Longtime Staffer Liz Jokerst to Retire

Liz JokerstLiz Jokerst has worked at Webster University for more than 17 years. She's spent the last 16 of those working in the School of Communications, first, as coordinator for the Department of Communications and Journalism and most recently, as a full-time academic advisor for the School. She will retire on Friday, July 1, 2016.

Mindy Berkowitz, director of the Center for Portfolio Development & Internships, was quick to praise Jokerst. She said, “Liz always put the students first and is just a pleasure to work with.”

As academic advisor, Jokerst worked with new freshmen and transfer students in all majors within the School. She accepted students of faculty on sabbatical and frequently advised students who urgently needed help. She represented the School on the Student Success Committee and was a member of NACADA, the National Academic Advising Association.

As coordinator, she supported the department chair, assisted faculty and students, and processed schedules, book orders, and graduation petitions. She coordinated the schedule and portfolio review processes. She ran enrollment reports and kept a large department running smoothly. In 2005, she was the Staff Member of the Year at Webster University.

She worked directly with Professor Joe Schuster for more than 11 years when he was chair of the Department of Communications and Journalism. He described her as “the model of what we promise our students when they come here, that we are a student-centered university.” He also said he “could not have done [his] job well or perhaps even at all” without Jokerst to support him.  

Jokerst also worked with Gary Ford, current chair of the Department of Communications and Journalism. He added, “Liz is the definition of a perfect employee. She can anticipate needs, how they will affect students and supervisor, and come up with a solution that works for everyone.”

Eric Rothenbuhler, dean of the School of Communications, said, “Liz Jokerst has been an important member of our community for many years, serving the School and the University in a variety of roles. She has been key to the success of our academic advising and student services, helping innumerable students over the years and coming to know many of them as individuals.” Susan Napoleon, Sam Davis, Liz Jokerst

He continued, “Previously, she defined the standard of service for faculty and students as coordinator of the Department of Communications and Journalism. Most recently she has been of great help to the success of our summer camps program.  We thank her for years of consistently exceptional service and wish her much happiness in her retirement.”

Please join the School of Communications at a reception to celebrate Liz Jokerst’s retirement. It's on Thursday, June 30 in the Faculty Development Lounge, 4th floor of the Emerson Library, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

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