Chancellor's Reflection: Giving To Those Who Are Giving So Much | Webster University

Chancellor's Reflection: Giving To Those Who Are Giving So Much

As the coronavirus pandemic in spring 2020 altered so many aspects of how we stay connected, Chancellor Stroble began a weekly series of communication with alumni, donors and friends to share ways that Webster faculty, staff, students and alumni have rallied to support each other and their communities during these unprecedented times.

May 1, 2020

As we have together faced the challenges presented by COVID-19, we have learned so much about new ways of working remotely, supporting all our worldwide teaching and learning online, and rising to the occasion when there are so many needs to be met. I am grateful to all the members of our Webster community and to so many of you who have shared stories that inspire.

What I have witnessed through this time is that we are a community of selfless individuals who give before being asked and expect no thanks. Just recently, our biological sciences department donated masks, goggles and lab coats to the front-line responders at Mercy Hospital. Many of these Mercy nurses and nurses throughout the region are also students in Webster’s nursing and nurse anesthesia programs. They are working 12-hour shifts, yet every one of them is still coming to class. At Webster, we have also secured several residence hall rooms to be used by Mercy South healthcare workers as the need may arise.

We at Webster want to do everything we can to support our community. So we have created new vehicles to foster and empower this selflessness.

I am delighted to announce that Webster University has established the Front-Line Responders Fund. This targeted fund to support our student front-line responders not only says thank you for your service but lends a helping hand for this crisis’ unexpected expenses. As the peak of this crisis passes, these students will resume their required clinical hours rotations and research along with their studies and their employment on a more limited schedule. This Front-Line Responders Fund will fill in gaps in their earning power as they complete their degree requirements and advance their careers in service of all of us.

We are also launching our Gorloks Now! Fund, an emergency fund that encompasses every student, every need, including those experienced by some of our dedicated staff. Webster is a family. We are here for our family when unexpected needs arise.

Finally, we will keep the Chancellor’s Vision Fund front and center. For those who understand that the University is always trying to do more with less and who want to make a gift to help us do that, this is the place. Gifts to the Vision Fund have assured strategic initiatives such as academic transitions support for entering freshmen and transfer students, special programs for student veterans, online tutoring, student support technologies, and study abroad research scholarships, to name a few.

For over 100 years, teaching our students to be compassionate global leaders has been in the forefront of Webster’s mission. Right here, right now, we are seeing our global citizens in action. Please go to our Webster Crowd Funding site now to donate to one of these funds.

In this crisis, we see our students’ true character. We see them using their Webster education to make a critical difference. They did not ask; they just stepped up. It is time for all of us do the same for them.


Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, PhD