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Griffin Gang

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.

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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)

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

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

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General board member of FAB (Fontbonne Activities Board),

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The Women’s Volleyball team

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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

 

 

 

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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

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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 D1 schools because we are only D3, but our athletes work just as hard and deserve their friends and colleagues at these games just as much.

Griffin Gang has specific sponsored games for each sport. They are always home games that we sponsor, and they always have a theme so our crowd can be just as involved! Our next game is the Women’s and Men’s Basketball Senior Night. These games will be played this Saturday at 1 and 3 PM in the gymnasium. The theme for these games are dressing as “Senior Citizens” for Senior Night. Fans can dress in their grandpa’s coat or whatever they see fit for the theme. It is all in a matter of fun to have everyone included!

When we sponsor games, Griffin Gang has a table that is placed at the entrance of the field or at the bottom of the bleachers when fans walk in. You really can’t miss us! We are there to welcome you to the game, tell you about the upcoming games and themes, and put a star in your punch card. If you don’t know what a punch card is then you should come to our table more often! Griffin Gang gives a prize to students if they receive 10 punches in their punch card just by coming to the games and stopping by our table. The prize is a free t-shirt! Next year for the school year ’15-’16 Griffin Gang will be ordering new shirts since so many students have filled out their cards, which is great! Hold on to your cards in the summer if it is not yet completed. These cards do roll over to the next year, and who wouldn’t want another Fonty Tee?!

If you have any questions about getting involved with Griffin Gang or want more information about what we do, please contact me at blaskos@fontbonne.edu.   Go Griffins!

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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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Krista- Kicked Off Fall with Spirit Week

by Fontbonne University October 28, 2008

It’s the end of Fontbonne’s Spirit Week and all I can say is that I am EXHAUSTED… in a good way, though! There was SO much going on this week and I had SUCH a good time. On Tuesday, the Griffin Gang (a new organization created by the SGA to increase school spirit and Fontbonne pride!) […]

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