Park University Imprint Express -- October 17, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

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Best Affordable OnlineUniversity earns high rankings from Best Value Schools

Park University has received a pair of rankings from Best Value Schools, a website that assists students in getting the most value in a college or graduate degree. Park was ranked No. 9 on the “30 Best Affordable Online Colleges 2014” list and No. 19 on the “Best Online Colleges 2014” list.

The “best affordable online” ranking is based on a number of factors, including tuition, freshman retention rate, six-year graduation rate, student-to-faculty ratio, number of bachelor’s degree programs offered, breadth of subjects available to study, College Prowler academics rating and percent of “excellent” and “strongly agree” student poll responses on College Prowler. The “best online” ranking, which included all of the factors previously listed except for tuition, included comments highlighting the University’s Academic Support Center and Career Development Center.

In addition, in the Aug. 22 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Almanac of Higher Education 2014-15,” Park University was ranked No. 13 among private, nonprofit master’s level institutions for colleges/universities with the largest enrollments, based on Fall 2012 figures.

Diverse Top 100University earns rankings for conferring bachelor’s degrees to minority students

Diverse Issues in Higher Education has ranked Park University among the top 50 universities/colleges in the country for conferring bachelor’s and associate degrees to minority students in a number of degree program categories, according to information the magazine released in its Sept. 25 and Oct. 9 issues. Park was ranked in 23 categories, including four categories earning a top six ranking — all within the “Human Resources Management and Services” degree major category: No. 3 in the Total Minority and African-American race divisions; No. 4 in the Native American division and No. 6 in the Hispanic division. To view all the rankings, 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.
          •  Fort Leonard Wood (Mo.) Campus

Box authors book on public service values

A book authored by Richard Box, D.P.A., distinguished fellow of public affairs in Park University’s Hauptmann School of Public Affairs, has been published. The book, Public Service Values, explores the meaning and usefulness of specific values, making them more accessible as part of the workplace toolkit of people delivering public services. Five primary concepts are used as an organizing framework for discussion of a range of values people in the field find important in their work: neutrality, efficiency, accountability, public service and public interest. The book also highlights the importance of values in professional life and it is intended to encourage a more conscious and reflective public practice. More information about the book is available at

Dr. Rebekkah StutevilleJumara, Stuteville article published in social and community studies journal

An article co-written by John Jumara, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and area coordinator of business, government and global society, and Rebekkah Stuteville, Ph.D. (left), associate professor and department chair of public administration and director of the Master of Public Affairs program, was published in the Sept. 18 issue of The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies. The article, “Path Dependency in Public Administration and Economics: Future Implications,” examined how public administration and economics are locked in to theories and practices which limit their ability to respond to change. Jumara and Stuteville suggest that newer approaches based on nonlinear dynamics may serve as a framework for exploring public administration and economics in the future. The paper was previously presented in June at the International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Kay BarnesBarnes appointed co-champion of Kansas City chamber initiative

Kay Barnes, distinguished professor for public leadership and founding director of Park University’s Center for Leadership, has been appointed a co-champion of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s newest “Big 5” goal. Barnes will help lead the Chamber’s regional kindergarten readiness initiative, which will focus on having children in the Kansas City region ready to attend kindergarten on the first day they walk into their schools. Park University President David Fowler is on the Chamber’s executive committee, while Park Board of Trustees  members Jeanette Prenger, ’09, and Julie Wilson are members of the Chamber’s board. Read more about the initiative at

Greg PlumbPlumb presents paper, chairs panels at criminal justice association conference

Greg Plumb, J.D., professor and chair of criminal justice administration, presented a paper on “Supervising Internships from a Distance” at the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association’s annual meeting, Sept. 25 in Chicago. The paper presented a system Plumb created for use at Park University and its campus centers across the country, showing that internship supervision by faculty can be accomplished without face-to-face or telephone contact. In addition, Plumb chaired panels on national and international issues in sexual violence and exploitation, and criminal justice pedagogy (which included his paper).

Sexual Assault PanelPark criminal justice honor society hosts panel on sexual assault

Park University’s Tau Lambda Alpha Epsilon chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association hosted a panel of Park staff and representatives from the Parkville (Mo.) Police Department on Sept. 19 on the Parkville Campus to discuss sexual assault on college campuses. Following opening remarks from Park President David Fowler, the panel discussed the general issue of sexual assault and University procedures in handling such complaints, as well as the police department’s roles and procedures when investigating sexual assault cases. Members of the panel from the University included Courtney Goddard, J.D., vice president and general counsel; Chris Loos, director of campus safety; Diana Boyd McElroy, Ph.D., dean of students and deputy Title IX coordinator for the University, Karie Schaefer, director of residence life; and Victoria Gaughn, senior criminal justice/law enforcement major and president of Park’s TLAE chapter.

Park In The News

Park University’s women’s volleyball team made ESPN’s SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays of the Night on Oct. 8-9 when the Pirates defeated Columbia College in Breckon Sports Center. Juliana Barros made a ridiculous kick save to make the list at No. 8. The video highlight, which also appeared on KMBC-TV (Kansas City) on Oct. 9, includes two angles of the save, as well as a slow-motion replay.

Cameron Meyer, ’10, was profiled in a recent issue of the CMA Connection newsletter, a publication of The Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business. The article focused on Meyer who became a chief financial officer for a charter school in Missouri at the age of 26 and now serves as CFO for a critical access hospital in Missouri, as well as him being award the Institute of Certified Management Accountants Gold Medal for achieving the highest exam score in summer 2013.

Ann Schultis, reference librarian and associate professor of library science, was interviewed for a story that appeared on WDAF-TV on Oct. 11. The story focused on watch parties for the Kansas City Royals during the playoffs.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through October 19 -- Fall Recess
     •  October 19 -- International Center for Music Graduate Violin Recital: Elizabeth Codd, 5 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  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., Victorville, Calif.
     •  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 9 -- Letters from the Front: The Christmas Truce of 1914, 2 p.m., National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, Mo.
     •  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
     •  November 17 -- WWI Movie Talk: “The Outskirts,” 7 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  November 18 -- International Week Symposium: Promoting Peace, 2:45 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  November 27-30 -- Thanksgiving Recess
     •  December 1-January 6 -- Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition (Andrew McEachron, Brook Sherrill, Kristy Sumpter), Campanella Gallery (McAfee Memorial Library)
     •  December 3 -- WWI Movie Talk: “Joyeux Noel,” 7 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  December 6 -- Admissions: Scholarship Day, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  December 6 -- International Center for Music Concert: Side-By-Side Performance with Violinist Ben Sayevich and Cellist Daniel Veis, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  December 12 -- Fall Semester ends
     •  December 13 -- Admissions: 1-on-1 Weekend, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  December 13 -- Kansas City Area Commencement, 11 a.m., Community of Christ Auditorium, Independence, Mo.
     •  December 13 -- Charleston (S.C.) Air Force Base Campus Center Commencement, 10 a.m., Charleston Club
     •  December 14 -- Fall II Session ends

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