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They say there is nothing better than food grown right in your own backyard…
 
Now, you can be the judge of that, with Fontbonne’s very own community garden!
 
The F.R.E.S.H.greens Garden, located in the courtyard of Southwest Hall, is underway for its 3rd growing season! Ground was broken for the garden back in 2012 and it is now complete with raised garden beds, compost bins, picnic tables, and even a pergola!
 
The garden was originally established to help support campF.R.E.S.H., a summer program held on campus that teaches middle schoolers about sustainability and fresh cooking. But that is not the only way the development is putting the “community” back in community garden.
 
F.R.E.S.H.greens Garden is open to the entire campus and all are welcome to pick from its bounty! Fontbonne’s food service director is even know to incorporate the garden’s produce into the menus from time to time (cool, huh?!)
 
However, the true beauty of the garden is that it brings the staff and students of Fontbonne together. “Getting involved with the F.R.E.S.H.greens Garden is a great way to meet new people and support a part of Fontbonne,” said Emily Basler, Student Garden Assistant. “The garden is a campus garden that anyone can go to at anytime.”
 
Looking for a little stress relief? The garden may be able to help with that! “Many research articles show that working in a garden can help with stress,” said Basler. “It is a great way to clear your mind of other worries for a while.”
 
Having a public garden is such a precious commodity on campus at Fontbonne, but it can only flourish with the support of the school community. “If we do not have people regularly taking care of it, we may no longer have that space,” said Basler.
 
No experience getting your hand dirty? No problem! “We appreciate any help in the garden. A person’s gardening skill level does not matter!” said Basler. “Getting involved with F.R.E.S.H.greens Garden is a great for all experience levels, whether you’re a newbie learning for the first time or a seasoned garden doing what you love!”
 
If you are interested in getting involved with Fontbonne’s community garden, be sure to sign up for one of the upcoming work days.
 
Be sure to stop by the garden over the next few months to see what may be sprouting. Or just to take out some stress on those well-deserving weeds!
-XOXO Hannah

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This past week, the Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) and the Student Alumni Association came together to host a professional development event on campus. This was a free event for Fontbonne students and included many different professional growth services such as resume assistance, a business etiquette discussion, and a round table event called “Creating your Digital Presence” hosted by Dr. Amy Peach, Director of Instructional Technology. This event allowed me to get out of my comfort zone and begin to take the initial steps of my professional career. This event, which was hosted right at Fontbonne, provided one-on-one instruction from professionals in many different areas to work with me in order to create a Linkedin profile, learn how to network on a variety of social networks, identity my strengths and weaknesses as a leader, and get a headshot taken for my Linkedin profile! Overall, the event this past week truly made me get out of my comfort zone and try something completely new. This is just one of the many opportunities that Fontbonne allows for growth and strength-building in the professional world. Additionally, Fontbonne offers career services during the school year which helps students to figure which majors/ minors are best for them and resume-building strategies. Fontbonne University is a place for personal growth, professional development, and an amazing education.

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I remember the final days of high school pretty well, at least for now since I graduated almost two years ago now.  But those last final days were kind of just odd to say the least.  There were girls around me who were emotional some days and then so excited the next day.  For me really, I would say I was kind of indifferent – primarily because of the fact that I had seen the transition at least three times prior in my own family – I was not that afraid of going on to college classes.  I was confident at least with the independence part because I was going to a college right in town, which I commute too still while living at home, and since I also chose the same school which my sister had attended a few years prior, where I knew some of the faculty already and had seen the campus as a kid.

Though once I had really started to have more classes under my belt, and understanding the life of college, it did become kind of intimidating.  Though what made it intimidating was when I had gone from first looking at Special Education, to Speech-Language Pathology, to then Undecided…  I had no idea what to do with myself.  I felt that I was sure of what I wanted to do with my life for a career most of my life though once I made it to college and predicaments came into the picture, I was scared.  I felt lost, not sure of what was going to happen with my life.  I wondered who would I hang out with in regards to my major and get to know for future possible networking or just becoming familiar with people I would see each day in classes.  I felt like I didn’t fit in at times because I was undecided and not firmly planted on the ground with a decision.  Though through all of that scary, uncertain, anxiety-filled period of days, I began to really ask questions pertaining to what I was interested in and enjoyed investing my time and talents in.  I would talk to previous teachers I had for classes that I felt comfortable with, I volunteered with organizations that I knew I felt welcome and just a part of the community, I evaluated parts of myself that I had not thought about re-evaluating in regards to a career.  By spending the time to slow down and just accept where I was with my life, pray about it and let that resonate inside of me, I was slowly able to really find the new major that I have today in the field of Family and Consumer Sciences which would be the one and only Family Policy and Advocacy.

So, what I can say for future Fontbonne Griffins, would be to really see where your interests reside in regards to school if you are unsure of where to look for a major.  I can tell you that each of the professors here at Fontbonne, as well as staff members, are here for you and for your betterment as a student.  By having a smaller enrollment of students on campus, this leads to more opportunities to get to know your teacher, say hello and get to know them a little more.  I can honestly say that they would enjoy getting to know you in return and aide you with anything along the way that you may need.  Challenge yourself to talk to someone who you may not talk to that often while at a social event or at the lunch table.  Make sure to say hi to people you pass on the sidewalk on your way to class.  Most importantly, make sure to recognize your limits and boundaries because I can speak from experience that those are the kinds of things to learn in college, and learn very well.  Additionally, accept the limits and boundaries that you have because each person is different and cannot be compared to.  But my first two years at Fontbonne University have and shall continue to be some of the best years of my life thus far.  I have learned so much about myself that I would never have expected two years ago as a senior in high school.  Trust yourself.

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Have you noticed all the National Nutrition Month events on campus this month?!

Well, last weekend, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – St. Louis held their own event in honor of NNM!

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The Taste of Achievement 6k and 1 Mile Fun Run!

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ANDSTL encouraged people of all ages to come out to Creve Couer Park for a morning of fun and exercise!

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Participants not only got to enjoy a scenic route around the lake, but also pre-race yoga, complimentary massages, raffles, and refreshments!

Fontbonne Nutrition undergraduates and graduates students were also at the event giving participants pre- and post-race nutrition advice!

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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics arranges the National Nutrition Month campaign to advocate for nutrition and healthy lifestyles. This year’s theme is “Take A Bite Out Of A Healthy Lifestyle”!

For more information on National Nutrition Month, visit the academy’s website!

And if you want to stay up-to-date with what ANDSTL is doing to promote health in St. Louis, be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

-XOXO Hannah

Also follow me on Twitter or Instagram for health and nutrition tips!

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What is good about Ginger?

by Kathy March 23, 2015

Having grown up in the Chinese culture for many years, I have seen that many Chinese families like using ginger for preparing different kinds of dishes such as ginger fried rice, ginger tea, and sweet and sour ginger soup, etc. One of the great functions of ginger, from the Chinese point of view, is that ginger […]

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Five things that make Fontbonne an amazing place to be

by Raven March 23, 2015

Hey Fonties! Welcome back! I hope your spring break was absolutely fabulous (I’m really sad it’s over… can we have a spring break redo?…. No?…. Okay….). Anyway, let’s  jump right into it then. In my three years as a Griffin, I’ve noticed a lot of little golden nuggets that make Fontbonne a great place to […]

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The Great Job Search!

by Dani March 23, 2015

There are many of us here at Fontbonne that have the responsibility of full time school, plus a job on top of that. Finding a good one, or at the very least one you don’t loath, can be tricky. As someone that has had three different part time jobs since going back to school, I […]

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National Nutrition Month has hit Fontbonne!!

by Hannah March 6, 2015

This week marks the first week of March! You know what that means?! Well… yes, March Madness… BUT! Also, National Nutrition Month®!!   National Nutrition Month® is sponsored by The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics to help promote awareness of the importance of a healthy diet and to advocate for the profession of dietetics. This […]

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Don’t Miss Schlafly Farmer’s Market This Weekend!!

by Hannah March 2, 2015

It may seem hard to believe with all this snow and cold we’ve had this week, but farmer’s market season is right around the corner!! *Happy Dance!!* Yea, I am a bit excited. To me, there is nothing better than getting to look at glorious piles of produce and shopping from local vendors! Not only […]

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3 Quick Ways To Feel Less Stressed

by Hannah February 12, 2015

Well Fontbonne, we are now about a month into the spring semester. Are you feeling the stress yet? Because I sure am! Assignments, readings, and projects are starting to pile up, on top of working two jobs and managing my social life (or at least pretending like I have one!) But during these times, I […]

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