In the News: Kinetic Charging Station; McGee ’01 Ed Award; Chess in Slate; Teeter Variety Production

| September 24, 2014

Recent media coverage involving Webster University community members includes:

Kinetic/Solar Charging Station Noted as Cutting-Edge Tech

Webster University’s new kinetic mobile charging station was featured in a story at Clean Technica:

Most noticeable is the solar panel that doubles as a shade and weather protector (for the record, the kinetic energy soccer field also has solar panels for night lighting), but that’s just for starters.

The customized station includes 10 ports for different cables cell phones and tablets, two USB ports, and two wireless charging pads. It also includes free Wi-Fi and an emergency phone link to the campus security department.

McGee ’01 Wins STLMag Excellence in Education Award

Christopher McGee ’01, Webster University alumnus and president of the Alumni Association, is featured as the first place winner in the 2014 Excellence in Education Awards by St. Louis Family, produced by St. Louis Magazine. An excerpt, which is on page 36 of the Fall/Winter 2014 edition:

Planning course curricula may sound like a snooze. Just don’t tell Chris McGee. His enthusiasm for his dream job is downright infectious. He sets up the science and social studies curricula for the kindergarten through eighth-grade classes in the Webster Groves School District.


“There is nothing more validating of a learning experience than to see kids who are excited and want a bunch of kids to play their game,” McGee says. “It was real. It was better than any work sheet or lab that could ever have been…

“One of my mantras is: Who’s the audience? If we are just turning papers in to the teacher, we are missing an opportunity to share the learning, the aha moments, the celebrations with a larger community.”

You can congratulate McGee on Twitter at @cmcgee200.

Slate: Chess History Made in St. Louis

Webster University’s top-ranked chess team is mentioned as part of the chess wave in St. Louis in a Slate article about the surprising outcome of the Sinquefield Cup, “One of the Most Amazing Feats in Chess History Just Happened, and No One Noticed.”

Not far from here, on the same side of the city, is Webster University, home to the nation’s best college chess team.

Together, these institutions have made St. Louis the new center of American chess. Susan Polgar, among the best female chess players ever, relocated here to coach the Webster team.

Teeter, Variety Children’s Theater Featured in Post-Dispatch

A St. Louis Post-Dispatch article (also syndicated nationally) on the Variety Children’s Theater production of “Peter Pan,” which the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts faculty member Lara Teeter produced and directed, features 17-year-old student Andrew Adolphson, who is blind.  Says Teeter, who is musical theater director in Webster’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts:

“I tell people the Variety Theater experience is the most profound theater experience of my life,” he said. “Nothing compares to it. Nothing.

“These kids are like you and me, the same desires, the same goals. But they’re trapped in a body that may not be able to see, walk or talk.”

Still, that doesn’t mean favors, Teeter said.

“Andrew had to audition; the kids have to audition,” he said. “They don’t get a free ride.

Read the full story here.

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