WWU Alumna Named Volunteer of the Year by CASE District VI

Sheri Irwin Gish, District VI CASE chair, presents the plaque to Judy Schmuck.
Sheri Irwin Gish, District VI CASE chair, presents the plaque to Judy Schmuck.

Judy Schmuck, William Woods University alumna and longtime donor and volunteer, has been named Volunteer of the Year by District VI of CASE (the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education).

A resident of Wildwood, Mo., and a 1972 graduate of William Woods, Schmuck was nominated by Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, WWU president, “in recognition of her many, many years of faithful service to her alma mater.”

Named to the WWU Alumni Board in 2001, Schmuck was elected president in 2009. Jennifer Vescovo, another past president, describes Schmuck as “a worker and leader who has impacted the alumni association with her enthusiasm and her energy, always leading by example.”

Schmuck has been a member of the William Woods University Board of Trustees since 2010 and was a founding member of the WWU President’s Club Giving Society in 2003. She has received two prestigious awards from the WWU Alumni Association—the Outstanding Service Award in 2000 and the WWU Green Owl Award in 2007.

Her service to WWU started as a student when she was actively involved on campus. Since her college days, she has continued her service to William Woods University as an alumna, trustee and donor. Her contributions have been large and varied.

Schmuck served the Alpha Chi Omega chapter at William Woods as chapter adviser for 13 years and was named WWU Adviser of the Year four consecutive years—the only years the award was given. She served on the sorority’s national nominating committee and now serves on the board of the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation.

With Schmuck’s assistance and oversight, the chapter at William Woods has received the Alpha Chi Omega National Council Trophy three times during her years as adviser, most recently in 2013. This is the highest award given to any collegiate Alpha Chi Omega chapter in the country.

A dynamic member of the steering committee for William Woods University’s current capital campaign, Schmuck took the lead in the campaign support over a 16-month period, recruiting, helping to train and mentor committee members, leading regular conference calls, and personally soliciting a huge number of her sorority sisters in support of the construction of a university-owned residence hall.

“In all of the ways in which Judy has supported her alma mater, she has exemplified what it means to be a loyal, engaged, alumna volunteer,” Barnett said. “She financially supports the university to the maximum of her capacity. She gives selflessly of her time, and she does both, whether noticed or not.”

She added, “Recognition is not the motivation for Judy’s service to William Woods University. She supports WWU altruistically because she believes in its mission, its value, and most importantly its students. In addition, she challenges her peers to do likewise, and inspires current students and alumni to serve in a similar manner.”