Educating Critical Thinkers

Jewell faculty challenge tomorrow’s leaders to be independent thinkers and ask tough questions


Elizabeth Quinn

Elizabeth Quinn

Elizabeth Quinn, '21, attends the UMKC School of Dentistry. She is on her pathway to becoming a dentist. A scholar-athlete from Springfield, Mo., Elizabeth credits Jewell’s approach to critical thinking for helping her prepare for graduate school. “Jewell definitely played a major role in getting me to where I am. It allowed me to study other areas outside of the sciences, and this helped me become a more well-rounded and creative individual. These traits will follow me through graduate school and in my career.”

Manny Macias

Manny MaciasJewell's accelerated track nursing program helped first-generation college graduate Manny Macias, '21, fulfill his dream of becoming a nurse. He was hired for the intensive care unit at Truman Medical Center. "It’s a full circle. I grew up in that area with people who don’t have any medical coverage and sometimes wait until they are very sick to seek medical help. To me it was like coming home. I want to be able to serve the community that’s given me so much. I have a personal connection with patients and I feel that’s where I need to be."

John Zimmerman

John ZimmermanMaryville native John Zimmerman, '22, found a home in Kansas City. The business and accounting double major was a leader on the basketball court and achieved the highest GPA of all male student-athletes. John interned at BKD and now works as an audit associate at Deloitte. “Jewell is one of a kind getting you ready for the workforce with real-life projects. We were actually doing the audit work for companies."


Dr. Amy Barth

couple in a field with 2 dogsDr. Amy Barth has the best of both worlds – working and living on Jewell’s campus. She and her husband Joe Lundsgaard moved to The Hill – literally – August 2022. Dr. Barth is an associate professor in the education department and faculty-in-residence living in Browning Hall, a co-ed residential hall for returning students. “Living on campus has not only helped me form closer relationships with Jewell students, but it has provided me a space for informal, meaningful interactions that promote learning outside the classroom,” Dr. Barth said. Inside the classroom she brings her specialty as a clinically trained speech-language pathologist with broad training in language development and disorders and the language basis of reading disabilities. Read more about Dr. Barth’s journey at Jewell.

Why I Give

Linda and Bill FrenchBill French, ’67, and Linda French, ’69, declared their intent through an estate gift to establish a faculty development fund supporting faculty research, professional development, continued learning and associated travel.

“I can attest as a former Business Department faculty member to the quality of the Jewell faculty,” said Linda. “Providing support for faculty development opportunities will continue to ensure Jewell’s ability to recruit and retain talented scholars.”



two women seated in living room, smilingFriendships come in all shapes and sizes and unexpected generosity. William Jewell supporter Eileen Parry’s friendship with longtime Liberty resident Jewell Ramsey, led to a gift of an endowed scholarship to aid William Jewell College education majors. 

When Jewell passed away in 1995, Eileen promised that one day when she was able, she would leave a legacy in Jewell’s name, and it would be to William Jewell College. 

“I chose to establish the scholarship at William Jewell where I realized I had a love for education—only after attending one class!—and in education because that was my degree. I think Jewell loved hearing about my career. I want to encourage and enable students to go to school and benefit from a scholarship in her name. She was a loving person, so kind and giving and caring.”

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