The holiday season is often one in which we take time to pause and reflect on the joys and challenges of the past year. As our world is focusing on so many narratives with difficult social, political, religious and economic factors it can become unsettling. I take great solace in the fact that at Jewell we are developing students who are equipped to live deeply in this world that seems to be increasing in complexity. We see students effectively wrestle with difficult and layered issues, apply sound analysis and develop creative solutions that bring in multiple perspectives. A liberal arts education primes students to engage the questions of our day and educate citizens who can embrace the complexities. I am thankful that at Jewell we can take this seriously, our students engage it with vigor and the hope for tomorrow is one that is filled with potential. I offer my best regards for you and yours to have a blessed holiday season and hope for the New Year!
Sincerely, Dr. Kelli Schutte, Chair of the Department of Business and Leadership
By Jessica Shockley – Professors Shelly McVay, Landon Young and Elise Fisher are leading 12 Juniors and Seniors on a four-day learning journey through Las Vegas, Nevada in early January. The cornerstone of this experiential and service learning trip is the Consumer Electronics Show, where new consumer electronics products are debuted. This electronics trade show is internationally known and attracts major companies and industrially professionals worldwide. The CES is very difficult to secure tickets to and even professionals in the industry must wait for a lottery-style selection to see if they are allowed in for any given year. Students who are accompanied by Business faculty, however, are admitted with proof of school attendance. Continue reading
Easton Koch ’18
By Anna Biondo and Emma Alley – Among William Jewell’s creative, innovative and talented students, Easton Koch has made himself stand out. As a sophomore who plays basketball for the Cardinals, Easton still makes time for his passion: designing men’s clothing. Being from the Kansas City Metro influences his designs as he draws inspiration and ideas from what he sees in Kansas City. In fact, the company name, “easton k. kansas city”, reflects his hometown and puts the focus of the line on his interpretation of KC.
Two years ago, Easton began putting his dreams into a reality. He taught himself how take his design visions and to sketch them onto paper. Easton designs jeans, flannels, and different types of jackets including denim. He calls this type of clothing “tailored street wear”.
“I wanted each piece and collection to represent where I’m from, but I didn’t want the focus to get lost in some cliché name or title.” -Easton Koch.
During the past summer Easton sized the patterns for his clothing, a long and difficult process. The first piece he made was a pair of jeans, followed by eleven other pieces – each personally made. “I wanted each piece to represent where I’m from, but I didn’t want the focus to get lost in some cliché name or title.” He hopes to soon have a manufacturer who will help produce his clothing at a much faster rate and plans to open a loft in downtown Kansas City to sell his designs, complemented by a lounge with live music. Continue reading
Aaron and Annie Davidson
By Timothy Posler – William Jewell College alumni Aaron Davidson ‘07 is the Director of Product Development and Portfolio Management of the Centene Commercial Insurance Group. The Centene Corporation is a $10 billion Fortune 500 company, located in the greater St. Louis area. They provide services to government healthcare programs. In 2013, was named to St. Louis’s 30-under-30 by the St. Louis Business Journal.
Through William Jewell, Davidson was able to acquire an internship to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in 2006. The Fed actively recruits at William Jewell College and accepts interns every year from our students. His first job post-Jewell was at Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, as a Client Support Specialist. Cerner is in the healthcare IT business and currently is the fastest growing corporation in the Kansas City area. Davidson worked at Cerner for two years before deciding to pursue his Master’s Degree in Business Administration at Washington University – St. Louis. Continue reading
Hannah Nicolay ’18
Jewell Business Today, the quarterly publication of the William Jewell Department of Business and Leadership, is pleased to officially welcome Hannah Nicolay as Co-Managing Editor. Hannah has previously served as staff writer for Jewell Business Today and has assisted editors Gretchen Mayes and Madison Giles on the winter edition.
Hannah is a sophomore double majoring in Business and Communication. She is involved around campus in many organizations such as Delta Zeta and the Emerging Leaders Conference Leadership Team. Hannah is looking forward to helping people in and outside of Jewell to recognize the awesome activities and accomplishments of our students.
As Gretchen Mayes “retires” from her managing editor position, Hannah will be working along side of Madison Giles and the JewellBiz staff. Madison is grateful for Gretchen’s many contributions and excited for Hannah to take on this new responsibility. “Hannah is an energetic and accomplished worker and will be a great asset to the Jewell Business Today team in her new leadership role.”
By Lindsey McCoy – Several William Jewell students with an interest in economics are forming a new organization here on campus – The William Jewell Economics Association. The intent is to bring a deeper understanding and appreciation of economics as a supplement to formal courses. The President of the new association is Alex Holden, Vice President is Jordan McMurray and Treasurer/Communications is Dean Pinhas. Dr. Yuriy Bots, Dr. Gregg Whittaker and Director of Creativity and Innovation Landon Young are serving as faculty advisors. Continue reading
Shelby Ridenhour, Chapter Founder & President
By Aerin Creamer and Annali Dolman – Shelby Ridenhour (Junior Psychology, R&S, ACT-In Major) led the initiative to develop William Jewell’s first chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success. This organization is the largest collegiate leadership honor society in the United States, with 500 Chapters, and 500,000+ Members. The National Society of Leadership and Success aims to assist students discover and achieve their goals, and develops them personally, professionally, and academically with an involvement-based leadership program.
Students are selected by their college for membership based on leadership potential. Candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction. In addition to honorable distinction, the Society provides a step-by-step program for members to build their leadership skills through participation at their campus or online. Upon completion of the program, members receive a leadership certificate and take their place among the top student leaders at their campus and across the country. Continue reading