Business Students and Nonprofits Working Together

By Chance Nelson – Junior and Senior Business Administration students who are currently enrolled in Professor Shelly McVay’s Business 403 – Business as Practice course at William Jewell College are working with a number of non-profit organizations around the Kansas City-Metro area, including Veronica’s Voice, Surplus Exchange, Inclusion Connections, Cura Collegiate, and new high-school mentorship programs. As a senior Business Administration student, I have had the opportunity to work with a number of these organizations throughout my college career. Continue reading

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Economics Club News

Econ Club President Jacob Dice

By Jordan Lindsey – At a recent evening meeting of the Economics Club, the topics of conversation were international economy, currency and Forex trading. Dr. Yuriy Bots (Club Sponsor and Professor of Economics) shared and discussed his international currency collection with members of the club.

Club president Jacob Dice is meeting with the Kansas City Area Development Council to identify opportunities for club members to learn more about the community and to become involved in some of the Council’s activities. Additionally, Dice is arranging for the club to host speakers from the Federal Reserve and to visit their facilities.

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Delta Mu Delta Initiation Set For April 25

By Hannah Nicolay – International business honor society Delta Mu Delta recognizes and encourages academic excellence of students at qualifying colleges and universities. It seeks to build a community that fosters the well-being of its individual members and the business community through life-long membership.

WJC Delta Mu Delta chapter initiation is scheduled for April 25th, at which a new class of excellent business students will be challenged to carry on the legacy of this esteemed honor society. Currently applications are open for Delta Mu Delta scholarships. All students in the organization are allowed and encouraged to apply for the many different scholarships offered.

The Jewell chapter plans to achieve Delta Mu Delta STAR status in 2018 by inducting either at least 80% of its eligible candidates or more candidates than the previous year, participating in the scholarship program, or completing a community-service project or business-related activity on campus. All interested students are encouraged to apply.

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Classics and Students Are Sources of Holiday Inspiration

About a year ago a friend and I decided to read the top 100 novels of all time and we chose to use the list put out by Time magazine. I have about 10 to go before I accomplish the feat. Our decision grew out of a conversation we were having regarding how approaching a story or theme through someone else’s vantage point was something we have always enjoyed. We were discussing how this has helped us see things more deeply, judge more slowly and live more authentically. By engaging, or in many cases reengaging, these classics we could further develop these abilities and constructively seek solutions of depth to counteract a culture in which we seem to seek solutions within a 140-character limitation.   This ability to see things differently, critically think about the situation and constructively seek solutions is at the heart of what we do at Jewell. Our students are developing empathy, new perspectives and shared experiences as they seek to critically engage our world to move it forward constructively.   Jewell students inspire me daily and during this holiday season I pause to express my gratitude for their tenacious spirit to make this world better than it was yesterday and in doing so bringing hope that takes more than 140 characters to express.

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

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Professor Shelly McVay Leads Successful Problems and Policies Course

Business Professor Shelly McVay

By Erin Cook – During the fall semester, Professor Shelly McVay again led Jewell’s Business Problems and Policies course (Business 406) – a business capstone course focusing on entrepreneurship. The goal of the course is for students to combine all the elements of business that they have learned throughout their time at Jewell. Professor McVay’s objective is for students to leave this course ready to enter the workplace as critical thinkers. She constantly reminds her students to prepare themselves now for the tasks their future leaders will assign them. She believes that her role is to make sure students have been exposed to various situations and have had opportunities to try and to also fail in a safe learning environment so they will know how to succeed when it matters.

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WJC Inaugurates New President And Embraces Vibrant Future

In October 2017, Jewell inaugurated the 15th president of William Jewell College, Dr. Elizabeth MacLeod Walls. She joined our campus in the fall of 2016 and has already been moving and shaping our campus to a greater future. We also launched a brand campaign which has started to share our philosophy of being critical thinkers in community pursuing meaningful lives. For those of you who know Jewell we have always been a place that thinks deeply about complex issues and engages the difficulty of finding effective answers to the problems in our respective disciplines. The idea of being and fostering critical thinkers is nothing new on the Hill. But now it is being shared with our broader community in a way that so effectively captures the heart of Jewell. Join with us by sharing this message, follow us on Instagram or Facebook and tell a high school student about Jewell. This campus takes critical thinking, community and seeking meaning seriously and we want others to join us in this endeavor. Please do!

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

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Thomas W. Laming Presents Keynote At Annual Truex Economic And Financial Forum

Mr. Thomas W. Laming

On Tuesday, November 7, William Jewell College welcomed Mr. Thomas W. Laming as he delivered the keynote remarks at the annual Everett P. Truex Economic and Financial Forum. The event, attended by over 250 students, faculty and guests, was held at 7:30 p.m. in the Yates-Gill College Union, Room 221-222.  The title of Mr. Laming’s presentation was, “Technological Change, Economic Growth, and the Shape of Things to Come”.

Tom Laming is a private investor and consultant. He was formerly Senior Vice President and Lead Portfolio Manager with Scout Investments in Kansas City. Prior to that he was President and Founder of TrendStar Advisors, a money management firm based in Overland Park, Kansas, which was acquired by UMB Financial. He spent 10 years with Buffalo Mutual Funds as Chief Equity Strategist and Co-Lead Manager for the Buffalo Small-Cap, Mid-Cap, Large-Cap, Global and Science & Technology funds.

Tom was previously a technology analyst with Waddell and Reed, and prior to entering investment management he was a spacecraft designer with Lockheed Martin in Denver, Colorado and with Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach, California, and was a Space Shuttle navigation analyst in Houston, Texas. He holds a B.S. with highest distinction in physics from the University of Kansas, an M.S. degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from Indiana University.

Tom has managed five-star rated mutual funds, designed spacecraft, written software, appeared on countless finance-related television programs and played every golf course that has hosted the British Open since it was first played in 1860.

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