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  • Video: Inside Look at 'Sverdrup Reimagined'
    The Webster University community enjoyed an inside look at the newly renovated and reimagined core of the Leif J. Sverdrup Complex, home of the School of Communications and a range of new labs, studios, collaborative spaces and classrooms.
  • Snapshots: Webster Alumni Welcomed, Celebrated at Reunion Weekend
    More than 250 alumni, faculty, staff and friends visited the Webster University main campus Sept. 28-29 for opportunities to reconnect and reunite at Reunion Weekend. The popular annual event featured reflections on the past and progress toward the future. The weekend celebrated all Webster graduates, with special nods to the Honor Classes of 2013, 2008, 1998, 1993, 1968, 1963 and 1958.
  • Save the Date: December Toast 2018
    Save the Date for the December Toast, the celebration of our mid-year graduates: Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, 4:30-6 p.m. at the Webster University Community Music School. This event will honor our August, October and December graduates from the greater St. Louis area. For more information on the December Toast and to RSVP, visit webster.edu/commencement/DecemberToast.
  • Sargent, Stage Management Program Honored by SMA
    Peter Sargent and Webster University’s Stage Management program were honored at an awards ceremony held by the Stage Managers’ Association (SMA) in New York City. The dean of Webster's Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts received the first SMA special award for Achievement in Stage Management Education for “inspiring generations of professional stage managers.” He was introduced by alumna Julia Jones '89, who was stage manager for SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical.
  • Hunt Gallery Presents Alumna Alexa Hoyer "Montaje Al Aire" Sept. 28
    The Cecille R. Hunt Gallery at Webster University will present an exhibition of photographic art by artist Alexa Hoyer BFA '03, whose work explores how the economic blockade against Cuba is met with innovation via storefront window displays. The opening reception during Reunion Weekend is Friday, Sept. 28, from 6-8 p.m. Hoyer will speak briefly about her work at 6:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The show will be open through Nov. 2.
  • 2018 Nursing Graduates Receive Honor Society Awards
    Two Webster University nursing graduates received awards from Delta Lambda At Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International [Sigma], an international honor society of nursing. Alla Mink received the Janice Hooper Undergraduate Student Award, recognizing her for excellent leadership, compassionate care, and service. Maegan Bosler received the Webster University Graduate Student Award, recognizing her for her intense passion for nursing.
  • 2018 Reunion Weekend Schedule and Registration
    Webster University will welcome back alumni at Reunion Weekend, Sept. 28-29, for a number of activities for alumni, parents, students, family and friends. Highlights include Sverdrup Hall Open House, Gorlok Brunch, and Lightning Talks. The 2018 Reunion Weekend will celebrate all Webster graduates, especially the Honor Classes: 2013, 2008, 1998, 1993, 1968, 1963, and 1958.
  • Department of Music faculty and students participate in St. Louis' Union Avenue Opera
    Webster University Department of Music faculty and students were key participants in the 2018 summer season at St. Louis’ Union Avenue Opera (UAO).
  • Webster Remembers Alumna Doris Federhofer '38
    Webster University remembers Doris Federhofer '38, the alumni association matriarch and longtime volunteer, donor and ardent cheerleader for Webster’s mission. Federhofer, who arrived at Webster on scholarship in 1934, would have celebrated her class of 1938's 80th reunion this month. She and her husband Earl served in developing countries for 30 years after their retirement through The International Executive Service Corps, and were longtime supporters of scholarships at Webster.
  • Outcomes Survey for Summer 2018 Graduates
    To gather important data about the outcomes of our graduates, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness needs your help in encouraging Summer 2018 graduates to complete the Webster University Outcomes Survey. The Outcomes Survey is delivered via email to recent graduates worldwide approximately six to eight weeks after each term’s graduation date. Graduates from Summer 2018 received an email invitation to the survey the morning of Monday, Sept. 10.
  • Webster Mentoring Program Applications for 2018-19 Now Open
    Students can now apply for the 2018-2019 program. The Webster Mentoring Program was established in 2013 to enable students the opportunity to form a professional relationship with a Webster alum in their desired career field. The students will be matched in November and December and the program will run during the spring semester.
  • Leiden Campus Hosts China MBA Students, Alumni
    A group of 22 Webster China MBA students and alumni completed a summer study tour through the Netherlands this month, hosted by the Webster Leiden campus. Activities included Webster faculty lectures and site visits on topics like consumer technology, biotech, EU economy and more. It was the 11th such tour with Webster China MBA partners Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE), and the University of Electronic Science and Technology China (UESTC).
  • Webster Dean Emeritus, PNC President on Early Childhood Education
    Brenda Fyfe, dean emeritus in the Webster University School of Education, and Michael Scully, regional president of PNC Bank, co-authored an op/ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on the importance of investing in high-quality early childhood education, of which there is a shortage in the region. Through a grant from the PNC Foundation, the Mind Full of Words program in the School of Education works with community partners to help low-income families build vocabulary among young children.
  • Amber Johansen Named Advancement AVP
    This summer, the Office of Advancement welcomed Associate Vice President Amber Johansen, to lead a team of fundraisers responsible for outreach to alumni, parents, faculty and staff. Johansen is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and holds undergraduate degrees from Missouri State University in criminal justice and sociology.
  • Student Life Hall of Fame Nomination Due Sept. 17
    The Student Life Hall of Fame recognizes those individuals who demonstrated an outstanding commitment to improving student life at Webster University through campus or community involvement and participation in organized campus activities. Nominations are being accepted through Sept. 17.
  • Call for Nominations: Honorary Degree Recipient and 100th Commencement Speaker
    The Honorary Degree Committee is seeking nominations for the honorary degree recipient and commencement speaker for Webster University's 100 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at The Muny in Forest Park in St. Louis. This annual ceremony is the largest gathering of graduates and their families from Webster University campus locations throughout the world. Nominations must be submitted through the online form and will be accepted through Friday, Sept. 28, 2018.
  • Webster Joins AUCA Career Fairs in China
    Webster University China staff took a large part in the just completed 2018 American Universities China Association (AUCA) career fairs. More than 4,000 students representing 16 universities and other institutions attended the fair events. Most of the attending students graduated in 2018. Graduates attended fair events in Shanghai, Shenzhen and Beijing.
  • Nominations Open for Webster Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019
    The Webster University Athletics Department has now begun accepting nominations for new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame. The deadline for nominations for the Class of 2019 is Sept. 15, 2018. Former Webster players, coaches, and teams, and other individuals who have made significant contributions to the Athletics program are eligible for selection to the Hall of Fame.
  • Maritz Grant Continues Support of Student Literacy Corps, Math Tutoring
    A $15,000 grant from Maritz will continue support of the Webster University Student Literacy Corps and Math Tutoring Program. "This grant will ensure that Webster students can continue to tutor and that struggling readers will continue to enjoy the additional support and encouragement tutors provide," said Kate Northcott, director of the Student Literacy Corps, which began in 1990. St. Louis’ growing population of English Language Learners has only increased the need for such engagement, she said.
  • Webster Alumna Elected Sisters of Loretto President, More Join Leadership
    The Sisters of Loretto elected Sister Barbara Nicholas SL as their new president at the congregation’s weeklong delegate assembly this July in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. The 1965 graduate of Webster University (then Webster College) will begin a six-year term on Jan. 1, 2019. At the assembly, several fellow Webster alumni (Sharon Kassing, Mary Catherine Rabbitt, Vicki Schwartz) were also named to the executive committee.
  • Leiden Alumni Reconnect for Ocean Race Event in The Hague
    Webster University Leiden alumni from the graduating classes of 2000 to 2018 networked and shared their Webster stories during an alumni event last month at Scheveningen beach in The Hague during the Volvo Ocean Race. The race is a major event in the Netherlands, and served as a perfect opportunity to bring alumni together. Some were attending their first Webster event since graduation.
  • Tobacco-Free, Smoke-Free Campus Initiative Begins Aug. 15
    Effective Aug. 15, 2018, Webster University’s main campus in Webster Groves will be designated as a tobacco-free and smoke-free campus, joining the many universities across the United States and in Missouri in setting this policy. This policy change reinforces our commitment to preserving and improving the health and comfort of our students, faculty, staff and guests.
  • Meghan Illig Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year Award
    Webster University's Meghan Illig is a nominee for the prestigious 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, which honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes from all three divisions. Illig was the only female student-athlete from the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference nominated for this award, and is a member of Webster's women's cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field teams.
  • Congratulations to the 2018 Alumni Association Award Winners
    The Webster University Alumni Association is proud to announce the 2018 Alumni Award recipients as Manal Fakhoury, Joan Marie Godoy Liere, Eve Coulson and Christopher Whitmore. The awardees will be honored during Reunion Weekend at the Alumni Awards Ceremony and Reception on September 29, 2018. Congratulations to these amazing alumni!
  • Remembering Seena Kohl, Anthropologist and Women's Studies Pioneer
    The Webster University community remembers Seena Kohl, an anthropologist who helped found the Women's Studies program during her 42-year teaching career at Webster. Kohl was one of the earliest recipients of the Roswell Messing, Jr. Award, and in 1986 used a Faculty Development Leave to study relations among blacks, whites, and Choctaws in Mississippi. Kohl passed away this month in Helena, Montana. A memorial service on the Webster Groves campus is scheduled for July 21.
  • Four Webster Students Win Press Club Scholarships
    Four Webster University School of Communications students were among the 15 winners of St. Louis Press Club Scholarships at a special awards luncheon at the Press Club on June 12. Three undergraduate students and one graduate student were each awarded a $1,000 scholarship applicable to the 2018-19 academic year.
  • Outcomes Survey for Spring 2 2018 Graduates
    To gather important data about the outcomes of our graduates, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness needs your help in encouraging Spring 2 2018 graduates to complete the Webster University Outcomes Survey. The Outcomes Survey is delivered via email to recent graduates worldwide approximately six to eight weeks after each term’s graduation date. Graduates from Spring 1 2018 received an email invitation to the survey the morning of Monday, June 18.
  • Webster Students, Alumni, Faculty in St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase
    Webster students, alumni, and faculty make up more than a quarter of the screenings at the upcoming St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. All work, including work by 30 Webster community members, will be shown at Brown Hall on the campus of Washington University between Friday, July 13, and Sunday, July 22. “This is another example of how much the Webster University School of Communications adds to the culture of filmmaking and media in this region," said Aaron AuBuchon, associate professor and chair.
  • July 4 Community Days Parade: Call for volunteers
    Members of the Webster University community are invited to participate in the City of Webster Groves’ Community Days Parade the morning of Wednesday, July 4. The University’s float celebrates Americana, and energetic walkers are needed to hand out fans to the crowd during the parade.
  • Webster Offers Handshake for Student, Alumni Career Planning
    The Career Planning and Development Center is excited to offer Webster University students and alumni an easier way to keep track of their career planning through Handshake, the ultimate career network that brings together students, alumni and employers and strengthens student engagement. Launching at Webster in July, Handshake is a robust career platform designed by students to help them build meaningful careers.