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If by chance

by Jennifer on January 25, 2013

in Campus Community

It’s been awhile since I graced the pages here and had it not been for the necessary Blackboard tutorial, it might have been a little longer. Let me tell you why… Those of you who have done the tutorial already know all about the modules, but I was personally quite surprised with the second one that addressed the Sister’s of St. Joseph. I thought I was up on my Fontbonne history and knew all there was to know about the ladies who founded this great school, but I was so wrong! The fact that I didn’t know as much as I thought was humbling indeed. The thing that really got me, though, was the fact that all I didn’t know lead to a much deeper meaning behind me taking this journey at Fontbonne. “Serving the dear neighbor without distinction” has surely come to be my motto over this past year. As I dig deeper and learn more about my calling, I know that I have found a great foundation from which to branch. As I continue my studies at Fontbonne, I will seek not only to live that mission, but to learn more about the Sister of St. Joseph because I see much of them in me. It strengthens me to see all that they have accomplished and the many lives they touch. So if you by chance happen to have a moment when you are unsure or unsteady, remember our humble beginnings and rise up and be blessed!

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My absolute favorite overall place in St. Louis has got to be Forest Park. In terms of things to do, it has so much to offer, beginning with the award-winning St. Louis Zoo, which I might add is one of just a few zoos across the country that are FREE! They have added a lot of exciting things over the past few years, and they keep doing more. You can never go wrong with a trip here. If you are an early bird like I am, attractions that normally cost are free during the first hour the zoo is open. When trying to take advantage of this deal, do remember that  the zoo has a winter and summer schedule so make sure that first hour is really the first hour.

Just up the hill, you have the St. Louis Art Museum — expansion and new things are going on here too! Did I say it was FREE! Special exhibits often have a free day as well. They have family fun Sundays with special tours and hands on craft activities. And guess what, nobody cares if you don’t have any kids. Art Hill is the place to be for sledding in the winter time and in the summer time… movies right on the lawn on a cool screen with the water fountains as a back drop.

The History Museum has story time on Fridays and Saturdays, and usually in the summer, it offers different crafts and special events. On their lawn in the spring, April-May, and fall, August -October, they have FREE music concerts for all!

There is also the Muny, Dwight Davis tennis courts, raquetball courts, playgrounds, the Jewel Box, Steinberg’s ice skating in winter, beach volleyball in summer. There’s fishing, canoeing, walking, running, biking (w/rentals available), golfing, etc. etc.

Of course I can’t mention Forest Park without mentioning the Great Forest Park Balloon race — everybody that happens to pass through here at the right time should go at least once.

There are some things about St. Louis I wish were a little, but I do appreciate what’s offered here.  What makes it a great place for college students and families as well is the fact that if you’re not too particular about doing any one specific thing, you can often find something fun to do for FREE or at least reasonably priced. There’s even a catalog that you can pick up at the Visitors’ Center in Forest Park that has lots of great coupons.

It’s such an easy walk from campus that soon you’ll be singing, “Meet me at the Muny. The Muny in Forest Park!

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Jennifer

Why Deaf Education

by Jennifer on February 20, 2012

in Academics

“Why did you choose Deaf Education?” is the second most-asked question behind “what made you decide to go back to school?” Well I have always loved education, and years ago, I almost went back to school to be a teacher. The thing that stopped me however was the system of it all in terms of how students were being taught. I thought then that my personal beliefs would cause me to constantly clash with what was being taught in the classroom, so I continued to be a stay-mom.

When the time came for me to get back in the game, I was again drawn to education, but I still knew the “traditional” teacher role would not be for me.  I wanted something that was different, though I know that I will still be a teacher in the traditional sense. Specializing in Deaf Education provides me a challenge to keep me focused. It was like it just popped in my mind, but I had spent many days and nights asking for guidance and then it came.

After receiving my B.A., it is my plan to enroll in the graduate program to receive my M.A., and though I initially plan to step into the classroom for a few years, my ultimate goal is to start a company that specializes in Early-Intervention services in underserved areas at home and abroad.

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If you’re not from these parts you might not have ever heard of SCOSAG a.k.a. St. Louis City Open Studio and Gallery located on our city’s south side in beautiful Tower Grove Park. It started out as a unique and special place to expose children to art even if they weren’t “artistic,” and it has steadily grown over the years. And though they now offer classes for adults, their main focus is still kids and their BIGGEST most exciting fundraiser is still WALL BALL.

Wall Ball is an exciting evening of art, food, fun and friends that caters to the artist in all of us. Watch as some 35 local artist create works of art  right before your eyes. Maybe even participate in the silent auction.  Whatever the case, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.  So if you are looking for something different for a Valentine gift this year or just something fun to do this weekend Wall Ball  just might be the thing. See you there!

Get more info here http://www.scosag.org/wallball/default2010.shtml

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New Here

by Jennifer February 3, 2012

Hi everyone! This is my second semester at Fontbonne University, and I’m happy to be sharing with you some of the things that go on in the mind of a student here. I’m a non-traditional student (my first crack at college was back in ’92) studying Deaf Education. I chose Fontbonne because it’s right here [...]

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