selection process announced
The phone rings. It’s your student.
I have to pick a roommate and a place to live. What should I do?”
That conversation will be common for first-year students and their
parents during the coming weeks. The process of choosing a new residence
hall (and, perhaps, a new roommate) may sound confusing to your
student. But she will have some company in not knowing the system
well. Because of changes in the housing selection system, all undergraduate
students will be dealing with new choices and some new procedures.
Under the housing procedure, most students now in their first year
will have completed enough credit hours to be considered a “rising”
sophomore in the fall.
The St. Bonaventure Housing Committee has selected several choices
as potential residences for rising sophomores. Shay, Devereux, Francis
and two floors of Doyle halls will be available for “rising”
sophomores and for juniors and seniors. In addition, sophomores
can apply on a competitive basis for space in the Garden Apartments.
Francis Hall will be offered strictly for students who want to have
a single room. No “triples” will be offered on campus
Under the new housing proposal, students are all entered into one
lottery, regardless of their class year.
The housing proposal states, “Each student eligible to participate
in the housing selection process is assigned a random lottery number,
which will serve as the foundation for his/her final lottery score.”
Positive factors can be considered to subtract points off the random
lottery number and negative factors add points to the random lottery
One way to reduce the random lottery number score is by achieving
academic excellence and co-curricular excellence points. Academic
excellence points will be determined from a student’s cumulative
GPA as of Dec. 31, 2009. A cumulative GPA is used to determine a
GPA multiplier score. That GPA multiplier is then multiplied by
the number of credit hours a student has completed to determine
a final academic excellence point score.
Co-curricular excellence points can also change a random lottery
number score. Being a leader or a member of an active organization
on campus sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA)
will allow students to have co-curricular points subtracted from
their random lottery number score. Students who have documented
service work or students who are a member of a Division I athletics
team will also be able to subtract co-curricular points.
Students are responsible for documenting their co-curricular involvement.
These forms can be obtained in the office of any residence director
or in the Office of Residential Life. The forms are due no later
than March 31.
The important thing to remember is that academic excellence and
co-curricular involvement points are positive factors that subtract
points from a random lottery number.
Judicial points may be added to a student’s random lottery
number if a student goes through the judicial process on campus.
The judicial process usually occurs when a student does not follow
the St. Bonaventure University Student Code of Conduct.
After all of the additions and subtractions to a student’s
random lottery number, a final lottery number will be established.
Students will be notified of their final lottery number April 9.
Information sessions will be scheduled over several nights to allow
students interested in a particular residence hall to select where
they opt to live next school year.
The Application Process
Sophomores interested in living in the Garden Apartments must submit
an application by March 17. Students will be notified if they are
eligible to live in a Garden Apartment on April 9. Apartment selection
will take place April 15. Only students approved to live in Garden
Apartments will register for housing on April 15.
If your student wants to live in Shay next year, applications are
due April 14. Applicants for Shay will be notified April 16 if they
are eligible. Approved students will pick where they want to live
in Shay on April 20. Shay will also be an option for “rising”
juniors and “rising” seniors next year.
Also on April 20, part of the general selection for students who
wish to live in a traditional style residence hall will be handled.
The second half of that process will happen on April 22.
Another option your student may consider is the themed living idea.
Students would live in a specific wing of a designated hallway that
has a common living theme. This application process is separate
from the traditional housing process. Interested students can talk
to their resident assistant and resident director about this style
Help is readily available for students who have questions about
the housing process. Chris Brown, coordinator for residential education
and housing, said residence directors and resident assistants will
undergo intense training within the next few weeks to be able to
advise residents of the changes.
All students are advised to begin identifying possible roommates
for the 2010-2011 academic year because the housing process will
start very quickly after students return from mid-term break.
Class of '13
Midterms: Time for exams and a break. And
time for some students to worry about their grades.
One place to find help for those who are worrying is the Teaching
and Learning Center, located in the lower level of Doyle Hall. The
center offers a variety of academic help, including tutoring and
labs in some subjects.
“In the spring semester, we’re usually a little bit
busier,” said Jean Trevarton Ehman, director of the Teaching
and Learning Center. By then, she added, students have realized
that assistance is available if they want it or need it.
“There is a line between trying to learn a subject independently
and getting help,” Ehman added. “We want to assist students,
but we don’t want to do the work for them.”
Students struggling in a class can visit the center to request a
tutor; the tutee then is matched to a tutor appropriate to his or
Before requesting a tutor, students are encouraged to consult their
professors. Professors can provide useful cues and tips to students
who need help. Tutors can then further help students by focusing
on the problem areas.
Tutoring is scheduled for once a week, up to one hour per subject.
Students can be tutored in more than one subject. However, the center
makes students responsible for their own successes.
“It puts a lot of responsibility on the student who wants
the tutor,” said Taylor Janak, a junior elementary and special
education major who is a tutor. Janak started to tutor in her sophomore
year. She is currently tutoring students in biology 101.
Students who become tutors are usually referred to the center by
professors, although Ehman said some students will come on their
own to request tutoring jobs. The center can also reach out to students
who have previously done well in a class.
The center strives for one-on-one tutoring sessions, but sometimes
small-group tutoring sessions are desirable. If there’s a
big demand for tutors in one subject and only one tutor is available,
that tutor may end up helping two or three students.
“Often tutors are very busy students. They’re actively
involved with activities on campus and I think often that the busier
some people are the more they get done. Sometimes, that’s
the way it is with our tutors,” Ehman explained.
Janak, for example, also interns off campus and is a peer coach
for freshman students, among other things.
“I really enjoy tutoring,” Janak said. “It’s
a nice work atmosphere. You come in and you get to set up your own
hours” through an agreement with the other student.
In addition to peer tutoring, the Teaching and Learning Center offers
writing and math labs. These labs can help students focus on assignments
and papers. They can even help students brainstorm.
Tutors should be told of big projects, such as research papers,
at least 24 hours before a session so there is enough time for the
“A lot of students need help with time management skills,
setting priorities and tackling a project step-by step,” said
Ann Lehman, the registrar and director of institutional research.
Lehman is a member of the Academic Review Committee. She refers
to the Teaching and Learning Center students who have fallen severely
behind in their studies.
“When they (those at TLC) see a student who comes in, puts
in some hard work and turns around -- it’s the most gratifying
experience as an educator,” Lehman said.
The Teaching and Learning Center is located in room 26 of Doyle
Hall. Its hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through
Class of '11
students have a subscription to the online magazine Student Health
101. There is a parent companion piece for you!
Access this online magazine.
Father Mychal Judge
Center plans St.
Patrick's Day festivities
Father Mychal Judge Center offers some different ways to celebrate
St. Patrick’s Day with events scheduled for mid-March.
Olean native Edward Gabriel, a former ambassador to Morocco, will
discuss the politics of the Middle East in an event on March 15
at 7 p.m. at The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The program
is open to all. Gabriel’s speech will include a discussion
of the Franciscan/Islamic dialogue and the ties between the Middle
East situation and the Irish peace process. He will spend all of
Monday on campus meeting with students and faculty.
On St. Patrick’s Day itself, the Center will co-sponsor an
evening of reflection on Celtic Spirituality at Mt. Irenaeus. Center
director Larry Sorokes said the evening is intended as an alternative
to the traditional March 17 festivities. Again, it is open to everyone.
Two bands that show Irish musical influences will perform a free
concert from 8 p.m. to midnight March 19 in the San Damiano Room
of Francis Hall.
Playing will be McCarthyizm,
a rock band with Celtic flavors from Buffalo and Black
47, a Celtic Rock band from NYC that was a favorite of Fr. Mychal
Further details on the March 17 and March 19 events will be announced,
The U.S. Census goes
Where does a college student
Seems like such a simple question. But as the U.S. Census Bureau
begins to conduct its 2010 count, the answer may surprise you.
In the Census Bureau’s version, college students living on
campus live in the community where that campus is located. For your
student at St. Bonaventure, that’s St. Bonaventure/Town of
Allegany, not the community in which you live.
Chris Brown, University coordinator for residential education and
housing, noted students living on campus will be receiving census
forms in their residence halls. The students will be able to turn
in those forms on campus without having to mail them.
You will also be receiving a census form, but you should not count
your child at St. Bonaventure (or any other child attending college
and living away from your home).
Census Bureau material explains how students in five different situations
are counted for the census:
1. Students living on campus should fill out a census form for their
campus location and return it on campus. They should not be listed
on their parents’ forms.
2. Students living with parents or guardians should be included
on their parents’ or guardians’ household form.
3. Students living in off-campus housing which is not the home of
their parents or guardians should fill out a census form for that
address. The Census Bureau says all students living at an off-campus
address are considered one household and should complete just one
4. International students and those who are not U.S. citizens should
fill out a census form. The idea is to count everyone living in
the United States as of April 1; that includes those who are not
5. Because the idea is to count those living here as of April 1,
students who are studying or living abroad should not be listed
on a census form.
Residence life staff will be able to answer questions from students
on filling out the census forms. And now you can answer that first
question: College students living on campus live, for census purposes,
in the community where their campus is located.
Financial Aid for College: Keep it
Tips from St. Bonaventure’s Office of Financial Aid
Many families need assistance to pay for a college education. The
first thing to do is file the FAFSA as soon as possible. Sound familiar?
You are probably flashing back to your previous experience with
the FAFSA. That experience will pay off when you complete it this
year. Remember, you need to file the FAFSA every year.
File the FAFSA
To get started, find both the parents’ and student’s
PIN. If you forgot your PIN, you can get it again at www.pin.ed.gov.
File the FAFSA electronically at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Make sure to
include St. Bonaventure’s school code: 002817. If applying
for aid for the fall 2010, use 2010-11 as the academic year for
the FAFSA and submit 2009 income information on the FAFSA. The deadline
for St. Bonaventure University returning students to file the FAFSA
is April 1, 2010.
After you successfully file the FAFSA, watch for a Student Aid Report
(SAR). Review the SAR and make corrections if necessary. If you
are selected for verification, the SBU Office of Financial Aid will
notify you regarding specific documentation you must submit (usually
income verification, tax returns, W2s, verification of family size).
Reply to this verification request as quickly as possible. The student’s
financial aid is considered tentative pending the completion of
verification. New York state residents attending a New York State
school will be directed to the New
York State Higher Ed Web site to complete the application for
the New York State TAP Grant through TAP-on-the-web using a PIN.
If you want to file the FAFSA by paper you can download one at www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov
or call 1-800-433-3243 to have one mailed to you.
In the past, if you borrowed a Stafford loan your money came from
a bank as the lender. This year we are changing our process and
your lender will be the Department of Education. With the change
in lenders, all students borrowing the Stafford loan will need to
complete a new MPN, or Master Promissory Note. The process is very
easy. Log onto the Department of Education’s web site at www.dlenote.ed.gov/empn
and select to complete new MPN for student loans. You will need
the student’s PIN to complete the MPN.
Investigate other sources of financial aid
Private scholarships can be a source of additional funding for some
families. Many families find they need to borrow to supplement the
student’s financial aid package. If you decide to borrow,
we recommend you exhaust all federal loan options (Stafford, Perkins
and PLUS loans) before seeking private or alternative loans in the
student’s name. Federal loans have the best terms and rates
The SBU Business Office offers plans which enable you to pay your
balance in monthly installments. You will receive specific information
about payment plans in a separate mailing from the Business Office.
Questions can be directed to the Business Office at (716) 375-2100.
Financial aid from SBU
Finally, your student should watch for a financial aid package by
late June. Academic awards are renewed at the same amount each year
provided the student maintains the minimum cumulative GPA required
for the award. Need-based aid will stay relatively the same as in
prior years provided the family financial situation is relatively
the same and federal funding levels remain constant. In all cases,
the student must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress toward
his/her degree in order to renew financial aid. Returning students
receive notification of the financial aid award via their SBU e-mail
account. They should review the financial aid award on our secure
intranet at my.sbu.edu, where they must accept or decline their
awards. Please remind your student to watch his/her SBU e-mail account
for financial aid and other SBU notices over the summer.
For further information about financial aid at St. Bonaventure,
please see our Web site at www.sbu.edu.
1. File the FAFSA as early as possible. Estimate information if
necessary. Watch for the Student Aid Report.
2. NYS residents attending a NYS school , complete the TAP-on-the
web as early as possible.
3. Keep copies of all application materials.
4. Follow up to make sure everything is received.
5. Pay attention to application and billing deadlines.
6. Respond as soon as possible to requests for additional information.
7. Seek out additional “free” sources of aid through
private, state, and federal organizations.
8. If you need to borrow, exhaust federal loan sources first.
GOING ON . . .
Upcoming events on campus include:
Ongoing - Math
Lab available for drop-in assistance in mathematics
Saturday-Sunday, 2/27-3/7 - Midterm Break - Residence Halls
close Saturday, 2/27 at 10 a.m. and reopen Sunday, 3/7 at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, 3/10 - Mt.
Irenaeus Service Evening Away
Thursday, 3/11 - Lecture by Beverly Foit-Albert "China's
Thursday, 3/11 - Environmental Health lecture featuring
Dr. John Vena
Friday, 3/12 - Women's
Lacrosse vs. Robert Morris
Friday, 3/12 - Men's
Tennis vs. Robert Morris
Monday, 3/15 -
Every form of Government needs policing "Police, Governance
and Regime(s) in Argentina" - Dr. Guillermina Seri
Monday, 3/15 - Politics of
the Middle East and the Franciscan/Islamic Dialouge - Dr.
Tuesday, 3/16 - Jesus, Captain America and Barack Obama
- lecture by Dr. Robert Jewett
Thursday, 3/18 - Jazz and Wings with Les Sabina Jazz Sextet
Tuesday, 3/23 - Women's
Lacrosse vs. Bucknell
Tuesday, 3/23 - "Globalization, The Perspective of
the Franciscan Tradition" - Sr. Mary Beth Ingham
Tuesday, 3/23 - A Journey Through Our Eyes - Black History
semester is jam-packed with Campus Activities Board events!