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Chris McGee, BA ‘01, President, Webster University Alumni Association Board of Directors

Welcome to the second issue of Glimpse, the interactive, digital publication for Webster University alumni. The past few months have been a very busy time at Webster. Our yearlong centennial celebration came to a close, and, for Webster alumni, the Centennial Homecoming/Reunion was record-breaking and remarkable – the most well-attended in Webster history. If you were unable to be there, you can view photos from the weekend’s events here.

The Centennial Homecoming is one I will never forget, but not for the reasons you might think. At precisely 7:42 p.m., just as I was about to address the audience at Saturday night’s Homecoming Dinner, I received a text from my wife, Patty, who was eight-and-a-half months pregnant at the time. You know what comes next. The text read: “I don’t want alarm you but I think you should come home”. What to do? Exit, stage left! (For your reading entertainment, our text conversation is included in this article) About 5-1/2 hours later, at 1:16 a.m., our second daughter, Eliana Navarro McGee, arrived, tipping the scales at 5 pounds, 10 ounces! I have to thank Charlie Hahn, Webster’s Vice President for Advancement, for filling in for me so ably at the podium!

The New Year is synonymous as a time for fresh starts. As president of your Webster University Alumni Association, I encourage you to begin 2016 with a fresh perspective and engage with us online. I’m confident you’ll be impressed with the numerous resources and benefits available to Webster University alumni worldwide.

Check out the “Stay Connected” section of Glimpse. There, you can visit the Alum Notes section to see what your fellow alumni are up to, and to keep others updated with your own news. Learn how you can take one (or more) of our free online career webinars. Look at the many benefits and discounts that are available to Webster alumni. Visit our Alumni Shop to see our great Gorlok-themed merchandise.

This issue of Glimpse includes a recap of the past year’s Centennial activities. Other features explore Webster’s strong and longstanding connections with Cuba; some of the more unusual majors that Webster offers — everything from animation and game design, to cybersecurity and computational biology; and Webster alumni whose life work involves sustainability and the numerous sustainability efforts that are taking place at Webster.

Finally, to put the wintery cold into perspective, be sure to check out the “What It’s Like” story featuring fellow alum Bob Devalentino, BA ’98. This story about his work in the Antarctic as winter site manager at the National Science Foundation’s Palmer Research Station is sure to make you feel just a little bit warmer wherever you are!

And, as always, I encourage you to delve through Glimpse – whether you’re on a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone – and “like,” “tweet,” “share,” “post” and “print” as much as possible with alumni and friends, and use our official hashtag: #WebsterAlumni. Get the connections and conversations started!