Election Season – A Time For Critical Thinking

Schutte-2-2011-bEach fall on the hill brings about new learning, beautiful sceneries, football and signs of winter. Every four years there is a slightly heightened energy on campus as we engage political discussions and prepare for changes in our nation. This year the political landscape is one fraught with controversy, animosity and difficult conversations. As our students prepare to elect our next president and for many the first time casting a vote, I have been encouraged by the conversations in class, in my office and on the sidewalk.

Jewell prides itself on developing critical thinkers.   When we think of critical thinking we can break it into two components. First the students must have the knowledge that generates beliefs and the skills to process the information that they receive and, second, they must develop the habit based on that intellectual commitment of using those skills to guide their behavior.   I am watching this unfold as students take in the good, the bad and the ugly of this election cycle and make decisions that fall on both sides of the aisle but are backed up by their ability to take in complex information, make decisions and let their behavior be guided by their process. I am encouraged by this generation of learners and thankful for their thoughtfulness.

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 autumn.

Dr. Kelli Schutte, Chair of the Department of Business and Leadership

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Dr. Neil Ericsson Delivers Annual Everett P. Truex Lecture

Dr. Neil R. Ericsson

Dr. Neil R. Ericsson

By Hannah Nicolay – Dr. Neil Ericsson, a research professor of Economics at The George Washington University and principal economist at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington D.C., delivered the keynote speech at the annual Everett P. Truex Economic & Financial Forum. This forum was established by Everett Truex to assemble top thinkers in a conversation about economic and financial issues. This forum has brought many influential people in the world of economics and finance and on October 27th, 2016 another distinguished name was added to that list. Dr. Neil Ericsson lectured on big data, how it is used, who uses it, and its strengths and weaknesses. Over 300 students, faculty, alumni and college leaders were in attendance Continue reading

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Professor Tabetha Hazels Joins Business Faculty

Professor Tabetha Hazels

Professor Tabetha Hazels and Family

By Lisa Erhart – Among the many new faces at William Jewell College this fall, business professor Tabetha Hazels feels back at home in Jewell Hall.

A native of Leavenworth, Kansas, Hazels attended William Jewell College where she studied Business Administration and English and earned a Bachelor of Science degree. She knew from the beginning that she wanted to eventually teach business law so she set her sights on achieving that goal. While at Jewell, she was actively involved in the Delta Zeta Sorority, the Academic Achievement Center, and Delta Mu Delta (Jewell’s national honor society in business administration). Throughout college, she worked vigorously to balance academics and outside jobs. Jewell impacted her life positively as she was able to form one-on-one relationships with her professors and get valuable guidance as a participant in the mentor program. Continue reading

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Jewell’s Macy Tush Igniting Creativity

Macy Tush

Macy Tush ’18

By Gretchen Mayes – William Jewell College student, Macy Tush, presented a discussion about the value of community and helping each other become better.

University Innovation Fellow (UIF) and physics student Macy Tush had the opportunity to help facilitate a breakout workshop for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley this summer. Her breakout session covered the value of community and helping each other become better. Macy credits much of the lessons she taught to lessons she learned at Jewell. She says, “Knowing that I have a community here at Jewell that will support me in my aspirations is incredibly empowering.” Continue reading

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Cardinal Consultants Help Educators Prepare Students For Successful Careers

cardinal-consulting-logoBy Madison Giles – Each fall semester a group of Jewell business students become consultants for businesses in the Kansas City area. In the past, students have consulted for VML, Kellogg’s, Sprint, Western Union and many other prominent organizations. This fall semester students are consulting with the William Jewell College Department of Business and Leadership and the Blue Valley Center For Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS). The Blue Valley CAPS program is an innovative program in Johnson County, Kansas allowing students in the Blue Valley School District to gain experience in the business sector before they graduate from high school. Many other school districts around the United States have followed the lead of CAPS and developed their own programs. Continue reading

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Trevor Nicks ’17 Cofounds Biotech Company

Trevor Nicks '17

Trevor Nicks ’17

By Will Hyde – While some students spend their summers relaxing at home or vacationing, students like Trevor Nicks help start companies. A senior biochemistry major and business administration minor, Trevor traveled to Cork, Ireland to cofound Spira as the biotechnology company’s Chief Science Officer. Spira is focused on unlocking and developing the full nutritional potential of spirulina, a type of blue-green algae rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids and antioxidants. Continue reading

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Jewell Student Fashion Line Nearing Launch

Easton Koch '18

Easton Koch ’18

By Will Hyde – “I don’t think anybody thinks I’m really that serious about it until they see the collection I put together,” says Easton Koch ‘18, about his upcoming fashion line.  “I’m just heavily inspired and know what I want in life so I don’t really have any problems letting those two things push me to do what I want to do.”  Easton, a junior Business Administration Major, has been interested in fashion most of his life, explaining that, “It started with basketball shoes.  I would sketch different shoe silhouettes and pretend I’d send them off to Nike.” It is important to note Easton is also on William Jewell’s basketball team. Being introduced to street fashion in high school encouraged him to, “reciprocate that aesthetic in my own way.” Continue reading

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