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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!!

con collage 4

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

 

 

22Jan/131

Second Semester Already?! Goodness!

It's been so bittersweet, this senior year of mine. I've been trying to make the most of it, balance classes, working, finding internships, do homework, etc. and you can't forget your friends! We definitely need more than 24 hours in a day is what I've concluded.

Last semester I took 15 credit hours (a class is typically 3 credits at WWU) which equals out to five classes - a definite norm on campus. My classes last semester were interpreting III, interpreting in advanced settings I, digital production I, senior capstone (ASL), and communication law and ethics. They were a lot of work, but you can't expect anything different when you enter into your Junior/Senior year and the majority of classes you'll be taking are 300 or 400 level classes. This semester I'm taking 16 credit hours and I'm hopeful I'll end my undergraduate career on a high note. This semester I'm in interpreting in advanced settings II, interpreting IV, digital production II, radio broadcasting, senior seminar (communications), and history of the U.S. II.

Even though it's a lot of work, I'm still having a great time with all of my involvements on campus and being able to squeeze time in with my friends. My busiest days consist of classes, a meeting or two for an organization, UA (that's what we call University Ambassadors), and a S.W.A.T. hour or two (Student Website Advancement Team). We also can't forget LEAD events! You'll definitely be busy here at the Woods, but hopefully it will be a good busy of things that you like. I've noticed now, in my senior year, that it's important to be involved in the things that make you happy as well as something you may be able to use on your resume.

Order of Omega Initiation

 

Interpreting for Dr. Lori Hart's LEAD presentation on Gender Communication

 

Spring 2012 Community Advisers!

 

A quick picture in the foyer after my sisters and I serenaded Chi Omega during their philanthropy week!

 

My interpreting III classmates, professor, and I.

My interpreting III classmates, professor, and I.

I hope you all had an awesome winter holiday!

Sally

27Dec/121

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/120

‘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