Park University Honors its Campus Centers at Annual Conference Banquet

Monday, September 23, 2013


Dorla Watkins and Alaina BarrowSept. 23, 2013 — Park University campus center directors from across the country gathered the week of Sept. 16 for their annual conference on the University’s Parkville Campus. The event concluded on Sept. 19 with their annual awards banquet to honor the University’s highest achieving campuses.

Park’s Malmstrom Air Force Base (Mont.) Campus Center, led by Alaina Barrow (right, in left photo with Dorla Watkins, vice president for finance and administration) , earned the “Most Efficiently Run Campus Center Award.” Recipients demonstrate qualities such as providing service and fairness to students, consistency in meeting deadlines, competency of operation, advocating for students, delivering excellent customer service and dependability.

Stephanie Fox and Donna MorganReceiving the Park Distance Learning “Bounce Back Award” was the Hill Air Force Base (Utah) Campus Center, led by Stephanie Fox (left, in right photo with Donna Morgan, regional director). This award is given to a campus center that has encountered difficulty due to issues beyond its control. The award exemplifies leadership of a campus center administrator who is able to be positive, lead by example and enable an at-risk campus center the potential for continued growth and success.

Dr. Michael Droge and Carol MilesThe PDL’s “President’s Star Award,” given to the campus center that had the greatest growth in 2012-13, was Little Rock (Ark.) Air Force Base Campus Center, led by Carol Miles (right, in left photo with Park University President Michael Droge, Ph.D.). The Little Rock AFB Campus increased its enrollment numbers by 23 percent.

Two campus centers earned the PDL’s “Paul Gault Achiever Plus Award” for having double-digit growth in 2012-13: Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base (Calif.) Campus Center, led by Connie Guzman, and Tinker Air Force Base (Okla.) Campus Center, led by Susan Corbeil.

Three campus centers received the PDL’s “Tom Peterman Achiever Award” for single-digit growth in 2012-13: Minot (N.D.) Air Force Base Campus Center, led by Barbara Larrison; Charleston (S.C.) Air Force Base Campus Center, led by Debra Smalls; and Beaufort (S.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center, led by Ron Curtis, Ed.D.

The purpose of Park Distance Learning is to provide virtual and geographical post-secondary educational services and support to students, faculty and staff assisting students to graduate and achieve their academic goals. Offering online courses in place of, or in addition to, the traditional classroom experience enables students the flexibility to pursue their education while balancing the demands of work and family life.

For more information on the PDL, visit www.park.edu/park-distance-learning.