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War Dance

by Candance on April 24, 2017

in Extracurricular,Faith

Came to the campus this past Friday to have FBU Ugandan Bonding night and it was great! We ate McAlister’s deli (which I had never tasted), chit chatted for a bit and watched an inspirational movie called “War Dance.” This movie documented the lives of young Ugandan children who had been affected by the Rebels. Each youth had a different story about losing the life of a loved one(s) and how they currently reside on a military “safe zone” base. They all wished they could go back to their home land but because of the Rebels it was impossible for them to go back.

That movie was so motivating and well worth the 1 1/2 hour or so. It really gave a vast perception of life in the eyes of the Ugandan people and community, it gave hope to me and it made me feel excited that I would be experiencing learning the lifestyle and culture of these wonderful people within a few months (July 23rd). Such a humbling experience.

You MUST watch this movie!

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Hi everyone!

I wanted to wait until Fontbonne Day 2017 was over to write this post.  Since I’m a freshman, I had never participated in Fontbonne Day before, but I had heard about it from upperclassmen, my advisor, and when I was first getting to know Fontbonne a whole year ago through the application and visiting process!  I’ve been involved in a variety of service/volunteering throughout my life, including the Wildwood (Missouri) Historical Society, my church’s Vacation Bible School, Queeny Park Equestrian Events cross-country judging, Rockwood School District Vehicle Day, early childhood education (“Meet the Machines” events), and more, but I hadn’t ever experienced something quite as large and collective as Fontbonne Day.

First of all, picking a location was hard!  I had a lot of options and they all seemed like a perfect choice, but in reality I could only be in one place.  So I decided on the Student Association for Family & Consumer Science (SAFCS) site, Urban Harvest.  We actually visited two of their sites to help out, which was really cool to see some of what they do and the people they help.  We started at their food roof (near the City Museum), enjoyed a tour, and all pitched in to carry “socks” (basically bags of nutrients that support the growth of plants) up a couple flights of stairs to the roof.  Then we drove a short distance to Fresh Starts Community Garden, one of several they have around the St. Louis area.  We weeded, turned soil over, and applied compost to several raised beds, preparing them for soon-to-come spring planting.

Basically, that’s what my Fontbonne Day was like.  I can’t tell you how nice it was to be OUTSIDE all morning in beautiful sunshine and pleasant temperatures…serving others on top of it!  While our work was more indirectly related to people than other sites, I loved supporting the work of Urban Harvest in such a small way.  I also really enjoyed getting to know a few of my fellow students better.  Taking 18 hours, commuting, and working leaves me no time for quality social interactions outside of class times, so Fontbonne Day was a refreshing opportunity in more ways than one.  Our group included six dietetics students, two non-dietetics students, and a Fontbonne Communications & Marketing Department employee — small enough to get to know each other, but also a good mixture of majors/fields of interest, so that was really nice.

From the opening (that Lean on Me rendition would be hard to top!), through weeding the garden, all the way to lunch (yum) and closing, I felt very connected to everyone at Fontbonne and the people we were serving — more so than anytime before.  It’s really inspiring to see professors, staff, and students alike right alongside each other…joined together in serving the dear neighbor.  If you haven’t had a chance to participate in Fontbonne Day, I would highly recommend it.  It’s only a few hours one day a year!  You have the time, believe me!  And you’ll feel so good afterwards; hopefully you’ll even want to find other places to serve before next year’s Fontbonne Day rolls around!

Blessings,

~Anna

2017-04-07 11.57.40 Our team at Fresh Starts Community Garden

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It’s that time of year again for Fontbonne Service Day! For those of you that aren’t aware yet, this is a day very unique and special to Fontbonne. One of the university’s values is to serve our dear neighbor. So, the university cancels all classes for a day in the spring to give students and faculty the chance to do so! There are multiple locations that you can sign up to volunteer at. Classes are cancelled so that more students can get involved with this important day.

For the last four years, the honors society Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) has visited the same place to volunteer on service day. We help at the House of Living Stone Community Garden in Brentwood. Within the last few years, ODK has helped expand the garden tremendously and maintain its upkeep. One of the values of Omicron Delta Kappa is also service, so completing this project each year is important to the Fontbonne community as well the ODK one. It is exciting to come back each year and see the progression. And, it’s sweet that we’ve built a relationship with the staff there. They are all so kind and welcoming. They even serve us a wonderful lunch!

Although I am an alum and have moved onto my master’s, I still find it worthwhile to find time for service, as I did throughout my undergrad. I enjoy helping with the garden and spending time with my fellow ODK members. Regardless of who you serve with and where you serve, I hope you all can see the benefit in following the Fontbonne mission of serving our dear neighbor.

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Serve the others with love

by Mary on April 10, 2017

in Our Causes

Hello everyone,

I hope you all had another great week, as I know it was a busy one for many people around campus.

This week’s blog is about service and why it is important to me particularly. For me, it has been an important part of my life since I was in 8th grade as a part of my confirmation through my church. The motto of serviam was engraved in all of the students at the high school I attended here in St. Louis during my entire four years.  I was so involved with different service projects and events around my community when I was in high school, and I am thankful for all of those experiences I had. To serve means to give of your time and talents to those in the community who are less fortunate and need a helping hand. I am someone who truly enjoys giving of my time, especially when the service project entails doing something that I love like preparing food for those in need.

Over the past eight years I have done a lot of different service projects with different populations of people and hands-on work. One of the most impactful service project I have completed was during my service trip to New Orleans which was during my junior year of high school. I was down in the lower ninth ward seven years after Hurricane Katrina hit the city, and I had the opportunity to serve at a few different houses throughout the week. I served at one particular lady’s house and the back portion of her house hadn’t been touched since the hurricane hit a few years prior. I worked in the spare bedroom of this one family’s home in which we were told to remove some dry wall and tile flooring from the space. As a group we were really productive that day as we got lots of debris removed and bagged. Then, the next day our experience was just as rewarding because we worked in Miss Veronica’s front yard and side yard to help remove weeds and lay fresh mulch. As a group of five we were able to get down on our hands and knees in order to get a ton of weeds removed from the dirt areas. Buying the mulch was our gift to Miss Veronica and she was so gracious for the beautiful mulch, as it looked really nice on her lawn. I am so thankful I had the opportunity to serve at Miss Veronica’s house that day and I still remember her five years later.

I hope you guys have had some sort of impactful service project that you have had a part in at some point.  Thanks for reading about my experience and come back next week to read what I have to write about.

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Service.

by Cecelia April 10, 2017

The important of service….. and cue the daydream. This was a routine discussion facilitated in my theology classes in high school or at the one too many required talks that my high school had. Service was preached day in and day out, and we were expected to fulfill service requirements from semester to semester. Even […]

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Happy Fontbonne Day!!!!

by Morgan April 6, 2017

Hi everybody! In this week’s blog, I’m going to talk about service (since this Friday is Fontbonne Day & National Day of Service)! Because I went to a Catholic school my entire life, I had to do service my 8th grade year (for Confirmation) and for all four years of high school because it was […]

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UGANDA be Kidding Me!

by Candance March 13, 2017

Is Spring semester over yet? What about Summer semester?! LOL LOL. Not quite!!! I can’t wait for summer to get here! Why?! You ask. I’ll be traveling to Gulu, Uganda on an immersion trip with a few other FBU students this summer (end of July) and I’m very excited! Did I mention, I’M VERY EXCITED […]

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My Passions

by Courtney March 13, 2017

One thing I love about college is finding out what really interests you and what your passions are.  So I am here to tell you a few of my passions! Taking adventures- I love finding new places to hike, walk my dogs, and eat around St. Louis.  There are so many opportunities around St. Louis! […]

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St. Agnes Home

by Adriana February 20, 2017

Hello everyone! The past weekend I had the opportunity to go to St. Agnes Home with the Students For Life and I loved it! This place is approximately 15 minutes from Fontbonne. When we arrive we were amazed that this home for Seniors is very big and very nice, I have to admit I really […]

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Introducing Me

by Mari September 6, 2016

Hello! My name is Maria Torres, but I go by my nickname Mari. I am 18 years old and I am a freshman at Fontbonne University. I was born and raised in Kansas City. I am majoring in Communications. I have two younger sisters. My sister Gabi is in middle school and I have another […]

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