Park University Imprint Express -- November 20, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

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Women's VolleyballWomen’s volleyball team finishes regular season undefeated; advances to NAIA national tourney

Park University's women's volleyball team secured an automatic bid to the 2014 NAIA Volleyball National Championship by winning the American Midwest Conference tournament on Nov. 15 with a three-set sweep of Missouri Baptist University at Breckon Sports Center. The victory sends Park to the national tourney as the NAIA’s only unbeaten team with a 34-0 record and one of just two undefeated teams among all collegiate volleyball teams (NCAA Division I Stanford University is 26-0). For the season, the Pirates have lost just two sets (102-2). The national tournament will take place Dec. 2-6 in Sioux City, Iowa, with pool play matches Tuesday through Thursday. The top two teams in each pool advance to play in a 16-team, single-elimination tournament on Friday and Saturday. Read more about Park’s AMC championship at

Thomas CheluleiIn addition, Park senior Thomas Chelulei will be the Pirates’ lone representative at the NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Championships on Saturday, Nov. 22, in Lawrence, Kan. Chelulei earned a bid by placing second at the American Midwest Conference Cross Country Championships on Nov. 6 in Hannibal, Mo.

Janet OstranderPark recognized by Arizona veterans organization

Park University and its campus centers in Arizona at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and Luke Air Force Base, were recently honored by the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services as Arizona Veteran Supportive Campuses. The award signifies that the University is aligned with Arizona's Guidelines for CARE (Connect, Ask, Respond, Engage), the common standard for all military, government and community organizations that serve and interact with service members, veterans and their families. Janet Ostrander, director at Park’s the Luke AFB Campus Center, accepted the award on behalf of the University.

HarvestersPark student-athletes help “can hunger” in Kansas City

Over the span of two weeks, Park University student-athletes teamed up to help “can hunger” in Kansas City to benefit Harvesters – The Community Food Network. Park’s men’s and women’s basketball teams kicked things off on Nov. 2 with a basketball clinic for children, with participants asked to donate three cans of food. On Nov. 4, in lieu of paying admission to Park’s basketball games, fans were asked to bring two canned/boxed food items or a cash donation to place in marked barrels as part of a friendly competition among Park’s athletic teams. In addition, the cross country and track and field teams volunteered their time on Nov. 14 at Harvesters, creating BackSnacks for children. Read more about Park’s efforts with Harvesters at

Julie CreekCreek elected to International Trade Council board

Julie Creek, assistant professor and program coordinator of international business, was recently elected to serve a one-year term as a board member of the International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City. She will also serve on the board’s education committee. Part of her duties included planning the organization’s Global Career Day, held Nov. 19 on Park University’s Parkville Campus as a part of Park’s International Education Week. The ITC-GKC’s mission is to promote international business through focused commercial education and networking to support individuals and businesses in the Greater Kansas City area.

Dr. Virginia BrackettBrackett participates in panel session at collegiate honors conference

Virginia Brackett, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of the Honors Academy, was a panelist for a session at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference, Nov. 5-9 in Denver. During the session, “Enhancing Global Citizenship in Honors, Brackett discussed study abroad for honors students and possible global experiences that students can consider in the U.S., including literacy services with non-native English speakers, assisting with social programs such as refugee settlement and international student activities on campus. Brackett also participated in the Consultants Center, speaking on honors focus outside the classroom, faculty recruitment and gaining institutional support. In addition, Brackett was inducted as president of the Great Plains Honors Council during its annual meeting at the conference.

Dr. Rebekkah StutevilleDr. Eric ClickClick, Stuteville present at NASPAA conference

Eric Click, Ph.D., assistant professor and program coordinator of public administration, and Rebekkah Stuteville, Ph.D., associate professor and department chair of public administration and director of the Master of Public Affairs program, participated in presentations at the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration, Nov. 5-6 in Albuquerque, N.M. Click was a presenter in the session, “Matching Competencies to Program Requirements: Approaches and Challenges in Accreditation,” which explored questions around this competency movement. Stuteville presented in the “Innovative Practices for Addressing Student Needs in Online Classes” session, which address the use of problem-based learning, orienting online graduate students and incorporating guest speakers into online graduate public affairs and administration education classes.

Dr. Marthann SchulteDr. Kay DennisDennis, Schulte present at ACHE conference

Kay Dennis, Ed.D., associate professor of adult education, and Marthann Schulte, Ph.D., associate professor and area coordinator of adult education, three sessions at the Association for Continuing Higher Education’s conference, Oct. 27-29 in Las Vegas. The sessions, all co-authored by Amber Dailey-Hebert, Ph.D., professor of adult education, included:
          •  “Collaborating for Change: Project Based Work to Connect Communities, Colleagues and Classmates” —  described how problem-based learning was integrated into Park’s online Master of Education in adult education last year to connect global communities and professionals in the field with students.
          •  “Retreat to Advance: A Residential ‘Collaboratory’ Approach to Program Redesign” — explored a program redesign through the implementation of a “collaboratory” in which Park’s geographically dispersed adult education faculty convened an intensive week-long live-in workshop to redevelop program goals, competencies and courses.
          •  “Converging Collaborations for Meaningful Program Review” — shared programmatic data that integrate reflective student videologs, student surveys and assessment of learner competency development.

Schulte serves on the ACHE Board of Directors and Dailey-Hebert chairs the organization’s Research Committee.

Andrew McEachron artPark seniors to exhibit artwork in Campanella Gallery

The artwork of three Park University seniors will be on display in the Campanella Gallery on the University’s Parkville Campus from Monday, Dec. 1, to Tuesday, Jan. 6. A reception will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., in the Gallery. Students exhibiting their work are: Andrew McEachron and Brooke Sherrill, both secondary education/K-12 art majors, and Kristy Sumpter, a fine art major. The exhibit will includes graphite drawings, digital art compositions, and black and white photographs. For more information about the exhibit, visit

Carol MilesMiles appointed to Arkansas school board position

Carol Miles, Little Rock (Ark.) Air Force Base Campus Center director, was recently appointed by the Arkansas Board of Education to serve as a member of the Jacksonville-North Pulaski (Ark.) School Board. Miles is one of seven members of the board that was formed after Jacksonville and northern Pulaski County residents voted to create a new school district. At the school board’s first meeting on Nov. 17, Miles was elected secretary of the board. The new school district is expected to begin operation in 2016.

Park In The News

A review of the Park University International Center for Music’s concert on Nov. 14, featuring pianist Alexey Goribol and faculty of the ICM performing the music of composer Leonid Desyatnikov, appeared in KCMetropolis, Kansas City’s online journal of the arts, on Nov. 18.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)
     •  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 5 -- El Paso Campus Center Grand Opening / Ribbon-Cutting, 3 p.m., 1330 Adabel Drive, El Paso, Texas
     •  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
     •  January 17 -- Admissions: 1-on-1 Weekend, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  January 19 -- Martin Luther King Day (Parkville Daytime Campus closed; Spring I classes held)
     •  January 22-23 -- Board of Trustees Meeting, location TBA
Note: To view a comprehensive schedule for all events, including athletics, visit