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Five Receive Alumni Awards from
William Woods University
Five individuals from fve different states received awards from William
Woods University during Alumni Weekend, April 23-25.
Ben Wells
of Coral Gables, Fla., and Youngstown, N.Y., was named an
honorary alumnus in recognition of his distinguished personal achieve-
ment and outstanding community service. Wells is a member of the
executive committee of the William Woods University Board of Trustees,
and the vice president and chief fnancial offcer for the Burger King
Dana K. Anderson
of Los Angeles, Calif., received 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. Anderson is vice chairman of the board of directors of
the Macerich Company, the third largest mall owner in the U.S. In 2008,
Anderson Arena, inside the Helen Stephens Sports Complex on campus,
was named in honor of Dana and
Sue Anderson
, who were instrumental
in making the refurbishment of that facility possible.
Mary Ann Rosenberg Weems
, a 1970 graduate from Albuquerque, N.M.,
received the Award of Distinction, which was created to honor an alumna
who has achieved national or international fame in her chosen feld. She
is the owner of Weems Galleries and Framing in Albuquerque. She is
also the owner and creator of Weems International Artfest, which
features more than 250 artists and craftsmen from around the world
annually at the New Mexico State Fair Grounds. She was unable to
attend the ceremony.
Deb Weedman
of St. Louis, Mo., received the Outstanding Service
Award, which honors an alumnus for many years of support in multifac-
eted areas and outstanding service to the university. A member of the
national alumni board, she chairs the Alumni Weekend Joint Golf Tourna-
ment. She also helped create and organize alumni weekend’s Saturday
afternoon wine tasting.
Jennifer Beggs Vescovo
of Memphis, Tenn., was awarded the Green
Owl Award, which is presented to those alumni who have given years of
service to the Alumni Association and the university. Vescovo has been
a member of the WWU national alumni board since 2002 and served as
second vice president 2007-09. She is currently frst vice president. She
also was responsible for bringing the Rev. Samuel “Billy” Kyles to campus
this year to speak about the civil rights movement and his friend, Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Ben Wells (left)
and John Edwards
Dana K. Anderson (right)
and Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett
Deb Weedman (right)
and Judy Schmuck
Jennifer Beggs Vescovo (right)
and Sally Frank