Jewell students receive regional and national honors for their research, performances, service projects, leadership and academic work. Following is a list of some recent achievements.

Debate
Seniors David Hansen and Katelyn Johnson won the 2016 National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) Championship tournament, defeating more than 170 teams from colleges of all sizes. This was Jewell’s first team championship at the NPDA, the largest parliamentary debate championship. In 2014 William Jewell won the NPDA Squad Tournament national title.

Physics
Dr. Patrick Bunton and students Simone Stewart and Daniela Marin, along with colleagues from the University of Brussels and the University of California-Santa Barbara, published a paper titled “Schlieren imaging of viscous fingering in a horizontal Hele-Shaw Cell.” The work appears in the current edition of Experiments in Fluids.

Hall Family Foundation
Jewell students received 2016 Hall Family Foundation Summer Academic Enrichment Grants: Sam Buhlig will participate in the Society, Culture and Gender program in Amsterdam; Drew Novak will attend the TFAS Engalitcheff Summer Institute in Washington, D.C.; Drew Pfeiffer will work at the Jama Coaque Reserve in Ecuador, researching permaculture fields; Carter Quirk will pursue original research on the Berlin Blockade and Airlift at national archives in London and Washington, D.C.; Ben Shinogle will complete the University of Edinburgh Parliamentary Internship; and Yuchen Peng will study in Waseda University in Japan.

DECA
Nichole Marquis, freshman business administration major, and Alex Blevins, freshman accounting and Spanish major, qualified for the 2016 International DECA conference in Washington, D.C., by taking second in the event planning competition at the DECA Missouri State Conference. The competition included a written test for each competitor and a business simulation. Further, the duo paired with students from Lincoln College and Moberly Community College to win the Quiz Bowl over students from other state schools.

Concert Choir
The Concert Choir was named runner-up for the American Prize in Choral Performance for 2015 in the college/university chorus division. Conducted by Dr. Anthony Maglione, director of choral studies and assistant professor of music, the Concert Choir consists of Jewell’s best undergraduate choral singers. Founded in 2009, the American Prize is a series of nonprofit, national competitions to recognize and reward the best performing arts in the country.

Research Awards
Jewell students presented research and received awards for their presentations at the 2016 KU Medical Center Heartland Undergraduate Biochemistry Symposium:

  • Daniel Virga, senior Oxbridge Molecular Biology major, won Best Undergraduate Research Poster for his work “Determining the Origins of Enteric Neuron Degeneration in Parkinson’s Disease.”
  • Alexis Mann, sophomore Oxbridge Molecular Biology major; Tana Pottorf, senior biochemistry major; and Colin Robertson, junior biochemistry major, tied for second place in the Best Undergraduate Research Poster contest for their work, “Understanding the Mechanism of Golgi Fragmentation and the Endolysosomal Pathway on Axon Degeneration.”
  • Isaac Mattis, senior chemistry major; Staton Rebeck, senior biology major; and Erick Standlee, senior biochemistry major, tied for second place in the Best Undergraduate Research Poster contest for their work “Insight into the Protective Mechanism of NMNAT, BCL-XL, and Calpastatin on Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT2A) Disease.”
  • Emily Dema, sophomore Oxbridge Molecular Biology major, presented a poster titled “Does the transcription factor HSF-1 contribute to the Caenorhabditis remanei innate immune response?”
  • Jess Capps, senior biochemistry major, presented a poster titled “Parkinson’s Disease and the Enteric Nervous System: The Biochemical Mechanism of Degeneration.”

Biology Grants
Six members of the Jewell chapter of the National Biological Honor Society, Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta), received TriBeta research grants:

  • Johanna Alpert, junior biology major, “The effect of habitat structure on neophobia in the Florida Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens);” advisor Dr. Jenny Schafer, assistant professor of biology
  • Lane Bland, senior biology major, “Investigation of the effects of Pterostilbene and Resveratrol on SCC-9 Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma Cells;” advisor Dr. Lori Wetmore, professor of chemistry
  • Ayana Curran-Howes, senior biology major, “Investigation of Casuarina equisetifolia litter as a fertilizer substitute for agriculture;” advisor Dr. Schafer
  • Trevor Nicks, senior biochemistry major, “Rerouting the Eicosapentaeonic Acid Pathway for the Production of Biofuels;” advisor Dr. Lilah Rahn-Lee, assistant professor of biology
  • Erick Standlee, senior biochemistry major, “Insight into the Mechanisms of Axonal Degeneration from Charcott Marrie Tooth Disease;” advisor Dr. Bhupinder Vohra, assistant professor of biology
  • Daniel Virga, senior Oxbridge Molecular Biology major, “Determining the mechanisms of neuron degeneration in the enteric nervous system during Parkinson’s Disease;” advisor Dr. Vohra.

Mortar Board
The Panaegis chapter of Mortar Board at Jewell was recognized with a Silver Torch Award at the group’s 2016 national conference. The honor recognizes chapters that meet all national criteria and deadlines while promoting scholarship, leadership and meaningful service to their schools.

Service
Highly committed to service, Jewell’s students, faculty and staff logged more than 81,750 hours of community service during the 2015-2016 school year.

Institutional Honors

Apple Distinguished School
William Jewell was named an Apple Distinguished School for 2015-2017, an honor that recognizes Jewell for its access to integrated technology and engaged learning. The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence, as well as demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments. The announcement comes a little more than a year after the launch of Jewellverse, putting an iPad Air into the hands of each student, faculty and staff member.

National Rankings

  • Forbes magazine listed William Jewell among “America’s Best Colleges” in
    its 2015 report and No. 23 among “America’s Most Entrepreneurial Colleges.”
  • William Jewell was named by The Princeton Review as one of “The Best
    381 Colleges.”
  • William Jewell was named to Money magazine’s 2016 “Best Colleges” list for schools that “provide the best value for your tuition dollar.”
  • William Jewell was named No. 11 in the nation by Washington Monthly among liberal arts schools for community service. The 2016 rankings come from an analysis of the college’s community service participation and hours served. Jewell also placed in the Top 50 in the magazine’s broader ranking of service and was named to Washington Monthly’s overall list of nationally ranked liberal arts “Colleges That Contribute to the Public Good.” The magazine rates schools based on their overall contribution in three broad, equally weighted categories: social mobility, research and service.
  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranked Jewell No. 65 on its list of 100 liberal arts
    “Best Value Colleges” for 2017, recognizing high four-year graduation rates, low average student debt at graduation, good student-faculty ratio and excellent campus resources.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked William Jewell among the country’s top
    tier of national liberal arts colleges for best academic value in its 2017
    edition of “America’s Best Colleges.”