St. Bonaventure University

Woman of Promise Award

The Woman of Promise Award is presented annually to a female senior in the Jandoli School of Communication who excels in and out of the classroom and sets a good example for her peers.

Woman of Promise 2022
From left: Dr. Mary A. Hamilton, '59, SBU professor emerita for whom the award is named; 2022 Woman of Promise honoree Hannah Roesch; Aaron Chimbel, Jandoli School dean; Kathleen Brady, '68, historian, journalist and author and keynote speaker at the 2022 ceremony.

Hannah Roesch honored as 2022 Woman of Promise

Woman of Promise soloSt. Bonaventure University senior Hannah Roesch was recognized Tuesday, March 15, as the Jandoli School of Communication’s 2022 Mary A. Hamilton Woman of Promise.

The Woman of Promise Award is named in honor of Dr. Mary A. Hamilton, ’59, professor emerita of Journalism and Mass Communication at St. Bonaventure. The award is presented to a female senior who excels in and out of the classroom, sets a good example for her peers, and possesses the skills necessary to thrive in her postgraduate career.

Roesch, a journalism major from Syracuse, is an advocate with a passion for writing and creating. With a commitment to public service and an inquiring mind, her work fuses the values of journalism while emphasizing the voices of the unheard. She has reported for TAPinto Greater Olean, contributed to PolitiFact NY and interned as a radio personality on WSBU-88.3 FM.

This summer, following graduation in May, she will participate in a prestigious Carnegie-Knight News21 Fellowship at Arizona State University.

“Our faculty was enthusiastic in its decision to honor Hannah as this year’s Woman of Promise,” said Aaron Chimbel, dean of the Jandoli School. “She has impressed her professors with strong writing skills and a sincere desire to make the world a better place.”

Kathleen Brady, ’68, a historian, journalist and author, gave the ceremony keynote address.

Brady is the author of “Ida Tarbell: Portrait of a Muckraker” (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1989) and “Lucille: The Life of Lucille Ball” (Hyperion, 1994). Her latest book, “Francis and Clare: The Struggles of the Saints of Assisi,” was published by Lodwin Press in November 2021. She is a mentor-editor in the Op-Ed Project (, and is former reporter for Time magazine.

Brady was on campus for two weeks in March of 2022 as St. Bonaventure's 2022 Lenna Visiting Professor, during which time she gave classroom lectures and public presentations.