By Kailyn Jennings
Class of 2015
Bonaventure University, the Dean’s List is one of the highest academic honors a
student can receive. Any full-time undergraduate student who finishes the
semester with a grade point average of 3.25 or better will be recognized.
freshmen who make the Dean’s List in their first semester, the University’s
First-Year Experience program provides an additional honor. Abby Cohen, FYE director,
said FYE hosts a reception for all first-semester freshmen who earn Dean’s List
honors. The reception is designed to celebrate the success of students who get
year, 206 freshmen were named to the Dean’s List. At the reception, Dr. Michael
Fischer, provost and vice president for academic affairs, recognized the
students’ achievements during his opening remarks. He encouraged them to strive
to reach the same standard of excellence time and time again.
from each school also attended, giving out certificates of recognition to their
school at Saint Bonaventure University also recognizes its students. For
example, for students in the Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass
Communication, a dinner is provided to recognize those who are named to the
Dean’s List. The dinner is for freshmen and upperclassmen alike, and it gives
students a chance to mingle with one another and with their professors.
recognition are also sent to the homes of all Dean’s List students. In
addition, the University Relations office sends the names of the students to
their local papers, where the students are again recognized.
Furmanek, a freshman Journalism and Mass Communication major, was named to the
Dean’s List last semester. She said the college workload is definitely
different from high school and that it takes some time to get adjusted.
the tough transition, Furmanek put the necessary time into her studies to
succeed. On average, each day she spends four hours or more on homework. While
this can seem intimidating, it is all about time management. Her advice for
freshmen is to “put studying first and get everything done before the
deadline…put time aside for it.”
students on the Dean’s List struggle in some classes, and Furmanek is the first
to admit to facing challenging courses. However, when confronted with
difficulty, she does not give up. She says, “sometimes you really have to step
your game up to study, put the time in, and make flashcards. It’s a bit of a
Furmanek takes advantage of the Writing Lab in Doyle
Hall, and she participates in study groups before exams.
programs definitely work,” she said. “The explanations help, and they make you
opportunities that the school offers for extra help are extremely worthwhile.
They aid in raising students up to the next level, a level where they can be
recognized as hardworking and dedicated students by being named to the Dean’s