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.


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

New Mentoring Program Up and Running

In addition to our own School of Communications GURU program, you may now participate in a university-wide mentoring program, which pairs alumni mentors with current students. The six-month program provides students with a mentor’s practical career knowledge and guidance while providing mentors with the opportunity to use their expertise to help lead a student to success. During their time together, the student and mentor connect in positive one-on-one planned interactions to assure a meaningful experience for both.

For more information and to apply, go to

Applications are due September 30th.

Chelsea VandeDrink, ’06, Records Philip Glass in World Premier at Cincinnati Orchestra

Chelsea VandeDrink, graduate of the department of Audio Aesthetics and Technology, has recorded Philip Glass’ important new work “Cello Concerto No. 2, Naqoyqatsi” with cellist Matt Haimovitz. This newly released recording is now being featured on iTunes. It is Chelsea’s fifth CD for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, where she is the recording engineer. Read more about the music here.

A Bigger, Bolder and Stronger School of Communications

“It is the single best, single most important time there has ever been to study communication and media, the most important time in the history of our field to be teaching communication and the most fraught time there has ever been to be practicing communication. . . . We will be building a bigger, bolder, stronger School of Communications of the future—recognizable as the Webster School we have known and loved, but grown up, muscled up, and achieving a national reputation for leadership in global communication education.”

Read more here, and please join us all in extending a warm, wonderful welcome to the new dean of Webster University School of Communications, Eric Rothenbuhler.