Alumni Weekend Planned at the Woods

William Woods University is gearing up for its annual Alumni Weekend, Friday through Sunday (April 18-20). This year’s theme is “Remember When…” More than 200 alumni are expected to attend the event.

On Saturday, Dr. Victoria Gunn ’71 of Jefferson City, Mo., will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award; Marsha Wardlaw Clevenger ’79 of Little Rock, Ark., will receive the Service Award; Leslie Krieger Verslues ’86 of Jefferson City will receive the Green Owl Award, and John A. Schiffman of St. Louis will be named Honorary Alumnus.

All WWU alumni are invited to attend, and a half dozen graduates of 1948 will be on hand, celebrating their 60-year reunion. Also celebrating a milestone reunion is the class of 1958. In addition, the reunion classes of 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998 and 2003 will be specially recognized.

The weekend starts off with the William Woods/Westminster Golf Tournament at Tanglewood Golf Course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. The tournament is a four-person scramble for alumni, friends, spouses and parents. A $50 fee includes greens fee, cart, lunch and prizes. Registration begins at 9 a.m. on Friday.

For those not playing golf, there are other sporting options. At 2 p.m. Saturday, the alumni team will take on the WWU women’s team for a game of basketball.

In addition, the Senior ’08 Art Show in the Cox Gallery of the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

On Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., alumni can have coffee while catching up with classmates in the Myldred Fox Fairchild Alumni House. Campus tours will be offered from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

William Woods and Westminster alumni are invited to a cocktail reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the tent outside of WWU’s Tucker Dining Hall. There will be a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres.

Following the reception will be a prime rib dinner and auction in Tucker Dining Hall at 7 p.m. The evening will include both live and silent auctions. Items to be auctioned include front row Cardinals baseball tickets, a week’s stay at a Colorado condo and Tiffany jewelry. All proceeds benefit the alumni facility, and fund student scholarships and special projects.

For theatre lovers, the play “Seascape” will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Cutlip Auditorium. The Pulitzer Prize winning play is for mature audiences only and tickets can be pre-purchased.

Highlights on Saturday include an alumni coffee at 9 a.m., a WWU alumni association meeting with presentation of 50-year medals to the Class of 1958 at 10 a.m., and reunion lunch, awards and class pictures at 11:30 a.m.

Residential tours will be given at 1 p.m. Wine tasting will be offered at 3 p.m. with Scotty Walker providing music, followed by dinner with current students at 5 p.m.

On Sunday, alumni are invited to attend a traveler’s service, held in Thurmond Chapel at 10:30 a.m., followed by brunch at Tucker Dining Hall at 11 a.m.

The event is sponsored by the Student Alumni Council (SAC) in conjunction with the Alumni Board, fulfilling one of SAC’s missions—to unite alumni with current students.

For more information, contact the alumni office at (573) 592-4237 or visit the WWU website at