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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - St. Bonaventure University was very involved and well represented at the 14thAnnual Association For Student Affairs At Catholic Colleges & Universities (ASACCU) Conference July 22-26 in Washington, D.C.
Rick Trietley, vice provost for Student Life, was the coordinator and facilitator for a full-day preconference roundtable discussion for colleagues from Franciscan universities and colleges. The roundtable keynote presentation “Journeying with Our Students into the Future” was led by Br. Gary Maciag, O.F.M., director of operations for the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure and executive director of the AFCU (Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities).
Vito Czyz, director of safety and security, gave the presentation “Campus Emergency Management,” which provided assistance to small colleges for establishing an Emergency Management Organization. Attendees gained an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a Crisis Management Team. In addition, Czyz was able to meet with the Safety and Security Administration and personnel at Georgetown University to share and compare programs of another Catholic university.
Yvonne Makl, coordinator for the Damietta Center at St. Bonaventure, was the recorder for the Franciscan Roundtable Discussion and during the conference talked with student affairs officials about programs promoting diversity at Catholic colleges and universities.
Dr. Paula Scraba, O.S.F., associate professor of physical education, presented on the unique position of faculty involvement in student affairs as ministers in residence. The title of the presentation was symbolic of the high energy and spirit of the over-all ASACCU conference, "Heartbeat of the Campus: Presence, Dialogue and Witness of Ministers in Residence."
The presentation addressed the issues of mentoring our student leaders to honor the past, celebrate the present and embrace the future through collaborative service learning with educational, residential and athletic programs. This model provides presence, dialogue and witness, which facilitates servant leadership and transforms students’ lives to be the pulse of campus life. This program design engages students, from living in a learning leadership community to being on a campus leadership team.
During the week, the SBU contingent was able to join Holy Name Province friars in Silver Springs, Md., for an evening, and Trietley had a powerful visit with Br. David Schlatter, O.F.M., a chaplain at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. They visited with returning military men and women who are going through rehab and adjusting to new prosthetics to enhance their future lifestyle.
A gathering at the ASACCU Conference would not be complete without entertainment and fellowship with our sister Franciscan college, Siena, said Scraba. St. Bonaventure alumnus Fr. Greg Jakubowicz, O.F.M., was a great tour guide and Fr. Dennis E. Tamburello, O.F.M., was the DJ for the final evening of festivities.
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