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APRIL 2014    
Save the Date Presidential Inauguration

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the Presidential Inauguration of Dr. J. Michael Pressimone on Friday, November 14, 2014.

Inaugurations are generally held within the first six months of a new president's arrival. Enthusiasm is still high. The president has had time to know the campus and people better, more fully understand its challenges and opportunities, and thus, be able to build a compelling message, direction and vision. While Dr. Pressimone is getting a head start on knowing Fontbonne before his official start date through transitioning meetings and committees, his first two months on campus are during the summer which is a different experience than the academic year offers. From a practical standpoint, the rule of thumb is that an inauguration requires a minimum of six months of planning!

More details will be forthcoming on all the special events as part of the Inauguration celebration.

Theatre Alumni Group Hosts Reception and Special Production of "Falling"
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The Theatre Alumni Group will celebrate several awards the Mustard Seed Theatre recently received from the St. Louis Critics Circle Awards, during a special reception and advance production of "Falling" on Thursday, April 10th. "Falling" is the award winning off-broadway play by Fontbonne Professor of Theatre, Deanna Jent.  It is based upon Jent's life and her family's experience bringing up an autistic child.

The reception will begin at 7 pm in the Art Gallery, immediately followed by the production at 8 pm. Reservations are required. Please contact Margaret Hesse '89 at 314.880.3608 or Admission is free with a donation of canned good(s) that will be distributed to those in need.

"Falling" will return for a regular run on campus from April 11-May 4, 2014. For more information on securing tickets for a future production, and to read more about other special events, please visit the Mustard Seed Theatre Website.

Graduate Studies Preview Night
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Register Now for the Spring Alumni Professional Networking Event

The Fontbonne University office of Alumni Relations and the Cyber Security Program in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science invite you to the Spring Alumni Professional Networking Event on:

Wednesday, April 23
5:30-6:30 pm
Networking Reception: complimentary wine, beer & appetizers
lobby, Jack C. Taylor Library
6:30-7:30 pm
Main presentation in the Lewis Room, Jack C. Taylor Library

Chief and Dr. Golden

Meet fellow alumni, St. Louis City Police Chief Sam Dotson '01 and retired County Police Chief Tim Fitch '99 for a conversation about how our city is prepared to deal with school safety, St. Louis' crime rating, cyber security threats and other behind the scenes observations. Register Now.

Fontbonne Offers Customized Corporate Educational Opportunities
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As a Fontbonne graduate you already know that you receive exclusive lifelong benefits as alumni but...DID YOU KNOW that Fontbonne University can enhance your workforce by offering customized educational opportunities and tuition discounts? Fontbonne can help your corporation invest in a successful work team.

     ♦ Onsite instruction at your facility or on campus.

     ♦ Needs assessment to tailor services.

     ♦ Corporate discounts to help lower the cost of tuition.

     ♦ Certificates, courses & seminars available.

     ♦ Evening and online degrees provide maximum flexibility.

For more information visit our website or contact the Office of Corporate Academic Services at 314.889.4675 or

Upcoming Alumni Events

 For additional information on any of the following events, contact the Alumni Office at 314.889.1403 or

Volunteer & Networking Opportunity
April 7 - 9
5:30 - 8 pm
The Advancement Office will hold a phonathon at the Clayton Campus. Volunteers are needed to call alumni and friends asking for their support. Training and dinner included. Contact Angela Ness at 314.889.1408 or to reserve an evening.

GOLD Alumni Event
Tour & Tasting
Perennial Artisan Ales
8125 Michigan Avenue
St. Louis, MO
Wednesday, April 9
5:30 - 7:30 pm
$10 per person-includes tour, tasting and appetizers
Register Online

Fontbonne Service Day
Friday, April 11
8 am - 4:30 pm 
Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni, Friends, Board of Trustees and
Board of Regents, CSJ Leadership and FCC
join together to support the mission of
"serving the dear neighbor"
Click here to register and see a list of sites
See Fontbonne Service Day 2013

Kansas City Alumni Chapter
Lunch & Tour of Powell Gardens
Kansas City's Botanical Gardens
Saturday, April 26
Lunch: Noon  Tour:  1 pm
$10 per person - includes lunch and admission to the Gardens
Register Online

Farewell Events for Dr. Golden
Wednesday, April 30
10:15 - Prayer of Thanksgiving
11 am - Storytelling and Goodbyes
11:30 am - 2 pm - Free Picnic
Click Here for a Complete List of Events and to Register Online


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Soccer Teams Honored for Scholastic Achievements

Both men's and women's soccer teams were honored by the National Soccer Coaches of America Association with the 2012-13 Team Academic Award for team grade point averages. Fontbonne was one of only 184 colleges across the country to have both its men's and women's teams receive the honor. This is the second straight year the women's team has received the honor and the first year for the men. Click here for sports schedules and other athletics news.

Student Exhibt at Fine Arts Gallery

Junior Synthesis Exhibit
April 1-8, 2014, opening reception, April 1, 1-3 pm.
Click here  for more information.

Alumni Reunion Weekend

Save the Date. October 10-12, 2014.  New date, new activities, new president, but forever purple and gold! Celebrating with all alumni classes with special recognition given to the 10th, 25th and 50th anniversary classes.  
Don't miss the State of the "U" address from Fontbonne's new President, Dr. J. Michael Pressimone.
  For more information contact: 314.889.1403 or email

Alumni Notes

Carolyn Compton '13 is the Neighborhood Advocate for the Central West End and Forest Park Southeast neighborhoods.

Stacey Ciolek '12 married Brian Hendrixson on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at River City Casino.

Elaine Rynders '73, is a physican's assistant at the St. Anthony Physician Group in Alton, IL. She retired from the Air Force as Lt. Col. after 21 years of service.

Lisa Jackson '09 and Tim Straszacker are announcing their engagement and upcoming marriage in November 2014. She is currently employed as a nanny and he is an engineer with Horner & Shifrin in St. Louis.

Betty Miller Amelotti '77 won the Alumni Refer-a-Friend contest for Freshman Preview Day. Betty will receive a $100 Amazon gift card for referring a prospective student to Fontbonne.

In Memory of:
Mary Fahey '67
Nancy Nabbefeld Jersa '61
Margaret Miller Sievers '41

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