SUMMER | 2013
THE WOODS MAGAZINE
By: Rebekah Savage '14
William Woods University presented awards to three
alumni and named another person an honorary alumnus
during Alumni Weekend.
of Miami, Fla., received the Alumni
Award of Distinction, created to honor a graduate who
has achieved national or international fame in his or
her chosen field.
Dr. John Despain
of Columbia, Mo., was awarded The
Order of the Owl Award, designed to honor spouses of
William Woods alumni who have shown a special
interest in promoting and supporting the activities
of the university.
of Columbia, Mo., received the Graduate
College Award. The award was created in 2011 to honor
successful individuals who completed their degrees
through the William Woods Graduate College.
Albert W. “Bud” Doepke
of Stilwell, Kan., was named
an honorary alumnus. Honorary alumni are selected for
their distinguished personal achievement, outstanding
community service and dedication to William
Seguin graduated from William Woods with a degree
in marketing management and a minor in English. After
graduating, Seguin returned to her hometown of
St. Louis and started with United Parcel Service (UPS)
as a part-time hub controller in 1983. In the 28 years
since then, she has worked in many management
positions with UPS, both in the United States and Europe.
Now president of UPS Americas region, Seguin is
based in Miami. She is responsible for UPS package
and cargo operations in more than 50 countries and
territories, and also oversees UPS supply chain solutions
operations throughout Miami, Latin America and
Despain is the husband of
graduated from William Woods in 1979. A four-year
member of the WWU President’s Club, Despain has also
supported his wife and WWU with time and service,
supporting the Imagine Campaign and hosting Columbia
alumni gatherings at their home. An avid wine enthusiast,
Despain has provided wine from his own collection and
shared extensive wine knowledge with visiting alumni
at his home wine tasting.
Yankee earned his Master of Business Administration
MBA) degree from William Woods in 2005. After earning
his MBA, Yankee started his own mortgage company,
Flat Branch Home loans, in April 2006.
A locally owned mortgage company with satellite
offices in Jefferson City, Marshall, St. Robert, Springfield,
and St. Louis, Flat Branch has transitioned from being a
mortgage broker into a full-fledged mortgage banker.
Doepke was a member of the William Woods
University Board of Trustees for 15 years and an
honorary trustee since 2002. Former president of
Browning-Ferris Industries of Kansas City, he later
owned and operated Far View Farm, Inc. in Kansas,
where he and his family were involved in the breeding,
raising, training, and sale of American Quarter Horses.
A long-time supporter of WWU, he established the
Doepke Family Scholarship at William Woods in 1984,
in recognition of his wife, Jody, a 1955 William Woods
graduate, and two daughters,
Sherri Doepke Tearney
a 1978 graduate, and