Around Webster: McDonald to Suzuki board; Ratz CASE outstanding adviser; Quirk, Cummings text; Tamashiro on Hiroshima/Nagasaki anniversary

| August 11, 2014

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

McDonald Elected to Suzuki Association Board

Susan McDonald, Suzuki violin instructor and Suzuki string program coordinator for the Community Music School of Webster University (CMS) has been elected to the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) Board of Directors.

McDonald will serve a three-year term that began this month. The selection process was conducted over several months; including a nomination process, interviews, and election. “To serve on the Board of Directors of the SAA is a prestigious honor,” said Carol Commerford, director of the CMS. Susan will play an important role of shaping Suzuki education policy. We are very proud of Susan and this remarkable accomplishment. She represents the high quality of music education we strive to achieve at the Community Music School.”

Ratz Named 2014 Outstanding Adviser at Close of CASE ASAP Convention

The Webster University Student Ambassadors hosted the Council for the Support of Education Affiliated Student Advancement Programs (CASE ASAP) 41st National Convention Aug. 7-9. This was the largest convention for CASE ASAP in the last eight years, drawing over 100 student advancement professionals and 600 students who are involved in their institutions Student Ambassadors, Student Alumni Associations or Student Philanthropy groups.

The keynote speaker of the convention was Webster University alumnus, adjunct professor and former staff member Patrick Powers, who spoke to attendees about how students can leverage their social media savvy to begin building a professional online network while still in college.

The convention came to a close on Saturday, with the Network Awards Banquet where Webster University Student Ambassador adviser Billy Ratz was honored with the 2014 Outstanding Adviser.

For more information on the Student Ambassadors you can visit their website at

Quark and Cummings

Quirk, Cummings Team on Excel for Health Service Management Text

To help students and practitioners in the field of health services management solve statistics problems, two George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology faculty members, Thomas J. Quirk (Marketing) and Simone Cummings (Health Care Management). teamed up to write the book, Excel 2010 for Health Services Management Statistics:  A Guide to Solving Practical Problems.

Read more at the Walker School blog.

Tamashiro Presents on Hiroshima/Nagasaki at Ethical Society

In conjunction with the 69th anniversary of the first atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Aug. 6 and 9, 1945), Roy Tamashiro of the Multidisciplinary Studies Department presented “Hiroshima / Nagasaki Remembrance: Finding Peace, Making Peace, Living Peace,” at the Ethical Society of St. Louis.

The event was organized by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and cosponsored by the Ethical Action Committee of the St. Louis Ethical Society, Citizens for Global Solutions, St. Louis Friends Meeting,Veterans for Peace of St. Louis, Peace Economy Project, Women in Black of St. Louis, Palestine Solidarity Committee, and the Sunday evening peace vigil at the St. Francis Xavier College Church.

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