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13Nov/130

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!

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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!

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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!

 

29Oct/130

Campus Involvement LEADs the Way!

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!

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Oliver the Owl from the Missour Raptor Center

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:

http://www.williamwoods.edu/student_life/lead.asp

4Oct/130

Student Alumni Council presents: The Woods Factor 2.0!

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.

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Cassie O'Connell opening 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.

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Here's Georgia playing "Up in Flames." She is such a talented singer/song writer!

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!

 

 

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Kaylee and Amy strike their final pose. I was so proud!

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!

 

 

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It was so much fun watching Darus Brondel dancing and singing like a real Backstreet Boy. Hearing BSB made me really miss boy bands!

 

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.

 

 

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The auditorium was packed! It was awesome to see so many students come out and support their classmates.

 

 

 

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!

 

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We had such a great time producing the Woods Factor! Join us next year for more great acts and prizes!

 

Student Organizations page:  http://williamwoods.edu/student_life/student_organizations.asp

31Jan/130

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