August 31, 2009
Tweet Me in St. Louis: Twitter Co-Founder and St. Louis Native Jack Dorsey to Speak at Webster University
ST. LOUIS, Aug., 31, 2009 – What are you doing…Friday, Sept. 18? That’s when Webster University’s School of Business & Technology and School of Communications will present a “TweetUp” with Twitter creator/chairman/co-founder and St. Louis native Jack Dorsey. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 10 a.m. at Webster’s Loretto-Hilton Center, 130 Edgar Rd. Reservations are required for admission; to RSVP, go to www.webster.edu/jackatwebster.
Dorsey is returning to his native St. Louis as Webster University’s Success to Significance 2009 Person of the Year. He’s known as the man behind the power of relaying precise yet concise details (140 characters or less) and staying connected. Business Week called him one of technology’s “best and brightest.” And MIT’s Technology Review named him to the “TR35,” as an outstanding innovator under the age of 35.
“If I were to ‘micro-blog’ Jack’s impact on business and society in 140 characters or less, I’d tweet: ‘Jack Dorsey’s Twitter is to our generation what Gutenberg’s printing press and Bell’s telephone were to theirs,’” said Dr. Benjamin Akande, dean of Webster’s School of Business and Technology. “The fact that Jack is a native of St. Louis and we can celebrate his accomplishments makes his visit an even greater honor.”
With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University is a worldwide institution committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence. Founded in 1915, Webster offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs through five schools and colleges, and a global network of more than 100 campuses. Its 20,000-plus student population represents almost 150 nationalities.
Webster University’s Study Abroad programs rank in the top 2 percent of the more than 1,400 colleges and universities surveyed in the “America’s Best Colleges” 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report. Webster is one of just 34 U.S. institutions to share this distinction, which recognizes study abroad programs that involve substantial academic work for credit and considerable interaction with the local culture. In addition, the Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Webster University in the “Honor Roll” or top 10, of its second annual “Great Colleges to Work For” survey. The Chronicle is widely considered the most respected publication serving the academic community. Webster University also received top honors in the 2008 survey.
Since opening its first campus overseas in Geneva in 1978, Webster has become a recognized leader and innovator in global education, with an international presence that now includes campuses in London; Vienna; Amsterdam and Leiden, the Netherlands; Shanghai, Shenzhen and Chengdu, China; and Bangkok and Cha-am, Thailand. Webster also has educational partnerships with universities in Mexico and Japan.
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