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S: William Jewell College Celebration of Achievement 2013

BC: “Remember this your lifetime through: Tomorrow there will be more to do. And failure waits for all who stay With some success made yesterday. Tomorrow you must try once more, And even harder than before.” – John Wooden


2: WILLIAM JEWELL HONORS ALUMNI FOR LIFE ACHIEVEMENTS William Jewell College honored distinguished alumni who have made significant contributions in their respective fields at its annual Celebration of Achievement February 28, 2013. "Achievement Day provides a celebration of William Jewell College's proud liberal arts tradition of preparing leaders for the Kansas City community and the world beyond," said Dr. David Sallee, president of the College. "Our distinguished alumni bring leadership to a variety of career paths, and this event allows us to reflect upon that leadership." The purpose of the Celebration of Achievement is: To honor alumni who have achieved distinction in their chosen spheres of endeavor and who have exhibited the values of a liberal arts education and of William Jewell College; and To provide an educational forum through which members of the student body may receive inspiration and advice from a maker of contemporary history and from alumni who have become leaders in their field where students may plan careers; and To demonstrate the excellence of William Jewell College to its greater Kansas City area constituency. As part of the event's 69-year tradition, honorees met formally and informally with students to discuss their individual paths to achievement. Alumni honorees participated in an on-campus panel discussion February 27 and were saluted at a pre-dinner reception February 28. They were also recognized at a convocation March 1 in John Gano Memorial Chapel on the campus in Liberty, Missouri.


4: Mr. Tim Leiweke President & CEO Anschutz Entertainment Group

5: Dr. David Sallee President William Jewell College

7: Presenting The Honorees

8: Mr. Mark Mathes Class of 1979

9: Mark Mathes is widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of business and environmental sustainability. As CEO of Vanguard Companies, he has spent his career proving to an entire industry that a sustainable business model can also be economically viable. A 1979 graduate who pursued degrees in both business administration and communication at William Jewell, Mathes grew up in the corrugated industry working literally every job that a corrugated facility offered. He began at the age of 16 working in a design lab after school and in the manufacturing plant each summer. Following a brief stint in public relations at Farmland Industries, he joined Vanguard Companies in 1981, working his way up from sales to his current position as CEO of a progressive company that is considered an industry leader in the design and manufacture of retail point-of-purchase displays, signage, packaging, labels and corrugated boxes. Vanguard is also viewed as a pioneer in business and environmental sustainability, with an ultimate company goal of becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral manufacturer. In 1996, he expanded his business to include Vanguard Label for the manufacture of pressure-sensitive labels, and in 1998 he expanded the business again to encompass the production of spiral-wound paper tubes. His leadership role in sustainability in the corrugated industry has earned him membership in the Wal-Mart Sustainability Value Network, in addition to membership on the Wal-Mart PSST group, which advises the international retail giant on scorecard issues. He also shares his expertise as a faculty member of the In-Store Marketing Institute and as a contributor to Paperboard Packaging magazine. His personal leadership also extends to local government and community service. The Liberty native served his hometown as a City Councilman from 1985 to 1993.

10: Dr. John V. Sinclair Class of 1976

11: As Chair of the Department of Music and holder of the endowed John M. Tiedtke Professor of Music at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, our alumnus honoree has made an indelible and lasting impression in both academic music and performance. A member of the William Jewell College class of 1976, Dr. John Sinclair is currently celebrating his 23rd season as artistic director and conductor of the renowned Bach Festival Society of Winter Park and as the conductor of the International Moravian Music Festivals. The holder of master’s and doctoral degrees from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, he is noted musically for his creative interpretations, expressive conducting style and innovative programming. Over the past 15 years he has made more than 700 appearances as conductor, clinician or lecturer throughout the United States and many foreign countries. Dr. Sinclair is also a conductor of the Messiah Choral Society and the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT and has conducted recordings for Warner Brothers, Walt Disney Corporation, Moravian Music Foundation and numerous Bach Festival recordings. A master teacher, Dr. Sinclair has received many awards, including the Hugh F. McKean Teaching Award and Grant, Lifetime Achievement Award, Barden Teaching Award, Arthur Vining Davis Fellowship, the two-time “Outstanding Music Educator of the Year” from United Arts of Central Florida and was named by the Florida International Magazine as a Power Player in the Arts. He is the founder of the Rollins College Community School of Music and the Bach Society’s Arts-in-Education program, FreshStARTS, which each year takes innovative music programs to thousands of public school students throughout central Florida. Fellow Jewell alumnus and Wall Street Journal drama critic and author Terry Teachout writes that “John has transformed the musical landscape of the Orlando-Winter Park area beyond recognition. He’s a great educator and a gifted conductor – an alumnus of whom William Jewell College can and should be immensely proud.”

12: The Honorable Josephine Staton Tucker Class of 1983

13: The Honorable Josephine Staton Tucker ’83 The Honorable Josephine Staton Tucker was the recipient of a presidential appointment from President Barack Obama to the position of federal district judge for the Central District of California. Her service to the legal profession extends to the position of superior court judge in Orange County, California, where she presided over criminal, family and civil law matters. A summa cum laude 1983 graduate of William Jewell College, she received her law degree from the celebrated Harvard Law School in 1986. She completed a clerkship with the Honorable John R. Gibson of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. She also served as an associate with the international law firm of Morrison & Foerster. In 1995, she was named a partner in that firm, co-chairing the firm-wide Labor Department until 2002, when she was appointed to the Superior Court Bench. In recognition of her considerable talent, Judge Tucker was honored by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association as their Employment Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2001. Her contributions to the field of law extend to service on numerous committees, including the Chairmanship of the Rules Committee for the Central District of California; service on the Judicial Advisory Board of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers; membership on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee for the Central District of California and on the Federal Judges Association; and membership on the Warren J. Ferguson Inn of Court. She has also shared her legal expertise as the author of a number of publications, including co-authorship of the California Employers’ Guide to Employee Handbooks and Personnel Policy Manuals, published by Matthew Bender.

14: 2013 Achievement Day Convocation

16: (from left): Dr. Sallee, honoree Mr. Mark Mathes, faculty host Liz Hoyt | Trustee chair Buzz Willard with honoree Mr. Mark Mathes

17: (from left: Dr. Sallee, honoree Dr. John V. Sinclair, faculty host Dr. Ian Coleman | Trustee chair Buzz Willard with honoree Dr. John V. Sinclair

18: (from left) Dr. David Sallee, honoree the Honorable Josephine Staton Tucker, faculty host Dr. Gary Armstrong | Trustee chair Buzz Willard with honoree the Honorable Josephine Staton Tucker

19: 2013 Celebration of Achievement Honorees meet with William Jewell students

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