Welcome to Global Thinking, the newsletter of the College of Arts and Sciences at Webster University.
The trail-blazing attitude that has made Webster a leader in global education is much in evidence in this issue of Global Thinking.
Consider our unique Global M.A. in International Relations program. As we explain in our banner story, this program transports a cohort of full-time students across the capitals of Europe and then on to Bangkok, for a year of first-hand exposure to some of the most important centers of international relations in the world.
Our graduates often see the world as their oyster, although we are proud to say, not an oyster "which I with sword will open," as the Shakespearean quote concludes. We tell the story of Julie Fleischer, who graduated a year ago with a bachelor's in German and a bachelor's in Advertising/Marketing Communications. Today she works in communications at the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany. Julie says the wide range of classes of her Webster education prepared her well to be a global citizen.
Global Thinking salutes the College of Arts & Sciences' 2006 recipients of the Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching: Graciela Corvalan, chair of International Languages and Cultures, and Paulette Schmidt, who has taught poetry and literary translation for 22 years. Graciela fosters students' sensitivity to the lifestyle, history, and philosophies of the Spanish-speaking world and strives to break down stereotypes. Paulette also has touched students' lives with, as one student put it, "her compassion for her students and her passion for poetry."
Christine Chadwick, an exemplary member of our Advisory Board, is also profiled in this issue. We celebrate her for her work with FOCUS St. Louis, which promotes service to the region by developing leadership, influencing policy, and fostering community connections. Christine and her Leadership St. Louis program had a profound effect upon me when I was still a new arrival to St. Louis from Los Angeles, and I am always honored to be associated with her.
Talk about a trail-blazing attitude brings to mind The Honorable Harriett F. Woods. Mrs. Woods, an esteemed member of our Advisory Board, died Feb. 8 in University City, MO. We deeply mourn the loss of this noted journalist, public servant, educator, and advocate for women.
David Carl Wilson
You can learn more about us at http://www.webster.edu/depts/artsci/. And drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or opinions. I'd love to hear from you.