parts for three weeks.
another part of the world where edu-
cation is truly a gift that people are
desperate for," said Fischer. "I hope
they came away with the understand-
ing that deep down we all have that
same fundamental part to us. We all
want the same thing: We all want suc-
cess and we all need to work hard to
cleaning up Bob's Woods on campus,
there were also sight-
seeing and cultural
ties off campus in-
cluding a boat
excursion on Chau-
tauqua Lake, a dinner
at St. Bonaventure
Parish in Allegany
and a presentation at
Olean Public Library.
gram high marks.
the chance to see
what the world of-
fers," said Presuma,
who speaks English
well and served as an
interpreter for the
youth are responsible
for the future of Haiti.
Opening a path for them
to see where to go is very important."
falo, N.Y., has an undergraduate de-
gree in accounting and is studying law
while working for a nongovernment or-
ganization and running an orphanage.
taken back to Haiti and repeated at his
orphanage and elsewhere.
who can't afford school," said Jeudy.
"Now some of the children are going to
learn and they will become resources for
Haiti. After a time, you will not need to
future they will support themselves."
courses they attended at SBU will be
put online, available for free to anyone
with Internet access.
like an NFL draft pick, said Mahar: only
time will tell if you went in the right di-
the 13 Haitian students, are returning
dividends. When asked what they will
do with what they learned upon their
they intend to set up BonaResponds
chapters in order to help fellow
Haitians in need.
they will. I really do think they will," he
while there are wrinkles to iron out,
there is a strong commitment to not
only continue the program, but expand
it to include students from the Ba-
ture groups already have a presence,
you find people here from Liberia,
Uganda, the Philippines or even India,"
said Fr. Francis Di Spigno, O.F.M., execu-
tive director of University Ministries. The
department's Thomas Merton Center
hosted meals and other gatherings
throughout the Haitians' stay.
ferent from our own -- that's what
we're about as Franciscans," said Fr.
Francis. "It's one thing to give people
money, but it's another to build rela-
tionships. And that's what this is about.
those bridges and relationships, the
better off the whole world will be."
grease needed at a BonaResponds workday (left) to the innovation of the compounds created at
Olean manufacturer SolEpoxy.