Brookfield, Mo., resident Sarah Williams, a senior at William Woods University, received the prestigious Faculty Award at the university’s academic convocation April 19. She is the daughter of Jim and Kay Williams.
The Faculty Award is given to the graduate magna cum laude or summa cum laude “who, in the estimation of the faculty of William Woods, has shown exemplary devotion and commitment to the life of the mind.”
Williams, an art major, also received the Distinguished Scholar Award in art and was named to the 2006 edition of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.”
She was one of 12 William Woods University students selected for Who’s Who, based on being an outstanding campus leader. A campus nominating committee and editors of the annual directory chose the students based on academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.
By being listed in “Who’s Who,” Williams joins an elite group of students from more than 2,300 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states. Outstanding students have been honored in the annual directory since it was first published in 1934.
During her four years at William Woods, Williams has developed an outstanding art portfolio and, according to Professor Terry Martin, may be the most talented art student he has worked with in more than 25 years of college art instruction.
She won awards in the Four State College Salon Show at Missouri Southern, the University of Missouri Women in the Arts Show two years in a row, the Washington University/St. Louis Artists’ Guild Young Artists Showcase (where she received the Muriel Braeutigam Memorial Prize), the Columbia Art League Intercollegiate Show, Northeast Missouri Art Society Juried Exhibit and the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Art Competition.
Williams committed herself to the Mentor/Mentee program for three years and developed a body of art work for a traveling exhibit called “Communicating the Majesty of the Natural World.” With Professor Terry Martin she exhibited art in more than 12 exhibits across the state of Missouri.
She also was commissioned to paint two murals for the Missouri communities of Lexington and Marceline.
In addition to her artistic endeavors, Williams is a member of the WWU varsity golf team. She served as captain of the golf team for three years and was named an Academic All-American. An active participant in the athletic department’s Champions of Character program, she earned the NAIA Dr. Leroy Walker Character Award.
She is a member of Chi Omega sorority, Alpha Chi National Honor Society, the Missouri Watercolor Society, International Experimental Artists Society and Northern Missouri Arts Council.