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Student attends leadership forum
Katherine Wortmann, a WWU
sophomore from Mexico, Mo.,
recently represented the Woods at
the 24
annual Governor’s Student
Leadership Forum in Jefferson City,
Mo. She was nominated to attend
by Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, William
Woods president.
During the three-day conference,
January. 4-6, students from 44
colleges and universities around
the state came together for one
common goal: to focus on how faith
and values apply to leadership.
“This leadership conference
was different than most,” said
Wortmann. “When it comes to
leadership, faith is not something
that is usually discussed openly. But
the facilitators at this forum broke
those barriers and challenged us
students to look at leadership in a
whole new light.”
Each day the students met
with their “small group” and had
discussions about their personal
values and how they pertain to the
leadership roles the students hold
on campus.
“We talked a lot about respect
and accountability,” said Wortmann.
“As leaders, we have to be respectful
of all types of people and hold
ourselves accountable in even the
toughest of situations.”
Servant leadership was another
widely discussed topic.
“Our small group talked a lot
about how Jesus was the epitome
of a ‘servant leader.’ He put his
followers and their needs first
instead of focusing on what made
him happy. When it comes to the
perfect role model of a leader, Jesus
is the best example there is.”
To put their lessons on servant
leadership to good use, Wortmann
and her small group volunteered
to serve as ushers at the 2011
Governor’s Prayer Breakfast.
“It was amazing to see people of
all walks of life at this breakfast,”
said Wortmann. “There were
firefighters sitting next to legislators
and correctional officers sitting next
to lawyers. It was so powerful to see
all these different professions come
together under one roof and pray
together for the strength to be the
best leaders possible.
The students also took a trip to
the former and current Missouri
State Penitentiaries.
“The tours of the correctional
centers were the most eye-opening
part of my conference experience. I
learned that leadership can be found
in the most unlikely places. During
one part of the tour, we stopped at
a drug rehabilitation center and
found out that the men who lead the
program are former addicts who
have overcome their addictions and
are helping their fellow inmates
get clean. That, to me, is what
leadership is all about: realizing
your weaknesses, rising above them
Fuddy Meers
By Molly Dougherty
and helping others realize their
true potential.”
At the end of the forum, the
students were asked to say one
thing they learned from each of their
small group members.
“It was so hard to pinpoint just
one thing I learned because my
group was such a diverse mixture of
people. But if there’s one thing I took
away from this conference, it’s to
appreciate diversity in all its forms
and understand that, as a leader, you
will encounter all different sorts of
people. I am so thankful I was able
to be a part of this conference. The
lessons I learned from those three
short days will stay with me for
years to come.”
The Theatre Department will
present “Fuddy Meers” Feb. 18, 19,
24, 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. in Dulany
“Fuddy Meers” centers on Claire,
a woman with a rare form of
psychogenic amnesia that erases
her memory whenever she goes to
sleep. She wakes up a blank slate
each morning, encountering many
bizarre and zany characters each
WWU student performers
are Bailey Campanini, Michael
Dodson, Samuel Binkley, Jason
Cavallone, Rachel Petricka, Stephen
Chamineak and Maggie Hunter.
Dustin West will be the stage
manager and Jen Steindorf will be
the assistant stage manager.
Tickets are $6 for students.
Tickets can be purchased at the
door or by calling the box office at