April 2015
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Alumni Family Day at the Saint Louis Zoo

Enjoy a day of fun at the Saint Louis Zoo with your family and fellow alumni.  Bring the kids, grandkids and your Fontbonne spirit for an adventure filled, family experience on Saturday, April 25th, 2015. 

This event is only $5.00 per person and includes a private breakfast at the Lakeside Café and a private sea lion show. Arrive before 8:30am and the parking is FREE. 

We hope to see you there. If you have any questions, please contact us at: alumnievents@fontbonne.edu; (314) 889-1403

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New VP of Institutional Advancement  

Fontbonne University has named Kitty Nangle Lohrum vice president for institutional advancement, effective March 30, 2015.

“Kitty brings great experience and enthusiasm for advancement work and a strong understanding of and commitment to our mission,” said J. Michael Pressimone, Fontbonne’s president. “Being a native St. Louisan, she has a solid network in the area which will be a key element in advancing supportive relationships with our community...”

Alums Receive Outstanding Awards

The Alumni Association would like to recognize alums, Erin Amador and Rodnesha Chatman for their recent outstanding achievement awards from the Missouri Association for Colleges of Teacher Education.

Both Amador and Rodnesha were selected for their excellence in servicing children and were honored as highly effective in their first two years in the classroom.

Bosnia Memory Project

St. Louis-born television personality Dave Holmes has listed Fontbonne’s Bosnia Memory Project as one of the top ten best things to visit in St. Louis.

Holmes is the host of the Ovation network’s new show, 'American Canvas' where he travels to different cities to highlight cultural spots that may be missed by tourists. In a recent interview with STLToday.com, he was asked to list ten things he would like to feature from his hometown. One of his picks was the Bosnia Memory Project..."

Speech-Path Students Receive Top Scores

Speech-language pathology graduate students were recognized for earning the top scores in the country for the week of February 23 by SimuCase, an innovative technology platform allowing users to assess, diagnose, and make recommendations for 16 different virtual patients. 

The program is used by universities across the country, and each week, all scores are compiled and reported.  Fontbonne graduate students use the system to learn to assess patients with communication disorders.

Sisterhood is Powerful

The Sisters Oral History Project is a newly launched program at Fontbonne University. Members of the Campus Ministry and Mission Integration departments and Dr. Ben Moore (English/Communication) have worked together to develop this program.  They recruited eight current Fontbonne students, seven of whom are now taking Ben Moore’s Oral History course and participating in the Bosnian Memory Project, to pair with eight Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

This effort is part of a larger project that originated at Fontbonne’s sister school, St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Nearly all participating Sisters are Fontbonne alumnae, and all have had rich and varied lives of service to the dear neighbor. To follow the progress of this program and to hear from students that are participating, click the Learn More button below. 

Save The Date. Alumni Reunion 2015 

In conjunction with the Fall 2015 dedicated semester topic of The Future… Fontbonne University invites all alumni Back to the Future. Embracing our History. Celebrating What's Ahead, on Oct. 2-4, 2015. 

Join us as we celebrate with activities and events for all alumni. Reconnect with fellow alumni, celebrate the special anniversaries of the 10th, 25th, and 50th Reunion classes, support Alumni & Founder's Award winners, and unite the past with the future. Contact the Alumni Relations Office at: alumnievents@fontbonne.edu; (314) 889-1403 for questions.

Learn Robotics For Your Classroom

Join Fontbonne University for an eight-week summer graduate experience and learn the concepts, techniques and applications of robotics.

You will learn the basics of modeling, designing, planning, programming and controlling robotic systems. During this course, you will program a robot that can be used in your class with your own students, and you will learn how to teach the essentials of robotics to your students.

FREE Eckert's Farm Tour for Fontbonne Alumni 

Fontbonne Alumna, Lana Shepek’87, a dietitian for Eckerts Orchard, has invited Fontbonne alumni for a special FREE farm tour.  The farm is just waking up from the winter and it is an excellent time to learn more about locally grown food and farming methods. 

The third Spring Orchard and Farm Tour will take place on Thursday, April 16th at 1:00PM. The tour will highlight growing techniques such as their USDA research with growing tomatoes in high tunnels vs. greenhouses, trellis systems for blackberries and apples, and plasticulture strawberries. Included on the tour is bee pollination of the fruit trees and viewing the weather stations located on the farm. Transportation will depart from their country store in Belleville, IL at 1:00PM. Following the tour, complimentary refreshments will be available inside their classroom; they will highlight some of their locally produced items as well.  

Reservations are required and space is limited.  Please mention that you are an alum of Fontbonne University. To register call 618-233-0513 ext. 0.

Mobile Giving Application

Are you interested in supporting the Bosnian memory project or giving to the Mustard Seed theatre, or other Fontbonne University Initiatives? Well now you can on your mobile phone! 

Fontbonne University would like to announce that you can now donate via text messaging.  Enjoy the flexibility of donating on your phone from anywhere at anytime.  It is as easy as sending a text message!

Donate today by texting Griffin to (314) 736-3434. This is secure and tax deductible.

What Will Your Legacy Be?

Leave a legacy that will have an impact for generations to come. A bequest through your will or trust pays rich dividends by helping ensure the future of Fontbonne University’s educational mission. 

For more information contact the Gift Planning Officer, Jan Sheehan at: (314) 719-3668; jsheehan@fontbonne.edu

Alumni Board Nomination

The Alumni Association is officially seeking nominations for the Fontbonne Alumni Board for the 2015-2016 academic year.  

Alumni Board members are leaders among alumni and mentor current students, volunteer at alumni events, assist with planning alumni engagement
activities, and support the university in a variety of ways.   We are seeking Board members of all ages, professions, and with a  variety of degree programs who are willing to serve a 2 year term and can commit to meetings, and volunteer activities.  In order to apply you must be nominated by a fellow alum.  For more information about Alumni Board member commitments and the nomination forms click below.

If you have questions, please contact Michelle Siegel, Senior Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving at (314) 889-1447; msiegel@fontbonne.edu

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