Park University Imprint Express -- January 6, 2014

Monday, January 6, 2014

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MAE 2014 LogoPark selected “military-friendly school” for sixth straight year by magazine

For the sixth consecutive year, Park University has been selected as one of the top military-friendly colleges and universities in the country by Military Advanced Education magazine. Park was selected for inclusion on the list in the magazine’s 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities, which provides information about the wide range of benefits the schools provide in four key categories of consideration to service members, veterans, spouses and dependents (in order of assigned weighting): support services, flexibility, financial assistance and military culture. For more information about the honor, visit

George S. ParkFishburn Archives partners with Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area

Park University’s Fishburn Archives and Special Collections was recently accepted as a partner in the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. The FFNHA is an organization dedicated to building awareness of the struggles for freedom in 12 western Missouri counties and 29 eastern Kansas counties that were involved in the region’s Border War of the mid-1800s.

According to Carolyn Elwess, University archivist, the partnership will bring attention to an 1855 incident in Parkville, Mo. (home of Park University’s flagship campus), that put the tiny frontier town on the national map. George S. Park (left), founder of Parkville and later a co-founder of Park University, was the publisher of Parkville’s first newspaper, The Industrial Luminary, which was printed weekly from 1853-55. When the Kansas Territory was officially opened for settlement in 1854, it was left up to the Territory’s voters to decide whether the proposed state should enter the Union as free state or slave state. Zealous groups on both sides of the issue were often involved in violent confrontations and the “wars” captured the attention of the nation. Read more about the University’s partnership the FFNHA and the role George S. Park and Parkville played in the ensuing Border War at

James NelsonGoogle GlassGoogle Glass Explorer Program comes to Park University

James Nelson (left), assistant director of software development, has been selected to participate in the Google Glass Explorer Program. Nelson was presented with the opportunity in November through MOREnet (Missouri Research and Education Network), an organization that provides Internet connectivity, access to Internet2, technical support, videoconferencing services and training to Missouri's K-12 schools, colleges and universities, public libraries, health care, state government and other affiliated organizations. Nelson was selected to participate in the program based on his responses to MOREnet as to how Google Glass would benefit the University and its students/faculty/staff, and how he planned to share his experiences with MOREnet and other Missourians.

Over the coming months, Nelson and Park's Information Technology Services staff will explore how Google Glass can benefit learning in a higher education environment, including the development of Glassware, Google Glass' version of apps, designed to enhance learning and the college experience. "We are very excited to begin exploring Glass and can't wait to share what we discover," Nelson said.

Ferezan article published in psychology association newsletter

An article written by Jeffrey Ferezan, Ph.D., adjunct instructor of management at Park University’s Luke Air Force Base (Ariz.) Campus Center, was recently published in the American Institute of Business Psychology’s AIOBP Newsletter. The article, “Similarity of Common Errors Made by Doctors and Leaders,” explained that medical doctors and leaders share a common trait with those they are serving. Read Ferezan’s article at

Roer DusingDusing elected chair of Kansas City area agency

Roger Dusing, associate vice president and chief human resource officer, has been elected chair of the board for Benilde Hall, a Kansas City, Mo., agency that serves approximately 250 homeless, drug-addicted men with emergency, transitional and permanent supportive housing and treatment programs. Dusing, who has been on Benilde Hall’s board for two years, is charged with managing the board and serving as chair of the board’s executive committee. The board provides oversight and direction to the organization’s executive director.

Registrar’s Office, DSCC Campus make donations over the holidays

Park University’s Registrar’s Office collected $325 during the holiday season for the BackSnack program at Harvesters – The Community Food Network in the Kansas City area. BackSnacks are provided to low-income children for the weekend to combat weekend hunger. Harvesters provides more thanDSCC Angel Tree 18,000 BackSnacks each week to children in its 26-county service area. Park’s donation will provide one child with BackSnacks for a year and a second child for two months, as well as a case of macaroni and cheese for general distribution. The Registrar’s Office also collected donations for the Parkville (Mo.) Animal Shelter, donating animal toys, treats, collars, leashes and office supplies, and a small cash contribution.

Park’s Defense Supply Center Columbus (Ohio) Campus Center, in conjunction with its students, faculty and staff, raised more than $1,000 for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program and a family the campus adopted over the holidays. The Angel Tree program provides new clothing and toys for children of needy families. In the adjacent photo, June Mohr, campus center director, Peggy Pell, program specialist, and Mimi Emanuel, assistant director, are shown with some of the donations.

LaRose-Opening in the ForestLaRose to exhibit paintings in Campanella Gallery

An exhibition featuring selected paintings by Matthew LaRose, associate professor of fine art and chair of Park’s Department of Art and Design, will be on display in Park University’s Campanella Gallery, Friday, Jan. 10, through Sunday, Feb. 16. A reception will be held for LaRose on Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Gallery. The exhibit, “Landscapes: The Space Between the Trees,” includes his most recent work, a diptych, acrylic on canvas painting titled, “An Opening in the Forest.” The work is a naturalistic depiction of the density of the woods with the clearing of the trees and leaves. Other works also envision gnarled tree roots and erosion in his improvised compositions. “Nature is expansive, unpredictable and sublime, and my portrayal of the woods becomes an idealistic depiction without human interruption,” said LaRose. “I find that painting is informed by experiencing the woods, yet each painting is first, a unique improvisation of color and paint.” For more information about the exhibit, visit

Luis Fernando PerezInternational Center for Music presents acclaimed Spanish pianist Luis Fernando Pérez

Park University’s International Center for Music has rescheduled a concert featuring acclaimed Spanish pianist Luis Fernando Pérez for Saturday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. Pérez will make his Kansas City area debut with a rare performance of the complete “Iberia Suite” by Isaac Albéniz. Born in Madrid, this former student of Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Alicia de Larrocha is a leading European virtuoso whose recordings of Albéniz, Frédéric Chopin and Enrique Granados have garnered international recognition. Gramophone magazine recently declared Pérez “among the most individual and gifted pianists of today’s generation.”

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 their children age 12 and under: free. To purchase tickets in advance, visit For more information, visit

Human Resource Services announces new hires, transfers/promotions

From December 1-31
          •  Pedro Carmona, Custodian I, Office of Facilities Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Michael Coyle, Facilities Services Manager, Office of Facilities Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Dawn Flenker, Payroll Manager, Office of Human Resource Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Tanesha Goshon, Administrative Assistant, Career Development Center, Parkville Campus
          •  Kathi Gravenstein, Senior Payroll Specialist, Office of Human Resource Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Karen Holland, Campus Safety Officer, Department of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus
          •  Troy Majors, Technical Support Specialist, Office of Information Technology Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Kevin Martineau, Facilities Maintenance Manager, Office of Facilities Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Matthew Partridge, Campus Safety Officer, Department of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus

          •  Jennifer Black, Academic Evaluator II, Registrar’s Office, Parkville Campus (previously served as academic evaluator)
          •  Mark Clair, Academic Director, Barstow Community College (also serves as adjunct instructor of psychology)
          •  Sandra Egge, Academic Evaluator II, Registrar’s Office, Parkville Campus (previously served as academic evaluator)
          •  Janelle Hopkins, Academic Evaluator II, Registrar’s Office, Parkville Campus (previously served as academic evaluator)
          •  Elizabeth Irvin, Records Assistant, Registrar’s Office, Parkville Campus (previously served as verification clerk)
          •  Jacquelyn Keck, Academic Evaluator II, Registrar’s Office, Parkville Campus (previously served as academic evaluator)
          •  Marilyn McGarvey, Academic Evaluator II, Registrar’s Office, Parkville Campus (previously served as academic evaluator)
          •  Jacklyn McKee, Records Assistant, Registrar’s Office, Parkville Campus (previously served as registrar specialist/data entry)

Park In The News

Stephanie Fox, director at Park University’s Hill Air Force Base (Utah) Campus Center and a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve, was featured in a story that appeared on the Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System website on Dec. 13. The story was about Fox donating time as a match drive volunteer for the Department of Defense Marrow Donor Recruitment and Research Program that finds critical bone marrow matches.

Vint Dockery, adjunct instructor of communication arts at Park University’s Lackland Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center, was featured as a “Hometown Hero” in the January issue of Bakersfield (Calif.) Life magazine. Dockery is a retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant.

Timothy Westcott, Ph.D., associate professor of history, was mentioned in a story that appeared in the Dec. 28 issue of the Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal. Westcott will be a featured speaker in “Bleeding Kansas 2014,” a series of talks and dramatic interpretations, on Sunday, Feb. 16, at Constitution Hall State Historic Site in Lecompton, Kan., at 2 p.m. The title of Westcott’s talk is “Bellicosity Endorsed: The 1855 Lexington Pro-Slavery Convention.”

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  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 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