Academic Affairs

19 April 2012   

Updates on Commencement

clip of commencement  website The 2012 St. Louis Commencement ceremony is Saturday, May 12. This year's speaker will be U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne W. Patterson.

Students who have
graduated during the 2011-2012 academic year are welcome and encouraged to attend. So far, 135 students from 27 US campuses and two international campuses, as well as 95 fully online students, have indicated that they will be attending.

If you have students who wish to participate, it's not too late. Please submit their information on the 2012 St. Louis Commencement Participation Form. Send the completed form to Francine Case.

Students should also be directed to the new and improved St. Louis Commencement website, where they will need to fill out an RSVP confirming their participation. They can also find information on Commencement Week events, ordering regalia and announcements, and getting around the Muny.  
Grade Appeal Policyclip art of grade stamps


Directors were recently notified that there has been an increase in the number of grade challenges by students. As we work with our students, please be mindful that we have a policy in place that allows students the option to file an appeal. The full policy and the documented procedure are outlined in this recent memo. If you have further questions, please talk to your director or AVP.


Who Couldn't Use an Extra Day Off?...

...And help advance the goals of Webster University at the same time! The Alumni Office reports that they have received 48 gifts and pledges from Webster University staff at extended campuses, but by the end of next week we need 43 more gifts from extended campus staff to reach our goal. 


You can make a gift now or anytime before April 27 at  to be eligible for the following incentives:


  • All University Staff will receive a paid day-off on Friday, May 25 (the Friday before Memorial Day) if Webster University employees reach their participation goal.    
  • Extended campus faculty and staff who make a gift will be entered in a drawing for a free Kindle Fire.  


Included on the pledge form is a special option to purchase a personalized brick.  Bricks ($125) and Pavers ($250) will be installed in the courtyard of the East Academic Building on the Webster University home campus. 


You can also set up a payroll pledge by completing your Faculty - Staff Pledge Form and returning it to Julianne Smutz in the Development Office. All forms must be received by Friday April 27.


Instead of filling out the form online, you may also choose to download the form and fill it out. You may then choose one of the following means to submit it?                     
  • Email form 
  • Fax form to314-968-7108, attention Julianne Smutz
  • Mail form to Webster University, Development Office, 470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119


Upcoming Advising Webinar 


"The 2012-2013 Catalog" 

A review of resources to support changes and updates to academic programs  


DATE: Wednesday, April 25 

TIME: 10-11 a.m. (CDT) 


Guest Speakers: Beth Guccione, Academic Advisor Walker School of Business and Lori Sherrill, Senior Academic Advisor, Walker School of Business


There have been several changes to graduate programs this year which will take effect with the Summer 2012 term.  Revised programs include the MBA, International Business and Environmental Management.  Join us for this webinar in which we will discuss these changes and provide information you need to know when working with your students.

How to Participate:
You will not be able to log in to a webinar event until the scheduled date and time. We suggest logging in 20 minutes prior to the event your first time to be sure your computer is operating correctly and that your Flash Player is updated. After verifying this you can log in 5 minutes prior to the beginning for subsequent events. We do try to begin the sessions promptly.

To participate you will need to both login to the webinar and call in to the conference call: 



For those calling inside the US: 1-866-213-1962 
For those calling outside the US: 1-609-454-9912 

Participant Access Code: 5940610# 

You will not need a password, simply log in as a guest using your name.

If you have trouble, see Instructions for Entering an Online Workshop 


The Webster Family Tree 


Welcome to those staff members who recently joined the Webster family:      Webster Family Tree
Margaret Cox
, Core Faculty, Charleston, SC

Jennifer Seeman, Department Associate, Fort Jackson, SC 

Farewell to those departing:


None to report at this time   


See the HR Job Opportunities Web page for current openings. 

In This Issue
Updates on Commencement.
Grade Appeal Policy
Who Couldn't Use an Extra Day Off?
Upcoming Advising Webinar: The 2012-2013 Catalog
Webster Family Tree
Webster Website Update
News from Jacksonville.
Dates to Remember

Apr 25--Advising Webinar 


Apr 26--Fort Sill, OK graduation; Moody AFB graduation


Apr 27--Spring II withdrawal deadline 


Apr 28--Lakeland, FL graduation


May 4--Great Lakes, IL graduation


May 12--St. Louis Commencement Ceremony 


May 12--Geneva, Switzerland graduation 


Academic Affairs Calendar 
(includes extended campus graduation dates)  

Webster Website Update
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Patrick Powers, director of digital marketing and communications, held an information session this week on the new Webster website project. Included in the discussion were some proposed wireframes (mock-ups of where basic features might be placed) of possible page layouts created by the site design organization, mStoner. The session was live-streamed for extended campuses, but if you missed it, you can catch a recording of the session on YouTube.
News from Jacksonville
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Congratulations to Tina and Gus Echeverry on the birth of their daughter, Silvia Margarita, on March 28.
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2011 Office of Academic Affairs, Webster University, St. Louis, MO, All Rights Reserved; DeLyle Bowen, editor.