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It’s hard to believe another holiday season is already here! Although the time went extremely fast (as always), I had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It was full of family fun and, of course, amazing food. My favorite part of dinner was the dessert. My aunt deserves a lot of credit for making what I considered the best dish of the night: pumpkin gooey butter cake. Just the name says enough about how delicious it was.

I love that holidays bring everyone together, despite so many of us living in various cities for school, work, etc. There are many family members that I only see on holidays, so there is always a lot to catch up on. After dinner and dessert (a couple rounds, I must admit), we played board games. I love family game nights, and wish there was time to have more nights like this. Therefore, I cherish the ones we do get. We all were being so goofy and having an amazing time together.

After staying up late playing games and munching on leftovers, I did not go to sleep like one would assume. I went straight to work at 1 a.m.. I pushed through the night on no sleep (or, should I say “morning”?) and finally got off at 9:30 a.m. This is just part of the job now when you work in retail. This is the sixth holiday season I have worked at Gordmans. This is the first year we opened at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and then stayed open all night, into Black Friday. I lucked out that I didn’t have to work during Thanksgiving. That’s what I kept telling myself every time I felt really tired at work. Working this day wasn’t nearly as crazy as the other years, since I was not there to open the store. Although I was sleep deprived, my shift went faster than expected. Singing Christmas songs all night long really helped. We are now officially in the season!

Happy holidays!

Mom and Me! Mom and Me!

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Last week, I discussed Inauguration Week events. I promised I would post pictures as the events unfolded. And here they are! I am extremely pleased with how successful everything went.

Dr. Mike Pressimone is now officially the 14th president of Fontbonne University. This is an occasion that will go down in history, and I was very glad to be a part of it. The ceremony on Friday in which he gave his Inaugural Address was outstanding, and made me even more proud to call myself a Griffin. The ball on Saturday was the perfect way to celebrate the end of the week. It is so much to get dressed up for formal occasions. The ball was at the Science Center, where there was an amazing view as you walked along the bridge for pictures, delicious food, and fun music. It was so nice seeing students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the Pressimone family all come together for a special evening together.

Here’s to a great new beginning for the Fontbonne community!

Some ODK Exec members with Dr. Sommer at the Last Lecture event Some ODK Exec members with Dr. Sommer at the Last Lecture event The ODK booth at the Fall Festival The ODK booth at the Fall Festival FAB members at the Inaugural Ball FAB members at the Inaugural Ball

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Inauguration Week is here! There has been so much discussion, planning, and hype about this week since the end of last spring semester. Fontbonne has a new president who started this year: Dr. Mike Pressimone. In celebration of his beginning at Fontbonne, the week of November 10-15 has been dedicated to welcoming events.

Through my involvement in Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), Student Government Association (SGA), and Fontbonne Activities Board (FAB) I have helped plan three events for Inauguration Week. ODK is hosting Last Lecture, which is an annual speaker series. Dr. Sommer, who has been a longtime professor at Fontbonne, is delivering a speech. Then, there is a nice dessert reception to follow. SGA is hosting the Fall Festival, in which all the student organizations across campus run various game and craft booths. Finally, FAB is ending the week with a formal Inauguration Ball. This is not like a traditional student school dance held on campus. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and anyone in the Fontbonne community are invited. Also, it is held at the Science Center. I am so excited to see everyone dressed up and having a fun, fancy evening together. Dr. Pressimone’s entire family will be there as well (which includes 12 kids!).

Stay tuned as the week unfolds. I’ll come back and post pictures from various Inauguration Week events.

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It seems as if a week never goes by without an exciting campus event taking place. Recently, the Fontbonne Activties Board (FAB) hosted a comedy night, and it was co-sponsored by the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA). Because I am in charge of all live performance events, this was one that I was lucky enough to chair.

Back in February, I attended a conference in Boston, with the intention to watch and book numerous performers that travel to college campuses. One group that I saw and met was Preferred Parking, which is comedy tour. The comedians’ names are Drew Lynch and Sam Comroe. They were extremely nice when I first met them, and continued to be a joy to work with as I planned for them to star in the comedy night at Fontbonne. Not only were they great behind the scenes, but also a joy to watch on stage, which is the perspective that the rest of the students got. Drew and Sam made everyone in the audience laugh throughout their entire performance, while still being respectful. Usually this is a very hard skill to pull off, especially for comedians. It was very rewarding to see this event turn out successfully. It was a general consensus that Fontbonne students had a good time and would like to see Preferred Parking come back to campus again in the future.

Although Preferred Parking are comedians that tell jokes, they also share a very inspirational story. Drew Lynch has a stutter, and Sam Comroe has tourette syndrome. Typically in the entertainment industry, people with disorders like this are told that they are not going to succeed as a live performer. Drew and Sam heard this message but continued to fight it. Their hard work paid off, because now they are traveling the country doing what they love to do.

PP brooke and carly Drew Lynch, my BFF Brooke, myself, and Sam

 

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May the Runway Remain

by Carlyn October 27, 2014

Last week, I blogged about Fall 2014 St. Louis Fashion Week coming to a close. Even though that has ended, there have still been plenty of fashion news and events to focus on. The only TV show that I watch is “Project Runway.” No matter how busy I become, I always take that one hour […]

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Dreams Becoming Reality

by Carlyn October 20, 2014

A couple months ago, an amazing opportunity came my way. I was offered to be the head shoes and accessories coordinator for St. Louis Fashion Week Fall 2014. As someone that is a fashion major and wants to pursue event planning, this was an absolutely perfect position and way to combine my passions. The past […]

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Soon it will be Sibz Weekend!

by Carlyn October 14, 2014

I am so excited that it’s almost Sibz Weekend again! This is an annual tradition that the Fontbonne Activities Board (FAB) started. Being a member of the executive team for FAB, there has been a lot of prep work for this, so I’m eager to see it all finally come together. This is a time […]

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ODK Inductions

by Carlyn October 6, 2014

As we like to say in Omicron Delta Kappa, the circle never ends. The Fontbonne University chapter of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa expanded its circle by 43 new members. The second annual induction ceremony took place in Doerr Chapel on Saturday October 4, 2014. There was a nice reception afterwards, with […]

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Seeing Pink!

by Carlyn October 2, 2014

If you were on campus today, you would have seen pink all around! An Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) tradition is to host a “Lead by Example” event each semester. This is a campaign that changes each time, and we try to spread awareness about a worthy cause. First we promoted putting an end to texting […]

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My FABulous Friend

by Carlyn September 24, 2014

Meet Brooke Stochl. She is my best friend at Fontbonne. We first met about a year ago at the beginning of my junior year, and her sophomore year, through our involvement in FAB (Fontbonne Activities Board). She was the Films Chairperson while I was the Daytime Activities Chairperson. Currently during the 2014-2015 school year, Brooke […]

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