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the
Talon
William Woods University • Fulton, Missouri
Monday, April 25, 2011
Volume 1, Issue 8
Commencement
speaker is new
UPS president
Romaine Seguin, a WWU
alumna and the new president
of the UPS Americas Region
with responsibility for
Canada, Latin America and
the Caribbean, will speak
at WWU’s undergraduate
commencement May 7.
Seguin graduated from
William Woods in 1982, and
started with UPS in St. Louis
in 1983 as a part-time hub
controller. Since then she has
worked in many management
positions with UPS, both in the
U.S. and Europe.
In 1994, she was named
controller for the air district,
based in Louisville, Ky., and
was promoted to a senior
operational role in which she
was responsible for opening
the first automated test wing
at UPS Worldport.
Seguin moved to Europe
in 2007 to become managing
director of UPS South
Europe.A year later she was
promoted to chief operating
officer of UPS Europe, Middle
East and Africa.
As COO, Seguin oversaw
the opening of new operating
centers in Paris, Sweden and
Romania. She also supervised
the acquisition and integration
of service contractors in
Turkey, Romania and Slovenia,
as well as the expansion of
domestic express services in
14 additional countries.
Seguin played a major
role in the efforts of UPS to
become greener through
the introduction of zero-
emission electric vehicles and
compressed natural gas vans
in Germany and the UK, as
well as the launch of a UPS
carbon neutral shipping
option for customers in 16
European markets.
In her new position as
president of the UPS Americas
Region, Seguin is based in
Miami. She is responsible
for UPS package and cargo
operations in more than 50
countries and territories, and
also oversees UPS Supply
Chain Solutions operations
throughout Miami, Latin
America and the Caribbean.
By Patrice Basso
Student-athletes have the
double pressure of excelling in
the classroom and on the court.
For Ciara Tatum and Zach Bryant,
another large factor is added to
that pressure—being parents.
Tatum, a junior majoring in
physical education at the Woods,
participates on the women’s
basketball and track and field
teams, as well as parenting her
3-year-old son, Elijah.
She commutes daily from
Columbia, and feels that being
a commuter affects her son
positively. She says that having her
own place is best for Elijah because
he can grow like any normal child.
Living in her home town, Tatum
also has help from family getting
Elijah from day care whenever
their schedules conflict.
Tatum says that being a parent,
athlete and student is
no easy task, and she
sometimes finds herself
having to decide which is
most important.
“Education is very
high on my list, but Elijah
always come first.”
She has three schedules
she goes by to try to
balance everything—
her school schedule,
her basketball or track
schedule and, finally, her
work schedule. Tatum
says that Elijah fits in
with all of the scheduling.
He comes to school if day care is
closed and friends help watch him,
which Tatum finds convenient.
While most student-athletes
can catch a break every now and
then to rest, the same is not true
for a parent. Tatum said that this is
the hardest part for her. A normal
athlete’s day off is, for her, a day
to get in a full eight hour shift at
work, do laundry, clean the house,
pay bills, etc.
“There are times
when I become restless
because I’m wanting
nothing more but to
sleep, but my body
won’t allow me because
I’m always on the go-
go,” Tatum said.
So, how would things
be different if Tatum
did not have Elijah? It
would be a little less
stressful, she says,
because she would be
making decisions for
herself alone, rather
than for her and her child.
She also said she would have
a little more room for mistakes,
but would not be as strong and
independent as she is today. Having
a child has not slowed her down,
and she said that only one thing
has really changed.
“I love someone else more than
I love myself,” Tatum said, adding,
“I am grateful and thankful for my
family, friends and all the support
from everyone around me. But
most of all I am blessed that my
little bundle of joy, Elijah, has
found me.”
While Tatum may feel alone
in her endeavor to complete
school, be an athlete and parent
her son, there is at least one
person who can identify with her—
Zach Bryant.
Balancing school, sports and kids
WWU students tell how they do it
By Danielle Propst
Bryant, a sophomore at William
Woods, is on the men’s track and
field team, and has a son,LeBryan,
who is almost 11 months old.
Bryant drives 50 miles a day from
Russellville to attend school,
where he’s majoring in business
administration. He says being a
commuter affects his relationship
with his son because he does not
get to see him as much.
“I miss a lot, but I am hoping
that by sacrificing that now I will
be able to give him a better future.”
Being a parent, student and
athlete is difficult for Bryant
to balance, but he says that
communication is key to achieving
this balance. Communicating with
teachers and coaches, he says, is
the biggest part of staying in line,
but he says he always chooses his
son over school and athletics.
Bryant says that things would
probably be a lot different if he
wasn’t a parent, but he chooses not
to look at it that way.
“I do have my child and I don’t
really look at it as ‘how would life
be different without him’ because I
wouldn’t change it for the world.”
While some people find being
a student and athlete is hard
enough, there are others who have
to also work in being a parent. Not
everyone could handle all three,
but Tatum and Bryant are doing
the best they can, and that’s better
than many could ever do.
Commencement news:
Date of Commencement: May 7
Total number of graduates: 444
Ivy Ceremony: 9:15 a.m.
Undergraduate Ceremony: 10 a.m
Speaker: UPS President
Romaine Seguin
Number of undergraduate
degrees: 147
Graduate Ceremony: 3 p.m
Speaker: Fulton Superintendent
of Schools Dr. Jacque Cowherd
Graduate degrees: 297