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Inspired to connect with
this fall's incoming students
and reconnect with the Fran-
ciscan tradition, alum-
nae from the class of
1978 are gladly giving
themselves reading as-
The first book was
the All Bonaventure
Reads 2013 selection,
"Full Body Burden:
Growing up in the Nu-
clear Shadow of Rocky
Catherine Gleason, '78,
began organizing the BBC --
Bonaventure Book Club --
during her 35th class reunion
in June, garnering interest
from 19 classmates.
"Full Body Burden" was
the ideal first book for the
alumnae, taking them back
to growing up in the back-
drop of the Cold War and
their St. Bonaventure experi-
ences. During a conference
call, the class-
mates discussed
the book through
a thoughtful lens,
reminiscent of
their English
classroom discus-
sions with faculty
Rick Simpson, Pat
Panzarella and
Jim Martine.
Author Kristen Iversen
grew up in a small Colorado
town close to Rocky Flats, a
nuclear weapons plant once
designated "the most con-
taminated site in America."
For more than 30 years, the
plant secretly produced plu-
tonium triggers for nuclear
Described as part investiga-
tive journalism and part
memoir, "Full Body Burden"
explores secrets -- not only
of the government's cover-up
of nuclear contamination,
but of Iversen's own family's
silences: Her father's drinking
and her mother's denial were
routinely disregarded.
"Full Body Burden" was
distributed at summer Orien-
tation to all first-year stu-
Students will engage in
conversations and activities
throughout Welcome Days,
University 101 courses and
various campuswide events
this fall, including a Sept. 30
visit by Iversen.
Next up for the BBC is the
biography "The Book of My-
chal: The Surprising Life and
Heroic Death of Father My-
chal Judge."
Matz comes close to
avenging '72 national
spelling bee loss
Dr. Lauren Matz waited 41
years to right a wrong, only to
be foiled by a pancreatic secre-
tion. The St. Bonaventure Eng-
lish professor won $1,000 for
finishing second in the July 13
AARP National Senior Spelling
Bee in Cheyenne, Wyo.,
tripped up by chymotrypsino-
gen, a zymogen secreted by
the pancreas.
The irony? As an eighth-
grader at All Saints Roman
Catholic School in Buffalo, 13-
year-old Lauren Pringle (now
Matz) finished second in the
1972 Scripps Howard National
Spelling Bee in Washington,
D.C. (pictured above).
"I know it doesn't sound that
hard, but I missed garnett (in
1972)," said Matz, '80, who's
taught at the university since
1988. A garnett is a type of
carding machine.
Some of the words Matz mas-
tered during the latest chal-
lenge included enfleurage,
kalanchoe, loculicidal, erythro-
poiesis, microlepidopterous, ni-
oophorectomy, pneumoconio-
sis, unnilquadium and as-
Matz qualified for the 16-
person oral finals by scoring 98
out of 100 on a written test.
The field was whittled to just
two after 11 rounds. She then
went blow for etymological
blow for 14 more rounds with
eventual winner Tony Johnson
before he spelled ytterbium
correctly to claim the title.
Campus News
Acclaimed writer Charles Pierce and Atlantic
10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade were
the featured speakers at the biennial Dick Joyce
Sports Symposium April 23 at the university.
Pierce and McGlade joined Buffalo News
sports columnist Jerry Sullivan and St. Bonaven-
ture athletic director Steve Watson on a panel
to discuss "The NCAA: Today and Tomorrow."
Jim Marchiony, '76, associate athletic
director/external relations for the University of
Kansas, was the event moderator.
Alumni and guests from the sports and
media worlds participated in morning work-
shops with students, with topics including
"Women in the World of Sports," "Gonzo
Sports Journalism," and "College Sports Ad-
ministration and Media."
Amy Moritz, '95, a sports writer
at The Buffalo News, was hon-
ored at a dinner the night before
the symposium with the John
Domino Award, named after the
1984 alumnus who helped usher
in the video era while an undergraduate.
The late Richard "Dick" Joyce, '60, was a
sportswriter for the Associated Press.

Esquire writer, A-10 commissioner headline sports symposium
'78 alums form book club as a new avenue to keep in touch
Pictured from left are panelists Jerry Sullivan, Charles Pierce, Jim Marchiony, Steve Watson
and Bernadette McGlade.