NAFSA Day 3: Schuster on KMOX Cardinals Broadcast, Chess on Exhibit, Guests at OPO

| May 31, 2013
Members of Webster's national champion chess team accepted challenges from NAFSA visitors.

Members of Webster’s national champion chess team accepted challenges from NAFSA visitors.

Julian Schuster in the broadcast booth with Cardinals play-by-play man John Rooney.

Julian Schuster in the broadcast booth with Cardinals play-by-play man John Rooney

The whirlwind week of activities around the NAFSA conference of international educators continued Thursday, with Webster University introducing global visitors to many attractions Webster and St. Louis have to offer.

Provost Julian Schuster hosted guests at the St. Louis Cardinals game and was interviewed just before the game by Cardinals announcer John Rooney for airing during the broadcast on KMOX-AM. Listen to the interview in the audio player at the top of this post, or here it at the direct audio link here.

Though the game was delayed and interrupted by multiple rain delays — and NAFSA travelers had shelter from the rain thanks to Webster-sponsored pedicabs — guests at the game still had a great time interacting after another day of conferencing in Downtown St. Louis.

Webster reps networked and welcomed international colleagues at the Cardinals game.

Webster reps networked and welcomed international colleagues at the Cardinals game.

During the day, Webster’s exhibit on the conference floor drew attention by the presence of some national champions: Webster chess team members Mara Kamphorst and Ray Robson welcomed challengers among the NAFSA conference attendees.

NAFSA members were given 5 minutes total for their part of the game, while Kamphorst and Robson limited themselves to one minute each.

As coach Susan Polgar said, it was a great move to feature them in Webster’s convention booth. “It provided instant attention and curiosity, which drew people to our booth.” Polgar shared more photos of the action on Twitter.

And at the Old Post Office, home of Webster’s downtown St. Louis campus location, the University welcomed friends old and new to a reception.

[More on Webster at NAFSA: Sponsorship | Prep | Day 1 | Day 2]

Among the celebrants were presidents of other universities, as well as international visitors from within the Webster University worldwide community.

Taking a break from preparing the new campus in Accra, Ghana, John Ginsburg made a return visit to St. Louis for NAFSA.

Taking a break from preparing the new campus in Accra, Ghana, John Ginsburg made a return visit to St. Louis for NAFSA.

Beth Stroble with Fontbonne president Dennis Golden and Maryville president Mark Lombardi

Beth Stroble with Fontbonne president Dennis Golden and Maryville president Mark Lombardi

 

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