Professor Chuck Walker has contracted with John Wiley press to write a book on positive psychology and teaching in higher education. The working title is "Teaching Positively." The book is scheduled to be released April, 2017. In a related matter, Walker has given the website he built, wellbeingincollege.org, to the University. It is now located on the University's server and is open and free for all faculty and staff to use, if they wish.
Dr. Barry L. Gan, professor of philosophy, recently attended the 28th annual meeting of Concerned Philosophers for Peace at Loyola University, Md. At this conference, he was elected executive secretary for the next two years. He previously served as president of this organization, about 10 years ago. While at the conference, he also presented a paper titled "The Limits of Civil Resistance," a critique of recent so-called nonviolent movements to overthrow dictators.
Kevin Brayer, director of the university's Buffalo Center and a board member of the Ronald McDonald House, hosted the MBA 649 students for a tour and strategy talk by director Sally Vincent. Two students are employees at Fisher Price, so this photo is in the Ronald McDonald room they furnished and funded.
Congratulations to St. Bonaventure students Sebastian Bellm and Jessica Ungaro for award-winning performances the weekend of Oct. 24-25 in the Spartan Throwdown Invitational Mock Trial Tournament, hosted by Case Western Reserve University. Sebastian received an outstanding attorney award and Jessica received an outstanding witness award.
Dr. Pauline Hoffmann was a session speaker at The New York State Financial Aid Administrator's Association, Inc. state conference held at the Buffalo Convention Center on Tuesday, October 27. The topic was "Dealing with difficult people in the workplace."
Dr. Gregory Privitera, Associate Professor of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, was a keynote speaker at the 2015 Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Division 2 of the American Psychological Association, in Atlanta, GA, October 16 & 17. His presentation was titled: A Tale of Two Cohorts: Making Class- “Room” to Accelerate Student Preparedness for Laboratory Research in the 21st Century. In August, Privitera was also honored with an Early Career Psychologist Award at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention in Toronto, Canada.
Dr. Privitera is now in production for two books: one is a second edition of his nationally award-winning research methods book, and the second is a chapter contribution on the topic of Health Psychology in an Applied Psychology book that he is also co-authoring.
Dr. Gerald Boersma, assistant professor of theology, was awarded the Imbesi Saint Augustine Fellowship at Villanova University for spring 2016.
Dr. Pauline Hoffmann was a presenter at the October conference of NYS Women, Inc. She is the chapter president of the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of NYS Women, Inc. Hoffmann presented at the conference on two topics: dealing with difficult people and with generational differences in the workplace, and the importance of marketing and branding for your organization.
She was also a panelist and guest speaker at YNPN (Young Nonprofit Professionals Network) Greater Buffalo Summit on Oct. 2. The speaking engagement touched on "Your role in Public Relations, especially if you think you don't have one" and focused on the role each of us plays in promoting — or demeaning — our company/organization.
On Friday, Oct. 16, John and Sandra Mulryan gave a combined presentation at the 2015 Conference on John Milton at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Their combined paper appeared in the section "Learning in the Miltonic Classroom" and was titled "Milton's contribution to St. Bonaventure University's Core Seminar Course, 'The Intellectual Journey.'"
John Mulryan explored the writings on Milton and ultimate reality in the Journey textbook, while Sandra Mulryan indicated how Milton's ideas on the godhead and freedom of the will are covered in other Journey authors, including Plato, Sartre, John Donne, and the Chandogya Upanishad. More than 30 people attended the paper; after the talk, one professor ordered the Journey textbook online.
Jess McFall was honored Oct. 17 at Alfred State's halftime celebration for being a member of the school’s inaugural football team. McFall is an alumnus of Alfred State, where he received his associate degree in culinary arts.
Dr. Tate, professor of philosophy, published an article, "Renewing the Question of Beauty: Gadamer on Plato's Idea of the Beautiful," in Epoche: A Journal in the History of Philosophy, Vol. 20, No. 1 (2015), pp. 21-41, which elaborates Gadamer's retrieval of Plato's idea of the beautiful by highlighting its characteristic traits of transcendence, radiance, and measure viewed as structural features of being as an event of truth.
Dr. Barry L. Gan was an invited member of a panel at the national Peace and Justice Studies Association meeting at James Madison University on Oct. 16-18. The panel members each presented summaries of their recent textbooks in peace studies to professors from universities around the nation interested in finding new texts for their classes or finding new approaches to their current pedagogy. Gan presented on his 2013 publication "Violence and Nonviolence: An Introduction."
Research conducted in St. Bonaventure’s Journalists’ Workshop experiential learning course was presented at the New York State Communication Association conference on Oct. 17.
Anne and Richard Lee, who teach the course, are working with their students to determine whether the sense of community is shifting away from traditional geographic-based communities and turning toward topic- and interest-based communities formed around subjects such as sports, theater and public policy.
The research, presented during an “Are You in or Out? Communities and their Boundaries” panel discussion, also was the topic of an op-ed article co-authored by the Lees in the Oct. 18 Buffalo News.
To view the op-ed, click here.
Four SBU Family Business Club students and a faculty member participated in Cornell University’s Families in Business Conference.
Bona students Allison Thomas, Andrea Martinez, Ben Marcus and Alissa Foster joined Cornell’s Family Business Club MBA students to participate in Cornell’s Family Business Conference held at the Statler Hotel and Johnson Business School Oct. 8-9.
The Cornell Smith Family Business Initiative funded their conference fees and an SBU gift from Betty Ramming funded their travel expenses.
Dr. Carol Wittmeyer, associate professor of management and adviser of SBU Family Business Club, participated in the panel “The Evolving Role of Women and Leadership in the Family-Owned Business.”
On Oct. 2, Dr. Anne-Claire Fisher and Dr. Paul Brawdy, with seniors Micaela Young and Nicole Dailey, presented at the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) in New Orleans. They presented on the preliminary results of joint research pursued during the spring semester of 2015 with six St. Bonaventure education undergraduate and graduate students (Samantha Arias, Nicole Dailey, Chloe Laundrie, Maria Liotta, Micaela Young and Jessica Zummo).
The presentation was titled “The other side of otherness: Fitting in or branching out?” and it was well received.
Dr. Chris Mackowski, professor of journalism and mass communication, has co-authored an article that appears in the latest edition of Civil War Times magazine.
“Another Butchery: The Third and Final Union Attack on Spotsylvania’s ‘Bloody Angle’” examines the May 18 assault during the 1864 battle of Spotsylvania Court House. The assault is overshadowed by two earlier attacks — May 10 and May 12 — yet its scope and size made it one of the largest attacks of the campaign up to that point.
Mackowski collaborated on the article with frequent co-author Kristopher D. White. Both have served as historians for the National Park Service at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
With nearly 50,000 subscribers, Civil War Times is the largest and oldest magazine devoted to the American Civil War.
MBA students from the Buffalo Center visited Dresser-Rand in Olean on Oct. 17. Juan Gordillo (MBA, ’13), a Dresser-Rand application engineer (Engineered Solutions / Services), presented an extensive overview of the firm, focusing on the Siemens integration and an in-depth overview of his role in Dresser-Rand’s value chain.
Following the presentation and Q and A, Juan and Erin Palumbo, a current MBA student and Dresser employee, led plant tours.
Dr. Carl J. Case, professor of business information systems, and Darwin L. King, professor of accounting, had their paper titled "Fair Information Practices at the Fortune 500: An Examination By Organization Size and Industry Sector" published in the journal Issues in Information Systems. The paper also earned the best research paper honorable mention award by the International Association for Computer Information Systems.
On Tuesday, Oct. 13, the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts hosted 30 area art educators for its annual Professional Development Day. The day began with a morning workshop, "Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies Through Visual Art," presented by Kennedy Center speaker Sandi Hammonds, a national board certified teacher in early adolescence and young adulthood art with 37 years of teaching experience and adjunct instructor at George Washington University and George Mason University.
It continued with lunch and time for teachers to discuss art techniques and materials, share lessons and offer insight into the challenges they face in today’s changing education environment. It concluded with sessions presented by Quick Center staff on using Choice-Based Education Models in Teaching Artistic Behavior and how to create/adapt Quick Center tour experiences to complement classroom teaching and bring local students to campus.
Dr. Kimberly Young, program director of SBU’s Master's in Strategic Leadership program, was one of the distinguished panelists at the National Academy of Sciences conference on Digital Media and Developing Minds Oct. 14-16, 2015, at the Beckman Center in Irvine, Calif. She was on a panel dealing with Digital Addiction and Children.
The colloquium’s purpose was to identify and report on state-of-the-art research on the impact of digital media on developing minds; establish a dialogue between medical researchers and those in the social sciences who study media effects, educators, funders and industry; and set the agenda for future research needed in order to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks to children and teens in the digital age.
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