Park University Imprint Express -- October 8, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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Wanessa SiqueiraDaniel ArteagaAthletics awards banquet recognizes Park student-athletics, alumni

Park University athletics put the finishing touches on the 2013-14 season on Sept. 25 with its annual awards banquet. Leading the honors was the announcement of Park’s 2013-14 Male and Female Athletes of the Year — Daniel Arteaga (left), men’s volleyball player, and Wanessa Siqueira (right), women’s volleyball player. Two special awards — the Claude English Teamwork Award and the Ed Nelson Award were presented to men’s basketball alumnus Anteco Cross and head baseball coach Cary Lundy, respectively. In addition, the Director’s Award was presented to the women’s cross country program, which had the highest team grade point average among Park’s eight programs with a 3.0 team GPA or better. In all, 19 student-athletes were honored as Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes from last season, as well as seven NAIA All-Americans. Read about more honors from the banquet at

Park academic programs earn national rankings

Park University’s Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice administration has been ranked among the most affordable accredited criminal justice degree programs in the country by Park is ranked No. 23 in the country based on tuition. View the rankings at

Park’s information and computer science degree programs were ranked No. 19 by Network Computing for the best long-term return on investment among computer science degree programs nationally, according to PayScale calculations. View the rankings at

Park’s online Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Bachelor of Science in social psychology degrees ranked No. 17 on’s “Students Before Profits Award” based on affordability. The award was created to promote nonprofit colleges and universities offering online degree programs that put students before profits and education before the bottom line. View the rankings at

Donna ZumwaltStaff, faculty milestone service anniversaries recognized

Park University honored staff and faculty who reached milestone service anniversaries between Aug. 1, 2013, and July 31, 2014, during the Longevity Awards ceremony on Oct. 3 on the Parkville Campus. Forty-six employees were recognized, combining for 490 years of service to Park. Special recognition was given to Donna Zumwalt (right), director at Park’s Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center, who completed 35 years of service. Visit for a list of all those honored.

Dr. Henry RoehrichRoehrich presents paper at marketing conference

Henry Roehrich, Ph.D. (left), assistant professor of marketing/management, along with his wife, Julie Grabanski, presented a paper at the Marketing Management Association’s Fall Educators Conference, Sept. 17-19 in San Antonio. Their paper, “Special Needs or Special Skills: Creating a Community of Acceptance for Students with Asperger Syndrome,” addressed teaching strategies to provide a positive learning environment for all students and enable instructors to encourage communication and collaboration. Roehrich, who served as a session chair during the conference, was also a panelist for the session on “Effectively Teaching Sales Estimating and Metrics” and presented on a position paper on "Effectively Teaching Retail Sales Estimating: How to Plan the Work and Work the Plan.” The papers can be read at,

Campus Safety initiates UTip service for University

Park University’s Department of Campus Safety has launched its “See Something, Say Something” campaign to the University community. The new uTip service allows faculty, staff and students, as well as those in surrounding Park communities, to communicate directly with Campus Safety by sending a text message from a cell phone. Tipsters can use the service to report suspicious activities they see on campuses nationwide, such as theft, vandalism or other campus safety related concerns; to help prevent crimes by reporting incidents before they escalate; and by helping Campus Safety spot suspicious individuals.  Just text “Safety” and the message to 50911. The Department of Campus Safety will be alerted via e-mail and text message of the issue being reported. Tipsters do not need to be registered with the ParkAlert emergency notification system for uTip to work (though it is highly encouraged). For questions, contact Campus Safety at or (816) 584-6444.

Zona Rosa parking meters to support River Read festival

Park University’s School of Education and the Dorothy Harper Watson Literacy Center, which will host the River Read Children’s Literature Festival on Tuesday, Oct. 14, on the Parkville Campus, will be the recipients of Zona Rosa’s Change for Charity funds during the month of October. All of the change collected from parking meters at the shopping center during the month will help support the Festival. River Read will provide hundreds of fourth and fifth grade students from the North Kansas City (Mo.) School District the opportunity to meet local authors, explore literature and learn about the writing craft.

Annual Fright Night event set for Oct. 30

Fright Night, Park University’s annual Halloween celebration, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Copley Quad residence hall on the Parkville Campus, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and children of all ages are encouraged to dress in their favorite Halloween costume. Fright Night will include trick-or-treating for children throughout the residence hall and booths will be set up for face painting, crafts and carnival-style games. Featured events this year include ring around the jack-o’-lantern, a tattoo station, face painting, ghost fishing, coloring pages and various giveaways. More than 25 Park student organizations and departments will sponsor these booths. Parking for the event will be available in the lot adjacent to the University’s Sixth Street entrance next to Julian Field. For more information, visit

Human Resource Services announces new hires, transfers/promotions

From September 1-30

          •  Larry Brown, Campus Safety Officer, Department of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus
          •  Lola Christensen, Administrative Specialist, Hill Air Force Base (Utah) Campus Center
          •  Lucian Gray, Academic Evaluator, Registrar’s Office, Parkville Campus
          •  Brett Gregory, Campus Safety Officer, Department of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus
          •  Katelyn Handler, Reference-Instruction Librarian, McAfee Memorial Library, Parkville Campus
          •  Dawn Hensley, Administrative Assistant, Downtown Kansas City (Mo.) Campus Center
          •  Steven Houston, Technical Support Specialist, Information Technology Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Amanda Moore, Career Counselor, Career Development Center, Parkville Campus
          •  Julie Ramiso, Student Success Specialist, Office of Student Life, Parkville Campus
          •  Tina Robinson, Financial Aid Counselor, Student Financial Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Royce Skocny, Admissions Representative, Office of Admissions, Parkville Campus
          •  Gary Stewart, Technical Support Specialist, Information Technology Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Kelly Willis, Enrollment Operations Data Specialist, Student Financial Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Sara Wyse, Student Accounts Representative, Office of Accounting, Parkville Campus
          •  Natalie Hauptmann, Master of Healthcare Administration Program Manager, School of Graduate and Professional StudiesDowntown Kansas City (Mo.) Campus Center (previously served as graduate program assistant, School of Graduate and Professional Studies)

Park In The News

John Hamilton, Ph.D., associate professor of criminal justice administration, was featured throughout a story that appeared on the ABC investigative show, “20/20” on Sept. 19 (the story begins approximately 26:00 into the video). Hamilton was interviewed for a story about the highway shootings around the Three Trails Crossing area (also known as the Grandview Triangle) in south Kansas City, Mo., earlier this year.

Jesse Henkensiefken, who received a graduate certificate in music appreciation in 2008 from Park University’s International Center for Music, and Tatiana Tessman, who received the same certificate in 2007 and an artist diploma in music performance in 2009, were both featured in an article that appeared in the Sept. 26 issue of the Salina (Kan.) Journal. The duo, now married, performed in the season opening concert of the Salina Symphony on Oct. 5.

James Pope, ’82, received a 2014 St. Francis Award from the Sylvania (Ohio) Franciscan Sisters during an event on Sept. 27. Pope has worked in health care for 37 years and came to the Toledo, Ohio, area in 2010 to run the Sisters of St. Francis sponsored ministry in health and human services. He has been instrumental in helping Sylvania Franciscan Health provide health care that is high quality and has implemented processes to improve the patient and resident experience. A story about Pope appeared in the Sept. 25 issue of Catholic Chronicle, a publication of the Catholic Diocese of Toledo.

Yvonne Ruff, telecommunications contact center technician, wrote an article that appeared in the September issue of Northland Family (page 13), a monthly section in the Liberty (Mo.) Tribune, Kearney (Mo.) Courier, Gladstone (Mo.) Dispatch and Smithville (Mo.) Herald. Ruff’s article was titled “The Sweet Smell of Failure.”

Nora O’Brien, ’08, wrote a commentary article for a recent issue of Emergency Management magazine. O’Brien’s article was about the need for U.S. health care agencies to review infections control plans related to the spread of the Ebola virus.

Mark Turner, adjunct instructor of marketing, was featured in an opinion column that appeared in The Kansas City Star on Oct. 4. The article was about Turner overcoming bigotry and his opportunity to have dinner with President Barack Obama.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  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 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., 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 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

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