Class of 2019
Hometown: Jamaica, N.Y.
Remember why you are here, and strive for greatness.
Class of 2019
Hometown: Fairport, N.Y.
From Day 1 on this campus, I felt a sense of family and community.
Class of 2019
Hometown: Cheektowaga, N.Y.
It's a brand new experience for all so don't be afraid to make new friends.
Class of 2019
Hometown: Hoosick Falls, N.Y.
The sooner you get involved, the sooner you'll find something you love.
Class of 2019
Hometown: Clifton Park, N.Y.
Join a club, stick with it, and soon you'll be in a leadership role.
Class of 2019
Hometown: Piqua, Ohio
Franciscan core values are interwoven into the curriculum.
Class of 2019
Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.
Professors are passionate about the material and their students.
Class of 2019
Hometown: Onondaga, N.Y.
Don't settle for average. You have more potential than you realize.
Class of 2019
Hometown: Milton, Ontario, Canada
Professors are always willing to offer additional help.
Class of 2020
Hometown: Athens, Pa.
I could sense the pride others felt for the school, and I wanted to feel it too.
Class of 2020
Hometown: Norwalk, Conn.
Grab onto every opportunity for extra credit, even if you don't need it.
Class of 2020
Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
I studied abroad in Perugia, Italy, one of my favorite SBU experiences.
Class of 2020
Hometown: Ridgeway, Pa.
I had the thrill of studying in China through the China Studies Program.
Class of 2020
Hometown: Oneida, N.Y.
The campus is warm and welcoming. It will become your second home.
Class of 2020
Hometown: Randolph, N.Y.
I fell for the campus, the closeness, and the excellent faculty.
Bailey chose St. Bonaventure because the Arthur O. Eve Higher Educational Opportunity Program (HEOP) scholarship made attending college a possibility.
She visited campus as a senior in high school and felt at home immediately. It was the small things — people holding doors open for each other, and the kindnesses shown — that made her fall in love with St. Bonaventure.
Bailey enjoyed her first accounting class so much that she changed her major from finance to accounting. Taught by instructor Edward Bysiek, that first course "just made sense" to her, she said.
Bailey likes the accounting program because of the "real life” experiences of her professors, and the opportunities available to students, such as Meet the Accountants Night, which connects students with the big four accounting firms and a variety of local/regional firms.
Bailey has been very involved during her time on campus, serving as treasurer to the Class of 2018 and the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society, and as a peer coach, peer mentor, student ambassador, and volunteer HEOP tutor. She served an internship in the Internal Firm Services division of PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York in the summer of 2017. During the academic year, she interned with Bysiek CPA of Olean, gaining valuable real-life accounting experience.
Her favorite Bonaventure memory is the men's basketball team's victory over nationally ranked VCU her freshman year. “We stormed the court," she said. "Although we are all so different as individuals, we came together as a family and celebrated this event.”
Bailey advises incoming freshman to never lose sight of why you are here. "Just know that it will get tough, but continue to strive for greatness because you are the only thing standing in the way of your future success.”
With a father who graduated from St. Bonaventure in 1989, Klos already knew about the school before he even applied. One of the reasons he chose SBU is its close proximity to home. “It was close enough to home where I could easily go home if I wanted to, but far enough where it forced me to live on campus and start becoming more independent and come out of my shell a bit," he said.
Klos became interested in accounting because he has a knack for numbers and he thought he'd be good at. He cemented his decision to make it his major when he learned how many accounting program students are offered jobs right out of school, and of the extensive support of the program's alumni network.
Outside of the classroom, Klos takes guitar and piano lessons on campus, and plays electric guitar for the Bona Blues Ensemble. Involved in music since he was young, Klos is glad to be able to continue to pursue that passion at Bonaventure.
Klos served a summer internship in the corporate reporting department at M&T Bank in Buffalo, N.Y., helping with month-end closing tasks as well as the preparation of 10Q and 10K financial statements. He was invited back for a second internship in December, and again for the summer of 2018. He hopes to begin a full-time career with the bank after graduation.
His favorite Bonaventure memories revolve around the basketball games. “Seeing all of the students cheering on the team in the RC along with the recent success they’ve been having are things I will never forget," he said.
Klos advises incoming freshman to make new friends. “It won’t take you very long to realize everyone else is in the same situation as you. Enjoy every second you have here, because four years go by a lot faster than you think," he said.
The first time McDonald visited Bona’s, it felt like home. “The campus was beautiful and the students and faculty were friendly, welcoming, and inclusive, which assured me that Bonaventure was where I belonged," she said.
McDonald had always been interested in business, but was a little unsure when it came to choosing a major. Her older brother studied accounting in college and is now a CPA, and his stories about work always fascinated her. The many career options available to accounting majors was a big factor in her decision to go that route.
She likes the fact that Franciscan values and ethics are integrated into the coursework, and that professors sincerely want to help students learn as much as they can, to succeed, and to have an interesting classroom experience.
McDonald has served as co-president of Bonaventure Accounting Association, which involves running group meetings, planning BAA’s annual club trip, and organizing fundraisers and events on campus. "BBA has brought me closer together with my peers, helped further develop my leadership skills, and has assured me that accounting is the right major for me," she said.
In the summer of 2017, McDonald worked as an audit intern at UHY, an accounting firm in Albany, N.Y. A regional firm with international clients and resources, UHY allowed her to gain great hands-on experience in the audit profession. In the summer of 2018, she served another audit internship with EY in Rochester, N.Y.
McDonald’s favorite Bonaventure memory is of the BAA trip to Boston. Students visited the offices of three different types of accounting firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers, BDO Global and Fidelity, and networked with the professionals in each. The experience gave students an idea of what to expect after landing their first job.
She advises incoming freshmen to step out of their comfort zones and get involved on campus early. “Getting involved in campus activities early is the best way to meet people and make long-lasting friends outside of the dorms," she said. "Also, sticking with a club from freshman year on shows you're interested and sets you up to be considered for leadership positions.
Pierce decided to attend St. Bonaventure after his first visit. It was on his radar because of its small size and the success of its School of Business. What sold him was the sense of community and of family that he felt on campus.
Vis was recruited to play for St. Bonaventure's Division I soccer team. After her first visit, she knew she wanted to come here because of the School of Business's new Swan Business Center and the university's awesome sports facilities.
Vis started her college career as a marketing major, found she enjoyed accounting after her class with a "great professor," enrolled in a second accounting class, then officially changed her major. She was influenced by the knowledge of the professors; the rigor of the courses, which challenge students to do their best; the small classes; and the willingness of professors to offer additional help.
Vis is a co-captain of the women’s soccer team, a role that she has found to be a truly rewarding experience, allowing her to improve on her leadership and communication skills, all while playing at a competitive level. She also plays club basketball as well, and recommends joining sports teams to as a way of getting involved on campus and making great friends.
During her summers back in Canada, Vis has had the opportunity to intern and learn in several different roles. She served as a category specialist for Staples Canada in Ontario, a role in which she was responsible for ordering and managing inventory on two separate systems within the Audio Division for more than 300 Staples locations across Canada. In summer 2017, she was a bookkeeping assistant at Airikka Passmore & Associates located in Milton, Ontario.
One of Vis’s favorite memories is when the women’s soccer team beat the Puerto Rico National Team in a contest on campus. “We had an awesome crowd and I will never forget that experience,” she said.
Her advice to incoming freshman is to “get involved as early as you can! It’s a great way to make friends and have fun.”
Cole first visited St. Bonaventure as a sophomore in high school. He visited at least two more times after that, and each time the campus felt more like home.
“The people here are amazing," he said. "The interaction with students and professors during tours was like no other college. You could just sense the pride for this school, and I knew I had to be a part of it.”
He became interested in accounting through introductory courses in high school, as well as through his school's Future Business Leaders of America club. Coming to Bonaventure was the right decision because of the respect shown its accounting program, and its success at placing graduates in the job market, he said.
His favorite thing about the program is the professors. “You will do your fair share of rigorous work, but at the end of the day, your professors want to see you succeed. Professors are always willing to help you, inside and outside of the classroom, providing valuable knowledge as well as real-world experience," he said.
Cole has been a tutor for a variety of business courses and was selected to serve as an ambassador for the William C. Foster '62 Center for Responsible Leadership, which seeks to ensure that St. Bonaventure students have the opportunity to develop as responsible leaders with grounding in the university's distinctive Franciscan values.
He serves as a sacristan for University Ministries, assisting priests with the preparation and celebration of Mass; and is a member of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults team, which involves helping those on campus who are interested in joining the Catholic Church.
Cole served two summers as a finance treasury intern at the Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, Pa., and in the summer of 2018 he was an audit intern for Insero & Co, in Ithaca, N.Y.
His favorite Bonaventure memory is being among the fans at the St. Bonaventure vs. University of Rhode Island basketball game in February 2018. “The energy of the sold-out Reilly Center was like nothing else," he said. "When Bonaventure knocked off the 16-ranked team in the nation, every fan felt like he or she played a part. I will be talking about the atmosphere of that game for a long time to come.”
Cole’s advice to incoming freshman is to talk to people, make connections, and make friends. “The bonds you form here will be a greater memory than any activity or event you could ever go to. The connections and friendships you will make will last a lifetime. Being part of the global Bonaventure community is really something unique," he said.
Donovan was recruited by the men's swimming and diving team and committed to St. Bonaventure during the early signing period.
He acquired a good knowledge base in accounting from an introductory course in high school, and he credits "the excellent and knowledgeable professors" at St. Bonaventure for influencing his decision to become an accounting major.
“They are all very knowledgeable, helpful, and professional," he said. "This makes taking the increasingly difficult coursework more manageable.”
Outside of the classroom, he is kept very busy with the Division I men’s swimming and diving team on campus. It's a time-consuming commitment, but one that pays dividends, he said. “It is difficult to balance performing at a high level in the classroom with performing at a high level in the water," he said, but he credits his commitment to the sport with giving him the drive and discipline to succeed in the classroom.
Donovan’s advice to incoming freshman is to not be afraid to ask teachers or classmates for help. “Your friends and professors can be your greatest resource as they have either already been in the class, are in the class, or are teaching the class," he said. He also advised students to take advantage of every opportunity to earn extra credit, "even if you feel you don’t need it. You never know where you might slip up on a test or assignment and that extra credit will give you the wiggle room you need.”
Durkin chose St. Bonaventure because she wanted a school that could balance the financial, social, and educational aspects of attending college. And she felt that the campus community was amazing. "There is a lot of pride at this school, with kind hearts that carry it," she said.
St. Bonaventure seemed like a perfect fit, and her time here has proven that, she said.
Durkin was familiar with accounting as an incoming freshman, and her first-year classes cemented her interest in the profession. The program is a strong one that helps majors develop academically while engaging with them on a personal level, she said, noting professors are determined to see students succeed. Additionally, dedicated alumni and the university's Career and Professional Readiness Center are always available to help open doors of opportunity, she said.
Durkin served an internship with The Bonadio Group, which provides financial and consulting services, in the summer of 2018. On campus, she is a member of Enactus and traveled to the Bahamas on the club's "truly rewarding" annual service trip. She learned about the Collegiate Community Consulting Corporation (C4) through Enactus and eventually gained a role as a junior principal and engagement leader with the organization.
She volunteers as a teaching assistant for an Accounting 202 class to fulfill her Pacioli Scholarship. She is also a member of the Foster Center for Responsible Leadership, the club lacrosse team, the Bonaventure Accounting Association, and serves as a mentor for first-year students.
Durkin’s favorite Bonaventure memory is participating in the summer study abroad program in Perugia, Italy. The program granted her a true cultural experience, she said, enabling her to travel all over Italy, learn about the university’s Franciscan heritage, and meet new people.
Her advice to incoming freshman is to get involved, noting there is something for everyone on campus. "Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone, meet new people and work hard," she said. "As cliché as it sounds, the time you have in college will fly by, so make the most of your experience and everything the University has to offer.”
Guyer chose to attend St. Bonaventure because it's a small school, it's close to her home, and it offers many opportunities. She attended a very small high school, so St. Bonaventure's reputation of providing students an opportunity to work one-on-one with professors appealed to her.
Initially a management major, Guyer switched to finance, then added accounting as a second major. She enjoys the accounting program, particularly its professional environment and the accounting experience of its professors. “I feel we're not just being taught about accounting, but we're being taught what accounting is like in the real world," she said.
Guyer is very busy outside of the classroom. She is on the cross country and track team and has been a member of the Business Information Systems club for two years. The BIS club plans a trip every year to visit alumni at different businesses, which gives students an opportunity to see how businesses operate in different parts of the country.
Guyer's first internship was at a small antique and ice cream store in her home town when she was in high school. Her duties included making schedules, counting money, and coordinating with antique dealers.
Her favorite Bonaventure memory is the two-week study abroad trip to China that she took through the School of Business in May 2017. The China Studies program offers an opportunity to visit different American businesses in China to learn how companies operate overseas. “It was one of the best experiences of my life because I was able to experience a different culture, a different side of the world, and be in a different type of business environment," she said.
Guyer encourages incoming freshman to take risks. "Even if it scares you, take advantage of opportunities given to you. This university has so many unique opportunities and such a unique student body. Each opportunity is worth the taking," she said.
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