Welcome to the Jewell Family​

As the parents and families of Jewell students, we recognize the important role you play. We believe partnering with you will positively impact your student’s collegiate experience.

Partnering for your student's success


Like you, we want your student to thrive and be an active part of the Jewell community. These resources, recommended by people who have been in your shoes, will keep you informed about Jewell activities, help you understand what life is like on our campus and offer ways you can stay involved in your student's college experience, no matter the distance.

Orientation Just for Parents

Each fall during Orientation, we have special sessions just for you. You can see firsthand what your student will experience in the Responsible Self Class by attending a mini session with a professor, learn about Greek life at Jewell and hear from a panel of faculty and staff on what you should know as your student transitions to college. And you'll want to have your camera ready as your student take the ceremonious First Walk Around the Quad behind bagpipers. It's a time-honored tradition that's repeated on Commencement Day.
 

The First-Year Experience

This program is designed to help students have a smooth transition to college life. Read more about Jewell's First-Year Experience and Orientation.

 

What You Need to Know

These resources will help you navigate your Jewell experience as the parent of a Jewell student.

  • The Academic Achievement Center is a terrific resource for Jewell students who want to stay on top of their academic progress. Make sure your student never misses a meeting with his/her Academic Advisor. The academic advisor will partner with your student to prepare a plan for graduating in three or 4 years.
  • Career Development and Internships can help students explore areas of interest, find internships, perfect resumes and identify potential job opportunities.
  • Paying for college doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Educate yourself on the financial aid process, scholarships, grants and student loans. The Guide to Federal Student Aid provides a lot of important information.
  • File the FAFSA as soon after January 1 of the same year for which you are applying for financial aid. Here are some tips for filling out the FAFSA.
  • Be familiar with FERPA, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, so you'll know what information you can access on behalf of your student.
     

Academic Calendar

Keep track of holidays and important dates with our downloadable semester calendars.

Making Kansas City Better


Business leaders and alumni share ways William Jewell College is indispensable in cultivating critical thinkers and engaged citizens for the Kansas City region. Hear from the area's corporate leaders.

Resources for Parents

  • Staying Healthy

    Jewell has a Health Center located in the Wellness Center in Ely Hall. It is staffed by a nurse practitioner through The Liberty Clinic) Monday through Friday. Students only need a validated Jewell ID to use this service. Learn more about our health services.

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  • Counseling Services

    William Jewell College offers counseling services to provide students with psychological services in a safe, supportive environment.Students often seek therapy in an effort to cope more effectively with mental health issues as well as the multi-faceted demands of college life. Read more about Counseling Services.

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  • I wish my parents knew...

    We asked students to complete this sentence. Their answers offer a glimpse into the minds of Jewell students.

    I wish my parents knew:

    • to consider the little things (like toothpaste and haircuts) when sending me money
    • how powerful a little note or a package in the mail can be
    • the Dining Hall food does not taste like hers. I miss home cooking!
    • how cool it is to be able to bring home 10 friends with only 5 minutes notice
    • that I really will be okay on my own
    • that I haven’t forgotten about them just because I haven’t called in three days
    • how much I love getting a note in the mail just to say hi.
    • sometimes I go to meals in my pajamas…sorry mom
    • that I really do study
    • that I appreciate you doing my laundry when I bring it home
    • I appreciate it that they trusted me enough to respect my choices and let me be myself
    • they are worth coming home for
    • how thankful I am
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  • Lodging

    The Liberty area offers a number of hotel/motel options, as well as a few bed and breakfasts.

    Comfort Suites
    8200 N. Church Road
    Kansas City, MO 64158
    816-781-7273

    Days Inn
    209 North 291 Highway
    Liberty, MO 64068
    816-781-8770

    Fairfield Inn
    8101 N. Church Road
    Kansas City, MO 64158
    816-792-4000

    Hampton Inn
    8551 N. Church Road
    Kansas City, MO 64157
    816-415-9600
    Click to reserve a room at the Jewell rate

    Holiday Inn Express
    8320 N. Church Road
    Kansas City, MO 64158
    816-781-5555

    Sleep Inn & Suites
    Indoor Water Park
    1840 North Church Road
    Liberty, MO 64068
    816-335-4402

    Super 8 Motel
    I-35 and MO Highway 152
    Liberty, MO 64068
    816-781-9400

    Stone-Yancey House (B&B)
    421 N. Lightburne
    Liberty, MO 64068
    816-415-0066

    TownePlace Suites by Marriott
    130 S. Stewart Road
    Liberty, MO 64068
    816-415-9200

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  • Help alleviate your student’s stress

    Parents make a difference. The more aware and informed you are of your student’s college experience, the more effectively you can provide advice and support. College can be an educational experience for both students and parents. Asking questions and having an open dialogue with your son or daughter can be mutually beneficial. It can also lead to your student being more successful at William Jewell College.

    • Stay in touch – Call regularly, email, send a letter or care package.
    • Ask Questions and Listen – Ask your student specific questions about their college experience. Listen carefully to what they tell you. Make sure you feel you are getting answers from them about how they are doing in class and how they are doing socially.
    • Surprise Your Student – Surprise them with an unexpected gift, visit or communication during a stressful time. This does make a difference.
    • Use College Resources – If at any point you believe that the stress is getting the best of your student, contact Student Life and ask them to help.

    Stress Calendar
    The transition from high school to college is a stressful time for new students. That stress manifests itself in different ways depending upon the individual. We encourage parents and family members to be sensitive to the potential stress being experienced by their William Jewell student. We also encourage parents to anticipate the stressful points throughout the first-year, when their student may need extra support and encouragement. Please keep the following events and dates in mind as your student begins his/her William Jewell First-Year Experience.

    Second Semester - Full of Hope! If students have successfully negotiated first semester, second semester typically holds fewer stressful times. 

    Residence Halls Open - January, 20, 2019 (2 p.m.) 

    Greek Rush and Recruitment - January 21-26. 

    Spring 2019 Classes Begin - January 22. 

    Midterm Examinations and Papers - February 26-March 5. This is a stressful time for students because they have many assignments or tests coming all within a week or two of one another. 

    Spring Break - March 16-24. No classes. Students get a much needed break. 

    Classes Resume - March 25.

    Good Friday and Easter Monday - April 19 & April 22. No classes. 

    Parents Weekend - April 26-28. An opportunity for families to come and support their student during Undergraduate Colloquium Day/Honors Day, athletic events, concerts, etc. 

    Housing Registration - Late April. Many First-Year students find that housing registration can be a stressful time because they must choose who they will live with and where they will live. The variety of choices for housing are typically limited for rising sophomores, as juniors and seniors are prioritized for housing selection. Sometimes this creates stress as your student doesn't feel like they have their first choice for housing. 

    Spring 2019 Classes End - May 10.

    Finals Preparation Day - May 13. 

    Final Exams - May 14-17. Papers and final assignments are due. Final exams occur and require students to study intensely to prepare. 

    Baccalaureate/Commencement - May 18. 

    Summer Planning - May. "Will I have a job?" "Where am I going to live?" "Should I take summer classes?" These are some of the common questions that can create stress for students. 

    Summer 2019 Classes Begin - June 3. 

    Independence Day Holiday - July 4. Campus closed. 

    Summer Classes End - July 27. 

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  • Technology and Computer Information

    Did you know your student will receive a free iPad when they arrive at Jewell? Visit our Technology Resources page to learn more about our technology initiatives, support and equipment.

    This summer, your student received the following letter from Jewell highlighting our iPad distribution:

    Dear New Student:

    Now that you are registered for fall classes, I want to share important information about our Jewellverse initiative. This letter contains details about receiving your iPad, student professional development opportunities, key policy statements and information technology recommendations.

    The main iPad student distribution days will take place in Curry Hall, Main Level, during the following dates and times:

    • Friday, August 17:  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, August 18: 9:00 a.m. – noon.

    Plan to spend around 30-45 minutes because there are a few steps that you will need to go through before starting your Jewellverse experience. Some students will receive their iPad prior to these dates as part of a planned group or athletic team distribution. Their supervisor, coach, or advisor will notify these students about the specific distribution date and time. New first-year students should pick up their iPad prior to Saturday (August 18) noon because you will need it for First-Year Orientation that begins promptly at 1:00 p.m.

    Here are some things you need to know before you pick up your iPad:

    • You must bring your student ID; you will not receive your iPad without it.
    • You need to acquire an Apple ID prior to receiving your iPad. Go to http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2534 to learn about establishing an Apple ID. Students are encouraged to NOT use your Jewell email address for your Apple ID. If you do not want to enter credit card information at this time you must follow the directions for creating an account on an iPad in the link above and be sure you follow the instructions to select “none” when asked for billing information. You can add a credit card to your billing information after you receive your iPad. You will need to know your Apple ID and password when you come to receive your iPad. Not having this information will delay the process.
    • We strongly recommend purchasing insurance to cover loss or damage to your iPad.  You will be responsible for maintaining the iPad in good condition and turning in the same iPad, charger and cord we issue to you when the time comes. Additional information on insurance options will be available in Curry Hall when you pick up your iPad.
    •  Help with setting up your iPad will be available as part of the process in Curry Hall.
    •  The device you are receiving is a space grey iPad Pro (10.5”, Space Grey) with 64 GB memory and a power charger. We strongly recommend you selecting a protective cover  or accessories to protect the iPad Pro.

    Student support will also be available at the eHub on the lower level of the Pryor Learning Commons throughout the academic year. The eHub will be staffed with students trained in tech support and development. This service will help with questions on device usage and project development.

    When you receive your iPad you will need to sign a College Issued Technology Terms and Conditions policy. We recommend you readthis policy statement prior to picking up your device so you are aware of the terms to which you agree to follow when signing the policy statement. This policy statement is being sent as an attachment to this message. You are also encouraged to review the attached Student Digital Resources Information, which contains updated recommendations, so please take a moment to review it.

    If you have questions about when to pick up your iPad or about the process, please feel free to contact Elise Fisher, Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies at (816) 415 -7641 or fishere@william.jewell.edu.

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  • Office Directory

    The Business Office

    • Accounts Receivable (payments and bills): Kim Langston, 816-415-5989
    • Accounts Payable: Becky Gudehus, 816-415-5015
    • Payroll: Kathy Leblanc, 816-415-5988
    • Finance Director: Barb Walters, 816-415-7572
    • Student Loan Coordinator: Carrie Heston, 816-415-5991
    • Mailing Address: William Jewell College. Campus Box 1019, 500 College Hill, Liberty MO 64068
    • Fax: 816-415-5014

    Financial Aid and Scholarships: finaid@william.jewell.edu, 816-415-5974

    Registrar (transcripts, class registration): theregistrar@william.jewell.edu, 816-415-7843

    Family emergency: Tracy Hart, Student Life Office, 816-415-5963

    Academic assistance for your student: Pharamond Guice, Coordinator of Academic Achievement Center, 816-415-7675

    International study: Sara Round, Director of Global Studies and Journey Grants, 816-415-5963

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