William Woods University to hold Alumni Weekend

Approximately 150 alumni are expected to attend this year’s Alumni Weekend at William Woods University April 16-17.


All alumni of William Woods have been invited, but the reunion classes of 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994 and 1999 will be specially recognized.


Activities for Friday include a William Woods/Westminster Alumni Golf Tournament at Tanglewood Golf Course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tournament will be a four-person scramble and teams will include alumni, students, family members and friends of WWU. The $50 fee includes greens fee, cart, lunch and prizes. Reservations must be made by April 9.


On Friday afternoon, alumni will have an opportunity to take campus tours, and from 5 to 7 p.m., a William Woods University/Westminster College joint reception will be held on the WWU campus. The reception will be followed by an alumni dinner and auction in Tucker Dining Hall.


Activities on Saturday include a Grande-Dames breakfast, reunion class pictures, alumni luncheon and awards presentation and sorority and fraternity open houses. A Dressage Horse Show will be held Saturday and Sunday in the Indoor Riding Arena, starting about 9 a.m.


Alumni from the class of 1954 will become the Grande Dames of the university Saturday morning. The title of Grande Dames is bestowed on alumni who graduated from William Woods 50 or more years ago.


A luncheon and awards ceremony on Saturday will honor the reunion classes, as well as award recipients. Diane Jones Seif, president of Regulatory/Clinical Consultants, Inc., in Lee’s Summit, Mo., will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

In addition, Marsha Wardlaw Clevenger of Little Rock, Ark., will receive the Outstanding Service Award, Dave Stinson of Fulton will receive the Order of the Owl award and Charles W. Kuergeleis of Chesterfield, Mo., will be named an Honorary Alumnus.


An art exhibit featuring graduating seniors and alumni will be open in the Cox Gallery of the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A reception will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday honoring alumni Dell Fox, class of 1976, and Kitty Burri-Schachter, class of 1975, who will be exhibiting jewelry and mixed media.


Alumni of the women’s and men’s soccer teams will take on the current teams in games at 2 and 4 p.m., respectively, at Firley Soccer Field. There will be awards and a traveling trophy.


Two new activities have been added for Saturday afternoon. The WWU Alumni Board will host a “Champagne and Shorts” reception honoring the graduating seniors at 3:30 p.m. A pig roast dinner for students, alumni and friends is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. on the Aldridge Patio. Smileaway Band will provide music from 6:30 to 10 p.m.


Becky Stinson, director of alumni services, said, “In addition to expanding activities through Saturday evening, we are offering alumni an opportunity to record their WWU history. Phi Alpha Theta, the honorary history society, is copying photographs and recording anecdotes of alumni.”


For more information, contact the alumni office at (573) 592-4237.