SBU’s Franciscan Institute Commemorates March Madness

Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province

ALLEGANY, N.Y. — To celebrate the successes of St. Bonaventure University’s basketball teams, the Franciscan Institute is offering two prints with purchase of The Good Journey — 150 Years of History at St. Bonaventure University, the coffee table book published last year by Franciscan Institute Publications.

“Talk about March Madness” is how an email promotion last week to St. Bonaventure alumni and friends began. “Both men’s and women’s Bonnie basketball teams make the NCAA fields — the men for the first time in more than a decade and the women for the first time ever.” And the Bona women made it to the Sweet 16.

The Franciscan Institute is offering a 5 x 7 inch watercolor print of the Reilly Center, which houses the SBU gym, by Anne Conroy-Baiter as well as an autographed lithograph of basketball player Andrew Nicholson, the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year.

In addition, the two basketball coaches, Mark Schmidt and Jim Crowley, are providing autographed bookplates with each book ordered.

The women’s team lost to Notre Dame University, the No. 1 seed in the region, on March 25 in Raleigh, N.C., finishing what many alumni called a season that made them proud. The men lost a last-minute heartbreaker to Florida State University on March 16, a game where the Bonnies led most of the way.

ncaa1F. Edward Coughlin, OFM, vice president for Franciscan Mission, attended the two games the women’s team played in Tallahassee, Fla., as part of the first round games and said he enjoyed representing the university administration at the game. “It was fun to be with the excited SBU fans,” said the 1970 alumnus.

“The campus was electrified by the two NCAA appearances,” he noted. “The women’s historical run was especially sweet. Friends and alumni came out of the woodwork to participate and celebrate.”

Information about the book, mentioned in a June 2011 issue of HNP Today, can be found on Facebook.

— Jocelyn Thomas is director of communications for Holy Name Province.

Editor’s note: The photo shows Br. Ed with alumni Robert Crowley, Lynda Wilhelm and Marvin Stocker at a Lady Bonnies game at Florida State University.