Achievement Day Dinner & Celebration

February 28, 2019

6:00 p.m. Guest Reception | 7:00 p.m. Dinner & Program
Marriott Downtown Muehlebach Tower | 200 West 12th Street, Kansas City, Missouri

In honor of our 75th annual celebration, we will recognize all past recipients and their achievements with a special anniversary event. We will continue our tradition of supporting future achievers by contributing event proceeds to access scholarships for current students.

Alumni Guest Performer and Speaker

We are proud to present two accomplished William Jewell graduates and past Citation for Achievement recipients at the Achievement Day Dinner.

Daniel Belcher portraitDaniel Belcher, '92, is a Grammy Award-winning baritone who has performed in operas around the world. A graduate of Juilliard, his repertoire includes more than 80 roles. He gained international attention in 2004 for creating the role of Prior Walter in “Angels in America” for the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. He has debuted roles in operas based on “Little Women,” “The Scarlet Letter,” “Waiting for Miss Monroe,” “Jackie O” and more. He won the 2010 Grammy for Best Opera Recording for his work on Saariaho’s “L’Amour de Loin” with the Dutch Symphony Orchestra and conductor Kent Nagano. During the 2018-2019 season, he will perform with operas in San Francisco; Kansas City; Madison, Wis.; Chautauqua, N.Y.; and New York City, among others. He was a 2010 recipient of the Jewell Citation for Achievement.


Terry Teachout portraitTerry Teachout, '79, is the drama critic for the Wall Street Journal, author of the Journal's biweekly column “Sightings” about the arts in America and critic-at-large of Commentary magazine. He also writes about the arts for National Review and other magazines, as well as his blog, About Last Night. He is a panelist for “Three on the Aisle,” a bimonthly podcast by American Theatre magazine. He has written two plays, “Satchmo at the Waldorf” and “Billy and Me,” five books and the libretti for three operas. The writing of his book “Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington,” was supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, and he also received a MacDowell Colony Fellowship that year. From 2004-2010, he served on the National Council on the Arts. He received Jewell's Citation for Achievement in 2000.

“Every year William Jewell College produces hundreds of qualified graduates and engaged citizens who make Kansas City their home. We hope you will join us in supporting these students and the College. ”

Corporate Sponsor Committee Co-Chairs Tyler Griffin, '01, and Darren Prenger, '03

Event Details

  • Event Leadership

    Event Chairs:
    Ann Rowland, Professor, KU
    Joshua Rowland, CEO and Vice Chairman, Lead Bank

    Corporate Sponsorship Committee Co-Chairs:
    Tyler Griffin, ’01, and Darren Prenger, ’03

    Achievement Day Past Honoree Committee Chair:
    Diane Webber, ’81

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  • Tickets

    • Individual Patron Tickets: $150. Includes one ticket to the dinner and complimentary parking.
    • Individual Ambassador Tickets: $250. Includes one ticket to the dinner, one valet parking pass and a listing in the dinner program.
    • Young Alumni Tickets: $100 for alumni who graduated 2008-2018. Limit 2.

    Register today

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  • Tables

    Corporations and individuals are encouraged to purchase tables of eight. A variety of table sponsorship levels starting at $2,500 with escalating benefits are available.

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  • Achievement Day Convocation

    Join us on March 1, 2019, with our formal convocation event in celebration of 75 years of achievement at William Jewell College.

    • 10 a.m.
    • Gano Chapel
    • No registration needed
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