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Alumni Office Receives FCC Grant for Professional Networking Event


The Fontbonne University Alumni Office has been awarded a grant from the Fontbonne Community Connection (FCC) to enable them to have a fall Professional Networking event for alumni.  The FCC, a women's giving circle, comprised of Fontbonne alumni and other business friends provides grant funding each year to applicants who have a special project, event, or activity that would otherwise not be possible or go unfunded.  This year, the FCC funded 12 projects totaling $81,181. 

The Alumni Professional Networking event will be held on September 18, 2014 in the Lewis Room, of the Jack C. Taylor Library.  The event will feature professional speaker Bob Ash, whose company, Life Lessons, has provided training and education on professional and personal development topics to 1,500 plus organizations and businesses.

His topic for Fontbonne will be “Change is Inevitable…Growth is Optional.”   Fontbonne University Alumni Association Board member Jennifer Millikan '96 said, “This topic is very timely as Fontbonne is undergoing many changes with a new President, and other cultural changes. Anyone who is or has experienced significant changes in the workplace, or their personal life, will really benefit from this discussion on how to embrace change and move forward.”

Bob Ash has spoken at a number of universities including Purdue and Southern Illinois, and companies like Bank of America, and the CIA. Prior to starting his company, Bob served in several different public education positions including: teacher, principal, and superintendent of schools.  For more information on Bob go to

Alumni will receive invitations to this event by mail and e-card in August, or go to for more information.

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Executive Financial Group LLC to Sponsor Reunion Picnic


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Great connections are made through Fontbonne alumni every day.  Executive Financial Group LLC has agreed to sponsor the Griffin Alumni Picnic Bash on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 11:30-1:30 during Alumni Reunion.  Fontbonne alumna, Alfrida Dunlap ’11, works for EFG and she made connection with the Alumni office when she attended the spring Professional Networking event on campus.  EFG is interested in networking with Fontbonne students and graduates for potential jobs with their organization. EFG Development Manager Kyle Counts said, “EFG is interested in supporting Fontbonne. Our motto is people who plan ahead always live happier and more enjoyable lives, and furthering your education is the epitome of planning ahead. Hiring people who understand this concept is a winning partnership for us, Fontbonne, and especially those students."

The Griffin Alumni Picnic Bash will feature lunch from three of St. Louis’ favorite food trucks: Deli on a Roll, Seoul Taco and The Sweet Devine.  Plus don’t miss Gunner the Griffin, face painting and cotton candy for the kids, and a special performance at 12:30 from the Griffin Girls Dance Team. 

Additional sponsorships for Alumni Reunion Weekend are still available. If your company or organization is interested in sponsoring an event during Reunion, please contact Michelle Siegel, Senior Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving at 314-889-1447 or


Upcoming Events


With the new academic school year just around the corner, don’t forget to place these dates on your calendar.  Alumni participation is welcomed!  Please RSVP to the Alumni office at 314-889-1403 or

Welcome Mass-welcome new students to the Fontbonne campus on Sun. Aug. 24, 7 pm in the Doerr Chapel in Ryan Hall.

Gallery Opening-Ellen Jantzen will have her photography art on display at the Fontbonne Fine Arts Gallery From Aug. 29-Sept. 26-especially thanks in part to the Bruno David Gallery. Jantzen's photographic art, which is digitally altered style, displays unique graphics and color. An opening reception will be held from 6-8 pm on Friday, Aug. 29. Regular gallery hours are 9-4, Monday-Thursday; 9 am-3 pm on Friday and Noon - 4 pm on Saturday.

Kansas City Volunteer Day - Kansas City area alumni volunteer at Harvesters Community Food Network, 3801 Topping Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64129, as part of the September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance. Saturday, Sept. 6, 10 am-noon

Reunion Memories


The Alumni Office has launched a new Reunion memories webpage.  Share your reunion messages, pictures and memories with fellow alums! Go to

To leave a comment, enter your name as a Guest or sign in using your Google or Facebook account. Images and comments are moderated and will be approved after submission.

Submissions will also be considered for future Tableaux and/or social media content.

Reunion Events

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Alumni Reunion will be held Oct. 10-12.  All alumni will be receiving their Reunion invitation by mail in early August.  This year we are honoring the 10th, 25th & 50th anniversary classes, but regardless of your graduation year, there is something for everyone. Alumni registering online by September 25th will be entered into a drawing for a special gift basket.

Look for details on these featured Reunion events here!

  • President’s Golden Anniversary & Golden Arcade Circle Reception
  • All Alumni party (with special recognition of the 25th anniversary class)
  • Sip, Savor, & Socialize. Sponsored by the Graduates of the Last Decade Alumni Committee (with special recognition of the 10th anniversary class)
  • Civil Rights Anniversary Presentation with Sister Rosemary Flanigan (aka Thomas Marguerite)
  • State of the “U” Address with Fontbonne’s New President, Dr. J. Michael Pressimone  
  • Griffin Alumni Picnic Bash  
  • Reunion Mass & Golden Arcade Circle Induction  
  • Reunion Brunch & Alumni Awards



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News & Features

Geralyn (Jeri) Schultz has joined Fontbonne University as Executive Director of Graduate Programs and Professional Studies. In her new role, she will lead the growth of graduate programs with a focus on recruitment and corporate partnerships. In addition, Schultz will employ her expertise in leadership and professional studies by offering new and innovative continuing studies development programs throughout St. Louis and beyond. Read more.

Sherre Waggoner has joined the Institutional Advancement Office as Director of Grants. She comes with several years of experience securing federal, state and corporate foundation money, totaling over $16 million for St. Louis projects since 2010. While finishing her master's degree in public policy administration and nonprofit management, she worked for UMSL's Public Policy Research Center and SIUE's Institute for Urban Research. 

Lori Helfrich has joined Fontbonne University as Director of Campus Ministry. Lori has her bachelor's degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and her Masters of Divinity and a Biblical Spirituality Certificate from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois. She brings with her a wide variety of experiences in leading retreats and planning liturgies, along with a deep passion for working with college students in their faith development.

Alumni Notes

Katie Deimeke Morrow '00 and her husband, Joe, are proud to announce the arrival of their son, Noah James on June 20. 

Carlos Duran '13, is an Assistant Language Teacher for Interac. He is currently in Nasushioara, Tochigi, Japan where he leads English classes that introduce and reinforce vocabulary and phrases.

In Memory of:
Leslie Bryan Graves '71
Dorothy Fries Ludolph '51
Rosemary May Ring '48


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