Celebrating Webster University’s Story

Feb. 5, 2015

ST. LOUIS (FEB. 5, 2015) – Since 1915, Webster University has grown from a small Catholic women’s college to a co-ed institution with more than 20,000 students around the world. Throughout the past 100 years, Webster students, faculty, staff and community members have grown the university into a vibrant global network. To capture that journey, Webster University Press is publishing Webster University: A Century of Defining Moments.
“Webster University’s story is as compelling today as it was in 1915,” said Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, president of Webster University. “The stories of defining moments in Webster’s history help us celebrate the resilience and courage that has characterized this community throughout our first century.  At the same time, our Centennial year and this publication point to the global impact Webster seeks in our next century.”
“This book will tell the story of Webster’s enduring values that have been carried throughout our history to the present day,” said Laura Rein, dean of University Libraries and editor of Webster University Press. “Through a rich array of historic and current photos with accompanying text, we’ve been able to capture the spirit of the University and truly celebrate our history and our present while looking towards our future.”
The hardcover book will be published in 2015 and copies can be reserved now by visiting 100.webster.edu.
Arranged thematically, the book will divide Webster's defining moments into four sections:

  • “From Local College to Worldwide University” will cover Webster’s  evolution from small local college to global university.
  • “A Distinctive Approach to the Educational Experience” will focus on academics at Webster and will highlight notable alumni.
  • “An Enduring Spirit of Caring and Inclusiveness” will include the University’s commitment to diversity, community service and sustainability.
  • “A Visionary Plan for the Future” will take a look at future advancements for the University community.

 “Seeing how Webster’s values have been reinforced throughout the decades shows the strength of the Webster community and how ingrained our mission is throughout the University’s worldwide network,” said Rein. “Reading about our alumni throughout the years is compelling as we can see the powerful effect of a Webster University education in these remarkable men and women.”
More information on the book will be included on 100.webster.edu as the publication date arrives. Additional Centennial activities are also located on the site, including:

  • Talks of the Century on March 2: The Webster University faculty invites you to an evening of brief and engaging intellectual presentations. Join us to hear faculty members illuminate your mind with short talks on topics from their disciplines.
  • Film Series: A Century Through Cinema, “American Graffiti” on Feb. 20: The Webster University Film Series highlights 100 years of cinema. The series presents award-winning films that capture decades, define generations, and evoke nostalgia.
  • Webster University Song Contest: Webster University is hosting an Alma Mater Song Contest open to Webster University faculty, staff, students and alumni. Celebrating 100 years and counting, the creation of a new Alma Mater will better represent the mission of our university in the 21st century. 
    Webster University Centennial Gala on Nov. 14: The Gala tops off the yearlong celebration of Webster’s Centennial. We will celebrate our Daniel Webster Society visionary award winners, pay tribute to the Centennial year and look toward the future. Proceeds will benefit the Webster University Next Century Leaders Scholarship Fund. 

With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University (www.webster.edu) is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit U.S.-based university providing a network of international residential campuses and a robust online learning program. Founded in 1915, Webster University’s campus network today includes metropolitan, military and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional campuses in Asia, Europe, North America, and Africa. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

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