Park University Imprint Express -- March 6, 2014

Thursday, March 6, 2014

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MBA Best BuyPark’s online MBA program ranked as a “best buy” by consumer group

Park University’s online Master of Business Administration program has been ranked as a “best buy” by the national editorial review team at, a consumer group that reviews and ranks online college/university degree programs for cost, quality and credibility. Park’s online MBA program was ranked No. 21 in the “Best Affordable Regionally Accredited MBA Online Programs” category.’s “best buy” designations are decided after degree programs are independently reviewed and found to offer a high quality distance degree to a national audience at cost rates well below the national average. Close 1.5 million online learners visit the website each year looking for information on high quality degrees at a reasonable cost. The list of rankings can be viewed at

Courtney GoddardGoddard named Rising Star of Philanthropy

Courtney Goddard, J.D., associate vice president and general counsel, was recently selected as a Rising Star of Philanthropy by Nonprofit Connect, a Kansas City regional association that serves individuals involved in the management of nonprofit organizations. Goddard will be recognized at the organization’s 2014 Philanthropy Awards Luncheon on May 7 in Kansas City, Mo. The award recognizes individuals for their involvement in advanced nonprofit service with a solid record of volunteerism and leadership, and by using innovative and creative approaches to serve the nonprofit community.

Goddard was nominated by the Kansas City Repertory Theatre for the work she has done for the organization as board member, as well as supported by the Harvest Ball Society, another organization of which she is a board member. Goddard’s philanthropic work in the community includes: Junior League of Kansas City, Mo., chairing the Hope House Spring Fling twice; chairing the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art’s All Dressed Up Gala; chairing the Southwest Boulevard Family Health Clinic’s Champagne and Chocolate event; and serving on committees such as City Union Mission’s Women Who Change the Heart of the City Luncheon and Truman Medical Centers’ Fashion for a Cause.

Also being honored at the awards luncheon will be former Park University Board of Trustees member Benny Lee, who will be recognized as Nonprofit Connect’s Philanthropist of the Year.

Ingrid StolzelStolzel earns finalist honors in composition competition

Ingrid Stolzel, D.M.A., director of Park University’s International Center for Music, was recently selected as a finalist at the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 30th Anniversary Composition Competition. Stolzel’s composition, “Spirit of Place," was one of four pieces selected for finalist honors among the 170 submissions from around the world.

Dr. Shannon CuffCuff article published in Missouri reading journal

An article written by Shannon Cuff, Ph.D., assistant professor of literacy education and area coordinator of the Master of Education in Language and Literacy program, has been published in Spring 2014 issue of The Missouri Reader (page 44), a peer-reviewed journal published by the Missouri State Council of the International Reading Association. The article, “A Balancing Act: Investigating a Teacher’s Role in a High School Literature Discussion Group,” presents Cuff’s observations of a high school teacher and one of her literature discussion groups. Cuff found that the teacher’s role as clarifier and her use of the questioning strategy alongside her students’ questions were critical to the success of the unit.

Dr. Adrian SwitzerSwitzer presents response to speech at conference

Adrian Switzer, Ph.D., lecturer and program coordinator of liberal studies, was an invited commentator to a speech at the annual meeting of the Karl Jaspers Society of North America, held in conjunction with the American Philosophical Association’s Central Division meeting on Feb. 27 in Chicago. Switzer provided a response related to a talk on “Prometheus Dismembered: Bataille on van Gogh.” Switzer argued that Bataille’s writings on van Gogh are best read as a response to French surrealist theories of art in the early 20th century. Switzer also presented a second response paper on van Gogh’s modernist use of color and his association with the Cloisonnist art movement in France in the late 19th century.

Park Theatre presents “The Dixie Swim Club”

The Park University theatre production of “The Dixie Swim Club” will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 22-23, and Friday through Sunday, March 28-30, in the McCoy Meetin’ House on the University’s Parkville Campus. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. for all dates except for Sunday, March 23, and Sunday March 30, which begins at 2 p.m.

“The Dixie Swim Club” is a touching comedy that reflects on five Southern women whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team. Each August, the women set aside a long weekend to recharge their relationships at a beach cottage on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The story recaps four weekends over several decades and the women’s experiences catching up and meddling in one another’s lives. The play is directed by Andrea Southard, Ph.D., instructor of theatre. The cast includes Park students and a local high school student. Primary cast includes: Sawyer Jones, senior liberal studies major; Cortney Manning, senior business administration/marketing major; Brandis Outlaw, senior communication arts/public relations major; Kelli Van Natta, senior English literature major; and Heather Manning, a local high school student.
Admission to the production is $10 for the general public, $8 for senior citizens (age 60 and older) and Park faculty/staff; and $5 for non-Park students and children younger than 13. Park University students are admitted free with their Park ID. Tickets can be reserved by calling (816) 584-6450 or purchased at the box office beginning one hour before performance time.

Pirate Grounds to add fruit smoothies to menu; Spring Break hours for Pirate Cafe

The Pirate Grounds coffee shop on the first floor of Thompson Commons on the Parkville Campus has announced it will introduce fresh fruit smoothies to its menu after Park University’s Spring Break. According to Kathleen Robey, general manager for Park’s Sodexo Campus Services, the smoothies are all natural and can be made with ice, yogurt or ice cream, and supplements/proteins can be mixed in.

The Pirate Cafe on the second floor of Thompson Commons has announced its hours during Spring Break. Beginning Saturday, March 8, through Sunday, March 16, lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Parkville Campus recognized for recycling program

Park University’s Parkville Campus was recently recognized by Shred-It, the University’s paper shredding/document destruction partner, with a certificate of environmental accomplishment. According to the certificate, the Parkville Campus’ recycling and shredding efforts saved 336 trees from destruction in 2013.

Human Resource Services announces new hires, transfers/promotions

From February 1-28

     •  Shanice Burton, Financial Aid Specialist, Office of Student Financial Services, Parkville Campus
     •  Scot Gabriel, Senior Systems Administrator, Office of Information Technology Services, Parkville Campus
     •  Jennifer Harvey, Director, Laughlin Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center
     •  Scott MacDougall, Financial Aid Coordinator, Office of Student Financial Services, Parkville Campus
     •  Brent Matthews, Payroll Specialist, Office of Human Resources Services, Parkville Campus
     •  Sarah Porter, Administrative Specialist, Holloman Air Force Base (N.M.) Campus Center
     •  Megan Raney, Enrollment Counselor, Office of Enrollment Services, Parkville Campus
     •  Ivonne Rodriguez, Administrative Specialist, Hill Air Force Base (Utah) Campus Center
     •  Charlotte Van Eman, Student Account Specialist, Office of Enrollment Services, Parkville Campus
     •  Imelda Villanueva, Custodian, Office of Facilities Services, Parkville Campus
     •  Cliff Ferby, Interim Executive Director, Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center (previously served as academic director)
     •  Jaclynn Hootman, Administrative Specialist, Hill Air Force Base (Utah) Campus Center (promoted from part-time to full-time)

Park In The News

Park University President Michael Droge, Ph.D., and Park Board of Trustees member Gayden Carruth, Ph.D., were both featured as “Icons of Education” in the February issue of Ingram’s, Kansas City’s business magazine.

Park University’s men’s volleyball team was featured in a segment that appeared on WDAF-TV on Feb. 27. Mike Talamantes, head coach, and players Rob Cordero and Caio Nunes de Souza were interviewed.

Stephen Bell, Ph.D., J.D., professor of economics, was highlighted as part of a story that appeared on KCTV in Kansas City on March 4. Bell was interviewed and provided his expert opinion on a story related to RadioShack’s announcement that it planned to close 1,100 stores nationwide.

Emily Mapes, a sophomore English writing major, was interviewed by Kansas City’s KCTV on March 5 for a story about an artist who is creating what is dubbed a “normal” Barbie doll, based on actual women’s bodies.

Alan Liebrecht, associate vice president for enrollment management, was interviewed by Kansas City’s KSHB-TV on March 5 related to an announcement by the College Board that the SAT college admission test was returning to the familiar 1600-point scale and no longer requiring a timed essay.

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 18-April 25 -- Art Exhibit: "100 Years of Genocide," Campanella Gallery (Reception: March 19, 4:30-6 p.m.)
     •  March 19 --
Coming to America: Madagascar, noon, McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  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 1-May 31 -- Platte County, Mo., 175th Anniversary Exhibit: The Life and Legacy of George Shepard Park, Campanella Gallery (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 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 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

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