Dr. Kelli Schutte, Chair – Department of Business and Leadership
March is one of my favorite times of the year. There are many reasons why but the most honest one is that I am a basketball fanatic and March Madness is simply sublime. I grew up in a home with a Dad who played semi-professional basketball so you can say it is in my blood. One of the things I love about the madness is that there is always an unsung hero who rises to the top during the tournament play, there is always the anticipation of the Cinderella team, and the hope of the next round burns intently in each player. Their hard work, dedication and focus become amazingly acute. This hope is akin to what I see in our graduating seniors. They have put in the hard work, they are hopeful for their future and they are ready to take the court. This week I have been writing a number of letters of recommendations and this class is filled with superstars who will rise to the top as they jump into the game. Just as I am always sad to see “bracketology” come to an end I anticipate that the close of this year will be a tough one. As we say goodbye to some of the best and the brightest, we have the full assurance that they are prepared to take up their roles, prepared to fight for the next round and see their hard work pay off. Congratulations to our graduating seniors! We are proud of you and welcome you into an elite group of alumni.
Sincerely, Dr. Kelli Schutte, Chair of the Department of Business and Leadership
Mr. Mike Duke
Students, Faculty, Alumni Welcome. Mr. Mike Duke, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., will deliver the annual Distinguished Executive Lecture in Business and Leadership on April 17, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Yates-Gill College Union. Mr. Duke was President and Chief Executive Officer of Wal-Mart from 2009 to 2014. Prior to that, he served as Vice Chairman of the company, with responsibility for Walmart International. Mr. Duke leads a strong management team that is focused on keeping Walmart’s mission of “saving people money so they can live better” relevant to every customer, every day. The company also continues to broaden and accelerate its global efforts on environmental sustainability, responsible sourcing and associate opportunity.
By Kristen Stivers - In January, a group of Jewell students and friends of Jewell led by Executive In Residence Don Huntington traveled to historic Rancho de los Caballeros in the upper Sonoran desert near Wickenburg, Arizona. Nestled in a unique ecosystem and framed by the Weaver Range, the White Range, McDowell, and Bradshaw Mountains the 20-thousand-acre guest ranch was founded in 1950 by Dallas Gant and his family and is owned and operated today by Dallas’ son, Rusty Gant. Los Caballeros, its environs and activities provided a splendid setting for Jewell students to experience “Jewell in the Desert”, a Journey Grant opportunity organized by Professor Huntington. The group of students included Stephanie Mullen, Lani Seaborn, Jiabei Sun, Chloe Kittle, Chris Smith and Josh Houck. Continue reading
By Evan Jones - 3T Design is a T-Shirt and graphic design business team headed by Jewell students Gavin Hodges, Luke Longfield, and Nick Cody. The group prints graphics they design on the computer and place them on shirts in a variety of creative ways. In a written interview, I asked Gavin Hodges about the start up, the help the group received along the way, and advice they had for other students looking to go into the business world. Continue reading
By Steven Schultz - January marked the grand opening of the new Idea X-Change on the first floor of historic Jewell Hall. The IDEA X-Change is part of a campus-wide initiative to develop a sustainable environment of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship funded by a $500,000 grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Continue reading
By Channing Wall - Jewell team, “RoundIt”, consisting of accounting and finance professor Dr. Chris McCullick and students Bradley Dice and Gatlin Herbet, competed in the Lean Startup Competition February 7-9 sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship and Google Fiber. Competing against seven teams comprised of students, entrepreneurs, and community members representing area universities including KU, UMKC and Rockhurst, the Jewell team “RoundIt” took first place.
By Megan Brake – Professor Kelli Schutte, Ph.D., has been a Business professor at Jewell for nearly a decade. She holds an economics degree from Calvin College, a Masters Degree in Finance from Western Michigan University and a Ph.D. in Labor Relations from Michigan State University.
Prior to joining the William Jewell faculty in 2004, Dr. Schutte served as a commercial bank lending officer and professor at her alma mater, Calvin College. In January 2009, she was appointed Chair of the William Jewell Department of Business and Leadership and continues in that role today. Continue reading