WWU Assistant Soccer Coach Receives Prestigious Award

Tandra Donehue, assistant soccer coach at William Woods University, received the 2003-2004 Lieutenant Governor’s Service Award in a ceremony at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City this spring.

Recipients of the award must be active members of their community and participants or members of national service programs. They are chosen on a basis of outstanding leadership and service to their community.

A soccer scholarship brought Donehue, originally from Anchorage, Alaska, to William Woods University in 1997. She completed a bachelor of arts degree in psychology in 2001 and will finish a master of education degree at WWU in July.

Donehue has been a member of AmeriCorps since September 2003. She has spent more than 500 community service hours tutoring math at Fulton High School and tutoring at Fulton Academy after school. She also has been an active volunteer in various extracurricular school activities.

The most beneficial part of working with Fulton Academy through AmeriCorps, Donehue commented, was learning to become a true role model; a person of integrity.

“You learn a lot about yourself and working with kids at the academy who are highly at risk, “Donehue said. “It makes you think about things you normally wouldn’t; what it means to be a model citizen and someone of character.”

Donehue was one of 18 persons recognized by the lieutenant governor for going “above and beyond” to better their communities and state through community service activities.