Snapshot: Centennial Banner Raised Downtown in Advance of Friday’s Kickoff

| September 15, 2014
Webster University's Centennial banner in downtown St. Louis

Webster University’s Centennial banner in downtown St. Louis

Passersby in downtown St. Louis can’t help but see see the bold signage for Webster University’s Centennial anniversary — a banner measuring 40 feet wide, 12 feet high. The banner hangs in the Old Post Office Plaza, directly across the street from the Old Post Office’s library entrance of Webster’s downtown campus.

Kickoff Event Sept. 19

The kickoff event for Webster’s centennial will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, in the Old Post Office Plaza. This street party will feature a live concert by Webster alumni Erin Bode and Samba Bom, food trucks, street chess and hoops, and other activities. Webster’s mascot, the Gorlok, will be on hand with a contingent of celebrity guests to entertain attendees.

The party continues that evening with a Homecoming “Garden Glow” wine tasting and beer garden event in the Anheuser-Busch Rain Garden on the Webster University campus. From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the east side of Webster’s East Academic Building, located at 545 Garden Ave, will be illuminated with lanterns and lights. The public is invited to enjoy wine from Garland Wines in Webster Groves and St. Louis’s favorite beer company, Anheuser-Busch.

A Year of Celebration: Cinema, Talks, Star Alumni and Toys for Tots

In addition to the Sept. 19 events, other activities planned throughout Webster’s 2014-2015 centennial anniversary year include:

  • A “Century Through Cinema” series highlighting 100 years of cinema, with award-winning films that capture decades, define generations and evoke nostalgia.
  • A “Talks of the Century” faculty lecture series of engaging intellectual presentations on topics from various academic disciplines.
  • A worldwide “Toys for Tots” campaign at all Webster campus locations during November and December 2014.
  • A “Stars Come Home” and time-capsule installation event as part of Webster’s 2015 homecoming weekend festivities.
  • Centennial Grand Finale, open house and gala events to close the celebration in November 2015.

More detailed information on all Webster University centennial events can be found online at

Centennial Media

For more coverage of the centennial and Webster’s history, see interviews with President Beth Stroble at the St. Louis American and on local radio stations KMOX and KTRS..

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