Park University Imprint Express -- September 26, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

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Military Friendly 2014Park University earns military friendly distinction from Victory Media for sixth consecutive year

Park University has been honored by Victory Media on its list of Military Friendly Schools for the sixth consecutive year. The list recognizes the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. Schools on the 2015 Military Friendly Schools list offer additional benefits to student veterans, including on-campus veterans’ programs, credit for service and military spouse programs. In addition, schools on the list are recognized for their efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students, and academic accreditations. The list was compiled through exhaustive research during which Victory Media (publisher of G.I Jobs and Military Spouse magazines) polled more than 8,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an academic advisory board consisting of educators from across the country and independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP. Read more about the honor at

Campus centers, staff honored during annual campus center directors conference

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 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.

Another 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, Hill Air Force Base (Utah) Campus Center director
          •  Rebekah Lodge-Maragh, Laughlin Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center administrative specialist
Read more about the event, including awards presented to campus centers for enrollment growth, at

Zeta Omicron wins Phi Alpha Theta best chapter award for third straight year

Park University’s Zeta Omicron chapter of Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society has received the Best Chapter Award for 2014 in Division I (fewer than 3,000 students, based on the number of students enrolled at the Parkville Campus) from the national organization. Zeta Omicron also won the award in 2012 and 2013. The honor comes with a $250 award to go toward the purchase of books, selected by Zeta Omicron and the Program of History, for the McAfee Memorial Library. Park’s Zeta Omicron chapter, chartered in 1958, is advised by Tim Westcott, Ph.D., associate professor of history.

Roger DusingDusing authors book on job search techniques

A book written by Roger Dusing, associate vice president and chief human resource officer, has been recently published as an e-book. The book, I’m Fired?!? A Business Fable About the Challenges of Losing One Job and Finding Another, follows a man who lost his job, then begins the process to trying to find a new job. According to Dusing, readers will learn how to deal with the emotions of losing a job, how to start a job search and how to use networking to uncover the 70 percent of job openings that are never advertised. Get tips on writing a résumé that fits your style; using a target list to help others help you; getting the most out of social media; things to consider if your job search leads you to start your own business; and even how to negotiate your best job offer. For more information about the book visit

Park’s online Master of Education program ranked by organization for affordability

NonprofitCollegesOnline, a website dedicated to online colleges and universities that put students before profits, ranked Park University’s online Master of Education degree programs No. 44 in the country, based on affordability, and specifically highlighted the Master of Leading Adult and Organizational Learning program.

Coro Kansas City Internship in Public Affairs accepting applications for summer 2015 class

The Coro Kansas City Summer Internship in Public Affairs, a program of Park University’s Hauptmann School of Public Affairs, is accepting applications for its summer 2015 class. Coro Kansas City is designed to develop future community leaders through exposure to community issues, leadership development, civic leaders and organizations. It is a demanding, full-time internship, and requires an interest in public affairs. Each intern is assigned an individual internship in each of the four sectors of business, government, labor and nonprofit organizations. Participants are immersed in these sectors, allowing them to learn experientially and establish significant professional contacts.

The eight-week program, which runs from June 1 through July 26, 2015, is open to recent college graduates; current sophomores, juniors, seniors in college; and graduate students, from any college or university. In addition to valuable real-world experience, participants earn elective credit from Park and can transfer credit back to their home institutions. Tuition for program participants is covered by the program and includes a $1,000 stipend. Applications to the program are due by Thursday, Dec. 1, 2014. The program is led by Don Wise, instructor of nonprofit and community services management, and associate director of Park’s Center for Leadership. He is assisted by Kay Barnes, distinguished professor for public leadership and founding director of the Center for Leadership. For more information, visit

Dr. Laurie DiPadova-StocksDiPadova-Stocks presents program to Parkville Rotary

Laurie DiPadova-Stocks, Ph.D., dean of Park University’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies and Hauptmann School of Public Affairs, made a presentation to the Parkville (Mo.) Rotary Club on Sept. 12, at the invitation of Molly Droge, M.D., spouse of Park Chancellor Michael Droge, Ph.D. DiPadova-Stocks’ discussion focused on the work of the Max Love Project, a nonprofit organization that empowers families fighting childhood cancers and life-threatening conditions with whole-body wellness resources, education and research. The presentation was a personal one for DiPadova-Stocks as she shared the journey of her 7-year-old grandson, Max Wilford, who is the inspiration for the Max Love Project. When he was 4, Max was diagnosed with a tumor in the brainstem and has since endured five brain surgeries, 18 months of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Austin Campus participates in Veterans4Quality program

Park University’s Austin (Texas) Campus Center has been participating in the Veterans4Quality program. The quality assurance curriculum and on-the-job training program is designed to accelerate training for returning veterans to enter high-tech professions by providing coursework and hands-on training to allow military veterans to transition into careers as software quality assurance engineers. The initial Veterans4Quality program began in April through a partnership with the University and the first class of students recently completed the program. A second class began on Sept. 16. Maria Sutton, a senior information and computer science/networking major at the Austin Campus, was recently highlighted in the Austin Business Journal for a story about the program. Photos from the certificate ceremony earlier this month can be viewed at

Park In The News

Behzod Abduraimov, International Center for Music artist-in-residence, was featured on KCUR (89.3 FM) throughout various newscasts on Sept. 26. A story and video essay appears on the KCUR website.

Steve Youngblood, associate professor of communication arts and director of Park University’s Center for Global Peace Journalism, was interviewed for a story that appeared in the Sept. 18 issue of Kansas City Hispanic News. Youngblood spoke about media coverage related to the ongoing situation in Ferguson, Mo.

Park University and three other schools with campuses at Whiteman Air Force Base (Mo.) signed memorandum of understanding agreements with Whiteman AFB leadership on Sept. 10. The signing was highlighted with a photo in the Sept. 19 issue of The Warrior, the Whiteman AFB newspaper (page 14). Dorla Watkins, vice president for finance and administration, represented Park at the signing.

Park University’s women’s volleyball team was featured on the Sideline Sports Talk KC “High School Gameday” show on Sept. 18. Park head coach Mike Talamantes was interviewed during the show.

Road ConstructionParkville Campus area traffic advisory

The City of Parkville, Mo., has received noticed from the Missouri Department of Transportation that Route FF (NW River Road), which begins on the west side of downtown Parkville, will continue to remain closed to all through traffic between NW Crooked Road and just west of NW Homer White Road (just east of the Walnut Creek Subdivision) for maintenance through mid-October, depending upon progress, weather and other factors. Those who commute through the area will need to continue to use alternate routes. For more information, visit

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through September 30 -- Platte County, Mo., 175th Anniversary Exhibit: The Life and Legacy of George Shepard Park, McAfee Memorial Library
     •  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 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