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William Woods University
Adds Two Trustees
By Nickol Enss ’10
Two community leaders,
Mary Linn
“Lolly” Coldiron
of Atherton, Calif., and
Elizabeth Demetra (Tsahiridis) Farris
of
Branson, Mo., have accepted appointments
to the William Woods University Board
of Trustees.
“We are pleased that these two alumnae
have agreed to serve their alma mater
as members of the board of trustees,”
Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett
, WWU president,
said. “They are both supportive of William
Woods on a variety of levels, and we know
they will contribute much with their
knowledge and experience.”
Coldiron graduated from William Woods
with a bachelor of fne arts degree in 1972
and is a member of Alpha Phi sorority.
She is the owner and operator of ML
Coldiron Interiors and has been operat-
ing the interior design company since
1978. She served on the board of the
WWU Alumni Association and has
helped with student recruitment over the
years. Her sister,
Kathy A. Coldiron
, is
a 1973 graduate of WWU.
Farris, who was instrumental in
bringing a William Woods site to
Branson recently, graduated from
William Woods with a B.S. in education
in 1995 and was an Alpha Phi. She
received her master’s degree in
educational administration from Missouri
State University. She is the managing
member of CastleRock Enterprises, a
commercial offce complex, and serves
as chief operating offcer of her husband’s
law frm, the Farris Law Group.
Mystery Novel Set on
William Woods Campus
By Mary Ann Beahon
Best-selling author
Rita Mae Brown
has
set her latest mystery novel, “Cat of the
Century,” in an unlikely location—the
campus of William Woods University.
Brown, known for writing her stories with
the help of her feline friend, Sneaky Pie
Brown, spins a tale of alumni returning to
their alma mater. Published by Random
House and part of the Mrs. Murphy series,
“Cat of the Century” is about a fctional
William Woods alumna who returns to
campus to celebrate her 100th birthday.
The party ceases to be a celebration
when alumni start dying.
The author was in Fulton in May for
a book-signing and to be WWU’s
commencement speaker. She also
spoke at commencement 10 years
ago and has visited campus on other
occasions since then to work
with students.
Writing about the 2000 commencement,
Brown said, “I really adore giving
commencement speeches, but this
one was to stay with me forever, not
because of anything I said, but because
of the magic of this community.”
Brown made the comments at the end
of her new book, in a section she titled,
“How I Came to Love William Woods
University.”
She said, “The faculty that I met were
down-to-earth, yet very accomplished
… And so I came to love this place far
more than my own alma mater … Here
in central Missouri exists an institution
that puts the student frst. I’m not
saying they coddle the students nor do
not demand intellectual rigor, but they
actually care and the faculty knows
those students. The president knows
the students.”
Ethel Burton
and her daughter,
Martha
Burton Long
, treasurer of the WWU
Alumni Board, watch as
Rita Mae
Brown
signs copies of her book for them.