May 2015
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Fontbonne Alumni Invade the St. Louis Zoo

On Saturday, April 25th nearly 300 alumni participated in the 2015 Family Day at the St. Louis Zoo. Alums and their guests were treated to breakfast at the Lakeside Café and a private Sea Lion Show. Additionally, the Children’s Zoo and other specialty areas were free to the public in the early morning hours. Student Alumni Association members and Alumni Board members volunteered and staffed the event. Thank you to everyone that participated and helped make this event a success. If you would like to see photos from the event, please click here.

Stay tuned for more information about upcoming alumni events. We have several exciting networking, professional development, social, family, spiritual and mentoring activities planned for you during the upcoming academic year. You will hear more from us soon. 

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Alumna Appointed to Board of Trustees

Karen Gedera has been named to Fontbonne University's Board of Trustees. She is an alumna and long-time supporter of the university. 
"Karen has become a devoted and enthusiastic ambassador to Fontbonne," said Dr. J. Michael Pressimone, Fontbonne's president. "Her proven dedication to the university and her ability to engage the community in our mission are qualities that will bring strength to an already robust leadership team..." 

Parking Lot Expansion is Underway 

For students, faculty, staff, & alumni, the scramble to find a parking space on campus is a common dilemma.  All have welcomed the construction of a new lot, which began in March and is now approximately 30% complete.  The contractor, HBD (which built Ryan Hall, East and AB Halls) estimates completion in mid to late July and Fontbonne expects to begin using the lot for 2015 fall semester classes in August. 

The lot will hold 146 spaces, plus another 14 spaces to be located along a new internal driveway between SW Hall and the Big Bend parking lot.  The purpose of the connector road is to allow improved circulation and safety.  Finally, the SW entrance to the campus will be widened and it will only be right in / right out.  Cars going north on Big Bend will be able to enter at that location and cars can only exit that location going north on Big Bend.  The purpose of that change is also improved safety. Cars traveling south on Big Bend that wish to enter the campus will need to do so using the current Big Bend lot entrance. Trees and other landscaping will be replaced to maintain the area. Stay tuned for future updates as the lot nears final completion.

Social Work Dept. Partners with Veterans

The program is the brainchild of Judge Patricia Riehl of the 23rd Judicial Court and will offer an alternative treatment option to former service members facing criminal charges.

“I worked with a veteran in another treatment court who committed suicide,” Riehl recalled. “I wondered if there would have been a different outcome for him if he had received the support he truly needed as a veteran. I am excited to be working with Fontbonne because I’ve never had a team to provide the formal evaluations that are so critical to the success of a veterans program like this...” 

History Professor Publishes Book 

A Fontbonne University history professor will address some of the most relevant issues of our time in his new book, “The Great Forgetting: The Past, Present, and Future of Social Democracy and the Welfare State,” available now through Manchester University Press.

Written by Dr. Jack Luzkow, professor of history, the book explores topics like education, social inequality, employment and the Great Recession, tracing these and many other current issues back to a monumental transfer of wealth to the one percent in the U.S. and U.K. beginning in the 1970’s.

2015 Commencement Information 

The 2015 Fontbonne University commencement ceremonies will take place Saturday, May 16 at the Mabee Gymnasium within the Dunham Student Activity Center.

10 a.m. Masters Candidates
Doors open for guest seating at 8:30 a.m. through 9:45 a.m.*

2 p.m. Bachelor Candidates
Doors open for guest seating at 12:30 p.m. through 1:45 p.m.*

As the Commencement ceremonies fast approach, the Alumni Association would like to invite you to join with us in celebrating the accomplishments of our graduates. We hope to see you there. 

STLToday Features Fontbonne Program

Dr. Elizabeth Rayhel, professor of biology at Fontbonne University, recently collaborated with Dr. Sharon Deem, wildlife veterinarian and epidemiologist at the St. Louis Zoo, and Dr. David Wang, associate professor at Washington University in St. Louis, to co-write an op-ed that was featured on highlighting the revolutionary field of One Health.

Fontbonne is "one of only a handful of U.S. institutions to offer a One Health certificate program. One Health is a new and rapidly growing field combining human medicine, veterinary medicine and environmental conservation to study the interconnectedness of the world in which we live..."

Embracing 80

Members of the class of 1957 are celebrating their 80th year with a series of special events throughout 2015.  Fifteen members of the class met on Friday,
April 24, for a special mass at Doerr Chapel on the Fontbonne campus, followed by lunch with the President at Wydown House. 

Next up they plan to participate in the Catch the Fire event on campus in August. This event welcomes new incoming students to Fontbonne, and teaches them about Fontbonne’s history and mission.  During Alumni Reunion they will host a tea for classmates on Friday, October 2, at 3:00 pm in the President’s Reception Room.  The events have been organized by Nina Kassing Bryans, who is “embracing 80” and hopes to keep as many of her classmates connected to Fontbonne as possible. 

Alumni Spotlight - Angela Adley '05 Publishes Book

As a speech-language pathologist, Angela Adley ’05 has encountered her share of professional challenges, but it was a very personal challenge that spurred her to make peace with events from her past, and advocate to help others.

In Growing Up Without My Daddy, Adley shares her personal story with other little girls growing up with unavailable, unattached, or absent fathers in the hopes that they will be able to heal their own daddy wounds through love and faith-based healing. “I want to remind little girls that they are love, loved and lovable.” Adley said.

Adley, who is currently doing newborn hearing screenings at a hospital in the Washington state area, began her journey to becoming an author, when she participated in a personal coaching program for fatherless women. Despite having a loving family and friends, and a positive college experience as an RA at Fontbonne from her sophomore to senior year, she always felt like something was missing. She realized over time that by not acknowledging the truth of the emotional wounds she carried from growing up fatherless, that she was stuck and unable to move forward.

Adley feels that she was called to write her first book. When she embarked on researching the publishing process, many things came together to confirm that she was meant to document her journey. She found her publisher simply by googling a larger publishing firm and seeing they merged with Archway Publishing, and when being referred to an Illustrator, whom she did not know in advance, the Illustrator ended up being from her same small town in Indiana. The most important thing that came together while writing the book, was that she was able to reconnect with her father and he understands and supports why she decided to write the book.

Continuing on her journey, she is now a certified Fatherless Daughter Advocate through Angela Carr Patterson’s Journey to Being System. Growing Up Without My Daddy is colorful, interactive, and provides a platform for parents to discuss the topic with their daughters. The book is available in hardcover, soft cover, and e-book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Archway Publishing.

Speech-Path 50 Plus Year Anniversary

Please join us to celebrate over 50 years of Speech Language Pathology at Fontbonne University. The celebration will be a time to visit with former friends. Current faculty as well as former faculty (including Dr. Janie von Wolfseck and Sister Marie Damien Adams), recent and not so recent alumni will spend the evening together. See the clinic, which was renovated in 2004!

The program will start with formal presentations by Fontbonne faculty and alumni. The presentations will be followed by a hors d’oeuvres and dessert reception. CEU’s will be offered for those interested. We hope to see you there!

Seeking Alumni Award Nominations

Each year the Fontbonne Alumni Association recognizes outstanding alumni who have contributed to the university, their communities, and their professions through four alumni awards presented during Alumni Reunion.  This year’s awards will be given out on Sunday, October 4th during the annual Reunion Brunch & Awards ceremony. The awards are Outstanding Young Alum, Service to the University, Service to the Community, and Professional Achievement.  Each award has specific criteria and will be chosen by the Alumni Association Board of Directors in May 2015.  We need your help in identifying alumni from among your former classmates, co-workers, community volunteers etc. and nominate them for one of the awards.  

Alumni Board development committee chair, Farris Haley’06’09 says, “It is so important to recognize the achievements of our fellow alumni. Please join us in nominating alumni who are leaders in the community with these special honors.”

Deadline for nominations is May 11, 2015. Please click the "Nominate" button for more information.

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 Link & Hood Students Honored 

The Fontbonne Alumni Association is honored to be part of the annual Commencement ceremonies through the choosing of a current student leader to be honored with the Alumni Hood during the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on May 16th.  The Alumni Hood is bestowed upon an outstanding student who has the potential to be a future leader within the Alumni Association.  As part of the honor, the recipient is awarded a seat on the Alumni Board.  This year’s recipient is Karina Arango, a Communications Studies major from St. Louis, MO.

Two “LINK” students are nominated for each Commencement ceremony by Student Affairs for their outstanding leadership on campus. These “LINK” students will participate in a ceremonial tradition at Fontbonne originated by the very first graduating class of 1927.  Stephanie Heth, a Family & Consumer Sciences Major from St. Charles, MO and Loretta Dunkmann, a speech-language pathology major from St. Charles, MO will connect a brass link representing the class of 2015 to the chain, established by past graduating classes, during the  10:00 am Graduate Commencement ceremony.  Aaron Graue, a marketing major from St. Louis, MO and Connor Lundius, a fashion merchandising major, from Mt. Vernon, IL will connect the 2015 Undergraduates with the chain, during the 2:00 pm Commencement ceremony. 

We honor and celebrate these outstanding students and representatives of Fontbonne University.


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