Park University Imprint Express -- December 4, 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

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Dr. Timothy WestcottWestcott selected for Missouri Humanities Council speaker's bureau

Timothy Westcott, Ph.D., associate professor of history, has been selected by the Missouri Humanities Council to be a speaker in the organization's 2014 Show Me Missouri Speaker's Bureau. Westcott's topic, "Voices of Patriotism: Missouri's Four-Minute Men," is a presentation that focuses on Missouri's community and neighborhood movie houses becoming center stage during World War I for national propaganda efforts. Leaders in 112 Missouri counties promoted liberty bond campaigns, military recruitment and home front rationing programs. The presentation outlines those Missouri community efforts and individual leaders that engaged patriotic fervor in their neighbors.

Dr. Amber Dailey-HebertDailey-Hebert article published in teacher education journal

An article co-authored by Amber Dailey-Hebert, Ph.D. professor of adult and continuing education, has been published in the January 2014 issue of the journal Teaching and Teacher Education. The title of the article is "Essential Knowledge for Academic Performance: Education in the Virtual World to Promote Active Learning. According to the article's abstract, education has traditionally focused on the importance of content, and has guided curriculum design according to this principle. While content knowledge is important, to excel in the labor market today, graduates need to develop procedural knowledge, with greater emphasis on capacity development for transferable skills. This need is amplified by emergent technologies, which increase the demand to develop knowledge in this domain. To disentangle and measure the impact of content and procedural knowledge on academic achievement, the study occurred in a virtual setting. Based on the findings, the Dailey-Hebert and her co-authors make recommendations for course designers and course developers to improve students' performance. The article can be viewed at

Dr. Kenneth ChristopherChristopher speaks at maritime security conference

Kenneth Christopher, D.P.A., associate vice president for academic affairs, was an invited speaker at the Maritime Security 2013 Caribbean conference, Nov. 5-6 in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. The title of Christopher's lecture was "Security Capability Assessment: Assessing Human and Technology Resources in Meeting the Maritime Security Challenge." In his discussion, Christopher explained that to build an effective maritime security strategy, there needs to be a full understanding of existing capabilities and capacity. The session also examined the need and critical components of performing an accurate and effective security risk assessment.

Dr. Shannon CuffCuff presents poster session at English teachers conference

Shannon Cuff, Ph.D. assistant professor of education, presented a poster session at the National Council of Teachers of English annual convention in Boston on Nov. 23. Cuff's poster, "Using Literature to Connect to Community: The Role of Service-Learning in Developing Reflective Teacher Candidates," was a part of the "Gallery of Conference on English Education and the College Section Posters." The poster was about how Park University pre-service teachers become more reflective teacher candidates by engaging in a service-learning opportunity during Cuff's EDU 315 course (Child and Young Adult Literature). Cuff's class partners with Reach Out and Read Kansas City to provide literacy experiences to a diverse population of children who live in poverty.

Park students inducted into national history honor society

Five students were inducted into Park University's Zeta Omicron chapter of Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society on Nov. 26 during a ceremony on the Parkville Campus. Those inducted were: senior Laurel Bruening, junior Alexander Hahn, sophomore Riann Rosenquist, history-European/classical majors; junior Anna Fleming, applied history/new media major; and sophomore Michelle Logue, interdisciplinary studies major. Erik Smith, sophomore history- European/classical major and Zeta Omicron chapter vice president, conducted the ceremony. The Zeta Omicron chapter, chartered in 1958, is the University's oldest honor society. Tim Westcott, Ph.D., associate professor of history, is the chapter's adviser.

Roger HersheyHershey reappointed to Independence, Mo., committee

Roger Hershey, J.D., L.L.M., vice president and general counsel, was recently reappointed as a member of the Independence, Mo., License Surcharge Committee by the Independence City Council. The LSC advises the city council about rates to be charged under the City's street surcharge on new construction projects and recommends capital improvements to Independence streets that should be funded with the proceeds of the surcharge. Hershey has been annually reappointed to the Committee since 2000 and has chaired the LSC numerous times, including the past year.

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

Human Resource Services announces new hires, transfers/promotions

From November 1-30
          •  Jason Anderson, Director of Development, Office of University Advancement, Parkville Campus
          •  Kathy Bailey, Financial Aid Specialist, Office of Student Financial Services, Parkville Campus
          •  LaTasha Green, Assistant Director, Academic Support Center, Parkville Campus
          •  Kristina O’Brien, Administrative Specialist, Hanscom Air Force Base Campus Center
          •  Cynthia Ramey, Administrative Specialist, Holloman Air Force Base Campus Center
          •  Rosalyn Smith, Financial Aid Specialist, Office of Student Financial Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Emily Wolken, Program Specialist, Barstow Community College Campus Center

          •  Cindy Blevins, Records Technician, Registrar’s Office, Parkville Campus (previously served as transcript clerk)
          •  Terri Bradley, Administrative Assistant, Registrar’s Office, Parkville Campus (previously served as registrar specialist/data entry)
          •  Patricia Brown, Academic Supervisor, Registrar’s Office, Parkville Campus (previously served as senior academic evaluator)
          •  Peggy Hauser, Academic Evaluator II, Registrar’s Office, Parkville Campus (previously served as academic evaluator)
          •  Michele Matteo, Go Army Ed Administrator, Registrar’s Office, Parkville Campus (previously served as academic evaluator)
          •  Linda Whitener, Degree Audit/SOC Administrator, Registrar’s Office, Parkville Campus (previously served as academic evaluator)

Park In The News

Travis Loughary, a junior pursing an associate degree in nursing, was a part of a story that appeared on WDAF-TV on Nov. 27. Loughary is recording the life story of a veteran as a part of the Crossroads Hospice Life Journal program that relies on volunteers and Park University students in the Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program.

A Park University staff member and student from the Minot (N.D.) Air Force Base Campus Center were highlighted in a story about the observance of American Education Week (Nov. 18-22) at Minot AFB. Barbara Larrison, campus center director, provided comments for the story and Staff Sgt. Latoya Gantt, senior management/marketing major was photographed for the story.

Jessica Morgan, ’09, ’11, was highlighted in a story that appeared in the “816 North” section of the Nov. 27 issue of The Kansas City Star. The article featured educators at area schools that are teaching at the high school or elementary school they attended.

Melissa Slayton, a senior social psychology/human development major at Park University’s Whiteman Air Force Base (Mo.) Campus Center, was photographed in the Nov. 22 issue of The Warrior, Whiteman AFB’s newspaper. Slayton was recognized for earning Park’s Military Family Scholarship. She was joined in the photo with Dale Buckingham, campus center director.

Cliff Ferby, Ed.D., management lecturer and academic director at the Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center, was highlighted in the “Spotlight” section of the Nov. 27 issue of the Fort Bliss Bugle (page 18A). Ferby appeared in two photos: one for recently earning his doctorate in education with an emphasis in education leadership and management, the second for representing Park University during a recent Warrior Transition Battalion Education Fair.

Amy Reif, Park University head softball coach, was among eight Kansas City area professionals who were guest speakers as part of a career explorations class at Basehor-Linwood (Kan.) Middle School recently. A story about the event appeared in the Basehor Sentinel newspaper.

John Hamilton, Ph.D., associate professor of criminal justice, was interviewed as part of a story that appeared on WDAF-TV in Kansas City on Nov. 27. Hamilton provided expert opinion for a story about police officers using threats to enter a home.

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
     •  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., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  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, 7 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  December 24-25 -- Christmas holiday (Kansas City area offices closed)
     •  January 10-February 16 – Matthew LaRose Paintings Exhibit, Campanella Gallery (Reception: Jan. 14, 4-5:30 p.m., Campanella Gallery)
     •  January 13 -- Spring Semester, Spring I Classes Begin
     •  January 18 – Admissions: 1-on-1 Weekend, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  January 20 -- Martin Luther King Day Holiday (Kansas City area offices closed; no Parkville Daytime classes; Spring I classes will be held)
     •  January 24 -- Board of Trustees Meeting, Parkville Campus

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