Editor and Manager, Alumni CommunicationsRachel Kuebler
Interim Vice President for AdvancementPatricia Arnold
Director of Alumni ProgramsLara Turek, BFA ’04, MFA ’11
Director of Parent & Student ProgramsBilly Ratz, BA ’02, MA ’06
Manager, Alumni EngagementCorinne Hilbert, BA ’02, MA ’03
Department Associate, Alumni RelationsGayle Faucett
Department Associate, Alumni RelationsRachel Johnes
Manager, Annual FundKatelyn Knicl, BA ’15
Francesca (Jendusa) Curcuru, BA ’06, MA ’12
Francesca (Jendusa) Curcuru, BA’06, MA’12, is a double alumna of Webster University. Having written her master’s thesis in public relations measuring the unique value that a trained communications specialist brings to an emerging non-profit organization’s advancement efforts, she has written and worked in higher education and the non-profit setor since 2008, most recently as the Director of Donor Relations & Philanthropic Communications at Webster University.
Now President, Development & Education Officer at The Santo Foundation, Curcuru is excited to share her enthusiasm and respect for emerging artists and art educators across the globe. She hopes to take the artist-established and run organization into a new era as the institution approaches its 9th year of supporting individual artists. As a proud contributing writer of Glimpse, Curcuru wrote the “Webster-Geneva” feature story included in this issue.
Marianne Kirk, BA ’99
Marianne Kirk graduated from Webster University in 1999 with a BA in English and departmental honors. She is a freelance writer as well as a former Webster employee, with 26 years of service in university communications. This includes more than a decade of writing and editing for employee newsletters, Inside Webster and Webster Today, and the alumni magazine Webster World. After her retirement in 2013, Kirk completed two years of training to become a docent at the St. Louis Art Museum, where she now leads tours of adults and children. “I’m grateful to have completed my degree at Webster and have a job with the University where I could interview so many interesting and accomplished people,” she says. “Whenever I visit the St. Louis campus, it still feels like home.”
Kirk contributed to the “Multi-Generational Families” story featured in this issue.
Jeannie Liautaud, BA ’16
Photo by Inocencio Boc, BA '93
Jeannie Liautaud, BA ’16, is a St. Louis-based photographer specializing in commercial portraiture and lifestyle photography. Originally from the Chicago area, Liautaud sparked an interest in photography after completing a semester-long study on fashion photography 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, Gorlok Guide, 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 Alumni Entrepreneurs feature story.
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 “What It’s Like” featuring Broadway star Michael Williams and the Alumni Highlight featuring writer Diana Florina Cosmin.
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 is in his third 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 issue of Glimpse, Sellmeyer wrote the feature stories about Chris Morris and the Alumni Entrepreneurs, as well as “Paying It Forward, Paying It Back”.
Jennifer Starkey, BA ’98, MA ’16
Photo by Inocencio Boc, BA '93
Jennifer Starkey graduated from Webster University in May 1998 with a BA in broadcast journalism and in December 2016 with a MA in Communications Management. She 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.
For this issue of Glimpse, Starkey contributed to the “Multi-Generational Families” feature story.
Julie Smith has been teaching at Webster University since 2001. She teaches various courses in the Media Communications department, but her real passion is Media Literacy. Her book, "Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save our Plugged-In World", is a great starting point for any student, teacher or parent interested in the timely topic of critically consuming media and news in particular.
When Julie's not teaching, she's usually providing professional development for school districts or giving social media presentations for parent groups. Julie lives in St. Louis with her family and a dog who doesn't know she's a dog. For this issue of Glimpse, Julie wrote “The Last Word.” You can check out her blog at www.heyjuliesmith.com.
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 3, Issue 1
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Glimpse, the interactive digital publication for Webster University alumni, is published two times a year.