. Eaton of Allegany, N.Y.; Anna E. Fagerstrom of Jamestown, N.Y.; Jeanine S. Feldbauer of Cuba, N.Y.; Marc A. Fernandes of Norton, Mass.; Cara M.Lynch of Geneseo, N.Y.; Winnifred Paul of Olean, N.Y.; Amy C. Pike of Lakewood, N.Y.; John W. Sliger of Allegany, N.Y.; Allison M. Smilnak of Binghamton, N.Y.; Jennifer Sylor of Franklinville, N.Y.; and Cheryl J. Weaver of Cuba, N.Y.
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., Nov. 9, 2006 - Thomas Buttafarro Jr. has been appointed director of operations in the Office of the President at St. Bonaventure. Buttafarro is the successor to the late Fr. Francis Storms, O.F.M.
“The death of Fr. Frank Storms was a serious blow to administrative operations,” said Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., president of St. Bonaventure University. “Joan Zink did a wonderful job filling in for the last year when Fr. Frank’s health deteriorated and since his passing. Her generosity, as we all know, is boundless. For both our sakes, I am very happy to now have this position filled again with a person who brings new skills and energy to serve the smooth functioning of our administration. We welcome Tom and I know that the University will be well served.”
An advisory will be sent to the campus community that outlines changes to how the Office of the President will function and the new duties Buttafarro will implement on behalf of Sr. Margaret. Buttafarro will maintain Sr. Margaret’s schedule and any requests for meetings with her will now be coordinated through his office.
He will serve as liaison between the president’s office and a variety of internal and external groups, including the secretary to the Board of Trustees. He will also be involved in coordinating special projects and daily office management functions for the provost/vice president for Academic Affairs and the vice president for Franciscan Mission.
Jamestown native, earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from
West Virginia State University and has extensive experience with
government, management and administration. He has served more than 10
years for state legislators, including the late Sen. Pat McGee and, most
recently, Assemblyman Joe Giglio, for whom he oversaw all administrative
and personnel operations of district and Albany offices. Buttafarro can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and (716) 375-3230.
The local community is invited to attend, free of charge, two concerts this month at St. Bonaventure University’s Rigas Family Theater in The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
The SBU Chamber Music Concert is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, and will be about an hour long. It will feature the SBU Percussion Ensemble, four pianists, four vocalists, and the SBU Saxophone Quartet. There will be a variety of music selections, ranging from classical (Beethoven and Chopin) to jazz and Broadway.
There will also be some African drum pieces: Dununba, a Maninka ethnic group piece, and Jansa, a Kansonke' ethnic group piece.
Some of the vocal performances featured will be Cole Porter’s “Someone to Watch Over Me,” and Antonio Caldera’s “Alma del Cort.”
Also, the community is invited to the SBU Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29. A 10-piece student group will be playing an arrangement of jazz songs. There will be trumpets, saxophones, piano and bass guitar.
Two songs to be performed were written by Dr. Leslie Sabina, professor of music for the department of visual and performing arts, titled “Money on the Cat” and “Chilled Out.” Special guest Jan Rhody, a local piano player and music educator, will be featured in songs with piano solos.
University President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., encourages faculty and staff to donate money or volunteer their time with the United Way of Cattaraugus County, a non-profit system of volunteers and contributors that works to make positive changes in our communities.
Sr. Margaret said our local United Way operates with only two full-time-equivalent staff members. A trained and dedicated team of volunteers does a majority of the work. St. Bonaventure students and faculty members have been proudly involved in a number of programming initiatives through the Journey Project and other campus outreach activity.
United Way of Cattaraugus County works in partnership with more than 24 local agencies and organizations. These agencies collectively assisted more than 30,000 local residents last year. The ReHabilitation Center is among those that began as a United Way-funded agency.
“None of the funded agencies operate solely on United Way funds, but they would not be able to exist without them,” said Sr. Margaret.
Because of United Way funding, Aspire WNY (formerly United Cerebral Palsy) is able to loan adaptive equipment to individuals with disabilities without a fee. Aspire is able to provide referral and assistance in coordinating services. Aspire also provides a disability awareness program to elementary students in Cattaraugus County, teaching them how to interact with and understand someone who has a disability.
The United Way of Cattaraugus County also ensures the existence of HomeCare & Hospice services in the local community through its support of the Home Care Family Aid Fund sliding fee program. This program allows families with limited means who don’t qualify for Medicaid or other assistance, to receive services at a reduced cost. It bases out-of-pocket expenses on income rather than applying a fixed rate.
“It gives patients and families the help they need to receive essential services, to maintain independence and to stay at home,” said Jean Gonska, director of service advancement for HomeCare & Hospice.
“Prevention First, of the Cattaraugus County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, became a United Way agency two years ago,” said DeeDee Bartz, Prevention Program supervisor at the council. “It utilizes research based parenting sessions through its Family Focused Prevention program that have identified factors that place children at risk for alcohol and other drug abuse, and factors that protect children from substance abuse and other problem behaviors.”
United Way also supports Community Impact projects such as Project Helping Hand (for military families in need), Rebuilding Together (home repairs for elderly/disabled) and First Call For Help (information and referral helpline). United Way chairs the local FEMA Board, which allocates federal FEMA dollars to emergency service providers and offers free income tax assistance through a partnership with St. Bonaventure accounting students.
United Way is engaged in conversations with key stakeholders regarding the current dilemma of high dropout and truancy rates. By matching United Way donated dollars with NYS Prevention funds, the organization hopes school districts may soon have additional program funds to address this community need.
United Way of Cattaraugus County began 85 years ago in Olean as the “Community Chest.” Programs funded in 1928 included the Anti-Tuberculosis Society, Visiting Nurse Association, the School Nutrition Fund, the City Relief Society and the Olean General Hospital.
“We take pride in
being faithful stewards of the community’s investment and continue to
search for ways to help the residents and the most vulnerable populations
in our area to have an increased quality of life,” said Sr. Margaret. “We
are curious and creative souls, and welcome you to join us – if not as a
donor, as a volunteer or educational resource. With your help we can make
Theologian and author Megory Anderson spoke about death and dying in a different light Saturday at St. Bonaventure University’s Clubhouse.
Hosted by the University’s Bogoni Center and co-sponsored by Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, the daylong interactive seminar welcomed about 45 area health professionals and caregivers and focused on the topic of death, suggesting that dying wasn’t something to be feared but welcomed.
Anderson’s appearance at St. Bonaventure was the result of the Bogoni family’s wishes and hopes to reach out to caregivers and healthcare professionals. Paul and Irene Bogoni donated $1.5 million to the University in 2004 to establish the Bogoni Center, with the ultimate goal of establishing a new gerontology major.
A minor in gerontology now exists, with plans to add a major in the final stages.
“The visiting author fulfills a mission,” said Dr. James Moor, director of SBU’s Bogoni Center. Anderson spoke about the role society plays in death and dying and how we can change our solemn views on the subject.
The sessions also directed caregivers and health professionals to discuss the duties they have when helping people at the end of life.
“We don’t do death and dying very well in this culture, haven’t you noticed that?” said Anderson. “(But) what our world is like on end-of-life issues is starting to shift.”
She focused on the importance of opening the window of the, “Aha! I’m actually dying” factor so family members can endure the full experience of the journey and pilgrimage of the death of a loved one. The sooner family members realize and accept a loved one’s fate, the better, Anderson said.
The four seminar sessions focused on “The Biomedical Model vs. the Spiritual Model of Death and Dying”; “What is a Good Death?”; “What is Sacred Dying?”; and “Rituals for the Dying: Personally and Professionally.”
Anderson has written many books, including “Sacred Dying: Creating Rituals for Embracing the End of Life” and “Attending the Dying.” She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley, and University of San Francisco.
Colleges Against Cancer smokes out campus
The leading cause of cancer death in the United States is also the most preventable. Students and faculty at St. Bonaventure University will do their part this month to kick the habit of smoking and win the battle against lung cancer.
The Colleges Against Cancer members at the University, in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, are asking smokers to quit Nov. 16, the date of the Great American Smokeout. It may be as simple as giving up one cigarette at a time, or going cold turkey and quitting smoking altogether. Whether you are a college student who has just picked up the habit, a two-pack-a-day smoker or have never picked up a cigarette, there is something beneficial for you at the Great American Smokeout.
There are many ways to get educated about the risks of smoking. Visit the Colleges Against Cancer table for the Great American Smokeout from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, and Friday, Nov. 17, in the Reilly Center lobby. Help the cause by reading educational material provided by Colleges Against Cancer.
Smokers can put cigarettes in a bowl and receive raffle tickets for a prize. Non-smokers may purchase three raffle tickets for $1. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Guess how many butts are in a jar (picked up by the group from St. Bonaventure campus walkways) and win. Most importantly, make a commitment to a smoke-free life.
Colleges Against Cancer plans on getting the campus community interested in Relay For Life next spring. Participate in the Relay Rally from 7 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 16 in the Richter Center. Students, faculty and staff can learn how to get involved in Relay For Life, enjoy refreshments and prepare to "Be The Cure" at the Relay For Life in the spring.
During Relay For Life, teams of students, faculty and staff will run or walk laps in March 2007 to raise money for cancer research and programs. The sponsored teams keep at least one member on the track at all times during the all-night event. Refreshments and live music will keep participants going. According to the American Cancer Society, the event represents the hope that those who face cancer will be supported, those lost to cancer will never be forgotten and that one day cancer will be eliminated. The St. Bonaventure University community raised $15,000 through Relay For Life last year. Event planners hope to raise $20,000 this year.
For more information on American Cancer Society events, visit their Web site at www.acsevents.org/relay/ny/stbonaventure.com.
Be sure to check out the November Issue of Directions. For more information on upcoming Career Fairs, Interview Skill Building Workshops, and Internship opportunities visit the Career Center Events Web page.
Dr. Daniel Tate, associate professor of philosophy, delivered a paper at the annual meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy held Oct. 12-14 in Philadelphia. His paper, titled “Hermeneutics and Rhetoric,” examined the appropriation of classical rhetoric (particularly Aristotle) into philosophical hermeneutics found in the early lectures of Martin Heidegger and the later reflections of Hans-Georg Gadamer. The relation of rhetoric and hermeneutics is particularly important to Gadamer’s larger attempt to see in hermeneutics the rehabilitation of the tradition of practical philosophy.
An essay by Tate has also been recently accepted for publication by Epoche, a journal specializing in contemporary interpretations of the history of philosophy. This essay, titled “Transforming Mimesis: Gadamer’s Retrieval of Aristotle’s Poetics,” argues that Gadamer’s understanding of art is, at bottom, a creative appropriation of Aristotle’s account of tragic artwork in the Poetics. The interpretation offered takes its cue from Gadamer’s claim that mimesis consists not imitation (as it is often understood), but rather in transformation. The essay elaborates this claim in the interest of developing Gadamer’s view that the ancient doctrine of mimesis is still relevant for our understanding of art today.
All SBU faculty, staff and administrators are welcome to all the Friday Forums.
10, 2005 (this Friday)