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Campus News

The mighty Class of 1965
gathered for its 50th anniver-
sary reunion with numerous
special events and featuring
enthusiastic attention to the
Grotto renovation project.
After a campus tour, the
group gathered for prayer and
blessings at the site with Uni-
versity President Sr. Margaret
Carney, O.S.F., and University
Ministries Executive Director
Fr. Francis Di Spigno, O.F.M.
The project has been a
major philanthropic focus for
the class, as they achieved un-
precedented Annual Fund giv-
ing led by class giving
chairpersons, along with contri-
butions sufficient to help bring
the project to fruition.
With efforts also shared
among the classes of '64 and
'15, project completion is antic-
ipated in early autumn. Stay
tuned for the "big reveal" of
the completed project in the
next issue of Bonaventure mag-
Conheady headed
to Slovak Republic
SBU, UB collaborate
on pharmacy program
Teaching candidates have
perfect pass rate on
new state assessment
A round of applause
for the Class of 1965
Director of Athletics Tim Kenney (left) and
University President Sr. Margaret Carney,
O.S.F. (right) congratulate four outstanding
former student-athletes who were inducted
into the St. Bonaventure University Athletics
Hall of Fame as the Class of 2015. Pictured
from left are Laura Spaulding Sumner, '04
(lacrosse); Kim Dodson, '04 (softball); Otto
Piedmont, '70 (swimming); and Mario Arce,
'05 (tennis).
Athletics honors four alums
St. Bonaventure's Shannon Conheady, '15,
was awarded a grant from the prestigious
Fulbright U.S. Student Pro-
gram. Conheady, who grad-
uated in May with an Honors
degree and a bachelor's de-
gree in history, will be placed
this fall as an English teach-
ing assistant (ETA) at a Slo-
vak Republic secondary
school. She is the third stu-
dent to earn a Fulbright
grant in the last two years.
Conheady is one of more than 1,900 U.S.
citizens who will travel abroad for the 2015-
2016 academic year through the program.
"Based on the interest level of my students, I
would like to set up after school intramural
teams to teach athletic fundamentals," said
Conheady, who was president of SBU's
women's rugby team and the 2015 Ideal
Bonaventure Woman. "This will give the stu-
dents the opportunity to broaden their English
and work outside the classroom as a team."
Two brothers with distin-
guished U.S. Army careers
were inducted into the St.
Bonaventure University Seneca
Battalion Army ROTC Hall of
Fame March 28.
Col. Paul E. Giovino (Ret),
'84, of Buffalo, and the late
Maj. Michael A. Giovino (Ret),
'79, are the first siblings who
have been inducted into the
Hall of Fame in the same year.
Maj. Giovino's wife, the for-
mer Sue Ann Herger, '79, ac-
cepted the award on his
St. Bonaventure will offer a seven-year doc-
tor of pharmacy program in collaboration
with the University at Buffalo's School of Phar-
macy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
The program will first be offered in fall
Students accepted into this competitive
program will have a conditional seat waiting
for them at UB after majoring in biology at St.
Bonaventure for three years.
"Aligning ourselves with the highly re-
spected pharmacy school at UB is a welcomed
opportunity for prospective students, as well
as the St. Bonaventure community," said Dr.
Monica Thomas, director of the Franciscan
Health Care Professions program at St.
The program is completed with an addi-
tional four years at UB, leading to a bachelor's
degree awarded by St. Bonaventure and a
doctorate in pharmacy awarded by UB.
Requirements will be detailed in writing
when a conditional acceptance is offered, and
can also be found online at
Battalion salutes
Giovino brothers
Teaching candidates prepared by the School
of Education have set the bar as high as it
can go. Since the spring of 2014, St.
Bonaventure graduates have a perfect bat-
ting average (43 for 43) on New York state's
newly mandated edTPA -- the educational
"Teacher Performance
Assessment" that is
now one of the certifi-
cation tests required
by New York for initial
teacher certification in
all areas.
The edTPA helps de-
termine if new teachers are "ready to enter
the profession with the skills necessary to
help all of their students learn," according to
the American Association of Colleges for
Teacher Education (AACTE).
"When we first heard about the rigor and
proposed pass scores for the edTPA, we
never dreamed that we would achieve any-
where near a 100 percent pass rate, but
through the diligent work of our faculty led
by Dr. Nancy Casey, we have achieved that
for three semesters running," said Dr. Joseph
Zimmer, interim provost and vice president
for academic affairs.
Zimmer was dean of the School of Educa-
tion from 2012 until June 2015; Dr. Casey is
now interim dean.