Be More.

What does it mean to “be more?”

At Fontbonne, it means faculty who engage students to think beyond themselves. To think of their role in the world and how they can improve it. It means looking at community service as an integral part of the college experience — and beyond. And it means students and alumni shaped by a set of values that provides a life-long touchstone.

Transitioning students have opportunities at Fontbonne.

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Claudia Charles works with first-year students.

Claudia Charles, Ph.D, LCSW, guides a Janus seminar session.

Transitions. Choices. Beginnings. Endings. The college experience encompasses all of these. And at Fontbonne University, incoming students will better learn how to take them in stride through the Janus seminar program that focuses on both personal and professional development.

Each incoming student is required to enroll in Fontbonne’s liberal arts first-year seminar, known as Mission Core. Part of these requirements include Janus Seminars: one-hour workshops that take place throughout the fall. Students must attend 15 seminars between August and December, but they can pick and choose which sessions and times are the most relevant and useful to them — much like they would at a professional conference. Sessions take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m., with a series of three sessions taking place on the first Friday of every month from 9 a.m. – noon.

“Our goal is to help students gain self-knowledge and develop practical strategies for success,” said Dr. Corinne Wohlford, associate vice president for academic affairs. “These seminars are flexible for the students, and people from all across campus have contributed a variety of creative and useful topics.”

Session topics include campus culture, personal identity, academic success, mission, leadership, decision-making and more. Each session is taught by a campus expert in that area, and faculty and staff alike submitted proposals for courses. It’s a chance for the entire Fontbonne community to come together and support its newest members, many of whom are searching for ways to bridge their past and their future.

“Come to Fontbonne as yourself,” Wohlford encourages students. “Reflect on where you’ve been, but also look forward to where you want to go.”

This fall, Janus seminars will get some time in the spotlight when Lee DeLaet, director of academic advising, presents the program at a national advising conference as an example for other colleges and universities.

See a schedule of 2017 Janus seminars.





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