Accounting Department News

Carson Hobby – When it comes to accounting students, the fall semester can be busy because it is the time when firms are looking to hire. They are looking to hire interns who they believe will become full-time employees once they graduate. Firms typically look to hire during the fall semesters because the spring semesters are when busy season starts for them. WJC Accounting Professor Chris McCullick is very excited for the students that have already signed to start working next semester at various firms. These firms include KPMG, BKD, Grant Thornton, MarksNelson, and Hoover and Hibdon, as well as other local and regional firms.

Senior accounting and economics major Nick Gavin has a full time position with BKD, a regional CPA firm, starting this upcoming summer. He will be working in their tax department as a tax associate. This means that he will be working on corporate tax returns in several different industries. Nick will be taking the CPA exam this summer before starting with BKD.

Mitchell Lummis, another senior accounting and economics major, has accepted an internship with MarksNelson during the spring semester. This internship is a busy season internship, so he will be working from January to April doing audits. Since this internship is during busy season for CPA firms, he is expecting to be working 40-50 hours a week. Mitchell will have to balance his schedule accordingly between classes, MarksNelson, and being a member of the Men’s Golf team.

Now may be the hiring season for CPA firms, but there are still opportunities out there. Professor McCullick is excited to see where all of his accounting students’ careers take them.

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News From Jewell’s DECA Chapter



By: Carson Hobby – William Jewell’s DECA Chapter will have some new faces as their new officers have just been appointed. The three newly appointed officers are:

Ryan Hiatt- President
Parker Tergin- President Elect/Communications Director
Ty Pratt- Vice President/Finance Advisor

These officers will also be a part of DECA’s “Shadowing” model. The “Shadowing” model is when the future cabinet shadows the current cabinet so that they receive on-the-job training during the year. This allows for a smoother transition when officer changes come around again.

DECA is an international association for college and high school students that are interested in marketing, management, and entrepreneurship. Jewell’s DECA chapter has been around for 3 years and is led by their faculty advisor Professor Shelly McVay. The DECA team also works with high schools in the area on various workshops. They are planning on having a High School Workshop on November 8th for an evening of “pizza and prep.” This will be a time where teams will go through workshops to work on their case prep, presentation skills, and time management. Professor Shelly McVay says that these workshops are “a great service project for DECA and a wonderful way for high school students to be exposed to William Jewell and its DECA program.” Continue reading

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Business Seminar Course Features Experiential Learning

By Kahluna Bouchard – Business 403 (Self Designed Project) is a business seminar course involving student internships designed to provide hands-on experience in the real world before leaving college.

While much of the course is administered online, students meet with Department of Business Professor Shell McVay three times during the semester. According to Professor McVay, “While this is technically an online course, I formally meet with students three times during the semester as a large group and again at the end of the
semester with their presentations.  I also meet often with students
one-on-one in their teams to provide direction.  Students also have to
provide status updates on our online course portal (Moodle) at regular intervals to make sure they are staying up to date with their milestone timelines”.

During the fall semester, students are working with businesses in the Kansas City metro area. These businesses include Commerce Bank, Paws Ability, Sport Business Fellowship and the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Service Learning With Adalante Thrift

By Jaymes Ginn – Professor of Marketing Shelly McVay, along with students Ryan Hiatt, Ty Pratt, Dalton Dye, Sarah Lewis, and others, will be working throughout the semester with Adalante Thrift, in the Kansas City area, to aid in the development of the Adalante Thrift brand.

Adalante Thrift is a local nonprofit company that is committed to empowering immigrants and refugees in the local community. The company first opened in 2015, and initially struggled, before reaching success after three years of business. The Adalante Thrift Store in Kansas City, Kansas will allow students at Jewell to participate in the development of their branding, logos, tag lines, and supporting rationale, in order to gain hands-on experience working with a professional nonprofit company in Kansas City. They will also be creating supportive physical collateral pieces such as brochures, posters, fliers, coupons, buttons, and bags, as well as collaborating with local TV, radios, and forms of social media for advertisement of their work. Students will gain hands-on knowledge and experience which will boost their portfolios, as well as credit towards potential Act-In majors’ Reflective Citizenship requirement. The Adalante Thrift also gains meaningful employment at no cost to them, as well as potential interns for successful students. Continue reading

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Congratulations To Our 2018 Graduates

“As you start your journey, the first thing you should do is throw away that store-bought map and begin to draw your own.”            – Michael Dell

Welcome to the summer 2018 issue of Jewell Business Today!

As we say goodbye to the class of 2018 we know we are sending them into a world that is in a state of constant change. We know that they will take jobs in the future that don’t even exist right now. We know they will have new experiences, create new things and engage the world in ways we can’t even imagine. And we know they are prepared. We don’t educate with a road map at Jewell; rather we educate map-makers who create their own path. We focus on critical thinking. We calibrate our educational process to confront those changes head on so our alumni are prepared to map their own path.

So, to our alumni, new and old, and to our many other friends – create your routes and explore new territories. We are proud of you and excited to see where your adventures take you.

Please take a moment to catch up on the news and accomplishments within the Department of Business and Leadership in this issue of Jewell Business Today.


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

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Junior Canyon Mallory To Intern In Bogota

By Lindsey Jordan – Internships are a vital part of a student’s experience and many professionals will even say you need one on your resume to secure a job after graduation. Internships enable the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the working world that regular college classes cannot provide. Oftentimes internships can lead to a future career within the same organization.

Canyon Mallory, a junior at William Jewell College has a unique internship opportunity that, perhaps, will give him an edge compared to other candidates in the future. Canyon is currently at William Jewell majoring in Business Administration and also minoring in Spanish. He is a native of Olathe, Kansas where he attended Olathe North High School. Mallory is a member of the baseball team at Jewell where he is a pitcher for the Cardinals.

The summer internship secured by Mallory will take him to Bogotá, Colombia where he will be working for the company, Vigilant Solutions, at one of their satellite locations. Vigilant Solutions offers a software platform that many law enforcement agencies use worldwide. Their platform includes facial recognition and license plate recognition among many other capabilities.   South America isn’t as foreign to Canyon as it might be for others because of prior travel to Bolivia, as well as Honduras and Guatemala. However, Colombia will be new territory for him. Continue reading

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Katie Bird ’20 To Study In Amsterdam

Katie Bird ’20

By Hayden Schmidt – Jewell Rising Junior Katie Bird has one of the more exciting years coming up. The mathematics and economics major will be spending August through December of this year studying economics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, by utilizing her Jewell Journey Grant. She will be spending most of her time in the economics classes but is particularly excited about the econometrics and time series classes. However, her time will not exclusively be spent on studying the allocation of scarce resources – Katie will also be taking a class that studies the history and culture of the Netherlands.

Katie’s interest in studying abroad stems from her athletic career. Like a significant number of Jewell students, Katie is a student athlete. Though she plays golf now, she recalls playing soccer with a Belgian foreign exchange student before her time here on campus. Katie and the foreign exchange student’s relationship allowed her to learn a great deal about life in Belgium. It was over this past summer that Katie began researching study abroad programs. This research lead her to the IES Abroad Amsterdam- Business and Economics program, which she felt that was a good fit for her because IES would allow her to take classes that will contribute to her major.

Katie’s opportunity will undoubtedly prove extremely beneficial to her education. The  Jewell Journey Grant program has played an integral part in making Katie’s dream of studying abroad a reality.

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