Military veterans find a welcoming atmosphere on the St. Bonaventure campus, where 75 percent of our student population lives, studies and plays.
St. Bonaventure University has a local chapter of Student Veterans of America (SVA), a coalition of student veterans groups on college campuses across the globe. These member chapters are the "boots on the ground” that help veterans reintegrate into campus life and succeed academically.
Each chapter must be an officially recognized student group by their university or college and provide a peer-to-peer network for veterans who are attending the school. Additionally, chapters often coordinate campus activities, provide pre-professional networking, and generally provide a touchstone for student veterans in higher education.
SBU’s chapter has been involved in many activities, such as a recent fundraising event at our University’s annual Bonagany Festival, a celebration of the university's relationship with its off-campus neighbors in the town and village of Allegany.
St. Bonaventure offers a student lounge (pictured above) for veterans on the second floor of the Reilly Center, Room 221A. The Reilly Center, known as The RC, is one of the busiest buildings on campus. It houses the VISTA Veteran Coordinator [Room 235], the Office of Student Affairs [Room 205], the university's Division I Athletics programs, the campus bookstore and a cafeteria.
This lounge is equipped with a new computer and wireless printer, allowing veteran students to complete assignments in a setting that is set aside for them and their peers. In addition, a new 40-inch TV has been added to the lounge, along with a refrigerator, microwave oven and Keurig coffeemaker.
In addition, a plethora of brochures, information packets and resources are available in the lounge, along with a subscription to G.I. Jobs Magazine, in which educational and career information is found.
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