Expanding the Journey

From studying public health in South Africa to getting instruction from internationally renowned flutists in Switzerland, William Jewell College students will take part in horizon-expanding journeys this summer, thanks to the generosity of the Hall Family Foundation’s Summer Academic Enrichment Program.

This William Jewell program provides financial support for students interested in summer academic enrichment opportunities not available on the Jewell campus. Students complete a competitive funding application for individual awards of up to $5,000 which are available to all Jewell students in good standing prior to their senior year. Activities eligible for funding include summer study-abroad programs, workshops, intensive summer courses, conferences relating to the student’s academic major, programs providing advanced training in the student’s field of study and research opportunities at other institutions. The focus is on academic rather than work-related experience, so internships are excluded. The grants fund intensive off-campus academic experiences rather than service or humanitarian projects.


“We talk a lot about the journeys that our students experience during their time at Jewell,” said President David Sallee. “In some cases, especially during the summer months, these experiences involve traveling to areas far beyond the Hill to engage in the world community. The Hall Family Foundation’s Summer Academic Enrichment Program makes this possible for a number of Jewell students.”

Some recent Hall Family Foundation Summer Academic Enrichment Grants awarded to William Jewell students:

Alexander Bush, a biochemistry major, will impart on an international health study experience in Cape Town and rural regions of South Africa. The six-week program includes visits to healthcare facilities, the Department of Health, an HIV-AIDS Respite Center and an orphanage. Bush will enroll in a six-credit hour course on South African healthcare offered by the University of Cape Town and will experience South African life firsthand during a one-week stay with a local family. Bush would like to become a neurologist or neuroscience researcher.

Edward Scott, a psychology and organizational communication major, will attend a 10-week summer treatment program (STP) at Florida International University’s Center for Children and Families. He will engage in research and clinical experience with youth who have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, oppositional-defiant disorder and other learning challenges. Scott will assist in developing treatment, intervention and behavior modifications plans and serve as a general counselor. He intends to obtain a doctorate and work as a school psychologist.   

Haley Hibbeler, a flute performance major, will attend a weeklong Sir James Galway International Flute Masterclass and Convention in Switzerland. She will perform as an active participant for Sir James Galway or as an auditor for Lady Jean Galway, be part of Sir James’ flute choir and will attend intensive flute classes, presentations and performances by internationally renowned flutists. Hibbeler was chosen to perform for Sir James Galway in a 2011 masterclass he held in Kansas City and is preparing for graduate school auditions.

Elizabeth Everman, a biology major, participated in a 16-day graduate course in Conservation and Restoration Genetics in Las Cruces, Costa Rica. The course was presented by the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) and Duke University. Students spent two weeks learning about fragmentation in Costa Rica and its implications of the preservation of biodiversity. They learned to use computer programs necessary to run analyses on genetic data and participated in active discussions that addressed both the morals of biodiversity preservation and practical approaches for conducting these studies.

Matt Walje, a triple major in international relations, political science and Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry, attended a three-week International Institute for Political and Economic Studies course in Chania, Crete and Greece. The Institute is sponsored by The Fund for American Studies in conjunction with Georgetown University and the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania. Students take courses covering the political economy, international relations and conflict resolution. “The most important aspect of the Institute is the discourse that occurs between the students. The students I was with hailed from Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Iraq, Kurdistan, Lebanon, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Bosnia, Egypt and a host of other states.”

Tara Moreland, a double major in English and rhetoric/political communication, worked at the Bureau of National Affairs in Arlington, Va., through the Institute on Political Journalism. She wrote articles for their publications, completed six credit hours at Georgetown University and attended briefings at the State Department and House of Representatives. She heard speakers including state representatives, journalists and other political figures such as former President Bill Clinton and Kathleen Sebelius.

Nicholas Wheeler, an Oxbridge Molecular Biology major, researched novel drug/vaccine targets in the parasite Schistosoma mansoni, a blood disorder that is second only to malaria in World Health Organization rankings. He studied at a laboratory in Sao Paulo, Brazil, that was integral to the final sequencing of the genome associated with the disorder.

Ryan Gentzler, an Oxbridge Institutions and Policy and Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry major, spent the summer in Mombasa, Kenya, participating in the Kiva Fellows Program to observe microfinance and to learn about the processes involved in the operation of a microfinance institution in a developing nation. The experience allowed him to gain an understanding of the workings of microfinance while interacting with impoverished borrowers. Ryan used this opportunity to research his Oxbridge senior thesis.

Lisa Nishimura, a political science and Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry major, spent a summer in Japan, working with natural disaster organizations in tackling the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami. She assisted with a program that helps children with post-traumatic disorders, helped implement long-term support for the disaster area, then joined Samaritan’s Purse in the Tohoku region of Japan. “My group spent 10 days working alongside the Japanese people in Tohoku as they struggled to put their lives back together. This summer was the basis of a research project on natural disaster organizations and their effectiveness. I hope I can make a difference in how future disasters will be handled and aid distributed.” 

Eric Lewis, an Oxbridge Literature and Theory and philosophy major, will attend the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference at the University of Mississippi in summer 2012. The annual gathering includes the world’s top Faulkner scholars in the author’s hometown for presentations concerning his work. Lewis has written a number of essays he plans to submit to The Faulkner Journal and hopes to complete an honors project on the subject.

Paige Bolduc, an Oxbridge English Language and Literature major, participated in an intensive language acquisition course offered by the Yamasa Institute in Okazaki, Japan. The total immersion course taught by native Japanese speakers seeks to improve students’ proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and understanding spoken Japanese. She is planning to pursue a master’s or doctorate in Asian literature.


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