It has been beautiful out for the past few days here at The Woods! Spring is starting to roll in. The sun is shining, it has been warm, and everyone is enjoying time outside!
Yesterday when I was walking back to my room from class, I felt all the happiness that comes with getting outside after winter. The fraternity and sorority houses had their front doors open with music blasting, and a lot of students were outside playing catch. Everyone seems to have a little spring in their step!
At my sorority, the girls like to lay out on the lawn to get some sun. We have a small pool that we fill up when it's warm enough to dip our feet in. Sometimes we get creative, and put a tarp in the bed of a pick up and then fill it with water! Yesterday the girls were outside with their feet in the pool, and a few more were laying in the grass with the music going and a gentle breeze. Everyone welcomed the study break!
Another great thing about the beautiful weather is that there are chances to get LEAD points outside! In the fall people often go to the soccer games. This time of year, baseball is playing. It's a super fun way to earn a LEAD point. You just bring your bottle of water and a few snacks and watch the game with your friends!
Another fun way to get some LEAD points outside is through frisbee golf! I had never hear of this game before I came to The Woods, but apparently it is pretty popular. You just check out some discs from Weider Fitness Center, and there is a course than runs all over campus. The object is to throw the disc into the metal nets with the fewest tries. I've done it a few times and even though I don't have the best aim, it is a lot of fun to run around our beautiful campus with a group of friends.
Campus Activities Board also hosts some outdoor events where you can get LEAD points! Last fall they hosted an outdoor moving night and we had a concert on the dock. I really enjoy all the different types of LEAD events at The Woods, especially when I can take a break and go outside.
I love spring weather! Everyone seems a little brighter and it is great to get outdoors. We are getting ready for Spring Break here at The Woods, it is just over a week away! I'm excited to go to Disney World with my family. Then we will come back and I'm sure the rest of the semester will just fly by! Enjoy the sunshine 🙂
Last week was a fun-filled week here at The Woods! The Court Warming events were great, and we also had a President's Concert and Lecture Series event and a live artist performance. It is always nice to have breaks from homework and classes. That is one of the great things about our LEAD scholarship program! It is a great way to take a break from studying and see some amazing events.
The President's Concert and Lecture Series is put on by President's Twenty, a group of students who work closely with our University President, Dr. Barnett, to bring new and exciting things to the student body. This series goes all year and consists of several main events. Last fall I briefly mentioned seeing the event by Dr. Shostack about extraterrestrial life. This time the event was a performance called Back to the Future.
Bach to the Future was a group of musicians who arrange traditional pieces, mostly by Bach, into fun and modern songs. They use modern instruments and eclectic tempos to spice up these classic masterpieces. The coolest part about it was the drummer. He not only played regular drums, but he also had a Zendrum Drumitar! It is a handheld instrument with multiple buttons that you play with your hands, but it sounds like a drum! It has all the elements of a regular drum set, including the cymbals. I have a musical background, growing up playing the piano and singing in choirs so it was really cool to listen to the new arrangements but still recognize the melodies of the original piece!
Another great LEAD event from last week was a live painting. Vensa Delevska came and did a large piece in our Cox Art Gallery with a mandolin playing in the background. It was really neat to see her creative process in action! She started with a blank canvas, and finished with a phenomenal painting. I was impressed at how she was able to focus with people coming in and out to watch!
Court Warming was really exciting because there were so many people participating and supporting our Owls! My favorite event was the pep rally leading up to the game. There were lots of great prizes raffled off, and fun silly games for people to participate in. The students who were part of the Court Warming court participated in a few goofy games and everyone had a great time!
I can't believe we've already made it to the second week of February! With so many exciting things happening on campus, time has been flying by. All of my classes are in full swing and the clubs and organizations on campus are having fun meetings and events.
This weekend I am heading to a leadership conference in Atlanta for my sorority Alpha Phi. The weather is looking like it may be a problem, however! While it is in the 40's and 50's here this weekend, Atlanta is having ice storms! I'm hoping we still get to go because I want to take advantage of the opportunity and learn a lot. William Woods encourages students to become leaders on campus and develop skills that will apply well after college. I am so grateful to have such a supportive community to help me learn everything I can in my college years!
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:
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.
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!
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!
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!