Park University Imprint Express -- August 7, 2014

Thursday, August 7, 2014

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University ranked among most popular for service members using tuition assistance

According to a story that appeared in the July 28 issue of Military Times, Park University is ranked the eighth-most popular college/university in the country among service members using tuition assistance during the 2013 fiscal year. Park is the highest ranked private, master’s degree level school and is ranked No. 2 among all private colleges/universities. Broken down by service, Park ranked No. 4 among Air Force members and No. 5 among the Marine Corps members. In addition, the University was ranked the 39th most popular of those using the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill in fiscal 2013. Read more about the rankings at

Master of Healthcare Administration program earns top ranking

Park University’ online Master of Healthcare Administration program received a top ranking from, an online resource designed to assist prospective students in their search for higher education institutions. Park was the only university in Missouri to earn this distinction. The rankings were compiled based on acceptance, retention, graduation and enrollment rates for each university. Park scored high in admission and retention, indicating student satisfaction and success.

“To be ranked among the top 21 best online Master of Healthcare Administration programs in the country is a wonderful testament to the excellence of Park’s MHA students, staff, and both full-time and adjunct faculty,” said Suzanne Discenza, Ph.D., director of the MHA program and professor of healthcare administration. “This distinction not only serves as a small reward to our faculty for the academic knowledge and practical skill sets they share daily with our students online and in the classroom, but also provides our students with the knowledge that they are receiving a high-quality education in return for their hard work and hard-earned tuition dollars. Although not surprised, I am extremely appreciative of this honor.” Read more about the honor at

Behzod AbduraimovAbduraimov appointed ICM artist-in-residence

Park University’s International Center for Music has appointed internationally renowned pianist Behzod Abduraimov as artist-in-residence. Abduraimov began his duties on Aug. 1. The 2009 winner of the London International Piano Competition began his education at Park in 2007, studying under ICM founder and associate professor of music/piano 2001 Stanislav Ioudenitch, gold medalist of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

“Behzod has already enjoyed an incredibly successful career and had many choices when it came to choosing his home base,” said Ioudenitch. “We are excited that he decided to join the ICM family in a new role as artist-in-residence. He continues to proudly present the ICM worldwide and believes in its mission of artistic excellence.” Read more about Abduraimov’s appointment at

Julie WilsonPark trustee Wilson honored by Kansas City Business Journal

Julie Wilson, executive vice president and chief people officer at Cerner Corp., and a member of Park University’s Board of Trustees, was recently selected to the 2014 class of “Women Who Mean Business” by the Kansas City Business Journal. Wilson and other honorees were recognized during a luncheon on Aug. 1 in Overland Park, Kan. To be eligible for the honor, applicants had to be engaged in for-profit business and be an entrepreneur, a top-ranking corporate woman in the Kansas City region, a partner leading a practice group or serve on an executive committee. Read more about Wilson’s honor at

International Center for Music announces 2014-15 concert schedule

The International Center for Music at Park University has announced the schedule for its 11th concert season, featuring internationally renowned guest artists as well as its own award-winning faculty and students. The 2014-15 season kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 27, with a performance by violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi and will conclude with a special concert featuring pianist and newly appointed ICM artist-in residence Behzod Abduraimov. The season also includes an evening devoted to the music of Russian composer Leonid Desyatnikov, a “side-by-side” performance by Park ICM faculty members Ben Sayevich, violin, and Daniel Veis, cello, as well as a concert by the Park Piano Trio featuring Sayevich, Veis and pianist Stanislav Ioudenitch, 2001 Van Cliburn Piano Competition gold medalist and founder of the ICM. For a complete list of concerts and admission information, visit

Park University hosting American Indian experiences events

As part of a series of events celebrating the Platte County, Mo., 175th anniversary, Park University is hosting two weekends of discovery, dialogue and demonstrations on American Indian experiences. The first weekend, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15 and 16, will include events focusing on the Platte Purchase agreement that added land to the State of Missouri and resulted in the relocation of the Ioway Indians and other tribes. The second weekend, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 22 and 23, will be devoted to Native Americans living in contemporary society who are committed to renewing, preserving and celebrating their heritage. All events are free and open to the public, and will be held inside the McCoy Meetin’ House on the University’s Parkville Campus. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit

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.
          •  Holloman Air Force Base (N.M.) Campus Center

Pirate Café to reopen Aug. 8

With Park University student-athletes returning to the Parkville Campus on Friday, Aug. 8, the Pirate Café, located on the second floor of Thompson Commons, will open for lunch and dinner beginning Friday. Special hours through Friday, Aug. 15 will be: lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Regular hours begin on Monday, Aug. 18, and can be found at For questions, contact Kathleen Robey, general manager of Park's Sodexo Campus Services, at / (816) 584-6395.

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

Kay Barnes, distinguished professor for public leadership and founding director of the Center for Leadership, Janet Nease, adjunct instructor of middle/secondary education, and Jackie Snyder, a member of Park University’s Civic Advisory Council, were featured in a story that appeared in The Kansas City Star on July 29. The article focused on individuals who have “un-retired” to begin second or third careers.

Suzanne Discenza, Ph.D., director of the Master of Healthcare Administration program and professor of healthcare administration, was interviewed for a story that appeared on WDAF-TV on July 29. The story was related to hospitals not revealing how much they pay U.S. News and World Report for the use of its “best hospitals” logo.

Former Park University baseball player Derek Gordon, who signed a professional baseball contract with the Kansas City T-Bones earlier this summer, was interviewed by television stations in Lincoln, Neb. (KOLN and KLKN) and North Platte, Neb. (KNOP), prior to games he played the weekend of July 25.

Sydney Patterson, sophomore business administration/marketing major, and Valerie Jones, associate director of enrollment operations, were interviewed by KSHB-TV (Kansas City) when President Barack Obama made a stop in Parkville, Mo., on July 30. Josh Lewis, a May 2014 graduate, had the opportunity meet Obama on the Parkville streets. In addition, Linda Vestal, director of university mail services, was a guest to view Obama’s speech in person earlier in the day at the Uptown Theater. Su Ellen Fried, ’75, led the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance prior to the speech.

Readers of the Liberty (Mo.) Tribune, Smithville (Mo.) Herald, Gladstone (Mo.) Dispatch and Kearney (Mo.) Courier selected Park University as the 2014 “Best of the Northland” college/university.

Michael Becraft, D.Mgt., Edward F. Lyle professor of finance and director of the graduate program in business, participated in a question-and-answer article that appeared in Online MBA Report on Aug. 5. The story focused on Park’s Master of Business Administration program.

Wendy Medina, junior social work major, was featured in an article that appeared in the July 28 issue of The Kansas City Star. Medina organized a gathering in Kansas City, Mo., to press for the human treatment of Central American children.

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
     •  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 -- Faculty/Staff Photo Day, 7:30-9:30 a.m., Park Distance Learning Conference Center; 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Thompson Commons, first floor
     •  August 11-12 -- Fall Faculty Conference, Parkville Campus
     •  August 11-September 13 -- Elisha Bailey Mixed Media Paintings Exhibit: “Sensing the Abyss,” Campanella Gallery (McAfee Memorial Library) (Reception: Aug. 20, 5-7 p.m.)
     •  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 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