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.

The Debate Squad

The debate squad won the National Parliamentary Debate Association championship for its first ever national title in 2014. The squad defeated 52 teams among colleges and universities of all sizes. Jewell finished the 2012-2013 debate season ranked No. 2 in the nation by the National Parliamentary Debate Association.

Kappa Alpha

The men of Kappa Alpha Order won the George C. Marshall Award for Chapter Excellence in February 2014 at Province Council. Out of 127 total chapters, only three were recipients of the award this year. The honor is regarded as the most esteemed Kappa Alpha chapter award in recognition of superior operations and performance.

Physics and Chemistry

Bikesh Dahal, a dual-degree engineering student now studying at Columbia University, Dr. Blane Baker, professor of physics, and their collaborators wrote a paper, “Structure Studies of Cesium and Lithium Borovanadate Glass Systems” accepted for publication to Physics and Chemistry of Glasses: European Journal of Glass Science and Technology Part B.

Sports Business

Chris Stathos was selected as one of 10 students nationally to receive the inaugural BIG Initiative Award. The BIG (Build-Inspire-Grow) Initiative is a prestigious award launched
in 2013 by the Michigan Sport Business Conference at the University of Michigan. The award acknowledges students who display outstanding skills of leadership and achieved success in the field of sports business. Stathos has interned with the Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns, Sporting Kansas City and the NFL in New York.


Paige Bolduc was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Japan in Literature.

She is studying at Nagoya University in the Graduate Department of Languages and Cultures.


Bradley Dice, Simone Stewart and Dr. Patrick Bunton, professor of physics, attended the 66thAnnual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics of the American Physical Society in Pittsburgh, Pa., in November 2013. Bradley presented a talk, “Quantitative Viscosity Field Measurement During Viscous Fingering by Imaging Fluorescence from a Viscosity-Sensitive Molecular Probe.”

Regional Honors


Vocal music majors competed in the Tri-State National Association of Teachers of Singing competition in November 2013 at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. Morgan Allen, Megan Moore, Sarah Reed and David Sanchez all advanced to the semifinal rounds. Sarah then advanced to the finals and was awarded second place in the Junior Women division.


Sheila Bailey and Sarah Scoggin received Excellence in Research and Poster Presentation awards at the Midwest Regional American Chemical Society meeting in October 2013 in Springfield, Mo.

Theta Alpha Kappa

Gatlin Hebert was awarded the prize for the best paper delivered to the regional meeting of Theta Alpha Kappa, the national religious studies honor society, held in St. Louis. The title of his paper was “The Cognitive Foundations of Religious Belief.” This marked the third consecutive year a Jewell student won first place in this paper competition.


Nine students were accepted into the 2013 Missouri All-Collegiate Orchestra by the Missouri

Chapter of American String Teachers Association and the Missouri Music Educators Association. They represented Jewell in a formal concert at the Missouri Music Convention in January in Osage Beach.

Institutional Honors

Hall Family Foundation

Jewell students received Hall Family Foundation Summer Academic Enrichment Grants for 2014: Annette Dauster directed a show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland; Karlee Friend attended the University of Michigan Elementary Mathematics Laboratory; Mary Luber traveled to Cape Town, South Africa, to participate in the Council on International Education Exchange Summer Community Development and Social Justice Theory and Practice program; Sarah Reed participated in a two-week American Bach Soloists program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Jamie Wallen traveled to China to work with Global Children’s Vision, an organization dedicated to helping neglected children throughout the world.

Pritchard Humanitarian Service Award

Laina Gunsallus was awarded the 2014 Pritchard Humanitarian Service Award for an internship with “A House on Beekman” in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx of New York City, one of the poorest neighborhoods in the United States.

Summer Academic Enrichment Grants

The Hall Family Foundation Summer Academic Enrichment Grants for summer 2013: Spencer Shanks studied resistance to a national education program in China; David Sanchez attended the International Lyric Academy Summer Program for Undergraduate Opera Singers in Viterbo, Italy; Curshion Jones attended a Summer Conservatory foundation-building course at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts; and Allison Lach received a summer internship with the Israeli Institute for Democracy in Jerusalem working directly with the Knesset (Israeli parliament).

Pritchard Humanitarian Service Award

Three students were awarded Jewell’s Pritchard Humanitarian Service Awards for 2013. Their projects included working with teenage students in the foster care system on leadership and employment skills; serving in rural Costa Rica with the international Frontier’s Partner Project to teach English and coach youth soccer teams; and volunteering in a rural healthcare clinic in the Philippines in Visayans on the Leyte Island.