through the semester, students receive a grade that reflects their
academic progress. If these midterm grades bring bad news, your
student has ways to improve them.
Midterm grades are intended to provide a realistic view of how well
a student is doing. They do well in predicting a student’s
final grade, said Dr. Nancy Casey, associate professor of education.
your midterm grades are good, there is about a 95 percent chance
that your end-of-semester grades will also be good. The flip side
of that is if your midterm grades are below a C, there is a 50 percent
chance that your end-of-semester grades will be less than a C,”
Gargano, teaching assistant in University 101, Skills for the Good
Journey, believes the primary reason students do poorly on their
midterm grades is because students do not ask their professors the
necessary questions in class. That means students do not have the
knowledge to succeed in the class, he added.
think many students run the risk of not asking and doing poorly,
when they could have asked that professor how they can do better
or what they’re not understanding in class,” said Gargano.
who are struggling should not be afraid to seek help. They can find
that help from their professors, the writing lab, the math lab or
the Teaching and Learning Center.
students should seek help from their professors, said Lauren Loftin,
a sophomore majoring in political science.
to your professor about your grades and see if you can get extra
credit or see what you’re doing wrong in order to improve
on your tests or homework,” said Loftin.
student has spoken to her professor and is still having trouble,
she can apply for a peer-tutor at the Teaching and Learning Center.
a multi-tasking entity. We offer a lot of academic services in a
variety of formats. We have peer-tutoring in most 100 and 200 level
subject areas,” said Jean Trevaton Ehman, director of the
Teaching and Learning Center.
started, students should come to the Teaching and Learning Center,
in the basement of Doyle Hall, fill out a peer-tutor evaluation
sheet, and wait about a week for the Center to match a peer-tutor
for that particular course.
are students who have excelled in that particular course and are
willing to help. Peer-tutors help students understand the material
and tutor in a problem area of the course.
grades do not automatically mean bad final grades. But students
have to take steps to improve their understanding of the material
in the class. Gargano said he suggests to his students a “key-and-lock”
my students I use the method of the key-and-the-lock. The student
is the key and the professor is the lock and if you just go to the
lock and not do anything, you really don’t get anywhere, but
if you twist the key into the lock, then the professor is more than
willing to help you,” said Gargano.
Class of 2014
and your student have a wealth of Bonaventure-related material as
close as your computer.
Links on the University's intranet site, my.sbu.edu, provide students
with course-related material, including their class schedules, degree
audits showing their progress toward graduation, the area where
they register for classes and a variety of forms.
Student employment information includes online pay stubs and the
place to enter time worked in a job on campus.
Information on financial aid, parking, the Student Government Association
and the Bona bus, plus a calculator for GPA and the links to Moodle
courseware are also available.
To access the site, students should go to my.sbu.edu, then click
the link for "student."
Midterm and final grades are available to students on my.sbu.edu.
commuter lounge open
resident students, time between classes may be spent back in their
residence halls. But where do commuter students go when they have
that time to study or relax or do homework?
fall, St. Bonaventure provided a new option. A new commuter lounge
opened on the second floor of the Reilly Center near the Career
and Professional Readiness Center. Here, commuter and resident students
are welcome to spend their downtime doing homework, relaxing or
even watching television.
lounge feels like a home away from home,” says Kylie Lamont,
a freshman commuter student from Eldred, Pa.
amenities like a microwave and refrigerator, that is how the lounge
is designed to feel.
students have a lower retention rate than students who live on campus.
The goal of this lounge is to help build important bonds among commuter
students, as residential students do in residence halls,”
said Rick Trietley, vice provost for student life.
Seven freshmen this year are commuter students. So are more than
300 upperclassmen, who live off campus at home or with other students.
The lounge is open to everyone, including resident students.
offers a large-screen television, DVD player, lockers, a round table
for homework, chairs and couches and a computer.
estimates the lounge’s cost at $3,000, which was spent on
amenities, new paint, carpet and furniture.
will become a tremendous benefit for (students), all the while helping
commuter students to meet more people,” said Trietley.
likes the location of the lounge because it is very close to where
she has classes. She said she doesn’t know where she’d
spend her time if it were not there.
new this year on the second floor of the Reilly Center is the Student
Veteran Lounge. This lounge is a bit smaller, but still has a television
and offers a relaxing spot to take a break. Trietley said this lounge’s
purpose is to provide a meeting spot for Bonaventure students who
have served in the military so they can support one another.
said improvements will continue to be made to both lounges. He said
student life staff will speak to students to make sure the new spaces
are meeting their needs.
like that St. Bonaventure recognizes commuter students. I use the
lounge every day because it is the one place that makes me feel
the most comfortable,” said Lamont.
Class of 2013
you have another Bonnie in your house?
us for an Admissions Open House
Sunday, October 16 or Sunday, October 23
GOING ON . . .
Upcoming events on campus include:
Ongoing - Math
Lab for students needing assistance in math
Friday, October 14 - LinkedIn Advanced
Friday, October 14 - Women's soccer vs. Charlotte
Friday, October 14 - Gift Card Bingo at Café LaVerna
Saturday, October 15 - Family Day at the Mountain
Saturday, October 15 - Bonnie BBQ Reilly Center Lawn
Saturday, October 15 - Brown and white night in the Reilly Center
Saturday, October 15 - Lion King Bus trip Off Campus
Sunday, October 16 - Women's soccer vs. St. Louis
Sunday, October 16 - WSBU Meeting Reilly
Monday, October 17 - Midterm Grades Due in the Registrar's Office
Monday, October 17 - Wing night Skeller
Monday, October 17 - Billiards Tournament in the Skeller
Monday, October 17 - SGA meeting Board of Trustees Room
Tuesday, October 18 - Weight Watchers meeting
Tuesday, October 18 - Write your college resume
Tuesday, October 18 - “Human Trafficking Today” talk
in the William F. Walsh Center Amphitheater
Tuesday, October 18 - NSLS Speaker
Wednesday, October 19 - Open Evening Away at Mt. Irenaeus
Wednesday, October 19 - Nuclear Crisis Lecture
Wednesday, October 19 - Open Mic night in the Skeller
Thursday, October 20 - Write your college resume
Thursday, October 20 - SBU LIFE: Victory over Violence
Friday, October 21 - Open Overnight Away at Mt. Irenaeus
Friday, October 21 - Communications Day Dresser Auditorium Murphy
Friday, October 21 - Taikoza- Japanese drums performance
Friday, October 21 - Pre law Center dedication and open house
Friday, October 21 - Karaoke Night in the Skeller
Friday, October 21 - SBU Hockey game
Saturday, October 22 - Family Day at Mt. Irenaeus
Saturday, October 22 - Grove City shopping outlets bus trip
Saturday, October 22 - Men and Women's Swimming and Diving meet
Sunday, October 23 - Admissions Overnight Visit
Monday, October 24 - Billiards Tournament in the Skeller
Tuesday, October 25 - Hip-hop Performance
Wednesday, October 26 - Successful Interviewing Strategies
Wednesday, October 26 - Open Evening Away at Mt. Irenaeus
Wednesday, October 26 - Hip-hop Performance
Wednesday, October 26 - Open Mic Night in the Skeller
Thursday, October 27 - Student Scholarship Thank-you Writing
Thursday, October 27 - Thinkfast Game show in the Skeller
Friday, October 28 - Men's Soccer Game vs. St. Joe's
Saturday, October 29 - Men & Women's Cross Country A-10 Championships
Saturday, October 29 - Men's Rugby game
Sunday, October 30 - Men's Soccer Game vs. Temple
Sunday, October 30 - SBU Band and Choir Concert
Sunday, October 30 - WSBU Meeting
Tuesday, November 1 - Wing Night in the Skeller
Tuesday, November 1 - Billiards Tournament in the Skeller