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Monday, April 25, 2011
By Elisse Schaaf
The Talon 7
For many college students,
the pattern of completing
assignments looks something like
this: receive assignment, check
due date, find any possible excuse
to avoid it until the night before
it’s due, scramble to complete
it at the last possible second,
and turn it in hoping for a
decent grade.
This semester, students in Dr.
Stephanie Wells’ grant-writing
class are learning that investing
time and effort in the projects
they are working on can be even
more gratifying than the thrill
of procrastination.
The grant writing class,
which consists of Erin Crooks,
Jenny Kesel, Kristen Withrow,
Lacy Gevers, Erika Campbell
and Amanda Gamble, spent
the first half of the semester
putting together a grant proposal
requesting $30,000
Grant-writing class fnds projects gratifying
By Molly Dougherty
for new lighting and scene
shop equipment for the
theatre department.
The existing lights and
equipment are 30 years old and
badly in need of replacement.
The class worked with “client”
Joe Potter, artistic director of
theater, to prepare the grant
proposal. Seeing the need for
improvements in the theater
department provided added
motivation to put together a
strong proposal.
“The work we are doing
doesn’t just affect us, it impacts
other people on campus,”
said Crooks.
Gevers added, “We aren’t
focused on the grade we get;
we are focused on getting
the funding.”
Past grant-writing classes
have submitted successful grant
proposals that brought
in funding for a telescope for
the science department
and new equipment for the
ASL department.
The theatre grant proposal
has been submitted to University
Advancement to be sent to
potential funding organizations.
Currently, the class is split in
half to work on two separate
grant proposals.
One group is working on a
proposal that would bring in
funds for a mediation program
for the legal studies department.
Mediation involves a neutral
third party helping two disputing
parties settle a small claims case.
The legal studies department
hopes to collaborate with small
claims courts so certain cases can
be settled on campus.
The other group is working
with SWAT (Student Website
Advancement Team) to create a
proposal for a website usability
testing lab. The lab would be used
to test websites for SWAT’s
It is rare to find someone
who loves their job as much as
Jack Dudley, especially when
that job involves wearing many
different hats.
After graduating from the
University of Missouri in 1964
with both B.S. and M.A. degrees
in geography, Dudley began his
career at William Woods as the
assistant to the academic dean
and as a professor of
geosciences. He was only 23.
“When I first started
teaching, there were only 230
or so students on campus.
Everything was in the Academic
Building. The chapel and the
dorms by Junior Lake had not
even been built yet,” says Dudley.
“Girls had to sign out of their
dorm; everyone ate dinner
together as a family on
Sunday evenings. “
He added, “Things have
definitely changed.”
Yes, things certainly have
changed, but Dudley has
remained a constant force at
William Woods for 47 years.
In 1970, when he returned to
William Woods after working on
his Ph.D., Dudley became the
director of financial aid and
started the first Financial
Aid office.
Besides being a professor
and the director of financial aid,
Dudley has been the director of
academic support (1986-1990),
director of residential life
(1983-1985), and director
of experimental studies
In addition, he has served as
the Pi Kappa Alpha (Pike) advisor.
He has taught geography,
human sexuality, methods
of teaching social studies in
secondary school, earth science,
and U.S. history.
Dudley has been the
recipient of the Louis D.
Beaumont Dad’s Distinguished
Professor Award three times--in
1977, 1984 and 2000.
He has been the only WWU
teacher to receive the award in
three separate decades.
“Winning this award means a
lot because it is the students
who select the recipient,”
Dudley said.
Needless to say, Dudley
has had quite an influence on
campus. He is known for his
laid-back attitude, sense of
humor and his easy-going
teaching style, which many
students find refreshing.
“He kept class interesting and
had great insight,” says Cassie
Strope, a sophomore. “We also
had a lot of fun on the field trips
for lab.”
Dudley says, “Teaching is
a way not only to expand
student horizons, but to expand
your own. I never get old
working with students.”
While William Woods will
surely miss Dudley’s presence, he
is looking forward to his
retirement. He plans to work on
a reflective sign he developed for
persons in wheelchairs, and
has a few fire department
assignments lined up.
Dudley has been a firefighter
since 2001. He is certified to
teach five courses. He also serves
as fireground safety for the
county fire departments.
“I tell my students to live by
the same motto I do,” he says,
“‘There is no limit to what you
can accomplish, as long as you
don’t need credit for it.’”
Jack Dudley as he appeared in the 1965
William Woods yearbook.
After working at William Woods for 47
years, Jack Dudley is retiring in May.
clients, many of whom are
community members.
This would provide a rare
and valuable resource for SWAT
members and MIS students,
as there is only one other
undergraduate website usability
testing lab in Missouri.
“If we are going to compete in
the current job market, William
Woods must continue to press
into new and innovative areas,”
Dr. Linda Davis, professor of
management information
systems, said.
The website usability testing
lab will enable us to delve into
these advanced areas and really
challenge our students. It will
also open new doors upon
graduation. U.S. News selected
usability specialist as one of the
‘Best Careers 2009.’”
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Leaving his legacy
Jack Dudley retires after 47 years at WWU
Jack Dudley teaching a class in 2001.