Happy Halloween to everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your spooky, hilarious, and thrilling holiday festivities! All around Fulton, Missouri you could find jack-o-lanterns, togas, princesses, nerds, athletes, skeletons, and the occasional astronaut. We will never be too old to dress up and enjoy a night out with friends! Be it catching a movie with Student Alumni Council, the American Sign Language department, or the Jesters, to attending class in your costume, there is always a way for you to enjoy the Halloween festivities at William Woods!
Below are some pictures of my teammates and I dressed up on Halloween night, it was a great time with the best friends a guy could ask for!
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,
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 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!
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!
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!
If you've visited campus yet, you probably heard a lot about the LEAD (Leading, Educating, Achieving, Developing) program. If not, it's about time you find out about this really cool scholarship! Every student is awarded a scholarship upon acceptance to William Woods, in addition to their athletic or scholastic awards. Now when I first heard about this, I thought 'for what!?'. Well, it's not for a high school achievement, it's for college involvement!
In order to continue to earn your LEAD scholarship, all you have to do is get involved and go to events on campus. Sounds easy right? Well it is, and it is actually really fun!
There are always events going on around campus. Whether you want to listen to a speaker at lunch, visit the art gallery, go to a sports game, or watch an international movie, there is always something fun that suits your interest. The clubs you are involved in on campus also go towards your LEAD scholarship.
There are a few events this year that have been highlights for me. Last week I mentioned that our Served Up Crispy Improv Team performed on the previous Friday night. That event was part of our LEAD program and it was really entertaining. I saw the theater department's production of The Glorious Ones just a few weeks ago, and it was great! It can be surprising to see the quiet person in your class come a live in an onstage musical production. All of the plays and musicals put on at William Woods are also part of the LEAD program!
Last week was a busy week of LEAD for me. On Monday I saw Dr. Seth Shostak from SETI speak about the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence as part of the President's Concert and Lecture Series. It was really very fascinating and Dr. Shostak had a lot of funny points about why some of the current alien myths just aren't true. Over the course of the year there are many big presenters brought to the LEAD program through the President's Concert and Lecture Series.
On Tuesday I saw the Missouri Raptor Center present a few birds. I learned a lot about what it means to rescue a bird of prey and how you handle wild birds safely. They even brought an owl, our school mascot!
Then on Wednesday I learned all about graduate school in the sciences from one of the Biology faculty, Dr. Nicholas Pullen. It is amazing how many different kinds of graduate degrees there are across all disciplines. There will be a follow up event that focuses on life as a graduate student in the sciences which I will be interested to see, especially since I am a Biology major.
The LEAD calendar for this week is very full too. I will probably go learn about Study Abroad opportunities, visit the art gallery, listen to the Psychology Club talk about phobias in honor of Halloween, and watch the volleyball team play. I always enjoy having things to do with my friends after class and on the weekends. With the LEAD program, there is never a night without something fun to go see!
For more information about the LEAD program, click on the following link:
I can't believe it is already October! Time flies when you get involved!
Today, I'd like to share some insight on my most recent involvement on campus through the Student Alumni Council, or SAC. I've been in SAC since I was a sophomore and it's been a blast! Throughout the year, we host educational and entertaining events for the students to build unity and university spirit. We also collaborate with alumni to help current students transitioning after college. SAC hosts a variety of events from Senior Week: a week of events dedicated to help students who are graduating, to Courtwarming: a week that resembles Homecoming but is at a basketball game instead! Not only do students enjoy coming to our events, we really enjoy putting them on!
Most recently, the junior class has been organizing our second annual Woods Factor! It is a talent show open to any students with any talents with 1st-4th place payouts. In this year's show we only had 4 acts, but the attendance was around 250! Dulaney Auditorium was packed and students were filing into the seats to see the show.
The first act was junior Cassandra O'Connell singing "I Dreamed a Dream," from Les Miserables. She sang a beautiful saprano version, and the crowd errupted with applause after she finished.
The second act was returnig Woods Factor winner, senior Georgia Hellum-Willits, better known as Georgia Ruth. Georgia sang her original song, "Up in Flames," while playing her guitar. She has such a unique sound, and I still get chills thinking about it!
The third act was a dancing duo by two of my best friends at WWU, senior Amy Gibson and sophomore Kaylee Ferrier. They performed a hip-hop number to "Love On Top," by Beyonce. It is one thing to watch your friends dance around in your residence hall and be goofy, but it's another to watch them on stage. When they performed, I was so proud of them!
The final act was senior Darus Brondel, who sang a song by the Backstreet Boys titled, "I Want It That Way." When the song started to play, the audience went crazy! It's always fun to hear a throwback jam! While he was singign, I looked around the auditorium and all the students were clapping and singing along.
The winner of the Woods Factor is chosen by those in attnedence. After the final performance, the students in the audience texted in their votes. In first place was Georgia Ruth for the second year in a row! She was followed by Darus, then Amy and Kaylee, and then Cassandra. Everyone who participated won giftcards.
Thinking back on the talent show, I'm so overwhelmed with pride for my classmates. Although we come from different backgrounds, we have different reasons for being here, and we all have different plans for the future, we come together at times like this and have such a blast (I have the biggest smile while I sit here and write this!). It was great to see the support that the audience had for all the contestants and I am really happy that I was a part of it.
Whatever you do and wherever you are in your life, I encourage you to get involved. There isn't much that compares to being part of something bigger than yourself! If you are considering William Woods University, and you want to see what our university has to offer, a link to Student Organizations is at the bottom of this post.
Who knows, you might just find the perfect place for yourself at the Woods! I know I did!
Student Organizations page: http://williamwoods.edu/student_life/student_organizations.asp