Friars Featured in Siena, Bonaventure Magazines

HNP Communications Friar News

Siena College and St. Bonaventure University recently released spring issues of their magazines, Siena News and Bonaventure, each featuring Holy Name Province friars at the institutions.

In “The Heart of the Siena Campus,” Jim Eaton, associate director of communications, informs alumni and friends of Siena friars past and present, what they do and how to contact each. Eaton encourages readers to “send them an e-mail; they would love to hear from you!”

Titles and e-mail addresses for each friar currently living on the Loudonville, N.Y., campus are provided. Additionally, the magazine provides “Where Are They Now?” information for previous Siena friars including current contact information along with what each friar did while at Siena.

Also included is a photo of Laurence Raineville, OFM, founder of Siena’s computer science program, who died in April. The photo shows Laurence smiling while he types at a computer.

Other Siena news included in the magazine: the men’s basketball team, students who attended the inauguration of President Obama, and a reflection from 1998 Siena graduate Peter O’Malley on surviving the November 2008 massacre in Mumbai. Siena president Kevin Mullen, OFM, has his traditional letter on the inside front cover; this issue mentions the fact that Siena students, alumni and faculty “do not know how to sit on the sidelines.” Siena College education is “about being engaged with knowledge, finding the value in individual talents and being involved in learning,” he said.

The magazine’s content seems to be popular, according to Delcy Fox, Siena’s director of strategic communications and integrated marketing, who said she noticed many alumni reading the publication during alumni weekend June  5 to 7.

collegemags-bBonaventure’s “Campus News” section included Daniel Riley, OFM, being awarded the Gaudete Medal in May. A photo shows Dan with some of the more than 30 students who traveled from the Allegany, N.Y., university to attend the Buffalo celebration.

The magazine also includes a “Franciscan Minute” by F. Edward Coughlin, OFM, SBU vice president for the Franciscan Mission, about embracing the vision and Gospel values of St. Francis, and a brief synopsis of Francis & His Brothers by Provincial Vicar Dominic Monti, OFM, former interim-president of the university. Two friars who spent time on the SBU campus are pictured in the magazine: Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, at the New York Stock Exchange and Gerald McCaffrey, OFM, of Butler, being inducted into SBU’s athletic hall of fame.

The deaths of Evan Banks, OFM, and Alcuin Coyle, OFM, are noted with brief biographies in a section with alumni deaths. Evan and Alcuin served for numerous years at the university.

Other news included in Bonaventure: an update on the university’s 150th anniversary campaign, a former Franciscan Volunteer Minister’s experience in Peru, how to stay money smart in tough times, career networking advice, and a recap of the women’s basketball team’s historic season.

Both magazines include the Vocation Office’s “Life Shift” ad, which has been featured on NPR’s Marketplace, CNN’s “American Morning,” the New York Post and NBC’s Today show Web site.

The photo above is from page 10 in Siena’s magazine.