March 2015
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New VP of Enrollment Management

Fontbonne University has officially named Joseph R. Havis as the new Vice President of Enrollment Management. Havis will oversee Fontbonne University’s admissions, financial aid, and the international affairs department. Havis comes to Fontbonne University from the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas where he served as the Vice President of Enrollment. 

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President's Message

"Some of you may have seen the local press coverage of the unveiling of a statue of David created by Fontbonne student Stephen 'Otter' Otten. Cathy and I could not be in St. Louis for the official unveiling, but we were given an opportunity to join Otter at the Ladue home of his friend and teammate Ron Cameron, where the statue is now on display..."

Students Help Ferguson Business

Fontbonne University students are playing a role in helping a business in Ferguson, Mo., recover from an economic downturn after the shooting death of Michael Brown last summer and the protests that followed.

Efforts by the group have not gone unnoticed. Local CBS-TV affiliate KMOV Channel 4 highlighted the Fontbonne students during a recent visit to Ferguson. The “hands-on” effort by the students is a reflection of Fontbonne University's commitment to experiential learning outside of the classroom.

Dietetics Faculty Member Receives Award

Dr. Cheryl Houston, Ph.D., RD, LD, CFCS, has been named a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. According to the Academy, this honor recognizes members who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues, as well as in their communities, by their service to the dietetics profession and by optimizing the nation's health through food and nutrition. Being a Fellow signifies not only 'tenure' in the dietetics profession, but also living the academy's values of customer focus, integrity, innovation and social responsibility.

GOLD & SAA Service Day

The Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) alumni committee and the Student Alumni Association (SAA) are sponsoring a service day at Brightside St. Louis on Sat. March 28 from 9:00 am-12:00 noon. 

Join us for a morning of supporting the St. Louis community. Our group will spend our time at the Forest Park greenhouse planting seedlings, as well as, getting the plants ready for the spring harvest.  Participants should wear outdoor attire and be prepared to get a little messy.

Learn more about Brightside St. Louis and what they are doing to grow an even more beautiful St. Louis. We hope to see you there. 

Color Dash 5K Benefits CSJs

The Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, Fontbonne University’s founders and sponsors, will receive 10% of the proceeds from the 2015 Color Dash 5k being held at The Grove on Saturday, March 21. The race begins with each participant clean as a whistle, but each kilometer during the dash comes with a fresh coat of paint in blue, green, pink, orange, and yellow.

Sign up today and support the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet. We hope to see you there.

Graduate Studies Preview Night

Attend our graduate studies preview night, and find out how a Fontbonne master's degree will enhance your capabilities and advance your career. You'll gain insight from students and have the opportunity to talk with faculty who have in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge in each of their respective fields.

Located in The CAF', registration opens at 5:45 p.m. and the program begins at 6:00 p.m.

Griffin Professional Development

Join us on Tuesday March 24th as the Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) host a professional development event for graduates of the last decade and current students.  This event will feature round table discussions on Creating your Digital Presence with Dr. Amy Peach, Director Instructional Technology, and Business Etiquette presented by Laura Beaver, Senior Lecturer, Social Work & Human Services.  

In addition, alumni with over 30 years of experience working in the HR field, will be reviewing resumes and providing insight on best practices for resume development. Come dressed for business success and a professional photographer will take your head shot photo that you can use on your Linked In profile.

The event is located in the CAF' of DSAC on Tuesday, March 24th between 4:00pm-7:00pm. There is no cost to attend this event and refreshments will be available for participants. We hope to see you there.

New Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

Laura Farrar has joined the Alumni Relations department as the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations.  Laura has a master’s degree from Lindenwood University in Non-Profit Administration, and most recently was a Manager of Partnership Development for The Covering House in St. Louis, MO.  The Covering House is an advocacy organization for minors who are victims of domestic sex trafficking. 

Laura brings a wealth of digital marketing and event planning experience to her new position with Fontbonne University.  She will manage the Graduates of the Last Decade Alumni committee, the Student Alumni Association, and the KC Alumni chapter. Laura will also implement social media engagement strategies and assist in the advancement of our online communication components, including the monthly newsletter, event promotions, etc.

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;

Alumni Board Nomination

Are you interested in joining the Alumni Association Board of Directors? Or do you know someone you would like to nominate? Beginning on April 1st through April 14th, the Alumni Association Board will be seeking nominations for new members to join the 2015-2016 term.

Help the current Board find professionals of all ages and careers backgrounds. This is an opportunity to be an ambassador for Fontbonne University and provide leadership in developing further engagement strategies. If you are interested in joining, or if you would like to nominate a fellow alum, please save the date and watch your email for further information coming soon.

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


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