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Federal Reserve bomber is former SEMO student

FBI agents discovered a bomb threat on the New York City Federal Reserve Bank building on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Quazi Mohammad Reswanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, was arrested during his plot to “destroy America.” He was accepted into the country from Bangladesh with a student visa in January 2012 and attended classes in the spring at Southeast Missouri State University.

Nafis recruited, unknowingly, a FBI agent to assist him in the attack. The agent helped Nafis create the bomb with fake explosives.

He was charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to al-Qaeda. He did not enter plea and is being held without bail.

New sculpture loaned to university

Robert Goetz, St. Louis artist and educator, recently loaned his sculpture “By Land, By Air, By Sea” to Webster University. The steel sculpture has been installed near the new sand volleyball court and University Center.

Text on the triangular sculpture are words spoken by his 2-year-old daughter. “I am a big yellow bear queen. I’m swimming like a robot whale. I am flying to you.”

Goetz’s work represents human experience between a father and daughter. The title of the piece is from Winston Churchill’s famous call to arms in 1940.

Webster University named a ‘Truly Global Campus’

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published an article, “Truly Global Campuses,” by reporter Karin Fischer, in which Webster University was featured.

Webster has campuses in six locations: Geneva, Vienna, London, Leiden, Thailand and Shanghai. There are plans to add a seventh location in Ghana. The university also partners with other universities to send its students abroad.

“The parts have their own integrity. They meet local needs,” President Elizabeth Stroble said to the Chronicle. “But they are part of a whole. Webster is one university, no matter where it is.”

Tuition, admission criteria and graduation requirements are the same at all Webster campuses.

The Chronicle reports that about 20 percent of Webster undergraduates study abroad, and the university “ranks among the top master’s institutions for numbers of students doing long-term study abroad.”

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