December 3, 2020

News Briefs

Webster University endowment returns fall in 2012

Webster University had a 5.9 percent loss for the fiscal year of 2012, reports the St. Louis Business Journal. That’s about a $4.7 million decline in assets. In 2011, Webster had an investment return of 24.3 percent, and 2010 had 18.6 percent.

The 2013 fiscal year started on June 1, 2012, and Webster has generated an 11.4 percent return thus far. The university’s endowment is at $90.4 million from $80 million in May.

“When you look at endowments, it has been a period of extreme highs and extreme lows,” said Greg Gunderson, chief financial officer, to the St. Louis Business Journal.

Calligraphy exhibit to open Dec. 8

The Confucius Institute will open “Connecting Cultures, the Way of Calligraphy,” a calligraphy exhibit, on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 3-5 p.m. in the East Academic Building commons. The exhibit will last three months.

Yanzi Geng and her student, School of Education professor Ron Diefenbacher, will have their pieces on display at the exhibit. Diefenbacher also does woodworking and furniture design, according to Webster Today, the university’s blog.

At the exhibit, there will also be a video that shows the process of the art of calligraphy.

Zhou “Sylvia” Xuan and Guo “Antrea” Qian are teachers who recently arrived from China. They will be at the exhibit opening to show some techniques of calligraphy. There will also be an informal calligraphy class offered on campus in spring 2013.

Cabaret Student Showcase and Benefit on Dec. 10, 11

A Cabaret Student Showcase and Benefit will take place Monday, Dec. 10 and 11, at 8 p.m. at the Kranzberg Arts Center, 502 N. Grand Blvd. Webster University theater students will perform at the event.

Lara Teeter and Neal Richardson are the directors of the graduating cabaret and musical theater students who will perform a mini-show benefit program. The money raised for the event will go toward spring auditions in New York and Los Angeles for theater students.

Tickets for the show are $10 and can be purchased at

Knitting Club to donate blankets to homeless shelter

The Webster University Knitting Club has started to collect 6-by-6-inch knitted or crocheted patches to be sewn together for blankets. The blankets will be donated to a local homeless shelter, St. Patrick’s Center, located at 800 N. Tucker Blvd.

The Knitting Club has supplies and yarn available. For more information, email the Knitting Club at The last day for donations is Dec. 14.

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