Three separate sessions full of new St. Bonaventure University students will be on campus for orientation in July. The students will be on campus for sessions from July 11-12, 18-19, and 21-22.
Orientation is an interactive and informative, two-day program that helps students prepare for everything Bona’s has to offer — both in and out of the classroom. Students make friends, learn about campus, and discuss their academic careers with faculty, among other activities. The program is facilitated in large part by a team of 14 student leaders who represent a diverse array of majors and involvement at St. Bonaventure.
“We are excited for the new freshmen at orientation because there is nothing better for an orientation leader than to see a new student fall in love with St. Bonaventure the same way we have,” said Samantha Harrienger, ’17, orientation co-coordinator.
Parents and families of new students face a significant transition themselves as they prepare for their son or daughter to begin college. During the parent and family orientation, which runs concurrently with the student program, families of new students see first-hand the facilities provided for students, meet other families, and talk to faculty about academic offerings.
“St. Bonaventure’s orientation program helps students strengthen their connection with the university and promotes a successful transition to college at St. Bonaventure,” said Chris Brown, director of
First-Year Experience and Orientation. “Our hope is that students are even more excited to call themselves Bonnies when they leave campus.”
Students will return to campus for the fall semester on Aug. 25.
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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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