Ten St. Bonaventure University freshmen were recognized Monday as winners of the 2016 Provost’s Essay Content, held annually in conjunction with the All Bonaventure Reads initiative.
As their first official college assignment, members of St. Bonaventure’s Class of 2020 were asked to read this year’s All Bonaventure Reads selection, “The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland” and then write a reflection on it.
Ten top essays were chosen to be published in a hardcover keepsake book for each student and a copy was provided to ABR author Dan Barry during his visit to campus Monday, Sept. 26. The essay winners had dinner with the author prior to his keynote address to more than 650 people.
The winning essayists are James Carlin, a management major from Elma, N.Y.; Nolan Ditcher, a management major from Randolph, N.Y.; Tanya Gupta, a biology major from South Setauket, N.Y.; Morgan Hoffman, a marketing major from Warsaw, N.Y.; Nikita Immaneni, a biology major from Tempe, Ariz.; Amber Levias, a journalism and mass communication major from Rochester, N.Y.; Joseph Malafronte, an English major from Danville, Pa.; Linh Anh Nguyen, a cybersecurity major from Viet Nam; Matthew Tyssee, a biology major from San Diego, Calif.; and Nicholas Ventura, an education major from Cleveland, Ohio.
To read the essays, visit www.sbu.edu/AllBonaventureReads.
Barry graduated in 1980 from St. Bonaventure with a major in journalism and a minor in English. He is a longtime columnist and reporter at the New York Times.
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St. Bonaventure University has selected “Educated: A Memoir” by Dr. Tara Westover as its All Bonaventure Reads (ABR) book for 2018-19.
“Educated” is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes from severing one’s closest ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it.
The university will welcome Westover to campus Wednesday, Sept. 26, to deliver a keynote address to members of the Class of 2022. The talk will be open to the public and will be held at 7 p.m. in the Reilly Center Arena.
As part of the All Bonaventure Reads initiative, first-year students at St. Bonaventure will receive a copy of “Educated” during Orientation and be asked to read the book and write an essay reflecting on it as their first college assignment. Students will be engaged in conversations about the book’s themes in their first-year seminar course, SBU 101, and various campuswide events during the upcoming academic year.
"Tara Westover’s one-of-a-kind memoir is about the shaping of a mind…In briskly paced prose, she evokes a childhood that completely defined her. Yet it was also, she gradually sensed, deforming her."
"A coming-of-age memoir reminiscent of The Glass Castle."
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