Around Webster: Cosic films this weekend; Edmunds on Katrina; DiFate award; Marcella on disaster; Green in D.C.

| November 14, 2013

Recent honors and professional news about Webster University community members includes:

Cosic's short film, "Only the Chimney Stays," will screen before a panel on the former Yugoslavia at the St. Louis International Film Festival.

Cosic’s short film, “Only the Chimney Stays,” will screen before a panel on the former Yugoslavia at the St. Louis International Film Festival. Click the photo to see more School of Communications involvement in the festival.

Ćosić in International Film Festival, at Kranzberg Nov. 15

The renowned St. Louis International Film Festival gets underway this weekend, and School of Communications adjunct faculty member Zlatko Ćosić will be on a special panel looking back on Yugoslavia 20 years after civil war broke apart the country.

Cosic will screen his related short film, Only the Chimney Stays, preceding the panel discussion, “Twenty Years Later – Films from the Former Yugoslavia: Ghost of the Past, Visions of the Future,” Nov. 20, at 4 p.m. at UMSL, Gallery 210.

SOC Faculty, Alumni, Students at the Festival: Check out all the School of Communications involvement in the St. Louis International Film Festival in this post.

Separately, Ćosić’s audio visual performance, Sonoptic – a “collision of sonic and optic experiences” featuring live experimental music and a live video show for a full sensory experience for the audience, will peform Nov. 15 at the Kranzberg Arts Center. More info on Sonoptic here. Ćosić will process his original videos and live camera feed and project in the space, accompanied by music, sounds and performance art and dance. Tickets are available at the door and online at

DiFate Receives Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award

Kristen DiFate, assistant professor of digital advertising, can now add another honor to her 2013 Kemper Excellence in Teaching Award. DiFate was recently named one of 103 recipients of the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award.  The award recognizes college professors and elementary school teachers in the St. Louis metropolitan area “who are examples of excellence in their fields.”

Read more about DiFate’s honor at the School of Communications.

Edmunds on Welcoming Students after Katrina

An article written about Hurricane Katrina by Anne Edmunds, associate vice president for Graduate and International Admission, was selected for publication in the Winter 2014 Journal of College Admission. The theme for the issue is “When Disaster Strikes… And How to Recover.”

“The article describes how Belmont University, where I was then associate director of Admission, enrolled students after Hurricane Katrina,” Edmunds says. “As the counselor for Louisiana, I led the admission efforts to welcome Katrina students to Belmont. As a New Orleans native, the article also includes my  personal account of Katrina since my parents chose to evacuate vertically to Tulane Hospital rather than horizontally out of the city, like they have promised to do for all future hurricanes.”

Marcella Examines Sea Scenario in ‘Disaster Recovery Journal’

Al Marcella, professor of management in the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, examines the scenario of an unknown outbreak affecting 2,500 passengers on a 249,000-ton cruise ship, in the article, “If You Were the Ship’s Captain, What Would YOU Have Done?” Published in Disaster Recovery Journal, Marcella presents critical questions a cruise ship captain should be prepared to address if faced with a similar situation.

Read more about Marcella at the Walker School blog.

Green Selected, Nominated in D.C.

Ted Green, chair and associate professor in the Teacher Education Department of the School of Education, was selected to attend the inaugural George Washington Teachers’ Institute for Missouri teachers held in October in Washington, D.C. This faculty scholarship was provided by a generous donor.   Separately, the National Executive Board at the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) in Washington, D.C., accepted a nomination for Green to run for a national university faculty position on the board.

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