Park University Imprint Express -- August 29, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

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Park adds Victor Valley College to family of campus centers

Park University, which already serves Southern California students pursuing their higher education dreams with campuses at four locations in the region, is now partnering with Victor Valley College in Victorville, Calif., to increase educational opportunities for students attending VVC and living in the High Desert. Victor Valley College becomes the University’s 41st campus center in the country. Classes are scheduled to begin at VVC with the start of the Fall II term on Monday, Oct. 20.

“Park University has a long-standing presence in the High Desert region, proudly serving military service members and community residents at our Barstow Community College, Barstow Marine Corps Logistics Base and Fort Irwin campus centers,” said Park President David Fowler. “We are pleased to expand Park’s affordable, accessible and quality education experience to Victor Valley students and to Victorville and High Desert community residents by aligning both schools’ core values.”

Park will offer degrees at VVC as part of a 2+2 program, with an associate degree from Victor Valley College satisfying requirements for the first two years of a bachelor’s degree from Park. Bachelor’s degrees offered face-to-face at VVC include criminal justice administration, education, management, public administration and social psychology. Arely Moreno serves as Park’s area director for California desert operations. For more information about the partnership with VVC, visit

John Ford and Christina DiehlPark University nursing students first in Midwest equipped with groundbreaking scrubs

According to MorUniversity, a Park University partner that supplies students in the Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program with scrubs, Park is the first college/university in the in the Midwest to have its nursing students outfitted with innovative, state-of-the-art antimicrobial scrubs. What makes these uniforms state-of-the-art is the meshing of the Silpure (antimicrobial), Tencil (wood pulp “green” fiber), DuPont Teflon protector and cotton/spandex stretch material. The uniform offers extra protection in a clinical setting, not only for the nursing students, but for patients as well. Park joins some of the largest nursing schools in the country to wear these one-of-a-kind fabric uniforms. In the adjacent photo, John Ford and Christina Diehl model the new scrubs. A story about these new scrubs appeared on KSHB-TV in Kansas City on Aug. 26, and a story was scheduled to appear on WDAF-TV in Kansas City on Aug. 29.

David FowlerFowler addresses University community during Opening Convocation

Park University President David Fowler addressed Park students, faculty and staff in his first speech to the entire University community during the Opening Convocation on Aug. 22. The event also included greetings from Jerry Jorgensen, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president; Nan Johnston, mayor of Parkville, Mo.; Scott McRuer, treasurer of Park’s Board of Trustees; Jeremy Barnes, president of the Park Student Government Association; and Jeff Ehrlich, Ed.D., president of the Faculty Senate. To watch a replay of the Opening Convocation or read Fowler’s speech, visit

Park University Golf Scramble set for Oct. 7

The 2014 Park University Golf Scramble, a four-person tournament that benefits the University’s athletic programs, is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 7, at The Deuce at The National Golf Club of Kansas City. The scramble begins with registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Lunch and an awards program immediately follows the completion of the tournament at approximately 3 p.m. Tournament registration is $150 per golfer or $600 per four-person team, and includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, driving range access prior to the event, on-course games and contests, and refreshments. In addition, a variety of sponsorship packages are available, ranging in price from $1,000 to $5,000. For questions about the tournament or sponsorship levels, contact Nathan Marticke, associate vice president of constituent development, at or (816) 584-6844. To register for the tournament or for more information, visit

Pirates ranked No. 12 in women’s volleyball preseason poll

Park University’s women’s volleyball team, a staple in last season’s Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, which led to an appearance in the NAIA Volleyball National Championship Tournament, begin the 2014 season ranked No. 12 in the preseason edition of the poll, released on Aug. 19 by the NAIA. “We didn’t hit all of our goals last season, so while it’s nice to be ranked, it doesn’t really mean anything yet,” said Park head coach Mike Talamantes. “I will say that we’ve had a good preseason, though, and I do think we’re a really good team. We have three ranked teams from this conference (American Midwest Conference) and a couple more that have proven they’re also worthy of consideration. We have our work cut out for us in the AMC.” Read more about the preseason ranking at

Ken HefnerPark women’s soccer team eyes AMC championship

The Park University women’s soccer team is hungry to return to the American Midwest Conference championship game. However, the Pirates want a better outcome in 2014, after losing in the finals last season. “Not winning that game gives us a lot of incentive,” said head coach Ken Hefner (left). “We need to do better and accomplish what we set out to do. Our greatest season could be ahead of us.” The Pirates started the 2014 season with 2-0 victory against the University of St. Mary at Julian Field on Aug. 26. Read a complete preview about the 2014 women’s soccer squad and the season at

“Movie Talk” series to feature World War I films

Movies related to the 100th anniversary of World War I will be featured as part of a “Movie Talk” series co-sponsored by Park University’s Zeta Omicron chapter of Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society and the Alpha Eta Epsilon chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society. A series of seven movies will be shown during the 2014-15 academic year in McCoy Meetin’ House on the University’s Parkville Campus. Following each movie, which are free and open to the public, Park students majoring in history and English will lead a discussion of the film. The first film, “All Quiet on the Western Front,” will be shown on Wednesday, Sept. 10, starting at 7 p.m. Additional movies are scheduled for Oct. 22, Nov. 17, Dec. 3, Feb. 18, March 18 and April 8. Visit for more information.

Poet Xánath Caraza featured speaker in Ethnic Voices Poetry Series event

Author Xánath Caraza will be the featured poet in the opening installment of Park University’s 2014-15 Ethnic Voices Poetry Series on Monday, Sept. 15, starting at 7 p.m. Caraza’s presentation will be held at the Mid-Continent Public Library – Woodneath Library Center, 8900 NE Flintlock Road, Kansas City, Mo. A book signing will be held immediately after the event, which is free and open to the public. As a traveler, educator, poet and short story writer, Caraza has earned many awards for her work, including the Beca Nebrija para Creadores 2014 from the Instituto Franklin in Spain and several International Latino Book Awards. Her poem, “Ante el Río” (“Before the River”), was selected by the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum in 2013 to promote the Day of the Dead, and her book, Conjuro, was awarded second place in the “Best Poetry Book in Spanish” category for the 2013 International Latino Book Awards. For those unable to attend the event, poets in the 2014-15 Ethnic Voices Poetry Series will be interviewed before the audience by KCUR (89.3 FM) “New Letters on the Air” host Angela Elam, and the program will air at a later date. For more information, visit

Park In The News

Park University was mentioned in a story that appeared in The New York Times on Aug. 19. The article, which was also picked up by numerous other newspapers across the country, focused on millennials who are living and working in downtown Kansas City and the renovation of various downtown area buildings, including the Commerce Bank building where Park’s Downtown Kansas City Campus Center resides.

Steve Youngblood, director of Park University’s Center for Global Peace Journalism and associate professor of communication arts, authored an “As I See It” opinion column that appeared in the Aug. 25 issue of The Kansas City Star. Youngblood’s column was focused on media coverage in Ferguson, Mo.

Missouri National Guard Brig. Gen. Gregory Mason, ’96, appeared in various local and national news recently as he was appointed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to oversee the Guard’s efforts in Ferguson, Mo.

Lee Hartman, editor-in-chief of, Kansas City’s online journal of the arts, ranked a performance from the Park University International Center for Music’s 2013-14 season as his seventh-favorite performing arts event of the past year. The performance, in December 2013, was Ernest Chausson’s “Concerto in D for Violin, Piano and String Quartet” performed by ICM faculty Ben Sayevich, professor of music/piano, and Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, instructor of music/piano, and the ICM String Orchestra.

Michael Droge, Ph.D., Park University chancellor, was highlighted in the August issue of Ingram’s, Kansas City’s business magazine. Droge participated in the magazine’s “Higher Education Industry Outlook” and was pictured and photographed in the article. Droge was also featured in the magazine’s “Changes at the Top” section.

In the same issue of Ingram’s, Park University was the fourth-ranked college/university in Kansas and Missouri based on Fall 2013 enrollment of Master of Business Administration programs, and Park was ranked No. 13 among Kansas/Missouri private colleges/universities based on Fall 2013 graduate school enrollment.

Park University was mentioned in a story that appeared in National Real Estate Investor on Aug. 26. In the article, “Top 10 Markets for Student Housing,” Austin, Texas, was ranked No. 2 in the country, and the blurb on Austin included a mention of Park’s Austin Campus.

James Allen Jr., who chairs Park University’s Civic Advisory Council Task Force on Entrepreneurship and the Military, was honored on Aug. 27 with the Champions of Change award at the White House. A story about Allen’s honor appeared in The Kansas City Star that same day.

Former Park University baseball player Derek Gordon, who signed a professional baseball contract with the Kansas City T-Bones earlier this summer, was the focus of a question-and-answer weekly feature on the T-Bones in The Kansas City Star on Aug. 22.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through September 13 --
Elisha Bailey Mixed Media Paintings Exhibit: “Sensing the Abyss,” Campanella Gallery (McAfee Memorial Library)
     •  Through September 30 --
Platte County, Mo., 175th Anniversary Exhibit: The Life and Legacy of George Shepard Park, McAfee Memorial Library
     •  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 10 -- Center to Advance the Study of Loss: "Compassion in the Delivery of the News of Death and Disease Dialogue," 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Park Distance Learning Conference Center
     •  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