SGA meeting: Clare College discussion

By Joe Pinter, @JPinter93

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (Feb. 12) — At its biweekly meeting, St. Bonaventure University’s Student Government Association opened the floor to two university administrators for announcements and suggestions.

Mike Fischer, provost and vice president for academic affairs, discussed the recent resignation of Dave DiMattio, dean of Clare College, and saw it as an opportunity to ask students what changes could be made to Clare College in general.

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Construction of Bonaventure Square to begin in the spring of 2013

By Maggie Kiernan, Staff Writer, @maggzkay

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (Oct. 16)—The highly awaited development of Bonaventure Square will begin construction, led by developer Kinley Corporation, in the spring of 2013.

“They [Kinley Corporation] are a well-established and highly respected company, and we are very pleased to partner with them as they transition from the contractor role they have been in with the project for the last couple of years to the role of lead developer,” said Brenda L. McGee, senior vice president for finance and administration at St. Bonaventure University.

Located on Route 417 in Allegany, Bonaventure Square is across from the east entrance to the university. The approximated $65 million project spans over 18 acres of land on the previous site of the Castle Inn.

Although costing approximately $65 million to construct, McGee made it clear that the funds would not come from student tuition.

“The university is the landowner,” said McGee. “However, the university will not be paying from any sources, including tuition, for the development. The costs will be borne totally by the developer, investors and tenants.”

The five major components of the project are a larger and more complex project than has been developed previously in Allegany. Therefore, the municipal and regulatory approvals as well as the project financing have taken longer than originally anticipated.

Phase 1 of the project, including a hotel, a retail center and an entertainment complex, is completely approved and will kick off the start of the project.

McGee said Kinley Coporation is working to complete tenant leases and arrange financing so that construction can start as soon as possible.

Kinley Corporation was founded and remains headquartered in Olean, N.Y. Started in 1909 as a family-owned business in Western New York, Kinley Corporation specializes in commercial as well as residential projects.

Dr. Michael Fischer, provost and vice president for academic affairs and Dr. Emily Sinsabaugh, vice president of university relations, could not comment on Bonaventure Square.

State approves new major in Jandoli School

ST. BONAVENTURE (Dec. 2) — The New York State Education Department approved a new major that will be offered at St. Bonaventure University starting in fall 2012.

A new major in strategic communication and digital media will be a bachelor’s degree program offered by the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

“I’m so excited by the new program,” said Pauline Hoffmann, dean of the Jandoli School, in a press release. “We’ve worked very hard to create a program that not only meets, but exceeds, what the market needs. Our alumni were so helpful in determining that this is a direction we should be headed.”

[Faculty Senate approves new J-school major]

According to the press release, the department conducted surveys of journalism and mass communication alumni in 2008 and 2010 to help the university gauge what skills were in demand in the ever-changing communication marketplace.

The distinguishing feature of the program is the Semester in the Stalwart Group, a 12-credit course that will offer students the opportunity to act as members/employees of an advertising/PR/marketing firm in an agency setting on campus. 

“This is the class that sets this program apart,” Hoffmann said in the press release. “The kind of hands-on, live client work they will do will be a great addition to students’ portfolios.”

 The Stalwart Group is the name of the St. Bonaventure chapter of the American Advertising Federation. AAF Case Study (JMC 430) is a three-credit course offered in the spring semester. 

“This is the perfect way to build on the remarkable tradition of the Jandoli School, which has turned out some of this nation’s most respected journalists and PR and advertising executives,” said Michael Fischer, provost and vice president for academic affairs in a press release. 

University appoints associate provost, interim dean, associate dean

ST. BONAVENTURE (Aug. 31) — St. Bonaventure University announced three new administrators via university’s Notice Board today.

Peggy Burke was named associate provost and dean of the School of Graduate Studies; Joseph Zimmer was named interim dean of the School of Education; and Carol Fischer was named an associate dean of the School of Business. All of these appointments are effective immediately. 

Burke was the School of Education’s dean since 2003 as well as the School of Graduate Studies’ dean since 2006.

According to the Notice Board, Burke will “focus her efforts in areas such as planning; new program development, approval, and implementation; assessment of student learning outcomes and institutional effectiveness; and student success and retention.”

Zimmer, an associate professor in the School of Education, was an assistant dean from 2001 to 2003. Since 1998, he has served as director of the M.S.Ed. Literacy Programs, director of the university’s Reading Center since 1997 and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education coordinator since 2003.

Carol Fischer, a professor of accounting in the School of Business, was promoted to associate professor in 1994 and professor in 2001. She is a part of many campus groups such as the First-Year Experience Council, Institutional Review Board and All Bonaventure Reads Committee.

The Notice Board did not say what Zimmer and Carol Fischer’s goals as interim dean and associate dean, respectively, were. 

SBU community speaks about Watson’s death

University members remember business school dean fondly

By Tony Lee, editor in chief, @sHecKii

ST. BONAVENTURE (April 18) — A university spokesman confirmed John Gilbert Watson, Ph.D., St. Bonaventure University’s dean of the School of Business, died Sunday evening after suffering a stroke in York, Pa. He was 67.

University President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F. sent a Notice Board email at 9:05 p.m. Sunday that said Watson was in “grave” condition.

Monday morning, Sr. Margaret said the campus is shocked by Watson’s death.  

“John has served this university and our students for 36 years with the highest levels of integrity and distinction — as vice president for academic affairs, as dean of the School of Business, and as a beloved faculty member,” she said. “I’m sure the full magnitude of his contributions are impossible to measure. Our prayers are with his family — who are all themselves dear members of our greater university family.”

Michael Fischer, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said Watson, his mentor and friend for 25 years, impacted many faculty, staff, alumni and students’ lives positively in his time at St. Bonaventure.

“His example is one that has enriched the lives and launched the careers of thousands,” he said. “While he was set to retire in just a few short weeks, he had pledged to remain involved with us as we realized his dream of a new building for our School of Business. Certainly, our plans in this regard could not be positioned for success without his leadership.”

Steve Campbell, associate athletic director, echoed Fisher and said the athletic department lost a valued member.

“John was more than the father of our athletic director Steve, more than a highly competent radio analyst on our men’s basketball broadcasts, and more than a friend to our departmental initiatives,” Campbell said. “He was a part of the fabric and foundation that makes St. Bonaventure such an extraordinary institution.

“We will miss him dearly.”

[All quotes sent to The Intrepid by Tom Missel, director of media relations and marketing]

(To read an obituary of Watson, click here)