The annual Barbara Carr McKee Scholarship Luncheon is organized by: Kathleen M. Ryan
Assistant Director of Development for Stewardship
St. Bonaventure University
P.O. Box 2500
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
Phone: (716) 375-2308
or (800) 664-1273 Opt.3
More than 150 students, faculty and university donors gathered at the Premier Banquet Center on April 22 for St. Bonaventure University’s 2016 Celebration of Excellence scholarship luncheon.
The event, named in honor of the late Barbara Carr McKee, a university administrator, and longtime professors James J. Martine, Ph.D., and the late Leo E. Keenan, offers scholarship recipients the opportunity to meet and thank the donors who helped fund their education. It also features an academic showcase that highlights the creative endeavors and academic research of select students as well as faculty recipients of the Keenan and Martine grant awards.
This year’s program highlighted 18 new and continuing academic projects, speeches by three senior students — Kerry Caher, Sameer Singhal and Jillian Hammell — and an address by guest speaker Leslie C. Quick III, a member of St. Bonaventure’s Board of Trustees.
Caher, a recipient of the Ruth E. Crosby Scholarship and The Sylvia Foster and Anna Lo Presti Endowment Scholarship, delivered the first speech. Caher, a Clifton Park, N.Y., native, described how the Bonaventure community supported her through a career change and an eating disorder.
“The Bonaventure family brought out the best in me,” Caher, a childhood studies major, said. “It is as if everyone — faculty, students, staff and alumni — made an investment and commitment to me.”
Following Caher, Singhal, a Williamsville, N.Y., native, spoke about the many research opportunities he has had as biology major at St. Bonaventure.
Singhal, a recipient of the John L. & Leoné E. Worden Memorial Award, said of his time at St. Bonaventure, “Simply being here today is an honor for me.”
Jillian Hammell, a strategic communications and digital media major from Boston, N.Y., delivered the final student speech. In her address, Hammell stated she will be the first member of her family to graduate from college.
"I entered college with big dreams,” Hammell, the recipient of The Ruth E. Crosby Scholarship and the Henretta Family Scholarship, said. “Now, as a senior, they're even bigger dreams."
Following the student speakers, Quick addressed the group, encouraging all Bonnies — both past and present — to pay it forward and continue their dedication to the tradition of St. Bonaventure. Quick, a founding partner of Massey, Quick and Co. LLC, earned a bachelor of business administration degree with a major in finance in 1975.
“I think the future is bright for Bonaventure,” he added.
During the 2015-2016 academic year, 653 deserving students were awarded scholarships at St. Bonaventure.
“The Power of a Bonnie” is never more evident than at an event such as the 2015 Celebration of Excellence, which combines St. Bonaventure University’s annual Barbara Carr McKee Scholarship Luncheon with the Keenan-Martine Endowment celebration.
Nearly 180 members of the St. Bonaventure community gathered at the Premier Banquet Center in Olean, N.Y., on Thursday, April 30, to honor grant and scholarship recipients and pay tribute to the donors whose generosity makes all the difference.
Guest speakers included scholarship recipient Alexander J. Noguerola, ’15; grant recipient Kuppuswamy Arumugam, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry; and Leslie C. Quick III, ’75, a former University Trustee and longtime supporter of the University.
Noguerola, a native of Lowell, Mass., will graduate this May with a B.A. in political science and minors in law and society, history and philosophy. He serves as president of the Student Government Association, tournament director of mock trial, and as a resident assistant. He is a member of the honors program and recipient of the Rt. Rev. Msgr. John A. Biter Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Noguerola shared that he was the first of his family to travel a long distance for college and made a point to note how influential the St. Bonaventure community was in making him feel at home.
“My classmates, the alumni, the faculty, the friars, and the local community all create a welcoming atmosphere that has been extremely conducive to my growth,” he said.
Noguerola also spoke highly of the “Bona Bubble” and the feeling of pride alumni hold for Bona’s. Noguerola said that this atmosphere would not be possible without the donations St. Bonaventure receives each year.
“The contributions from generous donors are a large part of this Bona Bubble and its continued existence,” said Noguerola. “Without the support of the many people who donate each year to their alma mater, many of the students here would be unable to gain such a high caliber education, myself included. I want to thank all of the people in the room who make the education of so many people possible.”
The Keenan-Martine Endowment was also celebrated at the luncheon. Grants from this endowment have helped fund laboratory development and specialized training programs to benefit faculty members. The grants are funded through a gift from Leslie C. Quick III, and his wife, Eileen. In 1999, two $1 million endowments were named after faculty members, the late Dr. Leo E. Keenan Jr. and Dr. James J. Martine.
Kuppuswamy Arumugam, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry, hosted a sustainable energy forum on campus in April through grant support from the Keenan-Martine Endowment.
Arumugam, whose grant is titled the “Art of Brewing Hydrogen from Water,” briefly presented about sustainable energy, environment and society. He also spoke of how important financial assistance has been for him as a grant recipient, and for students in general.
“All of this is possible because of the Keenan-Martine grant,” said Arumugam, in reference to his work related to sustainable energy. “Investing in students makes a better future for all of us.”
Quick, who earned a bachelor of business administration degree with a major in finance in 1975, is a founding partner of Massey, Quick & Co., LLC, a wealth management firm in Morristown, N.J. He and his family have been major benefactors to St. Bonaventure.
“What our scholarships are doing for students is really helping them crush their debts,” said Quick. “To all of the scholarship donors here today: you are doing good.”
During the 2014-2015 academic year, 626 deserving students were awarded scholarships. There were 13 new scholarships established, bringing the total number of scholarships at the University to 334.
To enjoy photos of the 2015 Celebration of Excellence, please visit the University's Flickr album.
Kevin Rogers, a senior journalism and mass communication and political science major, delivered the 2014 Barbara Carr McKee Scholarship Luncheon student speech. Rogers’ collegiate career includes holding the positions of editor-in-chief of The Bona Venture campus newspaper and president of SBU College Republicans. He also interned for a summer at The Washington Guardian in Washington D.C. His speech focused on the specialized attention he received as a Bona student and how Bonaventure shaped his life today. Rogers is a recipient of the Capital City scholarship.
“I speak with gratitude on behalf of all seniors for those who generously finance scholarships,” Rogers said in his speech. “Scholarships do more than help students pay for education; they open the door to the sort of experiences I’ve had in the past four years.”
This year’s keynote address was given by Dr. Robert L. Worden, ’67. The Worden family established The John L. and Léone E. Worden Memorial Award. The endowed scholarship supports student research in the fields of biology. The award is named after his father and former SBU biology professor, Dr. John Lorimer Worden Jr., and his wife, Léone E. Worden.
Worden’s speech detailed his family’s devotion to St. Bonaventure; the man, the saint and the university. Worden also highlighted the most recent recipient of the award. Kyle Alpha, senior biochemistry major, will enroll in an M.D.-Ph.D. dual-degree program following graduation with a focus on research and medicine.
“It’s just a perfect moment for our family,” said Worden of honoring Alpha. “We wanted to hook a student with that research. Our hope was that, through the award, a student would discover a career as a research biologist or some related field.”
There were more than half a dozen student projects on display during the event. The projects varied from undergraduate and graduate work of scholarship recipients including projects about campaign finance, integrated marketing plans for local restaurants, research on education and even a pilot script for a TV series.
During the 2013-2014 school year, 507 students were awarded scholarships at St. Bonaventure.
More photos from the 2013 luncheon are available on Flickr
The scholarship luncheon, part of the Celebration of Excellence, honors the late Barbara Carr McKee, the administrator who infused special life and enthusiasm into the event. Barbara gave her time and diverse talents to the St. Bonaventure University community for more than 15 years. She died of cancer on June 2, 2003.
Barbara joined the University Advancement staff in August 1987 as associate director of development, and was promoted to director of development in October 1989. She served as vice president for University Relations from 1991 to 1995 and as director of Planned Giving from 1995 to 1999. From 1999 until her death, she was director of Major Gifts.
Her giving extended far beyond her work.
She was active in the community, serving on the board of the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and on the board of the Olean Community Foundation. She held several leadership positions with the Friends of Good Music, and was active as a volunteer with University Ministries, in particular with liturgical dance.
She earned her master’s degrees in library science and art history and a bachelor’s degree in classical archaeology from the University of Missouri at Columbia, from which she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
In her eulogy during Barbara’s funeral, Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., now president of St. Bonaventure, said of Barbara, “This woman of profound prayer and contemplation ... believed that together we could create an oasis of beauty, truth and culture (at St. Bonaventure). ... She helped us to understand that the world is charged with God’s grandeur, that this divine source lives under the world’s splendor and wonder.”
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