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Musical “Alma und das Genie” in Webster Vienna’s Atrium

On Wednesday, March 30th for the first time ever, a musical, “Alma und das Genie” was performed at Webster Vienna. This event can be seen as a teaser for a series of events called ““Webster Wenkheim Wednesdays “ that are planned to take place from Fall 2016 and onwards and as Director Bernd Marin stated it was: “An opportunity to open the doors to the community of the 2nd district and merge university education with cultural events.”
The satiric musical with two performers is about the life of Alma Mahler-Werfel, a famous figure in Viennese history as she was the muse and wife to many important creative geniuses of her time. Born in 1879, she was there when the Art Nouveau movement became hip and through her father, a well-known painter himself, she had connections to the artistic world from an early age on.
Her lust for life and her beauty made her much sought-after and she was close to many of the most influential creative people at the time, from famous musicians (Gustav Mahler and Alexander Zemlinsky) to painters (Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka), novelists (Gerhard Hauptmann and Franz Werfel) and architects (Walter Gropius) – she was one of a kind. Married three times, she fled Europe with her third husband, Franz Werfel to escape the Nazis and finally settled in the U.S. where she died in 1964.
50 years following her death Tom van Hasselt wrote the Musical “Alma und das Genie”, which won the prize for best lyrics at the “German Musical Theatre Price 2015”. They are on tour now with this musical throughout Germany and Austria. Nini Stadlmann, who performs Alma, was extremely pleased to perform in Vienna and especially in the 2nd district, as she is native Viennese and she told the audience that her father was born just around the corner from Webster Vienna.
An enticing evening with over 90 visitors will definitely set a great tone for future events of the “Webster Wenkheim Wednesdays Series”!


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Night against Procrastination

How Writing Centers CAN Make THEIR Work Visible, Support Writers and Have Fun

By Dr Lydia Wazir-Staubmann

Webster Vienna’s Writing Center organized its first Night Against Procrastination on December 3rd, and it was a huge success! The event provided a comfortable study space for students at a critical point in the semester. Reference librarians and assistants, writing center tutors and counseling center staff were available until 10 p.m. to work with students to help them make progress with their papers and assignments. We purposely selected an evening in Week 6 (14) in order to encourage students to get working on their projects and assignments before their deadlines in weeks 7 and 8. The Library offered workshops on search strategies; the counseling center offered workshops on relaxation and on avoiding procrastination; and the Writing Center held 5 sessions on common grammar mistakes, writing introductions and conclusions, structuring essays, integrating sources, and clarity and style. Fahrenheit 145, a new start-up catering service run by two students, Michael Kamberov and Marin Tikvica, generously provided free food for their hungry peers during the event.
Student feedback on the event was very positive. Ainur Kalitova, a Masters student who visited all of the Writing Center’s workshops, said: “This is such a great service! I finally understand how to fix many of the mistakes I was making.” Our Junior Librarian, Nicole Platzer, also expressed how appreciative the students were of the longer opening hours. “Many students used the opportunity to get their papers and assignments done, with library staff and writing center tutors ready to assist them when needed,” Platzer said.
The first Long Night Against Procrastination was held in 2010 at a university in Germany after students complained about their procrastination habits. “You should open at night,” one of them said, “because this is when I eventually get started and would need a writing center.”
Procrastination is a phenomenon that we, as writers, all know too well. Writing is too often associated with lonely suffering. Events like The Long Night [WL1] make the issue of time management visible to students, who, as novice writers, might not be aware that writing can also be done in company. If writers can find their flow, unleash their creativity, and experience the success of a convincingly expressed argument, their writing can be a joy. The Long Night opens up academic writing to its more joyful aspects through company, conversations, and healthy and relaxing interruptions, like relaxation sessions. In university contexts, this aspect of writing often gets lost under the burden of assignments, deadlines, and the pressure of grading.
This event not only supports student writers but also makes writing center work visible. It is a fun way to create an image that makes writing centers attractive to students. We have had several requests to offer the Night Against Procrastination again every semester. Maybe this will become a new Webster tradition!
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On November 5, 2015, the Vienna Chapter of the Webster Alumni Association and the Career Development Center at Webster Vienna Private University successfully kicked off  Webster´s Mentoring Program for their local mentors and mentees at Palais Wenkheim in Vienna – strongly supported by their corporate partner ACCELOR Consulting & Business Development GmbH, a renowned Viennese Executive Coaching and Training company.
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Ready for a Change? For change to be truly lasting, all employees, especially those in leadership roles, must become change agents. They must be equipped with the skills and techniques to guide their teams through the uncertainty that comes with change. They need sound project management techniques, excellent communication skills and an understanding of the bigger picture. Graduate students at Webster Vienna Private University as well as working ...
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Prof. Dr. Bernd Marin will take over from Dr. Arthur Hirsh as Director of Webster Vienna Private University on October 15th, 2015. Prof. Marin is an internationally acknowledged scholar, and he has successfully led the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research as executive director since 1988.
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POWER AND MEDIA: OWNERSHIP, SPONSORSHIP, CENSORSHIP
Webster Vienna Private University's Media Communications department will be hosting the 6th annual Media Trends conference September 10th-12th.
The conference will analyze the relationship between power and media, focusing mainly on government censorship, concentration of ownership as well as advertiser and other external influences over all forms of messages. It will examine new ways in which economic, commercial, political and military forces sway media users and how the media technologies and organizations themselves influence decision-makers.
Finally, it will explore ways in which ordinary people are using and making media to reclaim power.
For more information, abstract submission, panel proposals and registration, please visit our Media Trends conference page.
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The Webster Community got a taste of traditional Viennese culture over the weekend. Over 50 very fancy and stylish Webster students, faculty and staff attended the second annual Vienna Ball of Sciences (Wiener Ball der Wissenschaften) this past Saturday, January 30th 2016. Thanks Friday's crash dance course from Tanzschule Elmayer and a lovely pre-ball reception at Palais Wenkheim, both organised by the Student Government Association (SGA) our st...
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Puppy Hour at Webster Vienna Enjoyed Huge Response
 
On Monday, December 14, the Webster Vienna Library organized the visit of three cuddly, four-legged guests to help students, faculty and staff de-stress during finals week. Almost 70 people participated in the event sponsored by the Student Government Association and used the opportunity to interact with the special guests. Tashi, Delek and Anthony are certified therapy dogs with much experience, yet they remain open-minded. “We have been to schools, geriatric institutions and hospices, however, visiting a university was new to us. It was a very positive experience and we would be happy to come again”, says Gertraud Mark, the owner and trainer of the dogs.
 
Studies have shown that physical contact with a pet has many benefits including lower blood pressure and feelings of comfort and calm, and the many smiles on the students faces provided quite some evidence. “The puppy day was a great idea, not only was it a stress relieving but also heart-warming experience”, a student participant concludes.
 
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8th Webster Vienna Annual Alumni Symposium

More than 200 guests attended the annual Alumni Symposium of Webster Vienna Private University  at Palais Eschenbach to listen to a podium discussion full of distinguished speakers discussing the following topic: „ Austria & the EU: 20 Years of Challenges, Opportunities and Lessons Learned”.
Following a warm welcome by Webster Vienna’s new director and social scientist Dr. Bernd Marin, outstanding Austrian personalities such as Erhard Busek, Stephan Koren, Bettina Lorentschitsch, Johannes Pollak, Heimo Scheuch und Barbara Weitgruber exchanged ideas concerning the future of the European Union (EU).

All debaters agreed that one of the main problems of the European Union is the lack of a pan-European identity, as the focus still rather lies on national identities. Eric Frey led through the discussion, in which achievements as well as chances of the last 20 years were analyzed. Political scientist Johannes Pollak is worried about the current situation of the EU and looked at it with a critical eye. In Erhard Busek’s opinion, the European Union is more important than ever to secure Europe’s position in the current process of globalization: “Seven percent of the world population live in Europe and cover 24 percent of the global economic power. To react to this trend we should concentrate on our trump, which is research and development”.
Barbara Weitgruber is delighted that Austria continuously widened its participation in the EU framework programs in the research area. “Since Austria joined the EU 20 years ago, the quota of successful Austrian investments as well as financial return flows as measured by Austria’s contributions to the EU household rose.”
Heimo Scheuch thinks it is economically essential to give Europe a more modern infrastructure in the future: „Bureaucracy needs to be reduced and European values need to be established in politics as well as in economy to foster entrepreneurship throughout all levels of society and all regions.” 
Bettina Lorentschitsch agreed and explained, how Austria benefitted from joining the EU, but meanwhile in the process of implementing the regulations, Austria shows a tendency to “Golden Plating”, which is neither useful for the Austrian entrepreneurship nor improves the attractiveness of location. Her wish for the future is more courage from the Austrians concerning simple necessities and an analysis when to go for “lots of Europe” and when to enforce “lots of region”.



The interesting discussion was followed by a Get-together  and networking  event with representatives from renowned companies such as Erste Group, Novomatic, UBS, Novartis, IAEA, G4S, Economic Senate , Deloitte, Lukoil, Casinos Austria, Raiffeisen, UniCredit, OMV, UNO, Oracle, OSCE, UNIDO and many more.

The following panelists were present:
- Dr. Erhard Busek, Former Vice Chancellor, Chairman of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, President of “Senat der Wirtschaft” and President of the Vienna Economic Forum
- Dr. Stephan Koren, Chairman of the Managing Board at immigon portfolioabbau ag
-      Bettina Lorentschitsch, MSc, MBA, President of the Julius Raab Foundation and Vice President 
       of the Austrian Economic Union
- Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johannes Pollak, Professor of Political Science at Webster Vienna and Head of the Department of Political Science at IHS
- Dr. Heimo Scheuch, CEO at Wienerberger AG
-      Mag. Barbara Weitgruber, M.A., Director General for Scientific Research and International 
       Relations at the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy
 -       Moderator: Dr. Eric Frey, Der Standard
Nov. 12th, 2015 @ Palais Eschenbach
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100 years.....and proud of it!!!
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WEBMUN is happening again! So proud of our students!
Webster Model United Nations 2015 officially kicked off on October 17! This year’s topic Geopolitics of Resource Scarcity brought over 100 delegates to Palais Wenkheim in Vienna. Designed as simulation in which students learn about diplomacy, international relations and international organizations, the conference gives delegates a first-hand opportunity to experience how it would be to work in international affairs.
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Tomorrow!!
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