By Joanne Centeno ‘21
Hopefully, all you Bonnies out there know about the growing Fontbonne Drama Club. If you don’t, let me take this opportunity to let you know that we have an AMAZING Drama Club that is under the direction and guidance of our own Mrs. Glasser. At Fontbonne’s welcome night in September, more than twenty-five students signed up, adding to the current twenty plus members. That jump in enrollment is adding to the enthusiastic buzz around campus for the upcoming spring show, Hairspray.
Mrs. Glasser arranged for a workshop by the Brooklyn College Theater Department in order to assist the already-existing as well as newly-joining student talent. Of the six workshops offered, she requested that each Drama Club member come to at least two of them. This experience allowed all the ladies to learn how to express themselves on stage and gain more confidence. Two of the six workshops were offered as club trip to Brooklyn College, while the remaining four were held at Fontbonne.
At each workshop, exercises were given in topics ranging from facial expression, voice projection, storytelling, dance and movement, and of course, acting. Each session transitioned basic instruction to actual performance technique aimed at enhancing our already amazing varieties of club talent. Mrs. Glasser’s innovative mandate of participating in these workshops will no doubt escalate the quality of our school drama club. These small steps will pave the way for big strides. Make sure you come to see Fontbonne’s production of Hairspray this spring!
Look out, Broadway! There are Bonnies on the rise.
By Lilla Catanzaro '19
Mr. Joseph Geraci is the new director of development at Fontbonne Hall Academy. He is responsible for raising money for the school and helping to engage donors, while helping to improve and expand the reputation of the institution in order to not only raise money, but to help expand enrollment.
His goal from an early age was to attend law school and become an attorney. However, when it came time to apply for law school, his dad said he could not help pay. Unfortunately, since he lived at home, he was not eligible for student loans, forcing him to find another path. Yes, this was upsetting, but Mr. Geraci himself says, “people always change career paths.”
He began his career in business. One of his previous bosses said he was a great communicator, so his new hope and dream were to become a litigator. His boss suggested he move to another area in the academic world- somewhere that dealt with development or student affairs. He chose development. He has the ability to communicate a clear message to people, engage them, and convince them about his thoughts and ideas.
Mr. Geraci attended St. John’s University to receive his undergraduate degree. He later received his Master’s degree at Adelphi University, majoring in speech communication and minoring in concentration in business administration. Once he earned his degree, he started a job at St. John’s University, working in the development office. Mr. Geraci then became the director of alumni administrations at Adelphi University. He created a program that brought alumni back to the university, which Mr. Geraci describes as “one of my most satisfying achievements.”
He also spent some time working at Holy Trinity High School, where he was in charge of alumni administrations, fundraising, and communications. Recently, he started a capital campaign at a school for children with autism, raising three million dollars. After working at a few different schools, Mr. Geraci decided to work at Fontbonne because we are a “faith-based organization.” As a Catholic, he is also very involved with his own parish in Long Island. He was struck by Fontbonne’s administration and its constant teachings of the church that follows the basis of education.
Mr. Geraci has many goals for his time here at Fontbonne. He plans to increase our annual fund, raise money for various renovation projects, expand and create new programs, and bring more alumni and friends of the school back into the life of the institution. He will do all of this with the support and encouragement from his wonderful colleagues and the administration. They all truly understand the importance of the need to fundraise, in order to keep this school financially secure and prepared to teach many more generations of young women who will attend in the future.
When asked about Fontbonne, he stated, “This is an amazing school with an incredible history of successful alumni and everyone wants to be part of a winner.” He saw the opportunity to come here and do great work after meeting with the Principal, Assistant Principal, and Director of Alumni Administration. He thought they were all on the same page with their priorities, values, and ideas on how to advance the school. He felt like this was the perfect place for him and he hopes to learn and grow from this experience.