Webster Students Visit Capitol, Legislators on Missouri’s International Education Day

| May 7, 2013

Six students and two staff members represented Webster University during International Education Day at the state capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., on April 30. They took part in events to promote international education and also visited two Missouri legislators, including one who is a Webster alumna.

The trip was sponsored by the department of International Programs from Academic Affairs, with the help of Grant Chapman, associate vice president and director of International Programs.

The annual International Education Day is sponsored by the Study Missouri Consortium, a grassroots organization of colleges and universities across Missouri dedicated to promoting international education. This year more than 200 students from 63 countries from over 20 institutions attended the event.

Wenceslaus (Wence) P’Oryem, associate director of International Services, and Susan (Suzy) Schmieder, international academic adviser, accompanied four international students and two American study abroad students to the event.

The annual International Education Day at the state capitol is sponsored by the Study Missouri Consortium.

Participating students were Araba Budu-Anguah, undergraduate biology major from Ghana; Dohyun Lee, undergraduate advertising and marketing communications major from South Korea; Lorrane Campos do Nascimento, graduate international relations major from Brazil; Reem Alharby, graduate international relations major from Saudi Arabia, Starjulia Durrough, undergraduate psychology & video production major who studied abroad in London; and Katie Rochester, undergraduate sociology major who studied abroad in Thailand.

During the occasion, the students attended a House of Representatives legislative session presided over by House Speaker Timothy Jones.

Other activities included recognition of the winners of a Student Photo Contest, which was conducted early in the year. Webster University student Dohyun Lee won the second prize for the International Students contest, and was awarded $100 towards his educational expenses.

In addition, door prize drawings supplied by member institutions were given out to the participants in the form of a raffle. Thanks to the Study Abroad Office, Webster University provided the highest number of door prizes, in the form of t-shirts promoting study abroad.

Students also met with Rep. Jeanne Kirkton, a Webster alumnae.

The Webster delegation also visited two members of the General Assembly at the Capitol, State Sen. Scott Sifton and State Rep. Jeanne Kirkton BA’96, representative for the Missouri District 91, which includes Webster Groves.

Kirkton shared with the students her own experience as a Webster University student.

During the visit with Sifton in his office, he reiterated his support for the International Institute and making Lambert International Airport a “China Hub” that will not only promote international trade, but also the movement of people.

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