Inside the Strategic Alliance Feasibility Study – Jan. 3

A full update will be provided at the college-wide meeting on January 9.  Please be advised due to conflicts, there will be no Coffee Talk next Friday.  President Zane will answer questions at the lunch following the college-wide meeting next week.  Please send any questions to the feasibility study email address at or you can write your questions for submission after the college-wide meeting. As always, questions are welcomed and encouraged at the meeting as well.

Thomas Merton, before becoming a Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, taught English at St. Bonaventure over a period of three semesters (Fall 1940, Spring 1941 and Fall 1941).  Merton had been visiting the Olean area since the summer of 1938. These visits were with his friend Robert Lax who was a native of the town of Olean that is situated adjacent to the campus. Merton and Lax were classmates at Columbia. Lax and Merton stayed at the hotel in town owned by his sister’s husband’s family, at their cottage on the hill above town, and at their home on the north end of town. It was Robert Lax that first brought Merton on the St. Bonaventure campus.  Merton went on to write more than 70 books, including his best-selling autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain in 1948.  St. Bonaventure is now home to “The Merton Archives.”  The Merton Archives at St. Bonaventure University is one of the most important repositories of Merton materials worldwide. Its holdings include manuscripts and typescripts of his earliest journals, along with drafts of books and articles, letters, association copies of printed materials and other special items. There is also an extensive collection of editions and translations of Merton’s writings. The general University library rounds out the collection of resources available with many books that have been written about Merton.  For more information, click here>>>