Editor and Associate Director, Alumni &
Parent Communications and EngagementSusan Kerth
Vice President for AdvancementCharlie Hahn
Associate Vice President, Alumni RelationsJennifer Jezek-Taussig, MA ‘96
Alumni and Parent Programs OfficerBilly Ratz, BA ’02, MA ‘06
Coordinator, Alumni & Parent ProgramsCorinne Hilbert, BA ’02, MA ‘03
Department Associate, Alumni RelationsGayle Faucett
Department Associate, Alumni RelationsRachel Johnes
Jeannie Liautaud, Class of 2016
Jeannie Liautaud is a senior at Webster pursuing her BA in Photography and a minor in Media Communications. 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 has served as a Student Ambassador, Photo Editor for the Ampersand magazine, and a Connection Leader to first-year students. Highlights of her college career have been 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. Following her graduation in May, Liautaud plans to pursue a freelance career as a commercial portrait and lifestyle photographer in the St. Louis area.
For this issue of Glimpse, Liautaud shot the photos of students working in Webster’s Wig and Makeup studio.
Becky Mollenkamp, BA ’96
Becky Mollenkamp is a freelance writer living in St. Louis. For five years, Mollenkamp was senior associate editor at Meredith Corp. in Des Moines, Iowa, where she served as travel and features editor for Better Homes & Gardens, associate editor for Do It Yourself and Quick & Easy Decorating, and senior associate editor for Simply Creative Weddings and Christmas Ideas. Her work also has appeared in Prevention and Marie Claire. As a freelancer, Mollenkamp creates SEO-driven content and e-commerce web copy for BHG.com, Shoes.com, Parents.com and more. She received her bachelor's in journalism from Webster in 1996. For this issue of Glimpse, Mollenkamp wrote the feature stories on Webster’s “unexpected” majors and alumni whose life work involves sustainability efforts, as well as the “What It’s Like” and Alumni Highlight stories.
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 the second issue of Glimpse, Sellmeyer edited the Homecoming Garden Glow video featuring interviews with Webster alumni; he also wrote the introduction to that video.
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 Centennial story “year in review” video and shot the video interviews featured in “The Last Word” story.
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 co-wrote the “Paying it Forward, Paying it Back” story.
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.
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Webster University is an independent, coeducational, multicampus, and international university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees through the College of Arts & Sciences, the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, the School of Communications, the School of Education, and the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts. It is dedicated to academic excellence and innovation in higher education.
Founded in 1915 in St. Louis, Webster University now offers its programs to more than 21,000 students at locations throughout the United States and in Austria, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the People’s Republic of China, Thailand, Switzerland, Ghana and Greece.
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Glimpse, the interactive digital publication for Webster University alumni, is published two times a year.