St. Bonaventure Set to Host Alumni Reunion Weekend June 10-12

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 6, 2011 at 3:38 PM EDT

By WKBW News


St. Bonaventure Set to Host Alumni Reunion Weekend June 10-12

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 6, 2011 at 3:38 PM EDT

St. Bonaventure, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- St. Bonaventure University is preparing to welcome hundreds of alumni this weekend.

SBU’s Alumni Reunion Weekend June 10-12 will acknowledge graduates of the Class of 1951 and other graduating classes in five-year increments through 2006, although alums from all classes are welcome to attend the annual event.

Approximately 1,000 alumni and friends are expected to participate in activities on and around the St. Bonaventure campus.

Check-in for the event begins Friday, June 10, at 10 a.m. and will continue throughout the day. Friday’s activities will include walking campus tours as well as a presentation on social networking. A Mass for the 50th anniversary Class of 1961, and prior graduates, will be held at 5 p.m. in the University Chapel, with class dinners to be held at various off-campus venues afterwards. The evening will come to a close with an on-campus social in the Rathskeller.

Activities on Saturday, June 11, include golf on the SBU course, breakfast in Hickey Dining Hall, a family swim at the Olean YMCA, tours of campus, and a number of presentations hosted by University faculty and staff. Topics to be presented include the life and teachings of Saint Bonaventure and a presentation on Thomas Merton and his St. Bonaventure connection.

In addition, from 10-11 a.m. in the University Bookstore, SBU alumni Bob McCarthy, ’76, Ann Flynn McCarthy, ’74, and their son Dan McCarthy, ’10, will sign copies of “The Good Journey: 150 Years of History at St. Bonaventure University.” The coffee-table book is based on the research of Professor Emeritus Dr. Edward Eckert, ’65, and was edited by the McCarthys, who also provided additional content. More information on the book is available at

Following a picnic lunch, there will be an induction of the 34th Athletics Hall of Fame class: golfer Chris Blocher, ’99; softball player Jen Bovee, ’99; soccer player Patricia (Boyle) Rassel, ’93; and basketball player Peter Van Passen, ’01.

There will be additional presentations Saturday afternoon, including a talk on China and a look at the University’s family business initiative, and a number of the schools and departments will host open houses.

Saturday evening activities begin at 4:30 p.m. with the Alumni Mass at the University Chapel. Alumni will then gather for a cocktail party on campus, which will be followed by the annual reunion dinner for all classes at Premier Banquet Center. The dinner will feature the presentation of the William “Stax” McCarthy Alumnus/a of the Year.

Alumni Weekend will conclude Sunday morning with a farewell breakfast and Mass.

To register for Reunion Weekend, go to