Audio Engineering Students Spread the Word at STEM Fair

| January 29, 2014
Three Audio Aesthetics & Technology students volunteered to staff a booth at a STEM fair where they could talk to high school students about Webster, the School of Communications, and the opportunities in the audio engineering field.

Three Audio Aesthetics & Technology students volunteered to staff a booth at a STEM fair where they could talk to high school students about Webster, the School of Communications, and the opportunities in the audio engineering field.

Three Webster University Audio Aesthetics and Technology student volunteers staffed a booth at the 2014 STEM Extravaganza at Hazelwood Central High School this month to spread the word about this unique program in the School of Communications.

About 160 people stopped at the Webster table, said professor and department chair Barry Hufker.

Webster students Andrew Witthaus, Kayla Rogers and Paul Schneider are all AA&T majors, as well as members of the Student Chapter of the Audio Engineering Society. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. they talked at length to everyone who visited the booth, talked about Webster and the program and demonstrating the program’s high-tech audio gear. The event attracts students interested in “STEM” programs — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

“They had people listening on headphones to our music recording project,” Hufker said. “They had people listening on headphones to the Foley sound effects while watching our movie. They had people talking and singing into the Neumann U47 microphone through the Midas Venice console while the visitors listened to themselves, boosting the bass in their voices and panning themselves left and right.  It was a fun time.”

Hufker said the students’ passion for their program and their school was palpable, with a visible excitement for introducing other young students to the field.

“I know the students did it out of their passion for the university and the program — and the goodness of their hearts,” he said. “It was a joy to see.”

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  1. Trezette Dixon says:

    As a proud member of the Hazelwood School District and Webster University, I was so excited to see the Webster University Audio Aesthetics and Technology student volunteers and faculty representative Barry Hufker. My children enjoyed the hands on exhibit and loved interacting with the passionate students. I was also happy to see other Webster faculty/staff representing Computer Science, Biological Sciences and Admissions. It was an amazing event! Our district appreciates the support of Webster University!