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Next week is Finals week. My Junior year so far has been filled with many highpoints and some low points. But overall, I would have to say that it was pretty successful! Academically, I am doing well; and organizationally I am excited to see what 2nd semester brings! We will be traveling to Chicago again for the 2017 Enactus Regional Conference and presenting our efforts with the Criminal Justice Ministry (CJM). Hopefully, we will advance to Kansas City for the 2017 National Conference! Even though I am practically half way done with my Junior year, I still cannot believe that I am HALF WAY done with JUNIOR year! It is crazy! Second semester will fly by!
As for what my plans are for Winter Break: Regain lost hours of sleep, visit family, & work on a project that is currently in development with a Fortune 500 company. I cannot disclose anything beyond that just yet.  Until next year guys, stay classy!

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Well, I must admit this post isn’t very St. Louis centered, but it does highlight another pretty cool place in Missouri – Kansas City! It’s about 5-6 hours away by train, and has some pretty cool stuff. I especially liked the farmer’s market – it’s huge! Bigger than Soulard! – and the raw/vegan/organic restaurant that I naturally hunted down.

While at the market, I visited tons of local produce stands, and even stopped by the nearby tents of the flea market. Funny story, I was wearing one of my Fontbonne Cross Country shirts, and a guy stopped me and reported that his mother had gone to Fontbonne back when it was an all girls school. There was also an urban farmer who knew Fontbonne through his sister who graduated from Wash U. Small world!

This market accepts food stamps as well, which, especially as a future dietitian, I support 100%!

Lovely orchids!

Farmers!

Ruby red turnips, yum!

This dude carved flowers out of melons and stuff. Neat-o.

Bulk spices!

The restaurant was another winner. You know I love me some raw vegan food, and this was delish! I had the raw lasagna with olive tapanade and cashew cheese, some house-made kombucha, and a raw tiramisu! Fantastic! I would go back in a heartbeat (but of course Frida’s Deli and PuraVegan here in the STL will always be my true loves). My mother, aunt, and uncle went along with me to the restaurant, and I’m pleased to report they enjoyed it as well! Yay for passing along the joys of vegan food! 😉

I’M SO CUTE.

Lasagna and side salad.

TIRAMISU OM NOM NOM.

So if you ever get a chance to hit up KC, be sure to get off the beaten path a bit and try some of the local hotspots!

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My favorite photo memory from Fontbonne is a little more challenging since I’m a Pathways student up in Kansas City. The one thing that my family does each year since I entered the program is go down to Fontbonne for Christmas Around The Campus. It is truly a bonding 5 hour drive for the kiddos and I, but once we are there we’ve been made to feel right at home. What a sweet blessing for weary travelers.

Attached is my fav pic that I took last December of my kiddos. I think this represents what I have felt since I was admitted into Fontbonne- family. Even though, I’m not on campus going to class, I feel the strong ties of family at Fontbonne. Whether it be through the campus weekly mailer, a prayer request that is sent via e-mail, or the care and concern that my professors and my advisers within the Pathways program have shown me.

I would have to say that I have many great memories from Fontbonne. My son still sits with me through each and every video that I watch online. When I started he wanted to sit with me through the first one and told me, “hey, maybe I’ll learn something too”. My daughter has helped me through my IT issues and shared with me that she draws determination in school from seeing what I’m going through as an older adult. She says she is determined to make it through college no matter what.

I’m thankful for my Fontbonne family even though I have never seen or met most of you. You have shown myself and my children what strength, determination, community, and family is all about.

Blessings on your week- Sherry

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When my daughter, Emily, was a little girl she loved the Wizard of Oz. Because we were so tired of seeing Dorthy daily we searched for another musical with Judy Garland. We found the movie, Meet Me in St. Louis. It deals with a St. Louis family and friends at the time when St. Louis hosted the World’s Fair. She instantly loved the movie and would sing, “meet me in St. Louie, Louie, meet me at the fair.” Because of this infatuation, we went to St. Louis for the the first time and fell in love with it.

That summer we went to St. Louis with both of our kids, my son was just 4 months old. We went to the Arch, which leaves you with a sense of awe. My son was crawling and scooting along on the carpeted sides of the observation area of the arch and looking out the windows. My hubby, who is afraid of heights, just kept repeating, “we need to get down from here.”

The other attraction that we went to was the Science Museum where the kids were free to roam with the interactive exhibits. The one place we always have wanted to visit is the St. Louis Zoo because everyone we meet that has been there tells us how awesome it is. We particularly want to go now because my son, Dale, was Marlon Perkins for his famous Missourian project and the St. Louis Zoo was where Perkins worked and thrived at.

Even though I am a Pathways student and live in the Kansas City area, we love where Fontbonne is located. We have gone to Christmas Around Campus twice and each time, we are charmed by the campus, students, and staff. Both my husband and I love the small campus feel. I appreciate the advisers and professors that are willing to help and go the extra mile for me even though I am no where near them. I can only imagine the positive energy force that lingers with each and every student that attends classes on campus.

As always I pray that God will be blessing and is leading your week.

Blessings- Sherry

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“Everything’s Up to Date in Kansas City”

by Alumni Posts March 28, 2011

Now, I’ve never seen the musical “Oklahoma,” but I know a couple of songs from it, like “Everything’s Up to Date in Kansas City” (and of course, the Oooo-klahoma one). How this relates to my life? Well, on Friday, I took part in the Fontbonne In Service and Humility (or F.I.S.H., but more commonly written […]

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