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William Jewell students excel in academic pursuits
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
March 30, 2010

  • William Jewell College students continue to earn national recognition and high-profile placements in some of the country’s most prestigious graduate and post-graduate programs.

    Alex Hart, a senior international business and language and Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry major, has been named to the prestigious Teach For America (TFA) corps for the 2010-2012 school years.

    Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit to teach for at least two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. This year’s 4,100 new corps members earned an average GPA of 3.6, and 89 percent held undergraduate leadership positions. They were selected from a record pool of 35,000 applicants, including 11 percent of seniors at Ivy League schools. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org.

    Hart, who currently serves as Student Senate president at William Jewell, will be placed in a high school math class next year in the San Antonio Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas.

    “TFA provided me the perfect opportunity to help make my country a better place to live,” Hart said. “During the 2008 election, the issue of poor education in urban and rural areas with minority and low-income students was huge. This is a great opportunity for me to help close the education gap that separates suburban children and teenagers from their counterparts in urban and rural areas.”

    Hart said that he felt his education at William Jewell has prepared him well for the challenges ahead. “I came to Jewell not knowing a lot about the world outside of my hometown,” Hart said. “But the courses here have challenged my core beliefs and made them stronger. I participated in community service projects that opened my eyes to problems bigger than my own. After studying in and learning about five different countries, I am excited to face the challenges that TFA will present to me.”

    Among other recent academic achievements and placements by William Jewell College students:

    Debate Champions
    William Jewell Debate placed 5th overall in the 2010 National Parliamentary Debate Association Championships, held March 19-22 at Texas Tech University. Four of five competing Jewell teams qualified for the awards bracket by posting a 5-3 or better preliminary round record. The teams won their first debate in the awards bracket before losing in the second round, finishing in the top 64 teams out of 190 competing teams from 59 colleges and universities. The overall sweepstakes award was won by Washburn University, followed by Whitman College, Western Washington University, Texas Tech University and William Jewell.

    Graduate Program Acceptances
    • Nicole Brown – Indiana University School of Medicine, Emory University, University of Michigan (Ph.D.)
    • Josh Brettmann – University of Minnesota, Washington University, University of North Carolina (Ph.D.)
    • Carina Collins ’09 – University of Missouri, Department of Biochemistry (Ph.D.)
    • Sarah Henke – University of Illinois (Ph.D.)
  • Robyn Klaus--Harvard Divinity School (Master's, Theological Studies)
    • Morgan Romine ’08 (has been working at Stowers Institute) – Syracuse, Georgetown, Indiana University (Ph.D. Public Policy)
    • Erin McNeil – Savannah College of Art and Design (Photography)

    Medical School Acceptances
    • Ellen Poulose – University of Kansas School of Medicine (M.D.)
    • Julianne Schwerdtfager – University of Kansas School of Medicine (M.D.)
    • Kate Prather ’08 – University of Missouri School of Medicine, St. Louis University, University of Kansas (M.D.)
    • Joedd Biggs – University of Missouri (M.D.)
    • Amber Hull – Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (D.O.)
    • Summer Vu – Touro University – California (D.O.)
    • Amy Shoemyer – Des Moines University (D.O.)

    Professional Program Acceptances
    • Brittany Belke – Rockhurst University (Occupational Therapy)

    Undergraduate Research (REU) Programs for Summer 2010
    • Jenna Christensen – Princeton (also accepted to Colorado State)
    • Cameron Evans – Baylor College of Medicine
    • Joe Endicott – MIT (also accepted to Johns Hopkins, Colorado State)
    • Luke Chambers – Avila

Prestigious National and International Scholarships/Fellowships
In the period from 2006 to 2009, the College claimed a Fulbright Scholar, four Goldwater Scholars, two Rhodes Scholar national finalists, three Truman Scholars, a National Institute of Health Fellow, a George J. Mitchell Scholarship, a Council of Independent Colleges American Graduate Fellowship finalist, a Point Foundation Scholar, a James Madison Fellow, a Gilman Scholar, two USA Today Scholars and a Teach For America corps member.

William Jewell College is committed to bringing together talented students and gifted faculty mentors within a vibrant community sparked by a rigorous and intentional liberal arts curriculum. A full range of personal and professional development experiences are presented by the selective national liberal arts college’s location within the Kansas City metroplex of more than two million.

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