Webster in the News: World AIDS Day, Animation program featured, Hayes profiled

Nov. 30, 2018

Recent news media coverage featuring Webster University community members includes:

World AIDS Day Event Coverage on Campus

Wear Red for World AIDS Day

Webster University was mentioned numerous times on FOX 2 news segments throughout Thursday morning for hosting free HIV/AIDS testing on campus that day as part of its World AIDS Day events. The coverage included live shots from the Webster Groves campus discussing the importance of the testing.

The day before, Tony Wallner, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, was interviewed by KTRS 550 AM radio about the free HIV/AIDS testing.

The regional CBS affiliate, KMOV Channel 4, also mentioned the testing at Webster in its news coverage.

Among the day's events, the University also screened the powerful 1993 film, "And the Band Played On," which revisited the first years of the AIDS epidemic in the United States. On Monday, community members are invited to wear red in collective commemoration and support for those who have been impacted by AIDS and HIV.

Animation Program Featured, Recalling SpongeBob

In the News: World AIDS Day, Animation program, Hayes
Chris Sagovac discusses the Animation program

Chris Sagovac and several Webster students in the Animation program  were interviewed by FOX 2/KPLR 11 news Wednesday about the death of SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hellburg and the impact the cartoon has had on the animation industry. 

Sagovac is associate professor in the Animation program, offered in the Webster University School of Communications. The news feature explained parts of Webster's animation program, and quoted students on their appreciation of Hellburg's work.

“I feel if you were to pick a cartoon that most people have seen or know in this country that it`d definitely be Sponge Bob at this point,” said Webster student Logan Umbright.

The story, “Webster University is Preparing Animators for Future Cartoon Projects,” can be viewed here.

Hayes 'On the Air' as He Leads Blues Museum

Bernie Hayes
Hayes is interim director of the Blues

Bernie Hayes, adjunct faculty member in the School of Communications, was featured on NPR affiliate St. Louis Public Radio’s “St. Louis on the Air” show, about recently being named interim director of the National Blues Museum, as well as his career in a variety of roles.

The interview can be heard here.

The news for Hayes was previously featured in the St. Louis American.

In 2015, Hayes was honored by the City of St. Louis with "Bernie Hayes Day" in recognition of his decades of service to the community.

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