Webster Notes: George, Pierce, Chapman on Campuses; Henning, Thomas on Counseling; Fredrick on Business; Geneva IR Faculty; Janke on Florida Ed

| March 1, 2012

Webster University faculty and administrators have been busy presenting around the world, from academic topics to presentations on the strengths of a university with an international network. Here’s a sampling of recent activity:

George, Pierce, Champan on Building an International Campus Network

Chancellor Neil George, director Deborah Pierce, and associate vice president Grant Chapman presented at the annual conference of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) in Washington D.C. last week (Feb. 19-22). Their Feb. 21 presentation, “Building a More Secure World through an International Campus Network,” highlighted the issues surrounding having international campuses including the starting, leading and managing international campuses.

They used Webster University examples to facilitate interactive question, answer, and comment discussion throughout the presentation.   They focused on major issues concerning US institutions and their international campuses including start up challenges, legal, regulatory and financial ramifications, maintaining U.S. home and international campus relationships, and leading and managing international campuses.

Henning, Thomas on International Counseling

Stacy Henning, worldwide director of Counseling and assistant professor of Counseling, and Roslyn Thomas, head of Geneva’s Psychology and Counseling Department, have co-written a chapter for the American Counseling Association’s book about international counseling. On counseling in Switzerland, theirs is one of 40 chapters in the upcoming book. Publication is expected in late 2012 or early 2013. Henning and Thomas’ related article on counseling in Switzerland has been accepted by the Journal of Counseling and Development for its special edition on international counseling.

Webster's Central Florida regional director Tom Janke spoke on educational challenges and strategies in Florida.

Central Fla. Regional Director Speaks on Educational Challenges in Florida

Tom Janke, Central Florida regional director, spoke Feb. 10 at The Institute of Gainesville conference, “Challenges for Florida in the 21st Century: Understanding Energy, Education and Growth.” Janke’s presentation focused on the challenges and winning strategies in education.

The Institute is a not-for-profit volunteer organization of educators, attorneys, physicians and business professionals who look for practical solutions for current community issues. The goal is to promote positive public policy decisions from elected officials through informed, enlightened and engaged voters.

Geneva Faculty on International Relations

Alexandre Vautravers, head of International Relations at Webster’s campus in Geneva, recently spoke at a conference on piracy in Interlaken, organized by the Swiss Shipper’s Council. [View an interview with Vautravers about this topic on Swiss television, in French.]

Also at Webster Geneva, International Relations professor Oreste Foppiani published an article in Revue Militaire Suisse (in French) on the European Union’s Operation “ATALANTA,” which aims to protect World Food Program humanitarian aid off the Somali Coast.

Finance AVP Serves on Managing International Organizations Panel

Vickie Fredrick, associate vice president for Finance, served as a panelist at the annual meeting of the Treasury Institute for Higher Education Jan. 29. Kaliopi Provencher, director of Treasury Operations at Johns Hopkins University, and Patricia Reid, associate treasurer at Columbia University, shared the front table with Fredrick.

The two-hour panelist-led workshop discussed issues related to doing business overseas, including choosing a financial institution, cash and disbursement controls, preventing fraud, accounting issues and foreign exchange exposure.

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