Webster Notes: Erickson’s Play; Jensens, Gruett, Communications Honored; Res. Life Staff Selected for Posts

| April 2, 2012

Erickson’s Play Performed April 3, June 5-10

English professor Michael Erickson‘s one-act play, Alien Hand Syndrome, will be presented as part of the 2012 Meramec Writing Festival, Humor and the Written Word, at St. Louis Community College-Meramec. Fellow Webster English professor Meg Sempreora will be among the cast members in the reading. The performance will be Tuesday, April 3, at 12:30, in the Library Confluence Room on the campus of Meramec Community College.

Also, Alien Hand Syndrome will be performed as part of an evening of one-act plays at St. Louis Community College, Florissant, June 5 – 10.

Jensens Honored for Speech and Forensics

Two Webster faculty were honored at the annual convention of the Central States Communication Association (CSCA) this past weekend in Cleveland, Ohio. Gina Jensen, Adjunct Professor of Speech Communication Studies and Assistant Director of Forensics, received the “States Advisory Top Journal Award” as editor of The Journal of the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri. Gina has served as editor for this refereed journal for the past six years. It annually features scholarly articles and teaching resources in areas of performance and communication studies.

Additionally, Scott Jensen, Professor of Speech Communication Studies and Director of Forensics, was selected as one of two nominees for CSCA Second Vice-President.  Candidates were selected from a group of peer-nominated association members.  The position would progress through a four-year period to CSCA President.

Beyond these honors, Scott and Gina also presented three papers/programs at the convention:  Codifying Original Literature:  A Sample Policy Statement was presented as part of the panel, “Great Ideas for Coaching Forensics.”  The Black Book, Flow Pad, and Visual Aid as a Path to Relational Satisfaction?  The Epistemic Value of Forensics as a Laboratory for Relational Competence was part of a competitively selected panel examining forensics as a vehicle for teaching communication competence.  Reality Television…Real?  Exploring the Integration of Reality Television as a Communication and Performance Teaching Tool was presented as a States Advisory Top Program.

Gruett Honored for 25 Years of Service

At the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel last week, Jon Gruett, director of Financial Aid, was awarded a certificate of appreciation “In recognition of twenty five years of outstanding service and dedication.”

Communications Shines at Region 7 Conference

Webster University made its presence known at the Region 7 Conference March 31 in Ames, Iowa, with four Mark of Excellence Awards. Daniel Bauman placed third in the Sports Writing category, Brittany Ruess received second place recognition for both Sports Photography and Feature Photography, and Josh Sellmeyer placed third in the Sports Column writing category. Additionally, assistant professor Mary Cox and professor Eileen Solomon both presented at the conference.

Housing & Residential Life: Buck Presents Webinar; Staff Selected for Posts

John Buck will present a webinar for the Upper Midwest Region of the Association of College and University Housing Officers (UMR-ACUHO) entitled, “’I could see a lot of this in my head before it happened’ vs. ‘I wasn’t sure what to do…’ Differences in How Chief Housing Officers and Hall Directors Make Decisions in Crisis Situations.” The webinar highlights Buck’s recent research on the decision-making processes of those who respond to crises that occur on college campuses.  It will take place from 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST on Thursday, April 5.  To sign up, go to: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/358248814.

Katie Knetzer (assistant director, Housing & Residential Life) and Chris Rice (community director, Housing & Residential Life), have been selected as participants for the 22nd annual James C. Grimm National Housing Training Institute (NHTI), to be held at the University of Georgia this July.  NHTI participants interact with other colleagues, establish mentor relationships with experts in the field, develop professional development plans, and gain skills and competencies needed to meet the current and future demands of the college housing profession.  The Institute is sponsored by the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I),and is limited to 30 participants each year.

Justin Frederick (assistant director, Housing & Residential Life) has been selected as chairperson for the 2013 Upper Midwest Region of the Association of College and University Housing Officers (UMR-ACUHO) annual conference.  The conference will be held in St. Louis in November, 2013, and attract over 500 campus housing officers from throughout the Midwest.  This will be the first time the annual UMR-ACUHO conference has been hosted in St. Louis.

Megan Wetzel (community director, Housing & Residential Life), has been appointed to the board of directors for Paraquad, a not-for-profit organization in St. Louis with a mission to empower people with disabilities to increase their independence through choice and opportunity. Founded in 1970, Paraquad works towards an integrated community in which people with disabilities are valued and participate in all aspects of society.

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