In the News: Loretto on Webster centennial; Sound of Meyer’s residency; Schubert on ISIS, Yemen

| April 27, 2015
Loretto Community article by Annie Stevens SL

The article in the Loretto Community magazine recounts academic highlights and developments from Webster’s first 100 years.

Recent news media coverage involving Webster University community members includes: 

Loretto Community: ‘Webster University Reaches Century Mark’

An article about the Webster University Centennial in the Loretto Community magazine by Annie Stevens SL, adjunct faculty member of Religious Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences, recalls a variety of historic gems from throughout Webster’s first 100 years, including the growing academic accomplishments and impact of the institution during the pre-WWII period:

“With her radio class, Mary Louise Buetner SL directed a weekly broadcast in four languages, and Aloyse Ellington SL became the first Catholic Sister to publish original research in a scientific journal. Webster’s Silver Anniversary in 1940 included greetings from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who recognized the ‘all-around training of heart and mind, with due emphasis on spiritual values, which must be at the very foundation of all real education.'”

The article traces the University’s founding by Sisters of Loretto and the values of justice and respect that have carried throughout its existence. Read the  full story on pages 6-7 here.

Audio, Print Coverage of Meyer’s Residency at Guadalupe National Park

Tori Meyer, assistant professor in Audio Aesthetics & Technology in the School of Communications, was named Artist in Residence at Guadalupe Mountains National Park in West Texas for April and concluded her stay last week.

Her stay was featured in the Carlsbad Current-Argus, including an audio file of “Guadalupe Trail,” a four-minute musical piece she composed using sounds  recorded at the park and musical instrument digital interface (MIDI).

“It’s so great to be immersed in nature and just be with yourself,” Meyer said.

Meyer, an associate professor at Webster University in Missouri who specializes in musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) and spends time as a composer, photographer and performer, was named the Artist in Residence at Guadalupe Mountains National Park for April.

The composition combines the sounds of the park’s wildlife and water sources with drum and flutes from the Mescalero Apache tribe.

“Anytime you say I’m going to go record nature, it’s up to nature what you’re going to get,” Meyer said. “I ended up getting many birds, a lot of water resources around the park, rain, thunder and wind. West Texas has a lot of wind, I had no idea.”

Read the full story and listen to some of the recorded sounds here.

Previously, Meyer was an artist in residence at the Petrified Forest National Park in northeastern Arizona in June 2014.

Vienna’s Schubert on ISIS, and Escalation in Yemen

Webster Vienna International Relations professor Samuel Schubert provided insight into the dynamics of mutliple on-going IR issues during two recent appearances on Austrian radio FM4’s “Reality Check.” In late March,  Schubert talked about the recent attempts by U.S. and Iraqi forces to dislodge ISIS from the city of Tikrit, noting progress against ISIS. Listen to the full broadcast online here (at 13:10), and follow more news at Webster Vienna.

And this month, Schubert discussed Iranian warships in the Gulf of Aden around the on-going conflict in Yemen. While the Iranian naval presence does not constitute significant military support for Houthi rebels or much of an escalation, Schubert pointed out that it nevertheless complicates the situation in a very crowded area of frequent U.S., Russian or Chinese naval maneuvers — while also possibly drawing Pakistan into the conflict.

Listen to the entire interview here (starting at 12:17), and follow more news at Webster Vienna.

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