Last week, I discussed Inauguration Week events. I promised I would post pictures as the events unfolded. And here they are! I am extremely pleased with how successful everything went.
Dr. Mike Pressimone is now officially the 14th president of Fontbonne University. This is an occasion that will go down in history, and I was very glad to be a part of it. The ceremony on Friday in which he gave his Inaugural Address was outstanding, and made me even more proud to call myself a Griffin. The ball on Saturday was the perfect way to celebrate the end of the week. It is so much to get dressed up for formal occasions. The ball was at the Science Center, where there was an amazing view as you walked along the bridge for pictures, delicious food, and fun music. It was so nice seeing students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the Pressimone family all come together for a special evening together.
Here’s to a great new beginning for the Fontbonne community!
Some ODK Exec members with Dr. Sommer at the Last Lecture event
The ODK booth at the Fall Festival
FAB members at the Inaugural Ball
This week was inauguration week and it was super exciting. Fontbonne always has events going on, but this week we had events almost everyday. I got the chance to attend the Last Lecture series. Dr. Sommer spoke, but no worries — he’s not actually going away. The premise of the last lecture series is one question, “If this were your last lecture, what would you tell the students?” This simple question proposed can make you think of a lot of answers. Dr. Sommer, in my opinion, kept it simple yet still sent a powerful message. The room was full of people; the Lewis room was packed with people anticipating him to speak and the energy was great. The simplicity spoken to everyone in the room I believe when he said that the central theme was to just find yourself. Knowing who you are and when to release it is also essential. The last lecture left a lasting impression on me with the latter statement.
The Last Lecture was fantastic, but it’s not over yet. This weekend is the official ball to welcome our new president, Dr. Pressimone. Bring your gowns, suits and ties because it’s meant to be a beautiful night. We also have the official inauguration ceremony for Dr. Pressimone and it will be just as magical as the ball. Can’t make it? No worries, it will be live streamed! It should be available when the actual ceremony takes place tomorrow on November 14th. Inauguration week is exciting and new. A new president means new beginnings, but not taking away from the tradition at Fontbonne. In the years to come we will build upon the old and form new exciting traditions, achievements, while remembering where we came from.
This past Thursday, Omicron Delta Kappa had the pleasure of collaborating with Student Government Association on the first installment of a very exciting, important series of events at Fontbonne, a Last Lecture Series. This was an idea of some student leaders in the beginning of this year. ODK and SGA saw it as a perfect opportunity for collaboration.
We chose the retiring President Dr. Golden to give his “last lecture” to the university. This consists of his final words of wisdom to students, faculty, and staff. You can find out more information on Last Lecture by viewing this link: http://www.fontbonne.edu/studentlife/activitiesorganizations/last-lecture-series/.
As Vice President of ODK, it was my duty to plan the reception following the Last Lecture. Dr. Golden is particularly fond of ice cream sundaes. I decided to call upon the local Strange Donuts in Maplewood for a special donut for the reception. We had ice cream sundae donuts made, along with hundreds of donut holes, fresh fruit, coffee, and hot chocolate.
Overall, it was a great evening. Dr. Golden delivered a memorable lecture, and everyone seemed to have enjoyed the night. I look forward to many Last Lectures ahead!
Thanks for reading.