Media Coverage: September 2019

UMSL Media Coverage

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 stories but does not serve as a comprehensive listing. Notice a clip we missed? Email us at

Featured Stories

St. Louis Magazine talked with Ruth Harker, UMSL alumna and former Tritons soccer star, about MLS4TheLou, the first female–led ownership group in MLS history. Harker played on the first-ver U.S. Women’s National Team and was named one of the most valuable players at the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1985 and believes St. Louis can be a springboard for soccer.

– The St. Louis American featured Gabrielle Brown, Normandy High School valedictorian and UMSL freshman, who is part of the Change Begins Now program. The program provides opportunities for Normandy grads like Brown to get experience in the IT field and raise awareness of diversity issues in the industry.

– Forbes sat down with Dan Lauer, the founding executive director of UMSL Accelerate, to discuss his career path as an entrepreneur, noting that it definitely hasn’t been linear.

Media Coverage

Ron A. Austin, creative writing alumnus
Southeast Calendar: Performed reading at Dorothy and Wedel Nilsen Visiting Writers Series

Petra Baker, education alumna
The St. Louis American: Meet the needs of a child before you teach them

Alan Balzer, engineering alumnus
Herald-Whig: Licensed as a professional engineer by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

Kim Carney, education alumna
Ladue News: Ranked as one of the leading real estate agents of Coldwell Banker Premier Group

Jennifer Chinn, optometry alumna
The Independent Eye: Father-daughter duo open private practice

Mary Chivetta, optometry alumna
Invision: Awarded American Academy of Optometry 2019 Resident Travel Fellowship

Jennifer Cobbina, criminology and criminal justice alumna
St. Louis Public Radio: Discussed research on Ferguson at St. Louis University’s Social Justice Night

Mary Daly, former student and president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Fed (Up): Going from high school dropout to the Federal Reserve

Tom George, chancellor emeritus
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: How colleges boost the St. Louis economy

Chris Gherardini, computer science alumnus
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Attending FABTECH 2019

Tim Hykes, graphic design alumnus
Adobe Blog: Named Adobe 2019 UX Designer to Watch

Joshua John, computer science student
St. Louis Jewish Light: Recipient of the NHBZ-UMSL Scholarship

Terry Jones, professor emeritus of political science
St. Louis Public Radio: Clock ticking to appoint the Board of Freeholders

David Kass, political science alumnus
StreetInsider: Appointed vice president of government affairs and strategic communications for the Council on Foundations

David Kimball, professor of political science
The Associated Press (via KOMU): Parson expected to make strong bid

Ryan Krull, assistant teaching professor of communication
St. Louis Public Radio: Family mystery unearthed in gruesome crime

Dan Lauer, founding executive director of UMSL Accelerate
Business Insider: Winning support for a startup

Matthew Lee, optometry alumnus
Invision: Awarded American Academy of Optometry 2019 Resident Travel Fellowship

Jacquelyn Lewis-Harris, associate professor of anthropology and education
The Chart: Papua New Guinea art displayed in gallery

Anita Manion, assistant teaching professor of political science
KSDK: What to expect from an impeachment inquiry

Emily Oliveira, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs and the director of the Counseling and Social Advocacy Center
The Daily Times: Presented at Maryville College mental health summit

Brian Owens, music alumnus and Des Lee Fine Arts Collaborative community music artist in residence
St. Louis Public Radio: Featured at benefit concert celebrating Michael McDonald’s legacy
St. Louis Magazine: United Ferguson artists for a night honoring Michael McDonald

Patricia Parker, E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in Zoological Studies
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Mapping to combat wildlife trafficking
KSDK: Harris World Ecology Center partnership bringing scientists together

Dave Robertson, Curators’ Teaching Professor and chair of the Department of Political Science
Springfield News-Leader: Putting Medicaid expansion on the 2020 ballot
Springfield News-Leader: Big money continues to flow to Missouri politicians

Richard Rosenfeld, Curators’ Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Criminology and Criminal Justice
St. Louis Public Radio: Understanding police behavior in wake of Ferguson
The Crime Report: 1994 Crime Bill’s effect on mass incarceration was limited
The Marshall Project: Violent crime still falling

Norman R. Seay, former director of the Office of Equal Opportunity
St. Louis Public Radio: Obituary, educator and civil rights activist

Hilary O. Shelton, communications alumnus and director to the NAACP’s Washington Bureau and senior vice president for Advocacy and Policy
The Times and Democrat: Delivered keynote address at NAACP’s 25th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet

Wally Siewert, former director of the Center for Ethics in Public Life
St. Louis American: Supporting voting reform in St. Louis

Nick Sinanovic, computer science alumnus
St. Louis Business Journal: Local trucking company driving revenue by making truckers its priority

Kristin Sobolik, interim chancellor and provost
Gazelle: Influencers list, 20 people to know

Todd Swanstrom, E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in Community Collaboration and Public Policy
Metro East Chronicle: Developing Illinois, St. Louis through grassroots organizations

Benjamin Wacker, optometry alumnus
Sandhills Sentinel: Optical Shoppe brings world into focus

Rachel Winograd, associate professor of research at Missouri Institute of Mental Health
Columbia Missourian: Utilizing federal opioid response funds
KCUR:  NextGen Precision Health Institute breaking ground

Other Campus News

Broadway World: Public art piece in Murphy Park

Columbia Missourian: Two academic programs ratified

Daily Times Leader: Child Advocacy Studies training

Kansas City Business Journal andSt. Louis Business Journal: U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 ranking of best colleges

KMOV: Strong Youth Strong Communities summit

Mizzou News: Designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education

Patch: 2019 College Transit Challenge winners

The Source: Institutions support Cortex district

The St. Louis American: Hosting scholarships through the St. Louis American Foundation

The St. Louis American: Neighborhood Leadership Fellows graduate

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Brunch Patrol program in Normandy schools

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: $60 million, mixed-use project near campus and MetroLink

Vision Monday: Women In Optometry’s First summit

Westend Word: Ballet season at Touhill Performing Arts Center


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