SGA Film Series
All movies will be shown at 5 p.m. in the McGinley-Carney Center for Franciscan Ministry
Monday, February 12
“Remember The Titans”
The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.
Monday, March 19
“Iron Jawed Angels”
Defiant young activists take the women’s suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote.
IDEAL = Inclusion, Diginity, Equity, Action and Love
Our IDEAL planning committee campaign’s sub theme for this semester is “MLK50: We Win with Love.” This semester, a variety of programs will be offered that challenge students, staff, faculty, and other members of the SBU community to ask themselves what ways we can come together as a community, especially when we have so much to divide us.
Thursday, February 15
Back History Month Keynote Speaker Dr. Jodi Merriday, Ph.D.
8 p.m., Reilly Center Cafe
Dr. Merriday is a social justice ambassador, multicultural/diversity trainer and premier Black History and Women’s History Month speaker who has more than 20 years of experience working in higher education. She is a highly skilled facilitator who has the capacity to unpack difference, increase cultural literacy and bridge understanding of racism, sexism, classism, and heterosexism/homophobia using social justice, diplomacy, hip hop/rap and popular culture as a lens.
Thursday, April 5
Damietta Center for Multicultural Student Affairs Featured Speaker Danica Roem, ’06
7 p.m., Dresser Auditorium
Monday, April 9
School of Education Forum Keynote Speaker Dr. Kriner Cash, Ed.D.
Time and location TBD
Dr. Cash, superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools, will deliver an address about education in spite of poverty.
St. Bonaventure University will host several events this week in partnership with Special Olympics.
On Thursday, Sept. 22, Neal Johnson, president and CEO of Special Olympics New York (SONY), will lead a discussion highlighting the current social environment — including recent progress and challenges — for people with intellectual disabilities. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Athletics Hall of Fame Room in the Reilly Center and is free and open to the public.
Johnson’s visit is sponsored as part of the All Bonaventure Reads programming series and the IDEAL campaign. The 2016-17 all-campus reads selection, “The Boys in the Bunkhouse,” tells the story of men with intellectual disabilities who endured decades of exploitation — living in an old schoolhouse and working at a turkey-processing plant in Iowa for little pay — before finding justice and freedom.
Johnson, a member of SBU's Class of 1973, became involved with Special Olympics in 1975 when he was asked to help establish the program in his hometown, the Bronx. Since then he has served SONY at all levels and in all aspects of the organization.
After serving as vice chair of the SONY board, Johnson was named president and CEO in 1997. Under his leadership, SONY has become the largest Special Olympics program in North America and the sixth largest in the world, serving 65,000 athletes and involving 35,000 volunteers. During Commencement Exercises in 2014, Johnson was recognized by his alma mater with an honorary degree.
On Thursday, a soccer coaches clinic with head women’s soccer coach Steve Brdarski and the women’s soccer team will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the soccer field. Sponsored by the Physical Activities Club and the women’s soccer team, the clinic is open to anyone interested in being certified as a Special Olympics soccer coach. The coaches clinic will be held in conjunction with a Unified Soccer Clinic with students with intellectual disabilities from Olean. SBU students who want more information should contact Dr. Paula Scraba at email@example.com.
On Friday, Sept. 23, the university will host the Second Annual Polar Spray on the outdoor basketball courts between with Richter and Reilly centers. Participants garner donations with a pledge to be sprayed by a fire hose, courtesy of the Allegany Fire Department. Registration begins at 3 p.m. followed by the spray at 4 p.m.
Participants and onlookers are invited. Register by printing a pdf registration form or by registering online.
The Polar Spray is an All Bonaventure Reads Passport Event and also helps kick off Family Weekend. A pizza party will be awarded to the group that raises the most money. Funds raised by the Polar Spray will support the cross-country team’s Polar Plunge team, which will be taking a dip in Lake Erie Dec. 3, as well as the Olean-area Special Olympics Unified Team Sports Program. Unified Sports is an initiative that brings people with and without intellectual disabilities together on the same team to compete.
For more information about the Polar Spray, contact Erica Raepple with Special Olympics New York at firstname.lastname@example.org or Scraba at email@example.com.
#MeToo: A Civil Discourse
Tuesday, March 20
4 p.m., Walsh Auditorium
SPEAKER: Dr. Pauline Hoffmann, dean of Graduate Studies
Explore the movement that has significantly changed dialogue around sexual harassment and sexual assault.
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