From the monthly archives:

November 2013

This semester, I took a leadership course for graduate students (HES535 Leadership Development for Professional Practice). In this class, we talked about different leadership styles based on theories. There were many meaningful assignments we needed to do for this class. One of my favorite projects is to shadow a CEO or president in a non-profit organization.

I chose the CEO at Health Literacy Missouri to shadow because I like their mission: “to help people make good health decisions,” and my major is related to what they do: to offer health literacy training, health environment assessments, and plan language services to help health care systems improve patient outcomes.

Dr. O’Leary is the CEO at Health Literacy Missouri. She is a very intelligent, organized, and supportive leader. She brought me to attend different meetings with her to observe different leadership styles, to experience the decision-making process and to observe the importance of synergy in the team’s action. After shadowing different meetings with Dr. O’Leary, and observing how she communicated with her staff and board members, I learned a lot leadership skills from her. The most important things I’ve learned from her is to focus on the real job. As a CEO at health literacy Missouri, Dr. O’Leary’s real job is to lead and manage that organization. She is a very knowledgeable female leader and very good at focusing on her real job. Moreover, she is a very good communicator who reads situations fast and communicates with people efficiently.

This is a one of the most meaningful projects I’ve done during my student life at Fontbonne. I will use the lessons I’ve learned from this class and Dr. O’Leary to encourage myself to be a successful leader in my future career.

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Penny

Asian Heritage Festival

by Penny on November 26, 2013

in Extracurricular

Asian Heritage Festival is an annual Asian American community event in St. Louis. The purpose of this event is to offer an opportunity to gather the community of Asian Americans together. This event is supported by the Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC).

Last month, I invited my American friend to attend the 2013 Asian Heritage Festival with me to experience a different culture. In this event, there were different booths with cultural food, merchandise, and travel information about different Asian countries and businesses. I am originally from Taiwan, and I was so excited when I saw there was a table promoting Taiwanese dressing and food culture. It was a very fun event to try different food and see different traditional cultures, like Taste of St. Louis. The most special feature was the free dancing shows on the stage, including traditional Korean, Japanese, and Chinese dancing. It was a very meaningful and fun event to gather Asian Americans together and also promote Asian culture to the Americans.

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Penny

Advising week

by Penny on November 26, 2013

in Academics

Last week was our advising week, which is a very important week to prepare for registering for classes. Next semester will be my last but not least semester at Fontbonne, which is sad but very exciting news. I will take my last three graduate courses: marketing for non-profits; administering programs for children and families; the contemporary applications for health communication. I am very excited to take these classes, because I believe they will benefit my future career in the healthcare industry!

However, to be honest, I think I will miss Fontbonne after graduation, since everyone here is so friendly and so supportive of me. I will always cherish my last semester at Fontbonne.

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Once again, another visual display has been completed in the windows of Anheuser-Busch Hall. For my visual merchandising class, this was the last installation assignment, which was bitter sweet. It’s a bit of a relief to know that winter break is just around the corner. That being said, I am really going to miss the work from this class. Doing hands-on projects almost every day is, in my opinion, the best way to learn. The visual merchandising tasks have really stretched my creativity. Just in the past semester, I feel like I have grown as an artist, student, and leader. A lot of group work and communication was required for this course.

The challenge for this final install was to use unconventional materials. Therefore, you will not find any fabric in the end result. Also, the display had to have a holiday aesthetic since they will be present throughout winter break. My group went with a white, gold, and silver color scheme and primarily used paper and ribbon. The background is full of paper snowflakes and snowballs. The mannequin’s dress is made out of ribbon. On the panels beside the mannequins, numerous strands of ornaments are hung. In the end, I believe we did a great job and that it looks very pretty. It definitely gets you in the holiday spirit. While it may look all pretty and sparkly, there was actually a lot of dirty work behind the scenes. I walked out of each class period with glitter in my eyes, fishing wire wrapped around my leg, glue under my nails, and push pins marks on my hands. I guess the saying “beauty is pain” is true sometimes.

Ribbon dress and shopping bags (she stands in the middle of the display)

One of the two side panels

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Butternut Squash Macaroni

by Alumni Posts November 26, 2013

Last week, we made Butternut Squash Macaroni with the first graders at Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center. Every single kid loved it!  We had no picky eaters at all.  While I was cooking this recipe with them, I thought about us college students. How hard it is to cook a nutritious meal.  This recipe is […]

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Why Compost?

by Alumni Posts November 26, 2013

Compost is the product that results after the decomposition of organic waste (certain food waste). This product can be used to make nutrient rich soil for plants to grow. There are two reasons why we should compost: 1. To avoid dumping tons of food in landfills. Americans waste 29 million tons of food every day. […]

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I’ve Got With Me All That I Need

by Marielle November 25, 2013

Okay, this post is probably gonna come off as a little cheesy, but who doesn’t get cheesy around the holiday season? Everyone likes to talk about what they’re thankful for this time of year, and I’d like to say that I’m thankful for people. Anyone in particular? Not really; I’m being purposefully vague. While it’s […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!!

by Lizzie November 25, 2013

Wow, it’s already close to Thanksgiving?? That means we’re almost done for the Fall semester! First, so sorry for not blogging at all lately. I mean, I did one blog at least, right? Anyways, I hope everyone’s excited and ready to get fat this holiday! Haha. Most importantly, be thankful for the many things in […]

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It’s the Holiday Season

by Conner November 25, 2013

It’s that time of year again. We’re just a few days away from Thanksgiving, a month from Christmas, then my birthday, and New Year’s! With these holidays come breaks from school, or times I usually think to be associated with relaxation and a lot less stress. I have a feeling this year will be different. […]

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Top ten things that will be acconplished during break.

by Tim November 25, 2013

I decided to do something a little bit different this time around. I hope you all like it. 10. Watching movies on netflix 9. English paper 8. Science homework 7. Playing video games with my friends 6. Beating old video games that I started 5.  Finish reading “The Hidden Hand” 4. post more stuff on […]

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