Park University Imprint Express -- November 14, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

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Best For Vets 2015Park University ranked among “Best for Vets” by military publication

For the third year in a row, Park University has received a top ranking for the services and support it offers to active duty military, veterans and their families. Military Times, an independent source for news and information for the military community and its associated newsweeklies, Air Force Times, Army Times, Marine Corps Times and Navy Times, released its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2015” list on Nov. 10. Park is ranked No. 4 among all private colleges/universities in the country and No. 7 overall in the “online and nontraditional” category (schools that serve military students primarily online or through a network of small campuses).

The publication gave Park four stars (out of four) for its staff support and 3.5 stars for its academic support. The staff support distinction rates the number of staff members dedicated to veterans issues, the amount of time they spend on veterans and the frequency and scope of military related training for instructors and administrators. The academic support marks rate the type of academic help schools provide, such as tutoring, mentors and learning communities, and considers both what is offered and whether there is a separate version of these types of support for veterans. The ratings also consider withdrawal and re-enrollment policies for deployed service members. Read more about the rankings at

Dr. Gregory ClaycombClaycomb, Venable article published in chemical education journal

An article written by Gregory Claycomb, Ph.D. (left), associate professor of chemistry, and Frances Venable, ’13, was published in a recent edition of the Journal of Chemical Education. The title of the article is, “Selection, Evaluation and Modification of a Standard Operating Procedure as a Mechanism for Introducing an Undergraduate Student to Chemical Research: A Case Study.” The article focused on an effort to broaden the selection of research opportunities available to a student (Venable) registered in a one-semester, upper-level independent study course at Park University by evaluating and modifying a standard operating procedure. In the work, the quick, easy, cheap, effective, rugged and safe (QuEChERS) method for the analysis of hexachlorobenzene (HCB) was examined, demonstrating the effectiveness of using an SOP as a tool for introducing Venable to research. The article can be read at

Drake article on successful students with autism published in journal

An article written by Sara Drake, Ph.D., adjunct instructor of history and sociology at the Hill Air Force Base (Utah) Campus Center, has been published in the recent Journal of Autism. In the article, “College Experience of Academically Successful Students with Autism,” Drake explores the lived experiences of these students, all of whom have completed a bachelor’s degree, describes the students’ college years and the lessons they learned. Read the article at

Dr. Timothy WestcottWestcott appointed to Organization of American Historians committee

Timothy Westcott, Ph.D., associate professor of history, was recently appointed to serve a one-year year term on the Organization of American Historians Committee on Teaching. The Committee works to improve the teaching and understanding of history at all levels of training and in diverse venues. The OAH is the largest professional society dedicated to the teaching and study of American history. Its mission is to promote excellence in the scholarship, teaching and presentation of American history, and to encourage wide discussion of historical questions and the equitable treatment of all practitioners of history.

Dr. Jayme UdenAndrew DavisDavis, Uden co-present paper at student retention symposium

Andrew Davis (left), director of student success, and Jayme Uden, Ed.D., associate dean of students, co-presented a paper on “Building a Student Success Plan,” at the National Symposium on Student Retention, Nov. 5 in Louisville, Ky. The presentation explained Park University’s implementation of a student success plan designed to find what interventions and programmatic elements are positively correlated with specific student populations at the University. Davis and Uden discussed how the plan allows University staff to make data-driven decisions when allocating funds, and when developing expectations and requirements for students to improve the likelihood of graduating from Park.

Melanie KinneyKinney presents session at accounting educators conference

Melanie Kinney, data analyst and technical specialist in the School for Education, presented a session on “Using Google Apps to Facilitate Student Collaborative Engaged Learning” at the Missouri Association of Accounting Educators conference, Nov. 8 in Osage Beach, Mo. Kinney’s presentation provided an overview of the Google Apps for Education productivity tools used for classroom collaboration.

Dr. Laurel HillikerHilliker facilitates discussion on bereavement support resources at conference

Laurel Hilliker, Ph.D., executive director of the Center to Advance the Study of Loss and assistant professor of sociology, was a facilitator of a session at the Conference on Pediatric Palliative Care and Bereavement Support, Nov. 1 in East Lansing, Mich. Hilliker examined bereavement support resources across the state and explored the deficiencies, gaps and solutions related to the resources.

Office of Student Life selling discounted Chiefs tickets for fundraiser

Park University’s Office of Student Life, in partnership with the Kansas City Chiefs, is selling discounted tickets for the Chiefs game against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, Dec 14, at Arrowhead Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon (but could be changed to a later time via the NFL’s flexible scheduling procedures. Park students, faculty and staff can purchase tickets for $40 (regular price is $54) from Ben Zibers, coordinator for student engagement, on the first floor of Thompson Commons on the Parkville Campus. Check, cash, credit card or debit card are all accepted forms of payment. Individuals wishing to purchase tickets with a credit card or debit card will do so through the cashier’s window in Mackay Hall. Proceeds from the ticket sales benefit Park Student Service Learning Trips to help fund travel expenses for Park students participating in local and international service trips. For more information, contact Zibers at or (816) 584-6375.

Park In The News

Park University was highlighted in a story that appeared on WDAF-TV in Kansas City on Nov. 7 when the University recognized Col. Lewis Millett, ’63, a recipient of the Medal of Honor, during a plaque dedication event on the Parkville Campus. Timothy Westcott, Ph.D., associate professor of history, provided comments for the story.

Another story and photos related to the Millett plaque dedication ceremony appeared in the Nov. 12 issue of the Platte County (Mo.) Citizen.

In the same issue of the Platte County Citizen, publisher Ross Martin penned his weekly “My Thoughts, Exactly” opinion column, writing about Park University’s inspirational presence to the community.

The Park University International Center for Music’s concert on Friday, Nov. 14, featuring the music of Leonid Desyatnikov with pianist Alexey Goribol, was highlighted in a classical music column that appeared in The Kansas City Star on Nov. 9.

A review of a performance by pianist Behzod Abduraimov, Park University International Center for Music artist-in-residence, at the Leo Rich Theatre in Tucson, Ariz., on Nov. 9 appeared in the Arizona Daily Star on Nov. 10.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  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); Reception: Dec. 2, 4:30-6 p.m.
     •  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
     •  December 24-25 -- Christmas Holiday

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