Academic Affairs

18 May 2012   

New Face in the Provost's Office


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Jeanene George

Last week, we welcomed Jeanene George to Webster. She will serve as administrative assistant to Provost Julian Schuster. In that role, she will be managing the day-to-day activities of the Office of the Provost, including handling the Provost's calendar and working on a variety of projects for that office.


With more than 12 years' experience in executive-level support and project management, Jeanene brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the position. She comes to us from Emerson Process Management, Valve Automation, where she served as executive assistant to the company's president. She holds a BA in business administration with a minor in information systems from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.


Coming to academia from a corporate background, Jeanene says she is very excited about her new opportunity and is looking forward to applying her knowledge, skills and competencies to her new role.


"Webster has a warm and friendly team environment, with many unique opportunities for growth.  Everyone I have met has been so supportive," she says. "I am truly looking forward to being a part of Webster, where growth is on the agenda and dynamics and changes are a part of our daily culture."

It's Official! We Get a Paid Day Off!

President Beth Stroble has announced that the participation goal for our annual Faculty/Staff Campaign was a success. As a result, all staff at St. Louis and extended U.S. campuses will be awarded a paid day off on Friday, May 25.  


As part of the campaign, a drawing was held for a Kindle to be awarded to one extended campus staff participant. Congratulations to Teresa Fitzgerald at Edwards AFB, California, who won that drawing.


For more details, see the Webster Today article announcing the campaign success. 

WSA Compensation Proposal Administrative Response Summary


Earlier this week, the WSA Compensation Committee sent an email communication to all Webster staff summarizing the committee's 2012-13 Compensation Proposal and the Administration's response. Below are some of the highlights in that correspondence:


In the fall of 2011 the WSA Compensation Committee conducted a survey of staff at all US locations on issues related to compensation, benefits, and the general culture of the university. Based on input from that survey, and using data from the 2010 Mercer Study, the committee developed a compensation proposal and submitted it to the Administration on March 12. After the University's budget was set for FY 2012-13, the Administration issued a formal response on April 30.

A Merit Pool of 2% has been approved for staff increases. The merit increases are based on individual performance. All staff should expect to receive a performance evaluation before the end of this fiscal year, and be informed of their performance rating, as well as any salary increase.

The administration has committed to implementing the second phase in fiscal year 2012-2013 after enrollment numbers and revenue projections are final.

Full-time and part-time staff that receive a performance rating of Commendable or Superior will be awarded a Merit Personal Day to be taken between June 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012. This day will not carry over into the next calendar year.

The Staff Professional Development Fund will be allocated a budget of $40,000.00 for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Individuals with at least one year of service may apply for eligible programs in the amount of no more than $1500. Staff may receive an award once every other year for qualified programs. For more information on the WSA Staff Development Fund, as well as the application form, please visit the WSA web page


The full WSA Compensation Proposal with attached data, the Administrative Response, and a summary of follow up meeting with Administration are available for review in "Files" section of the WSA Connections Group. For information on how to subscribe to the WSA Connections group, please refer to the "News and Events" page of the WSA website. Scroll to the "Stay Informed" section for step-by-step instructions.


The Wonder of Work Orders
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The Webster Work Order is a one-stop shop for whatever ails your office productivity, whether it is an issue, a computer malfunction, or you think your computer should run faster. By placing a work order, you provide IT with a means to track your request and make sure that it is routed to the right person to effectively and efficiently handle your issue.

But, what if you can't place an online work order because it's the computer that has died??? The Help Desk is always just a phone call away. You can reach them at 866-435-7270.

If you are considering a change in your technology needs, you should consult with your AVP before making that call to IT.

Visit the Help Desk Web page for more information on how they can help you with your technology needs.


The Webster Family Tree 


Welcome to those extended staff members who recently joined the Webster family:       Webster Family Tree
  None to report at this time

Farewell to those departing:


None to report at this time   


See the HR Job Opportunities Web page for current openings. 

In This Issue
New Face in the Provost's Office
t's Official! We Get a Paid Day Off!
WSA Compensation Proposal Administrative Response Summary
The Wonder of Work Orders
Web Grading for Spring II
Yellow Ribbon Program
Grade Appeal Policy
Dates to Remember
May 18--Spring II classes end (GR)

May 19--Spring II/Spring semester graduation date

May 25--Grades due for Spring II

May 25--Paid Day Off for St. Louis extended U.S. campus staff

Upcoming Graduations

May 18--Los Angeles AFB, CA

May 19--Andrews/Bolling/BMED/Ft. Belvoir; Colorado Springs, CO; Edwards AFB, CA; Fort Smith, AR; Fort Jackson, SC; Louisville, KY; Luke AFB, AZ

May 21--Whiteman AFB, MO

May 22--Ozarks Metro, MO

May 23--Columbia, SC; Kansas City, MO

May 24--Charleston, SC

May 25--Fayetteville, AR

May 29--Beaufort, SC

May 31--Camp Lejeune, NC

Jun 1--Memphis, TN; Patrick AFB, FL

Jun 2--Denver, CO


Academic Affairs Calendar 
(includes extended campus graduation dates)  

Web Grading for Spring II
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Grade entry for Spring II is now open and will close on May 25. Advising and grade entry are now accessed through the Connections portal. To enter grades, log in to Connections, navigate to the "Faculty" tab, and then to the "Faculty Academic Services" box.

For more information, consult the  detailed Web Grading instructions featured in Webster Today.

Yellow Ribbon Program
yellow ribbon clip artWebster University will once again be a participating university in the Yellow Ribbon Program.  This year, we are expanding our coverage by adding four of our international locations:  Vienna, Leiden, Geneva, and Thailand. 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact your AVP.


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.


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2011 Office of Academic Affairs, Webster University, St. Louis, MO, All Rights Reserved; DeLyle Bowen, editor.