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This weekend was full of events ranging from Alumni Weekend, Mini-Dance Marathon, and Fontbonne gaming events. To kick off my weekend, I just lounged around the AMC to conserve my energy for the mini-marathon later Friday evening. I love Dance Marathon (DM) to its entirety that I had to give it my all. When 5:30PM hit, I was up and running. DM is everything because you’re raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network while dancing for those who can’t. This will be my third year and I cannot let them down. This event was in the Griffin’s Nest and everyone danced the night away. To make the event even better, the Nest was blacked-out so everyone wore neon! Since we’re joining SLUDM, their morale committee came to show us some moves that will shut down any college campus. In addition to that, the WING Leaders performed the flash mob dance routine from the Over Welcome during Fall Orientation. The songs included hits like, “…Baby One More Time”, “Everybody”, and “Worth It.” Our flash mob is now certified and has to be displayed at any event. After the mini-marathon, some friends and I watched Scream 1 and 2.

Saturday I woke up exhausted but ready to cheer on our men’s tennis match against Concordia. Fellow WING Leaders Blake, Jacob and Stephen were blazing up the court with their combo moves. Along came Brooke, Joel, Erika, and Garret to help cheer on the team with Fontbonne Spirit. After the match, the five of us went to eat lunch in Ryan Hall and then to cheer the women’s volleyball game against Webster. The girls did a great job and if you didn’t notice they put Rachel in the game! Later that night, I went to the Grovefest with arah, Taylor and Eric because we haven’t spent any time together recently and it was cool. Afterwards, we went to Sarah’s apartment to watch Scream 3. If you aren’t following me on Twitter, please do! You’re missing out. Also in Scream 3, Beth disapproves of Gale Weathers’ (Courtney Cox) bangs. They were tragic.

Along came Sunday with the Alumni Reunion Mass. The 50th Year ladies looked great as they reunited with one another.  Despite the frantic search for the priest, he arrived and Mass was celebrated as a community. Afterwards, I ate brunch with part of the Pressimone family, Leslie Doyle, and Terragan Brouk. The food, speakers, and atmosphere was wonderful. To put the icing on the cake was catching up with my Orientation Leader and role model Dustin Graves! He is truly the greatest and has shown that you can have it all (being a student leader inside and outside of the classroom) yet remain focus on your end goal.

This weekend has truly been the best so far! Until next time…See ya :)


“Why did you choose Fontbonne?” is a question I found myself getting asked quite often. Whether it’s family asking me or my classmates, my answer is usually the same. I say something along the lines of “I like the small community feel” or “I wanted a school with a small student to faculty ratio.” While those answers are true, they are just a few of the many reasons why I chose to make Fontbonne home for four years of my life. So naturally, I decided to make a list of some of the reasons why I chose Fontbonne!

  1. Fontbonne’s campus is in such a great area! We are about 20 minutes away from downtown St. Louis which houses Busch Stadium, the Scottrade Center, and the Edward Jones Dome. Not to mention a good number of local attractions are there too.
  2. Many of the professors have real life experience in their field! That means a lot of them have great networking connections that can get you internships! I got my first internship at an accounting firm by being introduced by one of my professors.
  3. You are encouraged to get involved! And when you finally do, it’s awesome! Fontbonne has a great number of clubs and organizations that you can invest your time and effort in that will benefit you in the long run.
  4. When I stepped on campus for the first time, it just felt like home to me. Simple as that.

Are any of my reasons also your reasons why you chose Fontbonne? Comment below and let me know why you decided to make Fontbonne your home! Thanks for reading!

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Hey there, fellow Griffins! I’m back for another school year of blogging! I’m so happy I get to share my tips, experiences and advice with you all. I’ll give you a little update on where I’m at currently in my life, because its been a while since my last blog.

I am officially in my third year here at Fontbonne. I moved back on campus the second week of August because I was a freshman orientation leader, or WING Leader. I was one leader out of 18 who helped freshmen transition into college through our orientation program. It was my second year being an orientation leader and I absolutely loved it! I had a great group of students and an awesome partner! Orientation is such a great experience! (Below is a picture of me and my orientation group.)1

After orientation wrapped up, I headed straight into classes which unfortunately I already have a lot of homework in. :( I like all of them so far though, it’s just a lot of work! All of my classes are specifically in accordance with my major, so I am done with general education courses which is a blessing! I don’t have to worry about taking a dreaded science or literature class.

Another thing that has been keeping me busy since I started school is the organization that I am secretary for, Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK). Its a national leadership honor society whose alums includes Joe Biden, Peyton Manning, Sheryl Crow and many more. Our applications to be a member of the group went out the day classes started. Myself and the other executive members and faculty advisors have been working hard on deciding who’s a best fit for the group and when we will inform them of our decision. I think being secretary for ODK will keep me busy all year! (Below is a picture of the 2015-2016 Fontbonne University ODK Executive Team.)


Those are just a couple of the many things I’ve been doing since I got back to Fontbonne’s beautiful campus! I’m starting to get my schedule down and get back in the swing of things. I can’t wait to blog for you guys this year! Keep checking back each week for one of my new blogs or a post by another blogger!


Hello, fellow and future Fonties. I am going to start off by saying that I am super excited to be able to share my stories about my time at Fontbonne with all of you. I wrote a blog over the summer that was a little bit about me and orientation as I was a WING leader this past year. For those of you who don’t know what a WING leader is, that is our orientation team that welcomes in all of the new freshman every fall. However, if you did not read my blog over the summer, all is well because I am going to start from scratch. I am going to take your through my journey as a Griffin starting from the very beginning. (Not all in one post of course, because that would be way too much to read!). Over the course of the next three months, I hope to get you from the time I walked on campus in 2012 to the time I walked on campus to start my senior year of college. I hope you enjoy my experiences as much as I have.

My name is Danielle Ader and I have been through a handful of things that every college student probably goes through. I walked on campus for the first time in August of 2012; ready to begin my journey as a Fontbonne Griffin. I wanted more than anything to be away from my parents and finally be able to spread my wings. As a freshman, you go through the orientation program, at the time called FOCUS. Once all of your stuff is moved in, they take you to the Maybee Gymnasium for this big ceremony. You listen to what feels like a million people tell you, “Welcome to Fontbonne,” and then you break into your FOCUS groups. This is the first time you leave your parents and families to venture off and meet new students in the same boat you are. For me, this was so stressful as I am very quiet, or at least I was at the time. Fontbonne had no one that I went to high school with except one girl, who of course was not put in my group. I was alone with no friends and I was scared. High school was rough for me; I went to school with the same people from kindergarten to senior year. Once one person had a thought about who you were or what you were, everyone knew and that was your image for the rest of your time. So in knowing that no one from high school was around I thought about it for a very long time. I realized that I could be whoever I wanted to be, and I could do whatever I wanted to do. So my journey as a Griffin began.

I started classes and was eagerly awaiting the activities fair. I knew I wanted to be involved but had no idea the opportunities that were there for me at Fontbonne. I remember signing up to be in every organization that had a table in the meadow; I do not suggest doing that because the emails are overbearing. Pick a few that you think you are excited about and then join those, go to the meetings and then narrow it down to one or two. They have so many organizations on campus — currently 17 different groups. Those are just the registered student organizations, that doesn’t include different groups that are run out of departments on campus.

In all of the organizations I signed up, for I knew I wanted to be a Griffin Girl (Fontbonne’s Dance Team) more than anything else in the world. I was coming off of 6 years of competitive cheer and dance and I was adamant about dancing in college. As I was walking around the activities fair I also decided I wanted to be a senator of the Student Government Association. Fast forward just a couple weeks and I had filled out my senator application, working on it for hours to make sure it was perfect to ensure acceptance; and I received an email that the organization was looking for a VP of Finance.  I thought to myself, “Why not?” and applied; I worked even harder on this application and submitted it right away. I received an email, what I think was the following week, that they wanted to set up an interview with the advisor and current president. I was in the Dunham Student Activity Center (DSAC) getting food and while I was walking back to my room I made the decision to respond to the email with a time I was available, try to carry my food, and walk down the stairs all at the same time. I slid down the stairs and broke a bone in my foot; piece of advice, DON’T TEXT AND WALK DOWN STAIRS!  After being placed in a boot it was time for tryouts for Griffin Girls; despite my broken foot I was still going to push my limits and tryout doing as much as I possible could. Unfortunately 2 hours later I was cut from the team because I couldn’t show enough of my skills. My dreams had ended in a split second, I balled my eyes out as I headed back to my room.

I did not know what I was going to do until I had my interview for Student Government. I nailed my interview and was so excited to get an email that afternoon that I had received the VP of Finance position as a freshman. I remember thinking to myself that I was going to give Student Government my all and I was going to go far and succeed in this organization. After about a month or so into my time in the organization I absolutely fell in love and knew I had found my passion.

So aside from my involvement, let me tell you about my academics and social life. I already mentioned that I knew orientation was going to be tough since I did not really have many friends. My roommate, who was the only person I really knew, was not going on the overnight trip that was planned. So I did not go either and let me tell you that was the worst mistake of my entire life. As an orientation leader, I can say that I may be biased but… without this experience it is very hard to establish a social life at Fontbonne. Everyone really bonds during this time at Lake Williamson.  eedless to say I did not really have a social life at Fontbonne… Until I met my best friend to this day, Brooke Stochl. She really brought me out of my shell and over the years, has taught be to be a much better person.

I was not going to class being mommy and daddy could not tell me I had to, if I had a headache I was not going, if my stomach hurt a little bit I was not going and so on. I had excuse after excuse as to why I was not going to class.  Let me tell you that people will say “go to class” and you will think, “well duh” but once you decide not to go to one it is easy to miss another and another. I got straight C’s my first semester here. And some of you will think, “well C’s do get degrees” and that my be true but guess what?  C’s DO NOT GET YOU JOBS! Go to class and study hard because it truly does make a difference.

Surprisingly enough, that is about all I can remember from my first semester.  Those are at least the big memories that truly impacted my life forever.  I hope you enjoyed my first semester as much as I did!


Starting Back

by Patricia September 10, 2015

I cant believe that 1/4 of the semester is already over. So far my classes have been going well. Recently I have been invited into ODK, and I’m waiting to be accepted. I have also seen some new people who are freshman. If I could give all the freshman the best advice, it would be […]

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by DeMarcus September 9, 2015

Hello, my name is DeMarcus Davis. I am a junior Strategic Communications major here at Fontbonne University. My role on campus is that I am a student leader and it is extremely exciting! Every since I started my freshman year, I have been heavily involved with a myriad of organizations. I’ve participated in the Fontbonne […]

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Smells Like Spring Spirit

by Alumni Posts April 13, 2015

It has been another busy week! And, it went really fast because it was shortened due to our little Easter break. FAB hosted their spring spirit week. It kicked off Wednesday with karaoke night. It was a really good turn out! It was exciting to see many people in the audience watching, as well as […]

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Fontbonne’s community garden is keepin’ it F.R.E.S.H.!

by Hannah April 10, 2015

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 […]

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Easter Break Events

by Alumni Posts April 7, 2015

Spring has arrived and so did Easter! Another holiday has quickly approached and passed. It was nice having a little Easter break (Thursday, Friday, the weekend, and the following Monday!). I feel like I’ve done a lot in the last few days. Of course I continued to work at my two jobs, and spent time […]

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Preparing for the Future

by Abby April 7, 2015

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 […]

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