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Vienna Series Hosts Political Scientists, Historians, Sociologists, Philosophers

September 10, 2019

Webster Vienna this fall is hosting a series of lectures and workshops with leading political scientists, historians, sociologists, and natural philosophers. Among them are top Norwegian political scientist and social anthropologist Iver B. Neumann, returning to Webster Vienna, and Asian Studies expert David Shambaugh as the Elizabeth Chopin Visiting Professor.

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Webster earned its highest ranking every in the annual U.S. News and World Report list of

Webster University Earns Highest US News Ranking

September 09, 2019

Webster University rose six places and earned its best ranking ever in the “2020 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges” report, it was announced this morning. The national magazine also recognized Webster for numerous other categories, ranging from the services and financial aid it offers students to the resources provided to faculty.

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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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Attending the U.S.-Iran panel discussion

U.S.-Iran: Geneva panel on politics of confrontation, escalation

September 04, 2019

The International Relations Department at Webster University Geneva hosted a panel of experts discussing the escalation of tensions between the United States and Iran in the Persian Gulf region. Department head Jubin Goodarzi welcomed colleagues from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs to discuss the latest phases of the conflict and the U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 Iran Nuclear Agreement.

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2020-21 Faculty Research Grant Application Period Open

September 03, 2019

The Office of the Provost and the Office of Academic Affairs are now accepting applications for Faculty Research Grants for the 2020-21 academic year. The awards will fund faculty research and professional development activities which will advance academic excellence for the individual faculty members and for Webster University. The deadline for applications is Friday, Nov. 1.

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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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Cheryl Fritz

Cheryl Fritz Appointed Interim Chief Human Resources Officer

August 28, 2019

Webster University has appointed Cheryl Fritz as interim Chief Human Resources Officer, effective Sept. 1. Fritz joined Webster University in 2010 as Manager, Benefits and Compensation, and later became Director, Benefits & Compensation, before assuming her current role as Director, Total Rewards. She was a 2015 fellow in Webster’s Global Leadership Academy.

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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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International Student Orientation Schedule, Resources

August 19, 2019

Orientation for international students studying in St. Louis has begun and continues as undergraduates arrive this week. Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs invites you to view the schedule, review their website resources at or email with any questions. Thank you for helping extend a warm welcome to the newest global Gorloks!

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Jie Wang led high school students through a master class.

Chinese Dance Professor Leads Master Class

August 19, 2019

As part of the Confucius Institute at Webster University’s China Spotlight Series and the Webster Department of Dance’s Summer Intensive, the Confucius Institute and the Department of Dance jointly invited Jie Wang, associate professor from the Dance Education Department in the School of Arts and Communication at Beijing Normal University in China, to host a master class for high school students from across the country on Aug. 2. Her class showcased Tibetan folk dance.

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Applications are open through Sept. 16, for activities beginning June 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020.

Applications for 2019-20 Adjunct Faculty Development Fund

August 15, 2019

Applications for the 2019-20 Adjunct Faculty Development Fund are now open. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 16, 2019. Requests for funds should be for activities during the period beginning June 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020. The fund, which was established in Spring 2016 by the Office of the Provost, is designed to support eligible adjunct faculty for professional development, professional travel and research activities.

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Nyzhnyk's U.S. Open title is the 57th national title won by a Webster chess team member.

Webster Student Wins 120th Chess U.S. Open Championship

August 14, 2019

Webster University graduate student and chess team member Illia Nyzhnyk has won the prestigious 120th U.S. Open Championship. Lazaro Bruzon, a fellow grandmaster and Webster teammate, finished 2nd. This builds on a successful summer for Nyzhnyk, who is ranked 77th in the world after winning the National Open in June and the U.S. g/10 and U.S. g/60 championships in July. These are the 55th, 56th, 57th, and 58th national titles won by members of the Webster chess team since the program was formed.

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