provements in recent years. These investments have
been made possible in great part through the philan-
thropy of our alumni and friends. We get very posi-
continuing and increasing beauty of the campus and its status as an
architectural jewel of New York's Southern Tier.
the class of 1962 on the occasion of their 50th Anniversary Reunion.
ter of their grounds was a beautiful statue of Mary. In her senior
year at Mt. Mercy Academy, my mother had been the May Queen.
Now this was the ultimate honor for a young lady of a Catholic
home in our section of the city. Believe me; I was reminded very
often when I was being less than a good young lady. "Remember,
your mother was the May Queen at Mt. Mercy!" This reminder was
meant to keep me on the right path and out of trouble.
audience, including many members of the class of 1962, "Today I
feel like the May Queen."
that destroyed the original building of St. Bonaventure's College.
That fire took much but, from its ashes, Fr. Thomas Plassmann de-
manded that everyone come together to "build a better Bonaven-
ture." We have been doing that ever since.
leagues -- re-established a relationship with the descendants of our
first president, Fr. Pamphilo da Magliano. By a wonderful provi-
dence, we met them in their hometown -- his hometown -- of
Magliano di Marsi in Abruzzi, Italy. During the festivities of the an-
niversary, 21 members of the Pietrobattista family came here to see
the inheritance of their great ancestor's missionary zeal. Later, we
ited the friary of Magliano. There, over the
main altar of the chapel, is a painting that
portrays him in prayer before an image of
Mary. Further, we learned that every member
of that family takes Maria as a part of his or
her name to this day. We know, too, that it
was during the Synod in Rome that pro-
claimed the doctrine of the Immaculate Con-
ception that Bishop Timon finally succeeded
in getting the Franciscans to agree to come
here and found our college.
every generation of this place. And she will
continue to watch over us, inspiring hope
and faith among students and all others who
call the nation's first Franciscan university
President of the University
Janet I. Bodnar, '71
Laurie A. Branch, '04
Thomas M. Garvey, '74
Albert C. Horton, '66
Dr. Bharat Kohli
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.
William Purcell III
James E. Stitt
Marvin W. Stocker, '75
Bernard E. Stoecklein
Lynda M. Wilhelm, '86
The Hon. Howard M. Holtzmann
Robert R. Jones, LL.D., '58
Charles Osgood, LL.D.
James J. Cattano, '65
Daniel F. Collins, '73
William M. Collins, '76
Kathleen A. Colucci, '77
Fr. Thomas E. Conway, O.F.M.
Joseph A. DeMaria, Esq., '79
Colette C. Dow, '88
Timothy F. Fidgeon Esq., '66