Park University Imprint Express -- August 9, 2013

Dr. Terrence WardWard appointed associate dean of Hauptmann School

Terrence Ward, Ph.D., assistant professor of public administration, has been appointed as the associate dean of Park University's Hauptmann School of Public Affairs. Ward began his additional duties on Aug. 1. Ward, who is also the area coordinator for the Master of Public Affairs degree concentration in nonprofit and community services management, has been a member of Park’s faculty since 2010. Prior to coming to Park, he spent time with the University of Missouri-Kansas City and J.E. Dunn Construction, as well as H&R Block, including several years as president of its foundation. This spring, he was re-elected to a seventh term on the North Kansas City, Mo., School Board, and he is the past president of the National Federation of Urban and Suburban School Districts.

Coro Kansas City students make impact in Kansas City neighborhood

Coro Kansas City, a partnership with Park University’s Hauptmann School of Public Affairs, worked with the Lykins neighborhood in northeast Kansas City, Mo., on a community development project this summer. The 2013 Coro Kansas City class, which includes Kirby Appollis, a Park junior majoring in legal studies, enhanced the Lykins Community Garden by assisting with the construction of a temporary greenhouse. In addition, the Coro interns developed a research project for the Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce that explained the culture of the area and its potential to become an international marketplace.

Dr. Patty RybergRyberg presents research on Antarctic plant fossils

Patty Ryberg, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, presented research at the Botanical Society of America’s annual conference in New Orleans, July 29-31. The research presented during the Paleozoic section of the meeting was titled “Glossopterid Diversity Between Transantarctic Sedimentary Basins.” The presentation discussed new materials collected by Ryberg and colleagues during filed work in Antarctica in the fall of 2012, as well as the paleoecology potential of plant fossils across Antarctica as a new avenue of research in Antarctic studies. Additionally, Ryberg chaired a session on Mesozoic/Cenozoic paleobotany.

True Light Middle School studentsChinese middle school students visit Parkville Campus

A group of 12 students and a teacher from the True Light Middle School in Guangzhou, China, visited Park University’s Parkville Campus for language instruction and cultural experiences, July 22 through Aug. 7. The program was coordinated by Wakisha Briggs, director of continuing education, and Kelli Clevenger, administrative assistant, Office of Global and Lifelong Learning. As a part of the program, the students attended English classes in the mornings, taught by Deborah Osborne, Ph.D., professor and program coordinator of English as an international language and linguistics.

Dr. Amber Dailey-HebertDailey-Hebert presents sessions at educational innovation conference

Amber Dailey-Hebert, Ph.D., professor of adult education, presented two concurrent sessions at the Educational Innovation in Economics and Business Conference earlier this summer in Milton Keynes, England. Dailey-Hebert presented “Competencies for Collaboration: The Future of Problem-Based Learning Online,” and “Creating and Distributing Innovative Knowledge Within Universities: Virtuous Spiral or Vicious Circle?”  The first session explored the ways that problem-based learning can harness emergent technologies to develop digital literacy, collaborative knowledge building and self-direct learning that is needed for learners and workers of the future. The second session presented an intercontinental project that investigated the level of organizational learning at an American university and a European university.

Dr. Lolly OckerstromOckerstrom presents paper at Virginia Woolf conference

Lolly Ockerstrom, Ph.D., associate professor of English, presented a paper at the International Conference on Virginia Woolf earlier this summer in Vancouver, British Columbia. Ockerstrom presented her paper, “Leonard Woolf and the Ceylon Civil Service: ‘I had come to dislike Imperialism’” on the “Leonard Woolf and Imperialism” panel. Ockerstrom also chaired the panel “Empire at Home and Away.”

Park University theatre to host auditions for “The Art of Murder”

Auditions for the Park University theatre production of Joe DiPietro’s “The Art of Murder” will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 27, and Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Jenkin and Barbara David Theater, located within Alumni Hall on the University’s Parkville Campus. The auditions are open to the public. Readings for the audition will come from selected scenes in the play.

“The Art of Murder,” set in a rural countryside in Connecticut, focuses on “Jack Brooks,” an accomplished and eccentric painter, who plots the murder of his flamboyant art dealer with help from his wife. This comedic murder-mystery won the 2000 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play. Performances will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct.25-26, and Friday through Sunday Nov. 1-3, in the David Theater. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. for all dates except for Nov. 3, which begins at 2 p.m. For more information about the auditions, contact Andrea Southard, Ph.D., instructor of theatre, at or (816) 584-6450.

Human Resource Services announces new hires, transfers/promotions from July

     •    Paul Abanishe, Campus Safety Officer, Office of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus
     •    Erik Amandola, Campus Safety Officer, Office of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus
     •    Ryan Bissing, Campus Safety Officer, Office of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus
         Laura Clark, Campus Safety Officer, Office of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus
     •    Azondie Garlington, Campus Safety Officer, Office of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus
        Michael Haverty, Campus Center Director, Independence (Mo.) Campus
     •    Kellie Hisle, Accounts Payable Clerk, Office of Budget and Purchasing, Parkville Campus
     •    Jaclynn Hootman, Administrative Specialist, Hill Air Force Base (Utah) Campus Center
     •    Vanessa Kennedy, Campus Safety Officer, Office of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus
         Jennifer Langley, Program Specialist, Austin (Texas) Campus Center
     •    Kyle Lanham, Campus Safety Officer, Office of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus
     •    Renee Leal, Administrative Specialist, Hanscom Air Force Base (mass.) Campus Center
     •    Christopher Meseke, Director of Academic Assessment, Office of Academic Assessment, Parkville Campus
     •    Alicia Ramsey, Program Specialist, Fort Irwin (Calif.) Campus Center
     •    Josephine Schaffer, Administrative Specialist, Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base (Calif.) Campus Center
         Adam Shirley, Campus Safety Officer, Office of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus
     •    John Sulzer, Campus Safety Officer, Office of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus
     •    Tess Surprenant, Director of Career Development, Career Development Center, Parkville Campus
     •    Zachary Thorpe, Night Monitor, Randolph Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center
     •    Jonathan Ware, Campus Safety Officer, Office of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus

         Judy Caudill, Program Specialist, Cherry Point (N.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center (previously served as administrative specialist)
     •    Krasimira Yopa, Assistant Campus Center Director, Henderson Hall Headquarters Battalion (Va.) Campus Center (previously served as program specialist, Fort Myer [Va.] Campus Center)

Park In The News

Katherine Springston, admissions counselor, was quoted for a front page story that appeared in the July 27 issue of The Kansas City Star. The article was about a Kansas City area high school which had all 47 of its 2013 graduates get accepted by a college or university.

Tom Scheckel, senior U.S. history major, provided advice for college freshmen for a commentary article that appeared in the July 31 issue of The Kansas City Star.

Jerry Jorgensen, Ph.D., senior vice president and provost, participated in a live on-set interview on KCTV in Kansas City on July 27 related to Park University’s selection to the 2013-14 Colleges of Distinction list.

An article about Ann Mesle, J.D., chair of Park University’s Board of Trustees, who recently retired as a Jackson County (Mo.) Circuit Court judge, appeared in The Examiner, an Independence, Mo., newspaper, as well as the Lee’s Summit (Mo.) Journal.

Brian Hoffman, Ph.D., professor of biology, was interviewed for a story that appeared on WDAF-TV in Kansas City on Aug. 6. Hoffman provided comments related to the discovery of skeletal remains at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City, Mo., on Aug. 5.

Michael Collins, ’04, a member of Park University’s Board of Trustees, was featured in a question-and-answer article that appeared in the August issue of KC Business magazine (page 18). Collins, the president and chief executive officer of the Port Authority of Kansas City, talked about a hydroponic greenhouse farm at the Berkeley Riverfront Development.

Park University was selected as the best university/college in the Northland (Kansas City area) by readers of the Kearney (Mo.) Courier, Liberty (Mo.) Tribune and Gladstone (Mo.) Dispatch. The announcement appeared in the newspapers’ “Best of the Northland 2013” special section published in late July.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •    Through August 30 -- Art Exhibit: Michelle Childers: Multimedia “Life Sentence” (Reception: Aug. 24, 7 p.m.), Campanella Gallery
     •    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 21 -- Military and Veteran Student Orientation, 11 a.m., Office of Military and Veteran Student Services/Park Warrior Center, Thompson Commons
     •    August 23 -- Opening Convocation, noon, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •    August 23 -- All University Picnic, 1 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel Lawn
     •    August 27-28 -- Park University Theater Production Auditions: “The Art of Murder,” 5:30 p.m., David Theater (Alumni Hall)
     •    September 2 -- Labor Day holiday (Kansas City area offices closed; no Parkville Daytime classes; Fall I classes will be held)
     •    September 5 -- Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base (Calif.) 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
     •    September 10 -- Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel New Doors Dedication, 11 a.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •    September 11 -- Dorothy Harper Watson Literacy Center “Powerful Texts” Series: Dr. Blanche Sosland, 5 p.m., Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground, Room 221A
     •    September 16-20 -- Campus Center Directors Conference, Parkville Campus
     •    September 16-21 -- Harvest Fest Week, Parkville Campus
     •    September 19-22 -- Alumni Weekend, Parkville Campus
     •    September 25 -- StepUP Kickoff, noon, McCoy Meetin’ House
     •    September 26 -- Park University Golf Scramble, 7:30 a.m. (registration), 9 a.m. shotgun start, Tiffany Greens Golf Course, Kansas City, Mo.
     •    September 28 -- Admissions: Pirate Preview Day, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •    September 28 -- International Center for Music Concert: Violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •    September 30 -- School of Business Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series: Peter deSilva, 11 a.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel

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