Editor and Associate Director, Alumni &
Parent Communications and EngagementSusan Kerth
Vice President for AdvancementCharlie Hahn
Director of Alumni ProgramsLara Turek, BFA ’04, MFA ’11
Director of Parent & Student ProgramsBilly Ratz, BA ’02, MA ’06
Coordinator, Alumni & Parent ProgramsCorinne Hilbert, BA ’02, MA ’03
Department Associate, Alumni RelationsGayle Faucett
Department Associate, Alumni RelationsRachel Johnes
Victoria Courtney, BA ’15
Victoria Courtney, BA ’15, is a magna cum laude graduate of Webster and freelance illustrator who spends the better portion of her days designing strange and wonderful things that have a habit of finding their way onto paper. She has been a Pacemaker Award finalist and MCMA award winner. More of her work can be found at http://vbricourtney.wix.com/victoriacourtneyart.
Anna Gaffney, BA ’16
Anna Gaffney, BA ’16, is continuing her education at Webster University as a graduate student. As an undergraduate, Anna was highly involved in a variety of student activities at Webster, including Surfacing Theatre, the Choral Program, Webster LEADS, Student Government Association, Student Ambassadors and Cru, all while also working at Enterprise Fleet Management. After recently returning from studying abroad in Athens, Anna says she hopes to apply and share her new knowledge and adventures of global travels and education with Webster University and her local community.
Jeannie Liautaud, BA ’16
Jeannie Liautaud, BA ’16, is a St. Louis-based photographer specializing in portraiture and lifestyle photography. Originally from the Chicago area, Liautaud sparked an interest in photography after completing a semester-long project on commercial photography for her gifted class during her sophomore year of high school. Liautaud’s passion brought her to Webster, where she served as a Student Ambassador, Photo Editor for the Ampersand magazine, and a Connection Leader to first-year students. Highlights of her college career included spending the Spring 2014 semester at Webster University Thailand and participating in the Webster Mentoring Program with celebrity photographer Maarten de Boer, BA ’00. Liautaud has worked with clients such as Pivot Point International Academy and Shock City Studios. Her work has been featured in shows at the May Gallery, Soulard Art Gallery, and Columbia College Chicago.
For this issue of Glimpse, Liautaud shot the "Paying it Forward, Paying it Back" story.
Melody Meiners, BA ’05
Melody Meiners graduated from Webster University in 2005 with a BA in English Literature and departmental honors. Melody is a freelance writer and editor, primarily serving as a ghostwriter and content consultant for individuals and small businesses. Her first ghostwriting book contract wrapped up in April 2016, and her second ghostwriting book contract is due to wrap up in fall 2016. She also writes and speaks about gender politics in pop culture, most recently speaking at Wizard World Comic Con 2016 on a panel about female villains and heroines. Melody teaches fiction writing workshops at St. Louis Community College at Meramec, and, when not writing for others or chasing after her two young children, is writing her own first novel. For this issue, Melody wrote the “Paying it Forward, Paying it Back” feature.
Josh Sellmeyer, BA ’13, MA ’13
Josh Sellmeyer graduated from Webster University in May 2013 with a BA in journalism and an MA in media communications. He recently completed his first season as assistant coach of the Webster University men’s soccer team. Sellmeyer had a standout four-year playing career for both the Gorloks’ soccer and tennis programs. He was a two-time All-Conference first-team selection in soccer, and he was named 2012 Conference Player of the Year. In tennis, Sellmeyer holds the Webster record for the highest winning percentage in both singles and doubles play.
Sellmeyer received the Outstanding Male Student-Athlete Award and the Capstone Award for Leadership from Webster in 2013. Additionally, he was a finalist for the prestigious NCAA Jim McKay Scholarship award his senior year. He won numerous state and regional journalism awards during his collegiate career, including being named the Great Plains Journalism Awards Student Writer of the Year in 2013. For this third issue of Glimpse, Sellmeyer wrote the feature stories on the value of DIII Athletics and on music composition student Zach Fendelman, as well as the Alumni Highlight story on Vlad Ivkovic, BA ’99.
Ryan Smith, BA ’14
Ryan Smith, videography assistant in Webster’s Global Marketing & Communications (GMC) department, graduated with summa cum laude honors from Webster in May 2014 with a BA in video production. After earning an associate’s degree in general education from St. Charles Community College in 2010, Smith first enrolled at SIU-Carbondale to study geography and environmental resources. By the fall 2012 semester, however, Smith had transferred to Webster to study video production. “It was one of the best decisions I have ever made,” Smith said. “I took my teenage hobby of short video-making and turned it into a career. Smith has worked in GMC ever since. Smith created the video featured in the story on diversity at Webster.
Jennifer Starkey, BA ’98
Photo by Gaby Deimeke ’16
Jennifer Starkey graduated from Webster University in May 1998 with a BA in broadcast journalism and currently works as the Associate Director of Public Relations within the Global Marketing and Communications unit of Webster University. Jennifer has 10 years of experience in media relations for both nationally focused non-profits and international corporations. Prior to working in public relations, she worked as a television news producer in central Missouri before working as a producer at a 24-hour cable news network in Austin, Texas. She received awards from both the Houston and Dallas Press Clubs for newscasts she produced. She is currently pursuing her MA in Communications Management. For this issue of Glimpse, Starkey contributed content to the “What It’s Like” story.
Gwyneth Williams, Ph.D.
Gwyneth Williams is a professor of Political Science and has taught at Webster University for more than two decades. She also has served as faculty chair of Arts and Sciences. She is the faculty advisor for Webster's chapter of the Omicron Delta Kappa, honorary society, and has supervised student internships at the Missouri General Assembly and in numerous political campaigns. She teaches a wide variety of courses in political science and public law, including constitutional law, religion and politics, and civil liberties. Her published work covers topics of custody law, the constitutionality of school prayer, and the fathers' rights movement. Recently, Williams has been involved in an interdisciplinary research project on the role of appearance and attire in academia, and co-authored several articles resulting from this study.
From June 2013 through May 2016, Dr. Williams served as president of the Faculty Senate, which is composed of faculty representatives from each of Webster's five Schools and Colleges, and oversees a range of concerns relevant to the academic life of the University. As Senate president, Dr. Williams represented the views of faculty on a wide variety of issues, working with administrators and staff from across the Webster community.
Dr. Williams holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Arts in Politics from Princeton University, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science, summa cum laude, from Knox College. She belongs to the honorary societies Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Sigma Alpha, and is a recipient of the William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching.
For this issue of Glimpse, Dr. Williams wrote “The Last Word” essay on the Presidential nominating system.
A special note to Tuva Interactive for their team's dedication to developing and designing a unique platform to share information to and about our impressive Alumni. The development firm, located in Kirkwood, MO, has helped guide and design what you see today. In true Webster fashion, they were encouraged to think outside of the box and envision a new way to share our exciting stories with the world. Please, help us in thanking the entire Tuva team for their creativity and effort in building Glimpse, The Webster University Alumni Digital Publication.
Volume 2, Issue 2
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Glimpse, the interactive digital publication for Webster University alumni, is published two times a year.