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Stop by St. Bonaventure University’s Dee Financial Services Lab any time a Students in Money Management (SIMM) class is scheduled, and you will likely find the room filled to capacity — even on a sunny Friday afternoon of a get-away weekend.
“People are eager to be part of SIMM,” said Sydney Cassagnol, a senior finance and accounting major, who noted the high level of freedom its members are allowed. “We have a lot of control and are given the opportunity to present ideas that we are really excited about.”
Read more about Dr. Jim Mahar and SIMM
As the last few students wander into one of Professor Bob Donius’s afternoon classes, there’s a lot of moving book bags and chairs to squeeze the students into the crowded classroom.
This isn’t unusual, as attendance is crucial in all of Donius’s classes, but today the classroom seems even more alive because the students are buzzing with excitement: Donius has promised them he would bring his guitar and play and sing for them.
Read more about Professor Donius
“Being a member of SIMM prepares you for the real world and helps you perform better in other classes,” he said.
McLaughlin, who serves as a co-general manager of the program, noted that he has gained confidence in public speaking and has sharpened his critical thinking and research skills because of his SIMM involvement.
Read more about Alex.
As a high school senior, Vanessa Hulse didn’t generally pay much attention to the large number of college advertisements she got in the mail nearly every day.
But, she said, she’s sure glad she took a closer look at one for a small, rural Franciscan University tucked away in the Allegheny Mountains.
Because that led the Morris, New York, native to St. Bonaventure.
"It came down to two schools," Hulse, now a senior, said. "They were both good schools. I made a pros and cons list and St. Bonaventure came out on top. While visiting the other school, I felt like a young freshman, you know, bottom of the rung. At St. Bonaventure it was like, ‘Welcome home.’"
Read more about Vanessa
“I took some time to try and find my path, and after considering many options, I took a step back and reviewed what I’ve been in my time at college aside from an education major,” Caher, now a senior, explained. “I realized that I’ve been an athlete who had to learn the hard way that being dedicated to your sport also means being dedicated to your health.”
“I haven’t fully determined what exactly it is that I want to do post-graduation,” he Collins said. “What I can say is the organizations and clubs at St. Bonaventure have helped to point me in the correct direction. Although I don’t have my career path fully figured out, I am confident that the university will help me chose the correct direction.”
Russell J. Jandoli School alumna Joan Licursi ’65 spent her days at St. Bonaventure working for the campus radio station, the newspaper, the magazine, the radio and the yearbook.
Now, having worked for global public relations firms such as Burson-Marstellar and non-profit organizations such as Boys and Girls Club of America, among other things, Licursi continues to be a leader in the public relations world.
According to Licursi, the skills she needs to excel at her jobs she learned right here—studying journalism at St. Bonaventure.
Read more about Licursi.
As a young boy, Pittsburgh attorney John R. “Jack” McGinley Jr. would stay at St. Bonaventure University to visit one of his uncles and watch the Pittsburgh Steelers practice during training camp.
That uncle — Fr. Silas (Dan) Rooney, O.F.M. — proved to be a “strong presence” in McGinley’s life and also within the large, tight-knit McGinley/Rooney family where athletics were encouraged and education valued.
Now, as Jack McGinley celebrates 50 years as a Bona alumnus, he and his family and the Rita M. McGinley Foundation of which he is chair have committed $2 million to enhance University Ministries at St. Bonaventure. Learn more about the McGinley gift
A.J. Vitanza, ’15, sums up his academic career at Bona’s in three words: “Adventurous. Encompassing. Humbling.”
This finance/management double major, who is also a prop on the rugby team, member of SIMM and ENACTUS, and participant in our Oxford Program, says what he has learned best at Bona’s is selflessness.
“I want to say thanks for the many opportunities,” he says. “You’ve inspired a lot of us to participate, graduate, and give back.” Learn more about A.J.
At its core, the project will help expose St. Bonaventure students to diverse research opportunities and will offer significant educational experiences. “The whole idea is to help students broaden their view,” said Dr. Zhang. “It will help students understand the importance of math and computer science, and will train them in multiple disciplines.”
St. Bonaventure University will welcome alumnus Michael Hickey, ’84, to campus in March as the university’s fifth guest speaker in its annual Building Extraordinary Leaders series.
Hickey is executive vice president and president of Global Institutional business for Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources.
The yearly leadership program brings industry and community frontrunners to campus and highlights diverse perspectives as part of a series funded by a gift from the university’s Class of 1963. Guest speakers are notable, high-achieving alumni.
The university will welcome Hickey, an SBU marketing graduate, to campus March 12 and 13 as the 2018 Leader in Residence.
“Michael Hickey is a distinguished alum of the School of Business and we are honored to have him as the 2018 Leader in Residence,” said Dr. Matrecia James, dean of the business school. “I had the pleasure of meeting him last summer. I am excited that he will be on campus to share his insight and foresight related to regional leadership in the industry and the future of sales and marketing education.”
Hickey’s visit will include an open presentation to the campus community, as well as small-group discussions and a keynote dinner celebration.
2018 Schedule of Events
Monday, March 12
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
“Global Leadership” presentation and Q & A for all faculty, staff and students
6 – 6:45 p.m.
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Dinner and Keynote Leadership Address
“Growing with Ecolab: My Career Journey”
Doyle Dining and Trustees Rooms
Tuesday, March 13
9 – 10 a.m.
Breakfast with School of Business faculty
Peterson Board Room, Swan Business Center
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
“Soft Skills: Essential Tools for Successful Leadership”
Luncheon with students, faculty and staff
Hall of Fame Room, Reilly Center
During Hickey’s 33-year tenure at Ecolab, he has held a number of key executive positions, including executive vice president and president of Institutional North America, senior vice president and general manager of multiple operating units, as well as senior vice president of Global Business Development.
With 2016 sales of $13 billion and 48,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world. In November 2016, Ecolab and the National Restaurant Association joined forces to launch a campaign focused on providing the restaurant industry with a broad range of tools and resources to help combat the spread of the norovirus.
Ecolab has been recognized internationally for its commitment to sustainable business practices.
For the fourth consecutive year, Ecolab has been recognized by Newsweek, which ranked the company second on its 2017 list of the greenest companies in the U.S.
On Jan. 10, the World Environment Center (WEC) announced that Ecolab will receive its 34th annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development. The WEC selected Ecolab to receive the award for its initiatives to promote global water conservation, its sustainability commitments and partnerships, and its integration of sustainability within innovation processes.
In February, Ecolab Inc. was recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. Ecolab has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies every year since the list’s inception in 2007.
Hickey is a member of several industry organizations and serves on the board of directors of the National Restaurant Association, the Women’s Foodservice Forum, the International Franchise Association and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Upper Midwest. He is past chair of the board of directors of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association and past chair of the board of trustees of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn.
Hickey received a B.B.A. in marketing from St. Bonaventure in 1984. He completed the Global CEO Program led by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, IESE Business School at the University of Navarra in Sao Paulo, and the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai, as well as executive programs through Stanford University and Pennsylvania State University.
Hickey lives in Eden Prairie, Minn., with his wife, Kristeen “Kris” Kenville Hickey, ’84, and their five children.
Learn more about the Building Extraordinary Leaders program at www.sbu.edu/ExtraordinaryLeaders.
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