A podcast where we interview faculty, students, staff, and alums of the Beyond Boundaries series of courses and the Beyond Boundaries Program at Washington University in St Louis. In this podcast we aim to reach across the digital divide and highlight engaging stories told by Beyond Boundaries faculty and students at WashU and their ideas for future work and play. We hope to give you a window into what Beyond Boundaries is featuring the next generation of interdisciplinary thinkers and collaborators.
41: Chef Gerard Craft
On this episode of the Beyond Boundaries Podcast, Rob catches up with Chef Gerard Craft! Chef Craft is an award-winning chef as well as partner in Niche Food Group. Chef Craft was a guest in a Beyond Boundaries course called Designing Creativity at Washington University in St. Louis back in the Fall of 2015. Chef Craft and Rob chat about all kinds of topics related to the amazing work he does in St. Louis from the creativity in cooking to entrepreneurship to failure being an essential ingredient (pun intended) to any successful endeavor in life. You DO NOT want to miss listening to this episode and the wisdom Chef Craft imparts!
40: Dean Georgia Binnington (Sam Fox School)
On this episode, Rob sits down with Associate Dean of Students for the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts Dean Georgia Binnington. Georgia advises all students in the Beyond Boundaries Program that show interests in art and/or architecture. We talk about Georgia's upbringing in St. Louis, her time as a art history student at WashU and later as an advisor to what now represent hundreds of WashU alums and current students. Don't miss this wide-ranging and interesting talk with Georgia!
39: Dean Melanie Osborn (McKelvey School of Engineering)
On this episode, we visit with Senior Assistant Dean in the McKelvey School of Engineering Melanie Osborn who talks about advising students in Engineering and also advises Beyond Boundaries Program students with an interest in that area. We talk about her upbringing as the daughter of educators in a small Missouri town, her many advisory roles at WashU over a period of 23 years including in the College of Arts & Sciences, her desire to know as much as she can about her advisees including pet names, and the wisdom she has been able to impart to so many over a long period of time. We are joined by her two big rescue dogs Hugo and Remi and we find out how one "chose" the other. Tune in and listen!
38: Dean Paige LaRose (Olin Business School)
With this episode, we begin a series of podcast interviews with 4 undergraduate deans who advise all Beyond Boundaries Program students across 5 divisions at WashU: Arts & Sciences, McKelvey School of Engineering, Olin Business School, and Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. This pod episode features Assistant Dean and Director of Undergraduate Programs for Olin Business School Paige LaRose. We talk about everything from advice to students interested in the Olin Business School to Paige's own undergraduate, graduate, and law school journey. We also chat about her three kids and salute her on this Mother's Day. Give a listen!
37: RuthAnne Dunn
On this episode of the Beyond Boundaries Podcast, Rob has a conversation with Beyond Boundaries Program Class of 2024 student RuthAnne Dunn. They chat about RuthAnne's journey to WashU as a early-decision Questbridge applicant and her year taking a number of courses Rob teaches from Designing Creativity to the Beyond Boundaries Seminar to the Intro to Theatre Production course. RuthAnne's interests cover the gamut from sustainability to linguistics. Her involvement all across campus ranges from programs like Deneb STARS (where she will be an Aspirational Peer Mentor next year) and Period Ambassadors to her association with student groups like the Aristocats (Disney-themed a capella) to the Association of Christian Youth Seekers (ACTS).
36: Kimberly Hwang & Nicole Chen
In this pod episode, Rob talks with a couple of College of Arts & Sciences students in the Beyond Boundaries Class of 2024 in Kimberly Hwang joining the call from Taiwan and Nicole Chen in Los Angeles. We talk about how they know each other from grade school, awkward P.E. class events, WashU student groups, and the difficulty in properly raising succulents and fish without killing either.