The annual Barbara Carr McKee Scholarship Luncheon is organized by: Kathleen M. Ryan
Assistant Director of Development for Stewardship
St. Bonaventure University
P.O. Box 2500
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
Phone: (716) 375-2308
or (800) 664-1273 Opt.3
The Barbara Carr McKee Scholarship Luncheon is an annual event that celebrates our scholarship recipients and recognizes the thoughtfulness and generosity of our benefactors.
The luncheon, held on a Friday in April, features opening remarks by University President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., speeches by a scholarship recipient and a scholarship donor, and a showcase of excellent student work.
The event is attended by scholarship recipients, scholarship donors, and the students who created the work on display.
Kevin Rogers, a senior journalism and mass communication and political science major, delivered the 2014 Barbara Carr McKee Scholarship Luncheon student speech. Rogers’ collegiate career includes holding the positions of editor-in-chief of The Bona Venture campus newspaper and president of SBU College Republicans. He also interned for a summer at The Washington Guardian in Washington D.C. His speech focused on the specialized attention he received as a Bona student and how Bonaventure shaped his life today. Rogers is a recipient of the Capital City scholarship.
“I speak with gratitude on behalf of all seniors for those who generously finance scholarships,” Rogers said in his speech. “Scholarships do more than help students pay for education; they open the door to the sort of experiences I’ve had in the past four years.”
This year’s keynote address was given by Dr. Robert L. Worden, ’67. The Worden family established The John L. and Léone E. Worden Memorial Award. The endowed scholarship supports student research in the fields of biology. The award is named after his father and former SBU biology professor, Dr. John Lorimer Worden Jr., and his wife, Léone E. Worden.
Worden’s speech detailed his family’s devotion to St. Bonaventure; the man, the saint and the university. Worden also highlighted the most recent recipient of the award. Kyle Alpha, senior biochemistry major, will enroll in an M.D.-Ph.D. dual-degree program following graduation with a focus on research and medicine.
“It’s just a perfect moment for our family,” said Worden of honoring Alpha. “We wanted to hook a student with that research. Our hope was that, through the award, a student would discover a career as a research biologist or some related field.”
There were more than half a dozen student projects on display during the event. The projects varied from undergraduate and graduate work of scholarship recipients including projects about campaign finance, integrated marketing plans for local restaurants, research on education and even a pilot script for a TV series.
During the 2013-2014 school year, 507 students were awarded scholarships at St. Bonaventure.
More photos from the 2013 luncheon are available on Flickr
The scholarship luncheon honors the late Barbara Carr McKee, the administrator who infused special life and enthusiasm into the event. Barbara gave her time and diverse talents to the St. Bonaventure University community for more than 15 years. She died of cancer on June 2, 2003.
Barbara joined the University Advancement staff in August 1987 as associate director of development, and was promoted to director of development in October 1989. She served as vice president for University Relations from 1991 to 1995 and as director of Planned Giving from 1995 to 1999. From 1999 until her death, she was director of Major Gifts.
Her giving extended far beyond her work.
She was active in the community, serving on the board of the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and on the board of the Olean Community Foundation. She held several leadership positions with the Friends of Good Music, and was active as a volunteer with University Ministries, in particular with liturgical dance.
She earned her master’s degrees in library science and art history and a bachelor’s degree in classical archaeology from the University of Missouri at Columbia, from which she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
In her eulogy during Barbara’s funeral, Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., now president of St. Bonaventure, said of Barbara, “This woman of profound prayer and contemplation ... believed that together we could create an oasis of beauty, truth and culture (at St. Bonaventure). ... She helped us to understand that the world is charged with God’s grandeur, that this divine source lives under the world’s splendor and wonder.”
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