St. Bonaventure University baseball coach Larry Sudbrook was inducted into the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. Sudbrook was one of 15 baseball icons including major league greats Tom Browning and Orel Hershiser to join the Hall of Fame this year. Sudbrook recently completed his 30th season as the head coach of the Bonnies. He is far and away the winningest coach in the program's history with 628 victories. He has led St. Bonaventure to eight appearances in the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament, one A-10 Championship and one NCAA Tournament berth (2004), and 19 seasons of 20 wins or more. He was named the A-10 Coach of the Year in 2000 and in 2006. He has also coached 11 student-athletes who have gone on to be selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. Sudbrook's legacy of helping develop students as well as athletes is evidenced by the Bonnies' 35 Academic All-Conference selections during his tenure.
Diana Lawrence-Brown presented a paper, "Gifted Students and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy," to the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) National Conference in New Orleans, La., Oct. 1, 2015.
Dr. Michael Fischer, professor of accounting, presented a paper titled "Relevance Regained? An Examination of the Contents of Introduction to Management Accounting" at the Fall 2015 meeting of the Academy of Business Research.
Professor Chuck Walker has contracted with John Wiley press to write a book on positive psychology and teaching in higher education. The working title is "Teaching Positively." The book is scheduled to be released April, 2017. In a related matter, Walker has given the website he built, wellbeingincollege.org, to the University. It is now located on the University's server and is open and free for all faculty and staff to use, if they wish.
Dr. Barry L. Gan, professor of philosophy, recently attended the 28th annual meeting of Concerned Philosophers for Peace at Loyola University, Md. At this conference, he was elected executive secretary for the next two years. He previously served as president of this organization, about 10 years ago. While at the conference, he also presented a paper titled "The Limits of Civil Resistance," a critique of recent so-called nonviolent movements to overthrow dictators.
Kevin Brayer, director of the university's Buffalo Center and a board member of the Ronald McDonald House, hosted the MBA 649 students for a tour and strategy talk by director Sally Vincent. Two students are employees at Fisher Price, so this photo is in the Ronald McDonald room they furnished and funded.
Congratulations to St. Bonaventure students Sebastian Bellm and Jessica Ungaro for award-winning performances the weekend of Oct. 24-25 in the Spartan Throwdown Invitational Mock Trial Tournament, hosted by Case Western Reserve University. Sebastian received an outstanding attorney award and Jessica received an outstanding witness award.
Dr. Pauline Hoffmann was a session speaker at The New York State Financial Aid Administrator's Association, Inc. state conference held at the Buffalo Convention Center on Tuesday, October 27. The topic was "Dealing with difficult people in the workplace."
Dr. Gregory Privitera, Associate Professor of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, was a keynote speaker at the 2015 Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Division 2 of the American Psychological Association, in Atlanta, GA, October 16 & 17. His presentation was titled: A Tale of Two Cohorts: Making Class- “Room” to Accelerate Student Preparedness for Laboratory Research in the 21st Century. In August, Privitera was also honored with an Early Career Psychologist Award at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention in Toronto, Canada.
Dr. Privitera is now in production for two books: one is a second edition of his nationally award-winning research methods book, and the second is a chapter contribution on the topic of Health Psychology in an Applied Psychology book that he is also co-authoring.
Dr. Gerald Boersma, assistant professor of theology, was awarded the Imbesi Saint Augustine Fellowship at Villanova University for spring 2016.
Dr. Pauline Hoffmann was a presenter at the October conference of NYS Women, Inc. She is the chapter president of the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of NYS Women, Inc. Hoffmann presented at the conference on two topics: dealing with difficult people and with generational differences in the workplace, and the importance of marketing and branding for your organization.
She was also a panelist and guest speaker at YNPN (Young Nonprofit Professionals Network) Greater Buffalo Summit on Oct. 2. The speaking engagement touched on "Your role in Public Relations, especially if you think you don't have one" and focused on the role each of us plays in promoting — or demeaning — our company/organization.
On Friday, Oct. 16, John and Sandra Mulryan gave a combined presentation at the 2015 Conference on John Milton at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Their combined paper appeared in the section "Learning in the Miltonic Classroom" and was titled "Milton's contribution to St. Bonaventure University's Core Seminar Course, 'The Intellectual Journey.'"
John Mulryan explored the writings on Milton and ultimate reality in the Journey textbook, while Sandra Mulryan indicated how Milton's ideas on the godhead and freedom of the will are covered in other Journey authors, including Plato, Sartre, John Donne, and the Chandogya Upanishad. More than 30 people attended the paper; after the talk, one professor ordered the Journey textbook online.
Jess McFall was honored Oct. 17 at Alfred State's halftime celebration for being a member of the school’s inaugural football team. McFall is an alumnus of Alfred State, where he received his associate degree in culinary arts.
Dr. Tate, professor of philosophy, published an article, "Renewing the Question of Beauty: Gadamer on Plato's Idea of the Beautiful," in Epoche: A Journal in the History of Philosophy, Vol. 20, No. 1 (2015), pp. 21-41, which elaborates Gadamer's retrieval of Plato's idea of the beautiful by highlighting its characteristic traits of transcendence, radiance, and measure viewed as structural features of being as an event of truth.
Dr. Barry L. Gan was an invited member of a panel at the national Peace and Justice Studies Association meeting at James Madison University on Oct. 16-18. The panel members each presented summaries of their recent textbooks in peace studies to professors from universities around the nation interested in finding new texts for their classes or finding new approaches to their current pedagogy. Gan presented on his 2013 publication "Violence and Nonviolence: An Introduction."
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