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  • McCuien Elected Alumni Board of Directors President
    Webster University alumna Alexandria (Alex) McCuien BS’11, MBA’15, MS’18 was unanimously elected to become the next president of the Alumni Board of Directors at the May 19 meeting. In her role as president, she will work to build community among our 190,000 alumni worldwide, as well as support them in their personal and professional growth. McCuien succeeds Vanessa Davis MA'04, DMGT'15 who completed two years in this role.
  • Webster Alum Wins Pulitzer Prize for Times Syria Coverage
    When School of Communications alumnus Drew Jordan started working as a motion designer for the New York Times, he never thought he’d end up winning one of the highest honors in the journalism industry, but he did. After working with a team of journalists on two ground-breaking stories that proved that Russia was engaging in shadow warfare in Syria, he, along with the whole team, was awarded the coveted Pulitzer Prize. His award was announced earlier this month.
  • In the News: Link on job search in pandemic; nurses who sing and excel
    John Link and Lisa Camp were interviewed on "St. Louis On The Air" about advice for graduates amid the shifting job market amid the pandemic.... Nursing student Rodney Armstead was featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Friday for singing to patients to help keep them calm.... Nursing alumna Emily Wacker was profiled in the Post-Dispatch and recognized for her outstanding work at Barnes Jewish Hospital as a heart transplant coordinator.
  • Webster Grad, Employee and Air Force Veteran Receives Service Dog
    Master Sergeant Steven Doty, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Media Communications and Rhetoric in 2016 through the School of Communications, was paired with his dog, Filos, a few months ago through the program K9’s for Warriors, a non-profit organization that provides service dogs to disabled American veterans. He is now helping raise awareness of PTSD by publicly sharing his story. He recently was featured on FOX 13 news about PTSD and how service dogs help.
  • Webster Increases Giving, Participation on Give STL Day
    In a challenging year when donations were projected to be down as much as 30%, Webster University Give STL Day donations surpassed last year’s gifts by 14%. A total of $6,484 was donated by 76 donors, a 46% increase in donors over last year for this annual giving day for St. Louis-area nonprofits. Chancellor Beth Stroble and her spouse, Paul, were so moved by the generosity of the Webster community, they made a dollar-for-dollar match to raise this year's total donations to nearly $13,000.
  • Support Webster Student Funds on Give STL Day
    Give STL Day, the annual day to mobilize support for St. Louis area nonprofits, is Thursday, May 7. For this year's Give STL Day, Webster is focusing on supporting the emergency funds created to help students, staff and other urgent needs. No gift is too small. Check Webster's Facebook for posts throughout the day with stories of our students who need support to get through these challenging times.
  • Webster Launches Front-Line Responders Fund in Efforts to Support Global Community
    Webster University has established a new Front-Line Responders Fund to support the selflessness demonstrated by its students who are serving as front-line workers. This fund is companion to the Gorloks Now! Fund and the Chancellor’s Vision Fund, which are each driving support from donors and friends for Webster University community members. "What I have witnessed through this time is that the Webster community is filled with selfless individuals who give before being asked and expect no thanks," said Chancellor Elizabeth (Beth) Stroble. "We want to support this strong commitment to serving others."
  • Alumni in the News: Stokes film, 'One Brick Shy,' Sanders on Nine
    Webster alumnus Dr. Albert J. Sanders, (MAT '04) is among a dozen local teachers providing two hours of pre-K-4th grade literacy and math instruction on Nine Network during the pandemic.... Alumnae Jenna McDonald, Abby Dorning and CeCe O’Neill's hit "One Brick Shy" is featured in STL Magazine.... Cody Stokes '07 was featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for his film, "The Ghost Who Walks," which hit the top 10 on Netflix.
  • Englis Stepping Down after 15 Years as Conservatory Chair; Guterman to Take Helm
    The Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts announces a leadership change effective June 1, 2020. Dottie Marshall Englis will be stepping down as chair of the Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts after serving as chair for 15 years. She will be succeeded by Gad Guterman, who is currently serving as associate chair.
  • Free Wellness Resources for the Whole Family
    Even after nearly a month of social distancing measures, working through remote operations and adjusting to schools of all levels being closed, it can still be a challenge adjusting to the "new normal" during precautions around the coronavirus pandemic. The good news is there are free resources available to clear your head, get some exercise and even find assistance for your child's school work. These resources are available for all students, faculty and staff.
  • Webster's Virtual 101st Commencement Ceremony Scheduled for May 9
    This year our main commencement ceremony will be delivered virtually on Saturday, May 9 at 9:30 a.m. The virtual main commencement ceremony will include all of the pomp and circumstance of our traditional main ceremony. The event will commence with a virtual flag ceremony followed by speeches from University leadership. Vladimir Ivkovic, an expert on the neurological effects of spaceflight and extreme environments on human health and performance, will deliver the commencement address to our graduates.
  • Encourage and Celebrate the Class of 2020
    Although we are living in unprecedented times, Webster University wants to honor our traditions and support our graduates. The 101st Commencement on May 9 will be virtual for the Class of 2020. School-specific ceremonies will be held on the Webster Groves campus on Saturday, Sept. 25, as part of Alumni Homecoming Weekend. Email your message of support by April 15 to Kelly Dopman, director of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund, at
  • MCISA to Host Virtual I-Fest April 17
    This year the Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs (MCISA) will be hosting (via Instagram Live) an online virtual I-Fest with local entertainer DJ Nune (Lamar Harris), who was the scheduled entertainment for I-Fest. Virtual I-Fest will take place on Friday, April 17, from 7-9 p.m. on the MCISA Instagram page @WUMCISA.
  • Remembering Ahmad Zain, Webster Alumnus
    Muhammad Ahmad Zain, a 2019 graduate of the Walker School of Business and Technology, passed away on April 1 from COVID-19. Originally from Pakistan, Ahmad completed his studies and recently took a promising job offer in New York to work as a business analyst in his field of study. This was a long sought-after opportunity and he had just begun his work there when the outbreak began. He was a strong student and a beloved member of the international student community at the Webster Groves main campus.
  • Webster Alumni Inducted into SLIAC Hall of Fame
    The St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) has announced four new members to their 2020 Hall of Fame Class. Of the four chosen, two of the inductees are former Gorloks: former women's soccer player Ashley Everett Zeier and former men's soccer player Kevin Fann. Upon selection, they became the 12th and 13th members with Webster ties to be inducted into the SLIAC Hall of Fame.
  • Webster Graduate Nominated to Key White House Administration Post
    Retired Colonel Matthew P. Donovan, who graduated from Webster University at Fort Sam in Houston with a MA in management in 1995, was chosen as the nominee for Under Secretary of Defense by President Donald Trump.
  • In the News: Stiles on child separation, nursing nomination, Kaiser on Medium
    Debbie Stiles and graduate student Kaori Chaki were interviewed on "St. Louis on the Air" to discuss their project, "The Psychological Impact of Separating Immigrant Children from their Families."... Webster alumna Carlita Vasser is a nominee for the top nurses in the St. Louis area in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's #CelebrateNurses contest.... DJ Kaiser posted at Medium on varying public health responses to the coronavirus.
  • Career Planning and Development Center Ready to Assist Virtually
    With the outbreak of COVID-19 requiring so many courses and services to move to remote operations, many students may be concerned they won't get the resources or guidance they once did while on campus. The Career Planning and Development Center has taken steps to make sure that students are still receiving these resources and guidance virtually, offering a virtual format for over 75 percent of career development and employer programs and events.
  • MCISA Cancels I-Fest, Plans to Return Spring 2021
    The International Festival, I-Fest, has been a long standing tradition at Webster University. Putting the safety of the community as a top priority, this year's festival, scheduled on April 17, will be cancelled. There are currently plans to host another international-themed event in the Fall semester 2020 and to resume I Fest in its traditional format in Spring 2021.
  • Webster Graduate Releases Best-Selling Album
    Described by Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine as “…one of his generation’s finest guitarists,” Zane Forshee, who earned his Bachelor of Music in Performance from Webster University in 1998, has released a verified hit record.
  • In the News: S. Cummings, Wiggins, Ward, Zhou
    Vienna's Bradley Wiggins was interviewed on RTVi about memes' impact in U.S. politics.... Simone Cummings was in Ladue News for her role with the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute.... Alumnus Quinton Ward was featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for a position he took to lead a mobile grocery.... Zhichun Zhou's research on self-control was featured on St. Louis On the Air as part of an interview with her collaborator, Leonard Green.
  • 2020 Commencement Speaker, Honorary Degree Recipients Announced
    Vladimir Ivkovic, an expert on the neurological effects of spaceflight and extreme environments on human health and performance, has been named the commencement speaker for Webster University’s 101st Commencement to be held Saturday, May 9, 2020, at The Muny in Forest Park. Will D. Carpenter, the retired Monsanto scientist whose efforts were critical to the prohibition of chemical weapons, will also be celebrated at the ceremony with an honorary doctoral degree.
  • Employees: Invitation for fun and games March 27 at Recess STL
    The Webster University Alumni Association invites all faculty and staff to join them for a night of fun at Recess STL on Friday, March 27, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Entrance is $10 per person, with appetizers and a cash bar available. Recess STL (4500 Swan Avenue, 314-818-9112) is located inside a massive warehouse space and offers a variety of games for patrons to play, including cornhole, bocce ball and ping-pong. Alongside games and picnic tables are two bars, mounted TVs, video game stations.
  • Postponed: Campus Activities Presents SNL's Kenan Thompson
    Due to the current restrictions on gathering size, the Kenan Thompson performance is canceled for April 13, but we are working to find an alternate date to reschedule. Details will be announced when we have further information. Already distributed tickets will be valid for the rescheduled date - do not lose your tickets, as they cannot be reissued. Those who have purchased tickets will be contacted by Campus Activities via email once a rescheduled date has been announced.
  • New Giving Society Honors Webster's First African American Graduates
    During our 5th Annual Diversity and Inclusion Conference, Webster University proudly announces The Jackson and Thomas Leadership Giving Society to raise funds for our students. In 1950, Jeannette Mae Jackson and Janet Irene Thomas were the first two African Americans to graduate from Webster University. Today, more than 41,000 African Americans have earned Webster degrees. We invite our African American alumni and friends and colleagues in the global network to join the Society by making a gift in support of today's students.
  • Recent Webster Music Alumni Impacting the Local Music Scene
    Webster University Department of Music alumni continue to be active in the St. Louis music scene. “We always say that we are the go-to music program in this area, and our alumni live that out,” said Jeffrey Carter, chair of the Department of Music. Click through for more about where each of the Music alumni may be seen performing everything from opera to jazz, and even with the circus!
  • Webster Graduate Gives Back to His Community
    Homeless on Halloween. That would have been the story of Charles and Katya Campbell last year. After some problems with their landlord and a maintenance man, the couple was threatened with eviction from their apartment. But a group of good Samaritans that included 2007 Webster University graduate Nick McGeehon helped find them a new home before the holidays.
  • Outcomes Survey for Fall 2, 2019 Graduates
    To gather important data about the outcomes of our graduates, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness needs your help in encouraging Fall 2, 2019 graduates to complete the Webster University Outcomes Survey.
  • George Herbert Walker III: Webster University Community Remembers Chairman Emeritus
    The Webster University community mourns the passing of George Herbert Walker III, a St. Louis businessman who counted two U.S. presidents as cousins, served as the United States’ ambassador to Hungary, and for whom Webster's School of Business and Technology is named. Among his many contributions to the University, Walker served 42 years on the Board of Trustees, twice as chair. "Bert Walker was an icon of this community, and we are grateful for all that he did for Webster University across his lifetime and career," said Rob Reeg, chair of the Board of Trustees.
  • Fifth Annual Diversity And Inclusion Conference Feb. 24-27
    Webster University will host its fifth annual Diversity and Inclusion Conference on Feb. 24-27. The forum on Webster’s main campus is open to the community, as well as students, faculty, staff, alumni, and corporate partners, to share experiences, research, and emerging trends that embrace diversity in a variety of welcoming and inclusive ways.