Achievement Day Highlights 2023

Citation for Achievement Honorees

We presented three accomplished William Jewell graduates with the 2023 Citation for Achievement. They share their personal and professional journeys in these brief videos.

The Honorable Timothy J. Flook, ’89
Circuit Judge, 7th Judicial Circuit, Clay County, Missouri

Dan Lanning, ’08
Head Football Coach, University of Oregon

Dr. Sasha K. (Schoville) Shillcutt, ’97
Dr. Gail Walling Yanney Professor of Anesthesiology
Vice Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center


The Critical Thinker of the Year Award

Trent Green and Adam Hamilton seated on stageWe are proud to announce Rev. Adam Hamilton (right) as the recipient of this award. He was selected for encompassing William Jewell College’s seven attributes of a Critical Thinker: analytical, passionate, creative, problem solver, humanitarian, truth seeking and innovative. He is the founding and senior pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. In a conversation with retired NFL quarterback Trent Green, he shared his journey as pastor of one of the fastest growing churches in the country.

Citation for Achievement Honoree Bios

  • The Honorable Timothy J. Flook, ’89

    Circuit Judge, 7th Judicial Circuit, Clay County, Missouri

    Timothy Flook is a judge for the 7th Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri. Prior to his gubernatorial appointment, he served as an associate judge for the 7th Judicial Circuit for seven years. He joined Kretsinger & Kretsinger as an associate in 1993, supplementing his practice with service as an assistant county counselor for Clay County. He specialized in business law and litigation, employment law, personal injury, small estate planning and criminal matters. From 1997 to 2015 he was a partner at Flook & Graham, also serving as a member of the Missouri House of Representatives from 2004 to 2010.

    Flook graduated from Jewell with a B.A. in History and Philosophy. While at Jewell, he played baseball and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity and Phi Alpha Theta history honor society. He earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1992 and is a member of the Hispanic Bar Association of Kansas City, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Kansas Bar Association, Knights of Columbus, Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce, Liberty Rotary Club, Missouri State Bar Association, Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity and Saint James Catholic Church.

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  • Dan Lanning, ’08

    Head Football Coach, University of Oregon

    Dan Lanning became the youngest head football coach in University of Oregon history in late 2021 when he was named to lead the Ducks. In his first season, the Ducks went 10-3. He graduated from Jewell with a B.S. in physical education and secondary education and was a member of the Cardinal Football team. He holds a Master of Science in Secondary Administration from William Woods University. 

    His storied coaching career began at nearby Park Hill South High School. The Richmond, Missouri, native then pursued his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Pittsburgh, then with successful stints at Arizona State, Sam Houston State, Alabama, Memphis and Georgia. Lanning was the inside linebackers coach at Memphis for two seasons, helping lead a defense that ranked in the top five nationally in turnovers gained both years. At Georgia, he oversaw the nation’s top overall defense in his three seasons as defensive coordinator, helping lead the Bulldogs to their third-ever national championship and first since 1980. As an assistant coach, Lanning won four bowl games, including national titles with both Alabama in 2015 and Georgia in 2022, and was a two-time finalist for the Broyles Award for the nation’s top assistant coach.

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  • Dr. Sasha K. (Schoville) Shillcutt, ’97

    Dr. Gail Walling Yanney Professor of Anesthesiology and Vice Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center

    Sasha Shillcutt, M.D., is a tenured and endowed professor and the Vice Chair of Strategy in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She graduated with a B.A. in Biology from Jewell where she was active in Christian Student Ministries, Residence Life, Cardinal Hosts and Alpha Lambda Delta honor society. She earned a Medical Doctorate and a Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Research from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

    Shillcutt is a well-published researcher in cardiac anesthesiology and gender equity, an author and an international speaker. As founder and CEO of Brave Enough, she leads conferences and retreats for professional women, teaching work-life control, and speaks frequently to executives and leaders on professional resilience and gender equity. Her TEDx talk titled “Resilience: The Art of Failing Forward” has been viewed by thousands. Her writing has been published in both the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association. A best-selling author, her first book, “Between Grit and Grace: How to be Feminine and Formidable,” has sold thousands of copies and her second book, “Brave Boundaries: Strategies to Say No, Stand Strong and Take Control of Your Time,” was released in 2022.

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Thank you to our sponsors

  • Presenting Sponsor – $25,000

    • Steven Karbank
    • Mark and Karen Mathes, Jared & Mary Mathes (Honorary Chairs)
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  • Grand Underwriter – $15,000

    • Kappa Alpha Order | William E. Dreyer
    • Dianne C. Shumaker
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  • Underwriter – $10,000

    • ECCO Select
    • Gautreaux Family Fund
    • John and Melanie Gill
    • Donald J. Hall
    • Muriel McBrien Kauffman Family Foundation
    • Premier Network, LLC
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  • Celebration Sponsor – $7,500

    • The Ever Glades Fund
    • US Engineering
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  • Benefactor Sponsor – $5,000

    • American Public Square at Jewell
    • Bradco Incorporated
    • Charles and Susan Chambers
    • Commerce Bank
    • JE Dunn Construction Company
    • Tyler Griffin
    • Jason and Bethany Houseworth
    • Husch Blackwell, LLP
    • KPMG LLP
    • Liberty Hospital
    • Oracle Cerner
    • Shirley Neff Pryor
    • The Scarbrough Group
    • Buzz and Pam Willard
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  • Ambassador Sponsor – $3,000

    • Arvest Bank
    • Bank Midwest
    • Children’s Mercy Kansas City
    • Clay County Bar Association
    • Melanie and Russ Cline
    • Creative Planning
    • John and Melissa Dowling
    • Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Alumni
    • FORVIS
    • Fresh Ideas
    • Gilmore & Bell, P.C.
    • Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
    • Hallmark Distribution Center
    • Jeff and Sarah Hon
    • Charles and Loretta Hughes
    • Jewell 9
    • Kansas City Chiefs
    • Kapke Willerth
    • Kauffman Foundation
    • KCUR 89.3 / 91.9 Classical KC
    • Tom and Jan Kreamer
    • Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC
    • McConnell & Associates
    • McCownGordon Construction
    • Pat and Beth McCown
    • The Miller Group
    • North Kansas City Hospital
    • Patton Wagner & Associates, P.C.
    • Brian and Holly Place
    • PolySource
    • Progress Rail, A Caterpillar Company
    • Shepard Wealth Management Group
    • Jim and Lisa Shoemaker
    • Spencer Financial Services
    • Rein Staal
    • Steve and Sandra Stites
    • Nancy and Mike Thiessen, Rob and Mary Thiessen
    • Qiana and Cedric Thomason
    • UMB Bank
    • University of Oregon
    • Craig and Deana Zahnd
    • Zipco Restoration
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  • In-Kind Sponsor

    • Kansas City Marriott Downtown
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  • Scholar Sponsor – $1,000

    • David and Amy Anderson
    • Terry and Peggy Dunn
    • William Dunn, Sr.
    • James and Elizabeth Ferrell
    • Charles and Patty Garney
    • Ollie Gates
    • Larry and Debbie Harman
    • Barnett and Shirley Helzberg
    • Irv and Ellen Hockaday
    • Lynn and Carol Hogue
    • Matthew and Ashley Holloman
    • Clark and Stephanie Morris
    • Barbara K. Nelson
    • Jim and Marcia Pierce
    • Ken and Roswitha Schaffer
    • Debbie Smith and Mark Myron
    • Joy and Dub Steincross
    • Marise Stewart
    • Curt and Susan Tideman
    • Don and Jean Wagner
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