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Fred Chandler knew he wanted to be a teacher since his days as an English major at St. Bonaventure University. The 1991 graduate worked alongside middle school students one summer, helping as a counselor for a football clinic held at the University and hosted by Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly. His week working and spending time with campers gave him the teaching bug.
Today he is Headmaster of the St. Albans Lower School, an Episcopal boys school in Washington, D.C. The lower school services students grades four through eight, and Chandler has about 260 boys in his division.
Stop by St. Bonaventure University’s Dee Financial Services Lab any time a Students in Money Management (SIMM) class is scheduled, and you will likely find the room filled to capacity — even on a sunny Friday afternoon of a get-away weekend.
“People are eager to be part of SIMM,” said Sydney Cassagnol, a senior finance and accounting major, who noted the high level of freedom its members are allowed. “We have a lot of control and are given the opportunity to present ideas that we are really excited about.”
Read more about Dr. Jim Mahar and SIMM
As the last few students wander into one of Professor Bob Donius’s afternoon classes, there’s a lot of moving book bags and chairs to squeeze the students into the crowded classroom.
This isn’t unusual, as attendance is crucial in all of Donius’s classes, but today the classroom seems even more alive because the students are buzzing with excitement: Donius has promised them he would bring his guitar and play and sing for them.
Read more about Professor Donius
“Being a member of SIMM prepares you for the real world and helps you perform better in other classes,” he said.
McLaughlin, who serves as a co-general manager of the program, noted that he has gained confidence in public speaking and has sharpened his critical thinking and research skills because of his SIMM involvement.
Read more about Alex.
As a high school senior, Vanessa Hulse didn’t generally pay much attention to the large number of college advertisements she got in the mail nearly every day.
But, she said, she’s sure glad she took a closer look at one for a small, rural Franciscan University tucked away in the Allegheny Mountains.
Because that led the Morris, New York, native to St. Bonaventure.
"It came down to two schools," Hulse, now a senior, said. "They were both good schools. I made a pros and cons list and St. Bonaventure came out on top. While visiting the other school, I felt like a young freshman, you know, bottom of the rung. At St. Bonaventure it was like, ‘Welcome home.’"
Read more about Vanessa
“I took some time to try and find my path, and after considering many options, I took a step back and reviewed what I’ve been in my time at college aside from an education major,” Caher, now a senior, explained. “I realized that I’ve been an athlete who had to learn the hard way that being dedicated to your sport also means being dedicated to your health.”
“I haven’t fully determined what exactly it is that I want to do post-graduation,” he Collins said. “What I can say is the organizations and clubs at St. Bonaventure have helped to point me in the correct direction. Although I don’t have my career path fully figured out, I am confident that the university will help me chose the correct direction.”
Russell J. Jandoli School alumna Joan Licursi ’65 spent her days at St. Bonaventure working for the campus radio station, the newspaper, the magazine, the radio and the yearbook.
Now, having worked for global public relations firms such as Burson-Marstellar and non-profit organizations such as Boys and Girls Club of America, among other things, Licursi continues to be a leader in the public relations world.
According to Licursi, the skills she needs to excel at her jobs she learned right here—studying journalism at St. Bonaventure.
Read more about Licursi.
As a young boy, Pittsburgh attorney John R. “Jack” McGinley Jr. would stay at St. Bonaventure University to visit one of his uncles and watch the Pittsburgh Steelers practice during training camp.
That uncle — Fr. Silas (Dan) Rooney, O.F.M. — proved to be a “strong presence” in McGinley’s life and also within the large, tight-knit McGinley/Rooney family where athletics were encouraged and education valued.
Now, as Jack McGinley celebrates 50 years as a Bona alumnus, he and his family and the Rita M. McGinley Foundation of which he is chair have committed $2 million to enhance University Ministries at St. Bonaventure. Learn more about the McGinley gift
A.J. Vitanza, ’15, sums up his academic career at Bona’s in three words: “Adventurous. Encompassing. Humbling.”
This finance/management double major, who is also a prop on the rugby team, member of SIMM and ENACTUS, and participant in our Oxford Program, says what he has learned best at Bona’s is selflessness.
“I want to say thanks for the many opportunities,” he says. “You’ve inspired a lot of us to participate, graduate, and give back.” Learn more about A.J.
At its core, the project will help expose St. Bonaventure students to diverse research opportunities and will offer significant educational experiences. “The whole idea is to help students broaden their view,” said Dr. Zhang. “It will help students understand the importance of math and computer science, and will train them in multiple disciplines.”
St. Bonaventure University will break ground this week on a $2 million renovation to its McGraw-Jennings Athletics fields complex.
Sparked by a lead gift of $1 million from Tom ’80 and Michelle Marra, both the first and second phases of the project will be funded entirely through philanthropic donor support.
The field that is home to the Bonnies’ men’s and women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse teams will be converted to an artificial playing surface, A-Turf Titan, which is manufactured by A-Turf of Cheektowaga, N.Y. Lights will be the other major component of the project. In addition, a concrete step entranceway to the field and new perimeter fencing will be installed.
Construction is scheduled to take approximately three months and is expected to be completed in time for the start of the Bonnies’ soccer seasons in August. St. Bonaventure’s successful men’s and women’s club rugby teams will also play their home competitions on the field starting in the fall.
While work is expected to begin this week, a groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 7, at 3 p.m. during Alumni Reunion.
The project is the first phase of a planned upgrade to the outdoor athletics facilities; fundraising continues for a similar renovation to the softball field, which will cost approximately $1 million.
“This renovation will provide a huge boost to our soccer and women’s lacrosse teams as well as the club teams who will use it,” said St. Bonaventure Director of Athletics Steve Watson. “We will have a safe, reliable field which will be attractive to potential student-athletes. It will be a point of pride for the whole campus. We are grateful to the many donors who have made this possible.”
“This is the first phase,” Watson continued. “The renovation of the softball field is necessary and I am confident that our donors will come forward to make the addition of the softball field follow quickly after the first field project is done."
A-Turf Titan is used by the NFL’s Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium as well as university and high school athletic fields across the country and internationally. It carries a 12-year warranty and includes a sub-surface “shock pad” to improve safety.
Another primary benefit of the turf is its drainage system, which Watson said will eliminate the postponements and cancellations of games due to wet conditions that have plagued the field.
Greenaur Inc. of West Seneca, N.Y., will be the site contractor with assistance from HMH Site and Sports Design of Ithaca and Cannon Design of Grand Island, the project architects.
This project will be the first major upgrade to St. Bonaventure’s outdoor intercollegiate athletics facilities since the baseball field was converted to artificial turf in 2006, which also was funded by a gift from Tom Marra.
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