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November 29, 2007


  1. Celebrate the sounds of Christmas with Elisabeth von Trapp
  2. Buffalo Center inducts eight into counseling honor society
  3. Comedian to appear Friday in Cafe La Verna
  4. Bona Buddies program to host annual Festival of Trees
  5. Regional artists highlighted in new gift shop at Quick Center
  6. Career Center
  7. Friday Forum
  8. Newsmakers


Celebrate the sounds of Christmas with Elisabeth von Trapp

Friends of Good Music, in association with The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University, presents a special holiday concert with Elisabeth von Trapp at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at St. Mary of the Angels Church in Olean.

Elisabeth von Trapp is accompanied by cellist Erich Kory and they will be joined for a few songs by a choir of specially selected children from the Olean area.For von Trapp, the “sounds of music” are part of her earliest memories.

Born and raised in Vermont, Elisabeth is the granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired “The Sound of Music.” Singing professionally since childhood, Elisabeth has enthralled audiences from European cathedrals to Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center.

“Before the concert is over she will have the audience gasping with the sheer beauty of her voice,” wrote the Boston Globe.

Inspired by her father Werner von Trapp’s guitar playing and singing, Elisabeth has carried on the legacy of the world-renowned Trapp Family Singers. She began taking piano lessons when she was 8 and by the age of 16 she was playing guitar and traveling the back roads of New England performing with her siblings.

Building on her famed family’s passion for music, Elisabeth has created her own artistic style, at once ethereal and earthy, delicate and powerful. Her concert repertoire ranges from Bach to Broadway, Schubert to Sting. With equal ease and eloquence, she sings timeless wonders like Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Favorite Things” and “Edelweiss,” “Lieder” by Mozart, and her own compositions.

In this holiday concert, Elisabeth presents centuries of Christmas melodies. She has released five CD’s and has been featured on National Public Radio, BBC Radio, Japanese National Radio, and CNN Spanish Radio. She has appeared on CBS’s “Eye on People,” ABC’s “Good Morning America” and on BBC TV.

Erich Kory began his relationship with the cello at age 6, going on to perform at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center with conductors Leonard Bernstein and Andre Previn, performing and recording with artists as diverse as Placido Domingo, Tony Bennett, Sting and Liza Minnelli. This performance is partially underwritten by Databranch and supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts.

Tickets are $18; $15 for SBU staff and senior citizens; and $5 for students. For tickets and information, call The Quick Center at (716) 375-2494.Remaining tickets can be bought one hour before the concert at the main entrance to St. Mary of the Angels on West Henley Street.

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Buffalo Center inducts eight into counseling honor society

St. Bonaventure University’s Buffalo Center has inducted eight students into Chi Sigma Iota, an international honor society for counselors-in-training, counselor educators and professional counselors.

To be eligible for the St. Bonaventure chapter, Phi Rho, students must be enrolled in graduate-level counseling programs with a grade point average of 3.5 or above.

Membership in Chi Sigma Iota provides students and professionals with a network of others, who like themselves, reach for high standards of scholarship and practice in the field of counseling.

Dr. Mary O. Adekson, associate professor of counselor education, is the faculty adviser for Phi Rho at St. Bonaventure. The honor society president is Kasi Maleski; secretary is Shawn Wolfgram; treasurer is David Pew.

Kevin Brayer, executive director of the Buffalo Center, distributed the certificates and pins during the Nov. 9 ceremony.

The 2007 inductees from New York include Chelsey L. Cummings from Mayville; Christina A. Elvin from Gowanda; Monica L. Jaworski from Lancaster; Vanessa A. Manney from Hamburg; Sarah E. Neudeck from Strykersville; Katelyn A. Okey from Kenmore; David B. Pew from Eden; and Nayomah Wilson from Brant.

Chi Sigma Iota was established Jan. 1, 1985. The motivation for forming an international honor society in counseling was to provide recognition for outstanding academic achievement as well as outstanding service within the counseling profession.

St. Bonaventure’s Buffalo Center, located at Hilbert College in Hamburg, offers graduate degrees in business, education and integrated marketing communications.


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Comedian to appear Friday in Cafe La Verna

TComedian and social commentator Steve Hofstetter will appear at 9 p.m. Friday at St. Bonaventure University’s Café La Verna. The show is free and open to the public.

Hofstetter, 28, began his comedy career with material pertaining to college life. A former columnist for “Sports Illustrated” and NHL.com, he hosts a syndicated radio short that is aired in more than 150 markets. His recent comedy DVD hit No. 20 on Billboard’s comedy charts.

He has been on ESPN’s “Quite Frankly,” Showtime’s “White Boyz in the Hood,” and VH1’s “Countdown.” He performs 250 live dates a year, and is presently on tour to promote his newest book, “Balls: An in Your Face Look at Sports,” published by National Lampoon.

After hosting “Four Quotas” on Sirius Satellite Radio for two seasons, Hofstetter moved to broadcast radio where his “Sports Minute (Or So)” airs on stations across the country. He is a frequent guest on radio stations all over the U.S.

At 18, he co-founded “Sports Jerk of the Week,” an irreverent Web site featured in many mainstream publications and media outlets, such as USA Today’s Baseball Weekly, Sports Illustrated and CNN. While an undergraduate at Columbia University, Hofstetter was a columnist for the Columbia Daily Spectator.

For more information, log on to his Web site at www.stevehofstetter.com.


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Bona Buddies program to host annual Festival of Trees

St. Bonaventure University and the Bona Buddies program invite the community to view the annual Festival of Trees display from Dec. 7-9 in the University Chapel, Doyle Hall.

Christmas trees are still available for academic departments, student organizations and corporations to sponsor. Each tree costs $25. Organizations must supply their own ornaments and decorations. All proceeds benefit the Bona Buddies Christmas celebration.

The Festival of Trees celebration is the last in a series of Christmas events sponsored by the Bona Buddies program. The Bona Buddies Christmas celebration gives more than 100 local children in need of outside role models the opportunity to experience a holiday full of warm food, activities and gifts from Santa.

“The Festival of Trees is not only about getting the school involved in the Bona Buddies program, but it’s also about promoting the Christmas-giving spirit,” said Bridget Morgan, student coordinator of the Bona Buddies program. “It’s about making a connection with the Bonaventure community and with kids, which is a really great connection, too.”

Christmas celebration events include dinner at the Doyle Dining Hall, craft stations in the Butler Gymnasium and tours of the athletic facilities in the Reilly Center. Each sponsored Christmas tree is auctioned off to a lucky local child at the end of the festival. Wal-Mart, National Fuel and Aramark have all donated to fund the festivities.

Bona Buddies is a social ministry program where one-to-one relationships are established between St. Bonaventure University students and local children age 5 to 12.

“We hope to give the kids something they otherwise may not have,” said Morgan. “A lot of these kids don’t have huge Christmases or even a Christmas tree.”

Those looking to sponsor trees or donate to the celebration can contact Della Moore, director of the Bona Buddies program, via e-mail at dzmoore@sbu.edu or at (716) 375-7813.


Regional artists highlighted in new gift shop in Quick Center

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University is pleased to announce the opening of its gift shop offering a vast array of crafts to the community.

The gift shop highlights handcrafted pottery and jewelry created by local artisans. Its hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Additional hours are available on select performance nights.

“We intend to specialize in items that are typical of museum gift shops,” said Joseph LoSchiavo, executive director of the Quick Center. “We have no intention of duplicating the offerings of the campus bookstore.”

LoSchiavo said the gift shop was formed to promote regional art. “It enables us to work with the artistic community in the region. We can showcase their items and showcase the quality of items in the area,” LoShiavo said. “There are a lot of very talented people in this area producing some fine quality work, and it deserves to be seen.”

Roycroft Pottery, Doyon Designs and Queen Bead are just a few area companies whose products are sold at the shop. Music CDs by classical artists who have performed in the Quick Center, such as flutist Eugenia Zukerman, are also available.

Other items sold include a custom QCA drawstring backpack, a St. Francis Christmas ornament and limited edition note cards. Reproductions of items featured in the center’s collection will be available for purchase in the future.

International items will be sold beginning on Dec. 5 as part of the Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade effort at St. Bonaventure. Hosted by students from the School of Business, CRS Fair Trade works to ensure that third-world artisans receive fair pay and safe working conditions. By selling these items at the gift shop, they hope to link producers with consumers on an international scale. Fair trade crafts, such as African Nativity sets, will be available for purchase.

All students, faculty and staff are eligible for a 10 percent discount. The gift shop accepts all payment types, including Bona Bucks within the next few weeks. Gift certificates are also available.

LoSchiavo said that the Quick Center is willing to take feedback from the public about the types of items stocked in the gift shop.

“Some museum shops sell finer neckties, silk scarfs, and such,” LoSchiavo said. “We haven’t stocked any of that yet. We’re waiting for feedback to see if those types of things would be of interest.”

Career Center news ...

For more information on interview workshops and etiquette, career fairs, a resume tutorial, and internships check out the latest edition of Directions, the Career Center’s monthly newsletter, click here!

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Friday Forum

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

Date: Friday, Nov. 30, 2007
Dr. Nancy Casey
Time: 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.
Place: University Club
Topic: The First-Year Experience at SBU
Presentation by the members of the FYE Team: All SBU students have always had a “first-year experience,” but with the development of an intentional focus, we are addressing the transitional needs of freshmen in a very deliberate way. They now have a “First-Year Experience.” What have we put in place? Is it having an impact?
Cost: $3


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Dr. Joyce A. Joyce, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Sciences, has published a book, “Women, Marriage, and Wealth: the Impact of Marital Status on the Economic Well-Being of Women Through the Life Course,” based on her dissertation. It has been published by Gordian Knot Books and is being distributed by University of Nebraska Press.

Constance Pierce, associate professor in visual and performing arts, exhibited a selection of her Clare 109 students' "Imaging Journals," along with her own, in the the atrium cases of Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C., during October. A prior exhibition of "Imaging Journals" by St. Bonaventure students and faculty, created in Pierce's journal courses and workshops, was also displayed at the Divinity Library of Yale University earlier in 2007. The journal pages explore the student's inward journey, and the connections between creativityand spritituality. The projects were supported by a grant from The Journey Project.

Dr. Daniel Tate, assistant professor of philosophy, presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy Nov. 8-10 in Chicago. The session addressed the concept of the image (Bild) in the philosophy of Hans-Georg Gadamer. The paper, titled “The Bildlichkeit of Art,” interpreted Gadamer’s appropriation of the ancient Greek concept of mimesis as an imaginative process of bringing-forth the image (or Bildlichkeit).

Dr. Barbara Trolley, associate professor of counselor education, received the President’s Award from NYSSCA (New York School Counselor Association). Pictured with the other award winners, Richard Wong, the president of ASCA (American School Counselor Association), and Sandy Braun, NYSSCA president, Trolley was honored at the annual awards dinner on Nov. 9, 2007, for her work on developing and editing the first professional school counselor journal in New York state. The journal, which features peer reviewed articles, commentaries, resources and graduates’ works, is one of the few such publications that exist in the United States.