In the News: Lewis in the American; Right Management; McComber HR spotlight; Akande on Cardinals; Orr on golf

| May 8, 2015

Recent news media coverage involving Webster University community members includes:

Lewis ’79 Featured in STL American on Saturday’s Return to Webster

Ahead of Saturday’s commencement address and conferral of an honorary doctorate, Jenifer Lewis ’79 was profiled in the St. Louis American:

First of all, when Dr. Stroble asked me to speak, I’ll be honest, I cried tears of joy,” Jenifer Lewis said about being invited to deliver the spring 2015 commencement speech for the general student body of Webster University by university President Beth Stroble.

As usual, the television, stage and film actress was larger than life – and good for a laugh – when she spoke of returning home this Saturday to usher new graduates into the real world. But there were moments of pure emotion blended in as well as she reflected on her journey from the halls of Webster College, as it was called then, to Hollywood.

“It just felt so life-affirming – talk about full circle,” Lewis said before taking a long pause. “I’m getting ready to cry again right now.”

Lewis also previewed her commencement speech, sharing her excitement to deliver it and for the generation who will hear it. “I want to tell them how needed and how important they are. This is their world now, and I’m looking forward to living in the world that they create,” Lewis said.

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 Akande in Ladue News on Cardinals’ Economic Impact

Benjamin Akande, dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, has a column in the April 23 Ladue News discussing how the DeWitts’ purchase of St. Louis Cardinals baseball club, which is now worth an estimated $1.4 billion, has been a boon for both the owners and the region.

Nineteen years ago, William Dewitt purchased the St. Louis Cardinals for a mere $150 million.

It turned out to be a smart investment.

Walker School’s Career Management Program in BizEd

The worldwide career management and coaching program launched this year by the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology was featured in the March-April 2015 issue of BizEd. See the sidebar on page 61:

Career development is a crucial element in any business program, but it can be difficult to get students into the career services office to take advantage of the tools and guidance it has to offer. This can be especially true for schools that serve large, geographically dispersed student populations. That’s why, ii January, Webster University’s Walker School of Business and Technology in St. Louis, Missouri, launched its Career Management Program for its more than 11,000 master’s level students studying at any of its campuses in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Little Rock’s McComber on Cover of HR Professional Magazine

Kathleen McComber, adjunct instructor in the Human Resources Development program since 2003 at Webster University’s Little Rock campus locations, and an alumna of the Walker School’s MA in Management program, was featured on the April cover of HR Professional Magazine.

The magazine is distributed electronically and in traditional paper format to HR professionals’ primarily in the Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri area.

McComber, the assistant vice chancellor for Human Resources for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, has over 30 years’ experience in the human resource profession. Previously she was corporate vice president of Human Resources for Edgewater.

Orr at Wallet Hub on Golf Economic

John Orr, associate professor of Management in the Walker School, was the subject of a Q&A about golf and economics at WalletHub.

The topics ranged from finding affordable deals for green fees as well as the economics of community decisions to invest in new or rehabbed golf courses.

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