Park University Imprint Express -- April 15, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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NAIA Volleyball ChampionsChampions! Men’s volleyball team wins NAIA national title

For the fourth time in school history, the Park University men’s volleyball team won the NAIA National Invitational Tournament, defeating top-ranked Concordia-Irvine (Calif.) in three sets on April 12 in Denver. The Pirates beat the Eagles, 25-23, 25-22, 25-23, in winning the title. Park senior Rob Cordero was named the tournament’s most valuable player and head coach Mike Talamantes was named NAIA coach of the year. Read more about Park’s championship at

Rob CorderoDaniel ArteagaArteaga, Cordero named to NAIA All-America men’s volleyball team

Park University men’s volleyball players Daniel Arteaga (left), freshman, and Rob Cordero (right), senior, have been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association/NAIA Men’s Volleyball All-America team. Cordero, who has been named to the All-America squad three consecutive years, is Park’s career assists leader with more than 4,200. He was also one of the NAIA’s best at the net this season, recording 98 blocks. Arteaga, who was named NAIA South Division Player of the Year, was one of the NAIA’s top offensive threats, posting 403 kills with a .301 hitting percentage. Read more about their honor at

Howell Awards honor Park leaders, programs

In celebration of the leadership achievements of Park University students, faculty and staff during the 2013-14 academic year, the Office of Student Life and the Park Student Government Association co-hosted the 19th annual Dr. Doris A. Howell Leadership Awards Banquet on April 9 on the University's Parkville Campus. The banquet is named for Howell, a 1944 Park graduate and an internationally renowned leader in pediatrics and hospice care. A variety of awards were presented to Park students, faculty, staff and alumni. For a complete list of awards, visit

The Stylus AwardsPark student newspaper wins awards at Missouri college media conference

Park University's student newspaper, The Stylus, earned 25 awards at the annual Missouri College Media Association conference on April 5 in Kirksville, Mo. Competing in Division 3 (small 4-year colleges and universities) of the awards contest, The Stylus brought home two of the biggest awards from the conference — the Sweepstakes Award, given to the newspaper earning the most award points, and the Best Newspaper Award. The latter award required three issues of the newspaper to the submitted and judged on the overall quality of the writing, photography and design of the publication. Submitted entries were from the Spring 2013 and Fall 2013 semesters.

Of the 25 awards won by The Stylus, Matt Rogers, senior communication arts/journalism major earned nine individual awards, including a first, second and third place sweep of the "Photo Page Design" awards. The Stylus' current adviser is Ashley Vasquez, adjunct instructor of communication arts. John Lofflin, professor of journalism and photography, served as adviser during the Spring 2013 semester. For a complete list of awards, visit

Dr. John DeanDean presents paper at computing machinery conference

John Dean, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science, presented a research paper he co-authored at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Symposium on Applied Computing on March 26 in Gyeongju, South Korea. The paper, “An Aspect Pointcut for Parallelizable Loops,” describes the design and implementation of a parallelizable loop pointcut for an aspect-oriented compiler. According to Dean, being able to identify parallelizable loops automatically, as part of an aspect-oriented compiler, is important because manually identifying parallelizable loops is known to be a difficult problem, and aspectizing parallelized loops can lead to a reduction in code tangling and an increase in separation of concerns.

Honors Academy students present research at conference

Two Park University seniors in the Honors Academy program, presented research at the Great Plains Honors Council annual conference, March 28-30 in Fort Smith, Ark. Bailie Berner, senior legal studies and political science/American politics double major, presented “Debunking the Myth: Defending the Missouri Public Defender Program.” Her paper argued the need for increased resources to be dedicated to the overworked and understaffed Missouri public defense system. Taylor Whipple, psychology major, presented “Captain Pallet vs. Dr. Auto Isem: Art Changes Thinking.” Her project was designed to test the development of cognitive thinking skills based on the creation of comic strips by visually-impaired students at the Accessible Arts/The State Organization on Arts and Disability program in Kansas City, Kan. Virginia Brackett, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of the Honors Academy, is president-elect of the GPHC.

Cultural Sharing event to feature Micronesia

Park University, which boasts more than 600 international students from 103 countries, including 350 at the University’s Parkville Campus, will highlight the food, history, traditions and arts of the Federated States of Micronesia during the 10th annual Cultural Sharing event on Friday, April 25. The event, held on the Parkville Campus, is open to the public. The Cultural Sharing event begins with a dinner from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Pirate Café in Thompson Commons. Micronesian dishes such as barbequed chicken marinated in soy sauce and lime, Kosraen soup (with fish in coconut milk) and chicken Pancit (with noodles and vegetables) are on the menu. The cost for the dinner is $7.50 for adults and $4 for children 8 years old and younger. Park University students, faculty and staff are free with their Park ID.

The presentation segment of the event is free and begins at 5:45 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel. Park University students from Micronesia will present dance performances and share information about the unique and diverse nation comprised of more than 600 islands in the western Pacific. The event is sponsored by the University’s Office of International Student Admissions and Services. For more information about the event, visit

International Center for Music concert to feature students in Young Artist Showcase

Students from Park University’s International Center for Music will be featured in the ICM’s Young Artist Showcase concert on Saturday, April 26, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. Admission to the concert, which concludes the ICM’s 2013-14 Concert Series, is free and open to the public. The concert, which will highlight the University’s exceptionally gifted student artists, will also include performances from ICM graduates and former students of Park’s Youth Conservatory for Music. Scheduled to perform are: Laurel Gagnon, violin, applied music/strings major; Sunnat Ibragimov, cello, 2012 graduate and current graduate student in cello performance; Mansur Kadirov, cello, senior applied music/strings major; David Radzynski, violin, graduate student in violin performance and ICM teaching assistant; and Maria Ioudenitch, violin, former Youth Conservatory for Music student. Pianist Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, ICM instructor of music/piano, will accompany the student performances. For more information about the concert, visit

Heidtbrink photoPark University seniors to display art work in Campanella Gallery

The art work of three Park University seniors will be on display at the Campanella Gallery on the University’s Parkville Campus from Sunday, April 27, to Friday, May 9. A reception will be held on Wednesday, April 30, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., in the Gallery. Students featured include fine art majors Elisha Bailey, Rachel Correll, (also majors in English writing); and Katie Heidtbrink. All three students will be exhibiting photography. For more information about the exhibit, visit

Easter egg hunt set for grounds of Parkville Campus

The Park University Parkville Campus community is invited to attend a family Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 19, at 10 a.m. The event, hosted by Parkville Presbyterian Church, will be held on the grounds adjacent to the concession stand/shelter at Julian Field.

Park In The News

A review of the Park University International Center for Music’s Van Cliburn Tribute Concert on April 4 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts appeared on, Kansas City’s online journal of the arts, on April 9.

A feature story related to Sam Capps, a senior at Smithville (Mo.) High School, signing a letter-of-intent to play baseball at Park University, appeared in the April 9 issue of the Smithville Herald.

Maggie McGuire, ’98, was featured in a story that appeared in The Kansas City Star on April 10. McGuire, a Kansas City, Mo., police detective, received the Crystal Kipper and Ali Kemp Memorial Award, which recognizes the outstanding work of an individual or organization in protecting children from exploitation. The award is presented by the U.S. Attorney’s Office each year during the local observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

Walter Kisthardt, Ph.D., professor and chair of social work and director of the Master of Social Work program, was interviewed for a number of stories that aired on KCTV in Kansas City on April 9. Kisthardt provided comments related to a rash of highway shootings in the area.

Park University’s Ballyhoo event (formerly known as Founders Day), a celebration that benefitted the International Center for Music and the Presidential Honors Scholarship prior to the Van Cliburn Tribute Concert on April 4, was featured in a photo spread that appeared in The Kansas City Star’s “Star Magazine” on April 13.

An article on how peace journalism is taking root in Cyprus, written by Sarah Stout, senior English writing major, 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. The article first appeared in The Peace Journalist, a publication of the University’s Center for Global Peace Journalism.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through April 25 -- Art Exhibit: "100 Years of Genocide," Campanella Gallery
     •  Through 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 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 25 -- Cultural Sharing Event: Micronesia, Dinner: 4:30 p.m., Pirate Cafe in Thompson Commons; Presentation: 5:45 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 9 -- 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 1 -- Leonard Lindweld Undergraduate Piano Recital, 7:30 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 -- 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
     •  May 16 -- Board of Trustees Meeting, Parkville Campus
     •  May 16 --
Goodfellow Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center Commencement, 3 p.m., Goodfellow AFB Base Theater
     •  May 16 -- Holloman Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center Commencement, 3 p.m. Holloman AFB Enlisted Club
     •  May 16 -- Austin (Texas) Campus Center Commencement, 7 p.m., Great Hills Baptist Church
     •  May 17 -- Moody Air Force Base (Ga.) Campus Center Commencement, 9 a.m., Hoffman Auditorium
     •  May 22 -- Malmstrom Air Force Base (Mont.) Campus Center Commencement, 2 p.m., Malmstrom AFB Base Auditorium/Theater
     •  May 22 -- Tinker Air Force Base (Okla.) Campus Center Commencement, 4:30 p.m., Tinker AFB Combined Club
     •  May 22 -- Fort Irwin (Calif.) Campus Center Commencement, 8 p.m., Sandy Basin Community Center
     •  May 23 -- Maymester Ends
     •  May 23 -- Little Rock (Ark.) Air Force Base Campus Center Commencement, 6:30 p.m., Jacksonville (Ark.) Community Center
     •  May 23 -- Barstow (Calif.) Community College Campus Center / Barstow (Calif.) Marine Corps Logistics Base Campus Center Campus Center Commencement, 9 p.m., Barstow Community College Gymnasium
     •  May 26 -- Memorial Day Holiday
     •  May 27 -- Beaufort (S.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center Commencement, 1:30 p.m., Lyceum at Parris Island (S.C.) Marine Corps Recruit Depot
     •  May 27 --
Whiteman Air Force Base (Mo.) Campus Center Commencement, 6 p.m., Mission’s End
     •  May 28 -- F.E. Warren Air Force Base (Wyo.) Campus Center Commencement, 7 p.m., Fall Hall Community Center
     •  May 29 -- Cherry Point (N.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center Commencement, 9 a.m., Two Rivers Theater and Event Center
     •  May 30 -- Naval Support Activity Mid-South Millington (Tenn.) Campus Center Commencement, 6:30 p.m., Crosspointe Baptist Church

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