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
The ODK booth at the Fall Festival
FAB members at the Inaugural Ball
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.
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.
Drew Lynch, my BFF Brooke, myself, and Sam
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 a week to catch up on my fashion reality TV. Because I am involved in the fashion industry, and because I have seen every episode, I feel like I have an ode to “Project Runway.” The finale of season 13 just aired, which I something that every fan looks forward to. I was extremely excited to find out that Sean Kelly was the winner. He has been my favorite all along. So I was a bit emotional when he was crowned his much-deserved title. I have quite an attachment to the contestants and will continue to follow their careers, especially Sean’s.
Speaking of fashion reality TV, there is also a show called “Under the Gunn.” Shan Keith, a fashion designer from St. Louis, was a contestant on there. He recently hosted a show at Plush, which is a neat entertainment venue in downtown St. Louis. All of the models in his show are from Centro, which is the agency that I intern at. Staff at Centro received complimentary tickets. It was a different perspective being able to see the show from the front, since I am typically working backstage. I was very impressed with his collection. Also, it was a great bonding experience with the my internship company.
They say “as one door closes, another one opens.” That is the case with St. Louis Fashion Week. I am excited to say that I have been asked to work for Spring 2015 St. Louis Fashion Week. I will be working with a lot of the same team members from the fall productions. They were a great group to work with, and I am looking forward to being with them again. Meetings already begin for that this week!
I’ll be sure to keep you all updated as my fashion world continues.
Sean Kelly and one of his winning looks
Myself with Sarah, the director of Centro Models