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Meet Jameel Cunningham

St. Louis, MO
Accounting & Business Administration - Human Resources Management

Jameel Cunningham

“Pursue your interest and get to know someone in the area from that field,” said Jameel. “Most people are willing to help you succeed if you reach out and ask.”


— Jameel Cunningham
St. Louis, MO
Accounting & Business Administration - Human Resources Management

“Briar Cliff helped me find that I had a heart to serve,” said Jameel “Juice” Cunningham (’14). “The required volunteer hours gave me the chance to see different ways to help in the community and make life more fulfilling.”

Jameel’s passion for service didn’t disappear when he graduated. In fact, it became even more important to him. He works with the BOOST FF (Bridging and Overcoming Obstacles through Service and Training – Face Forward) program, participates in service activities as a member of the Sioux City Stampede semi pro football team, volunteers through his travel club, and even attended the ribbon cutting for the South Midlands Boys and Girls Club’s Dream Court.

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In addition to discovering a desire to help his community, Jameel felt that the education he received at Briar Cliff helped him become a more well-rounded individual with the ability to problem solve from multiple perspectives. He credits Mark Rossi, professor of business administration, for opening his eyes to how lessons learned in the classroom could be applied in real life.

“Mark Rossi made real life examples of every subject we covered in the classroom,” said Jameel. “The examples became clearer and more relevant as I went into the workforce, even still to this day.”

As a first-generation college student from St. Louis, Mo, having the opportunity to go to college and pursue a fulfilling life was important not just for Jameel, but for his family as well. “It meant the world to my family to see me off to better my life and have a chance for success in college,” he said.

For Jameel, success started with pursuing what he loved and making the most of his time on campus.

“I would tell current BCU students to make the most of meeting and socializing with everyone on campus. Pursue your interest and get to know someone in the area from that field,” said Jameel. “Most people are willing to help you succeed if you reach out and ask.”

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