Academic Support for Student-Athletes
St. Bonaventure University is proud of its reputation for providing society with graduates who make a difference in the world, many of whom are former student-athletes. The Department of Athletics provides a comprehensive academic services program for every student-athlete that challenges, supports and fosters their academic, personal and professional growth.
Athletic Academic Support and Student Services Mission Statement
The primary focus of our support services is to provide an environment that facilitates the academic success of each student athlete. The center provides competent academic counseling, develops study skills, assesses and supports each student-athlete and provides tutoring when needed.
The Student-Athlete Support Services Center has these objectives:
- To protect and maintain academic integrity and to ensure compliance with all NCAA, Atlantic 10 Conference and University policies.
- To ensure that student athletes complete their experience at St. Bonaventure University with enhanced educational, individual and societal skills.
- To inform and illustrate appreciation for the ideals of a diverse and inclusive campus community and subsequently the community at large.
- To offer a sense of empowerment to allow student-athletes to be effective self-advocates in both the academic and athletic arenas.
- To remain focused on the commitment to lifelong learning.
Contact Academic Support and Student Services:
Dr. Heather McDivitt, Assistant AD for Academic Support and Student Services
Joel Rosencrance, Academic Coordinator
Student-Athlete Supports Services
St. Bonaventure University - PO Box G
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
Gus Galasso Support Center
The Gus Galasso Academic Support Center
The Gus Galasso Academic Support Center was dedicated on Aug. 30, 1996. Located on the lower level of the Reilly Center, it houses a study lounge and computer center. The lounge is furnished with group meeting tables and chairs to accommodate study halls as well as individual studying. There is also a library of reference material.
Also available to student-athletes are the Teaching and Learning Center, the Counseling Center and Career Services. The Teaching and Learning Center provides and promotes both creative and dynamic instruction. The Center teaches dedicated, critical and active learning. It provides assistance that encourages academic accountability whereby students can accept responsibility for their academic excellence. Both peer tutoring and group assistance are available.
The Counseling and Career Development centers maintain a full range of services for students with personal, social, emotional or academic concerns. Individual sessions are available with either two full-time counselors or the Master's program interns. Opportunities for peer education and group counseling are just a few of the services offered to students.
Career Services provides a sophisticated career development program that can assist students in choosing a major or a career. Students can explore the job-hunting and graduate school processes and may register in an employment matching system that is also available to alumni. Career Services can help in the preparation of a resume', conduct a mock interview or even arrange an on-campus interview. Incorporating early planning, skill development, individual search strategies, and alumni contacts has helped many student-athletes gain a competitive edge in seeking employment after graduation.
Constant communication between the athletic academic support division and its constituencies, a 15:1 student/faculty ratio and an atmosphere conducive to learning allow St. Bonaventure to forge a comprehensive, yet highly personalized relationship with its student-athletes.