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Monday, December 6, 2010
The Talon 7
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To provide additional
guest housing and meeting
space on campus, William
Woods University plans
to renovate the current
presidential home into
an alumni/visitor center
sometime in the future.
The fundraising
goal for the Alumni
and Visitors’ Center is
$500,000. It is one part of
the three-part fundraising
campaign, called the
Imagine Campaign.
The alumni/visitor
center will provide
additional guest housing, a
university archival space,
meeting rooms, a welcome
center, and other amenities
not presently available.
The center would be
immediately visible from
the new Woods Way
entrance on the northwest
side of campus, “providing
a beautiful, dramatic and
welcoming portal to the
university,” Dr. Jahnae H.
Barnett, WWU president,
said.
The Plan for the
Alumni/Visitor
Center:
• Provide lodging for
visitors and alumni
• Create a university
archival space
for showcasing
university artifacts
and memorabilia with
proper display cases
with heating, cooling,
humidity and light
control
• Create offce space, a
business center and
install wireless Internet
access for staff and
guests
• Convert the family
room into a lounge/
media room with TV
and surround sound for
guests
• Convert the dining
room into a board
room and equip
that room and other
meeting rooms with
high-tech equipment
for group presentations
• Convert the garage into
two conference rooms
• Subdivide the lower
level reception area
into one to three
meeting rooms with
moveable walls
• Replace the downstairs
kitchen appliances
and furnish the area
with appropriate
meeting-room style
furniture and invest in
appropriate lighting
• Create fve guest rooms
upstairs, with three of
the rooms in a suite
confguration
• Create a ftness area in
the building
• Properly heat and cool
the whole house
William Woods to Create Alumni/Visitor Center
This campaign
component includes the
creation of a $3 million
endowment to provide
ongoing funding for
the Center for Ethics
and Global Studies, an
academic program that
builds on several existing
initiatives/projects. It
has four components:
• Ethics and Global
Diversity Courses
• Short- and Long-term
Study Abroad
• International Student
Services
• Gateway to Service
Opportunities
“In a world that is
changing rapidly and
becoming increasingly
global, leadership
development, service-
based learning, global
awareness and ethical
refection have never
been more important,”
Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett,
WWU president, said.
The Rev. Travis
Tamerius, university
chaplain, has been
tapped for the expanded
role of CEGS director.
“Increasingly,”
Tamerius said,
“companies are looking
for employees who
demonstrate what they
call ‘international-
mindedness.’ The
Center for Ethics and
Global Studies will help
prepare our students
for the challenges and
opportunities of the
global marketplace.
They gain skills in social
intelligence, learn about
civic responsibility,
and gain a better
understanding of the
changing face of our
world.”
The CEGS will
expand the university’s
current study abroad
activities. It also
will focus on the
development of common
studies (core curriculum)
that require all
undergraduate students
to complete courses
of study in ethics and
diversity. The CEGS
will also provide a single
gateway to the Fulton
community to make
it easier than ever for
students to put leadership
and service ideals
into practice.
“A few years ago,”
Tamerius said, “I
came across the notion
that the ‘power of the
mind is in perceiving
differences; the power of
the heart is in perceiving
similarities.’ The CEGS
focuses our attention
on both insights. We
are developing critical
thinkers who can
navigate their way
through the complexities
of the ‘global village,’
as well as compassionate
citizens who learn to
value other peoples
and cultures.”
Woods Around the
World projects in recent
years have included
the following:
• Study of Kenya
• Trip to Peru
• Travel along the
American South’s
Civil Rights Trail
• Tour of Europe’s
key sites related
to the history of
the Holocaust
“Travel has a way of
stretching the mind and
developing the skills
that are important for
a well-rounded life.
Students who are able
to go abroad on service-
learning trips return
home with their eyes
open to the wider world.
They realize they not
only have something
to learn from other
voices and stories, but
that they also have
something to give
back,” Tamerius said.
“When students are
able to travel for a class,
their education really
comes alive. People
and events and ideas
jump off the pages of
the textbook because
students have had a
chance to see history or
current events up close.
When students travel,
they not only learn about
their subject of study, but
they also learn important
values like respect and
empathy and gratitude.”
He added, “At its
core, education is
about a journey; it’s
about seeing something
new or gaining a fresh
perspective on something
old.  With the Center
for Ethics and Global
Studies, we take our
learning on the road,
traveling the world to
see the world and serve
the world.”
“Another vital
component of the CEGS
is the focus on service,”
Tamerius said. “We want
our students to “think
globally, act locally” by
giving their time and
skills to improving the
quality of life in the
local community.”
WWU
to establish a
Center for Ethics
and
Global Studies