Fulton chief of detectives chronicles career at WWU

The Alumni Speakers Series at William Woods University
recently featured a well-known Fulton personality—Lt. Andre Cook, chief of
detectives for the Fulton Police Department.

Cook, who earned his bachelor’s degree through WWU’s evening
program for working adults in 2012, chronicled his career for students, faculty
and staff March 28 in the Ivy Room of Tucker Dining Hall.
The Alumni Speakers Series, established by Becky Stinson,
alumni relations director, brings William Woods graduates back to campus to
share their work and life experiences with current students.
Stinson said the Alumni Speaker
Series was initiated so alumni could share their career experiences and give
the students the opportunity to learn more about the reality of the job market
and life outside The Woods.
The goal is for alumni with
interesting or unique careers to show students how many possibilities there are
for those who are open-minded and willing to work their way up.
“You learn from every job what
you like and what you want,” said Stinson. “The ideal job in your head may not,
in reality, be what you want. It’s important to be open to possibilities.”
The next program in the Alumni Speakers
Series will feature Jennie Kane
Petterson, who will talk about her progression from an award-winning equestrian
student to equestrian instructor. She will speak at 4 p.m. April 23 in Aldridge
Previous participants in the Alumni Speakers Series include:
  • Marijo
    Kent-First, an internationally recognized genetics expert
  • Gracemarie Cretella, an actress who danced with
    the Los Angeles Opera and has been in numerous television productions and
    several films
  • Allyson
    White Lewis, a Certified Financial Planner, motivational speaker, software
    creator, business coach and author  
  • Amber
    Cox, COO of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury professional basketball team  
  • Linda
    Bond Quinley, chief financial officer and treasurer to the Board of
    Education at Columbia Public Schools
  • Kirstyn
    Wentzel, a paralegal graduate who shared her career progress from
    paralegal to her passion, pastry chef  
  • Robert Hull, an investigator
    with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission  
  • Romney
    Oualline Nesbitt, who spoke about her career “From Artist to Minister,
    Author and Teacher–A Career In Progress”
CUTLINE: After chronicling his career as part of the
Alumni Speakers Series, Fulton Chief of
Detectives Andre Cook speaks with William Woods University student Jennifer Schweisss, while other students look on. (Photo by Rebekah Savage)