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Janus Seminars 2018

The Janus Seminars are a semester-long conference on personal and professional identity development for first-year students as they transition into college.

We use the name Janus because, like Janus in Roman mythology, we want our students to be looking backward and forward at the same time—at who and where they have been and where they are going and who they want to be.

Each student must attend 12 seminars that are chosen to fit his or her schedule, interests, and needs over the course of the fall semester. Mission Core instructors will confirm how many total are needed. Two seminars will be required for all students: Preparing for LIB 199 and Preparing to Meet Your Academic Advisor.

Students choose their own seminars from the list below. Ask your Mission Core instructor for more details on how he or she would like you to turn in your responses to each seminar.

Seminars are available every Monday and Friday at 11 am except where noted, along with “First Friday” seminar days that run from 9am – noon in the basement of the library (with refreshments available between seminars). This way, if you choose, you can complete three seminars in one day.

Also look for some special events on the calendar below that are included outside the regular times. Plan early so that you can attend the seminars of most value to you.

Ask your Mission Core instructor for more information.

Friday, August 31 - Last Day to Drop/Add a Regular Semester Course

  • 11 - 11:50am

    The Path of Success: Planning Your Campus Engagement Road Map

    Library 05

    We know that students that get engaged with campus outside of the classroom tend to do much better in their classes. Now that you’ve completed fall orientation and you’re starting to find your place in the campus community, we wanted to provide a bit of a road map to help you get involved in the countless co-curricular opportunities presented at Fontbonne. Utilizing a personality assessment and capitalizing on the “Why” statements you created during WING Fall Orientation, this session will provide a better understanding of the campus culture and link participants to necessary contacts to get involved, set projected goals and make a difference within the Fontbonne community.

  • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

    Forest Park: Where You Can Grow as a Student & Budding Professional

    Library 06

    Presented by Glenshaw.
    This seminar will help you start to use Forest Park for your work as a student and budding professional. In addition to the opportunities for recreation and relaxation, Forest Park is also a superb resource to use for both your course work and for your professional development. Regarding course work and the park, when you are working on a paper, project or presentation, think about how you connect to Forest Park itself and/or its many institutions. For example, sports management: There are sports leagues that use the facilities of Forest Park and the park has two golf courses, a tennis center and more. How are these leagues and facilities managed? Who manages them and how do the private companies interact and intersect with the city government and Forest Park Forever, the two organizations that operate the park? Almost every major, degree program and field of study can use the lens of Forest Park to find real world examples and applications. As far as professional development is concerned, Forest Park is home to: 5 top flight cultural institutions, 6 city government departments or agencies, an award-winning non-profit conservancy and 8 dining locations run by 7 different catering companies. Some of these institutions have unique specializations and opportunities abound for internships, part-time jobs, and volunteering to learn about their specific fields. In addition to these more specialized fields, most, if not all, of these institutions/organizations have similar departments in common such as: education, human resources, community development, marketing, financial management/accounting, fundraising, information technology, and many more. As such, opportunities again abound for internships, part-time jobs, and volunteering to learn about these areas that the institutions have in common.

  • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

    Understanding Your Learning Style

    Library 10

    Students will take a learning style assessment and will be provided with written material about tips and strategies to use for each learning style. The majority of the session will focus on discussion about each learning style with plenty of examples and opportunity for discussion.

  • 11 - 11:50am

    Participating Effectively in Class

    Lewis Room

    In this session, we’ll talk about how to participate in class effectively—especially if you don’t always feel comfortable doing so. We’ll discuss multiple ways to be an active participant in your classes, along with tips you can use to prepare for active class preparation.

Monday, September 3 - No Janus Seminars (Labor Day Holiday)

    Friday, September 7

    • 9 - 9:50 a.m.

      Athletics and Academic Responsibilities

      Library 05

      Presented by Graves.
      The Faculty Athletic Representative, FAR, is the liaison between the student-athlete and their academics. When issues arise, whether it be illness, injury, faculty not letting the student-athlete to make-up work or tests due to conflicts with games, or other items the FAR is able to help the student-athlete resolve some of these issues. Also, the student-athlete needs to understand his/her responsibilities when juggling their academics along with their sport.

    • 9 - 9:50am

      Responding to Social Justice

      Library 06

      Presented by Gunn.
      Being an advocate for justice in these times. Why/How

    • 9 - 9:50 a.m.

      TELOS Honors Program: Learn How to Get Involved

      Library 10

      Presented by Wohlford.
      Hear about the brand new honors program at Fontbonne. It is open to students with high levels of creativity, engagement, and curiosity. The presenter is the director of the program and will explain how it works, why you should consider applying even if you don’t think of yourself as a traditional honors student, and how Fontbonne’s program is much different than other honors programs.

    • 9 - 9:50am

      Preventing Stress From Getting Under the Skin

      Lewis Room

      Presented by Blaxton
      The desire for discovery and growth is part of our human nature. When life’s journey is challenging, painful, or stressful, it helps to be confident in our ability to navigate these experiences in a way that enriches our life experience. Chronically stressful experiences negatively impact long-term mental and physical health. Understanding the adaptive value of stress, practicing health stress management strategies, and maintaining good emotional health and resiliency not only helps protect us from the negative consequences related to stress but also allows us to operate from the inside-out and continue to grow across the lifespan. This presentation will illustrate the biological pathways of how stress can lead to negative long-term consequences as well as the protective value of the stress response. In addition, the presentation will provide applicable strategies for managing stress, such as taking care of physical health (sleep, exercise, nutrition) and maintaining healthy self-esteem and boundaries. These strategies can help protect individuals from the physical and psychological ramifications of stress.

    • 10-10:50 a.m.

      The Path of Success: Planning Your Campus Engagement Road Map

      Library 05

      We know that students that get engaged with campus outside of the classroom tend to do much better in their classes. Now that you’ve completed fall orientation and you’re starting to find your place in the campus community, we wanted to provide a bit of a road map to help you get involved in the countless co-curricular opportunities presented at Fontbonne. Utilizing a personality assessment and capitalizing on the “Why” statements you created during WING Fall Orientation, this session will provide a better understanding of the campus culture and link participants to necessary contacts to get involved, set projected goals and make a difference within the Fontbonne community.

    • 10 - 10:50am

      Responding to Social Justice

      Library 06

      Presented by Gunn.
      Being an advocate for justice in these times. Why/How

    • 10 - 10:50 a.m.

      Preventing Stress from Getting Under the Skin

      Lewis Room

      The desire for discovery and growth is part of our human nature. When life’s journey is challenging, painful, or stressful, it helps to be confident in our ability to navigate these experiences in a way that enriches our life experience. Chronically stressful experiences negatively impact long-term mental and physical health. Understanding the adaptive value of stress, practicing health stress management strategies, and maintaining good emotional health and resiliency not only helps protect us from the negative consequences related to stress but also allows us to operate from the inside-out and continue to grow across the lifespan. This presentation will illustrate the biological pathways of how stress can lead to negative long-term consequences as well as the protective value of the stress response. In addition, the presentation will provide applicable strategies for managing stress, such as taking care of physical health (sleep, exercise, nutrition) and maintaining healthy self-esteem and boundaries. These strategies can help protect individuals from the physical and psychological ramifications of stress.

    • 10 - 10:50 a.m.

      Stress Management Utilizing the Science of Happiness

      Library 10

      There will be a discussion of positive psychological (PP) concepts and methods, participate in demonstrations, and practice and discuss PP exercises. Positive psychology encompasses the study of positive experiences, positive character strengths, positive relationships, and the institutions and practices that facilitate their development. During the workshop, the students will be guided through discussion of the transition to university life and link you to the resources necessary for your academic success.

    • 11 - 11:50am

      Getting Around Saint Louis

      Library 05

      It is so helpful and important to have access to the city you’re living in. One of the great resources for mobility in this city is our public transit system. This will be an intro exploration into using public transportation and getting out into our city. We will take a bus and a the Metro to explore the city in a unique and affordable way. The students will need $3 in cash.

    • 11 - 11:50am

      Financial Aid 101

      Library 06

      Come learn why it’s essential you understand your funding – regardless of who may be paying your bill, and the important role you play as a student. Financial Aid can seem intimidating and less than exciting, but you will leave this session will have you feeling more confident and informed about the process.

    • 11 - 11:50am

      Major Exploration: Computer Science

      Library 10

      Think you might be interested in a Computer Science major? Wondering what’s involved? Come find out!

    • 11 - 11:50am

      Successful Writing

      Lewis Room

      Clear, cohesive writing has been identified as a critically important skill for university graduates regardless of discipline. However, very few students enter college with the skills necessary to thoughtfully and carefully craft written documents that are based on evidence-based arguments, use the appropriate voice given the assigned audience, and submit polished final drafts. Research suggests that university faculty from across disciplines identify several features of student writing that recur and stand out as “failing to meet expectations,” including lack of originality, lack of ability to connect the dots and anchor their work to the larger themes in the literature, an inability to discern summary versus analysis, lack of professional polish, and a misunderstanding of plagiarism. In this seminar, students will learn tips and techniques for improving their practice of writing, regardless of discipline, by focusing on tasks that directly address the most common writing missteps.

    Monday, September 10 - No Janus Seminars (All Campus Meeting)

      Friday, September 14

      • 11 - 11:50am

        Determine Your True Colors

        Library 05

        Personality is an excellent measure of determining what most excites you, what makes you tick, and what motivates you to take action.  During this session, you’ll be introduced to the True Colors Personality Inventory, a measurement that will help you redefine your passions and capitalize on the opportunities present throughout the Fontbonne community.

      • 11 - 11:50am

        Should I Be Writing This Down? Effective Note-Taking for Learning

        Library 06

        Many students, even upper-level college students, struggle with knowing how and when to take notes. This seminar will address note-taking during in-class lectures/discussions. The seminar, aimed primarily at first-year students, will explore a variety of note-taking methods—from visual note-taking to Cornell notes to outlines. We will also look at a number of digital systems for storing and retrieving notes, such as Evernote and Onenote. Most importantly, though, we focus on what to take notes on by paying special attention to cues in both lectures and tests. The format will consist of a presentation and practice of visual note-taking (markers and crayons included).

      • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

        Finding Your Voice

        Library 10

        Communicating assertively and authentically in a variety of situations. Interactive workshop.

      • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

        Communicating with Professors

        Lewis Room

        Presented by Adams.
        Meet with Vice President for Academic Affairs, Carey Adams, who holds a PhD in Communication, to learn about ways to communicate with your professors that are professional and effective.

      Monday, September 17

      • 11 - 11:50am

        Time Management

        Library 05

        College life brings with it a lot of freedom, but students may soon discover that managing their coveted free or unstructured time may be more difficult than they had planned. With trying to balance extracurriculars, classes and maybe even jobs while still trying to maintain a social life, students might discover everything is starting to pile up. Competing demands start placing stress on a student’s attempts to adjust to a new educational environment. This session will focus on the use of technology, scheduling techniques, and best practices to help the college student stay organized, on track with day-to-day activities and keep the anxiety levels to a minimum.

      • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

        Organizing Your Digital Documents

        Library 06

        College is made up of classes.  Classes are made up of projects and assignments.  Throw in resumes, cover letters, notes, applications, and other random items, and you arrive at a single, inescapable conclusion: you’re going to be saving lots of files throughout your college career.  The organization of your computer documents is vital to your success in your professional and personal life.  In Organizing Your Digital Documents, you will learn file organization techniques that will help you avoid the frustration of lost items and save you file retrieval time in your academic and professional career.

      • 9 - 9:50 a.m.

        Figuring Out What's Important

        Library 10

        This interactive workshop will help you assess your values—and helps you figure out your ideal career path. This presentation starts with a short conversation about values and why career-related values change over time. You will walk away knowing your top six career-related values, and you will learn how to best reflect on what is important to you and how to use your values to guide their career research. To that end, you will write down three questions you’ll need to ask yourself and career professionals – and how to do that – in the next 2-3 years as you plan for the future.

      • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

        Should I Be Writing This Down? Effective Note-Taking for Learning

        Lewis Room

        Many students, even upper-level college students, struggle with knowing how and when to take notes. This seminar will address note-taking during in-class lectures/discussions. The seminar, aimed primarily at first-year students, will explore a variety of note-taking methods—from visual note-taking to Cornell notes to outlines. We will also look at a number of digital systems for storing and retrieving notes, such as Evernote and Onenote. Most importantly, though, we focus on what to take notes on by paying special attention to cues in both lectures and tests. The format will consist of a presentation and practice of visual note-taking (markers and crayons included).

      Friday, September 21

      • 11 - 11:50am

        Squeezing the Juice Out of All the Libraries Available to You For Both School and Pleasure

        Library 05

        In addition to Fontbonne’s great Taylor Library, as a student you have access to materials (books, DVDs, and more) from over 100 libraries in the MOBIUS and Prospector library systems.  Not only that but most Fontbonne students are eligible for library cards at four local public library systems.  Find out how you can use this incredible library access to grow as a student, budding professional and as a person.

      • 11 - 11:50am

        Major Exploration: Bioinformatics

        Library 10

        Think you might be interested in a Bioinformatics major? Wondering what’s involved? Come find out!

      • 11 - 11:50am

        The Path of Success: Planning Your Campus Engagement Road Map

        Lewis Room

        We know that students that get engaged with campus outside of the classroom tend to do much better in their classes. Now that you’ve completed fall orientation and you’re starting to find your place in the campus community, we wanted to provide a bit of a road map to help you get involved in the countless co-curricular opportunities presented at Fontbonne. Utilizing a personality assessment and capitalizing on the “Why” statements you created during WING Fall Orientation, this session will provide a better understanding of the campus culture and link participants to necessary contacts to get involved, set projected goals and make a difference within the Fontbonne community.

      Monday, September 24

      • 11 - 11:50am

        Participating Effectively in Class

        Library 05

        In this session, we’ll talk about how to participate in class effectively—especially if you don’t always feel comfortable doing so. We’ll discuss multiple ways to be an active participant in your classes, along with tips you can use to prepare for active class preparation.

      • 11 - 11:50am

        How To Be a Healthy Griffin

        Library 10

        Good physical health can be a challenge to college students: weight gain (a.k.a.”The Freshman 15″), lack of physical activity, poor sleep, homesickness, physical and mental illnesses. This class will be interactive and fun! Learn how to make a plan to stay healthy while studying in college. Recognize three danger zones as well as learn the basic corner stones to good health.

      • 11 - 11:50am

        Preparing for the Career Fair Sept. 28th

        Lewis Room

        Take a deep dive into the sea of networking! This workshop is designed to prepare students for the Career Fair on September 28, 2018. Students will learn the art of networking, including how to get into and out of conversations, as well as proper etiquette and attire for attending networking events. We will also discuss the purpose of a career fair and how to prepare for success. This workshop will provide each student with an opportunity to develop an “elevator pitch” and practice a professional handshake.

      Friday, September 28

      • 11 - 11:50am

        What Are Your Strengths? An Exploration of Who You Are Through Your Strengths

        Library 05

        Students who attend this seminar will complete the StengthsQuest assessment and identify their top 5 natural talents. Students will have the opportunity to explore these talents and learn how to develop them into strengths in order to acheive greater success academically, socially, and professionally. This seminar is interactive and students will leave with a tangible action plan on how to build their strengths to be the best versions of themselves.

      • 11 - 11:50am

        Exploring Family Dynamics: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

        Library 06

        This seminar is part of the Dedicated Semester: Family: Past, Present & Future. Being in one’s family provides a unique context of the influences. Students will gain an understanding of families and explore the meaning of family from their own perspective. Students will learn the basics of family dynamics and gain an understanding of the impact of family dynamics on one’s self-perception

      • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

        Should I Be Writing This Down? Effective Note-Taking for Learning

        Library 10

        Presented by Oliverio.
        Many students, even upper-level college students, struggle with knowing how and when to take notes. This seminar will address note-taking during in-class lectures/discussions. The seminar, aimed primarily at first-year students, will explore a variety of note-taking methods—from visual note-taking to Cornell notes to outlines. We will also look at a number of digital systems for storing and retrieving notes, such as Evernote and Onenote. Most importantly, though, we focus on what to take notes on by paying special attention to cues in both lectures and tests. The format will consist of a presentation and practice of visual note-taking (markers and crayons included).

      • 11 - 11:50am

        Catch the Wave – Explore How Campus Ministry Supports Living Fontbonne’s Mission

        Lewis Room

        The campus ministry services here at Fontbonne University provide a number of resources and opportunities which would help you integrate the university’s mission into your daily journey towards realizing your purpose, your passion and your path in life.  This presentation will be informational but also interactive as you will be encouraged to share your hopes, ideas and areas of interest.

      Monday, October 1

      • 11 - 11:50am

        Time Management

        Library 05

        College life brings with it a lot of freedom, but students may soon discover that managing their coveted free or unstructured time may be more difficult than they had planned. With trying to balance extracurriculars, classes and maybe even jobs while still trying to maintain a social life, students might discover everything is starting to pile up. Competing demands start placing stress on a student’s attempts to adjust to a new educational environment. This session will focus on the use of technology, scheduling techniques, and best practices to help the college student stay organized, on track with day-to-day activities and keep the anxiety levels to a minimum.

      • 11 - 11:50am

        Resume Development

        Library 06

        This interactive workshop will help learn how to create a professional resume, assessing your skills and considering the best form for your career field.

      • 11 - 11:50am

        Spotting Fake News

        Library 10

        To be an informed member of society we have to stay up-to-date on current affairs . There is a lot of reporting and misinformation, especially online, how can we decipher what is quality and what if fake news.

      • 11 - 11:50am

        Transitioning to College for High-Achieving High School Students

        Lewis Room

        Many students spend their high school careers preparing for college.  It can be a surprise, then, when students who are particularly strong in high school face new challenges and struggles as they come to college.   High-achieving students have their own risks and needs; come to learn more about how to continue to thrive without losing yourself in the process.

      SPECIAL OFFERING: Thursday, October 4

      • 7 - 8:30pm

        Sexuality, Hookup Culture & Catholic Social Teaching

        Lewis Room

        The dynamics around definitions of family in our society are rooted in shifting ideas about sexuality. Important in the formation of a young person regarding these ideas is the college experience. When students arrive on college campuses, one particular pressure they feel is to hookup. Dr. Jason King recently published a study of this phenomenon at twenty-six Catholic colleges and universities (Faith with Benefits, Oxford University Press, 2017). Although most do not enjoy or desire hooking up, few feel like they can resist it. Doing so often means they are pushed to the fringes of social life. Catholic campuses can help support students’ resistance and enable them to pursue more of what they truly desire, but, to do so, these colleges and universities need to understand hookup culture as a social justice issue, one affecting human dignity and solidarity. If Catholic campuses take this approach, they will not only be able to address the marginalization of students but also provide a foundation for stable, flourishing relationships long into adulthood.

      Friday, October 5

      • 9 - 9:50 a.m.

        Navigating Campus Dining Services: A Balanced Approach to a Healthy Lifestyle

        Library 05

        The Campus Dining Services department and Family and Consumers Sciences department will present on using a balanced approach to selecting meal choices while on campus. This interactive session will allow students to better understand the Chef Stars program and walk through utilizing the app on a phone or tablet to facilitate meal planning. Jamie Daugherty, faculty member from FCS will lead a discussion on balanced choices when planning meals. This session will allow for a Q&A on navigating the campus dining services and how to take an individualized approach to planning healthier choices for a balanced lifestyle.

      • 9 - 9:50 a.m.

        Creativity and the Common Good

        Library 06

        This seminar will take a look at creativity and the role it plays in one’s identity, life style, growth mind set and ultimately its importance to the common good. Discussion will center around two short videos Embrace the Shake and Alike.

      • 9 - 9:50 a.m.

        What is Tile IX and Why Does It Matter to You?

        Library 10

        Title IX is federal legislation that requires schools to guarantee gender equity.  What does that mean at Fontbonne?  Learn more about how the Title IX office can provide resources and support around a wide variety of issues relating to dating, stalking, sexual harrassment, gender discrimination, and sexual assault.  We’ll talk about what to do if you have a concern for yourself or for others.

      • 9 - 9:50 a.m.

        Preparing for LIB 199

        Lewis Room

        Information Literacy in Higher Education (LIB 199) is an essential part of the General Education curriculum and a great opportunity to step up your research game in your other classes. This session will give you a head start by offering an overview of what to expect in LIB199 and will share strategies for succeeding in the online college classroom. We’ll address the importance of self-discipline and time management skills, which are key in developing independent learning habits and maintaining engagement with the course content. LIB 199 will help you get acquainted with college-level research and everything the library has to offer — find out why it all matters here!

      • 10 - 10:50 a.m.

        Navigating Campus Dining Services: A Balanced Approach to a Healthy Lifestyle

        Library 05

        The Campus Dining Services department and Family and Consumers Sciences department will present on using a balanced approach to selecting meal choices while on campus. This interactive session will allow students to better understand the Chef Stars program and walk through utilizing the app on a phone or tablet to facilitate meal planning. Jamie Daugherty, faculty member from FCS will lead a discussion on balanced choices when planning meals. This session will allow for a Q&A on navigating the campus dining services and how to take an individualized approach to planning healthier choices for a balanced lifestyle.

      • 10 - 10:50 a.m.

        Major Exploration: Cybersecurity & MIS

        Library 06

        Think you might be interested in a Cybersecurity or MIS major? Wondering what’s involved? Come find out!

      • 10 - 10:50 a.m.

        Stress Management Utilizing the Science of Happiness

        Library 10

        There will be a discussion of positive psychological (PP) concepts and methods, participate in demonstrations, and practice and discuss PP exercises. Positive psychology encompasses the study of positive experiences, positive character strengths, positive relationships, and the institutions and practices that facilitate their development. During the workshop, the students will be guided through discussion of the transition to university life and link you to the resources necessary for your academic success.

      • 10 - 10:50 a.m.

        Preparing to Meet with Your Academic Advisor

        Lewis Room

        Learn the step-by-step process to get ready to meet with your academic advisor so you can register on time for Spring courses!

      • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

        Major Exploration: Education and Special Education

        Library 05

        Think you might be interested in an Education or Special Education major? Wondering what’s involved? Come find out!

      • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

        Responding to Social Justice

        Library 06

        Being an advocate for justice in these times. Why/How

      • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

        Preventing Stress From Getting Under the Skin

        Library 10

        The desire for discovery and growth is part of our human nature. When life’s journey is challenging, painful, or stressful, it helps to be confident in our ability to navigate these experiences in a way that enriches our life experience. Chronically stressful experiences negatively impact long-term mental and physical health. Understanding the adaptive value of stress, practicing health stress management strategies, and maintaining good emotional health and resiliency not only helps protect us from the negative consequences related to stress but also allows us to operate from the inside-out and continue to grow across the lifespan. This presentation will illustrate the biological pathways of how stress can lead to negative long-term consequences as well as the protective value of the stress response. In addition, the presentation will provide applicable strategies for managing stress, such as taking care of physical health (sleep, exercise, nutrition) and maintaining healthy self-esteem and boundaries. These strategies can help protect individuals from the physical and psychological ramifications of stress.

      • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

        Preparing to Meet with Your Academic Advisor

        Lewis Room

        Presented by Harris.
        Learn the step-by-step process to get ready to meet with your academic advisor so you can register on time for Spring courses!

      Monday, October 8

      • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

        Kinkel Center for Student Success, Advising & Engagement

        Library 05

        This presentation is an overview of “Managing Test Anxiety” Topics include: “Identify Your Reactions to Test Taking” Determine How Your Reactions to Test Taking Affect Your Ability to be Successful” and “Good and Bad Stress”

      • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

        So You're Interested in Dietetics…Now What?

        Library 06

        Designed for the undecided incoming freshman, this seminar will explore the following topics: What is a dietitian? What career opportunities are available for dietitians? What courses are required in this major? What happens when you graduate? How do you earn the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential? Come and learn all about the exciting dietetics program at Fontbonne University!

      • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

        College and Your Mental Well-Being

        Library 10

        Through this presentation Learners will understand what the: Most common mental health issues that affect first-year students; How to manage personal mental health and well-being during their first year experience; Coping skills and effective strategies to manage one’s personal Mental Health; How to help a friend or self access resources available on and off campus.

      • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

        Preparing to Meet with Your Academic Advisor

        Lewis Room

        Presented by Harris.
        Learn the step-by-step process to get ready to meet with your academic advisor so you can register on time for Spring courses!

      Friday, October 12

      • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

        Gallery Discourse

        Library 05

        Students will visit Fontbonne Universitys Gallery of Fine Art. The conversation will include curating a show, hanging a show and the reasons why artist use galleries as an extension of their work. How do galleries help or hurt the artist? What to expect from Fontbonnes gallery schedule and upcoming shows.

      • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

        Understanding Your Learning Style

        Library 06

        Students will take a learning style assessment and will be provided with written material about tips and strategies to use for each learning style. The majority of the session will focus on discussion about each learning style with plenty of examples and opportunity for discussion.

      • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

        Preparing to Meet with Your Academic Advisor

        Library 10

        Presented by Harris.
        Learn the step-by-step process to get ready to meet with your academic advisor so you can register on time for Spring courses!

      • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

        Preparing to Meet with Your Academic Advisor

        Lewis Room

        Presented by Harris.
        Learn the step-by-step process to get ready to meet with your academic advisor so you can register on time for Spring courses!

      Monday, October 15

      • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

        Spotting Fake News

        Library 05

        To be an informed member of society we have to stay up-to-date on current affairs . There is a lot of reporting and misinformation, especially online, how can we decipher what is quality and what if fake news.

      • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

        Kinkel Center for Student Success, Advising & Engagement

        Library 06

        This presentation is an overview of “Managing Test Anxiety” Topics include: “Identify Your Reactions to Test Taking” Determine How Your Reactions to Test Taking Affect Your Ability to be Successful” and “Good and Bad Stress”

      • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

        Preparing to Meet with Your Academic Advisor

        Library 10

        Presented by Harris.
        Learn the step-by-step process to get ready to meet with your academic advisor so you can register on time for Spring courses!

      • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

        Preparing for LIB 199

        Lewis Room

        Presented by Portman.
        Information Literacy in Higher Education (LIB 199) is an essential part of the General Education curriculum and a great opportunity to step up your research game in your other classes. This session will give you a head start by offering an overview of what to expect in LIB199 and will share strategies for succeeding in the online college classroom. We’ll address the importance of self-discipline and time management skills, which are key in developing independent learning habits and maintaining engagement with the course content. LIB 199 will help you get acquainted with college-level research and everything the library has to offer — find out why it all matters here!

      Monday, October 19 - Last Day to Drop a Regular Semester Course/LIB 199 Begins October 22

      • 11 - 11:50am

        Determine Your True Colors

        Library 05

        Personality is an excellent measure of determining what most excites you, what makes you tick, and what motivates you to take action.  During this session, you’ll be introduced to the True Colors Personality Inventory, a measurement that will help you redefine your passions and capitalize on the opportunities present throughout the Fontbonne community.

      • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

        Participating Effectively in Class

        Library 06

        Presented by Williamson.
        In this session, we’ll talk about how to participate in class effectively—especially if you don’t always feel comfortable doing so. We’ll discuss multiple ways to be an active participant in your classes, along with tips you can use to prepare for active class preparation.

      • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

        Catch the Wave – Explore How Campus Ministry Supports Living Fontbonne’s Mission

        Library 10

        The campus ministry services here at Fontbonne University provide a number of resources and opportunities which would help you integrate the university’s mission into your daily journey towards realizing your purpose, your passion and your path in life.  This presentation will be informational but also interactive as you will be encouraged to share your hopes, ideas and areas of interest.

      • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

        Preparing for LIB 199

        Lewis Room

        Presented by Portman.
        Information Literacy in Higher Education (LIB 199) is an essential part of the General Education curriculum and a great opportunity to step up your research game in your other classes. This session will give you a head start by offering an overview of what to expect in LIB199 and will share strategies for succeeding in the online college classroom. We’ll address the importance of self-discipline and time management skills, which are key in developing independent learning habits and maintaining engagement with the course content. LIB 199 will help you get acquainted with college-level research and everything the library has to offer — find out why it all matters here!

      Monday, October 22 - No Janus Seminars (Fall Break)/LIB 199 Begins

        Friday, October 26 - Meet Soon with Your Academic Advisor to Confirm Spring 2019 Academic Plan

        • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

          Financial Aid 101

          Library 05

          Presented by Kearney.
          General information regarding financial aid, financial literacy and other financial issues will be presented.

        • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

          Major Exploration: Social Work

          Library 06

          Think you might be interested in a Social Work major? Wondering what’s involved? Come find out!

        • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

          Finding Your Voice

          Library 10

          Communicating assertively and authentically in a variety of situations. Interactive workshop.

        • 11 - 11:50am

          Successful Writing

          Lewis Room

          Clear, cohesive writing has been identified as a critically important skill for university graduates regardless of discipline. However, very few students enter college with the skills necessary to thoughtfully and carefully craft written documents that are based on evidence-based arguments, use the appropriate voice given the assigned audience, and submit polished final drafts. Research suggests that university faculty from across disciplines identify several features of student writing that recur and stand out as “failing to meet expectations,” including lack of originality, lack of ability to connect the dots and anchor their work to the larger themes in the literature, an inability to discern summary versus analysis, lack of professional polish, and a misunderstanding of plagiarism. In this seminar, students will learn tips and techniques for improving their practice of writing, regardless of discipline, by focusing on tasks that directly address the most common writing missteps.

        Monday, October 29

        • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

          Key Time Management Goals & Decision Making

          Library 05

          This presentation will describe Key Time Management Goals and the importance of Decision Making. Videos included in this presentation will provide examples of “How to Manage Your Time Better” and “How to Study More in Less Time:80/20 Rule.” Learn how to make the decision making process easier. Understand the different steps you can take to make it as simple as possible. Additional topics: “The Five Basis for Decision Making Success and Decision Making and the Pursuit of “happy”-ness.

        • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

          Historical "Tour" of Fontbonne

          Library 06

          This is a pictorial, multi-media history of Fontbonne’s campus from 1923-2018 and of the work of the CSJs in shaping the culture (both academic and Catholic) of the university.

        • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

          College and Your Mental Well-Being

          Library 10

          Through this presentation Learners will understand what the: Most common mental health issues that affect first-year students; How to manage personal mental health and well-being during their first year experience; Coping skills and effective strategies to manage one’s personal Mental Health; How to help a friend or self access resources available on and off campus.

        • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

          Squeezing the Juice Out of All the Libraries Available to You For Both School and Pleasure

          Lewis Room

          In addition to Fontbonne’s great Taylor Library, as a student you have access to materials (books, DVDs, and more) from over 100 libraries in the MOBIUS and Prospector library systems.  Not only that but most Fontbonne students are eligible for library cards at four local public library systems.  Find out how you can use this incredible library access to grow as a student, budding professional and as a person.

        Friday, November 2

        • 9 - 9:50 a.m.

          Forest Park: Your Cheap Recreation & Education Center Down the Road

          Library 05

          Presented by Glenshaw.
          Having fun on a student budget can be tricky but we have an ace up our sleeve-Forest Park. The park itself and its many institutions offer a vast array of opportunities for fun and education. On the surface of it, we all know how amazing Forest Park is but how often do we use it and really take advantage of all that this park has to offer? I moved to St. Louis in 1995 but it was not until the early 2000s that I really began to use the park. I wish I had not let those years go by without getting to learn what the park offered. I volunteer for Forest Park Forever and have to come to know the park and its institutions well. I hope to share my knowledge of and enthusiasm for Forest Park and all it offers and provides.

        • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

          How to Be a Healthy Griffin!

          Library 06

          Presented by Hickman/Hagan.
          Good physical health can be a challenge to college students; weight gain (a.k.a “The Freshman 15”), lack of physical activity, poor sleep, homesickness, physical and mental illnesses. This class will be interactive and fun! Learn how to make a plan staying healthy while studying in college. Learn how to recognize three danger zones as well as learn the basic corner stones to good health.

        • 9 - 9:50 a.m.

          Creativity and the Common Good

          Library 06

          This seminar will take a look at creativity and the role it plays in one’s identity, life style, growth mind set and ultimately its importance to the common good. Discussion will center around two short videos Embrace the Shake and Alike.

        • 9 - 9:50 a.m.

          Figuring Out What's Important

          Library 10

          This interactive workshop will help you assess your values—and helps you figure out your ideal career path. This presentation starts with a short conversation about values and why career-related values change over time. You will walk away knowing your top six career-related values, and you will learn how to best reflect on what is important to you and how to use your values to guide their career research. To that end, you will write down three questions you’ll need to ask yourself and career professionals – and how to do that – in the next 2-3 years as you plan for the future.

        • 9 - 9:50 a.m.

          Mixing It Up: New Technologies at Taylor Library

          Lewis Room

          Taylor Library has joined forces with the campus Center for Educational and Emerging Technology to bring mixed-reality to campus. In this session, we’ll look at some of the ways mixed reality is changing the way we do things in our daily lives. We’ll explore applications in a variety of academic fields and think about ways to use the new technologies in and out of the classroom. This fun, interactive session will include a chance to play with the new equipment and experience the technology for yourself!

        • 10 - 10:50 a.m.

          Gallery Discourse

          Library 05

          Students will visit Fontbonne Universitys Gallery of Fine Art. The conversation will include curating a show, hanging a show and the reasons why artist use galleries as an extension of their work. How do galleries help or hurt the artist? What to expect from Fontbonnes gallery schedule and upcoming shows.

        • 10 - 10:50 a.m.

          Resume Development

          Library 06

          This interactive workshop will help learn how to create a professional resume, assessing your skills and considering the best form for your career field.

        • 10 - 10:50 a.m.

          Major Exploration: Applied Mathematics

          Library 10

          Think you might be interested in an Applied Mathematics major? Wondering what’s involved? Come find out!

        • 10 - 10:50 a.m.

          Mixing It Up: New Technologies at Taylor Library

          Lewis Room

          Taylor Library has joined forces with the campus Center for Educational and Emerging Technology to bring mixed-reality to campus. In this session, we’ll look at some of the ways mixed reality is changing the way we do things in our daily lives. We’ll explore applications in a variety of academic fields and think about ways to use the new technologies in and out of the classroom. This fun, interactive session will include a chance to play with the new equipment and experience the technology for yourself!

        • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

          Forest Park: Where You Can Grow As a Student & a Budding Professional

          Library 05

          In addition to the he opportunities for recreation and relaxation Forest Park is also a superb resource to use for both your course work and for your professional development. Regarding course work and the park, when you are working on a paper, project or presentation, think about how you connect to Forest Park itself and/or its many institutions. For example, sports management: There are sports leagues that use the facilities of Forest Park and the park has two golf courses, a tennis center and more. How are these leagues and facilities managed? Who manages them and how do the private companies interact and intersect with the city government and Forest Park Forever, the two organizations that operate the park? Almost every major, degree program and field of study can use the lens of Forest Park to find real world examples and applications. As far as professional development is concerned, Forest Park is home to: 5 top flight cultural institutions, 6 city government departments or agencies, an award-winning non-profit conservancy and 8 dining locations run by 7 different catering companies. Some of these institutions have unique specializations and opportunties abound for internships, part-time jobs, and volunteering to learn about their specific fields. In addition to these more specialized fields, most if not all of these institutions/organziations have similar departments in common such as: education, human resources, community development, marketing, financial managment/accounting, fundraising, information technology, and many more. As such opportunties again abound for internships, part-time jobs, and volunteering to learn about these areas that the institutions have in common. This seminar will help you start to use Forest Park for your work as a student and budding professional.

        • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

          The Zen of Executive Presence

          Library 10

          What is Executive Presence? Do you have it? Do you need it? This seminar will explore just what executive presence is and how it can help you grow as a student and future professional. Students will learn tips and details on assessing and improving style and one’s own executive presence.

        • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

          Mixing It Up: New Technologies at Taylor Library

          Lewis Room

          Taylor Library has joined forces with the campus Center for Educational and Emerging Technology to bring mixed-reality to campus. In this session, we’ll look at some of the ways mixed reality is changing the way we do things in our daily lives. We’ll explore applications in a variety of academic fields and think about ways to use the new technologies in and out of the classroom. This fun, interactive session will include a chance to play with the new equipment and experience the technology for yourself!

        Monday, November 5

        • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

          Key Time Management Goals & Decision Making

          Library 05

          This presentation will describe Key Time Management Goals and the importance of Decision Making. Videos included in this presentation will provide examples of “How to Manage Your Time Better” and “How to Study More in Less Time:80/20 Rule.” Learn how to make the decision making process easier. Understand the different steps you can take to make it as simple as possible. Additional topics: “The Five Basis for Decision Making Success and Decision Making and the Pursuit of “happy”-ness.

        • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

          Integrating Research Into Writing

          Library 06

          One of the challenges of college writing is effectively integrating research into papers while avoiding any possibilities of plagiarism. This seminar will be a hands-on workshop for students to apply key elements of different research formats (e.g., MLA). This may include an exercise in summarizing material from different research texts, using different in-text citation strategies and creating a Works Cited page. A guide to citation resources will also be distributed.

        • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

          Organizing Your Digital Documents

          Library 10

          College is made up of classes.  Classes are made up of projects and assignments.  Throw in resumes, cover letters, notes, applications, and other random items, and you arrive at a single, inescapable conclusion: you’re going to be saving lots of files throughout your college career.  The organization of your computer documents is vital to your success in your professional and personal life.  In Organizing Your Digital Documents, you will learn file organization techniques that will help you avoid the frustration of lost items and save you file retrieval time in your academic and professional career.

        • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

          Introducing Fontbonne's Peace Corps Prep Program

          Lewis Room

          Do you enjoy volunteering, traveling, and culture? Come join us to learn about Fontbonne’s brand new Peace Corp Prep (PCP) program!  This seminar will include why you should participate in the Peace Corp Prep program, PCP’s requirements, and a brief segment on intercultural competence!

        Friday, November 9 - Registration Begins for First-Year Students (< 30 credit hours)

        • 11 - 11:50am

          What Are Your Strengths? An Exploration of Who You Are Through Your Strengths

          Library 05

          Students who attend this seminar will complete the StengthsQuest assessment and identify their top 5 natural talents. Students will have the opportunity to explore these talents and learn how to develop them into strengths in order to acheive greater success academically, socially, and professionally. This seminar is interactive and students will leave with a tangible action plan on how to build their strengths to be the best versions of themselves.

        • 11 - 11:50am

          Exploring Family Dynamics: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

          Library 06

          This seminar is part of the Dedicated Semester: Family: Past, Present & Future. Being in one’s family provides a unique context of the influences. Students will gain an understanding of families and explore the meaning of family from their own perspective. Students will learn the basics of family dynamics and gain an understanding of the impact of family dynamics on one’s self-perception

        • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

          Major Exploration: Fashion Merchandising

          Library 10

          Think you might be interested in a Fashion Merchandising major? Wondering what’s involved? Come find out!

        • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

          Approaching Course Evaluations

          Lewis Room

          Don’t ignore those course evaluations! Your input is essential. Learn why your support is needed and how to complete a productive evaluation that benefits both students and instructors.

        Monday, November 12

        • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

          Gallery Discourse

          Library 05

          Students will visit Fontbonne Universitys Gallery of Fine Art. The conversation will include curating a show, hanging a show and the reasons why artist use galleries as an extension of their work. How do galleries help or hurt the artist? What to expect from Fontbonnes gallery schedule and upcoming shows.

        • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

          Integrating Research Into Writing

          Library 10

          One of the challenges of college writing is effectively integrating research into papers while avoiding any possibilities of plagiarism. This seminar will be a hands-on workshop for students to apply key elements of different research formats (e.g., MLA). This may include an exercise in summarizing material from different research texts, using different in-text citation strategies and creating a Works Cited page. A guide to citation resources will also be distributed.

        • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

          So You're Interested in Health Education & Promotion…Now What?

          Lewis Room

          Designed for the undecided incoming freshman, this seminar will explore the following topics: What is a health educator? What career opportunities are available for health educators? What courses are required in this major? What happens when you graduate? How do you earn the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credential? Come and learn more about this exciting career!

        Friday, November 16

        • 11 - 11:50am

          Determine Your True Colors

          Library 05

          Personality is an excellent measure of determining what most excites you, what makes you tick, and what motivates you to take action.  During this session, you’ll be introduced to the True Colors Personality Inventory, a measurement that will help you redefine your passions and capitalize on the opportunities present throughout the Fontbonne community.

        • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

          Catch the Wave – Explore How Campus Ministry Supports Living Fontbonne’s Mission

          Library 06

          The campus ministry services here at Fontbonne University provide a number of resources and opportunities which would help you integrate the university’s mission into your daily journey towards realizing your purpose, your passion and your path in life.  This presentation will be informational but also interactive as you will be encouraged to share your hopes, ideas and areas of interest.

        • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

          Understanding Your Learning Style

          Library 10

          Students will take a learning style assessment and will be provided with written material about tips and strategies to use for each learning style. The majority of the session will focus on discussion about each learning style with plenty of examples and opportunity for discussion.

        • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

          Major Exploration: Data Science

          Lewis Room

          Think you might be interested in studying Data Science? Wondering what’s involved? Come find out!

        Monday, November 19

        • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

          Healthy Relationships

          Library 05

          The seminar will teach attendees about what it means to have a healthy relationship, consent and healthy sexual relationships, and more. College is all about new experiences: the start of a new life, new friends, new freedom, and new relationship experiences. The activities are based on a holistic approach towards learning with a methodology and content that seeks to educate for change and violence prevention by empowering students through the acquisition of knowledge (cognitive) and a change in attitude/self-efficacy (affective). This program is part of the offerings during Intimate Partner Violence Awareness Month.

        • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

          Finding Your Voice

          Library 06

          Communicating assertively and authentically in a variety of situations. Interactive workshop.

        • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

          Squeezing the Juice Out of All the Libraries Available to You for Both School & Pleasure

          Library 10

          Presented by Glenshaw.
          We are always happy to see so many students using the Taylor Library here at Fontbonne. We take pride of our excellent selection of over 90, 000 physical volumes, over 170,00 e-books and over 69,000 journals, magazines and newspapers but, as a student, do you know how much more is available to you? Fontbonne is part of the MOBIUS library consortium which has over 27 million items available to you. And since MOBIUS is connected with the Prospector library consortium, Prospector’s 34 million items are also available to you. What about the four public library systems in the St. Louis area available to many Fontbonne students? Millions more items just sitting there for your use. And not just for homework, papers and projects but also for your own personal pleasure, interest and passions. And not just books but DVDs, CDs, e-books, magazines and more. I will share with you this vast array of library resources available to you and get your toes wet in how to use them.

        • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

          Introducing Fontbonne's Peace Corps Prep Program

          Lewis Room

          Do you enjoy volunteering, traveling, and culture? Come join us to learn about Fontbonne’s brand new Peace Corp Prep (PCP) program!  This seminar will include why you should participate in the Peace Corp Prep program, PCP’s requirements, and a brief segment on intercultural competence!

        Friday, November 23 - No Janus Seminars (Thanksgiving Break)

          Monday, November 26

          • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

            Forest Park: Your Cheap Recreation & Education Center Down the Road

            Library 05

            Presented by Glenshaw.
            Having fun on a student budget can be tricky but we have an ace up our sleeve-Forest Park. The park itself and its many institutions offer a vast array of opportunities for fun and education. On the surface of it, we all know how amazing Forest Park is but how often do we use it and really take advantage of all that this park has to offer? I moved to St. Louis in 1995 but it was not until the early 2000s that I really began to use the park. I wish I had not let those years go by without getting to learn what the park offered. I volunteer for Forest Park Forever and have to come to know the park and its institutions well. I hope to share my knowledge of and enthusiasm for Forest Park and all it offers and provides.

          • 11 - 11:50am

            Financial Aid 101

            Library 06

            Come learn why it’s essential you understand your funding – regardless of who may be paying your bill, and the important role you play as a student. Financial Aid can seem intimidating and less than exciting, but you will leave this session will have you feeling more confident and informed about the process.

          • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

            Historical "Tour" of Fontbonne's Campus

            Library 10

            This is a pictorial, multi-media history of Fontbonne’s campus from 1923-2018 and of the work of the CSJs in shaping the culture (both academic and Catholic) of the university.

          • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

            Stress and Time Management

            Lewis Room

            Best presentation will focus on how stress affects time management on college campuses. First-year students will learn: What stress is and how to identify it; What time management is and how to tell if if its non – effective; Ways to reduce stress (practices and coping skills); Effective time management skills.

          Friday, November 30

          • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

            Creativity and the Common Good

            Library 05

            This seminar will take a look at creativity and the role it plays in one’s identity, life style, growth mind set and ultimately its importance to the common good. Discussion will center around two short videos Embrace the Shake and Alike.

          • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

            Catch the Wave – Explore How Campus Ministry Supports Living Fontbonne’s Mission

            Library 06

            The campus ministry services here at Fontbonne University provide a number of resources and opportunities which would help you integrate the university’s mission into your daily journey towards realizing your purpose, your passion and your path in life.  This presentation will be informational but also interactive as you will be encouraged to share your hopes, ideas and areas of interest.

          • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

            The Zen of Executive Presence

            Library 10

            What is Executive Presence? Do you have it? Do you need it? This seminar will explore just what executive presence is and how it can help you grow as a student and future professional. Students will learn tips and details on assessing and improving style and one’s own executive presence.

          • 11 - 11:50 a.m.

            How To Be a Healthy Griffin

            Lewis Room

            Good physical health can be a challenge to college students: weight gain (a.k.a.”The Freshman 15″), lack of physical activity, poor sleep, homesickness, physical and mental illnesses. This class will be interactive and fun! Learn how to make a plan to stay healthy while studying in college. Recognize three danger zones as well as learn the basic corner stones to good health.