Woods Briefs: Spring 2020

News and notes about William Woods students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Updated continuously throughout the semester.

William Woods Students, Faculty, and Staff

Timothy Hanrahan, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Associate Professor of Physical Education, wrote “Creating Experiential Learning Opportunities in Any Course,” an article which was featured in the April 6, 2020 issue of the Faculty Focus Daily newspaper.  https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-and-learning/experiential-learning-opportunities-in-any-course/?st=FFdaily;s=FF200406;utm_term=FF200406&utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Creating+Experiential+Learning+Opportunities+in+Any+Course&utm_campaign=FF200406

CPT Brett Kirk, Instructor of Leadership and Military Science, was promoted from First Lieutenant to Captain within the Missouri Army National Guard. CPT Brett Kirk is the OIC for the Show-Me GOLD program at William Woods University. 

Elizabeth Wilson, Professor of Social Work, won the Jane Bierdeman-Fike Humanitarian Award presented by the City of Fulton Human Rights Commission for her work with the William Woods University Social Work program. The William Woods Social Work program requires each of its students to complete 500 hours of volunteer service in the Fulton and Callaway County area. The local agencies that have benefited from these volunteer hours include SERVE, CARDV, Fulton State Hospital, North Callaway and Fulton Public Schools, CMCA, Missouri School for the Deaf, and many others

Mona Steffens, Mail Center Supervisor, was one of six nominees for the Jane Bierdeman-Fike Humanitarian Award for bringing the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to many schools in Fulton. Mona also developed a program called the “Fifth Quarter,” which provides a safe and fun place for students to go after home high school football games. Mona has also worked to organize groups of kids to rake leaves for the elderly and she teaches Sunday School.

Allie Tate ’20, Hailey Shepard Hartman ’20 and Daryl Parungao ’19  will all be presenting research in the area of Mental Health/Wellness at the 2020 Southwestern Psychological Association national conference at the University of Texas-Arlington. The conference will be held April 3-5, 2020. 

William Woods Alumni

Nathan Reid ‘05 & MED ‘07 won the American Family Insurance All American, Gold Key, Life Diamond Award in 2019.  He was also awarded American Family Insurances Agent of the Month Award multiple times in 2019. He owns the American Family Insurance – Reid & Associates, LLC Agencies located at The Lake of the Ozarks with offices in Osage Beach and Lake Ozark. Nathan Reid also won Missouri Magazine’s award for 2020 Best Insurance Provider. 

Bethany (Campbell) Reid ’05 won Missouri Magazine’s award for 2020 Best Sign Language Interpreter. 

Amber Cox ’96 & ’98 was honored with the Women in Sports and Events (WISE) Women of Inspiration 2019 award. Cox is the Vice President of Sports for the Connecticut Sun and New England Black Wolves.

Olivia Imhoff ’19 a Boonville native who graduated from WWU last spring with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, received the Patrol’s coveted Superintendent’s Award when her class of 31 cadets graduated from the academy earlier this winter.

Melissa Hughes Smith ’95 won the UPHA Chapter Five Distinguished Service Award.