Daniel Webster Society Dinner Celebrates University Donors, Honors Marilyn Fox

| November 9, 2012
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President Beth Stroble and Provost Julian Schuster with the 2012 Visionary Award recipient, Marilyn Fox (center).

Webster University leaders and donors gathered Nov. 7 for the annual Daniel Webster Society dinner at the Ritz Carlton.

On the menu: good cheer, a celebration of Webster, and vivid examples of just how important their support is to this global university.

The society honored longtime supporter and University board member Marilyn Fox with the Daniel Webster Society Visionary Award. They also heard a moving speech from Webster senior management major Linzey Cortner, who spoke of how Webster donors made possible her study abroad in Turkey — and how her entire experience at Webster has changed her outlook and aspirations.

An Evening of Celebration

After a cocktail reception, Tom Cornwell, president of the Daniel Webster Society (DWS), a University Trustee and member of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology Advisory Board, welcomed guests to the evening’s formal program.

In that program, President Beth Stroble and Provost and Senior Vice President Julian Schuster provided updates on important Webster developments from the past year, including the significance of closing the Webster Works campaign with the help of so many DWS members.

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Cortner told donors how her study abroad experience in Turkey changed her.

They spoke of the outcomes of that support — and how the number of University donors is growing, both from outside donors and from faculty and staff support of the Annual Fund.

Schuster shared good news, from recognition of Webster by national publications to academic honors and the recent SLIAC championship titles secured by the volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer teams.

Then Schuster invited Cortner to the stage. Scheduled to graduate in the spring after spending next semester at Webster’s London campus, Cortner mentioned how she had not been outside of Missouri before she leaped at the chance to take a Global Hybrid Course, “Turkey at the Crossroads of Europe and the Middle East.”

The course, which included an intensive one-week study abroad component in Turkey, left a mark:

“Being in Turkey allowed me to face any fears of travel, break stereotypes and see through business and technology how increasingly interconnected our world has become,” Cortner said. “It proved to me that international education is the key for success in the modern global economy, and that all students throughout Webster should take advantage of these unbelievable opportunities.”

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Fox, after being presented with the DWS Visionary Award from President Stroble.

Cortner came to Webster and was able to study abroad through the help of donor-funded scholarships. Also in attendance were Student Ambassadors, student leaders who represent the University at functions throughout the year.

Exemplary Service and Dedication

After Cortner’s speech testified to the impact of donors like those in the DWS, President Stroble introduced one of its exemplary members.

Marilyn Fox’s service to Webster has spanned more than two decades, a current third tenure as a University trustee, tireless volunteerism, and the generous annual scholarships funded by she and her husband, Sam Fox.

“For me, Marilyn is the epitome of a Webster University Visionary,” Stroble said. “Her passion for Webster, its mission, and most particularly its students, is nearly unprecedented.

“Marilyn was one of the first Trustees that I interacted with at Webster University, and I was immediately struck by her enthusiasm for an institution that, although not her alma mater, meshed perfectly with her commitment to making higher education available to all students.”

Upon receiving the Visionary Award, Fox then spoke of how much Webster has meant to her, relaying a favorite story about traveling in Belgium and encountering a proud mother and student who had studied at Webster in London.

Since its inception in 2008, the Daniel Webster Society Visionary Award has recognized benefactors whose names are synonymous with Webster University: people who demonstrate an unwavering and indispensable commitment to help advance Webster’s mission.

About the Daniel Webster Society
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The Foxes with Stephanie Lefler, a Webster Student Ambassador and one of the recipients of their scholarships.

The Daniel Webster Society recognizes and celebrates Webster University donors who have made gifts of $1,250 or more throughout the University’s fiscal year.

Members of the Daniel Webster Society invest in the University by making gifts that strengthen academic programs, fund scholarships, grow the University’s endowment, support capital improvements and provide annual operating support.

Donors who fund a Daniel Webster Society Annual Scholarship with a gift of $1,500 can designate the gift for a student in any one of Webster’s five schools or colleges. Such donors are invited to meet their student at the University’s annual scholarship dinner in the spring.

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