S: WILLIAM JEWELL COLLEGE CELEBRATION OF ACHIEVEMENT 2014
BC: “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
1: William Jewell College CELEBRATION OF ACHIEVEMENT March 6, 2014
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 March 6, 2014. “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 Achievement day is: To honor alumni who have achieved distinction in their spheres of endeavor and who have exhibited the values of a liberal arts education and of William Jewell College. 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. To demonstrate the excellence of William Jewell College to its greater Kansas City area constituency. As part of the event’s 70-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 March 5 and were introduced at a dinner on March 6 with nearly 700 attendees. They were also recognized at a convocation March 7 in John Gano Memorial Chapel on campus, where they reflected on their Jewell experience and career path.
4: Dr. David Sallee, William Jewell College president
5: Guest Speaker Robert Edsel, author of Monuments Men
7: 2014 Citation for Achievement Honorees
8: Mr. Charlie Funk ’76 CHARLIE FUNK is the president and chief executive officer of MidWestOne Bank headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa. He previously has served as president, central region manager and chief investment officer for Brenton Bank in Des Moines, Iowa. Charlie holds a degree in business administration from William Jewell and attended the American Bankers Association Graduate School of Investments and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. As a student at Jewell, Charlie was a four-year basketball letter winner, played in the NAIA national tournament and won the Cecil Martin Award (Athlete of the Year) as a senior. He also was the football announcer for the campus radio station, a member of Lambda Chi Alpha and a resident assistant. In 2004 he was inducted into the Cardinal Athletic Hall of Fame. He holds numerous Jewell scoring records and is the school’s second all-time scorer with 2,077 career points. Charlie is active in the banking industry and his community. He is a board member of the American Bankers Association and an instructor at the Colorado Graduate School of Banking in Boulder. He previously has taught at the Iowa School of Banking, Stonier Graduate School of Banking and Kansas-Nebraska School of Banking. In addition to his involvement with the William Jewell College President’s Advisory Council, Charlie serves as a board member and treasurer for the Iowa City Community School District Foundation and a board member of Source Media Company. Charlie has held numerous other volunteer positions for nonprofits, his church, civic leadership groups and athletic organizations.
9: Mr. Bradley J. Gans ’81 BRADLEY J. GANS serves as the chief legal officer for Citi’s businesses throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East. As deputy general counsel of Citi’s global legal department, he manages approximately 350 legal staff in over 50 jurisdictions. He has lived in London, England, since 2000 when he joined Citi as general counsel for Western Europe and later for Europe, the Middle East and Africa before becoming chief legal officer in 2008. Brad graduated with honors from Jewell with a degree in international relations and was active in football, the debate team and student government. The St. Louis native earned a master’s degree in international relations from Cambridge University. After attaining a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis, he joined Sullivan and Cromwell law firm in New York as an associate, specializing in all aspects of public and private offerings of securities. In 1993, Brad became the managing director/general counsel for Salomon Smith Barney’s domestic investment banking and capital markets divisions in New York. Brad has shared his legal expertise in numerous publications and panels, and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors for England and Wales as a Distinguished International Solicitor in 2011.
10: Mr. Jack Talley ’80 JACK TALLEY is a group vice president and general manager for Enterprise Holdings. Enterprise Holdings—the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands—operates the largest fleet of vehicles in the world. His responsibilities include managing a network of over 180 locations and leading the efforts of more than 1,700 employees in six states. He joined Enterprise Holdings in 1981 and his group is headquartered in Oklahoma City. Jack graduated from William Jewell College with a business administration degree. While at William Jewell, he was a four-year baseball letter winner, his teams won four conference championships and they qualified twice for the NAIA national tournament. He was an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American his sophomore and junior years, and his senior year he was recognized as a 2nd Team All-American. He won the Pat Cartwright Award in 1979 and the Cecil Martin Award in 1980. In 2000 Jack was inducted into the Cardinal Athletic Hall of Fame. Outside of his duties at Enterprise Holdings, Jack is involved in several community causes. He is a member of the William Jewell President’s Advisory Council. In 1994, he founded the CMNH golf tournament that supports the Oklahoma City Children’s Hospital. He serves as chairman elect for the Greater Oklahoma City YMCA and is on the board of the Gregg Williams Foundation in Excelsior Springs, Mo. He is also serving as the vice general chairman for the 2014 U.S. Senior Open.
11: Achievement Day Convocation March 7, 2014 in John Gano Memorial Chapel
12: Trustee Buzz Willard with honoree Charlie Funk | President David Sallee, honoree Charlie Funk, faculty host Dr. Darlene Bailey
14: President David Sallee, honoree Brad Gans faculty host Dr. Gary Armstrong | Trustee Buzz Willard with honoree Brad Gans
16: President David Sallee, honoree Jack Talley faculty host Professor Cory Scheer | Trustee Buzz Willard with honoree Jack Talley
19: 2014 Celebration of Achievement Honorees meet with William Jewell students