Ashley Lam, ’11, Freelance Production Assistant: On Hollywood. And Crocheted Beards.

This is Ashley Lam.

Photo 547Ashley graduated in May 2011 with a BA in photography. Now, she lives and works in Hollywood, where she freelances as a Production Assistant. She’s worked on an variety of exciting projects already, including the game show Oh Sit!; the 2012 Burt Reynolds film, How Sweet It Is; and the TV series, Through the Wormhole, with Morgan Freeman.

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Like Social Media? How Maggie Gravier ’12 Networked Her Way Into a Job

Meet Maggie Gravier, 22 year-old Photographer at goBRANDgo!, St. Louis, MO.  She also owns her own photography business, Margaret Gravier Photo.

Maggie Gravier graduated from Webster with a BA in photography in Spring, 2012.  But before the ink even dried on her diploma, Maggie had already landed a permanent job as a social media/marketing specialist, which quickly developed into much more.  How, exactly, does that happen?  Five words:  Maggie is a networking machine.

Network Network Network and then Network some more

“In the past year, I have become completely obsessed with social media sites,” Maggie says.  “I have a Facebook page, a page for my photography, Foursquare, two Tumblr blogs, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, a profile on, and Twitter.”  In fact, Maggie landed her current position as a direct result of a twelve-character tweet.

Wait.  What?

“During my senior year at Webster, I did a lot of research on people in the photo and social media spheres in St. Louis.  Jim, being the owner of a video/marketing company was one of those.  We first made contact through social media outlets and then kept in contact through those outlets.  I’ve never been one who can sit still for long, so the week after graduation I was on the job hunt.  I posted on Twitter, ‘I need a job.’  Within minutes, Jim sent me a message asking if I was serious!  We set up an interview for the next week, and BAM!  I became the Social Media and Marketing Specialist at Parabolic Media.” Continue reading

Educating Refugees from Her Home in Thailand


Part of Webster University’s educational mission is to seek out and fulfill unmet needs. It’s a mission Lisa Nesser (BA, Photography, 2000) took to heart and applied halfway around the world.

Nesser is the founder of Thai Freedom House, a school she operates out of her home in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The school caters to refugees and indigenous people living in the area, providing educational opportunities to those who may not be able to secure them otherwise.

“While working through other organizations I saw a need that wasn’t being addressed – education for the street kids that are usually refugees or indigenous (hill tribe) people,” Nesser said. “There was nowhere for them to get an education, no where for them to feel safe and be kids. Continue reading

Marbles Gallery to Exhibit Photography by Theresa Marshall ’91

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The work of photographer Theresa Marshall (BA, Photography, 1991) chronicling the fall of the Berlin Wall will be on display Nov. 9-30 at Marbles Gallery in St. Louis — 20 years after the historic wall came down.

Marshall spent three years in Berlin serving as a sergeant in the Armed Forces when she witnessed —and documented — the fall of the Berlin Wall.  It was an event met with tearful and jubilant crowds gathered all along the wall to celebrate the end of the Cold War. “Pieces of Berlin” offers a historical visual and intimate look at Marshall’s personal experience.

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Photo Competition Offers Hands-on Experience in Antarctica in conjunction with National Geographic Channel and Gap Adventures is offering the chance to go to Antarctica with on-assignment National Geographic photographer Jason Edwards. The scholarship recipient will photograph the world’s most remote wilderness and have their photographs published on the National Geographic Channel Web site.

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The May Gallery: On-Campus Gallery Displays the Best of Photography

Photography by Chad Schneider

Photography by Chad Schneider

When Professor Bill Barrett goes searching for the next great exhibit to display at the May Gallery, he isn’t always looking for one specific thing.

“I want to show the broadest range of photography that I can,” said Barrett, the gallery’s director. “I want to show the community what photography can be.”

It can be beautiful, emotional, simple and complex. But in the halls of the May Gallery, the work is always going to be first-rate.

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Weekend Seminars Keep Alumni on the Cutting Edge


It’s not that she was a novice when it came to using Adobe Photoshop, but Maria Bingaman (BA, Public Relations, 2004) knew the computer program could do so much more.

“In my role as a manager, I use it on a daily to weekly basis,” said Bingaman, a marketing and communications manager with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. “Sometimes you get stuck using the same old techniques and tools, so it’s nice to learn new tips or try things that you usually don’t.”

To supplement her knowledge, Bingaman attended the latest SOC offering — a day-and-a-half seminar covering some of the latest trends in technology. Continue reading

Sarah Carmody Shares Insights from Running her own Business


Sarah Carmody (BA, Media Communications with an emphasis in Photography, 1992) gets paid to shoot everything from weddings and portraits to dignitaries and celebrities. But it took more than photo skills — hard work and networking, for starters — to become her own boss.

Before launching her own business, Sarah Carmody Photography, Carmody worked an assortment of jobs, from Schiller’s to photo studios to local magazines.
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Dean’s Discretionary Fund Earmarked for Student Travel

Sanjin Alisic wasn’t even sure he wanted to attend.

The 2007 SIGGRAPH International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Technologies was across the country in San Diego, Calif. — an expensive plane ticket for an experience Alisic wasn’t sure would be worth it.

It was the supportive financial nudge from the dean’s office that made the trip possible. Continue reading

Pride in Print

A number of works from SOC faculty recently have found their way from publishers’ desks onto the sales racks. In this issue of SCAN, we highlight three faculty members who’s work has been published in the past year: Don Corrigan, Journalism; Gary Gottlieb, Audio Production; and, Susan Stang, Photography.

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