Nick Frank, Walker School Department Assistant

Nick Frank, Walker School Department Assistant

Nick Frank recently joined the Walker School as Department Assistant for the Walker School. He serves as the Walker School liaison to key Webster University offices and departments in regards to logistics and planning operations in the East Academic Building (EAB).  We asked Nick to answer a few questions to help us get to know him a little better:

Q: What will students see you doing at the Walker School?

A: Students will usually see me roaming the building. I’ll be messing with furniture, checking a classroom’s marker stock, coordinating repairs with facilities, or wearing a tacky tie on Tuesdays. (Doesn’t everyone celebrate Tacky Tie Tuesday?)


Q: What is something that students would be surprised to learn about you?

A. I’m a former Olympic figure skater. No, I’m kidding, hah. No way. But I can beat almost anyone in ping-pong. Also, in preschool, a kid stabbed me in the eye with a pen. I’m fine though.


Q: What advice do you have for students?

A. If you find yourself unable to find good work with your degree, go back to school and get another. Before you graduate, do some active networking with professionals in your desired field. It will help you a lot! It’s not what you know; it’s who you know (technically it’s “whom” you know). Is saying “work hard in school” to a bunch of students cliché? Yup. But a lot of cliché advice is good, such as “Eat your vegetables” or “Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line.” Also, buy a three-bed, two-bath home and collect rent from some friends who clean when they’re bored.


EAB Student Assistant

On March 26, 2013, in Job posting, by charlalord


Work Study Position Only:  $9.00 hr  

Job Description:

Provide administrative and customer service support for the East Academic BuildingDuties will include but are not limited to receptionist and secretarial responsibilities, customer service, filing, running errands, research, room reservations, monitoring and creating databases, report generation, meetings and event planning and setup, and other general office duties as assigned. Coordinate with housekeeping, catering and facilities on building updates and services.  Position reports to the East Academic Building Representative.

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Creating Customer Amazement

On February 1, 2013, in In the News, Speakers, by charlalord

Customer service expert and New York Times bestselling author of The Amazement Revolution Shep Hyken speaks at Webster University’s East Academic Building Jan. 24 as part of the Walker Speaker Series.


The Walker School of Business and Technology at Webster University commemorates its most distinguished faculty at a meeting held Jan. 15 at the East Academic Building, the Walker School’s new home.




Excellence Recognized

On November 19, 2012, in In the News, by charlalord

Dr. Psihountas sits inside one of the unique building features of the East Academic Buildling, the Walker School’s new home.

Students at the Walker School are always in a class of their own. Now so is one of their professors. Dr. Debbie Psihountas, associate professor of finance, has been named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for the 2012-2013 academic year. For the next year she will focus on an issue of concern for Webster University while working with a college or university president at a host institution. Dr. Psihountas is one of only 57 educators in the country chosen for this prestigious honor.

“ I’m looking forward to studying leadership within the higher education space, and learning about higher education from both the back office as well as view-from-the-top perspectives,” said Dr. Psihountas. “I’m honored to join the ACE Fellows 2012-2013 class, and I look forward to bringing back to Webster all I learn during my fellowship.”

ACE is the major coordinating body for all of the nation’s higher education institutions. The ACE Fellows Program strengthens American higher education by identifying, then preparing, promising senior faculty and administrators like Dr. Psihountas for advanced positions in college and university administration. Of the more than 1,700 participants in the first 47 years of the program, more than 300 have become chief executive officers and more than 1,100 have become provosts, vice presidents or deans.

Dr. Psihountas joined Webster University in August 2001 and has served as chair of the business department and acting chair of business/management programs for Webster’s campus in Geneva, Switzerland. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international business, an MBA with an emphasis in quantitative analysis and a PhD in finance from the University of Cincinnati.

L-R: Walker School dean Dr. Benjamin Akande, Webster University president Dr. Beth Stroble, Ambassador Nancy Brinker, Webster University’s Provost and Senior Vice President Dr. Julian Z. Schuster.

October 11, 2012 – ST. LOUIS, MO – Ambassador Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, received the 2012 Person of the Year Award from Webster University’s George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology today during a morning ceremony before students, cancer patients, survivors and loved ones in the university’s new East Academic Building.  Brinker, a cancer survivor herself, received a standing ovation upon accepting the award from Webster President Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble.

“I’m honored by this award from Webster University,” said Ambassador Brinker, “and I’m deeply touched by today’s outpouring of support for our mission to find a cure for breast cancer.”

“Each year, the Walker School honors a dynamic leader who has impacted our society in the most positive ways,” said Dr. Stroble. “This year, it is my honor to present an extraordinary woman whose legacy has assisted thousands of people right here in St. Louis.”

Ambassador Brinker met with audience members after her address.

Brinker’s nephew Scott Komen, the son of Susan G. Komen, was in the audience as the ambassador spoke of her promise to her dying sister Susan to do everything possible to end the shame, pain, fear and hopelessness caused by the disease.   At that time, Brinker says, one of the biggest battles in promoting awareness was to change the country’s culture which at the time did not allow activists to use the word “breast” when talking about the disease.  Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is now the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivor and activists, having invested almost $2 billion in breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment.

“Cancer is like a bully on a playground that keeps coming back to take from us our family members, our friends, and our loved ones,” said Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande, dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, “ Ambassador Brinker’s leadership journey in fighting this foe has taken her onto high hills and into low valleys.  And despite the highs and the lows, Ambassador Nancy Brinker continues to move forward with her mission to make cancer the victim.”

Read Dean Akande’s  introduction of Ambassador Brinker and op/ed  The Power of One published in The St. Louis Business Journal.

Learn more about Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Ambassador Brinker with Dr. Elizabeth Stroble before her address.

Dr. Akande looks on as Ambassador Brinker answers a question.

Ambassador Brinker with the members of St. Louis’ Komen for the Cure.

Dean's Graduate Reception

On August 21, 2012, in In the News, by charlalord

A diverse crowd of students attended the Dean’s Welcome Back Happy Hour/Reception Friday Aug. 17th at the East Academic Building’s Centene Atrium Lobby. About 50 people attended the event, most of whom were graduate students and faculty.