Park University Imprint Express -- March 25, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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Best For VetsSchool of Business ranked “Best for Vets”

Park University’s School of Business has been selected the No. 8 “Best for Vets” business school in the country by Military Times magazine, earning a top 10 designation for the second year in a row. In addition, as a part of the rankings, Park was one of only three schools to receive four stars out of a possible four in regard to both staff support and academic support. This is the second “Best for Vets” designation Park University has received in the past six months from Military Times, an independent source for news and information for the military community. In November 2013, the University made the “Best for Vets: Colleges 2014” list for the second year in a row, ranking No. 5 among all private colleges/universities in the country.

“Best for Vets: Business Schools 2014” is intended to assist veterans find the business degree programs that are fully equipped to provide them with the educational resources they need to succeed in a corporate business climate. Only institutions that offer graduate business degrees were considered for this review. The schools were evaluated based on five categories: university culture, student support, academic outcomes and quality, academic policies, and cost and financial aid. For more information, visit

Mansur KadirovKadirov wins Naftzger Young Artists Auditions

Mansur Kadirov, a senior applied music/cello major in Park University’s International Center for Music, won first prize at the 2014 Naftzger Young Artists Auditions, held March 21-22 in Wichita, Kan. Kadirov, a student of Daniel Veis, visiting assistant professor of music/cello, was selected from eight finalists in a public recital, concluding two days of competition. His winning performance, which garnered a $5,000 prize, consisted of music selections by Robert Schumann and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Kadirov will perform a solo recital on Friday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m., in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information about Kadirov’s victory, visit

Erik BergrudBergrud honored by ASPA with citation award

Erik Bergrud, associate vice president of constituent engagement, was recognized for his service to the American Society for Public Administration as he was honored as a recipient of the 2014 Chester A. Newland Presidential Citation of Merit Award from the organization. Bergrud received the award during the ASPA annual conference in Washington, D.C., on March 16. Bergrud, who served as ASPA president from 2011-12, was honored for his service as chair of the organization’s search committee for a new executive director, spearheading a national search and finalist interview process. In addition, according to Stephen Condrey, ASPA 2013-14 president, Bergrud was recognized for taking on an appointment to ASPA’s Endowment Committee, and his decisive and sound leadership. The award’s namesake, who served as ASPA president from 1981-82, was the keynote speaker for Park University’s Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture Series in 1997.

Park basketball players earn NAIA’s highest academic honor

Park University men’s basketball players Kyle Enloe and Canaan Fairley, and women’s basketball player Amanda Laurenceau, all seniors, have been recognized for their excellence in the classroom as each has been selected as a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete. To earn nomination, a student-athlete must carry a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) and have achieved junior academic status. Enloe, a legal studies major, carries a 3.74 GPA; Fairley, a middle school education/mathematics major, has a 3.96 GPA; and Laurenceau, a psychology major, has a 3.72 GPA. Read more about Enloe’s and Fairley’s accomplishment at, and Laurenceau’s honor at

Howard C. BreenPark University honorary trustee Howard C. Breen passes away

Howard C. Breen, who served on the Park University Board of Trustees from 1990-2000, and was named a lifetime honorary trustee in 2005, passed away on March 11. Breen served the University as secretary of the Board of Trustees and on Board committees for buildings and grounds, business management, and endowment and investments. In addition, he served Park as an officer of two of its subsidiaries — as president of what was then known as Park College Enterprises Inc. and as vice president of Park McAfee Inc. He also played an integral role in planning the Mackay Hall centennial and a celebration for the Scott Observatory. Read more about Breen’s legacy to the University and the Kansas City area at

Dr. Judi EstesDr. Donna ChoiChoi, Estes co-author chapter for book

Dong Hwa (Donna) Choi, Ph.D., associate professor and program coordinator of early childhood education, and Judi Simmons Estes, Ph.D., assistant professor of education and chair of elementary and secondary teacher preparation, co-authored a chapter for the recently published book Cross-Cultural Considerations in the Education of Young Immigrant Learners. The chapter, “Math Acquisition and Immigrant Children,” provides readers with an overview of issues related to teaching math to young English language learners. More information about their chapter can be viewed at

School of Business faculty present papers at conferences

Stephen Bell, Ph.D., J.D., professor of economics, presented a paper he co-authored at the Federation of Business Disciplines annual meeting in Dallas on March 13. The paper, "Do Mergers and Acquisitions Create Value to Shareholders? New Evidence from U.S. Mergers,” was co-authored by Sunita Rao, Ph.D., assistant professor of accounting. At the same conference, as part of the Academy of International Business U.S. Southwest Chapter meeting, Robert Kao, assistant professor and program coordinator of economics and finance, presented the paper “Financial Literacy and its Impact on Retirement Savings — A Survey Analysis.” The paper was co-authored by Bell. Both papers were published in the March issue of the Southwest Review of International Business Research.

Park faculty, staff present sessions at ASPA conference

A number of Park University faculty and staff made presentations at the American Society for Public Administration’s annual conference, March 14-18 in Washington, D.C.
          •  Kay Barnes, distinguished professor for public leadership and founding director of the Center for Leadership, “Partnership in the Work of Public Service;” Jeffrey Grote, adjunct instructor of public administration, “Civic Leaders Fostering Pathways to Partnerships;” Audrey Mathews, D.P.A., adjunct instructor of public administration, “Professional Experience in the Classroom;” and Rebekkah Stuteville, Ph.D., assistant professor and department chair of public administration and director of the Master of Public Administration program, “Partnering with the American Society for Public Administration to Meet Public Administration Program Goals,” as part of the session on “Partnerships and Practitioners: Preparing Leaders for 21st Century Public Service” moderated by Laurie DiPadova-Stocks, dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies and Hauptmann School of Public Affairs.
          •  Eric Click, Ph.D., assistant professor and program coordinator of public administration, “Economic Development: The Growth Machine Knows No Bounds;” Suzanne Discenza, Ph.D., director of the Master of Healthcare Administration program and professor of healthcare administration, “Navigating the Muddy Waters of Healthcare Reform: Cross-Sector and Intergovernmental Alliances, Collaborations and Compromises;” and Anne Swafford, adjunct instructor of public administration, “Evolution in Collaborations to Serve the Homeless in the Kansas City Metro Area,” as part of the session on “The Challenges of Cross-Divisional Societal Issues: Crossing the Lines and Beyond, moderated by Click.
          •  Richard Box, Ph.D., visiting distinguished professor of public affairs, “Inequality in ‘The New Gilded Age;’” and Erik Bergrud, associate vice president of constituent engagement, “Should Administrators Care About Inequality? An ASPA Perspective,” as part of the session on “The Challenge of Managing in the ‘New Gilded Age’ of Inequality,” moderated by Box.
          •  Claire Mostel, adjunct instructor of public administration, was the moderator on the session “Rainbow Rulings: Impact and Implementation of SCOTUS Decisions” and was a discussant on the session “Separate and Unequal: U.S. Supreme Court Decisions, Post-Windsor”
          •  Discenza and Stuteville presented their poster, “Evaluating the Perceptions of Homeless and At-Risk Individuals Regarding the Accessibility and Meaningfulness of Fresh Foods.”
          •  Mathews was a panelist for the session on “Remembering the Ladies…Legends, Lessons and Legacy.”
In addition, Mathews served as an honorary conference co-chair. Discenza represented District 4 as part of ASPA’s National Council and was re-elected to a second term as chair of the Section on Women in Public Administration. Mostel serves as the parliamentarian on the National Council.

Melanie KinneyKinney presents session on Google Apps at conference

Melanie Kinney, data analyst and technical specialist in the School of Education, presented the session “Getting to Know Google Apps” at the eMINTS (enhancing Missouri’s Instructional networked Teaching Strategies) National Center’s annual conference on Feb. 27 in Columbia, Mo. The session provided an overview of the Google Apps suite and what it can offer in a K-20 (kindergarten through graduate school) setting.

School of Education faculty present session at conference

Park University School of Education faculty Judi Estes, Ph.D., assistant professor of education and chair of elementary and secondary teacher preparation; Michelle Myers, Ed.D., dean of the School of Education; Christine Reyes, Ph.D., assistant professor of education; and Linda Seybert, Ph.D., assistant professor of education, co-presented a session at the Association for Teacher Educators annual meeting in mid-February in St. Louis. The Park contingent presented “Preparing Digital-Age Professionals.” The session focused on the University’s efforts to support teacher candidates’ and faculty’s knowledge, skills and dispositions related to the integration of technology in the teaching-learning process.

Park In The News

The Park Piano Trio performed the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50” during a live, in-studio performance on Kansas Public Radio on March 12. The group -- pianist Stanislav Ioudenitch, violinist Ben Sayevich and cellist Daniel Veis -- appeared to promote the International Center for Music’s Van Cliburn Tribute Concert on April 4 in Kansas City.

Cpl. Dylan Hartig, a senior management/logistics major at Park University’s Cherry Point (N.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center, provided comments related to new logistics certifications on the base for the Cherry Point newsletter, saying that his Park education helped him prepare for the exam.

A review of the International Center for Music’s Van Cliburn Tribute Concert on April 4 appeared in The Independent, Kansas City’s journal of society, on March 14. The review included comments from Stanislav Ioudenitch, associate professor of music/piano and ICM artistic director, Behzod Abduraimov, senior applied music/piano major,  and Ingrid Stolzel, D.M.A., ICM director.

Steven Youngblood, associate professor of communication arts and director of Park University’s Center for Global Peace Journalism, appeared as a guest on the show Cyprus News Digest in Nicosia, Cyprus, on March 15 (first 10 minutes of the program).

Tora Henry, ’04, was featured in an article that appeared in the March 17 issue of the Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner. Henry is serving as a volunteer and ambassador for the Arctic Winter Games.

Park University’s men’s volleyball team was highlighted in a story that appeared on both KMBC-TV and KCWE-TV in Kansas City on March 10. Head coach Mike Talamantes, and players Paul Bilanzic, junior, and Rob Cordero, senior, were interviewed.

John Appleby, M.D., Park class of 1915, was featured in the “Around Old Bellevue” section of the Bellevue (Ohio) Gazette on March 19. The section highlights the history of the city.

John Hamilton, Ph.D., associate professor of criminal justice administration, was interviewed for a story that appeared on WDAF-TV in Kansas City on March 24. Hamilton provided comments related to a story on tougher gun laws in the city.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through April 25 -- Art Exhibit: "100 Years of Genocide," Campanella Gallery
     •  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
     •  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
     •  April 1-May 31 -- Platte County, Mo., 175th Anniversary Exhibit: The Life and Legacy of George Shepard Park, McAfee Memorial Library (Reception: April 13, 2-4 p.m.)
     •  April 2 -- Graduation Prep Fair, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Park University Bookstore
     •  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 6 -- Parkville Symphonic Band Spring Concert, 3 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  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
     •  April 16 -- Honors Convocation, 7 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  April 17 -- Artem Alexanyan Undergraduate Piano Recital, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  April 18 -- Leonard Lindweld Undergraduate Piano Recital, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  April 20 -- David Radzynski Graduate Violin Recital, 7 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  April 26 -- Grand Forks (N.D.) Air Force Base Campus Center Commencement, 3 p.m., East Grand Forks (Minn.) High School
     •  April 26 -- International Center for Music Concert: ICM Young Artists, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  April 27-May 18 -- Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition, Campanella Gallery
     •  April 28 -- Adriana Ceia Graduate Cello Recital, 2 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  April 30 -- Miguel Zaparolli Graduate Cello Recital, 3 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  May 2 -- Artem Kuznetsov Undergraduate Piano Recital, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  May 3 -- International Center for Music Chamber Music Recital, featuring the String Quartet and Piano Quartet, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  May 4 -- Luyao Liu Graduate Piano Recital, 5 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  May 9 -- Spring Semester Ends
     •  May 9 -- Board of Trustees Meeting, Parkville Campus
     •  May 9 -- Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony, 1 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  May 9 -- International Students Sash Ceremony, 5:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  May 10 -- Kansas City Area Commencement, 11 a.m., Community of Christ Auditorium, Independence, Mo.
     •  May 11 -- Spring II Classes End
     •  May 12 -- Maymester Begins
     •  May 15 -- Hanscom Air Force Base (Mass.) Campus Center Commencement, 1:30 p.m., Hanscom Commons

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