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Clayton Chamber of Commerce to honor Dean Akande

The Clayton Chamber of Commerce will honor Benjamin Akande, dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology, on Dec. 10. Akande will receive the 2012 Pillar in the Community award.

Akande will receive his honor at a luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton, located at 100 Carondelet Plaza in Clayton. The honor comes as a result of Akande’s “vision, leadership and passion for excellence in higher education,” according to a press release from the chamber.

Akande is also a professor of economics at Webster University in addition to serving as the university’s chief of the office of corporate partnerships.

World AIDS Festival receives funds from SGA

The Webster University LGBTQ Alliance received funds at the Student Government Association (SGA) Nov. 20 meeting to host the sixth annual World AIDS Festival in spring 2013.

The LGBTQ Alliance is partnering with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the Webster University Gospel Choir to put on the event, which will feature musical performances and information materials about the global fight against AIDS.

SGA allocated $4,360 for the event after hearing from representatives of all three clubs. SGA Sergeant-at-Arms Chris Hawk said he was “thrilled” the event would be going on as planned.

Webster Groves library to hold garage sale

The Webster Groves Public Library is holding a garage sale of donated books and materials from Nov. 24-27. The WGPL is preparing to move to its Lockwood location after spending two years at a temporary location at 3232 S. Brentwood Blvd.

Some of the materials at the temporary location, like shelves and desks, will not be moved back to Lockwood. These materials, along with donated books that do not have space at the new location, will all be up for sale to the general public.

The sale will last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. all weekend and all proceeds will go to the WGPL. Cash will be the only form of payment accepted.

Webster University awarded Coca-Cola grant

Webster University was awarded the Coca-Cola Campus Bin Grant this fall. The grant provides more than 280 multirecycler bins in Coca-Cola red for West and Maria halls.

The purpose is to compare the recyclable materials gathered in these bins to those in East Hall, which only collects recyclable material in large bins in the trash and recycling rooms on each floor, according to Webster Today, Webster University’s blog. The differences will be used to reduce the amount of recyclable waste that ends up in traditional landfills.

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