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New President Offers Inspired Vision

On Friday, November 14, Dr. J. Michael Pressimone was officially inaugurated as Fontbonne University’s 14th president. In his inauguration address, Dr. Pressimone unveiled his exciting and compelling vision for the future.

"In order to accomplish much and meet our goals, we must be bold. We must go forward with confidence in the quality of our programs and with a clear understanding of the Fontbonne brand. We make a difference in our world, and we see proof in the work of our faculty and the accomplishments of our students who beautifully animate exactly what 'Learn more. Be more.®' means."

Read Dr. Pressimone’s full inauguration address to learn what inspires our new president and where he sees the university as it closes in on its 100th anniversary in 2023.  Plus view pictures from all the Inauguration week events including the student ball, Dr. Pressimone playing guitar after the Inauguration mass, the Fall Festival, and all the wonderful singers and musicians during the Investiture ceremony.  And view 2 new videos!

#GivingTuesday is Tomorrow!

Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s your chance to join Fontbonne University’s #GivingTuesday!  On Tuesday, December 2, Brian Abel Ragen, a friend of the university, will give Fontbonne $10,000 if 150 donors give during that 24-hour period.  Over 7,000 non-profits, universities included, will participate in #GivingTuesday.  This is a national day to give back and come together to transform the way people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season.  As part of the Fontbonne family, our support is critical to the University’s educational mission. You can make your gift beginning at 12 a.m. tomorrow, December 2, until 11:59 pm that night.  Donate Here or contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 314-889-1408

Fontbonne Sponsors Junior Achievement

This month Fontbonne entered a 10 year agreement to sponsor Junior Achievement. We will now occupy a space in the JA Finance Park where our Fontbonne University sign and colors will be prominently displayed as middle and high school aged students participate in activities at the Junior Achievement facility in Chesterfield. Roughly 140,000 students pass through the facility each year, so this is a great opportunity for Fontbonne to have some exposure to prospective students, while serving the community with a great organization.  For more information, contact Dr. Jay Johnson, Dean, The Eckelkamp College of Global Business and Professional Studies at

Remember those in Need During the Holiday Season


During this holiday season, let us take time to reflect on our good fortune and remember those in need.  There are several opportunities that Fontbonne  alumni, students, faculty, and staff, can get involved in to help serve the dear neighbor. 

1)  Gently used blankets are being collected for
     Winter Outreach to keep the homeless warm. Drop 
     them off in Ryan Hall Room 200.
2)  The Mission and Heritage Committee invites alumni
     to help prepare meals, or donate meals to the 

There are three ways you can help:
Donate groceries or $$ to make casseroles for the homeless. See contact information
    below on what to purchase.

l Help prepare the casseroles in Anheuser Busch Hall Room 105, on Wednesday,
    December 3, at 11:00 am, or Friday, December 12, at 1:00 pm.
l Serve the food at the homeless shelter, located at 5079 Queens, near Kingshighway
     and 70.

For more information on each of the these opportunities, contact Mary Beth Gallagher, Mission Integration, at 314-719-3554 or

News & Events                                                    

College of Education and Applied Health Professions Preview Day


Saturday, December 6, 2014
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Fontbonne University main campus
Lewis Room, Jack C. Taylor Library

REGISTER TODAY and learn about available Master’s Programs.


Alumni Spirituality Retreat


January 23-24, 2015

“Where the Divine Meets the Ordinary-Special Places on our Spiritual Journey.”  Guest speaker:  Shirley Dowdy, Ph.D., Co-Coordinator of Contemplative Outreach of St. Louis.

Cost is $30 per person; $70 per person for those staying overnight on Friday. Click here for more information and to register onlineReservations are required by January 19, 2015.


Alumni Entrepreneurs Panel & Networking Event

Save the date. February 25, 2015.  5:30-7:30 pm. The Caf’.  Join us for a reception followed by a panel discussion with successful Fontbonne alumni entrepreneurs, who will share their professional journey, business savvy, and personal success strategies with fellow alumni, current students, and prospective students. 


Alumni & Friends Gathering in Naples, Florida

Fontbonne alumni, snowbirds, and friends will gather for dinner and cocktails on February 4, 2015 from 5:30-8:00 pm at the Kensington Golf Club in Naples, Florida.  This event is made possible through the generosity of Lou & Marilyn Dell’Orco ’61. 


Advent Evening of Prayer

December 3, 2014
5:00pm  Doerr Chapel
This will be the perfect opportunity to enter into the Advent Season with prayer and song.  Join Campus Ministry in the Doerr Chapel for 45 minutes of singing, prayer and reflection.


 FIRST Annual Family & Consumer Sciences Day

The Family & Consumer Sciences Department invites you to join in celebrating the FIRST annual Family & Consumer Sciences Day on December 3, 2014Participate in Dine In For Healthy Families!! 

Join the +56,000 people worldwide who have committed to Dining In for Healthy Families—It’s easy—follow the link below to sign up, take a photo of you and your family enjoying a meal at home, and share the photo through social media—be sure to include #FCSday and #healthyfamselfie on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Click here to Be Included!! 




  Get involved

Athletic Schedule

Serving the Dear Griffin
Looking for a way to help the Fontbonne Community?  Consider giving online to Serving the Dear Griffin. This program began in 2013 to help members of the Fontbonne Campus who are in a crisis situation and need immediate assistance. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to support Serving the Dear Griffin. If you would like more information please refer to the campus ministry page under Serving the Dear Griffin.
Collection for CSJ Clinic
in Uganda

The Sisters of St. Joseph have a clinic in Gulu Uganda and have recently opened a Mom & Baby clinic. There will be a staff member from Fontbonne traveling to Uganda over Christmas break and they are in need of toiletries for the clinic (shampoos, soap, feminine products) and baby blankets.  If you wish to donate these items, please have them dropped off by December 12, to the Campus Ministry Office in Medaille Hall.

Five Fontbonne Alumni Honored with Emerson Excellence In Teaching Award

Five Fontbonne University alumni were honored recently with the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award.

Nearly 100 St. Louis-area educators were recognized for their achievements and dedication to the field of education. The Fontbonne honorees were Andrew Nieters ’07, Michelle Rebollo ’13, Paris Bouchard ’07, Stacey Wilson ’06 and Kay Calcaterra ’98. 

“Emerson is proud to recognize and celebrate the St. Louis area’s most dedicated educators for their endless commitment to educating and helping our students achieve the highest level of success,” said Patrick J. Sly, Emerson Executive Vice President.  READ MORE.

Basketball Season Under Way

The Mabee Gymnasium inside the Dunham Student Activities Center has gotten louder and more suspenseful. Basketball season is back at Fontbonne for the 2014-2015 season.

Get your men's and women's basketball schedules. Learn more about Fontbonne athletics

Alumni Notes

Leslie Marecek Thomas '07 and Jim Thomas '06 MBA '08 proudly announced the birth of their daughter, Molly Geneva Thomas, born October 24, 2014. The family resides in Sunset Hills, MO.

Jill Hofherr ’11 has been promoted to Advancement Services Director at Fontbonne University.

In Memory Of:
Marjorie Boeving Belknap '43
Shirley Wilson Bub '52
Van Clark-Dailey '05
Mary Drake Dineen '56
Mildred Anderson Hawes '58
Joyce Neeley Kinder '68
Margaret Schmidt, CSJ '59
Cecilia Sullivan, CSJ '54

Share Your News

New Move? New Job? New Marriage? We welcome your news and photos. Please stay in contact so that we can share your success and good news with fellow alumni. Email your news and photos to  Your information may be featured in our twice yearly Tableaux magazine.