Webster Alumni News: Sustainable Business, eLearning, Film Production, Novel

| March 18, 2013

Alice and Whittles co-founders: Webster alumnus Nicholas Horekens and Sofi Khwaja

Webster Geneva alumnus Nicholas Horekens ’09 co-founded the social enterprise, Alice & Whittles, in early 2012 to create apparel and shoes empowering the skills and traditions of artisans in France and India. Recently, they launched on the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter with a collection of espadrilles.

Alice & Whittles uses a business model that ensure ethical standards and support livelihoods, self-sufficiency and sustainability. They avoid the middlemen by establishing direct relationships with small-scale organic farmers, hand-weavers and local NGOs in rural India to produce canvas for their espadrilles.

“By knowing the history behind everyday products, we believe consumers can be a positive force in support of livelihoods, self-determination and human betterment,” said Horekens.

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SOC Alum: ‘The Better Half’ Film

School of Communications alumnus Michael Witman ’04 is currently working on another Kickstarter project, a film titled “The Better Half,” currently in development. Mackenzie Astin (Iron Will, Love & War) stars in the short film about a schizophrenic man, the woman he loves and the world he fights.

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McGee: Apple Distinguished Educator

Chris McGee ’01 was selected in to the class of 2013 of the Apple Distinguished Educators, meaning he is one of 2,000 educators in the world who leverages the use of technology to innovate learning, mainly through Apple products. Learn more about Apple Distinguished Educators here.

In addition, McGee was noted as one of the top eLearning and Edtech leaders in the world on Best College Rankings and was recently featured in Microsoft’s “Daily Edventures” in Education.

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Gari’s ‘Raising Hope’ Episode Garners Glowing Review

Communications alumna Gina Gari ’04 wrote the January 22 episode of the Fox Network comedy series Raising Hope, “Whatever Happens at Howdy’s Doesn’t Stay at Howdy’s.” The series recently earned a glowing review in the New Yorker magazine for being “bold in its structural risk-taking.”

Gari has been a member of the show’s production staff since the series’ first season in 2010 and previously was on the staff of the Emmy-nominated comedy series My Name is Earl.

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College of Arts & Sciences Alumna Henderson Publishes Again

Alice Henderson ’95, who earned a BA in Literature and Language, recently published Fresh Meat (Titan Books), a novel tied to the CW television Series Supernatural.

The author of two previous horror novels, Voracious (2009) and the Scribe Award-winning Portal Through Time (2006), she also recently published a short story in the anthology The Mammoth Book of Body Horror (Running Press, 2012), which also included work by Mary Shelley, H P Lovecraft, Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman and others.


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