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Happy Friday, Fonties! Friday is my one day that I don’t have class (woo!), but typically tends to be the busiest. As President of the Fontbonne Activities Board (FAB), we have a meeting every Friday at 11:00 AM and (typically) an event at 8:00 PM. In between there, I’m usually spending time up in the Griffin’s Nest finishing up final details, running last minute errands, or just hanging out with other people from my team. So basically… all of my Friday’s are absolutely FABulous, but I wouldn’t change a thing.


Tonight, you can find me in the Lewis Room at the Slam Poetry event. Carlos Andres Gomez will be taking the stage at 8PM. (If you’re free…you should come. He’s stellar.) FAB is co-hosting this event with BSU and I seriously cannot wait. (This is all real enthusiasm – I promise.) Check Carlos out on YouTube – you won’t be disappointed!


Currently, I’m getting ready to leave to run some errands for an event we are hosting next Monday. You know what’s on my shopping list? Aluminum pie tins and whipped cream. Why? We are hosting a Dance Marathon Fundraiser where six student leaders can get pied in the face. One pie costs $2 OR you can purchase 3 for $5. Oh, and I’m one of those six student leaders that you can pie. I’m really excited (and nervous) because the event has been talked about A LOT.  All the proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network. Excited? Slightly interested? Want to support a good cause? Grab your cash and head to the Meadow on Monday at 11! (My mom is personally sending me with $5 so that someone can pie me in the face for her THREE TIMES. Thanks, mom.) All in all, it’s for a great cause and I cannot wait to see how much money we raise For The Kids!

~ Brooke

PS If you would like to help support our efforts in raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network head to our team page for more information!


It’s important to stay active in the campus community while you’re at Fontbonne. Fontbonne is a small university, but it has a lot to offer, I promise!

I joined the Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences immediately when I transferred to Fontbonne and got to know more about what student organizations can do for the community. SAFCS focuses on helping the dear neighbor and as a group, we love to get involved in the community, including monthly events like cooking casseroles for the St. Patrick Center in St. Louis. One of my favorite volunteer events I did with SAFCS was on Fontbonne Day at Equine Assisted Therapy bathing horses and volunteering our help for the day. SAFCS has a lot of events going on this semester including a Farmer’s Market Tour in Soulard, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, and more.

Feel free to contact me if you would like more information on SAFCS. Here is a peek into what’s going on in SAFCS in October:

Saturday, October 17; 1-3pm
Farm Tour and Composting Class at EarthDance Organic Farm

EarthDance Organic Farm School in Ferguson, Mo., invites you to learn how to transform your food scraps and yard waste into “black gold”– compost. This is a FREE farm tour and interactive composting class. Register online at​

Contact Jordan Michaud @ (314) 677-7412 if you are interested in going. Lunch at Kathy’s Kitchen was suggested as a possibility.​

Thursday, October 22; 1:30-4:30
Farmer’s Market in Soulard

Tour the Farmer’s Market and check out all the fruits in vegetables in season this time of year. Two meeting times are available to accommodate class schedules: 2:00 and 3:30. The meeting place will be at the spice shop (there is only one) in the market

Contact Chelsea Crimi @ (314) 440-2946 and let her know which group you want to be a part of.

Saturday, October 24
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of St. Louis Walk

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So you’ve finally made it. Whether you’ve just started your first semester of college living on campus or living in an apartment or a house by yourself, there are some things to consider as you take this academic year head-on.

1. Make a budget and follow it!

It’s easy to get carried away buying stuff online because you’re that excited about receiving packages or doing fun things or buying stuff from Target you don’t really need. Whether you are working and schooling full time or not working at all, planning a budget can help you manage your money while you live on or off campus! Using a budget app can help you look at your monthly expenses in many areas and help you save money in the long run.

2. Schedule time to sit down and do homework or study everyday.

I mean, let’s be honest, studying or doing homework isn’t that great. It’s easy to get caught up in extracurricular and social activities that leave you at the end of the week having accomplished little homework. But if you take the time to study every day for your classes or schedule time for homework, it will benefit you and help you achieve the best grades you can while managing your time wisely.

3. Do extracurricular activities!

Yeah, I know I just told you to schedule time to study and do homework and all, but doing extracurricular stuff is important too. Join clubs! Do sports! Work a job! Do whatever! Volunteer for stuff that will look good for a future career/graduate school applications later on.  You’ll probably have more time to do this now rather than later.

4. Be yourself! 

This is Lion King-esque I know, but it’s important. It’s easy to let yourself change your ideals to fit in with other people you first meet your freshman year. You don’t need to do that. I mean, people change and you might be still trying to find out who you are and that’s okay.  But you don’t need to go to great lengths to do so! Looking back now, I don’t even talk to the people I met when I started my first semester of college. You’ll find your niche and really great friends can come out of this whole experience!!

I could go on and on with tips and stories I’ve acquired over the past few years, but that’s for another day. These may as well be the best dang years of your life, so make the most of it! Let’s have a great year everyone!! :)


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 to get involved as much as you can. During my freshman year, I joined the Fontbonne Activities Board, and it’s really fun. I have met so many people and look forward to all the events we have planned this year.


Impact at Fontbonne

by Patricia April 20, 2015

The people who have had the most impact on me at Fontbonne are my friends. I became involved in all kinds of activities so that I could meet people. One of the major things I did was join the Fontbonne activities board. I get to help plan all the events and fun things on campus. […]

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What makes Fontbonne different.

by Cathy March 18, 2015

When people look for the college of their dreams they look for what makes it unique. They are looking for their home away from home. Fontbonne had this for me and for many other people who decided to come here. Fontbonne is unique because of its size. Fontbonne’s small class sizes really help the students. The […]

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What Makes Fontbonne Special

by Patricia March 18, 2015

Unlike big state universities, Fontbonne is unique because it provides individualized attention and services. There are many activities to do throughout campus. There are movie nights, festivals, and holiday celebrations. In the beginning of the year, there is welcome back week and people hand out candy and host activity fairs that help students get involved. […]

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Activities on Campus

by Elizabeth February 9, 2015

I’m a first year freshman here at Fontbonne. I grew up in the county, but close enough that when out-of-state people or websites ask me where I’m from, I’ll answer “St. Louis.” Last semester, I decided to explore the city I claimed ownership of. I, mostly, avoided touristy destinations (City Museum, The Arch, etc.), having been […]

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getting involved

by Patricia February 3, 2015

During my time at Fontbonne I have gotten involved in so many different extracurricular activities. As a commuter, it is important for me to join different organizations in order to stay in contact with friends. One organization I am most involved with is Fontbonne Activities Board. I really like getting to plan the exciting events […]

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Welcome Back Week

by Alumni Posts January 16, 2015

Winter Warm-Up, Welcome Back Week, or whatever else you want to call it — what a week it has been! The Fontbonne Activities Board and Griffin Gang hosted a variety of events for the first week back to school for the spring 2015 semester. They are as follows: -Wednesday: tailgate before the women’s and men’s […]

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