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  • Four Webster Alumni in 2019 '40 Under 40'
    The St. Louis Business Journal's 2019 40 Under 40 class includes four Webster University alumni: Neal Richardson, Webster University was also the sponsor of the awards dinner, which took place on Wednesday, Feb. 13.
  • Five Gorloks Inducted into the Webster University Athletics Hall of Fame
    Four student-athletes and a longtime athletics administrator were induced into the Webster University Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019 in a ceremony on Feb. 9 at the University Center Sunnen Lounge.
  • Katy Sullivan to Speak at Webster University's 100th Commencement
    Actress and Paralympic star Katy Sullivan will be the Commencement Speaker for Webster University’s 2019 Commencement on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at The Muny in Forest Park. To mark this milestone 100th Commencement, Webster will award four honorary doctorate degrees to alumni from throughout its history: Sullivan, Col. Sidney Gutierrez, Brenda Newberry and Elizabeth Robb.
  • In the News: Human Trafficking, Hellinger on Venezuela, Ilyashov's Impact
    FOX 2 news covered the Human Trafficking Workshop hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences Legal Studies department, interviewing Anne Geraghty-Rathert.... Community Music School faculty member Zena Ilyashov was cited in Symphony Magazine's "Teachers Who Made a Difference."... Dan Hellinger wrote a column in "The Conversation" academic blog on the constitutional crisis in Venezuela.
  • Webster University Seal Design Contest
    The 100th Commencement Committee has announced a contest to redesign the Webster University Seal, which was last modified in 1996. As with previous contests for the alma mater and fight song, this contest is open to submissions from the global Webster University community of students, alumni, faculty and staff at every campus. A $2,500 prize will be offered to the contest winner. Submissions will be accepted until March 18, 2019.
  • Webster Alumnae Winners at Metropolitan Opera Auditions
    Webster University vocal performance alumnae Brittany Graham MM ’18 and Emma Sorenson BM ’13 were named district winners this weekend in the annual auditions hosted by the Metropolitan Opera National Council. The program is designed to discover promising young opera singers and assist in the development of their careers.
  • News Around Webster: Assner-Alvey, Christian, Morris, Schultz
    Robin Assner-Alvey has a solo exhibition at Bruce Gallery on the campus of Edinboro University in Edinboro, Pennsylvania.... Nancy Christian represented Webster at the 32nd annual Missouri Governor’s Student Leadership Forum.... Larry Morris was named a St. Louis Champion.... Susan Schultz was nominated to the board of O'Fallon Shiloh Chamber of Commerce.
  • Webster Luke AFB Supports 'Trauma Teddy' Program
    A local initiative to help police assist small children has garnered support from Webster University’s Luke Air Force Base location — and deepened an alumni connection with one of Glendale's first responders. Longtime faculty member Herb Kretz led Webster's drive to contribute to the "Trauma Teddy" program, where the Glendale Police Department collects stuffed animals to help comfort small children during incidents where first responders are called.
  • Vienna Alumna Spotlight: Aleksandra Mandrapa
    The Alumni Association interviewed Aleksandra Mandrapa (MBA '08) for the January Alumni Spotlight. This spotlight highlights why Aleksandra chose Webster Vienna, her favorite memories as a student, and an update on where her degree and her career has taken her since graduation.
  • Webster University SPICE Alumni Land Research Careers at Ivy League Universities
    Two international alumni have landed prestigious positions as researchers at Ivy-League institutions and they say they owe their success to their experience at Webster University. Manuel León Hoyos and Luisa Mercado entered Webster University because of the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence, (SPICE) chess team. But their interactions with faculty, staff and other students helped prepare them for their future careers, they said.
  • Professor's 'Palacios' Wins Film Awards Across the U.S.
    "Palacios," a film produced and shot by David Rocco -- with some help from the dog, Ingebar --in the Webster University School of Communications, continues to win awards after screening at 15 festivals across the United States, and has been acquired for distribution. The feature about a widow and an inner-city teen recently received Best Narrative Feature and Best Cinematography for a Narrative Feature at Cincinnati's Over-the-Thine International Film Festival.
  • Ten Webster Alumni Honored with Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards
    Ten alumni were honored with the prestigious Emerson Excellence in Teaching award earlier this month. Now in its 29th year, the award pays tribute to area educators – from kindergarten teachers to college professors – for their achievements and dedication to the field of education. Award recipients will have the opportunity to apply for a Gold Star Grant from Emerson that will be presented in spring 2019.
  • Alumni Association to Host Cupcakes With Santa Dec. 8
    The Webster University Alumni Association invites Webster community members to bring their families to the "Cupcakes with Santa" event on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Love Foundation Alumni House. Space is limited to 25 children per session, with a $5 per child cost.
  • Annual Holiday Concert for Webster Community Dec. 5
    The Alumni Association extends an invitation to the Webster community to join them on Wednesday, Dec. 5, for their annual Holiday Concert. The concert will take place on campus in the Winifred Moore Auditorium at 12:15 p.m., followed by refreshments in the Webster Groves Room. Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and friends who have made a donation between June 1 – December 1 will receive a limited edition Gorlok or Alumni Ornament at the concert as a thank you for your support of Webster.
  • Webster Athletics Names Five New Hall of Fame Inductees
    Webster University Athletics will place five new inductees into the Webster Athletics Hall of Fame during its annual banquet on Saturday, Feb. 9. Unveiled on Monday, the 10th Hall of Fame class includes four former Gorlok student-athletes and a longtime Webster Athletics administrator.
  • Make an Impact with Webster on #GivingTuesday Nov. 27
    Join Webster University on Nov. 27 for #GivingTuesday and make #GorlokGiving global. #GivingTuesday is a global giving movement built by millions of individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 U.S. states and in countries around the world to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live. Through your donations to Webster, you are empowering students to find success now and long after they graduate.
  • Two Webster Alumni Appointed Poet Laureate of St. Louis
    Artists Shirley LeFlore ‘76 and Jane Ellen Ibur ’73 were appointed as St. Louis’ poet laureate. LeFlore was sworn in at a city hall ceremony in early November and will serve until April. Ibur will then take over and serve a two-year term. They will be the second and third poet laureates in the city’s history.
  • University Donors Honored at A Night of the Webster Stars
    Webster University celebrated and honored its most supportive and influential donors at the 2018 Donor Recognition Dinner on Nov. 1. The evening’s theme, “A Night of the Webster Stars,” highlighted the impact of donors on the University’s strength, campus growth and student successes.
  • Jane Ellen Ibur '73 Selected as Poet Laureate of St. Louis
    Webster University alumna Jane Ellen Ibur '73 has been selected to become poet laureate of St. Louis, to begin during National Poetry Month in April 2019. The 2013 recipient of the Alumni Association's Loretto Award, Ibur is a poet, creative writer and teacher. She has brought the joys of literature to homeless shelters, prisons, museums, arts centers. "I teach all ages from birth to death, and I treat everybody exactly the same: My job is to give them their voice.”
  • Alumna Publishes Travel Book for Paris
    Webster Alumna Jayne R. Boisvert, has published the book “Pilgrimage to Paris: The Cheapo Snob's Guide to the City and the Americans Who Lived There.”
  • Alumnus Becomes Member of International Think Tank
    St. Louis-based PGAV Destinations Vice President and Senior Planner and Designer Tom Owen, a graduate of the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, was recently honored by joining The Institute for Learning and Innovation (ILI), the foremost think tank for free-choice learning.
  • 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
  • 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.