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March 2017
ALUMNI ASSETS Your E-Newsletter for all things Griffin. Fontbonne UNIVERSITY Learn more. Be more.
ALUMNI ASSETS Your E-Newsletter for all things Griffin. Fontbonne UNIVERSITY Learn more. Be more.

Spend a weekend on the Alumni Spirituality

Fontbonne University’s Alumni Board is offering a weekend retreat on the topic of “Maintaining a Prayer life in this Hectic World.” The presenters are Mary Flick, CSJ and Sarah Heger, CSJ ’04. The retreat will feature input by the presenters and time for both personal and communal prayer. This event will take place March 31-April 1, 2017 at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.




2nd annual Easter Egg Hunt


Alumni and their families are encouraged to hop on back to campus for a fun-filled day on Sunday, April 2, 2017. There will be Easter egg hunts for different ages, crafts, prizes and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny.


I Heart CSJs Week


Dr. Brian Matz, Fontbonne’s Carondelet Chair in Catholic Thought, received a grant to host “I Heart CSJs Week” March 8-14. It will honor and celebrate the work of our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. There will be a number of events on getting to know our sisters and the work they have done over the years.

One event Matz recommends is the historical tour of Fontbonne’s campus, Friday, March 10 at 11:45 in the Lewis Room of the library. This historical tour gives the audience the chance to see Fontbonne over the years through photographs.

There will be an event each day, and we encourage everyone to join us. Come get to know some of our sisters as we celebrate everything they have accomplished.


Margaret Eugene, CSJ '55 turns 100 years old


Happy birthday to Margaret Eugene, CSJ ’55, who turned 100 years old on Feb. 18.

Linda Markway, CSJ, Fontbonne University’s director of mission stewardship, presented her with a card signed by dozens of students, faculty and staff in the Fontbonne community, where Sister Margaret was a daily presence for so long. A member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet since 1942 and a 1955 Fontbonne graduate, Sister Margaret spent her career teaching at all levels: St. Vincent’s grade school, St. Anthony’s and St. Joseph’s Academy high schools, and 25 years at Fontbonne as faculty and administrative staff.

For all of her hard work and contributions to Fontbonne and for all of the lives she has touched throughout her career, we would like to thank and congratulate her on a life filled with education, service and caring for the dear neighbor.


Monsanto Fund grant helps engage future female scientists


For a group of 7th to 9th grade girls, science will come to life this summer during the two-week Girls-in-Science Research Program at Fontbonne University. Thanks to a $14,000 grant from Monsanto Fund, the free camp will this year grow from 12 to 25 girls.


Juli Niemann ’68 appointed to Board of Trustees


Fontbonne University has named Juli Niemann to its Board of Trustees. Niemann graduated in 1968 with bachelor’s degrees in history and economics, and minors in theology and philosophy. She has had a successful career in finance. Niemann is the executive vice president of Smith Moore, where she has worked for 11 years. 


Dietitians honored for work


Two Fontbonne trained dietitians recently received prestigious accolades. 

Alumna Nikki VandeVen Plassmeyer ’13 ’14 – a dietician/health coach – received the Super Hero Award from Optum, a branch of United Health Care. Only 250 people are selected for this award nationwide. She will travel to Orlando in April to celebrate with other winners and be honored by the company president.

And dietetics student Jennifer Cuddeback has earned the 2017 Eugenia Shrader Scholarship from the Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This scholarship is awarded to those who are active in the field of dietetics and show promise in being a valuable member of the profession.

Congratulations to both of these exemplary Fontbonne scholars.


Join the Fontbonne Community Connection today


The Fontbonne Community Connection is a women’s giving circle that believes in the mission of Fontbonne University and, specifically, in the positive effect that higher education has on society. The FCC acts on these beliefs by awarding financial grants to faculty, staff, and students of the University to advance their educational goals and to promote Fontbonne University.

Membership in the FCC is open to alumnae, faculty, staff, friends and community supporters. Each member pledges $1,000 per fiscal year. Members are invited to renew annually.


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