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Conner

“Why are you so involved?” This was the question my supervisor asked me at work last week when I told him I wasn’t closing because I had to go play in the volleyball tournament for ODK.

Although my response was, “I ask myself that question every day,” and those that know me think I’m crazy for taking on as much as I do, you’re only in college once. I’m only at Fontbonne once. Not only that, I feel as though life is about making the most out of what you’re given. Fontbonne gives me an incredible amount to make the most of, so here I am.

Omicron Delta Kappa: a national leadership honor society in its second year on campus

Fontbonne Student Ambassadors: a student organization closely tied to the Office of Admission, giving tours to prospective students daily

Griffin Girls: the dance team and spirit squad of Fontbonne University

Enactus: a business entrepreneurial organization, also on a national level, in its second year at Fontbonne

All this, coupled with an (almost) full time job in retail, classes, and other activities makes my life difficult at times, but so fulfilling thanks to Fontbonne. I have one busy schedule that helps me make the most of my wonderful life as a Fontbonne Griffin.

 

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Conner

Stuck in Summer

by Conner on September 15, 2014

in College Life

I know that the academic year has begun, but I can’t help thinking about the summer I just had each day. After class, after this meeting, that practice, that job, all I can seem to do is remember and relive through memories of where I was this summer, thanks to Fontbonne.

Fontbonne offers many study abroad programs for a variety of times, majors, and countries. I decided about ten months ago that I was going to do it. Finally study abroad.

Fully committed, everything somehow came together, and I spent five weeks in London, one in Paris, and then one week on holiday in Prague and Barcelona this summer. I studied at Regent’s University: London, and took two classes related to my major, Fashion Merchandising.

Yeah, I missed out on that wonderful St. Louis summer, and came back so dreadfully tired, but none of that matters. The experiences I had, both in and out of the classroom, don’t compare to any others in my lifetime. I would go back and do it all over again, given the chance. Studying abroad definitely helped me see the world in a new way, and how I fit in it. Before, I used to think St. Louis was enough for me. Now, I don’t know. Maybe Fontbonne is the stepping stone, the mother university to prepare me for what I’m really meant to do in life — that being anything I wish.

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The Department of Leadership, Education, and Student Activities. Whoa, that’s a mouthful. Better known as DLESA, this department hosts a few major campus organizations at Fontbonne, one of which I’m a part of. Omicron Delta Kappa falls under the DLESA umbrella. As we near the final days of the semester (yikes), the department was kind enough to throw the bundle of student leaders on campus an End of the Year Party. This just happened to be a trip to Busch Stadium for a Cardinals Game, complementary nachos, and Ted Drewes after.

It was an enjoyable night! Although it rained off and on, the Cardinals ended up losing, and the game ended significantly past the closing of Ted Drewes, it was still a great night with fellow students. I can’t fathom to think that this time next week my junior year of college will be basically complete, and just a few weeks after that I’ll be boarding a plane to London for the entire summer.

Monday night was a night full of memories, but that is what my entire year has been, thanks to Fontbonne. It’s nights like Monday that I’ll look back on and cherish. I just have to hang on for another week. Let the finals begin!

Ready for the game to start!

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You may not know it, but St. Louis is somewhat of a force in the fashion industry. As a student in the fashion merchandising department here at Fontbonne, it was my turn this semester to enroll in the “Promotion in the Merchandising Environment” course. A group of fourteen students, myself included, have been working on our fashion show “Strutting St. Louis” since the beginning of the semester.

“Strutting St. Louis” was an idea the class came up with together as a team through much debate and thought. Our show, as one can tell by the name, is St. Louis themed. Each scene of the show was influenced and inspired by a local landmark of the city. Such scenes include Forest Park, The Loop, Ballpark Village, Botanical Garden, and The Fabulous Fox.

Model casting calls, rehearsals, promotions, and a lot of hard work later and it was showtime. This year the fashion show collaborated with FAB’s Springfest. We held “Strutting St. Louis” outside in the quad of Fontbonne’s Library at 4 p.m. on the 25th of April.

The show was great! I was placed on the promotions committee for the show, therefore the majority of work I had to do was before the day of the show. I worked with the flyers, program, press release, and other “public relation” type aspects of Strutting St. Louis. I was thoroughly pleased with the work my class put in and delivered to the university. It was great to see it all come together last Friday. Check out a few of the photos and promotional items below. Fontbonne’s Instagram page also has some great images of the day! http://instagram.com/fontbonneu#

A promotional email image for the window display advertising the show

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Last Lecture

by Conner April 28, 2014

This past Thursday, Omicron Delta Kappa had the pleasure of collaborating with Student Government Association on the first installment of a very exciting, important series of events at Fontbonne, a Last Lecture Series. This was an idea of some student leaders in the beginning of this year. ODK and SGA saw it as a perfect […]

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Easter Happy in STL

by Conner April 23, 2014

This past weekend provided a much needed break! With a couple days off school, and only work and the never-ending to-do list to tackle, I could finally breathe a little bit. As always, I took the word “break” a little too literally. and didn’t accomplish as much as I possibly should have. Regardless of the […]

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Concert Buddy

by Conner April 23, 2014

Beginning my Easter break a little early last week, I went to a concert of one of my favorite performers, Gavin Degraw. Surprisingly, he didn’t make a stop in St. Louis on the current tour, but he did visit the town of Effingham, Illinois. Most people have probably never heard of the town, but being […]

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When Life Hands You Presentations, Make Cupcakes

by Conner February 3, 2014

Whew! What a week! Life has recently been going from one thing to the next, with a few hours of sleep added in every once in a while. Besides working 20 hours this week, attending class, going to meetings, and working on campus, the entire week I was preparing for the big event. The finale […]

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And So It Begins

by Conner January 29, 2014

Two weeks down, fourteen to go. This has become my countdown, and it is yet still early in the semester. I absolutely love my “busier than busy” lifestyle here at Fontbonne, but coffee and caffeinated teas have become my best friends. This week, I was particularly busy with one of my favorite and most recent […]

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December Baby

by Conner December 16, 2013

Well, that’s it. The Fall Semester is officially over. I had a few difficult finals and a rough week (39 hour all-nighter included), but what’s done is done. Now it’s time to celebrate! The month of December is one that is celebratory for everyone every year, but for myself especially. December brings winter break, Christmas, […]

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