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The magazine for alumni and friends of William Jewell College Spring 2011

achievement day 2 0 11 : Celebrating the liberal arts tradition

From the President A vote of confidence in the liberal arts Last year at this time, I reported that even though our nation had experienced the most challenging times since the Great Depression, Jewell was fortunate to have a dedicated community of supporters who value higher education. This year, that level of commitment is even more evident. At the College’s Celebration of Achievement in March, I shared the news with nearly 600 friends of Je well that the institution has received gifts and commitments totaling more than $50 million toward the Phase I goal of $55 million f or “Shaping the Journey: The Campaign for Jewell.” Those gifts represent more than 10,500 donors. What that tells us is that there are a great number of people who care about having a national liberal arts college as a regional resource, and that those people are willing to provide significant financial support to maintain the excellence of the institution. It means that William Jewell College matters to our alumni, to our friends, and to the greater Kansas City region.


We believe that great cities deserve great colleges, and we are grateful to those who continue to make William Jewell a great college. We have already made significant progress toward our top funding priority of building a new learning commons that will serve the needs of scholars in the 21st century, and the announcement of a recent $3 million leadership gift from alumni Fred and Shirley Pryor puts us even closer to making this facility a reality. You can read more about our campaign progress in this online issue, or on our ne wly launched campaign website at


It is our hope that by July 1, 2012, we will be able to share with you the news that commitments for the entire $55 million first phase of our Shaping the Journey campaign will be at hand. Economic uncertainties continue to exist in our country and our world, but we are confident that the passion of those who believ e so deeply in William Jewell College will continue to fuel our momentum as we prepare a new generation of leaders.



David L. Sallee


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$3 million gift from alumni Fred and Shirley Pryor fuels Learning Commons project A $3 million naming gift from alumni Fred and Shirley Pryor will support the cornerstone project of William Jewell College’s “Shaping the Journey” campaign. “Fred and Shirley Pryor have once again made a gif t that is both prescient and inspiring,” said Dr. David Sallee, president of William Jewell College. “Nearly two decades ago, they helped us create the Pryor Leadership Fellows Program because they knew that quality leaders hold the key. Now, they understand that learning is different and will continue to evolve. The intellectual heart of the College must lead that evolution. And this Learning Commons will be that vibr ant center that every great college needs.” The new Pryor Learning Commons is the signature project in the first phase of “Shaping the Journey: The Campaign for Jewell,” which focuses on $55 million of priority initiativ es coming out of the College’s strategic plan adopted in late 2007. The Campaign, with over 10,500 donors to date and gifts and commitments of more than $50 million, is on pace t o be the largest in the history of the 162-year-old liberal arts institution.

The announcement of the Pr yor gift marks the beginning of the Campaign’s public phase. Areas of emphasis include the construction of the new Pryor Learning Commons; funding for the College’s Center for Justice and Sustainability; endowed scholarship support; student grants for self-designed projects; support for athletic programs; endowments for faculty and program support; student housing; and annual operating support. “The Campaign is positioned to make the College accessible to all deserving applicants, broaden experiential learning opportunities for students and prepare Jewell to be more responsive to emerging trends in teaching and learning,” said Dr. Chad Jolly, vice president for institutional advancement.

Among the major commitments received to date is a $6.5 million pledge from the Hall Family Foundation made in early 2008. This is the largest single pledge commitment to the College in over a decade, and a majority of the funds support the Pryor Learning Commons. The Shirley (Neff ) Pryor ’56 and Fred Pryor ’56 Kansas City-based William T. Kemper Foundation, Sunderland Foundation, JE Dunn Construction Company and the Gary Dickinson Family Charitable Foundation have also provided significant support to the Campaign’s The Pryors affirmed their belief in the importance of the Learning signature project. The College plans to raise another $3.5 million Commons project. “The world is changing at an unparalleled rate,” toward the Pryor Learning Commons and then begin cons truction. said Fred Pryor, a member of the William Je well College class of 1956 and a member of the College’s Boar d of Trustees. “The role of a great The Campaign for Jewell is currently scheduled to run to 2015 with college like William Jewell is to prepare students for leadership and the second phase beginning in 2012. For more information about service in the future. We are pleased to be able to play a part in that “Shaping the Journey: The Campaign for Jewell,” go to process.” The Pryor gift will fund both construction of the facility and PRYOR LEARNING COMMONS the programming it will support.

Achieveme Celebrating the liberal arts tradition An education that allows students to “connect dots that aren’t immediately connectible” is how Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Jon Meacham described the liberal arts for an Achievement Day audience of nearly 600 people at Kansas City’s Westin Hotel March 3. Meacham, who won the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 2009 for American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, was the keynote speaker for William Jewell’s annual Celebration of Achievement. He spoke fondly of his own liberal arts background. “I am a child of the lib eral arts, unabashedly,” Meacham said. A graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., the coanchor of the PBS show “Need to Know” and former managing editor of Newsweek magazine said small liberal arts colleges provide an environment “set slightly apart from the rest of the world where you learn to think and read in an atmosphere of intimate learning. It opens a window and gives us a glimpse of the world beyond the immediate sensory one.” Achievement Day continues William Jewell’s 67-year tradition of bringing together alumni with the Kansas City community to celebrate the role higher education plays in preparing leaders for the metropolitan area and the world beyond. The benefit supports scholarships and financial aid for deserving Jewell students. Meacham encouraged friends of William Jewell to extol the virtues of the kind of educational experience that colleges like Jewell provide.“If we don’t link the work of the institutions we care about with issues of creativity and global competitiveness then we’ll be presiding over the anachronization and the marginalization of the liberal arts,” Meacham said.“We must be vital and relevant and train young minds to solve problems, to see what others have yet to see, to think energetically about creating jobs and wealth. Jobs and wealth are the oxygen of democracy. History tells us that wide prosperity creates wide opportunity for free societies.” Meacham concluded that “a liberal education is not about living the good life; it is about living a good life—a life of doing good.”

(Top left) 2011 Achievement Day speaker Jon Meacham; (left) Meacham greets Jewell students following the night’s festivities

ent Day 2011: Voices of Achievement Stuart Bascomb ’63, business administration major, now Chairman and CEO, Qualsight Inc.: “Jewell was the right place for me. It was the perfect place to mature as a person. I have found significant benefits over the years in having a broader perspective on issues that was, I believe, founded in my William Jewell education. Without my liberal arts education and experiences while at Jewell I am sure I would not have been able to make the contribution I have been able to make at the companies I have worked for and started.” Robert B. Gengelbach ’69, chemistry major, now President (Retired), Oxea Corporation: “Each of you should be asking yourself what success means for you, both now and in the future. Is it who has the most mone y? The most friends on Facebook? The fanciest car or house? What will give you that feeling that you have truly had a fulfilling and rewarding life? You also must keep learning every day and every year. The techniques of yesterday won’t work today – regardless of the profession. Can you imagine if your classes here were still being taught as they were when I was here? No computers, calculators, email or printers? Teaching changes, just as all other careers change, and you must constantly be updating your knowledge, skills and abilities to achieve success.” Cynthia L. (Hoover) Martin ’81, communication and psychology major, now Judge, Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District: “I am blessed and humbled to be here today, and, frankly, more than a bit embarrassed to be recognized for doing nothing more than what this College prepared me to do. To work hard. To follow my dreams. To give back. To live life in a way that makes it a joy to face a mirror every day. To set goals, and to find an honorable path to achieve them. That is a simple recipe, it seems to me, for success, measured not by the yardstick of wealth, or accolades, or awards. But, rather, by the notion that you are making a difference, such that your absence just might someday be felt. I wish for each of you the same gift.” Diane E.H. Webber ’81, music education major, now Rear Admiral, United States Navy: “I wanted to be a band director and was certain that I'd gotten the best music education possible. But when that didn't pan out, and another opportunity emerged, I took it, because that's what I'd been doing for four years at Jewell. And the sudden shift in plans did not seem in timidating or insurmountable. My education turned out to be much less about music, and much more about learning to think, discovering who I was, putting my talents to good use and taking opportunities as they come.”

The Bascomb family gathered for Achievement Day Convocation, Friday, March 3

Three generations of Gengelbachs call Jewell their alma mater

Cynthia and James Martin

Diane Webber with her son James (a future Jewell student himself) at Achievement Day dinner

Celebrating the student-athlete experience As William Jewell begins a new era in its baseball program with the dedication of the ne w Fred Flook Field, Talley Stadium and Lynn Schlemeyer Cookson Press Box on April 16, the College celebrates the enduring bonds between studentathletes, coaches and parents that are at the heart of the athletic experience at William Jewell. Fred Flook enjoyed a coaching career spanning more than three decades (1962-1970; 1975-2001) of teaching students to enjoy baseball, to win and to believe in themselves. That winning attitude earned Flook a special place in the hear ts of William Jewell College students and alumni. Fred counts a 1968 national championship and 23 conference championships in baseball among his many achievements. His Cardinal teams also took second place in a national bowling tournament and third place in a national wrestling tournament. In addition, Fred coached intramurals, gymnastics, cross country, basketball and football. He introduced the sport of soccer to William Jewell, fielding the College’s first team in 1966. Fred instilled in every student-athlete a positive attitude built on a solid f oundation of respect for each other and their fellow competitors and a genuine love of “the game.” He was inducted into the William Jewell College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. Jack Talley was one of the student-athletes who had the opportunity to benefit from the leadership of Coach Flook. A member of the William Jewell class of 1980, Talley led the Cardinal baseball team to a high level of success from 1977 to 1980. In his first year at Jewell, Jack and his teammates advanced to the third round of the national tournament. Under Jack’s leadership as captain the following year, the team advanced to third in the District 16 playoffs, and Jack received an honorable mention on the NAIA All-American team. The Cardinals won the Heart of America Athletic Conference for the fourth

consecutive year in 1979 and played in the World Series the following year, when Jack earned a spot on the NAIA All-American second team. After graduating with a degree in business administration, Jack joined the Kansas City Royals from 1980 to 1981 with the Gulf Coast League in Sarasota, Fla. His success on the playing field has been mirrored in his business career, his family life and his philanthropic efforts. He was inducted into the William Jewell College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.


Talley ’80

“We built a lot of camaraderie on and off the baseball field,” Talley recalls of his days as a member of the Cardinal baseball team. “Coach Flook taught us to prepare properly and give our best every game. Looking back on his wisdom, it not only served us well on the baseball field, it is also applicable in our lives today.” Talley made a significant gift to help install grandstand seating in the renovated stadium. Lynn Schlemeyer Cookson is the mother of Michael “Stu” Schlemeyer, a baseball player and a business and Applied Critical Thought and Inq uiry major from the Jewell class of 2009. Stu is now a financial advisor based in Denver for Northwest Mutual Financial Network. Cookson ignited the entire project by initiating a generous gift to fund construction of a larger press box equipped with restrooms and concessions. To make the newly renovated baseball stadium a reality, a former student-athlete and the parent of a recent alumnus have stepped up to honor a legendary coach and make significant financial commitments to improving the student-athlete experience as William Jewell transitions to NCAA Division II membership this summer. Their generosity will benefit Jewell student-athletes and fans for decades to come.

Schlemeyer Cookson

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Dr. Ian Coleman

Dr. Elizabeth Sperry

Jewell faculty benefit from Spencer Family Sabbatical Dr. Ian Coleman, professor of music and department chair, and Dr. Elizabeth Sperry, professor of philosophy and department chair, are the recipients of the Spencer Family Sabbatical for the 20112012 academic year. Dr. Coleman and Dr. Sperry will spend the full academic y ear working on special projects in their respective disciplines. The Spencer Family Sabbatical is funded by alumni Bill and Joan Spencer and the Spencer Family Estate to honor the teaching and mentoring of longtime Jewell physics professor Wallace Hilton. The gift seeks to enhance teaching and mentoring capabilities of the current William Jewell faculty while promoting scholarly achievement and faculty excellence consistent with the goals of the College’s strategic plan. The sabbatical includes full pay with a stipend for travel and research. Dr. Coleman will be writing a 30- t o 40minute large-scale, four-movement work for

choir and orchestra. “Many composers who are working in academia find the time pressures of administrative and teaching duties mean they are unable to undertake large-scale projects,” Dr. Coleman said. “Most of my work in the past few years has been shorter pieces. While there is an art and craft in constructing effective pieces within this time frame, it is also of great value for composers to wrestle with the specific issues that arise in the f ormal and dramatic construction of a longer work.”

The Spencer Family Sabbatical is funded by alumni Bill and Joan Spencer and the Spencer Family Estate to honor the teaching and mentoring of longtime Jewell physics professor Wallace Hilton.

Dr. Coleman’s planned composition will be in four movements arranged around the theme of the human need for social gathering: the Entrance or Gathering; The Word and Response; Thanksgiving; and Sending Forth. “While these have obvious expression in a religious setting, I believe that they are inherently found in many of the ways humans gather,” Dr. Coleman said. “This work will attempt to portray the intrinsic humanness in gathering together for our common good.” He has already received a commitment from the Liberty Symphony Orchestra, the choirs of William Jewell College and the Liberty Community Chorus to perform the work. Dr. Sperry plans to write and submit for publication three articles analyzing personal autonomy in society. Two of the articles will focus on the social forces at work in shaping specific situations and relationships. A third will examine the nature of personal autonomy as it relates to elements in Plato’s understanding of the human soul.

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William Jewell offers a variety of options for those interested in giving back to their alma mater. Hilltop Challenge The Hilltop Challenge is an initiative implemented by the William Jewell College Alumni Board of Governors to promote the importance of alumni giving and increase the percentage of alumni who give to the College annually. Classes compete for decade awards and an overall class giving award based on the percentage of alumni who provide a financial gift in a given fiscal year (July 1-June 30). For more information, go to Jewell Fund Trustee Matching Gift Program Affirming the importance of annual alumni support for the Jewell Fund, the William Jewell College Board of Trustees has announced a new matching gift program. The Board of Trustees will provide a matching gift of $100 for any gift to the Jewell Fund from alumni who didn’t give in the previous fiscal year (July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010). In addition, any donor providing a first-time gift to the Jewell Fund of $1,000 or more will be matched with a $1,000 gift from the Board. Gifts to the Jewell Fund impact every aspect of campus life and are a cornerstone for student support at Jewell. Your gift supports top priorities, including financial aid, faculty development, technology enhancements, athletics and building/classroom renovations, while also keeping the college flexible by providing resilience against unexpected challenges. Make your gift go farther this year by taking advantage of the Trustee Matching Gift Program at

John Priest Greene Society To honor the legacy of Dr. John Priest Greene, William Jewell’s longest-serving leader, the College created the John Priest Greene Society to recognize donors who provide a long-term commitment with an annual gift of $1,000 or more to the Jewell Fund. To find out more, go to

Alexander Doniphan Society The Alexander Doniphan Heritage Society is a community of William Jewell College faithful who share the original dream of what a college on "the hill" can become. This group, which includes alumni, friends, faculty, staff and administration, lends support to this cause by including the College in their longterm financial estate planning. For more information, go to Honor Roll of Donors The annual Honor Roll of Donors salutes William Jewell’s partners in achievement. To view the Honor Roll for 2009-2010, go to

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Varsity swimming returns to William Jewell William Jewell College will reinstate the varsity swimming program for men and women in time for competition during the 2011-12 academic year. Jewell will move to the Great Lakes Valley Conference of the NCAA Division II this summer and will compete against fellow conference schools Drury University, Indianapolis University, University of Missouri S&T (men only) and Lewis University.“We are excited to bring back the swimming program at William Jewell,” said Dr. Darlene Bailey, Director of Athletics.“There are many high school and club swimmers who wish to continue to compete at the college level while pursuing a degree at a college like Jewell, and we are thrilled to be able to offer them that opportunity.” Mark Gole, an NCAA Division II national championship swimmer and coach, will lead the revived swimming program at William Jewell. Swimming first became a varsity sport at Jewell in 1962 and competed until the 1990-91 school year.The 1975-76 men’s team was undefeated in dual meets (120) and set 13 school records.

Men’s, Women’s Soccer Teams compete at nationals The William Jewell College men’s soccer team defeated Oklahoma Baptist University 3-2 to advance to the quarterfinal round of the 2010 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Men's Soccer National Tournament in Swimming returns to Jewell with new coach Mark Gole

Orange Beach, Ala., before losing to the University of Science & Arts (Okla.) “We showed our true character, heart and passion with this win,” said Jewell head coach Chris Cissell of the Oklahoma Baptist victory.“Oklahoma Baptist is a great team and we had to grind it out and figure out how to get things done. I was so proud of our team and the way we hung in there to find a way to win.” The women’s soccer team defeated Kansas Wesleyan University 1-0 to advance to the quarterfinal round of the 2010 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Women's Soccer National Tournament in Decatur, Ala., before losing to Baker University.“This was one of the grittiest performances I have ever witnessed from our team,”Cissell said of the Kansas Wesleyan victory.“We had a number of starters sick and banged up but we pulled together as a team to get the job done.”

Jewell soccer player Justin Beck Named ESPN Academic All-America Third Team Senior Justin Beck (Overland Park, Kan.) was voted an ESPN Academic third-team AllAmerican by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He is the first William Jewell student athlete to earn this award. Beck, a marketing major, helped Jewell to a 17-2 record and the program’s second regular-season title in five years. He was a 2010 all-conference first-team honoree and Heart of America Athletic Conference player of the year. To be eligible for Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a

cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 15,000 studentathletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

William Jewell basketball coaches hit career milestones A 59-56 win over Park University on November 9 propelled William Jewell College head men’s basketball coach Larry Holley to 800 career wins. He is in his 32nd year at the helm of the Cardinals (his 40th year overall as a head collegiate coach). Holley is among America’s elite and legendary coaches, having received 14 Coach of the Year Awards, including the prestigious Sears/NABC NAIA National Coach of the Year Award in 1996. He has also been selected to four Halls of Fame. He has been named to the Greater Kansas City Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the NAIA Hall of Fame and the William Jewell College Athletic Hall of Fame. Women’s head coach Jill Cress also recorded a career milestone with her 300th career win following the Cardinals’ 70-55 victory over University of Missouri S & T November 23. Cress, currently in her 15th season at Jewell, is the school’s all-time leader in career wins for women’s basketball. Cress has helped make the Cardinals one of the consistent

front-runners in the competitive Heart of America Athletic Conference, considered one of the strongest NAIA conferences in the nation. Cress has had the opportunity to coach eight AllAmericans (14 selections) and 16 Academic All-Americans (31 selections).

William Jewell names male and female athletes of the year The William Jewell College Athletics Department named its annual Male and Female Athletes of The Year for 2009-10. Hillary Adams (women’s basketball) was selected as the Vicki Larason Landman Memorial Award winner awarded to the Female Athlete of the Year and Nick Larson (men’s basketball) won the Cecil Martin Award as Male Athlete of the Year. Adams, a native of Nevada, Mo., was a four time Honorable Mention NAIA AllAmerican and completed her career with 2028 career points for William Jewell and 305 career assists. She currently sits in second place on the career scoring list and fourth on the career assist list. This is only the third time in school history for a player to reach 2,000 points, and is the only time a player has accumulated 2,000 points and 300 assists. Larson, a Liberty, Mo., native, was named to the Heart of America Athletic Conference first team, and also was named to the NAIA All-American second team. Larson finished the 2009-10 regular season leading the Cardinals in scoring with 638 points good for 19.3 per game. He also led the team in rebounds and blocks with 324 and 39, respectively.


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Daniel Belcher, a 1992 graduate of William Jewell College and a resident of Liberty, Mo., won the 2011 Grammy Award in the Best Opera Recording category. Belcher was recognized for his work as a principal soloist on the recording of Saariaho: L’Amour de Loin. The award recognizes Belcher along with conductor Kent Nagano; soloists Ekaterina Lekhina & Marie-Ange Todorovitch; and producer Martin Sauer. The awards were presented February 13 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, with portions of the presentation airing live on CBS. Belcher attended the awards ceremony. “To say the least, the whole experience was surreal,” Belcher said. “It was humbling for us to be nominated and recognized by our peers. But when they actually called our names for winning, it was one of those out-of-body experiences. I did no t know if any of my colleagues from the recording would be there and in fact, they were not. So, there I was on the stage giving the acceptance speech. It was truly unbelievable. I am so thankful t o have had wonderful arts in education programs growing up in St. Joseph and for such a great education at William Jewell.” Belcher is a world-renowned opera performer who has appeared with New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. He was recognized with William Jewell’s Citation for Achievement award in 2010. Belcher’s portrayal of John Brooke in Adamo’s Little Women was telecast nationwide as part of the PBS series “Great Performances” and was recorded and released on the Ondine label. The critically acclaimed r ecording of L’Amour de Loin previously received the Diapason d’Or award from Diapason Magazine. In the 2009-10 season, Belcher appeared as Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and will appear as Taddeo in L’Italiana in Algeri with Utah Symphony & Opera, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Portland Opera and will return to Houston Grand Opera and also debut with Opera Colorado in future seasons. Belcher received his master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music. “Dan has combined remarkable vocal talent with superior acting skills to become one of the finest young singers in today’s opera world,” said Dr. Don Brown, retired chair of the music department at William Jewell. “He deserves this award, and we are very proud of him.” For more information on Belcher, go to

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Harlaxton College 40th Anniversary Celebration Alumni of Harlaxton College, one of William Jewell’s cooperative British study-abroad programs coordinated by the University of Evansville, are invited to attend a 40th anniversary celebration of Harlaxton’s association with UE. The celebration is planned for July 4-9 at Harlaxton Manor in Grantham, England. Harlaxton alumni from all colleges and countries are invited to return to the Manor to relive the Harlaxton experience. Planners say that the celebration promises to provide a unique opportunity to stay at the college, to visit some of the places last visited many years ago, to meet up with friends from student times, and to catch up on what has happened in the intervening years. Harlaxton alumni are encouraged to contact their roommates, organize class reunions or bring their families to show them where they went to “college in a castle.” The detailed schedule and booking form, including accommodation information and costs, are now available online at

Jewell President David Sallee receives leadership award from CASE Dr. David Sallee, president of William Jewell College, has been recognized with the 2011 Chief Executive Leadership Award from District VI of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The award was presented during the organization’s recent annual conference at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City. In announcing the award, the CASE Recognition Committee cited Dr. Sallee’s leadership during his decade-long tenure as president of William Jewell, an achievement which distinguishes him as the longest sitting president of any college or university in the Kansas City metropolitan area. During Dr. Sallee’s presidency, William Jewell was designated as TIME Magazine’s “Liberal Arts College of the Year” for 20012002 and has been consistently named among “America’s Best Colleges” in such publications as U.S. News & World Report and Forbes Magazine. The committee recognized Dr. Sallee’s leadership in rebuilding following a 2003 tornado strike that decimated campus facilities. “What sets Dr. Sallee apart from others in his profession is his remarkable ability to choose his colleagues carefully, inviting them to share in his vision for the college, and every day trusting them to help shape its future in significant ways,” said Dr. Dan Lambert, president emeritus of Baker University. “He is a collegial president whose strength is openness and humility and whose leader ship leaves no room for arrogance. And this kind of leadership builds great colleges.” Washington, D.C.-based CASE is the leading advocacy organization for higher education in the United States. District VI is comprised of higher education professionals in the states of Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. For more information about CASE and the District VI leadership awards, go to

JEWELL facets Harriman-Jewell Series is part of inaugural season at Kansas City’s new Kauffman Center The Harriman-Jewell Series, the acclaimed performing arts presenting series founded by Jewell alumnus Richard Harriman ’53, will be an integral part of the inaugural season at Kansas City’s new downtown Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Of the18 events in its 47th season, nine will be held at the ne w Kauffman Center. The Series has the distinction of holding performances in both of the Center’s new halls: seven events in the Helzberg Hall and two events in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre, in addition to nine events at the beautifully restored downtown Folly Theater. The Kauffman Center is scheduled to open in the fall of 2011.

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Jewell debaters take state championship William Jewell College debaters Michael Lacombe and Jimmy Stuart won the 2011 Missouri State Championship in parliamentary debate, closing out the final round with fellow Jewell teammates Kyle Mellon and Matt Reisener. As a squad, Jewell won first place in debate sweepstakes. Jewell has now won the state title four years in a row, the first college to earn that distinction. Helping the team win the overall sweeps were the teams of Rosemary Loehr and Spencer Shanks, who placed fourth, and Tim Brooks and Andrew Potter, who placed fifth. “I am so proud of our debaters,” said Director of Debate Dr. Gina Lane. “They’ve worked hard to earn these honors. Jewell debate continues to be the most successful squad in the state and ranked high nationally due to the level of talent our college produces every year.”

Former music department chair dies Dr. Wes Forbis, chairman of the music department at William Jewell College from 1962 to 1981, passed away at his home near Nashville, Tenn., January 14. He was 80 years old. Dr. Forbis received a degree in music education from the University of Tulsa, where he also was a standout football player. He earned a master’s degree in religion from the University of Tulsa; a master’s in music from Baylor University; and a doctorate in music education from Peabody College (now part of Vanderbilt University) in Nashville. He served as the director of the Baptist Student Union and Bible teacher at Del Mar Junior College in Corpus Christi, Texas, and was an instructor of church music and an assistant football coach at the University of Corpus Christi. During his tenure at William Jewell, the music department grew from seven majors to 135, and from one full-time and two part-time instructors to 10 full-time and 12 part-time instructors. The percentage of the student body involved in the music program grew from four to 32 percent. After leaving William Jewell, Dr. Forbis assumed leadership of the church music program for the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tenn. He wrote for the Church Musician and helped organize the publication of the Baptist Hymnal in 1991. Dr. Don Brown, professor of music at William Jewell from 1967 to 2004 and Forbis’ successor as chair of the music department, offered this reminiscence of his friend and colleague: “F ew people in William Jewell’s history have profoundly influenced so many people as has Wesley L. Forbis. He was the right person at the right time. Wes and President Thomas S. Field were the two people who made the Pillsbur y Music Center (completed in 1974) possible. Wes was responsible for the remarkable growth of the music program; Dr. Field saw and acted on the need. Wes did not graduate from William Jewell, but he believed in, loved and supported the College.”

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Parsons Dance offers world premiere of piece dedicated to Jewell’s Richard Harriman A new work by choreographer David Parsons honors the memory of Harriman-Jewell Series founder Richard Harriman ’53. Harriman, who died in July, was a mentor, friend and early supporter of Parsons’ work. The new piece, Portinari, is inspired by the acclaimed Brazilian painter, muralist and political activist Candido Portinari. Portinari executed two 46-foot tall murals, titled “War” and “Peace,” for the United Nations General Assembly Building in New York. They were donated by the Brazilian government and first displayed at the UN in 1957.

Parsons Dance company members Sarah Braverman and Miguel Quinones perform Portinari

Portinari received a preview performance at the United Nations 2010 Humanitarian Awards Dinner in October. The work had its world premiere at The Joyce Theatre in New York January 25, with Jewell alumnus and Harriman-Jewell Series Executive and Artistic Director Clark Morris ’91 in attendance on opening night. Set to Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” the elegiac duet was performed during the premiere by Parsons Dance company members Miguel Quinones and Sarah Braverman. “It’s an extremely moving piece that speaks to the very special place that the ar tistic impulse holds in the human experience,” Morris said. “I know that Richard would have been honored by David’s generous tribute, and I am so pleased that w e will have a chance to share this work with Kansas City audiences next season.” The piece will have its Kansas City premiere on January 28, 2012, when Parsons Dance returns to the Harriman-Jewell Series as part of the 2011-2012 season. The performance will be in the Muriel K auffman Theatre of the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Kansas City.

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Living & Learning Notes from Embarcadero, Honduras

On January 4, eleven Jewell students and faculty traveled to Embarcadero, Honduras, to continue the College’s ongoing work with the Village Partners project. This experiential, engaged learning project, which began in 2009, brings together members of the William Jewell community from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds with residents of the small agricultural village of Embarcadero, Honduras. Jewell community members step outside of their own cultural experience and engage in community-led projects designed to meet specific needs for the Honduran village. Students and faculty engage in dialogue and reflection, enhancing their grasp of the challenges faced by developing communities through this multi-discipline, reciprocal learning process. Issues being addressed include improving the water supply and providing healthy, sustainable waste systems; improving teaching methods in their one-room school setting; exploring wind and solar energy options; and administering micro-loans to boost the local economy. The project is made possible by gifts to the College’s Center for Justice and Sustainability, and is a part of the transformative, experiential learning offered to students at William Jewell College. The following are some excerpts from journals and reflections from the trip compiled by campus minister Jeff Buscher.

At first light, long after the roosters alerted us to the approaching day, we pulled on our rubber boots and headed out into the fields. Our guide this morning is Maximo, a leader in the community , whose weathered face smiles as he offers us a glass of fresh milk. This is as fresh as it gets. His son, Rudy, just took a break from milking the cow to fill a cup for us. Our friends in Embarcadero live together as an agricultural co-op, and Maximo has brought us out this morning to show us some of the ways they live in harmony with this fertile land. The cattle that are milked and used for beef are just one example of ways our friends find sources of income and sustenance in the village. As the sun peaks over the mountains, we leave the milking pens and put our rubber boots to good use as we trudge through the water-soaked mud trails between the five-year-old palm trees. The men of the community also work this 100-acre field of palm trees. When we asked how they divided up the field, Maximo explained that they all work together to keep the trees healthy and productive. Later we watched as they harvested the palm seed bunches.

As we look at Maximo’s small garden, someone asked if they ate the things they grow or if they sold them. His answer surprised all of us. He pointed to the garden and said, “This is how we eat.” Then he turned and waved toward the palm trees and said, “This is how we live.” He was telling us the small gardens help keep food on their tables from day to day, and the harvest from the palm trees essentially pays their mortgage, or allows them to live on this piece of property. In Honduran terms the members of this small agricultural co-op are referred to as “Campesinos,” which translated means “peasants” or “country folk.” As we continue to work with our partners in Embarcadero, we hope to help them achieve their goal of one day owning the land that they live and work on.

We started in the schoolhouse where we heard speeches from all the gathered dignitaries, congratulating the community and emphasizing the value of these new sanitation units. More than once it was noted that this village is truly modeling appr opriate waste management that could be used in o ther villages throughout rural regions in Honduras, keeping ground water cleaner and serving as a source of fertilizer in the fields. Following the speeches we enjoyed entertainment provided by a group of Honduran dancers dressed in traditional garb. The dancers then invited the leader of the village to join them in dancing. It w asn’t long before many in our group joined our friend Adriano, dancing to celebrate the village’s accomplishments.

During our trips we sleep in a one-room school building, and each individual is “adopted” by one of the families. During the week we share breakfast and dinner with our host family. Maura McDowell, a junior education major, shared how valuable this relationshipbuilding is for the project: “One evening I watched as my family

Following a meal there was more dancing, including some limbo and a lot of Spanish/English conversation. We truly experienced this village’s excitement and appreciation for the projects we have partnered on thus far. Senior communication major Paul Moore wrote: “It was so rewarding to know that we had a small part in helping with this project. We helped build the latrines, but we also had a part in teaching them how to build, maintain and use them effectively so they could teach neighboring villages about how it could benefit their communities.”

spent time worshiping and singing and playing their instruments as loud as they could. My ‘mom’ was kind of humming along to it while she was cooking dinner. Spending time with them in their home and learning from my family helped me see and understand how they actually live.” Junior organizational communication and Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry major Ashley Willard added: “Being in this small community that w as self-governed and seeing how they worked together with a genuine simplicity of life was an amazing concept. Living in a real community without any technology and being able to communicate with our hosts, even not knowing the language, was absolutely life-changing.” The high point of our week in the village was on Sunday when we celebrated the completion of all of the composting latrines in the village. Village residents invited government officials to be part of the festivities. Among them were the Mayor of nearby Esparta, and the Director of the Ministry of Health. Professor Rafael Carias also brought two nursing professors from the University in nearby La Ceiba (UNAH-CURLA). The nursing department from UNAHCURLA plans to help us track health issues in the village in futur e months to determine if these recent village efforts actually improve their overall health and well-being.

On this trip, students from UNAHCURLA University joined us during our stay in the village. We worked together to measure and test wells, talked with families about their stoves and updated our census information. Currently many homes use a woodburning stove inside the house, which fills the home with smoke. We spoke with all the residents and discovered they are all interested in buying and building a more efficient stove that vents outside their house. Our partners from the University in La Ceiba will be organizing a workshop to teach the village women how to install and test a new stove in one of the f amily houses. When we return in May, we will join the women in constructing a new stove in each house in the village. It was hard to leave on our last day. Sophomore biochemistry major Jessicca Baker summed it up this w ay: “Everything about the trip was an amazing experience. I am still working on putting everything together, but I know that I have changed as a person and that my focus has changed. The trip really opened up my heart and I am so thankful I go t the opportunity to go.” On each visit we learn more about how we should live from our partners in Embarcadero. In February we took a small team of business students to the village to sit down with the leaders and develop some financial strategies to help them be more productive. And in May, just after graduation, we will take our next full team to continue working with, and learning from, our Honduran partners.

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