Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, President
Welcome to our third issue of Glimpse – the digital publication we launched last year for Webster alumni worldwide. Not only is Glimpse for Webster alumni, it’s also about Webster alumni and by Webster alumni. All of our Glimpse contributors – be they writers, photographers, videographers or illustrators – are Webster alumni or current students. I am so proud to be able to say that these talented and creative individuals received their education at Webster. And I’m grateful that they are so willing to share their talents and creativity with us on these digital “pages.”
A diverse array of topics are covered in this issue, with features that take an in-depth look at the value of Division III athletics and what it means to be a true “scholar athlete,” the diversity and inclusion efforts that are under way at Webster, our newest international campus location in Athens, and an amazing success story about one of our students who is studying Music Composition. We have included several fascinating stories about alumni who are achieving great things in their careers and philanthropic activities.
Who is My Neighbor? The Global Impact of Local Events
As members of the Webster University community, we make our homes in communities around the world. Recent tragic global events have local impact and cause us to reflect on the timeless question of “who is my neighbor?” At the time of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, I wrote a brief message on this topic to members of our community, including these words:
Our focus on global citizenship--on developing a global mindset--should open us to be changed by the world at the same time we become world changers. Once we accept that we are all connected, we can then work together for a solution, with a belief that tolerance and understanding can prevail over violence and hatred.
Since then, we have come to associate more and more place names—Nice, Baton Rouge, Dallas, Munich, Istanbul—with loss of life, pain, and sorrow. Webster’s mission has never been more needed or more important.
As you read this issue of Glimpse, I encourage you to engage with us via social media channels and “like,” “share,” and “comment” on the stories you read. Our goal is to inspire you and strengthen the lifelong bonds you have with your alma mater.