William Woods University is gearing up for its annual Alumni Weekend, Friday through Sunday (April 24-26). This year’s theme is “The Woods Way,” and more than 200 alumni are expected to attend the event.
Award recipients this year are: Katie Nowinski Reed ’59 of San Antonio, Texas, the Alumni Award of Distinction; Laura Hill Steinbeck ’85 of Fulton, the Outstanding Service Award; Debbie Fulk Hay ’75 of Dallas, Texas, the Green Owl Award; Tom O’Connor of Longboat Key, Fla., the Order of the Owl Award, and Jane Bierdeman-Fike of Fulton, Honorary Alumnus.
While all WWU alumni are invited to attend, the class of 1959 will be celebrating its 50th reunion, and it will be the largest 50th year class celebration yet. There are currently 26 alumni registered from the class of 1959, from as far as Ventura Calif., San Antonio, Texas, and Fort Myers, Fla.
In addition, the reunion classes of 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2004 will be specially recognized.
The weekend will start off with the William Woods/Westminster Golf Tournament at Tanglewood Golf Course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. The tournament is a four-person scramble for alumni, friends, spouses and parents. A $50 fee includes greens fee, cart, lunch and prizes. Registration begins at 9 a.m. on Friday.
For those not interested in golf there are many other entertainment options. The Senior ’09 Art Show will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday in the Cox Gallery of the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts.
The Owls baseball team will take on McKendree at 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and a recognized dressage horse show will be held in the Indoor Riding Arena from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., alumni can have coffee while catching up with classmates in the Nielsen Room in Tucker Dining Hall. Katie Reed, recipient of the Alumni Award of Distinction, will speak on “A Life of Public Service” from 1 to 2 p.m. in Dulany Auditorium.
Campus tours by golf cart will be available from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Alumni will also have the opportunity to participate in the Arbor Day tree planting at 2 p.m., followed by a walking tour of campus, highlighting the 50 trees recently planted as part of campus beautification.
Added to the Alumni Weekend schedule this year is an “Education Series with WWU Faculty.” The first will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday with Gary Mullen, chair of the equestrian studies division. It will examine the equine industry and include a tour of the equestrian facilities.
Art Professors Paul Clervi and Jane Mudd will conduct the second seminar, “Exploring Composition through Charcoal,” at 3:30 p.m.
Following the end of the golf tournament at 5:30 p.m., a “Reunion at the Lake” will be held on Aldridge Patio near Junior Lake. This is a chance for alumni and former athletes to catch up and share memories.
In addition, alumni are invited to Westminster College for a cocktail reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, a long-standing tradition between the two schools.
After the reception, a buffet dinner and auction will be held outside Tucker Dining Hall at 7 p.m. The evening will include a live band and a raffle for a three-night, $5,000 trip for two, to San Francisco. All proceeds fund student scholarships and special projects.
For theatre lovers, the play “The Miser” will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Cutlip Auditorium. Tickets can be pre-purchased.
Saturday events will start at 9 a.m., with an alumni coffee. A reunion brunch at 10 a.m. will feature an alumni association meeting and installation of new board members, presentation of 50-year medallions to the Class of 1959 and presentation of awards. Class pictures will be taken at 11:30 a.m., and a barbeque will be held at 12:30 p.m.
Residential and Greek house tours will be at 1 p.m., and a champagne toast to Dr. Mary Spratt, 2008 Missouri Professor of the Year, will be held at 2:30 p.m. The Scotty Walker Trio will provide music during the wine tasting at 3 p.m., which also includes a sampling of locally brewed beer.
At 3:30 p.m., Dr. Carolyn Ball, director of the ASL Interpreting Program, will demonstrate the recently-enhanced Charlotte Rose Hamilton ASL Interpreting Lab in the Burton Business Building and unveil the donor recognition plaque. This will be followed by a pasta dinner with current students at 5 p.m.
On Sunday, alumni are invited to attend a traveler’s church service, held in Thurmond Chapel at 10:30 a.m., followed by brunch at Tucker Dining Hall at 11 a.m.
The event is sponsored by the WWU Alumni Board and supported by the Student Alumni Council (SAC) fulfilling one of SAC’s missions—to unite alumni with current students.