Media Coverage: May 2013

The University of Missouri–St. Louis makes a significant impact on the St. Louis area. Stories about the university, its scholars and their expertise are often covered by local and national news media. Media Coverage highlights some of the top coverage, but does not serve as a comprehensive listing.

Alumnus Steve Albart, MPPA 1997, was featured May 6 in The Lincoln County (Mo.) Journal article “Albart ‘Champion of Kids’ recipient.”

The Arianna String Quartet, artist-in-residence, performed the concert “Voices of Spring,” which was selected on May 3 as an “Editor’s pick” and “Best Bet” by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Jason Atkins, research associate for the Center for Nanoscience, was featured May 24 in the St. Louis Business Journal article “Arch Grants winners receive additional grants from UMSL.”

Ryan Barrett, interim director of the Veterans Center, discussed the struggles and opportunities to help veterans who are transitioning back into civilian life on the May 28 episode of “St. Louis on the Air,” a program on St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU.

Carole Basile, dean of the College of Education, was quoted May 2 in the KSDK (Channel 5) story “Common core curriculum meetings begin in Missouri.” Basile was quoted May 6 in the St. Louis Beacon article “New university for Missouri gets big backing.” She was quoted May 7 in the St. Louis Beacon article “Western Governors U. gets warm welcome in Missouri – mostly.”

Edward Bennett, associate professor of optometry, co-wrote the May 1 Contact Lens Spectrum article “Paying tribute to Sheldon Wechsler, OD, FAAO.”

Alumnus Michael Benz, BA English 1993, was featured May 15 in the St. Louis Review article “Six new priests ordained for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.”

Kathleen Burns, academic director of the School of Professional & Continuing Studies, was featured in the May 19 St. Louis Post-Dispatch article “AP courses vs. dual credit: What’s best for high school students?

Alan Byrd, dean of enrollment services, discussed what’s next for students after they graduate on the May 9 episode of “Stay Tuned” on KETC (Channel 9). Byrd was interviewed May 20 for the KSDK (Channel 5) story “For-profit colleges investigation.”

Sarah Caudill, a junior chemistry major, was quoted May 31 in the KSDK (Channel 5) story “Student loan debt struggles; little known govt program could help.”

Rita Csapo-Sweet, associate professor of media studies, was featured May 30 in the University City (Mo.) Patch article “U City resident/UMSL scholar wins award for cross-cultural engagement.”

Serene Darwish, a junior biology major, was featured May 16 in the Hazelwood (Mo.) Patch article “Hazelwood West graduate awarded grant to study birds in South America.”

Dorothy Denny, a social worker with Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis, was quoted May 2 in the KMOV (Channel 4) story “Father accused of abusing infant out on bond for previous child abuse allegations.”

Perry Drake, assistant professor of business administration, was quoted May 3 St. Louis Post-Dispatch article “Bonfyre, a local startup and app, offers a more private way to share.”

Julie Dunn-Morton, senior manuscript specialist for the St. Louis Mercantile Library, was quoted May 3 in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article “3 tips for buying art on a budget.”

Chancellor Tom George was quoted May 6 in the West (St. Louis County) Newsmagazine article “Hands-on Learning.” George was featured May 10 in the St. Louis Beacon article “UMSL at 50: Value given.”

Alumnus Paul Hackbarth, BA communication 2008, was featured May 8 in The Rolla (Mo.) Daily News article “Q&A with the new Rolla Daily News managing editor.”

Carl Hoagland, Emerson Electric Company Endowed Professor in Technology and Learning, discussed what’s next for students after they graduate on the May 9 episode of “Stay Tuned” on KETC (Channel 9).

Alumna Vanessa Howard, MEd 2000, was featured May 22 in The St. Louis American article “Vanessa Howard is Ferguson-Florissant’s 2013 Teacher of the Year.”

Dan Isom, Endowed Professor in Policing and Community, was featured May 20 in the CNN iReport story “St. Louis initiative to reduce violence.” Isom was quoted May 20 in the St. Louis Beacon article “Coalition of city and county groups strives to tackle violence, uplift poor communities.” He was featured May 20 in the KPLR (Channel 11) story “Hot spot policing initiative expands to county.” Isom was featured May 20 in the St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU story “St. Louis initiative to reduce violence focused on community support for sustainability.”

Sharon Johnson, associate professor of social work, was quoted May 23 in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article “$7 million more in mental health funding could go to St. Louis County children.”

Terry Jones, professor of political science, was interviewed May 16 for the “Missouri/Illinois legislative wrap up” episode of “Stay Tuned” on KETC (Channel 9). Jones discussed what happened during the 2013 Missouri legislative session during the May 20 episode of “St. Louis on the Air,” a program on St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU.

Alumnus Orvin Kimbrough, MBA 2002, was featured May 15 in the Associated Press article “Orvin Kimbrough to take over St. Louis United Way.” Kimbrough was featured May 15 in the St. Louis Business Journal article “United Way names Kimbrough president and CEO.” He was featured May 15 in the KTVI (Channel 2) story “Orvin Kimbrough named new president & CEO of United Way.” Kimbrough was featured May 15 in The St. Louis American article “Orvin Kimbrough to lead United Way of Greater St. Louis.” He was featured May 16 in The Telegraph (Alton, Ill.) article “United Way reaches inside for new boss.”

Tony Kimple Jr., a freshman theatre and dance major, was featured May 30 in the Ladue (Mo.) News article “Volunteer Spotlight: Tony Kimple Jr.

David Klinger, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice, was quoted May 14 in the KOMU (Channel 8) (Columbia, Mo.) article “Target 8: Digging into law enforcement homicide of Timothy Simpson.” Klinger was quoted May 20 in the NBC News story “Cop in NY shooting that left hostage dead faced split-second decisions.” He was quoted May 21 in the CBS News story “Andrew Rebello update: Family of accidentally slain Hofstra Univ. student criticizes police.”

Edward Lawrence, professor of finance, was quoted May 3 in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article “Too-big-to-fail problem may have a capital solution.”

Brian Levin, head coach of the softball team, was quoted May 6 in the Examiner (St. Louis) article “Woods’ walkoff lifts UMSL softball to first GLVC Championship.”

Kristian Marlow, a student pursuing a master’s degree in philosophy, wrote the May 3 Psychology Today article “Sloppy psychology and Zero Tolerance Policies.”

Brenda McPhail, associate vice chancellor for development, was quoted May 30 in the University City (Mo.) Patch article “UMSL donors create 19 scholarships; 35 more in the works for next year.”

Tom McPhail, professor of media studies, was featured May 21 in the University City (Mo.) Patch article “U City resident joins advisory group at Peruvian University.”

Gary Meier, who’s pursuing an MEd, was featured May 17 in the Riverfront Times article “Father Gary Meier, St. Louis Catholic priest, announces he is gay.” Meier wrote the May 21 Huffington Post commentary “No longer anonymous: Why I decided to come out as a gay priest.” He wrote the May 30 Huffington Post article “Questions after coming out as a gay Catholic priest.” Meier was featured May 25 in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article “In coming out as gay, Catholic priest sparks debate about church stance.”

Jean Miller, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, was featured May 9 in the St. Louis Business Journal article “Jean Miller | People.”

Mohit Patel, research associate for the Center for Nanoscience, was featured May 24 in the St. Louis Business Journal article “Arch Grants winners receive additional grants from UMSL.”

Hannah Perryman, a freshman on the UMSL softball team, was featured May 1 in the Daily Herald (Arlington, Ill.) article “Elgin grad Perryman sets UMSL strikeout record.”

Alumnus Jerry Rabushka, BA political science 1983, was featured May 19 in the Vital Voice (St. Louis) article “Rabushka’s ‘Star Bryan.’”

Robert Ricklefs, Curators’ Professor of Biology, was quoted May 20 in the New Scientist article “Why penguins dumped flight for flippers.” Ricklefs was quoted in the May 21 Wired UK article “Study: Penguins stopped flying to perfect diving ability, saving energy.” He was quoted May 20 in the NBC News story “Penguins have flightless wings, all the better to swim with, my dear.” Ricklefs was quoted May 20 in the Discovery News article “How penguins lost their ability to fly.” He was quoted May 20 in the Science article “Why penguins don’t fly.” Ricklefs was quoted May 20 in the Nature article “Why penguins cannot fly.” He was quoted May 21 in the Scientific American article “Why penguins cannot fly.” Ricklefs was quoted May 21 in the LiveScience article “Why penguins quit flying.”

Dave Robertson, Curators’ Teaching Professor of Political Science, was quoted May 18 in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article “Conflict-ridden Missouri legislation session could lead to more Nixon vetoes.” Robertson was quoted May 19 in the Associated Press article “Analysis: Missouri GOP success in eye of beholder,” which numerous media outlets ran, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Kansas City (Mo.) Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

J. Martin Rochester, Curators’ Teaching Professor of Political Science, wrote the May 30 St. Louis Jewish Light article “Aftermath of Boston Bombings: Thoughts on fighting ‘War on Terror.’

Richard Rosenfeld, Curators’s Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was quoted May 3 in the KOMU (Channel 8) (Columbia, Mo.) story “Homicides in Missouri cities surpass mass shootings.” Rosenfeld was quoted May 15 in the Columbia Missourian article “ANALYSIS: Blacks ‘overrepresented’ in Columbia traffic stops and arrests.” He was quoted May 18 in The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) article “Crime experts question NOPD stats that paint New Orleans as a safe city with a murder problem.” He was quoted May 23 in The Times-Picayune article “New Orleans’ murder problem is its crime problem: Jarvis DeBerry.”

Wendy Saul, the Dr. Allen B. And Helen S. Shopmaker Endowed Professor for Education, was quoted May 4 in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article “Book bank finds better ways to help developing countries.”

Wally Siewert, director of the Center for Ethics in Public Life, wrote the May 20 St. Louis Beacon commentary “Is political ethics an oxymoron?” Siewert wrote the May 28 St. Louis Beacon commentary “Ethics survey: Good news and bad.” 

Natissia Small, assistant dean of students and head of precollegiate programs, was quoted May 30 in The St. Louis American article “UMSL’s Bridge program helps students prepare.”

Bob Sunvold, head coach of the men’s basketball team, was featured May 28 in the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier (Mattoon, Ill.) article “UMSL calls Sundvold back into head coaching.”

Todd Swanstrom, the E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Community Collaboration and Public Policy Administration, was quoted May 22 in the St. Louis Beacon article “City officials see promise – and peril – in changing block grant process.”

Don Sweeney, associate director of the Center for Transportation Studies, was quoted May 6 in the Reuters article “Amid budget cutbacks, U.S. shipping sector seeks more federal funds.” He was featured May 20 in The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer article “Charlotte looks to airport rail yard as engine for growth.”

Kenneth Thomas, professor of political science, discussed the topic “fixing the debt” May 2 on the nationally syndicated television show “The Big Picture.” Thomas was quoted May 5 in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article “While CEO pay climbs, average workers tread water.” He wrote the May 24 Business Insider commentary “Mississippi sets a record for unreported subsidies.”

Alumnus Grayling Tobias, BSEd 1980, was featured May 2 in The St. Louis American article “Native son superintendent leads Hazelwood Schools.”

Erin Vasconcelles, counseling psychologist for University Health, Wellness, Counseling and Disability Access Services, was quoted May 25 in The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.) article “Group helps growers share passion for orchids.”

Alumnus Brant Walker, BSBA 1987, was featured May 9 in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article “Alton swears in new mayor.”

Judith Walker de Felix, vice provost for academic affairs, was quoted May 7 in the St. Louis Beacon article “Western Governors U. gets warm welcome in Missouri – mostly.”

Mel Watkin, director of the Public Policy Research Center Photography Project, was quoted May 29 in The St. Louis American article “’Normandy Proud’ photo exhibit.”

Tobi Williams, a senior psychology major, was featured May 30 in The St. Louis American article “UMSL’s Bridge program helps students prepare.”

Peter Wolfe, Curators’ Professor Emeritus of English, wrote the May 4 St. Louis Post-Dispatch article “Moral darkness covers le Carre’s new spy novel.”

Keith Womer, dean of the College of Business Administration, discussed what’s next for students after they graduate on the May 9 episode of “Stay Tuned” on KETC (Channel 9).


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