News Around Webster: Akande and “Techguerilla”; AuBuchon on Mondo Movies

| July 19, 2012

News and professional updates from around Webster University:


The work of Benjamin Akande, dean of Webster University’s George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, and the work of the University overall drew praise recently from “techguerilla” Matt Ridings, who was part of the recent Social Media 101 Business Bootcamp hosted by Webster’s Office of Corporate Partnerships. You can find Ridings’ blog at and follow him on Twitter @techguerilla.

Akande Invited to FDC Body

Akande is also the subject of some big recent news: He has been invited to be a member of the FDC International Advisory Council, an important body of key thinkers advising the Fundação Dom Cabral on ideas for sustainable development of companies and institutions in Brazil and other emerging countries. Other members include Duncan L. Niederauer, CEO of the New York Stock Exchange, and Luciano Coutinho, president of the Brazilian Development Bank. An official release from Webster with more details is forthcoming.

AuBuchon on Mondo, Shock Documentaries

Webster University assistant professor of Electronic and Photographic Media Aaron AuBuchon has a lengthy article about the history and trends in “shock” documentaries and “mondo” movies in “Beyond Documentary: Mondo Movies and Schockumontaries” on Movie Geeks. The article explores the history of these genres, which aimed to shock or even nauseate the viewer — long before “reality TV” did the same.

Alumna in the News

Alumna Crissy Ortiz ’01, recruiting manager with South Carolina Federal Credit Union, who earned a master’s degree in Human Resources Management and Management and Leadership from Webster, is featured in “The Flavors of Diversity: Reflecting membership differences in credit union boards,” in The Federal Credit Union, a publication of The National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). In the article, Ortiz says her “credit union has made a concerted effort to weave diversity into its organizational fiber. ‘Whether it’s at the employee level, supplier level or board level, diversity is engrained in our culture,’ Ortiz says.”

Smutz Begins Term as CSPRC Board President

Development officer Julianne Smutz, who has responsibility for the Webster University Annual Fund, recently began her term as board president of the Community Service Public Relations Council (CSPRC), a professional organization supporting professional development for area not-for-profit employees. For the past year, Smutz has served as vice president and chair of the SPECTRUM Committee.

Category: Faculty, Webster in the News

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