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  • 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.
  • 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.