Department of Art
Nano Nore, professor of art, was chosen to participate in a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad seminar organized by Johnson County Community College. This five-week seminar took place in Morocco in June and early July.
Participants in the seminar studied the complex veins of cultural identity that comprise present-day Morocco, with particular attention to the role that Islam plays in shaping cultural, political and artistic discourse. The five-week seminar included secondary, community college and four-year college teachers. Educators experienced life in an African country through lectures, informal conversations with Moroccan peers, visits to Moroccan homes and an array of site visits and guided tours to various corners of the country.
The seminar is designed to offer a meaningful overseas experience to teachers and to provide teachers with a greater understanding of Morocco and the cultural richness and complexity of an Islamic society. Participants gathered materials useful for classroom instruction on Islam and the Islamic world, and on Morocco in particular. Educators will develop curricular units on Morocco aimed at internationalizing their courses. Instructional models developed during the seminar will be published on a website for other educators to use.
Nore, a resident of Liberty, received her B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute; her M.A. and M.F.A. from Texas Woman’s University; and her M.A.R.S. from Central Baptist Theological Seminary. She joined the William Jewell faculty in 1988.
Department of Education
Dr. Donna Gardner, associate professor of education, presented a paper entitled “GLBTQI students: K-12 School practices and the law” to the American Educational Research Association Conference recently in New York.
Dr. Jeanine Haistings, assistant professor of education, recently made two national presentations at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. One presentation was geared to Early Childhood educators, titled: “Colorful Crunchy O’s: Cereal Packed with Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability, All in One Box.” The other presentation was for intermediate and middle school teachers: “Can We All Be Average? Let’s Analyze This and Other Claims about Data and Statistics.”
Department of English
Dr. Sara Morrison, assistant professor of English, delivered a paper, “’With liuing bloud he those characters wrate’: Busirane’s Failed Textual Innovation,” at the 2008 Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association conference held recently in Boulder, Colo.
Department of History
Dr. Thomas Howell, Dr. Elaine Reynolds and first-year history major Lena Endsley recently acted as judges for the regional National History Day competition held at the Truman Library in Independence, Mo. Over 400 junior high and high school students from around western Missouri competed. They offered research papers, visual displays, performances, documentaries and websites for consideration. This year’s theme was ‘Conflict and Compromise.’
Dr. Howell, professor of history and chair, also had an article accepted for publication. “Finding the Line: The Origin of Grant Parish and the Dispute over its Boundary,” has been accepted for publication in the scholarly journal Louisiana History. It is a study of how the history of events surrounding the creation of a parish (Louisiana’s equivalent of a county) in 1869 proved crucial in deciding a major twenty-first century court case. Actual publication will likely not be until 2009.
Department of Nursing
Faculty Honors and Awards
Leesa McBroom was one of three candidates for the 2007 Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri-Columbia, Ph.D. Award for Overall Performance.
Nancy Crigger received honorary recognition for her personal commitment to service and her work with the Brigada de Salud from the Municipal Puerto Cortes, Honduras.
Crigger was also asked to be a sentinel reader for EB Nursing, BMJ Publication Group, Health Information Research Unit, McMasters University, and has been asked to serve on the Ethics Advisory Council for the community health record (electronic health information) exchange project of the newly formed nonprofit Healthe MidAmerica, KC, MO.
Martha Baird was chosen as the recipient of the 2008 Research Award from the Transcultural Nursing Society (TCNS) associated with her ethnographic study entitled Resettlement Experiences of Sudanese Refugee Women.
Wallace-Banks, J., Despins, L., Adams-Leander, S. McBroom, L., Tandy, L. (2008). Re/affirming and re/conceptualizing disciplinary knowledge as the foundation for doctoral education, Advances in Nursing Science, 31 (1), 67-78.
McEwen, M., Baird, M., & Gallegos, G. (2007). Health-illness transitions of Mexican immigrant women with diabetes, Family & Community Health, 30 (3), 201-212.
Crigger, N. & Meek, V. Toward a theory of self-reconciliation following mistakes in practice. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 39(2); 177-183.
Department of Religion and Philosophy
Dr. Elizabeth Sperry, professor of philosophy, was accepted as a presenter at the 25th Annual International Social Philosophy Conference, sponsored by the North American Society for Social Philosophy. Her paper is entitled “Social Oppression, Relational Autonomy, and Moral Luck.” The conference was held at the University of Portland (Ore).
William Jewell College admission professionals and Jewell alumni received several distinguished awards and led in many key roles at this year’s Missouri Association for College Admission Counseling (MOACAC) and Great Plains Association for College Admission Counseling (GPACAC) annual conference held recently in Overland Park, Kan.
Mary Catherine (Kelsey) Newman ’98 completed her term as the regional president for the Great Plains Association, while Beth Brasel ’91 completed her term as the regional president for the Missouri Association. Beth has just been named as one of the three co-coordinators for the National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC) national conference to be held in St. Louis, Mo., in 2010.
In addition, two William Jewell College Office of Admission staff members were recognized for their excellent work within the profession. Erin Stein ’04 was presented the “Rising Star” award. This award is given to a young professional recognized as possessing the skills and dedication necessary for future success in the admission field. Bridget Gramling, William Jewell College Dean of Admission, was the recipient of the GPACAC Distinguished Service Award, an award bestowed upon the admission professional who best exemplifies the highest qualities of the admission profession. The last William Jewell College admission professional to receive this honor was Larry Stone ’69 in 1985.
Sarah Hoff, a history and education major from the class of 2008 at William Jewell College, has been named a 2008 recipient of the James Madison Memorial Fellowship. Hoff is a resident of Lake Saint Louis, Mo.
James Madison Fellowships support the graduate study of American history by aspiring and experienced secondary school teachers of American history, American government and social studies. Named in honor of the fourth president of the United States and acknowledged “Father of the Constitution and Bill of Rights,” a James Madison Fellowship funds up to $24,000 of each Fellow’s course of study towards a master’s degree. That program must include a concentration of courses on the history and principles of the United States Constitution.
“The James Madison Fellowship is an outstanding opportunity for me to become a better educator because it allows me to further develop my knowledge of the subjects I intend to teach in secondary school,” Hoff said. “My rigorous academic experience at William Jewell prepared me to compete and win this fellowship.”
The James Madison Fellows were selected in competition with applicants from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the nation’s island and trust territories. The fellowships are funded by income from a trust fund in the Treasury of the United States and from additional private gifts, corporate contributions and foundation grants. Recipients are required to teach American history or social studies in a secondary school for at least one year for each year of fellowship support. The award is intended to recognize promising and distinguished teachers, to strengthen their knowledge of the origins and development of American constitutional government, and thus to expose the nation’s secondary school students to accurate knowledge of the nation’s constitutional heritage.
“Sarah is representative of the outstanding students at William Jewell College,” said Dr. Lois Anne Harris, director of the college’s Prestigious Honors Program. “She has a passion for history and will turn that passion into action through teaching. While working with Sarah throughout her application process, I was able to observe a remarkably gifted woman who is inquisitive, persistent, good-natured and self-driving.”
Founded by an Act of Congress in 1986, the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation is an independent establishment of the executive branch of the federal government. Additional information may be found at www.jamesmadison.gov
Rachel Vig, a senior psychology major, was named the Faculty Award winner at William Jewell College. Jewell’s Faculty Award is the most significant distinction offered a graduating senior. It is presented to a student who has spent his or her entire undergraduate career at William Jewell; who has a grade point average of 3.75 or higher; and who has exhibited the highest ideals of a liberal arts education.
Debate team named state champs
Senior debaters James Luce and Rachel Landes knew they would have an uphill battle to climb at the beginning of the 2007-08 season. Jewell was the reigning National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence champions, and now they were the senior team. Although the students had debated together their first two years, Landes had taken a year off to concentrate on her studies while Luce debated with a different teammate. At their first two tournaments of the season, they struggled.“They had a tremendous challenge to overcome,” said Director of Debate Dr. Gina Lane. “A lot of teams would have given up, but they absolutely refused. They took on the leadership role on the squad, pushed the younger teams to do better, and their hard work paid off.” After reaching the semifinals at the Washburn University Invitational in November, Landes and Luce led the Jewell debaters to victory at the Missouri State Championships in February. Their first-place finish over Truman State was the second time Jewell has been recognized as State Debate Champions since their move to parliamentary debate in 2003.
The State Championships represented a peak performance for the entire squad. Jewell debaters dominated the open division of the tournament, hosted by Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar. Seniors Cameron Armour and Eric Myers were semifinalists, and first-years Tim Brooks and Kyle Hendricks were quarterfinalists. Myers received 3rd overall speaker award, while Landes was 7th and Luce was 10th. “The State Championship victories gave the squad the mental edge they needed to go into the national tournaments,” said Dr. Chuck Walts, Associate Director of Debate.
Jewell debaters competed at two national tournaments in March: the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence and the National Parliamentary Debate Association Championships. The NPTE, hosted this year at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., annually invites the top 54 debate teams in the nation to compete for the national championship. Luce and Landes finished 16th after starting the tournament seeded 31st, successfully navigating through the preliminary rounds to finish in the top third. “When I think about how hard they worked and how many challenges they overcame throughout the year, I was exceedingly proud,” said Lane. “I could not have been more pleased with their performance.”
Jewell debaters finished their season at the NPDA Championships, hosted at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Over 250 teams from schools across the nation competed, including Jewell’s top three debate teams. Landes and Luce and Armour and Myers were 5-3 in preliminary rounds and qualified for the single-elimination round awards bracket, placing them in the top third of the tournament. Although both teams lost in the first elimination round, Lane felt it was a good finish for the year. “I was particularly happy for Cameron Armour. Armour was a walk-on who had never debated in high school. He debated in novice division his sophomore year, spent his junior year at Oxford University, and returned this year to become part of the second-ranked team on our squad.” Jewell’s third team at nationals, Brooks and Hendricks, missed qualifying for the awards bracket by one round, finishing a respectable 4-4. “That was an outstanding performance for two first-year debaters, and I am expecting great things from them next year,” said Walts.
Hilltop Monitor honored
The Hilltop Monitor, William Jewell College’s student newspaper, was honored with multiple recognitions at the recent Missouri College Media Association (MCMA) convention held in Joplin, Mo. The Hilltop Monitor was awarded second place in sweepstakes in its division and won 17 awards in individual categories. In addition, photo editor Kyle Rivas was named state photojournalist of the year.
“We were especially pleased by the sweepstakes award because it recognizes the broad nature of our staff’s talent,” said Nathan Weinert, editor of The Hilltop Monitor. “We have strong writers, editors, photographers and designers. We also are very proud of Kyle Rivas, whose photography has helped transform the look of the Monitor. This is a well-deserved honor for Kyle.”
A complete listing of The Hilltop Monitor’s MCMA recognitions:
First Place Awards
Andy Kirk, “300,” March 23, 2007
Emily Wales, Trisha Stan:
“FIJI Island,” March 30, 2007;
“FIJIs begin disciplinary process,” April 20, 2007
Kyle Rivas, “Undefeated,”
October 5, 2007
Photo Page: “From Jewell With Love,” October 12, 2007
Nathan Weinert, “Reading the Tea Leaves,”
April 20, 2007
Second Place Awards
Emily Wales, coverage of the racially motivated incident on campus in the February 9, 2007, February 16, 2007 and March 23, 2007 issues
Erin Thess, “Jewell Jester,” February 16, 2007
Andy Kirk, “Bee Movie,” November 16, 2007
Kyle Rivas, “College responds with action,” February 16, 2007
Kyle Rivas, “Cardinal Baseball,” April 13, 2007
Page One Design:
“The event is Homecoming. 2007.,” October 12, 2007
Third Place Awards
Honorable Mention Awards
Ashton Botts and Nathan Weinert,
“One to Go,” November 2, 2007
Kyle Rivas, “Cardinal Royale,” October 19, 2007
Kyle Rivas, “First Snow,” December 7, 2007
Kyle Rivas “These boots were made for stepping,” November 9, 2007
Emily Wales, “Second Thoughts,” March 30, 2007
Second Place, Division 3
Photojournalist of the Year:
SIFE Team scores regional championship, national honor
The William Jewell College SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) team was named a first runner up in the 4-year Division Opening Round Competition of the organization’s SIFE USA National Exposition held May 13-15 in Chicago, Ill. The award came with a trophy and a $1,000 prize. By qualifying for the national competition, Jewell’s SIFE team was recognized as one of the top 40 teams in the country. The University of Missouri-Kansas City was the only other area college competing at the national event.
William Jewell’s SIFE team was named a SIFE USA Regional Champion at the April regional event held in Philadelphia, Penn. The team also received a $1,000 cash award at the regional event as a finalist in the SIFE USA HSBC Financial Literacy Competition.
A special National Finalist Award was given to the unique program teaching elementary students about the concepts of saving, spending, investing and donating. This project was recognized as one of the top 20 projects in this category across the nation. The “Money Farm” project was sponsored by M&I Bank, which provided special “Moolah” cow banks to students completing the training provided by the Jewell SIFE team.
“We are very proud of the service this team has provided for members of our community,” said Debbie Scarfino, Sam Walton Fellow and associate professor of business at William Jewell. “Seventy-seven Jewell SIFE team members devoted more than 3,500 hours to project work in our extended communities, reaching more than 7,000 people, and generating more than 9 million gross impressions through media publicity. We share this honor with many supportive community partners and advisory board members.”
SIFE is an international non-profit organization active on more than 1,400 university campuses in 48 countries. SIFE teams create economic opportunities in their communities by organizing outreach projects that focus on market economics, entrepreneurship, personal financial success skills and business ethics.
During the 2007-08 academic year, the Jewell SIFE team organized 18 projects in the Kansas City community, including a special program called “Seed to Shirt” designed to teach area students how a market-based economic system operates. The 557 students in grades kindergarten through eight mapped the life cycle of a t-shirt, charting its progress from cottonseed to thread and cloth and through the production process before finally being recycled. Through the support of a private donor, a special t-shirt was provided to each participating student to remind them of the project and to encourage them to teach others what they had learned.
Jewell’s SIFE team was also involved in a new Cyber Ethics project during the current academic year. The project taught area parents about concerns over Internet safety and social networking behavior. The team connected with nearly 2.6 million people through various promotional efforts and media outreach on this timely topic.
Six graduating seniors from William Jewell College received the American Humanics certification. The students receiving their certification were Anne Brown-Pollard, Cole Erdmann, Melissa Hill, Nicholas LeVine, Allison Kirby and Tanna White.
To receive the American Humanics certification, students need to complete the competency requirements which include a minimum of 300 hours in internships. American Humanics is a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofits. The mission of American Humanics is to educate, prepare, and certify professionals to strengthen and lead nonprofit organizations.
Jewell’s American Humanics students were also honored with the national organization’s academic awards for 2008-09. Jewell recipients of $1,000 scholarships were Anthony Bowen, Brittany Edwards and Hannah Lewis. William Jewell was the only college nationally to claim three academic awards.
In addition, five Jewell students were selected for the American Humanics Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders Program. Receiving $4,500 scholarships were Julie Boshae, Molly Bryant, Nicole Collier, Mindy Newell and Laura Roberts. Underwritten by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, NextGen is a competitive scholarship program for students enrolled in American Humanics programs at 70 colleges and universities nationwide. NextGen is designed to help a racially and ethnically diverse group of students with demonstrated leadership potential complete their American Humanics certification requirements.
Department of Biology
Representatives from the William Jewell Department of Biology attended the District Conference of Beta Beta Beta on April 5. Four students, Chase Engel ’09, Jessica Nichols ’08, Jessica Scheele ’08 and Amy Schwindt ’08, gave oral presentations on their research projects. Students from five different schools gave presentations and awards were given for the top presentations. William Jewell brought home the top three awards. Jessica Nichols was awarded first place for her presentation (Investigation of the Effects of Zinc Chloride on Oxidative Stress Inducted Apoptosis in the Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cell Line ARPE-19) and received a $750 scholarship to travel to the National Beta Beta Beta Convention in Cincinnati, where she will present her research. Amy Schwindt received second place for her presentation (Investigation of Fatty Acid Transport in Vascular Smooth Muscle) and Chase Engle was awarded third place for his presentation (Preliminary Results of GroEL C-terminal Chaperomics). These students are advised by Dr. Tara Allen and Dr. Scott Falke.
Department of Chemistry
William Jewell’s chemistry department was represented at the 235th national meeting of the American Chemical Society held recently in New Orleans. Faculty members in the department accompanied eight students, three of whom gave presentations at the meeting. The department’s members raised funds for the trip with activities such as cleaning the football stadium after games. Presenters were Ally Fry (Phase behavior of choline halide/phenylacetic acid mixtures), Samantha Held (Synthesis of a novel isatin-based hydroxamic acid histone deacetylase inhibitor), and Natasha Villanueva (Comparison of QSAR and docking studies of histone deacetylase inhibitors) Dr. Jason Morrill and Dr. Jeremy Rush were sponsors of the students’ research.
Department of Nursing student honors
Brooke Laffey received the Greater Kansas City Nurse Tech Award for Excellence for her work in the ED at Liberty Hospital.
Adam Voshall earned second place with his undergraduate student presentation at the Missouri and Missouri Valley Branches of the American Society of Microbiology.
Alyse Bredemeier was awarded the Nancy Whalen Nursing Scholarship from Children’s Mercy Hospital.
Hilary Lyle was awarded the Missouri League for Nursing Outstanding Student Award.
Student publications & presentations
Alexander Williams, a senior political science, psychology and history major at William Jewell, recently co-authored an article entitled “One for all and all for one: Using simulations to build cooperative attitudes and behaviors in a Middle Eastern conflict scenario.” The article is scheduled to be published in Simulation & Gaming: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theory, Practice and Research.
Luke Chambers, a first-year Oxbridge major at William Jewell, recently co-authored a paper entitled “Solitary Kidney” that will be published in Clinical Pediatrics. “The paper mainly focuses on outlining specific rates of kidney function for children with a healthy, functioning solitary kidney,” Chambers said. “The rates are designed to give the pediatric caregiver some guidelines to assist in determining whether a child will need more in-depth evaluation. My involvement in this project consisted in assembly of study-relevant patient databases, constructing the graphs and tables found in the paper, and preliminary writing of the manuscript.”
David Wiegert, senior philosophy major, was a presenter at the 10th Annual Midwest Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, held recently at Creighton University. His paper was entitled, “Can the Foucauldian Self Have Any Autonomy?”
Jillian Riddle and Marisol Sternke presented at the Missouri Academy of Science meeting held recently at Missouri Southern State University. Jill’s paper was entitled “Long distance protection: Can Batesian mimics be protected by geographically distant models?” Marisol’s paper, co-authored by biology faculty member Dr. Scott Falke, was entitled “Growth effects of truncation mutations on the c-terminal tail of CPN60 in Escherichia coli.” In addition, Jill Riddle won the award for best student presentation in her section (section 2 in Biological Sciences). Dr. Paul Klawinski also presented research titled “Life table analysis of population growth in the invasive shrub, Lonicera maackii, in western Missouri.”
Woman’s Committee scholarships
The Woman's Committee of William Jewell College awarded scholarships to three women at its recent spring meeting. For the last 40 years the organization has awarded over 100 scholarships to deserving women students enrolled at the College. This year’s recipients are Rachel Aunspaugh, a sophomore political science and international relations major; Lydia Downey, a sophomore nursing major; and Sarah Hartenberger, a sophomore organizational communication and Spanish major. The women were introduced at the organization’s spring meeting held at Yates-Gill College Union. The Woman's Committee, an organization of William Jewell College alumnae and friends, supports the college through various projects to enhance the campus and provides annual scholarships for women. For membership information please contact Judy Rychlewski at 816-415-5936.