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Fontbonne steps up with a game-changing promise

Drawing inspiration from the archdiocesan Today & Tomorrow Educational Foundation, Fontbonne University has made a big promise to financially disadvantaged families — the promise of tuition-free college education.

The Fontbonne Promise, which debuts for the 2018-19 academic year, offers the no-cost opportunity — full tuition and fees for up to five years — for college freshmen who qualify academically but have estimated family contributions of zero on FAFSA, the federal student aid application. The program is open only to Missouri residents.

Players from Catholic schools in St. Louis living their dream

Brian Howard pitches during a recent game for the Vermont Lake Monsters in baseball's minor leagues. Earlier this year his 12 strikeouts tied the single-game College World Series high.

Players from Catholic schools in the archdiocese were well represented at the Major League Baseball draft in June. The draft lasted three days, with 40 rounds and 1,215 selections, and three players from St. Louis Catholic schools were drafted.

Jake Burger was drafted 11th overall in the first round of the 2017 Major League draft by the Chicago White Sox. He was undrafted after attending Christian Brothers College High School and chose to attend Missouri State University, where he was a three-time All-American. This year, he hit .328 with 22 home runs and 65 RBIs.

Fontbonne camp turns students into Cyber Warriors

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Caeley Kates was unequivocal in her praise of Fontbonne University's Cyber Warrior Camp last month.

"I love the camp!" the rising senior from Ursuline Academy said, emphasizing the "love" part, between camp sessions June 23. "It's a really good learning experience."

Under the auspices of Fontbonne math and computer science professor Guanyu Tian, 29, the two-week summer camp introduced Kates and 17 high school-age cohorts to cyber security in defense of governments, businesses and individuals.

Fontbonne helps its neighbors on Fontbonne Day

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Dressed appropriately and perhaps providentially in school colors, Lovie Haynes, age 87, watched approvingly from her second-story deck as 10 volunteers from Fontbonne University, a few clad in matching purple, worked across the street in Friends of Hamilton Village Community Gardens.

FAITHFUL FAN | Dodgers gain inspirational story along with Fontbonne pitcher

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As a relief pitcher for a rookie-league baseball team signed near the end of the season, the Ogden Raptors' Vinny Santarsiero barely was noticed. Yet a look into his background reveals a tale of perseverance, patience and promise.

Like Roy Hobbs, played by Robert Redford in the movie "The Natural," Santarsiero dropped in on a team while the season was underway, bringing an interesting back story and having overcome an unfortunate incident. Unlike Hobbs, Santarsiero is only 22, with the possibility of a long future in baseball ahead of him.

Brian Matz explores Catholic thought, enriches Catholic identity at Fontbonne

Brian Matz, center, associate professor of history, philosophy and religion at Fontbonne University, was named Fontbonne University’s Carondelet Chair in Catholic Thought. The position is an interdisciplinary role intended to enrich the intellectual climate of the university and strengthen its Catholic identity.

Brian Matz has been on the job at Fontbonne University since August, quietly going about his business as an associate professor in the religious studies department and as the Carondelet Chair of Catholic Thought, an endowed chair of Fontbonne's founders and sponsors — the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

Mainly, that has involved teaching. Students have been sponging his vast knowledge about the history of the Roman Catholic Church and its significant impact on Western culture.

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