All the opportunity in the world

Elliance

Educating the total personOur college years are ripe with opportunity, as ripe as the pumpkins dotting the autumn landscape.

During our years in academia, we have opportunities as big and career-setting as internships and interviews, and as carefree and pleasant as just walking through campus on a crisp fall afternoon.

At William Woods, many of the opportunities we offer are, while not exactly out of this world, definitely out in the world. Like the world way beyond our iconic campus in Fulton, Missouri, for example. That includes opportunities to travel abroad for entire semesters, or more intensive short-term journeys like our unique Woods Around The World program. Or learning from our faculty who are either natives of foreign nations, or have taught internationally. Or attending a critically-acclaimed film on our campus as part of our annual International Film Series. More on our commitment to bringing the world to The Woods, if you will, can be found here: International experiences for students at William Woods University unmatched among similar institutions

What is interesting is how these opportunities can then in turn lead to even more  opportunities. Take the case of our current senior Caitlin Cook. A pre-veterinary medicine major with a minor in Spanish, her career plan for after veterinary school was to work as a traveling vet and serve many areas. When her sister visited Guatemala and sent her a photo of a clinic in the Central American nation, it sparked an idea: what if she pursued and international shadowing opportunity there?

Forging her own international internship seemed like an exciting yet daunting challenge for Caitlin, but with the help of WWU faculty like university veterinarian Dr. Paul Schlitz and Assistant Professor of Spanish Dr. Hannah Bolados, as well as the university’s Career Services Center, she was able to pull it off. Thanks to her own imagination of what she could do, and the assistance of our William Woods faculty to help turn that imagination into reality, Caitlin had an international internship experience in Guatemala that she will never forget. Read about the entire story here: http://news.williamwoods.edu/index.php/william-woods-student-experiences-veterinary-medicine-abroad-with-the-help-of-faculty-and-staff/

Our college years can be a wonderful time to dream what is possible. Your opportunities here at William Woods can truly provide you with the college experience that is as big and adventurous as you can imagine.

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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 […]

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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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