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May 2016
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.

Fontbonne University’s 2016 commencement ceremony took place Monday, May 9. Both undergraduate and graduate students commenced in a combined ceremony, held for the first time at Chaifetz Arena. Batya Abramson-Goldstein, retired executive director for the St. Louis Jewish Community Relations Council, served as speaker. Click here to watch a recording of the ceremonies.


Fontbonne awarded $1.25 million grant for Deaf Education program


Fontbonne University has received a $1.25 million grant to fund student tuition for a unique deaf education graduate program. The Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services announced recently that the five-year grant was awarded to support Fontbonne’s Master of Arts in Deaf Education collaborative program serving students in the northeast United States. 


Alumni receives Teacher of the Year Award

Fontbonne University alumna Kimberly Leezy Sonderman ’96 was recognized by the Parkway School District as its 2016 Preschool Teacher of the Year. This is the first year that Parkway gave an award to a preschool teacher.

1997 grad named a CFO of the Year

Fontbonne University alumnus Chad Cattoor has been named a CFO of the Year by the St. Louis Business Journal. Cattoor is the Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.

Conference to showcase undergraduate cyber security research 

A team of Fontbonne University cyber security students will present their research at St. Louis’ premier hacking and cyber security conference this summer. Held annually in June, ShowMeCon brings cyber security practitioners and professionals to St. Louis from around the country. 

2015-16 annual Fontbonne Athletic Awards


Every year the Fontbonne University Athletic Department hands out several prestigious awards. On Sunday, May 1, award recipients and their guests were invited to campus as Director of Athletics Maria Eftink presented the 2015-16 awards. 


Professor celebrates release of memoir

Fontbonne University professor Deborah Phelps reflects on the highs and lows of her experience as a caregiver for her terminally ill husband in her new memoir Frank’s Arms: Stories and Lessons from a Caregiver and Patient Advocate, available through Mira Digital Publishing. 
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campF.R.E.S.H. takes kids on healthy journey

A summer of new adventures begins soon! Kids entering fourth through seventh grades will go on an interactive, hands-on journey toward better health, complete with cooking, field trips, games and more.
Fontbonne Community Connection

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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