WWU presents awards to alumni

William Woods
University recently presented awards to three alumni and named another person
an honorary alumnus.

of Miami, Fla., received the Alumni Award of
Distinction, created to honor a graduate who has achieved national or
international fame in his or her chosen field.

John Despain
of Columbia, Mo., was awarded The Order
of the Owl Award, which is designed to honor spouses of William Woods alumni
who have shown a special interest in promoting and supporting the activities of
the university.
of Columbia, Mo., received the Graduate College
award. The award was created in 2011 to honor successful individuals who
completed their degrees through the William Woods Graduate College.
W. “Bud” Doepke
of Stillwell, Kan., was named an
honorary alumnus. Honorary alumni are selected for their distinguished personal
achievement, outstanding community service and dedication to William Woods
Seguin graduated from
William Woods with a degree marketing management and a minor in English. After
graduating, Seguin returned to her hometown of St. Louis and started with
United Parcel Service (UPS) as a part-time hub controller in 1983. In the 28
years since then, she has worked in many management positions with UPS, both in
the United States and Europe.
Now president of UPS
Americas region, Seguin is based in Miami. She is responsible for UPS package
and cargo operations in more than 50 countries and territories, and also
oversees UPS supply chain solutions operations throughout Miami, Latin America
and the Caribbean.
Despain is the husband
of Karla Despain, who graduated from William Woods in 1979. A four-year member
of the WWU President’s Club, Despain has also supported his wife and WWU with
time and service, supporting the Imagine Campaign and hosting Columbia alumni
gatherings at their home. An avid wine enthusiast, Despain has provided wine
from his own collection and shared extensive wine knowledge with visiting
alumni at his home wine tasting.
Yankee earned his
Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from William Woods in 2005.
After earning his MBA, Yankee started his own mortgage company, Flat Branch
Home loans, in April 2006.
A locally owned
mortgage company with satellite offices in Jefferson City, Marshall, St.
Robert, Springfield and St. Louis, Flat Branch has transitioned from being a
mortgage broker into a full-fledged mortgage banker.
Doepke was a member of
the William Woods University Board of Trustees for 15 years and an honorary
trustee since 2002. Formerpresident of Browning-Ferris Industries of Kansas
City, he later owned and operated Far View Farm, Inc. in Kansas, where he and
his family were involved in the breeding, raising, training and sale of
American Quarter horses.
A long-time supporter
of WWU, he established the Doepke Family Scholarship at William Woods in 1984,
in recognition of his wife, Jody, a 1955 William Woods graduate, and two
daughters, Sherri Doepke Tearney, a 1978 graduate, and Cassie Doepke,  Kunkel, a 1982 graduate.

Romaine Seguin

Karla and John DeSpain

Jim Yankee  and Mike Westerfield

Doepke family