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St. Bonaventure University dedicates, blesses new Swan Business Center

Sep 13, 2013 |

St. Bonaventure University formally dedicated a new academic building for the second time in five years Thursday, blessing the William E. and Ann L. Swan Business Center.
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The state-of-the-art home to the university’s acclaimed School of Business officially opened Aug. 25 with an open house for students on the eve of the academic year. But university officials waited until Thursday to honor donors, designers, builders and faculty.

“This afternoon, we celebrate an extraordinary addition to our landscape, one that promises to lead the campus in a transformation of our teaching and learning paradigm,” said Mari Snyder, ’90, co-chair of the School of Business Advisory Council. “At the same time, it signals what we have known for some time — that St. Bonaventure’s School of Business is world-class, and it now has a facility befitting that distinction.”

Snyder is vice president of Social Responsibility and Community Engagement at Marriott International, Inc.

Leading the 30-minute dedication ceremony into the blessing of the building was Ann Swan, who donated $3 million to the building campaign in honor of her late husband, William E. Swan, ’69, a longtime Western New York business leader and philanthropist, and a dedicated university alumnus and Board of Trustees chair.

“We stand in front of the physical realization of her dream — a dream that reflects an ideal Bonaventure man and a woman of iron will and generous heart — and more than 1,000 other believers in this dream,” said Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., university president.

When Swan first told the president of her “heartfelt desire to create an expression of her late husband’s life-long devotion to St. Bonaventure,” Sr. Margaret said the university’s first proposals to fulfill that dream didn’t impress Swan.

“She challenged us — administration and trustees — to bring her an inspirational goal,” Sr. Margaret said. “Her determination gave us the courage to dream, and here we are.”

The 26,000-square-foot Swan Center features a financial services lab with electronic ticker tape, a corporate boardroom, state-of-the-art classrooms, spaces for student collaboration, team building, and faculty research, a dean’s suite, innovative technology uses, and a serious commitment to sustainability.

“The Swan Center is the quintessential game-changer for our School of Business and other programs at St. Bonaventure,” said Dr. Pierre Balthazard, dean of the School of Business. “Perhaps most exciting about this new facility is how it invites students to work in teams and small groups; to make the building their home before, during and after class. This will be a 24/7/365 facility.”

Robert Daugherty, ’77, chair of the School of Business Campaign, said the new facility will have countless benefits for students.

“Not only will they get a job because of this building, they will be leaders who create jobs. That’s what we’ve done here. We’ve created a learning environment that will position our students to lead in an increasingly complex and challenging world,” said Daugherty, a retired partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

A unique feature of the building is seven words on the tile wall leading up the terrazzo staircase from the atrium: Contemplation, Love, Respect, Joy, Peace, Compassionate Service.

“These words … had deep meaning for Bill, as he learned of their important role in his life during his time as a student at St. Bonaventure,” Swan said of her husband, who carried these words on a card in his breast pocket every day.

“I present these values to you, most especially to the students and faculty of St. Bonaventure University, as I aim for them to bring you peace and joy as you study here, surrounded by our rich Franciscan experience,” Swan said.

Fr. John O’Connor, O.F.M., provincial minister of Holy Name Province; Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., ’70, vice president for the Franciscan Mission; Fr. Francis Di Spigno, O.F.M., executive director of University Ministries; and several university friars blessed the building with prayer and incense at the end of the ceremony.

Students and faculty conducted tours of the Swan Center after the ceremony.

The university opened the William F. Walsh Science Center in 2008.


About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them. We are establishing pathways to internships, graduate schools and careers in the context of our renowned liberal arts tradition. Our students are becoming extraordinary.
Students work on a Bloomberg Terminal in the Swan Business Center at St. Bonaventure University.


The Department of Finance at St. Bonaventure University is recognized by the Chartered Financial Analyst Program at the CFA Institute, which promotes ethics-based investment education in university degree programs aimed at developing serious investment professionals.

cfa-logo-imageThis prestigious recognition means St. Bonaventure adheres to a rigorous standard that many universities cannot achieve, requiring not only a well-rounded curriculum, but depth of study.

The CFA Institute specifically emphasizes ethics in education, ensuring that finance professionals conduct themselves morally in their careers. It promotes the development of competent and ethically centered investment professionals for the overall benefit of society.

The CFA recognition means that our School of Business provides a top-notch education in finance to prepare students for the best jobs in the field.

The finance major prepares you for a rewarding career

The finance curriculum prepares students for successful entry to the increasingly complex and rewarding world of financial management.
Finance students at St. Bonaventure receive technical training in the three core areas:
  • corporation finance
  • investments
  • financial institutions and markets
This will be augmented by a broad-based general curriculum in the functional areas of business:
  • accounting
  • economics
  • statistics
  • management science
  • marketing
Success in the active market for finance majors requires students to be familiar not just with current business practice, but with the cutting edge tools that will define the financial marketplace in the future.

Toward this end, finance students take electives designed to further their interest and marketability in specific areas of finance such as bank management, international finance, financial statement analysis and options and futures.

Hands-on Experience and Meaningful Internships

Those who want a hands-on learning experience can participate in Students in Money Management, a program in which students invest a real endowment fund. Requiring equity analysis and economic analysis, this real-world forum provides invaluable experience and distinguishes students from their peers as they enter the work force.
Finance internships are plentiful and may be used to augment the more traditional academic training. Additionally, many students choose to fulfill a portion of their additional finance electives through independent research directed by the faculty.
Many students use the flexibility built into the finance program at St. Bonaventure to complete secondary concentrations in areas such as economics, accounting, international business, foreign language, computer science, and mathematics.
Recent graduates in the finance program have chosen positions in portfolio management, option trading, futures trading, commercial lending, insurance underwriting, treasury management, brokerage and not for profit financial management. Students seeking the substantial payoff to graduate study in finance find the rigorous curriculum at St. Bonaventure well-suited as a means of preparation.

Faculty Research & Honors

    Oct 11, 2016

    Edward Bysiek
    Adjunct Professor of Accounting and Finance

    Business First announced that Edward J. Bysiek, CPA, CEO of Bysiek CPA, PLLC, and adjunct professor of accounting and finance at St. Bonaventure University, was selected as a recipient of its Buffalo 612’ awards, which honor the region’s best C-level executives. C-Level executives (CEOs, CFOs, COOs, etc.) are the ones who know how to navigate the obstacles, see clearly through the clouds, and ultimately lead the way. The award is significant, as Bysiek is the only Southern Tier native being honored. A luncheon reception at the Hyatt Regency in Buffalo will be held on October 13 to honor this year's award winners.

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