Park University Imprint Express -- July 19, 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013

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McArthur Book

Debra McArthur

McArthur novel named to Kansas Notable Books List

A book authored by Debra McArthur, director of academic support services, has been selected by the Kansas Center for the Book on its Kansas Notable Books List for 2013. The KNBL is an annual recognition of 15 outstanding titles by Kansas authors or about Kansas. It is the only honor for Kansas books by Kansans, highlighting the state’s lively contemporary writing community and encouraging readers to enjoy some of the best writing of its authors. McArthur’s novel, A Voice for Kanzas, tells of a young girl’s coming of age in the 1850s in Lawrence, Kan. The book has excitement, suspense and interesting links to history that took place in the region. McArthur and her novel will be recognized during the Kansas Book Festival on Sunday, Sept. 15, at the Kansas History Museum in Topeka. For more information, visit

Diverse RankingsUniversity earns rankings for conferring bachelor’s degrees to minority students

Diverse Issues in Higher Education has ranked Park University among the top 100 universities/colleges in the country for conferring bachelor’s degrees to minority students, according to rankings the magazine released in its July 4 issue. The University ranked No. 79 in the country for all bachelor’s degrees conferred to African-American students, and No. 82 for all bachelor’s degrees conferred to Hispanic students. In addition, Park earned five top 10 rankings for specific degree programs/majors and a total of 33 top 100 rankings. Park was ranked No. 2 in the “Total Minority – Human Resources Management and Services,” “African-American – Human Resources Management and Services” and “Hispanic – Human Resources Management and Services” degree/major category (and was No. 1 among all nonprofit higher education institutions); No. 8 in the “Native American – Accounting and Related Services” category and No. 10 in the “African-American – Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services” category. To view all the rankings, visit

Brent Miles

Dr. Dennis Fisher

Benjamin Elkins

Trio elected to Park University’s Board of Trustees

Park University has elected three new members to serve on its Board of Trustees. The University’s Board of Trustees is comprised of business, civic and philanthropic leaders, and Park alumni and friends, who advocate on the University’s behalf. Elected to their first term were: Benjamin Elkins, ’09, ’12 (left in adjacent photos), Dennis Fisher, Ph.D., (center) and Brent Miles (right). The Board also elected its officers for the 2013-14 year — Chair: Ann Mesle, J.D.; Vice Chair: Thomas Holcom; Secretary: Peter deSilva; Treasurer: Scott McRuer. All officer terms end June 30, 2014. In addition, the Board elected Gayden Carruth, Ph.D., Danny Sakata and Richard Thode to second terms on the Board, and Holcom and Katheen Dodd to third terms. All of these terms end June 30, 2016. Read a short bio about Elkins, Fisher and Miles at

Meseke appointed director of academic assessment

Christopher A. Meseke, Ph.D., has been appointed as director of academic assessment at Park University. Meseke began his duties at Park on July 1. Prior to coming to Park, Meseke spent eight years as a professor of neuroscience and assessment coordinator at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Port Orange, Fla. Additional professional experience includes positions as an assistant professor of neuroscience at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, and assistant professor of neuroanatomy at Cleveland Chiropractic College, Kansas City, Mo. In his position as Park’s director of academic assessment, Meseke will be responsible for the overall leadership of implementing the University’s Assessment Plan and supporting academic units as they integrate learning outcomes assessment into program plans. Read more about Meseke at

Steve WilsonWilson tabbed to lead Park’s women’s golf program

Steve Wilson, assistant athletic director for sports communications, has added the title of interim head coach of Park University’s women’s golf program. Wilson officially began his additional duties on July 18. Wilson, who has been at Park for six years, said, “To have the opportunity to work in both athletic communications and on the golf course is a dream come true. I have a passion for the game of golf, and to get to professionally serve that passion while still working with our student-athletes throughout the department makes this the best job in the world. I have to thank Coach (Claude) English (Park Director of Athletics) for this opportunity and the faith he has in me to be able to fully serve in both capacities. There’s no place like Park, and I’m privileged to call it and the Park family home. Read more about Wilson at

Taulman paper published in natural history journal

A paper authored by James Taulman, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, has been published in the Southeastern Naturalist, a peer-reviewed journal focused on field research of all aspects of the biology and ecology of terrestrial, freshwater and marine organisms and the environments. The paper, “A Comparison of Fixed-Width Transects and Fixed-Radius Point Counts for Breeding-Bird Surveys in a Mixed Hardwood Forest,” represents a three-year study comparing two commonly used bird survey methods Taulman conducted in the forest adjacent to the Park University Parkville Campus from 2009-11. Read the abstract and initial introduction to the paper at

Dr. Henry Roehrich

Dr. Michael Eskey

Eskey, Roehrich article published in distance learning journal, present at conference

An article written by Michael Eskey, Ph.D., associate professor and program coordinator of criminal justice administration (left in adjacent photos), and Henry Roehrich, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing and management and program coordinator of management (right), was published in the summer issue of the peer-reviewed Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration. The article, “A Faculty Observation Model for Online Instructors: Observing Faculty Members in the Online Classroom,” focused on maintaining academic standards, retaining quality online instructors and establishing a measure for instruction that can be enhanced through faculty observation and evaluation. Read the article at

The duo also presented at the Online Teaching Conference, June 19-21 in Long Beach, Calif. They co-presented on “Recruiting, Training, Maintaining and Retaining Online Adjunct Instructors, which outlined how the process can be effective and tailored to the needs of higher education institutions. In addition, Eskey presented “The Importance of the Application of Critical Thinking in the Online Classroom, a session that stressed the application of his research findings that addressed the importance of instructors receiving specific training focusing on critical thinking skills.

Pirate Café to reopen July 22

Getting tired of bringing your meals to the office or having to go out for lunch? Park University's Sodexo Campus Services on the Parkville Campus is opening the cafeteria in Thompson Commons earlier than usual. Starting Monday, July 22, the newly named Pirate Café will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a limited menu (but still all-you-can-eat) Monday through Friday until fall semester classes begin:
     •    Breakfast — 7:30 to 9 a.m.
     •    Lunch — 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
     •    Dinner — 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The Pirate Café regular hours will resume on Monday, Aug. 19. A menu is posted weekly at For questions about the Pirate Café and Sodexo Campus Services, contact Kathleen Robey, general manager, at / (816) 584-6395.

Hill AFB Food DriveHill AFB Campus Center donates food to Utah Food Bank

Park University’s Hill Air Force Base (Utah) Campus Center recently held a food drive to offer its students an opportunity to assist the local community. Approximately $300 worth of food was donated to the Utah Food Bank and the Family Connection Center in Layton, Utah. In the adjacent photo, Shelly Bialcak, assistant campus center director (left), and Stephanie Fox, campus center director, are pictured with the donations.

Park science programs to hold program at Platte County Fair

Park University science and chemistry faculty, staff and students will participate in a special family night at the Platte County (Mo.) Fair on Tuesday, July 23. The “Park University Fun with Science” event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Platte Purchase Building at the Platte County Fairgrounds in Tracy, Mo. The event will feature collections from the Findlay-Wakefield Science Hall, as well as chemistry demonstrations.

Park alumna explores personal history Campanella Gallery art exhibit

A mixed media exhibit featuring the works of artist, painter and photographer Michelle Childers will be on display in Park University’s Campanella Gallery, Monday, July 22, through Saturday, Aug. 30. The title of Childers’ exhibit is “My Life Sentence.” Childers is a Park University alumna who graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in fine art. In previous exhibitions, her display of large scale collage and abstract expressionist style multimedia paintings and installed environments have addressed broad political, social and environmental issues. However, in this new exhibit, Childers explores her personal history — the vulnerability of a life of physical, emotional and sexual identity challenges — with a display of large paintings, altered photographs and three-dimensional objects. This exhibit addresses mature themes and is not appropriate for children. A reception will be held for Childers on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Gallery, which will include a performance by the band, Sour Apple Surgery. For more information, visit

Park In The News

Clarinda Creighton, associate vice president for student affairs, was featured in a higher education section for June 27-July 3 edition of The Kansas City Globe. Creighton was highlighted in a half-page question-and-answer interview.

Keith Nelson, ’12, was highlighted in the Evansville (Ind.) Courier and Press on July 13. Nelson is the track announcer at Ellis Park, a thoroughbred horse racing facility just across the state line from Evansville in Henderson, Ky.

Park University’s new Honors Academy was featured in the Fall 2013 “Education” section, a supplement to the July 18 Kansas City Star (page 15). Virginia Brackett, Ph.D., Honors Academy director, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and associate professor of English, was interviewed for the full-page article.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

•    July 29-August 30 -- Art Exhibit: Michelle Childers: Multimedia “Life Sentence” (Reception: Aug. 24, 7 p.m.), Campanella Gallery
•    July 28 -- Summer Session ends (Kansas City area)
•    August 2 -- Julymester ends (Kansas City area)
•    August 8-9 – New Full-Time Faculty Orientation (Parkville Campus)
•    August 9-10 -- Academic Directors / Assistant Academic Directors Conference (Virtual, via Blackboard Collaborate)
•    August 12 – Full-Time Faculty/Staff Photo Day (Parkville Campus)
•    August 12-13 -- Fall Faculty Conference, Parkville Campus
•    August 16 -- Move-In Day; Parent Orientation; Student Ice Cream Social, Parkville Campus
•    August 17 -- Orientation Day, Parkville Campus
•    August 18-23 -- Welcome Week, Parkville Campus
•    August 19 -- Fall Semester / Fall I Classes Begin (all campus centers)
•    August 23 -- Opening Convocation, noon, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
•    August 23 -- All University Picnic, 1 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel Lawn
•    September 2 -- Labor Day holiday (Kansas City area offices closed; no Parkville Daytime classes; Fall I classes will be held)
•    September 5 -- Camp Pendleton (Calif.) Marine Corps Base Campus Center Commencement, 3 p.m., Camp Pendleton Base Theater
•    September 7 -- Fort Myer (Va.) Campus Center, Henderson Hall Headquarters Battalion (Va.) Campus Center and Quantico (Va.) Marine Corps Combat Development Command Campus Center Commencement, 9 a.m., Quantico Command Auditorium

Note: To view a comprehensive schedule for all events, including athletics, visit