Park University Imprint Express -- January 28, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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Alternate Spring I term added to University schedule

On the heels of a successful alternate Fall II 2013 term that was offered to students, many of whom had educational benefits suspended due to the federal government shutdown in October, Park University has announced it will offer an alternate 8-week Spring I term from Monday, Feb. 10, through Sunday, April 6. This additional term (S5T14), which will continue through the week of Spring Break, will allow students to complete a variety of accelerated online courses. Thirteen online-only courses are being offered during this additional term, including courses in communication arts, English, liberal education, public administration, psychology, sociology and social work. To enroll or for more information, e-mail or call (877) 505-1059.

Minot student, alumnus honored with Air Force Global Strike Command award

A student and alumnus of Park University's Minot (N.D.) Air Force Base Campus Center were recently recognized with the 2013 Air Force Global Strike Command Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award. Tech. Sgt. Micah Botteicher, a freshman non-degree seeking student, and Senior Master Sgt. Michael Moser, '11, were honored in the award's aircraft maintenance category. The award recognizes base-level aircraft, munitions and missile maintenance personnel who perform hands-on maintenance or manage a maintenance function. Botteicher is a technician supervisor and Moser is a supervisor manager at Minot AFB.

Goodfellow AFB student receives AFCEA scholarship

Airman 1st Class David Turner, a senior information and computer science/networking major at Park University’s Goodfellow Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center, was recently awarded a $5,000 Cyber Security Scholarship from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Educational Foundation. The AFCEAEF helps bridge the gap between pursing and affording an education with scholarships for students engaged in information management, communications and intelligence efforts, and fosters excellence in education, particularly in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines related to command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Alternate Fall II 2013 RecognitionPark staff recognized for Alternate Fall II session work

A number of Park University staff were recognized for the significant contributions each made related to the success of the recently completed Alternate Fall II 2013 term. Twenty-five staff were recognized during the Board of Trustees meeting in Kansas City, Mo., on Jan. 24. The special eight-week term was launched in November in response to the federal government shutdown which negatively impacted Park’s military students. The session allowed students to resume their studies and degree completion plans with the University without interruption. Park staff recognized were: Accounting: Niki Rittenhouse, Michelle Shoemaker, Linda Wilkinson; Admissions and Enrollment: Mallory Jobst; Enrollment Operations and Enrollment Services: Brad Bunge, Robin Burger, Cathy Colapietro, Flo Jarrard, Adam Karasiewicz, Jo Lewke, Kari Long, Stacy Engle-Tjaden, Amanda Robinson, Deena Schneider; Information Technology Services: Scott Davis, Bill Foley, James Nelson, Nancy Oiler, Wade Tripp; Park Distance Learning: Jared Flaherty, Corey Wales; Student Financial Services: Bobbie Diem, Alana Jennings, Malissa Lockhart and Jennifer Statler.

Dr. Eric ClickClick co-authors report on civic health in Missouri

Eric Click, Ph.D., assistant professor and program coordinator of public administration, was among 12 people from six Missouri universities to author a report on Missouri's Civic Health Index that was recently published. Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau's annual Current Population Survey, the report examines the civic health of the state of Missouri, as well as its two largest metropolitan areas, Kansas City and St. Louis. Civic health is measured using four broad categories: social capital, non-political civic participation, electoral and non-electoral political participation and confidence in institutions. Park University's Hauptmann School of Public Affairs was one of the partners in the report, which can be read at

Glenn LesterLester short story published in magazine

“Thumbtack,” a short story written by Glenn Lester, English lecturer and program coordinator for first-year writing, was published in Revolver, an arts and cultural magazine, on Jan. 16. The story, according to Lester, is a riverbank coming-of-age story. In a humid and bug-clotted Michigan summer, two boys from opposite ends of town build a fishing platform, investigate the flammability of a brand of tortilla chips, navigate a chaotic Fourth of July celebration, argue about video games, and test whether the bonds of family and class are too strong for friendship to overcome. The story can be read at

Park community gives back on MLK Day

Park University students, faculty, staff in the Kansas City area participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 20. The Park group helped out at a soup kitchen sponsored by the Episcopal community by preparing meals and helping with food prep for future meals. The participants stocked cold goods, prepared “meals on wheels,” and washed and cut hundreds of pounds of fruits and vegetables.

Dr. Cliff FerbyFerby briefs soldiers on Park’s academic offerings at Fort Bliss

Cliff Ferby, Ed.D., management lecturer and academic director at the Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center, presented a briefing to soldiers assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Bliss during a town hall meeting on Jan. 8. Ferby discussed Park’s educational offerings to those in attendance.

Park In The News

Steven Youngblood, associate professor of communication arts and director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism, was featured in an article that appeared in the January/February issue of International Educator magazine, a publication of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. The article was about internationalizing journalism curricula.

A review of a concert on Jan. 18 by acclaimed Spanish pianist Luis Fernando Pérez as a part of the Park University International Center for Music’s 2013-14 concert season appeared in the Jan. 22 edition in KCMetropolis, Kansas City’s online journal of the arts.

Valerie Frazier, ’82, was featured in a story that appeared in The Record, a Stockton (Calif.) newspaper, on Jan. 20. Frazier started a nonprofit organization, Helping Out People Everyday Ministries, that offers weekly worship, community outreach, mentoring, after-school programs, parenting classes and employment search tips.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through February 16 – Matthew LaRose Paintings Exhibit, Campanella Gallery
     •  January 28 -- Park University Theater Production Auditions: “The Dixie Swim Club,” 5 p.m., Gibson Room (Third floor, Thompson Commons)
     •  January 29 --
Spring Study Abroad Fair, 10 a.m.-noon, Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground
     •  February 1 -- International Center for Music Concert: Cellist Colin Carr, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  February 5-6 -- Career and Internship Fair, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., McCoy Meetin' House
     •  February 9 -- Northland Community Choir Concert: Carnations, Chocolates and Love Songs: A Valentine’s Concert, 3 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  February 11 and 25 -- Center to Advance the Study of Loss Two-Part Series on Grief, Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., 6:30 p.m.
     •  February 15 -- International Center for Music Concert: Cellist Daniel Veis and Pianist Helena Veisova, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  February 17 -- President’s Day Holiday (Kansas City area offices closed; no Parkville Daytime classes; Spring I classes will be held)
     •  February 18-March 16 -- Art Exhibit: "Foundations: Selected Work by Park University Students in Drawing and Design," Campandella Gallery (Reception: Feb. 19, 4:30-6 p.m.)
     •  February 19 -- Coming to America: France, noon, McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  February 24 -- 13th annual Spencer Cave Black History Month Lecture Series, Dr. Chad Williams: “Torchbearers of Democracy: African-American Soldiers and World War I,” 7 p.m., National World War I Museum, Kansas City, Mo.
     •  March 1 -- Admissions: Pirate Preview Day, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  March 9 -- Spring I classes end
     •  March 9-16 -- Spring Recess
     •  March 17 -- Spring II Classes Begin
     •  March 19 -- Coming to America: Madagascar, noon, McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  March 20-April 25 -- Armenian Genocide Art Exhibit, Campanella Gallery
     •  March 22-23 and March 28-30 -- Park University Theater Production: “The Dixie Swim Club,” 7 p.m. March 22, 28 and 29; 2 p.m. March 23 and 30, McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  March 26 -- Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture Series: Dr. Robert Jervis, 6 p.m., Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library Central Library

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