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Student Life Hall of Fame Nominations Due Oct. 18

September 17, 2019

Nominations for the Student Life Hall of Fame for this year are now available. All nominations must be submitted by Oct. 18. The Student Life Hall of Fame recognizes those individuals who demonstrated an outstanding commitment to improving student life at Webster University through campus, or community, involvement and/or participation in organized campus activities.

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Sandy Zimmerman

Remembering Sandy Zimmerman, Chair of Webster's 1st Lay Board

September 09, 2019

The Webster University community mourns the passing of Sandy Zimmerman, who served as the first chair of Webster’s first lay board of trustees, when the institution transitioned to independent, secular status in 1967. "Sandy Zimmerman became the kind of partner that every university president values, helping to assure the success of venture far from certain as Webster embraced an independent and more inclusive identity," said President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble. During Webster's centennial in 2015 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws in recognition of his contributions to the institution.

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Erin Bode

In the News: Bode '03 on transferring, Alvarez '16 'Hot New Face,' Smith on literacy

August 30, 2019

Erin Bode '03 discussed the benefits and opportunities from her undergraduate transfer to Webster during a KTRS radio interview about her recording career. ... Cher Alvarez '16 was featured in the Chicago Tribune's "Hot New Faces: 10 new Chicago actors you should know." ... Julie Smith discussed media literacy during an interview on the parenting-focused podcast "Moxie Minutes with Gia."

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Call for Nominations: Honorary Degree Recipient and Commencement Speaker

August 29, 2019

The Honorary Degree Committee is seeking nominations for the honorary degree recipient and commencement speaker for Webster University's 101st Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at The Muny in Forest Park in St. Louis. This annual ceremony is the largest gathering of graduates and their families from Webster University campus locations throughout the world. Nominations must be submitted through the online form and will be accepted through Friday, Sept. 27.

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Joy Leopold

In the News: Student move-in, Craft's 'Diagnosis,' Leopold, Butz '90

August 23, 2019

School of Communications student Tanner Craft was interviewed on "St. Louis On The Air" about his film, "Diagnosis," his studies and autism. ... Joy Leopold was quoted in a Politifact story about how political candidates are referencing the 2014 death of Michael Brown. ... Coverage of move-in day for Webster students appeared on KMOV and Fox2 television. ... Alumnus Norbert Leo Butz was profiled in Bustle as the critically acclaimed "Fosse/Verdon" airs on BBC.

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2019 Alumni Association Award Winners: Hightshoe, McGee, Peckham Stoever, Thompson

August 20, 2019

A pioneering police officer, a peace and social justice advocate, a longtime alumni leader and a community builder: The Webster University Alumni Association is proud to announce the 2019 Alumni Award recipients as Nancy Hightshoe, Diane McGee, Jane Peckham Stoever and Kayla Thompson. The recipients will be honored at the Alumni Awards Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 28, during Alumni Weekend.

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Julie Smith

In the News: Chess champ, Smith on media literacy, Film Series opens

August 14, 2019

Graduate student and alumnus Illya Nyzhnyk won the U.S. Open chess championship, drawing coverage in the Washington Times and a comparison to Bobby Fischer. ... Julie Smith was interviewed by South Korean radio about media literacy, and quoted in Education Dive on a similar topic. ... We Are Movie Geeks featured the opening of the 2019-20 Webster University Film Series with this weekend’s “Paris Is Burning.”

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The CDPC helps students explore and define their personal career goals while developing the skills and confidence necessary to succeed.

Referring Students to the Career Planning and Development Center

August 12, 2019

The Career Planning and Development Center (CDPC) works with undergraduate and graduate students, in addition to alumni through one year after completion of their degrees, to help with career goal setting and planning. The CDPC team engages with students in a variety of career development areas, including job and internship search strategies, customizing application materials, networking strategies, and graduate school decision making.

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Erin Bode '03, who teaches lyric writing and song writing, is experimenting with new ways of reaching audiences.

Erin Bode '03 Charts New Path in Songwriting

August 05, 2019

Erin Bode (BA ’03), Saint Louis-based singer/songwriter, is having a busy 2019. Her latest album, Here and Now, is available for download and on compact disc. Bode has also released the album on vinyl, a first for her. Bode, who teaches lyric writing and song writing in the Department of Music’s Bachelor of Music in Composition (Songwriting) major, is also experimenting with new ways of reaching audiences in the fast-changing world of popular music and recordings.

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Webster's Global Citizenship Program learning outcomes are embedded across the curriculum.

In the News: Global Citizenship Program spotlight; Link on careers

August 05, 2019

The AACU ran a top-story feature on Webster's Global Citizenship Program, speaking about its design and impact with Webster faculty and one alum who "feels like a totally different person" after completing GCP courses. ... John Link, director of Webster's Career Planning and Development Center, was interviewed live on 690 AM KSTL to discuss students' career development assistance after graduation, including Webster’s individual services.

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Matt Vogel

In the News: Pickart on music career, Vogel's Big Bird in KC, Smith on media literacy, Laburda on mental health

July 25, 2019

Matt Pickart was a recent subject of "20Q," a feature that introduces readers to people involved in the area’s arts and entertainment community in The Gazette. ... Conservatory of Theatre Arts alumnus Matt Vogel and his work on "Sesame Street" was the focus of a July 10 Kansas City Star feature story. ... Julie Smith was quoted in Education Dive about a study that exposed the difficulties in trying to teach media literacy in K-12 environments. ... Webster alumna and licensed mental health counselor Mary Beth Laburda was a featured columnist in USA Today’s “Florida Today” section.

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Webster Presence Strong at Union Avenue Opera Summer Season

July 23, 2019

The Department of Music is represented throughout the Union Avenue Opera (UAO) summer 2019 season, with current students, alumni and adjunct faculty on stage, working on staff, and performing in the orchestra. The season continues with two more performances of "La Bohème" on Aug. 2 and Aug. 3; and with the regional premiere of "Glory Denied" Aug. 16, 17, 23 and 24.

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Joni Parrent, wife of recently retired vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Rob Parrent, will appear as a contestant on an upcoming episode of ABC’s summer show “Holey Moley.

Joni Parrent, Wife of Recently Retired VP, to Appear on ABC's "Holey Moley"

July 22, 2019

Joni Parrent, wife of recently retired vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Rob Parrent, will appear as a contestant on an upcoming episode of ABC’s summer show “Holey Moley,” a program where mini-golf champs compete against each other on an extreme mini-golf course. Also appearing on the program as a regular commentator is Webster alumnus and actor Rob Riggle.

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