This time of year seems to bring with it the drive to operate at an unsustainably fast pace. With year-ends, gift buying and holiday parties it is hard to take time to pause, reflect and enjoy the moment. Webster defines reflection as “a thought, idea or opinion formed; or a remark made as a result of meditation.” Reflection is not something that is easily multi-tasked or something to check off the list. Rather it is what I like to think of as part of the rhythm of a life that leads to flourishing. Reflection is part of the good life that motivates one to be a critical thinker and a contributing member of society. Without taking the time to stop, form a new idea, opinion or thought once in awhile one becomes stagnant and complacent which leads to the status quo. Now more than ever we need creative solutions, unifying approaches and critical analysis of the status quo. So in the rush of the holiday season give yourself the gift of flourishing by stopping to reflect and enjoying a new way of thinking or a slightly altered perspective on life. Enjoy!
Please take a moment to look through the articles in this issue of Jewell Business Today. From all of us in the Department of Business and Leadership, here is wishing our students, alumni and friends a happy, safe and productive winter.
Dr. Kelli Schutte, Chair of the Department of Business and Leadership
Students in Professor Shelly McVay’s Business Capstone course have been working to help PawsAbilities, a project of Inclusion Connections, located in Johnson County, Kansas. Inclusion Connections is a nonprofit, which works with youth with developmental disabilities. IC utilizes volunteers for all programming, open to teens, adults and groups. The organization’s goal is to create an inclusive atmosphere in the community.
IC PawsAbilities teaches members job skills, which translate into real jobs in the community. PawsAbilities clients are making and distributing dog treats and toys in the community while learning business skills not available elsewhere, including creating, packaging, marketing and distributing products. Continue reading
With the help of economics professor Dr. Yuriy Bots, economic students were able to be a part of a TradeWins simulation. TradeWins is a business simulation exercise presented in an interactive format, which involves all participants as executives of hypothetical companies located in many different countries with an interest in a certain technology. Each company executive team has a set of objectives as they produce their particular version of the technology involved. Continue reading
Every year the students in the Business 305 Principles of Marketing course develop and present ideas about branding, advertising, and social media campaigns to a local nonprofit organization.
One of the nonprofit organizations students worked for during the fall semester was The Farmer’s House. The Farmer’s House, located in Weston, Missouri, is a working farm and market where children, youth and adults with disabilities work, play and learn life skills. Continue reading
By Lisa Erhart – Delta Mu Delta is the national honor society for undergraduate students obtaining business related majors. It is the highest scholastic recognition offered to students by the Department of Business and Leadership. Juniors and seniors who are majoring in business administration, accounting, or economics and are in the top 20% of their class are eligible to apply for Delta Mu Delta membership.
Accounting professor Chris McCullick, is the chapter advisor for Delta Mu Delta. He took a few minutes on November 16th to answer some questions for Jewell Business Today. Continue reading
By Madison Giles – A major aspect of the curriculum at William Jewell is critical thinking. Students start out their freshman year by taking Responsible Self, which is a class that develops a student’s critical thinking skills. William Jewell has many other classes that work to continue developing these skills, but it can be challenging in some departments to accomplish this.
Professor Chris McCullick has made great strides to continue developing student’s critical thinking skills within the accounting department. A recent example is the creation of an accounting Escape Room. This room challenges students to think critically and solve problems in order to escape. Students must have an understanding of financial statements, critical thinking skills, and the ability to collaborate with others in order to find and decode the various clues leading to the key that will open the door that just closed behind them. Students may request no more than two clues as they communicate with Professor McCullick by walkie-talkie. Continue reading
Throughout the year many students have had the opportunity to intern with the Kansas City Chiefs professional football organization. Marketing Professor Shelly McVay and Chris Stathos, an alumnus of William Jewell College who now works in the Chiefs organization as partner activation specialist, facilitated this relationship.
Mr. Stathos eagerly assists William Jewell students who seek exposure to and experience in the sports marketing space. While WJC does not offer a sports marketing major, interested students may consult with marketing Professor Shelly McVay who can facilitate hands on experiences with the Kansas City Chiefs and other sports-related organizations. Continue reading