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Alumni Testimonials

Steve BaerSteve Baer
Class of 2011
BA in English with an Emphasis in Creative Writing

Current Position
Executive Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator for Operation Food Search, St. Louis, MO

"I entered Webster as a freshman film production major and soon found that it was not for me. Thankfully, the Pearson House [home of the English Department], which I don't even remember seeing on any tours or orientations before my freshman year, sat quietly on the edge of campus, waiting with open arms." (Read more...) 


James CrewJames Crews
Class of 2004
BA in English with an Emphasis in Creative Writing


Current Position
Earning a PhD in the English program at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

"After bouncing around in a few different colleges, I heard that the 'creative types' gravitate toward Webster. I applied, received a small scholarship and transferred as soon as I could. I had heard a lot about the film studies, gender studies, and English programs at Webster--key interests of mine--but when I heard David Clewell read some of his poetry at a gathering at Washington University, that sealed the deal.." (Read more...)


Joan McDonald
Joan McDonald
Class of 2005
BA in English with an Emphasis in Literature, Society and Politics

Current Position
Retired

"As a a young woman, I was unable to stay in college due to financial constraints and through the years regretted that I had been unable to continue my higher education. Therefore, after retirement, having the resources to return to school, I made the decision to pursue an English major at Webster." (Read more...) 


Travis MossottiTravis Mossotti
Class of 2005
BA in French and English with an Emphasis in Creative Writing


Current Position
Teaching at Lindenwood University

"I came to Webster to study poetry under David Clewell, and visiting the Webster Groves campus solidified my decision. The way so many old houses had been converted to classrooms and offices (especially the English Department in Pearson House) made it feel unique and domestic. I must say I was immediately at home." (Read more...) 


Emily Means
Emily Means
Class of 2010
BA in Secondary Education and English with an Emphasis in Drama


Current Position
Working at the American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, CA

"Webster was just a very good fit for me personally; we've had a sort of collegieat love affair since I started learning about the school as a senior in high school. My guidance counselor thought very highly of the academic offerings, my mother really appreciated the Webster Groves location, and I loved, in particular, the feeling of community that exists on campus." (Read more...) 


Lisa PepperLisa Pepper
Class of 1999
BA in English with an Emphasis in Creative Writing

Current Position
Working for the Missouri Botanical Garden as an editorial assistant

"My mom is an alumna of Webster's Art Department and always told great stories about the community there. Webster's small class size, its departments in old, neat houses, and—especially—its reputation for being a dynamic place for artists won me over" (Read more...) 


Josh SigmanJoshua Sigman
Class of 2005
BA in English with an Emphasis in Literature, Society, and Politics


Current Position
Working for Helen Sigman and Associates LTD

"My choice of Webster was a mixture of fate and circumstance: I had a good friend from high school who went to Webster a year ahead of me and reported back how great it was. After that it was just a matter of learning about what it had to offer, which turned out to be quite good for me." (Read more...) 


Deborah TaffaDeborah Taffa
Class of 2010
BA in English with an Emphasis in Creative Writing


Current Position
Graduate student in the MFA program in nonfiction at the University of Iowa

"For a student with my interests, Webster University was the clear choice. The English Department faculty, in particular those with creative writing expertise, are top in the St. Louis area. No other college in the St. Louis area can compete with Pearson House in the preparation it offers its fledgling writers." (Read more...) 


Stephanie Varnon HughesStephanie Varnon-Hughes
Class of 2004
BA in Education and English with an Emphasis in Literature, Society, and Politics

Current Position
Founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue, a certified school teacher, and a full-time PhD student

"After a year at a huge state school, where I had an impersonal and nearly anonymous experience, I heard about Webster. I was charmed by the small campus, by the individual buildings, and by the array of classes." (Read more...)