Webster in the News: Uzbekistan strategy, Spencer concert series, Larson and the Loretto-Hilton letters

Dec. 9, 2019

Recent news media coverage of Webster University community members includes:

Uzbekistan, Webster Global Approach in A.P.

In the News: Uzbekistan, Spencer, Larson
Grand opening in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Webster University’s new campus in Uzbekistan was covered in an Associated Press story about U.S. universities’ strategy as fewer students are coming to the United States from abroad.

“Some colleges are choosing to go where the students are. In November, Webster University became the first American college to open a campus in Uzbekistan with about 500 students. Webster also offers classes in Austria, China, Ghana, Greece, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Thailand.”

The story appeared in several outlets across the country, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Spencer's 'Cocoa and Cumin' Series

Vanika Spencer in STL Mag

Vanika Spencer was profiled in St. Louis Magazine for a concert series she and her friend, Sapna Bhakti, conceived: "Cocoa and Cumin,” which showcases talent by artists of color.

The concerts are held about once a month, often hosted in Spencer’s and Bhakta’s apartments and once at the St. Louis Central Library, providing an intimate setting for attendees to interact with artists.

Spencer is assistant director for the Department of First Year Experience and Undergraduate Persistence, and a soon-to-be alumna, graduating this month with an MA in Nonprofit Leadership.

Larson, Loretto-Hilton Letters 'On The Air'

Allen Larson presents the papers to the Webster University archives with Chancellor Beth Stroble.
Larson presented the papers to Chancellor
Beth Stroble at a recent event on campus.

Professor Emeritus Allen Larson was interviewed on St. Louis Public Radio's "St. Louis on the Air"  about his book that explores a series of letters the Sisters of Loretto sent to Conrad Hilton to convince him to fund construction of most of the Webster University Loretto-Hilton Center. 

“You are a first-class saleslady,” Hilton wrote to Sister Francetta Barberis, president of what was then Webster College, in one of the letters in 1961. 

Listen to the interview and read more at St. Louis Public Radio. See more about the history and Larson's visit to campus in this Webster news story.

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