And away we go

Elliance

The start of a new academic year is always a time of great excitement and anticipation about what the new year will bring, which was exactly the vibe on campus last week as we kicked off 2019-2020 at The Woods.

This particular new year is a bit different from others, because this one will lead us right into the middle of the 150th anniversary of our founding as a university. It promises to be an exciting time at WWU, as we look at where we have been while also anticipating where we are going as an institution. And no matter how proud we are of what we have achieved in our illustrious past, keep in mind, we are always “going” as an institution. Standing still is not what we do at William Woods, which is why we continue to thrive as a university in these challenging times for higher education.

That thought once again crossed my mind during our first week of fall semester classes, as our students returned to our community for another year. You may have noticed a few of them in military uniforms, navigating their way around our beautiful campus for the first time. Those young men are actually high school students from Missouri Military Academy (MMA), who are taking college courses at WWU for the first time under a new initiative called the Triumph Program.

The Triumph Program is an exciting new partnership between William Woods and MMA in which student cadets at the academy can begin taking college courses taught by our talented WWU faculty – either on our campus in Fulton or at MMA’s in Mexico, Missouri. The program allows these students to begin their college careers while still in high school, and demonstrate to top colleges and universities their ability to successfully complete and master college-level work. The program also saves time and money for the students, as these college courses reduce a student’s cost and time in college, post-high school.

This is another example of our proud status as a military friendly university. William Woods’ cost, support services, career services and flexibility are all among the most important factors in college decision making for military veterans. Our online and part-time study options, as well as the freedom to start and stop as needed, provide the flexibility students (especially those with military service commitments) need to finish their degrees as their schedule allows.

And WWU is of course also one of just five Missouri universities to offer the prestigious Show Me GOLD program, which trains and provides commissioned officers for the Missouri Army National Guard.

These are just a few more examples of how we do things at The Woods, and how our experience is unique compared to many other places. Stay tuned for more such examples as the new year unfolds, as away we go on our 149th year as a university!

Dr. Jahnae Barnett

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No “off” switch on the innovation machine

Elliance

The air may be hot and humid. The calendar may say July. And the temptation may certainly be to lounge away another lazy summer day. But here at The Woods, our commitment to innovating and being forward-thinking as an institution does not take the season off. Or any season, for that matter. Just last week […]

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The company we keep

Elliance

The serenity that defines our campus in mid-May has arrived here at William Woods. After the non-stop activity of the month of April, we are suddenly engulfed in a calm and quiet that arrives to The Woods each year during this time. May is a good time to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments, but […]

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Hope – and reality – spring eternal

Elliance

April at The Woods! The month when the entire school year culminates in a flurry of activity, including Alumni Weekend, the spring meeting of the WWU Board of Trustees, final exams, the campus grounds turning a lovely shade of William Woods green, and of course the biggest event each year on campus, commencement. It is […]

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A letter to Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Elliance

The Honorable Michael Parson Governor of the State of Missouri State Capitol Jefferson City, MO 65102   Governor Parson, Here at William Woods University, our mission is abundantly clear – to serve as a professions-based institution of higher learning dedicated to producing graduates who are the most in-demand by today’s employers. We take pride in […]

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Educating the total person

Elliance

When we say we are committed to educating the “total person” here at The Woods, it has always been more than just lip service. For example, we created the nationally-lauded LEAD program 19 years ago for just that reason, to ensure we were providing education and experiences for our students that go well beyond the […]

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Bright new year – same long-standing commitment

Elliance

What could feel more shiny and new than saying “Happy New Year,” getting in the habit of using “2019” regularly, or just kicking off our Spring semester?  Not much, because the start of a new year, whether by calendar or semester, is always a refreshing feeling. As the calendar flips to a new year, year […]

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Forever in their debt

John Fougere

It happens every year. We are seemingly just past Move-In Day when Fall Family Weekend arrives, and then in what seems like a blur we find ourselves on the cusp of Thanksgiving break. It has always seemed fitting to me that Veterans’ Day and Thanksgiving are only a few short weeks apart on the calendar. […]

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And now a word about campus safety

Tiffany Smith

With the families of our students getting set to descend on our campus for the time-honored William Woods tradition of Fall Family Weekend, I look forward to visiting with so many of them about all the happenings here at The Woods. When the time comes for them to say their goodbyes to their students and […]

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Opening with a bang!

Tiffany Smith

  We like to spend a lot of time here at William Woods talking about why we are unique as a university. But what we really love to do is to demonstrate that it is not just talk, and that we truly are an institution that sits apart from our higher education peers. And there […]

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