|St. Bonaventure's College|
|Catholic Church (Franciscan)|
|Endowment||$74.4 million (2020)|
|President||Dr. Joseph Zimmer (acting)|
|Provost||Dr. Joseph Zimmer|
|Undergraduates||1850 [note 1]|
|Campus||Small town/rural, 500 acres (2 km²)|
|Athletics||NCAA Division I – Atlantic 10|
|Sports||17 varsity teams|
(9 men's & 8 women's)
|Mascot||The Bona Wolf|
St. Bonaventure University is a private Franciscan university in Allegany, New York. It has 2,381 undergraduate and graduate students. The Franciscan Brothers established the university in 1858.
In athletics, the St. Bonaventure Bonnies play National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I sports in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Students and alumni often refer to the university as Bona's, derived from the school's name.
The college was founded by Utica, New York, financier Nicholas Devereux, one of the first to gain land grants in newly surveyed Cattaraugus County from the Holland Land Company. Devereux founded the town of Allegany on the grant, hoping to build a new city. Devereux approached John Timon, the bishop of Buffalo, for assistance. The two invited the Franciscan order to Western New York, and a small group under Pamfilo da Magliano arrived in 1855. The school graduated its first class in 1858. St. Bonaventure's College was granted university status by New York State in 1950. The largest residence hall on campus, Devereux Hall, is named for the founder.
The Franciscan connection
The university is named after Bonaventure (1221–1274), born John of Fidenza, who became a cardinal and Doctor of the Church. A theologian and contemporary of Thomas Aquinas at the University of Paris, he became head of the Franciscan order. Bonaventure was canonized in 1482 by Sixtus IV. The Franciscan friars at the St. Bonaventure Friary belong to the Holy Name Province and are members of the Order of Friars Minor, one of the orders of Franciscans.
The university is also home to the Franciscan Institute. Founded in 1939 by Thomas Plassmann, then president of St. Bonaventure's College, and led by its first Director, Philotheus Boehner.
The campus sits on 500 acres (2.0 km2) in the town of Allegany, just over the line from the city of Olean (total pop.: 15,000), at Exit 24 of Interstate 86. The university has its own US Post Office and is listed as a separate census-designated place by the Census Bureau. The university's postal address is Saint Bonaventure, NY 14778. St. Bonaventure also has a second graduate studies center in Hamburg, a suburb of Buffalo, on the campus of Hilbert College.
The university has more than 50 academic programs, including programs in the Jandoli School of Communication and combined degree health care programs preparing students for careers in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy or pharmacy.
St. Bonaventure also has the Center for the Study of Attention, Learning & Memory, a joint initiative between the School of Education and the School of Arts and Sciences, promotes interdisciplinary research and increases awareness of the importance of attention and learning in education.
On the U.S. News & World Report's 2021 list of best regional universities, St. Bonaventure University was ranked No. 6 for value and No. 19 in the North.
The campus newspaper, The Bona Venture, has been published continuously since 1926. Known on campus as The BV, the newspaper has earned The Pacemaker Award numerous times from the Associated Collegiate Press, the last time in 1994. The school's student radio station is known as WSBU 88.3 The Buzz. In 2019, the Jandoli School of Communication's student-produced newscast, "SBU-TV", became available to television viewers across Western New York.
Thomas Merton, the religious writer, taught English at St. Bonaventure for a year just at the start of World War II, living on campus on the second floor of Devereux Hall. It was at this school that Merton finally gave into his vocation and decided to join the Trappists. He entered the monastery in Kentucky in 1941. A heart-shaped clearing on a mountain in view of campus is linked to Merton in campus myth. Some students call it "Merton's Heart" and claim that Merton visited the place often and that the trees fell when he died. In reality, the hillside had been cleared for oil drilling in the 1920s and trees have since regrown, leaving the bald patch.
St. Bonaventure is an NCAA Division I member of the Atlantic 10 Conference and offers 17 varsity athletic programs. The school's programs are known as the Bonnies. The men's team has reached the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament a total of 8 times, most recently in the 2020–2021 season.
- Miles Aiken, basketball player
- Anthony Bannon, former director of George Eastman House, director of Burchfield-Penney Art Center
- Jim Baron, basketball coach
- Ed Bastian, CEO, Delta Air Lines
- Marion Beiter, mathematician
- Janet Bodnar, financial expert and editor
- John Boland, Buffalo labor priest
- J. R. Bremer, basketball player
- John R. Broderick, university president
- Jack Butler, NFL Hall of Fame
- JG Faherty (James Gregory Faherty), author
- Neil Cavuto, news anchor for Fox News and Fox Business
- Freddie Crawford, former NBA player
- Chuck Daly, basketball coach
- Charles J. Dougherty, President of Duquesne University
- Ed Don George, professional wrestler
- Edward Goljan, Professor of Pathology at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
- George Hays, football player
- Deb Henretta, Former Group President, Procter & Gamble
- Dan Herbeck, journalist
- Daniel Horan, Theologian and Author
- Louis Iasiello, former chief of naval chaplains
- Hughie Jennings, baseball player and manager
- Father Mychal Judge, chaplain, first official victim of the September 11 attacks
- George Kenneally, football player
- Patricia Kennealy-Morrison, author, journalist, editor
- Bob Lanier, Basketball Hall of Fame
- Michael Lynch, population geneticist and academic at Indiana University
- Ted Marchibroda, football coach
- Whitey Martin, former NBA player
- Brendan McDaniels, sportscaster
- John McGraw, Major League baseball manager (NY Giants, Baltimore Orioles)
- Andrew Nicholson, basketball player
- Paul Owens, player, scout, coach and general manager with the Philadelphia Phillies during the second half of the 20th century; club manager in 1983 when the Phillies went to the World Series.
- Carl Paladino, 2010 New York State Republican gubernatorial candidate
- James Post, Professor
- Danica Roem, journalist and the among the first openly transgender politicians elected to serve in a state legislature, in Virginia.
- Thomas P. Ryan Jr., Mayor of Rochester, New York (1974–94)
- Irena Scott, author and physiologist
- Sam Stith, former NBA player
- Tom Stith, former NBA player
- Mike Vaccaro, sports journalist
- Adrian Wojnarowski, sports journalist
- Catharine Young, New York State Senator
Pulitzer Prize winners
- Dan Barry 1980, reporter for The New York Times. Won in 1994 for investigative reporting (corruption in Rhode Island court system).
- Bill Briggs 1985, former reporter for the Denver Post. Won in 2000 for breaking news reporting (Columbine High School massacre).
- Robert A. Dubill 1958, former executive editor of USA Today. Won in 1980 for public service (uncovering religious fund-raising scandals).
- John Hanchette 1964, former managing editor of Gannett Newspapers, retired professor of journalism at St. Bonaventure. Won in 1980 for public service (uncovering religious fund-raising scandals).
- Charles J. Hanley 1968, reporter for the Associated Press. Won in 2000 for investigative reporting (the massacre at No Gun Ri).
- Brian Toolan 1972, vice president of The Hartford Courant. Won in 1999 for breaking news reporting (shooting at the Connecticut Lottery).
DuPont Columbia Award winners
- Charlie Specht 2010, chief investigative reporter for WKBW-TV. Won in 2020 for investigative reporting on clergy sex abuse and coverup by the Catholic Church.
Members of the United States Congress
- John Boccieri 1992, US Representative from Ohio (Dem., 2009–2011)
- James J. Howard 1952, US Rep from New Jersey (1965–1988)
- Rudolph G. Tenerowicz, US Representative from Michigan (Dem. & Rep., 1939–43, 49–57)
- James T. Walsh 1970, US Representative from New York (Rep., 1989–2009)
- William F. Walsh 1934, US Representative from New York (Rep., 1973–1979)
- as of Fall 2019
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