Jefferson City Area Residents Receive Major Awards at WWU

Three Jefferson City residents received major awards at William Woods University’s academic convocation and co-curricular honors banquet, April 22.


Kristin Garnett received the Cockrell Award and Beth Outz received the Amy Shelton McNutt Award. They were also named to the 2009 edition of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges,” along with LeeAnn Knaebel.


Garnett is the daughter of Scott Garnett and Scott and Louise Weber.  Kristin GarnettOutz is the daughter of Robert and Gina Outz. Knaebel is the daughter of Ed Knaebel Jr. and Linda Foulk.


The Cockrell Award is presented to the graduating senior who has participated in a variety of campus activities, serving as an officer or chair, and who has held membership in honorary groups. The student must exemplify outstanding campus citizenship, contribute to society, exhibit loyalty to the university and its policies and have a genuine regard for others in personal relationships.


Beth OutzThe McNutt Award is given to the graduate whose consistency of purpose and selfless devotion to service were contributed without thought of reward and who best exemplifies the spirit and qualities of Amy Shelton McNutt, an alumna of William Woods in whose honor the award was named.


Garnett is majoring in communications with minors in psychology and sociology. Outz is majoring in management information systems with a minor emphasis in business administration. Knaebel is majoring in middle level education, with a minor in mathematics.


They were three of 18 William Woods University students selected for Who’s Who, based on being outstanding campus leaders. 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,” they join 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.


Garnett is a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and has served as chapter relations and standards board member, vice president of intellectual development, vice president of chapter relations and standards, risk management committee member and nominating committee member.


She has also been the class president for four years in Student Alumni Council, as well as a member of Admissions Ambassador Program, GAMMA Program, President’s Twenty, Peer Mentor, Order of Omega Greek honor society, Honors Program, Biennial Alcohol Review, Campus Activities Board and Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honorary. Garnett is active in her community; she has volunteered at Read Across America MNEA, SERVE, CARDV shelter and Churchill Terrace assisted living facility.


Outz is a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and has served as vice president of chapter relations and standards board, vice president of intellectual development and member of the risk management committee.  She is vice president of Delta Epsilon Chi business honorary, member of Campus Standards Board, Peer Mentor, Student Website Advancement Team, Campus Activities Board and university phonathon. Outz has volunteered at local nursing homes; CARDV shelter and the Holts Summit Community Betterment Association.        


Knaebel is an active member of residential life at WWU, serving as headLeeAnn Knaebel community advisor and a member of the training and social committees.  She is also works as a supervisor for WWU’s phonathon and acts as training chair. Knaebel is a member of President’s Twenty, Student Alumni Council, Campus Crusade for Christ, Kappa Delta Pi education honor society and Turkey Hill Ranch Bible Camp.