St. Bonaventure Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Oxford Summer Program

Pimms Reception Credits: Richard Lee
Participants in the anniversary celebration pose for a group photo.
St. Bonaventure University President Emeritus Sister Margaret Carney delivered a welcome message via video.
Alan Mackenzie, former visiting professor in the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure, chats with St. Bonaventure business faculty member Giles Bootheway. Credits: Richard Lee
St. Bonaventure's Vice President for Enrollment Bernard Valento and President Dennis DePerro take a picture with the Bona Wolf and graduate students Leanna Cameron and Lucas Vaughan. Credits: Richard Lee
Olivia Merrill, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Joseph Zimmer, Bernard Valento, Dr. Dennis DePerro, Leanna Cameron and Brooke Astley stop for a photo before the evening lecture. Credits: Richard Lee
Undergraduate students Zach Wilson, Jason Klaiber and Devin Geiger converse with "Natty World" professor Dr. Adam Ritchie. Credits: Richard Lee
Graduate student Guadalupe Sanchez and undergraduates Alexa Full, Amber Levias, MK Killen and Sophia Kucharski relax on the lawns. Credits: Richard Lee
Undergraduates Jason Caldwell and Adam Wojcik sample Pimms. Credits: Richard Lee
At front are Molly Samuels and Oxford program alums Kelly Dickerson and Meredith Kenyon. In back are Mike Jones-Kelley, Alan Mackenzie, Bernard Valento, and former program tutor Julie Gregory. Credits: Richard Lee
Pimms Reception Credits: Richard Lee
Pimms Reception Credits: Richard Lee
The Trinity Dining Hall is set up for Thursday's High Table dinner. Credits: Richard Lee
Places are set for Thursday's High Table dinner. Credits: Richard Lee
Guests await the start of High Table dinner.
Guests await the start of High Table dinner.
Menu from Thursday's High Table dinner Credits: Richard Lee

OXFORD, UK -- The  setting was historic Oxford, not the Enchanted Mountains. The students wore suits instead of sweats. And rather than pizza and wings, the menu featured gazpacho with oak-roast salmon and avocado sorbet, pan-fried duck breast and lemon and lime posset.

But the Bonaventure spirit was just as strong on the other side of the Atlantic when the university began the 30th anniversary celebration of its Francis E. Kelley Oxford Program Thursday.

Alumni, students and faculty of the program, as well as administrators from St. Bonaventure and Trinity College, the current home of the program, took part in the festivities.

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“We are so honored to have all of you from years past and from the present here with us for the 30th anniversary of the Francis E. Kelley Oxford Program, something St. Bonaventure University -- in its area --uniquely offers to all of you,” Michael Jones-Kelley, the program's director, told the group.

Thursday's events included a special video greeting from St. Bonaventure President Emeritus Sister Margaret Carney, a Pimms reception on the lawns at Trinity and a High Table dinner. Several officials from St. Bonaventure, including president Dr. Dennis DePerro, traveled from the states to Oxford for the celebration.

"This is a great life experience; carry it with you the rest of your life," DePerro told the group during his remarks at the High Table dinner.

The four-day event will continue with a High Tea on Friday and a bus trip to Stonehenge and Bath on Saturday. The celebration will conclude with a Sunday morning Mass in the Trinity Chapel, followed by a champagne brunch garden party in the President's Garden.

Thirty-three St. Bonaventure students are studying in Oxford this summer as part of the university's six-week program at Trinity College. The classes, taught by a mix of St. Bonaventure and Oxford professors, include electives and required courses from the St. Bonaventure curriculum.

Students spend four days each week in classes and learning communities with three-day weekends reserved for exploring life and culture abroad. The program includes trups to London and to Stonehenge and Bath and as well as optional trips to sites such as the Warner Bros. Studio Tour -- The Making of Harry Potter Studio in Leavesden northwest of London.

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