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Jim Skrip, Class of 1984, shares his thoughts on the unique qualities of a St. Bonaventure University education and why he is supporting the School of Business Campaign
"When I was evaluating colleges my senior year in high school, SBU was not my top choice. However, once I toured campus and met with staff and students, I knew immediately where I wanted to go. Bonaventure has always had a sense of community that is very hard to define - you just have to live it. The tone is set by the Franciscans, and is readily embraced by the teachers, staff and students. It is gratifying to know that it still exists as I have met recent alumni who had similar, great experiences at SBU.
I wanted to go to a small, liberal arts college and Bonaventure was a perfect fit. The University ensured that you received a well-rounded education by having prerequisites in religion, philosophy, languages and sciences, in addition to your major coursework and other electives. My major, Accounting, didn't always have the most stimulating coursework, so I really looked forward to some of my other classes like art history, geography, "spooks" and even philosophy. I believe that they helped to define my outside interests today. Additionally, the classes were small and you really got to know your professors - they were readily accessible after classes if you had questions or needed help.
The majority of my friends and floormates at SBU came from hard-working, middle-class families from throughout the Northeast. You learned a lot from each other and developed close friendships as you experienced those four years together. Camaraderie and community was developed through dining and studying together, intramurals, Sunday night Masses, Bona's basketball, working on-campus jobs together, midnight hoops and other sports activities, road trips, and many nights in the Skellar. Those friendships have endured the test of time - many of us are still very close and see each other often. My family and other friends are always amazed at how tight the Bonaventure community is, and the organization and attendance of alumni events.
Many of my friends at SBU were business majors, most majoring in accounting. Today, only one of those friends still works in accounting; everyone else transitioned off into a wide variety of fields such as finance, marketing, sales, recruiting, real estate, insurance, technology, and printing. Everyone has been very successful, and several of them now own their own businesses or are partners with others. I believe the reason for all this success is due to a strong work ethic, and a foundation that was laid during their years at Bonaventure. By receiving a broad based business education, they were able to transition into other fields of interest seamlessly. Additionally, a well rounded education allowed everyone to develop communication skills and a knowledge base that sets you apart from others. Finally, the Franciscan ideals of ethics, values and community is ingrained in how we live our lives - and people want to do business with those that do not lie, cheat or steal.
As business majors in the early 1980s, we were nomads traveling between Plassman, the basement of the Reilly Center, and the new John J. Murphy Professional Building (which was only supposed to be for the Mass Comm majors) for our classes. You definitely had to scramble if you had back-to-back classes in different buildings. We really didn't have a home, and the professors' offices were spread out all over campus. Considering the number of business majors on campus, the new business building is way overdue!
When I first saw the plans for the new building, I was gratified to see a vision that would appeal to today's business students - a centralized place for classes, labs and other activities, in a modern building with current technologies. It was something that I would have enjoyed when I was a student, so I knew immediately that I wanted to help out in some small way towards making that vision a reality.
When the opportunity arose to make a more meaningful contribution by partnering with a few of my friends from the Class of 1984, it made my decision to contribute a no-brainer. Hopefully, some other groups of alumni will follow our lead and consider contributing towards the campaign in a similar manner. After all, isn't that the Bonaventure way!!"
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