October 2016
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2016 Homecoming recap


Over 425 people attended the 2016 Homecoming: Reunion and Family weekend celebrations from Sept. 16 – 18. Alumni, parents, students and friends returned to campus and enjoyed such festivities as the Kick-Off Cocktail Party, Griffin Picnic, Fall Festival, Mass and Brunch and much more. It was a wonderful weekend celebrating Griffin Nation! Click here or here to view more photos from the 2016 Homecoming celebrations.


Alumni spotlight with Carol Conway Spehr ’63


Carol Conway Spehr ’63 taught at St. Joseph’s Institute for the Deaf and later worked to mainstream hearing-impaired students into public schools. She now serves on Fontbonne University’s Board of Trustees. Over the years, she has served Fontbonne University in many capacities from the Mustard Seed Theatre Board to pulling weeds and planting flowers on campus. She is a charter member of the Fontbonne Community Connection women’s giving circle. Spehr reflects on what she learned from Fontbonne and why she remains actively involved.

What I’ve learned from Fontbonne

An environment can set the stage. I have been walking around this campus since 1959. One of the things I have noticed is that each day a new layer is laid so that the next person on that path has a stronger, more confident way. There’s an energy here when people bring their gifts. President Mike  Pressimone brings an authenticity to the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph. He and his family live the mission each day, and that began before he came to Fontbonne University. That’s why it’s an explosive, bubbling kind of energy. I see it all over campus.

Part of my mantra is to say yes to the universe. There were eight of us to graduate in the first class for deaf education. I said yes to that major. I said yes to teaching at St. Joseph’s Institute for the Deaf. I said yes to the idea of having children live with us. The opportunity to say yes to the universe led several of us to activate the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph and create the Fontbonne Community Connection. I have to trust that wherever I’m supposed to be will come up and meet my foot.

Kids should make their own beds. In 1974, the principal at St. Joseph’s Institute for the Deaf – where I taught – asked if my husband and I if we would be willing it take a student to live with us during the academic year. It was part of my task to remember the responsibilities of an educator, but more important to have him part of a family setting with all of its gifts. So there would be the socialization in the family, the neighborhood, the Boy Scouts. But it was also important for him to have a sense of responsibility for his own environment – setting the table, doing his laundry. Children respond to having responsibilities.


All Souls remembrance


Fontbonne University invites you to submit the names of your deceased loved ones who passed away since last November. Their Holy Souls will be remembered during our All Souls Day Mass on Nov. 2, as well as in our thoughts and prayers during the month of November. Please click here to submit the name(s). We also invite you to join us at Mass in Doerr Chapel at 11:45 a.m. on that day.

Fontbonne hosts CANSEC Conference

Dozens of researchers and students from universities throughout the Midwest descended on Fontbonne University the weekend of Oct. 1 and 2 with one thing in mind: protecting our nation’s electronic data. 


Visit Day brings 900 Catholic high school students to campus


900 students. 100 teachers. 10 schools. Sept. 28 was a busy day at Fontbonne University, when Catholic High School Visit Day brought seniors from St. Louis Archdiocesan high schools around St. Louis to campus for lunch and activities. 

Fontbonne student-athlete signs deal with Los Angeles Dodgers
Fontbonne University pitcher Vinny Santarsiero will forgo his final season of eligibility after recently signing a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
FBU announces new technology scholarship
Fontbonne University has launched the new Griffin Technology Scholarship for students studying cyber securitycomputer science and bioinformatics. Recipients of this scholarship can earn up to $10,000 per year in financial assistance.
14th annual Carondelet Lecture on Catholic Thought
To honor our mission and founding spirit, Fontbonne hosts the annual Carondelet Lecture on Catholic Thought. This year’s lecture, “Latinos and the Catholic Vote in 2016,” will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Lewis Room. Please join us for this free presentation with Dr. Luis Fraga, professor of political science and director of the Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame.
7th Annual Athletics Golf Tournament


Join us for our 7th Annual Fontbonne University Golf Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 29, hosted by the baseball team. Register online for a foursome or as an individual player by clicking here. The event flyer and a printable registration form can be found here.

#GivingTuesday 2016

#GivingTuesday at Fontbonne University kicks off on Tues., Nov. 29, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. and will continue until 11:59 p.m.

Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of community collaboration. 

We look forward to sharing this day of giving back and coming together to transform the way people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season! If you have any questions, contact Laura Farrar at (314) 889-4712 or lfarrar@fontbonne.edu


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