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Your student could become a peer coach 

What’s one of the easiest ways to help incoming freshmen transition to their new environment? “That’s easy,” according to Waheed Ameen, junior journalism/mass communication major. “Become a peer coach.”

Abby Cohen, assistant director of the First-Year Experience, said “becoming a peer coach is a great way to give back to the university, gain leadership skills along with community service, and to help a student become more comfortable with the school. It also lets the students know that they have someone to talk to who has experience and is willing to help them.”

Peer coaches are introduced to their assigned students during welcome days, and help students settle into their residence halls. This provides incoming students with a chance to interact with a current student, ask questions, and exchange contact information. During the year, activities such as pool parties, game nights, and pumpkin painting are offered for the peer coaches and their students.

Students wishing to become peer coaches must complete an application process, including one letter of recommendation and an interview. Applicants must meet a minimum 2.5 GPA requirement.

“We try to pair students and peer coaches based on similarities, such as hometown, major, or other interests, so there is some sort of foundation for them,” said Cohen.

Students who wish to become peer coaches for next year can attend any interest meeting and pick up an application form. The meetings are being held on March 4-7. They can also email Cohen. After the applications are reviewed, students will be called in for interviews and will be notified, if selected, a few weeks later.

Peer coaches go through training to help them before interacting and communicating with incoming students so they know how to respond to commonly asked questions and concerns with which freshmen are faced.

Ameen, who has been a peer coach for almost two years, loves the program. He said, “I’ve had about eight students assigned to me, and even though some have exited the program, I have gotten the opportunity to become close friends with a few of them.” One freshman, Chris Simmons, has become one of Ameen’s close friends. “We have lunch and hang out together. I think he knows if he ever has a problem he can come to me and I’ll do my best to help him,” Ameen said.

Simmons, a freshmen history major said, “I’m happy to have Waheed as my peer coach. We play basketball almost every day, and he gives me advice. It helps me out a lot!” 

“It’s the best feeling in the world just knowing that you’re like a mentor to them because they really look up to you,” said Ameen.

 -Cristabell Ramdial
Class of 2013

A-10 Championships 2012

The time has come again to support our Bonnies in the Atlantic 10 Conference Championships!

The women’s basketball team is currently (as of Feb. 13) ranked number 22 in the nation, the first time a Bonaventure women’s basketball team has ever had national ranking. The women are currently 24-2 and undefeated (11-0) in A-10 play. With one road game remaining, they are the only team in the country who is still undefeated on the road!

The women’s basketball championship begins on Friday, March 2, at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. The championship game will be held on March 5. Tickets can be purchased through the Atlantic 10 website, The games will also be covered on the Atlantic 10 website.

The men’s basketball team holds an overall record of 13-9 and is (6-4) in conference games. The first round of games will be held on March 6 at campus locations (see for details). On March 9, the conference championship moves to the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. The championship game will be held on Sunday, March 11. Tickets for these games can be purchased through Ticketmaster, Boardwalk Hall Box Office or by calling 1-800-736-1420. All the games will be covered by CBS sports.

If you can’t make it to the games, they will be live tweeted by Jason McBain, assistant sports information director, @Go_Bonnies.

St. Bonaventure will host the A-10 men’s and women’s swimming and diving championships at the Erie Community College Flickinger Athletic Center Feb. 22-25. Ticket information can be found at

-Kristine Hefke
Class of 2013

Celebrate academic success

Almost half of this year’s freshmen, 41 percent, made the Dean’s List in the fall semester.

To be recognized on the Dean’s List, a student must have achieved a GPA of 3.25 or higher. Those numbers are fairly consistent with fall 2010 numbers and slightly higher than fall 2009. The Dean’s List numbers cannot be broken out by major, since many freshmen do not declare a major immediately upon entering the University.

Students who earned a 3.5 grade point average in their first semester at Bona’s are invited to join the Honors Program. Interested qualified students who are not already members of the program should contact Dean Wolfgang Natter, Director of the Honors Program and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, at More information about the University Honors Program can be found at

Upcoming events on campus include:

Today - Sunday, 2/19 - Homecoming Weekend
Friday, 2/17 - Young Alumni Career Panel
Friday, 2/17 - Student-Alumni Networking Event
Friday, 2/17 - Karaoke in the Skeller
Saturday, 2/18 - Women's Basketball Game vs. Xavier
Saturday, 2/18 - Men's Basketball Game vs. Rhode Island
Saturday, 2/18 - DJ Dylan Stone/Bonnies Post Game Party
Sunday, 2/19 - SBU Band and Choir Concert
Sunday, 2/19 - Romantic Duett Recital - Victoria Canizzo, Alok Kumar
Sunday, 2/19 - WSBU Meeting
Wednesday, 2/22 - Women's Basketball Game vs. Fordham
Saturday, 2/25 - Residence halls close at 10 a.m.
Saturday, 2/25 - Sunday, 3/4 - Mid-term Break


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