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31Jan/132

LEADing by example

Well hello there! Long time, no blog! I can’t believe we’ve already been in classes for two weeks! I guess that really goes to show that time flies when you’re having fun. :)

What have I been having fun doing, you ask? Well, lots of things! Between work, classes, my sorority, other campus organizations, friends and family, my schedule is packed full of fun things to keep me busy! But there’s one thing that I don’t need to put on my calendar anymore: LEAD events.

    Since this is my last semester at The Woods, I do not have to participate in the LEAD program as long as I am in good standing and have signed off on my senior status waiver. Even though I'm not attending weekly events, I'm still earning the scholarship money. How cool is that?!

Since this is my last semester at The Woods, I do not have to participate in the LEAD program as long as I am in good standing and have signed off on my senior status waiver. Even though I'm not attending weekly events, I'm still earning the scholarship money. How cool is that?!

I’ve been mentioning LEAD a lot over my past several posts, but I haven’t really explained what it is. Luckily for you, this post is dedicated to LEAD and LEAD only!

LEAD stands for Leading, Educating, Achieving and Developing. This program was enacted by Dr. Barnett (our university president) in 2000 and has been going strong ever since! The intent of this $5000 tuition award is to encourage campus involvement and enhance our education here. And guess what? It’s available to any accepted WWU student! Love it!

Attending LEAD events during these past four years has been one of the highlights of my Woods experience. Lots of fun memories have been made either hanging out with my friends at a concert, listening to an inspirational speaker, or experiencing a different culture or lifestyle.

As I mentioned in my first post, I LOVE taking pictures. I’ve basically been documenting my college years ever since I stepped foot on this campus! While thinking about what I wanted to tell you about the LEAD program, I decided to look back at some of my older photos and videos. My conclusion: Man, oh man, I’ve had some fun! :)

As I was looking through my pictures, I noticed a recurring theme. There are three main types of LEAD events: educational, concerts and performances. I know the idea of LEAD may still seem kind of arbitrary. However, a picture speaks a thousand words, so check out these photos and enjoy!

EDUCATIONAL

The Student Activities Fair at the beginning of the fall semester is always a great way to meet new people and learn how to get involved. Each organization has their own booth, so you can go around and sign up for what you think looks interesting. Plus, there's always free stuff!

The Student Activities Fair at the beginning of the fall semester is always a great way to meet new people and learn how to get involved. Each organization has their own booth, so you can go around and sign up for what you think looks interesting. Plus, there's always free stuff!

Earlier this year, Dr. Lori Hart visited our campus and spoke about the gender theories and gender communication. Her presentation was one of the funniest and most informative LEAD events I'd ever been to!

Earlier this year, Dr. Lori Hart visited our campus and spoke about gender theories and gender communication. Her presentation was one of the funniest and most informative LEAD events I'd ever been to!

Fire safety is always an important topic to cover, and last year the Office of Residential Life made it even more interesting by asking the local fire department to set a room on fire to show how quickly it burns. The heat was so intense!

Fire safety is always an important topic to cover, and last year the Office of Residential Life made it even more interesting by asking the local fire department to set a room on fire to show how quickly it burns. The heat was so intense!

Rev. Billy Kyles was a close friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's and was a witness to his assassination. His presentation during Black History Month was incredibly powerful; meeting him afterward was even more amazing.

Rev. Billy Kyles was a close friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's and was a witness to his assassination. His presentation during Black History Month was incredibly powerful; meeting him afterward was even more amazing.

Two Deaf Native American men visited campus during Deaf Awareness week a few years back. They were so much fun to watch and had some very impactful stories to share.

Two Deaf Native American men visited campus during Deaf Awareness week a few years back. They were so much fun to watch and had some very impactful stories to share.

Since our school mascot is Screech the owl, it was only appropriate for the Biology Club to host a bird sanctuary LEAD event. The people from the sanctuary brought birds that were tame enough to fly around the gym, swooping over our heads and landing on their trainer's arm for a treat. I'm not a fan of birds, but I did enjoy this event!

Since our school mascot is Screech the owl, it was only appropriate for the Biology Club to host a bird sanctuary LEAD event. The people from the sanctuary brought birds that were tame enough to fly around the gym, swooping over our heads and landing on their trainer's arm for a treat. I'm not a fan of birds, but I did enjoy this event!

One of my favorite things is learning about different cultures, so I was very excited when Multicultural Affairs Club brought in a woman from Mexico to perform traditional dances and talk about her culture. Can I have a swooshy dress like that, please?

One of my favorite things is learning about different cultures, so I was very excited when Multicultural Affairs Club brought in a woman from Mexico to perform traditional dances and talk about her culture. Can I have a swooshy dress like that, please?

Marcus Engel was another powerful speaker that visited campus last year. His story of how he became blind was awe-inspiring; even more touching was his attitude about moving beyond his blindness and encouraging others to be their best no matter what. I loved it! (Plus, his seeing-eye dog was SO cute!) :)

Marcus Engel was another powerful speaker that visited campus last year. His story of how he became blind was awe-inspiring; even more touching was his attitude about moving beyond his blindness and encouraging others to be their best no matter what. I loved it! (Plus, his seeing-eye dog was SO cute!) :)

PERFORMANCES

The most recent LEAD event I attended was a performance by the Missouri Contemporary Ballet. You cannot imaging how strong and graceful these dancers are until you see them in person. It is absolutely amazing!!

The most recent LEAD event I attended was a performance by the Missouri Contemporary Ballet. You cannot imaging how strong and graceful these dancers are until you see them in person. It is absolutely amazing!!

You know what's even more fun than watching professionals perform? Watching your friends perform! Every spring WWU sponsors the Fine Arts showcase. At this event, all the dance groups, dance classes and singing groups have the opportunity to perform a couple numbers. Cheering for my friends is my favorite part!

You know what's even more fun than watching professionals perform? Watching your friends perform! Every spring WWU sponsors the Fine Arts showcase. At this event, all the dance groups, dance classes and singing groups have the opportunity to perform a couple numbers. Cheering for my friends is my favorite part!

CONCERTS

The Truman Brothers were a fun little duo that came to campus my freshman year. They were incredibly talented; in the middle of the show, they switched and played each others'  instruments! Way cool!

The Truman Brothers were a fun little duo that came to campus my freshman year. They were incredibly talented; in the middle of the show, they switched and played each others' instruments! Way cool!

One of the great advantages of going to a smaller school is being able to meet artists after they perform for us! Shannon Curtis was such a sweetheart when she came-now we're Facebook friends! :)

One of the great advantages of going to a smaller school is being able to meet artists after they perform for us! Shannon Curtis was such a sweetheart when she came-now we're Facebook friends!

Tim McGraw was busy the day we wanted him to come, so we invited the next best thing to come sing for us: Adam D. Tucker! Adam travels around performing a Tim McGraw tribute show, and let me tell you, it was SO much fun!!

Tim McGraw was busy the day we wanted him to come, so we invited the next best thing to come sing for us: Adam D. Tucker! Adam travels around performing a Tim McGraw tribute show, and let me tell you, it was SO much fun!!

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If you've never seen or heard of Recycled Percussion, then I suggest you Google them right now! They play popular songs on things everyone else would consider trash: ladders, buckets, saws, etc. Their performance was, without a doubt, one of my favorite LEAD events ever, and they came my freshman year!

If you’re concerned that you won’t be able to balance everything, along with the LEAD program, don’t worry! As a residential student, I only needed FOUR points per month, TWENTY by the end of the fall semester and FORTY-FIVE by the end of the year. That basically means I went to one event per week, sometimes more. (Each event lasts about an hour.)

Everyone about the LEAD program is online. The events calendar is always accessible through a link on the LEAD homepage. You can also check how many points you have just by entering your student ID on another link on the homepage. Gotta love that internet! :)

One time my friends calculated how much we as students are “making” attending LEAD events. It equaled out to between $150-$200! Talk about makin’ bank! Think about getting paid to cheer on your school’s team at a basketball game or laughing hysterically while your friends get hypnotized. I think that’s something we can all agree with!

Let's face it-some LEAD events are just plain fun. A few years ago, we had a hypnotist come during a prospective weekend, and I laughed till I cried! I had no idea some of my friends would do the things they did! :)

Let's face it-some LEAD events are just plain fun. A few years ago, we had a hypnotist come during a prospective weekend, and I laughed till I cried! I had no idea some of my friends would do the things they did! :)

The LEAD program is just one of the many unique things about William Woods, and one of the countless reasons why I chose this school as my home for four years. If getting paid for not sitting on your room and going to a fun event sounds good to you, I think you need to schedule a campus visit!

I’d better stop blabbering on about the LEAD program now because I could probably type all day! I hope you are having a fantastic week and trying to stay as warm as possible with this crazy winter weather! (For those of you who aren’t experiencing the wrath of Mother Nature-consider yourselves lucky!) :)

Smiles and sunshine!

Katherine

 

 

8Jan/1315

Makin’ that money, honey!

Hi, hello and happy (belated) New Year! I hope you all had fun ringing in 2013 and are going strong on your New Year’s resolutions!

I decided this year that I wasn’t going to make a “resolution.” Rather, my goal is to be intentional for the duration of the year to be smart with my money. You see, I kind of have a problem. No, it’s not with spending money. (That’s the easy part!) I just can’t seem to keep money in my bank account long enough for me to bat an eye! :)

BUT, that’s why I’m SO lucky that I have lots of campus jobs here at The Woods. This university offers students so many opportunities to make some extra money without having to search for employment in the Fulton community.

I am lucky enough to currently have four campus jobs: work study in the Office of Student Life, Phonathon, Telecounseling and working for the Office of Admissions as a University Ambassador. All together, these jobs equal out to be around eleven hours per week. (Not bad, huh?)

Every student on campus is eligible for a certain number of work study hours according to their FAFSA (that nasty little government form that everyone has to fill out annually). There are LOTS of work study opportunities on campus. You can work anywhere from athletics to the barn to local elementary schools to the mail room.

When I first signed up for work study, I decided to work for Debbie Schick in the Office of Student Life. Debbie is the campus “momma,” someone everyone goes to for help and advice about EVERYTHING. She is also in charge of the LEAD program. If students need replacement ID cards or have questions about their points, they can ask Debbie.

Debbie and I (left) are buddies, and I can say the same for my other boss, Venita! The picture on the right is of us goofing around during a university trip to Italy a few years ago! (We wanted to leave room in the picture for Debbie, of course!)

When I go to work, I usually cover Debbie’s lunch hour. I file papers, answer the phone, print new IDs, etc. The fun thing about working in the Office of Student life is that I’m not just working for Debbie. That department also includes Residential Life, Career Services, Faith, Counseling and Health Services and Multicultural Affairs, so I have LOTS of “bosses!” It’s so much fun. :)

These are some of my former and current work study co-workers. They're definitely crazy, but I wouldn't ask for anything else!

This is my third year working as a Phonathon caller. At this amazing job, I call graduates of WWU, chat with them about their collegiate experience, and ask them if they’d like to make a monetary donation to the university. It is SO much fun; talking to women who graduated in the 1940s is one of the best parts because they have some VERY interesting stories from “back in their day.”

My boss Sharon is one of a kind! She definitely makes coming to work more fun. :)

Working hard or hardly working? You decide..

How cute are we in our "official" t-shirts?! The senior callers are on the left, with the ENTIRE crew on the right!

Telecounseling is another campus job that is pretty similar to Phonathon, except I call prospective students, not graduates. You have probably gotten a phone call or two from us before (hopefully you didn’t hang up!) :) I love chatting with students who are interested in The Woods and telling them all about why I love this school so much. I also answer questions they have about college life and invite them to attend campus events we have throughout the semester.

One of my favorite weekly jobs is working as a University Ambassador. Along with working in the Admissions Office twice a week giving campus tours to prospective students and their families, I also get to help with campus events such as Discovery Days and WWU 101! Plus, I get to write this blog! What could be better? :)

My spiffy lookin' name tag so I can look "official" on tours. :)

Along with the four jobs that I have right now, I’ve also had a couple other jobs that are more “seasonal.” One of them is being a Peer Mentor during Orientation Week. During that first week, I do different things like work the registration table, help students move in, attend orientation events, introduce students to each other, and help students navigate campus. It’s really fun and a GREAT way to get to know my newest peers!

Who wouldn't want to be mentored by this lovely group of people? I mean really..

“Working” as a Freshman Advantage mentor during the summer is probably one of THE BEST jobs I have ever had. The reason I put “working” in quotes is because it honestly didn’t even feel like a job! I basically got to hang out with a bunch of awesome students and mentors all day, plan fun events and enforce the rules of Residential Life. Freshman Advantage is one of the most amazing programs William Woods has to offer, and I strongly encourage you to look into it. (Don’t worry, you’ll learn more about this program in a future post!)

From costume dodgeball to kickball tournaments, there's lots of crazy fun to be had at Freshman Advantage!

One job that I’ve never had personally but a lot of my friends have is a Community Advisor, or CA. This job includes promoting a sense of community among residents, coordinating CA events, and making sure residents are following the rules of the university.

Fire safety training, water games, bumper cars and orientation game nights: Can I sign up to be a CA?!

I know I say this a lot, but I am so blessed to go to a university where I have so many opportunities at my fingertips. Where else could I gain the experience of six jobs in four years, not to mention the networking opportunities and the FUN!

If you’re looking for a place to spend your college years where you don’t have to work a crazy amount of hours but just want to make some extra spending money, then William Woods University is the place for you. If you’re looking for a place to spend your college years where you have the opportunity to try a new job in a safe environment, then William Woods University is the place for you. If you’re looking for a place to spend your college years where you can build your resume to pages and pages of greatness, then WILLIAM WOODS UNIVERSITY IS THE PLACE FOR YOU!

Hopefully with these next few months in front of me, and plenty of work ahead, I can save my money and prove to myself that I can be successful with my “resolution.” I think I have a pretty good chance, don’t you? :)

Anyway, I’d better get back to enjoying my last week of Christmas break while I can! I hope your new semester of classes has been going well and you stay true to your resolutions! (If you need a little encouragement, just holler!) Good luck!

Smiles and sunshine!

Katherine

27Dec/12147

Finals a bore? Try fun galore!

Hi friends! Hope you all are doing well and Santa was very generous this Christmas! I’ve had a fabulous time at home, spending time with my friends and family and just relaaaaaxing.

Even though they’re over and done with, I want to take a second to tell you all about finals and the fun things we do during the week. Fun you say? Why, YES!

When someone says the word “finals,” I’m sure the first thing that pops into your mind is dread, followed by stress, all-nighters, and…coffee. But what about balloons, spaghetti or improv performances?

Here at The Woods, finals week is not all about the exams. Sure, those are important, but we also make sure to have a healthy balance of focus and fun. After all, studying for hours on end isn’t exactly the best way to ace a test. There needs to be some relaxation mixed in there, too.

As I mentioned in my last post, being involved on campus not only means attending fun holiday parties at the end of the year, but also finals week activities. President's Twenty, a group of students who work closely with the university president, Dr. Barnett, meets at the end of each semester for Finals Snacks. This is always a time for all of us to get together, eat yummy food and take a breather from studying.

Hangin' out with Dr. Barnett is always a blast!

Student Alumni Council is another campus organization that has end-of-the-semester festivities. This group, which is kind of like Student Council in high school, is responsible for putting together something called Finals Sacks for the entire campus. Toward the end of the semester, each student’s parents are sent a letter asking if they’d like to send their son or daughter a finals care package, chock full of everything from chips and Ramen to pens and highlighters. Plus, each parent can write a little motivational note, which is always nice to read before the week starts. (My mom always writes a rap, which is pretty fun to read to all my friends!) :)

Can you hear us whistling while we work?

During finals week, the LEAD calendar slows down a lot, but there are still a few events here and there. One event that was really fun to watch in the midst of all the high stress was the Served Up Crispy Improv Team performance. They always put on a good show and are never short of some great laughs!

We laughed, we cried..but mostly we laughed A LOT!

One of my favorite things that happens every finals week is Midnight Breakfast. Our dining hall, Tucker, opens up from 11:00-12:30ish and cooks us a delicious breakfast with everything from omelets and pastries to French toast and hash browns. Can you say YUMMMMMMY!! It’s the perfect study break!

There's nothing else I can say except NOM NOM!

My sorority also has fun ways to curb the anxiety of finals. Finals balloons are a great way to release the tension you feel after a final is over. What we do is blow up one balloon per final, write the name of the class on it and hang it on our door frame. After the final has been taken, you POP the balloon and let out a sigh of relief that you’re FINISHED with the class forever! Woo!

POP goes the final!

Spaghetti Dinner is probably my absolute favorite tradition we do, though. Each semester we cook LOTS of spaghetti and garlic bread and eat it with nothing but our hands! We sit out big tablecloths everywhere and can’t use any silverware. It’s super messy, but so much FUN! Sometimes it’s amusing to pretend to be a kid again!

Winner, winner, Spaghetti Dinner!

There are definitely times when finals week gets to be a little crazy, but the fun things we do on campus make it so much more tolerable! I’m so thankful I go to a school where we can get our studies done but have a good time doing it.

I can’t believe I only have one more semester of classes, one more finals week and one more go at all these fun traditions. You know what that means? I’d better make the most of it while I can!

I hope all of your finals went well, but even more, I hope you’re having an amazing holiday break! I’m gonna head back to my designated spot on the couch, but I’ll check back in with you soon! :)

Smiles and sunshine!

Katherine

21Dec/122

‘Tis the Season!

Hi there and hello! The Christmas season is upon us and is definitely in full force here at The Woods! Everyone is super excited for Santa to come visit, so we students are busy doing lots of fun activities to get in the Christmas spirit!

One of the great pluses about being involved in different organizations on campus is attending all the great holiday parties at the end of the year! Phonathon is one of my campus jobs where I get to work with about twenty other fabulous people and call alumni and chat with them about their experience at WWU.

This year, as always, we had a Christmas party at our boss Sharon’s house, complete with yummy spaghetti prepared by her husband, delicious cookie treats and, of course, a White Elephant gift exchange!

The whole point of White Elephant is to bring something you either already have or that is on the silly side. This year’s gifts were especially interesting, with people bringing everything from embroidered toilet paper to a gingerbread house kit.

Who wouldn't want to work with this motley crew? :)

The LEAD program is also a great place to find some Christmas joy. One of the groups I’m involved with, Student Alumni Council, sponsored a LEAD event where students could come make Christmas cards for residents in a local nursing home. We collected over 100 cards and even made it on our school’s news website, The Talon!

Crafting time!

After all the cards had been made, members of Student Alumni Council went to the nursing home and delivered the cards to the residents. It was so much fun to see them smile! And the best part of it all? We sang Christmas carols with them afterwards! How fun is that? :)

Can't you just hear those golden pipes?!

The First Impressions Show Choir held their annual Holiday Concert not only for us students, but also for members of the Fulton community. It was very well done and even included performers from a local dance company!

We wish you a Merry Christmas, too!

No matter what else is happening on campus, I know I can always count on my sorority sisters for some Christmas entertainment. Every year we decorate our house and have a Secret Santa party before everyone leaves for break. It’s so much fun to play Santa for each other and see what kinds of gifts everyone receives.

Time for snuggles in the foyer! :)

Looks like we were all good girls this year!

Something exciting that happened this year was a visit from Santa himself! One of my American Sign Language lab tutors, Brad, dressed up as ‘ol Kris Kringle, came over to our house during one of our chapter events and took silly pictures with everyone. It was so much fun to pretend to be a kid again! :)

Much love from Santa and my sissies!

Now that the semester is winding down, I’m definitely excited to go home and spend the rest of the holiday season with my family, but I can’t say I won’t miss my crazy peeps here at The Woods! No matter if I’m at a Christmas party, a holiday-inspired LEAD event or just hanging at the house with my sorority sisters, I know I’ll never be bored!

Finals are coming up very quickly, so I’d better get to studying for all my tests! Eek! (Wish me luck!) I hope your final weeks of classes aren’t too crazy and you rock your finals! You can do it, I know it!

As always, smiles and sunshine! :)

Katherine