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William Jewell honors alumni for life achievements
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
January 23, 2009

William Jewell College honors distinguished alumni who have made significant contributions in their respective fields at its annual Celebration of Achievement March 5.

Special guest speaker for the 65th annual Achievement Day dinner is Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, who will offer the Achievement Day address at a 7:30 p.m. dinner March 5 at Kansas City’s Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Road. Isaacson is the former Chairman and CEO of CNN and former Managing Editor of TIME magazine.

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

“This 65th annual Achievement Day allows us to reflect upon the leadership that William Jewell College alumni bring to a variety of career paths,” said Dr. David Sallee, president of the College. “It is a celebration of the College’s proud liberal arts tradition of preparing leaders for the Kansas City community and the world beyond.”

Honorees will be saluted at a pre-dinner reception beginning at 6 p.m. Ann K. Dickinson is serving as Honorary Chairman for the event, and Martha B. Comment is the Event Chairman for the Celebration of Achievement. The Achievement Day honorees will be recognized at an on-campus convocation at 10:15 a.m. March 6 in John Gano Memorial Chapel in Liberty. The public is invited to attend the convocation free of charge; tickets or reservations are not required.

Walter Isaacson is the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue. He is the best-selling author of Einstein: His Life and Universe, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003) and Kissinger: A Biography (1992), and is the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986).

Isaacson was born in New Orleans. He received a B.A. in history and literature from Harvard College and an M.A. in philosophy, politics and economics at Pembroke College of Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He began his career in journalism at the Sunday Times of London and then the New Orleans Times-Picayune/States-Item. He joined Time magazine in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor and editor of new media before becoming the magazine’s 14th managing editor in 1996. He became Chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and then president and CEO of the Aspen Institute in 2003.

Isaacson is on the Board of Directors of Reader’s Digest Association, Tulane University and Teach for America, and is chairman of the national council of the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington. He lives with his wife and daughter in Washington, D.C., and in Aspen, Colorado.

The 2009 Achievement Day honorees are:

Robin Carnahan ’83
Missouri Secretary of State
St. Louis, Missouri

Robin Carnahan has served as Missouri’s 38th Secretary of State since 2005. She has been an advocate for using technology to streamline office interactions for business. As administrator of Missouri’s State Archives, she has ensured the preservation of historical documents and made more records available on the Internet. As Missouri’s chief election official, Carnahan made fairness in the elections system a top priority, bringing Missouri’s election process into compliance with the federal 2002 Help America Vote Act (HAVA) by implementing a statewide voter registration database, providing accessible voting equipment in all polling places, phasing out punch card voting systems and educating voters. From 1990 to 1994, Carnahan worked in Central and Eastern Europe with the National Democratic Institute helping to rebuild the region’s democracies and economies by drafting voting laws, training new political leaders and monitoring elections. Since then, she has worked in six countries promoting democracy and free elections.

Al Conway ’53
Retired NFL player and official
Trainer of NFL umpires
Springfield, Missouri

A member of the William Jewell College class of 1953, Al Conway was a professional football player for the Philadelphia Eagles until injuries ended his playing career. From 1969 to 1996, he served as a National Football League official, officiating in 31 playoff games, including four Super Bowls. He has also been a high school coach and teacher. He served as President of the Professional Football Referees Association, and is a member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and the William Jewell College Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1953, Conway was named to the Little All-American Team. He excelled in football and track. His offensive production in football was the best among players at all colleges and universities in the nation when he played under legendary Jewell coaches Norris Patterson and Jim Nelson.

Larry Holley ’67
Head Men’s Basketball Coach
William Jewell College
Liberty, Missouri

Larry Holley is among America’s elite and legendary basketball coaches. He has won more than 750 games during his career and received 14 Coach of the Year Awards, including the prestigious Sears/NABC NAIA National Coach of the Year Award in 1996. Serving as the head men’s basketball coach at his alma mater since 1979, he has been selected to four Halls of Fame: the Greater Kansas City Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the NAIA Hall of Fame, and the William Jewell College Athletic Hall of Fame. He has guided eleven Jewell squads to Heart of America Athletic Conference Titles and eleven Cardinal teams to the NAIA National Tournament, with four of them reaching the Final Four and three reaching the Elite Eight. Holley is the career leader in wins among HAAC basketball coaches. He ranks #1 all-time in career wins among four-year college coaches coaching only at Missouri colleges and universities.


Randy Reinholz ’84
Director, School of Theater, Television and Film at San Diego State University
Co-Founder and Director of “Native Voices”
Chula Vista, California

As the Co-Founder and Director of “Native Voices,” Randy Reinholz is credited with bringing to light many authentic Native American theatre artists over the last 15 years. “Native Voices” is dedicated to developing and producing new works for the stage by Native American playwrights. Reinholz currently serves as Director of the School of Theater, Television and Film at San Diego State University, where he has previously served as Head of Performance and as assistant professor. He also holds an adjunct professorship in American Indian Studies at San Diego State. Reinholz has directed more than 40 productions that have played in venues all over the world including the Autry National Center, Griffith University of Australia and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in New York and Washington, D.C. He was a regular performer on the daytime drama “Days of Our Lives” and performed in movies and as a guest star on the television series “China Beach.”

William Jewell College formally established Achievement Day in 1944. As part of the 65-year tradition, honorees meet formally and informally with students to discuss their individual roads to achievement.
 
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