Around Webster: Rodriguez, Callan, Ervin, Col. Liddy Speeches; Scharf on Critical Evaluation

| May 15, 2014

Recent professional news and honors for Webster University community members include:

Rodriguez Emcees International Trade Night

Guillermo Rodriguez, director of International Projects and Study Abroad at Webster University served as master of ceremonies for the 6th annual International Trade Night sponsored by the St. Louis International Partnership on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

The St. Louis International Partnership is an alliance of internationally focused organizations in the region that support efforts to increase international trade, education, cultural exchanges and world understanding to improve the socio-economic and cultural well-being of the St. Louis region specifically, and the world in general. Webster University is a charter member of St. Louis International Partnership.


Callan addresses the St. Louis Federal Executive Board.

Callan Delivers Keynote for St. Louis Federal Executive Board

On Thursday, May 8, Brig. Gen. Mike Callan, USAF (Ret), associate vice president, Office of Military Affairs, delivered the keynote address at the Annual Awards Program for the St. Louis Federal Executive Board. Representing all of the federal agencies in the greater St Louis area, this forum recognizes the outstanding federal performers for 2013, primarily supporting the Combined Federal Campaign and their on-duty and off-duty contributions to their organizations.

The Federal Executive Board (FEB) is one of 28 FEBs formed since 1961 to increase federal agency collaboration and communication. Accompanied by Jason Blakemore, Webster’s Veteran Success on Campus (VSOC) counselor, Callan said he was honored to speak before
“these dedicated federal employees about how proud the citizens of this great country are of their performance.” He emphasized the need for further collaboration.

Librarians Present at LOEX on Scaffolding Critical Evaluation

Instruction and Liaison Services Librarian Emily Scharf and former Instruction and Liaison Services Librarian John Watts presented at the LOEX Library Instruction Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Their session was titled “Look at It This Way: Scaffolding Critical Evaluation Using Images and Advertisements.”

Ervin joins Webster


Ervin on Diversity and Inclusion

Katie Ervin, director of Webster’s Fort Leavenworth campus location, was the closing keynote speaker at the Kansas State Society for Human Resources Managers (KS-SHRM) Diversity and Inclusion Conference last Friday. Her talk, “How to Spot and Stop Bullying in the Workplace,” closed the event for managers, human resource executives and business leaders.

Doctoral Student to Deliver Harris-Stowe Commencement Address

Webster University student Col. Steven T. Liddy of the United States Air Force will deliver the keynote address for Harris-Stowe State University’s 157th Commencement Convocation Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 11 a.m. Liddy is a student in the Webster University School of Education’s Education Specialist program.

The honor will be especially meaningful for the Harris-Stowe alumnus because his son, Michael, is among this year’s graduates, receiving a bachelor of science degree in business. “While I am humbled and honored to serve as keynote, this is a special opportunity for me to share the stage briefly with my son, who will be graduating with honors,” said Col. Liddy.

Col. Liddy, who will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters during the ceremony, entered the United States Air Force in 1985 as a graduate of the Parks College ROTC program. He cites diversity and adversity as major influences that helped propel him to his current position
of the commandant of the Headquarters Reserve National Security Space Institute.

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