Major: Journalism and Mass Communication
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Making the most of every day at St. Bonaventure
It's approaching 3 a.m. Thursday morning, and sophomore Dominic LoVallo picks up a red pen and begins editing a printed page in the newsroom of the student-run paper at St. Bonaventure.
Staying up nearly all Wednesday night is common for LoVallo, a sophomore journalism and mass communication major, who just began his second semester as the managing editor of The Bona Venture. He’s awake early Thursday though, back in the newsroom helping editors with final touches before sending the pages to be published first thing Friday morning.
None of this stops LoVallo, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., from being alert during his time on duty as a resident assistant for freshmen, even though that means at least one more late night each week.
But it’s this kind of commitment and dedication that LoVallo thrives on at St. Bonaventure, he said.
A little over two years ago, LoVallo walked up to a St. Bonaventure table at a college fair, curious because he had little knowledge of the university.
“After the college fair, I learned my cousin Kelly--currently an executive producer for YNN Buffalo at Time Warner Cable— is an alumna, and it all just fell into place,” he said. “One visit to the campus and I knew this was the place for me.”
And, thanks to alumni support to The Bonaventure Fund, he became a Bonnie and not a Golden Griffen.
“Without my scholarship here, I’d be at Canisius College right now,” LoVallo said. “It’s a great school and all, but it’s no Bona’s. Instead of dorming, I’d be living at home. Less independence, less branching out. I wouldn’t be as happy as I am now.”
In the fall of 2015, he first began taking journalism classes, giving the major a shot because people had often told him he had a talent for writing. However, he said the professors in the Jandoli School of Communication keep challenging him.
“The professors, although critical, do everything they can to help students become better writers and communicators,” LoVallo said.
Of course, he gets lots of practice at The Bona Venture. Right after his arrival at St. Bonaventure, he began writing sports for the student-run newspaper and soon joined the editorial staff.
Last semester, as only a sophomore, he moved into the managing editor position, second in command at the nationally ranked collegiate paper. Next fall, he will lead the paper as its editor-in-chief.
“What started out as my way to get on-campus internship hours has turned into a labor of love,” LoVallo said. “I love the friends I’ve made and the long Wednesday nights. Plus, it looks great on a resume.”
But despite his packed schedule of writing, editing and coaching his young residents, he said he knows he can always count on his tight-knit group of friends to keep his St. Bonaventure experience exciting.
“The people I’ve met on this campus have had such an effect on me,” he said. “They got me out of my shell and gave me a reason to want to do more than just play video games. I’ve made friends that my kids will one day call aunts and uncles. We’ve become that close.”
Although only in his second year, he said he’s already busy thinking about his communications career. While he’s building a solid foundation in print journalism, LoVallo said he hopes to one day work in broadcasting.
Maybe St. Bonaventure should watch out.
“Before becoming a journalist, I was an extremely shy kid,” he said. “Now, just try to get me to shut up.”