Park University Honors Campus Centers During Annual Conference

Monday, September 22, 2014

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Park University campus center directors and support staff from across the country gathered the week of Sept. 15 for the annual Park Distance Learning Campus Center Directors Conference on the University’s Parkville Campus. The event concluded on Sept. 18 with an awards banquet to honor the University’s highest achieving campuses and PDL staff.

Dr. Emily SalleeThe inaugural “Park Distance Learning Person of the Year Award” was presented to Emily Sallee, Ph.D. (left), dean of Park’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This award is presented to a staff/faculty member outside of the Park Distance Learning system whose contribution is significant beyond reproach in its positive impact on the PDL. Sallee, a resident of Platte City, Mo., was honored for her instrumental role in Park University’s acceptance to participate in the U.S. Air Force Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative program. Of Park’s 41 campus centers across the country, 22 are located on Air Force bases.

“It is not common that the effort of a single person can change the trajectory of the future for so many, said Charles Kater, Ph.D., associate vice president of distance learning. “So that you understand the contribution made by (Sallee), you need to know that for the previous seven years at Park University, the business building initiative which she forged for us was deemed by many others as impossible to achieve…Without her leadership, we would not have achieved this opportunity which had proven elusive for nearly a decade.”

Rebekah Lodge-MaraghStephanie FoxAnother inaugural award presented was the “Rising Star Award,” presented to a campus center director and/or support staff member employed at Park University for fewer than 18 months who has/have contributed to the success of their campus above and beyond their normal duties. Those honored were:
          •  Stephanie Fox (left), Hill Air Force Base (Utah) Campus Center director
          •  Rebekah Lodge-Maragh (right), Laughlin Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center administrative specialist

The PDL’s “President’s Star Award,” given to the campus center that had the greatest growth in 2013-14, was presented to the Fort Irwin (Calif.) Campus Center, led by Aaron Campbell, campus center director. Enrollment at the Fort Irwin Campus increased 79 percent over the 2012-13 academic year.

Two campus centers earned the PDL’s “Paul Gault Achiever Plus Award” for having double-digit growth in 2013-14: Barstow (Calif.) Marine Corps Logistics Base Campus Center, led by Arely Moreno, area director for California desert operations; and Wentworth Military Academy and College Campus Center, in Lexington, Mo., led by Mark Clark, campus center director.

Four campus centers received the PDL’s “Tom Peterman Achiever Award” for maintaining enrollment numbers in 2013-14: Austin (Texas) Campus Center, led by Yvonne Moduno, campus center director; Camp Pendleton (Calif.) Campus Center, led by Connie Guzman, campus center director; Mountain Home (Idaho) Air Force Base Campus Center, led by Matt deMayo, campus center director; and F.E. Warren Air Force Base (Wyo.) Campus Center, led by Eric Davis, campus center director.

The purpose of Park Distance Learning is to provide virtual and geographical post-secondary educational services and support to students, faculty and staff assisting students to graduate and achieve their academic goals. Offering online courses in place of, or in addition to, the traditional classroom experience enables students the flexibility to pursue their education while balancing the demands of work and family life.