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Halloween is right around the corner and the spooky spirit is all over campus. From the painted pumpkins to the falling leaves, it feels just like Halloween around campus. Some of my favorite Halloween activities involve carving pumpkins and baking pumpkin seeds. Ever since I can remember, my family and I have all gone to a pumpkin patch, or just up the supermarket last minute, and picked out pumpkins to carve.

This year I decided not to carve a pumpkin, but to paint one will melted crayons instead! This worked out nicely because I picked up a white pumpkin and had a spare pack of crayons laying around. This was just as messy as carving out a pumpkin and just as time consuming! It did not take as long once the crayons started melting, but once they did it was off to the races.


Another reason I liked decorating my pumpkin in this way is because it elongates the time I can display the pumpkin because I did not carve it so it does not rot as easily.

I hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween!





Hello, my name is Amy Vilimek

I am writing this on behalf of all my fellow classmates who are over the age of 22 years old.

I am actually 24 years old and anticipate to graduate in 2017.  I transferred here in Fall 2014, to continue my journey in studying Elementary Education.

Now, this wasn’t an easy transition by any means.  Upon coming here, I only knew my sister who was at the time a Jr, and Jenna Neal, who was my transfer counselor and the reason I was totally sold on coming here 🙂

If you think about it, spring 2014 was when most of the traditional college students graduated, which means that the students who were my age at the time had already graduated just before I came here, while I was just fresh into my true college life experience.

I’m not going to lie, I felt a little unsettled at first about being a little older than some of my classmates, and if anything also intimidated.

Although I had taken several of my general education courses at Meramec, this experience was a lot different! I was in smaller classrooms, with less people, and everyone seemed to know each other and be friends.

Like I said, it’s rough going to a new place and not knowing anyone.

For my first 2 semesters, I was pretty low-key.  I wasn’t very involved on campus, and I mostly just cared about my academics.

We get to December 2015, where I finally decided to take a step in the water and get involved.

I started attending more on-campus events, and even applied to be a student leader in Griffin 101.

I think Griffin 101 was the biggest break through I had.  Janelle Densberger helped me out in so many ways to become outgoing, yet professional in helping new students feel welcome at Fontbonne.  I had a fantastic companion; Lizz Brooks who also knows how it feels to be a little older than traditional students, and is also one of my greatest friends I have here! I joined this group because I knew how it felt to be the new student, and I wanted to make sure each new student felt welcome and included into the griffin family.  No matter what age, race, gender etc.

After Griffin 101, I felt like I wanted to do so much more on campus, and the joy I feel when surrounded by this beautiful community who also feels the same.

Age is the last thing that should matter when going to college, and what truly matters is that you are doing something so meaningful for yourself.  You’re getting an education, and on the road to getting that degree!

Getting involved on campus is like icing on the cake! You build your resume up, you meet people of similar interests, and you develop all sorts of connections.  I also believe involvement helps you grow in so many different ways, and by the time graduation comes you’ll be able to look back at many good memories of your college journey.

As of now, I am in the Quest Leadership Program, I am a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa honors society, I am an intern in the Center for Educational and Emerging Technology (also oversee the social media!), I’m a part of a new education organization called Council for Exceptional Children, I cantor and participate in the mass choir, and I am on the Student Alumni Association.  I think that’s everything haha 😉

Needless to say, I think this year has been a great year and probably one of my favorites.  I was never one to get involved in school, and the outcomes of doing so are incredible.  As a future teacher, it also pushes me further out of my comfort zone to be more extroverted and not be afraid to try new things.

My overall hopes upon writing this blog is to encourage EVERY Griffin here to get involved! Whether you are 18 or older, there are all sorts of organizations and groups on campus that have so much to offer.  Growth can only happen if you make the effort to put yourself out there.  🙂






Okay, so it’s not Halloween quite yet…I know!  But if you’re not a celebrator of the holiday itself, it’s not a huge deal.  I prefer to think of it as part of the whole fall experience — a specific day to go all out and celebrate fall.  I am not a fan of haunted houses, witches, skeletons, ghosts, or any of the other holiday-specific traditions.  It’s not because I am scared of them, but as a Christian I just can’t say they are in line with my beliefs.  This is just my personal opinion…I think it’s totally fine if you have fun participating in these activities, especially if it’s an opportunity to be outside and enjoy the weather!

With that said, my previous Halloweens have included hayrides, bonfires, and…trick-or-treating with my horses!  Where I live is not conducive (or even possible) for trick-or-treating, unless you want to walk two miles and only visit three or four houses.  My church always had a really nice event when I was growing up called Trunk or Treat, where people would decorate the trunks of their cars with a theme and hand out candy, so I still had the classic experience of dressing up and having some Halloween fun.

Now that I’m older and have horses, though, I’ve changed up the game a little bit.  Last Halloween was the inaugural kick-off of “Equine Trick-or-Treating”, and the plan is to have an exciting second year to continue the tradition.  It’s the exact same concept as human trick-or-treating, except I don’t really dress up my horses (I could, though…hmm).  They have to perform a trick before they get their treat!  Blondie can smile, and Pearl will smile, kneel, bow, do the Spanish walk, count, and climb up on a rock or steps.  I think I’m going to make them Rice Krispie treats this year, but they’d be happy with anything — carrots, apples, marshmallows, safe fruits and vegetables, or special horse cookies and treats.  Yes, they’re a bit spoiled…but they deserve it. 🙂

Stay safe and enjoy the day, whatever your plans include.  (yes, it’s a regularly scheduled day at Fontbonne, but rumor has it there are multiple bowls of candy around campus…..just saying……)  Happy Halloween!



Hello all, my name is DeMarcus Davis and I have returned back to the blogging scene! It’s been a while since the summer and I am still trying to shake that “summer time sadness” because it was just too much fun. Now that school has kicked off and we are almost finished with the semester….I know, it’s crazy and I don’t want to talk about it either; however, we have to. Later, in my blogs to come, I will discuss more about the fall weather, my podcast, ‘Fontbonne After Dark’, and senior year! Just hold tight and join the ride with fun adventures from friends and campus programs that Fontbonne organizations put together for a memorable experience.


The Mission of Mission Core: To Learn More, To Be More

by Morgan October 18, 2016

Hello again everyone! This week I’m going to write about one of my favorite teachers during my time here at Fontbonne: Julie Portman. To start us off, Julie Portman was the very first teacher that I had ever met at Fontbonne. She was my WING team’s Mission Core teacher, so she was at our orientation all […]

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MVP: The Most Valuable Professor

by Yuri October 18, 2016

Where do I start with this post – Most Influential Professor. Even though I’m still a Junior and haven’t graduated from Fontbonne yet, it would be difficult for me to pick a professor that has influenced me to: Learn More. Be More. IF I had to choose as of this moment, I would have to […]

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Podcast Update

by Lauren October 6, 2016

Hopefully you guys have seen Fontbonne’s twitter and multiple social media posts by me and my co-host DeMarcus about our now-official podcast, Fontbonne After Dark! It has been such an exciting journey so far and we’re so eager to really get into what Fontbonne has to offer and what students, faculty, and staff what to […]

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Fall Break Fun

by Anna October 6, 2016

Fall break is just a few days away, which means we are halfway through the semester!  Wow!  That doesn’t seem possible.  As much as I enjoy coming to campus for classes each day, breaks are also really nice because they give everyone a chance to breathe, regroup, maybe enjoy some free time with family or […]

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The Struggle Doesn’t Have To Be Real

by Morgan October 4, 2016

Hey guys! It’s me again to help you out with being successful at college! Now I’m only a sophomore, so I can’t give you all the tricks of the trade because I’m still trying to figure them out for myself, but I’ll let you in on a few secrets that I’ve discovered for myself. Planner: […]

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How I LOVE Fall!

by Candance September 26, 2016

Oh, how I love the Fall weather. I know to some, they may not care for this time of the season but I truly LOVE IT! Did I say how much I LOVE FALL! 🙂 Fall is the time when I prepare to wear all of the scarves I have stored in my closet. I […]

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