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William Jewell celebrates life achievements of alumni
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
January 25, 2012

William Jewell College honors distinguished alumni who have made significant contributions in their respective fields at its annual Celebration of Achievement March 1, 2012.

Special guest speaker for the 68th annual Achievement Day dinner is Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Goodwin will offer the Achievement Day address at a 7:30 p.m. dinner March 1 at Kansas City’s Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Road.

General admission price for the dinner is $150 per person; ambassador-level admission is $250 per person, with various sponsorship opportunities available. For information about reservations and the event, visit www.achievementday.net or call Susan Tideman at 816-415-7550 or tidemans AT william.jewell DOT edu

“The tradition of preparing leaders for the Kansas City community and the world beyond is steeped in the history of William Jewell College,” said Dr. David Sallee, president of the College.  “This event allows us to celebrate the leadership of our distinguished alumni from a variety of career paths.” The event also serves as a fundraiser for the Jewell Fund, which provides need-based student scholarships.

Alumni honorees will be saluted at a pre-dinner reception beginning at 6 p.m. Melanie (Griffin) Cline ’78 is serving as Event Chair. The Achievement Day honorees will also be recognized at an on-campus convocation at 10:15 a.m. March 2 in John Gano Memorial Chapel 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 68-year tradition, honorees meet formally and informally with students to discuss their individual paths to achievement.

In Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln’s political genius as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president. This brilliant multiple biography and New York Times bestseller is centered on Lincoln’s mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation’s history.

Goodwin won the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II, which was a bestseller in hardcover and trade paper. She is also the author of the bestsellers Wait Till Next Year, The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. Goodwin lectures around the world, and is often called upon by the media to comment upon and analyze presidential issues. She lives in Concord, Mass., with her husband Richard Goodwin.

The 2012 Achievement Day honorees are:

Patricia Garrett Campbell ’68, Independent National Sales Director, Mary Kay Cosmetics

In her leadership position as National Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics, Patricia Garrett Campbell leads, trains and motivates a sales force of 3,000 women that she has recruited into the business. She has developed more than 130 women into leadership positions and has helped over 230 women earn a company career car. Mary Kay Inc. selected Campbell as their top trainer to send to China to train 5,000 directors in 2006. During her 37-year career with Mary Kay, she also founded and ran the Branson Performing Arts Academy to bring “ballet to Branson” and introduced dancers to the Branson stage. The company grew to 21 teachers and over 400 students with three major performances a year including “The Nutcracker” every Christmas. In 1993 she built the Branson Performing Arts Center, which was sold in 2007. Before building her Mary Kay business, Campbell taught physical education at Newcomb College of Tulane University for three years. She has also taught in Greencastle, Ind., and East St. Louis, Ill. She serves on the board of directors for Proyecto Bienestar, a micro-finance organization for women in business. She graduated magna cum laude from William Jewell College in 1968 with a double major in physical education and sociology. She completed her master’s in education at Tulane University in New Orleans in 1973.

The Honorable Zel Fischer ’85, Judge of the Supreme Court of Missouri

Zel Fischer completed a double major in political science and philosophy at William Jewell College in 1985. He received a juris doctor degree (with distinction) from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law in 1988. After serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Andrew Jackson Higgins of the Supreme Court of Missouri, he joined the law offices of James D. Boggs from 1989 to 1992. He ran his own firm, Law Offices of Zel M. Fischer, from 1992 to 2006, with offices in Atchison, Nodaway and Holt counties. He was elected to Associate Circuit Judge in the 4th Judicial Circuit (Atchison County) in November 2006. Judge Fischer was appointed to the Supreme Court of Missouri in October of 2008 and was retained at the 2010 general election for a 12-year term expiring December 31, 2022. He is a designated ASTAR Fellow, having participated in advanced education and training to preside over trials involving complex science or technology issues.

Dr. Ed Leonard ’79, President, Bethany College

Edward F. Leonard III began his service as the 13th president of Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan., on August 1, 2007. He previously served as vice president of college advancement for nine years at Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio. Dr. Leonard has taught business ethics, management and marketing classes as an adjunct professor at a number of colleges. He is active in his profession and community, currently serving as chair of the Council of College & University Presidents of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, chair of the board of directors for the Associated Colleges of Central Kansas, vice chair of the Kansas Independent College Association, vice chair of the Kansas Independent College Financing Authority and member of the board of directors for the Swedish Council of America. In the community, Dr. Leonard serves as vice chair of the board of directors for the International Chess Institute of the Midwest; is a member on the board of directors and executive committee for the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery Foundation; serves on the City of Lindsborg’s Sister City Committee; is a Den Leader with Lindsborg’s Cub Scout Pack; and serves as a volunteer coach with the Wavemakers swim team. Dr. Leonard has also been an active volunteer with his fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha, eventually serving as international president/chairman of the board of directors and currently serves on the board of directors of the North American Interfraternity Conference. He is also a member of the William Jewell College Athletic Hall of Fame. Dr. Leonard holds a B.A. in philosophy from William Jewell College; an M.B.A. from St. Louis University; and a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Steven Stites ’82, Professor and Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine

Steven Stites received his B.A. in chemistry and biology from William Jewell College in 1982. He was awarded an M.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine in 1986. He served his residency in internal medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, N.Y., where he was elected into the national medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Stites served as a chief resident in internal medicine at Rochester General Hospital. In 1990, he began a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He joined the faculty at KU Medical Center in 1993 as an assistant professor in pulmonary and critical care medicine. In 1995 he began the medical center’s adult program in cystic fibrosis, a program that has become widely recognized as one of the finest adult centers in the United States. He started a program in pulmonary hypertension in 1996, and in 1999 became the director of the residency training program in the Department of Medicine, where he is responsible for more than 100 residents. In 2002 he was named vice chair for the Department of Internal Medicine in charge of education and clinical affairs. In 2008, Dr. Stites was named as the chair of the Department of Internal Medicine. Since that time the institution’s faculty has grown from 77 to over 180 physicians. KU Medical Center has been ranked as the second best academic medical center in terms of patient outcomes and patient satisfaction in the United States. Many of the programs in the Department of Internal Medicine are now ranked in the top 50 of their respective areas by US News and World Report

 
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