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.
Dr. Paul G. Barretta, chair of the Department of Marketing in the School of Business, had an article published in Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics titled “Consumer Perceptions of the Inaugural College Football Championship Tournament: A Longitudinal Study.” Barretta ran a sports fan research panel gathering data leading up to and following the inaugural playing of the first NCAA College Football Championship Tournament that included a four-team playoff in 2014-2015. The article is available online at http://csri-jiia.org/documents/publications/research_articles/2016/JIIA_2016_9_12_433.pdf.
Dr. Willy K. Rotich, associate professor of physical education, published an article in the journal Strategies on Nov. 4, 2016, titled "Leveraging the Habit-forming Aspects of Technology to Increase Levels of Physical Activity." The article highlighted potential uses of habit-forming technology (like video games) in ways that could promote physical activity and in the process make these technologies an ally rather than obstacle in combating inactivity. Dr. Rotich also presented at a conference in Cleveland, Ohio on Nov. 9-13. His presentation was titled "The Expanding English Premier League Soccer Fan base: Reverse drain of sports benefits in the wake of globalization," discussing the globalization that has led to an increased fan base for the English Premier League Soccer, especially in the developing world.
Dr. Ibrahim Zabad, associate professor of political science, gave a talk titled "The Fate of Minorities in the Middle East in the Wake of the Arab Spring" at St. John Fisher College in Rochester on Nov. 16. The talk was sponsored by the political science and religious studies departments.
Dr. Kimberly Young, professor of communication in the Jandoli School of Communication, had the paper "Integrating psychological and neurobiological considerations regarding the development and maintenance of specific Internet-use disorders: An Interaction of Person-Affect-Cognition-Execution (I-PACE) model" published in Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. The paper was co-authored with Dr. Matthias Brand, director of the Center for Behavioral Addiction Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany; Dr. Klaus Wölfling, professor of psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy at the Johannes Gutenberg Medical School in Germany, and Dr. Marc Potenza, professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn.
Fr. David B. Couturier, O.F.M. Cap., has published a new book, "The Four Conversions: A Spirituality of Transformation." The book utilizes insights from theology, family systems theory, organizational development and Franciscan studies to understand the dynamics of Christian conversion. The work was published by Franciscan Institute Publications (www.franciscanpublications.com).
Dr. Robert P. Amico, professor of philosophy, facilitated “Dialogue on Cultural Competency: Advancing the Strategic Plan” for the leadership of Alfred State College on Nov. 1, 2016. The dialogue is a first step in advancing Alfred State College’s “Roadmap 2020” strategic plan. Dr. Amico conducted a similar workshop in August 2016 for all librarians and library staff at Alfred University.
Dr. Megan Walsh, associate professor of English, delivered this semester's keynote lecture for the "Reimagining the Humanities" speaker series at Penn State-Erie, The Behrend College, on Nov. 8. The title of Walsh's talk was "Corpses and Character Portraits: Book Illustration and the Novel of Seduction in Revolutionary America."
Dr. Carol Wittmeyer, associate professor of management, co-facilitated the session "This Generation Roundtable -Many Voices and Many Choices" at the Cornell University Annual Families in Business Conference held at Cornell Oct. 21 & 22. Several SBU students attended, including MBA students Ben Marcus and Stephanie Dolliver, and undergraduate students Ryland Wiseman and Michael Poisson. The workshop attended by students, "Building Emotional Maturing in the Family and in the Business," was led by John Engel, '75, founder of Leadership Coaching. The trip was funded by Betty Ramming, who donated to the business school in honor of her late husband, Allan Ramming, ’63, owner of Electro Abrasive Corporation.
Dr. Paul G. Barretta, associate professor of marketing, had an article accepted by Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics titled "Consumer Perceptions of the Inaugural College Football Championship Tournament: A Longitudinal Study." The article reports on a study he conducted using a panel of sports fans; it will be available online in the near future.
Dr. David Matz, professor of classical languages, presented at the New York College English Association conference at Suffolk County Community College on October 15. His paper was on the Greek poet Pindar and the ancient Olympic games. Dr. Lauren Matz, professor of English, also presented at the conference, speaking on the topic of building student empathy through developing cultural metanarratives for literary characters. Her article, "Reading Tea and Coffee in Arnold Bennett's 'The Old Wives' Tale' (1908)," was published by the Semiotic Society of America in Semiotics 2015: Virtual Identities.
Sharon Myers, director of admissions communications, was a guest speaker at the 16th Annual Nonprofit Day in Erie, Pa., on October 25. Sponsored by The Nonprofit Partnership & The Erie Community Foundation, Nonprofit Day is a full-day learning event for nonprofit staff and volunteer leadership to come together and learn how to advance their organizations and the nonprofit sector. Keynotes and workshops throughout the day follow four thematic tracks: management, governance, fundraising and marketing, and communication. With more than 300 people in attendance, Myers presented two sessions: Marketing for Good - Applying Integrated Marketing Communications to Nonprofits & Building Your Brand.
Myers also spoke at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation Nonprofit Networking Day, held on November 4 on the campus of St. Bonaventure University. Staff, board members and volunteers from the Southern Tier attended this half-day conference to collaborate, share resources and network. Myers was the session leader on "Marketing for Good - Applying Integrated Marketing Communications to Nonprofits," along with panelists Matt Wojick, associate vice president for marketing and communications at Canisius College, and Kelly Powell, president at Flight9 Creative.
St. Bonaventure biochemistry major Jordan Powers, ’18, was recognized at a regional scientific meeting for his oral presentation on RNA sequencing. Powers attended the Rustbelt RNA meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, with associate professor Dr. Xiao-Ning Zhang. Powers gave an oral presentation titled “RNA-seq data analysis revealed a novel role of SR45 in plant innate immunity” about his research and won one of the two Outstanding Undergraduate in Oral Presentation awards. He received immediate congratulations from several professors in research-orientated universities in person or via email. The Rustbelt RNA meeting hosted nearly 300 participants, including professors, post-doctoral and graduate students. Powers, a junior from Lakewood, N.Y., said he was honored to receive the award, especially because it was his first professional talk. Read the full press release: http://www.sbu.edu/about-sbu/news-events/latest-news/news-release/2016/10/25/st.-bonaventure-biochemistry-student-wins-award-at-rustbelt-rna-meeting
Dr. Margaret Jones-Carey, director of the educational leadership program, presented at the Global Education Forum in Philadelphia, P.A., on October 15, 2016, on the topic: Using Teacher Leaders to Infuse Global Competence in K-12 classrooms.
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