Students Explore STEM in Communications Careers | Webster University

Students Explore STEM in Communications Careers

ST. LOUIS (March 19, 2019) – On the morning of March 14, Webster University's School of Communications, in partnership with the Academy of Science of Saint Louis, hosted Future Trek: Exploring the STEM in Communications Careers. That morning, recently renovated Sverdrup Hall was abuzz with the excitement of more than 100 eighth graders from McKinley Classical Leadership Academy.

McKinley Classical Leadership Academy students in Sverdrup HallTo start their trek, the students were welcomed by Elza Ibroscheva, associate dean of the School of Communications. Then they were off for a morning filled with interactive learning sessions on 2D digital animation, audio aesthetics, the gaming experience, visual effects, and radio and broadcasting. During these sessions, students got hands-on experience as they participated in activities such as designing their own game character, recording a movie track, and broadcasting over an internet radio station.

School of Communications faculty members Elias Huch, Michael Long, Tyson Schaffner, and Josh Yates, as well as student media coordinator Jim Singer led the communications technology-based sessions.

After a busy morning and a break for lunch, Admissions representative Natalie Herman gave a presentation. To wrap up their day, the McKinley Classical Leadership Academy students met with a panel of School of Communications students.

About the Academy of Science St. Louis: STEM Career Explorations
STEM Career Explorations is made possible, in part, through the generous support of Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and Boeing with additional key support from Express Scripts and the Emerson Charitable Trust.

About the School of Communications
The School of Communications ( at Webster University prepares students to excel as skilled professionals in the global field of communications. We provide theory and practice in media courses framed within a liberal arts-based curriculum, augmented by personalized mentorship, and professional development opportunities. Sixteen distinct majors are available at the undergraduate level as well as five master's degrees in diverse fields of communications. We offer BA and MA programs on the Webster campuses in Geneva, Vienna, Leiden, Thailand, and Ghana, as well as in Saint Louis and online.

About Webster University
With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University ( 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 more than 17,000 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.