|Feb. 23, 2006
Three seniors share why they're going on Gulf
Coast service trip
It was a scene a handful of St. Bonaventure University students and faculty repeated for three days last October amid the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. They left Biloxi exhausted and returned to campus invigorated.
Their enthusiasm has exploded, reaching across disciplines and generations to encourage 250 members of the University community to accompany them back to the Gulf Coast during midterm break.
The BonaResponds group will leave campus after classes Friday, March 3, and arrive in the Gulf Coast the next day, when they’ll be divided into five relief camps — Biloxi, Long Beach and Bay St. Louis in Mississippi and St. Bernard Parish and New Orleans in Louisiana.
SBU senior Meghan Backus joined the first volunteer effort in October 2005. As a journalism/mass communication major, the trip intrigued her from the start. She was amazed by the destruction and touched by the people who needed so much help. She documented her visit in a video, determined to share it with the campus community.
Christine Francis, a management major from Seneca Falls, N.Y., also went to Biloxi last fall.
“I went for a three-day stay. After two I started to feel a part of a family and torn away from it when I left. You feel close with the community,” Francis said.
“I’ve never been this passionate about anything. When I went to Mississippi I knew I wanted to continue to do this for the rest of my life,” she said. So she went back to the Gulf Coast during Christmas break. It was hard being away from her family during the holidays for the first time, but it was worth it to know her actions truly made a difference in other people’s lives. “You know they’ll remember you for the rest of their life,” Francis said.
SBU Senior Becky Kessler of Rochester said the support for the spring break trip is obvious across campus, where students can be seen proudly wearing their “BonaResponds” T-shirts.
“Students want to be part of something this big. They want to be a part of the largest service trip in school history,” Kessler said.
She also credits the large student participation in part to Backhus’ video, in which members of the service trip and members of the Biloxi community shared their experiences.
For Francis, the experience now has her focused tightly on compassion for other people. And that has been a reawakening for her.
“After graduation I really
want to work with a non-profit. I would like to travel (outside the U.S.)
and help others,” she said.
If you think that all tenors from Ireland are alike, think again.
In 2002, in the midst of traditional Irish tenor groups appearing on the American music scene, The Celtic Tenors were beginning their own world tour, pioneering a new style never before seen on classical stage.
The three young dynamic vocalists will bring their new and unique audience experience to the Olean area for “An Evening with the Celtic Tenors” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21. The performance will be held in the San Damiano Room of Francis Hall (former Francis Chapel) on the campus of St. Bonaventure University.
The Celtic Tenors — Matthew Gilsenan, Niall Morris and James Nelson — are now established internationally as Ireland’s most successful classical crossover artists.
The group has toured Germany, Holland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and has appeared at festivals in Latvia, Lithuania, Faroe Islands, Hong Kong and Singapore. In December 2004, U2 lead singer Bono arranged for them to sing at the birthday party of U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, and former President Bill Clinton described them as “The best singing group I have ever heard. Their version of Danny Boy quite honestly brought tears to my eyes.”
Their newest album, “We Are
Not Islands,” is a new departure: a collection of 13 contemporary love
songs, six of which were written especially for the group by some of the
most respected songwriters of our time. The title track “Non Siamo Isole,
which features a guest appearance by Brian Kennedy, is by
multi-award-winning British songwriter Simon May, and there is a new song,
“Still By Your Side,” by popular Cork songwriter Jimmy
Tickets for “An Evening with The Celtic Tenors” go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2,4 and are priced at $10 for students and $25 for the public. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Reilly Center Ticket Office, at all Tops Friendly Markets, by phone at (888) 223-6000 or online at tickets.com. For more information call the ticket office at (716) 375-2500. All seating is reserved.
Bryan S. Smith of East Aurora has been appointed interim director of media relations at St. Bonaventure University, effective March 1, announced University president Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D.
“Bryan Smith brings a very impressive record to this role. He understands that we seek new strategies and concepts in our search for more frequent and high profile news coverage of our SBU community and its multiple activities,” said Carney.
“I am enthusiastic about this appointment at St. Bonaventure, and I look forward to meeting the campus community soon,” Smith said.
Smith has spent a considerable amount of his professional time in the commercial airline industry since 1985 and has worked and lived in Pittsburgh, Pa., Washington, D.C., and New York.
He worked as manager of inflight communications for U.S. Airways from 1985 to 2002 and director of communications/marketing at JetBlue Airways from 2002 to 2004.
Most recently he served as director of flight operations communications for Chautauqua Airlines, where he created, designed and published communications products for three certificate regional airlines, including Republic Airways Holdings, Chautauqua Airlines and Shuttle America. He was responsible for corporate branding and positioning policy, including external media communications.
Smith has had a lifelong interest in media and the arts. In 1980, he joined a Media Study project in Buffalo with Jerry O’Grady, who was affiliated with the University at Buffalo.
“It was exciting to be creative and work with many talented artists, including filmmaker James Blue and video artist Bill Viola,” he said. “A small team of us from all over the country produced a series of documentaries in film and for radio as a member of one of the most vital urban media centers in the country.” The group explored progressive ideas about society and art, showing documentary and experimental films, in an atmosphere constantly changing, developing, and restructuring contemporary thought.
Shortly thereafter he became a writer for “Weekend at Your Service” with Andy Thomas at WEBR Radio in Buffalo. Their popular call-in show increased in ratings from dead last to first in six months.
Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Edinboro University.
He is trained in wilderness emergency first aid and is active in Nordic and alpine skiing, mountain and racing biking, and he travels to Tuscany, Italy, regularly to attend a cooking school in the medieval city of Arcidosso.
A free community concert will
be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in the San Damiano Room in Francis Hall
on the St. Bonaventure campus.
As more and more services are available via the Web, at St. Bonaventure and elsewhere, many users have concerns about the security of the personal information accessible via the Web.
The first line of defense for almost all online applications is your password. A strong password is one of the best ways to secure access to your online information. This is true for online banking, shopping, and yes, even access to MySBU.
This week’s Tech Tip reviews several best practices when creating passwords, as well as how to change your SBU password. I strongly urge you to follow these practices when creating/changing your password for not only your SBU account, but for all of your online applications. This Tech Tip, as well as all previous tech tips, can be found here: http://www.sbu.edu/student-services/technology-services/administrative-support/technology-tips/index.htm.
Mary Rose Kubal, Ph.D.,
assistant professor of political science, and the Rev. Cheryl A. E.
Parris, director of social ministries at St. Bonaventure University, will
co-lead a Vocation Service Learning Trip to Panama, tentatively scheduled
for May 16-27.
This year, during the first
two days of the trip, Wednesday and Thursday, participants will receive
information and education about Panama. Friday, participants will visit
work sites and introduce themselves. Saturday will give students free time
to explore, and Mass is planned for Sunday.
Sixteen teams representing high schools as near as Allegany-Limestone and Hinsdale and as far away as Edison, N.J., Columbia, Md., and Claymont, Del., will participate in the 18th Annual High School Invitational Programming Contest, at St. Bonaventure University.
Each team consists of four
students accompanied by a teacher/adviser. The annual contest is hosted by
SBU’s Department of Computer Science.
An awards ceremony is
scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in Dresser Auditorium.
minister the Rev. Cheryl Parris, along with two St. Bonaventure University
students, will be attending the United Nations’ Commission on the Status
of Women in New York City during spring break. This is the commission’s
St. Bonaventure University’s Event Management Services is changing its reservation policies in order to better serve the campus community.
In order to filter all campus events through Event Management Services and to avoid scheduling conflicts, all people interested in planning a university-related activity are now required to fill out an “Event Request Form.”
“Forms are available in our office (Rob 118) or by calling ext. 2094,” said Pamela Say-Witter, coordinator for Event Management Services.
Anyone planning an event at or associated with St. Bonaventure University, regardless of location, should complete an Event Request Form. This ensures placement of the event on the Central Calendar and consultation with trained event staff. “It allows us to identify possible conflicts, interruptions, and to notify other departments such as Security, Maintenance and Housekeeping,” she said.
Event Management Services directly reserves boardrooms, informal meeting rooms, dining and reception rooms, and multipurpose rooms. The staff also assists in obtaining the proper information or contacts when reserving other facilities on campus. “We encourage students, faculty, staff and administrators to view our office as a valuable resource,” Say-Witter said. “We coordinate setups and special requests, assist in finding vendors, publicize events on the Web and University calendar, and connect you with catering services.”
Department heads were sent copies of the Event Request Form and room reservation guide this week.
The forms are also available online: visit www.sbu.edu, click Offices, then Event Management Services. To view event listings, select the calendar on the home page.
For information on practice in-person and phone interviews, "Managing Your Career," teacher recruitment days (USA now open), and CareerFest '06, be sure to check out this month's Career Directions at the Career Center Events Web page.
Dr. Leslie M.
Sabina, professor of music, recently published three original
musical works. In December 2005, Kendor Music, Inc. released Sabina’s
“Blues-Go-Round” and “Chilled Out” as part of its Jazz Ensemble series,
and his saxophone quartet arrangement of the standard “The Nearness of
You” as part of its Ensemble Series.
Dr. Kimberly S. Young, associate professor of management sciences, had the article “An Empirical Examination of the Client Attitudes towards Online Counseling” published in the CyberPsychology & Behavior. The article examined 48 online clients and their attitudes toward the delivery of mental health services over the Internet. She also had the article “Prevention and Education for Internet-Addicted Employees” published in The Journal of Employee Assistance, the national journal for the Employee Assistance Professionals Association. The article outlined strategies that focus on prevention and educational training programs to deter and curb employee Internet abuse in the workplace.
All SBU faculty, staff and administrators are welcome to all the Friday Forums.
Date: Feb. 24, 2006