As I continue to explore the concepts of creativity and innovation I see that they are directly tied to the concept of human flourishing. As we seek to live purposefully, as we were made to live, the concept of creativity cannot be ignored or shoved aside. It is in our DNA. Philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff differentiates between the utilitarian idea of “an experientially satisfying life” and the “life well lived”. He posits “the life that is both well lived and that goes well” (Woltersdorff, 2008). Creativity and innovation can transform a utilitarian view of a life of doing into a life of flourishing. There is a lot to unpack here but at the core of a liberal arts education is the idea that we live life to the fullest and flourish. We are about flourishing here at Jewell and you will find examples of that in this edition of Jewell Business Today.
Sincerely, Dr. Kelli Schutte, Chair of the Department of Business and Leadership
San Francisco 49ers Levi’s Stadium
By Ben Shinogle - Amidst the litany of Journey Grant opportunities Jewell students have available is a unique experience curated by Professor of Marketing Shelly McVay. The six-day trip scheduled for fall 2014 will allow students to explore the San Francisco 49ers operation and study the organization’s marketing strategies and the resulting interactions between the team and its audiences. The opportunity will take place from October first through sixth of next fall, and coincide with the Kansas City Chiefs game against the 49ers. Continue reading
By Kelsi Ortega – The fall ’14 semester will see new technology and conncetivity improvements to the William Jewell College campus. Incoming and returning students will receive an iPad Air, which will allow students and faculty to share a common platform and allow for the full utilization of the technology located in the Pryor Learning Commons. The iPads, funded from donors to the College, will open up new learning experiences for both students and faculty. The initiative will allow students to access William Jewell College’s digital material when and where they want, gain tools to enhance productivity and provide a common platform for the entire campus community. Continue reading
Spring Semester 2014 marked the third series of Department of Business and Leadership Monday morning BizTime Coffees featuring coffee and conversation with noted leaders in the fields of business, economics, accounting, leadership and entrepreneurship. Each Monday, students gather in The IDEA X-Change in Jewell Hall to network, share their experiences and build a rich and connected community.
Shannon Oleen ’04, Prof. Speaker
Gary Bussing, Investments
Dr. Bill McCollum, U.S. Army CGSC
Russ Cline, RCA Group, Inc.
Kate McFerren, AAF-KC Scholarship Recipient
The American Advertising Federation of Kansas City awards scholarships every year to high achieving students in the Kansas City area who show an intense and earnest passion to empower themselves with knowledge of the advertising, communications, marketing or graphic arts industries. In addition to supplying a year of financial support, the scholarship also includes: a one-year support and counsel of a professional mentor from AAF-KC, a one-year membership to AAF-KC, free access to all regular program activities of AAF-KC, and membership to the American Advertising Federation. The board of AAF-KC officers selected scholarship recipients. The recipients were evaluated on the basis of GPA, resume and performance during an in-person interview. Continue reading
By Dakkota Huber - The William Jewell Entrepreneurial Society is a student organization founded two years ago with the mission of being a catalyst for business startups and growth, and networking within William Jewell College and the surrounding community. The E-Society is a growing organization whose work is conducted during regular weekly meetings and special events.
Stanley Singer Jr., President of the Entrepreneurial Society, said, “We provide energizing activities that range from developing our creativity and innovation skills to “half baked” start-up ideas for which we develop a hypothetical business model and then consider the estimated potential, costs and strategies to turn a product or service idea into a business. Our members provide a light-hearted and exciting tone to our meetings. They are always filled with laughter and great new ideas.” Continue reading
TECH Club Presentation in IDEA X-Change.
By Dakkota Huber - The 2013-2014 academic year at Jewell welcomed the launch of the new Creativity and Innovation Program directed by Professor Landon Young and made possible with the aid of a $500,000 grant from the Ewing Marion Kaufman Foundation. A large number of students and faculty members are participating. Over 200 students have visited the Idea X-Change located in Jewell Hall, and the program has thus far produced 15 student ventures (2 with sales exceeding $10,000), 5 minority ventures, the creation of 8 technology products, and 5 student internships and entrepreneurial grants. Faculty has also had the opportunity to participate with the awarding of eight grants from the Creativity and Innovation initiative. Continue reading