News and notes about William Woods students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Updated continuously throughout the semester.
William Woods Students, Faculty, and Staff
Walter Renaud, an English professor at William Woods for more than 30 years, died December 16, 2021 at his home in Charleston, Illinois. He was 90. Mr. Renaud began teaching at WWU in 1975 and was named professor emeritus in 2004. In addition to teaching English classes, he also taught film classes at The Woods, and also served as a visiting professor at Nagoya Women’s College in Japan. Professor Renaud received the University’s Distinguished Professor Award in 1982 and 1998, and won the 1998 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. His wife of 63 years, Helen (Cane) Renaud, who survives at the home, worked for more than 25 years at Dulany Library at WWU, and together they attended numerous seminars across the country for the National Endowment for the Humanities through the years. Professor Renaud was active with the local public libraries, serving on the executive board for the Friends of the Callaway County Library and as secretary of the Foundation Board for the Daniel Boone Regional Library in Columbia. A native of Massachusetts, Professor Renaud earned the Combat Infantry Badge and the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars during his U.S. Army service in the Korean War. Using the G.I. Bill, he graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and later earned a fellowship to Harvard University, where he received a master’s and a doctorate in English/American Literature. In addition to his wife, Mr. Renaud is survived by a sister, one daughter, one granddaughter, and one great-grandson.
William Woods Alumni
Amber (Hawn) Graziano ’20 welcomed Mila Ann into the world on October 16, 2021.
Kristin Koppen ’75, Jolene Miller Reynolds ’75, and Beth Bodmer Cumberland ’75 enjoyed a mini 50-year reunion as Centennial Hall suitemates.
Ciara Tatum ’19 was awarded the “Coach Of The Year” at the first-ever Black Excellence Awards Ceremony on December 26, 2021 in Columbia, an event sponsored by The Village, an organization with a mission to aid and assist Black people in the Columbia area. Tatum, the Head Track and Field Sprint Coach at Battle High School and physical education teacher at Lange Middle School, both located in Columbia, was recently featured in the 2021 edition of the WWU alumni magazine The Woods (pages 76-77): https://news.williamwoods.edu/alumni-magazine-2021/
Karyna Sagalai ’21 and her husband started a business called Smoothie Cards, and launched their first product on Kickstarter. Smoothie Cards is a box of 40 great-tasting recipes that also have health facts and the full nutritional breakdown for each recipe. You can learn more about Smoothie Cards and their Kickstarter here: http://kck.st/3euXmPi