Park University Imprint Express -- September 16, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Dr. Christopher MesekeMeseke appointed HLC-NCACS peer reviewer

Christopher Meseke, Ph.D., director of academic assessment, has been selected to be a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission, a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Meseke is one of approximately 1,300 faculty and administrators from institutions within the 19 state North Central region that are responsible for ensuring colleges/universities in the region comply with accreditation criteria, as well as helping institutions advance within the context of their own mission. As a peer reviewer, Meseke’s primary responsibilities include public certification of organizational quality, providing affirmation a college/university fulfills its criteria for accreditation, and organizational improvement by offering consultative information intended to contribute to the quality of the organization’s academic offerings.

Dr. Kay DennisDennis authors review of student guide to online learning for journal

A book review written by Kay Dennis, Ed.D., associate professor of adult education, has been published in the recently published journal, Studies in Continuing Education. Dennis authored a review on the book, The Savvy Student’s Guide to Online Learning, saying that the authors offer a practical, easily digested book for traditional or nontraditional students hoping to become successful in the online learning environment. She recommends this book as a “point of light” for prospective online students, as well as a useful resource for the faculty/staff who work with these students. Read more of Dennis’ review at

Dr. Patricia RybergRyberg presents paper at botanical association meeting

Patricia Ryberg, Ph.D., assistant professor and program coordinator of biology, presented a paper at the recently held Botanical Society of America’s annual meeting in Boise, Idaho. Ryberg’s paper, “Floral Succession in a Carboniferous Deltaic Zone,” highlights the fossil flora present on Park University’s Parkville Campus. In the paper, Ryberg explains how the presence of a tropical costal environment in Missouri 300 million years ago and the regression of the sea are recorded in the changes in plants in successive sediment layers. The majority of the fossil plants have no living relatives today and the locality provides a unique cite where ancient ecosystem evolution can be observed.

Dr. Judi EstesEstes presents pediatric literacy paper at Oxford

Judi Simmons Estes, Ph.D., assistant professor of education and chair of elementary and secondary teacher preparation, recently presented a paper at the Oxford (England) Round Table on “A Critical Review and Synthesis of Pediatric Literacy Interventions.” The paper identified and discussed empirical literature that has been published pertaining to the Reach Out and Read pediatric literacy intervention program implemented in medical clinics and hospitals in the United States. Estes worked with ambulatory clinic physicians at the University of Kansas Hospital to establish the first ROR program in the Kansas City area. The program involves volunteers reading to children in the waiting room, physicians distributing a free book to children visiting the clinic and provides parents with encouragement to read to their children at home.

Dr. Michael BecraftBecraft appointed to editorial board for management journal

Michael Becraft, D.Mgt., Edward F. Lyle professor of finance and director of the graduate program in business, has been appointed to the editorial board for the SAM – Advanced Management Journal, a publication of the Society for Advancement of Management. As a part of Becraft’s renewable appointed to the editorial board, he will be reviewing submissions for possible publication in the journal.

Book fair to support River Read Children’s Literature Festival

Park University’s School of Education and the Dorothy Harper Watson Literacy Center have partnered with Barnes & Noble at Zona Rosa Town Center for a book fair to support the North Kansas City (Mo.) School District on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will help fund the University’s River Read Children’s Literature Festival, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 14, on the Parkville Campus, which will provide hundreds of fourth and fifth grade students from the NKCSD the opportunity to meet local authors, explore literature and learn about the writing craft. Shoppers interested in supporting the event simply have to mention the North Kansas City School District or the River Reach Children’s Literature Festival and a portion of the sale — made in the bookstore or café — will benefit the event. In addition to in-store purchases, Barnes and Noble online shoppers can enter Park’s book fair ID number (11404449) upon checkout to benefit the Festival. For more information, visit

Shmuel AshkenasiViolinist Ashkenasi to open International Center for Music’s concert season

Park University’s International Center for Music will open its 2014-15 concert season series with an evening of chamber music by Franz Schubert featuring world-renowned violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. Called a “genuine talent and profoundly gifted” by The Vienna Express, Ashkenasi will perform Schubert’s “Rondo for Violin and String Quartet” and “String Trio in B-Flat Major” in collaboration with award-winning students from the ICM. In addition, Ashkenasi will perform Schubert’s “Sonatina No. 2” and “Rondo Brilliant” with ICM instructor of music/piano, Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich.

Tickets for the concert are — general admission: $15 in advance online, $20 at the door; senior citizens age 60 and older: $10; students with a valid student ID: $5; Park University students, faculty and staff with Park ID and their children age 12 and under: free. To purchase tickets in advance, visit For more information about the concert and Ashkenasi, visit

CETL hosting brown bag discussion

Park University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, in collaboration with the McAfee Memorial Library, will host a “Food for Thought” brown bag discussion on Friday, Sept. 26, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the library’s multipurpose area. Discussion topics will include assessment, curriculum and the Institutional Review Board, led by: Christopher Meseke, Ph.D., director of academic assessment; Mark Noe, Ph.D., professor of communication arts and director of the Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership program, and curriculum committee chair; and Brian Shawver, associate professor of English and chair of English and modern languages, and IRB chair. For questions or more information, e-mail CETL at

CASL hosting workshop on compassion in disease dialogue and death notification

Park University’s Center to Advance the Study of Loss will host a workshop on Friday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Park Distance Learning Conference Center on the University’s Parkville Campus. The workshop, “Compassion in Disease Dialogue and Death Notification,” is designed for professionals to gain knowledge in considerate truth-telling throughout a person’s disease journey and to develop strategies for using compassion in death notification. The keynote speaker for the event is Clay M. Anderson, M.D., senior medical director for NorthCare Hospice and Palliative Care. In addition, Rev. Dan Festa, D.Min., pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Marshall, Mo., will present on the topic. Anderson will focus on the disease dialogue concept and expand on strategies that utilize a positive approach for communication in hospice, palliative care and other settings. Festa will bring his experience and recommendations for sharing news of a death in a compassionate manner.

Other speakers include Laurel Hilliker, Ph.D., executive director of CASL and assistant professor of sociology, and Gerry Walker, D.H.Ed., chair of Park’s Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program and associate professor of nursing. Hilliker will facilitate the agenda and briefly discuss current research on the day’s topic, while Walker will provide a personal story of the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of a young adult and the delivery of the news to the family in a hospital setting.

Registration for the event is $50 and includes lunch and refreshments. Continuing education units are available. Register before Thursday, Oct. 7, by visiting Payment can be made online or by sending a check payable to: Park University/CASL, Attn: Janice Sieminski, CMB 132. For more information about the event, visit

Park In The News

Jessica Greiner, a sophomore social psychology major at Park University’s Little Rock (Ark.) Air Force Base Campus Center, was highlighted in an article that appeared in a recent issue of Combat Airlifter, the Little Rock AFB newspaper. Greiner was awarded a Chiefs Group scholarship on Aug. 19.

A photo from Park University’s 9/11 ceremony on the Parkville Campus last week appeared on The Kansas City Star’s website, featuring Park students who are members of the Pony Express Battalion Color Guard.

W. Travis Forbes, ’98, was featured in an article that appeared in the Lee’s Summit (Mo.) Tribune on Sept. 12 after Forbes was sworn in as the new chief of police in Lee’s Summit.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through September 18 -- Campus Center Directors Conference, Park Distance Learning Conference Center
     •  Through September 30 --
Platte County, Mo., 175th Anniversary Exhibit: The Life and Legacy of George Shepard Park, McAfee Memorial Library
     •  September 17 -- Constitution Day Congress to Campus Lecture, 7 p.m., McCoy Meetin' House
     •  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 19-20 --
Alumni Weekend 2014, Parkville Campus
     •  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
     •  October 20 -- Fall II Session Begins
     •  October 22 -- WWI Movie Talk: “Westfront 1918,” 7 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  October 20-November 30 -- Park Studio/Art Design Faculty Exhibition, Campanella Gallery (McAfee Memorial Library)
     •  October 29 -- Victor Valley College (Calif.) Campus Center Grand Opening/Ribbon-Cutting, 6 p.m., Victor Valley College
     •  October 30 -- Fright Night, 6-8 p.m., Copley Quad
     •  November 1 -- Admissions: Pirate Preview, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  November 1 -- Defense Supply Center Columbus (Ohio) Campus Center Commencement, 9 a.m., 3990 E. Broad St.
     •  November 2 -- Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio) Campus Center Commencement, 2 p.m., Hollenbeck Bayley Conference Center, Springfield, Ohio
     •  November 7 -- Plaque Dedication / Flag Raising Ceremony for Medal of Honor Recipient Lewis L. Millett, ’63, 1 p.m., Thompson Commons
     •  November 11 -- Veteran’s Day (Parkville Daytime Campus closed; Fall II classes held)
     •  November 12 -- Ethnic Voices Poetry Series: Gerald Vizenor, 6:30 p.m., The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, 100 W. 26th St., Kansas City, Mo.
     •  November 14 -- International Center for Music Concert: The Music of Leonid Desyatnikov with Pianist Alexey Goribol, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel

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