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.

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.

Bradley Dice was one of 260 students nationwide named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. Dice was also one of 15 students nationwide to participate in the 2015 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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.

Carmen Rabel and S. Jordan Lewis, both psychology majors, presented research at the 2015 Southwestern Psychological Association annual convention. Their presentations were respectively titled “Detailed Examination of Social Media Use among College Students” and “Personality Correlates of College Students’ Social Media Use.”

Theta Alpha Kappa
Sabrina Davis, Devi Fitelly and Hailey Mills presented papers to the regional meeting of Theta Alpha Kappa, the national religious studies honor society. Fitelly’s paper, “Finding Forgiveness in the Christian Tradition,” took top honors in the program.

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.

Tri-Beta Grants
Six members of the Jewell chapter of Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta), the National Biological Honor Society, received TriBeta research grants.

  • Aine Gallahue ’16, “The effects of mycorrhizal fungi and nitrogen addition on the production of furanocoumarins in Ammi majus;” adviser Dr. Jennifer Schafer
  • Lauren Grubb ’16, “Comparative analysis of the current and historical geographical distribution of Drosophila species in the United States;” adviser Dr. Paul Klawinski
  • Alexia Lamb ’17, “Using RNAseq to explore the molecular basis of tetrodotoxin production in the rough-skinned newt Taricha granulosa;” adviser Dr. Paul Klawinski
  • Megan Myers ’16, “Impact of palmitic acid and α-linolenic acid on the β-catenin pathway with inhibition of the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) in HCT116 colon cancer cells;” adviser Dr. Lori Wetmore
  • Omar Wijahat ’16 and Marissa Racy ’16, “Understanding the mechanism of the toxicity of tributyltin on neuronal degeneration;” adviser Dr. Bhupinder Vohra

Mortar Board
The Panaegis chapter of Mortar Board at Jewell was among 45 recognized with a Silver Torch Award at the group’s 2015 national conference in Phoenix. The honor recognizes chapters that meet all national criteria and deadlines while promoting scholarship, leadership and meaningful service to their schools.

U.S. State Department Scholarships
Bruce Rash and Sandra Adams received Critical Language Scholarships in 2015 from the U.S. Dept. of State to study in Japan and South Korea, respectively. The program provides fully funded language and cultural immersion programs as summer undergraduate experiences.

Pritchard Humanitarian Service Award
Jessica Shockley, nonprofit leadership/psychology senior, was awarded the 2015 Pritchard Humanitarian Service Award to volunteer at an orphanage in Kirithani, Kenya, through A Broader View, an agency that provides aid to developing countries.

Highly committed to service, Jewell’s students, faculty and staff logged more
than 81,750 hours of community service during the 2014-2015 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
    380 Colleges” in its 2016 edition, and No. 11 on its “Top 25 Impact Schools.”
  • William Jewell was ranked No. 42 on Money Magazine’s “The 50 Most
    Affordable Private Colleges” for 2015, as well as finding a place on Money’s overall
    “Best Colleges” list for schools that “provide the best value for your tuition dollar.”
  • William Jewell was named to Washington Monthly’s 2015 “Colleges that Contribute
    to the Public Good,” ranking No. 20 for community service participation.
  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance included Jewell among its top 100 liberal arts
    “Best Value Colleges for 2015” and among its overall “Best Colleges,”
    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 2016
    edition of “America’s Best Colleges.”