Park University Imprint Express -- September 10, 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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Park University ranks seventh-most affordable private university in the nation

Park University is ranked as the seventh-most affordable private university/college in the nation — and first in the Midwest — for tuition and fees, according to a report announced by U.S. News and World Report on Sept. 10. Park is just one of two schools west of the Mississippi River ranked in the top 10 on the list. Park’s total cost for the 2013-14 academic year (tuition and fees) is $10,600, compared to the national average of $30,500. Neither figure includes the price incurred from room and board, books or personal expenses, as well as financial aid packages and scholarships students receive.

In addition, the magazine ranked Park No. 29 in the Midwest for ethnic diversity. The study determined where students were most likely to encounter undergraduates from different racial or ethnic groups, factoring the total proportion of minority students, with the exception of international students, and the overall mix of the student body. The categories calculated were Black or African-American, Hispanic, American Indian, Asian, Pacific Islander, White (non-Hispanic) and multiracial.

The magazine surveyed more than 1,800 colleges and universities for its 2013 survey of undergraduate programs. Schools self-reported a myriad of data regarding their academic programs and the makeup of their student body, among other areas, making the data a detailed collection of college facts and figures. For more information on these rankings, visit

Daniel PfeifferPfeiffer to be honored with intellectual freedom award

Daniel Pfeiffer, a junior English literature major, is being recognized for his courage to speak up and his ongoing advocacy for intellectual freedom. Pfeiffer has been named the recipient of the 2013 NCTV/SLATE Affiliate Intellectual Freedom Award by the Nebraska English Language Arts Council, an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English. The award honors individuals, groups or institutions that merit recognition for advancing the cause of intellectual freedom. Pfeiffer, who was eligible for the Nebraska award as a resident of the state, will be honored at the 2013 NCTE Annual Convention on Sunday, Nov. 24, in Boston.

Park University’s 2013 Alumni Weekend / Harvest Fest schedule of events

Park University will host a weekend of events to celebrate its annual Alumni Weekend and Harvest Fest. The events are scheduled for Friday, Sept. 20, and Saturday, Sept. 21, on the University’s Parkville Campus. The public is invited to a number of events throughout the weekend, including a free Park Family Fun Day, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Julian Field. The day will feature an inflatable pirate ship bounce house, face painting, “Pirate Test of Strength” (sumo wrestling suits), photo booth, magician, palm and tarot card readers, balloons and a fire truck from the Southern Platte (Co., Mo.) Fire Protection District. A family picnic is also scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., offering hamburgers, hot dogs and kabobs for purchase. A full schedule is available at For more information about the weekend, visit

Constitution Day lecture to feature President James Madison portrayal

The Department of History and Political Science at Park University will host its annual Constitution Day Lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 18, beginning at 3 p.m. in the McCoy Meetin’ House on the University’s Parkville Campus. Bill Worley, Ph.D., a history instructor at Metropolitan Community College, will portray President James Madison in a live re-enactment of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution and Federalist Papers. “Dr. Worley will demonstrate Madison’s extensive studies prior to the Convention as well as his role during the event,” said James Pasley, Ph.D., associate dean of Park University’s School of Social Sciences and professor of political science. “He brings history alive, literally, and makes it more relatable to students today through his creative impersonations of significant historical figures.”

Constitution Day, or Citizenship Day as it is also known as, is federally mandated for all institutions of higher education that receive federal funding. The legislation was enacted in 2004 and implemented by the U.S. Department of Education in 2005. The holiday celebrates the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. For more information, visit

International Center for Music collaborating with Kansas City dance group for performance

Park University’s International Center for Music is collaborating with the Owen/Cox Dance Group to present Petrouchka, a contemporary dance work set to Russian composer, Igor Stravinsky’s “Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka,” on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m. in the Polsky Theatre at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan. Six ICM students, Artem Aleksanyan and Artem Kuznetsov, piano; Elizabeth Codd and Fabio Peixoto violin; and Sunnat Ibragimov and Mansur Kadirov, cello, will perform. In addition, Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, ICM instructor of music/piano, will collaborate with Codd, Kadirov and Peixoto on their selected pieces. For more information about the event, including ticket information, visit,-owencox-dance-group-present-petrouchka.html.

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.

Graduate student awarded scholarship to attend PTPI leadership conference

Priyata Shrestha, ’10, and a Park University graduate student pursuing a Master of Healthcare Administration degree, received a scholarship to attend the 2013 People to People International Americas Regional Meeting Leadership Summit in New Orleans, Aug. 28-31. Shrestha, a graduate assistant in the Office of Global Education and Study Abroad, is also vice president of Park’s PTPI chapter. The purpose of the summit was to focus on the skills needed to become an effective community leader, in order to better bring PTPI’s ideals of global education, cultural understanding and humanitarianism to life at the local level. While at the conference, Shrestha focused on how her personal core values and goals shape her work with PTPI, further motivating her to serve as an effective chapter leader. She also outlined a five-part framework to help increase her effectiveness and face the challenges of leading a volunteer-based organization.

Chemistry program hosting lecture by agricultural chemistry pioneer

Park University’s Department of Chemistry, in conjunction with the Kansas City Section of the American Chemical Society, is hosting a public lecture by Attila Pavlath, Ph.D., on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. in the Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. Pavlath, whose lecture will be aimed at educating high school students about pursuing a career in chemistry, is known for his pioneering research in fluorine chemistry, biomass, biodegradable films and other agricultural chemistry problems. On Friday, Sept. 20, Pavlath will receive the Kenneth A. Spencer Award for Outstanding Achievement in Food and Agricultural Chemistry from the Kansas City Section of the ACS, during an awards dinner in the Park Distance Learning Conference Center. Spencer received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University in 1959.

Human Resource Services announces hires, transfers/promotions from August

     Jacob Anderson, Landscaper, Office of Environmental Services, Parkville Campus
     Naomi Beeman, Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Department of English and Modern Languages, Parkville Campus
     Wesley Boyce, Assistant Professor of Decision Sciences, School of Business, Parkville Campus
     Michelle Budd, Safety and Environment Compliance Coordinator, Department of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus
     Tynisa Collins, Enrollment Coordinator, Office of Enrollment Services, Parkville Campus
    Frank Conforti, Lecturer of Marketing, School of Business, Parkville Campus
     Amanda David, Admissions Counselor, Office of Admissions, Parkville Campus
     John Dennis, Campus Safety Officer, Department of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus
     Casandra Gaulding, Visiting Assistant Professor of Nursing, Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program, Parkville Campus
     Sarah Gonzalez, Administrative Specialist, Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center
     Jason Gragg, Financial Aid Specialist, Office of Student Financial Services, Parkville Campus
     Jennifer Hamilton, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program, Parkville Campus
     Alexandria Harkins, Administrative Assistant, Master of Business Administration Program, Downtown Kansas City (Mo.) Campus Center
     Yin Jacobo, Custodian, Office of Environmental Services, Parkville Campus
     Mallory Jobst, Data Coordinator, Office of Enrollment Services, Parkville Campus
     Adam Karasiewicz, Financial Aid Specialist, Office of Student Financial Services, Parkville Campus
    Stacey Kikendall, Assistant Professor of English, Department of English and Modern Languages, Parkville Campus
     Jan Kircher, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Department of Social Work, Parkville Campus
     Matthew LaRose, Associate Professor of Fine Art, Department of Art, Design and Theatre, Parkville Campus
     Linda Mastin, Campus Center Director, Randolph Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center
     Katelyn McInerney, Media Coordinator, Office of University Communications and Marketing, Parkville Campus
     Joseph Muturi, Campus Safety Officer, Department of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus
     Christine Oji, Visiting Assistant Professor of Finance, School of Business, Parkville Campus
     Joy Piazza, Assistant Professor of Public Relations, Department of Communication and Journalism, Parkville Campus
     • Matthew Rau, Enrollment Coordinator, Office of Enrollment Services, Parkville Campus
    Kelli Ritter, Instructional Designer, Park Distance Learning, Parkville Campus
     Evelyn Robles, Custodian, Office of Environmental Services, Parkville Campus
    Sarah Seidelman, Enrollment Adjustment Specialist, Office of Student Financial Services, Parkville Campus
     Kristen Sperling, Administrative Assistant to the Dean, School for Education, Parkville Campus
    Adrian Switzer, Lecturer of Liberal Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
     Lisa Thomas, Instructor of Early Childhood Education, School for Education, Parkville Campus
    Rhonda Weimer, Clinical Instructor, Department of Social Work, Parkville Campus
     Benjamin Zibers, Coordinator of Student Engagement, Office of Student Life

    Nicole Barnes, Academic Director, Little Rock (Ark.) Campus Center (previously served as adjunct instructor)
    Susan Michaud, Office Manager, Academic Support Center, Parkville Campus (previously served as office manager, Career Development Center)
    Terrence Ward, Assistant Professor of Public Administration, Hauptmann School of Public Affairs, Downtown Kansas City (Mo.) Campus Center (previously served as visiting assistant professor of nonprofit and community services management)

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

Ingrid Stölzel, D.M.A., director of Park University’s International Center for Music, appeared in a prerecorded interview on Kansas City’s community radio station KKFI (90.1 FM) on Sept. 9. Stölzel was on the station’s “Arts Magazine” program to discuss the ICM’s collaboration with the Owen/Cox Dance Group on Sept. 21-22.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through October 11 -- Matthew Boonstra Sculpture Exhibit (Reception: Sept. 5, 4 p.m.), Campanella Gallery
     •  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 17 -- Park University Career Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground
     •  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, 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

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

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