As you all know, last week we had our annual Fontbonne Day, a day where campus shuts down and faculty, students, and staff go out into the community and serve. This year I had the opportunity to go out to Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) in Wildwood, Missouri with Fontbonne’s Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. EAT provides equine, or horse, therapy to people with developmental and/or physical disabilities. EAT has many horses, a few donkeys, and even some cats running around. Our main job for the day was to help clean, which included not only helping to clean and organize the buildings and property, but also the horses! Since it is finally starting to warm up, it was important to give the horses baths after a long winter. Cleaning a horse is a lot more difficult than I thought it would be, but they were all so sweet and gentle, so that made it easier! Once we cleaned the horses we gave them “manicures” or painted their hoofs with a protective coat to help protect them from the weather and land. This was definitely a new and unique experience for me, and I am so happy that I got to experience EAT and meet all the wonderful horses during my time volunteering! What did you do for Fontbonne Day?
Here’s me and Cassie, another dietetics student, and Chewy, one of the horses we bathed!
Have a great week griffins!
It’s been very busy these last few weeks for art students at Fontbonne!
Coming up on Monday is the Junior Synthesis show. It runs until April 8th, so even if you can’t make the opening + reception on Monday (3:30-5:00pm), definitely pop your head in to look at the work! I’m proud to be part of this year’s Junior Synthesis show. Early this week, my fellow classmates and I hung our pieces in the gallery. It will be great to see such hard work pay off.
And, following that, there’s the Senior Show! But I’ll save that for the next post.
Artists are always working, and expanding on their body of work. I’m just now starting to realize that an artist’s work never stops. Just a heads up: if you’re a freshman or sophomore art major, start thinking about what you want to go in your Junior and Senior shows! A lot of work goes into it. Other than choosing your pieces, you’ll need to think about things like matting and framing. Also, if you have digital 2D work, you’ll need to print it (so do that in advance!).
It can be stressful. I struggle with motivation and inspiration, but I find it helps to separate myself from all the chaos and find a quiet place where I spread out my materials and paint or draw. The more you draw, paint, or even just doodle every day the easier it gets, and the more your style evolves. So to all you artists out there: keep up the good work!
I hope to see you there at the Junior Show! (And hey, there’s free food! Can’t beat that.)
If you’ve ever had Professor Stopke here at Fontbonne, you know that often his courses require a site visit. I’m currently in his Special Topics: Alternative Religious Movements class, and it has opened my eyes to a world of religious and non-religious movements. Some I’ve heard of and some I haven’t. The most important things I’ve learned in the class are to be respectful of these groups—no matter their belief system, practices or opinions—and to have an open mind.
I want to give an overview of my experience at my site visit without giving too many details, for fear of spoiling a potential site visit for others and also for the sake of the privacy and sacredness of the group itself. The event we attended (I was accompanied by my friend and classmate) was called Ostara, a ritual that took place on the Spring Equinox. The group that held the event is called Spirit’s Edge, a Shamonial Temple. This information is available to anyone by way of the Internet. A quick Google search will bring up a multitude of Wiccan and Pagan groups.
It’s a great community. The people there were so welcoming. I had sent an email to Shea, the High Priestess and Founder of the group. She welcomed my friend and I to attend the event, and I learned so much. They were so chill about everything, and there were a lot of laughs throughout the night. At the same time, they were reverent when conducting the ritual and speaking about their practices.
Each person there had their own unique perspective, and it was wonderful to talk to such gracious people who were so open when talking about their beliefs, and entertaining our many, many questions.
I highly recommend contacting Shea if you want to experience a Wiccan event, or if you are looking for a site visit for a theology class. Just make sure to do your research and remain respectful