Park University Imprint Express -- February 25, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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Dr. Robert JervisHauptmann Lecture to feature discussion on American foreign policy

Robert Jervis, Ph.D., the Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics at Columbia University, will be the keynote speaker at Park University’s 22nd annual Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture Series event on Wednesday, March 26. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Helzberg Room of the Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., starting at 6:30 p.m. A reception will be held prior to the lecture beginning at 6 p.m.

Jervis’ lecture will examine the topic “Why Does the U.S. Spend so Much on Security and Still Feel so Insecure? Fear, Interests and Opportunity in Contemporary American Foreign Policy.” According to Jervis, it is almost a truism that the broad contours of American foreign policy should be established by the national interest. But what is the American national interest in today's world? “Normal international politics is characterized by deep security concerns, especially for the major countries,” said Jervis. “I would argue that the U.S. is now unusually secure, although such security coexists uneasily with the widespread sense among both policy elites and the general public that the world is, in fact, deeply threatening.”

While the lecture is open the public, registration is requested as seating is limited. To register, e-mail or call (816) 584-6420. In addition, attendees can register via the Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library’s website. For more information, visit

University launches Military Book Grant Program

Park University has announced a Military Book Grant Program, a one-time initiative that will provide approved active duty military students with a one-time $100 grant applicable toward the cost of books. This program is open to all current Park University students who are active duty service members, and National Guardsmen and Reservists that are currently on active duty under activation orders. Application to this grant program is available immediately and intended for use during the upcoming 2014 Spring II term. The program’s duration is subject to the availability of funds and will continue while funds last.

This $100 book grant is a way for Park University to acknowledge our military students’ service and encourage their continued pursuit of educational goals in the midst of changing Department of Defense rules on the use and availability of tuition assistance funding. Students can start the application process by clicking the link provided and applying through the MyPark portal. Questions can be directed to Park staff at the student’s campus center or by contacting the University’s Office of Enrollment Services – Student Accounts at or (877) 505-1059. The office is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.. to 6 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Central time).

Park’s Master of Social Work program earns candidacy accreditation

Park University’s Master of Social Work program, which will officially begin with the start of the Fall 2014 semester, reached a critical milestone on Feb. 8, as it was granted full candidacy accreditation status through the Council on Social Work Education. The status indicates that accreditation commissioners have thoroughly reviewed benchmark documents and have concluded that the resources, curriculum and plan to assess the 10 competencies taught in Park’s MSW program are sufficiently described in a manner that addresses the compliance standards.

Park social work faculty have already began the process of reviewing more than 50 applications to the MSW program for either advanced standing (students who have earned a Bachelor of Social Work) or regular study (students who have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited university). Full accreditation is expected in February 2016 following the submission of additional documents this summer and a site visit in the fall. Students who graduate from the program prior to this date will be grandfathered in and will be viewed as having graduated from an accredited program. The advanced practice concentration is behavioral health as it intersects with three practice areas of emphasis: military social work, gerontological social work and social work with children and families.

Board of Trustees approves tenure for faculty

The Park University Board of Trustees approved tenure for the following faculty members during its Jan. 24 meeting in Kansas City, Mo.:
          •  Patricia Marsh, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology
          •  Adam Potthast, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy
          •  Brian Shawver, associate professor of English
          •  Rebekkah Stuteville, Ph.D., assistant professor of public administration and director of the Master of Public Administration program
          •  Gregory Claycomb, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry
In addition, the Board of Trustees approved tuition and fees, and room and board for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

International Women’s Day to discuss globalization

Park University’s Center for Global Peace Journalism is a program partner sponsor for an International Women’s Day symposium on Saturday, March 8, at the National Archives at Kansas City, 400 W. Pershing Rd., from 2 to 4 p.m. The featured topic will be on “Women in the Age of Globalization:  Setbacks, Promises and Possibilities.” The event will include information on how women worldwide have been impacted by the Global Development Project and how the Millennium Development Goals seek to address this condition and empower women in the impoverished regions of the world, as well as a presentation from a refugee from Somalia who will discuss her journey to come to the U.S. For more information or to reserve a seat, e-mail or call (816) 268-8010.

Dr. Suzanne DiscenzaDiscenza presents session on Affordable Care Act

Suzanne Discenza, Ph.D., director of the Master of Healthcare Administration program and professor of healthcare administration, spoke to attendees of the Banker’s Institute on Feb. 13 in Kansas City, Mo. Discenza’s topic, “How the Affordable Care Act May Impact Bank Customers,” focused on how broader implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that began on Jan. 1 will likely impact both commercial and consumer banking customers’ future. Broader issues impacting the majority of U.S. citizens were also addressed, followed by a more specific focus on electronic funds transactions and health care payment and remittance advice transaction rules pertinent to banking customers.

Staff Advisory Council holds open forum

The Park Staff Advisory Council held its first staff open forum on Feb. 13. The PSAC is a forum for all staff employees (executive directors and below) to communicate with the University president and support the interests of the staff. There are 24 elected staff members from various departments and campuses that serve on these PSAC committees: Executive; Policies, Elections and Nominations; Communications; Staff Recognition and Development; and Staff Suggestions and Improvement. Some notable accomplishments of the PSAC include the Office of Human Resources Services’ implementation of a new employee orientation, e-mail improvements through reorganizing distribution groups and securing a fourth floating holiday. Park University staff can access the PSAC portal via MyPark to view a complete list of accomplishments and information. Questions and concerns for the PSAC can be sent to

Boren presents FAFSA sessions for Lee’s Summit high schools

Carla Boren, director of student financial services, presented a series of sessions for students and parents at the three high schools in Lee’s Summit, Mo., between Jan. 14 and Jan. 30. Boren presented information on filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form and establishing financial aid eligibility. She explained when to file the FAFSA, how to file, who should file, special conditions that may affect the FAFSA and common errors.

Park In The News

Stephen Bell, Ph.D., J.D., professor of economics, participated in a live, in-studio interview on KCTV in Kansas City on Feb. 13. Bell was interviewed related to the announcement of the Time Warner/Comcast merger.

Park University and the International Center for Music were featured in a story that appeared in Kansas City’s The Vignette on Feb. 8. The article highlighted the University’s Van Cliburn Tribute Concert, which will be held on April 4 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Stanislav Ioudenitch, associate professor of music/piano, and Ingrid Stolzel, D.M.A., ICM director, were quoted in the story.

Park University’s Center for Global Peace Journalism was featured on Feb. 20 in an article that appeared on the Images and Voices of Hope website, an organization whose mission is to strengthen the role of media as agents of world benefit. Steve Youngblood, director of the CGPJ and associate professor of communication arts, was interviewed for the article.

A concert on Feb. 18 in London featuring Stanislav Ioudenitch, associate professor of music/piano in Park University’s International Center for Music, and Behzod Abduraimov, senior applied music/piano major, was reviewed by

Park University’s Spencer Cave Black History Month Lecture Series event on Feb. 24 in Kansas City, Mo., was featured on WDAF-TV. The video essay included an interview with the speaker, Chad Williams, Ph.D.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through March 16 -- Art Exhibit: "Foundations: Selected Work by Park University Students in Drawing and Design," Campanella Gallery
     •  March 8 -- International Women's Day Symposium, 2 p.m., National Archives at Kansas City, 400 W. Pershing Rd.
     •  March 9 -- Spring I classes end
     •  March 9 -- Alexander Smith Graduate Viola Recital, 5 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  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 -- 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 25 -- Park University Author Reception, 2-4 p.m., McAfee Memorial Library
     •  March 26 -- Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture Series: Dr. Robert Jervis, 6 p.m., Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library Central Library
     •  April 2 -- Graduation Prep Fair, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Park University Bookstore
     •  April 3 -- Center to Advance the Study of Loss Community Writing Group: “When Words are too Painful to Speak: Writing our Loss Stories,” 9 a.m.., Platte County Community Center South YMCA, 8875 Clark Ave., Parkville, Mo.
     •  April 4 – Ballyhoo, 5 p.m., Webster House, 1644 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Mo.
     •  April 4 -- Van Cliburn Tribute Concert, featuring pianists Stanislav Ioudenitch and Behzod Abduraimov, and the Park Piano Trio, 7:30 p.m., Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Mo.
     •  April 5 -- Admissions: Pirate Preview Day, 9 a.m.., Parkville Campus
     •  April 7-10 -- Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium, Parkville Campus
     •  April 8 -- Admissions: Symposium Day, Parkville Campus
     •  April 9 -- Dr. Doris Howell Leadership Awards Banquet, 6 p.m., Park Distance Learning Conference Center
     •  April 11 -- Mansur Kadirov Undergraduate Cello Recital, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  April 13 -- Northland Community Choir Concert: Handel’s “The Easter Messiah,” 3 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel

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