The invitation came via an email from her University of Missouri–St. Louis violin instructor Julia Sakharova. Would she be interested in playing with the Metropolitan Orchestra of Saint Louis? Always hungry for opportunity and a new experience, Octavia Sydnor, a junior music major with an emphasis in violin performance at UMSL, jumped at the chance.
It’s reason enough to celebrate when your fiction story is published in the summer 2013 issue of Indiana Review. But when University of Missouri–St. Louis alumnus Ryan Trattles, MFA 2013, learned that his story “Helpful Products for Family Men: A User’s Guide” was also highly praised in Ploughshares, another prestigious literary establishment, it felt a bit surreal.
Three of the top 2012 regional awards in higher education marketing and communications were earned by UMSL, according to the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, District VI. The UMSL Jubilee communications program, the campus’ “Breathe. Tobacco-Free” effort and the “UMSL Gateway for Greatness Campaign Thank You” video were each honored with gold awards from CASE. In addition to the three golds, UMSL received a bronze award for UMSL Magazine. The CASE District VI competition featured a record number of entries from colleges and universities in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.
Talk to Alison Zeidler about St. Louis and the 29-year-old’s love for the region is obvious. She wants to see St. Louis thrive. That makes her a natural fit for her work at the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. Zeidler served as project manager at the partnership until October when she was named assistant vice president of New Market Tax Credits.
Alumna Sue O’Leary, BSBA accounting 1988, says a degree from UMSL has meant a career doing what she loves.
“Shattered, Cracked, or Firmly Intact?: Women and the Executive Glass Ceiling Worldwide” BY FARIDA JALALZAI Oxford University Press, March 2013 The idea of women in powerful roles is no myth, but the climb to executive leadership is still trying and does not necessarily correspond to a woman’s social status and the existence of gender equality, [...]
This infographic was originally published in the fall 2013 issue of UMSL Magazine. Click the image to enlarge.
Merengue music blares out of a boom box as a group of about 40 fifth-graders at Buder Elementary School in south St. Louis walk arm-in-arm into the school gymnasium. The curriculum for the next hour – ballroom dancing.
There are people who inspire others to be better versions of themselves. Orvin Kimbrough is one of those people, and he’s turned his leadership abilities and compassion into quite the career.
If Will Carpenter was about 10 years younger and from St. Louis, there’s a good chance he would have attended the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Instead, he grew up during the Great Depression in Moorhead, Miss.