By Joe Pinter, @jpinter93
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (Sept. 12) – Contemplation. Love. Respect. Joy. Peace. Compassionate service.
The late Bill Swan carried those words with him everywhere he went – he literally carried the list on a piece of paper in his pocket. And thanks to his wife, Ann Swan, St. Bonaventure University students now pass by those Franciscan values every day in the main atrium of their namesake new business center.
Today Bonaventure officials formally blessed and dedicated the William E. & Ann L. Swan Business Center for a crowd of roughly 300 donors, alumni, faculty and students.
“When we finished our original fundraising campaign,” university president Sr. Margaret said, “conventional wisdom told us that we should hit the pause button, sit back a while and think about the next opportunity…But it was in that period of reflection that Ann Swan revealed to us her heartfelt desire to create an expression of her late husband’s full devotion to St. Bonaventure.”
Sr. Margaret said Ann Swan’s determination to aim high never wavered, resulting in the new building.
“We look back today on hundreds of conversations, countless meetings, scores of advancement events and solicitations, the roller coaster ride of the recession reversal and wonderful encounters with our graduate benefactors,” Sr. Margaret said.
Raymond Dee, ’64, board of trustees chair; Brenda McGee, senior vice president for finance and administration; Mary Driscoll, ’79, vice president for advancement; Pierre Balthazard, business school dean, Robert Daugherty, ’77, business school campaign chair, board of trustees vice chair; and Ann Swan, founding benefactor, joined Sr. Margaret in dedicating the building.
Fr. John O’Connor, O.F.M., provincial minister, Holy Name Province and university trustee; Br. Ed. Coughlin, O.F.M., ’70, vice president for the Franciscan Mission; and Fr. Francis Di Spigno, O.F.M., executive director of University Ministries then blessed the building. A scripture reading of Colossians 1:1-14 followed.
“I offer my heartfelt thanks to all who joined in partnership to make this building a reality,” Swan said. “Now, let’s bless and dedicate this building and begin the celebration.”