“WWU Alumni Coast to Coast” is the theme of this year’s Alumni Weekend at William Woods University April 22-23. Approximately 200 alumni are expected to attend.
All alumni of William Woods have been invited, but the reunion classes of 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995 and 2000 will be specially recognized.
In addition, there will be a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the founding of Alpha Chi Omega, Chi Omega and Alpha Phi sororities. Dubbed “40 and Fabulous,” the Greek celebration will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in Aldridge Lounge. Sorority and fraternity open houses will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The weekend starts with a William Woods/Westminster Alumni Golf Tournament at Tanglewood Golf Course from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. 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 19.
On Friday afternoon, alumni will have an opportunity to take campus tours, and from 4 to 7 p.m., a William Woods University/Westminster College joint reception will be held at Latshaw Plaza on the Westminster campus. The reception will be followed by an alumni dinner and auction in WWU’s Tucker Dining Hall at 7 p.m.
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 1955 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. Heidi Glaus ’96 will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
In addition, Martha Mares Lebo ’59 will receive the Outstanding Service Award, Jim Schmuck will receive the Order of the Owl award and Bernard Weitzman will be named an Honorary Alumnus.
An art exhibit featuring graduating seniors and alumna Marjorie Shepherd Brichler ’55 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 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The Owls baseball and softball teams will play at 1 p.m. Friday, and the baseball team will play at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Alumni of the women’s and men’s soccer teams will take on the current teams in games at 1 and 3 p.m., respectively, at Firley Soccer Field. There will be awards and a traveling trophy.
The WWU Alumni Board will host a “Champagne and Shorts” reception honoring the 2005 seniors at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. A “Southern Comforts” dinner for students, alumni and friends is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. on the Aldridge Patio. Smileaway Band will provide music from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
For theatre goers, “A Piece of My Heart” will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Becky Stinson, director of alumni services, said, “Everything about Alumni Weekend is on the William Woods website this year. You can see the schedule, register, see who else has registered and even bid on auction items.”
For more information, contact the alumni office at (573) 592-4237 or go to the WWU website: www.williamwoods.edu.