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This summer, a number of Fontbonne University undergraduate and graduate students opted to skip their usual summer break activities and devote their time to a variety of programs on campus.

Sure, they’re earning internship credits and building up their resumes, but they could just as easily seek out internships at big corporations and make new contacts. But they choose to stay at Fontbonne because they believe in the programs and want to help them succeed.

Camp F.R.E.S.H., one of Fontbonne’s most popular and best-known camps, is offered

Gabby Feltner, campFRESH

Gabby Feltner helped children learn more about health
and wellness at campF.R.E.S.H. this summer.

to students entering 4 – 7th grade by the department of family and consumer sciences. Camp F.R.E.S.H. focuses on better health through activities emphasizing culinary experiences, nutrition, health and wellness, physical exercise and creativity.

Junior Gabby Feltner spent the majority of her summer working camp F.R.E.S.H. “I am studying health education and promotion and my ultimate goal is to work with kids,” she said. “Working with our campers has really solidified that goal. I have loved watching them explore new foods and try new things. It helped me picture what my career could look like.”

Feltner called upon some of her classroom experiences to help her during the camp. “We learned in class that there are different kinds of leaders and learners,” she said. “I was able to take what I learned and tailor the camp material differently to some of the campers. It was fun to see them get it!”

CampF.R.E.S.H. is not the only opportunity on campus for students to mentor young minds.

One of the fastest-growing programs at Fontbonne is Girls-in-Science, which is offered to girls entering 7 – 9 grade. The girls spent two weeks exploring scientific research techniques, such as experimental design and analysis, genetics, animal behavior and more.

Maddie Cooksey, Girls-in-Science

Maddie Cooksey spent part of her summer working
the Girls-in-Science program.

While researching potential internship opportunities, senior biology major Maddie Cooksey was thrilled to discover she didn’t have to leave campus to gain experience and have fun before graduating.

“Hearing about the program made me very excited because I know I would’ve loved the experience when I was younger, so I was all for it,” she said. “I was pleasantly surprised at how interested the girls were in science and hearing that they already had an idea of what kind of careers they wanted to pursue.”

Cooksey plans to pursue advanced degrees in science after graduating from Fontbonne. “Working with the girls has given a boost to my enthusiasm and passion for the field of science.”

Even graduate students are building up their resumes with real-world experience from campus.

Ian Farmer, Aphasia Bootcamp

Ian Farmer gained experience working with clients
during Aphasia Bootcamp.

Speech-language pathology graduate students dedicated their summers to working in the Eardley Family Clinic for Speech, Language and Hearing with clients in the Aphasia Boot Camp as part of their practicum.

Aphasia Boot Camp is a six-week-long intensive therapy approach for people with chronic aphasia, language skills lost due to brain damage as a result of a stroke.

“This is a great middle step for us because it is so heavily supervised,” said grad student, Ian Farmer. “We are working with patients and also learning about all of the background work that will be expected of us – like paperwork. I think that we will be extremely prepared to enter the workforce.”

Aubrey Atwater, Aphasia Bootcamp

Aubrey Atwater worked with clients and earned
credit by working the Aphasia Bootcamp this summer.

Aubrey Atwater has also been hard at work with boot camp this summer. “Working in the clinic has made me very reflective of my work,” she said. “The sessions with our clients are captured on camera so we can review our work to become better practitioners. It’s an invaluable tool and it helps us grow so we can help our clients better.”

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