Park University Imprint Express -- August 13, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Park University earns Colleges of Distinction accolade for fourth year in a row


For the fourth consecutive year, Park University has been selected as one of less than 300 colleges and universities across the country to the 2014-15 Colleges of Distinction list. Park is one of just seven colleges/universities based in Missouri to earn the honor this year. The designation is given to select schools to honor their excellence in student-focused higher education. Park University was found to excel in all four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. Colleges of Distinction is a web-based guide for high school juniors and seniors seeking a school that is nationally recognized and highly recommended by professionals in the field of education. Colleges and universities are nominated for participation by high school counselors, and then evaluated using qualitative and quantitative research. The colleges and universities are not ranked; instead, they are members of a consortium of other equally impressive schools.

“The core purpose at Park has remained the same for more than century: to make higher education accessible to all,” said Park University President David Fowler. “Receiving this recognition from Colleges of Distinction underscores our commitment to remove the barriers for our learners and to ensure each student has a campus experience that includes excellent faculty and courses, a learning environment that values diversity and a belief in flexible education. These foundational experiences prepare students for a smooth transition from Park University to leadership roles in their career and in their respective communities.”


Steve YoungbloodCenter for Global Peace Journalism receives grant for project focusing on Syrian refugees


Park University’s Center for Global Peace Journalism received a $35,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey to address the issue of inflammatory coverage of Syrian refugees. The grant will fund the project called, “Reporting Syrian Refugees: Building Communities of Understanding in Turkey.” The Center will partner with the University of Istanbul (Turkey) on the project that will feature seminars and field reporting experiences that seek to defuse the tension between refugees and their host communities. In addition, the project participants will offer counter-narratives in the media that reject stereotypes and xenophobia through telling stories of the refugees in a way that helps communities understand the scope of the crisis. Planning for the project begins this fall 2014 and Steve Youngblood (left), director of the CGPJ and associate professor of communication arts, is scheduled to teach two seminars in southern Turkey in December. In addition, two Park students will have the opportunity to participate in the closing Peace Journalism Summit which will be held in Istanbul in March 2015. For more information about the grant, visit www.park.edu/news/2014/08/peace-journalism-in-turkey.html.


Park University accepted to U.S. Air Force AU-ABC program


Park University has been accepted to participate in the U.S. Air Force Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative program. AU-ABC is designed to assist individuals who have completed an associate degree through Community College of the Air Force in finding an institution to complete a baccalaureate degree in a timely manner. AU-ABC coincides with Park’s mission to provide convenient access to a quality higher education experience by offering multiple learning options at an affordable price. The program enables Air Force active duty, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard personnel to achieve their academic goals. Airmen interested in pursuing an AU-ABC degree can engage with Park University through the Air Force Virtual Education Center website, which now includes Park among its list of partner institutions. For more information, visit www.park.edu/news/2014/08/air-university-abc-program.html.


Dr. Gregory ClaycombClaycomb poster presentation awarded at international chemistry conference


Gregory Claycomb, Ph.D. (left), associate professor of chemistry, received the “Best Poster Award” for his poster presentation “Utilization of Standard Operating Procedures as a Mechanism for Preparing Undergraduates for Careers in Chemical Research” at the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemists International Conference on Chemical Education on July 17. The award was presented to those who demonstrated the highest levels of novelty, merit and value to the field of chemical education. The poster focused on a novel pedagogical method for training students in research and emphasized outcomes and assessments. The work was based upon teaching practices developed while mentoring Park University senior-level and Honors Academy research projects via independent study highlighting the importance of the student-mentor relationship. The work showcased the research of 2013 Park graduates J’Vonelle Simpson, Peter Thande and Frances Venable.


Dr. Stacey KikendallKikendall presents paper at popular fiction conference


Stacey Kikendall, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, presented a paper at the Victorian Popular Fiction Association Conference, July 8-10 in London. Kikendall’s paper, “Visual Threat in Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone,” analyzed the gendered power dynamics in the 1868 novel.  Kikendall argues that while there are multiple moments in the novel where traditionally inferior others, women/servants/non-white men, reverse the power of the gaze, ultimately Collins’s novel cannot sustain such a radical shift.


Dr. Greg RoseRose presents workshop on assessment planning


Greg Rose, Ed.D., director of online operations for Park Distance Learning, presented a workshop on “Building an Assessment Planning Map” at the Missouri Distance Learning Association’s annual conference, July 17 in Kansas City. Rose demonstrated a new planning technique he developed that faculty and course designers can collaboratively use to fully map, visualize and develop various levels of unit, course and program outcomes for assessment planning and accreditation alignment.


Mike TalamantesPark women’s volleyball team eyes 2014 conference title in loaded AMC


Park University women’s volleyball team made history in 2013, appearing in the school’s first-ever NAIA national championship tournament, while also reaching its highest-ever rating in the NAIA Volleyball Coaches Top 25. And none of it matters in 2014. “We talk a lot about leaving no doubt and having unfinished business," said head coach Mike Talamantes (left). ”And while we lost a couple of key pieces from last year’s team, we’ve got returners ready to continue leading us, and we’ve filled some spots with good newcomers. Last year is in the past, and it doesn’t matter.” The Pirates open the season on Wednesday, Aug. 27, hosting Kansas Wesleyan University at 7 p.m. inside Breckon Sports Center. Read a complete preview about the 2014 women’s volleyball team and the upcoming season at www.parkathletics.com/article/326.php.


Bailey ExhibitCampanella Gallery hosting host mixed media exhibit


A mixed media painting exhibit featuring the work of artist Elisha Bailey, who graduated from Park University in May, is on display in the Campanella Gallery on the University’s Parkville Campus through Saturday, Sept. 13. The title of Bailey’s exhibit is “Sensing the Abyss.” Bailey’s painting combines paint, metal shards and chains with paper and wood. “My interest was to create harmony between diverse materials,” she said. “I am intrigued by old metal and the physicality of weight against the illusionistic painted surface creating a sense of movement, and with that, a feeling of other-worldliness.” A reception will be held for Bailey on Wednesday, Aug. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Gallery. For more information about the exhibit, visit www.park.edu/news/2014/08/bailey-mixed-media-exhibit.html.


ICM students to perform at Kauffman Center event for CGSC


Students in Park University’s International Center for Music will present a performance as part of the “Celebration of International Friendship” event on Friday, Aug. 22, starting at 7 p.m. at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo. The event, hosted by the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Foundation at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., is an open-to-the-public black tie affair to honor this year’s class of international officers studying at the CGSC. ICM students scheduled to perform are: Sunnat Ibragimov, Mansur Kadirov, cello; Jinhong Li, Artem Kuznetsov, piano; Alexander Smith, viola; Elizabeth Codd, Laurel Gagnon and David Radzynski, violin. Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, instructor of music/piano, will accompany the students on selected pieces. For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, visit http://tickets.kauffmancenter.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=7859.


Park campus center holds commencement ceremony


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.

          •  Hill Air Force Base (Utah) Campus Centerwww.park.edu/news/2014/08/hill-afb-campus-2014-graduates.html


McAfee Memorial Library launches Pirate Search


Park University’s McAfee Memorial Library has launched its new Pirate Search, a single search interface for accessing the majority of the library’s databases, electronic journals and books, and print holdings. Access is available 24 hours a day using any Internet-capable device at www.park.edu/library/. Users are requested to send their feedback about Pirate Search to Glenn Ferdman, director of library services, at glenn.ferdman@park.edu.

The library will begin its regular hours of operation on Monday, Aug. 18: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.park.edu/library.


Park’s School for Education to host accreditation visit


The School for 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
          NCATE
          2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 500
          Washington, DC 20036-1023
Or by e-mail to: callforcomments@ncate.org

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.


Human Resource Services announces new hires, transfers/promotions


From July 1-31

NEW HIRES
          •  Andrew Beets, Financial Aid Counselor, Office of Student Financial Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Lauren Bryant, Testing Center Specialist, Fairchild Air Force Base (Wash.) Campus Center
          •  Aaron Campbell, Director, Fort Irwin (Calif.) Campus Center
          •  Nigyar Dzhafarova, Associate Director, Office of International Student Admissions and Services, Parkville Campus
          •  David Fowler, President, President’s Office, Parkville Campus
          •  Leisha Lunnie, Director, Malmstrom Air Force Base (Mont.) Campus Center
          •  Erica Olivares, Administrative Specialist, Randolph Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center
          •  Shannon Perry, Financial Aid Counselor, Office of Student Financial Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Joan Personett, Administrative Specialist, Master of Business Administration Program, Downtown Kansas City (Mo.) Campus Center
          •  Patricia Rangel, Assistant Director, Barstow (Calif.) Community College Campus Center
          •  Ivonne Rodriguez, Administrative Specialist, Hill Air Force Base (Utah) Campus Center
          •  Allison Shults, Program Specialist, Austin (Texas) Campus Center
          •  Rob Shupharee, Mail Services Specialist, Office of University Mail Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Rodson Sigrah, General Ledger Accountant, Office of Accounting, Parkville Campus
          •  Leslie Vaughn, Enrollment Adjustment Specialist, Office of Student Financial Services, Parkville Campus

TRANSFERS/PROMOTIONS
          •  Erik Amandola, Patrol Lead, Department of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus (previously served as campus safety officer)
          •  Eric Blair, Executive Director for Enrollment, Parkville Campus (previously served as executive director, Office of Admissions)
          •  Brad Bunge, Student Success Adviser, Office of Student Life, Parkville Campus (previously served as enrollment counselor, Office of Enrollment Services)
          •  Robin Burger, Student Success Adviser, Office of Student Life, Parkville Campus (previously served as lead enrollment counselor, Office of Enrollment Services)
          •  Cathy Colapietro, Executive Director, Office of Student Financial Services, Parkville Campus (previously served as executive director, Admissions and Student Financial Services)
          •  Stacy Engle-Tjaden, Academic Coordinator, Registrar’s Office, Online (previously served as enrollment counselor, Office of Enrollment Services)
          •  Steve Fenske, Student Success Adviser, Office of Student Life, Parkville Campus (previously served as enrollment counselor, Office of Enrollment Services)
          •  Logan Glaser, Student Accounts Representative, Office of Accounting, Parkville Campus (previously served as campus accounting representative)
          •  Kayla Harrity, Student Success Adviser, Office of Student Life, Parkville Campus (previously served as lead enrollment counselor, Office of Enrollment Services)
          •  Sylvia Hartman-Waid, Student Accounts Representative, Office of Accounting, Parkville Campus (previously served as campus accounting representative)
          •  Florenda Jarrard, Assistant Director, Academic Support Center, Parkville Campus (previously served as enrollment counselor, Office of Enrollment Services)
          •  Valerie Jones, Associate Director, Office of Student Financial Services, Parkville Campus (previously served as associate director of admissions and enrollment operations)
          •  Jo Lewke, Student Success Adviser, Office of Student Life, Parkville Campus (previously served as enrollment counselor, Office of Enrollment Services)
          •  Desmond Mason, Academic Evaluator II, Registrar’s Office, Parkville Campus (previously served as academic evaluator)
          •  Marilyn McGarvey, Academic Coordinator, Registrar’s Office, Parkville Campus (previously served as academic evaluator)
          •  Arely Moreno, Area Director, California Desert Operations (previously served as director, Barstow [Calif.] Marine Corps Logistics Base Campus Center)
          •  Desiree Nickerson, Student Success Adviser, Office of Student Life, Parkville Campus (previously served as enrollment counselor, Office of Enrollment Services)
          •  LeeAnn Parsons, Financial Accounting Specialist, Office of Accounting, Parkville Campus (previously served as bookkeeper)
          •  Megan Raney, Student Success Adviser, Office of Student Life, Parkville Campus (previously served as enrollment counselor, Office of Enrollment Services)
          •  Josephine Schaffer, Program Specialist, Camp Pendleton (Calif.) Campus Center (previously served as administrative specialist)
          •  Lewis Sutphin, Academic Director, F.E. Warren (Wyo.) Air Force Base Campus Center (previously served as adjunct instructor)
          •  Thia Tomasich, Dispatch Lead, Department of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus (previously served as senior dispatcher)
          •  Stephanie Walker, Student Accounts Team Leader, Office of Accounting, Parkville Campus (previously served as campus accounting representative)
          •  Beverly Worley, Academic Coordinator, Registrar’s Office, Parkville Campus (previously served as enrollment counselor, Office of Enrollment Services)


Park In The News


Park University and the University’s Goodfellow Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center were featured in the August issue of San Angelo (Texas) Family Magazine.

The American Indian experiences series of events that will be held on Park University’s Parkville Campus the weekends of Aug. 15-16 and 22-23, were featured in a story that appeared in the Northland section of the Aug. 13 issue of The Kansas City Star. The article also highlighted the Friday, Aug. 15, screening of “Lost Nation: The Ioway 2,” produced by Park graduates Kelly, ’86, and Tammy, ’88, Rundle. The events are organized by Carol Getty, Ph.D., professor emeritus of criminal justice administration.


Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through September 13 --
Elisha Bailey Mixed Media Paintings Exhibit: “Sensing the Abyss,” Campanella Gallery (McAfee Memorial Library) (Reception: Aug. 20, 5-7 p.m.)
     •  Through September 30 --
Platte County, Mo., 175th Anniversary Exhibit: The Life and Legacy of George Shepard Park, McAfee Memorial Library
     •  August 15 -- Parkville Campus Residential Student Move-In Day, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
     •  August 15 -- Parkville Campus Parent Orientation, 2-4:30 p.m.
     •  August 15 -- Platte County, Mo., 175th Anniversary Event — American Indian Experiences: Screening/Discussion of “Lost Nation: The Ioway 2,” 7-9 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  August 16 -- Parkville Campus New/Transfer Student Orientation, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
     •  August 16 -- Platte County, Mo., 175th Anniversary Event — American Indian Experiences: Greg Olson and Joyce Big Soldier, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  August 18 -- Fall Semester, Fall I Session begin
     •  August 22 -- Opening Convocation, noon, Breckon Sports Center
     •  August 22 -- Student Activities Fair/All-Parkville Campus Picnic, 1-3 p.m.
     •  August 22 -- Platte County, Mo., 175th Anniversary Event — American Indian Experiences: Screening/Discussion of “We Still Live Here – As Nutayunean”  7-9 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  August 23 -- Platte County, Mo., 175th Anniversary Event — American Indian Experiences, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  September 1 -- Labor Day Holiday (Parkville Daytime Campus closed; Fall I classes held)
     •  September 5 -- Camp Pendleton (Calif.) Marine Corps Base Campus Center Commencement, 3 p.m., Camp Pendleton Base Theater
     •  September 6 -- Fort Myer (Va.) Campus Center / Henderson Hall Headquarters Battalion (Va.) Campus Center / Quantico (Va.) Marine Corps Combat Development Command Campus Center Commencement, 9 a.m., Quantico Command Auditorium
     •  September 14-October 18 -- Jeff Smith Graphic Design Exhibit: “New Directions in Graphic Design,” Campanella Gallery (McAfee Memorial Library)
     •  September 15 -- Ethnic Voices Poetry Series: Xanath Caraza, 7 p.m., Mid-Continent Public Library – Woodneath Library Center, 8900 NE Flintlock Rd., Kansas City Mo.
     •  September 19-20 --
Alumni Weekend 2014, Parkville Campus
     •  September 19 -- International Talk Like A Pirate Day
     •  September 19 -- McAfee Memorial Library/Academic Support Center Grand Re-Opening Celebration, 3 p.m., McAfee Memorial Library
     •  September 20 -- Admissions: 1-on-1 Weekend, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  September 20 -- Park Pirate Family Fun Day, 2-4 p.m., Parkville Campus
     •  September 27 -- International Center for Music Concert: Chamber Music with violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel

Note: To view a comprehensive schedule for all events, including athletics, visit www.park.edu/calendars/park-events-calendar.html.