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Hello again everyone!! I hope everyone’s first month of school has treated you all well, and let’s move on to the one of my favorite seasons: AUTUMN! Anyways, back to the topic at hand. I am involved with quite a bit on campus, and I listed most of them in my last blog. I am the Marketing Co-Chair for FAB’s (Fontbonne Activities Board) executive board. My partner in crime to tackle everything Marketing is Miracle Willis, one of my best friends that I met last year at my freshman orientation! We are in charge of promoting the events that we host and making sure that everyone knows about them so that they come out to our events!

I am also involved with other organizations on campus such as Fontbonne’s chapter to support Dance Marathon, Fontbonne’s local chapter of National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA), and Griffin Gang! With Dance Marathon, this organization was just started here at Fontbonne. We also raise money all year long until our Dance Marathon, which is a 12-hour event where we finish fundraising the last pieces of money for the children at Miracle Network. I LOVE being a part of Dance Marathon because I am making a difference in my community, especially for the kids who need it the most. NSSLHA is an organization that helps those who are majoring in Speech Language Pathology and Deaf Education learn more about their fields through fellow Speech Path and Deaf Ed majors who have experience. I enjoy being apart of this organization because I am a Speech Pathology major, and I love learning more about what my future is going to consist of! Last, most certainly not least, I am a part of Griffin Gang! Griffin Gang is our spirit organization on campus, and we support our student athletes through school spirit and attending their games and events!

I love being involved with everything that I am apart of because of the people I have met through my organizations. All of my friends are involved with one organization on campus, and I love all of the people that I have met throughout my time of being involved. If I could go back and change one thing about college so far, it would not be my decision to get involved because I love every part of it!

Until next time,



Welcome back everyone!

I am here to share my journey at Fontbonne. I graduated from high school with 75 people. In high school, I played three sports, was involved in multiple clubs, and my mom was the school nurse. Even though I was involved in school and was very comfortable, I never was that outgoing. So when I was searching for schools I wanted a similar atmosphere (small catholic school) where I could really come out of my shell.

On move-in day, I was so excited to get out in a new city and get involved. I was sad to say goodbye to my friends and family but I knew that it was going to be good for me. Below is a picture of my sister and me on move in day.


During Welcome Week, we had activities fair! I signed up for nearly every booth. (note to self: only sign up for what you are really interested in!!) I ended up getting really involved in Griffin Gang! By second semester I was the VP of Traditions. This meant that I would lead all of our traditional events on campus. Through my work with Griffin Gang I got involved in Dance Marathon this year. A group of us worked really hard and attended SLU’s Dance Marathon event. After this Dance Marathon, became its own organization. (Picture below is a group of us at a NACA Leadership Convention)


I came full circle in the two years I have already been at Fontbonne. I went from being involved as a follower to being involved as a leader. So, my greatest advice is to get involved and find your niche. If that is a sport, organization, or even a department club, find the place that helps you grow as a person. College is developing yourself and that is what I can thank Fontbonne for.

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Hello everyone!  My name is McKinley Robbins! I am a sophomore here at Fontbonne and majoring in Deaf Education! I am from about an hour south of Chicago. (Yes, where all the cornfields are) I have grown up in a small town my whole life and couldn’t wait to get to St. Louis. I am the oldest in my family and have two sisters and a brother! Of course, I couldn’t forget our dog, Finn!

Here at Fontbonne, I am actively involved! I am the VP of Traditions on Griffin Gang (our spirit club on campus)


I am the President of the new Dance Marathon Organization (hint: you should join)


General board member of FAB (Fontbonne Activities Board),


The Women’s Volleyball team


I am also a WING Leader for this coming year! (Orientation Leader) Being involved on campus has made my Fontbonne experience wonderful! Although there are long days, there is nothing else I would want to be doing! All of my successes are due to me stepping out of my comfort zone and moving four hours away! I found Fontbonne because of their Deaf Education program. I came into Fontbonne knowing no one but I will be leaving Fontbonne with lifetime friends and memories! My advice to you is to leave your comfort zone when choosing a college or university because it will be an amazing experience!

xoxo, McKinley





Hello, blogosphere! My name is Brooke Stochl and I am a senior here at Fontbonne University. I am currently pursuing a double major in Psychology and Sociology (Woo, Behavioral Sciences!). While at Fontbonne, I also dove head first into involvement. On campus, I have been involved in the Psychology Club, QUEST Leadership Program, the Orientation Team, Fontbonne Activities Board (FAB), and Griffin Gang. Wondering what all of those things mean? I’ll give you the low down on each of them.

Psychology Club – Psych Club is a student organization for Psych students or students interested in Psychology. Psych Club hosts various events on campus throughout the school year. A main focus of Psych Club is to serve others and raise money. (Blood Drive, Card Drive, Bake Sale, etc.) Not a Psych major? No worries! Your major may just have a club of their very own.

QUEST Leadership Program – QUEST has continued to grow over the past few years. Within QUEST, you will gain skills to help you achieve and succeed in personal development, professional development, and organizational development. (You’ll learn your strengths and how you can apply those in many different avenues, plus you’ll gain skills for time management, conflict management, and so much more!) This year, they added two new ‘peaks’ to the QUEST Phases. I personally have completed the first 3 Phases, but plan to finish the other two, if possible, before I graduate! Looking for more information on QUEST? Click here!

Orientation Team – Our orientation team is currently called the WING (Welcoming In New Griffins) team, but has been called FOCUS (Fontbonne Orientation Committee Uniting Students) in the past. Have you heard both of these around campus? No worries – they both mean orientation (aka my favorite time of the year). The orientation team is in charge of welcoming our First Year-First Time students to campus in the fall. We do so through energetic games, tours around campus, connecting with faculty, and a continuous list of activities that I could probably write about forever. Interested in being an orientation leader? Applications go live at the beginning of next semester – so keep your eyes open!

Fontbonne Activities Board – (AKA FAB) FAB is the primary programming board on campus. This year we have 26 events planned ranging from Movies in the Meadow, Concerts in the Caf’, Off Campus excursions, and so much more. This year is my second year as President and I honestly LOVE IT. My time spent with FAB has created some of my favorite memories at Fontbonne. I could go on and on, so I’ll save that for a later blog! Want more information on FAB or updates on what we’re doing? Check out our Facebook page!

Griffin Gang – Griffin Gang is the spirit initiative on campus. This student org is pretty cool because 1) its getting students engaged outside of the classroom and supporting athletics and 2) it’s SUPER YOUNG and SUPER SUCCESSFUL. Honestly, I was at Fontbonne when Griffin Gang was “born”. (Crazy, right?) Griffin Gang started up my sophomore year, which was when I was involved with the team. Since then, Griffin Gang’s numbers have increased and they are doing great things! Honestly… you should check them out. They have punch cards for their sponsored games and once you reach 10 punches – you get a free Griffin Gang t-shirt. (And who doesn’t love a free t-shirt?)

In high school, I was pretty disengaged and didn’t enjoy my experience too much. By the time graduation rolled around – I was ready to be out of that place! Four years later, I am happy little Griffin and refusing to count down the days until I walk across the stage in May. (PS I just did an online countdown generator – I still have over 200 days to enjoy on campus!) Do you know why I love this place so much? Because I am so connected. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Get involved! Find something that you enjoy and run with it. It will make your experience as a Griffin 174,859x better, I promise.

~ Brooke


Griffin Gang

by Fontbonne University February 19, 2015

Have you been looking for an group to get involved with? Try out Griffin Gang! Our group is all about getting students to the games to support our teams. Every week our executive team gathers to discuss ways in which we could get more involvement from the crowd. Of course, our sports teams are not as big as […]

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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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It Feels Good To Be A Gangster

by Alumni Posts January 29, 2014

Okay, this post is gonna be about Griffin Gang, which is one of the organizations I’m involved in here at Fontbonne. It’s new this year, so it’s been a little slow to start, but it has a lot of potential. Its purpose is to support the athletic programs at Fontbonne by having events centered around […]

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First. Post. Ever.

by Alumni Posts September 27, 2011

Hello All 🙂 I am pretty excited to be apart of this whole “blogging” thing. To start it off, my name is Kaniz Abbas and I am a junior at Fontbonne. I play soccer, am a member of the Biology club, Psychology club, Sociology club, Griffin gang, and I am the Vice President of marketing for SGA. Needless […]

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Mary Alice- Late Night Is For School Spirit

by Fontbonne University February 10, 2009

My favorite campus event so far this year has been Late Night with Lee McKinney.Both men and women’s varsity basketball teams play a group of alumni.  Going to Late Night is a lot of fun because everyone comes out to show their school spirit.  Everyone who attends receives a free t-shirt, which makes the event […]

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Rachel- Smell the Fontbonne Spirit!

by Fontbonne University October 29, 2008

I can honestly say that last week was the best, and most exhausting weeks of my life, especially my life at Fontbonne. It was SPIRIT WEEK on campus, and it couldn’t have gone any better! My spirit week started on Monday, at the Griffin Gang meeting, when we met to make t-shirts and signs for […]

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