COVID-19 Task Force Announces Creation of the Task Force on Transition and Adaptability; Modified Operations to Continue Until June 15; Communication from the Chancellor and Provost on University Operations
While St. Louis County, home to the Webster University’s main campus, is preparing to restart the regional economy on May 18, the university’s COVID-19 Task Force continues to meet and prepare for safe transitions. These will likely occur in phases for campuses in the St. Louis area and across its global operations. The COVID-19 Task Force also announced the creation of the Task Force on Transition and Adaptability, which will help chart the path forward and announced that modified operations will continue until at least June 15. Read the update from President Julian Schuster and the COVID-19 Task Force here, the communication from the Task Force on Transition and Adaptability here, and the Message from the Chancellor and Provost About Operations here.
Virtual Commencement 2020: Watch the Replay
Graduations are always memorable, but the 2020 Commencement was historic, memorable, and virtual – thanks to the global pandemic and required social distancing. More than 2,300 devices tuned in to view the celebration. Watch the replay of the day’s events, which included remarks by Chancellor Beth Stroble, President Julian Schuster, and the college and school deans. The commencement address was delivered by Vladimir Ivkovic, PhD, BA ’99 from Webster Vienna Private University. In addition, visit here to read the inspirational “20 Words for 2020” messages that were prepared for graduates by alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the school.
Chancellor Stroble Reflects on Commencement and University Accomplishments
In her weekly “Reflections” email to the Webster University Community, Chancellor Stroble reminisced about Commencement, which welcomed 4,714 graduates as Webster alumni. She also shared a video of “Singin’ in the Rain” prepared by Alex Rudd, a student in the Conservatory of Theatre Arts, and Ryan Bommarito, a student in the School of Communications. Read Chancellor’s note in its entirety here.
Upcoming Collaboratory Scheduled for Tuesday, May 19 – Thursday, May 21, Via Webex
The annual Collaboratory provides an opportunity for the Webster community to share research, strengthen assessment practices, collaborate across disciplines and explore new directions related to teaching and learning.
Not surprising, a big topic for this year’s Collaboratory is the transition to remote teaching and what teaching and learning may look like in the near future. Resources to support remote learning will also be discussed, as will facilitating the student experience and success in the midst of uncertain times.
Please RSVP here and to check out the complete schedule with session descriptions on the Collaboratory website
Episode 6 of the Webster World Report Podcast Now Available
This week’s episode features voices from Vietnam, the Netherlands, and the U.S. The episode includes an interview with Vietnamese photo journalism student Phuong Bui, of Webster’s School of Communications, who returned home to Vietnam and spent 23 days in quarantine, rather than stay on the Webster Campus.
Other interviews include Jean Paul van Marissing, director of Webster University Leiden; Erica Ellard of the Academic Resource Center (ARC); and Jian Gong, a web services analyst in San Antonio who discusses her protective mask-making project she formed with the San Antonio Chinese Alliance Face Masks Group. Listen to the episode here.