Friday, February 5, 2016

Sorcery Scares, Witch Hunts and Exorcism in Asian History

Chris Dalton is teaching Sorcery Scares, Witch Hunts and Exorcism in Asian History as our First Year Seminar in the Fall. The goal of the first year seminar is to offer a small class that introduces students to the discipline of history.  How do historians ask questions?  How do historians approach a problem?  What is historical thinking?  Professor Dalton's topic promises to not only be intellectually challenging but a great deal of fun.

Game Design Summer Camp

Gaming CampLet’s learn how to design and build a game!
Like games? Like playing games? In this camp, we’ll explore the principles of game design focusing on board games.
Games are all around us. The rise of computers and the internet has led to an explosion in gaming – obviously video and mobile games but also board games. It turns out gamers and the internet go together. Not only do we play games, but we use games to advertise, to get in shape, to learn, and the list goes on. The use of games for other purposes is called gamification.
Together we will answer these questions. What makes a game? What makes a game good? Fun? Interesting? Marketable?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Value of an Education in the Humanities

Adam Frank in "What is the Value of an Education in the Humanities," makes interesting points about this new world we live in.  Not only has the economics of higher education changed, but we've reached a point where separating the humanities from technology isn't wise.  He writes:
"The point: The old barriers between the humanities and technology are falling. Historians now use big data techniques to ask their human-centered questions. Engineers use the same methods — but with an emphasis on human interfaces — to answer their own technology-oriented questions."  As you read the article he lists technologies, including GIS, that every student should know how to use.  

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Video Gamers and History

The current issue of Perspectives on History, the news magazine of the AHA, has a story on video gaming and history.  In Backward Compatible:  Gamers as Public History Audience Robert Whitaker discusses the prevalence of historical themes in video games and bridging the gap between gamers and historians with let's play videos in a project he calls History Respawned.   Pretty cool.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Plassmann Writing Center

Making Better Writers!

Plassmann Hall, Room 6A
Monday 11:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday 11:00am-1:00pm and 2:00pm-5:00pm
Wednesday 4:00pm-7:00pm
Thursday 2:00pm-4:00pm

PWC @ Friedsam Memorial Library
Tuesday 7:30pm-9:30pm 
Wednesday 7:00pm-10:00pm
Thursday 8:00pm-9:00pm

Staffed by friendly graduate students in English, the Writing Center aims to help you develop skills and strategies for every stage of
the writing process that will enable you to write effectively
in a variety of situations and courses.

To make an appointment for a thirty-minute face-to-face session with one of our tutors, sign up on the bulletin board next to

our door in the basement of Plassmann Hall. For appointments at Friedsam Memorial Library, sign up at the reference desk!

#Bonnies4Bonnies networking event

Learn about the powerful SBU alumni connection firsthand
at #Bonnies4Bonnies networking event

At St. Bonaventure, we root for each other’s success and happiness. So it shouldn’t surprise current students that faithful Bona alumni have jumped at the opportunity to share career advice and experiences with them.

Bonnies4Bonnies is a new career networking event aimed at connecting students and alumni and is planned for 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, in Doyle Dining and Board of Trustees Rooms. The event is hosted by St. Bonaventure’s Career and Professional Readiness Center (CPRC).

Registration for the networking event is now open at The deadline to register is Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Following a keynote talk on “The Power of the Bonaventure Alumni Connection,” students will have the chance to meet and mingle with alumni representing a broad spectrum of professional roles, from freelance writer to corporate executive.

“Our alumni are passionate about supporting our students after they leave the university, whether it be through opportunities or professional recommendations and connections,” said Pamela Ferman, assistant director and employer relations coordinator at the CPRC. “Our alumni have gone on to excel in the job market, and having the ability to bring them back to talk to students is invaluable to their career success.”

Alumni participating in Bonnies4Bonnies represent many major urban cities and an impressive mix of companies.
Clearyweb.jpgThe CPRC will have representation from New York City, Washington, D.C., Buffalo, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Rochester and companies like SiriusXM, New York Life, Toyota, Nissan North America, Scholastic, Constellation Brands, Rohrbach Brewing Company, Fisher-Price and M&T Bank, said Ferman.

For students undecided about a career path, Bonnies4Bonnies is an opportunity to find out more about a particular profession from someone in the field who is willing to speak candidly about its pros and cons.

Addressing students and alumni in the keynote address will be alumnus Kevin Cleary, marketing manager of sponsorships and promotions for Nestlé Waters North America, the global leader in the bottled water industry.

Cleary has worked at Nestlé Waters for 11 years in various sales, communications and marketing roles. Based in Stamford, Conn., he manages day-to-day responsibilities related to Nestlé Waters North America partnerships, including the New York and Boston marathons, Universal Studios, and select Major League Baseball teams, including the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers.

Managing a multimillion-dollar budget, Cleary oversees partnership opportunity reviews, provides leadership for integrated marketing plans, and manages multiple outside agency teams.

Cleary, a marketing major at St. Bonaventure, earned his undergraduate Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 2002. He is a member of the university’s National Alumni Association Board, serves as president of St. Bonaventure’s New York City Alumni Chapter, and is a member of the Bonaventure Athletic Fund Advisory Board. In addition, he was recently named to the board at Mt. Irenaeus.

For more information about Bonnies4Bonnies, visit or contact Ferman at

Thursday, January 28, 2016

History Club Meeting

Have a passion for history? Join the History Club! We put on events like trivia nights, field trips to historical sites, and other ways to promote historical interest in the community. Join us Monday, February 1st at 7 p.m. in the first floor Plassmann lounge.