William Woods plans ‘Thank You Tour’ to celebrate end of capital campaign

DSC_0095William Woods University is celebrating the successful completion of its Imagine Campaign with a Summerfest 2014 Thank You Tour around Missouri.

“The development staff is going on tour this summer and visiting a number of Missouri towns and cities to say ‘thanks’ to our alumni for their support during the Imagine Campaign and in general,” Dan Diedriech, vice president of university advancement, said.

Scheduled visits include Quincy, Ill., June 17; Mexico, Mo., June 24; Hannibal, Mo., June 26; and Sedalia, Mo., June 27. Events were held June 10 in Jefferson City and June 12 in Columbia.

On any given day, more than a dozen workers are moving dirt, pouring concrete and focusing on the myriad of projects involved with building Sorority Circle on the campus of William Woods University.  The complex will be the new home to the four WWU sororities.

Sorority Circle is the largest project to be funded through donations to the Imagine Campaign.  Alumni, employees, donors and friends, contributed to make the $10.8 million Imagine Campaign a success, raising $600,000 over goal.

The final figure includes a $1 million grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation.  To qualify for the grant, WWU had to raise more than $900,000 from private funds during the last 12 months of the campaign.

“The Mabee Foundation invests in us because they believe in us … in what we are doing every day to _DSC0030provide lifelong learning opportunities for our students,” Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, WWU president, said.

The Imagine Campaign comprised three objectives— the construction of Sorority Circle, an endowment to support the Center for Ethics and Global Studies and the renovation of the Tom and Claudine O’Connor Alumni and Visitors Center.

“Our faculty and staff so strongly believe in these objectives that 91 percent contributed to the campaign,” Barnett said.

Sorority Circle will not only provide substantial additional housing to the entire campus—benefiting both Greek and independent students—but it will also provide much-needed technological and structural improvements, such as wireless Internet access and central air-conditioning.

According to Mike Dillon, director of the WWU physical plant, construction is right on schedule.

“Much of the concrete work on Building ‘A’ has been completed. In the last week of June, we’ll be putting up the walls on Building ‘A’ and that’s when the building will really begin to take shape,” he said.

“Construction of this complex will help William Woods improve and preserve its attractive and inviting residential campus,” Barnett said. “This complex also will ensure WWU’s ability to remain competitive among its peers and continue to attract and retain quality students.”

According to Barnett, by housing all four sororities together in one village, the residential complex will help to strengthen the university’s Greek community. The individuality of each sorority will be maintained through separate entries and individual common areas for studying, socializing and conducting meetings.

The complex will provide 136 beds. In addition to meeting housing demands, the complex will also provide a comfortable, safe and modern living environment for WWU students.

WWU_Animation_01 001At the start of the campaign, William Woods received a lead gift of $2.5 million from the Brockman Lambert Foundation, representing the largest foundation gift ever received by the university. In addition, an anonymous individual donor provided a leadership gift of $2 million.

More recently, former WWU board member and Central Trust Bank Board Chairman Sam Cook made a significant donation in support of the university’s Imagine Campaign, and the amphitheater to be built behind Sorority Circle will bear his name.

“The Imagine Campaign has built upon the William Woods mission to distinguish itself as a student-centered institution and fulfill its vision to be recognized as a progressive and growing leader in higher education,” Barnett said.

Visit schedule:

  • Quincy, Ill., June 17, 5:30-7 p.m., The Pier, 401 Bonansinga Dr.
  • Mexico, Mo., June 24, 5-7 p.m., Wine on Washington, 115 S. Washington St.
  • Hannibal, Mo., June 26, 5:30-7 p.m., Fiddlestiks Food & Spirits, 8945 U.S. 36
  • Sedalia, Mo., June 27, 1:30-3 p.m., Kehde’s Barbecue in the Kehde Flyer Rail Car, 1915 S. Limit Ave.