Park University Imprint Express -- October 30, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

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Arely MorenoUniversity honored by High Desert Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


Park University was recognized by the High Desert (Calif.) Hispanic Chamber of Commerce during the organization’s annual awards banquet on Oct. 11. Park was honored with the HDHCC’s Large Business of the Year Award for its contributions to the community, it commitment to higher education and its support of the Chamber. According to Eric Camarena, chair of the Chamber’s board, said the University was selected for the award because in just the few short years Park has had a campus center in the area, Park has made a commitment to the future of the High Desert area. Camarena also said that Arely Moreno (left), Park’s area director for California desert operations, has been instrumental to Park’s efforts in the region.


Col. Lewis MillettPark graduate, a Medal of Honor recipient, to be recognized by University


Park University will honor Col. Lewis L. Millett, ’63, a recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions during the Korean War, during a dedication ceremony on Friday, Nov. 7, beginning at 1 p.m. at Thompson Commons on the University’s Parkville Campus. The ceremony, organized by Park history majors and the University’s Zeta Omicron Chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society, will include a dedication of a historical plaque and the raising of the Medal of Honor recipient flag in honor of Millett.

Millett was wounded while leading a platoon on Hill 180 in Soam-ni, (South) Korea in 1951. Refusing evacuation, he led a bayonet charge under opposing fire and became engaged in hand-to-hand combat, earning him the Medal of Honor. President Harry S. Truman awarded Millett the Medal of Honor on July 15, 1951. Millett died on Nov. 15, 2009, at the age of 88. During his career, Millett earned the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, three Legions of Merit, four Purple Hearts, the Croix de Guerre (France) and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Millett’s Medal of Honor citation can be read at www.cmohs.org/recipient-detail/3158/millett-lewis-l.php. For more information about the event, visit www.park.edu/news/2014/10/millett-medal-of-honor-dedication.html.


George RobbPark history students to establish endowment at National WWI Museum


Park University’s Zeta Omicron Chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society will sign an agreement to establish the George S. Robb Great War Endowment Fund at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Mo. A ceremony will be held on Friday, Nov. 7, at 9 a.m. at the Museum. The event is open to the public. The purpose of the Fund is to preserve, conserve, maintain, digitize and purchase papers, manuscripts and other archival (non-three dimensional) materials related to World War I. As an endowment fund, only the interest generated on an annual basis will be used to support these activities.  

The gift from Park’s Zeta Omicron Chapter is given to honor the service personnel, units and civilians who served and defended their causes, many of whom gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives. The fund is named after Robb (1887-1972), a 1912 graduate of Park University and a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army who received the Medal of Honor in 1919. Read more at www.park.edu/news/2014/10/robb-endowment-fund.html.


Park partners with Marian University for educational opportunities in thanatology


Park University recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wis., a partnership aimed to offer students additional educational opportunities in the area of thanatology, the scientific study of death. “Park and Marian are uniquely positioned to collaborate,” said Janet McCord, Ph.D., associate professor of thanatology at Marian and a member of Park’s Center to Advance the Study of Loss Advisory Council. “(Park’s) undergraduate certificate program will prepare individuals for further study in thanatology at the graduate level at Marian and Marian students living in the Kansas City area will find opportunities as interns at the Center to Advance the Study of Loss.” The MOU takes effect in summer 2015.


Melissa GeierGeier presents session at college registrars conference


Melissa Geier, assistant registrar, presented a session on “Keeping Up with the Military” at the Missouri Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers annual conference, Oct. 27 in Lake Ozark. Geier’s presentation provided information on how Park’s Registrar’s Office stays organized when dealing with military students and new requirements related to military regulations.


University to celebrate 100th anniversary of the Christmas Truce of 1914


Students from Park University’s Program of History will present a dramatic theater production to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Truce of 1914. “Letters from the Front: The Christmas Truce of 1914” will be presented on Sunday, Nov. 9, at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., starting at 2 p.m. Park history majors will read letters written by British and German soldiers associated with the Truce. As cast members read the letters, there will be a corresponding photo in the background representing an aspect of each letter. The German soldier letters are spoken in German with an English translation slide. At the conclusion of the production, the audience will be invited to join cast members in singing “Silent Night,” which was sung on the battlefield by both armies.

Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children under the age of 18. Proceeds will benefit the George S. Robb Great War Endowment Fund at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, established by Park University’s Zeta Omicron Chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society. For more information, visit www.park.edu/news/2014/10/letters-from-the-front-2014.html.


Gerald VizenorPoet Gerald Vizenor to speaker at Ethnic Voices Poetry Series event


Author Gerald Vizenor will be the featured poet in the next installment of Park University’s 2014-15 Ethnic Voices Poetry Series on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. Vizenor’s presentation will be held at The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, 100 W. 26th St., Kansas City, Mo. A cash reception will be held prior to the program at 6:30 p.m. and a book signing will follow the presentation. The event is free and open to the public. Vizenor is the author of 40 published books, including novels, short stories and poetry, one of which is a historical novel about Native Americans in World War I. For more information about the event, visit www.park.edu/news/2014/10/gerald-vizenor-evps-event.html.


ICM concert to feature music of Leonid Desyatnikov


Park University’s International Center for Music presents, for the first time in the United States, an evening devoted to the music of one of Russia’s most prominent composers, Leonid Desyatnikov, on Friday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m., in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. A pre-concert talk with the composer will start at 6:45 p.m. Pianist Alexey Goribol, one of Desyatnikov’s foremost interpreters, will perform alongside ICM faculty and guests to honor the music of the renowned composer. Goribol will be joined by pianist Stanislav Ioudenitch, associate professor of music/piano, violinist Ben Sayevich, professor of music/violin, and pianist Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, instructor of music/piano. Guest performers include violinist Maria Ioudenitch, violist Peter Chun, cellist Mark Gibbs, contrabassist Jeffrey Kail, flutist Sarah Frisof and clarinetist Stanislav Golovin.

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 www.park.edu/icm. For more information about the concert, visit www.park.edu/news/2014/10/icm-desyatnikov-concert.html.


Park In The News


Stacey Kolb, freshman nursing major, appeared on the television game show, “Let’s Ask America” that aired around the country on Oct. 27. Kolb proudly represented Park University, and this was highlighted when she was introduced on the show. Kolb advanced to be one of the final two contestants, but was eliminated before advancing to the show’s final question.

Chelsea Malcolm, a senior criminal justice/law enforcement major, provided comments for a story that appeared in the Wyandotte (County, Kan.) Daily on Oct. 23. Malcolm’s comments were related to a citizens academy class that she attended through the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department.

Andrea Sampson, adjunct instructor of biology, and her husband, Jeremy, were featured in an article that appeared in the November/December issue of Greenability magazine. The Sampsons built a “little free library” at their home in Lathrop, Mo., out of a repurposed beverage refrigerator and set up a solar-powered LED light that automatically turns on when the door is opened. According to Andrea, their library is the only one in the small town.

Kay Barnes, distinguished professor for public leadership and founding director of Park University’s Center for Leadership, appeared in a photograph in the Oct. 27 issue of The Independent, Kansas City’s journal of society. Barnes attended a special event in support of the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial.


Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  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 6 -- Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault Discussion, 6 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  November 7 -- Plaque Dedication / Flag Raising Ceremony for Medal of Honor Recipient Lewis L. Millett, ’63, 1 p.m., Thompson Commons
     •  November 7 -- International Center for Music Concert: ICM Chamber and String Orchestra, 3 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  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 9 -- Parkville Community Choir Concert, 3 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  November 9 -- Parkville Symphonic Band Concert, 7 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  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 Education Week Symposium: Promoting Peace, 2:45 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  November 19 -- International Education Week Global Career Day, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Park Distance Learning Conference Center
     •  November 20 -- International Education Week Keynote/Concert: Salman Ahmad, 6 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  November 21 -- International Education Week Celebration: Displays/Performances/Fashion Show/Parade of Nations, 2-6 p.m.. Thompson Commons
     •  November 27-30 -- Thanksgiving Recess
     •  December 1-January 6 -- Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition (Andrew McEachron, Brooke 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 www.park.edu/calendars/park-events-calendar.html.