Park University Imprint Express -- November 14, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Share this article:

Best For VetsPark University ranked “Best for Vets” by military publication

Park University has once again received a top ranking for the services and support offered to active duty military, veterans and their families for 2014. Military Times, an independent source for news and information for the military community and its associated newsweeklies, Air Force Times, Army Times, Marine Corps Times and Navy Times, has released its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2014” list. Park was ranked No. 5 among all private colleges/universities in the country and No. 8 overall in the “online and nontraditional” category (schools that serve military students primarily online or through a network of small campuses).

The publication gave Park “3.5 stars” (out of four) for its extracurricular activities and “3 stars” for staff support. The high marks for extracurricular activities were related to the number and activity level of student veteran groups and financial support in addition to initiatives to support military spouses and families. The recognition also factors in non-academic school events, such as service projects and Veterans Day programs. The staff support distinction rates the number of staff members dedicated to veterans issues, the amount of time they spend on veterans and the frequency and scope of military related training for instructors and administrators. Read more about the ranking at

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.

Park students present at state undergraduate psychology conference

Park University's Parkville Campus was the host site for the Missouri Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Nov. 8-9. Patricia Marsh, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, was the director of this year's conference. Four Park students presented posters during the conference:
          •  Kevin Jamison, senior social psychology major, "Bureaucratic Inequality"
          •  Jill Kujawa, junior social psychology major, "An Assessment of Antisocial Personality Disorder"
          •  Jennifer Krupa and Amanda Shaw, senior psychology majors, "Art Therapy: Experiential Techniques of Sculpting Ideas and Creating Mandalas"

Marsh and Teresa Mason, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology and Sociology, gave a welcome and overview on the first day of the conference. Jerry Jorgensen, Ph.D., Ph.D., provost and senior vice president, and Emily Donnelli-Sallee, Ph.D., interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and associate professor of English, provided the official welcome on the second day.

Dr. Henry RoehrichRoehrich presents paper at business research conference

Henry Roehrich, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing/management and online instructor evaluator, presented a paper at the Society of Business Research Conference in Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 24-26. Roehrich's paper, "Creating Learning Activities from a Real World Experience that Demonstrates Teamwork Through Effective Leadership," focused on the effective application of modern adult learning theory and student centered teaching techniques. The active learning strategies applied in the college classroom incorporated the real world experiences of a major league baseball team striving to reach organizational goals in a competitive environment. The paper can be viewed at

Dr. Walter KisthardtKisthardt presents at case management conference

Walter Kisthardt, Ph.D., professor and chair of social work and director of the Master of Social Work program, presented a plenary address at the Arkansas Blue Cross/Blue Shield Case Management Conference, Oct. 17 in Hot Springs, Ark. The title of Kisthardt’s presentation was “Engagement: An Essential Process in Promoting Health Outcomes and Coordinating Services with Other Systems.” He emphasized the importance of developing a collaborative relationship with service participants, early intervention, shifting from acute care to proactive preventative care and increasing efficiency through coordinating and integrating multiple service systems.

Dr. Terrence Ward

Dr. Rebekkah Stuteville

Dr. Eric Click

Hauptmann School faculty present at public service conference

Three faculty members from Park University's Hauptmann School of Public Affairs presented a session at the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration's annual conference, Oct. 12 in Washington, D.C. Eric Click, Ph.D., assistant professor and program coordinator of public administration (left); Rebekkah Stuteville, Ph.D., assistant professor and department chair of public administration and director of the Master of Public Administration program (middle); and Terrence Ward, Ph.D., assistant professor of public administration and associate dean of the HSPA (right), presented the session "A New MPA for a New Age: Preparing Students/Professionals for Public Service." Click's portion of the session was on "The MPA: Creating a More Sustainable Society Through Workforce Development;" Stuteville presented on ""Preparing MPA Students to Work Across Sectors: A Focus on Federal Service;" and Ward presented "Preparing the MPA Professional for a Politically Charged World." A portion of the session also focused on "Current Public Issues and the MPA Curriculum: Inequality in the New Gilded Age," written by Richard Box, Ph.D., visiting distinguished professor of public affairs, who was unable to attend the conference.

Park basketball teams to "Can Hunger" at upcoming home games

Tickets to Park University's next two home basketball games are going to be relatively heavy, as many will come in cans, and many more in cardboard boxes. When the Park men host MidAmerica Nazarene on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m., and when the women's basketball team hosts Peru State on Thursday, Nov. 21, also at 7 p.m., fans can earn complimentary admission by donating at least two canned or boxed food items as the Pirates look to Can Hunger in Kansas City. Fans can also make a cash donation, but the donation must be equal to or greater than the price of a ticket. Food and cash donations will be collected by the Park University Department of Athletics and given to Harvesters, which serves a network that includes more than 620 nonprofit agencies throughout a 26-county direct service area, including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes, homes for the mentally disabled and shelters for battered persons. For more information, visit

Park academic programs conducting 30 Days of Hope campaign

Park University's Department of Criminal Justice and Department of History, Political Science and Legal Studies, along with Park's Tau Lambda Alpha Epsilon chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association, Zeta Omicron chapter of Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society and Alpha Delta Upsilon chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society, are conducting a campaign from Friday, Nov. 15, through Sunday, Dec. 15, called "30 Days of Hope." Donations of non-perishable food items can be stacked in the foyer of Mackay Hall on the Parkville Campus anytime during the campaign. All donations will be equally distributed to St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry at St. Therese Parish in Parkville and the Sheffield Family Life Center House of Provisions in Kansas City's urban core. For more information, contact Tim Westcott, Ph.D., associate professor of history, at, or Greg Plumb, J.D., professor of criminal justice, at

Park nursing students to host free health fair

Park University’s Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program will hold its annual health fair on Tuesday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground on the University’s Parkville Campus. The event is open to the public, and admission is free. The health fair, with the theme “Healthy People 2020,” will include free blood pressure, blood glucose, posture and depression screenings for attendees. In addition, a variety of health information will be available on topics such as blood disorders and blood safety, sleep disorders, preparedness, food safety, respiratory diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, global health, injury and violence prevention, nutrition and weight status, mental health and mental disorders, heart disease and stroke, diabetes and substance abuse. The University’s Counseling Center will also provide free, private depression screenings for interested attendees, and offer recommendations for seeking treatment, if needed. For more information about the health fair, visit

Uncompromising GazesPark University seniors to display art work in Campanella Gallery

The art work of three Park University seniors will be on display at the Campanella Gallery on the University’s Parkville Campus from Monday, Nov. 18, through Wednesday, Dec. 18. An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., in the Gallery. Students featured include Jessica Crane, a fine art and secondary education/art double major, and Amelia Jenny and Ashley Stapleton, fine art majors. Crane’s exhibition of oil on canvas paintings is titled “Organic Gestures;” Jenny’s display is a series of photographs titled, “Caution;” and “Uncompromising Gazes” is the display created by Stapleton (adjacent image). For more information about the exhibit, visit

Park In The News

A trio of Park University students from Saudi Arabia were interviewed for a story that appeared on the front page of The Kansas City Star on Nov. 9. Shrouk Alburj, a Master of Public Administration graduate student, Najla Alkhalifa, M.P.A. ’13, and current Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership student, and Reham Bamusa, a non-degree seeking student, all provided comments on a story related to a movement by women in their home country to allow women to drive.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through November 16 -- Bill Eickhorst Photography Exhibit, Campanella Gallery
     •  Through November 20 -- McAfee Memorial Library Fall Book Sale, McAfee Memorial Library
     •  November 16 -- Admissions: Pirate Preview Day, Parkville Campus
     •  November 16 -- CANCELLED: International Center for Music Concert: Pianist Luis Fernando Perez, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  November 18-December 18 -- Fine Arts Senior Student Thesis Exhibition, featuring works by Jessica Crane, Amelia Jenny and Ashley Stapleton, Campanella Gallery
     •  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
     •  December 24-25 -- Christmas holiday (Kansas City area offices closed)

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