SOC Alumna Wins at the Golden Globes

Congratulations to SOC alumna Leah Latham and her team at Walt Disney Animation Studios for winning the Golden Globe Award for the Best Animated Film, Frozen.

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From left: Chris Buck, Director; Leah Latham, Editorial Production Coordinator; Jennifer Lee, Director and Writer

“What a joy it is to wake up everyday and play in the same sandbox with such extraordinarily brilliant, genuine, and passionate people,” Leah says.  “We feel deeply connected to the work we do and stories we tell.  When our studio receives accolades, we know the honor is bestowed to us all.”

Frozen has also been nominated for two Oscars – Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song, Let It Go.  You can be sure we will be watching and cheering you on.  Great work, Leah and team!

Watch the Frozen trailer here.

Radhika Rai: Getting It Done, Getting an Edge, Going International

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Radhika Rai, B.A., Advertising & Marketing, ’05

Radhika Rai is a foodie who moved to Delhi from New York City after having worked at various agencies for six years.  Although she imagined being in the agency business for a long time, she saw growth potential in moving in a slightly different direction.  Radhika says she was interested in pursuing a position in a startup environment when she discovered an opportunity at Zomato, an online restaurant and nightlife guide with the most comprehensive information on restaurants, bars, cafes, and nightclubs across eight countries including India, UK, UAE, New Zealand, South Africa, Philippines, Qatar, and South Africa. Continue reading

Alums Give Back to SOC Interns

Webster alumni find opportunities to give back in countless ways.  At the 2013 Internship Expo, several local alumni represented their respective companies and organizations.  All are currently offering credit-bearing, educational internships for SOC students.

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Back row, left to right: Mark McInnis, Senior Director of Account Services – Javelin; Chris Frome, Senior Director of Event Presentation – St. Louis Blues Hockey Club; Stefania Accardo, Strategic Planner – Rivet; Luke Arens, Head Engineer and Producer –Shock City Studios; Justin Fisher, Chief Audio Engineer – SmithLee Productions; David Callahan, Media Production Supervisor – Saint Louis Science Center. Front row: Jamye Harrison, Account Director – Javelin; Kat Touschner, Tech Supervisor – Cinema St. Louis; Scheri Cox, HR Administrator – Nine Network of Public Media; Nathan Golomski, Audio Engineer – Ironman Sound Industries LLC; Sam Maul, Engineer/Producer – Shock City Studios; Claudia Burris, VP of Scholarships – Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis

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School of Communications Community Members Play Many Roles at International Film Festival

12238568-sliff-2013From volunteer to executive director and panelist to filmmaker, community members of Webster University’s School of Communications will play many roles at the 22nd annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF).

SLIFF, one of the largest international film festivals in the Midwest, will kick off tonight, Thursday, November 14, and will run until Sunday, November 24. The festival will screen 330 films—75 features, 63 documentary features, and 192 shorts—from around the world. Continue reading

Making an Impact: Jessica Butler wins alumni award for her contributions to Hollywood

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Jessica Butler, MEDC ’04

by Jennifer Starkey

From blogs to television shows, Jessica Butler (Media Communications ’04) is making an impact in Hollywood and using her talents to entertain and educate. She recently received one of five Webster University Alumni Awards. The awards are given to graduates who have made an impact at Webster, their careers and the world. Continue reading

Owner of Socially Jen on Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age

Jen Leyden (Media Communications 2002) is the brain behind Socially Jen, a social media, personal assistance, and virtual assistance agency that helps non-profit organizations and small businesses with their marketing and administrative needs, sans the big-agency price.

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Jen Leyden, MEDC 2002

“In this economy when companies are cutting costs, plenty of businesses are outsourcing their work,” she tells us.  “In this digital age, I can do basically everything via phone, fax, email, and Skype.”  Jen can create and manage social media platforms, run errands,  plan events, or just about anything a company might need, as her website says, to “stay competitive, relevant, and keep its voice ‘heard’ among the crowd.”

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