Park University Imprint Express -- January 14, 2014

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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CASE AwardsOffice of University Marketing and Communications earns awards from CASE

Park University’s Office of University Marketing and Communications was recognized with eight awards, including three gold awards, during the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s District VI Conference on Jan. 13 in Kansas City, Mo. In the adjacent photo, Brad Biles, associate director for university communications, Katelyn McInerney, media coordinator, Rita Weighill, vice president for university marking and communications, Debbie Johnston, director of creative services, and John Roushkolb, social media manager, show off the awards. A list of the awards won, projects and Park staff involved in the projects follows.
Gold Awards
          •  Crisis Management News Releases — Emergency Military Scholarship News Release: Biles
          •  In-House Publication/Flier — International Center for Music Concert Series Handout: Carlos Chaurand, graphic designer; Ingrid Stölzel, ICM director; and Biles
          •  In-House Miscellaneous Publication — Pirate Magnet Frame and Postcard: Johnston, director of creative services; Cathy Colapietro, executive director for enrollment operations; and Biles
Silver Awards
          •  In-House Publication/Booklet — Global Executive Master of Business Administration Program Booklet: Chaurand; Brad Kleindl, Ph.D., School of Business dean; Jackie Campbell, assistant MBA director; Weighill; and Biles
          •  In-House Publication/Booklet — 100 Challenge Booklet: Chaurand; Andrew Davis, director of student success; Weighill; and Biles
Bronze Awards
          •  External Web-Based or Electronic Newsletter — Park University E-News: Biles
          •  Excellence in Design — Park’s Promise Brochure: Johnston, Weighill, Michael Droge, Ph.D., president; Laurie McCormack, vice president for university advancement; and Biles
          •  In-House Miscellaneous Publication — Stay Hooked E-Mail Reminder Postcards: Johnston; Eric Blair, director of undergraduate admissions; and Biles

Bonnie AlsburyAlsbury recognized with volunteer humanitarian award

Bonnie Alsbury, assistant professor of nursing, was honored with the Woodland Charities Volunteer Humanitarian Award for 2013 during the organization’s celebration event on Dec. 5 in Overland Park, Kan. Alsbury was recognized for her work in organizing service-learning opportunities for Park University students and faculty in Patanatic, Guatemala, during Spring Break 2013. The 23-person Park contingent collaborated with medical students from the University of Kansas to provide physical assessments and medical care for 2,130 children in days. Alsbury is planning a return trip for Park nursing faculty and students this spring.

Behzod Abduraimov and Stanislav Ioudenitch

International Center for Music to present Van Cliburn tribute concert at Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Park University’s International Center for Music, gold medalist of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and founder of the ICM Stanislav Ioudenitch, his protégé and rising star — and 2009 winner of the London International Piano Competition — Behzod Abduraimov, along with the Park Piano Trio, will perform a special Van Cliburn Tribute Concert on Friday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m., in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, in Kansas City, Mo. This will be the debut concert for the ICM at the Kauffman Center, though Abduraimov has performed in the facility twice in the past two years with the Kansas City Symphony.

Park Piano Trio

This concert will be a touching homage to Cliburn, a treasured American pianist who passed away in late February 2013 and was a personal inspiration for Ioudenitch. Cliburn’s historic victory at the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958 at the height of the Cold War transcended politics and tore down cultural barriers. The program will include Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Suite No. 1 for Two Pianos,” Peter Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Trio in A Minor” and a premiere of a work written by ICM Director Ingrid Stölzel for Ioudenitch in memory of Cliburn, “In the Midst for Solo Piano.”

Tickets are available through the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts at, (816) 994-7222 or at the Kauffman Center’s Box Office, 1601 Broadway. For more information, visit

The concert is the culmination of a day of celebration for the University. Ballyhoo, formerly known as Founders Day, is a benefit for the International Center for Music and the University’s Presidential Honors Scholarship. The event will be held at Webster House, adjacent to the Kauffman Center, starting at 5 p.m. The fundraising goal for this event is $400,000. A variety of sponsorship levels are available. For more information, visit, or contact Nancy Steinacker, development director, at or (816) 584-6200.

Online degree programs earn rankings from magazine

U.S. News & World Report ranked two Park University online programs as part of the magazine’s 2014 Best Online Programs, announced on Jan. 8. Park’s online bachelor degree programs were ranked No. 164 in the country and Park’s online graduate business programs were ranked No. 122 in their respective categories. Nearly 1,000 distance education programs were a part of the rankings.

Malmstrom AFB - Rescue MissionMalmstrom AFB Campus donates items, volunteers for Great Falls organization

During the 2013 Fall II term, students, faculty and staff at Park University’s Malmstrom Air Force Base (Mont.) Campus Center collected items for the Great Falls (Mont.) Rescue Mission’s annual children’s Christmas party. In addition, Park’s Malmstrom AFB community volunteered at the GFRM to wrap donated gifts for the Christmas party, an event that helps feed and provide gifts to more than 1,000 Great Falls area families.

Pete KaleKale appointed to library board

W. Wilford “Pete” Kale Jr., ’71, a member of Park University’s Board of Trustees, was recently appointed to a four-year term on the Williamsburg (Va.) Regional Library Board of Trustees. The Williamsburg Regional Library consists of the James City County (Va.) Library, Mobile Library Services and the Williamsburg Library, and serves more than 85,000 people in the City of Williamsburg, James City County and York County. For the past five years, Library Journal has rated WRL as one of the best public libraries in the U.S. by naming it a Star Library.

Dr. Marthann SchulteDr. Kay DennisDr. Amber Dailey-HebertSchool of Education faculty present at AAACE conference

A trio of adult education faculty from Park University's School of Education presented at the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education’s annual conference in November 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, “Retreat to Advance:  A Residential ‘Collaboratory’ Approach to Program Redesign.” The session explored program redesign through the implementation of a “collaborator” in which geographically dispersed faculty convened an intensive week-long live-in workshop to redevelop program goals, competencies and courses.

Academic Support Center relocates to library

Park University’s Academic Support Center has relocated its offices and services to the McAfee Memorial Library on the University’s Parkville Campus. A ribbon-cutting for the new location will be held on Thursday, Jan. 23, starting at 3 p.m. Michael Droge, Ph.D., president, and Jerry Jorgensen, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs, will provide remarks, and tours of the new space will be offered. The new location will provide more tables for tutoring and additional space for group/individual study.

First aid / CPR / AED training offered

The Department of Campus Safety is providing a training opportunity to faculty and staff on the Parkville Campus. David Roll, an EMT with AMR and a certified American Heart Association trainer, will be on the Parkville Campus Saturday and Sunday, January 18 and 19, providing HeartSaver First Aid/CPR/AED training. The session will go from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day in the Gibson Room in Thompson Commons. The 6½-hour course will cover: basic first aid including scene assessment, controlling bleeding, splinting, and responding to heat exhaustion and heat stroke; adult CPR/AED; and infant/child CPR/AED.

Participants will receive a HeartSaver First Aid/CPR/AED Certification Card. The cost for the course is only $5 and space is limited. For questions or to register, contact Michelle Budd, environmental health and safety compliance coordinator, at or (816) 584-6228.

Park In The News

Park University and the Master of Business Administration program were highlighted in stories throughout a special section on “MBA & Education” that appeared in The Kansas City Star on Jan. 7. Lee Nordgren, D.Sc., Edward F. Lyle professor of finance and director of the graduate program in business, was quoted throughout the section.

Sydney Lawson, senior business administration/international business major, was mentioned in a story that appeared in the Jan. 7 issue of The Kansas City Nursing News. Lawson’s mother, Marta, was featured in the article. Marta, inspired by Sydney’s college internship, launched a nurse internship program at the University of Kansas Hospital to give Kansas City area nursing students an exposure to professionalism.

A story about Tom Holcom, vice chair of Park University’s Board of Trustees, appeared in the Kansas City Business Journal on Jan. 7. Holcom retired as chief executive officer of Pioneer Financial Services on Dec. 31, 2013.

Courtney Goddard, J.D., associate vice president and general counsel, appeared in a photograph in the Jan. 11 issue of The Independent, Kansas City’s “journal of society.” Goddard and her sister, Tiffany, were co-chairs of Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care’s “Champagne and Chocolate” event.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through February 16 – Matthew LaRose Paintings Exhibit, Campanella Gallery
     •  January 18 – Admissions: 1-on-1 Weekend, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  January 18 – International Center for Music Concert: Pianist Luis Fernando Perez, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  January 20 -- Martin Luther King Day Holiday (Kansas City area offices closed; no Parkville Daytime classes; Spring I classes will be held)
     •  January 23 -- Academic Support Center Ribbon-Cutting, 3 p.m., McAfee Memorial Library
     •  January 24 -- Board of Trustees Meeting, Parkville Campus
     •  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 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 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.

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