Roslyn Grant, Ph.D., MA ’97, President, Webster University Alumni Association Board of Directors
Dear fellow Webster University Alumni:
On May 17, 2016, former Webster University Alumni Association Board of Directors President Chris McGee passed the gavel to me, and I’m excited and honored to serve as your Alumni Association president for the next three years. My overarching goal is to emphasize inclusion and diversity in everything that we do, to ensure that all Webster University alumni worldwide feel valued and engaged. I am committed to continuing to build on Chris’s great work of focusing on alumni engagement by offering a wealth of opportunities to make connections with other alums, current and prospective students, faculty and staff.
One of the greatest ways to engage as an alum is to reunite and remember by joining us for our biggest alumni event of the year: Homecoming, Reunion & Family Weekend, to be held on the home campus September 23 and 24!
Another opportunity that connects Webster alumni and students is the Mentoring Program http://www.webster.edu/mentor/. Through this six-month program, mentors provide guidance and support to students by interacting with them, exchanging ideas and sharing their experiences and knowledge of career paths. Mentors serve as role models and leaders as they help students reach their career goals. Applications to participate in this program are being accepted now through September 30. Mentors and mentees will be selected and matched in October, and the program runs from November 1 to May 1.
We recently heard from Webster graduate Jenna Hopkins, BA ’15, who had this to say about her experience as a student mentee:
“This past year I was a part of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program for Young Professionals after my graduation from Webster University May 2015 with a BA in Political Science and certificate in International Studies.
“I had participated in the Mentoring Program my senior year and remained in contact with my mentor, Roelof van Laar, after graduation.
“Since I was in Germany for my Fellowship, he offered me the chance to come intern for him and shadow him in The Hague, Netherlands in the Dutch Parliament. Of course, I was extremely excited about the opportunity and said yes and subsequently spent the first full week of October 2015 completing this internship. I was given the chance to join in on meetings with NGOs, taking notes and participating in conversations. I was also allowed to sit in on debates and votes in the parliament at the staffing tables. I helped lead a meeting with an advocacy group from Uganda dealing with LGBTQ rights and aid increase.
“Roelof is an amazing alumnus and is always just a message away when I have a question or need advice. Thank you for including him in this program and I look forward to being able to participate in the future.”
Through the Mentoring Program, all Webster alumni worldwide can participate as mentors to Webster students. By doing so, you can make a real impact in a student’s life and, at the same time, forge new and longlasting Webster connections.
In this issue of Glimpse, you’ll see the great work of another mentor/mentee pair: photographers Maarten de Boer, BA ’00, and Jeannie Liautaud, BA ’16. Maarten, a Los Angeles-based in-demand celebrity portrait photographer, shot “What It’s Like” subject Kimberly Steward, BA ‘03. Jeannie, who shot the “Paying it Forward, Paying it Back” story about scholarship donor Kacey Hampton, BA ’11, and recipient Jasmine Ball, class of 2018, already has her own successful photography business in St. Louis. We feel fortunate to be able to showcase the great work of these two Webster alums!
Whether you are a recent Webster graduate or have been an alum for many years – even decades – I encourage you to maintain your connection to Webster and take advantage of everything your Alumni Association has to offer. Be sure to sign up for the online community to stay connected with your fellow alumni and never miss an alumni opportunity. Remain involved and engaged by participating in alumni events and programs, or by joining an alumni chapter. And, as you read through this issue of Glimpse – via desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone – please connect and “like,” “tweet,” and “share” with alumni and friends on social media.
Roslyn Grant, Ph. D., MA ’97, President, Webster University Alumni Association Board of Directors