In continuing the university’s role as a welcoming place to discuss issues surrounding the events in Ferguson, Mo., the Office of the Provost in coordination with the Gephardt Institute for Public Service and the Office of Human Resources, are hosting a series of “Conversation Circles” on the Danforth Campus this week.

Wednesday, Sept. 10: What can we do now? What do we do now?
8:30 a.m. Cupples 1 218
8:30 a.m. Danforth University Center (DUC) 233
Noon Anheuser-Busch Hall Wright Jury Room (School of Law)
4:30 p.m. Danforth University Center (DUC) 242

“The focus will be on the voices in the room, but this is just the beginning,” Smith said. “We are looking at having more conversations in every school and in every major space on the Danforth Campus in the future.”

Conversations are scheduled to last one hour and are open to all Danforth Campus faculty and staff. They will be led by faculty and staff members experienced in facilitating conversations surrounding diversity and inclusion. No registration is required; staff and faculty can just drop in.

“Faculty and staff members – some of whom live in the Ferguson area and have had direct experience – need a space to reflect about the images we’ve been seeing on television the last few weeks,” said Rochelle D. Smith, assistant provost and director of diversity, summer programs and community outreach for the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences. “This is an answer to that, a series of conversations – based on specific themes and topics – in smaller settings designed to get the university community to connect, support, share feelings with each other and talk about what’s next.”



AngevineWelcome Back Colonel Angevine!

Colonel John E. Angevine U.S. Army (Retired) has returned to Brookings. A former Federal Executive Fellow while on active duty with the Army, John has “retired” to join BEE as our Executive Fellow for Veterans Affairs.

Read Colonel Angevine’s full biography » 

John brings to BEE a variety of experience in senior military leadership in the active duty Army as a Senior Army Aviator, battalion commander, Joint Specialty Officer, and Strategic Intelligence Officer, as well as joint duty assignments with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Defense Intelligence Agency, among others. His operational military assignments include: Operations HURRICANE ANDREW, PROVIDE COMFORT, IRAQI FREEDOM, and ENDURING FREEDOM.

As described in the following commentary, John seeks to continue his service to our country at BEE by helping veterans maximize their benefits and parlay their military leadership skills to the civilian world.

As part of Brookings Institution’s and Washington University in St. Louis’ continued commitment to veterans and military service members, I am honored to join Brookings Executive Education (BEE) as an executive fellow for Veterans Affairs. I seek to deliver decisive advantages to veterans in government, transitioning military, and Active Duty military, creating and delivering innovative executive leadership education that prepares our warriors for senior service in either government or corporate America.

Prior to joining Brookings, I worked in private industry, government agencies, and the U.S. Army with more than 32 years of leadership experience, setting and implementing visions that postured commercial and defense sectors for success with innovative solutions.

The BEE team and I look forward to preparing our veterans and service members to capitalize on their wealth of leadership experiences through comprehensive education for continued service in government and corporate America in their quest for leadership excellence. We strive to create a veterans and military friendly environment for you to earn your Master of Science in Leadership.

Please feel free to contact me for more information on our Veterans Affairs research and education programs by e-mail: or telephone: 202.238.3172.

Washington University in St. Louis opens its 118th season of college football Saturday, Sept. 6, at home against Ohio Northern University. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. (CT) at Francis Field. The Bears have compiled an all-time record of 502-465-28 (.519) in 117 seasons of football on the Danforth Campus.

Wash U Head coach Larry Kindbom returns 15 starters (Offense-8; Defense-5; Special Teams-2) from last year’s squad, which posted an 8-3 overall record and won its second straight University Athletic Association (UAA) title with a 3-0 mark. The Bears also advanced to the NCAA Division III Playoffs for the second time in school history.

Ohio Northern (0-0) at Washington U. (0-0)
Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 • 1 p.m. (CT)
Francis Field • St. Louis, Mo.

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Bear Sports

THE SERIES – Washington U. and Ohio Northern are meeting for the first time in school history.

THE COACHES – Head coach Larry Kindbom (Kalamazoo, 1974) is in his 26th season at Washington University, with a record of 156-95 (.622). His 156 wins rank him as the all-time winningest coach at Washington U. Overall, in 31 seasons, Kindbom is 184-125-1 (.595).
Ohio Northern head coach Dean Paul (Mount Union, 1990) has led the Polar Bears to a 68-34 (.667) overall record and an appearance in the national rankings in eight of 10 seasons. In 15 seasons as a head coach at the NCAA Division III level, Paul has posted a 108-46 overall record (.701). He came to ONU after five seasons at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky.

• Be the Bears’ eight-straight regular season win dating back to 2013 season.
• Extend Washington U.’s home win streak to seven games dating back to 2012.
• Be the first season-opening win since a 28-10 win at Knox on Sept. 3, 2011.

MEDIA COVERAGE – Saturday’s contest vs. Ohio Northern will be broadcast live at no cost on the Bear Sports Network. Jay Murry will provide play-by-play. Live stats will also be available on the Washington University Athletics website.


KANSAS CITY BUSINESS JOURNAL: Olin Business School hires new managing director to oversee KC program. Linda Endecott has been named the new managing director of Olin’s Executive Education programs in Kansas City, where the Executive MBA program is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

Linda Endecott

Linda Endecott


On Thursday, September 4, at 5:30PM, the Skandalaris Center’s new Managing Director, Emre Toker, will kick off this year’s Skandalaris programming, including the Olin Cup and YouthBridge Social Enterprise and Innovation Competitions. Registration is at 5PM with the program start at 5:30 in Whitaker Hall auditorium, followed by a reception in the Whitaker Atrium.

Tokar arrived in St. Louis and at Washington University earlier this month from the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management, where he was a Mentor in Residence. He is excited by what’s been happening on campus and in the community in the area of innovation and entrepreneurship.  An entrepreneur himself, he founded two biomedical technology companies in Tucson, MedOptics and Bioptics Corporations, and co-founded one in Santa Clara, California, Radicon Imaging Corporation. Each company was acquired by larger firms within seven years of founding.  Emre’s areas of interest include early-stage ventures, international angel investment syndication, and biomedical technologies.

Jessica Stanko just transferred to the Skandalaris Center from the Career Center,  as Campus and Student Services Coordinator. If you have any questions about the Skandalaris Center or would like to know more about programs and services, please feel free to contact Jessica at