Several William Jewell alumni and friends were honored as part of the William Jewell College Homecoming celebrations earlier this month. The honors were given at the Alumni Awards Dinner on Oct. 7.
Neita Frohmuth Geilker ’56, Liberty, received the John F. Truex Lifetime Alumni Service Award, named after a former trustee emeritus of the college. Geilker, a former adjunct instructor in Jewell’s English department, has served as president of Faculty Wives, co-created the First Ladies Gallery, and served as president of the Woman’s Committee and the Alumni Board of Governors. She graduated in 1956 with a bachelor’s degree, then earned a master’s in education from Harvard and a doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Bill Dillingham ’97, Kansas City, Mo., received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award. Dillingham, an account executive for Kansas City Life Sales, has served as the Kappa Alpha fraternity advisor for 12 years. His most rewarding experience has been watching the men take the skills they learned in the classroom and fraternity and tackle life after Jewell with a great deal of success in their personal and professional lives.
Meredith Moore ’12, Kansas City, Mo., received the Young Distinguished Alumni Service Award. She is one of the co-founders of the Urban Christian Academy in Kansas City, where she serves in a dual role as both director of teaching and learning and kindergarten teacher. She connected with the Pryor Leadership Program, which funded a remodel of the school’s playground and donated more than $20,000 in technology resources and other services.
Kimberly Flowers ’99 earned the Jewell Humanitarian Award. She has worked for the Peace Corps in Bulgaria and Jamaica, as well as working for the U.S. Agency for International Development in a variety of international roles. She led USAID’s strategic communications for Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and nutrition initiative. She later became the first communication director for Fintrac, an international development company focused on eradicating hunger and poverty alleviation through agriculture. She joined the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Global Food Security Project in 2015, examining the impact of global food security on U.S. strategic interests and directing a team that evaluates and provides strategic guidance to lawmakers.
Dr. Phillip and Ann Posey, Liberty, were named Honorary Alumni. Phil, professor emeritus of music, was the director of instrumental studies in Jewell’s Department of Music for 39 years, and Ann was an adjunct piano instructor. Phil founded the Liberty Symphony, increasing access to high quality music for community members and providing students an opportunity to perform with experienced musicians in the Liberty area. Phil and Ann enjoyed sabbaticals to Vienna, China and Jordan, and Phil served as a faculty member at Harlaxton College in England for several semesters. Ann has been a member of Jewell’s Woman’s Committee, and they have continued to support Jewell through their retirement, attend events and help with anniversary celebrations through the Music Department.
The awards were part of a weekend of festivities at Jewell that included a celebration of Golden Classes, Black Alumni Reunion celebrations, the Jewell Athletic Hall of Fame reception and induction, the Aeons Reunion Breakfast, and many other events.
Athletics Hall of Fame inductees included Lynsay (Gallagher) Holst ’05 – women’s basketball, Steve Hodges ’84 – football, Gary Patton ’77 – football and baseball, Blake Ryan ’05 – men’s soccer, Weldon Stubbs ’94 – men’s basketball, the 1980 football team and the 1981 football team.