Park University Imprint Express -- September 8, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

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Grant to fund innovative practices in the humanities at Park

Park University is one of four institutional recipients of a $215,000 Teagle Foundation grant to promote active and engaged learning in the humanities. A team of faculty from Park will work over the next three years to incorporate pedagogical designs that optimize time in class for interactive and advanced levels of learning.  The project, “Sustained Change in Practices of Engaged and Active Learning in Humanities Instruction,” calls attention to various techniques used to “flip” classrooms. These techniques are often associated with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, and this project will demonstrate and document the ways humanities faculty similarly deepen engagement in class by leveraging out-of-class activities. Park’s team will work with teams from Elon University, the University of Kansas and Rockhurst University to construct an electronic repository of course materials and to engage in collaboration toward scholarly publications and presentations about their work. The Park team comprises:
          •  Emily Sallee, Ph.D., dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (institutional sub-recipient principal investigator)
          •  Glenn Lester, instructor of English and program coordinator of first-year writing (team lead)
          •  Debra Sheffer, Ph.D., professor and program coordinator of history
          •  Stacey Kikendall, Ph.D., assistant professor of English and program coordinator of English literature
          •  Silvia Byer, Ph.D., associate professor and program coordinator of modern languages
          •  Adam Potthast, Ph.D., associate professor and program coordinator of philosophy, chair/program coordinator of liberal studies and program coordinator of peace studies and religion

Salute To TroopsPark University partners with Sporting Kansas City in “Salute to Troops”

Park University and Sporting Kansas City have teamed up to honor those who serve their community and country as part of the club’s season-long “Salute to Troops” military appreciation platform. The partnership is an effort to raise awareness and appreciation for current and retired members of the U.S. military in the Kansas City area who are fighting for or have fought for the freedom of American citizens.

“Park University and Sporting Kansas City have a mutual respect for the men and women who represent the U.S. armed forced around the world with honor and valor,” said Park University President David Fowler. “This partnership allows both Park and Sporting KC to provide a small tribute to those who have dedicated their lives to protecting our country’s freedom.” Read more about the partnership at A story about Sporting KC’s partnerships, including Park’s, was highlighted on Soccer Newsday on Sept. 4.

Alumni Weekend set for Sept. 19-20

Park University will celebrate its annual Alumni Weekend, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19 and 20, on the University’s Parkville Campus, including a number of events that are open to the public. Highlighting the weekend of events is the Park University Alumni Association’s 66th annual awards luncheon on Friday, starting at noon at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. The ceremony will honor four Park alumni:
          •  Darryl Forté, , '90, Kansas City, Mo., chief of police, Distinguished Alumnus Award
          •  SuEllen Fried, ’75, author, anti-bullying expert and community volunteer, Marlowe Sherwood Memorial Service Award
          •  Rev. David Laird Barclay, ’53, retired Park University Alumni Council member and volunteer, Torchlighter Award
          •  Rodrigo Neri, ’09, co-founder and chief product officer at Instin, Park Promising Young Professional Award
Tickets for the luncheon are $25 per person and sponsorships are available. For more information about the luncheon or to purchase tickets, visit

In addition, the annual Park Pirate Family Fun Day is scheduled for Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. This free event for the community will include bounce houses, balloons and face painting for kids, a magician, a photo booth, funnel cakes and more. For a complete list of activities and information, visit, or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or (816) 584-6207.

Abduraimov CDNew Abduraimov CD released

A new CD of music performed by Behzod Abduraimov, International Center for Music artist-in-residence, was released by Decca earlier this month. The CD features Abduraimov performing Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” and Sergei Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto No. 3” with Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale Della RAI. For more information on the CD, visit A rave review of the CD also appeared in The (London) Times on Sept. 5.

Efrem ShimlisShimlis breaks record for most men’s soccer victories at Park

Park University men’s soccer coach Efrem Shimlis became the winningest men’s soccer coach in school history after the Pirates defeated the University of St. Mary on Aug. 26. Shimlis, who has a record of 167-76-17, broke the previous record set by Ben Popoola. “I’m very proud of him,” said Claude English, director of athletics. “I watched him play here for four years (1992-96), and it’s been tremendous to watch him grow into the head coach position and turn the men’s soccer team into a quality program.” Read more about Shimlis’ honor at

Park University to host annual Constitution Day lecture

The Department of History, Political Science and Legal Studies at Park University will host its annual Constitution Day event on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. in the McCoy Meetin’ House on the University’s Parkville Campus. Two former members of the U.S. Congress, Jack Buechner and Nick Lampson, will deliver a presentation and address questions regarding “A More Perfect Constitution: Proposals for a 28th Amendment.” The event is free and open to the public. “Constitution Day provides a unique opportunity for anyone to meet and interact with two former lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle, and hear directly from them what modifications to the U.S. Constitution might be appropriate,” said James Pasley, Ph.D., professor of political science and associate dean for the School of Social Sciences at Park University.

Constitution Day, or Citizenship Day as it is also referred, is federally mandated for all institutions of higher education that receive federal funding. The legislation was enacted in 2004 and implemented by the U.S. Department of Education in 2005. It celebrates the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. For more information about this year’s Constitution Day lecture, visit

Park campus centers 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.
          •  Camp Pendleton (Calif.) Marine Corps Base Campus
          •  Fort Myer (Va.) Campus Center / Henderson Hall Headquarters Battalion (Va.) Campus Center / Quantico (Va.) Marine Corps Combat Development Command Campus Center  —

Chinese Summer CampParkville Campus hosts Chinese high school students

Park University’s Parkville Campus hosted nine students from Guangzhou (China) True Light High School as part of a two-week summer camp coordinated by the Office of Continuing Education. The objective of the camp was to help the students improve their English speaking and writing skills by being subjected to a Western style of teaching to increase creativity and critical thinking skills. The instructor for the students was Lisa Havens, adjunct instructor of education in Park’s Master of Education program.

Human Resource Services announces new hires, transfers/promotions

From August 1-31


          •  Behzod Abduraimov, Artist-in-Residence, International Center for Music, Parkville Campus
          •  Daniel Boyd, Building Attendant, Office of Facilities Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Lindy Brown, Administrative Specialist, Park Distance Learning, Parkville Campus
          •  Shawna Chamberlin, Administrative Specialist, Camp Pendleton (Calif.) Marine Corps Base Campus Center
          •  Emily Cornwell, Administrative Specialist, Goodfellow Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center
          •  Kirby Cundiff, Associate Professor of Finance, School of Business, Parkville Campus
          •  Tiffany DeJaynes, Assistant Professor of Education, School for  Education, Online
          •  Geraldine Dickey, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Department of Social Work, Parkville Campus
          •  Marianna Distasio, Student Accounts Representative, Office of Accounting, Parkville Campus
          •  Jessica Duff, Student Accounts Representative, Office of Accounting, Parkville Campus
          •  Ryan Dusing, Admissions Representative, Office of Admissions, Parkville Campus
          •  Penny Emory, Student Funding Coordinator, Office of Student Financial Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Ashley Featherston, Assistant Director, Luke Air Force Base (Ariz.) Campus Center
          •  Toni-Rochelle Ford, Assistant Professor of Marketing, School of Business, Parkville Campus
          •  Gentle Sigrah, Mail Services Specialist II, Office of University Mail Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Harold Griffin, Associate Professor of Healthcare Administration, Master of Healthcare Administration Program, Downtown Kansas City (Mo.) Campus Center
          •  Mary Grijalva, Program Specialist, Barstow (Calif.) Community College Campus Center
          •  Danielle Hall, Special Events Coordinator, Office of University Advancement, Parkville Campus
          •  Lewis Hearn, Custodian I, Office of Facilities Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Lisa Hofsess, Admissions Representative, Office of Admissions, Parkville Campus
          •  Richard Jennings, Custodian I, Office of Facilities Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Jeffery Kimmons, Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Natural and Physical Sciences, Parkville Campus
          •  Hannah Kloster, Visit and Events Coordinator, Office of Admissions, Parkville Campus
          •  Eugene Matthews, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Administration, Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Parkville Campus
          •  Joyce Miller, Receptionist, Downtown Kansas City (Mo.) Campus Center
          •  Erin Myers, Purchasing Assistant, Office of Purchasing, Parkville Campus
          •  Benjamin Newton, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Department of History, Political Science and Legal Studies, Parkville Campus
          •  Bin Peng, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Department of Computer Science, Information Systems and Mathematics, Parkville Campus
          •  Karen Sardis, Receptionist, Independence (Mo.) Campus Center
          •  Tamara Radohl-Sigley, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Department of Social Work, Parkville Campus
          •  Melanie Smith, Assistant Professor of Disaster and Emergency Management, Hauptmann School of Public Affairs, Downtown Kansas City (Mo.) Campus Center
          •  Lindsey Stubbs, Admissions Counselor, Office of Admissions, Parkville Campus
          •  Lisa Winkle, Administrative Assistant, Office of Academic Affairs, Parkville Campus

          •  Misti Beer, Administrative Assistant, School for  Education, Parkville Campus (previously served as financial aid coordinator, Office of Student Financial Services)
          •  Lisa Clear, Student Funding Coordinator, Office of Student Financial Services, Parkville Campus (previously served as administrative assistant, Downtown Kansas City [Mo.] Campus Center)
          •  Katherine Harris, Associate Director of Admissions, Operations and Communications, Office of Admissions, Parkville Campus (previously served as associate director of Parkville daytime admissions)
          •  Dana Roberts, Student Funding Coordinator, Office of Student Financial Services, Parkville Campus (previously served as enrollment operations data specialist, Student Assistance Center)
          •  Katherine Springston, Associate Director of Parkville Daytime Admissions, Office of Admissions, Parkville Campus (previously served as assistant director of Parkville daytime admissions)
          •  Emily Watson, Admissions Representative, Office of Admissions, Parkville Campus (previously served as academic evaluator, Registrar’s Office)
          •  Emily Wolken, Assistant Director, Victor Valley College (Calif.) Campus Center (previously served as program specialist, Barstow [Calif.] Marine Corps Logistics Base Campus Center)

Park In The News

Park University’s Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program was again featured in a story related to Park being the first college/university in the Midwest to have its nursing students equipped with innovative, state-of-the-art antimicrobial scrubs. The story appeared on WDAF-TV (Kansas City) on Sept. 1 and included interviews with Gerry Walker, D.H.Ed., chair and associate professor of nursing, and nursing student Matt Mohatt.

A story about Tech Sgt. Joseph Swanson, senior management/human resources major at Park’s Whiteman Air Force Base (Mo.) Campus Center, appeared in the Aug. 29 issue of The Warrior (page 12). The feature article focused on Swanson’s role as a production recruiter for the Missouri Air National Guard’s 131st Bomb Wing.

Kyle James, sophomore management/logistics major at the Cherry Point (N.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center, was photographed for a story on Labor Day weekend tourism that appeared in the Aug. 31 issue of the Carteret County (N.C.) News-Times. James is a lifeguard at Atlantic Beach.

Lawrence Fedewa, a former Park University vice president and dean in the early-to-mid 1970s who now serves as a columnist for The Washington Times, authored a recent column about radical reforms in higher education and specifically highlighted his days at Park to begin the proposal for having extended campus centers.

Park University was mentioned in a story that appeared in the Sept. 8 issue of The Kansas City Star. The article highlighted a report on how international students have impacted the economy in the Kansas City area.

Park University’s newest campus center at Victor Valley College in Victorville, Calif., was included in an article that appeared in the Victorville Daily Press on Sept. 7. The article focused on the number of private colleges/universities that have opened satellite campuses in the High Desert region.

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 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
     •  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 30 -- Fright Night, 6-8 p.m., Copley Quad

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