Park University Imprint Express -- November 19, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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Most AffordableTwo Park online degree programs ranked among most affordable in U.S.

Two Park University online degree programs have been ranked among the most affordable online programs in the nation by OnlineU, a free and comprehensive guide that enables students to compare all online colleges in the United States. Park’s online Bachelor of Science in Management/Human Resources program is ranked No. 15 (tie) and Park’s online Master of Education program is ranked No. 16. OnlineU’s goal is to help students accomplish their educational goals in a financially responsible manner by providing resources that are user friendly, and otherwise, not easily accessible. The rankings were compiled based on annual tuition and fees for online bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees, and segmented by subject for prospective students. For more information about the rankings, visit

Dr. Virginia BrackettBrackett elected vice president of Great Plains Honors Council

Virginia Brackett, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of the Honors Academy, has been elected vice president and president-elect of the Great Plains Honors Council. The GPHC serves collegiate honors programs in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. As vice president during 2013-14, Brackett will organize submissions and judging for the Dennis Boe Award, which showcases and rewards outstanding scholarly work and is presented at the annual spring GPHC conference. When she ascends to the GPHC presidency in 2014-15, Brackett will organize and oversee all activities of the Council. She previously served GPHC as executive secretary/treasurer and as a co-coordinator of the organization's 2011 annual conference.

Kay BarnesBarnes honored by Kansas City organization for contributions to the community

Kay Barnes, distinguished professor for public leadership in Park’s Hauptmann School of Public Affairs, and founding director of Park’s Center for Leadership, was honored on Oct. 24 by Kansas City’s Shepherd’s Center Central as one of the organization’s Prime Time Champions. The event recognizes individuals older than 60 who have made significant contributions to the Kansas City community. According to the event program, Barnes, who served as the first female mayor of Kansas City, Mo., from 1999 to 2007, was described as a “‘glass is half full’ kind of leader. Her persuasive and dynamic leadership brought widely diverse and competing factions together, and in doing so, transformed a decaying downtown into a destination showplace of the Midwest.” She has continued her legacy of civic engagement by serving on the boards of St. Luke’s College of Health Sciences, Arvest Bank, Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City and the Mid-America Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Park University Emergency Alert System — ParkAlert

Two years ago, Park University launched a new emergency/weather-related alert message system, and the University encourages all Park students, faculty and staff nationwide to sign up! ParkAlert is a mass notification system that can alert Park University students, faculty and staff with time-sensitive messages via text, voice, e-mail and social media. ParkAlert will be used to only notify the University community with emergency messages and/or weather-related alerts and updates — it will not be used for advertising or other unsolicited content.

ParkAlert is designed to allow participants to choose the Park University campus center they attend (or is in their area) and receive messages related only to that specific campus center. Powered by Omnilert Network e2Campus, ParkAlert adds another immediate notification mechanism to the University's existing methods for alerts. The following are the available alert options:
          •  Short Message Service (SMS)/Text — Text message alerts to the mobile phone(s) that you register in the system.
          •  Voice — Similar to the text message, this service delivers a voice alert to your registered phone(s).
          •  E-Mail — An e-mail alert is sent to your registered e-mail address. (It is suggested that you register an e-mail address that is not a Park University account since Park's Office of University Communications and Marketing or the Department of Campus Safety will send emergency e-mail messages to Park e-mail addresses.)
          •  Social Media — Alerts can be posted directly to social media pages such as Facebook and Twitter. (This will be used on a case-by-case basis.)

To register and to select your preferred alert option(s), as well as for more information, visit

Student Research and Creative Arts SymposiumRegistration open for 2014 Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium

Park University’s ninth annual Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium is set for Monday, April 7, through Thursday, April 10, 2014, on the University’s Parkville Campus. The Symposium is an opportunity for Park students nationwide from all disciplines to present their independent and/or collaborative research and creative and artistic projects to the University and wider community. Students from all campus centers, as well as online students, are eligible to participate. The Symposium will provide venues for poster presentations, oral presentations, artistic and visual displays, asynchronous virtual presentations, and musical and dramatic performances.

Students may submit their proposals now through Friday, March 14, with the approval of a faculty mentor, at When registering, students should be prepared to provide the name and contact information of the primary and co-presenters, the faculty mentor, as well as the title and abstract of the presentation. For additional information, visit or contact Virginia Brackett, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of the Honors Academy, at or (816) 584-6818.

Melissa GeierPark staff present session at state registrars and admissions officers conference

Melissa Geier, assistant registrar (left), and Kimmon Halloran, graduation assistant, presented a session on "Expedited Diplomas" at the Missouri Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Oct. 28 in Lake Ozark. Because getting a college degree is a major milestone for students, the presentation discussed a new system for processing diplomas in Park University's Registrar's Office to reduce wait time and improve customer service via the aid of automation and an in-house printing system.

Burk presents paper on at e-learning conference

Erlan Burk, Ph.D., assistant professor and program coordinator of information and computer science, presented a paper at the World Conference on E-Learning, Oct. 21-24, in Las Vegas. The paper, "Measuring the Organizational Benefit of E-Learning," provides a measurement model that includes classroom environment, student learning, human capital investment and organizational performance. Illustration of the model used qualitative research data from an online forum at Park University. The research found significant benefit to sponsoring organizations from increase in skills and knowledge of students completing a systems analysis and design course.

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Pegues, Stallings present paper at behavioral research conference

Jutta Pegues, Ph.D. (left), assistant professor of history, program coordinator of anthropology and online academic director, and Walton (Dees) Stallings, Ph.D. (right), associate professor of English and program coordinator for professional writing, presented a paper at the International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research Fall Conference, Oct. 7-8 in Las Vegas. The duo presented “The Federal Plain Language Act of 2010 and Corporate Styles, Part II: Responses to a Communications Sea Change by Corporations, Government and Universities.” The session provided responses to the federal government and other standards put in place to cope with information overload and summarized research findings documenting the causes, costs and risks of unclear writing in certain professions, as well as a focus on responses to plain language compliance requirements in different fields.

Taulman, student clean highway near Parkville Campus

On Oct. 25, James Taulman, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, and Brooke Dedrick, senior biology major representing the Park University Biology Club, conducted a fall highway cleanup of a half-mile of Missouri Highway 9 near the University's Parkville Campus. During a two-hour effort, the duo collected eight bags of trash and recyclable items.

Park In The News

John Hamilton, Ph.D., associate professor of criminal justice, provided expert opinion for a story that appeared on WDAF-TV in Kansas City on Nov. 18. Hamilton’s interview centered around an officer-involved shooting and the possible use of deadly force when police officers are attacked.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through November 20 -- McAfee Memorial Library Fall Book Sale, McAfee Memorial Library
     •  Through 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)
     •  January 13 -- Spring Semester, Spring I Classes Begin

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