March 29, 2007


  1. SBU recognizes employees for longtime service
  2. Work to begin in April on rare books addition to library
  3. SBU Theater gets 'Reckless' in spring production
  4. Mt. Irenaeus plans new initiatives, launches new Web site
  5. Students donate time, talent, materials to child development center
  6. Department of Visual and Performing Arts to present senior thesis exhibition
  7. Every Gift Makes a Difference
  8. Friday Forum
  9. Career Center



SBU recognizes employees for longtime service

At its Annual Recognition Ceremony, held Tuesday, March 27, St. Bonaventure University honored employees who have given a total of 865 years of service to the University and six employees who will be retiring.

Individuals with 10 years of service and up were recognized, with those reaching 25 years of service and retirees receiving special recognition.

Those recognized for 25 years of service were: Mary Jane Baxter, circulation supervisor at Friedsam Memorial Library; Isabel Hamed, a clerk in Advancement Services; Mary Jane Telford, director of volunteer relations; and Ann Tenglund, coordinator of library computer services and library instruction at Friedsam Library.

Mary Jane Baxter, circulation supervisor at Friedsam Library, is responsible for all circulation department operations, including front desk staffing, stack maintenance and electronic reserves. She supervises more than 40 student employees each semester.

Baxter served on the Middle States Standard 1 Task Force and assisted with arrangements for the accreditation site visit. She is a member of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

Prior to her employment at St. Bonaventure, Baxter worked as an apartment manager in the Bahamas and as a flight attendant and supervisor for an airline, based in New York and Miami. She is the mother of two grown sons and has four granddaughters.

Isabel “Izzy” Hamed of Olean has worked in the University’s development division since she started at St. Bonaventure in 1972.

As a data entry clerk in Advancement Services, Hamed is responsible for recording gift entries into the University’s database system. During her tenure at the University, more than 200,000 checks and almost $90 million in gifts have passed through her hands.

When she isn’t working, Hamed enjoys reading and visiting with her grandchildren. She is also an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Maronite Rite Church of Olean.

She and her husband, Norman, have four children and six grandchildren.

Mary Jane Telford graduated in May 1975 from St. Bonaventure and started her employment at the University two months later as an admissions counselor and as the part-time head coach of the women’s basketball program.

She served 11 years in the Admissions Office while also building the basketball program. During that time she rose to associate director of admissions. In 18 years of coaching, Telford successfully guided the Lady Bonnies from Division 3 to Division 1 and into the highly competitive Atlantic 10 Conference. Her teams in the early 1980s achieved regional rankings in the Northeast and she was named Coach of the Year for the Upstate Basketball Conference in 1986.

In March 1986, Telford became the first full-time coach in St. Bonaventure history in any sport other than men’s basketball. The 16 victories posted by the 1992 Lady Bonnies are still the most wins in the program’s 40-year history. Only Telford and the legendary Larry Weise have reached the 200-victory level in basketball at their alma mater.

After leaving the University in 1993, Telford worked as a guidance counselor in the Salamanca City Central School District and then became the principal and chief executive officer at Archbishop Walsh High School in Olean.

In 2000, she returned to her alma mater in the Office of University Relations where she contributed to the University’s fundraising efforts as associate director of annual giving, director of constituent relations, director of Devereux Giving Societies and most recently, as the primary fundraiser for the Franciscan Institute.

In October 2006, her career came full circle as she returned to Hopkins Hall and the Admissions Office as director of volunteer relations. Telford has assumed responsibility for all facets of the SHARE Bona’s volunteer program, including the identification, training and management of more than 300 volunteers comprised of alumni, faculty, staff, students and parents. She is also involved in many other enrollment initiatives and has established a Legacy program for children of alumni.

Telford holds a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree in education, advanced certification of specialization in guidance, and New York state certification in administrative and supervisory services from St. Bonaventure.

As coordinator of library computer services and library instruction, Ann Tenglund administers the library’s computer services and the library/bibliographic instruction program; manages access to online resources; supervises the Curriculum Center, and coordinates accreditation reports involving the library.

Tenglund also teaches courses at the University, in the School of Education and the Department of Computer Science.

Tenglund has been an active member of the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL); the Western New York Library Resources Council’s Regional Automation Committee; the Chautauqua-Allegany School Library System board, and the Customers of Dynix (CODI) board. She is also active in her church, where she has volunteered as treasurer, Webmaster and religious education teacher.

On campus, Tenglund serves as vice-chair and non-teaching faculty representative on the Faculty Senate, is chair of the University Technology Committee, is a liaison member to the University’s Board of Trustees Technology and Buildings and Grounds Committees, and is a member of the Permanent Accreditation Committee. She was actively involved in the last Middle States re-accreditation visit, serving as coordinator of documents and chair of one of the chapter task forces.

Tenglund holds a master’s degree in library science from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in education from St. Bonaventure. She earned undergraduate degrees in elementary education and business, also from St. Bonaventure, graduating summa cum laude. She is pursuing her doctor of education degree (specializing in higher education leadership) from Nova Southeastern University.

The University also gave special recognition to those retiring, including: Dr. Harold Gelfand, professor of psychology; Dr. Michael Lavin, professor of psychology; Br. Anthony LoGalbo, O.F.M., collections librarian in the Franciscan Institute; Patrick Premo, professor of accounting; Dr. Samuel Sheldon, professor of geography and chair of the department; and Dr. Joseph Zampogna, instructor of modern languages.

Honored for 45 years of service were: Karen Hamed, database assistant, and Fr. Dan Hurley, O.F.M., who directs the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process and is the national chaplain for the University’s National Alumni Association.

Honored for 40 years of service were: Philip Eberl, certification officer in the School of Education, and Dr. James White, professor of biology.

Honored for 35 years of service were: Dr. Anthony Farrow, professor of English and chair of the Department of English, and Gordon Murray, enterprise operations manager.

Honored for 30 years of service were: Carol Higley, administrative assistant in the Office of Student Activities; Dr. Zahid Khairullah, professor of management sciences; and Brian McAllister, assistant professor of accounting.

Honored for 20 years of service were: Fr. Greg Brennan, O.F.M., manager of fixed assets and reprographics; Susan Martin, secretary to the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences; Michael Polasik, automotive technician; Patricia Shumway, senior accountant; Carl Veno, custodian at the Franciscan Friary; Fr. Allen Weber, O.F.M., assistant professor of counselor education; and Robert Worthington, maintenance technician/carpenter.

Honored for 15 years of service were: Irene Colomaio, administrative assistant in the Registrar’s Office; Mary Driscoll, district director of development for southeast states; Joseph Flanagan, director of alumni services; Karen Hill, assistant athletic director for finance and special events; Sean McNamee, head men’s swim coach and aquatics director; Barbara Questa, senior associate athletic director; and Richard Root, maintenance technician/groundskeeper.

Honored for 10 years of service were: Renee Bizzaro, assistant director of the Career Center; Linda Bump, assistant housekeeping supervisor; Dr. Carl Case, professor of management sciences, chair of the Department of Management Sciences and director of Business Information Systems program; James DiRisio, director of admissions; Monica Emery, director of recruitment; Susan Hagen, biology laboratory technician; Robert Keenan, associate director of planned giving and athletics development officer; Sheree Kellogg, finance and plant manager at the Franciscan Friary; Dr. James Mahar, assistant professor of finance; Cheryl Miller, housekeeper; Deb Mooney, secretary for University Ministries; Fred Petruzzi, maintenance mechanic; Kathleen Premo, lecturer of management sciences; Dr. Karen Robbins, assistant professor of history and director of the Women’s Studies program; Lucia Scotty, alumni communications associate; Geraldine Nash Smith, lecturer in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts; Diane Walker, clerk in Advancement Services; Dr. Russell Woodruff, lecturer in the Department of Philosophy; and Dr. Joseph Zimmer, assistant professor of graduate teacher education and director of literacy education.


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Work to begin in April on rare books addition to library

Construction will begin in early April on the new Paul and Irene Bogoni Rare Books Library, an impressive addition to St. Bonaventure University’s Friedsam Memorial Library.

Additional gifts for this library addition were received from Leslie C. Quick III and the estate of John R. McGinley Sr., allowing University officials to finalize construction plans. The construction schedule includes a planned hiatus during final exam week in May to minimize noise, said Brenda Snow, vice president for business and finance.

A $2 million gift from the Bogonis laid the financial foundation for the project. The uniqueness of the University’s Rare Books Collection prompted the initial gift.

“The collection actually consists of nine discrete collections of rare books and manuscripts which had been gathered over more than a century, primarily by past directors and librarians of the Franciscan Institute,” said Fr. Michael F. Cusato, O.F.M., director of the Institute.

“More recently, the collection also came to be bolstered through the acquisition of the libraries of several Franciscan provinces in North America that could no longer care for their precious tomes,” Fr. Michael said. The rest of the rare book collection consists of volumes gathered by the University over the last century, he added.

In an early review of the collection, scholars from the National Endowment for the Humanities described it as “a unique national asset of great value to American humanistic scholarship.” Since that time, the collection has doubled in size and includes the most important collection of Franciscana in North America.

The library expansion will protect this stunning collection with state-of-the-art mechanical, electrical, security and fire suppression systems. The design also provides the required vault storage space incorporating high density shelving to maximize floor space and efficiency.

The design of the addition, rather than replicating the existing structure, will complement both the original library and the 1970s addition with an assemblage of materials and textures.

The terra cotta roofing that for decades has helped distinguish the St. Bonaventure campus will be incorporated into the design, with high-performance glass offering a way to safely open the reading rooms to natural sunlight as well as to integrate the structure with the glass and brick of the 1970s addition.

The addition will be set back from the main north facade, eventually providing an outdoor contemplative garden area. At night, the glass walkway surrounding the inner building core will be lit up, highlighting the unique collection contained therein.

Duggan & Duggan of Allegany, N.Y., has been selected as the project’s general contractor, Snow said.

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SBU Theater gets 'Reckless' in spring production

SBU Theater's spring production, "Reckless," runs through Saturday in Garret Theater on the St. Bonaventure University campus. The show begins each evening at 7:30.

"Reckless" is a critically acclaimed comedy by one of America's best contemporary playwrights, Craig Lucas. Lucas' plays include "Prelude To A Kiss," now enjoying a revival on Broadway.

"Reckless" follows Rachel Fitsimmons through a series of calamitous Christmases and meetings with bizarre characters. The play's comedy ultimately gives way to a message of hope in a crazed world. A talk-back session, during which the cast, crew and director will take the stage to talk with the audience about the play and the production, will follow Friday's performance.

Seating is limited. For reservations, call (716) 375-2494. Tickets are $8 for the public and $6 for subscribers, faculty, staff and senior citizens.

"Reckless" contains some adult language.

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Mt. Irenaeus plans new initiatives, launches new Web site

Mt. Irenaeus has set forth new initiatives for the Franciscan Mountain Retreat this semester, with hopes that more students will become involved in creating a faith community both on campus and worldwide.

Mountain event leadership teams are forming that will bring together “Students For The Mountain” with those that have not previously been involved with Mountain activities. These groups are creating events such as an evening exploring post-graduation service, an overnight with potential SBU students, a reflective service trip to Boston, an intercollegiate weekend with students from other colleges and a camping weekend in the woods.

The intercollegiate weekend, April 13-15, is a chance for students at St. Bonaventure to share stories and reflections with students from five other universities. Team leaders will choose a theme and structure for the weekend that will incorporate the interests of students at various institutions.

The hope is that these new initiatives will bring together students to experience what it means to be a collaborative leader in different settings. The planning of these new events will allow students to become more involved in events that are focused on their own interests and consequently participating more in the life and ministry of the Mountain.

“We are trying to get more students to take an active role in the religious aspect at St. Bonaventure,” said Tim Shaffer, coordinator of programs and activities at Mt. Irenaeus. “Our hopes are that these leadership teams give them a chance to experience that aspect without making a permanent commitment.”

Mt. Irenaeus has also launched a newly renovated Mountain Web site thanks to the volunteer efforts of Greg Licamele,’99, and Elizabeth Tascione Licamele,‘00, both Bonaventure graduates.

The Web site — www.mounti.com — offers visitors both visual and audio opportunities to learn more about the Mountain’s past history and its upcoming events. It also offers information on extended retreats, mediation and prayer services, and a picture slideshow of the Mountain for those who want to experience it digitally.

To join the Mountain event leadership teams, interest forms are available at the Mt. Irenaeus offices in the Thomas Merton Center. For more information, contact Tim Shaffer (375-2442, tjshaffe@sbu.edu), Erin Farrell (farrelee@sbu.edu), or Chris Novak (novakcj@sbu.edu).


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Students donate time, talent, materials to child development center

St. Bonaventure University’s graduate Childhood Literacy and undergraduate Early Childhood Education students have teamed up with the Olean Child Development Center (OCDC) to donate their time, talent and materials to the children of the Olean community.

From this partnership, the Olean Child Development Center will receive learning materials and the students of St. Bonaventure will receive experience and the satisfaction of teaching children how to read.

On April 26, the St. Bonaventure students will be donating projects that they have been working on all semester to the center. The Children’s Literature class has 17 graduate students enrolled. Each one chose a book appropriate for a child 3 to 6 years old and created a lesson plan centered around the story.

Danielle Ruffino, a graduate student, chose “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister. “The book has a great theme of sharing in it. I plan on having the kids make their own rainbow fish and in the process learn about sharing,” said Ruffino.

“The graduate students have picked their books and created their lesson plans, now my undergraduate students in ECED 420 (Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment) will go to the OCDC and present them to the children,” said Julie Hall, director of field services in the School of Education.

The undergraduate students will spend a total of 25 hours assisting at the center. They will be doing everything from giving an infant a bottle to creating developmentally appropriate materials.

Another gift, which will be donated by the St. Bonaventure Reading Center, is three MP3 players; each will contain the recording of 34 fairy tales. Each graduate student is responsible for recording two fairy tales to be copied to the MP3 players. Evelyn Sabina, instructor of the Children’s Literature class, is thrilled by this project.

“The project puts meaning into their work. Students are using technology, working cooperatively with other students, helping the community, and creating resources for their future classrooms,” Sabina said.

Hall believes this is a great opportunity for her students. “This is a meaningful long-term project that everyone feels good about. The experience is irreplaceable,” said Hall.

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Department of Visual and Performing Arts to present senior thesis exhibition

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at St. Bonaventure University will present "Identity," a visual arts senior thesis exhibition, at The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

"Identity" opens on Thursday, April 12, in the Kenney Gallery of the Quick Center and will remain on view through May 12. The four seniors represented in the exhibition are Catherine Kwiatkowski, Denise Moran, Steven Smaldone and Ardyth Van Scoy.

A gallery talk will be given by the four artists on April 12 at 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Quick Center, with a reception to follow. Also on view will be work by other students continuing in the art program.

A native of Buffalo, Kwiatkowski works in sculpture, painting and photography. She feels that her artwork both connects her to the world and helps her deal with the dreams of her life. Kwiatkowski also has a photograph on display on the Mezzanine Gallery as part of 30 Under 30, A Juried Exhibition of Emerging Regional Photographers.

Moran hails from Yonkers and plans to receive her master’s in art therapy. When her younger sister was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer, Moran discovered the therapeutic nature of art. Since then she has been creating art both as a form of self-expression and as a way to handle her emotions.

Born in Geneva, N.Y., Smaldone enrolled at St. Bonaventure in 2003. He studied physical education for a year before deciding to transfer to the visual arts.

Van Scoy is a resident of Limestone, N.Y., and has been creating textile art for most of her life. She also works as a costume designer and wardrobe mistress for the Quick Center and other venues. One of her creative goals is to produce artwork with a useful purpose as well as aesthetic appeal. For Van Scoy, creating art is not only an outlet, but also as a way to connect with past generations.

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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Every Gift Makes a Difference!

St. Bonaventure faculty and staff have been invited to participate in the 2007 “Every Gift Makes a Difference” Faculty and Staff Campaign – a component of the Bonaventure Fund.

The Bonaventure Fund directly supports the annual operating budget of the University. Faculty and staff participation helps to assure quality educational opportunities are available for SBU students and a vibrant work environment for employees.

Last year, gifts to the Faculty and Staff Campaign totaled $58,000 with 129 faculty and staff participating. This year’s goal is to build upon this success by increasing faculty and staff participation in the 2007 annual giving campaign: Every gift makes a difference.

To receive a pledge form, contact Andrea Bidell in the Annual Fund Office at abidell@sbu.edu or by phone at ext. 2301. To make a gift online via a secure site, go to www.sbu.edu/donate.

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Friday Forum

Join us for this week's FRIDAY FORUM!

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

Date: Friday, March 30, 2007
Speaker: Dr. Todd Palmer
Time: Lunch starts at noon, Forum goes from 12:35 to 1:30 p.m., including Q&A
Place: University Club - Above Hickey; please sign in and pay $3 at the front desk before proceeding upstairs.
Title: TBA

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Career Center news...

Check out details concerning skill-building video workshops, on-campus recruiting and more. For more information visit our Web site.


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