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There was much excitement on campus last week as classes began - our new freshmen and transfer students arrived, and we are thrilled. Move-in day was busy, and we saw many weary Moms and Dads…but we hope that the help from the Peer Coaches and the ROTC students eased your day somewhat. Our commuter students settled in, too, in their new lounge on the 2nd floor of the Reilly Center. And now, the “getting settled” time has transitioned to “now it’s time to get to work”!

During our Welcome Days program, an extension of Orientation, we made every effort to continue to help our new SBU students get settled and become part of the University and ease the transition to college life. More than 300 of our first-year students participated in service projects – on campus and in the local community. It was a great way for them to experience the Franciscan spirit on our campus.

I hope you know that we all share some of the same nervousness that you might be experiencing - that positive, nervous energy that accompanies a new beginning. Even though we greet new students every August, we all recognize that each entering class is different. It's a new beginning for your family and for us. We are delighted that we'll be going through it with you - together.

Please be sure to make frequent visits to our Parents' Web site at And don't hesitate to contact us at

You can expect to receive periodic e-mails from us that will update you on campus happenings.

On behalf of our entire community, welcome, once more, to our Bonaventure family. We look forward to seeing many of you again later this month at Family Weekend.

Best regards,

Dr. Nancy Casey
Director, First-Year Experience Program

New book on SBU history

A story that took more than 150 years to unfold and more than a decade to research and write is now ready to read. A new coffee-table book, “The Good Journey: 150 Years of History at St. Bonaventure University,” is based on the exhaustive research of longtime St. Bonaventure history Professor Edward Eckert, Ph.D., and edited by the McCarthy family of Buffalo — alumni Bob, ’76, Ann, ’74, and son, Dan, ’10. Watch videos, view historic photos and read an excerpt at

Family Weekend!

We know you just said good-bye to your student — but make plans to reconnect during Family Weekend 2011. Activities during the Sept. 23-25 festivities include a street fair in Allegany, a 5K walk-run on campus, a golf tournament, music, a hypnotist, and Casino Night. Watch for updates at

St. Bonaventure’s First-Year Experience and Student Life staff work hard at making St. Bonaventure's incoming students feel a part of the campus's fabric. One of the ways new students were introduced to each other during July Orientation was by working collaboratively on a number of fun and team-building exercises.

This year, one of their small group projects was to discuss as a team their hopes and aspirations for the next four years at Bona's - then illustrate that onto a small panel of white muslin.

Click here for more information and photos...

Upcoming events on campus include:

Monday, September 5 - Ping Pong Tournament in the Skeller
Tuesday, September 6 - Australia/New Zealand Study Abroad Info Session
Tuesday, September 6 - Wednesday, September 7 - Red Cross Blood Drive
Wednesday, September 7 - Open Mic night in the Skeller
Wednesday, September 7 - Study Abroad for Freshmen
Wednesday, September 7 - Clubs and Organizations Fair
Wednesday, September 7 - All Bonaventure Views “Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal’s Maoist Army”
Thursday, September 8 - NFL Kick Off/Free Wings in the Skeller
Friday, September 9 - Gift Card Bingo at Cafe La Verna
Saturday, September 10 - College Football in the Skeller
Saturday, September 10 - Mentalist Banachek in the QCA
Sunday, September 11 - Step Team Tryouts
Monday, September 12 - Monday Night Football Doubleheader & Wing Night in the Skeller
Monday, September 12 - Ping Pong Tournament in the Skeller
Tuesday, September 13 - Sr. Margaret Carney addresses the class of 2015
Wednesday, September 14 - All Bonaventure Views “Everest: Beyond the Limit,” a Discovery Channel mini-series
Wednesday, September 14 - Open Mic night in the Skeller
Thursday, September 15 - Comedian: Drew Thomas in the Skeller
Friday, September 16 - Karaoke Night in the Skeller
Friday, September 16 - Men's Soccer vs. Canisius
Saturday, September 17 - Yankees vs. Blue Jays Bus Trip in Toronto
Friday, September 23 - Women's Soccer vs. Colgate
Monday, September 26 - Campus visit by “Little Princes” author Conor Grennan


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