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W
o o d s
I declare to you that woman must not
depend upon the protection of man,
but must be taught to protect herself
and there I take my stand.
— Susan B. Anthony
On Thursday evening we wore formals or
dinner gowns for candlelight dinners.”
Janie Meyer
and
Venita Archer Lake
,
both class of ’61, shared some of their
memories while on campus last year to
celebrate their 50th anniversary
of graduation.
“There were no men allowed on campus
until after lunch,” Meyer said, “so there was a
big change in how we looked in the morning
and how we looked after lunch. We wore skirts
all the time, except in the mornings, we wore
pajamas and trench coats to class.”
Lake added, “You had to sign out which
church you were going to on Sundays, and
I’m pretty sure they checked to make sure
you really went.”
In 1962, anticipating dramatic changes in
the role of American women in the labor force,
William Woods became accredited as a four-
year college offering A.B. and B.S. degrees.
Three years later, three national sororities were
established on campus: Alpha Phi, Alpha Chi
Omega, and Chi Omega. A chapter of Delta
Gamma was introduced in 1977.
In the late ’60s,
Amy Shelton “Momma
Mac” McNutt
, a 1907 graduate, member of
the board of trustees, and owner of a famed
10,000-acre ranch in Texas, provided a
generous donation to construct a building
that would bear her name.
The first minor in equestrian science was
offered at William Woods College in 1968.
Four years later, the college established a
baccalaureate degree in equestrian science,
the first in the world. This attracted more
women to campus.
In 1990,
Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett
, then
vice president of admissions, retention, and
development, became the first-ever female
president of the college. Her influence
propelled the college through a name change,
the addition of graduate programs, widespread
growth, the inception of the LEAD program,
and the switch to being a coeducational
institution.
William Woods University has long
dedicated itself to the ideals of ethics,
self-liberation, and lifelong education for its
students. Now, 142 years after its inception as
a school for female orphans, female students
are still the majority, as they are at most
universities today.
But the legacy of the university lives on
through all of its students. Perhaps historian
Griffith A. Hamlin, put it best when he wrote:
“The story of William Woods College is
written not in a book but in the lives of those
who come within the orbit of its influence.
The story of William Woods College is like an
unfinished symphony, ever-awaiting another
chord to compliment the one that has come
before it.”
2007 2010 2011
Graduate and Adult
Studies is approved
to offer WWU
classes in the state
of Arkansas
Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett
celebrates the 20th
anniversary of her
inauguration as
president of WWU
WWU is approved to
offer its first doctorate
degree, a doctorate
in educational
leadership
2012
Val Kilmer spends
a week at WWU,
performing his play,
"Citizen Twain,"
and speaking at
commencement
circa 1940s
circa 1950s
circa 1960s