More than 200 alumni are expected to attend this year’s Alumni Weekend at William Woods University April 20-22.
All alumni of William Woods have been invited, but the classes of 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991 and 1996 will be specially recognized.
Activities for Friday include the first-ever William Woods Alumni Golf Tournament at Tanglewood Golf Course from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tournament will be a four-person scramble and teams will include students from the William Woods golf teams.
The tournament is being chaired by Dave Stinson, who received his MBA from William Woods in 1997, and Mimi Arnold, a WWU junior and member of the women’s golf team. The $70 fee includes greens fee, cart, lunch and prizes. Reservations must be made by April 10.
An Islander Music Festival, sponsored by Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, is another addition to Alumni Weekend. The festival, featuring music from jazz to hard rock, will be held around Senior Lake Saturday from the afternoon until midnight.
Numerous other activities and events are scheduled for the weekend, including a William Woods University/Westminster College reception, an alumni dinner featuring a wine and antique auction, and the theater department’s presentation of “The Taming of the Shrew,” all on Friday evening. The play will also be presented Saturday.
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.
Also on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society will display items from the 1979 William Woods time capsule that was opened last fall.
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On Saturday, a Grande-Dames breakfast, reunion class pictures, recognition of the Ivy Pathway, sorority and fraternity open houses and Dressage horse show will be held.
Alumni from the class of 1951 will become the Grande-Dames of the university. 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. Allan Alexander of Oxford, Miss., will receive the Distinguished Alumni award. Wendy Jarman Powell of Kansas City, Mo., will receive the Green Owl award. Tom Herndon of Fulton will receive the Order of the Owl award, and Melvin Hall of Branson, Mo., will be named an Honorary Alumnus.
On Sunday, the Dressage horse show and senior student art exhibit will continue and the baseball team will play a double-header against Missouri Valley, starting at 1 p.m.
Becky Stinson, director of alumni services, said, “The events have been expanded to include an alumni and student golf tournament and a fraternity-sponsored music festival. All of the events offer an opportunity for alumni to reconnect with friends and meet students.”
For more information, contact the alumni office at (573) 592-4219.