Class of 2019
Hometown: Schenectady, N.Y.
Remember why you are here, and strive for greatness.
Class of 2019
Hometown: Grand Island, N.Y.
Class of 2019
Hometown: Jamaica, N.Y.
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: 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.
Class of 2020/2021
Hometown: Summit, N.J.
Stay determined, organized and prepared. New concepts and material may be difficult to grasp at first, but soon it will click.
Class of 2020/2021
Hometown: Oswego, N.Y.
Be willing to step outside your comfort zone. You will make amazing friends and gain valuable experience.
Class of 2020
Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.
Join a club. You'll improve your social and business skills, and gain opportunities for real-world experience.
Class of 2020/2021
Hometown: Main, N.Y.
Take advantage of small class sizes and get to know your professors. You'll enjoy learning from them.
Carter chose to attend St. Bonaventure University primarily because of its ambiance. “The historic campus not only evokes a sense of faith, but of peace and positivity” she said.
The surrounding nature, the welcoming and aesthetically appealing campus, and the friendliness of the students and faculty that she experienced on her one-day visit impressed her and created a strong sense of community. That's all it took, just one visit to campus, for Carter to make a five-year commitment, one that she has not regretted since.
She felt that the Swan Business Center embodied prestige, and emphasized professionalism and opportunities, which is exactly what she wanted from a business school.
Carter’s interest in accounting began after taking business courses in high school. She noticed that accounting was at the root of each business course she took. She declared accounting as her major at the beginning of her academic career at SBU. Her passion for accounting has only continued to grow throughout her time in the accounting program.
During her time as an undergraduate, Carter participated in several university programs that helped her gain experience and strengthen her connection to the community. She gained real-world accounting experience by working as an administrative assistant and tax preparer in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. She was also a student ambassador for the university, which gave her the opportunity to connect with alumni, high-profile guests, and prospective students and their families.
Carter had the opportunity to further share her experiences with younger SBU students through the Peer Coach and Freshman Leadership Program. She was a mentor to several business freshmen in hopes of easing their transition to college, while also encouraging them to develop their leadership abilities. As a graduate student, Carter serves as a graduate assistant to the dean of the School of Business.
She served served internships at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City over two consecutive summers, completing a Start internship and an Assurance internship. These helped her develop an understanding of the different lines of service in public accounting.
Carter has accepted a full-time Core Assurance offer with PwC in their New York City office starting in the summer of 2019.
Her favorite memory from her time at St. Bonaventure is of participating in the spring 2018 Commencement Ceremony. She remembers it as an emotional and well-deserved moment that she was happy to share with her friends, family, and fellow classmates.
Carter encourages incoming freshmen to get involved as much as possible in academic, service, and social activities. She emphasizes the importance of having a mix of these three experiences. "It is a great way to get to know people personally, including professors, and it will return dividends, especially if you stay with it throughout your tenure," she said. She also noted the importance of prioritizing so as not to get overwhelmed.
Miller chose to attend St. Bonaventure because of the beautiful campus and the small-college atmosphere. She wanted to be close to her hometown but far enough away to where she felt she could have a new experience.
She was able to connect with some alumni from her high school who encouraged her to visit SBU, and on her visit she knew that this was the school for her.
Miller became interested in accounting during her junior year of high school when she took her first accounting class. She started her college career as an accounting major and her choice was solidified after taking her first few accounting courses at St. Bonaventure.
Outside of the classroom, Miller has become a very active member in several campus clubs and programs. She has been able to share her college experience and advice with SBU freshmen through the Peer Coach Program and the Freshman Leadership Program. In 2017, she served as a teaching assistant for an introductory accounting course, and completed the Career and Professional Readiness Center's Edge Program in the same year.
She served as president of the Bonaventure Accounting Association in 2018 and is currently the captain of the women’s club soccer team.
Miller has accepted an internship offer with Freed Maxick in Buffalo, N.Y., for the summer of 2019.
One of her favorite memories from her time at St. Bonaventure is of competing in adjunct instructor Edward Bysiek’s final tournaments for a few of her accounting courses. Miller recalls winning one of these tournaments and how accomplished she felt after it.
Her advice to incoming freshmen is to “take as many different kinds of classes as you can,” in order to figure out what you are interested in, noting there are so many opportunities in the business world and it is important to figure out what you really enjoy doing.
Bailey chose to attend St. Bonaventure University after being awarded a Higher Educational Opportunity Program (HEOP) scholarship that made attending college attainable for her. During her senior year of high school, she was able to visit campus for the first time and she instantly felt at home. She felt incredibly welcomed by the SBU community and noted, "It was really the small things that made me fall in love with SBU."
Bailey started her college career as a finance major but decided to change her major to accounting after her first semester. She made this decision after taking her first accounting course, and discovering her passion for accounting.
Some of her favorite parts of the accounting program are the real-life experience and professional development opportunities that are provided. Learning from professors with real experience and having the opportunity to network with different accounting firms at various on-campus events really solidified Bailey’s choice in a major.
Outside of the classroom, Bailey is an active participant in several on-campus programs. She has been able to put her accounting and general business knowledge to use by serving as treasurer of the Class of 2018 and as treasurer of Chi Alpha Honor Society. She has also had the opportunity to be a peer mentor and peer coach, providing guidance and advice to freshmen navigating their transition into college. Additionally, she has been able to share more of her experiences at SBU to prospective students, families, and notable alumni through the Student Ambassador program. She has also volunteered as a tutor for other students in HEOP.
Bailey is a graduate assistant to the dean of the School of Business. She has also served for two consecutive summers as an intern for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in New York City, where she completed IFS tax internships. During the 2016-2017 academic year, she served as an intern with Bysiek CPA of Olean, where she was able to apply the skills she learned in the classroom to real-life business situations.
Bailey has accepted a full-time offer in the New York City office with PwC, where she will work in their tax practice, starting the summer of 2019.
Her favorite memory from her time at St. Bonaventure was when the SBU men’s basketball team beat VCU during her freshman year. She recalls storming the court with her Bona family after the victory against a nationally ranked team.
Bailey encourages incoming freshmen to “never lose sight of what you are really here for." She wants them to know that college can be difficult at times, but it is important to continue to work toward your goals in order to be successful.
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.
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 served as tax intern for PricewaterhouseCoppers in Stamford, Conn., during the summer of 2018. He has accepted another internship with PwC in Stamford for summer 2019.
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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Maycock chose St. Bonaventure because she loved the campus and the closeness of the community.
Her interest in the accounting program came as a result of hearing from others how prestigious it is. She had also known of several accounting majors from St. Bonaventure who obtained great jobs after graduation.
Delaney knew St. Bonaventure was the right school for him because of the small-school atmosphere. He wanted a school that provided students the opportunity to work one-on-one with professors.
Looking to continue his competitive running career also aided in his decision-making process. Delaney was recruited by SBU's Division I cross country program, and felt he could make an immediate impact.
He was also impressed by the passion that St. Bonaventure alumni have for this school. His sister (Class of 2016/2017) spoke of the close-knit community of alumni and their commitment to supporting fellow Bonnies.
Delaney chose to study accounting so that he could strengthen his understanding of business and pursue a CPA designation. He knew he wanted to come out of school with a job and steady career path. When he learned how many students in the accounting program graduate with job offers, his choice was solidified.
Delaney has immersed himself in the SBU community by getting involved in several campus clubs and organizations. Along with running Division I cross country, he is a student ambassador, a member of C4, and of the Foster Center for Responsible Leadership. He also takes time to volunteer in the local community with BonaResponds and the Franciscan Center for Social Concern's Silver Wolves program.
One of his favorite memories of his time at St. Bonaventure took place at the Little Three Cross Country Championship. He dedicated the race to a friend, an incoming sophomore who died just weeks before joining the team. "The support I received from my teammates, professors, friends, and especially Fr. Francis Di Spigno (director of Campus Ministries) was overwhelming," said Delaney. He ran one of his best races that day.
Delaney encourages incoming freshmen to stay determined, organized and prepared when it comes to academics. New concepts and material may be hard to grasp at first, but stick with it and it will soon click in, he said.
During her college search, O'Gorman received a letter in the mail from St. Bonaventure University and felt compelled to visit the school.
"I had an amazing tour guide who was so passionate about the university. I could tell that St. Bonaventure would be an amazing fit for me," she said. "From that moment on I knew I wanted to be a Bonnie."
While O'Gorman was originally an undeclared science major, she had always found accounting interesting and longed for an opportunity to become more familiar with the subject. After taking a career assessment at St. Bonaventure's Career and Professional Readiness Center and getting matched up with the accounting profession, she enrolled in an accounting class. She knew immediately that a career in accounting was for her.
Outside the classroom, O'Gorman is a member of the SBU's Division I women's lacrosse team. "It's a great way to meet lifelong friends and learn a lot of skills that are going to be valuable in the workforce," she said. O'Gorman is a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, which has given her the opportunity to contribute her insight on topics that are important to the NCAA and student-athletes across the nation. She has also served as a teaching assistant for Accounting 201, a course taught by Department of Accounting lecturer Edward Bysiek.
One of O'Gorman's favorite Bonaventure memories was watching the men's basketball team take down Syracuse University during the 2017-18 season. Although she grew up a Syracuse fans she was proud to see her Bonnies come out on top.
O'Gorman encourages incoming freshmen to push outside of their comfort zone. "Don't get tunnel vision for the things that you are comfortable with. Be willing to go out and do things that are different,"she said. "It will help you make amazing friends and give you valuable experience."
Real explored other colleges with strong business programs, but St. Bonaventure's glowing reputation ultimately won him over.
Majoring in accounting and finance, Reale hopes to one day start his own business. He chose accounting to support his goal of being a business owner, then added a second major in order to increase his knowledge of the business world.
Outside of the classroom, Reale is involved in several clubs and organizations including two School of Business clubs: Students in Money Management and Marketing Club. He also volunteers with BonaResponds, and during his freshman year was a member of the business team for WSBU, the campus radio station.
Reale had the opportunity to serve as a business analyst intern for Five Star Bank in Rochester in the summer of 2018.
His favorite Bonaventure memories revolve around the friends and connections he has made on campus. "I've made great and genuine friendships that have lasted since freshman year," he said.
Reale's advice to incoming freshmen is to get involved and join a club. "It's the easiest way to improve your social and business skills, and to gain opportunities for valuable real-world experience," he said.
Smith wanted to attend a school with a strong community feel, one that had small classes that keep students engaged and eager to learn. She knew St. Bonaventure would be a perfect fit for her.
She decided to major in accounting after speaking with a family member who also studied accounting. Her decision was solidified after she successfully completed an introductory accounting course her freshman year.
Smith has gotten involved in a wide variety of clubs and organizations at SBU. She has spent several weekend volunteering with BonaResponds in the local community and wherever help is needed. She also actively participates with The Bonaventure Fund to help raise money to improve St. Bonaventure and provide more financial help to students. She is also a member of the university's Step Team.
Her favorite Bonaventure memory is spending time on a retreat at Mt. Irenaeus. She was able to get to know many of her peers and recalls stargazing with them on their visit to The Mountain.
Smith has enjoyed connecting with, and learning from, the accounting faculty, and encourages incoming freshmen to take advantage of St. Bonaventure's small class sizes and to get to know professors early on. "They are happy to help you," she said.
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