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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.”
Ryland Wiseman, a class of 2017 accounting and finance major, came to St. Bonaventure University in 2013 from Phoenix, Ariz., with his best friend.
While the trek from Arizona to Western New York is extensive, Wiseman quickly immersed himself in the Bona Bubble, joining Bona Responds and helping form the men’s club basketball team.
He also joined Students in Money Management (SIMM), an experiential program in which students manage a real investment portfolio.
“Not only did I practice on-the-job skills and tasks each day in SIMM, but I was also initially exposed to the finance world there,” Wiseman explained, adding that his original background is in accounting.
Wiseman said his time with SIMM allowed him to learn and understand finance at his own pace, and, within a year in the class.
Through his time in SIMM and connections made during networking trips to Chicago and New York City, Wiseman was able to secure a summer internship as an investment banking analyst at KeyBanc Capital Markets. The internship turned into a full-time offer of employment.
“I learned skills in SIMM that I use every day on the job, starting with the basic one-minute markets and industry updates we did daily,” Wiseman said. “This kept me well read and taught me how to read through information and narrow down what’s important and worth reporting on.”
He said the resources SIMM provided put him ahead of his peers when it came time to get a job.
“Using Bloomberg and having that resource in the classroom was awesome,” he said. “I got to my internship and full-time job being ahead of other students who didn’t have one to use on their campus.”
The Bloomberg machine, a piece of industry technology, provides information that informs the buy and sell decisions of SIMM members.
Wiseman said the class also taught students how to analyze companies’ stocks and learn to use the fundamentals of valuation, something he now uses daily in his work.
“In my opinion, if we want to continue placing students at top firms and positions, we need to continue to focus on SIMM in the business school,” he said.
The university recently launched a crowdfunding site to help boost funding for SIMM, featuring a $16,250 challenge match from alumni Chris and Eileen Madigan Kinslow and the SIMM Advisory Board. To make a gift and join the challenge, please visit www.sbu.edu/SIMMChallenge.
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