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Done with one year and on to planning the next. That’s how my summer started. I went on a four-day retreat with the exec team on the Fontbonne Activities Board. It was a time to complete some deep planning for events for the next school year and also a great time for team bonding. This is so important because making special connections with our coworkers will help us be more cohesive and excited about the event programming we do.
The retreat was at Innsbrook Resort in Wright City, Missouri. We stayed in a cozy chalet, which is similar to a condo setup. There were nine students and one advisor. We fit fairly comfortably though. Within the private resort, there were multiple lakes, woods to explore, tennis courts, golf courses, horseback riding, and more. Most of our free time was spent in the woods and lakes. And inside playing Just Dance on the Wii and Disney karaoke. Not to brag, but we are a pretty fun (and goofy) group. A majority of our planning sessions occurred outside on the back deck. We had a nice bonfire going out there in the evenings.
Although we had a lot of fun and silly moments, we were very productive as well. Myself and the rest of the board are very excited for the upcoming events for the ’14-’15 school year. The Fontbonne community is about to experience some great performers, spirit weeks, and off campus events (which is just the tip of the iceberg). I’m already really looking forward to the next school year. But before that, I’ve got a whole summer to experience!

The FAB '14-'15 exec board with our advisor

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This past week was an exhausting, but fabulous one! For five days, I was in Boston for a conference called NACA (National Association for Campus Activities). This opportunity came up because my position next year on the Fontbonne Activities Board will be the Live Performance Chair. The FAB president for next school year (Brooke Stochl) and my advisor (Joel Hermann) went as well.

The conference primarily consisted of teaser shows, presented by performers that travel to college campuses with their acts (i.e. musicians, magicians, and comedians.). After each showcase, there was a marketplace lined with booths, where performers and their agents are set up. I walked around there exchanging contact information and spoke with them about their schedule, budget, act, etc. Next year, it will be my job to book any live performers that come to Fontbonne’s campus, so this conference was very beneficial. I spoke with many cool and talented people, and am very excited to meet some of them again when they come to Fontbonne.

In addition to seeing shows, there were some informational workshops that I attended. These were great for leadership development and learning more about what other schools do for their events and marketing. I like talking to students that come from all areas of the U.S. Another exciting part of the conference was meeting Princess Anna and Queen Elsa from the movie Frozen. I love anything Disney, so this was a major highlight of the trip for me. Joel, Brooke, and I also had a little time to explore the city. We went to Boston College, Harvard, and ate some amazing seafood at local restaurants. While Boston is obviously a big city, it was still very quaint. I really liked this about Boston. This trip was definitely an amazing experience.

Brooke, Joel, and I with the "Frozen" characters, Princess Anna and Queen Elsa!

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Tomorrow is the first day for GSOPC Trivia this spring semester! As I have mentioned previously, as the chair of daytime activities in the Fontbonne Activities Board (FAB), I host trivia competitions every other Monday. They are called the Griffin Series of Pop Culture, or GSOPC for short. Each week is a different theme, but pop culture is always incorporated.

The theme for tomorrow is called “Meet Me in St. Louis.” There will be questions about celebrities from St. Louis, movies that have been filmed here, and famous landmarks. The next trivia is right before Valentine’s Day and is called “All You Need is Love.” Some other themes this semester include and will celebrate Black History Month, National Nutrition Month, and Spring Finale. A GSOPC will also kick off Spirit Week in April.

“Write trivia questions” is constantly something on my list of things to do. It may seem monotonous, but I have fun doing it. I like to spend my time researching the media anyway, so it works perfect that I get to do that for homework. However, after doing it for a third semester now, this will be the last semester that I will be hosting GSOPC as a part of FAB. Next school year, I will have a new position in FAB. Therefore, daytime trivia events will not be listed under my job description anymore. My new role will be the live performance chair. As much as I love my position now, I am excited for the change that will come in the future. But for now, I will just “go out with a bang.”

I hope to see many people in the DSAC every other Monday at 11:30 starting tomorrow! There will be prizes for the winning team!

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Happy Fall Spirit Week! Every fall and spring, Fontbonne has a spirit week that correlates with the formal dance. The week, hosted by Fontbonne Activities Board (FAB) is always full of daytime and nighttime events. Here’s the lineup for fall ’13 spirit week.

Saturday: Candy Land themed fall formal dance held at City Museum (see the picture of the executive FAB board members dressed their best in the picture below!)

Sunday: Beauty and the Beast at the Fabulous Fox theatre

Monday: Pop culture trivia at lunch; Despicable Me 2 showing at night

Tuesday: Karaoke night (in which I may have hogged the mic a bit too much)

Wednesday: Spirit rally at lunch (including a photo booth opportunity with Gunner the Griffin); senior night for women’s volleyball at night

Thursday: Free commuter lunch consisting of Syberg’s; Blues hockey game at night

Spirit Weeks are always a lot of work to plan and execute. But, I have no complaints, because I absolutely love what I do. It’s a lot of fun to attend and see other Fonty students enjoy the events with me. It’s great that Fontbonne does things like this to boost school morale. I’ve got spirit, how ’bout you?!

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Life in the FAB Lane

by Carlyn September 19, 2013

A new officer position that I hold this school year is on the executive board for the Fontbonne Activities Board (FAB). Specifically, I am in charge of daytime events. Thus far during my junior year, I feel like my life revolves around FAB. I am not complaining when I say this, because I absolutely love […]

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FAB Retreat ’13

by Carlyn May 28, 2013

I know summer just started, but I am really excited about the upcoming school year! I just got back from the very successful FAB (Fontbonne Activities Board) retreat, in which the officers did some event planning for next school year. I won’t give away too much, but let’s just say we’ve got some AMAZING events […]

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Packing Practice

by Carlyn May 20, 2013

Turns out you won’t have to wait until next semester to hear some of my stories! I’m excited to say that I’ll be blogging over the summer. This past week has been a bit exhausting. Moving all my stuff out of my dorm room is a major task. You’d be surprised how much you can […]

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Upcoming Summer Adventures

by Carlyn April 29, 2013

Wow! It’s hard to believe that I am already writing the final blog for this semester. While these past 16 weeks of school have been amazing, I am really looking forward to this summer. I guess you could say pretty much everyone is, but I personally have never been this excited. I’m pretty sure this […]

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Fontbonne Activities

by Alumni Posts October 22, 2012

This semester, sooooo many great events and activities have been planned for students. A ton of volunteer opportunities, as well as student activities have been organized to encourage more student involvement, and it is totally working. I attended World Food Day at John Burroughs High School, with Fontbonne In Service and Hunility, or FISH earlier […]

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Work and Play

by Carlyn September 25, 2012

I’ve got another busy week ahead of me, which is the way I like it. Especially when the week is spent doing things I want and choose to do. Wednesday night, FAB (Fontbonne Activities Board) is hosting a free event at Wild Country. So, I will be line-dancing the night away in my cowgirl boots! […]

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