CPRC to kick off EDGE program on Monday


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By Amber Williams

The Career and Professional Readiness Center (CPRC) will be introducing The EDGE program to St. Bonaventure University students, beginning the week of Oct. 5, to prepare students for future careers and graduate school.

“I first learned about the program while I was a mentor for the Freshman Leadership Program on campus,” said Catherine Eaton, a senior sociology major. “I knew it would provide me with continued leadership practice. I’ve worked with the CPRC before, and knew that if they were behind this program, it would be a worthwhile experience.”

The program offers six one-hour seminars in a variety of topics including professionalism, interviewing, networking and self-awareness. The topics reinforce skills that will help students become confident when seeking employment.

“It really helps students tailor what they need,” said Marie Wilson, career counselor at the CPRC and EDGE program administrator. “We’re trying to offer more skill-based seminars that way you can be prepare going into an interview or selling your personal brand…we want students to have a variety.”

Although the program provides topics that will benefit students’ futures, there are some seminars expected to be more beneficial than others.

“I think the workplace dynamics will be the most beneficial because every work atmosphere is different; students, especially seniors, need to know how to navigate all work atmospheres,” said Jasmine Foster, a senior journalism and mass communication major.

The EDGE program requires a minimum of six seminars to be complete by April; however, it does not require students to take each topic. Students may choose to learn about a topic more than once.

“Students do have to complete a professionalism seminar, and then they get to choose five [other seminars,]” Wilson said. “For example, if you feel like you need interviewing skills, you can go do two seminars on that.”

Some students are expecting the program to refine skills that they already possess.

“I am fairly good at professional communication. But sometimes I find myself wondering what exactly is appropriate to say in certain situations – which I hope EDGE will help me with,” said Hannah Vail, a senior chemistry major.

Even though The EDGE program has not yet begun, students are anticipating what they will gain from EDGE and how it will benefit them in the future.

“I hope that the program gives me more confidence in myself,” said Elyse Breeze, a junior journalism and mass communication and strategic communications and digital media double major.” I want to be able to show off my skills to future employers, and I think the EDGE program will give me that extra little boost of confidence I need before I start applying for jobs in my field.”

“From what I know about the program, I think that the topics being offered at the moment are a good starting point,” said Caitlyn Morral, a sophomore strategic communications and digital media and visual arts double major. “In the future, I am hoping that the CPRC will expand and offer even more topics to focus on.”

The program has high expectations for the participating students.

“I want them to become more confident and have these skills that employers are seeking…. they should take it all in, and have an open mind. If they start, we want to see them finish,” said Wilson.

The program will host a launch party for the students in the program on today in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The program will begin the following week on Monday, Oct. 5.

St. Bonaventure creates Professional and Creative Writing major for fall 2015

By Sean Lynch 

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St. Bonaventure is expanding upon its writing curriculum with the addition of a Professional and Creative Writing major. The major is the product of a collaboration between The Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the English department.

The program will incorporate aspects of both professional and creative writing and is set to debut in the fall semester of 2015.

The major’s curriculum will offer classes ranging from strategic communications, journalism and mass communication, and english. The new edition will offer traditional creative media like fiction and nonfiction writing, but will also offer classes on blogging and understanding video games through writing. Because writing now moving into a digital arena, there will be a large focus placed on technology.

Dr.Patrick Panzarella, chairperson for the English department was a contributor in the original meetings for building the idea of the program. Panzarella said “It would be good to have a broad based writing program that would enable students to pursue writing careers both in business and in creative ways.”

Panzarella emphasised the importance of the collaboration between both the Journalism and Mass Communication and the English programs. He said “We thought that both the [Russell J. Jandoli] school of Journalism/Mass Communication and the English department both had things that they could contribute very handily to this program”

The course will offer new and old classes from both the English and Journalism and Mass Communication Curriculum. Multimodal Writing, Digital Rhetoric and Introduction to Writing are some of the classes offered by the curriculum.

Dr. Matt King who is an Assistant Professor and Director of Composition is one of the main professors in the program. King will be teaching Digital Rhetoric; will teach students a chance to utilize the use of persuasive writing through the use of digital medium.

King said “We certainly want students to be prepared to go on to professional work that incorporates their writing skills, but in terms of what that looks like there are any number of forms that could take.”

Internships and real world experience also play a large role in the program. Students who are a part of the program are expected have to have campus internships, professional internships in addition to work within the classroom to give students a well rounded education.

King said “Students will have the opportunity to gain real world experience through the course requirements to the program and will  be asked to bring that experience back to Bonaventure.”

The program looks to build writers who are well rounded in both professional writing and creative writing. Panzarella stated that he wants writers  “Not to have a narrow approach.” King said “ Effective communication and effective writing skills are not only necessary, but extremely advantageous in the professional world, regardless of what field you are in.”

The professional and creative writing major is expected to give students the opportunity to grow as successful writers. While the decision has not yet been made on finding a director, preparation has already begun. Courses will be available in the fall of 2015.

Associate professor of finance unveils lecture

By Jason Klaiber

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During last week’s Thursday forum, associate professor of finance Bryan McCannon unveiled his lecture entitled “Leadership and Motivation For Public Goods Contributions” to faculty members.

In his talk, McCannon discussed public goods, which he identified as a problem in economics. Public goods, not to be confused with publicly provided goods such as education and health care, are goods that are non-excludable and non-rivalrous in consumption. Examples of public goods include parks, national defense, service activities, lighthouses, radio, Google, and cancer research.

McCannon also outlined the free rider problem, which is a situation that occurs when people enjoy the benefits of public goods but are unwilling to contribute to them. Cancer research is representative of this dilemma; everyone would be happy if scientists found a cure for cancer, but not everyone would donate to cancer fundraising.

“If free riding is pervasive, it’s argued that this provides a coordinating role of government,” McCannon said.

During the 2012-2013 school year, McCannon set up a leader-follower public goods experiment and allowed St. Bonaventure students to participate in over nine sessions. The 147 experimental subjects were divided into random groups in which one student served as the leader. Each group consisted of four players, each of whom were endowed with $5. Each member of the group then had to contribute simultaneously to a common pot. On average, the leader of any given group would contribute about $3.75 of their $5.

The experiment’s objective was to focus on how the structure of the fundraising influenced the amount of money pooled. The results exemplified that psychological rather than social preferences influenced the student’s behaviors. If an experimental subject was randomly selected to contribute money, he or she would give more because they know others would observe their decision.

“People’s behaviors are driven by other people’s assessment of [their] behaviors,” McCannon said. “The more the leader gives, the more the follower gives. If the leader doesn’t kick in anything, everyone else follows suit.”

School of Business Leaving Murphy Opens Vacant Offices

By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (April 18) – Carole McNall watches the new business building slowly come together.

Workers lay brick atop the façade. The green insulation steadily disappears behind it. But a journalism and mass communication professor at St. Bonaventure University has one question: What will happen to her building when the new business building is completed?

“I am curious as to what decision will be made about the vacant space in Murphy Professional Building once the business school moves out,” she said.

The school of journalism and mass communication and the school of business both share Murphy. But a building to be used solely by the business school will be finished by July.

And even though the business school, which occupies roughly two-thirds of Murphy, moves into the new Swan Business Center in three months, a decision has not been made about what to do with the vacant space in Murphy, said Pauline Hoffmann, dean of the journalism and mass communication school.

Hoffmann said that the journalism and mass communication school may get the majority of the vacant space.

“I know that we are going to get probably the bulk of the building, but it’s still unclear,” said Hoffmann. “I think the administration is still talking about whether or not another department might join us.”

The decision will ultimately be made collectively, Hoffmann said, but that decision may take up to two years, since planning for the vacant space only started recently.

McNall said now would be a good time to begin the conversation about relocating departments.

Many English, classics, philosophy, theology, sociology and political science professors have crammed spaces in the 50 offices in the basement of Plassmann Hall. But the conversation about moving to another building hasn’t even come up yet, said Lauren Matz, an English professor.

Phil Winger, associate vice president for facilities, said the university still has not decided what to do with the two dozen soon-to-be-vacant offices in Murphy.

“There isn’t going to be a whole lot of change for the fall semester,” he said. “People don’t want to be moving their offices during school. Then there is the planning process which runs through the summer. It will lead to some changes over Christmas break.”

Because of these circumstances, Winger said the university decided to take its time to come to a decision about the changes.

“We’re going to get Cannon Design, our architects, to come up with a master plan,” said Winger. “Cannon Design is going to help us look at proposals for the use of that space. That’s going to happen over the summer.”

Hoffmann said she would be meeting with Michael Fischer, provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Brenda McGee, chief financial officer, about ideas for the building. Afterwards, she said they would meet with the architects and faculty to make sure everyone has a say in the process.

Hoffmann said one of her plans would be to use most of the building to expand the school’s curriculum.

“My hope is to expand the broadcast/film aspects altogether,” she said. “In the next couple years I would love if that’s its own major. But right now I’m not quite sure what that is either or how that’s going to look. That’s certainly something we would have in the plans.”

Also, a way to further incorporate current technology such as the television truck next to the Reilly Center would be part of the new curriculum, Hoffmann said.

Joe Phelan, a sophomore journalism and mass communication major, said he wants a building more accommodating to the students.

“I wish Murphy would be used only for journalism and mass communication,” he said. “It would be nice if the old business rooms could be made into a film lab or a larger broadcast lab.”

In the meantime, Hoffmann said the journalism and mass communication school plans to overhaul the journalism curriculum by the fall.

But Winger said for right now, the offices from the basement of Plassmann that may get the chance to move into Murphy might not wish to.

“The offices in Murphy are all in a common hallway and they aren’t all grouped together like how the Plassmann basement is mostly set up,” said Winger. “And I’m not sure necessarily that everyone would like the change.”

Matz said she hadn’t put much thought into possibly moving her office, but that she enjoys the current location of it.

McNall said she likes the idea of Murphy being used only by the journalism and mass communication school, but she said that may be unrealistic. The office of communications, currently located in Francis Hall, might be a good fit for the vacant space, she said.

At least her office hadn’t been leaking lately, McNall said. The ceiling occasionally leaks – another reason she would like to know what her building will or will not look like by next spring.

Gionet’s Dedication Leads To Woman of Promise Award


[Maddie Gionet speaks in the Murphy Auditorium after receiving The Woman of Promise Award- Photo by Ryan Lazo]

By Ryan Lazo, Editor in Chief, @RMLazo13

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — St. Bonaventure University and the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication hosted its 12th annual Woman of Promise award presentation Wednesday afternoon in Murphy Auditorium.

The Woman of Promise award is given to a female senior journalism and mass communication major who excels in and out of the classroom and is someone who has the skills to thrive in their postgraduate career. 

And none of those within the program stood out more than Madeleine Gionet.

Gionet’s determination and work ethic made her stand apart among the many worthy students within the Journalism and Mass Communication program. While great expectations come with earning the award, Pauline Hoffmann, dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, has no doubts Gionet can accomplish it all.

“The task is made a bit easier, however, when you award someone with such an incredible work ethic and drive,” Hoffman said. “This award is given to someone who can excel and we have no doubts that Maddie will do just that.”

After all, experiencing success because of her determination and her unwavering pursuit of being the best is all that Gionet has done throughout her time at St. Bonaventure.

Gionet currently holds many different leadership positions on-campus, including being a Peer Leader in the First-Year Experience program, account executive of the American Advertising Federation, coordinator for Mountain Community Leaders at Mt. Irenaus and a co-director of the Teaching and Learning Center.

And it’s her ability to hold these many leadership positions and give 100 percent to each that impresses those who Gionet works with.

“As a news editor who worked under her, I can say she is intelligent and dedicated,” Mark Belcher, a former news editor at The Intrepid said. “Maddie always showed she was willing to go the extra mile to make things perfect.”


Because Gionet never settled on just being average nor did she settle on taking the easy way out. When those need help, Gionet will take the time and sit down with them, survey their every question and help them find the right words for the story.

“I was most impressed with how even though she is so busy and so involved, she still put all her energy into everything she did,” Joe Pinter, a sophomore Journalism and Mass Communication major said. “And in addition to that, she still had the time to sit down with me and help me with my news stories.”

And that’s the constant theme.

Gionet was never too busy to help others, never too busy to give it 100 percent and never too busy to stop striving to be the best she could be. But perhaps even more impressive is the way she presents herself humbly, barely acknowledging all she has accomplished in her four years.

“I was humbled and still am by this honor,” Gionet said during her speech. “I cannot tell you how many times I walked by those Woman of Promise plaques without truly understanding the prestigious stories connected to those tiny, shiny pieces of metal.”

But now those shiny, tiny pieces of metal will have another name placed beside them. A name that has stood out in the School of Journalism and a name that Belcher is sure will bring with it future success as well.

“I know she will succeed in life,” Belcher said. “She has this level-headed demeanor and a desire to accomplish her goals.”

And while winning the Woman of Promise Award may not have been part of her immediate goals, Gionet can place that among her many accomplishments while she continues to achieve more in a future that grows brighter by the day.


Spring Weekend Concert A No-Go

By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (March 5) – Due to lower enrollment numbers and a tight budget, the administration of St. Bonaventure University is not able to fund a spring concert this year. Instead, the Campus Activities Board will spend more money on inflatables for spring weekend. 

Spring weekend was the main topic at this week’s Student Government Association meeting. But beforehand, SGA spoke about the changes made to the university’s break time (common hour), and ended the meeting with the presentations of five campus clubs: Management Club, American Marketing Association, Pep Band, Model United Nations and Mock Trial. 

Last year lunchtime congestion in the Hickey Dining Hall led the university to change to school common hour time this year from Monday/Wednesday/Friday at noon to Tuesday/Thursday at noon. SGA members and faculty senators both agree this has helped with the flow of students in and out of the Hickey. 

Abby Harrington, SGA vice president, said professors complained about losing a day of meeting time and said science majors also complained about going straight from class to lab and not being able to eat lunch on those days. But Harrington said, for the most part, students are pleased with the changes.

SGA members also brought up concerns about the amount of food being prepared by the Hickey workers during lunch every day. The members said they will address that issue with Aramark. 

The faculty senate will continue to discuss whether to keep the changes or go back to the old schedule. Any changes, however, wouldn’t go into effect until the 2014-15 academic school year. Until then, everyone is encouraged to talk to their friends and peers about the topic, SGA said.

Robby Chulick, SGA executive secretary, then spoke again about the upcoming SGA elections.

Some important dates for the upcoming SGA elections:

*Tape Video in the CPRC – Monday, March 4 – Friday, March 5 (Make an appointment with career@sbu.edu) SUBJECT LINE – SGA

*Videos due by March 15

*Petition signatures due by March 22

*Campaign signs and flyers posted March 15

*Elections on my.sbu.edu 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 2 to 4 p.m. April 5

*Results announced via notice board Tuesday, April 9

*Induction ceremony in Doyle Trustees Room 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23

Afterwards, Chulick opened the floor for club presentations. 

Some highlights:

*Management Club is taking its annual spring trip to Boston this year

*AMA is also planning a trip to Boston later this semester

*Pep Band said it needs members and will try to recruit at Spring into Bonas 

*Model UN recently returned from a NATO conference in Washington, D.C. 

SGA then welcomed CAB, led by president Christi Eckel, Josh Maxey and Alex Lewis. Eckel had the privilege of updating everyone on the spring concert.

“We are not having a spring concert this year,” she said. “There’s a lot of factors that go in with it. Our budget was cut down really, really low this fall. We want to have a lot of events next year as well, so we didn’t want to just have a concert and then have no money for next year. However, we did go overboard on the inflatables for spring weekend this year because we are not having a concert.”

Eckel said on that Friday (April 26), CAB will fund a photo booth, a Velcro wall, a bull ride and an obstacle course. On Saturday (April 27), all those inflatables will remain with the addition of a zip line. Due to safety concerns, the zip line will not be extremely high off the ground and participants will be required to wear a harness and helmet, said Maxey.

Eckel said CAB is able to spend nearly $5,000 more on the inflatables this year because of the cost savings from not putting on a concert. CAB is also holding a contest for those interested in disc jockeying.

Harrington then quickly spoke about the presentation next meeting (Tuesday, March 19) of the revised university constitution. The changes will be discussed during the meeting. 

In addition, everyone is encouraged to attend Spring into Bonas. 

Code Of Conduct Is Set For Changes

By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (Feb. 12) – The St. Bonaventure University Student Government Association is currently in the process of helping with the updating and altering of both the code of conduct and the SGA election process.

At its biweekly meeting, the SGA welcomed Nichole Gonzalez, executive director for residential education and housing, and Angie Wolfe, assistant director of the career and professional readiness center (CPRC), who both spoke separately about changes they are in the process of making.

Afterwards, the floor was opened for updates on campus clubs. 

Gonzalez said her department realized the need to continue to update the code of conduct and to modernize it, because lots of things have changed since when it was originally written.

“The review is just basically to make sure that what we’re doing is in line with what other schools and universities are doing,” said Gonzalez, “but also to make sure that we’re staying current and that our students have an opportunity to give their feedback and their input.”

She said they are still looking for juniors and seniors to be a part of the committee. If you are interested, please let SGA know. Once the committee proposes changes, they will be sent to university president Sr. Margaret’s cabinet for approval. 

Some of the proposed changes include: updating the hazing policy and updating the policy on hookas. 

Some changes have occurred already, Gonzalez said. 

“One of the major changes that happened last year was with our sexual violence policy,” she said. “It is very detailed (Appendix S in code of conduct). We were obligated legally in order to come in compliance with Title IX.”

If you have any questions or comments, she will try to be available. 

“Whenever my door is open you are welcome to come in,” said Gonzalez. “Please stop by if you have any questions.”

The present code of conduct can be found at www.sbu.edu/codeofconduct .

Wolfe then presented the CPRC’s new ideas for the SGA campaigns. 

“Our goal is to still have the traditional method of getting enough signatures to run,” said Wolfe. “But that the elections become more public, streamlined and less of a popularity contest.”

One of the ideas she proposed was that students running for office make a quick minute-long video on why they want to run, what qualifications they have and their positions on certain topics. This would be easily accessible to students. A QR code would be located at the bottom of each candidate’s flyer. She said the video would be made with assistance from the CPRC, and that it could be done under twenty minutes.

In addition, she proposed each candidate make a statement of intent to run. 

 “It isn’t very time consuming and I think it will help to make the process more competitive and legitimize it for both the candidates and the students voting,” said Wolfe. 

Robby Chulick, SGA executive secretary, suggested that the candidates be instructed ahead of time on what the duties are for each office they run for. Also, he said the SGA website will be updated with the duties of each position in the description. 

Some important dates for the upcoming SGA elections:

*Tape Video in the CPRC – Monday, March 4 – Friday, March 5 (Make an appointment with career@sbu.edu) SUBJECT LINE – SGA

*Videos due by March 15

*Petition signatures due by March 22

*Campaign signs and flyers posted March 15

*Elections on my.sbu.edu 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 2 to 4 p.m. April 5

*Results announced via notice board Tuesday, April 9

*Induction ceremony in Doyle Trustees Room 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23

Once Chulick opened the floor to club presentations, Intervarsity, Mountain Community Leaders, Alpha Phi Omega (APO), SEARCH Retreat Team, SBU For Life Knights of Columbus, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), Psych Associates, College Republicans and Philosophy Club all gave updates on their events last summer and their future plans. 

Some highlights:

*SBU For Life announced it marched on Washington, D.C. for the recent Pro-Life March 

*College Republicans announced they will be selling red, white & blue cupcakes and pocket constitutions outside the RC Café. They also hope to bring a well-known speaker to campus in the near future. 

Afterward, SGA reminded everyone that the Wolfpack is currently ranked number one in student section voting. They ask for everyone’s help in keeping the ranking. The voting ends Friday, Feb. 22. 

You can vote daily at www.facebook.com/ilovecollegehoops. 

In a mild surprise, new women’s soccer coach Steve Brdaski attended the meeting. He said he wanted to get a feel for the campus and get to know the school’s leadership. 

“I wanted to say hello and that I’m really happy to be here,” said Brdaski. “The leadership group is what drives and motivates this campus and I would like to help any way I can.”

Brdaski, hired on Monday, comes to Bonaventure from Longwood University. In addition, he coaches the Haiti U20 Women’s Team and is an assistant coach for the women’s national team. 

He has also had stops at FC Indiana (WPSL) and his alma mater, Pfeiffer University, where he even coached the men’s team for a few seasons. 

Lastly, SGA asked if everyone could keep the families of Dr. Peterson, Dr. Palmer and Dr. Paula, respectively, in their thoughts and prayers over the next few weeks. 


St. Bonaventure Housekeeper Keeps On Working

By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (Feb. 8) – Penny Siebert comes from a very big family, so she knows about helping out and doing her part. Her son also graduated from St. Bonaventure University, so she is as passionate about the school as anyone. But what the custodian who works on 3rd Robinson Hall is known for is simply doing her job the best she can.  

Siebert recently took it upon herself to put up signs and paint a wall the color of navy blue in the recycling room on 3rd Rob. The blue color was chosen since it is nearly a universal recycling color. Her only intentions were to make the residents more aware of recycling. But what also happened was the overall look of the room is much more appealing.

“My floor at first, I mean it wasn’t really bad, but once I painted it, now it’s great,” said Siebert. “I mean after I redid the room it has improved a lot.”

Siebert, whose son, Brian, recently graduated from the Bonaventure ROTC program, did not pay for the paint. The university supplied the funds for the paint and the signs she made. She added this was the first time she has done anything of the kind; usually she only does what is asked of her. 

Joe Eobstel, housekeeping director, said this initiative is a big step towards the university’s goals. It is trying to slowly raise the amount of recycling by raising student awareness. 

“Campus-wide, our recycling percentage, according to Casella, is somewhere around 12 percent,” said Eobstel. “We’re trying to get the goal to above 20 percent, and then even move on from there. The sky’s the limit.”

Getting students to recycle more often is a tricky situation, however. 

“It’s one of those things you just keep as a positive,” said Eobstel. “I mean, you can’t punish somebody for not recycling. You have to reward people for recycling. That’s why I think this is really going to make it turn.”

Others have taken notice. 

“Mychal Grubbs, the residence director, has made positive remarks,” said Eobstel. “In fact, he oversees both this building and Falconio Hall and he told me that he’d like to see this happen in Falconio as well. 

“It’s also been a personal passion for Sr. Elise (Spanish professor),” he said. “It’s not just something that’s dictated, it’s something that she’s passionate about.”

Both Eobstel and Siebert believe that change has to start somewhere. And if good habits are taught now, they will most likely continue in life. 

“I think if we had that mindset, whether or not it’d lead to the students, or even ourselves as staff and administrators, the participation level goes up,” said Eobstel. “It becomes a behavioral change.”

“I think if we capture the mindset of behavioral changes with the freshmen, when you move on to Dev, or you move on to Doyle, or to the Townhouses, you take that with you,” said Eobstel.
And then ultimately out into society.”

He added that if the Student Government Association became involved, the recycling campaign might become contagious. 

The Recyclemania Campaign began on Feb. 1 and continues until March 31. 

“If we could just please have any individual spread the good word,” said Eobstel. “It’s the only way we’ll go from twelve percent to 20 percent.”