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Fischer hopes that all future students can study well despite their experience of the pandemic, because, as she says, their academic future will depend on it. However, she also hopes they can enjoy the camaraderie that Webster Vienna provides. “But do wear your masks!” she concludes.

Alumna reflects on support, opportunities at Webster Vienna

October 16, 2020

"Life is a struggle" might sound trite, but for 25-year-old Maleen Fischer, the struggle was life itself. When she was four years old, Fischer was diagnosed with a rare, incurable and often fatal lung disease called Pulmonary Hypertension. Today, she can boast that she is successfully fighting the disease, and also succeeded at Webster Vienna, where she graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Media Communications, Business Management and Economics before pursuing a master’s degree at Harvard University. "Webster made it possible for me to study safely and become an intricate part of the community," she said.

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School of Communications Internship Program Implements New Success Plans using Starfish

October 12, 2020

Trezette Dixon, director, School of Communications Internship Program, has set up the Success Plans for students who want to do internships during the pandemic. This is a five-part plan that provides a task-oriented "To Do" List to guide students through the internship preparation, search, and acquisition process and ultimately lead to the internship class, MDST 4950 majors in the School of Communications concurrently with their internship experience.

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Health Communications in America Is in Critical Condition - School of Communication Summit to Explore Best Practices

October 12, 2020

Health Communications in America is now in critical condition. The spread of coronavirus, growing social and economic issues, introduction of new treatment options, and lack of equal access to health care is testing our ability to keep the public informed and educated about their health and options to care for it. Webster University’s School of Communications Virtual Health Communications Summit on Oct. 22-23 will examine these issues and seek to find solutions to them.

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Julie Smith will speak with KMOX radio host Megan Lynch about online disinformation and how to spot it.

Julie Smith and Megan Lynch to Discuss Online Misinformation and How You Can Spot It

October 09, 2020

Julie Smith, from the School of Communications and KMOX radio personality Megan Lynch, has a message for everyone: “You’re being lied to.” At 7 p.m. on Oct. 26, Smith and Lynch will discuss how misinformation is being spread through social media and websites, and how regular viewers can separate the lies from the truth. To register for this free online event, visit

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New Student Features Launching in Starfish Oct.19

October 09, 2020

The Student Success Portal, powered by Starfish, will launch some exciting new students' features on Oct. 19. Some features included a redesigned Dashboard, a calendar section that includes students’ course schedules and a notifications section that will include all of a student’s tracking items – with or without due dates.

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Basiyr Rodney

In the News: Rodney on education, Davis on Trump, Dance the Vote, Lewis

October 08, 2020

Basiyr Rodney was interviewed by St. Louis Public Radio about the impact of early childhood students who are not accessing school during the pandemic. ... Dorian Hunter Davis's journal article, "Beyond Fact-Checking: Lexical Patterns as Lie Detectors in Donald Trump’s Tweets," was cited in The Daily Beast. ... Dance the Vote event, led by alumna Joan Lipkin, was featured on HEC-TV. ... The German news site Android Kosmos had a brief biography on alumna Jenifer Lewis.

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Forensics and Debate Team

Webster Forensics and Debate Team's Season Begins with a Bang

October 07, 2020

The Webster University Forensics and Debate Team is celebrating after a weekend of big wins. The team competed this past weekend for only the second time this season; seven students brought home 22 awards. The team is competing virtually this season due to the pandemic. Several competition platforms allow students to compete with pre-recorded video or live.

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Discussion of 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'

Confucius Institute Webster Film Series Highlight Discussion on 'Crouching Tiger...'

September 30, 2020

The Confucius Institute at Webster University recently teamed up with the Webster Film Series to bring the film 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' to the Webster community. From Sept. 10-24, film patrons were invited to watch this classic film online and then take a more in-depth look at the cultural context, trans-national reception and aesthetic elements of the film.

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Call for Nominations: Adjunct faculty outstanding performance recognition

September 29, 2020

The academic deans invite academic department chairpersons, domestic extended campus directors, domestic extended campus assistant directors and the director of the Global Citizenship Program to nominate U.S. adjunct faculty for a one-time payment in recognition of demonstrated outstanding teaching performance. One-time payments will be $1,000 to each selected individual with up to 50 adjunct faculty members selected. Nominations will be accepted through Oct. 15, 2020. Click through for the nomination form.

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In the News: Rothenbuhler, Williams, Laue, Smith

September 25, 2020

A Higher Education Channel interview with Eric Rothenbuhler about the St. Louis Media History Foundation will air Sunday on Channel 11 at 9:30 a.m. ... An interview with Andrew Laue about virtual college fairs aired on CBS affiliate KMOV and several other stations across the Midwest. ... Gwyneth Williams discussed the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg this morning on KMOX’s Hancock and Kelley show. ... Julie Smith was interviewed in a segment that aired on several news stations about fact-checking claims and misinformation spread on social media.

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Amanda Kracen

Around Webster: Kracen research; Dixon panel on diversity; apprentice teaching

September 14, 2020

Amanda Kracen and several Webster alumni who were her research assistants co-published a paper on psychologists providing clinical care in psycho-oncology. ... Trezette Dixon appeared on a special panel discussion on a Society for Human Resource Management panel, "Diversity Despite Disruption." ... A Medium interview with MAT graduate Betsy McMahon discusses teaching during the pandemic and how the School of Education helped students navigate field experiences during these unique times.

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Faculty Members

Introducing New Full-Time Faculty Members in Fall 2020

August 20, 2020

Fourteen new faculty members joined Webster University for the Fall 2020 academic term. Click through to read about each one. “We are pleased to welcome this distinguished and diverse group of new full-time faculty members,” said Webster University President Julian Schuster. “They bring strong academic credentials and unique yet varied experiences in a range of industry and educational settings, and I look forward to the energy and talent they will share with students and colleagues this fall. This has been a challenging time to conduct searches, and I thank the faculty and staff on search committees and the academic deans for completing their work so successfully.”

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