we all tried to focus on the business at hand, it
was enormously difficult to avoid getting caught
up in the excitement of March Madness 2012.
found themselves gathering around television sets and taking
part in "water cooler" conversations -- whether at work or
online -- to watch or discuss the latest news of the Bonnies and
their extraordinary runs.
quately characterize, the emotion that continues to surface. The
side stories, the individual accomplishments and challenges, the
friendships made and rekindled, and the demons put to rest are
collectively an experience that few have the opportunity to
responsible for creating a sense of community, accomplishment,
recreation and fond memories. The contribution of these intan-
gibles has made athletics an intimate part of the Bonaventure
experience for thousands. With our mission firmly rooted in aca-
demic success, the twin experience of athletic success has long
made the sacrifices of living far from home (and far from more
glamorous cities) worth it.
St. Bonaventure University's fireplace, our hearth. It's what brings
us together. And, at times, it has been the source of significant
our hopes and aspirations. That's what our country saw. That's
what we felt, deep in our hearts. The needle of the Bona Pride
meter was buried in the red for weeks on end.
levels of achievement. Certainly, we all want to go back to The
Dance again. But, as I move around the country and speak to
Robert J. Daugherty, '77, Vice Chair
Fr. Frank R. Sevola, O.F.M., '82, Secretary
Lana D. Benatovich
James E. Canty, '84
James J. Cattano, '65
William M. Collins, '76
Daniel F. Collins, '73
Fr. Thomas E. Conway, O.F.M.
Robert D. Crowley, '71
Joseph A. DeMaria, Esq., '79
Colette C. Dow, '88
Timothy F. Fidgeon Esq., '66
Timothy J. Finan
Thomas M. Garvey, '74
Robert S. King, '80
Dr. Bharat Kohli
Fr. Fred A. Link, O.F.M.
James E. Meyer, '76
Eugene M. O'Connor, Esq., `79
Rev. John F. O'Connor, O.F.M.
Fr. Kenneth P. Paulli, O.F.M.
Leslie C. Quick III, '75
John V. Sponyoe, '61
James E. Stitt
Marvin W. Stocker, '75
Bernard E. Stoecklein
Vincent R. Volpe Jr.
students, faculty and staff here on
campus, I realize that while we yearn
for continued success, what we real-
ly want is that irreplaceable sense of
community -- gathering with our
fellow Bonnies around the hearth to
experience life together, win or lose.
the cycle of victory and defeat and
the joy and sadness that come along
in either case. May we continue to
do so as a community, guided by
that keenly honed moral and ethical
compass we know as the Franciscan
Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F.
President of the University
Msg. Leo E. Hammerl, '42
The Hon. Howard M. Holtzmann
Robert R. Jones, LL.D., '58
Charles Osgood, LL.D.