This has proven to be another exciting fall on the Hill. We were very excited to host MBA students from China who helped us gain a better understanding of the vastness and smallness of the global community in which we live. We hosted Bill Cobb from H&R Block as our Truex lecturer and had one of our best turnouts for a lecture series with over 200 students and many more guests and faculty in attendance. We held a series of events on campus during Global Entrepreneur Week with many planned and hosted by our student run E-Society. It was an exciting week of events focusing on all different aspects of entrepreneurship. And we introduced two new business courses in the Integrated Healthcare minor – “Organizational Foundations” and “Healthcare in Society”. As we celebrate our December graduates we are excited about their job opportunities, their leadership ability and the impact they will have on our world. Please take the time to read through the articles in this edition of Jewell Business Today. We are enthusiastic about all that is happening in the Business and Leadership department and encourage you to learn more about our happenings and join in when possible.
Sincerely, Dr. Kelli Schutte, Chair of the Department of Business and Leadership
Ronnie Felder and Jessica McGee of VML (center) with Cardinal Consultants.
By Chris Henning – During the fall semester 2014, VML, Inc., a major digital marketing firm headquartered in Kansas City and with offices on six continents, engaged the WJC Cardinal Consulting Group to assist the VML Human Resources Group in developing employee recruiting and assimilation strategies. Working closely with VML Kansas City’s human resources professionals Ronnie Felder – Director, Kristi Veitch, Bethany Luther, Maria Chipman, Jessica McGee and Kimberly Spencer, the Cardinal Consulting team helped create and recommend strategies to attract highly talented and creative applicants by highlighting the vibrant culture, wealth of opportunities and technological growth that VML and Kansas City have to offer. The assignment also included strategies to assimilate new hires into VML and Kansas City with the goal of enhancing employee satisfaction, performance and retention. Continue reading
By Bradley Dice – November 17th – 23rd, 2014 marked the seventh annual Global Entrepreneurship Week. This seven day international celebration of entrepreneurs, begun by Kansas City’s Kauffman Foundation, encouraged a series of events on the William Jewell campus this year.
These events were promoted and supported by Jewell’s five University Innovation Fellows, in collaboration with the Creativity and Innovation program, Student Senate, and other partners. The Fellows for 2014-2015 are Bradley Dice, Conner Hazelrigg, James Milam, Amelia Hanzlick, and Kate McFerren, who serve William Jewell as an interdisciplinary team and work to catalyze a campus culture for innovation and entrepreneurship. Nationally, the Fellowship now includes 168 students representing 88 institutions. The program is run by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter), funded by the National Science Foundation, and directed by Stanford University and VentureWell (formerly NCIIA). Following are some highlights from the week: Continue reading
Loree Hazelrigg (left) with Natalie Pluskota.
By Loree Hazelrigg – Many William Jewell Students use their Journey Grants to create internships or other experiences that will inform and influence their future. For my journey grant I had the opportunity to travel with professional tennis player Natalie Pluskota and her manager on their journey to the US Open. We traveled to tournaments in Evansville, Lexington, Dayton, Atlanta, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. While in Canada Natalie broke her foot and that put a stop to the travelling and showed me a different kind of experience that most professional athletes have to deal with at some point in their career.
Before the career-changing injury, Natalie won the doubles bracket in both Evansville and Lexington, which earned her a wild card invitation to the US Open. On the road I was able to assist her manager with scheduling, media relations, travel plans, and fan goodies. Each morning I would wake up and check her ranking for the WTA and see if she had qualified for the upcoming tournaments. At the tournaments I would meet with the media and give them information about Natalie’s background at the University of Tennessee for their stories or broadcasts. Continue reading
William C. Cobb (left) and Jewell Executive in Residence Don Huntington.
By Emily Scott - On November 19, 2014, William Jewell College welcomed William C. Cobb, President and Chief Executive Officer of H&R Block, Inc., to deliver the keynote remarks at the Everett P. Truex Economic and Financial Forum. Mr. Cobb was named President and CEO of H&R Block, Inc. in May 2011. Since then Mr. Cobb has promoted H&R Block’s main values: believing in people, taking care of clients, and delivering for shareholders. During the evening’s relaxed, question-and-answer presentation, Mr. Don Huntington, Executive in Residence in the Department of Business and Leadership, hosted “A Conversation with Bill Cobb.” Continue reading
By Alan Kline – The winner of the fall 2014 business plan competition in BUS 406: Business Problems and Policy was the “Dorm S.O.S.” team of students Hunter Bingham, Preston Felgate, Michael Hon, Brittany Madsen, Ben Plank, and Josh Sawers. The “Dorm S.O.S.” plan was for a business envisioned to provide dorm-cleaning services for college students.
This capstone business course, led by Professor Elizabeth Hoyt, focuses on two major projects during the semester requiring students to draw from all they have learned in previous courses in order to solve actual business problems. Continue reading
By Max Bennett – Jennifer Ghekas ‘16 is a Mathematics and Economics major with a Business Administration minor. This past summer she worked as an intern at Philadelphia Insurance Companies in Leawood, Kansas and also traveled to their headquarters in Philadelphia for two weeks.
According to Jennifer, “The experience was very helpful in developing a professional lens into the business world. The most important skills I learned involved effective communication, and how important they are when you are not able to have daily face-to-face interactions with people on your team”. As part of her work, she created an insurance product that the company does not currently offer, and presented it to the CEO at the end of the summer.
Jennifer emphasizes the importance of internships for college students. “Getting an internship in college is extremely helpful for figuring out if a particular industry or company is a good possible career fit. It also gets your foot in the door, and can help you to start building important connections for after graduation”.