you're used to your student calling to ask for advice on how to
handle something he hasn't done before.
But what if that something is something you don't know much about
either? Something like registering for his college courses on his
own for the first time?
We have some tips that will help you calm that jittery freshman
and put him on the path to successfully registering for his second
First, some good basic Mom and Dad advice: Tell your student to
take a deep breath and be calm. Remind him that he's already handled
a lot of first times and that this one, his first time registering
for college courses, is also manageable.
Then refer him to two resources readily available for him at Bona's.
The first is my.sbu.edu, the University's in-house website that
provides links to a variety of resources. One of those, under "general
links," is "search for classes." There, he can find
information on all the courses being offered in the spring 2012
semester. The link is also available in the "student links"
section, under "register for classes." In that same area
is a link to "registration information," which provides
the date and time your student can register and information on who
his adviser is and where she can be contacted.
If he clicks the link on a particular course, it will open a window
that provides additional information, including any prerequisites
for the class and where information on the required textbook can
be found. On the main schedule of classes, he will see a column
marked available/capacity. The first figure will tell him how many
seats remain in the class. The second is the limit for the number
of students in that class.
Also under the student links section is a link to "degree audit."
That document tells your student what courses he will need to graduate
and what courses, if any, he has already received credit for. Any
course listed as "IP" is a course he is taking right now.
Courses listed as "TE" are ones for which he has received
transfer credit, possibly from AP courses in high school.
The second important resource is his adviser. She can help him understand
what he's seeing on the degree audit and suggest which courses would
be best for his next semester. She can also discuss with him questions
ranging from changing a major to deciding on a minor to working
on classes in which he is struggling. Many advisers have posted
sign-in sheets on their door for students to set appointments to
talk about registration. If your student's adviser has not done
so, he may want to contact
her to ask when he can sign up.
When your student signs up, he should be certain to put the date
and time in his planner, so he does not miss the appointment. If
his adviser does not have a time on the sign-up sheet that will
work, encourage him to contact her and ask what other times might
Under the current University registration system, students enter
their own courses online. They may place courses into a "wish
list" on my.sbu.edu, but they cannot actually register until
they reach the pre-selected time and date. Even then, the student
will not be allowed to register if he has not met with his adviser
or if he has a hold placed on his account by the business office,
the registrar's office or health services. Those restrictions will
be visible via the "registration information" link; a
student who sees any of them should act to deal with the restriction
as far before his registration date as possible.
Because your student is a freshman, it is very possible that he
may be closed out of some classes he hoped to take. His adviser
can tell him which classes are offered every semester or every other
semester, and what would make good options if his first choices
are closed. Remind him that he may not be able to find exactly the
class times he would prefer, but keeping in mind the times he is
most and least alert may help him succeed, especially in a class
in his major or in an area he finds difficult.
Those two resources — my.sbu.edu and your student's adviser
— plus a healthy dose of his own common sense will allow him
to register without unmanageable problems. And by this time next
semester, the whole process will look considerably easier.
University put the Glee back into college life through a campus-wide
Wellness Fair, held Oct. 13. The SBU disability committee, with
other organizations, dedicated the day to providing tips to members
of the St. Bonaventure community for holistic wellness—mental
health, exercise, healthy eating and sleeping and safety.
The program started with a poster display by the Disability Committee,
Disability Support Services, the Wellness Center, Campus Safety,
the Psychology Club, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
and the Mental Health Association of Cattaraugus-Allegany County.
The posters offered information on healthy living, de-stressors
and awareness of different mental health issues.
Among those with a poster presentation was a group of students representing
the non-profit organization, To Write Love on Her Arms. This organization
is dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling
with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists
to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment
and recovery. Students hope to start a TWLOHA chapter on campus.
The Psychology Club offered a display on "Food for Thought,"
providing facts about 15 foods that studies have found can improve
mental health. Most of these foods were chosen for their ability
to either help with cognitive function or serve as a natural antidepressant.
Some of the foods included salmon, avocado, green tea, coffee and
The Disability Committee, Disability Support Services and the Wellness
Center provided information on how to use the disability services
on campus. NAMI and the Mental Health Association of Cattaraugus-Allegany
County provided information on what resources exist off campus.
As part of the event, the Wellness Fair held a slogan contest for
the residence halls on campus. The challenge was to come up with
a positive mental health slogan. The winning floor won a smoothie
party and their slogan on the T-shirts that would be given away.
After the poster display, a low-intensity “Boot Camp,”
organized by the St. Bonaventure ROTC, was held in the Richter Center.
Following that chance for exercise was a “Relaxation Center,”
where participants received tips on stress and stress management.
Free massages and information on meditation were also provided.
Songs from the television show “Glee” were performed
by the University’s Bonacoustics musical group in the early
evening. Free snacks and door prizes were offered.
the music, Dr. Charles Walker, professor of psychology, gave a presentation
called "Psychological Well-Being on a Campus: Is Emotional
Health as Contagious as Sickness?" Backing his points with
his own research, Walker explained happiness is contagious. He then
told his audience how they could be “an agent of well-being.”
The event concluded with showings of “Girl, Interrupted”
and “Finding Nemo.” The movies were chosen to show different
types of mental health issues and how others have overcome.
Class of 2012
and Social Media
opinion these days is that students spend too much time on social
media sites and not enough time hitting the books. That might be
true in some cases, but social media does have its advantages, said
Angie Wolfe, assistant director of the Career and Professional Readiness
“I would be remiss if I told students ‘don’t use
social media,’” Wolfe said. For many careers now, social
media knowledge is a must.
When using social media, Wolfe said it is important to think about
how, why and what is motivating you to be on those sites.
Throughout the entire month of October, the CPRC hosted LinkedIn
Mania month to help students learn how to use the social networking
site LinkedIn to network and start developing their professional
Wolfe said LinkedIn allows students to contact people on a more
professional basis. “Facebook still seems very social, so
reaching out that way may seem inappropriate,” she said.
However, the CPRC did not stop there. Through Social Media Savvy,
an activity that can fill a passport requirement, Wolfe continues
to help students become aware of all common social media sites and
their advantages and disadvantages.
Twitter, for instance, has a lot of power behind it as we’ve
seen in entertainment and politics, she said. But social media,
if not used properly, may speak louder than all the great qualities
that people have, she said.
“Social media makes forgetting harder,” Wolfe said.
“It’s always there in one way or another once it’s
Wolfe points out that social media can even affect the process of
finding a job.
“Now people can make first impressions through social media
sites,” she said. “Employers will search and try to
see what’s on your media sites.”
The CPRC staff focuses on a lot more than just social media. The
Center still helps with résumés, networking and internships,
but has added the new role of preparing students for the different
work environments they may experience throughout their time at St.
Bonaventure University or after graduation.
Wolfe stresses that students need to be prepared to do both the
face-to-face interview and have electronic communication savvy when
looking for a job or an internship.
The CPRC staff is available for students to ask questions. Students
are encouraged to come to any of the workshops the Center offers.
One of those workshops, on internships, will be held Nov. 3 from
4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Regina Quick Center for the Arts. During the
two-and-a-half hours, students may come and go to hear panels of
professionals, administrators and students, to network or to see
the “what-to-wear” fashion show that will feature appropriate
clothing for most business situations.
In the spring semester, the CPRC will be hosting several events,
including a networking opportunity, sessions on the value of personal
branding, Careerfest and LinkedIn Mania.
The highlight of the spring semester, though, will be the launching
of an online interview stream that students can do from anywhere
on campus; it will simulate an actual interview and offer tips on
how to answer certain questions.
Next fall, the Center also hopes to start its own LinkedIn group
that will connect students to professionals so that they can practice
Wolfe said that parents can help to make students aware of the power
of social media and to help them remember that there is a downside
by reminding them that what they put up on the Internet doesn’t
go away and it can affect them down the road.
“We have the tendency to say ‘get off’ because
we see all the bad things on the news (about social media sites),”
Wolfe said. “But if we can be mindful about it, then it can
be an important mechanism.”
Class of 2013
students explore options through MAP
student is halfway through her first semester at college, and she's
still not sure what major she wants to choose.
Dr. Guy Imhoff, chair of the Department of Modern Languages, can
offer a MAP to help your student find the way to a satisfying major.
MAP, the Major Adventures Program, works with students who are undecided
about their majors to help them first find their passion, then consider
how that major could lead to a career.
"Most students will change majors two or three times during
their college career," Imhoff said. "There's no shame
in being undecided."
Imhoff said MAP differs from programs at other schools because it
assigns each student to a professor who advises them within the
School of Arts and Sciences. The University also has a program for
undeclared students in the School of Business. This gives the student
a more guided first-year experience.
Throughout their first year, MAP students may attend workshops and
discussions that show them opportunities for a career within the
majors. After meetings with their academic advisers, students attend
a second meeting at the Career and Professional Readiness Center.
Declaring a major may seem equal to declaring the rest of your life,
but Imhoff said the MAP's emphasis on major first is better for
"A major doesn't always equal a career," he said, stressing
the importance of a student finding her passion.
From the start, students are encouraged to work with their advisers
to analyze their classroom experiences. Those meetings start after
the first week of classes and continue throughout the year. As students
discuss their class experiences, they may begin to focus on a possible
Major Adventures Program students also have the opportunity to live
in a learning community which groups students together in at least
two courses. This eases the college transition and helps students
focus on academics. Once a student has chosen a major, he simply
needs to fill out some paperwork to officially declare that major.
MAP takes the Bonaventure idea of "becoming extraordinary"
to provide a supervised, enriching discovery process for students
choosing a major. Along the way, MAP students may find they have
company in their classmates who were sure they knew their majors,
but decided to change as they began their coursework.
MAP helps a student discover her passion, Imhoff said.
"And isn't that what college is for?"
Class of 2014
GOING ON . . .
Upcoming events on campus include:
Ongoing - Math
Lab for students needing assistance in math
Friday, October 28 – Men’s Soccer vs. St. Joe’s
Friday, October 28 – Women’s soccer vs. St. Joe’s
Saturday, October 29 – Men’s Rugby vs. SUNY Buffalo
Saturday-Sunday, October 29-30 – Writing Overnight at Mt.
Sunday, October 30 - SBU Band and Choir Concert
Monday, October 31 – Diversity Action Committee meeting
Monday, October 31 – Wing Night in the Skeller
Monday, October 31 – Billiards Tournament in the Skeller
Wednesdays, November 2-30 - The basics of Buddhist meditative practices
Wednesday, November 2 – DC Internship Information Meeting
Wednesday, November 2 – Flu Shot Clinic
Wednesday, November 2 – Study Abroad Information for Freshmen
Wednesday, November 2 – "Drug Use and Mental Illness"
by Dr. Paul D. Young
Thursday, November 3 – Last day to withdraw from an undergraduate
class with a W grade
Thursday, November 3 – Internship Summit
Friday-Saturday, November 4-5 – Open Overnight Away at Mt.
Friday-Saturday, November 4-5 & Thursday-Saturday, November
10-12 – SBU Theater presents “Don’t Dress for
Saturday, November 5 – The Bona Race
Saturday, November 5 – The Mountain Auction to benefit Mt.
Sunday, November 6 – CAB Bus Trip – Bills vs. Jets
Monday-Tuesday, November 7-8 – Community Blood Drive
Monday, November 7 – The Value of the Experience, sponsored
by the CPRC
Monday, November 7 – Writing your College Resume
Tuesday, November 8 – Finding your Ideal Internship
Wednesday, November 9 - Eighth Annual Ignatius Brady, O.F.M., Memorial
Thursday, November 10 - Musician Ernie Halter at Cafe LaVerna
Friday, November 11 – Veteran’s Day Ceremony
Friday, November 11 – Men’s Basketball vs. Cornell
Friday, November 11 – Gift Card Bingo