William Woods University
|William Woods University|
|Motto||Amor Vincit Omnia|
|Motto in English||Love Conquers All|
|Type||private, Non-profit, coed|
|Religious affiliation||Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)|
|President||Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett|
|Vice-president||Scott T. Gallagher|
|Location||Fulton, MO, USA
|Former names||William Woods College, Daughters College, Female Orphan School|
|Colours||forest green, maroon|
|Athletics||NAIA (American Midwest Conference)|
|Mascot||Screech the Owl|
William Woods University (WWU) is an American co-educational, independent, private university in Fulton, Missouri with 3,800 students. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines in both campus and outreach settings.
First known as the Female Orphan School, the institution that is now William Woods University was founded in 1870 in Camden Point, Missouri in response to the needs of female children orphaned during the war.
During the late nineteenth century, the institution moved to Fulton, Missouri, and expanded its elementary and secondary programs to accommodate young women who aspired to become teachers. Known briefly at the beginning of the twentieth century as Daughters College, the institution changed its name to William Woods College to honor a major benefactor and began offering a two-year college program. In 1962, anticipating dramatic changes in the role of American women in the labor force, William Woods became a four-year college.
Expanding its mission to address the need for graduate and adult-oriented programs, the institution became known as William Woods University in 1993 and began offering graduate degrees and admitting men as well as women into all of its programs.
The university was founded 1870 and although independent, has a historical affiliation to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association and is ranked 91st in the Midwest among regional universities, according to the 2011 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group.
The university offers unique undergraduate programs of study include an internationally recognized equestrian studies program, a four-year American Sign Language interpreting program, the first juvenile justice degree in the state and a criminal justice degree with homeland security emphasis. Graduate level programs are offered through the Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) program, which offers graduate degree programs, degree completion programs, and select undergraduate programs at permanent sites in Fulton, Columbia, Jefferson City, Blue Springs and Branson, Missouri as well as temporary sites across Missouri and in Arkansas. All GPS programs use a cohort model, and are designed to offer convenience for working adults and an accelerated format.
- 1 Campus
- 2 Academics
- 3 Student life
- 4 Athletics
- 5 Alumni and traditions
- 6 References
- 7 External links
William Woods University is named after Dr. William Stone Woods of the National Bank of Commerce. In 1901, the institution is named William Woods College, in honor of the physician and banker whose interest in the education of young women impelled him to endow the institution with substantial and repeated gifts throughout the century.
Dulany Auditorium was built in 1907. Mrs. D.M. Dulany contributed $7,500 toward construction of the $24,000 building in memory of her husband. The stained glass portrait windows are of D.M. Dulany, W.H. Dulany and Benjamin L. Locke, all early supporters of the college.
The William S. Woods Academic Building, or the "Academic Building" as most students refer to it, is a three-story brick structure houses administrative offices, classrooms and faculty. It was completed in 1921.
GPS permanent sites
WWU offers graduate degree programs, degree completion programs, and select undergraduate programs at permanent sites in Fulton, Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, Jefferson City, Missouri, and Blue Springs, Missouri, as well as temporary sites across Missouri, and in Arkansas.
Undergraduate College Academics
Graduate college academics
William Woods offers various graduate programs designed for full-time working professionals and most programs are completed in fewer than two years.
Degree Programs Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration with various emphasis areas such as HR, agribusiness, and more, Master of Education - Special Education Director, Master of Education in Athletics/Activities Administration, Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction, Master of Education in Elementary or Secondary Administration, Specialist of Education in Administration, Specialist of Education in Curriculum Leadership, Specialist with Principalship Certification, and Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.).
Additional programs are offered using the cohort model for working adults.
LEAD (Leading, Educating, Achieving, and Developing) Program
The LEAD Program is an innovative program intended to encourage and reward the type of campus and community involvement that makes for a complete, well-rounded liberal arts background.
All new full-time undergraduate students admitted to William Woods University are eligible to take part in the LEAD Program which offers an award of $5,000 for residential students and $2,500 for commuter students per year to students who make a commitment to campus and community involvent.
Qualifying activities ("LEAD events") include lectures, films, concerts, seminars, intercollegiate athletic events, student/faculty exhibits and shows, involvement in student organizations and other campus or community activities.
The program received both national and international media attention when it was first announced in the spring of 2000. The Los Angeles Times, New York Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chicago Tribune, BBC, NPR, and AP all covered the launch.
The university has approximately 1,000 undergraduate students from all over the U.S. and numerous other countries. William Woods also offers approximately 40 student organizations, including co-curricular, honorary, religious/faith-based, service/leadership, and social/academic/special interest.
The primary goal of the Office of Multicultural Affairs is to support students from every walk of life by coordinating, implementing, and promoting all-inclusive cultural programming. Fostering understanding and acceptance of racial, ethnic, gender, age, and other cultural differences. Providing informative presentations, which encourage discussions on current cultural issues. Scheduling relevant cultural film series. Offering professional development workshops and training to faculty, staff, and students.
The Office of Faith and Service provides programming aimed at the spiritual needs and interests of our students. In addition to regular chapel services, students can take part in a speakers' series (Tabletalk at the Woods), a film series (Faith on Film) as well as various small group discussions and service opportunities. Several student organizations with a spiritual emphasis are active on campus. Additionally, students will find a number of local places of worship from which to choose.
Counseling and Health Services provided physical health related services as well as counseling/mental health related services for students
Campus safety and security are matters of significant importance on the William Woods University campus. Personnel patrol the campus and provide a variety of protective and service-related functions. Safety officers work to provide a safe and orderly campus environment.
William Woods University teams are known as the Owls. The university competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as a member of the American Midwest Conference (AMC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, track & field and volleyball.
Alumni and traditions
William Woods has more than 20,000 alumni across the US and around the world. There are many traditions associated with William Woods, including the "Ivy Chain." The Ivy Chain Ceremony marks the start of the students’ college life. When they graduate, the ivy will be cut during another ceremony, held at commencement, symbolizing separation from college and the beginning of a new life. The tradition is believed to have begun more than a hundred years ago when the Class of 1899 planted ivy on campus during a special graduation ceremony.
In 1952, future U.S. President Ronald Reagan gave a commencement address at the college in which he said that he "always thought of America as a place in the divine scheme of things that was set aside as a promised land." This is also a notable speech by the future President as it is one of his oldest surviving speeches.
- LuAnn Ridgeway, a member of the Missouri State Senate
- Helen Stephens, Olympic Gold Medalist Berlin
- Carol Bartz, (Honorary Doctorate of Letters) Ex-CEO of Autodesk; former CEO and director of Yahoo.
- History of WWU
- More about student organizations.
- More about multicultural affairs
- More about counseling/mental health services.
- More about campus safety.
- More about Greek Life.
- Mosley, Josh (March 8, 2011). "Lady Owls fall in AMC tournament title game". Fulton Sun. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
- Read the article about commencement 2010 to see the Ivy Chain Ceremony in action.