In the News: Stroble’s Diversity Visionary award; Scholar Singers partnership; Holiday Card best of 2014

| December 19, 2014

Recent news media coverage involving Webster University community members includes:

Stroble’s Diversity Visionary Award in St. Louis American

The St. Louis American covered the Diversity Visionary Award recently received by Webster University President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble.

The award honors individuals who have made significant past and present contributions to diversity in higher education. Since being named president of Webster in 2009, Stroble increased the diversity of her leadership team, established the position of associate vice president of diversity and inclusion for the first time in the University’s 100-year history, and partnered with the board of trustees to increase board diversity.

Scholar Singers: Unique Community Partnership in Webster Groves

The Webster-Kirkwood Times profiled the the Scholar Singers, a unique local partnership between two historic Webster Groves institutions: Webster University and Emmanuel Episcopal Church. The program is “the brainchild of Webster University’s Trent Patterson, Emmanuel’s Rev. Daniel Appleyard and Emmanuel organist Charles Peery.”

The Scholar Singers program functions like a pre-professional internship. Students have the opportunity to work with their mentor, Patterson, outside of class, but just across the street at Emmanuel Episcopal.


Church members have mentored students in church practices, and the two groups quickly fused.

“We’ve created a very nice little community that I feel very at home with. I’ve also noticed that I’ve become a lot more spiritual since I’ve been going,” said Scholar Singer Fredrick Rice.

“They are really drawn to us as young students, and they come to our performances outside of the church,” said Scott Connor. “We’re making some good friends in the process and learning a lot.”

Read the full story in the Webster-Kirkwood Times.

Webster Holiday Card among Top Cards of 2014
"The World's Most Confusing Carolers" left to right: Katinka Oudenhuijsen, Alex Wilking, Katja Ehrenmüller, Jon Strauser, Mary Timberlanke, Silong "Steven" Lin and Hannah Joseph.

“The World’s Most Confusing Carolers” left to right: Katinka Oudenhuijsen, Alex Wilking, Katja Ehrenmüller, Jon Strauser, Mary Timberlanke, Silong “Steven” Lin and Hannah Joseph.

Webster University’s annual holiday card made College Web Editor’s list of the top higher education holiday cards of 2014.

The card features Webster University students simultaneously singing the festive holiday song Deck the Halls in various languages (English, Dutch, French, German, Mandarin Chinese and Thai) that represent Webster University’s global reach with campuses in Austria, China, Ghana, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States.

Read about each of the students who participated in this earlier Webster Today post.

Category: Faculty, Student Affairs and News, Webster in the News

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