Park University Imprint Express -- November 7, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

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PRISM AwardsUniversity’s MarCom office wins awards from Kansas City PRSA chapter

Park University’s Office of University Marketing and Communications came away with a trio of awards, including two golds, at the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America’s annual PRISM Awards on Oct. 10 in Kansas City, Mo. Park was represented at the event by (from left in adjacent photo): Debbie Johnston, creative director; Brad Biles, director for university communications, who also serves as vice president of recruitment for the GKC-PRSA chapter; Rita Weighill, vice president for university marketing and communications; and Katelyn McInerney, media coordinator. All of the awards Park’s MarCom office received, in partnership with the University’s branding agency 160over90, were related to projects for the School of Business.
          •  Tactical – Brochures category: Park University School of Business / Global Executive Master of Business Administration brochure
          •  Tactical – Video category: “What’s YOUR Boom?” — Park University Global Executive Master of Business Administration advertisement
          •  Program – Marketing Consumer Products and Services category: Global Executive Master of Business Administration overall campaign
In addition, Michael Grimaldi, a member of CLAS (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) Connectors, one of the University’s external advisory groups, was recognized with the Roger Yarrington Public Relations Professional of the Year Award. Grimaldi is a senior communications consultant with Trozzolo Communications Group in Kansas City, Mo.

SymposiumRegistration open for 2015 Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium

Park University’s 10th annual Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium is set for Monday, April 6, through Thursday, April 9, 2015, on the University’s Parkville Campus. The Symposium is an opportunity for Park students nationwide from all disciplines to present their independent and/or collaborative research and creative and artistic projects to the University and wider community. Students from all campus centers, as well as online students, are eligible to participate. The Symposium will provide venues for poster presentations, oral presentations, artistic and visual displays, asynchronous virtual presentations, and musical and literature performances.

Students may submit their proposals now through Friday, March 20, 2015, with the approval of a faculty mentor, at When registering, students should be prepared to provide the name and contact information of the primary and co-presenters, the faculty mentor, as well as the title and abstract of the presentation. For additional information, visit or contact Shannon Cuff, Ph.D., assistant professor of education and area coordinator for education, language and literacy in Park’s Master of Education in Language and Literacy program at or (816) 584-6539.

CAMP Psychology StudentsCamp Pendleton students participate in service-learning project

Students in the PS 341 (Positive Psychology) class at Park University’s Camp Pendleton (Calif.) Marine Corps Base Campus Center, taught by Christina Jenkins, adjunct instructor of psychology, recently learned the concept of academics combined with the benefits of service with some volunteer projects. The students worked with organizations such as: the Women’s Resource Center in North San Diego County to combat domestic violence; Pedal the Cause and The Breast Cancer Fundraiser to fund a cure for cancer; feeding the homeless at a local shelter; and two Make-A-Wish San Diego events. Three students also facilitated one child’s wish of a day at Disneyland through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Anna WhiteheadDr. Steven HallmanHallman, Whitehead paper published in engineering and technology journal

A paper co-authored by Steven Hallman, D.B.A. (left), associate professor and undergraduate program coordinator of management/computer information systems, and area coordinator for management information systems in the Master of Business Administration program, and Anna Whitehead (right), associate director of academic services and academic director at the Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center, was published in the recent edition of the International Journal of Humanities and Management Sciences. Their paper, “The Need for Semantical Understanding of Prosocial Behavior in the Workplace,” was presented by a co-author at the International Scientific Academy of Engineering and Technology / International Institute of Science, Engineering and Management International Conference in September in Thailand.

“Big Data: Preconditions to Productivity,” co-authored by Hallman, was published in a recent edition of the International Journal of Recent Development in Engineering and Technology. View the paper at

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.

          •  Defense Supply Center Columbus (Ohio) Campus
          •  Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio) Campus

University hosting International Education Week events

Park University will join educational institutions across the country to celebrate International Education Week, Monday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 21, focusing on the theme, “Promoting Peace Through Collaboration.” Numerous events are scheduled throughout the week on the University’s Parkville Campus, including a faculty symposium and a lecture and mini-concert.

On Tuesday, Nov. 18, a trio of Park faculty will discuss how the elements of peace are reflected in their respective fields, in a symposium that starts at 2:45 p.m. in McCoy Meetin’ House. Judi Simmons Estes, Ph.D., assistant professor of education and chair of elementary and secondary teacher preparation, will consider the role of teaching and peacebuilding in her presentation, “Promoting Peace Through Education; Stephen Bell, Ph.D., J.D., professor of economics, will discuss “The Economics of Peace;” and Steven Youngblood, director of Park’s Center for Global Peace Journalism and associate professor of communication arts, will analyze “The Role of Media in Promoting Peace.”

On Thursday, Nov. 20, renowned Pakistani musician, activist, humanitarian and educator Salman Ahmad will present a discussion on the promotion of peace through activism and a mini-concert beginning at 6 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel. Ahmad formed Junoon in 1990, helping pioneer the Sufi-influenced metal-rock music in Pakistan. His autobiography, Rock & Roll Jihad: A Muslim Rock Star’s Revolution, was published in 2010.

Other events include a movie night, an international trade business simulation, Global Career Day conference and international celebration/dinner. For more information about Park’s International Education Week activities, visit

Office of Global Education and Study Abroad sponsoring international travel photo contest

Park University’s Office of Global Education and Study Abroad welcomes all Park students, faculty and staff to share the memories of your recent international travel for a chance to win prizes. To enter the contest, you can submit up to three entries, each consisting of one photo and a description (maximum 500 words, submitted separately) from an international trip you took within the last two years. Submit entries to by Dec. 1. To be eligible, photos must be taken and submitted by current Park University students, faculty and staff, either part-time or full-time. Preference is given to photos from a study abroad experience and previous winners are not eligible. The competition will be judged in three categories (students, faculty and staff) by a panel of Park faculty from the art, graphic design and/or communication arts departments. Winning stories and photos may be published in The Stylus, Park University’s student newspaper, or displayed throughout Park’s campus centers nationwide. Winners will be announced during the Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium this coming spring.

The top student prize is a $500 scholarship for a Park study abroad program of their choice and a Park sweatshirt. The top faculty/staff prize is a $50 gift card and Park sweatshirt. Those receiving honorable mention recognition will receive a Park T-shirt. Honorable mentions will receive a Park University t-shirt. Submissions need to include entrant’s name, Park ID number, e-mail address, phone number, campus center of record (or online) and status (student/faculty/staff). Please refer all questions to Angie Peterson, director of global education and study abroad, at

Park women’s volleyball team begins postseason; 2014-15 season under way for basketball squads

Heading into its final regular season matches tonight (Friday, Nov. 7) and tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 8), the Park University’s women’s volleyball program is the No. 2 team in the Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll with a record of 29-0, having lost just two sets during their undefeated campaign. The Pirates will begin postseason play on Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the American Midwest Conference tournament before playing in the NAIA national tournament, Dec. 2-6 in Sioux City, Iowa. Read more about the squad and its upcoming matches at

Park’s men’s and women’s basketball teams have started their respective 2014-15 seasons. The men’s squad, which was ranked No. 3 in the AMC preseason coaches poll, stands 0-2 heading into its match-up at MidAmerica Nazarene University tonight in Olathe, Kan. The women’s team, ranked No. 5 in the AMC preseason coaches poll, is 1-1 on the season before traveling to Marshall, Mo., tomorrow night for a game against Missouri Valley College. Read more about the men’s team at and the women’s team at

Human Resource Services announces new hires, transfers/promotions

From October 1-31
          •  Olga Lang, Information Center Specialist, Office of University Marketing and Communications, Parkville Campus
          •  Dustin Wall, Counselor, Office of Student Life / Counseling Center, Parkville Campus
          •  Brad Biles, Director for University Communications, Office of University Marketing and Communications, Parkville Campus (previously served as associate director for university communications)
          •  Jared Flaherty, LMS Faculty Support Administrator, Park Distance Learning, Parkville Campus (previously served as education technology support administrator
          •  Robin Matney, Student Accounts Manager, Office of Accounting, Parkville Campus (previously served as director, Quantico [Va.] Marine Corps Combat Development Command Campus Center)
          •  June Mohr, Area Director of Ohio Operations, Park Distance Learning (previously served as director, Defense Supply Center Columbus [Ohio] Campus Center)
          •  Yvonne Ruff, Contact Center Systems Administrator, Office of Information Technology Services, Parkville Campus (previously served as telecommunications technician)
          •  Stephen Terry, Assistant Dean of Military and Veteran Student Services, Office of Military and Veteran Student Services, Parkville Campus (previously served as director of military and veteran student services)
          •  Jeff Tudhope, Senior Telecommunications Systems Administrator, Office of Information Technology Services, Parkville Campus (previously served as telecommunications technician)

Park In The News

Photos from Park University’s “Fright Night” event on the Parkville Campus on Oct. 30 appeared in The Kansas City Star’s online “Mingle” section.

A story related to Park University’s grand opening event at the Victor Valley College Campus Center in Victorville, Calif., appeared in the Victorville Daily Press on Nov. 1. Park University Chancellor Michael Droge, Ph.D., was quoted in the story.

Jared Weese, a senior economics major, wrote an “As I See It” opinion column that appeared in the Nov. 5 issue of The Kansas City Star. Weese’s comments were related to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s refusal to release $12 million in need-based financial aid through the Access Missouri program.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  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); 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