New students will begin arriving at St. Bonaventure University Aug. 25 for Welcome Days 2016, a four-day program hosted the weekend before classes begin.
Thursday, Aug. 25, is “A Day of Gathering.” New students will move into their residence hall during the day and then will officially be inducted into the Bonaventure family at the Candlelight Ceremony Thursday evening. The 9 p.m. program will be held on the steps of De La Roche Hall.
On Friday, Aug. 26, students participate in “A Day of Classes.” Presentations and activities will help them prepare for their first semester and outline opportunities and expectations for Bonaventure students throughout their academic career.
On Saturday, Aug. 27, and Sunday, Aug. 28, students participate in “A Day of Values” and “A Day of Involvement.” The freshman class will learn about the Franciscan mission of the university and participate in workshops on respecting diversity, preventing sexual violence, and responsible alcohol use. They will also attend workshops hosted by clubs and organizations on campus.
Freshmen have been asked to bring a donation of school supplies when they come to campus in order to create school packs for refugee children being served by Saint’s Place in Rochester. St. Bonaventure has partnered for many years with Saint’s Place, which assists refugees from war-torn countries seeking asylum in the United States. These legal immigrants arrive in Rochester through the Refugee and Immigration Department of the Catholic Family Center.
St. Bonaventure’s upperclassmen will begin arriving Aug. 27, and Transfer Student Orientation is planned for Aug. 27-28. Fall semester classes begin Monday, Aug. 29.
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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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