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Sept. 20, 2007


  1. Phi Ro to host community barbecue
  2. Francis Week 2007: Celebrating our Heritage and Traditions
  3. Faith-based perspective on Internet addiction written by Kimberly Young, Patrice Klausing
  4. School of Journalism to host annual Hellinger Awards Luncheon
  5. 'Space Pandas' to invade St. Bonaventure theater
  6. Career Center
  7. Newsmakers ...
  8. Friday Forum


Phi Ro to host community barbecue

St. Bonaventure University’s counselors’ honor society Phi Rho, a chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, will be hosting a “Welcome Back Barbeque” on Oct. 20.

The barbeque will be held at Allegany River Park on West Union Street from 1 to 5 p.m. It is free and open to the St. Bonaventure, Olean and Allegany communities, regardless of affiliation with Phi Rho. There will be music, games and a raffle.

“The reason we are putting together this event is to create a more family-like environment within the counseling education program at both the St. Bonaventure and Hilbert campuses,” Kasi Maleski, Phi Rho president, said. “As we looked at other Phi Rho events, we noticed we had low community turnouts.”

“Family within the department and community is our goal,” Maleski said. Park ‘n’ Shop has donated food for the event, and Phi Rho welcomes donations from local businesses, whether it be food or raffle items.

Phi Rho is associated with St. Bonaventure’s graduate-level counseling programs. To be eligible for induction, students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Dr. Mary O. Adekson, associate professor of counselor education, is the faculty adviser. Phi Rho also puts on the Hut-A-Thon during the spring to benefit local shelters and raise awareness about homelessness.

For more information, contact Maleski maleskkm@sbu.edu or Shawn Wolfgram, Phi Rho secretary, at wolfgrsd@sbu.edu.

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Francis Week 2007: Celebrating our Heritage and Traditions

The University welcomes the Rev. Richard McBrien, professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, for the following presentations:

Thursday, Sept. 27
5-6:15 p.m.: Fr. Jerome Kelly, O.F.M., Memorial Lecture, University Chapel. A reception and book signing will follow.

Friday, Sept. 28
8:30-9:20 a.m.: "Issues in Catholicism," Dresser Auditorium, John J. Murphy Professional Building

12:35-1:25 p.m.: Friday Forum, Doyle Dining Room, "Academic Freedom in a Catholic University"

Watch your mailbox for a printed program outlining all of the Francis Week activities!

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Faith-based perspective on Internet addiction written by Kimberly Young, Patrice Klausing

Two members of the St. Bonaventure University community have released a new book that is the first faith-based perspective on Internet addiction.

In “Breaking Free of the Web: Catholics and Internet Addiction,” written by Dr. Kimberly Young and Sr. Patrice Klausing, O.S.F., the authors offer clinical and spiritual guidance to Catholics wishing to break free of addiction and return to good health.

“It is our hope that this book will offer a foundation, based on fact and faith, which will empower the reader to seek the help he or she needs,” Young and Sr. Patrice write in the introduction of the book. “We call it a foundation because research has consistently shown that breaking free of addiction patterns or coping with the addiction of a loved one requires additional support, one that involves a network of people, including professional counselors and structured groups.”

Sr. Patrice taught Foundations of Religious Texts, a Clare College course, for two semesters. She assisted the University’s Strategic Planning Committee with maintaining its Franciscan values in ministry, diversity, athletics and student life. Sr. Patrice also worked as a counselor at The Counseling Center in Wellsville.

Young, an associate professor of management sciences and licensed psychologist, came to St. Bonaventure in 2002. Her work on Internet addiction has been featured in hundreds of media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and ABC’s World News Tonight. She has also written two other books on Internet addiction: “Caught in the Net” and “Tangled in the Web.”

“My previous books focused much more on clinical intervention and techniques. In ‘Breaking Free of the Web,’ Scripture and reflection pieces are added to make the book the first faith-based perspective on Internet addiction,” said Young. “It is geared toward the Catholic faith and is the first book on Internet addiction to explore the spiritual impact involved in the addiction process.”

“Breaking Free of the Web,” published by St. Anthony Messenger Press, is broken into two distinct parts. The first four chapters focus on the basics of general addiction and Internet addiction. Topics such as the cycle of addiction and signs of Internet addiction are discussed.

“We focus on the main aspects of Internet addiction – cyber-sex addiction, infidelity online, vocational problems related to Internet addiction, parenting issues related to Internet addiction, stages of Internet addiction – and explore in depth each subtype of abuse mentioned,” said Young.

The next four chapters focus on the effects of Internet addiction on populations such as children, couples, college students and workers.

“There are relational, psychological, physical, spiritual and economic consequences that are affecting multitudes of people, many of whom have not yet sought help or admitted they have a problem,” says Sr. Patrice.

Passages from the Bible are given at the end of each chapter to help the reader spiritually reflect. The closing chapter then offers Catholics a model for embracing the sacrament of reconciliation as a part of the healing and recovery process.

“To date, most books written on Internet addiction have focused solely on psychological aspects, treatment strategies and practical consequences of Internet addiction,” says Sr. Patrice. “Our book goes beyond these factors to tap into one’s spiritual resources, which, when consciously accessed, become a real strength for the [addict] or to those who love them.”

Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., president of the University, said Young and Sr. Patrice successfully help people understand the lure and lessons of Internet addiction in their book.

“[They] combine solid research, accessible case studies and the wisdom and tradition of Catholic spirituality,” said Sr. Margaret. “They addressed a difficult topic with compassionate sensitivity, and open doors into a dark world that we need to understand as parents, educators and pastors.”

“Breaking Free of the Web: Catholics and Internet Addiction” is available from St. Anthony Messenger Press and online at several major book retailers.

By Alex Cole

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School of Journalism to host annual Hellinger Awards Luncheon

The Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication will hold its annual Mark Hellinger Award Luncheon Friday, Oct. 5, at the Hyatt Regency in Rochester. The luncheon will begin at 11:45 a.m.

The Hellinger Award, established in 1960 to honor Broadway Playwright and Hollywood producer Mark Hellinger, is presented to a graduating senior demonstrating academic excellence and genuine promise in the communications field. It is the highest award the school of journalism gives to a graduate. Hallie Steube, ’07, of Mission Viejo, Calif., is this year’s recipient.

Steube excelled academically and was one of seven undergraduates to receive an honors degree last May. She also received The Mosser Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Mass Communications curriculum at St. Bonaventure University. Steube also played an active role outside of the classroom as the president of the St. Bonaventure Chapter of the American Advertising Federation and as the co-editor of The Bonadieu.

The runner-up for the Mark Hellinger award is Christopher Whitcomb, ’07. He is a member of the communications and marketing department for Delaware North Companies in Buffalo. While attending St. Bonaventure University, Whitcomb worked for both The Bona Venture and the Olean Times Herald while balancing freelance responsibilities with Business First of Buffalo, PGATour.com and Buffalogolfer.com. In the classroom, Whitcomb earned Dean's List with distinction each semester and graduated with the highest grade point average in the 2007 Jandoli School graduating class.

The School of Journalism will also recognize TV anchor Jim Aroune, ’87, at the luncheon as Alumnus of the Year. The award, established in 1981, honors a journalism graduate who continues to display the University’s qualities instilled in all students. Aroune is the lead political anchor and correspondent for R News, a 24/7 news station in Rochester, N.Y.

Joan Roeben Licursi, ’65, will be the guest speaker at the event. Licursi, the first woman to receive the Hellinger Award, was named Alumna of the Year in 1981. Licursi currently is senior vice president of the Gilda’s Club, an organization offering international support for cancer victims and their families. Luncheon tickets are available to the public at $40 per person.

Attendance at the awards ceremony is by reservation only. To make a reservation, contact Patty Thibodeau at the Office of Marketing and Public Relations at (716) 375-2334 or via e-mail at pthib@sbu.edu.

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'Space Pandas' to invade St. Bonaventure theater

SBU Theater will launch its 2007-08 season light-years away with a silly yet sophisticated story about time and space travel.

“The Revenge of the Space Pandas,” which opens in mid-November on the St. Bonaventure University campus, promises fast, funny entertainment for the whole family from award-winning playwright and screenwriter David Mamet (“The Untouchables” and “American Buffalo”).

In “Space Pandas,” kid scientist Binky Rudich invents a two-speed clock that sends him and his friends Vivian and Bob to the planet Crestview. Everything looks great until Crestview’s supreme ruler, the evil George Topax, and his army of space pandas refuse to return Binky and his friends to Earth.

“The Revenge of the Space Pandas” runs Wednesday, Nov. 14, through Saturday, Nov. 17, in the Rigas Family Theater of The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Show times are 7:30 p.m. except for a special children’s matinee, which will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.

Dr. Ed. Simone, chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and director of the theater program, describes the show as “a great workout for our students,” many of whom are new to SBU Theater.

“Theater for young people is something our students have never done. The energy and precision required are great challenges for our majors, minors, and everyone involved,” added Simone.

SBU Theater is part of the growing theater program in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and is produced by the department in cooperation with the Quick Center for the Arts.

The production is the first play offered with the University’s new theater major in place and is the first SBU show designed by new faculty member Rebecca R. Misenheimer, assistant professor of theater. The show is directed by Simone and the production stage manager is student Mary Schrader of Murphy, Texas.

Members of the cast are: Christopher Britten of Schenectady, Chris Dell of Corning, Cameron DeOrdio of Nedrow, N.Y., Talbot Eckweiler of Easton, Conn., Brittany Henry of Little Egg Harbor, N.J., Torrey Johnson of Frewsburg, Ryan Kasperski of Olean, Terry Lepetich of Norwalk, Conn., Clint Lienau of Pittsboro, N.C., Erin Lowry of Shanghai, China, Elizabeth Mohun of Cowlesville, N.Y., Stephanie Nikolaou of Rochester, Joe O’Halloran of East Islip, Sean O’Shea of Ithaca, Jason Pagliaccio of Depew, Lizz Schumer of Hamburg, Adam Sorokes of Olean, and Anne Young of Hinsdale, Ill.

Tickets for “The Revenge of the Space Pandas” are $8 for the public and $6 for subscribers.

Free rush tickets to SBU Theater performances may be obtained by all students (high school or college level). Free rush tickets are available at any performance for which there are unsold seats. Just come to the box office one hour before curtain, show your valid student ID, and you’ll receive one free ticket for that event’s performance. One ticket per valid ID in person only.

To reserve tickets or for more information, call the Quick Center Box Office at (716) 375-2494.

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Career Center news...

To find out more information on Graduate School Week, Interview Tips for Accounting Majors, and On-campus Recruiting, and Recruiting Orientations, click here!


Newsmakers ...

Lee Coppola, dean of the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication, participated in a panel discussion on the Constitution Sept. 17, 2007, at Canisius College. The event was sponsored by the Erie-Niagara League of Women Voters and Coppola discussed the First Amendment and how high school administrators often ignore it in censoring student publications.

Dr. John Mulryan, Board of Trustees Professor of English, and Dr. Steven Brown, professor of classics, have published an article on Boccaccio and Natale Conti in the 27th volume of Mediaevalia, an interdisciplinary journal published at Binghamton University and distributed worldwide.

Dr. Rodney Paul, associate professor of economics in the Department of Finance, had the paper "Better Performances and Market Efficiency in the Canadian Football League Betting Market" accepted for publication in the Journal of Business, Industry, and Economics.

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Friday Forum

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

Date: Friday, Sept. 21, 2007
Speaker: Dr. Barry Gan
Time: Lunch starts at noon, Forum goes from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (or later)
Place: University Club - Above Hickey
Topic: The Forum is intended to be a brief presentation on problems and proposed changes to the Faculty Status and Welfare Handbook that an ad hoc committee put together last summer. After the presentation, those members of the committee in attendance will listen to comments and concerns from faculty and staff, answer questions, and, in general, gather more ideas about whether to proceed further.

The cost of lunch is $3.


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