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As the last few students wander into one of Professor Bob Donius’s afternoon classes, there’s a lot of moving book bags and chairs to squeeze the students into the crowded classroom.
This isn’t unusual, as attendance is crucial in all of Donius’s classes, but today the classroom seems even more alive because the students are buzzing with excitement: Donius has promised them he would bring his guitar and play and sing for them.
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“Being a member of SIMM prepares you for the real world and helps you perform better in other classes,” he said.
McLaughlin, who serves as a co-general manager of the program, noted that he has gained confidence in public speaking and has sharpened his critical thinking and research skills because of his SIMM involvement.
Read more about Alex.
As a high school senior, Vanessa Hulse didn’t generally pay much attention to the large number of college advertisements she got in the mail nearly every day.
But, she said, she’s sure glad she took a closer look at one for a small, rural Franciscan University tucked away in the Allegheny Mountains.
Because that led the Morris, New York, native to St. Bonaventure.
"It came down to two schools," Hulse, now a senior, said. "They were both good schools. I made a pros and cons list and St. Bonaventure came out on top. While visiting the other school, I felt like a young freshman, you know, bottom of the rung. At St. Bonaventure it was like, ‘Welcome home.’"
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“I took some time to try and find my path, and after considering many options, I took a step back and reviewed what I’ve been in my time at college aside from an education major,” Caher, now a senior, explained. “I realized that I’ve been an athlete who had to learn the hard way that being dedicated to your sport also means being dedicated to your health.”
“I haven’t fully determined what exactly it is that I want to do post-graduation,” he Collins said. “What I can say is the organizations and clubs at St. Bonaventure have helped to point me in the correct direction. Although I don’t have my career path fully figured out, I am confident that the university will help me chose the correct direction.”
Russell J. Jandoli School alumna Joan Licursi ’65 spent her days at St. Bonaventure working for the campus radio station, the newspaper, the magazine, the radio and the yearbook.
Now, having worked for global public relations firms such as Burson-Marstellar and non-profit organizations such as Boys and Girls Club of America, among other things, Licursi continues to be a leader in the public relations world.
According to Licursi, the skills she needs to excel at her jobs she learned right here—studying journalism at St. Bonaventure.
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As a young boy, Pittsburgh attorney John R. “Jack” McGinley Jr. would stay at St. Bonaventure University to visit one of his uncles and watch the Pittsburgh Steelers practice during training camp.
That uncle — Fr. Silas (Dan) Rooney, O.F.M. — proved to be a “strong presence” in McGinley’s life and also within the large, tight-knit McGinley/Rooney family where athletics were encouraged and education valued.
Now, as Jack McGinley celebrates 50 years as a Bona alumnus, he and his family and the Rita M. McGinley Foundation of which he is chair have committed $2 million to enhance University Ministries at St. Bonaventure. Learn more about the McGinley gift
A.J. Vitanza, ’15, sums up his academic career at Bona’s in three words: “Adventurous. Encompassing. Humbling.”
This finance/management double major, who is also a prop on the rugby team, member of SIMM and ENACTUS, and participant in our Oxford Program, says what he has learned best at Bona’s is selflessness.
“I want to say thanks for the many opportunities,” he says. “You’ve inspired a lot of us to participate, graduate, and give back.” Learn more about A.J.
At its core, the project will help expose St. Bonaventure students to diverse research opportunities and will offer significant educational experiences. “The whole idea is to help students broaden their view,” said Dr. Zhang. “It will help students understand the importance of math and computer science, and will train them in multiple disciplines.”
As members of St. Bonaventure University’s class of 1963 gathered for their 50th reunion in June, they shared more than just their good memories.
Classmates banded together to fund a leader in residence program as a way to celebrate their milestone reunion and to help prepare today’s students for the task of leading others in a diverse and complex world.
While class gifts are typically offered in the form of additions or improvements to campus infrastructure, the Class of 1963 decided to take a programmatic path in support of what they hope will be a lasting and proactive program focused on leadership, said Joseph M. Pastore Jr., Ph.D., a member of the class gift committee and professor emeritus in residence at the Lubin School of Business at Pace University.
“Leadership can be an abstract concept, but the course of history has shown that the ultimate fate of human existence is shaped by the quality of leadership. We believe it can be made more concrete by inviting respected and accomplished leaders, preferably alumni, to interact with the University community for a period of days,” said Pastore, who from 1965 to 1976 served as a member of the faculty, dean of the School of Business, and provost at St. Bonaventure before returning to New York to join Pace University as dean and later as provost.
Pastore said that the Class of 1963 is committed to fostering student aspirations for leadership roles based not only on well-developed skill sets and the ability to perform, but on moral leadership rooted in the University’s Franciscan heritage and evident in the professional and personal qualities of the leaders who participate in the program.
Titled “Building Extraordinary Leaders,” the program will bring industry and community frontrunners to campus and will highlight diverse perspectives. The Class of 1963 has committed $10,000 per year to support this endeavor for a period of at least five years. Guest speakers will be notable, high-achieving alumni chosen from each of the academic schools at St. Bonaventure: School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, and the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
“When class members began discussing a class gift, the term ‘excellence’ kept coming up,” said Julie Cunningham, director of St. Bonaventure’s Annual Giving Programs. “They wanted to illustrate to students the many pathways that exist on the road to success. We are extremely grateful to the Class of 1963 for establishing this program and for helping the University deepen the learning experience of our students.”
The program will launch this February when the physician to the Vice President of the United States, Kevin C. O’Connor, D.O., Class of 1988, visits campus. O’Connor attended St. Bonaventure on an Army ROTC scholarship, completing a major in biology and minor in theology.
His Feb. 13 visit to St. Bonaventure will include several presentations to the campus community, including students in the School of Arts and Sciences and members of the campus Medical Emergency Response Team, which he founded as a student.
O’Connor completed medical school at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1992 and residency training at The Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, N.J. His military education has included Airborne School, Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course and U.S. Army Flight Surgeon training. He earned the designation of Master Flight Surgeon in 2010.
As an Army family physician, teacher, flight surgeon and hyperbaric medical officer for the last 18 years, O’Connor has served in clinical, academic, leadership and operational assignments at Fort Bragg and Fort Carson, including tours of duty with the 82nd Airborne Division, 75th Ranger Regiment, and United States Army Special Operations Command. He has deployed on numerous combat rotations in support of classified missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia.
He has served as a White House physician since 2006 and, in February 2009, was appointed Physician to the Vice President. In this capacity, O’Connor provides primary care for the Vice President and Second Family, and is responsible for the medical planning and emergency actions in support of the Vice President at home, domestically and abroad. His military service thus far has required travel to approximately 60 countries.
O’Connor lives with his wife, Chris, and their three daughters in Crofton, Md.
About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them. We are establishing pathways to internships, graduate schools and careers in the context of our renowned liberal arts tradition. Our students are becoming extraordinary.
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