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Seeking to promote an understanding of
Arab and Islamic cultures and an apprecia-
tion of both their historical and contempo-
rary significance in the global community,
St. Bonaventure has established a Center
for Arab and Islamic
The center's areas of
focus are scholarship,
on- and off-campus in-
struction, and commu-
nity outreach.
Fr. Michael Calabria,
O.F.M., Ph.D., who
taught on the univer-
sity faculty in the De-
partment of Modern Languages from 2003
until 2012, has returned to St. Bonaven-
ture to direct the center.
"The center is inspired by the historical
encounter between Francis of Assisi and
the Egyptian Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil in
1219," said Fr. Michael, "and seeks to pro-
mote an understanding of Arab and Islamic
cultures, an appreciation of both their his-
torical and contemporary significance in the
global community, and respectful relations
between Muslim and Christian people."
Beginning this fall, the center's on-cam-
pus instruction will consist of undergradu-
ate courses in Arab and Islamic Studies in a
variety of disciplines, including art history,
history, international relations, language
and literature, political science, theology
and women's studies. An 18-credit minor
in Arab and Islamic Studies is already of-
fered at St. Bonaventure.
A Summer Institute will provide tradi-
tional and non-traditional students with an
opportunity outside the regular academic
year to engage in studies for several weeks
on campus in conjunction with the sum-
mer programs offered by the Franciscan In-
stitute and Chautauqua Institution.
The center will also foster strong and
productive ties with the area's Muslim com-
For more information about the Center
for Arab and Islamic Studies, visit
St. Bonaventure's accounting program has
been ranked ninth out of more than 500 small
colleges in the United States by Master-of-Fi-
The website ranked the top 30 institutions, all
with enrollments under 3,000 students, in an ef-
fort to distinguish those schools that "stand out
among their peers." St. Bonaventure is the only
college in New York or Pennsylvania on the list.
The distinctive features the website staff exam-
ined included dual bachelor degree options, dual
bachelor/master's options, exceptional internship
programs, special emphasis on ethics, and spe-
cialized accreditation in accounting or business.
"It's nice to be recognized for what we've al-
ways known -- that our accounting program is
one of the best in the nation," said Dr. Carol Fis-
cher, interim dean of the School of Business.
The website praised St. Bonaventure's five-year
joint MBA program that qualifies students for
the CPA examination, as well as the program's
emphasis on internships. The program requires
all accounting majors to participate in a 400-
hour non-credit internship that "provides them a
great professional reference and real-world expe-
rience," the website said.
St. Bonaventure is one of the nation's smallest
institutions accredited by the Association for the
Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business.
Over the past five years, 98 percent of the stu-
dents in the university's five-year accounting
program were placed in jobs by the time they
A new series of podcasts fea-
turing faculty and staff from St.
Bonaventure's online graduate
programs provides listeners with
creative and out-of-the-box ad-
vice to help them succeed in their
next career move.
The podcasts -- dubbed the
SBU MasterCast and available for
free on SoundCloud -- feature
faculty and staff from the Inte-
grated Marketing Communica-
tions (IMC) and Strategic
Leadership graduate programs.
From interviewing some of
rock-and-roll's most famous
artists to working with Fortune
500 companies, the individuals
featured on the SBU MasterCast
discuss their professional skills,
offering real-life content and ad-
vice. The SBU MasterCast is pro-
duced by Synapse Matters, a
student-run consultancy at St.
Bonaventure that specializes in
marketing, advertising and public
You can find the latest episodes
of the MasterCast by going to
University opens
new Center for Arab
and Islamic Studies
Accounting program
earns high praise
Podcasts offer
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