An annual post-commencement tradition, Webster University faculty and staff gathered at the home campus in Webster Groves for the Faculty and Staff Recognition Breakfast Tuesday, May 15.
President Beth Stroble touched on highlights of the academic year that was, commended faculty and staff for their awards and years of service, and gave tribute to new retirees including Chancellor Neil George, who is retiring after 40 years at what he called “my second home.”
In addition to the previously announced faculty awards, Karen Burch, interactive media manager in Global Marketing and Communications, and Julie Loyet, assistant director at the Rolla Metropolitan Campus location, were honored as Staff Members of the Year.
2012 William T. Kemper Awards for Excellence in Teaching
Made possible by the William T. Kemper Foundation-Commerce Bank Trustees. Faculty members are nominated by their colleagues and are selected by a University committee.
- Allan MacNeill, professor, History, Politics, and International Relations
- Aaron AuBuchon, assistant professor, Electronic/Photographic Media
- Andrea Miller, human rights coordinator and adjunct faculty, Philosophy
- Gregory Weeks, research faculty, Webster Vienna campus
- George Slusarz, assistant professor, Business (awarded posthumously)
Staff Members of the Year
Here is how staff members of the year Karen Burch and Julie Loyet were described:
Karen Burch, interactive media manager, Global Marketing and Communications, combines mastery of the camera with an engaging personality to capture the stories and people of Webster University.
Karen’s videography and photography skills are second only to her upbeat attitude and extraordinary work ethic. The behind-the-scenes effort that goes into presenting just a few minutes of finished video can take hours of prep work and editing, but Karen is always ready to work and work hard — frequently working late into the evening or over the weekend to complete a project with a smile. As manager she ensures ample media coverage for Webster’s many events, often toting the equipment to cover it herself.
Karen is also the faculty advisor for the student magazine, The Ampersand, which has won several national awards for design and content. The one constant for each Ampersand award: Karen Burch.
Karen deserves recognition for her many accomplishments as one of Webster University’s hardest working staff members.
And for Rolla’s Julie Loyet, who came to St. Louis for the breakfast:
Julie Loyet, assistant director, Rolla Metropolitan Campus, has had an extraordinary impact during her two and a half years on campus.
During that time, enrollments have more than doubled at Rolla. Julie has been instrumental in establishing new degree programs, including the weekend master of counseling program, to complement the existing weeknight program, which also continues to grow.
In addition, Julie was essential to establishing a new business degree program specializing in health administration. Rolla’s now-strong Master of Health Administration program provides a great incentive for the local development of bachelor of health administration degrees at area institutions to feed into Webster’s program.
“Julie’s dedication and readiness to support and guide her colleagues inspires all to their most productive service,” says faculty coordinator Ben Shriver. “She has endeared herself to faculty, staff and students during the two and one half years she has served Webster University.”
Congratulations to all Webster faculty and staff on another tremendous year.