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Tracking the Pulse of Fontbonne!

The official magazine of Fontbonne University.

Your university experience is much more than just classes, study breaks and research, and we want you to know about everything Fontbonne has to offer. Fontbonne Magazine is one of the many ways you can learn more about what’s happening in our schools, and all around and off-campus. With a variety of updates and feature articles, the magazine helps to inform and connect students, faculty, alumni and the larger community Fontbonne serves.

In-depth features introduce you to faculty, administrators and students. Lifestyle articles let you know a little more about life as a Griffin and might introduce you to a new campus group or nearby restaurant you want to try out. With plenty of pictures and a variety of topics, everyone can find something of interest in our glossy pages. Pick up a copy for yourself and you’ll soon see so much more at Fontbonne!

 

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Message from the President

Those of you who are alumni, supporters, and close friends and family of Fontbonne can easily articulate the story of this place based on your personal experiences. You are a part of our fabric and history. You have experienced what it means to be a dear neighbor and to serve the dear neighbor. You are also aware that service to the dear neighbor is often done in quiet ways, exhibiting all of the humility that accompanies true servant leadership.

We continue to cherish that humble identity, which we derive from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and our roots as a Catholic university. But now is the time for us to deliver a bold, new message about who we are. It’s time for us to soar higher.

One year ago, we embarked on a journey to rebrand the university. Considerable research, including many personal interviews, accompanied this process. This is what we learned: The things that we hold most dear continue to be important, but we need a new and exciting way to engage prospective students in this age of technology, choice and constant connection. We need a fresh way to engage our audiences with an exciting and aspirational new look and approach.

Within the pages of this magazine, you will see this new brand come to life. You will read stories of people who have expressed a strong commitment to support our university, as well as those who live our mission every day.

We want people to sit up and take notice. As a university, we have been quiet for too long. Our new brand platform will help us express our beautiful identity in new and exciting ways, inviting and engaging others to join us as part of the Fontbonne University family.

Dr. Pressimone's autograph.
Dr. J. Michael
President

Fontbonne billboard mockup.

Reimagining Fontbonne for a Strong Future

The Fontbonne University brand does more than simply identify us — it communicates our values, beliefs and personality. Although the core values of our brand remain steadfast, as times and students change, there comes a point when the appearance of our brand must be refined, updated and reimagined. For Fontbonne University, now is that time.
Alumni teacher talking to students.

Fontbonne Helps Students Soar Higher and Find Their True Calling

Anna Hotop, a 2013 graduate from Fontbonne University’s religious studies and psychology programs, started her college career with a plan to become a theology teacher. But plans change, and with the loving support of the Fontbonne community, Hotop ended up discovering her true calling. Today, she’s the director of campus ministry at St. Joseph’s Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school in St. Louis founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the same religious order that founded Fontbonne.
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Largest Gifts in University History Pave Way for Future Growth

Two exceptional gifts to Fontbonne University have set the tone for the year’s fundraising goals — and for the long-term planning and investment in Fontbonne’s future. A commitment from Board Chair Dennis Gipson, retired chief executive officer and president of Hussman Corporation, pledges a seven-figure gift to Fontbonne, the largest in the university’s history.
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