Campus was busy this week. Sports were played well, events were held, but I want to talk about the sweet side of things. National Student Speech Language Hearing Association held a donation-based bake sale. This was a broke college kid’s dream.
The bake sale was simple. Step one, walk up and give what you can. Step two, take some baked goods. I gave exactly 76 cents, basically what I had in my wallet. I walked away with a baked good for my class. The club manned the table themselves showing how hard working student organizations are at Fontbonne. The people manning the table were generally happy that you were giving what you could. I left with 76 cents less, but a sweet treat and some gratitude for giving.
Although this isn’t a big event on campus I believe it truly showcases who we are as a school. Student organizations have the power to hold bake sales and create what they want. Small things like this make a small school. Seeing booths scattered in the halls at random times gives me, and I easily expect others, an element of surprise to break up a stressful day.
Today I got a chance to give to a student organization and receive something. Hope your day was as sweet as mine.
It seems as if a week never goes by without an exciting campus event taking place. Recently, the Fontbonne Activties Board (FAB) hosted a comedy night, and it was co-sponsored by the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA). Because I am in charge of all live performance events, this was one that I was lucky enough to chair.
Back in February, I attended a conference in Boston, with the intention to watch and book numerous performers that travel to college campuses. One group that I saw and met was Preferred Parking, which is comedy tour. The comedians’ names are Drew Lynch and Sam Comroe. They were extremely nice when I first met them, and continued to be a joy to work with as I planned for them to star in the comedy night at Fontbonne. Not only were they great behind the scenes, but also a joy to watch on stage, which is the perspective that the rest of the students got. Drew and Sam made everyone in the audience laugh throughout their entire performance, while still being respectful. Usually this is a very hard skill to pull off, especially for comedians. It was very rewarding to see this event turn out successfully. It was a general consensus that Fontbonne students had a good time and would like to see Preferred Parking come back to campus again in the future.
Although Preferred Parking are comedians that tell jokes, they also share a very inspirational story. Drew Lynch has a stutter, and Sam Comroe has tourette syndrome. Typically in the entertainment industry, people with disorders like this are told that they are not going to succeed as a live performer. Drew and Sam heard this message but continued to fight it. Their hard work paid off, because now they are traveling the country doing what they love to do.
Drew Lynch, my BFF Brooke, myself, and Sam
Happy almost Halloween! It’s the last week of October already; can you believe it? If you haven’t had a chance to do any festive activities, Fontbonne has a few going on this week that you might want to attend:
Fall Festival–Okay, so this one was last week. But if you missed it, you definitely want to go next year! Campus organizations come together in the meadow (or the AMC when it rains) and celebrate the end of October with all kinds of fall activities. This year, NSSLHA (National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association) had baby pumpkins to paint and BSO (Biological Sciences Organization) had big pumpkins for carving. RHA (Residence Hall Association) had some delicious cookies to decorate (and to eat, of course). There was also chili, apple cider, and . . . (wait for it) . . . a crepe truck! The cardinals game was also playing on the huge blow-up screen, so no one missed any of the action while enjoying the party. So if you missed the fall festival this year, make sure you come next year!
Monday-Wednesday this week, FAB is selling candy grams. If you’d like to go all Mean Girls on your friends, you can order them some candy grams to be picked up in the DSAC on Thursday 11:30-1:30. You go, Glen Coco!
This is taking place on Thursday from11:30-1:30 in the DSAC (candy gram coincidence? I think not). I hear they have caricature drawings and apple cider. You should stop by if you have time.
One last thing: I promised you an update on my pumpkin carving. Well…
Voila! One and a half hours and a very messy kitchen later.
You can guess which one is mine (the one that took 1 1/2 hours to scrape thin enough for the light to show through). Happy Halloween!
This is going to be one of those “propaganda” posts for a Fontbonne activity (consider yourself warned). But it won’t be painful, I promise! I want to tell you a little bit about NSSLHA. What is this acronym, Kristen? I’m so glad you asked!
NSSLHA stands for the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. As its name states, NSSLHA is a national organization for undergraduate and graduate students studying communication disorders. At Fontbonne, NSSLHA is for Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) and Deaf Education majors. We (I am a member!) hold meetings the first week of each month.
Why should I join NSSLHA? Besides being a great place to meet other students in your major, NSSLHA provides opportunities for service and learning about the communication disorders field. NSSLHA brings speakers to Fontbonne each semester to speak on topics like places you can work with your degree or on specific disorders. Last spring we had a speaker from a NICU (the place in the hospital where they take care of the preemie babies). NSSLHA also participates in service activities—the Walk for Autism, Dance Marathon, and fundraising for Fontbonne’s speech and hearing clinic. They even help with Fontbonne activities like the Fall Festival coming up in a few weeks.
So, my point is, if you are a Fontbonne student studying Deaf Education or Speech-Language Pathology, you might want to give NSSLHA a try. If you have some other major (and I haven’t persuaded you to switch to SLP or Deaf Ed) I consider you all to be cultured individuals who just learned another acronym (and about an important campus organization). Congratulations!