mark dental research were lauded in a tribute
written by Dr. Harald Heymann and published
in the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative
Dentistry. View the article, "John Grippo: A
Modern Day Pioneer," online at
http://tinyurl.com/blkdnbz. For more than 20
years, Grippo has been on a mission to foster
research on a dental phenomenon called
stress corrosion. A senior lecturer in the
Biomedical Engineering Department at
Western New England University, Grippo has
authored another landmark paper that is
being reviewed by the Journal of Engineering
in Medicine and is starting an important study
on the effects of stress/biocorrosion of teeth.
"This may prove to be the answer for notches
that most people have at the gum line that
heretofore have been ascribed to toothbrush
abrasion," says Grippo, who practiced general
dentistry for 45 years. Grippo welcomes SBU
grads who are dentists to contact him at
firstname.lastname@example.org if they would like him
to present his lecture, "The Dynamics of
Occlusion," to their dental society. (Half of the
honorarium would go to St. Bonaventure).
World War II veteran, was extended a formal
invitation by Andrew Schiavello, president of
Honor Flight Philadelphia, Springfield, Pa., and
its board of directors, to attend the inaugural,
Washington, D.C., last April. The one-day tour
was offered free to veterans and included
stops at the memorials dedicated to them.
Although he could not attend, Silvent was
grateful for the invitation. Silvent served a
combined 12 years in the European, Asiatic
and Middle Eastern theaters. His military and
civilian specialties were air operations and
computer systems analysis, respectively.
Among his awards was a presidential citation
for his unit, the 94th Fighter Squadron, for
strafing, bombing, bomber-escort and rescue
missions. As a business student at Bona's,
Silvent assisted Fr. Fidelis O'Rourke, the busi-
ness dean, by typing labor arbitration docu-
ments, and he performed secretarial and
related duties for athletic director Fr. Silas
Rooney, basketball coach Eddie Melvin and
football coach Joe Bach. Silvent and his wife,
Marguerite, have been married 62 years and
live in West Wyoming, Pa. They have three
children. Vanderbilt University's Peabody
College of education and human develop-
ment awarded its Distinguished Alumnus
Award to clinical and developmental psychol-
ogist Donald J. Stedman during
Commencement ceremonies May 11, 2012.
Stedman earned his doctor of philosophy
degree in clinical and developmental psychol-
ogy in 1962 from George Peabody College
for Teachers (as it was then named). During
at Duke University, George Peabody College
and the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill. At the latter, he served as pro-
fessor of education and associate director of
the Frank Porter Graham Child Development
Center and as chairman of the Division of
Special Education. In 1990, he was appoint-
ed dean of the School of Education.
Although he "retired" in 1999, Stedman
would go on to found New Voices
Foundation, a North Carolina organization
that serves children with physical and com-
municative disabilities and counsels schools
to help meet their needs. He presently
serves as president and CEO.
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary
June 30, 2012. To give thanks for God's
presence in their marriage, they went as pil-
leadership of Sr.
trustees, St. Bonaventure
University adopted the Five-
Year Financial Forecast and
Strategic Plan to guide us
through the challenging and
tion, the Board of Trustees just approved a comprehensive
strategic plan for Athletics that coincides with and supports
the university's global strategy through year 2015.
ment of alumni in support of this strategy.
ways our committees (Chapter Relations, Development,
Franciscan, and Communications) could align our own
goals with those laid out in the five-year plan.
(Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) and
then develop goals and strategies.
come being an NAAB strategy aligned with the university
reading this message. We need all alums "on deck" to strengthen our rela-
tionships with each other, increase chapter event attendance, recruit and
enroll more students, offer internships, support The Bonaventure Fund, pro-
vide scholarships, communicate with our deans, and enhance our outstand-
ing athletics tradition.
need your partnership to continue our tradition of excellence at SBU, and
we welcome your thoughts about how alumni can participate more fully in
driving this strategy.