Park University Imprint Express -- May 1, 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014

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Gary GullerRecord-setting mountaineer Gary Guller to keynote Park’s KC area commencement

Gary Guller, a record-setting mountaineer and a professional motivational and inspirational speaker, will provide the keynote address at Park University’s Kansas City Area May Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 10. The ceremony will be held at the Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W. Walnut, in Independence, Mo., starting at 11 a.m. More than 600 Park University students are eligible to graduate — 181 students will receive a master’s degree or graduate certificate, and 438 students will receive a bachelor’s degree, associate degree or undergraduate certificate.

Guller, who is also an adventurer and film producer, was the leader of the largest cross-disability group to reach the Mt. Everest Base Camp at 17,500 feet above sea level. He went on to scale the peak, reaching the summit of Mt. Everest on May 23, 2003, becoming the first person with one arm to climb the summit. In June 2012, Guller completed the Ironman 70.3 Hawaii event, a race that consists of a 1.2 mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1 mile (half marathon) run. Guller lost the use of his arm in a mountaineering accident in 1986 just as he had found his life’s passion: alpine climbing. He stunned a medical team at Duke University by asking to have his paralyzed arm amputated. After serious introspection, he began climbing again, surmounting the barriers that stood in the way of realizing his dreams to explore. He has inspired others ever since to continue onward and upward. For more information, visit

Karie SchaeferSchaefer appointed director of residence life

Park University has announced the promotion of Karie Schaefer as director of residence life within the Office of Student Life. Schaefer began her duties on May 1. Schaefer most recently served as programming coordinator and resident director of the Copley Quad residence hall on the University’s Parkville Campus since 2008. Prior to that, she worked as resident director of Chesnut Hall, the second residence hall on the Parkville Campus. Her other roles at Park have included serving as resident assistant and office assistant in the Office of Student Life. In addition to her daytime duties, Schaefer has been head coach of Park’s Spirit Squad since 2011. Schaefer earned a Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership in 2012 and a Bachelor of Arts in communication arts/photojournalism in 2006, both from Park. Read more about Schaefer and her duties at

Dr. Rebekkah StutevilleStuteville honored with education award from Northland Chamber

Rebekkah Stuteville, Ph.D., associate professor and department chair of public administration and director of the Master of Public Administration program, was recognized on April 23 at the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual Excellence in Education Banquet in Kansas City, Mo. Stuteville was honored with an Excellence in Higher Education Award. The award recognizes outstanding instructors, professors and administrative staff members that make a significant commitment to education. According to a nomination letter, Stuteville was nominated not only for her outstanding academic leadership skills, but also for her excellence in teaching, community service and research.

Dr. Adrian SwitzerSwitzer article published in journal

An article written by Adrian Switzer, Ph.D., lecturer and program coordinator of liberal studies, was published in the spring issue of the journal Kant Studies Online. The article, “The Precritical Idea of a Complete Metaphysics: On the Principled Use of the Intellect in Kant’s Inaugural Dissertation,” offers an interpretation of Immanuel Kant’s dissertation as a contribution to the early modern rationalist effort to formalize a complete science of metaphysics. Based on its reconstruction of the argument of the dissertation, the article also argues for a different understanding of metaphysics in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason than has been traditionally presented in secondary scholarship. Read Switzer’s article at

Dr. Naomi BeemanBeeman presents papers at conferences

Naomi Beeman, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of English, presented research papers at recent conferences. On April 18, Beeman presented “Post-Modern Realism in the Paintings of Jan Peter Tripp at the Intermediality and Intermedial Narratives in the German-Speaking World Conference in New Brunswick, N.J. According to Beeman, mixed-media author W.G. Sebald’s most widely-known remarks on realism surface in his interpretations of paintings by artists not generally regarded as “realistic” in an art-historical sense. Among the arguments Beeman provided included comments that Sebald’s essay “Wie Tag und Nacht (As Night and Day)”on the contemporary painter Tripp is an implicit declaration of Sebald’s own aesthetic ideology in prose. Beeman also presented “Gender Stereotypes, Clichés and Cultural Production in Elfriede Jelinek’s Die Klavierspielerin” at the Comparative Literature Symposium in Lubbock, Texas, April 11. Among her comments included asking whether the musical metaphor for writing suggests an alternative reading of Jelinek’s “variations on a single theme.”

Dr. Laurel HillikerHilliker presents session at death education conference

Dr. Laurel Hilliker, executive director of the Center to Advance the Study of Loss and assistant professor of sociology, presented research at the Association of Death Education and Counseling Conference in Baltimore on April 26. Hilliker’s presentation, “The Pearl-Less Dragon: Responses to a Non-Existent Future for Dragon Parents,” examined symbolic representations related to parents’ responses in end-of-life caregiving for their children. Hilliker identified the pre- and post-loss needs of “dragon parents” (those who are viewed as scorching everything in their path as the result of watching their child die), adapted from Emily Rapp’s 2013 memoir The Still Point of the Turning World.

Faculty present sessions for TCC conference

Michael Becraft, D.Mgt. assistant dean of the School of Business and assistant professor of management; Jutta Pegues, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, program coordinator of anthropology and online academic director; Henry Roehrich, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing/management and online instructor evaluator; and Cathy Taylor, J.D., assistant professor of management and online instructor evaluator, co-presented a session at the Technology, Colleges and Community Worldwide Online Conference. April 23-24. Their presentation, “The Role of the Academic Department in Online Faculty Development” how to improve morale, faculty and student retention, and teaching skills, as well as mentoring adjunct faculty, recognizing their work, creating professional development resources and best practices in technology. Read more about the presentation at

In addition, Roehrich, along with his wife, Julie Grabanski, assistant professor of occupational therapy at the University of North Dakota, were co-presenters of the session “Creating a Community of Acceptance.” Their presentation addressed working with students that have been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. The presentation highlighted how to create a learning environment for individuals with AS and discussed how classmates can demonstrate their ability to work with someone that has a different learning style. Read more about the presentation at Roehrich also served as a session facilitator for other conference presentations.

Michael Eskey, Ph.D., associate professor and program coordinator of criminal justice administration, and his son, Michael Eskey Jr., D.P.A., adjunct instructor of public administration, co-presented the paper, "Cyber-Bullying in the Online Classroom: Faculty at the Targets." Their paper addressed the scope of the problem, reviewed findings of cyber-bullying related to a university where the majority of the coursework is administered online and plans for addressing the problem through policies, training and professional development. Their paper can be viewed at

Health Clinic Ribbon-CuttingHealth clinic opens on Parkville Campus

The Meritas-Park University Health Clinic, a resource for faculty, staff, students and insured family members, has opened on the Parkville Campus in the Copley Quad residential hall, suite 113. The clinic will be available for routine health care, help with colds or flu, and other medical issues where you don’t want to take the time to travel to your primary care physician. The clinic is in the Cigna network, and employees and family members who participate in Park University health plans will enjoy a $10 discount on normal office copays. Plus, as always, preventative care is 100 percent covered under all three plans at no charge. The clinic is open Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday/Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

A ribbon-cutting was held on April 30. Pictured in the adjacent photo are (from left): Clarinda Creighton, associate vice president for student affairs; Marlene McCabe, account executive, Aon Corp.; Janet James, clinic nurse practitioner; Peggy Schmitt, president and CEO, North Kansas City (Mo.) Hospital; Roger Dusing, associate vice president and chief human resource officer.

Park In The News

A story featuring Sgt. Eric Dudley, a freshman management/logistics major at Park University’s Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center, and the University’s partnership with the Fort Bliss Soldier and Family Assistance Center, appeared in the El Paso (Texas) Times on April 25.

Park University’s Center for Global Peace Journalism and Steve Youngblood, associate professor of communication arts and director of the CGPJ, were featured in the February-March-April issue of Gündem, the faculty of communication and media studies student newspaper at Eastern Mediterranean University in Cyprus.

A commentary written by Tech. Sgt. Maurice Ingram, a senior management/human resources major at Park University’s Whiteman Air Force Base (Mo.) Campus Center, appeared in the April 25 issue of the Whiteman Warrior. Ingram’s commentary was related to the Days of Remembrance, the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust.

A review of senior applied music/piano major Behzod Abduraimov’s solo appearance with the Boston Symphony Orchestra appeared in the April 27 issue of the Boston Globe.

Jayme Uden, Ed.D., associate dean of students, and Rachal Crouse, a freshman graphic design major and member of Park University’s softball team, were interviewed for a story that appeared on April 29 on KMBC-TV in Kansas City. Uden and Crouse provided comments related to policy recommendations of the White House Task Force on Protecting Students from Sexual Assault, a new initiative from the White House Council on Women and Girls to help make college campuses safer for America's students.

Park University’s International Center for Music was featured in a story that appeared in The Kansas City Star’s “816” section on April 30. Ingrid Stölzel, D.M.A., director of the ICM, was interviewed for the article and a number of ICM students appeared in a photo spread.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through May 9 --
Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition, Campanella Gallery
     •  Through Sept. 30 -- Platte County, Mo., 175th Anniversary Exhibit: The Life and Legacy of George Shepard Park, McAfee Memorial Library
     •  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 6 -- Artem Kuznetsov Undergraduate Piano Recital, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  May 7 -- Leonard Lindweld Undergraduate Piano Recital, 4 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
     •  June 2 -- Summer Session, Junemester Begin
     •  June 4 -- Laughlin Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center Commencement, 1:30 p.m., Club XL
     •  June 5 -- Mountain Home Air Force Base (Idaho) Campus Center Commencement, 4 p.m., Gunfighter Service Center
     •  June 6 -- Minot (N.D.) Air Force Base Campus Center Commencement, 6 p.m., Jimmy Doolittle Center
     •  June 12 -- Scott Air Force Base (Ill.) Campus Center Commencement, 7 p.m., Regency Conference Center, O’Fallon, Ill.
     •  June 13 -- Fairchild Air Force Base (Wash.) Campus Center Commencement, 4 p.m., The Morgan Center
     •  June 20 -- Luke Air Force Base (Ariz.) Campus Center Commencement, 5 p.m., The Wigwam, Litchfield Park, Ariz.
     •  June 20 -- Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center Commencement, 8 p.m., El Paso (Texas) Convention and Performing Arts Center
     •  June 21 -- Lackland Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center / Randolph Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center Commencement, 1 p.m., Bob Hope Theater at Lackland AFB
     •  June 21 -- Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (Ariz.) Campus Center Commencement, 3 p.m., Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Tucson (Ariz.) Airport-North
     •  June 27 -- Junemester Ends

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