Happy Hump Day to all!
This upcoming weekend, William Woods will be hosting its annual Alumni Weekend shindig! The theme this year is Woodsfest! A festive gathering of old friends and colleagues brought together for a weekend of reminiscing on the past and writing the next page of the future.
For a full schedule of Woodsfest events, follow this link!
We hope to see you all this coming weekend at William Woods!
As always, peace and blessings!
This past weekend I traveled to St. Joseph, Missouri for the Missouri Academy of Science Annual Meeting. I went to present a poster of the cancer research I've been doing all year with Dr. Nicholas Pullen. Rachel Ostrem and Dr. Hart also went to present on their medical biotechnology research project from this semester. We had a great time!
We arrived on Friday afternoon and got checked in. We were able to check out the room where Rachel would present and I found the spot for my poster. The atrium of the science facility had this beautiful structure of trefoil, which is a protein domain. It so happens that I am looking at a specific trefoil factor for my cancer research so it was really cool to see that, what a coincidence!
On Saturday we went to the opening session. They announce that the journal for Missouri Academy of Science is moving online, and did some other business. I'm hoping that maybe next year some of my work with Dr. Pullen could be submitted to the journal for publication.
The rest of the morning we sat and listened to a bunch of presentations. I was excited that I got to watch Rachel explain her project. We also learned about other current biomedical technology research happening in the state of Missouri.
After lunch it was time for the poster session. I got to talk to a lot of different people and answer questions about my project. I even had some cancer biologists give some suggestions on how to move forward with our work!
Overall this was a great experience. I can't wait to submit another abstract next year, and I hope we get accepted again! I'm so glad that I got the chance to work with Dr. Pullen and represent William Woods Biology.
Allow me to begin this blog post by letting you know the life has been excellent as of late! Great things are happening all around me. The Owls Baseball Team is performing well on a consistent basis, sporting a record of 28 wins and 9 losses. We have two weekends left in the regular season and then we head off to compete in the conference tournament to play for a conference title and a trip the national tournament.
Also, the founding of a new fraternity, Sigma Tau Gamma, at William Woods has been progressing swimmingly. We've been able to assemble a great group of guys with the qualities of leadership, ambition, optimism, and individuality. By embracing one another, we have been able to broaden our own horizons and develop a culture of open-mindedness. I am proud that I took the first step, with many of my brothers, to do something new. To challenge ourselves. To be the best men we can possibly be at all times.
William Woods Greek Life offers a one of a kind opportunity to those who join. Not only does going Greek offer a sense of involvement in the community, it also sets you up to make new, lifelong friends. I am fortunate to be a part of the family that is Greek Life at WWU!
My throwback picture for the day is a real gem. I'm driving around like a mad woman with my poor brother in the passenger seat. It is funny because it seems like I would drive like this now, but I am definitely the opposite of that. I tend to be a very slow and steady, cautious driver. I really love this picture and this memory!
Seeing this picture got me excited about Greek awards tonight. At Greek awards, there are superlatives and one of the superlatives is "worst driver". I am obviously not the recipient of this award, but I do get to be the one to announce it! I am so excited to celebrate everyone's accomplishments while also seeing the reactions at the superlative winners.
Another vehicle I saw that got me excited today was the Food Bank Feeding America truck. At 1o the truck was unloaded by some Greek community members and high school volunteers. Seeing this truck means that they are unloading the food to make the Buddy Packs at Woods 101 tomorrow. I love that we have this event so that students and parents can help us make a difference in the world and get food to hungry children.
The word for this week is definitely excited! I am excited about everything that is going on and I am also excited for Woods 1o1 tomorrow and to meet all of you.