As an undergrad I was involved with the social work club. I wasn’t able to do as much as I’d like to due to being a non traditional student and having children at home to take care of. But now that my children are a bit older. It’s still a task, but I’m currently a part of the Alumni Board. I was recently selected in July 2016 and have attended both meetings so far. It has been a wonderful experience. I have met many people from all ages, experiences and backgrounds that have one mission, and that is to build the Fontbonne community while thriving to engage, educate and enhance all students including alums as well as each other.
I know that joining the board will not only be a perk for resume purposes but most importantly for building new friendships with people that believe in what you believe in “Working Towards a Common Good.” Joining the board has been one great decision I’ve made!
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Homecoming is a special time in both high school and college. However, the two are extremely different and students experience the two completely differently as well.
Homecoming in high school involved lots of prep for a pep rally, last minute running around and trying to memorize cheer routines, football plays, chants, and school spirit permeates. The biggest highlight is the homecoming football game and the infamous homecoming dance.
In college, school spirit is seen on campus everyday and chant wars cover sororities and fraternities as well as through various clubs. However, the best part of homecoming in college is having family members come visit and alumni coming back to watch sporting events and participate in other activities that are all over the campus. Family makes their first trip back up to campus and seeing family and friends come to visit makes seeing them all the more special and a great reason to show off your school.
The main point of homecoming in any university or high school is to have students come back to remember their time. More collegiate alumni come back to retrace their steps, visit old students, and reconnect with old professors.
No matter if you are celebrating your last homecoming in high school or you first in college, coming together and spreading school spirit and love makes all the work and effort worth it in the end.
One campus organization that I am involved in and really enjoy is the Student Alumni Association here at Fontbonne. Student Alumni Association (SAA) gives students the opportunity to reach out to Fontbonne graduates of many different majors and discuss life after graduation. SAA puts on many different events such as Dinner with 12 Strangers, which is when six students of the same major enjoy a provided dinner with six Fontbonne alumni in the same field. They learn tips and tricks and interview pointers, and it is a great opportunity to network.
Also, SAA works closely with other Student Alumni Associations at schools in the surrounding area like Webster University and Washington University. This allows Fontbonne students to get to know others in the same group and get ideas for their own organization. I would highly recommend joining the Student Alumni Association here because it gives students an insider’s perspective on what to do in order to succeed after graduation. This organization gives students the skills and strategies they need to move forward with their specific majors. This organization also has something called a “Speaker Series” where a Fontbonne graduate comes in to speak with us about their own life since they left Fontbonne and how Fontbonne shaped and guided that transition. We have had speakers come in to talk about business, education, and marketing. Soon there will be a speaker about financial aid and savings after graduation. Student Alumni Association has so many amazing opportunities for students — I would suggest it for any current and incoming students!
· Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. We are meeting in the Stroble room for our first Speaker Series of the semester! James Vincent from Financial Aid will be coming in, he is going to be talking about what to do with financial aid after graduation.
· Feb. 11 is the Battle of Big Bend, so come and root for our teams. The women’s game is at 6 p.m. and the men’s game is at 8 p.m. SAA will sponsor an alumni raffle drawing. There will be a FREE nacho bar and prizes!
· Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. We are meeting in the Stroble Room once again for our Speaker Series! Sara Hermann ’09 will be coming in to speak about Education and moving from Student to Alumni!
Reminder: Speaker series aren’t just about the major they are speaking about. The speakers coming in and talk about life after graduation from Fontbonne. It gives students a connection to start networking, and it also gives some tips on how to succeed in life after graduation.
Volunteering at Fontbonne is one of the best ways to give back and a great opportunity to meet new people! This past Friday I was a volunteer for the All Alumni Reunion Party.
I arrived at 5:15pm, The Caf’ was looking really nice with decorations in gold and purple; and some special decorations in silver and black to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Class of 1989.
However, the decoration was not fully finished. I had the pleasure of lighting up the candles that adorned the room and then when the lights were dimmed The Caf’ looked like a completely different place.
I had the opportunity to meet several ladies that graduated many years ago, from the class of ’55 to the class of ’89 and many others. They were all happy to be back at Fontbonne, seeing each other and also seeing how different the university looks now.
I would like to encourage everyone to look for volunteer opportunities, there are many organizations on campus that need students for special events; andit is a rewarding experience!