Looking back, looking ahead with 2020 vision

Elliance

If you remember the mid-1980’s, you might recall the movie “Back To The Future.”

It is a delightful film about a teenager named Marty McFly who goes back in time 30 years with the aid of a time machine. While spending some time in the 1950’s, he finds himself struggling to ensure that his own parents actually meet and fall in love, because if they somehow do not, history will be forever altered. And then Marty McFly would not, you know, actually exist.

As we begin the momentous year of 2020, celebrating 150 years of William Woods history while looking ahead to our exciting future, it is interesting to ponder what would have happened if a man named William Woods had not stepped up and saved this university back at the turn of the 20th Century. Without his generosity, would William Woods University have a different name? More so, would it actually even exist? I guess we will never truly know, but considering how far WWU has advanced—on this, the 150th anniversary of its founding, that is a good thing.

A time machine has not yet been invented, so we cannot go back to watch our own university’s history being made in real time. Nor can we ever personally thank THE William Woods for saving this university we all love. But on Friday of this week, our university community will get the opportunity to do the next best thing – hear from Mr. Jonathan Kemper, the great-great-grandson of our university’s namesake, at the official kick-off event of our 150th anniversary year. Mr. Kemper will be sharing his thoughts about the legacy of William Woods, the man, during our university’s 150th birthday party at Cutlip Auditorium. It will be a wonderful way for all who love The Woods to begin our sesquicentennial year, hearing from a direct descendant of the most important figure in William Woods history.

History will be everywhere during our 2020 year of commemoration, but looking back will only be part of the story. Our year will also include celebrating where our university stands today, and what is ahead in our exciting future. There will be countless events on campus all year to mark the Big 1-5-0, and I sincerely hope you take the time to experience some of them, to appreciate how far we have come and where we are going. Turning 150 may be just one snapshot in time in our long story, but being here on campus while it is happening certainly makes for a tremendously exciting year.

Happy 150th Anniversary, Owls!

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All the opportunity in the world

Elliance

Our 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 […]

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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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