Around Webster: Dreyfus in China; Louisville Nonprofit Fest; Bauer’s Union Avenue Opera Lectures; Wilke on Military Transition; Armit Returns

| July 11, 2014
Dan Dreyfus, "Ten Days in China"

From “Ten Days in China” photos by Dan Dreyfus, adjunct faculty member in the School of Communications. See more at here.

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

Dreyfus ’10 Days in China’

School of Communications adjunct faculty member Dan Dreyfus was one of 10 photographers invited by the Nanjing Photographic Association, in association with the Sister Cities exchange program, to participate in a trip to China.

The trip, sponsored by the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum (IPHF) in St. Louis, took place May 21-31.

View a small sampling of his “Ten Days in China” photos here.


Bauer Delivers Summer Lecture Series for Union Avenue Opera

On Friday, July 11, Glen Bauer, professor in the Department of Music in Webster’s Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, will deliver the first of six Friday night lectures this summer for Union Avenue Opera (UAO) directed by Scott Schoonover. This UAO 20th Anniversary season features “La traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi, “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Andre Previn, and “Siegfried” by Richard Wagner.

Included in the cast and ensembles for the productions are Webster University adjunct professor Debby Lennon, and four Webster students: Nora Benedict, Katherine Menke, Jimmy Stevens and Natanja Tomich.

Louisville Hosts ‘How Can I Help?’ Festival for Nonprofits

While nonprofit organizations contribute a great deal to the vibrancy of a region, they face the common challenge of getting benefactors, volunteers and board members to help them accomplish their missions.  To assist this process, the Webster University Louisville campus location is conducting a “How Can I Help?” Festival as part of its 40th anniversary in Kentucky.

On Friday, July 11, 5 – 7:30 p.m. at the PriceWaterhouseCooper Pavilion in Beckley Creek Park, Webster Louisville will bring together nonprofits to demonstrate their missions and engage volunteers and participants. Webster University is inviting its 2,000 graduate local alumni, families, friends, and the general public to attend. The festivities will include demonstrations by participating nonprofits, live music, games, refreshments, and use of the local park facilities including the sprayground and children’s playground.

“This is a great way to encourage people to become more engaged in making our community a better place to live for all of us,” said Louisville director Brian Daly.

Participating nonprofit organizations include groups who represent people, animals, the arts and social services. For further information about this celebratory event, contact Tammy Burke, or 502-896-1835.

Wilke Completes Doctoral Thesis on Military Transition to Business, with Honors

Jeff Wilke, director at the MCB Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River campus locations, is relatively new to Webster but has plunged right into the lifelong learning ethic. In completing his Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), Wilke defended his doctoral thesis on veterans of the armed forces who transitioned to the role of small business owner and the marketing practices that contributed to their success. Wilke finished the program with honors: a 4.0 GPA and induction into the Sigma Beta Delta and Phi Beta Delta honor societies for academic achievement in business management/administration and international business.

Office of Corporate Partnerships Welcomes Armit ‘Back’ to Webster

The Office of Corporate Partnerships has a new department associate, but she is not new to Webster. Jennifer Armit assumes the role after recently working at Meds & Food for Kids as a development officer and in Washington, D.C. as an advocacy intern for the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition and as an ambassador/trainer for Sofitel. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Webster in International Relations.

In her new role, Armit will provide administrative assistance and support on corporate partnership initiatives.  She replaces Emilee Glueck, who is moving to Houston to pursue professional opportunities.

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