William Woods University to hold Alumni Weekend

Approximately 150 alumni are expected to attend this year’s Alumni Weekend at William Woods University April 25-27.


All alumni of William Woods have been invited, but the classes of 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993 and 1998 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 $65 fee includes greens fee, cart, lunch and prizes. Reservations must be made by April 18.


Also on Friday afternoon, alumni will have an opportunity to visit selected classes in session on the campus.


Numerous other activities and events are scheduled for the weekend, including a William Woods University/Westminster College reception, an alumni dinner and auction, and the theater department’s presentation of “Faith County,” all on Friday evening. The play will also be presented Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.


The senior student art exhibit 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. The Romney Oualline Nesbitt/Audrey Schmitz Alumni Art Exhibit will also be on display in the gallery, with a reception planned from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.


Other 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 1953 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. Colonel R.J. Rouse of Springfield, Mass., will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award, and Virginia “Piggie” Herndon of Fulton will receive the Outstanding Service Award.


In addition, Chris Lich Daniels of Quincy, Ill., will receive a Green Owl award, Mike Shindler of Fulton will receive the Order of the Owl award and Theresa Vonderschmitt of Jasper, Ind., will be named an Honorary Alumnus.


Two new activities have been added for Saturday afternoon. A student panel will discuss Campus Life 101 to give alumni some insight into the life of today’s college student. Later, alumni of the men’s and women’s soccer teams will take on the current teams in what is hoped will become an annual event. The game is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Firley Soccer Field. There will be awards and a traveling trophy.


Becky Stinson, director of alumni services, said, “Alumni Weekend is the perfect setting for reminiscing with friends and classmates while admiring the growth and development of their alma mater.”


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