Park University Imprint Express -- October 16, 2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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Longevity Awards celebrate service anniversaries of Park employees

Park University honored staff and faculty who reached milestone service anniversaries between Aug. 1, 2012, and July 31, 2013, during a ceremony on Oct. 4 on the Parkville Campus. Seventy-nine employees were recognized, combining for 795 years of service to Park. Special recognition was given to two employees, both of whom have dedicated 30 years of service each to the University: Ronald Brecke, Ph.D., professor of political science, and Renee Jack, scholarship coordinator. For a complete list of those honored, visit

Joe C. MeriweatherUniversity mourns loss of former women’s basketball coach Joe C. Meriweather

Joe C. Meriweather, former Park University women's basketball coach and 10-year NBA veteran, died on Oct. 13, unexpectedly, in Columbus, Ga. He was 59. Meriweather is the winningest coach in Park University women's basketball history with 128 wins, and he led Park to its only NAIA National Championship tournament appearance following the 2005-06 season. A memorial service will take place on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m., at Breckon Sports Center on the University's Parkville Campus. For those unable to attend, the event will be streamed live at (click “Gameday Central”), and it will be available “on demand” on Friday, Oct. 18.

Meriweather, who coached Park's women's team from 1997-2010, guided the Pirates to a 19-12 record in 2005-06 and for his efforts, he was named the 2005-06 NAIA Division I Independent Region Coach of the Year. He was also named the 1998 AMC Coach of the Year and his 2003-04 squad posted a school-record 22 wins. Meriweather played 10 seasons in the NBA as a member of the Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Jazz, New York Knicks and Kansas City Kings. He also played two seasons internationally in the European League in Bologna, Italy, and Barcelona, Spain. Following his coaching career, Meriweather founded and served as chief executive officer of 3C's Fatherhood Education Partnership Inc., an educational training program that develops boys into responsible men and fathers in the community.

Read more about Meriweather’s legacy at WDAF-TV in Kansas City did a story on Meriweather the day following his death, interviewing Park’s Director of Athletics Claude English about the legacy Meriweather leaves behind.

Women's Basketball -- Bill Cross 5KWomen’s basketball student-athletics volunteer at race

Members of the Park University women's basketball team spent a portion of Oct. 13 volunteering at the 3rd annual Bill Cross 5K Walk/Fun Run for BackSnack in Kansas City, Mo. The student-athletes spent most of the day working with the children's race helping the kids through a proper warm-up prior to the race with a series of stretching exercises. The Pirates also ran/walked with the participants providing encouragement throughout the race. "This was a perfect chance for our kids to get involved and give back to such a worthy cause," said head coach Kenneth Cooper said. "I know our players had a great time out there and enjoyed the experience." 

Park University theatre presents “Art of Murder”

The Park University theatre production of Joe DiPietro’s “Art of Murder” will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26, and Friday-Sunday, Nov. 1-3, in the McCoy Meetin' House on the University’s Parkville Campus. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. for all dates except Nov. 3, which begins at 2 p.m. The play, which won the 2000 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play, is set in a rural countryside in Connecticut, focusing on “Jack Brooks,” an accomplished and eccentric painter, who plots the murder of his flamboyant art dealer with help from his wife. This comedy-drama entails hints of satire about the world of art and its marketing ploys. The principle cast includes:
          •  Marcelo Henriques, “Vincent,” 2009 Park Bachelor of Arts in marketing graduate and current senior chemistry major
          •  Courtney Manning, “Kate,” senior business administration/marketing major
          •  Brandis Outlaw, “Annie,” junior communication arts/public relations major
          •  Matt Shaw, “Jack Brooks,” junior English writing major

Admission to the production is $10 for the general public, $8 for senior citizens (age 60 and older) and Park faculty/staff; and $5 for non-Park students and children younger than 13. Park University students are admitted free with their Park ID. Tickets can be reserved by calling (816) 584-6450 or purchased at the box office beginning one hour before performance time. For more information about the performance, visit

Cathy Taylor

Dr. Henry Roehrich

Dr. Lee Nordgren

School of Business faculty present at marketing educators conference

A trio of faculty from Park University’s School of Business presented at the Marketing Management Association’s Fall Educators Conference, Sept. 18-20 in New Orleans. Lee Nordgren, D.Sc., Edward F. Lyle professor of finance and director of the graduate program in business (left photo), was a panelist on the session, “Using Case Instruction Effectively.” Her related peer-reviewed position paper, “The HBS Case Method: Aligning Collegiate Outcomes to What U.S. Industries Need,” was published in the conference proceedings (page 153). Henry Roehrich, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing/management and online instructor evaluator (middle photo), and Cathy Taylor, J.D., assistant professor of management and online instructor evaluator (right photo), presented their referred co-authored paper, “Alone Yet Together: Examining Positive Traits of Distance Workgroups,” also published in the conference proceedings (page 54). Roehrich also chaired the panel “Innovations in Teaching Professional Selling,” presented his peer-reviewed position paper, “Preparing Students for Challenging Sales Environments Through Innovative Online Delivery,” published in the conference proceedings (page 159) and served as a paper reviewer for the conference.

Debra McArthur -- Thorpe Menn AwardMcArthur book recognized as a finalist for literary award

Debra McArthur, director of academic support services, and her book, A Voice for Kanzas, was recognized as one of 17 finalists for the Thorpe Menn Award by the Kansas City Branch of the American Association of University Women during a luncheon on Oct. 5. The annual award recognizes literary excellence by a Kansas City area author. McArthur’s novel tells of a young girl coming of age in the 1850s in Lawrence, Kan.

Dr. Jolene LamptonLampton addresses Austin area CPAs

Jolene A. Lampton, Ph.D., assistant professor of management and accounting at Park University’s Austin (Texas) Campus Center, addressed members of the Austin Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs on Sept. 27. Lampton’s topic to the group was on “Giving Voice to Values” The talk covered Mary Gentile’s GVV strategy to teach others how to act on their convictions within an organization. Lampton discussed situations and values conflicts that CPAs frequently encounter and helped the audience develop scripts to counter ethical dilemmas.

Dr. Eric ClickClick represents Park at IPAC conference

Eric Click, Ph.D., assistant professor and program coordinator of public administration, represented Park University and the American Society for Public Administration at the Institute of Public Administration of Canada's annual conference in Montreal this summer. Click, who serves as ASPA secretariat to IPAC, presented to IPAC board members and leadership to build and strengthen relationships and collaboration between ASPA, Park and the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs.

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 Monday, October 21.

Park In The News

Brian Sieminski, junior psychology major and son of Janice Sieminski, Office of Assessment administrative assistant, is “Brian the Intern” and a producer of the “Kelly Urich in the Morning” show on KZPT-FM (99.7 The Point) in Kansas City, and he also hosts shows on the station on the weekends.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through October 20 -- Fall Recess
     •  Through 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 18 -- "Powerful Texts" Lecture: Dr. Lester Laminack, 6 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  October 19 -- Dorothy Harper Watson Literacy Center "Powerful Texts" Conference, 7:45 a.m.-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 -- Park University/American Red Cross Blood Drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., between Thompson Commons and Millsap Foyer
     •  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.), McCoy Meetin' House
     •  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 3 -- Parkville Symphonic Band Fall Concert, 3 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  November 5 -- “A Call To Words: Veterans and Why They Write,” 6:30 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  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 -- Wounded Warrior Patriot 5K/10K Run, English Landing Park, noon
     •  November 12 -- Military Appreciation Night at Park Basketball Games, 5 p.m./7 p.m., Breckon Sports Center
     •  November 12 -- Ethnic Voices Poetry Series: Patrick Rosal, 6 p.m., Kansas City Public Library Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, Mo.
     •  November 13 – Reading of Names of U.S. Military Casualties from Operation Enduring Freedom, 9 a.m.-noon, Thompson Commons
     •  November 13 -- Veterans Week Movie: “Olympus Has Fallen,” David Theater (Alumni Hall), 7 p.m.
     •  November 14 -- Veterans Resource Fair, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Thompson Commons
     •  November 16 -- Admissions: Pirate Preview Day, Parkville Campus
     •  November 16 -- International Center for Music Concert: Pianist Luis Fernando Perez, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  November 20 -- Coming to America: Iraq, noon, McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  November 20 -- Xerox Global Business Lecture Series: Barbara Corcoran, 7 p.m., Folly Theater, Kansas City, Mo.
     •  November 21 -- Fabio Peixoto Graduate Violin Recital, 7 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  November 26 -- Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program Health Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground
     •  November 28-December 1 -- Thanksgiving holiday (Kansas City area offices closed; no Parkville Daytime classes; Fall II classes will be held)
     •  December 7 -- Admissions: Scholarship Day I, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  December 7 -- International Center for Music Concert: Violinist Ben Sayevich and Pianist Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  December 13 -- Fall Semester Ends
     •  December 13 -- International Sash Ceremony, TBA
     •  December 14 -- Kansas City Area Commencement, 11 a.m., Community of Christ Auditorium, Independence, Mo.
     •  December 15 -- Fall II Classes End
     •  December 15 -- Northland Community Choir Concert: Rutter Carols by Candlelight, 3 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel

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

Media Contact

Brad Biles
Director of Communications and Public Relations