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WOW, it’s such a shock to me that the last few weeks of my undergraduate program are almost over. Graduation is so close and the anxiety is overwhelming to say the least, but I know that I can handle it. This year I have had the opportunity to do so much volunteering both on and off campus, take trips out of town, and I’ve even had my children attend some classes with me. I can remember plenty of days and nights where I couldn’t find a babysitter and my teachers told me to just bring my kids with me and they would have activities and snacks for them. Initially it was an embarrassment, but once I realized that my teachers and colleagues were supporting me and were excited to see me pushing to complete my degree I too became excited about my accomplishments.

It’s always exciting to have someone supporting you when you don’t believe that you are capable of completing a task. My teachers and Fontbonne as a whole has provided me with a long list of life lessons and opportunity that I wouldn’t have gotten at another institution. I was recently inducted into Phi Alpha, which is the National Honor Society for social workers and that too is a major accomplishment. On May 9, 2016, I will be graduating with honors and celebrating a moment of my life that I still can’t believe.Fontbonne Accomplishments


Have you been looking for an group to get involved with? Try out Griffin Gang! Our group is all about getting students to the games to support our teams. Every week our executive team gathers to discuss ways in which we could get more involvement from the crowd. Of course, our sports teams are not as big as D1 schools because we are only D3, but our athletes work just as hard and deserve their friends and colleagues at these games just as much.

Griffin Gang has specific sponsored games for each sport. They are always home games that we sponsor, and they always have a theme so our crowd can be just as involved! Our next game is the Women’s and Men’s Basketball Senior Night. These games will be played this Saturday at 1 and 3 PM in the gymnasium. The theme for these games are dressing as “Senior Citizens” for Senior Night. Fans can dress in their grandpa’s coat or whatever they see fit for the theme. It is all in a matter of fun to have everyone included!

When we sponsor games, Griffin Gang has a table that is placed at the entrance of the field or at the bottom of the bleachers when fans walk in. You really can’t miss us! We are there to welcome you to the game, tell you about the upcoming games and themes, and put a star in your punch card. If you don’t know what a punch card is then you should come to our table more often! Griffin Gang gives a prize to students if they receive 10 punches in their punch card just by coming to the games and stopping by our table. The prize is a free t-shirt! Next year for the school year ’15-’16 Griffin Gang will be ordering new shirts since so many students have filled out their cards, which is great! Hold on to your cards in the summer if it is not yet completed. These cards do roll over to the next year, and who wouldn’t want another Fonty Tee?!

If you have any questions about getting involved with Griffin Gang or want more information about what we do, please contact me at   Go Griffins!



The thing that surprises me daily about college life that I never anticipated is two-fold. The first part would be that I am a non-traditional student. I went to college the first go around as an 18-year-old freshman and then left my junior year. I started back to college within the Pathways program which was a long awaited answer to prayer.

The second part of my expectation was that I would be considered too old and wouldn’t be able to focus because I would have to juggle my job, family, and school. I have found the professors, my advisers, and the Fontbonne community to be full of support. I have to say that I never think of myself as an outsider based on my age, personal struggles, or goals. Fontbonne has shown me that I have family beyond the boundaries of miles or being face to face with instructors and staff. Fontbonne has given me a sense of belonging and community.

Blessings on your week- Sherry


Hi! I’m a city girl that lives in a small town near Kansas City. I am blessed to be married to my hubby for 17 years and have two awesome kiddos. I went to Northwest Missouri State until my early twenties and have always regretted not finishing my degree in education. I have prayed that God would give me the capability and courage to go back to finish my degree and the Pathways program was my key. The Pathways program allows me to work, have my family and complete my classes online. Some of my best support has come from my eleven year old son who will sit and read powerpoints with me and ask me questions. He also enjoys the videos that have been posted. I love that he is learning the things that I am at the same time. My daughter is my tech support here and helped me when my powerpoint pictures wouldn’t load. She currently went through explain mean, mode, and median to me and told me, “Mom, I know you learned this at one time so you can do it now.” The support of the professors and the individuals within the Pathways staff have given me strength to guide my path and are a wonderful blessing to myself and my family.

There are two things that I’m doing differently this semester as opposed to previous ones. The first is that I wake up in the morning and pray for my teenage daughter who is now driving herself to school daily. I pray that she makes it there safely, to her internship at our church after school, and back home. If any of you think of it keep Em in your prayers in the morning too.

The second thing pertains to time management with school. I had a challenging class over the summer and this fall is no exception. The key for me is to take time and differentiate what I need to do for my classes during the week. I’ve found by keeping a spiral and writing down all the assignments for the week helps me. I know that I read for my classes on Mondays and Tuesdays. I also take notes from the textbooks and any powerpoints that might be up on those days. For the rest of the week I keep my check list of what is due when and complete it when I have a chance. I am blessed to have about an hour or two block of time before and after my kids get home that they are working on homework and so I can too. I know that I’ve told them if they have no homework they are to read so it is quiet and this had led to their benefit. They both have a certain amount of reading points they need per quarter at school and they were able to complete them way ahead of time.

An example of a typical checklist schedule for me looks like this :

Mon-Tues : Read, powerpoints and notes
Wednesday: Discussion Boards, start assignments, pull articles for article reviews, do observations
Thursday: Do article reviews, write papers, take quizzes
Friday: finish any last minute work and submit

It is my goal with myself and my family that if I’m able to get things done during the week we get rewarded. The reward amounts to maybe watching a movie together or going to get pizza over the weekend . It makes the time that I dedicate to classwork and my hogging the computer worth it.

Blessings- Sherry


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