October Alumni Spotlight: Charles Woolum
Our October Alumni Spotlight shines on Mr. Charles Woolum, a 1999 Honors Scholar. Charles graduated with a B.S. in Statistics with a Mathematics minor and completed an Honors thesis titled, “Chinese Food: Myths and Realities.” While at EKU, he was named to the Dean’s List. He went on to receive a B.S. in Mathematics Teaching and a Master’s in Education in Instructional Leadership, both at EKU. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration at the University of Tennessee.
While at EKU, Charles graduated from the Leadership Excellence for Middle Managers program and served as a staff representative for information technology on the Staff Council for four years. He also served faithfully on our Honors Program Advisory Committee for five years.
Currently, Charles is an Information Technology Specialist at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He consults and engages in dialogue with faculty on the integration of appropriate technology into their courses. In addition, he aids and plans the implementation of technology into new and renovated classrooms. Charles also conducts learning conversations for both faculty and staff on the use of newly available technologies and their pedagogical impacts.
Outside of work, Charles enjoys cooking, including experimenting with traditional recipes to include non-traditional ingredients. He cultivates a garden of “super hot” peppers, including the current Guinness-certified world’s hottest pepper, the Carolina Reaper, and has begun making his own hot sauce and barbeque sauce. Charles also enjoys recreational poker playing and visiting friends and family whenever he has the opportunity to return to Kentucky.
Favorite Honors Memory: “It is difficult to choose just one, but if pressed, I would say sitting outside on the front porch of Sullivan Hall with my friends and fellow Honors students in both a social and studious capacity. The people I had the great fortune to meet and develop friendships with hold a great deal of importance in my life, and I consider myself a better person for knowing them.”
Advice for Honors Students: “Study diligently and work hard, but remember to make time each and every day to breathe a bit and have some fun. Get to know your fellow Honors students, faculty, and staff. Not only will you develop lasting friendships, but your lives will be made more full and enriched.”
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Published on October 02, 2014