Park University Imprint Express -- June 26, 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

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Board of Trustees elect new members

Jeff McKinneyLindyAnne JohnsonPark University’s Board of Trustees has elected two new members to serve on the University’s Board. Elected to their first term, effective July 1, are LindyAnne Johnson (left) and Jeff McKinney (right). Johnson, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in social psychology earlier this year from Park’s Wentworth Military Academy and College Campus Center in Lexington, Mo., was elected as a “recently graduated trustee.” Johnson, is the student services coordinator at Wentworth Military Academy. Her term on the Board concludes June 30, 2016. McKinney, who was elected to the Board as the Park University Alumni Association’s representative, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from Park in 1981. He has served on the Alumni Association’s Alumni Council since 2006, and is the current president of the Alumni Council (his term ends June 30). McKinney is a special education teacher at Round Rock High School and associate pastor of Pursuit Church in Austin, Texas.

The following trustees were re-elected to serve a term beginning July 1, 2014, and ending June 30, 2017:
          •  Lynn Bondurant, ’61, Ph.D., Avon, Ohio, President, Bondurant Consulting, second term
          •  Kristopher Flint, ’97, Kansas City, Mo., President, Stark Collective LLC, second term
          •  Ann Mesle, J.D., Kansas City, Mo., retired Jackson County, Mo., Circuit Court Judge, second term
          •  Lt. Gen. John Miller, Kansas City, Mo., retired U.S. Army, second term
          •  Rosemary Fry Plakas, ’63 (honorary Ph.D., 2003), Alexandria, Va., Historian/Curator, Library of Congress, second term
          •  Jeanette Prenger, ’09, Parkville, Mo., President and CEO, ECCO Select, second term
          •  Eric Wade, ’82, M.P.A. ’85, Lenexa, Kan., City Administrator, City of Lenexa, second term
          •  David Warm, Kansas City, Mo, Executive Director, Mid-America Regional Council, second term
          •  Julie Wilson, Lee’s Summit, Mo., Senior Vice President/Chief People Officer, Cerner Corp., third term
The Board also elected officers for the 2014-15 year — Chair: Mesle; Vice Chair: Thomas Holcom, retired chair and CEO, Pioneer Financial Services Inc.; and Treasurer: Scott McRuer, president, McRuer Certified Public Accountants. For more information, visit

OnlineU BadgePark online degree programs ranked among most affordable in the U.S.

Two Park University online degree programs have been ranked among the most affordable online programs in the nation by OnlineU, a free and comprehensive guide that enables students to compare online degree programs in the United States. Park’s online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration program is ranked No. 14 among criminal justice programs nationally, and Park’s online Bachelor of Science in Marketing program is ranked No. 11 among marketing programs across the country. OnlineU’s goal is to help students accomplish their educational goals in a financially responsible manner by providing resources that are user friendly, and otherwise, not easily accessible. The rankings were compiled based on annual tuition and fees for online bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees, and segmented by subject for prospective students. Read more at

Parkville Campus smoking policy update

Beginning Tuesday, July 1, Park University’s updated smoking policy will go into effect — smoking on the Parkville Campus will be limited to burgundy-colored bench areas only. All other areas of campus are considered “smoke-free,” including parking lots, sidewalks and Park-owned vehicles. In preparation for July 1, the burgundy-colored benches/smoking locations have been moved to their newly-designated areas in an effort to help individuals become accustomed to the new locations. These new locations are as follows:
          •  Northwest corner of Herr House parking lot (previously located between Thompson Commons and Herr House)
          •  North side of Findlay-Wakefield Science Hall near loading dock (previously located between Norrington Center and Findlay-Wakefield Science Hall)
          •  Between Alumni Hall and Copley-Thaw Hall (previously located outside Copley Quad)
          •  North side of Copley Quad and west of the driveway (previously located near the 6th Street pedestrian bridge)
As a reminder, this is part of a two-step approach to make the Parkville Campus smoke-free by July 1, 2015. For more information, visit If you have any questions, contact the Department of Campus Safety at / (816) 584-6444 or the Office of Student Life at / (816) 584-6377.

Dr. Lolly OckerstromOckerstrom paper published; presents at Virginia Woolf conference

A paper written by Lolly Ockerstrom, Ph.D., associate professor of English, has been published in Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader, a collection of selected papers from the 23rd annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf.  The article, “Leonard Woolf and the Ceylon Civil Service: ‘I had come to dislike imperialism’” can be read at (page 59).

In addition, Ockerstrom presented her paper, “Virginia Woolf, Illness and World War I,” at this year’s conference, June 5-8 in Chicago. The paper examines Woolf's 1914-15 diaries from the homefront against commentary from diaries by Margo Asquith, wife of Herbert Henry Asquith, prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1908-16 who traveled to Belgium and walked amid the newly dug graves of British soldiers at Flanders Field; and to the diaries of Cpl. Louis Barthas, a French barrelmaker from the Languedoc region, who fought and survived all four years of the war.

Dr. Michael Eskey Jr.Dr. Michael EskeyEskeys, Roehrich present virtual session for Online Teaching Conference

A trio of Park University faculty members presented virtual sessions for the Online Teaching Conference, June 20-21, held in San Diego. Michael Eskey, Ph.D. (left), associate professor and program coordinator of criminal justice administration, and his son, Michael Eskey Jr., D.P.A. (right), adjunct instructor of public administration, presented “Cyber-Bullying of Faculty in the Online Classroom: Repercussions on Education and Future Employment.” The session focused on survey results from online instructors, state and federal laws on cyber-bullying, policies and protections for online faculty and recommendations for preventing and addressing cyber-bullying.

Dr. Henry RoehrichHenry Roehrich, Ph.D. (right), assistant professor of marketing/management and online instructor evaluator, along with his wife, Julie Grabanski, assistant professor of occupational therapy at the University of North Dakota, presented “Creating a Community of Acceptance.” The session addressed working with students that have been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. The presentation highlighted how to create a learning environment for individuals with Asperger’s and discussed how classmates can demonstrate their ability to work with someone that has a different learning style.

Park campus centers hold commencement ceremonies

Park University campus centers throughout the country have been holding commencement ceremonies for 2014 graduates. As these ceremonies are held, we’ll include the list of graduates at each campus in the Imprint Express.
          •  Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (Ariz.) Campus
          •  Fairchild Air Force Base (Wash.) Campus
          •  Lackland Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center / Randolph Air Force Base (Texas) Campus
          •  Laughlin Air Force Base (Texas) Campus
          •  Luke Air Force Base (Ariz.) Campus
          •  Mountain Home Air Force Base (Idaho) Campus
          •  Scott Air Force Base (Ill.) Campus

ShredFestParkville Campus “ShredFest” a success

The “ShredFest” event held June 20 for departments and offices on Park University’s Parkville Campus and on June 24 for the Norrington Center attic, was an overwhelming success. Approximately 24 tons (48,000 pounds) of paper was shredded, with 18 tons coming from the Norrington Center attic. The adjacent image shows boxes of old scanned documents that had been stored in the University Mail Services archives preparing to be shredded.

Park’s School of Education to host accreditation visit

The School of Education at Park University is hosting an accreditation visit by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Oct. 26-28, 2014. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the visiting team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered and should specify the party's relationship to the educator preparation provider (such as graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates, etc.).

We invite you to submit written testimony to:
          Board of Examiners
          2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 500
          Washington, DC 20036-1023
Or by e-mail to:

Correspondence, which must be received by NCATE no later than three months prior to visit, will be submitted to the EPP for response via NCATE’s Accreditation Information Management System. NCATE will not upload anonymous comments to the BOE team or EPPs.

Park In The News

Zach Clark, junior graphic design major, and Mike Dizmang, sophomore U.S. history major, were both featured in a front page story that appeared in The Kansas City Star on June 22. The article focused on Kansas City area veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom providing comments about the current state of affairs in Iraq.

Master Sgt. Daniel Jacobson, a freshman social psychology major at Park University’s Whiteman Air Force Base (Mo.) Campus Center and a 509th Logistics Readiness Squadron first sergeant, authored an article on “Planting the Seeds for Success” that appeared in the June 13 issue of the Whiteman Warrior (page 2).

Ann Mesle, J.D., chair of Park University’s Board of Trustees, was pictured in the June 14 issue of The Independent, Kansas City’s journal of society, as part of a pictorial related to the Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City’s “A Celebration of Women” event. In the same issue, Board member Jeanette Prenger, ’09, appeared in a couple of photos as she received the 2014 Clifton R. Cohn Distinguished Community Leader Award from Phoenix Family, an organization that empowers people living in low-income housing communities with on-site support to gain stability and achieve self-sufficiency.

Lt. Col. Larry Titus, adjunct instructor of marketing at Park University’s Defense Supply Center Columbus (Ohio) Campus Center, was featured in a story that appeared in the June19 issue of DLA Today. Titus was the speaker at the 239th Army Birthday Celebration at Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime (Ohio) on June 13.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through Sept. 30 --
Platte County, Mo., 175th Anniversary Exhibit: The Life and Legacy of George Shepard Park, McAfee Memorial Library
     •  June 27 -- Junemester Ends
     •  July 4 -- Independence Day Holiday (all University offices closed)
     •  July 4 -- Parkville Symphonic Band Concert, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  July 7 -- Julymester Begins
     •  July 27 -- Summer Session Ends
     •  August 1 -- Julymester Ends
     •  August 7-8 -- New Faculty Orientation, Parkville Campus
     •  August 8 -- Hill Air Force Base (Utah) Campus Center Commencement, noon, Davis Conference Center, Layton, Utah
     •  August 11-12 -- Fall Faculty Conference, Parkville Campus
Note: To view a comprehensive schedule for all events, including athletics, visit