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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Author to Sign Books Saturday in RC

Brian Toolan, Class of 1972, will be on campus Saturday to sign copies of his book “Snubbed,” the season-long chronicle of St. Bonaventure’s omission from the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Toolan will be signing copies of his book from 1 to 4 p.m. outside the SBU Bookstore. The Bonnies host Duquesne at 4 p.m. in the Reilly Center Arena that day.

Friday morning, Toolan will speak to the students who staff TAPinto Greater Olean as part of Anne and Richard Lee’s Journalists’ Workshop class. Friday. He also will be doing a podcast about his book with one of the Journalists’ Workshop students after the class.

Toolan had a 43-year career as a newspaper reporter and editor, including as senior vice president and editor of the Hartford Courant when it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1999.

“Snubbed: A Basketball Season of Triumph, Crisis and Despair at St. Bonaventure University,” looks back at an Atlantic 10 championship year for the third-smallest college in NCAA Division I. His reporting began months ahead of the season’s tipoff, not long after the university had reaffirmed its commitment to remain a Division I program.

Amid this tumult, Coach Mark Schmidt prepared his team for the school’s 96th season of men’s basketball. It began with injuries depleting the roster and resulted in adjustments to the style of play. The Bonnies were predicted to finish eighth in the A-10 by league coaches.

Granting Toolan generous access, Schmidt, frank and strikingly unvarnished, is the book’s key figure. The soaring performances that resulted in a share of the conference championship and the crushing process that denied the Bonnies an NCAA Tournament bid are recounted in a manner difficult to achieve in daily coverage of any season.

“Snubbed” is published by NFBPublishing in Buffalo and is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s Books, NFBPublishing.com, Dog Ears bookstore, Talking Leaves bookstore and other outlets.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Ceramics exhibit opens Feb. 3 at Pitt-Bradford

Ceramicist Chanda Zea will exhibit modern sculptural work at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Feb. 3 through March 3.

An opening for the exhibit, “pause.repeat,” will be held at noon, Feb. 3 in the KOA Speer Electronics Gallery of Blaisdell Hall. The opening is free and open to the public.

The exhibition will open with an introduction to the artwork by Zea, after which refreshments will be served. Zea takes inspiration from everyday objects for her artwork, assembling and re-assembling them into different forms, combining various pieces into series of objects that stand alone or interact with each other.

Originally from Western New York, Zea is currently a visiting assistant professor of ceramics at Indiana University Southeast, just across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky.

For more information on Chanda Zea and her artwork, visit www.chandazea.com.

Hours of the KOA Art Gallery are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For disability needs related to the exhibition, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at Pitt-Bradford at 814-362-7609 or clh71@pitt.edu.