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Mid-November Madness!

Hello, all!

It's that time of year again where all assignments are due, basketball season is picking up, and all the organizations are putting on their best events!  If I could describe my last two weeks in a few words, I'd say it was complete madness,

Basketball season is here!  From left: Paige Stewart, Destani Stensrud, Lindsey Cornelius, and Blake French.  We have a reputation on our team for being goofy and energetic, and our coaches frequently refer to us as the "puppies!"

Basketball season is here! From left: Paige Stewart, Destani Stensrud, Lindsey Cornelius, and Blake French. We have a reputation on our team for being goofy and energetic, and our coaches frequently refer to us as the "puppies!"

but with excitement and anticipation sprinkled throughout.   I haven't had the chance to write about what has been going on in my life at the Woods, so today's post is a hybrid of activities I'm involved in on campus!

I'll start with the oldest bit of news:  Haunted Hoops!

Like I've said before, I'm on the women's basketball team here at WWU, and I really like to get involved.  Coach Chapla and Coach Totta (the women's and men's head coaches) approached me early in October to plan an event called Haunted Hoops that would take place on Halloween.  Obviously, I jumped at the chance and agreed to help out!  What better way to use my skills learned in communications to help plan an event like this?

We planned the event for October 31 and it would involve a scrimmage, some games with the crowd, and a few chances to win money or basketball gear.  The event was going to be a half LEAD point, and we planned on giving out a great performance for the students who attended.

The coaches and I discussed these games down to every single detail.  Thankfully, we had the help of the WWU Cheerleaders for set up, the men's assistant coach Andrew Green as our Master of Ceremonies, and the hard working men in Sports Information, Ben Mizera and Christopher Caskey.  With everyone's help, we were able to throw one of the best LEAD events all month!


The lovely coaching staff for Haunted Hoops from the left: Coach Rosario, Coach Totta, Coach Aubuchon, and Coach Chapla. I'll never forget these goofballs!

The gym was full of students in costumes and the coaches surprised us by dressing up, too!  Once the event began, my heart started pounding and stayed that way the entire time.  There was so much anticipation for what was going to happen next!  The crowd was really involved and the energy in the gym was so positive.  We started with a hot shot shooting competition, and a surprise game followed, where sophomores Julia Wells and Skylar Overlander were pied in the face!  The men and women's teams put on skits for the crowd, and had the entire gymnasium laughing!


By the time we got to last event of the Green & White scrimmage, and I wasn't ready for the night to end!  The next day, people were approaching our team and commenting on what a great time they had.  A lot of students even expressed their interest in coming again next year!  After all the chaos and hard work that went into this event, I have my fingers crossed that it will be a repeat event next year!

haunted hoops group photo

Thank you so much to everyone who participated! There is no other team I'd rather belong to than the WWU Owls!


Next, I'll share a little about what's been going on here in Admissions: Discovery Days!

As University Ambassadors, we get the opportunity to participate in Discovery Days on campus.  On these days, prospective students come to campus and get the inside scoop of what William Woods University is really like.  I got the chance to hang out with some students and their families these past two weekends and tell them about our university!  I met students from all over the states, and I specifically remember families from Georgia, Washington, California, and Wisconsin.  It's incredible how WWU can bring together students from such different places of the United States for their education!


And for my latest and greatest activity that just took place last weekend, was a Community Advisor event:  Italian Night!

As a community advisor, I have the responsibility to promote a feeling of community within my hall and also venture out to make those ties across the campus.  Typically, I put on one event a month by myself but this November, I decided to join another hall, Booth, in producing an event.  Booth is a residence hall that houses the men of Pi Kappa Alpha, and their CA, Nate Bitner, was more than willing to help out.  There's no better way to bring people together than by eating food -- and more specifically, spaghetti!

We made flyers like this hung them up all over our residence halls to make sure we could get a lot of people together!

We made flyers like this hung them up all over our residence halls to make sure we could get a lot of people together!

I might have called my mother 20 times just to discuss what all we would need and how we were going to prepare the food (Hey mom, if you're reading this, thank you so much for all your help!).  On Sunday, November 10, at 11:00 AM we started to prepare food for 60+ people who planned on attending the Italian Night.  In total, we made 8 lbs. of spaghetti noodles, over 300 meatballs, and used over a gallon of spaghetti sauce!  This is not to mention all the dinner rolls, salad, cheese, grapes and desserts we had to offer!

By 5:00 PM, the basement of Atkinson Hall where I live was packed with people enjoying a feast of spaghetti and meatballs.  We played Italian music and just let everything unfold.  It was so much fun being a hostess and I can't wait to do something like this again!  Everyone had a great time and left with a very full stomach.  Somehow, we had just the right amount of food that nobody went without and nothing was leftover.


Although it has been a crazy few weeks, I've been having a blast.  My schedule is always so busy, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  I have learned so much about myself by working with different people and working under deadlines.  I'm really thankful for these opportunities, and I have so much fun growing outside of class!

Thanks again for reading!  I can't wait to share more with you throughout my junior year!



My Campus Hot Spots

Hello, again!  It's another great day at the Woods.  Luckily, we are experiencing another beautiful fall on campus!

WWU is one of my favorite places to be.  During the semester, I spend a lot of my time hanging out in different places around campus.  Today, I want to show you a few of my favorite spots and why they are so special to me!

Student Center

The Student Center is a great place to unwind and relax between classes. I like to read in these big, comfy chairs!

The first place I want to highlight is the McNutt Student Center!  There are multiple reasons I love this space.  First, there is the mailroom.  I don't know ANY college student that doesn't love getting mail (Hey, mom!  If you're reading this, I wouldn't mind a care package full of Halloween goods!).In addition to our mailroom, we have the Owl's Nest.  The Owl's Nest is where our lovely Starbuck's is located, so it never hurts to drop in and get a quick pick-me-up between classes. Outside of the Owl's Nest, there is a big lounge area where students do homework, take study breaks, and play pool!  It's a great place to relax and mingle with other students on campus.

The next place I love hanging out in is in the Kemper Arts Center.  I have most of my classes in Kemper and it houses most of my favorite professors, too!  There's always student art displayed on the walls and the Cox Art Gallery is full of interesting pieces!

Anderson Arena

This gymnasium is basically my second home on campus. I really enjoy being in here!

Another place I enjoy hanging out in is the Helen Stephens Sports Complex.  I play basketball, so I spend a lot of time in this building playing, practicing, and watching games.   Oddly enough, the upper deck in the gymnasium is one of my absolute FAVORITE places to do my homework!


I'm a CA in Atkinson Hall with my Chi Omega sisters! (from left to right: Lindsey Cornelius, Baily Peterson, and Amber Hunt)

My #1 favorite place throughout the whole campus would have to be in my residence hall!  I spend the most time here between doing homework, hanging out with my sorority sisters, sleeping, and being a Community Advisor.  There is something really special about living on campus in a residence hall, and I think I've learned the most about life from living with all these crazy, different people!  There's nothing I like more than coming home and seeing my Chi Omega sisters hanging out in our parlor, or listening to music on the front lawn.

With all of these places in mind, I really hope you get a feel for what makes WWU feel like home to me!  Thanks for reading!




Let’s Talk about Communication

Hello, friends!

If you've had a chance to read my 'about Lindsey' page, you can see that I'm a communications major.  I'm so passionate about my major and my concentration in public relations and leadership and today I'd like to share a little with what I'm doing in my major.  I hope that I can give you an idea into what we do in the communications department and why I just LOVE it so much!

First of all, the communications field at William Woods University is grounded in communication studies, and each student chooses a concentration in one or more of the following: public relations, digital film-making, journalism, broadcasting or speech.  We learn all aspects of communication to submerge ourselves in the current issues and practices that professionals are dealing with.  With my concentrations of public relations and leadership, I learn all about media relations, writing press releases, and so many leadership skills.  It's so fun!  Now that you know more about what I'm studying, let me tell you about all the fun classes I've taken towards my major.

One class I'd like to share with you about is Visionary Leadership.  Every class period, we would discuss a principle of leadership.  It was fun to give input and talk about when we have seen the principle in action or when we have actually applied it.  All of the principles had memorable names, and my favorite was "Big Rocks First."  In that class period, we learned about time management and putting our biggest priorities first.  It really helped me learn to be a better and more effective leader, and I had a great time applying my new skills.

Next, I'll let you know about one of my other favorite classes of all time, Gender Communications.  Just like Visionary Leadership, we had a lot of discussion about real life experiences.  We talked about masculine and feminine communication styles, why they are conflicting, and how to combat the differences.  I felt this was a very interesting and helpful class because I'll soon be out in the professional world communicating with all sorts of men and women with different styles than my own!


Reading magazines for inspiration can hardly be considered homework! These are a few I look through for ideas.

The last class I want to share about is my current favorite of Feature and Magazine writing.  The main goal of the class is to learn about the magazine industry and writing/producing our own magazine in the semester!  It's so exciting!  I love learning about advertisements, columns, features, and the artwork that goes into a magazine.  This has been one of the most challenging classes I've had so far, but my professor Aimee Sapp makes it fun and achievable (Shout out to Aimee, you're my favorite professor of all time!).  My magazine is going to be all about DIY projects and upcycling!  Some of my classmates are covering travel, fashion, and fitness, too.

These are only a few of the classes I've taken for my major, but I could go on all day if you let me!  I really enjoy what I'm studying and I hope you'll find something that inspires you, too!  My advice for incoming students would be to find what you really like to do and look for a way to apply it.  I love going to class and doing my work because I love the content and the projects that we complete.  WWU has so many majors to choose from, and we all get hands-on experience during our classes.  That's one of the many perks of our school.  You get the opportunity to try it out and have a personal learning experience, and then you can decide if it's something you want to pursue!

If you have any questions, don't be afraid to comment!  I'd be happy to ramble on about communications! 🙂

Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!


Alpha Beta Gamma… What? Exploring Greek Life at the Woods

Hello, all!  It's another great day here at the Woods!

Today, I'd like to share with you what it is like being Greek at William Woods University.  I know what you're probably thinking:  being Greek?  What does that mean?!  To resolve any confusion, being Greek is just another way of saying that you are part of a sorority or a fraternity!

If you're anything like the freshman version of me, you probably don't know a lot about Greek life other than what you might have seen on television.  Let me tell you, it's durastically different!  Going Greek and joining sorority holds more value than just living in a 24/7 slumber party!  Here's a list of benefits that Greek life has to offer:

  • High sense of sisterhood or brotherhood, resulting in camraderie and overwhelming amounts of support.
  • Opportunities to do community service.
  • Continuous academic support.
  • Network of professional support.
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Residency with people who you have similiar interests with, as well as meeting a variety of diverse men and women.
  • Part in a long standing tradition for something bigger than yourself

As for Greek life at William Woods University we have four sororities, Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Phi, Chi Omega, and Delta Gamma.  We also have two fraternities, Pi Kappa Alpha and Phi Gamma Delta.  I interviewed a few men and women from each house, and I'd like to share what they said about Greek Life!


alicia delaney“The most important aspect of being Greek for me is the person you are after you’ve experienced Greek life.  You’re not the same person as before, but it’s for the better.  I’ve grown so much within my sorority through my values and beliefs, my self-esteem and my strength to go for what I believe in!”

Senior Alicia Delaney, Alpha Chi Omega.






samantha harris“In my sorority, I find a true sense of belonging.  The girls in my house allow me to be myself 100% all of the time.  I never have to worry about holding back or trying to fit in.  It is the most welcoming place that I’ve ever veen into and I get that feeling every day when I walk in.  It’s truly a home away from home.  You feel like you’ve known these girls all of your life just after a month of living with them.  It’s been the best experience of my life.”

Junior Samantha Harris, Alpha Phi.






hayley"Being Greek has given me the opportunity to get more involved on campus, be an active volunteer for various charities and the opportunity to meet so many people on our campus that I probably wouldn't have met otherwise.  Without my sorority, I truly wouldn't be the person I am today!"

Junior Hayley Bowler, Chi Omega.







“Honestly, what made me decide to go Greek was the groups of strong independent women I saw while on campus.  I wanted to grow to become like those values driven women and better myself as an individual.”

Sophomore Grace Routh, Delta Gamma.






taylor"Greek life can provide you with some many things.  For me, being in my fraternity broadened my horizons and continues to lead me to new experiences.  I've gained a whole new network of brothers through being in a fraternity."

Senior Taylor Oestreich, Phi Gamma Delta.





nate"Living with a house full of your best friends and having anyone's help at any given time is huge for me, and being Greek supplied me with that.  You also gain connections after college, leadership opportunities, and get to participate in community service."

Senior Nate Bitner, Pi Kappa Alpha.






There are so many aspects of Greek life that you have to see to believe!  If you are interested in going Greek, check out the Fraternity and Sorority page:

I would encourage all incoming students to take the opportunity to go through the recruitment process and see what living in a sorority or fraternity is all about.  Living Greek is not for everyone, but you'll never know if you don't investigate!  If you have any questions, comment below and I'll do my best in assisting you to find the answer!

Follow me throughout the year and I'll provide updates with the Greek community on campus, and a little insight to what it's like to be in a sorority.