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$500,000 grant for entrepreneurial programming
In spring 2013 Jewell was awarded a $500,000 grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to develop an entrepreneurship model. The grant, to be distributed over a three-year period, will allow William Jewell to enhance the entrepreneurial culture on campus and develop a sustainable environment of innovation. Plans include adding a faculty position and curriculum that explores innovation and creativity, awarding internal grants and creating an Innovation Center. Read more...

Students help launch worldwide brand to college-age market
Through the Advanced Consulting Engagement Seminar, business students were organized into a consulting team to engage a live project for a real client in the business world. Read more…

New Student Organization 

New Entrepreneurial Society created for 2011-2012
The William Jewell College Entrepreneurial Society is a new organization for all business students aimed at informing, teaching and networking for all things entrepreneurially related. The society will meet the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

At the first meeting we will hear from a successful local business owner followed by question/answer time. The second meeting involves discussing business ideas, current entrepreneurial news, new local business ventures and job and internship opportunities.

Recent speakers:
September 6: Russ Cline, CEO of RCA group and co-founder of the National Lacrosse League
October 11: Steve Wambold, president and CEO of Ferrellgas
November 8: Glen Griffin, lead labor relations manager 

Benefits of joining 

  • Give students who are interested in owning and running a business the opportunity to learn about the ins and outs of what it takes to be an entrepreneur.
  • Inform students about the steps they should take to become successful as future entrepreneurs.
  • Network with other students and local business owners for future business relationships, as well as job/internship opportunities.
  • Hear local successful business owners speak on their personal success stories, the things they did to help them succeed, what things we as college students can be doing to set ourselves up for success in the future, and job/internship opportunities the speaker may have.
  • Mentor and connect with local high school students in Business and Entrepreneurship.
  • Build your resumé.
  • Help propel interest in entrepreneurship among business students.
  • Give students interested in entrepreneurship an outlet to come up with and critique personal business ideas.
  • Help develop future business leaders.
  • Attract high school students interested in business to come to Jewell. A standout, beneficial entrepreneurial club would help bring in more high school students who are looking for a strong business department with tools to perfect ideas, and to grow into a better businessman or businesswoman.

For questions about this organization, contact student Troy Fletcher at fletchert AT william.jewell DOT edu.

Department News

Professor Linda Bell co-presented with Dr. David Cornell, University of Missouri-Kansas City, at the 11th Annual Accounting Educators’ Seminar hosted by McGraw-Hill Irwin and Johnson County Community College in 2012. Their presentation was titled “Best Teaching Practices.”

Chris Stathopoulos ’14, a business administration and Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry major, co-developed an iPhone app that he sold to Apple. Read more about Chris' entrepreneurial spirit.

Dr. Gregg Whitaker
was interviewed by CNNMoney about the debt ceiling.

Alex Hart ’10, an international business and language and Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry major, was named to the prestigious Teach For America (TFA) corps for the 2010-2012 school years. He was among 4,100 new college graduates selected from 35,000 applicants. Read more…

SIFE Team wins regional and national honors for sustainability challenge and financial literacy projects. Read more...

At a regional competition in Charlotte, N.C., Jewell’s SIFE Team was named Regional Champion of League 2, qualifying them for nationals. Read more...

Dr. Kelli Schutte was invited to participate in the US Department of Labor’s National Dialogue on Workplace Flexibility at the Kauffman Foundation Center in March 2011. She served as an expert panelist on Workplace Culture.

The Marketing Management Association ( MMA) selected Professor Debbie Scarfino as one of its top 10 professors for the 2011 Hormel Meritorious Teaching award. Each year the MMA invites professors to submit examples of their successful teaching techniques to a judging panel and compete for top honors and Prof. Scarfino’s submission was selected as one of the top 10.

Dr. Kelli Schutte was awarded the 2011 Joe Saupe Paper Award for Best Presentation at the Annual MID-AIR conference. Her paper, “Applying Corporate Organizational Development (OD) Methodologies to a Higher Education Institutional Setting”, was co-presented with Evelyn Eubank of the University of Kansas. As a result of the award she was asked to present at their International conference in Toronto in May.

Professors Liz Hoyt and Executive in Residence Don Huntington
joined Jewell Vice President for Institutional Advancement Chad Jolly to deliver a panel presentation to the annual international conference of the Institute for Behavioral and Applied Management in October 2010 in San Diego. Their panel discussion, “Bootstrapping a Successful Executive in Residence Program,” described and analyzed the development and implementation of the Executive in Residence initiatives at William Jewell, highlighting creative and innovative approaches aimed at providing a bridge between the academic business environment and the professional business community.

Professors Linda Bell and Debbie Scarfino had their paper, “Using the SIFE Team Model to Advance Academic and Community Partnerships,” accepted for publication by the University of Indianapolis Press. It appeared in the 2011 book Service-Learning in Higher Education: Applications for Local and International Settings.

Dr. Gregg Whittaker and his business partner were invited to make a presentation regarding their patented TerraStar technology to senior officials at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., in 2010. The State Department is considering the inclusion of the TerraStar technology as an integral part of U.S. foreign aid to developing nations around the world. TerraManus Technologies LLC develops sustainable soil conditioning and water management cropping systems designed to be the reconciling link between competing economic and environmental interests worldwide, thus enabling subsistence farmers across the globe to break the cycle of poverty and food insecurity.

Dr. Michael Cook spent the spring 2010 semester teaching microeconomics and macroeconomics at an alternative program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, which has the highest admission standards of any school in Hong Kong. During his stay in China, he also worked as a consultant to help Tung Wah College get a business administration program approved by the educational authorities.


Recent Lectures

Scott McCormick, chief vision officer and a founder of VML, Inc., agency, will be the Distinguished Executive Lecture in Business and Leadership speaker on campus on April 10, 2012. Read details...

Henry W. Bloch, co-founder and chairman emeritus of H&R Block, and his son, Thomas M. Bloch, reflected on their experience as business and civic leaders as speakers at the Distinguished Executive Lecture in Business and Leadership held on campus in April 2011. Read more...

Peter deSilva, COO of UMB Financial Corporation and Chairman of the Board of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, delivered the Truex Economic Lecture in October 2010 on campus. The Everett P. Truex Economic and Financial Forum brings one or more nationally recognized economist to William Jewell College each year. The endowed lecture series focuses on finance and economics with funding provided by the Everett Truex Trust. 

Susan Chambers, a 1990 business department alumnus and Executive Vice President of the Global People Division for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Gary Dickinson Lecture in Business Enterprise. Read more

Todd Voth of Populous, the world’s leading architects of sports, convention and public use facilities; Gary Dickinson Lecture in Business Enterprise. Read more

Mike Goff, vice president of corporate brand management at Sprint; Business Department Discover Your Inner Innovator series

Tom Bloch, founder of University Academy public charter school and former CEO of H&R Block; Business Department Discover Your Inner Innovator series

Tom Laming, senior vice president and lead portfolio manager at Scout Investment Advisors; Business Department Discover Your Inner Innovator series

Scott McCormick, chief vision officer and a founder of VML, Inc., agency; Business Department Discover Your Inner Innovator series

Dr. Thomas Hoenig, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City; Everett P. Truex Economic and Financial Forum 


Mock Stockmarket
Accounting students team up with the Urban League of Kansas City to help break the cycle of poverty. Playing a stockmarket game with area high school students teaches more than financial education; it teaches teens they have the power to change their future.
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