|Jan. 26, 2005
One-woman performance to bring history to life at
A theatrically rich one-woman performance piece based on real events, Makeba plays 16 characters of varying genders, ethnicities and personalities that were important parts of the Montgomery Bus Boycott Movement.
The play is an artistic history of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the 381-day boycott of Montgomery, Ala. bus lines that overturned the 60 year-old Plessy v. Ferguson decision that African Americans were considered “separate but equal.”
“I saw Awele perform in April at a conference on white privilege and her performance was electrifying,” said Dr. Robert Amico, professor of philosophy at St. Bonaventure and chair of the University’s Diversity Action Committee. “Her performance will be something talked about and remembered.”
Amico received a Martine Grant to sponsor speakers and performers that will enhance the Clare College experience. The James Martine Faculty Development Endowment is intended to provide funding for faculty members involved in programs that benefit the University. The Martine Grant is particularly used for programs facilitating learning and growth within the University’s Clare College program.
“Rage is Not a 1-Day Thing,”
which was written by Makeba, focuses on protagonist Claudette Colvin, a
15-year-old girl who refused to give up her seat on the bus nine months
before Rosa Parks famously became a
Makeba researches, writes and performs forgotten African American history. Her performances inspire audiences to consider emotional and complex issues and appreciate our common humanity, potential and purpose. While she has performed for audiences around the country, she is also internationally known, performing in Russia, Taiwan, France, Canada, Austria and Suriname.
“Makeba will also be having a ‘talk back’ session after her performance to allow the audience an opportunity to discuss with her the issues and details surrounding the Montgomery Bus Boycott and her performance,” said Amico. “Her performance brings to life an untold piece of our American history in a way that no book can,” said Amico.
Awele will also be performing at Alfred University the night before, Feb. 9, in Holmes Auditorium. Admisssion for both performances is free and open to the public. For more information on Awele Makeba, visit her web site at www.awele.com.
“I got off of the bus, felt the sun warm my face and heard the waves crashing the way I always do,” said Jennifer Schiffino, St. Bonaventure University senior and Students in Free Enterprise president. “But something was different. Instead of children playing, I heard hammering. Instead of a playground, I saw a lot full of debris. My heart sank. This last hurricane seems to have hit the hardest.”
SBU SIFE made its third annual trip to the Bahamas, arriving Jan. 4. More than 50 members strong, the group stayed until Jan. 14, providing relief to hurricane victims in addition to teaching entrepreneurship in several local schools.
“It felt good to be back,” said Schiffino. “They needed our help, and we were eager to get our hands dirty.”
Since 2004, hurricanes Frances, Jeanne and Wilma devastated homes, schools and buildings with tidal waves, flooding and high winds. In some cases, entire blocks of houses were uplifted by water and demolished. People lost most of their belongings, and the houses that managed to stay put were left with severe water damage.
SBU SIFE members did everything from painting and cleaning to complete reconstruction of walls and roofing.
“This is such an enriching experience for both the Bahamians and SIFE students, said Dr. Todd Palmer, SBU professor and SIFE adviser. “The relationships they form are remarkable, and the Bahamian spirit and optimism are contagious.”
Students also worked with members of the Catholic Archdiocesan Hurricane Relief to assess damaged homes in need of basic household furniture, food and clothing.
“The SBU students are welcomed,” said Basil Christie, chair of the Archdiocesan relief effort. “Lots of people come here to bring stuff, like Santa Claus. SBU’s presence here represents how the outside world cares and is coming to help us.”
In addition to providing financial support, Christie is in charge of organizing volunteer teams, teaching hurricane relief, applying for donations and assessing damaged homes.
“We assessed the home of a Bahamian woman who was seven months pregnant,” said Holly Gendron, SBU sophomore and SIFE member. “Hurricane damage left her sleeping on the floor every night. I hope our visit will help get her a bed sooner.”
Assessing involves personally visiting damaged homes, interviewing residents and determining what needs to be replaced as a result of the hurricane.
“That needed to be done,” said Christie in response to the SBU students involvement with assessment. “People need to see someone and know we are here to help them. The students’ work was a tremendous help for me.”
In addition to service work, a large part of SBU SIFE’s mission is to go into local schools and teach programs targeting marketing, business ethics and entrepreneurship.
Danielle Ruffino, SBU senior and SIFE member said, “You can definitely tell the impact we left on the kids after teaching for just a few days. They seemed to really enjoy our programs, and on the last day made us all thank-you cards telling us how much they loved us.”
Students taught at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School; Mary, Star of the Sea School; and Free Town Primary School.
“Do I think the students are truly grasping SIFE’s concepts? Yeah, I think they are,” said Alexandria Roberts-Bowe, principal of St. Vincent de Paul. “Morals, values and business skills, those things stick. I can see a lot of results in our student population.”
SBU SIFE members also held a career fair for high school students. There they promoted attending college and were able to answer questions ranging from financial aid to different majors requirements.
In addition visiting professors from the University’s Department of Education, Dr. Adam Brown and Leslie Chambers, assisted Bahamian teachers by teaching staff development and teaching techniques.
Two exhibitions highlighting
the diverse heritages of the countries of Puerto Rico and Lithuania opened
at The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University
on Friday, Jan. 20.
Born in 1920, Polis has
exhibited his work throughout Lithuania and in cities across the globe,
such as Berlin, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Chicago, Cleveland and Madison. He
has published 10 books of his photographs, including: “Across Lithuania,
Lithuania’s Seashore, Lithuania, our Fatherland, and Lithuanian Theatres.”
The album, “Lithuania Reborn” sold 50,000 copies within four months of its
1989 publication. Passport to Lithuania will remain on view until June
On Feb. 4, St Bonaventure University will host the regional competition for Mathcounts, a national mathematics contest for sixth- to eighth-grade students.
Students will work individually and in four-person teams representing their schools. They will answer questions created by the National Society of Professional Engineers, who are the main sponsors of the contest. The schools set to compete are: Allegany-Limestone Middle School, Falconer Central School and Salamanca Middle School.
Other organizations sponsoring the contest nationally are CAN Foundation, ADC Foundation, General Motors Foundation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrup Grumman Foundation, Raytheon Company, Shell Oil Company, Texas Instruments, 3M Foundation, Xerox Corporation, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
St. Bonaventure University and two anonymous grants support the local competition. The top three school teams and the trop three individuals will receive trophies.
The three highest scoring teams will be invited to the New York State Mathcounts competition to be held March 18 in Troy, N.Y. The top students from the state contest will be invited to the national competition, which will be held May 11 through May 14 in Arlington, VA.
St. Bonaventure University has announced the 2006 graduate open house dates for both the SBU and the Buffalo Center at Hilbert College (Hamburg) locations. The open house events for the SBU program will be held in the Robert R. Jones Board of Trustees Room, Doyle Hall, and the events for the Buffalo Center program will be held in Franciscan Hall at the Hilbert campus.
The spring dates for the SBU
campus open houses are:
The summer dates for the SBU
campus open houses are:
The spring dates for the
Buffalo Center campus open houses are:
The summer dates for the
Buffalo Center campus open houses are:
Please contact Connie Horan at (716) 375-2021 with any questions. Those planning on attending can register for the events online at www.sbu.edu.
The Friends of Good Music, in
association with the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, will present
Luis Ledesma, baritone in “Bésame Mucho,” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb.
Matthew Cressler, a St. Bonaventure University senior theology and history major from Smyrna, Ga., won first place in the Diversity Action Committee’s student oratory competition held in conjunction with the University’s Martin Luther King Week activities Jan. 19. Cressler presented original prose titled “Remembering the Forgotten.”
Armando Ortiz, a sophomore journalism and mass communication major from Bronx, N.Y., took second place for his original poetry “He Had a Dream.” The third-place winner was senior theology major Brianna Giacoia from Marlboro, N.Y. Her original speech was titled “The Unshakable Spirit.”
Cara Pavlock of Clarence Center, N.Y., a freshman political science major, earned an honorable mention for her original essay “Love Your Enemies.”
The winners received gift certificates to the St. Bonaventure Bookstore.
Dr. Doug Cashing, professor of mathematics, had an article titled “Mandatory Shooting Percentages” published in the winter 2005 issue of the New York State Mathematics Teachers’ Journal.
Dr. Kimberly S. Young, associate professor of management sciences, appeared in the Dec. 1, 2005, issue of The New York Times for the article “Hooked on the Web: Help is on the Way,” which explored the growing number of clinics across the country offering treatment for Internet addicts. In addition, Young was featured in the January issue of Current Biography, a reference publication that is found in libraries throughout the U.S. and Canada.
All SBU faculty, staff and administrators are welcome to all the Friday Forums.
Date: Jan. 27, 2006
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