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April & May events complete academic year at William Jewell
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
April 6, 2011

The following events will finish out the academic year on the campus at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo. All events are open to the public; most are free or incorporate a nominal admission charge.

Colloquium Day
Students will showcase research projects spanning the intellectual spectrum at “Celebrating the Life of the Mind: A Day of Undergraduate Scholarship and Creativity” on April 15. The presentations begin at 9 a.m. and continue through 4 p.m. in Yates-Gill and Gano Chapel. Students will present the results of scholarly research projects to faculty, staff and the community at large through oral presentations, performing and visual arts, public speaking and readings of creative writing. The day-long colloquium allows students from all academic disciplines to receive recognition for their unique ideas and studies. The colloquium honors long-time faculty member Dr. David Nelson Duke, a professor of religion who died in 2000.

Baseball Stadium Dedication
The community is invited to one of the most important events in Jewell baseball history. On Saturday, April 16, help the College set a new baseball attendance record as the baseball field and stadium are renamed in honor of two former baseball legends, Coach Fred Flook and Jack Talley ’80. The dedication will take place at 12:30 p.m. followed by a 1 p.m. baseball game vs. Avila College. The stadium is located in the Spratt Sports Complex on Doniphan Street at the northeast corner of the campus.

Blochs Present Business Lecture
Henry Bloch, founder of the H&R Block tax preparation company, and his son Tom Bloch, former CEO of H&R Block and author of the new book Many Happy Returns:The Story of Henry Bloch, America’s Tax Man, will jointly offer the Distinguished Executive Lecture in Business and Leadership at 7:30 p.m. April 19 in Yates-Gill College Union. The lecture is free and open to the public. Henry and Tom Bloch will discuss the new book that describes the tax preparers’ early years, the struggles of entrepreneurship, and their perspective on philanthropy. Tom Bloch will also address his dramatic personal transition from the boardroom to the classroom. The son of H&R Block’s founder resigned his position as president and CEO of H&R Block after nearly two decades to become a math teacher in an impoverished inner-city section of Kansas City in the mid-1990s. Stand for the Best, his highly regarded book on the experience, reveals Bloch’s struggles to make a difference for his marginalized students and his efforts to co-found a successful charter school, University Academy. The former Fortune 500 company executive is still an outspoken expert on educational challenges confronting our country, and an ardent believer in school children’s capacity to succeed. The lecture will also focus on the ongoing debate about America’s tax structure and the Bush administration’s tax cuts for wealthy Americans.

Symphonic Band Concert, 3 p.m., April 16, John Gano Memorial Chapel

Flute Choir concert
The Flute Choir will be in concert on Thursday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Forbis Recital Hall in the Pillsbury Music Center. The concert is free and open to the public. The program, Music by Woman Composers, features “Amazing Grace” arranged by Jennifer Higdon, “Plains and Petticoats” by Nancy W. Wood-Zornes, based on the actual diary entries from women who crisscrossed the West in covered wagons. “Tall Grass” by Catherine McMichaels for flute choir and piano is a tone poem about the cycles of the seasons reflected in the Flint Hills of eastern Kansas. Senior Samantha Brant will be the pianist. The program will conclude with a variety of colors from Martha Rearick’s “Avant-Garde Sampler.” Flute choir members include students Haley Hibbeler, Paxton Toy and Samantha Brant; Florence Cunningham, Liberty Symphony Orchestra staff; and Sarabeth Ward, Community School of Music. Elaine Brown is the Flute Choir director.

Senior Theatre performance
“A Moon for the Misbegotten” by Eugene O’Neill will be the Senior Theatre Performance by Aaron Gotzon at 7 p.m. on April 29 and 30 in Peters Theater in Brown Hall. A spiritual and narrative sequel to O’Neill’s semi-autobiographical “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” it concerns addiction, the burdens of familial love and the lengths we travel within ourselves to find forgiveness and hope in the arms of another.

Handbell Choir concert
The Handbell Choir presents its Spring Concert on Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. The concert will be in the Sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church, 138 North Main Street, in Liberty, and is free and open to the public. The Choir will feature original works and arrangements by Arnold Sherman, Karen Buckwalter, Anna Laura Page, Michael J. Glasgow and Martha Lynn Thompson. Student conductor Joseph Johnson will lead the Handbell Choir in “Felicidades!” by F. Thomas Simpson. Jessye Chandler will direct her original composition, “Like Clockwork” and Marcie White will be the clarinet soloist in Hart Morris’ “The Lord’s My Shepherd.” Graduating seniors Joseph Johnson, Sara Lichti, Marcie White and Lora Williams will be recognized for their service in the Handbell Choir. Christie White serves as the Handbell Choir director.

Jewell Theatre Showcase, 7 p.m. May 4, Peters Theater, Brown Hall.

William Jewell College will celebrate commencement at 1 p.m. May 14 in the Mabee Center for Physical Education on the campus in Liberty. Dr. Anne Dema, provost of William Jewell College, will be the commencement speaker. As part of the traditional commencement celebration, graduates will make the ceremonial last walk around the Quad led by bagpipers and a color guard at approximately 12:30 p.m. The baccalaureate service will be held at 9 a.m. May 14 in John Gano Memorial Chapel on the campus. Speaker for the service is Amy H. Hartsfield, Th.D.

William Jewell College is committed to bringing together talented students and gifted faculty mentors within a vibrant community sparked by a rigorous and intentional liberal arts curriculum. A full range of personal and professional development experiences are presented by the selective national liberal arts college’s location within the Kansas City metroplex of more than two million.
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