Valeri, Psy Prof & Firefighter, Climbs to Remember 9-11

On Sept 11, 2001 firefighters, police, and ambulance responded to the attacks on the World Trade Center. Three-hundred-and-forty-three firefighters were killed in the line of duty that day while attempting to rescue people in the Twin Towers.  To pay tribute to these firefighters, fellow firefighters from around the world climb 110 stories, that’s the number of stories in each of the towers. As a psychology professor and as a volunteer firefighter I recognize the importance of grieving for and memorializing our deceased.  So on Sunday Sept 7, 2014 I, along with 7 other members of the Cuba Fire Department (CFD), participated in a 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb held in Binghamton, NY.  These events, not only serve as a tribute to those who died in the line of duty, but also help build bonds between current firefighters and serve to remind us of why we are firefighters.   A broadcast about the Binghamton 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb can be found at To see photos of CFD participants visit and to learn more about or participate in a 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb visit

Attention Pre-Health Professionals!

Tomorrow, Tuesday 9/2 at 7:00 pm in the Walsh Auditorium, there will be a meeting for students interested in health professions. From the flyer:


 The faculty pre-Health advisors will explain the structure of Health Professions advisement at St. Bonaventure and the process of obtaining an SBU Health Professions “Committee evaluation” in your junior year.  The advisors will make suggestions for building a record that leads to a successful application to a professional school.  (Medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and optometry fields usually require the SBU evaluation, but students interested in other health fields will also find this info helpful.) 

This meeting is aimed toward first-year students who are NOT already in a “dual-degree” program.  [Early Assurance opportunities will be discussed briefly.]  Also, we try to address issues common to transfer students and upper-class students who are just realizing that they have an interest in a Health Professions career.  Interested faculty/staff are also welcome.

This information will be especially helpful if you are considering medical school, but could potentially be valuable if you are considering any graduate programs.

Welcome Back Psych Students! Some Quick Study Tips for a Good School Year

Welcome back Psych Students! As you're getting back into the groove and preparing for your courses, here is an interesting interview with some study tips to keep in mind. In the interview Benedict Carey talks about using testing as a learning tool, not just an evaluation. Freshmen - to start the year off right, we will be talking about self-testing/quizzing, and other effective study habits, in my Psych 101 classes today. 

- Dr. B