In the News: School of Education ranking; Alakoc on terror threats; Chess champs in Business Journal

Mar. 17, 2017

Recent news media coverage featuring Webster University community members includes:

Alakoc Talks Security Threats on KMOX

Burcu Pinar Alakoc

Burcu Pinar Alakoc, assistant professor of International Relations and an expert on political violence and terrorism in Webster’s College of Arts & Sciences, was interviewed by Megan Lynch on KMOX Radio about the top security threats that faces the United States.

In the interview she discussed cybersecurity threats as well as the variety of attacks the U.S. prepares for:

“There is not one type of terrorism anymore, there is not one type of perpetrator. We don’t only talk about terrorist organizations, but we also talk about lone wolf terrorists,” Alakoc says. “Our enemy no longer has a name or a clear identity, which makes it very difficult to deter these attacks and it makes it very difficult to fight against these attacks.”

Read highlights of her interview in this story at KMOX

School of Education State Rankings

Sign language class
Sign language class

Webster’s rating in Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) Annual Performance Report for Educator Preparation Programs, where Webster stood out as having all of its programs scored in Tier One, was noted in coverage in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and on St. Louis Public Radio this week.

Learn more about what it says about how Webster’s School of Education prepares K-12 teachers in this story on the rankings.

Webster is one of only nine institutions where all of the programs listed were scored in Tier One. 

Chess Team in Business Journal before Final Four

Winners at the PanAm
Sweeping the PanAm in December

The Webster University chess team and coaches Susan Polgar and Paul Truong were highlighted in the St. Louis Business Journal’s March 17 morning roundup as they prepare to head to the 2017 President’s Cup” Final Four National Chess Championship in New York City March 25-26.

Webster qualified for its fifth consecutive final four tournament by winning the 2016 PanAm InterCollegiate Chess Championship Dec. 27-20, becoming the first school to ever have its squads place in the top three of that tournament.

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