Chatham Resident Receives Awards at William Woods University

Sarah Chatham, a senior studio art major at William Woods University in Fulton, Mo., received two prestigious awards at WWU April 23. She is daughter of Julie Chatham of Chatham, Ill., and Gary Chatham of St. Louis, Mo.


She was named to the 2008 edition of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” and received a Student Alumni Council Outstanding Senior Award.


Chatham was one of 13 William Woods University students selected for Who’s Who, based on being an outstanding campus leader. A campus nominating committee and editors of the annual directory chose the students based on academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.


By being listed in “Who’s Who,” Chatham joins an elite group of students from more than 2,300 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states. Outstanding students have been honored in the annual directory since it was first published in 1934.


The Outstanding Student Awards are the only awards at William Woods University bestowed on students by the nomination and vote of other students. Nominees must demonstrate academic achievement, campus and community involvement and leadership.


On campus, Chatham is a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and has held several leadership positions. She has served as assistant recruitment/continuous open bid chair, vice president of risk management, chaplain, warden, historian and a representative on chapter standards and relations board.

She involved in President’s Twenty and the Student Alumni Council, serving as sophomore, junior and senior class president. She is a current member and former president of Order of Omega, Greek honor society, and she has worked as a University Ambassador. She is also a participant in Up ‘Til Dawn for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and was the executive director of William Woods University’s Cancer Awareness Week.


Her community involvement includes working with the Little Brother/Little Sister Program, Relay for Life, and she is an active member of the Chatham Presbyterian Church and youth group. She has served as a Sunday school teacher for middle school girls and a Vacation Bible School arts and crafts director.


An aspiring photographer, she has had her work displayed at several locations, including Callaway Bank, David Pratt Cancer Center and Westwoods Coffee.


Chatham was also the WWU Visual Arts Performance Award for Expression and Creativity recipient for her recent portfolio review.