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Celebration observes Jewell's legacy of achievement
Contact: Cara Dahlor816-415-5223
February 15, 2013

Distinguished alumni who have made significant contributions in their respective fields will be the focus of William Jewell College’s annual Celebration of Achievement Feb. 28 at the Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City. The event also serves as a fundraiser for the Jewell Fund, which provides need-based student scholarships.

The Achievement Day honorees will also be recognized at an on-campus convocation at 10:15 a.m. March 1 in John Gano Memorial Chapel on the college campus in Liberty. The public is invited to attend the convocation free of charge; tickets or reservations are not required. As part of the event’s 69-year tradition, honorees meet formally and informally with students to discuss their individual paths to achievement.

Honorees include:

  • Mark Mathes, a 1979 Jewell alumnus and Liberty resident. Mathes is CEO of Vanguard Companies and a nationally renowned expert on sustainability.
  • Dr. John Sinclair, a 1976 alumnus, chair of the Department of Music and the John M. Tiedtke Professor of Music at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. He serves as artistic director and conductor of the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, conductor of the International Moravian Music Festivals and a conductor of the Messiah Choral Society, the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT.
  • Josephine Staton Tucker, a 1983 Jewell alumna. She is a Harvard Law School graduate and a federal district judge for the Central District of California.

Special guest speaker for the Achievement Day dinner is Timothy J. Leiweke, president and CEO of AEG, a collection of companies owned or operated by one of the world’s leading presenters of sports and entertainment programming. Kansas City’s Sprint Center is an AEG managed facility. Leiweke, a St. Louis native, served as president of the Kansas City Comets team in the 1980s. He will offer the address at the 7:30 p.m. dinner at Kansas City’s Sprint Center. For information about reservations and the event, visit www.achievementday.net or call Susan Tideman at 816-415-7550, or email tidemans AT william.jewell DOT edu.

The 2013 Achievement Day honorees:

Mark Mathes grew up in the corrugated industry working literally every job that a corrugated facility offered. He began at the age of 16 working in a design lab after school and in the plant each summer. Graduating from William Jewell in 1979 with degrees in both business administration and communication, he went to work for Farmland Industries in public relations. He joined Vanguard Companies in 1981, working from sales up to his current position as CEO of an industry leader in the design and manufacture of retail point-of-purchase displays, signage, packaging, labels and corrugated boxes. Vanguard is considered a pioneer in business and environmental sustainability, with an ultimate goal of becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral manufacturer. In 1996, he founded Vanguard Label to manufacture pressure-sensitive labels, and in 1998 he added the production of spiral-wound paper tubes. His leadership role in sustainability in the corrugated industry has earned him membership in the Wal-Mart Sustainability Value Network, in addition to membership on the Wal-Mart PSST group, which advises the international retail giant on scorecard issues. Mathes is also a faculty member of the In-Store Marketing Institute and writes for Paperboard Packaging magazine. A Liberty native whose ancestors helped to found the city, he served as a Liberty City Councilman from 1985 to 1993.

Dr. John V. Sinclair serves as chair of the Department of Music and is the John M. Tiedtke Professor of Music at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. He is celebrating his 23rd season as artistic director and conductor of the renowned Bach Festival Society of Winter Park and is the conductor of the International Moravian Music Festivals. The William Jewell 1976 alumnus completed his master’s and doctoral degrees from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Musically he is known for his creative interpretations, expressive conducting style and innovative programming. Over the past 15 years he has made more than 700 appearances as conductor, clinician or lecturer throughout the United States and many foreign countries. Dr. Sinclair is also a conductor of the Messiah Choral Society and the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT, and he has conducted recordings for Warner Brothers, Walt Disney Corporation, Moravian Music Foundation and numerous Bach Festival recordings. A master teacher, Dr. Sinclair has received many awards, including the Hugh F. McKean Teaching Award and Grant, Lifetime Achievement Award, Barden Teaching Award, Arthur Vining Davis Fellowship and the two-time “Outstanding Music Educator of the Year” by United Arts of Central Florida. He founded the Rollins College Community School of Music and the Bach Society’s Arts-in-Education program, FreshStARTS, which takes innovative music programs to thousands of public school students in central Florida each year.

The Honorable Josephine Staton Tucker was appointed by President Barack Obama as a federal district judge for the Central District of California. Prior to that, she served as a superior court judge in Orange County, California, presiding over criminal, family and civil law matters. A summa cum laude graduate of William Jewell College in 1983, she received her law degree from Harvard Law School in 1986 and completed a clerkship with the Honorable John R. Gibson of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. She also served as an associate with the international law firm of Morrison & Foerster. In 1995, she became a partner in the firm and co-chaired the firm-wide Labor Department until 2002, when she was appointed to the Superior Court Bench. In recognition of her considerable talent, Judge Tucker was honored by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association as their Employment Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2001. She has served on numerous committees, including the Chairmanship of the Rules Committee for the Central District of California; on the Judicial Advisory Board of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers; as a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee for the Central District of California; as a member of the Federal Judges Association; and as a member of the Warren J. Ferguson Inn of Court. She has shared her legal expertise as the author of a number of publications and is the co-author of the California Employers’ Guide to Employee Handbooks and Personnel Policy Manuals, published by Matthew Bender.

For more information about Achievement Day events, visit www.achievementday.net.

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