Exemplary students at William Woods University were honored at a co-curricular honors banquet, April 21.
Highlighting the evening were presentations of the President’s Award, McNutt Award, Helen Stephens Award and Cockrell Award.
Angela Cooper, a senior from Red Bud, Ill., received the President’s Award. She is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in computer and information science, as well as a bachelor of art degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.
The President’s Award is presented to the graduating senior who has made unusual and outstanding contributions to the university during his or her undergraduate years. The recipient of the President’s Award must display sound academic accomplishments and demonstrate characteristics of loyalty, service and devotion to William Woods University, as well as extensive participation in campus activities and evidence of personal leadership.
Cooper was honored for her involvement in numerous campus organizations and service projects, including President’s 20 chair; orientation assistant; International Club secretary, Woods Wire secretary and Campus Activities Board. She also has been active in Chi Omega sorority, serving as friendship chair, Panhellenic delegate, Rho Chi and house corporation chair.
She served as a tutor at Fulton Community Center and a writing assistant in the English Department. She served an internship with the technology office of the Fulton Public Schools and the promotions department of Zimmer Radio Group.
Cooper was the Student Alumni Council Outstanding Senior, is listed on the National Dean’s List and was the recipient of a Leadership Scholarship. She also has been president of Phi Beta Lambda Business Honorary and secretary of Lambda Pi Eta Communications Honorary.
Lynne Riedemann, a senior in elementary education from St. Peters, Mo., received the McNutt Award, given to the graduate who shows a selfless devotion to service and best exemplifies the spirit and qualities of Amy Shelton McNutt, an alumna of William Woods.
Riedemann is active on the William Woods campus, where she participates in President’s Twenty, University Ambassadors, Leader Scholars and Recreational Outdoor Club. She also is involved with Lutheran Student Fellowship on the local, regional and national levels, currently serving as national vice president.
During her time at William Woods, she has been on the Dean’s List consistently and was chosen for Alpha Chi Academic Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society and Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society.
Jennifer Palmer, a junior at WWU, received the Helen Stephens Award at the university’s co-curricular honors banquet, April 23. She is the daughter of Leigh Palmer of St. Thomas, V.I., and Gary Palmer of Nixa, Mo.
The award is presented to an outstanding junior athlete who has achieved excellence both in the classroom and in the area of intercollegiate athletics. The student must demonstrate the talent, discipline and desire that best describes the legacy of Olympic Gold medallist and William Woods alumna Helen Stephens.
A varsity soccer player, she served as team captain during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. She was named AMC Soccer Academic All-Conference in 2002 and 2003 and
Soccer 1st Team AMC All-Conference in 2003. A biology major, Palmer is a member of Alpha Chi National Honorary Society.
Jennifer Sydow, a senior from Warsaw, received the Cockrell Award, presented to the graduating senior who has participated in a variety of campus activities, serving in a leadership position, and who has held membership in honorary groups. The student must exemplify outstanding campus citizenship, contribute to society, exhibit loyalty to the university and its policies and have a genuine regard for others in personal relationships.
Sydow is President’s 20 co-chair, Western Club treasurer and a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law organization and mock trial team. She also served as alumni relations co-chair, secretary, treasurer and president of Chi Omega sorority.
A Dean’s List student every semester, she also was president of Alpha Chi Honor Society and has been vice president and secretary of Alpha Mu Gamma Foreign Language Honorary. She was a charter member of the Honors Program and took third place this year in the Undergraduate Research Conference.