December 4, 2020

Free passport photos offered through School of Business and Technology

Several students waited in the lobby in the Sverdrup building Nov. 15 as the School of Business and Technology offered free passport photos to students, faculty and staff.
Anne Browning, program director for the School of Business, said the event is a way to promote their global hybrid courses.

“(Passports and visas) always require those little passport pictures that are really hard to get,” Browning said. “Why not make it easy and make it available to students?”

The photos were free for all who were interested, even if they aren’t planning on studying abroad.
Julie Schloss, a graduate human resources major, isn’t studying abroad, but she had her passport photo taken so she can travel to London in June with a friend.


“Whenever you can get a deal somewhere, take advantage of it,” Schloss said

Students will receive two photos and a passport application in the mail before Christmas. Students can order additional copies for $5 from Webster University’s photographer, Rebecca Barr. Through her website, they can obtain copies for visas or their international student ID, which is required for all Webster students who study abroad.

Dana Jones, graduate human resource management major, also got her passport photo taken. She has never left the country and wants to take a course abroad.

“It motivated me to start the application process for my passport,” Jones said. “It will probably trickle over once I get my passport to motivate me to do the hybrid course.”

Saqib Sarwar, a graduate student in the School of Business, is from Pakistan. Sarwar plans to renew his passport, which expires in a few months.

Michael Palkovics, senior computer science and psychology double major from Vienna, is currently studying abroad at the Webster Groves campus.

“Everything is organized for you,” Palkovic said. “That responsibility is taken off your shoulders.”

Students filled out a photo release form and provided their address before getting their picture taken in front of a white backdrop.
Also at the shoot was a table decorated with a backdrop picturing a Turkish shop. At the table, students were able to eat candy from Turkey, London and China. They could also pick up flyers advertising four hybrid courses offered in 2012 and ask questions.

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