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St. Louis – Nancy H. Blattner, President of Caldwell University in New Jersey, has been named president of Fontbonne University beginning in July 2020. Dr. Blattner formerly served as Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs at Fontbonne before assuming the presidency at Caldwell, a Catholic liberal arts university, in 2009. “Dr. Blattner was highly...
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The human experience is deeply rooted in memory. It is the raw material of personal identity and community. It informs our narratives, generates our myths, justifies our politics, and sustains our cultures. Memory gives us our autobiographical individual selves, yet memory also binds us to one another. In spite of this, memory is always contentious...
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The Fontbonne Community Connection (FCC) announced its 12th yearly cycle of awards, which now has reached a grand total of $1 million. FCC, a unique women’s giving circle, provides financial support for academic hopes and dreams of Fontbonne faculty, staff and students for proposed projects, which are beyond current department budgets and which will directly...
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This past June, six Fontbonne University faculty members traveled to Shanghai, one of China’s largest cities and a global financial hub, for a five-week teaching opportunity at Shanghai Normal University. As part of Fontbonne’s partnership with the China University Summer School Association (CUSSA) International Program, Dr. Daryl Wennemann, Dr. Minh Truong, Sara Rayfield, R. Lauren...
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Sister Roberta Schmidt, CSJ former professor and president of Fontbonne University passed away on January 2, 2019. Sr. Roberta taught sociology at Fontbonne before moving on to becoming president from 1966 – 1972. When asked in an interview what she most wanted to be remembered for as president, Sister Roberta said,  “Maintaining a Catholic identity...
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The Council of Independent Colleges and the Lilly Endowment Inc. have awarded Fontbonne University a $6,755 NetVUE Professional Grant. NetVUE grants are intended to deepen the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation by supporting the professional development of institutional leaders. The funding will be used to develop a vocational exploration program on campus. “A major goal...
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Fontbonne University is launching a redesigned  Master of Science in Computer Science. The new program focuses on theoretical and practical application of computer science. Students are able to choose from one of three specializations: software engineering, cybersecurity and data science. “This program is now targeted specifically for the most in-demand jobs in the market,” said...
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By Elizabeth Hise Brennan | Fontbonne Magazine, Spring 2018 In 2017, Lisa Vansickle transitioned from a career in corporate banking to her new role as vice president – chief financial officer for Fontbonne University. The Webster Groves, Mo., native earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accounting from what was then Southwest Missouri...
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The holiday favorite All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 will return to the Mustard Seed Theatre stage in the company’s 12th Season. Continuing to uphold its mission to produce high quality professional plays that explore themes of faith and social justice, Mustard Seed will open the season with a “mature-audiences only” production of...
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The Fontbonne University department of fine arts will host “Now and Then,” a concert to highlight and celebrate music on campus. “Now and Then” will feature performances by Fontbonne’s new jazz ensemble and choir. There will be guest performances from alumni and faculty, including Fontbonne President Dr. J. Michael Pressimone. The concert will take place...
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