Park University Imprint Express -- September 17, 2013

Phi Alpha Theta AwardZeta Omicron wins Phi Alpha Theta best chapter award for second straight year

Park University’s Zeta Omicron chapter of Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society has received the Best Chapter Award for 2013 in Division I (fewer than 3,000 students) from the national organization. Zeta Omicron also won the award in 2012. The honor comes with a $250 award to go toward the purchase of books, selected by Zeta Omicron and the Program of History, for the McAfee Memorial Library. Park’s Zeta Omicron chapter, chartered in 1958, is advised by Tim Westcott, Ph.D., associate professor of history.

Peter deSilvaSchool of Business Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series to feature UMB president Peter deSilva

Park University’s School of Business will host its 6th annual Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Peter deSilva, president and chief operating officer of UMB Financial Corp., on Monday, Sept. 30, at 11 a.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. The event is free and open to the public. deSilva, a member of Park’s Board of Trustees, also serves as president of UMB Bank and is chairman of UMB Fund Services. He presented the inaugural lecture in the series in 2008 about the U.S. mortgage crisis. This year, he will focus on the recent global economic crisis, particularly discussing the implications and the recovery process over the last five years.

The School of Business Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series is designed to bring together leading business executives, policy experts and respected scholars to address major issues concerning industry, economic environment, entrepreneurship and globalization. The series allows business executives the opportunity to share their experiences and perspectives with students, faculty, staff and alumni at the University, as well as the general public. For more about the lecture, visit

Center for Global Peace Journalism to present media ethics symposium

Park University’s Center for Global Peace Journalism and the Department of Communication and Journalism will host “Doing the Wrong Thing: The Struggle for an Ethical Media” on Friday, Sept. 27, at noon in the McCoy Meetin’ House on the University’s Parkville Campus. The event will feature Kansas City Star columnist Lewis Diuguid, who will speak about the ethical implications in covering the Trayvon Martin story. Diuguid, who has been with The Star since 1977, focuses his writing on education, social justice and diversity issues. He is a certified diversity facilitator with the Newspaper Association of America. Other speakers will include Park University faculty John Lofflin, professor of journalism and photography, and Steven Youngblood, associate professor of communication arts and director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism. Lofflin will address the topic, “Objectivity: The 11th Commandment or Convenient Excuse.” Youngblood will discuss media narratives and stereotypes in places such as the Middle East, and will describe how these can be addressed by peace journalism.

The event is being held in cooperation with the Center for International Media Ethics, a nonprofit organization bringing together a network of media professionals throughout the world to provide training, discussion and expertise in the ethics of their profession. The symposium also commemorates International Media Ethics Day, held on Friday, Sept. 20, this year. The symposium will be streamed live online, and later archived at For more information, visit

World-renowned Israeli violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi to open ICM’s concert season

Park University’s International Center for Music will open its 10th anniversary concert season series with world-renowned Israeli violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. Called a “genuine talent and profoundly gifted” by The Vienna Express, Ashkenasi will be joined by ICM faculty in performances of Dvorák’s “Romantic Pieces,” Moszkowski’s “Suite for Two Violins and Piano” and Mendelssohn’s “String Quintet No. 2.”

Tickets for the concert are — general admission: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; senior citizens age 60 and older: $10; students with a valid student ID: $5; Park University students, faculty, staff and their children age 12 and under: free. To purchase tickets in advance, visit In addition to the concert, a master class with Ashkenasi will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 25, starting at 4 p.m. in the Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel. The class is free and open to the public. For more information about the concert, visit

Dr. Harold Ivan SmithPark University hosting workshop on end-of-life care

Park University’s recently established Center to Advance the Study of Loss will host its inaugural workshop on Friday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Park Distance Learning Conference Center located on the University’s Parkville Campus. The workshop, “The Unacknowledged Grief of Professionals in End-of-Life Scenarios: Weighing in on Emotional Boundaries,” is designed for professionals involved in end-of-life care and bereavement care fields, as well as for students preparing for respective careers in the field of thanatology. The featured speaker for the event is Harold Ivan Smith, D.Min., a bereavement specialist with Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City, Mo., and a prominent grief scholar. His presentation will examine the taboo on grieving for the professional caregivers when a patient dies and discuss the implications for professionals’ personal lives and providing quality care for others. Attendees will discuss these industry concerns and brainstorm ways to break the barriers to encourage healthy grieving practices for clients and professionals.  The workshop will also help students to empathize with professionals currently working in the field, prepare them for the challenges and devise strategies to help ease grief of patient deaths.
Cost for registration is $40 and includes lunch and refreshments. Continuing education units credits are available. Register before Thursday, Oct. 10, through Katie Werth, CASL administrative assistant at or (816) 584-6483. For more information about the workshop, visit

Dr. Lolly OckerstromOckerstrom essay published in Virginia Woolf conference chronicle

An essay written by Lolly Ockerstrom, Ph.D., associate professor of English, was published in Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Woolf: Selected Papers from the 22nd Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf. Ockerstrom’s paper, “Photography, History and Memoir of the Spanish Civil War: Interdisciplinary Views,” was originally presented by Ockerstrom at the conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in June 2012. The paper examines the relationships of genres used in the work of modernist writers Virginia Woolf, Gerald Brenan and Gamel Woolsey in the late 1930s.

Dr. Patty RybergRyberg article on Antarctica published in geology journal

An article written by Patty Ryberg, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, has been published in the July issue of the journal Palaios, a publication of the Society for Sedimentary Geology. Ryberg’s article, “Antarctica: Enhancing the Links Across Time and Space of the Permian Glossopterids,” discusses determining the diversity within the group of plants that made up 90 percent of the Antarctic landscape 200 million years ago. Recent research excursions to Antarctica by Ryberg have revealed the presence of numerous fossil species that had not been found on the continent to that date presenting new material for continuing Antarctic paleobotanical studies. A portion of the article’s introduction can be viewed at

Steven YoungbloodYoungblood presents session on writing to engage readers

Steven Youngblood, associate professor of communication arts and director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism, presented a session on “Grab Their Attention: Making Your Writing Engaging,” at a joint meeting of the Heart of America and Westport chapters of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. Youngblood, who presented the session on Sept. 10 in Kansas City, Mo., focused his discussion on writing more effectively, including how to reach specific audiences, how to grab readers with a compelling lead and how to use fiction writing techniques to tell nonfiction stories.

University seeks public comments for accreditation

Park University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will host a visit November 18-20, 2013, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Park University has been accredited by the Commission since 1913. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments regarding Park University to:
          Third-Party Comment on Park University
          The Higher Learning Commission
          230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
          Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on the Commission’s website at Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing. All comments must be received by October 21, 2013.

Park In The News

Teresa Mason, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology and Sociology, and Cathy Taylor, J.D., assistant professor of management and online instructor evaluator, were interviewed for an article on cyberbullying. The story appeared in a recent issue of Distance Education Report.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through September 20 -- Campus Center Directors Conference, Parkville Campus
     •  Through September 21 -- Harvest Fest Week, Parkville Campus
     •  Through October 11 -- Matthew Boonstra Sculpture Exhibit (Reception: Sept. 5, 4 p.m.), Campanella Gallery
      •  September 18 -- Constitution Day Event: Dr. Bill Worley (James Madison impersonator), 3 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  September 19 -- International Talk Like A Pirate Day
     •  September 20-21 -- Alumni Weekend, Parkville Campus
     •  September 21 -- Evening with the Real Pirates, 6 p.m., Union Station Kansas City
     •  September 21-22 – International Center for Music / Owen/Cox Dance Group Collaborative Performance, “Petrouchka,” 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Polsky Theatre, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kan.
     •  September 22 -- Yuriy Vereshchagin Piano Recital, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  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 27 -- Center for Global Peace Journalism Symposium, “Doing the Wrong Thing: The Struggle for an Ethical Media,” noon, McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  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 5 -- Coming to America: Venezuela, noon, McCoy Meetin' 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
     •  October 14-November 16 -- Bill Eickhorst Photography Exhibit (Reception: Oct. 21, 4 p.m.) , Campanella Gallery
     •  October 18 -- Center to Advance the Study of Loss Workshop: “The Unacknowledged Grief of Professionals in End-of-Life Scenarios: Weighing in on Emotional Boundaries,” with Dr. Harold Ivan Smith, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Park Distance Learning Conference Center
     •  October 21 -- Fall II Classes Begin
     •  October 22 -- Ethnic Voices Poetry Series: Martin Espada, 6 p.m.Kansas City Public Library Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, Mo.
     •  October 23 -- Know Your Numbers (for those who have UnitedHealthcare medical insurance), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Louise Morden Board Room
     •  October 25 -- Admissions: Athletic Training Day, Parkville Campus
     •  October 25 -- Fright Night, 6 p.m., Copley Quad
     •  October 25-26 and Nov. 1-3 -- Park University Theater Production: “The Art of Murder,” 7 p.m. (except Nov. 3, at 2 p.m.), David Theater, Alumni Hall
     •  October 30 -- Grad Fair, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Park University Bookstore
     •  November 2 -- Defense Supply Center Columbus (Ohio) Campus Center Commencement, 9 a.m., DSCC Building 20
     •  November 3 -- Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Campus Center Commencement, 2 p.m., Hollenbeck Bayley Conference Center, Springfield, Ohio
     •  November 8 -- Admissions: Graphic/Interior Design Day, Parkville Campus
     •  November 10 -- Northland Community Choir Concert: A Benefit for Elementary School Music  Education, 3 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  November 11 -- Veterans Day holiday (Kansas City area offices closed; no Parkville Daytime classes; Fall II classes will be held)
     •  November 12 -- Ethnic Voices Poetry Series: Patrick Rosal, 6 p.m., Kansas City Public Library Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, Mo.

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