|Oct. 2, 2008
AlleCatt Reads and St. Bonaventure are sponsoring several fall programs centered on the issue of the death penalty.
AlleCatt Reads is a collaborative effort, spearheaded by the Cuba Library, Wellsville Library and the Olean Public Library, to encourage citizens of Allegany and Cattaraugus counties to read and discuss the issues of a chosen book. This fall's selection, "Dead Man Walking" by Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J., is about her early experiences ministering to inmates on Louisiana’s death row. Prejean’s book was also made into a controversial film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn and directed by Tim Robbins, who worked with Prejean on the screenplay.
Sr. Helen will visit St. Bonaventure for a lecture and book signing in November.
Book Discussion of
"Dead Man Walking"
Author Appearance and
here to return to the top of the page
A new exhibition of Imaging Journals is on display in the glass cases of Friedsam Memorial Library on campus through October.
A diverse array of faculty and staff joined together in June in the beautiful third floor studio of The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts to enjoy creative fellowship in a workshop titled “Imaging Journal: Inward Journey.” The workshop was facilitated by Constance Pierce, associate professor in visual and performing arts, who was awarded a Keenan Grant for support of the hands-on summer project.
Faculty members who engaged in the Imaging Journal workshop, and who are featured in the library exhibition are Maureen Cox, chair of the Department of Mathematics; Carol Fischer, professor of accounting; Patrick Vecchio, lecturer in journalism/mass communication; and School of Education faculty members Kayla Zimmer, Elizabeth Cashing, Anne-Claire Fisher and Paula Kenneson.
A number of University staff also participated in the summer creativity workshop, including Angela Wolfe of the Counseling Center, Andrea Barrone and Kim Carney of the Franciscan Institute, Dee Higley, assistant to the director of construction services, Cora Niver, secretary to the faculty of Arts and Sciences, Della Moore, director of the Bona Buddies program, Kathy Boser from the School of Journalism/Mass Communication, and Renee Caya-Bizzaro, assistant director of Career Services.
“Aspects of both journal writing and image making are joined together in potent combination in creating an Imaging Journal,” said Pierce. “Part soul retrieval, part personal narrative, the process allows imagery to surface from memory and imagination. Explorations in monotype, watercolor, collage and expressively designed text prompt the writing. The journal reveals and illuminates the artist’s interior life and its healing connection to the sacred whole.”
Vecchio reflected, “I would do it again in a heartbeat …What a wonderful way for faculty and staff to gather in an atmosphere where there are no hierarchies of any kind. I think it helped all of us get to know each other better than we otherwise might have.”
“I intend to keep working on my book. It affords me a vehicle for self-exploration … Participating in the workshop provided us unique insights into each other, which builds camaraderie,” said Cox.
Fischer, who noted that she has limited opportunity to express artistic creativity in her discipline, “found the workshop incredibly engaging and refreshing. I literally felt renewed each time we met.”
Cashing agreed: “Life is really hectic sometimes and to give myself permission to work creatively outside of my normal sphere of written word and teaching was luxurious.”
Others, such as Moore and Niver, discovered a hidden artist.
“The workshop allowed me to realize that I had a hidden talent in art,” said Moore.
“I find myself creating and re-creating new forms of art … I am playing with words and phrases … I am rediscovering long forgotten poets and authors. Seeing what my classmates accomplished spurred me to become — and cherish — an improved version of myself,” added Niver.
Pierce has pioneered and taught her Imaging Journal courses at numerous institutions, including Yale Divinity School, Cleveland Institute of Art’s National Summer Program, Smithsonian Institution’s Campus on the Mall, and the graduate art therapy summer program of Ursuline (Ohio) College. Her own sketchbooks were recently featured in an exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., and the Yale Divinity School Library.
The display in
Friedsam Library will run during regular library hours throughout the
month of October.
by Tim Gross, ‘11
In the classroom, Dr. James Mahar,’88, fills young minds as an associate professor of finance at St. Bonaventure University. In homeless shelters in the community and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster sites along the East Coast, he provides relief and promotes serving others as a college-led disaster relief group’s founding member.
Mahar said he felt inspired to help in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. “After the storm, I was watching CNN, and there were still bodies in the street in New Orleans. I said, ‘someone’s got to do something,’” he said.
He wanted to be that someone
Mahar said he planned to go down and assist at local grocery stores, armed with the experience he collected at the Park ‘N’ Shop chain stores owned by his family.
With the help of colleague Dr. Todd Palmer, an associate professor of management sciences, Mahar and eight others flew to the Gulf Coast, providing relief in Biloxi, Miss.
“Everyone there looked at us like, ‘There’s no way they’re going to be able to do anything,’” he said.
However, by the time they boarded the plane to return to Western New York, Mahar said he and his crew had received financial offers to cancel the flight and remain in the area.
“From that day, I think the bar was set very high by the students,” Mahar said.
BonaResponds was off the ground.
Mahar said he returned to the Gulf Coast in December of 2005 and the following spring, bringing volunteers with him each time — 300 during the latter trip.
Since 2005, BonaResponds has made six more trips to the Gulf Coast and trips to six other FEMA disaster sites, Mahar said. The group, funded primarily by donations, has provided relief in Enterprise, Ala., and Buffalo, N.Y.
Mahar said he remembered a saying from Biloxi that would influence him and the group’s spectrum of service.
“Just because we go home doesn’t mean we have to forget.”
Mahar said the saying inspired him to steer BonaResponds to the community he grew up in. The group has performed service throughout the Olean area, volunteering at the SPCA, serving food at homeless shelters and building homes.
Before his teaching career, Mahar attended St. Bonaventure University, running track and cross country and graduating with degrees in management and finance.
Recalling his days as an undergrad, Mahar said the finance and accounting classes helped influence him, along with the English courses he took with Dr. Richard Simpson.
“Anything, anytime I write something, I think of him,” he said.
Mahar said Bonaventure was his only choice. “I grew up basically on campus with basketball games and everything else,” he said.
After earning his M.B.A. at the University of Rochester, Mahar returned to work in management for Park ‘N’ Shop until he applied for a job teaching at the university. In order to stay on the payroll, Mahar said he was required to pursue a Ph.D. He earned a Ph.D. in finance at Pennsylvania State University.
Mahar teaches courses in corporate finance, financial management and students in money management.
He said BonaResponds is one of the most rewarding parts of his job.
“When we left Biloxi, we were going to the airport, and total strangers…came up to us and started hugging us and crying and saying, ‘Thank you. You don’t know what this means for you to come down here,” Mahar said. “You just can’t put a figure on that.”
In three years, what started as one man’s mission to help hurricane victims has expanded to include anyone wanting or needing help.
“We’ll help anyone.
We’ll work with anyone,” Mahar said. “Everyone has something to
Dr. Barbara Trolley, associate professor of counselor education, has had several presentations and books accepted. In regard to her Cyberbullying-Cyberbalance work, Trolley is an invited speaker at the New York State Mental Health Association Conference to be held in Albany in October. She, along with her colleague and counselor education alumna Connie Hanel, had a proposal accepted on the same topic by the International Conference on Education. The conference will be held in January in Honolulu, Hawaii. A third conference presentation involving Trolley, Hanel, and another counselor education alumna, Linda Shields, was accepted by the American Counseling Association, whose conference will be held in Charlotte, N.C., in March. Two book proposals on this topic were also accepted, "Browser the Mouse and His Internet Adventure" (In Press, Youth Light Publications), and "Cyberkids, Cyberbullying and Cyberbalance" (Corwin Presss, due to be released in the winter).
While many students will be packing their bags ready for a few days of rest and relaxation, during midterm break the volunteers of BonaResponds are planning to return to Iowa to help victims of June’s devastating floods.
coordinator Dr. Joel Horowitz said initial planning on the new program
began nearly two years ago. Committee and Faculty Senate approval at the
university took place before the New York State Department of Education
was approached. The state's approval of the curricula took less than one
month, according to Horowitz.
"The idea is to be
interdisciplinary, to use St. Bonaventure's resources," Horowitz said of
the new bachelor of arts degree.
International Studies comprises 22 faculty and staff members from the theology, modern languages, political science, philosophy, history, sociology, marketing, management sciences and accounting departments, as well as University Ministries. Horowitz said that the major encourages wide faculty involvement and this should allow the program to expand.
Bonaventure and its president to be honored by Greater Olean Area Chamber
Center News ...
All SBU faculty, staff and administrators are welcome to all the Friday Forums.
Date: Friday, Oct. 3, 2008