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8/31/17 - A Message from the President and Provost

Posted: 9/5/2017 2:35:00 PM

Dear Colleagues:

Welcome to the 2017-18 academic school year. We hope you had an enjoyable and productive summer, and want to take this opportunity to update you on a few of the events and milestones coming up.

Enrollment – As the year gets underway, we are seeing a number of positive enrollment trends and are hopeful they will continue as the school year progresses. Most notably, freshman enrollment stands at 525, a 21% increase over a year ago.

Town Hall Meetings – We are again joining with the deans to host two Town Hall meetings for our adjunct faculty this fall. They will be held on Tuesday, September 5 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, September 7 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Both meetings will be held in the EAB 253/262. As many of you know, these are intended to be an opportunity for all of us to gather, share information, and for you to ask us questions. This will also be a great opportunity to meet our two new academic deans: Simone Cummings of the Walker School of Business and Technology and Tony Wallner, who is new to Webster University and is leading the College of Arts and Sciences.

Parking – Annual adjunct faculty parking permits are available for $20 and cover the entire academic year. With the expansion of the new parking garage, parking spots are more available than in previous years. You may obtain your parking pass by visiting the Office Of Public Safety at:

Office of Public Safety
572 Garden Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119
314-968-7430

We are also continuing last year’s policy of making free passes for Metro available for employees and students. The “UPass,” enables members of the Webster University community to ride both Metrobus and Metrolink without charge. This program represents part of our commitment to make transportation more accessible, affordable, and sustainable. Faculty, students, and staff may obtain the passes at the Bursar’s Office using their Webster photo ID. The address is:

Bursar/Cashier's Office
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
Webster Hall 101
St. Louis, MO 63119

Please note Metro buses run regularly between the Shrewsbury Metrolink station and the front of Webster Hall. Parking is also available for UPass users at the Shrewsbury station parking lot.

Browning Hall (Interdisciplinary Science Building) – This state-of-the-art building houses modern laboratories and classrooms, and will serve as a cornerstone of many of our new programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. You will also be pleased to know that there are also several office areas dedicated for use by adjuncts. See Websteradjunctinfo.org for details.

The opening of Browning Hall and the newly-expanded parking garage mark significant Campus Master Plan milestones and reflect our efforts to centralize student activity in the interior of our campus. While the building will be formally dedicated on October 19 (details to follow), it is open for Fall 1 classes.

50th Anniversary of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts – We will celebrate this momentous milestone on April 20-21, 2018, and will share with you all of the details when they are confirmed.

Accreditation – This year we will host a review for re-accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). It is an arduous process that takes place every 10 years. During the process, we are evaluated on our governance, academics, site, and our programs. The effort is capped by a two-day visit by HLC reviewers, which is scheduled for March 19-20. We will keep you posted on our progress and developments.

Recent Events and #WeAreWebster Initiative – Please take a moment to watch our video messagewhich reminds all of us to reject violence, intolerance and bigotry, and instead embrace our differences while nurturing an atmosphere of welcome and inclusion at Webster University. In addition, learn more about the voluntary inclusion pledge and the #WeAreWebster initiative being led by a group of students and staff, and endorsed by the Student Government Association (SGA).

Finally, thank you for your dedication and enthusiasm. Thanks to you and your efforts, we continue to guide and support our students so that they may be accomplished global leaders of tomorrow.

Sincerely,

    Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, Ph.D.               
    President


    Julian Schuster, Ph.D.
    Provost
    Senior Vice President 
    Chief Operating Officer