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Oct. 18, 2007


  1. SBU, Daemen offering dual-admission, dual-degree program for physical therapy
  2. Franciscan Institute hosting international scholars for Duns Scotus Conference
  3. Big Bob Lanier now larger than life at Bona's
  4. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette executive editor to headline Communications Day
  5. SBU to host lecture on gender-fair and multicultural curricula
  6. Walk for cystic fibrosis to benefit Nancy Matthews
  7. Business Gone Global panel discussion to be held at Quick Center
  8. Aquila Theatre Company returns to campus to present 'Julius Caesar'
  9. Career Center
  10. Friday Forum
  11. Newsmakers


SBU, Daemen offering dual-admission, dual-degree program for physical therapy

St. Bonaventure University’s ever-expanding dual-admission program has added a 3+3 physical therapy degree with Daemen College’s Department of Physical Therapy.

One of the University’s most successful academic initiatives also has dual-degree programs for incoming freshman biology majors in allopathic and osteopathic medicine, pharmacy and dentistry.

“Establishing another relationship with such a respected institution is a great opportunity for our students and allows us to continue to expand our academic horizons,” said Dr. Michael Fischer, provost and vice president for academic affairs at St. Bonaventure. “We look forward to our affiliation with Daemen.”

Dr. Edwin Clausen, Daemen’s vice president for external relations, said, “Daemen is pleased to partner with St. Bonaventure. The collaboration allows two excellent programs to act as a continuum, serving the best interests of students, the institutions, and ultimately local communities.”

The joint agreement between St. Bonaventure and Daemen allows students to complete their physical therapy degree in two increments: three years in a pre-physical therapy program at St. Bonaventure (earning a bachelor of science degree), and three years at Daemen in its doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program.

“The chance for us to be affiliated with a respected university like St. Bonaventure was an opportunity we just couldn’t pass up,” said Dr. Michael Brogan, dean of the Health and Human Services Division at Daemen. “This is a win-win for both Daemen and St. Bonaventure.”

Interested first-time freshmen must declare interest in the program as freshmen and meet certain academic benchmarks: 1100-plus on the SAT or 24-plus on the ACT; 88 percent or better high school average; and be in the top 15 percent of their high school class. Interviews with both institutions are also required.

Students must also meet minimum academic requirements in their pre-PT program and satisfy a 120-hour requirement for physical therapy clinical exposure to be accepted into the doctoral program at Daemen.

Part of the undergraduate program with St. Bonaventure includes an eight-credit summer session at Daemen after a student’s sophomore or junior year.

In the last four years, St. Bonaventure has entered into dual-admission agreements with George Washington University (allopathic medicine), Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (pharmacy and osteopathic medicine) and University at Buffalo (dentistry). Acceptance into a dual-admission program guarantees placement in the respective healthcare college or university and benefits students by knocking semesters off the traditional doctoral track.

The programs are academically rigorous and have elevated the profile of biology and the sciences at St. Bonaventure, where the $13.5 William Walsh Science Center is scheduled to open in the fall of 2008.

“The tremendous efforts of St. Bonaventure dual-admissions director Dr. Michael Domboski to choreograph all of these agreements, coupled with our evolving science center project, have really been a perfect storm for us,” Dr. Fischer said. “Enthusiasm for biology and the sciences at St. Bonaventure has never been greater.”

For more information about any of St. Bonaventure’s dual-admission programs, visit www.sbu.edu, call 1-800-462-5050 or contact Dr. Domboski at mdombosk@sbu.edu.

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Franciscan Institute hosting international scholars for Duns Scotus Conference

St. Bonaventure University’s Franciscan Institute welcomes more than two dozen international scholars to campus this week for a conference on the life and thought of John Duns Scotus, the great medieval Franciscan philosopher.

Scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, the conference is the first in a series of four international conferences — collectively called the Quadruple Congress — that will take place over the next 18 months, commemorating the 700th anniversary of the death of Duns Scotus.

The St. Bonaventure conference is concentrating on the philosophical works of the great master. The next conference, in July 2008 at Oxford University, will explore the theological works of the friar. In November 2008, the German cities of Bonn and Cologne will host a series of events examining his metaphysics and ethics.

The Quadruple Congress concludes in March 2009 with a conference in Strasbourg, France, discussing the influence of Scotus over the centuries.

This week’s conference also features a tribute to the late Fr. Allan Wolter, O.F.M., preeminent scholar of the works of Scotus during the last century, who taught at St. Bonaventure part-time during the 1950s and 1960s and became the first Joseph A. Doino Visiting Professor of Franciscan Studies at the Institute in 1997. He retired in 2002 and died in November 2006.

At a formal banquet on Saturday night, Dr. Ludger Honnefelder, eminent scholar from Germany and expert in the works of Scotus, will receive the 21st Franciscan Institute Medal of Scholarship and deliver an address on the relevance of Aristotle to the philosophy of Duns Scotus, the Subtle Doctor.

For information on attending any of the lectures, contact Noel Riggs at nriggs@sbu.edu or 716-375-2105. A program listing the lectures and events can be found online at scotuscongress.sbu.edu.

Founded in 1939 by Fr. Thomas Plassmann, O.F.M., president of then St. Bonaventure College, the Franciscan Institute is the preeminent center in North America of teaching, research and publication on the history, spirituality and intellectual life of the Franciscan movement.

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Big Bob Lanier now larger than life at Bona's

Bob Lanier’s status as the big man on campus was made permanent at St. Bonaventure University on Friday.

Lanier was on hand as a life-size wooden statue of the St. Bonaventure and NBA Hall of Famer was unveiled behind the Reilly Center arena.

The statue was a surprise to Lanier, who was on campus to participate in a ceremony officially naming a new floor in the arena as “Bob Lanier Court.” The 6-foot-11-inch Lanier led St. Bonaventure to the NCAA Final Four during the 1969-70 season.

“This is overwhelming,” said Lanier as he gazed up at the statue that stands some 15 feet tall. “It’s so unexpected. All I can say is wow.”

As meaningful as the statue is the story behind it.

It was carved from the trunk of a 150-year-old maple tree that was among thousands of trees destroyed in the October snowstorm last year in and around Buffalo, Lanier’s hometown. The statue of Lanier is the 31st (the number on his retired jersey now hanging in the Reilly Center) statue made to date as part of Carvings for a Cause, an effort to raise money to pay for the reforestation of the region. All of the statues are the work of a sculptor who uses only a chain saw.

Buffalo attorney and real estate developer Carl Paladino, a 1968 St. Bonaventure graduate, commissioned the statue of Lanier. Paladino said he had already agreed to pay for another statue for a site in downtown Buffalo when he thought of Lanier and St. Bonaventure.

“I had just had dinner with Bob, and so I said (to the promoter), ‘how about doing one for my buddy Bob Lanier?’” said Paladino. He sent e-mails looking for contributions toward the $5,000 fee and got quick responses from friends such as Olean businessman Louis Magnano as well as Bonaventure alumni who went to school with Lanier and Paladino.

“They just finished the statue yesterday,” said Paladino. “I think it’s great and I think Bob loves it and is very proud of it.”

“I’m speechless,” said Lanier. “A tree out of the Buffalo storm, all of these (contributors) who had a presence in my life – it was very nice.”

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette executive editor to headline Communications Day

David M. Shribman, executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, is the keynote speaker at the annual Communications Day at St. Bonaventure University Friday, Oct. 19.

Shribman will speak at 12:30 p.m. in the Dresser Auditorium of the John J. Murphy Professional Building The talk is free and open to the public.

Communications Day introduces high school students and teachers involved in newspapers, literary magazines, yearbooks and radio/television shows to media professionals. The professional participants hold sessions ranging from sports to public relations interviews and photojournalism. All of the professionals who participate represent a vastly rich history of journalism experience in the media and communications areas.

Shribman has been executive editor since 2003. He came to Pittsburgh from The Boston Globe, where he was assistant managing editor, columnist and Washington bureau chief. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in journalism in 1995 for his coverage of Washington and the American political scene. His column, “National Perspective,” is syndicated to more than 50 papers nationally through Universal Press Service of Kansas City and he is a contributing editor of Fortune magazine.

Before joining the Globe he served as national political correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. Prior to that, he covered Congress and national politics for The New York Times and was a member of the national staff of The Washington Star. He began his career at The Buffalo Evening News, where he worked on the city staff before being assigned to the paper’s Washington bureau.

Shribman is a frequent analyst for BBC Radio. As a Washington newsman, he had been a regular panelist on the PBS show “Washington Week in Review,” and appeared on the CBS program “Face the Nation.” He continues to lecture at colleges throughout the country.

“I Remember My Teacher,” published in 2002, is Shribman’s collection of reminiscences about America’s greatest teachers. The book includes recollections from people from all walks of life, from John F. Kerry and Donald H. Rumsfeld to a West Virginia coal miner and a Montreal bookseller, from flight attendants to governors and senators. It was featured on National Public Radio and in several national publications and led to a one-a-day calendar version.

He graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1976 and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He did graduate work at Cambridge University, England, as a James Reynolds Scholar.

He has been married to Cindy Skrzycki, a Washington Post financial columnist, for 26 years and they live in Pittsburgh with their two daughters, Elizabeth and Natalie.

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SBU to host lecture on gender-fair and multicultural curricula

Dr. Peggy McIntosh will talk about “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” at St. Bonaventure University at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the John J. Murphy Professional Building’s Dresser Auditorium.

McIntosh, founder and co-director of the National S.E.E.D. (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Project on Inclusive Curriculum, will speak about generating more gender-fair and multicultural curricula among colleges and universities.

She has taught at the Brearley School, Harvard University, Trinity College (Washington, D.C.), the University of Denver, the University of Durham (England) and Wellesley College, where she is associate director of the Wellesley Centers for Women.

In addition to having two honorary degrees, McIntosh also received the Klingenstein Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership from Columbia Teachers College.

McIntosh has spoken with women on 22 campuses – throughout China and Korea – on the development of women’s studies and various ways to incorporate women’s studies programs into the main curriculum.

In 1988, McIntosh published the article, “White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences through Work on Women’s Studies,” along with its shorter form, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” which was published in 1989. Both popular publications have been influential in various discussions of gender, race, and sexuality in the United States.

She is also founder of the Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute and is consulting editor of the journal Sage: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women.

McIntosh’s lecture will be sponsored by the University’s Diversity Action Committee and the Martine Grant received by Dr. Robert Amico, professor of philosophy.



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Walk for cystic fibrosis to benefit Nancy Matthews

St. Bonaventure University invites the community to participate in a walk for cystic fibrosis to benefit Nancy Matthews, of Weston’s Mills, the University’s former coordinator of disability support services.

The walk will begin at noon Sunday, Oct. 21, at the west entrance of St. Bonaventure University along the Allegheny River Valley Trail. A $10 minimum fee is required to participate, and walkers are encouraged to secure sponsors to donate additional money, either per mile or just for walking. All proceeds will go to Matthews and her family to help pay for medical expenses.

Matthews, who completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology in ’97 and a master’s degree in counseling psychology in ’99 at St. Bonaventure, served as the disability support services coordinator at the University for more than six years. She dedicated her life to encouraging and advocating for students with disabilities. Matthews also founded Disability Awareness Month in 2003, an annual series of events in October raising campus awareness of the challenges and triumphs of individuals with disabilities.

Matthews left her position with the University in January 2007 and is now at the end stages of cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects the lungs and pancreas. She and her family now face mounting medical bills to pay for her oxygen treatments and medications.

Her hope for survival is through a double lung transplant. Matthews will visit the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center next month for an evaluation to determine if she is a candidate for one.

Questions regarding the walk may be directed to Amy at (716) 701-6913 or Ruth at (716) 372-6369.

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Business Gone Global panel discussion to be held at Quick Center

The public is invited to learn more about the globalization of local businesses during a panel discussion at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at St. Bonaventure’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

During the Business Gone Global panel discussion, executives from local international companies will discuss what they think, and how they are dealing with the growth of lightning- speed information and technology based on the theories Thomas L. Friedman presents in his book “The World is Flat.”

“The World is Flat” focuses on the changes taking place with local and international companies. Friedman insists that globalization is putting people all over the world in touch like never before, changing the world’s core economic concepts.

Friedman argues the world is flat because competitive playing fields between industrial and emerging market countries have been leveled, as the effects of Internet technology make it possible for people to collaborate and compete from all corners of the world.

Dr. Robert Black of Houghton College’s economics department will moderate the panel discussion. Representatives from local businesses taking part in the discussion include, Juan Castillo, Vice President of Global Sales, Stride Tools Inc.; Andy Glanzman, president and chief executive officer of Northern Lights Candles; Erick Laine, chairman of the board, Alcas Corp.; and Kenneth Marcia, Vice President of supply chain management and process innovation with Dresser-Rand Co.

The panelists will shed light on how local businesses remain competitive and encourage future growth in a world that is vigorously changing.

The panel discussion was made possible through AlleCatt Reads and Dr. Robin Valeri, professor of psychology, and department chair at St. Bonaventure. AlletCatt Reads is a collaborative effort by the Cuba, Olean and Wellsville public libraries to encourage citizens of Allegany and Cattaraugus counties to read and discuss issues of a chosen book. This fall AlleCatt Reads selected “The World is Flat.”

In addition to hosting the Business Gone Global panel discussion, the Quick Center is organizing an art competition for November. Elementary students are asked to respond to the question, “If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?” The winners of the competition will be on exhibit at the Quick Center from Nov. 26 to Jan. 31, 2008.

The Business Gone Global panel discussion is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.


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Aquila Theatre Company returns to campus with performance of 'Julius Caesar

The innovative Aquila Theatre Company will present Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University.

Founded in London in 1991 and now based in New York City, Aquila is a company of British and American artists dedicated to classical drama. The New York Times has called Aquila “an extraordinary, inventive and disciplined outfit.”

This will be the third consecutive year that the company has visited St. Bonaventure.

The Aquila Theatre Company’s production of “Julius Caesar” will follow the epic story of the rise and fall of one of the world’s most notorious leaders, said Ludwig Brunner, assistant director and programming manager at The Quick Center for the Arts.

Set in a world of political intrigue and strained domestic relationships, the production explores the moral and political dilemma of Marcus Brutus. Should he join the conspiracy to assassinate Caesar, conquering hero and his trusted friend? Or should he allow one man’s tyrannical ambition to overcome the very ideals that Rome was founded upon? The choice that Brutus makes has the power to destroy the old world order and to ignite a fierce civil war.

“Julius Caesar” will be staged using Aquila’s renowned company aesthetic – excellent acting, crystalline verse-speaking, original music and innovative conceptualization and design, said Brunner.

This tour engagement of Aquila Theatre Company is funded through Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Mid Atlantic Tours program in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program, and is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts.

For tickets and information, please call The Quick Center for the Arts at (716) 375-2494. For this and all other performances, the museum galleries will open one hour before the start of each performance and remain open throughout the intermission. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Museum admission is free and open to the public, year round. Visit The Quick Center for the Arts at www.sbu.edu.


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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: Friday, Oct. 19, 2007
Speaker: Dr. Roger Keener and Nichole Gonzalez

Time: 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.
Place: University Club
Topic: “Students of Concern: Inside and Outside the Classroom”
Abstract: In the wake of so many highly publicized incidents occurring on college campuses across the nation, it is more important than ever to be aware of the issues facing our students. This presentation will briefly cover some of these major issues (such as increased violence, mental health issues, alcohol and other drug abuse), and how our students are affected by them. There will also be discussion on what the Student Life division does to educate and engage our students, and what you can do if you have a concern about a student.
Cost: $3


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Dr. Danette Brickman, assistant professor and pre-law adviser in the Department of Political Science, presented a paper, “Public Opinion, Issue Salience and the Supreme Court” at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association Meeting, Sept. 1, 2007, in Chicago.

Dr. Carl J. Case, professor of management science, and Darwin L. King, professor of accounting, had a paper titled “Weblogs: An Exploratory Study of Undergraduate Behavior by Activity and Gender” published in the journal Issues in Information Systems. The paper was also presented at International Association for Computer Information Systems 2007 Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Oct. 5, 2007.

Sandra Mulryan, lecturer of English, and five graduate fellows in the English MA program presented papers at the fall conference of the New York College English Association, held Oct. 12-13, 2007, at Daemen College. Professor Mulryan spoke on “The Poetics of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Short Story ‘The Yellow Wall-Paper.’” Teaching Fellows Theresa Couchman and Kara Manning won honorable mentions in the Graduate Student Award competition for their papers, Couchman’s on “Trusting Pamela: The Limits of Epistolary Narrative” and Manning’s on “An Examination of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in the Contexts of Post-Colonialism and Feminism.” Also presenting papers were Teaching Fellow Stacy Kastner (Stephen Crane, Narrative Journalist: A Discussion of ‘Stephen Crane’s Own Story’ and ‘The Open Boat’”), Teaching Fellow Amanda Lagoe (“Dr. John Seward: A Reliable Narrator in Stoker’s Dracula”), and Learning Fellow Jessica Marsh (“Shogun: Midnight Read or Midnight Movie?”). Dr. Lauren De La Vars, associate professor of English, attended the conference as executive director of NYCEA.

Dr. Rodney Paul, associate professor of economics in the Department of Finance, had the paper "Line Movements and Market Timing in the Baseball Gambling Market" accepted for publication by the Journal of Sports Economics.

Ann M. Tenglund, coordinator of library computer services and bibliographic instruction, received the Outstanding Committee Member Award from the Western New York Library Resources Council during its awards ceremony Oct. 3, 2007. Tenglund was recognized for exemplary service over the past year (and previous years). Also at the annual meeting, Tenglund was elected to the Board of Trustees of the council as the Academic Libraries representative. The council is the foremost professional body for librarians in the region.

Dr. Barbara Trolley, associate professor in counselor education, will be an invited breakfast panel speaker and presenter at the New York Counselor Association (NYCA) Convention Oct. 26, 2007. During the conference, Trolley, Dr. Craig Zuckerman, chair of the counselor education department, and Counselor Education graduate student Jen Sylor will present “Raising Healthy Children & Youth.” Also during the convention, Trolley and Counselor Education alumnae Connie Hanel and Linda Shields will present “The tangles of technology: The good, the bad and cyber bullying.”

Associate professor in counselor education Dr. Barbara Trolley, Counselor Education advanced certification student Tricia Winniki, and Counselor Education alumna Tracey Rabey will present “Raising Healthy Children & Youth” at the New York State School Counselor Association (NYSSCA) conference on Nov. 10, 2007.

Dr. Charles Walker, professor of psychology, gave an invited address at the international Global Forum on Human Well-Being recently held at the Gallup Center in Washington, D.C. The title of his talk was “Assessing Well-Being for the Promotion of Student Flourishing.” Walker's research has inspired interest in creating a national index on student well-being.