In the News: Joe Schuster’s novel; Umbaugh on GCP; Rishe on Beckham, Garcia; Alum’s drama therapy

| May 20, 2013

Recent news featuring members of the Webster University community includes:

Joe Schuster’s Novel Garners Accolades

“All in a Weekend” on Canada’s CBC radio network featured Joe Schuster‘s novel, The Might Have Been, as one of three outstanding recent baseball books, the only novel on the list. Schuster is professor in the department of communications and journalism in the Webster University School of Communications.

Jamie Ansley ’00

His book is also the Kirkwood Public Library’s selection for their 2013 “One Book, One Kirkwood.” Schuster will appear in a program to discuss the book at the Library on June 18 at 7 p.m.

Umbaugh on Global Citizenship Program

Bruce Umbaugh is quoted in a College Express article about the purpose of general education requirements. Umbaugh, a philosophy professor in Webster’s College of Arts & Sciences, helped lead the redesign of the core curriculum. The article describes how Webster’s new Global Citizenship Program stresses:

…the importance of learning general skills like problem solving, communicating effectively, and analyzing information.

“It’s not just that they need to know a bunch of stuff and take a test; they need to be positioned to use that knowledge in the world,” Umbaugh says. The program at Webster was created in a way that gives students repeated practice with their acquired skills in a more realistic setting.

Rishe on Sports Business: Garcia, Beckham

Sports economics expert Patrick Rishe penned two recent columns on the business of sports for Forbes online, including one on the financial missed opportunities for golfer Sergio Garcia. Rishe also wrote about how soccer player David Beckham’s star appeal will keep his personal brand relevant long after his retirement, which he announced this year.

Rishe is a business professor in Webster’s George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology.

Alumna Researches Drama Therapy in Hemodialysis

Webster University alumna Jamie Ansley ’00 is exploring the effects of drama therapy on patients undergoing chronic hemodialysis. Her master’s thesis work at Kansas State University has researchers among the first in the world to study the topic.

Patients cannot move around during treatment, so Ansley brought prompts like pictures, games, guided imagery and music. Rather than have patients spend the downtime focused on worries, “discovering a new talent and finding a passion for creativity can change a person’s perception of his or her life,” Ansley says.

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