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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

Joseph Kenny

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.

‘FAFSA frenzy’ event at Fontbonne University helps families with forms

Whether incoming or returning, college students and their parents have numerous opportunities to get help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as FAFSA, with 29 FAFSA Frenzy events in the St. Louis area among 97 throughout the state of Missouri.

Fontbonne University will host one of them, on Sunday, Feb. 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. Six financial aid professionals will be on hand to assist in filling out the financial aid forms.

Players find a comfortable fit, fun at Fontbonne University

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Fontbonne University basketball player Richard Dorhauer, a graduate of St. John Vianney High School, talked to his coach in a game against Iowa Wesleyan. Fontbonne won 82-53.

Fontbonne University's men's basketball team is seeking to hit its stride this year, with an 8-11 overall record, 6-6 in conference (SLIAC) play as of Feb. 2.

The road to consistency got a little tougher with injuries to two key players, starters Richard Dorhauer and Ben Kissing, who missed an 82-53 win Jan. 27 over Iowa Wesleyan and a 78-60 loss Jan. 30 to Spalding College. Dorhauer, a St. John Vianney High School graduate, averages 11 points a game, third on the team behind Kissing, who averages 15 points.

Easy transition

Fontbonne students provide business boost for Ferguson burger bar

Ferguson Burger Bar and more owner Charles DAvis

On a recent afternoon, Charles Davis sat behind the counter at his restaurant -- Ferguson Burger Bar and More -- and took advantage of the lull to catch up on some work.

Along with his co-owner and wife, Kizzie, Davis wears many hats. Business manager and floor sweeper. Marketing executive and server. Financial officer and cashier. You name it and he does it, sneaking in duties between customers in his 12-hour days, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

"Even when it's slow, there's always something to do," he said in a brief break from handling paperwork and working the phones.

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