As an alum, you are a major part of our Webster University community, and we’re counting on your participation to make the second annual Gorloks Give Day on Wednesday, November 1, a success!
Donations of $60 or more are eligible to receive a Webster scarf! Act fast, supplies are limited. With 20 designations available, your contribution will make an immediate and lasting impact on our students and faculty
December 6 – Save the Date for this year’s Virtual Holiday Happy Hour! Join your fellow alumni virtually on Wednesday, December 6, to catch up, connect, be merry, and have a great time together. Don’t forget your ugly Christmas sweater!
Calling All Washington, D.C. Alumni
Olivia Potter, BA ‘19, is an Honors Attorney at the U.S. Department of Defense. She long aspired to have a career in international relations and law and was drawn to Webster for its extensive study abroad program. She has recently relocated to northern Virginia and is eager to strengthen the alumni community in the D.C. area by starting a D.C. Alumni Chapter.
While at Webster, Olivia studied abroad at the Webster Leiden, Vienna, and Ghana campuses and was president of the Forensics and Debate Team and the History Politics and International Relations Club. She aspires to strengthen the relationship between Webster's home campus and its D.C. alumni and wants to find ways to support Webster students seeking career opportunities in the D.C. As a first-generation college student and the first lawyer in her family, she is also especially passionate about supporting other first-generation students.
Alumni Book Club
The Webster University Alumni Book Club has existed for over 20 years. It meets the first Thursday of the month, September through May, at 1 p.m. at the Alumni House on the Webster Groves campus. The book discussion for Thursday, November 2, is “The Gifted School” by Bruce Holsinger. They will discuss “Dinosaur” by Lydia Millet on Thursday, December 7.
If you have questions about the group, please call alumna and book club member Cathy Marek at (314) 640-2101.
Chancellor Announces Transition Plan
After a nearly 15-year tenure, Webster University Chancellor Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble announced that she will conclude her active service as chancellor on Dec. 31, 2023.
Stroble, who joined Webster University in 2009 as president, helped the University refine its global footprint; established Webster as a leading voice in pursuit of diversity, equity and inclusion; and founded a STEM strategy that will equip generations of students with needed knowledge and skills.
UCOMN Partners with Webster University, Sponsors Cyber Lab
Webster University’s former Cyber Lab, which serves as an exclusive venue for collaboration among cybersecurity students, faculty, and staff, reopened Oct. 5 under a new name with the sponsorship of UCOMN, a local agency providing business-to-business management and technology consulting services.
The UNCOMN Cybersecurity Center formally opened during a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Oct. 5 in Webster University’s East Academic Building.
Emeritus Dean of Students Ted Hoef, who worked in Student Life at Webster for 25 years and was the longest-serving dean of students at the University, died Sunday, Oct. 23 in St. Louis while recovering from surgery. He was 66.
Hoef joined Webster University in 1992 as the first director of the University Center. He previously worked in student affairs for Texas A&M, Stanford, and the University of Illinois Chicago.
Two Webster Alumni Named to 40 Under 40 List
Webster alumni Eric Cooper and Jake Brooks are honorees in the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2023 40 Under 40 list. They will be formally recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal on Nov. 2. Webster University is the presenting sponsor of the event.
Our annual Alumni Homecoming Weekend last month was a great success! Alumni, students and friends celebrated and reminisced together over a variety of activities including hole-in-ones, barbeque, bubbles, balloon animals, and more.
During the Alumni Awards Dinner, we recognized and celebrated four alumni of great achievement. Now, we need your help! We are accepting nominations for the 2024 Alumni Awards. Submit your nomination here.
2023 Alumni Award Winners
Distinguished Alumni Award
Jacqueline K. Dace, BA '05
Loretto Service Award
Carlita Vasser, BSN '05, MA '15
Mary Elizabeth Newell Loyalty Award
Richard Fox, BA '76
Young Alumni Award
Elliot Laurence, BA '21
“Untold Stories: Webster Women Speak” features the stories of four notable Webster University alumnae and premiered to a live audience on Oct. 2 during a kickoff celebration of a giving society, Women of Webster. Women of Webster was launched in March 2023 to raise funding for scholarships for transfer students from community colleges, the Gorloks Now! emergency fund and women’s athletics travel funds.
On October 9, Webster University welcomed filmmaker Tony Reed, BA ’78, marathon runner Lisa Davis and Ron Gregory, brother of Dick Gregory, for the screening of Tony’s new documentary “We ARE Distance Runners: Untold Stories of St. Louis’ African American Athletes.” The audience viewed inspiring stories in the film and heard from this amazing group of individuals.
Pictured: Tony Reed (BA, ’78), marathon runner Lisa Davis and Ron Gregory, brother of Dick Gregory
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