Meet Executive In Residence Don Huntington

By Hannah Nicolay – Professor Don Huntington. When you ask students who Professor Huntington is you get responses of , “He’s dope,” “Oh I love him,” “He’s the guy that gets up super early and has those 7:45 a.m. classes,” “He’s very knowledgeable in his field.” For those of you who may not know, Professor Don Huntington is the Executive in Residence at William Jewell College.

After speaking with some of his colleagues, I found out that this position was created ten years ago with him in mind. Retired professor, Liz Hoyt, shared with me how Don came to be a part of the William Jewell family. Professor Hoyt had Don come to Jewell to give a guest lecture now and then and also to judge her BUS 406 class competitions. Professor Hoyt said, “I noticed how well he worked with my students… and after Jewell found itself suddenly in need of someone who could teach marketing and management… Don was persuaded to give academia a try.” And what a great thing Don was persuaded to come to Jewell and share all of his knowledge with the students. He has impacted many students lives over the years, mine included. Continue reading

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Jewell Business Students Team Up With Avenue Of Life

By Chance Nelson – During spring semester Professor Shelly McVay’s Business 305 students were tasked with assisting the Avenue of Life organization with various marketing projects. Avenue of Life is a non-profit organization trying to “break the cycle of poverty through community development.” Central to their mission is their commitment to equip and mobilize the community with the goal to facilitate the journey from hand-outs (emergency relief) in crisis, to hand-ups (individual betterment) for those ready to rise above their circumstances, to hand-offs (community development) to indigenous leaders of a transformed community.

Students worked on various projects with Avenue of Life such as “Impact Wednesdays” during which volunteers at the organization engage in various activities to help out those in poverty around the Kansas City Metro area.

These activities may include going out into the community and providing those in need with shelter, food and clothes. Additionally, Avenue of Life offers business training, neighborhood renewal, equipping training, and internship programs. Jewell’s Business 305 students participated by helping to market these events and programs, and spread brand and mission awareness to the public for the purposes of increasing traffic, donations and funding.

Due to the hard work, effort and execution of their work, board members of Avenue of Life have chosen to offer 10 internships this summer to the participating Jewell students. 

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Jewell’s Easton Koch Launches Spring And Summer Fashions

Easton Koch

By Hayden Schmidt – Since his interview with Jared Bajkowski of Ink Magazine back in February, Jewell’s very own Easton Koch has continued to produce clothing products from his brand, Easton K., that are uniquely his own. Months removed from the release of his fall collection, on April 6th, Easton hosted the launch of his spring and summer line at East and West in the Crossroads District. The event was very well attended by friends, family, and avid followers of fashion.

As he mentioned in his interview with Ink, this was Easton’s first line that was American manufactured. Those in attendance at the release commented on the inherent, exceptional quality of these pieces. Because Easton’s lines contain a few different pieces, he is able to ensure that each piece is crafted to the highest standards. His signature, minimalistic style was at the forefront of the line’s launch, all while incorporating fabrics like seersucker and nylon, which are going to be comfortable for the months to come.

Readers can check out Easton’s fashions at

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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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