John Stevens, management lecturer, received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from Leadership Cattaraugus during the organization’s annual dinner in December. In presenting the award, board member Jesse Gugino stated that Stevens has given 13 years of dedicated service to Leadership Cattaraugus. Stevens was one of the founders of Leadership Cattaraugus, meeting monthly to develop the program starting in 2003 and launching it 2004. He served as the LC board president for many years, and has been a board member since the program was founded. He volunteers at the Opening Retreat, Leadership Day and serves on the Curriculum Committee. Gugino said, “John is a valuable asset to the Board of Directors, his tireless service and commitment to Leadership Cattaraugus makes him an outstanding candidate for this award.” Dr. Matrecia James, dean of the School of Business, gave the keynote address during the annual dinner and celebration that marked graduation day for Leadership Cattaraugus’ Class of 2016.
Dr. Thomas J. Schaeper, professor of history, recently published a new book, titled "Somewhere in France: The World War I Letters and Journal of Private Frederick A. Kittleman." In 1983, a man cleaning out his attic in Olean came across a stack of papers that had previously gone unnoticed. After glancing through them, he discovered they were letters dealing with World War I and brought them to nearby St. Bonaventure to donate to the library. The library alerted Schaeper and what resulted was a decades-long project. The letters were those of Priv. Frederick A. Kittleman, a small-town man who regularly wrote to his family after being drafted in 1918 and sent to France. The letters are contrasted with Kittleman's journal, which recounts the gritty details of battle that he shielded from his family in their correspondence. "Somewhere in France" will be available Feb. 1. Read more about Schaeper’s book here.
Mark Phillips, HEOP tutor, had a short narrative essay appear in the print and online editions of the Winter 2016-17 Notre Dame Magazine. His essay, titled “I am the sin-eater,” can be read here: http://magazine.nd.edu/news/72112/
Kevin Brayer, executive director of the Buffalo Center, has been asked to serve on the Catholic Charities Corporate Committee for 2017. Brayer said, "It is an honor to be asked to serve on this prestigious committee for such a worthwhile charity. Also, to be able to work with several members of the Corporate Committee that I taught at St. Bonaventure is a tribute to the Franciscan spirit of helping the less fortunate in Western New York."
Faculty, students and alumni shared their experience with unified sports at the 79th Annual New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference in Verona, N.Y. The presentation at NYSAHPERD was titled “Unifed Sports: Competitive Sports and Leadership Skills for an Inclusive Future.” Special Olympics Unified Sports is an initiative that brings people with and without intellectual disabilities together on the same team to compete. Presenters included faculty members Dr. Paula Scraba, associate professor of physical education and Allison Barnes, adjunct instructor of physical education, and physical education majors/Physical Activities Club leadership students Abigail Lagoner, Abbey Marchewka and Kerry McCarthy, along with Nate Johnson, state director of Unified Sports. This year, St. Bonaventure and Special Olympics New York representatives invited a coaches panel from various school districts to co-present with them. Jessica Byerwalters from Amsterdam High School and Marc Vitticore from Fairport High School were joined by SBU physical education alumni Colleen Quinn, ’08, who was part of the original organization of Special Olympics sports on campus and Quinlan Shoen, ’15, one of the first student directors of unified sports events at the university. The coaches panel at the conference illustrated how inclusive sports build community, improve skills for positive social interaction and create acceptance in the sporting arena.
Dr. Megan Walsh, associate professor of English, has organized a panel at the biennial Society of Early Americanists Conference in Tulsa, Okla. Titled "Categories of the Archive," the panel brings together scholars whose work interrogates collection and curation practices at U.S. historical libraries.
Dr. Scott Simpson, assistant professor of chemistry, has been awarded an Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) startup grant. Simpson’s grant is for “Using Density Functional Theory to Predict Heterogeneous Catalysis for Selective Hydrogenation.” The XSEDE grant provides access to computing, visualization and storage resources to allow Simpson to run complex quantum chemical calculations on several supercomputers housed around the United States. Read more about the research and grant here: http://www.sbu.edu/about-sbu/news-events/latest-news/news-release/2016/12/06/bonas-professor-awarded-grant-to-help-him-research-cheaper-production-of-chemical-products
Dr. Chris Stanley, professor of theology, has been invited to present seminar papers at the next two annual meetings of the Society of New Testament Studies. This is a notable honor, as a high-level group of New Testament scholars will spend two hours discussing each of his papers. For the 2017 meeting in Pretoria, South Africa, he will be writing on "Paul and Asklepios: The Greco-Roman Quest for Healing and the Mission of Paul." For the 2018 meeting in Athens, Greece, his topic will be "Paul the Cosmopolitan? A Postcolonial Analysis." Stanley also chaired a session at the recent Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature on "Postcolonial Studies and Biblical Studies in Africa" and led a meeting of the steering committee for the Postcolonial Studies and Biblical Studies section. Stanley has also been invited to give the keynote address for the annual fund-raising dinner of the SSJ Sister Karen Klimczak Center for Nonviolence in Buffalo in April 2017. The title of his presentation is "Words of Life or Words of Death? Violence and Nonviolence in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Scriptures." Previous speakers at the event include Arun Gandhi and Sr. Simone Campbell. The Klimczak Center was formed in 2007 to carry on the peace-making and community-building work of Sr. Karen Klimczak, who lost her life in 2006 at the hands of one of the parolees whom she had been helping in her ministry.
Dr. Margaret Jones-Carey, director of the educational leadership program, presented on infusing disciplinary literacy in undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs at the American Reading Forum Conference. This was her third time presenting at this annual conference.
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