June 2015
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Alumni Association Board Announces New Officers & Directors

The Fontbonne Alumni Association Board elected new officers to begin a two year service term effective July 1, 2015.
Jennifer Millikan’96 was elected as President, Anthony Effan’09 was elected as Vice President, and Mary Gould Papulis’10 was elected as Secretary. Each of these officers has served on the Board as a director, and chaired various committees before running for office. All three were instrumental in helping to modernize and revise the Association By-laws, leading mentoring programs for current students, devoting numerous hours as volunteers, and developing new ways to engage alumni. While Effan and Papulis were each elected to their office after chairing committees, Millikan ascended from secretary to the presidency. Outgoing president Christina Anderson’03, and Vice President Kirk Halveland’08, had served the Board for the past six years.

The Alumni Board also elected six new directors to begin their two year service term July 1, 2015. Ernestine Jones-Gordon’76, Kelvin Green’09’12, Allison McCoy’14, Maria Eftink’06, Elizabeth Brennan’14, and LaToya Thompson’11, will join fellow alumni board members in planning, developing, and advising the Alumni Association on engagement activities and programs for Fontbonne Alumni. Each will serve on committees like Board Development, Awards & Achievements, Reunion, GOLD, and spirituality.

New President, Jennifer Millikan’96 said, “we are excited as officers to begin this new chapter with the Fontbonne Alumni Association, and we welcome the new directors as part of our team.”

For more information about the Fontbonne Alumni Association, please contact us.  

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Partnership with Junior Achievement

Fontbonne University officially announced the launch of its partnership with Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis in a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 12.

The university "is sponsoring a space in JA’s A.G. Edwards Finance Park in Chesterfield, MO. The finance park gives 7th – 12th grade students an opportunity to explore and learn about the finances involved in life situations such as college, shopping, banking, household budgeting and more..."

2015 Leadership and Service Awardees Named

Fontbonne University "presented its annual Leadership and Service Awards on May 2. These awards recognize members of the Fontbonne community who exemplify excellence in service, leadership and the core values of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Fontbonne’s founders and sponsors. The Leadership and Service Awards were established in 1995 to celebrate individuals and organizations whose influence and achievements have made a significant impact on the Fontbonne University campus and beyond.

This year’s winners were honored at a banquet on Saturday evening, May 2, in the Dunham Student Activity Center. Students, family, staff and faculty were in attendance to acknowledge the outstanding leadership of Fontbonne’s individuals and organizations..."

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Cyber Security Major Scores Elite Internship

"Fontbonne junior and cyber security major Alex Jacobs has been accepted into an elite summer program. Jacobs will be participating in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). This paid summer research opportunity for undergraduates is only open to 10 students across the country.

Through the program, Jacobs will conduct cyber security and forensics research alongside UALR faculty for eight weeks this summer. This experience will strengthen his cyber security research skills and will improve his cyber security credentials..."

Evening/Online Programs' Preview Night

Find out how a bachelor’s or master’s degree could advance your career — or even kickstart a new path for you. At this upcoming preview night, you’ll gain insight from students and speak with faculty who have in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge in each of their respective fields.

Network with faculty and students from various programs, preview academic programs, financial aid and admission requirements, and learn about career services.

Student-Athletes Honored

Each year, the Fontbonne University Athletic Department hands out several prestigious awards. The 2015 award recipients and their guests were invited to campus to celebrate their achievements. Many of the awards are named in honor of past Fontbonne athletes who passed away during their time as students. These awards recognized the accomplishments of current athletes through their service, academics, athletic performance, and spirit..."

Alumni Spotlight - Carol Ivy'79, "Spicing Up Her Second Act..." 

For thirty-one years, Carol Ivy’79, has been a teacher. She taught home economics, now family and consumer sciences, at Windsor Middle School in Imperial, MO, and Culinary Arts at Jefferson College. She and her husband adopted her daughter from Peru as a baby, and she taught her about cooking. It was something they could do together, and she inspired her daughter to go into the hospitality field. Mom and daughter had often spoke of having their own business one day and pursuing their dreams.

Carol’s daughter Emily was working long hours in the hotel industry, and wanted to find a job that had better hours so she could be a full-time mom. Around the same time that Carol was deciding to retire, the hotel that her daughter was working for was closing down. They decided the time was right for them to open their own business. Carol was ready for her second act.

They saw a real need for a spice business because you could not get original or unusual spices in Jefferson Co., and Carol normally had to go to Soulard or St. Charles to get the spices she loved to cook with. Carol knew that it was becoming increasing popular for people to want to be healthier and cook at home. Flavorful meals bring families together, and so does a business.

She and Emily were able to purchase a building in historic Kimmswick and open The Spicery on Mother’s Day weekend 2015. Their business specializes in spices, coffee, tea, and some specialty cooking oils. The first weekend they opened they had 350 people come through their shop and they sold out of their coffee.  

Besides being in a great historical location, The Spicery has an exclusive contract with the St. Louis herb society. They plan to expand the business and offer cooking classes and other specialties. 

Carol said what she gained most from her education at Fontbonne was self-esteem. “When you graduate from Fontbonne, you gain not only an education, but a feeling that you can accomplish anything.”

She is taking that feeling and spicing up her new career! Visit Carol Ivy’79 at The Spicery, located at 213 Market Street in historic Kimmswick, MO. Or contact her at: Thespiceryofkimmswick.mo@gmail.com

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

Reunion Weekend Sponsorships Available

Looking to promote your own business within your alumni network? Do you have connections with a company that would be interested in helping support the University? If so, we currently have several sponsorship levels available for alumni Reunion, to be held Oct. 2-4, 2015.

Sponsorship opportunities include digital and print promotions reaching over 18,000 Fontbonne alumni, many of whom remain in the St. Louis community.  

Opportunities are also available to partner with other businesses as a co-sponsor. For more information about these opportunities and to see the benefits associated with each sponsorship level, please contact Michelle Siegel at msiegel@fontbonne.edu; (314) 889-1447

15% Alumni Discount

Apply now for Fall classes and receive a 15% Alumni discount.

We know you’re balancing tight schedules and many demands on your time. That’s why we work with adult learners to help you create a successful degree completion plan. Your goals are our priority! 

Alumni Hood Student Honored 

The Fontbonne Alumni Association was honored to participate in the 2015 Undergraduate Commencement ceremony through the awarding of our Alumni Hood award. Our Alumni Association President, Jennifer Millikan'96 awarded the Alumni Hood to 2015 graduate, Karina Arango, a Communications Studies major from St. Louis, MO. Arango was selected for being an outstanding student who also has the potential to be a future leader within the Alumni Association. As part of the honor, Arango was also awarded a seat on the Alumni Board for a year. 

We are greatly looking forward to Arango's involvement within the Alumni Association this next year.

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