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 “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen” by Jose Antonio Vargas as its All Bonaventure Reads (ABR) book for 2019-2020.
“Dear America” tells the story of Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas and his journey through life as an undocumented immigrant in the United States. With passion and ambition, Vargas expresses what it means to be an illegal citizen in a time where fear for being deported is at its highest.
The book also allows readers to stand in Vargas’ shoes and understand life’s biggest difficulties when becoming a legal citizen is no longer an option.
As part of the All Bonaventure Reads initiative, first-year students at St. Bonaventure will receive a copy of “Dear America” 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.
“l cried reading this book, realizing more fully what my parents endured.”
— Amy Tan, New York Times bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and Where the Past Begins
“This book couldn’t be more timely and more necessary.”
— Dave Eggers, New York Timesbestselling author of What Is the What and The Monk of Mokha
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