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Refresh Your Faith in 2015

The new year is an optimal time to refresh your faith and renew your spirit at the Fontbonne University Spirituality Retreat on January 23-24, at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Motherhouse.  Options are available to attend daily or to stay overnight.  Guest speaker, Shirley Dowdy, Ph.D., Co-coordinator of Contemplative Outreach of St. Louis, will explore finding God, and learning something about ourselves and divine nature, in everyday common experiences. 

Reservations are required by January 19, 2015.  Overnight accommodations are available on Friday night on a first-come, first-serve basis. Click here for more information and to register.

#GivingTuesday Update

#GivingTuesday was a huge success for Fontbonne. We are pleased to report that 177 donors contributed to the appeal, exceeding the goal of 150 donors. Fontbonne friend, Brian Abel Ragen, has committed to give the university $10,000 in honor of this accomplishment. The money will go toward scholarships and ensuring students meet their educational goals. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Brian Abel Ragen, and all our donors for supporting Fontbonne.  #GivingTuesday is a national campaign. Over 7,000 non-profits, universities included, from around the country join to promote a day to give back and come together to transform the way people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.

Spring Event Features Successful Alumni Entrepreneurs





Join us for an alumni networking event on Wednesday, February 25, in the The Caf’ for networking, and a panel discussion featuring eight successful Fontbonne alumni entrepreneurs. 

The event will begin with appetizers prepared by current senior Dietetics students, and drinks from 5:30-6:30 pm.  This will be followed by a panel discussion from 6:30-7:30 pm, with the alumni entrepreneurs sharing their journey to owning their own business or branding themselves. The panel will be moderated by Suzanne Stoelting, Director of Retention, and Fontbonne faculty member. 

The alumni panelists are (photos, left to right): Lia Weber ’12, LaToya Thompson ’11, Kirk Halveland ’08, Mike Brueggenjohann ’04, Melanie Paticoff ’11, Leslie Christian-Wilson ’96, Kate Stratton ’85, and Ed Reggi ’94.

To read more information about the alumni panelists and to register click here.

Student Alumni Association Thrives at Fontbonne


Several years ago the Alumni Relations office formed a small group of students called the Student Alumni Association, as a way to connect with current students. Over time, the organization grew and evolved into its’ own official student organization on campus currently with 22 members.

The organization is made up of both undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in developing school spirit, and building a positive connection between current students, alumni,  and the university.  The goal is to develop life-long committed alumni upon graduation from Fontbonne.  

Current members represent a variety of degrees, and develop engagement activities like a service day with the Graduates of the Last Decade alumni committee at Brightside St. Louis,  Gunner’s birthday party for all local university mascots, and the SAA speaker series, featuring alumni speakers participating in a lunch time mentoring session with current students.  They also help support the Alumni Relations office by volunteering at special events. 

Tony  Prospero, a Math Education major from Chicago, IL says, “Being part of SAA has made me realize how important it is to support the university after graduation.  I like being able to meet alumni through this organization and learn from them.”

If you would like to volunteer to speak to SAA members and other current students about your career or other related topics, contact Alumni Relations at 314-889-1447 or alumnievents@fontbonne.edu.

Fontbonne Athletes (SLIAC) Achievements


Seventeen fall student-athletes were named to the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) All-Academic Team. Students must have at least a 3.5 GPA, be a sophomore or above and already completed one full year at Fontbonne. The University had five student-athletes named SLIAC Players of the Week in their given sport. Four student-athletes named First Team All-Conference, three Second Team All-Conference, two Third Team All-Conference, five All-Sportsmanship team, and five to the All-Tournament Team. Coach Brian Hoener and staff were also recognized as the SLIAC Women’s Soccer Coaching Staff of the Year. For more information on Fontbonne Athletics click here.

Fontbonne Corporate Partnerships

Fontbonne University has developed partnerships with many corporations to allow their employees to complete a bachelors or masters degree, or participate in professional training or development programs. Many of the partnerships involve tuition discounts and some may extend to spouses and children. If you work for one of our corporate partners listed below, please check with your Human Resources department to find out your exact coverage. If your corporation is not listed below and you would like for your organization to benefit from tuition discounts or professional development opportunities, contact the Office of Corporate Academic Services: 314-889-4675 or corporate@fontbonne.edu.

SSM Healthcare
Mercy Hospital St. Louis
Wells Fargo
St. Joseph’s Academy
University City School District
Bank of America
Society of Marketing Professionals
St. Luke’s Hospital




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Junior Achievement Scholarships for HS Seniors to Study Business at Fontbonne
The Junior Achievement team is off to a great start! As you may recall, Fontbonne entered a 10 year agreement with Junior Achievement and will be the sponsoring university in their JA Finance Park facility in Chesterfield. The walls will be repaired and painted Fontbonne purple, and the space will eventually be adorned with Fontbonne information, career and major options, and other interactive pieces for all students going through the facility. The Eckelkamp College faculty and staff will have a mini-retreat at the JA facility on January 23 where they will learn more about the facility and the many JA programs, among other College business items. An exciting aspect of this partnership is the new Dennis Gipson scholarship to be awarded by JA for a student active in JA that will study business at Fontbonne. Two high school seniors will be selected annually to receive $2500 that meet this and other criteria specified in the scholarship.
Griffin Baseball Trivia Night

Alumni may purchase a table and join us at Baseball Trivia Night on Feb. 7 in the DSAC. Doors open at 6 pm, game starts at 7 pm. Cost in advance is $20 per person, tables of 8 to 10.  Full payment for table must be received by Feb. 1.  $25 per person after deadline.

Beverages will be provided (no outside beverages allowed).  Feel free to bring your own snacks.  Silent auction and raffles will be available. 

Make checks payable to Fontbonne University Baseball and mail to:
Ryan Good, Head Baseball Coach
Fontbonne University
6800 Wydown Blvd.
St. Louis, MO  63105
Click here for more information.

All proceeds will support the baseball team's spring trip to Orlando, Florida.

Alumni Notes

Cameron Imming '04, was recently featured in the St. Louis Business Journal. He is Vice President for MasterCard, which was selected as a "healthy employer". Imming talked about health initiatives, wellness and fitness.
Cathy Goldsticker MST '98, is a tax professional at Brown Smith Wallace LLC.
Albert Yowshien Kuo, '11 MFA '14, was one of the featured artists at The Schmidt Art Center at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville.

In Memory Of:
Kathleen Hanlon '66
Rosemary Meyer '44
Virginia Rodegast Ward '46

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 alumnievents@fontbonne.edu.  Your information may be featured in our twice yearly Tableaux magazine.