By Lian Bunny, ’17
The First-Year Experience Program (FYE) will host its 5th annual All Bonaventure Reads (ABR) Poster Conference from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Doyle Dining and Trustees Rooms.
All 23 sections of University 101 will display and present their projects to the Bonaventure community. Each section is allowed to present more than one project. Each project must incorporate themes from this year’s ABR book selection, “The Promise of a Pencil,” by Adam Braun.
Director of FYE Chris Brown said, “We started the conference as a way to encourage all the students to represent a culmination with their interaction with the ABR book. University 101 classes have a chance to show the types of themes and topics in the investigation they’ve done with the book.”
According to Brown, one of the secondary goals of the conference is to expose students to a type of academic presentation that may be required in later academic studies or their professional careers.
Each University 101 instructor will act as a judge and vote for one project. The class with the most votes wins a pizza party.
Graduate student Maddie Gionet taught the winning class of last year’s poster conference. Her class created a video presentation based off of ABC’s “What Would You Do?”
“The purpose of the poster contest would be for an opportunity for all the University 101 classes and sections to come together not only as a community, but also to come together to share their thoughts and ideas and opinions about the ABR book that was chosen for them,” Gionet said.
“I think that it’s one thing for the students to read the books we assign them, but it’s another thing for the students to read the book and then take away something and do something with it.”
FYE invites the whole Bonaventure community to attend the event.
“While it is sort of the freshman students presenting their work, I think it’s important for other students to be involved in this,” Gionet said. “I hope the rest of the community feels welcome to come and support the new class of Bonnies coming in.”
St. Bonaventure University has selected “Educated: A Memoir” by Dr. Tara Westover as its All Bonaventure Reads (ABR) book for 2018-19.
“Educated” is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes from severing one’s closest ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it.
The university will welcome Westover to campus Wednesday, Sept. 26, to deliver a keynote address to members of the Class of 2022. The talk will be open to the public and will be held at 7 p.m. in the Reilly Center Arena.
As part of the All Bonaventure Reads initiative, first-year students at St. Bonaventure will receive a copy of “Educated” during Orientation and be asked to read the book and write an essay reflecting on it as their first college assignment. Students will be engaged in conversations about the book’s themes in their first-year seminar course, SBU 101, and various campuswide events during the upcoming academic year.
As their first official college assignment, members of St. Bonaventure’s Class of 2022 have been asked to read this year’s All Bonaventure Reads selection and then write a reflection on it.
Winners of the Provost's Essay Contest will be invited to a dinner with author Tara Westover and have their work published.
[ Provost's Letter to New Students ]
"Tara Westover’s one-of-a-kind memoir is about the shaping of a mind…In briskly paced prose, she evokes a childhood that completely defined her. Yet it was also, she gradually sensed, deforming her."
"A coming-of-age memoir reminiscent of The Glass Castle."
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