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It’s that time of year again for Fontbonne Service Day! For those of you that aren’t aware yet, this is a day very unique and special to Fontbonne. One of the university’s values is to serve our dear neighbor. So, the university cancels all classes for a day in the spring to give students and faculty the chance to do so! There are multiple locations that you can sign up to volunteer at. Classes are cancelled so that more students can get involved with this important day.

For the last four years, the honors society Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) has visited the same place to volunteer on service day. We help at the House of Living Stone Community Garden in Brentwood. Within the last few years, ODK has helped expand the garden tremendously and maintain its upkeep. One of the values of Omicron Delta Kappa is also service, so completing this project each year is important to the Fontbonne community as well the ODK one. It is exciting to come back each year and see the progression. And, it’s sweet that we’ve built a relationship with the staff there. They are all so kind and welcoming. They even serve us a wonderful lunch!

Although I am an alum and have moved onto my master’s, I still find it worthwhile to find time for service, as I did throughout my undergrad. I enjoy helping with the garden and spending time with my fellow ODK members. Regardless of who you serve with and where you serve, I hope you all can see the benefit in following the Fontbonne mission of serving our dear neighbor.

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Serve the others with love

by Mary on April 10, 2017

in Our Causes

Hello everyone,

I hope you all had another great week, as I know it was a busy one for many people around campus.

This week’s blog is about service and why it is important to me particularly. For me, it has been an important part of my life since I was in 8th grade as a part of my confirmation through my church. The motto of serviam was engraved in all of the students at the high school I attended here in St. Louis during my entire four years.  I was so involved with different service projects and events around my community when I was in high school, and I am thankful for all of those experiences I had. To serve means to give of your time and talents to those in the community who are less fortunate and need a helping hand. I am someone who truly enjoys giving of my time, especially when the service project entails doing something that I love like preparing food for those in need.

Over the past eight years I have done a lot of different service projects with different populations of people and hands-on work. One of the most impactful service project I have completed was during my service trip to New Orleans which was during my junior year of high school. I was down in the lower ninth ward seven years after Hurricane Katrina hit the city, and I had the opportunity to serve at a few different houses throughout the week. I served at one particular lady’s house and the back portion of her house hadn’t been touched since the hurricane hit a few years prior. I worked in the spare bedroom of this one family’s home in which we were told to remove some dry wall and tile flooring from the space. As a group we were really productive that day as we got lots of debris removed and bagged. Then, the next day our experience was just as rewarding because we worked in Miss Veronica’s front yard and side yard to help remove weeds and lay fresh mulch. As a group of five we were able to get down on our hands and knees in order to get a ton of weeds removed from the dirt areas. Buying the mulch was our gift to Miss Veronica and she was so gracious for the beautiful mulch, as it looked really nice on her lawn. I am so thankful I had the opportunity to serve at Miss Veronica’s house that day and I still remember her five years later.

I hope you guys have had some sort of impactful service project that you have had a part in at some point.  Thanks for reading about my experience and come back next week to read what I have to write about.

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Cecelia

Service.

by Cecelia on April 10, 2017

in Extracurricular,Our Causes

The important of service….. and cue the daydream. This was a routine discussion facilitated in my theology classes in high school or at the one too many required talks that my high school had. Service was preached day in and day out, and we were expected to fulfill service requirements from semester to semester. Even though I dreaded the required meetings, my love of service developed. Service became so much more than a chore for me, but such a gift. The importance of service to me is performing small acts with great love, being a rainbow in someone’s clouds. One of the best service experiences I had was my junior year of high school when I worked at a camp that was specifically designed for individuals with different levels of ability. It was a pleasure getting to know the campers and experiencing their joy.

Today, I often find that I don’t do enough to give back. And I’ve been working to change that. Too busy, too stressed, too whatever.

 The truth is that we truly have so much to give, more than we think and realize. We also have so much to be thankful for.  Servicing others in a time of need is just as important as anything else that takes priority on your to do list.

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It is still bewildering for me to comprehend that it has only been 22 days since I wrote, “My Message to White Students at FBU.” I vividly remember the night I wrote that blog around two in the morning. My roommate was fast asleep and I was trying not to wake her up with my loud typing. I corrected it and reread the blog over and over again. I even debated deleting the whole document altogether, fearing judgement. I was worried that the friendships and relationships I had built with faculty, staff, and students would be tarnished due to the content of the blog. I feared that students would perceive me in a negative light in and out of the classroom. I submitted my blog post that night and went to sleep feeling drained from all of my overthinking.

The next couple days were kind of hectic upon people reading the blog. Students that I didn’t know were approaching me around campus and discussed their thoughts with me. I had Facebook conversations with friends from around the country about it. I attended meetings with my wonderful mentor and dedicated faculty members about the blog. My mom and I had numerous conversations over the phone and what she thought about it. Working with Leslie Doyle and Janelle Julian, we three decided it would be beneficial to host a Forum on Inclusion, discussing some of the points I brought up.

The Forum on Inclusion that I led took place on March 15th. I was in shock to see that a little less than fifty faculty, staff, and students gathered in the very cramped LACE Center in a large circle. While we didn’t solve and address every issue at Fontbonne, we at least started a conversation. Some students disagreed with my points, but that was the intent of writing the blog. I wanted to get a larger conversation going on campus about these issues. Whether we agree or disagree, we are civilly engaging in these, at times, uncomfortable topics. I want to thank everyone who came to the forum with an open mind and willingness to learn from one another. I will close with a quote from the latest edition of Tableaux. “Remember that the dear neighbor may be the person who holds a perspective radically different than your own.”-President Pressimone.

Stay on the lookout for a second Forum on Inclusion coming your way very soon. This ongoing conversation isn’t over yet.

Take care,

Mari

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My Passion in Conversation

by Terragan March 13, 2017

This semester has done one thing that have shifted my college experience, it allowed me to see my passions. Recently, I’ve been sharing many conversations around campus, with best friends, dear friends, and soon to be dear friends in our affiliated student orgs. I’ve begone to open myself up more to outside ideas about what […]

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UGANDA be Kidding Me!

by Candance March 13, 2017

Is Spring semester over yet? What about Summer semester?! LOL LOL. Not quite!!! I can’t wait for summer to get here! Why?! You ask. I’ll be traveling to Gulu, Uganda on an immersion trip with a few other FBU students this summer (end of July) and I’m very excited! Did I mention, I’M VERY EXCITED […]

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My Passions

by Candance March 13, 2017

What am I most passionate about? Wow! Great question. I would say I’m very passionate about helping others in whatever facet I can. This can be working as a job coach within the Deaf community and seeing them succeed on their jobs and keep their jobs. Advocating for the Deaf when it comes to communication […]

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Ode to coffee, love of my life

by Jess March 13, 2017

I don’t know about you guys, but I personally can’t envision my life without coffee… It all started my sophomore year of college. I was an innocent to coffee back then, having only experienced various frou-frou “coffee” drinks here and there (no shame – I think all of us die-hards start out with a frappuccino […]

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My Passions

by Courtney March 13, 2017

One thing I love about college is finding out what really interests you and what your passions are.  So I am here to tell you a few of my passions! Taking adventures- I love finding new places to hike, walk my dogs, and eat around St. Louis.  There are so many opportunities around St. Louis! […]

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Fueling Your Fire

by Cecelia March 13, 2017

What am I passionate about? If we are being honest, my passions have changed throughout my life. When I was little, my passion was finding the missing shoe for my barbie, or scoring a goal at my little league soccer game. As I grew my passion became about winning the science fair, and or trying to […]

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