Park University Imprint Express -- August 16, 2013

Friday, August 16, 2013

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AffordableCollegesOnline ROIPark ranked high for best lifetime return on investment among Missouri based colleges, a resource of college affordability and financial aid information, has ranked Park University No. 3 among all colleges and universities based in Missouri with the greatest lifetime return on investment. According to the rankings, graduates from these schools enjoy the largest earnings gap between non-degree holders over 30 years and earn more on average than graduates of other schools in the state. Earlier this summer, ranked Park No. 2 among private colleges/universities in the country on its list of the nation’s “Most Affordable Online Colleges” and No. 24 overall. For more information on the newest ranking, visit

Park receives Hobsons Choice Award

Park University, which has partnered with Hobsons Connect for a customer relationship management system within the Office of Enrollment Services, received the Hobsons Choice Award at the Hobsons University Conference in late July. The Hobsons Choice Award recognizes Hobsons higher education clients who have utilized both technology and marketing products in harmony to accomplish institutional enrollment goals and objectives. Park was nominated for the award by Hobsons client success manager Dan Hollis who said, “I believe Park does a fantastic job of using the VIP page and sending e-mails from Connect to Nescelle Cabertohighlight the microsite and personalized video. Only clients who have devoted lots of time and effort are even considered for this award, and I value the ongoing communication I have with everyone on the Park team.”

Also at the conference, Nescelle Caberto, admissions communication coordinator (right), presented a breakout session on “The Never-Ending Learning Curve.” Caberto shared her personal experience on adapting to the Hobsons Connect program since its implementation. She also discussed how her learning transcended to teaching others using Blackboard Collaborate and creating cheat sheets to assist staff with their duties.

Greg Rose C2C AwardRose receives leadership award from instructional technology organization

Greg Rose, director of online operations for Park Distance Learning, received the 2013 Jonathan Bacon Outstanding Leadership Award from Colleague-2-Colleague, a professional association of faculty, staff and administrators from institutions in Missouri and Kansas with a focus on instructional technology, online instruction and distance education. Rose received the award on Aug. 1 at the Summer Institute on Distance Learning and Instructional Technology conference in Overland Park, Kan. In the adjacent photo, Rose is presented the award by C2C awards committee member Michelle Micheal. The award is presented to individuals who have “pushed the envelope” at any level in support of instructional technology. Visit to view a video of Rose receiving his award.

Stephen Terry OathTerry enlists in Missouri Army National Guard

Stephen Terry, director of military and veteran student services and Park University’s ROTC program coordinator, enlisted in the Missouri Army National Guard on Aug. 12. He was administered his oath during a ceremony on the Parkville Campus by Lt. Col. Shay Howard, Pony Express ROTC Battalion. Terry, a staff sergeant, was selected for the Missouri National Guard’s Officer Candidate School, which will be held one weekend a month at Fort Leonard Wood. Upon completion of the program, he will be commissioned as a second lieutenant. Terry, a seven-year Army veteran, will serve with the 205th Medical Battalion in Kansas City, Mo. “This is the perfect opportunity for me to continue to serve our nation,” he said. “I am honored to be selected for the Officer Candidate School and I am proud to be a member of the Park family as well as the Army family.”

Blanche SoslandWatson Literacy Center to host “Powerful Texts” event

The relationship between bullying and literacy among children will be the topic of discussion in the third installment of the Park University Dorothy Harper Watson Literacy Center’s 10th anniversary Powerful Texts Series. Blanche Sosland, Ph.D., a Park professor emeritus of education (left), will be the guest speaker at the event, to be held Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 5 p.m., in Room 221A of the Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground on the University’s Parkville Campus. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. In her presentation, “The Power of Texts, the Power of Kindness,” Sosland will discuss her work on the problem of and causes of bullying, including the cycles of frustration and failure that students experience in schools that can lead to students becoming bullies, targets of bullying or both. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

The Literacy Center’s Powerful Texts Series invites local authors with ties to Park to share how texts have been powerful for them and for others. Authors speak about their inspiration, skills and goals for making a difference with their work. The DHWLC is named for Dorothy Harper Watson, Ph.D., a 1952 graduate of Park University and an internationally known literacy researcher, advocate and educator. Because she believed Park provided learning opportunities that she might not have had otherwise, she thanked the University by endowing the Literacy Center at Park, which was dedicated in June 2003. For more information about the event, visit

2013 Golf ScrambleGolf scramble to benefit Park University athletics

The 2013 Park University Golf Scramble, a four-person tournament that benefits the University’s athletic programs, is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 26, at Tiffany Greens Golf Club in Kansas City, Mo. The scramble begins with registration and a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Lunch and an awards program immediately follows the completion of the tournament. Tournament registration is $125 per golfer or $500 per four-person team, and includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, continental breakfast and lunch, driving range access prior to the event, on-course games, contests and refreshments. In addition, a variety of sponsorship packages are available, ranging in price from $1,000 to $5,000. To register for the tournament or for more information, visit For questions about the tournament or sponsorship levels, contact Marquida Johnson, Office of University Advancement administrative assistant, at or (816) 584-6200.

Parkville Campus hosts KC Chamber “Morning Schmooze”

Park University’s Parkville Campus hosted 100 business, government and nonprofit professionals from the Kansas City area on Aug. 9 for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s monthly “Morning Schmooze.” The event, co-sponsored by the Parkville (Mo.) Area Chamber of Commerce, was held in the Park Distance Learning Conference Center and provided attendees a firsthand opportunity to learn about the University as well as leasing options in the Parkville Commercial Underground. Park President Michael Droge, Ph.D., welcomed the attendees and other Park representatives answered questions related to academic programs, admissions, career opportunities and external relations. Erik Bergrud, associate vice president of constituent engagement, represents Park on the GKCCC’s Public Policy Council and other committees. Last summer, he volunteered Park to host this event, and the Office of University Advancement worked diligently over the past several months to stage it.

Real PiratesSpend an evening with the “Real Pirates”

In conjunction with Alumni Weekend 2013, the Park University Alumni Association is presenting “An Evening with the Real Pirates” on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Union Station Kansas City. The University has reserved this special National Geographic exhibit for the exclusive enjoyment of alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends. See the world’s first exhibition of an authentic pirate ship and its treasure, experience the Golden Age of Piracy aboard the “Whydah,” one of the most successful pirate ships of her day, and learn about her roots as a slave ship and subsequent takeover and conversion into a pirate ship in the early 1700s. There will be a special pirate treat for kids, appetizers and a cash bar available. Discounted tickets are $14 for adults and $8 for children. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Park In The News

Stephen Bell, Ph.D., J.D., professor of economics, was interviewed for a story that appeared on KCTV in Kansas City on Aug. 14. Bell provided comments related the economic impact of companies that move from one adjacent state to another.

Ann Mesle, J.D., chair of Park University’s Board of Trustees, and Vernon Scoville, adjunct instructor of criminal justice and management, who both recently retired from serving as circuit court judges for Jackson County, Mo., were highlighted in an article that appeared in The Kansas City Star on Aug. 14. The story was about changes in local courts with the retirements of judges.

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 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 (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
     •  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 20-21 -- Alumni Weekend, Parkville Campus
     •  September 21 -- Evening with the Real Pirates, 6 p.m., Union Station Kansas City
     •  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
     •  October 3 -- Poetry at Park: The Symphony, 7 p.m., American Jazz Museum, 1616 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Mo.
     •  October 4 -- Faculty/Staff Longevity Awards, 1 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  October 5 -- Fort Leonard Wood (Mo.) Campus Center Commencement, 1 p.m., Nutter Field House
     •  October 11 -- Board of Trustees Meeting, Parkville Campus
     •  October 12 -- Admissions: Pirate Preview Day, Parkville Campus
     •  October 13 -- Fall I Classes End
     •  October 13-20 -- Fall Recess

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