In the News: Ghana commencement; Webster ‘seed’ in Ghana; Englis at Shakespeare Festival

| May 29, 2015

Recent news media coverage involving Webster University community members includes:

Webster Ghana Commencement in Local News

The first-ever commencement ceremony held at Webster University’s campus in Accra, Ghana, was featured in local media outlets, including Modern Ghana, Spy Ghana and 9ija News.

Commencement speaker Esther Cobbah, chief executive of Strategic Communications Africa Limited, encouraged the students to stay persistent in the face of setbacks.

She reminded the graduates that African leaders like Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, made huge sacrifices for the realization of their dreams. “Africans today must not let those sacrifices for our independence be in vain.”

Akande to Ghana News Agency: Webster ‘Planting a Seed’ in Ghana

While in Accra for the Webster commencement ceremony, Benjamin Akande, dean of Webster’s George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, was interviewed by Ghana News Agency on the University’s progress and aspirations in Ghana, home to the first Webster campus on the African continent.

“We have made a very significant investment in Ghana. We are not here for the short term but for the long term.

“If you look at our infrastructure investment and commitment it demonstrates that we are basically planting a seed that we are going to water.

While the University has been in the Ghanaian market for a relatively short time, “There is a sense of constructive impatience to want to have an impact sooner than later.”

Read the full story at Ghana News Agency.

Ladue News: Englis Behind the Scenes

Conservatory of Theatre Arts chair Dorothy Marshall Englis, a renowned costume designer, is once again behind the designs for this summer’s Shakespeare Festival St. Louis production. Antony and Cleopatra runs May 22 – June 14.

See a behind-the-scenes photos, including shots of Englis at work with the costumes, in this Ladue News album on Facebook. See production photos on the Festival’s Flickr album.

Englis has designed costumes for previous Festival productions of Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, and The Henry Project, as well as many Shakespeare productions by the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and beyond.

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