Dr. Andy Farke, a horned dinosaur expert and the Augustyn Family Curator and Director of Research & Collections at the Alf Museum, was the featured speaker for the Moments of Time virtual event on August 13.
Medievalist and writer Mary Flannery ’98, PhD was recently on the BBC podcast The Forum discussing 14th century poet Geoffrey Chaucer: “Perhaps the most fundamental 14th century issue that Chaucer's work deals with is the issue of representation, that is the question of who gets to have a voice."
Coach Dan Pride was an integral part of Webb's Athletics Department for 20 years, coaching football, basketball, and softball. When he retired from Webb in 2008, he returned to his hometown of Ironton, Ohio. He is now featured in the film "Hometown Hero" by fellow Ironton High School teacher Travis Kleinman.
We are proud to announce and celebrate the addition of two new members to the Board of Trustees. First, Webb welcomes alumnus Lance Williams ’97 to the board. Lance has led a storied career in marketing/communications and served the community through a variety of volunteer roles—most recently at Webb as a member of the board for the Raymond Alf Museum of Paleontology. Joining Lance this spring is Pitzer College President Melvin Oliver GP ’23. Dr. Oliver has led a renowned career in education and public policy. Below you will find both of their bios, which are included on the Board of Trustees page of our website.
Robot. Peace. Dragon. Sakura. These are just a few of the unique mask designs by Rob Tsuyuki ’85s company, INKnBURN! Prior to COVID-19, runners made up most of their customer base, but now with these masks INKnBURN's popularity is spreading!
Last week, in a series of letters and social media posts, Webb's leadership responded to the call for support of and solidarity with its black students, parents, faculty and alumni—and to further strengthen its commitment to being an anti-racist institution. Below is an excerpt from the most recent letter to the community. This letter and others can be found in full here.
Webb is truly thankful for each and every member of the Webb community and all Webbies from all around the world who embraced #WeAreWebb and Webb’s Giving Days. Support for The Webb Fund for The Community was overwhelming and will provide the Schools and the Museum with significant funding.
Micol Issa '05, a teacher and musical director at Eliot Arts Magnet School in Pasadena, brought her students together to create a virtual video project based on their spring musical production The Wiz.
John Scalzi '87s new release The Last Emperox appeared on the New York Times bestselling list this week. He was a guest speaker on our online series Webb Together Online to discuss his new book and share some Webb stories.
John Hur ‘10s family are small business owners in the Coachella Valley. “These past few weeks, we have tried to think of ways to help the local healthcare community. By searching through our network of retail manufacturers, Toda Moda was able to identify international mask suppliers. We are now pledging to donate masks, bandanas and hand sanitizer to hospitals in the area. We are so happy that we can help keep our community safe (even if it's minimal).”
We are grateful for all our Webbies on the frontlines and those spreading good work during these challenging times. On March 30th, Blake Johnson's company byte announced that they will do their part in the fight against COVID-19 by converting their 3D specialty labs to make masks, face shields and ventilator parts for frontline healthcare providers.
The Webb Fund for The Community is 48 hours of giving to bring us all together and provides a way for you to personally and directly impact everyone at Webb. The Webb Fund is more important now than ever before, supporting our areas of greatest need, as we navigate through the months ahead.
The Webb Schools is closing its campus and suspending in-person classes as of Thursday afternoon, March 12. Online classes will begin on Friday, March 20. With this closure, Webb is immediately beginning to support students returning to their families. We know this will take a few days, and for a number of students longer. Webb remains staffed and ready to support the needs of all student in dormitories and faculty homes as necessary.
That’s where Terence Tien ’13 gets to go to work each day! As an Associate Project Engineer with Walt Disney Imagineering in the Design + Planning Studio, Tien works with the Imagineers who design the immersive built environments at Disney’s parks and resorts. In his role as a Project Engineer, he provides technical integration between all of Disney’s studio partners including Creative Show, Ride Engineering, R&D, Live Entertainment, and much more.
When Ziyad Duron ’15 was a teenager playing video games, he probably had no idea that he was preparing for his future career, in which the mobile game he created as an undergrad at Cornell would make it onto the front page of the App Store. Family Style, a cooperative multiplayer cooking game, has players racing against the clock as they assemble dishes, trade ingredients, and try to keep their kitchen afloat. It’s fast-paced and fun--and it marks Duron’s successful entry into the competitive field of video game development.
According to the Business Roundtable, a group of nearly 200 CEOs from the world’s biggest brands including Apple, Pepsi and CVS, shareholders are “no longer the chief concern of today’s companies.” The new mission statement of the group, states that “employees are the focus of the modern corporation.” The same can be said of the world of higher education, where Eugene Whitlock ’88 has worked tirelessly to encourage institutions to focus as much on the people carrying out the mission as the mission itself by creating welcoming, equitable workplaces where people feel like they belong.
Priya Verma ’02 thought she would pursue a career in sports law before she set her sights on the entertainment industry. I wanted to be the general counsel of an NFL or NBA team until I realized their jobs are quite boring,” she told The Hollywood Reporter in November 2019. “My desire to do sports just fell away because I fell in love with television,” she told Webb months later.