Faculty and Staff Successes

A special cut of Rebecca Ormond's 3D piece "Landscapes" appeared at the Daven Anderson Studio for the Lafayette Square Spring Parade on June 7 and 8, 2014 marking the 45th annual tour of historic houses and gardens of the Lafayette Square neighborhood association. Ormond's piece displays Lafayette Square homes then and now.

Two of Susan Stang's photographs appeared in "The City at 250" exhibition that opened June 6 at the Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries. Susan Napoleon - Staff Member of the Year

Susan Napoleon
was named "Staff Member of the Year" at the annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Breakfast.

Adjunct professor Thomas Barkman, Department of Electronic and Photographic Media, received the William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Don Corrigan, professor of  journalism, released his latest book “Environmental Missouri: Issues and Sustainability, What You Need to Know in spring 2014. Corrigan also was on a unique panel that discussed weather disasters as part of a "Deadlines in Disaster" benefit to raise money for people affected by the Joplin tornado.

Professor James Gomez, School of Communications department head for Webster University Thailand was recently appointed to the international editorial advisory board of the SAGE journal Asia-Pacific Media Educator (APME).

Keith Strandberg, who teaches media communications at Webster University's Geneva, Switzerland campus taught a course on self-defense tactics for women in spring 2014.

Jorge Oliver, associate professor of film production, answered audience questions on "Free to Love," his film about a group of Puerto Rican LGBT activists who organized a grassroots initiative against a constitutional amendment. It defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The April 25, 2014 screening was the first screening of this award-winning film as part of the Webster University Film Series.

In a FOX 2 interview, professor and filmmaker Kathy Corley, provided historical context and contemporary insight on how films with religious themes are made and succeed.Tori Meyer

In January 2014, the Webster University Forensic and Debate program hosted the 16th Gorlok Gala tournament. It marked the 300th debate tournament that Scott Jensen, professor and director of Forensics and Debate, either directed or assisted with directing in his more than 28 years of teaching. Jensen also received honors at the Central States Communication Association (CSCA) convention in April 2014 held in Minneapolis.

Gina Jensen, adjunct professor and assistant director of Forensics and Debate, received honors for editing the "Journal of the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri" at the same convention.

Professor Eileen Solomon published an article, “More Than Recipes: Kosher Cookbooks as Historical Texts,” in a recent edition of Jewish Quarterly Review (pp. 24-37). The publication is the oldest English-language journal in the field of Jewish studies.

Solomon received a faculty research grant in fall 2013. With it, she studied freelance foreign reporting in the digital age by traveling to Istanbul, Turkey. During the time she spent abroad, she interviewed several freelance journalists.
Susan Stang's Drive-Thru Wedding
Victoria (Tori) Meyer was named National Park Artist in Residence 2014 for the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona.

Susan Stang's work was featured at the International Photography Hall of Fame Museum. She presented her work, Chasing Serendipity, to the Webster University community on February 26, 2014. 

Kristen DiFate won the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award.

Chris Sagovac and Julia Griffey were named Coleman Foundation Entrepreneurship Scholars.

Van McElwee opened the new video work "Original Self" at the St. Louis Art Museum in March 2014. He presented a new abstract video as part of AQurld Waves, a unique underwater concert and multimedia arts experience in August 2013.

Professor of journalism Don Corrigan celebrated 35 years of service, and Webster Film Series projectionist Dick Bauer and Professor of photography Susan Stang celebrated 40 years of service.