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he
W
oods
New WWU Fight
Song Created by
Faculty Member
By Nickol Enss ’10
A William Woods University faculty
member has created an offcial fght
song to cheer the school’s teams to
victory. The song, which has been set to
music, states in part, “On feld and court
with honor we play
. . .
Our Owls win the
Woods Way.”
Murphy Tetley
, WWU instructor of
management information systems,
wrote the words with his wife and used
a software program to compose, publish
and print the music. The song is a gift to
the university from the Tetleys.
“I wanted to create something that would
help evoke school spirit,” said Tetley,
who has been teaching at WWU since
2006. “I hope it will become as common
and as popular on the WWU campus as
other university fght songs are
elsewhere.”
WWU Welcomes
Longtime Civil
Rights Leader
By Heather Vanderborg ’10
The man who was with the Rev. Martin
Luther King Jr. when he died came to
William Woods University in February to
share his memories of Dr. King and the
story of his involvement in the civil rights
movement.
The
Rev. Samuel “Billy” Kyles
visited
WWU with friend and 1986 William
Woods graduate,
Jennifer Beggs
Vescovo
, who lives in Memphis, Tenn.
Kyles presented three programs, includ-
ing one with Vescovo that talked about
their unusual bond, how it formed and
what they have gained from one another.
The 2008 Oscar-nominated documen-
tary, “The Witness: From the Balcony of
Room 306,” recounts Kyles’ memory of
the day King was assassinated.
Kyles was a strategist for the civil rights
struggle in the South. He became
friends with King, protesting and
working side by side with him on their
path to social justice.
Randall B. Cutlip, WWU
Trustee, President
Emeritus, Dies in Texas
By Mary Ann Beahon
Dr. Randall B. (Randy) Cutlip
, who
served as president of William Woods
College for 20 years, died May 21, in
Corpus Christi, Texas. He was 93. A
memorial service was held in June at
First Christian Church (Disciples
of Christ) in Corpus Christi.
"Dr. Cutlip's leadership helped to set
the stage for many of William Woods
University's successes. He was well-
loved by students, faculty and staff,"
Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett
, president of
William Woods University, said. She
delivered the eulogy at the service.
Born Oct. 1, 1916, in West Virginia,
Dr. Cutlip earned A.B., M.A. and Ed.D.
degrees and achieved recognition as a
classroom instructor, director of coun-
seling, dean of men, dean of students,
dean of faculty, dean of the college and
director of graduate studies before com-
ing to William Woods.
He served at Atlantic Christian College,
Wilson, N.C., from 1953 to 1958 and at
Chapman College, Orange, Calif., until
his appointment as the 10th president
of William Woods in 1960.
During Cutlip’s years as president,
William Woods moved from offering
a two-year program of studies to a
four-year baccalaureate program, and
sororities were established on campus.
In 1972 William Woods was the frst
school in the country to offer a
baccalaureate in equestrian studies.
Also during Cutlip’s tenure, the frst
paralegal program accredited by the
American Bar Association was
established.
After his retirement, Dr. Cutlip was
named President Emeritus and
appointed to the William Woods Board
of Trustees. He also served as a trustee
of the Amy Shelton McNutt Charitable
Trust, which has provided generous
support to William Woods.
Cutlip Auditorium in the McNutt Campus
Center, R.B. Cutlip Drive and the
Dr. Randall B. Cutlip Residence Hall are
all named in tribute to him. The Virginia
Cutlip Center was named for his wife,
who died in 2007.