Fulton chief of detectives chronicles career at WWU
|3/30/2013||Mary Ann Beahon|
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The Alumni Speakers Series at William Woods University recently featured a well-known Fulton personality—Lt. Andre Cook, chief of detectives for the Fulton Police Department.
Cook, who earned his bachelor’s degree through WWU’s evening program for working adults in 2012, chronicled his career for students, faculty and staff March 28 in the Ivy Room of Tucker Dining Hall.
The Alumni Speakers Series, established by Becky Stinson, alumni relations director, brings William Woods graduates back to campus to share their work and life experiences with current students.
Stinson said the Alumni Speaker Series was initiated so alumni could share their career experiences and give the students the opportunity to learn more about the reality of the job market and life outside The Woods.
The goal is for alumni with interesting or unique careers to show students how many possibilities there are for those who are open-minded and willing to work their way up.
“You learn from every job what you like and what you want,” said Stinson. “The ideal job in your head may not, in reality, be what you want. It’s important to be open to possibilities.”
The next program in the Alumni Speakers Series will feature Jennie Kane Petterson, who will talk about her progression from an award-winning equestrian student to equestrian instructor. She will speak at 4 p.m. April 23 in Aldridge Lounge.
Previous participants in the Alumni Speakers Series include:
- Marijo Kent-First, an internationally recognized genetics expert
- Gracemarie Cretella, an actress who danced with the Los Angeles Opera and has been in numerous television productions and several films
- Allyson White Lewis, a Certified Financial Planner, motivational speaker, software creator, business coach and author
- Amber Cox, COO of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury professional basketball team
- Linda Bond Quinley, chief financial officer and treasurer to the Board of Education at Columbia Public Schools
- Kirstyn Wentzel, a paralegal graduate who shared her career progress from paralegal to her passion, pastry chef
- Robert Hull, an investigator with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
- Romney Oualline Nesbitt, who spoke about her career “From Artist to Minister, Author and Teacher--A Career In Progress”
CUTLINE: After chronicling his career as part of the Alumni Speakers Series, Fulton Chief of Detectives Andre Cook speaks with William Woods University student Jennifer Schweisss, while other students look on. (Photo by Rebekah Savage)