November 29, 2020

Administration responds to student issues

Members of Webster University’s administration gave a presentation in response to students’ issues raised at the Delegates’ Agenda.

MEGAN FAVIGNANO / THE JOURNAL Members of Webster University’s administration gave a presentation in response to students’ issues raised at the Delegates’ Agenda.

The Delegates’ Agenda response was at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 in the University Center’s Sunnen Lounge.

Top Five Issues:
— Classroom furniture and building improvement
Provost and Senior Vice President Julian Schuster discussed the issue of classroom furniture and building improvements in relation to the master plan.  In the new master plan, an interdisciplinary science building is a top priority. Schuster said renovations will also be made to H. Sam Priest House, Webster Hall, Sverdrup building, the Thompson Music Building and East Academic Building.

— Student organization storage space
The administration proposed the creation of a new storage space under a stairwell in the Visual Arts Studios. They chose that space because it is close to the University Center and large enough to meet student organizations’ storage needs. The new space will have a lock.

— More ID card access on campus
The university will take card swipe access into account as it renovates older buildings on campus. Dan Hitchell, associate vice president for resource planning and budget, said depending on the program, cards can serve various functions. They can provide access into a building, for meal plans, and for refunds. The University is searching for a new student debit card and will request proposals from Higher One as well as other banks. Hitchell, said students will be involved with the proposals the university receives.

— Wellness and recreation center
Vice President of enrollment management and student affairs Paul Carney said he strongly encourages students to become involved with the Wellness Committee. He said students interested in becoming involved should contact Cheryl Fritz,Manager of Benefits and Compensation in Human Resources.

— Scholarships for International Students
The university’s International Steering Committee will take financial aid into account. Carney pointed out that Webster has added new international scholarships in the last 18 months. The list includes the Elizabeth J. Stroble Global Scholarship Endowment Fund and the Lawrence Jehling Endorsed Scholarship for International Students.

Student organization leaders chose the top five issues at the officers’ summit in early February. The Delegates’ Agenda student presentations regarding these issues were on Feb. 23.

“We’re in the spirit of don’t just paint a room, paint the whole house,” President Elizabeth Stroble said.

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