Carney’s influence reaches beyond St. Bonaventure campus

By Jason Klaiber and Bryce Spadafora

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Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., will step down from her position as St. Bonaventure’s president on July 31, leaving behind a 12-year record of influence spanning not only this campus but also the surrounding western New York region.

Carney, 74, assumed her role as the 20th president of St. Bonaventure in 2004, following the university’s 2003 men’s basketball team scandal, which revolved around former president Robert Wickensheiser’s permission for an ineligible transfer student to receive playing time.

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Business school expanding to boost enrollments

By Joe Pinter, @JPinter93

(Second in a series on Bonaventure’s enrollment)

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (Feb. 5) — Not long after the paint has dried on the walls of the new Swan Business Center, Pierre Balthazard has plans for expansion of the business school at St. Bonaventure University.

The dean of the business school continues to look for ways to broaden the curriculum of the school. Making that task easier is the fact that the school of 500 students has been one of the few at Bonaventure to maintain somewhat steady enrollments the last few years.

Balthazard said the school is waiting on two new majors to be approved by New York State: engineering management and an online program that gives people who don’t have college degrees an easier opportunity to earn one than regularly attending class on campus.

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What is Hilbert College?

By Joe Pinter, @JPinter93

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (Nov. 12) – About 60 miles separate St. Bonaventure University from Hilbert College in Hamburg, N.Y.

The short drive between the two Franciscan schools has helped the respective administrations to share certain services and even house a portion of Bonaventure’s graduate school on the Hilbert campus, what is now referred to as, “the Buffalo Center.”

But until now, the cooperation between the two small, four-year institutions was limited.

Sr. Margaret Carney, Bonaventure president, recently announced a feasibility study looking into a strategic alliance between Bonaventure and Hilbert. The study was handily approved by both boards of trustees.

Not all of Bonaventure’s students know much about Hilbert. In fact, many of the students from out-of-state know very little at all about Hilbert.

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This Day in Bonaventure History

By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93

September 12, 1997

St. Bonaventure University offers master’s degrees and certification programs at its location on the Hilbert College campus. This is commonly referred to as our university’s Buffalo Center. It was on this day that Bonaventure and Hilbert reached an intercollegiate agreement.

The agreement allows Hilbert to house the programs offered by Bonaventure. Some of the programs include: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master in Integrated Marketing Communications, and countless master’s programs in education and counseling. Each student even gets his or her own SBU email account and has access to the SBU Internet services. This unique partnership allows students to get a Bonaventure degree with the convenience of being close to home.