Student Receives Faculty Award

Christina Clark, a senior at William Woods University in Fulton, Mo., received the Faculty Award at the university’s academic convocation April 17. Clark is the daughter of Coyl and Edith Clark of Eldridge, Mo.

The Faculty Award is given to the graduate magna cum laude or summa cum laude who, in the estimation of the faculty of William Woods, has shown exemplary devotion and commitment to the life of the mind.

Clark also received the Distinguished Scholar Award in both equestrian studies and psychology.

She will graduate May 4 with a double major in equestrian science and psychology. She has maintained a high G.P.A. while challenging herself each semester with full course loads.

She co-authored a research paper titled, “Coping Styles and Addictive Behavior: What is the Role of Attachment?” The paper was presented at the Mid-South Psychology Conference. She also served as a tutor in the Writing Lab.

Clark is active on campus with the William Woods Vaulting Club, serving as vice president. The Vaulting Club is a student-generated organization, and Clark is one of the students who has been instrumental in its success. She also is a co-instructor of the vaulting class and a student coach for the vaulting team.

She has represented the university at vaulting competitions on both coasts—in California in 2000 and Rhode Island in 2001. The expenses for these competitions were covered by money raised through WWU Vaulting Club fund-raising efforts.

Clark is also the student manager of the university’s boarding barn and equestrian annex, a small barn a short distance from campus. She has fed the 12 horses there twice a day and cleaned their stalls for the past two years.

According to her nomination, Clark is “professional, always pleasant, dependable, well organized and a wonderful representative of the university’s theme of ‘learning without limits.’”