Park University Imprint Express -- November 26, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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Deborah FrettCEO of BPW Foundation to provide KC Area Commencement keynote

Deborah Frett, chief executive officer of the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, will be the keynote speaker at the Kansas City Area December Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 14. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence, Mo. Approximately 415 Park University students are eligible to graduate — more than 135 students will receive a master’s degree or graduate certificate, and more than 275 students will receive a bachelor’s degree, associate degree or undergraduate certificate.

Frett joined the BPWF as its CEO in May 2005. Under her leadership, the Foundation conducted the first research on the challenges facing women veterans in their transition from military to civilian careers, and hosted the Joining Forces for Women Veterans Inaugural Summit in October 2010. In January 2012, the organization launched Joining Forces for Women Veterans and Military Spouses Mentoring Plus. This program provides women veterans of all branches, eras, ranks and levels, military/veteran spouses and caregivers of wounded warriors with unlimited free online career development tools, resources and confidential guidance — including working women mentors — to help them identify and pursue civilian career paths.

She is an accomplished executive with more than 30 years' experience providing strategic direction and executive management to associations, for-profit and start-up organizations. An advocate for women veterans, green job development and redefining the workplace to meet the needs of the 21st century, Frett has provided congressional testimony and served as an expert for key briefings on issues impacting working women, families and veterans. For more information about Frett and the Commencement ceremony, visit

NAIA VolleyballPark women’s volleyball team advances in NAIA nationals

With its opening-round victory over Asbury University on Nov. 23, the Park University women’s volleyball team has advanced to the NAIA National Championship final site, Tuesday, Dec. 3, through Saturday, Dec. 7, in Sioux City, Iowa. The No. 13 ranked Pirates are one of 24 teams to advance to the final site. Park begins pool play on Dec. 3 against Georgetown (Ky.) at 3:15 p.m. On Wednesday, Dec. 4, Park plays defending national champion Concordia (Calif.) at 1 p.m. The Pirates conclude the pool play portion of the tourney on Thursday, Dec. 5, against Trinity Christian (Ill.) at 1 p.m. Should Park finish first or second in their pool, the Pirates will advance to the single-elimination bracket portion of the tournament that starts on Friday, Dec. 6, with the championship match on Dec. 7. All matches of the tournament will be streamed live. A single-day package is $9.95 while an all-tournament package is $24.95. For more information, visit

Park student earns Gilman Scholarship for study abroad

Ayla Parham, a sophomore secondary education/science major in Park University's Honors Academy, has been named a recipient of a 2013-14 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. This nationally competitive scholarship, funded by the U.S. Department of State, provides money for students to study abroad. Parham received a $5,000 scholarship to spend the Spring 2013 semester studying science at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. She is the third student in Park University’s history to receive a Gilman Scholarship. Parham was one of approximately 700 students selected for the award from a pool of more than 2,600 applicants. Read more about Parham’s scholarship at

School of Business establishes chapter for international honor society

The School of Business at Park University established the Mu Chi Chapter of the Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business during an induction ceremony on Nov. 5 on the University’s Parkville Campus. Delta Mu Delta, an honor society for business programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs at the baccalaureate, graduate and doctoral levels, identifies and encourages academic excellence of students at qualifying colleges and universities. The organization creates a community that fosters the well-being of its individual members and the business community through lifetime membership.

Honorary initiates include founding members Ed Bradley and Antoinette Madeira, ’88. Both are also founding members of the School of Business Advisory Council. Other honorary initiates are: Brad Kleindl, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business; and chapter co-advisors and faculty members of Park’s School of Business: Clifford Ferby, management lecturer and academic director at the Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center; Robert Schneider, management instructor at the Lackland Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center; and William Venable III, assistant professor of business/management at the Parkville Campus. Inducted membership is restricted to business students of good standing who are in the top 20 percent of their respective class and who have completed at least one-half of the required coursework. This year’s inaugural class of inductees: Master of Business Administration graduate student Aaron Curtis; seniors: Patricia Bakeman, human resource management major; Kyle Estes and Karen Lane, accounting; Cara Lightle (chapter vice president), Antonio Marquez (chapter secretary) and Joseph Simone (chapter president), marketing; Atse Yapo, finance; and junior Minnie Washington (chapter treasurer), marketing. Read more at

Erik BergrudBergrud inducted as a fellow of national public administration organization

Erik Bergrud, associate vice president of constituent engagement, was inducted as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Bergrud was inducted during the NAPA’s annual fall meeting, Nov. 14-15 in Washington, D.C. Chartered by Congress to help public sector leaders meet the important and varied management challenges of today and anticipate those of the future, NAPA is a nonprofit, independent coalition of top public management and organizational leaders who tackle the nation's most critical and complex challenges.

Park chemistry club wins national chapter award

Park University’s chapter of the American Chemical Society has received a Commendable Chapter Award for its 2012-13 activities, as reported in Park University CHEM Club 2012-13 Annual Report. Each report was reviewed by three faculty advisers, who provided feedback to consider when planning future activities. The 2012-13 award winning chapters will be recognized in the November/December issue of inChemistry magazine and at the ACS Student Chapter Award Ceremony held at the ACS National Meeting and Exposition, March 16-20, 2014, in Dallas.

Dr. Marthann SchulteDr. Kay DennisDr. Amber Dailey-HebertAdult education faculty present at continuing and higher education conference

A trio of adult education faculty from Park University's School of Education presented at the Association for Continuing Higher Education's annual conference, Nov. 4-6 in Lexington, Ky. Amber Dailey-Hebert, Ph.D. (left), professor, Kay Dennis, Ed.D. (center), associate professor, and Marthann Schulte, Ph.D. (right), associate professor and program coordinator, presented the concurrent session "Programmatic Redesign: Creating New Learning Experience Through Student and Faculty Collaboration." The session explored the processes, outcomes and implications which prompted the creation of a new-industry focused and competency-based graduate program, and the exchange that led to a shared mental model among faculty and students for the program redesign. Dailey-Hebert served as the chair of ACHE Research Committee, while Schulte concluded the first year of a three-year term as an at-large member of the ACHE Board of Directors.

Dr. Teresa MasonMason, Schulte present at American Evaluation Association conference

Teresa Mason, Ph.D. (right), associate professor of psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology and Sociology, and Marthann Schulte, Ph.D. (above right), associate professor of adult education and program coordinator, and coordinator of faculty training/faculty evaluations support, presented a concurrent session at the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association, Oct. 16-19 in in Washington, D.C. Their session, “Online Faculty Evaluation Evolution: How Training, Mentoring and Resource Allocation Foster Instructor Success,” explored three sub-topics: “Good Evaluation Outcomes Require a Strong Foundation: Online Instructor Training Essentials,” “Evaluator as Guide: Combining Mentoring and Evaluation Yields Greater Online Instructor Success” and “Should I Trim or Embellish? Tailoring Online Instructor Evaluation to Meet Institutional Resources.” The session exposed attendees to implemented faculty evaluation programs grounded in research literature and how they can be replicated in different online college environments. Mason and Schulte demonstrated how proper training, mentoring and administrative support factor into productive evaluation and retention of online faculty members.

Lolita Lisovskaya-SayevichBen SayevichICM concert to feature Park's Sayevich, Lisovskaya-Sayevich

Park University’s International Center for Music will present a concert featuring the dynamic duo of violinist Ben Sayevich (left), professor of music/violin and pianist Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich (right), instructor of music/piano, performing a rare masterwork by Ernest Chausson, “Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet, Op. 21,” on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m., in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. The performance is a part of the ICM’s 2013-14 10th anniversary concert season. Also on the program is “Duo for Two Violins” by Jean-Marie Leclair, featuring special guest Gregory Sandomirsky, and Mozart’s festive “Divertimento in D Major, K. 136,” performed by the ICM String Orchestra.

Tickets for the concert are — general admission: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; senior citizens age 60 and older: $10; students with a valid student ID: $5; Park University students, faculty, staff and children age 12 and under: free. To purchase tickets in advance, visit For more information about the concert, visit



International travel photo contest winners announced

Park University’s Office of Global Education and Study Abroad has announced the winners of its recent international travel photo contest.
          •  Faculty: Lolly Ockerstrom, Ph.D., associate professor of English, first prize. Her entry were based on a walk through Ariege region of France (top left photo). Brian Cowley, Ph.D., professor of psychology, Bill Eickhorst, Ed.D., adjunct instructor of art, and Amy Slater, adjunct instructor of sociology, honorable mention
          •  Staff: Sparky Willemsen, testing center assistant, first prize (top right photo). Her entry was based on a family trip to China. Ben McBee, technical support specialist, and Tammy McCoy, program specialist, Moody Air Force Base (Ga.) Campus Center, honorable mention
Rakhimov-IndiaBishop-China          •  Students: Larry Bishop, senior economics major, and Jasur Rakhimov, Master of Business Administration student, first prize (tie). Bishop’s entry was based on a trip to China and Taiwan (lower left photo); Rakhimov’s entry was based on a trip to India (lower right photo).Ashley Harbin, senior mathematics major, Matthew Rogers, senior communication arts/journalism major, Kelli Van Natta, junior English literature major, Allee Smith, junior fitness and wellness major, and Alexandria Phillips, junior communication arts/public relations major, honorable mention

Ockerstrom and Willemsen will receive a $40 Target gift card and a Park sweatshirt. Both Bishop and Rakhimov will receive a $500 scholarship for a Park study abroad program and a Park sweatshirt. All honorable mention awardees will receive a Park T-shirt.

Park In The News

Park University’s Financial Literacy Center was highlighted in the September issue of Inside Missouri Higher Education magazine (page 35). The FLC was featured for its best practices in default prevention.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through December 18 -- Fine Arts Senior Student Thesis Exhibition, featuring works by Jessica Crane, Amelia Jenny and Ashley Stapleton, Campanella Gallery
     •  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