Four Jewell students receive Hall Family Foundation summer grants

Four William Jewell College students will experience academic enrichment trips after receiving summer grants from the Hall Family Foundation.

The Hall Family Foundation Summer Academic Enrichment Program honored four students with awards of up to $5,000 to seize academic opportunities and prepare for post-graduate experiences. The program is unique to William Jewell, providing financial support for study abroad programs, workshops, intensive summer courses, conferences, programs and research opportunities at other institutions.

Those receiving the 2017 Hall Family Foundation Summer Academic Enrichment Grants include:

  • Eric Krieger, senior international relations, business administration and Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry major, Kansas City, Mo.

Krieger will travel to Washington, D.C., as part of the Fund for American Studies’ International Affairs program to research how the first six months of the Trump Administration has impacted interpretations of the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution. His research will include materials at the Library of Congress and George Mason University, as well as interviews with legal scholars, presidential historians and Congressional staff. This research will be collected for presentation at the Spring 2018 Duke Undergraduate Colloquium.

  • Jacqueline Parson, junior psychological science, music and mathematics major, Prosper, Texas

Parson will use ethnomusicology to study how trauma related to crisis is affected by sacred music and vice versa. She will focus on the origins, instruments, social context and traditional services involved in the sacred music of three religions (Judaism, Islam and Greek Orthodox) by making on-the-ground visits to Israel, Turkey and Greece.

  • Thais Quiroga, sophomore Oxbridge History of Ideas and international relations major, La Paz, Bolivia

Quiroga will attend the Hessen International Summer University (ISU) at Marburg, Germany. The month-long program is an intensive academic curriculum that will focus on “Business, Politics and Conflicts in a Changing World.” The program comes in four portions: a focus on Geo-political Change and Easternization, courses on German Politics and History, an intensive German language course and field trips to key French and German historical and political sites.

  • Zoe Spangler, junior theatre and Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry major, Excelsior Springs

Spangler will attend the “Movers, Media and Rock ‘N’ Roll” course at the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas this summer. The three-week course teaches the ins and outs of running a professional live entertainment event, particularly focused on advanced stage lighting and lighting show control techniques. The course includes a student-designed Technician’s Showcase and complementary tour of a professional Las Vegas show.

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