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  • Webster Alumnus Appointed General Counsel to Corporation for National and Community Service
    St. Louis senior counsel Tim Noelker '73 has devoted countless volunteer hours advancing the work of nonprofits and charitable organizations. But when he leaves Thompson Coburn this summer for a high-profile new position, volunteering will become his work. He has been appointed by The White House to serve as General Counsel for the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) in Washington, D.C., effective July 5, 2017.
  • Video: Class of '88 Alumna Gets Long-Awaited Commencement Day
    The Class of 2017 weren't the only graduates calling last Saturday a special Webster University commencement day. Karla Ramser-Young, who earned her MA in 1988 but was near full term in her pregnancy at the time, finally got to walk across the stage 29 years later. Her son, Joshua, arranged with Webster for her to cross this item off her "bucket list." Watch a video on what the moment meant to Karla and her son.
  • In the News: Stroble on value of degrees; '88 grad gets her day; Curtis on ransomware
    President Beth Stroble was quoted in an Ingram’s feature examining the costs and value of higher education, in particular from private institutions.... Professor Jim Curtis was interviewed for an NBC affiliate's story on global ransomware attacks.... The story of Karla Ramsey-Young '88, who walked at Saturday's commencement 30 years after finishing her degree, was featured by Louisville's WDRB TV.
  • Around Webster: Erickson play opens; Rockwell in Peru; McElwee, Cosic screenings
    Michael Erickson's "Honor Student" opens this weekend, directed by alumnus Taylor Gruenloh.... Van McElwee's "Objects In A Landscape" was screened at the National Gallery of Art this month, while "Flag And Its Shadow" opened in Los Angeles.... Several Zlatko Cosic films are screening this month in St. Louis and in June at the OtherMovie Lugano Film Festival in Switzerland.... Rick Rockwell gave two presentations at the Latin American Studies Association conference in Lima, Peru.
  • Snapshots: 2017 Commencement Ceremonies around the World
    Commencement season is in high gear at Webster University, with several ceremonies at campuses around the world taking place last weekend, and more to come through the summer. The largest was the 98th annual ceremony at The Muny in St. Louis, which attracted grads and families from across the network. See photos and links for the scenes from several ceremonies celebrating this year's 6,058 grads who add to a network of 192,000 alumni.
  • Ghana Campus Celebrates Third Commencement Ceremony
    The Ghana Campus has held its third commencement ceremony at the forecourt of the new campus location in East Legon, Accra. The class of 2017, supported by their families, friends, faculty, alumni, and fellow students, obtained their Masters degrees in international relations and business administration.
  • Today is Give STL Day!
    One Day. One Community. Give STL Day is bringing the St. Louis community together to support and enhance local nonprofits. Show your support for Webster and the STL community, by supporting a nonprofit most meaningful to you, like our University. You can make your gift now to benefit the students we serve and to celebrate the more than 6,000 new alumni we will have after commencement this weekend!
  • Webster Alumnus Reflects on Global Experience
    Sujan Kayastha studied in multiple countries during his time at Webster University, and graduated twice, each time in a different nation. He reflects on the benefits of a global education.
  • Faculty, Alumni, Students Perform, Design for 'The Winter's Tale' at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
    From direction to performance to design, Webster University faculty, students and alumni play a big part in the success of the annual summer Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, which this year features "The Winter’s Tale" opening Friday, June 2. Performances are nightly except Tuesdays, through June 25.
  • Online Learning Center to Host Reception Honoring Graduates May 12
    The Online Learning Center will host a reception honoring graduates of online programs, as well as students who have completed their degrees at one of Webster’s Extended Campuses, on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m in the Sunnen Lounge.
  • Snapshots: Webster Central Florida Commencement
    Webster Central Florida Region hosted commencement at the Orange County Convention Center in the Linda Chapin Theater on Saturday, April 22. 240 students walked in the ceremony from the Ocala, Lakeland, Jacksonville, Merritt Island, Melbourne and Tampa Bay campuses.
  • New Technology, New Platform, New Date: Give STL Day Happening May 11
    Give STL Day, powered by the St. Louis Community Foundation, is bringing the St. Louis community together to support and enhance our local nonprofits, like Webster! Just imagine the impact we could have if we all come together to give on May 11. Please show your support for Webster students and the St. Louis community -- including nearly 900 nonprofits across the region and 33 in Rock Hill and Webster Groves.
  • Webster Leadership Advocate for Student Aid, Develop Partnership in D.C.
    Webster University President Beth Stroble, Provost, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Julian Schuster, and Associate Vice President for Government Relations and Sponsored Programs Carolyn Corley traveled to Washington, D.C. last week to advocate for student financial aid and advance Webster relationships with U.S. and international partners.
  • Snapshots: Student Leadership Awards
    The 24th Annual Student Leadership Awards Ceremony sponsored by Student Affairs and the Student Government Association were held April 28, with approximately 170 students and guests were in attendance. Student groups and individual students were recognized for their leadership involvement at the Webster Groves campus. Many of the awards were presented by alumni, former award recipients who returned to honor current student leaders.
  • I-Fest Mixes Local Flair with Global Diversity
    International Festival (I-Fest) on April 21 was a resounding success with a record turnout of over 375 people in attendance. The theme of this year’s festival was "Together in Community." The event was held in Grant Gym and highlighted local businesses and vendors as well as international performers from the St. Louis area.
  • Webster Graduate Manages the Stage of 'Hamilton'
    After graduating from Webster University's Conservatory in 2010 with a degree in stage management, Cody Renard Richard is now working as the assistant stage manager of the hottest musical on Broadway – "Hamilton."
  • Remembering Mary Ann Lee, St. Louis Philanthropist
    The Webster University community mourns the passing of Mary Ann Lee, a longtime supporter of Webster University and a renowned philanthropist who supported many causes and institutions across the St. Louis region. The Mary Ann Lee Plaza at Webster was dedicated in her name in 2013. A gift from Mary Ann and her late husband, E. Desmond “Des” Lee, funded the Des Lee Visiting Scholars program.
  • Snapshots: 17th Annual Alumni Association Easter Egg Hunt
    The Alumni Association held its 17th annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15. Almost 100 children of Webster alumni, faculty and staff were entertained by the Easter Bunny, Silly Jilly the balloon artist, and the Webster Gorlok as they patiently awaited the Easter egg hunt to begin.  
  • Annual Webster University Dance Ensemble April 28-30
    The Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts Department of Dance presents the Webster University Dance Ensemble 2017 (WUDE), under the artistic direction of Beckah Reed. This year’s concert, April 28-30, shares contemporary choreography from international artist Nejla Yatkin; environmental performer and alumna Heather Sultz, and a collaboration with the dancers of Big Muddy Dance Company, with choreographer Thom Dancy.
  • Webster Wins Marketing Awards for Recruitment, Inclusion, Fundraising, Social Campaigns
    Webster University won several marketing and communication campaign awards from Higher Ed Marketing and the Collegiate Advertising Awards. Webster received honors for undergraduate recruitment ("You, Unlimited"), diversity and inclusion advertising, social media ("Cooking Up a Quality Education" video), and alumni donor and faculty/staff campaigns (Calendar Year-End Fundraising).
  • Webster Excels with Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Students, New Study Concludes
    A new study affirms that Webster University excels in offering accessible and affordable bachelor’s degrees for students from households that earn less than the average national income. Importantly, the study concludes that Webster graduates typically increase their earning potential by securing employment that increases their income level from precollegiate levels. In fact, the University is one of the best in the country for increasing social mobility for these students.
  • Webster Day at Busch Stadium April 30
    The Alumni Association and Parent Association would like to invite all members of the Webster community to join us for Webster Day at the Ballpark on Sunday, April 30 at 1:15 p.m. as the Cardinals take on the Cincinnati Reds!
  • Alumni Association Announces 2017 Award Winners
    The Webster University Alumni Association has announced Marilynne Bradley, Vanessa Cooksey, Adam Neal, Emily Hencken-Ritter and Christopher Dietrich as recipients of its 2017 Outstanding Alumni Award. This award recognizes alumna or alumnus from each school or college who has achieved outstanding success and recognition in their profession and/or voluntary service.
  • Remembering Patricia McKissack '75, Internationally Acclaimed Author, Teacher
    The Webster University community mourns the passing of Patricia McKissack (MA ’75), an internationally acclaimed children's book author and teacher whose more than 100 books helped fill a need for children's literature for minorities. McKissack was named Outstanding Alumna in 2005, received an honorary doctorate in 2010 and served on the School of Education advisory board. Her legacy lives on in countless classrooms across the country.
  • Outcomes Survey for Spring 1 Graduates
    To gather important data about the outcomes of our graduates, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness needs your help in encouraging Spring 1, 2017 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. The survey asks recent graduates about the impact of their Webster experiences as well as their employment status, educational plans, and updated contact information.
  • Webster Alumna, Doctoral Student Wins Teacher of the Year
    Webster University alumna and current doctoral student Katherine Luh has been recognized as Teacher of the Year at Hodge Elementary School in the Fox C-6 School District. When asked what she teaches, she often replies, “I teach children to love and make music.” This love of music and dedication to share that love of music with her students is evident in everything she does. She believes children learn best using familiar music and easily accessible instruments.
  • Leiden Spotlight: Alumni Sonia Sin, co-owner Studio Schrofer
    As Chief Cheerleader of award winning furniture design firm Studio Schrofer, Sonia Sin doesn’t have “normal” days at the office. She champions good designs as enthusiastically as she does her political protesting, environmental activism and various philanthropies. Studio Schrofer has been recognized by the city of The Hague as one of its Creative Ambassadors.
  • Alumni Association Easter Egg Hunt, Egg Decorating Contest
    The Webster community is invited to bring friends and family to the Alumni Association Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15, on the University Center Quad. Check-in starts at 10 a.m. Snap a photo with the Easter Bunny or the Gorlok and get a balloon from Silly Jilly before the hunt which begins at 10:30 a.m sharp. Admission to this event will be $5 per child. The Easter Egg Hunt is for all ages (age 4 and under, and age 5 and older). Attendees are asked to RSVP by Wednesday, April 12. Additionally, campus departments are invited to decorate an Easter egg to be judged by the children attending the Easter Egg Hunt.
  • School of Communications to Host Media Academy
    Students and alumni are invited to meet industry experts, learn from media executives, and participate in interactive workshops at the Media Academy hosted by the School of Communications on April 5-6. Media Academy focuses on the importance of career development and industry exploration, bring together students, alumni, faculty, and industry professionals to exchange ideas and expand their knowledge of the ever-changing communication landscape.
  • Forensics and Debate Team Wins Big at National Tournament
    The Webster University forensic and debate team competed brought home three team sweepstakes awards and a repeat national championship from the Pi Kappa Delta National Forensics and Debate Tournament at Boise State University last week.