Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Escape Room Camp - this summer

This summer we're hosting an escape room camp.  Escape Rooms are popping up all over the place.  In an escape room, your group has to get out (escape) by solving puzzles and mysteries around a theme.  If you like games, puzzles, and working together, they can be super fun.  The video (above) better explains what an escape room is.  If you search on YouTube, you will find lots of videos of people playing escape rooms.

Our camp is doing something a little different.  Campers will build the escape room and invite friends and family to play.  Campers will work in groups, pick a theme, select and build the puzzles, and put it all together in an escape room.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Liberal Arts and Jobs...

This piece, "Liberal Arts Majors Have Plenty of Job Prospects, if They have some Specific Skills, Too," in the Chronicle of Higher Education points out the value of a liberal arts education when combined with managerial and technical skills.  This is certainly a message we've been preaching in the digital and public history courses.

From the article:

"Employers really value soft skills that are the bedrock of a liberal-arts education," he says. But many employers are also looking for applicants with additional, specific skills, such as knowledge of Java or other programming languages, or proficiency with graphic-design tools like InDesign or Adobe Creative Cloud. "It’s not a matter of shutting down the classics department and turning it into a business degree," he says.
The company identified skills in eight fields, and then found an additional 863,000 entry-level jobs for graduates with skills in one or more of those fields. For example, the analysis found an additional 137,000 entry-level jobs for liberal-arts graduates who had data-analysis or management skills. It also found that such data-analysis jobs paid an average of $12,700 above the average salary for jobs traditionally open to liberal-arts graduates without such skills.

Somewhere in France

The Buffalo News has a nice article on Dr. Schaeper's Somewhere in France.  It begins....

"Professor of history Thomas J. Schaeper of Saint Bonaventure University has achieved a stellar place in the annals of writing about the history of war. He does this with his excellent book “Somewhere In France” which shows that all war is, in the end,  a story of the "quick and the dead," the personal and local."

Check out the story and the book.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Dr. Schaeper Publishes New Book

Dr. Thomas J. Shaeper, professor of history, recently published a new book, titled "Somewhere in France: The World War I Letters and Journal of Private Frederick A. Kittleman." In 1983, a man cleaning out his attic in Olean came across a stack of papers that had previously gone unnoticed. After glancing through them, he discovered they were letters dealing with World War I and brought them to nearby St. Bonaventure to donate to the library. The library alerted Schaeper and what resulted was a decades-long project. The letters were those of Priv. Frederick A. Kittleman, a small-town man who regularly wrote to his family after being drafted in 1918 and sent to France. The letters are contrasted with Kittleman's journal, which recounts the gritty details of battle that he shielded from his family in their correspondence. "Somewhere in France" will be available Feb. 1. 

Read the full story about his book on the SBU web page here.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Last Day of Classes, Let's Play Games

On Friday, the last day of classes, we got together in the Friedsam Library to play some games.  Everyone seemed to need to have some fun before finals.  Fueled with pizza, we played a bunch of games, including Risk, 1775, Pandemic, Ticket to Ride, and a few others.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Two Upcoming History Club Events

The History Club will be holding a trivia night on Thursday December 1st, in La Verna at 7 pm.  The trivia will include five rounds of general history, geography, sports, pop culture, and St. Bonaventure history and teams of three will be competing for prizes. The prizes are gift cards to Randy's, Domino's and Applebees.

Need to unwind, destress, and recharge before finals?  Join us for board games (and maybe other games) December 9th, the last Friday of classes, starting at 3 p.m.  We’ll be in the lower seminar room next to the University Archives in Friedsam Memorial Library.  Pizza and soda will be available.

SBU at the Robert H Jackson Center

Great evening and thanks for encouraging a great turnout. All were extremely pleases. Onward and upwards. Greg
St. Bonaventure, Jackson Center Form Partnership

By Katrina Fuller
The brown and white banner of St. Bonaventure adorned the front of the Robert H. Jackson Center auditorium Thursday night in honor of a special occasion.
The center opened its doors and welcomed a guest panel of St. Bonaventure faculty and staff along with a well-known student from the area to give a little insight into the St. Bonaventure way at an open house event. The open house highlighted the partnership that has recently developed between the two organizations.
The partnership agreement was signed in May which allows St. Bonaventure students and staff to access the Jackson Center archives. Also, history courses will be developed based around the use and analysis of the Jackson archives. A technological link will also be developed between the two entities, and an internship is being planned to help the Jackson Center increase its digital archive capacity.
Currently, Phillip Payne, history professor, is holding a historical methods course in which the students are using the archives.
"It's a small step," he said, adding it is a good way for the students to become involved in using the archives.
The panel featured Payne; Tim Kenney, athletic director; Pauline Hoffmann, Jandoli School of Communications dean; Taylor Rosenburg, admissions counselor; and Cameron Hurst, journalism major and graduate of Jamestown High School. Greg Peterson, Robert H. Jackson Center co-founder, moderated the panel and introduced the guests.
"We are so glad to have this open house with St. Bonaventure University," Peterson said.
He said he was thrilled to see that a portal to four-year education has been opened to downtown Jamestown.
Andrew Roth, St. Bonaventure University interim president, said he is excited to see the possibilities of the partnership unfold.
"It's a fascinating facility and absolutely rich in educational and intellectual potential if we can think our way through how to use the archives," Roth said. "I'd like to thank Greg for the evening, and I look forward to your visit to campus in week or so as we continue to figure out how to cooperate and collaborate with one another to enrich the life of the Southern Tier of Western New York."
Discussion from the panel ranged from the upcoming basketball season to how the partnership could offer a variety of opportunities for students and the community in the future.
Kenney said there is such a thing at St. Bonaventure called the "St. Bonaventure Bubble," that many people don't leave, but this partnership will encourage movement and sharing.
"We're looking to do more," he said.
Hurst said his experience at St. Bonaventure has been amazing and he is thrilled the partnership has come to his hometown. He said he can't explain the feeling that St. Bonaventure brings to his life.
At the end, the panelists offered one word that summed up why a student should consider attending St. Bonaventure University which included the words, "Opportunity, experience, faculty and community."
Payne said his thoughts echoed those of his colleagues.

"It's not just about the academics," he said. "You think about (the students) as people."