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Summer 2009
Six people received awards from
William Woods University during
Alumni Weekend, April 24-26.
Tom O’Connor
of Longboat Key, Fla.,
was the recipient of the Order of the Owl
Award. This honor is given to a spouse
who has shown a special interest in
promoting and supporting the activities
of the university. O’Connor was vice
president of Bacardi Rum for 30 years.
He and his wife, Claudine, have supported
numerous projects at William Woods.
After receiving his award, the couple was
presented with the President’s Medal,
WWU's highest award.
Receiving honorary alumnus status
John Edwards
of Hilton Head, S.C.
Edwards is a trustee of the John R.
McCune Charitable Trust in Pittsburgh.
He also served as the transcriber and
administrator for publishing "The Works
of Jonathan Edwards" at Yale University.
Edwards joined the WWU Board of Trustees
in 2007 and currently serves as its chair.
Jane Bierdeman-Fike
was also named
an honorary alumnus. She worked as a
psychiatric social worker for the state of
Missouri for 45 years. Her relationship with
William Woods began when she helped to
establish the social work program. She is
also a member of the WWU Social Work
Advisory Board and the President’s
Community Council.
Katie Nowinski Reed
'59 of San Antonio,
Texas, received the Award of Distinction.
This award was created to honor an
alumnus who has achieved recognition
in his or her chosen feld. In 1989 Reed
ran for the local school board. Now, 20
years later, she is serving her ffth term as
president of the board of Texas’s fourth
largest school district and has served
as president of the Texas Association of
School Boards.
Debbie Fulk Hay
'75 of Dallas, Texas,
was the recipient of the Green Owl Award.
This award is given to honor an alumnus
who has given years of service to the
Alumni Association and the university. Hay
helped organize a WWU alumni chapter in
Dallas and has hosted gatherings for new
and returning Dallas area William Woods
students in the Dallas area for the past
three years.
Laura Hill Steinbeck
'85 received the
Outstanding Service Award. This award is
presented to an alumnus who has shown
dedication to the university with outstanding
service and support in multifaceted areas.
Steinbeck worked for the university for
13 years. She is also a member of the
William Woods University Alumni Board.
Six Receive Alumni Awards from
William Woods University