Dean, Faculty, and Directors Gather for International Relations Summit at Nation’s Capital

International Relations program faculty, directors, and department heads with Dean Wilson at the 2014 International Relations Summit.

International Relations program faculty, directors, and department heads with Dean Wilson at the 2014 International Relations Summit in Washington, D.C..

Faculty, directors, and department heads in Webster’s International Relations program gathered in Washington, D.C. yesterday for the first ever International Relations Summit. The Summit brought together IR leadership from across Webster’s global network to assess the program and collaborate on a unified vision for its development.

“The global reach of our international relations program and the quality of its faculty leadership are two of its biggest strengths,” said Dean David Carl Wilson, who also attended. “The summit provides a crucial opportunity for us to capitalize on those strengths as we plan for the program’s future.”

Webster offers undergraduate, graduate, and global graduate degrees in International Relations, and students can take IR classes at six of our worldwide locations, as well as many of our metro, military, and extended campuses. For more information about the program, visit Webster.edu/international-relations.

Students Present Original Research on Intimate Partner Violence at International Conference

Undergraduate students Michelle Bloyd-Fink (left) and Emily Mason (right) with their faculty research advisor Dr. Don Conway-Long (center) at "Taking the Lead," Webster's undergraduate research conference

Undergraduate students Michelle Bloyd-Fink (left) and Emily Mason (right) with their faculty research advisor Dr. Don Conway-Long (center) at “Taking the Lead,” Webster’s undergraduate research conference

Webster undergraduate students Michelle Bloyd-Fink and Emily Mason presented original research at the 31st Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference in London, Ontario on June 25, 2014. The conference’s theme for this year was “The Social Construction of Boundaries: Creating, Maintaining, Transcending, and Reconstituting Boundaries.” Alongside fellow scholars from around the world, Bloyd-Fink and Mason presented “Thought Pattern Changes in Participants of a Batterer’s Intervention Program” and shared their findings on the reconstruction of physical and emotional boundaries over time among men who batter, using data from their ongoing longitudinal study on thought patterns among Batterer Intervention Program (BIP) participants in St. Louis.

Bloyd-Fink, a double major in Sociology and Women and Gender Studies, and Mason, a double major in Psychology and Women and Gender Studies, began their research on intimate partner violence in January 2014, collecting data from male volunteers enrolled in the BIP program at RAVEN – a non-profit organization in St. Louis dedicated to domestic violence intervention and prevention services.

Men in the 48-credited-week program meet regularly with facilitators and fellow program participants for an education in non-violence. 95 percent of them are attending on a court mandate.

“Half the time they’re there, they’re challenging each other and the facilitators are challenging them on their belief systems and their behaviors, and then the other half [of the program] is spent on curriculum that explores issues like anger management, gender and oppression, and sexual violence,” Bloyd-Fink explained.

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Undergraduate Legal Studies Program Ranked #5 in the Nation

Webster’s University’s undergraduate legal studies program has been recognized with a #5 ranking in TheBestSchools.org’ s list of “The 25 Best Bachelor in Legal Studies Degree Programs.” In support of Webster’s spot on the list, The Best Schools cites the program’s broad and comprehensive curriculum, as well as its faculty of “working industry professionals, many of whom are judges, practicing attorneys, prosecutors, public defenders, and paralegals.”

“I am glad to see our Department of Legal Studies recognized for the quality of its faculty and instruction,” said David Carl Wilson, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. “We have always been proud of the caliber of both professors and students in the program, and they deserve positive recognition.”

Webster’s Legal Studies program is the only American Bar Association-approved program currently accepting students in the greater St. Louis area.

For more information on the Department of Legal Studies, explore their website or connect with them on Facebook.

Nurse Anesthesia Department Receives Grant for Student Financial Aid


Thanks to a Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Webster’s second-year nurse anesthesia students will receive approximately $1,500 each toward their tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year. The federal government has awarded Webster this grant annually since 1999.

Totaling $27,350 this year, the grant allows the Department of Nurse Anesthesia to provide some financial relief to students who have often put their professional lives on hold to complete Webster’s rigorous three-year program.

Nurse Anesthesia program coordinator Bethany Geisler also sees the grant’s value as more than monetary:

“The grant represents recognition for the hard work and effort the graduate students put forth in a demanding yet rewarding field.”

Grants officer Linda Dahlgren is responsible for preparing and submitting the grant application, as well as working with Geisler to report data on grant recipients back to the government. She too believes that the grant communicates a vital message to Webster’s future nurse anesthetists: that “what they are doing is important enough for the federal government to recognize and support them.”

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Linda Dahlgren

A key part of the growing importance of MSNA graduates, Dahlgren explains, is their ability to act as a resource for regions classified as health professional shortage areas (HPSA) or medically underserved areas (MUA).

“MSNA graduates fill a vital need in the evolving landscape of healthcare delivery where growing numbers of surgical procedures are performed in doctor’s offices and in outpatient care facilities, especially in rural and underserved areas,” Dahlgren says.

Webster’s nurse anesthesia students perform clinical rotations in ten different areas, the majority of which are HPSAs and/or MUAs. Thus students learn to serve the needs of those populations while on rotation and are equipped to continue to do so after they graduate.

“Even before they have completed their degree,” Dahlgren says, “our students make meaningful contributions to the area in which they do their clinical rotations. It’s great that the university can support them this way.”

For more information on Webster’s Master of Arts in Nurse Anesthesia, visit the department website or contact department representative Gabbie Halley at ghalley54@webster.edu.

Alumni: Where are You Now?

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

The College invites all Arts & Sciences graduates to tell us a bit about life after Webster. Where have you traveled? Where do you work? What do you do? What accomplishments have made you most proud?

You can get in touch here, or by clicking the “Alumni: Where Are You Now?” link in the menu above. We would love to know what you’ve been up to!

(And if you’re interested in your fellow Webster alumni, choose “Alumni” from the drop-down topics menu on the right for past stories on some of their adventures.)

College Welcomes Two New Academic Departments in 2014

The College of Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce the addition of two new academic departments as of June 1, 2014: the Department of Anthropology and Sociology and the Department of Psychology. The Department of Anthropology and Sociology houses the cultural anthropology, criminology, multicultural studies, sociology, and women and gender studies programs. Dr. Don Conway-Long will serve as chair. The Department of Psychology houses the psychology and gerontology programs, and Dr. Heather Mitchell will serve as chair. Department Coordinator Tanya Seale will provide administrative support to both departments. Programs within these departments were previously housed within the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, which has now dissolved.

Associate Dean Danielle MacCartney sees the department split as beneficial for students interested in Webster’s behavioral and social science programs.

“We are so glad Anthropology/Sociology and Psychology have decided to separate into two departments,” MacCartney said. “Having separate departments for these disciplines will allow students to find their majors more easily and will give the faculty the opportunity to tailor the student experience towards more discipline-specific opportunities and activities.”

New chairs Dr. Conway-Long and Dr. Mitchell are enthusiastic about the change while still dedicated to maintaining strong ties between the two new departments:

“We will work closely together to continue the long productive and cooperative relationship among the disciplines involved. Each new department brings unique disciplines to the attention of students and we hope that these two departments will allow the disciplines involved to reach new audiences as we work to fulfill Webster’s mission.”

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Alumna and Advisory Board member Nancy Paull Honored with Visionary Leadership Award

Nancy Paull accepts the National Council on Behavioral Health's 2014 Visionary Leadership Award in Washington, DC

Nancy Edmonds Paull accepts the National Council on Behavioral Health’s 2014 Impact Award for Visionary Leadership in Washington, DC (Photo courtesy of Tim Noelker)

The National Council of Behavioral Health honored College of Arts & Sciences alumna and advisory board member Nancy Edmonds Paull with their 2014 Impact Award for Visionary Leadership this month. Ms. Paull is CEO of Stanley Street Treatment and Resources (SSTAR), a non-profit health care and social service agency dedicated to the holistic treatment of patients struggling with substance abuse.

The Visionary Leadership award recognizes Ms. Paull for her pioneering approach to providing a complete range of health services in one location for SSTAR clients. The Council’s list of 2014 Impact Award honorees calls Ms. Paull “a leader who has always been way ahead of her time,” citing her work championing “the ‘Healthcare Amazon’ concept in Fall River [where SSTAR is located] decades before one-stop shopping for healthcare, ACOs, and health homes were trending nationally.”

Care that’s Ahead of the Curve

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Ms. Paull (Photo courtesy of sstar.org)

Ms. Paull says that while her all-inclusive method for the care of substance abuse patients was radical when she arrived to work at SSTAR as a counselor in the 80′s, it evolved organically from her own first-hand observations. It was clear at that time, she explains, that patients who were injection drug users were not getting good primary care, and that they had many other health issues complicating their path to wellness. If patients were to receive the best care possible, they would need to receive care in all areas in which they were ailing, and from one team of physicians and health care workers who knew the patient’s full range of needs.

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Rosita Awards Honor Outstanding Language Students

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From left: Angie Rahaman, a young family member of Adam Rahaman, Natasha Mokeyeva, Graciela Corvalon, Susan Emamjomeh (in back), and Silvia Navia

Each spring, Webster’s Department of International Languages and Cultures (ILC) recognizes two exemplary students with the Rosita Awards – honors given to students who embrace the spirit of multilingualism by continuing the study of a foreign language beyond the beginning level and/or pursuing the study of more than one foreign language. Faculty, staff, and students came together on Friday, April 18 to celebrate this year’s winners, Natasha Mokeyeva and Adam Rahaman, with food and festivity inspired by the multiculturalism these students epitomize.

Natasha Mokeyeva: “Model Global Citizen”

Department of International Languages and Cultures chair Dr. Silvia Navia says award-winner Natasha Mokeyeva, a student of Spanish, “embodies a model global citizen.” Already bilingual in English and her native Russian when she arrived at Webster, Mokeyeva “has achieved an outstanding mastery of the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures,” Navia says. “Her wide linguistic and cultural knowledge, together with her background in social sciences, constantly interplay to produce the most interesting and original reflections on any topic she writes about or researches.”

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Mokeyeva

Mokeyeva credits Navia and fellow Spanish professor Dr. Graciela Corvalán for helping instill in her a “passion for learning Spanish.”

“I have been very lucky to share my experience at Webster with Silvia Navia and Graciela Corvalán, with whom I’ve taken the majority of my Spanish courses,” Mokeyeva says. “These two professors really care about their students, and I’m very thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience from them.”

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Webster Celebrates National Nurses Week to Recognize Value and Impact of Nurse Leadership

A Webster BSN class smiles for the camera

May 6-12 is National Nurses Week, an annual opportunity for communities to recognize the full range of nurses’ contributions to health care at the bedside, in the boardroom, and in the halls of government. This year’s theme, “Nurses: Leading the Way,” recognizes nurses as leaders who improve the quality of healthcare in their diverse roles as clinicians, administrators, researchers, educators, and policymakers.

“All nurses are leaders, whether they are in direct patient care, administrative roles, or meeting consumers’ needs in new roles such as care coordinators or wellness coaches,” said ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN. “This week, we acknowledge nurses’ vast contributions and how they are leading the way in improving health care and ultimately, the health of the nation.”

NNW2014-Rectangle300x250pxAs the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, nurses’ contributions are more crucial than ever: nurses around the country are leading initiatives to increase access to care and improve outcomes by focusing on primary care, prevention, wellness, chronic disease management, and the coordination of care among health care providers and settings. Their leadership touches all areas of care, spanning hospitals, ambulatory care centers, private practices, retail and urgent care clinics, nurse-managed health centers, homes, schools, nursing homes, and public and nonprofit agencies.

Here at Webster, the faculty in our Department of Nursing are leaders year round in their dedication to educating and supporting the next generation of nurses.

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Anti-Defamation League Project Director Encourages Multicultural Studies Class to “Think Below the Iceberg”

Mr. Tabari Coleman visits Dr. Mercedes Stephenson's Introduction to Multicultural Class in April for a workshop on diversity

Mr. Tabari Coleman visits Dr. Mercedes Stephenson’s Introduction to Multicultural Class in April for a workshop on diversity

On April 10, students in Dr. Mercedes Stephenson’s Introduction to Multicultural Studies class ventured outside their comfort zones for an eye-opening mini-workshop led by the project director for the Anti-Defamation League’s World of Difference Institute Tabari Coleman.

Mr. Coleman frequently travels around the region leading diversity education and training events for the Institute. Dr. Stephenson heard of Mr. Coleman through School of Education instructor Dr. Phil Shayne, who attended one of Mr. Coleman’s presentations at the Missouri History Museum.

Mr. Tabari Coleman listens to a student comment during his presentation to an Introduction to Multicultural Studies class

Mr. Tabari Coleman listens to a student comment during his presentation to an Introduction to Multicultural Studies class

“[Dr. Shayne] was so impressed by the talk,” Dr. Stephenson says, “that he invited [Mr. Coleman] to the class we co-teach, Education in a Diverse Society. So, in turn, I was impressed! I decided that his topics would reinforce what we learn in class: American constructions of race, sex and gender, social class, sexual orientation and disability.”

Mr. Coleman began his visit to Introduction to Multicultural Studies by sharing the Anti-Defamation League’s history and the key tenets under which it operates. To help students understand the need for an organization like ADL which, according to their website, “fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry in the U.S. and abroad,” Mr. Coleman shared that the state of Missouri contains a large number of active hate groups. The ADL, he explained, combats the message of those hate groups “through information, education, legislation, and advocacy” – methods which include visits to classrooms like Dr. Stephenson’s.

A key element of Mr. Coleman’s presentation was the identity iceberg model – a metaphor for identity which illustrates how our initial impressions of someone might tell us a few things about that person – race, gender, ability – but that the vast majority of someone’s identity –values, preferences, beliefs, family, life experience, etc. – lies below our surface observations. Students participated in an exercise and watched a short video which invited them to examine the conclusions to which they might jump when seeing someone for the first time.

Students in Dr. Stephenson's Introduction to Multicultural Studies class engage in discussion about diversity

Dr. Stephenson’s students engage in conversation about diversity

Before wrapping up the workshop, Mr. Coleman shared with students a powerful video, produced by the ADL last year, titled “Imagine a World without Hate.” Several students were moved to tears.

“I think that students were able to reflect on issues of white privilege,” Dr. Stephenson said in response to Mr. Coleman’s presentation. “In every society not all people are aware of how they benefit from certain privileges. Initiating the discussion made all of us learn about these issues, which are of relevance to diverse classrooms.”