Around Webster: Schmutz Elected to DAP; Edmunds’ Admissions Research; Jensens Honored by CSCA; Cannon’s Recycled 2-Piece; McGrath on Diversity Abroad

| April 11, 2014

Recent professional news and accomplishments by Webster University community members include:

Schmutz Elected to Diversity Awareness Partnership Board

Betsy Schmutz, associate vice president and chief human resources officer, has been elected to the executive committee of the board of directors of the Diversity Awareness Partnership (DAP) of St. Louis. Betsy has been a member of the board since 2011 and provides a strong liaison role between DAP and Webster University.

McGrath Represents Webster at Diversity, Education Abroad

Kim McGrath, assistant director of Study Abroad, represented Webster University at the annual “Diversity Abroad” and “Forum on Education Abroad” conferences in San Diego, Calif., last week.

Along with colleagues from Michigan State University and University of Missouri-Columbia, Kim led a workshop on “Diversity and Inclusion in Education Abroad 101” and facilitated a lunchtime conversation on “Women’s Leadership in International Education,” in collaboration with the Forum  and with colleagues from CISabroad and Yale University.

Coaches Scott and Gina Jensen

Forensics/Debate directors Scott and Gina Jensen

Jensens Honored for Forensics/Debate Work at CSCA Convention

Two Speech Communication Studies faculty members received honors at the Central States Communication Association convention in Minneapolis. Scott Jensen, professor and director of Forensics/Debate, was honored for the top panel in the Argumentation and Forensics Division. The panel, Elevating Ideas of Winning: Exploring Challenges and Strategies to Ideas of Forensic “Success,” included a paper authored by Jensen titled Integrating Forensic Educator Identities and Winning: Exploring Challenges of Negotiating Personal and Other Perspectives on Forensic Success.

This was one of four presentations given by Jensen during the conference. He discussed the role of oral communication and Webster’s public speaking course as part of the panel, The (Not So) Basic Course: Challenging the Way We Approach the Foundational Class, and also provided perspective on the panel Open Roundtable Discussion on Diversity and Inclusion in Forensics. Additionally, Jensen was selected as a showcase program presenter from Missouri for his program Selling What Should Sell Itself:  Rhetorical and Management Strategies for Acclaiming and Shaping Forensic Programs.

Also at the conference, Gina Jensen, adjunct professor and assistant director of Forensics/Debate, received honors for editing the Central States Communication Association Top State Journal award. Jensen edits the Journal of the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri, a refereed annual publication that includes scholarly research articles, specially recognized programs from the association’s annual fall conference, and teaching resources. Jensen won the honor for the 2013 issue of the journal.

Edmunds Presents, Moderates Panel at SACAC Admissions Conference

Anne Edmunds recently attended the annual conference for the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC) in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where she delivered three presentations. She presented her dissertation research, an examination of the likelihood of persistence in college for students with discrepant high school grades and test scores, with a colleague from ACT who replicated part of her study with a national dataset of one million students.

She also moderated a panel presentation on leading change, and presented on graduate school options for those in the college admission profession. The session titles were:

  • (Dissertation research) Examining the Likelihood of Admission and Persistence for Students with Discrepant High School Grades and Test Scores
  • Surviving the Work World – A Guide for Graduate Programs and Working
  • Leading through Seas of Change
Cannon (left) designed a recycled two-piece (right) from copy paper wrappers, hanging folders, a binder, a chopstick, toothpicks, and (skirt) window blinds.

Cannon (left) designed a recycled two-piece (right) from copy paper wrappers, hanging folders, a binder, a chopstick, toothpicks, and (skirt) window blinds.

Shaw AFB’s Cannon Takes Recycling to the Runway…the Other Runway

Many have taken the sustainability movement refrain of “Reduce, reuse and recycle” to heart. One Webster University director has taken it to the runway.

Michelle Deatrick Cannon, senior director of Webster University’s Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., campus location, advanced to the final round of competition in the Runaway Runway fashion show, “Strut Your Junk.”

The event, hosted by the Columbia, S.C., Design League, required that all clothing designs be assembled strictly from recycled materials. Cannon created a two-piece ensemble  from copy paper wrappers, hanging folders, a binder, a chopstick, toothpicks and window blinds.

The outfit took several weeks to complete and was modeled by Lauren Peralta-Sauls, who works for a local community college on base.


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