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Historian Michael Beschloss offers insights on 'Defining Presidential Courage'
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
January 14, 2008

 Achievement Day 2008:  Schedule of Events | The Honorees

William Jewell College honors distinguished alumni who have made significant contributions in their respective fields at its annual Celebration of Achievement March 6.

Special guest speaker for the Achievement Day dinner is presidential historian Michael Beschloss. Beschloss will offer the Achievement Day address, “Defining Presidential Courage,” at a 7:30 p.m. dinner March 6 at Kansas City’s Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Road.

General admission price for the dinner is $100 per person; patron-level admission is $150 per person, with various sponsorship opportunities available. Call 816-415-7550 for more information. Proceeds benefit the Jewell Fund at William Jewell College.

“Achievement Day is a celebration of the liberal arts tradition that William Jewell College has embodied for more than 150 years,” said Dr. David Sallee, president of the college. “This 64th annual celebration of achievement allows us to reflect upon the leadership that Jewell alumni bring to a variety of career paths.”

Honorees will be saluted at a pre-dinner reception beginning at 6 p.m. Holders of patron-level admission can attend a special private reception with Beschloss. Donald and Adele Hall are serving as honorary chairs for the event, and William Jewell College trustee Martha Comment is the event chair. Significant underwriting for the college’s Celebration of Achievement has been provided by Sprint.

Michael Beschloss is an award-winning historian and the author of nine books, including Presidential Courage (2007) and the acclaimed New York Times best-seller The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1941-1945, which was the top best-selling history book in America in 2002.

Newsweek has called Beschloss “the nation’s leading Presidential historian.” In August 2005, he was appointed the NBC News Presidential Historian, the first person with that title in the history of NBC. He makes regular appearances on “Meet the Press,” the “Today Show” and other NBC network programs. He also regularly appears on PBS’s “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.”

Beschloss was born in Chicago in 1955. An alumnus of Williams College, he is also the only nationally known historian with a degree from the Harvard Business School. He has been an historian on the staff of the Smithsonian Institution (1982-1986), a Senior Associate Member at Oxford University in England (1986-1987), and a Senior Fellow of the Annenberg Foundation in Washington, D.C. (1988-1996).

Taking Charge (Simon & Schuster, 1997) was the first volume of Beschloss’s highly praised trilogy on President Lyndon Johnson’s newly released secret tapes. The Wall Street Journal called it “sheer marvelous history.” The second volume, Reaching for Glory (Simon & Schuster, 2001) was called “an incomparable portrait of a President at work” by the New York Times Book Review. Both volumes were national best-sellers. Beschloss won a 2005 Emmy Award for his work as host of the Discovery Channel series “Decisions That Shook the World.”

Achievement Day Schedule

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

5:00 p.m.

Student Leadership Dinner
and Forum

YGCU 222 

Thursday, March 6, 2008

1:00 p.m.

Michael Beschloss Q&A

YGCU 221

6:00 p.m.


Westin Crown Center Hotel
General: Waterfall Level
Patron: Century Ballroom Lobby

7:30 p.m.

Achievement Day Dinner

Westin Crown Center Hotel
Century Ballroom

Friday, March 7, 2008

10:15 a.m.

Achievement Day Convocation

John Gano
Memorial Chapel

11:15 a.m.

Honoree and Community Reception

White Atrium


Honoree and Guest Luncheon

YGCU 222

2008 Achievement Day Honorees

Carolyn Edison, R.N., Ed.D., P.N.P. ’74
Advanced Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (retired)
Children’s Mercy Hospital
Kansas City, Mo.

Carolyn Edison served as an advanced pediatric nurse practitioner at Children’s Mercy Hospital. She has also held faculty appointments at the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the School of Nursing at the University of Kansas. She served as associate professor in the Department of Nursing at William Jewell College. She was also the owner and president of Family Health Care, Inc. She created the first private nursing practice in the country. Edison was a graduate of the first nursing class at William Jewell in 1974. She also received a B.A. in communications from Baylor University; an M.S. in education from Troy State University; and an M.N. and doctorate in education from the University of Kansas.

Douglas Enderle ’78
Senior Costume Designer for Walt Disney Entertainment, Costuming and Cosmetology
Belle Isle, Fla.

Douglas Enderle has been a “cast member” with Walt Disney Entertainment, Costuming and Cosmetology since 1982. He has created designs for a wide variety of venues in his role as a Senior Costume Designer. Highlights of his work are designs for Hong Kong Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland and the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., where his creations are on daily display. Enderle received a 1992 Emmy for his costumes for the ABC telecast of the “Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade.” He earned a B.A. in communication and the Missouri Certificate of Secondary Education from William Jewell in 1978. He was awarded a Master of Fine Arts in Theater Design and Technology with an emphasis in Costume Design from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1981.

James Rucker ’77
Chairman and CEO
Commonwealth Bank & Trust Company
Louisville, Ky.

James Rucker has served as Chairman and CEO of Commonwealth Bank & Trust Company in Louisville, Ky., since 2005. From 1994 to 2005, he served as Executive Vice President and Retail Division Manager for Commerce Bancshares, Kansas City. In this capacity, he was responsible for a business line comprising $500 million in loans and $2.1 billion in deposits, including 57 branches with 516 employees. He also served as Chairman and CEO of Commerce Bank of Clay and Platte County and as Senior Vice President with Boatmen’s Bancshares, where he was responsible for all aspects of banking, including retail, commercial and operations. He received a Bachelor of Science in business administration-economics from William Jewell in 1977 and graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Banking in 1983.

William Edward Sharp, III ’62
Chief Technologist and Engineering Manager for the Space Systems Division (retired)
ITT Corporation
Fort Wayne, Ind.

William Sharp served as Chief Technologist and Engineering Manager for the Space Systems Division of ITT Corporation. He managed a team of system engineers who provided technical leadership for Business Development Advanced Programs proposals, assessing state-of-the-art technology that could be exploited for space instruments. Sharp received the Silver Ring of Quality from ITT Corporation in 2007. From 1977 to1997, he served as research scientist and project director for the University of Michigan, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Science. His historic accomplishment was conducting the first successful measurements of the composition and temperature necessary to understand oxygen-hydrogen chemistry in the upper atmosphere. He received a B.S. in mathematics and physics from William Jewell in 1962; an M.S. in physics from the University of New Hampshire; and a Ph.D. in astro-geophysics from the University of Colorado.

William Jewell College formally established Achievement Day in 1944. As part of the 64-year tradition, honorees meet formally and informally with students to discuss their individual roads to achievement.

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