Dr. Gregg Whittaker To Retire After 19 Years At Jewell

Dr. Gregg Whittaker

By Christian Hunt – Jewell is losing a professor beloved by both students and faculty alike, as Dr. Gregg Whittaker will be retiring from Jewell after the spring semester. As a leader in the Department of Business and Leadership, Dr. Whittaker has taught courses in economics and finance as well as innovation and entrepreneurship.

When asked to reflect about his time here at Jewell, Dr. Whittaker had nothing but good things to say about the college. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure at Jewell and have too many great memories to count. It is truly a remarkable institution with amazing students. It has been my honor to be a part of the Jewell faculty for these past 19 years and I will forever be thankful for the students I have met and friends I have made.”

Dr. Whittaker achieved many things here at Jewell but one of his favorites was being named “Best Dressed Teacher” by one of the sororities. You could always catch Dr. Whittaker sporting around his Yankee hat and collared tee. “Those who know me will appreciate the irony”, Whittaker said about the award. Continue reading

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DECA Team Excels At Missouri State Competition

In late February the Jewell DECA team participated in the annual Missouri State competition. All fourteen students earned proficiency awards in their respective events, while ten students earned top spots in their events which qualified them to go to the International Career Development Conference in Washington, D.C. in April.  

Carson Trent – Accounting (4th Place)
Christian Ousnamer – Human Resources (1st Place); Sales Meeting Management (2nd Place)
Collin Kasitz – Corporate Finance (5th Place)
Jameson Howard – Human Resources- Human Resources (2nd Place)
Mitch Lummis – Accounting (3rd Place)
Sutton Porth – Fashion Merchandising and Marketing (4th Place)
Jakob Miller and Tanner DeVore – Business Ethics (1st Place)
Jacob Dice and Parker Tergin – Sports and Entertainment Marketing (3rd Place)

In addition, the Jewell Quiz Bowl team earned 3rd Place which earned them $300 toward ICDC expenses.  Also, our chapter was named Distinguished Chapter Executive Passport Recipient.  DECA faculty advisor Professor Shelly McVay said, “This is a great honor given that our chapter is only three years old and we are competing with the big state schools such as MU, Central Missouri State and Southeast Missouri State”.

DECA is an international association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales and service. The organization prepares leaders and entrepreneurs for careers and education in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and other business areas.

DECA is organized into two unique student divisions each with programs designed to address the learning styles, interest and focus of its members. The High School Division includes 200,000 members in 3,500 schools. The Collegiate Division includes over 15,000 members in 275 colleges and universities.

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Jewell Introduces New Data Science Major

By Zach Saalfeld – In the fall of 2018, Jewell will introduce a new Data Science Major designed to educate students in the collection of information and data, analysis and interpretation in order to make useful and critical decisions.           

The addition of Data Science will develop skills in utilizing tools such as Python, HTML and CSS, JavaScript, R, Tableau, D3.js, SQL, and MATLAB. The Data Science Program directors are Department of Physics Chair, Dr. Maggie Sherer and Department of Chemistry Chair, Dr. Jason Morrill.

“This is a really up and coming field and more people need data analysis skills,” said Sherer with excitement for the new programs being offered. “Data is the foundation of the pyramid followed by information that leads to knowledge and reaching the ultimate goal of wisdom which students will attain through this major”.

The curriculum will include five emphasis areas which are: Mathematics and Modeling; Business Intelligence; Bioinformatics; Molecular Design; and Economic Analysis. The Data Science Major will incorporate core classes as well as other required courses pertaining directly to a desired field of Data Science depending on a student’s particular emphasis.

The addition of the new Data Science Major to the academic profile of William Jewell will integrate well within its liberal arts education and will continue to challenge students to think critically in the ever-changing world.

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Coach Larry Holley’s 900th Win

Coach Larry Holley

By Christian Hunt – This Jewell basketball season is one to remember. Not just because of the success both basketball teams had as they both made their conference tournaments respectively, but for something we do not see too often.

Head Men’s Coach Larry Holley joined a special club this season as he achieved his 900th win as a head coach. Coach Holley joins the short list of names that include, but aren’t limited too, Bob Knight, Jim Boeheim, Mike Krzyzewsky, Harry Statham, Danny Miles, and Dave Holmquist. When asked about the accomplishment and what he holds more dear, his first collegiate win or his 900th, he said it’s got to be the 900th. He stated that “At the time it was win #1 against Park University, November 25, 1969 – my first year as the head coach at Central Methodist College (now University) but the answer now is #900 because of the number of student-athletes and assistant coaches who were involved in those 900 wins.” Continue reading

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Jewell Students Access KU Master of Accounting Program

By Tre Mask – On February 6 several Jewell Accounting Majors attended The University of Kansas MAcc (Master of Accounting) Program Meeting and Career Expo. In addition to conversing with representatives from KU, Jewell students had the opportunity to network with over twenty professional accounting firms and businesses. Students were provided detailed information about the KU MAcc program, summer leadership events and internship opportunities.  

Under an agreement between William Jewell College and The University of Kansas, Jewell students now have direct access to KU’s Master of Accounting program. In order for Jewell students to be admitted to this program they must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher. Continue reading

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All Welcome At Monday BizTime Coffees

By: Chance Nelson – If you’ve been on the first floor of Jewell Hall Mondays between 10:15 and 11:00 a.m., then you might have noticed a fun, creative-looking room with a group of students inside, actively engaging with some prominent individuals in the business world. If you’ve been wondering what’s going on and if you like the idea of free coffee and pastries, then wonder no more…This is BizTime. Continue reading

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Interview With BizTime Student Moderator

Senior Jack Kutey

By Chance Nelson – This year’s BizTime moderator is senior Jack Kutey. Jack is a business student who is involved in a number of activities on campus in addition to being BizTime moderator. He is a member of the football team and a part of the KA organization, as well. The following is from a recent interview regarding his experiences this spring as BizTime moderator:

How did you obtain the position?
Professor McVay helped gain this position through the projects we have been doing in BUS 403.

As planners and moderators what does your job entail?
Essentially, I developed a list of potential guest speakers, then submitted those names to Director of Career Development Marissa Bland, and Business Department Chair Dr. Kelli Schutte who extended invitations to potential guests. I then coordinate times, arranged for coffee and Danish, welcomed guest speakers to campus, introduced the speakers and guided the conversations. Continue reading

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