Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Webster alumna turns passion into a career

Although Balloni has doubts about her change in career, she ultimately thinks it was worth it.

Jacqeline Grennan Wexler, former Webster president, dies at 85

Wexler is remembered as a visionary for turning a Catholic institution into a secular school – the first Catholic college to do so in the nation.

I saw the difference at the US-Mexico border

News editor Hanna Holthaus reflects on her experiences with immigration at the US-Mexico border and in St. Louis.

After 50 years, one of Webster’s first male grads reflects

Ryan was one of Webster University’s first male graduates. Ryan said he found his love for building sets and props while he attended Webster College. He reflected on his time at Webster as one of the first male students.

Reporter Todd Smith’s scars will never heal after Kirkwood shooting

Todd Smith survived being shot during the Kirkwood City Council shooting in 2008. It was not the first shooting he survived.

Daughter of Webster University’s first black student shares mother’s story

Webster's first African-American graduate underwent struggles with the Catholic community as well as national segregation issues.

Students advocate for campus prayer room

Webster University student Samih Abdeljabbar spent the semester praying in Emerson Library study rooms. Abdeljabbar prays up to five times a day in the library.

‘They call me the little Indian princess’: Immigrants’ children face identity crisis

Children of immigrants learn to incorporate the cultural identities of both their country of origin and the new homes of their families.

Webster invests in extended military campuses

Webster University, then Webster College, accepted an invitation from the Department of Defense (DOD) to deliver education to the military in 1974. For the first time, students affiliated with the military would receive a college education within the gates of their own military installation.

Immigrants face hardships at US-Mexico border wall

Isabella said she fears leaving her house and being caught by Border Patrol.

Kirkwood city leaders believe racial divide did not play part in shooting

On the ten-year anniversary of the Kirkwood City Council shooting, two groups held separate memorials. The reasons for the memorials, and the causes leading up to the shooting, differed completely from each group.

Mother’s immigration saves son’s eyes

Christina Ferris only had one thing in mind when coming to the United States: to better her son’s eyesight.

Service dogs assist veterans through mental illness

Tom Palozola relied on his dog Basilone, who helped him cope with anxiety and stress. Organizations like Missouri Patriot Paws match veterans with service dogs specifically trained to help them combat PTSD and emotional trauma.

Kirkwood pastor works to mend community relationship after City Hall shooting

Pastor David Bennett’s church has a slogan -- ‘The church has left the building.’ Bennett’s church opened its doors to the community 24 hours...

Tattoos mimic therapeutic benefits

Psychologist claims tattoos help patients similar to cognitive behavioral therapy.

Palozola’s legacy continues with the Zola Initiative

Tom Palozola had a passion for helping veterans in their fight against PTSD. In the wake of his death, the Zola Initiative was launched to honor his legacy and passion.

Black history is deeply rooted in formation of Meacham Park in Kirkwood

Meacham Park is a historically black community, but most of the current residents don't know much about the area's past, according to Darren K. Smotherson.