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Winter 2009
assistants, teachers and scientists. Here’s what a few of
them had to say in support of her nomination:
“She took an unmotivated fast-food worker from rural
Missouri and turned her into a successful educator…
Dr. Spratt saw who I could become, and she believed
in me…she cared.”
“While she may be one of the most demanding professors
on the William Woods campus, she is very caring and really
wants her students to succeed.”
“Dr. Spratt was an integral part of my educational
achievements, and it was her genuine interest in my
education that shaped me into an accomplished,
successful veterinary student. . .Her interest in the
continued welfare of her students is truly encouraging.”
“[I] was able to experience Dr. Spratt as an advisor, a
professor, a scientist and most importantly a friend. . .
Dr. Spratt is a very caring and devoted professor.”
For more about Dr. Spratt, see the Summer 2008 issue of
The Woods magazine.
At just 4 years old, Freddie came to WWU to teach equestrian
students valuable lessons on the best and worst of the horse
industry, for he has seen both.
Freddie—a 15-hand dark bay
gelding—is known around the
barn as "Trader," stemming from
his registered name “Future’s
Trader.” With the help of
Marissa Parenti
of Hooksett, N.H., Trader was
adopted by WWU this summer.
He came from the New England
Thoroughbred Retirement Center
(NETRC) after a failed career as
a racehorse.
Dr. Mary Spratt
, Cox Distinguished
Professor in Science at William
Woods University, is the 2008
Missouri Professor of the Year.
Spratt received her award
Nov. 20 in Washington, D.C.
This is somewhat of a coup for
WWU. For the past 22 years,
winners of the Missouri Professor
of the Year award have
represented mostly large,
public universities. Sponsored
by The Carnegie Foundation for
the Advancement of Teaching
and administered by the Council for Advancement and Support
of Education, the award recognizes professors for outstanding
commitment in teaching undergraduate students.
Because of her enthusiasm and passion, Dr. Spratt has
impacted the lives of numerous students who have gone
on to be pharmacists, veterinarians, physicians, physician
NETRC “fosters” horses from the Thoroughbred Retirement
Foundation, a national organization that was founded
two decades ago with a straightforward mission: to save
Thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete on the
racetrack from possible neglect, abuse and slaughter.
Dr. Linda McClaren
, associate professor of equestrian
science and hunt seat instructor at WWU, felt that
adopting Trader would be benefcial to her students.
“This adventure with Trader,” McClaren said, “will provide
our students with great learning opportunities regarding
an aspect of the industry that we have yet to address at
WWU: the details of creating a sustainable business by
pairing horse retirement centers with therapeutic
horsemanship to do good for all.”
Marissa Parenti ’11 of Hooksett, N.H., rides “Trader,”
a former racehorse now helping to teach WWU
equestrian students.
Spratt Named 2008 Missouri
Professor of the Year
Unwanted Race Horse Finds
Bright Future @ The Woods
By Mary Ann Beahon
By Allie Layos '09