After more than 30 years of dedicated service to William Jewell Dr. Jean Hawkins is retiring at the end of this semester. I consider Jean to be a valued colleague and friend and although I am very happy that she will get to enjoy a slower pace of life I am saddened by the loss we will feel in our department over her departure. Jean has taught me over the years many things, but the one thing that I appreciate most about Dr. Hawkins is her dedication to her students and her relentless passion for their learning. Jean goes the extra mile to make sure her students learn and, when possible, love the field of accounting. She has a passion for systems and the way numbers convey information and she wants all to share that joy for accounting that she has. And I am not using the word joy in a trite way as she really can get excited about the field and joy can exude from her when you get her talking about the way numbers are the language of business. I have so enjoyed working with Jean over the years and love her passion and pursuit of knowledge. She has been an inspiration to decades of students and colleagues, and we will miss her greatly. Best wishes, Dr. Hawkins, as you begin this next chapter of your life. May it be filled with joy, peace and knowledge of a job well done.
Sincerely, Dr. Kelli Schutte, Chair of the Department of Business and Leadership
Dr. Jean Hawkins
By Masidon Giles – After more than 30 years of teaching, the beloved Dr. Jean Hawkins is retiring. Through her years of teaching she has touched many lives including current and former students as well as her colleagues. Dr. Hawkins, a humble professor, who does not talk openly about her achievements, loves teaching because of her students. Senior Will Gross, describes Dr. Hawkins as a “passionate, caring and loving individual who truly cares about her students.” This message of a kind heart and compassionate professor is seen through all interactions Dr. Hawkins has with her students. Many former students have attributed their success to Dr. Hawkins. Continue reading
By Chris Stack – University Innovation Fellows (UIF) is a new organization on campus with the aim of promoting creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. The organization hosts meetings and educational trips for students to develop ideas and gain valuable exposure while also offering entrepreneurial grants ranging from $3,000 to $4,000 for students that are looking to start up a business. Grants can be combined with a Journey Grant or can be used separately. There is also funding available to students of any major who want to enhance their ideas. Continue reading
By Loree Hazelrigg – A team of students was chosen from William Jewell to attend the University Innovation Fellowship Meet-Up at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. This team consisted of Bradley Dice, James Milam, Amelia Hanzlick, Conner Hazelrigg, and Kate McFerren, while Landon Young was the faculty advisor. Before arriving at Stanford University, William Jewell Students teamed up with other schools and toured Google’s campus. While there they participated in small creativity workshops and listened to panelists talk about ways in which their experience at Google has helped them with their individual endeavors. The panelists discussed how Google employees address product development with a “Moon Shooting” mindset. The three criteria they have when developing a new product: Must be solving a problem, the solution must seem impossible, and must be utilizing breakthrough technology. Continue reading
Senior Kevin Kolibas
By Justin Riley – When looking to enter the professional work place, employers rely heavily on the experience section of one’s resume. Having relevant experience is valued by employers, especially when comparing different candidates for a job.
William Jewell does an exceptional job encouraging students to “build a resume that will stand out from those of other applicants”. Senior Accounting Major Kevin Kolibas is an outstanding example of a high-achieving student who has landed internships in the accounting field that have given him the necessary tools to be successful in the future. Continue reading
Accounting Professor Chris McCullick
Chris McCullick, Assistant Professor of Accounting, and Shelly McVay, Assistant Professor of Business, co-presented a workshop, “Engaging Students With High Tech and Low Tech Options,” at the Enhanced Teaching & Learning Conference on March 7 at Johnson County Community College. The event was sponsored by the Kansas City Professional Development Council for area college professors and administrators.
Business Professor Shelly McVay
“This conference was a great platform to share ideas among college educators and take away new techniques to keep our classrooms vibrant and engaging,” said Professor Shelly McVay. The conference was an all day seminar with 17 breakout sessions covering different topics such as Role Play in the Learning Experience, Managing Heated Classroom Discussions, Making the Most Out of Classroom Technology, and Service Learning 101, in addition to the session professors McCullick and McVay presented. Continue reading
By Justin Riley – Being a senior at William Jewell, it’s hard not to stress out about post-graduation plans and the imminent “real world”. However, for senior Will Gross, this is the most influential and exciting time in his college career. “I feel like many of my peers find this to be a stressful time. Trying to find graduate schools and jobs can be taxing. But personally, this is an exciting and pivotal time to really discover what career path you want to pursue.” Continue reading