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The Woods Magazine WINTer | 2013-14
By Leigh Rice ’14
SERVE, a nonprofit social service
agency in Fulton, received $33,000 to
purchase equipment for its food
pantry, thanks to students in a
grant-writing class at William
Woods University.
WWU students Kadie Atterberry of
Kingdom City, Mo., and Heather
Rogers of Mexico, Mo., wrote a
successful proposal to the Food Bank
for Central and Northeast Missouri,
which provided the funding.
The students requested money for a
pallet jack, a scale to weigh donations
for reporting and recording purposes,
and a walk-in freezer. The freezer was
needed to house produce and meat in
an attempt to offer more nutritious
food and address the growing
problem of obesity.
Not only will the new 8’ x 20’ cooler
allow us to distribute more fresh fruits
and vegetables, we will also be able to
provide these items to partner agencies,
such as the Fulton Senior Center and
the Soup Kitchen,” said Julie Roark,
director of SERVE’s Callaway Action
Network (C.A.N.), which includes
the food pantry.
C.A.N. offers a variety of services
for income-eligible community
members, including a food pantry,
limited emergency financial assistance
when funds are available, a thrift store,
school supplies, and holiday assistance.
I am delighted that William Woods
students were able to assist SERVE in
reaching their grant-funded needs. This
will impact positively the quality of
food for many local families. This is one
of many ways William Woods enriches
and gives back to the community," Dr.
Stephanie Wells, associate professor
of English and the grant-writing
instructor, said.
Past proposals generated by the
grant-writing class have resulted in
funding for theater lighting, upgrades
to the American Sign Language
Interpreting lab, the establishment
of the SWAT (Student Website
Advancement Team) lab, and a
new telescope for the
WWU observatory.
By Mary Ann Beahon
For the fourth year in a row, William
Woods University has moved up in the
rankings of universities in the Midwest.
The rankings are published in the 2014
edition of U.S. News & World Report’s
annual Best Colleges issue.
WWU jumped 13 spots in the
last three years, from 99th in 2010
to 86th in this year’s 30th edition of
the college rankings. Altogether 621
regional universities were evaluated.
This ranking solidifies William
Woods University’s position among the
leading universities in the region,”
Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, WWU
president, said. “It is excellent news for
our stakeholders, particularly our
alumni and students, as the value of
their educational investment continues
to increase. I am delighted that
William Woods is receiving the
recognition it richly deserves.”
Barnett added, “We take our
responsibility to our students very
seriously, for we know we play an
important role in the lives of these
young people, and we provide the
best education possible.”
Midwest regional universities.
Only four private universities in
Missouri were included in the top
Steve Mallinckrodt, executive director
of SERVE, thanks Stephanie Wells (center)
and Kadie Atterberry. (Photo by Katerine
Gaines ’17)
Photo by Dak Dillon)