WSA Professional Development Day Builds Community

| March 26, 2010

Myrna Homm demonstrates treadmill technique for her Professional Development Day session on starting an exercise program. Photo by Claudia Burris.

Webster Staff Alliance offered an information-packed day of workshops to St. Louis staffers March 10. This year’s theme, Building Community, provided the framework for a variety of topics, including: social media networking, working in cross-cultural environments, real estate and investment trends and many more.

In addition to the workshop leaders from outside organizations, these Webster colleagues led sessions:

Robert Becker, adjunct professor, Scott Air Force Base;

Tyann Cherry, senior academic advisor, Academic Advising;

Kristi Evans, assistant director, Information Services, Information Technology;

Myrna Homm, coordinator, Fitness Center & Aquatics, University Center;

Janka Hrevusova-Ribando, admissions associate, Admissions;

• Terri Jones, director, Information Services, Information Technology;

Karl Kindt, adjunct professor, Behavioral & Social Sciences;

Michelle Loyet, assistant director, Academic Advising;

• Kathy Marlock, director, IT Project Management, Information Technology;

Caprice Moore, standing, leads a session about the multi-generational work place. At table, from left, Angie Ruble, Jennifer Gammage and Sandy Tomey. Photo by M. Kirk

Caprice Moore, director, Operations, School of Business & Technology;

Renee Murph, department associate, Multicultural Center & International Student Affairs;

Dana Parker-Jones, representative, Academic Affairs;

Patrick Powers leads a workshop on using social media networks. Photo by M. Kirk

Patrick Powers, interactive media manager, Marketing Office;

Mary Ryan, assistant director, User Services;

Lara Teeter, associate professor, Theatre and Dance; and

• Amy Schork, coordinator, Athletic Training, Athletic Office.

The day’s luncheon and keynote message, delivered by Eric Greitens, was well received. Greitens is a Navy SEAL officer and former White House fellow who founded The Mission Continues when he returned from service in Iraq. The organization’s purpose is to empower wounded and disabled veterans to continue their service as citizen leaders.

Luncheon speaker, Eric Greitens, said a change of one or two degrees can make all the difference. Photo by M. Kirk

“Use a day like this to make a change of just one or two degrees,” Greitens said. “It can change the direction of your life and help build a stronger community.

“Be able to see the strengths in every person around you.

“There is no way to build community alone; no way to strengthen institutions alone; no way to create joy in the lives of others alone. These things happen when people reach out and call on their friends.”

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  1. Tyann Cherry says:

    The session I led was a panel discussion, but for some reason only two of the five women that participated are listed above. Those who participated but are not here are:
    Paula Aguilar, Academic Advisor
    Melanie Gottlieb, Director of Operations – Office of Admission
    Joan Finder, Coordinator – Office of Admission
    The day was a great success and I know that all of us were thankful for the opportunity to participate.