Park University Imprint Express -- August 19, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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Dr. Brad KleindlKleindl elected to ACBSP position

Brad Kleindl, Ph.D., dean of Park University’s School of Business, was recently elected to a three-year term on the Accreditation Council for Business School Programs’ Baccalaureate and Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners. The board’s duties include working with accreditation teams to determine a school’s accreditation status, and implementing policies for ACBSP’s baccalaureate and graduate degree accreditation requirements.

Dr. Judi EstesEstes authors chapter for global literacy book

Judi Simmons Estes, Ph.D., assistant professor of education and chair of elementary and secondary teacher preparation, authored a chapter for the recently published book, Promoting Global Literacy Skills Through Technology-Infused Teaching and Learning. Estes’ chapter, “Moving Beyond a Focus on Delivery Modes to Teaching Pedagogy,” declares that student learning outcomes are less dependent on delivery mode, and instead depend on the pedagogical practices used by the teacher. Estes explains that it is the skill of the teacher as facilitator that drives the effective development of the learning community and promotes satisfactory learning outcomes students. Additional information about the book can be found at

Dr. Sam ChamberlinChamberlin article published in algebra journal

An article co-authored by Sam Chamberlin, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics, was published in the August (volume 218, issue 8) Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra. In the abstract of the article, “Integral Bases for the Universal Enveloping Algebras of Map Superalgebras,” it was explained “Let g be a finite dimensional complex simple classical Lie superalgebra and A be a commutative, associative algebra with unity over C. In this paper, we define an integral form for the universal enveloping algebra of the map superalgebra ‘g tensor A’ and exhibit an explicit integral basis for this integral form.”

Ferezan article on repurposing published in psychology newsletter

An article written by Jeffrey Ferezan, Ph.D., adjunct instructor of management at Park University’s Luke Air Force Base (Ariz.) Campus Center, was recently published in the American Institute of Business Psychology’s AIOBP Newsletter. The article, “Repurpose,” looked at how individuals can make tweaks in the direction they are headed by looking at life differently. Read the article at

Efrem ShimlisMen’s soccer squad aims to repeat as AMC champs

The Park University men’s soccer team enters the 2014 season with 15 members of its 2013 American Midwest Conference championship team returning. And those players have their sights set on making a return appearance in the NAIA national tournament. “The team is working hard and are showing the potential to compete against the best of the best,” said head coach Efrem Shimlis (left). “Every conference game is going to be a big game.” The Pirates open the season on Tuesday, Aug. 26, hosting the University of St. Mary at 7 p.m. at Julian Field. Read a complete preview about the 2014 men’s soccer squad and the upcoming season at

Dr. Nicolas KoudouKoudou presents research at international business and public administration conference

Nicolas Koudou, Ph.D., professor of business administration and area coordinator of general concentrations in the Master of Business Administration program, presented a Fulbright research article, “Impact of Culture in Small Business Enterprises Innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Case of Ghana,” at the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines Conference, July 23-26 in Madrid, Spain. The study confirmed that the cultural impact of the funeral industry plays a primary role in the Ghanaian sustainable economic expansion. During the conference, Koudou also served as chair of the marketing/international marketing session.

Dr. Charlie SmithSmith presents paper at math conference

Charlie Smith, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics, presented his paper on “Beautiful Integer Patterns” at the Mathematical Association of America’s MathFest on Aug. 7 in Portland, Ore. According to the paper’s abstract, Smith’s presentation featured “the amazing beauty which lies within the structure of integers. Starting with simple concepts such as adding, squaring and cubing, stunning designs can be constructed.” Smith also provided examples, each followed by a rigorous mathematical justification.

Dr. Sunita RaoRao presents session at accounting conference

Sunita Rao, Ph.D., assistant professor of accounting, presented a session on “Assurance on Sustainability Reports: A Study of Factors Influencing the Choice of Assurance Frameworks,” at the American Accounting Association's annual meeting on Aug. 3 in Atlanta. Rao’s session, a part of the AMA’s Global Emerging Scholars Research Workshop, studied the factors that influence assurance providers in the selection of an assurance framework for the purpose of ensuring sustainability reports where the choice is between international assurance frameworks and national assurance frameworks.

Park In The News

DeShawn Robinson, adjunct instructor of healthcare administration at the Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center, was featured in a story that appeared in the Fort Bliss Bugle on Aug. 14. Robinson is the chief of education and veteran support services at the El Paso (Texas) Veterans Affairs Health Care System.

James Brown, ’06, ’11, who has been appointed chief of police in Topeka, Kan., was featured on newscasts in Topeka on Aug. 15, as well as an article in the Topeka Capital-Journal. Brown, who is currently the assistant chief of police in Kansas City, Kan., will begin his new position on Oct. 1.

Park University was ranked No. 17 on the list of “30 Largest Non-Profit Online Universities” by, based on 2012 enrollment numbers of online students collected from the IPEDS Data Center of the National Center for Education Statistics.

A story about Andy Morgan, ’04, who was recently appointed assistant baseball coach at Murray State University, appeared in the Aug. 11 issue of SurfKY News. Morgan will also serve as the team’s offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator.

A story about Edward Wilson, ’12, who was appointed the assistant men’s basketball coach at Lincoln University, appeared in the Aug. 14 issue of the Jefferson City (Mo.) News Tribune.

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 22 -- Opening Convocation, noon, Breckon Sports Center
     •  August 22 -- Student Activities Fair/All-Parkville Campus Picnic, 1-3 p.m., Breckon Sports Center
     •  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 10 -- WWI Movie Talk: “All Quiet on the Western Front,” 7 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  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 15-18 --
Campus Center Directors Conference, Park Distance Learning Conference Center
     •  September 17 --
Constitution Day Congress to Campus Lecture, 7 p.m., McCoy Meetin' House
     •  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, 10 a.m.-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
     •  October 3 -- Faculty/Staff Longevity Awards Celebration, 1 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  October 4 -- Admissions: Pirate Preview, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  October 4 -- National Society of Leadership and Success Regional Leadership Retreat, Parkville Campus
     •  October 7 -- Park University Golf Scramble, 8:30 a.m., The Deuce at The National Golf Club of Kansas City
     •  October 9-10 -- Board of Trustees Meeting, Parkville Campus
     •  October 11 -- Fort Leonard Wood (Mo.) Campus Center Commencement, 1 p.m., Nutter Field House
     •  October 12 -- Fall I Session Ends
     •  October 12-19 -- Fall Recess
     •  October 14 -- River Read Children’s Literature Festival, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Parkville Campus

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