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NEWS BRIEFS FOUR RECEIVE SERVICE AWARD
Ted Hoef, associate for student affairs and dean of students, awarded Brooke Burgen, a sophomore elementary education major, Andrew Roberts, a senior psychology major, Daniela Vayas, a junior international relations major and Sam Vest, a junior video production major the Dean’s Award for Service for Spring II. The four students will be presented their award at a luncheon after semester.
STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR EMPLOYMENT
Carrie Hawkins, a finance graduate student, Omar Martinez, a junior sociology and political science major, Timothy Matthews, a senior accounting major and Coty Tino, a senior biology major will receive the Outstanding Student Employee Award for Spring II. Liz Condon-Oakberg, coordinator of student employment, will award the students at a luncheon following the semester.
MISDEMEANORS AND MISHAPS AUG. 21: 5:57 a.m.: A fire alarm went off at 240 Edgar Road.
9:01 a.m.: A fire alarm went off at 130 Edgar Road.
AUG. 20: 8:45 p.m.: A fire alarm went off at 240 Edgar Rd. after students burned incense.
AUG. 18: 4:52 p.m.: A high school student was trespassing in the library and was asked to leave. 4:53 p.m.: A student was transported to St. Anthony’s medical center after complaining of chest pains.
AUG. 16: 10:34 p.m.: A fire alarm went off in West Hall. AUG. 13: 8:44 a.m.: A student needed medical attention at 520 Garden Ave. The Webster Groves police and fire department responded.
AUG. 12: 10:34 p.m.: Technicians caused the fire alarm to go off at 470 E. Lockwood Ave.
WEBSTER GROVES POLICE BLOTTER AUG. 16
300 Block Reavis Place and 100 Block Turf Court Two parked vehicles were broken into sometime overnight.
100 Block W. Swon Ave. The tires of a Ford pickup truck were slashed sometime overnight while it was parked in the street.
500 Block N. Elm Ave. Between Monday night at 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday morning at 7:00 a.m. someone stole the victims 1998 Chrysler van.
500 Block E. Jackson Road The property owner reported that someone kicked in the rear door of the residence and took a portable GPS system from the washroom.
First block of N. Gore Ave. Someone used spray paint to damage a building in the first block of N. Gore.
8100 Block Big Bend Blvd. Police discovered a 16-year-old suspect spray painting buildings in the 8100 block of Big Bend. After a foot pursuit, the suspect was taken into custody and police seized 76 cans of spray paint. The arrested suspect was taken to St. Louis County Juvenile Center.
500 Block Sunnyside Ave. A 2003 Honda Accord that was parked in the driveway was broken into some time over the night. The suspects stole an iPod from the car and attempted to remove the radio.
400 Marion Ave. Sometime between 1:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. someone broke into the victim’s car while it was parked in the driveway. An iPhone was stolen from the vehicle. The iPhone was located on the parking lot of Webster Groves High School and returned to the victim.
400 Block Oakwood and 10 Block Mason venues Two parked vehicles were broken into and damaged.
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Orientation: Speakers welcome new students From Page 1 campus safety and cooperation with the Webster Groves mayor and police and fire department.” After the comments on the fire alarm, Stroble continued by welcoming new students to WU. “And just as you are new to this University, so am I,” Stroble said. Her first official day as WU’s president was July 1. With just over a month on the job, Stroble shared some observations about WU she hopes will be also be experienced by new students. “I admire the beauty of this campus, the close feeling of family and community, the tangible and genuine valuing of students first,” she said. “And the opportunity for students to gain international competency through study abroad as well as interactions with fellow students and faculty and an engagement with topics of global interest.” Jim Staley, the vice president of academic affairs, was the next speaker. He drew frequent laughter while sharing some of his “truths,” things he had learned over his years as a teacher, parent and administrator. “Truth number one: college is very different from high school,” Staley said. “In high school, almost everything you did was planned by someone else.” He explained that at WU, students would be on their own and have freedom to follow their interests. While a lot of Staley’s truths were insightful and inspirational, some were simple and practical. “Truth number eight, in case you mom didn’t
Webster: Recognized as one of the best schools to work for
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teach you how to do laundry, don’t mix colors,” Staley said. “It looks really bad.” Bill Lynch, professor in the theater and dance department and faculty senate president, and Mayor Welch were the last two speakers at the event. “I am so glad to be here to welcome you,”
positive. “It’s an invigorating environment,” said Betsy Schmutz, associate vice president for the human resource department, about working in education. “I think our policies recognize that employees have issues and a life outside of work that need attention. Our policies and benefits really take into
WU is ranked in top 15 percent of military-friendly schools From Page 1
courses in 1974 at Ft. Sheridan, north of Chicago, Ill. “They appreciate our reputation,” Grossman said. “We have a long-standing relationship with military.” Online courses accommodate students who may be deployed during their academic careers. “They need flexibility, and enjoy the ability to take online classes,” said Dana Jones, a representative with Academic Affairs. WU is the largest provider of graduate level education for military personnel in the U.S. The university offers financial aid and scholarships for military personal. Students who achieve a 2.5 GPA can apply to receive a reduced military tuition rate. This year, WU joined the Yellow Ribbon Program, a Veterans Affairs (VA) program that will reduce tuition costs for servicemen and women. The program is a collaboration with the VA and colleges to cover the tuition and fees for military students. Each school decides an amount to waive from student fees and the VA pays a matching amount. “This is part of the 9/11 GI Bill,” said Don Morris, a registrar at WU home campus. “It tells them the percentage the government is willing to pay toward their education. They then have to deliver that to us,” said Don Morris, university registrar. Student attending WU in St. Louis, Springfield, Rolla, Ft. Leonard Wood and Kansas City can receive reimbursement from $885 to $5,880 per credit hour, depending on location. “The VA sets that amount based on the most expensive school in the state,” Morris said. Unlike some other participating colleges and universities, WU has not set a limit on the number of students that can enroll in Yellow Ribbon. Military students can even have their campus housing fees paid as long as they are enrolled in at least one course on campus. The Yellow Ribbon program is part of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 was signed into law by former President George W. Bush. Although the bill passed in June of last year, this fall marks the first time these funds became available to students. Military veterans who do not qualify for this program can seek aid to pay for their education through tradition student loans, scholarships and grants through the financial aid program. Contact the writer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Right Webster administrators and staff standing outside Loretto-Hilton Center while Webster Groves fire fighters are responding to the false alarm.
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ABOVE Webster Groves Mayor Gerry Welch addresses the incoming freshman while President Stroble, Vice President Jim Staley and President of Faculty Senate Bill Lynch look on in Loretto-Hilton Friday, August 21.
Mayor Welch said. “We brought the fire trucks, we brought the ambulances, we brought the police department, and they were all here to welcome you.”
consideration the whole person.” Being recognized as a top college to work for means WU attracts a lot of qualified candidates to its job openings, according to Schmutz. It is not unusual for the human resource department to receive hundreds of applications for a staff position, she said. WU is classified as a four-year college with 10,000 or more students in the national survey. Other universi-
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ties in this category to win top honors include Cornell University, Duke University, Emory University, George Mason University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Lamar University, the University of Mississippi and the University of Notre Dame.
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