Park University Imprint Express -- October 23, 2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Share this article:

Barbara CorcoranPark’s Xerox Global Business Lecture to feature “Shark Tank” star Barbara Corcoran

Barbara Corcoran, one of the “sharks” on ABC’s hit television show “Shark Tank,” will provide business expansion, investment and startup advice as the featured speaker of Park University’s fourth Xerox Global Business Lecture Series on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Kansas City’s Folly Theater, beginning at 7 p.m. During the presentation, Corcoran will offer business advice, including starting, expanding, investing, and converting dreams into fortunes.

Corcoran took out a $1,000 loan to start The Corcoran Group and built it into a $6 billion business. In 2001, she sold the company for $66 million and pursued other entrepreneurial endeavors including authoring numerous books and beginning a television career. As a “shark,” Corcoran has invested her own money in more than a dozen businesses, competing to make those deals for all to see, then shepherding them to national and global success. Her newest book, Shark Tales, takes you behind the scenes of her life and business and her “seen on TV” venture capitalism. Corcoran is famously brash and blunt, bold and courageous, and a brilliant identifier of opportunity and talent.

Tickets for the lecture are on sale for $10 each for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the Folly Theater box office, 1020 Central (Central Firehouse/Central Exchange Building), Suite 200, in Kansas City, Mo., by phone at (816) 474-4444 or online at The box office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

University to celebrate veterans with a week of activities

Park University’s Department of Military and Veteran Student Services, home of the Park Warrior Center, will celebrate veterans with a week full of activities open to the community, Tuesday, Nov. 12 through Thursday, Nov. 14.
          •  Nov. 12 — Wounded Warrior Patriot 5K/10K Run, noon, English Landing Park in Parkville. Registration is $15 and includes a T-shirt. Register at the Park Warrior Center in Thompson Commons on the Parkville Campus or the day of the event.
          •  Nov. 12 — Military Appreciation Night during Park’s women’s and men’s basketball games, 5 to 9 p.m. in Breckon Sports Center on the Parkville Campus. Current military members and veterans will be admitted free with their military ID.
          •  Nov. 13 — Volunteers will read a list of names of those killed in action during Operation Enduring Freedom from 9 a.m. to noon at the flagpole in front of Thompson Commons.
          •  Nov. 13 — A showing of the movie “Olympus Has Fallen” will be at 7 p.m. in the Barbara and Jenkin David Theater inside Alumni Hall on the Parkville Campus. Admission is free and open to the public.
          •  Nov. 14 — Veteran Resource Fair, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Thompson Commons.

In addition to the Veterans Week activities, Park will co-host “Call to Words: Veterans and Why They Write” on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the McCoy Meetin’ House on the Parkville Campus. The event celebrates Vietnam veteran Bill Bauer’s release of Last Lambs: New and Selected Poems of Vietnam. Bauer and H.C. Palmer, another poet and Vietnam-era veteran, will take part in a conversation dedicated to their experiences and utilizing writing to find meaning in their post-war lives. For more information about all of these events, visit

Stanislav IoudenitchIoudenitch honored as Distinguished Steinway Artist

Steinway & Sons welcomed Stanislav Ioudenitch, associate professor of music/piano in Park University’s International Center for Music and gold medalist at the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, as a Distinguished Steinway Artist on Oct. 15. Steinway & Sons identifies renowned musicians based on their artistic and professional accomplishments, who affirm Steinway as their piano of choice. Ioudenitch now accompanies the most skilled and discriminating artists in the world as part of the Steinway artist roster. Read more about Ioudenitch’s honor at

Park University ranked among healthiest colleges in the country

The Daily Beast, a website dedicated to breaking news and sharp commentary, has ranked Park University as the 16th healthiest college in the country as a part of the website’s “Down + Dirty Guide to the Best Colleges.” The Daily Beast analyzed nearly 2,000 four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities in the U.S. and used publicly available data and data collected and published by College Prowler, an online guide created by students that ranks thousands of colleges on everything from the intelligence of professors to attractiveness of students. The website’s healthiest colleges list uses College Prowler ratings of the best schools for non-drinkers, the top drug-free campuses and the healthiest campus dining options. View the healthiest colleges list at

Carol MilesPoem, book published by Park staff, faculty

A poem written by Carol Miles (right), director of the Little Rock (Ark.) Air Force Base Campus Center, was published in Global Dimensions of Qualitative Inquiry. One of Miles’ doctoral instructors, Kakali Bhattacharya, Ph.D., used the poem in her chapter of the book, “Bridging Empirical Practices with De/colonizing Epistemologies.”

The third edition of a book written by Richard Box, Ph.D., visiting distinguished professor of public affairs in Park University’s Hauptmann School of Public Affairs, has been published. The book, Public Administration and Society: Critical Issues in American Governance, is designed for students in public policy, affairs and administration. The book develops two themes: the historical development of institutions and practices, and issues of democracy, citizenship and self-governance. Additional information about the book can be viewed on the publisher's website.

McAfee Memorial Library offering “Ask a Librarian” service

Want live, chat-based help doing research and using library databases? Park University’s McAfee Memorial Library has launched a virtual “Ask a Librarian” service, where Park students, faculty, staff and alumni can turn to for help conducting research, using library electronic resources and related needs. During its initial launch this service will be available during the following times (Central time):
          •  Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Friday — 7 to 10 p.m.
          •  Wednesday and Thursday — 7 p.m. to midnight
          •  Saturday — 1 to 4 p.m.
Visit and click the “Ask a Librarian” link to access the service.

City of Parkville fall newsletter

All Park University Kansas City area faculty, staff and students are encouraged to check out the fall newsletter published by the City of Parkville, Mo. The University is Parkville’s largest employer, and many Park employees and students live, shop and play in the city. The newsletter provides information on community programs, upcoming events and festivals, and important updates about the city. Visit to read the newsletter.

Park In The News

Jan Zimmerman, ’93, ’97, the chief of police in Raymore, Mo., was featured in a story that appeared on KCTV on Oct. 17. Zimmerman is the only female police chief in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Roger Rodriguez, J.D., L.L.M., adjunct instructor of criminal justice and political science at the Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center, was pictured with students in his CJ 313 (Law of Evidence) class in the Oct. 17 issue of the Fort Bliss Bugle (page 20A). In addition, Sgt. Luis Gurrolarosas, a sophomore information and computer science/networking major was highlighted in the same issue (page 4B), receiving Army-wide recognition from the Army Continuing Education System for his success in the classroom. Gurrolarosas is spotlighted in the “Rising to the Challenge” category under “Success Stories” on the GoArmyEd website.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through November 16 -- Bill Eickhorst Photography Exhibit (Reception: Oct. 21, 4 p.m.), Campanella Gallery
     •  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 8-9 -- Missouri Undergraduate Psychology Conference, 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, 4 p.m., David Theater (Alumni Hall)
     •  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