Celebrating the Webster University Story

Sep. 10, 2015

Celebrating Webster University’s Story
A Century of Defining Moments

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, alumni and community members have grown the university into a vibrant global network. To capture that journey, Webster University Press has published “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.”

At 4 p.m. on Oct. 5 President Stroble will host a celebration of the publication in the Edward Jones Commons of the East Academic Building. This event is open to the public. Copies of the book may be purchased at the event. President Stroble, primary writer David Lange, editors of the publication and others will be available to sign books in honor of Webster faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors, retirees, and friends who have been part of Webster’s storied history of meeting the needs of students and communities around the world. 

“This book tells 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.”

This book celebrates the university’s Centennial by focusing on how Webster University’s mission and values have profoundly impacted students, and through them, society. Arranged thematically, the book divides Webster’s defining moments in four sections: 

  • “From Local College to Worldwide University” covers Webster’s evolution from small local college to global university.
  • “A Distinctive Approach to the Educational Experience” focuses on how academic and co-curricular experiences at Webster have shaped students over the years.
  • “An Enduring Spirit of Caring and Inclusiveness” includes the University’s commitment to diversity, community service and sustainability.
  • “A Visionary Plan for the Future” takes a look at future advancements for the University community.

Click here to look inside the book. 

 “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.

Copies can be purchased for $40 at Webster University’s Emerson Library, Webster University Bookstore or online at http://bit.ly/webster100book. They will also be available for purchase at the following events:

  • “Webster University 100 Years” pre-screening on Sept. 21: The special documentary prescreening of “Webster University 100 Years” is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 21, in the Loretto-Hilton Center on campus for anyone who wants to see it before it airs on television. This event is free and open to the Webster campus and community.
  • Homecoming Garden Glow on Sept. 19:  All are invited to visit, mingle and meet the community for the Centennial Garden Glow in the Anheuser-Busch Rain Garden outside of the East Academic Building.

With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University (www.webster.edu) comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with almost 20,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

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