St. Bonaventure faculty and staff joined colleagues from 22 other Franciscan institutions for the AFCU (Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities) 2016 Symposium at Marian University, Indianapolis, Ind., June 7-9.
The theme of this bi-annual symposium was The Franciscan Courage to Venture: A Symposium on Preparing Outstanding Leaders for the Modern World. Marian University highlighted its new Evans Center for Health Sciences as a leader of AFCU universities in the medical field with demonstrations of its latest SimMan technology.
Fr. David B. Couturier, O.F.M.Cap., dean of the School of Franciscan Studies at St. Bonaventure, provided a keynote address challenging universities to plan for the future: “The Institution-in-the-Mind: University Culture, Strategic Planning, and the Franciscan Imagination.” Just as St. Bonaventure is working diligently for a revision of its common core, this was the main topic of discussion for formal and informal gatherings for all AFCU schools.
The presentations by School of Business faculty were well attended, including the leadership initiatives by Carol and Michael Fischer, “Taking the Values Off the Wall: Developing Responsible Leaders in the St. Bonaventure University School of Business.” Joe Coate shared “Luca Pacioli and the Role of Accounting and Business: Early Lessons in Social Responsibility.” This was followed by John Stevens with colleagues from University of St. Francis (Joliet) on “Frank Chats: A Multiple University Collaboration Supporting and Facilitating Civil Discourse.”
Monica Mattioli and Monica Emery brought to the AFCU “A Systems Look at the Benefit of Alumni to the Institution,” a session on the dedicated and passionate collaboration by staff in Alumni Services and Admissions (volunteer relations). Interactive models by Paula Scraba provided insights of the School of Education and Clare College Senior Forum “Leadership Through Special Olympics: Serving, Learning, Leading.”
University Ministries was represented by Fr. Francis Di Spigno, O.F.M., and Kate Dillon-Hogan. Kevin Brayer from St. Bonaventure’s Buffalo Center co-presented with alumnus Fr. Greg Jakubowicz, O.F.M., from the Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs on “Franciscan Pilgrimage for Business Students.”
A unique aspect of the 2016 AFCU Symposium is that three AFCU universities have Bonaventure alumni as presidents: Br. Ed Coughlin, O.F.M., at Siena College, Dr. Chris Domes of Silver Lake College, and Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., of St. Bonaventure. Approximately 25 SBU alums – working in various positions at AFCU institutions – attended the symposium.
The 2018 AFCU Symposium will be held at the University of St. Francis (Joliet, Ill.) June 5–7, 2018, with the theme With Living Stones: Building a Franciscan Future … Together. For more information, contact Sr. Mary Elizabeth Imler, O.S.F., Vice President for Mission Integration and University Ministry, University of St. Francis, 500 Wilcox Street, Joliet, Illinois 60435 815-740-2622; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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