As a young businessman, success came fast for Bernard “Buzzy” Stoecklein — so did failure. But advice from a mentor and the gift of a wooden nickel set the Pittsburgh native on a new path.
To remember the lessons he learned during that low point, Stoecklein carved the following words into one side of the wooden nickel: If it is to be, it is up to me.
On the flip side, he engraved the letters PMA and PDC, acronyms for a Positive Mental Attitude and Personal Direct Contact. These became his maxims and how he intended to positively impact the lives of others.
Since then Stoecklein has shared inspirational messages with people around the world.
Today he is chairman and CEO of CMS-MidAtlantic, Inc., and the namesake of a new fund at St. Bonaventure University, where he served three terms as a trustee.
Wanting to honor Stoecklein’s beliefs and enthusiasm, fellow trustee Robert Daugherty, ’77, and his family created The Buzzy Fund, which provides student reimbursement for professional development.
“Buzzy has a heart of gold and is a student advocate devoted to the power of personal and professional development,” said Daugherty, a retired partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, and vice chair of St. Bonaventure’s Board of Trustees. “Buzzy is the kind of person who deeply believes in the human spirit and what people have within them to do great things.”
The Buzzy Fund will subsidize the cost to a student of taking an important next step in his/her personal or professional development. This includes reimbursement for seminars, or to prepare and register for teacher certification, licensing or certification tests such as the CPA, and graduate entrance exams such as the GRE, MCAT, LSAT and GMAT.
The Daugherty family has committed $15,000 as a start-up for the fund.
Stoecklein, energized by the Daugherty family’s idea of building a fund like this for St. Bonaventure students, committed an additional $15,000 to match the contribution. “Bob and Nancy Daugherty are Bona true and blue,” he said. “One of their objectives is to have others help grow the fund. I’m proud to be a part of that.”
Faculty and staff members may submit an application on behalf of a student. Undergraduate and graduate students in all St. Bonaventure schools and majors are eligible for a grant from the fund. The minimum award per student will be $500, with a maximum of $2,500.
According to Dr. Carol Fischer, associate dean for the School of Business and budget officer for the fund, a deans’ committee with representation from all schools will review requests. Students interested in a grant should be prepared to articulate how the funds will enable them to pursue an important goal.
“A student should be working closely with a faculty or staff member in putting together a comprehensive plan for achieving the goals the student has identified,” Dr. Fischer said. “This is consistent with the philosophy that building relationships matters — as shown by Buzzy’s belief in the importance of personal direct contact.”
Deans, faculty, and administrators are encouraged to assist those students who could benefit from this unique opportunity.
“There’s nothing more powerful than a faculty member and student working together to develop skills,” said Daugherty. “My hope is that this fund gives faculty members another tool to really help a student maximize their capabilities while at St. Bonaventure.”
The application to apply for an award can be found at MySBU, the University’s intranet, under Academics in the Academic Resources area. For more information, interested persons should contact Dr. Carol Fischer at (716) 375-2092 or email@example.com.
Donors interested in contributing to the fund are invited to contact Angela Nelson in the Office of University Advancement at (716) 375-2507 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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