In the News: Akande on diversity; Cross (on air today) and Smith on Ferguson; Arcade praise; Rishe on NCAA

| August 13, 2014

Recent and news media coverage involving Webster University community members includes:

Akande at Public Radio on Preparing Diverse Students for Success

Benjamin Akande, dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, recorded an essay at NPR affiliate St. Louis Public Radio about how universities can prepare students from diverse backgrounds for successful careers. In this commentary, he shares a story about Webster alumna Michelle Tucker, an East St. Louis native and Walker School grad who is now a senior vice president at Bank of America.

In many ways, Tucker’s story exemplifies some of the greatest challenges and opportunities universities confront today – enabling first-generation college students from diverse backgrounds to prepare for successful careers in business and, most important, in life.

We must persist to provide access to higher education to the next generation of Michelle Tuckers by setting a “moon goal” at every institution of higher learning in America.

Read the full text of Akande’s commentary and listen to the audio at St. Louis Public Radio.

Smith, Falconer Part of Counseling Effort in Ferguson

Gladys Smith, counselor in Counseling & Life Development, and Jameca Falconer, adjunct professor in the School of Education, were interviewed as part of St. Louis Public Radio coverage the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, and the community response. Both were interviewed as mental health professionals available in a gathering at Ferguson’s Wellspring Church to assist those in psychological need, and to provide psychological resources to the community. They were part of the assistance provided by the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) local chapter.

On Air Today: Cross on KSDK about Ferguson

Remy Cross, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology & Sociology in the College of Arts & Sciences, will appear today (Wednesday, Aug. 13) at 4 p.m. CDT on KSDK’s “First on Five” newscast to discuss violence in Ferguson.

Arcade Building Plan Praised as Construction Moves Forward

Rehabilitation of the Arcade Building in downtown St. Louis, where Webster’s downtown campus location will expand as part of the new Gateway Campus, has begun with the close of tax credit financing by the developers.

In the latest St. Louis Post-Dispatch coverage, U.S. Bank vice president Nicole Blummer praised the plan, which will house Webster’s operations as well as shared artist space, affordable housing and market-rate apartments: “It’s going to be a real gem for downtown and a model for other developments.”

Rishe on NCAA O’Bannon Ruling

George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology professor Patrick Rishe‘s expertise on the economics of sport was sought by media after the California court ruling in favor of Ed O’Bannon, who sued the NCAA over compensation for the use of university player names and likenesses.

Rishe appeared in an eight-minute discussion on Bloomberg TV, and was also interviewed by NBC News about how this ruling and another pending case could change the economics of Division I college athletics:

But the O’Bannon case wasn’t a total victory for athletes, said Pat Rishe, professor of sports economics at Webster University.

“The NCAA won a small point as the judge capped the potential payments to select athletes at $5,000 annually, and that would be deferred until a student left the institution,” he said.

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