In the News: Stroble on Luhr move; Chess team workout; Thailand-Calcutta MOU

| February 20, 2015

Recent news media coverage involving Webster University community members includes:

Stroble in Post-Dispatch on Luhr Building

With Webster University this month officially moving into the Luhr Building it purchased five years ago from Eden Seminary, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch interviewed Webster and Eden Seminary presidents Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble and David Greenhaw on the journey to occupancy.

In the interview, Stroble emphasized moving forward and explained why Webster sought to occupy Luhr, a building Eden shared with Webster University for over 30 years:

“Our goal is to serve our students well,” Stroble said. “Part of how we do that is through our faculty and through up-to-date programs and facilities.”

Webster’s Information Technology and the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence now operate in Luhr.

RFT Features Chess Team’s Workout

Chess can be a grueling, lengthy game — which tests both mental and physical fitness. That’s why Webster University chess coach Susan Polgar emphasizes physical fitness for her players, something that drew the attention of the Riverfront Times for the article, “How to Work Out Like Webster University’s Champion Chess Team”:

“It’s very physical,” says Paul Truong, the team’s marketing director. “People don’t realize that.”

That’s why coach Susan Polgar has her team combine chess and Crossfit, the popular high-intensity workout that mixes Olympic-style weightlifting, gymnastics, calisthenics and other exercises, to build strength in both mind and body.

“It started with Susan [Polgar],” says Truong, the Hungarian-born chess Grandmaster who is friends with Crossfit’s founder, Greg Glassman. Polgar makes a point of keeping her chess players physically fit. “That’s one of the reasons why a lot of the top players in the world come to Webster. They understand [Polgar is] one of the most knowledgeable coaches in the world. Whatever she says, they follow it.”

Read the full story at the RFT.

Thailand – U. of Calcutta MOU in Career India

Career India covered a recent MOU between the University of Calcutta in India and Webster University Thailand that will enable student exchange and collaborative research projects. The MOU also calls for exploring opportunities for staff development, joint seminars, and other educational events.

Webster Thailand director Ratish Thakur is quoted describing the MOU as having limitless potential:

“We want Calcutta University students to come and explore ASEAN in terms of culture, religion, politics, business and NGOs. It will be a good opportunity for Webster students to come to Kolkata and get knowledge about Buddhist studies.”

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