Chicagoland: On the Road with the President and Provost

| October 14, 2011

The Chinese consulate was among several stops on President Stroble's visit to Chicago.

Earlier this month Webster University President Beth Stroble and Provost Julian Schuster were in the Chicago area to visit Webster’s Elgin and Great Lakes campuses, meet with officials at four consulates, host an alumni reception and participate in a Webster Works Worldwide project – all in a whirlwind three days.

Webster Works Worldwide/Campus Visits

The Webster Works Worldwide project, organized by Elgin campus director Valerie Perera, took place in the morning of  Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB), located in nearby Geneva, Ill. The project involved boxing food items, healthy recipes and tips for healthy eating for distribution to senior citizens.

Much like Webster, the NIFB’s mission is centered on meeting unmet needs – specifically, providing nutritious food to all those in need in a 13-county service area. Each month, the NIFB gathers and distributes three million pounds of donated, government and purchased food through local food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and youth activity centers.

In addition to Perera, the Webster University team working at the NIFB included Mark Richards, Webster-Elgin’s community relations coordinator; Ludwika Miciak, Webster-Elgin’s office manager; and, from the home campus, President Stroble, Provost Schuster, Faith Maddy, vice president-development and alumni programs; Barbara O’Malley, associate vice president and chief communications officer; and Oren Yagil, special assistant to the president. According to Lacie Manning, NIFB’s senior development officer, the Webster team was one of the first groups to volunteer at NIFB’s brand-new facility in Geneva.

“Working side-by-side with our Webster colleagues on this project provides an opportunity to address a pressing need and builds community across the world of Webster,” said President Stroble.”

Later that afternoon, the President Stroble, Provost Schuster and other members of the home campus team visited Webster’s campus at Great Lakes Naval Base. They toured the campus with Director David Ramey and met with military personnel at the base to discuss opportunities for continued partnerships and programs there to meet the graduate educational needs of our military students.

Consulate Visits

On Thursday, President Stroble, Provost Schuster and Special Assistant Oren Yagil spent the day visiting four Consulate Generals, including China, Austria, Pakistan and Indonesia. The purpose of these visits, according to Yagil, was to establish, build and enhance Webster’s relationships with these countries, and to explore expanding or creating new educational opportunities and partnerships.

Alumni Reception

The visit ended with a very well-attended alumni reception hosted by Faith Maddy, vice president, Alumni and Development. The event was held on Thursday evening at the Mid-America Club, located on the 80th floor of the Aon Center in Chicago’s East Loop. Approximately 40 alumni representing the diversity of Webster’s student body attended the event, including former online, military and St. Louis campus students, as well as alumni from Webster’s campus in Geneva. In addition, several parents attended the reception, including parents of current Conservatory students.

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