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Inauguration Week is here! There has been so much discussion, planning, and hype about this week since the end of last spring semester. Fontbonne has a new president who started this year: Dr. Mike Pressimone. In celebration of his beginning at Fontbonne, the week of November 10-15 has been dedicated to welcoming events.

Through my involvement in Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), Student Government Association (SGA), and Fontbonne Activities Board (FAB) I have helped plan three events for Inauguration Week. ODK is hosting Last Lecture, which is an annual speaker series. Dr. Sommer, who has been a longtime professor at Fontbonne, is delivering a speech. Then, there is a nice dessert reception to follow. SGA is hosting the Fall Festival, in which all the student organizations across campus run various game and craft booths. Finally, FAB is ending the week with a formal Inauguration Ball. This is not like a traditional student school dance held on campus. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and anyone in the Fontbonne community are invited. Also, it is held at the Science Center. I am so excited to see everyone dressed up and having a fun, fancy evening together. Dr. Pressimone’s entire family will be there as well (which includes 12 kids!).

Stay tuned as the week unfolds. I’ll come back and post pictures from various Inauguration Week events.

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Well folks, I’ve survived my first month of junior year! (pats for Raven!) and I am so happy to be back! After a long and exhausting summer, I can honestly say that I was becoming really bored. So you can imagine my excitement when the first day of classes finally came. I was pumped! I had missed Fontbonne over the summer, so I was ready for some new challenges! I have some classes that I am really excited about. One class I’m really looking forward to is my civil rights film course. When I enrolled in this class last spring, I was extremely interested in the premise of the course.  I consider myself a self-declared nerd, so if I can learn more about a specific time period, I’m all over it! Another thing I’m pretty pumped about would be the activities. This semester, I promised myself that I would be involved more, so I have to keep that promise to myself. I got a chance to attend an event last night and I got a chance to meet our new president Dr. Pressimone. I must say that Dr. Pressimone seems like a really cool guy who is very dedicated to changing lives and helping Fontbonne be the best it could be. Welcome Dr. Pressimone! I also got a chance to meet our new vice president of student affairs, Joe Deighton, this week as well. He was very nice person and showed a great level of dedication to getting to know the campus and everyone in it! Welcome Mr. Deighton! All in all, my first impression of the new semester was that we are gonna have an amazing year together! Welcome back everyone! And a warm welcome to the class of 2018!

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I was lucky to meet Dr. Pressimone at the international students dinner on September 4th. As I came near the Wydown House, I noticed how everything was set up to make this dinner a welcoming experience. The flags in the entryway representing the countries, the tables in the front porch and the decorations inside the house created an inviting atmosphere.

I was one of the first students to arrive there, which was intimidating at first. Then I met one of Dr. Pressimone’s daughters, Maddie. She was in the living room of the house playing, when she saw me she came to me and gave me an Easter egg sticker. Although a small gesture, the manner in which she did it made me feel more at home.

Then I met Dr. Pressimone. He approached me with a smile on his face and extended his hand to great me. When we started talking he asked about me: how I was, where I was from, and he made sure we established a connection. Dr. Pressimone and I are relatively new at Fontbonne, I have been here since January and he has been here since July. But the most interesting fact is that one of his daughters is from Guayaquil-Ecuador, which is exactly where I come from. Realizing what we have in common made meeting Dr. Pressimone an engaging experience, which is why I would like to encourage Fontbonne students to meet him.

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