Park University Imprint Express -- December 12, 2014

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Women's Volleyball NAIA ChampsPark perfection! Women's volleyball team wins NAIA national title

The Park University women's volleyball team capped off a perfect season by defeating the University of Texas at Brownsville in straight sets (25-23, 25-19, 25-16) in the championship match of the NAIA national tournament on Dec. 6 in Sioux City, Iowa. The Pirates finished the season with a 40-0 record, unseating the defending national champs to claim the title. For the season, Park dropped just six sets out of 126.

“I didn't even see the last point,” said Park head coach Mike Talamantes, who was named the Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball National Championship Coach of the Year. “I don’t know what happened, but I saw the girls on the ground celebrating and crying. I am so happy for our seniors. This is theirs. This belongs to everyone in this program, but especially to our seniors.”

Wendy RomeroJunior outside hitter Wendy Romero (left), who earned tournament most valuable player honors, knocked down 16 kills and hit .341 in the championship match. Joining Romero on the all-tournament team was senior setter Juliana Barros who recorded 29 assists. Read more about Park’s title match at, as well as view the final point of the match and immediate celebration from a unique perspective.

Check out stories from the championship match from The Kansas City Star and Sioux City Journal, as well as a slideshow from the match on the Journal’s website. Park was also highlighted in the Journal about the team’s performance following their second pool-play match in the tournament. In addition, for those who may have missed it, the match was broadcast on ESPN3. A replay of the match can be viewed at

Park’s Department of Nursing to host accreditation site review

Park University’s Ellen Finley Earhart Department of Nursing will host a site review for initial accreditation of its Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Interested parties are invited to meet the ACEN site visit team and share comments about the program during a meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 3:30 p.m. in the McCoy Meetin’ House on the Parkville Campus.

Written comments are also welcome and can be submitted by Jan. 28 to:
          Marsal P. Stoll, Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer
          Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
          3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
          Atlanta, GA 30326
Or by e-mail to:

Dr. Judi EstesEstes authors chapter for book on educational trends

Judi Simmons Estes, Ph.D., assistant professor of education and chair of elementary and secondary teacher preparation, wrote a chapter for a recently published book. The chapter, “Constructivism: A Pedagogy for Delivering Coursework in Teacher Preparation Programs,” appears in the book, Educational Trends: A Symposium in Belize, Central America. Estes’ chapter discusses the demonstration of constructivist teaching strategies in teacher preparation programs and provides a model for candidates to use in their own teaching with K-12 students. Specific strategies include community building, authentic learning experiences, and an emphasis on critical thinking and problem-solving.

Dr. Nicolas KoudouKoudou article published in business and management journal

An article written by Nicolas Koudou, Ph.D., professor of business administration and area coordinator of general concentrations in the Master of Business Administration program, was recently published in the European Journal of Business and Management. The article, “Impact of Culture in Small Business Enterprise Innovation in Ghana,” confirmed that the cultural impact in the funeral industry in Ghana plays a primary role in the sustainable economic expansion in the country. Read the article at

Erik BergrudBergrud appointed to NAPA program review panel

Erik Bergrud, associate vice president of constituent engagement, has been selected by the National Academy of Public Administration to participate on a five-member panel charged with reviewing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s telework program. Bergrud and his co-panelists are charged with ensuring that management controls and programmatic goals are effective and aligned with the agency’s mission. Bergrud was elected as an Academy Fellow in 2013. Read more about Bergrud’s panel at

Dr. Lolly OckerstromOckerstrom appointed to advisory council for honor society’s journal

Lolly Ockerstrom, Ph.D., associate professor of English, has been appointed to serve a two-year term on the Forum Advisory Council for The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi’s journal, Phi Kappa Phi Forum. The publication is a multidisciplinary quarterly that enlightens, challenges and entertains its diverse readers, serves as a general interest publication, as well as a platform for the organization. Ockerstrom, who has been a member of Phi Kappa Phi since 1997, has previously served on the Society’s Study Abroad Committee.

Shabbir presents session on palliative care

Mahnaz Shabbir, adjunct instructor of healthcare administration, presented a session on “Muslim Traditions and Viewpoints at the End of Life” at a “Demystifying Palliative Care” event on Nov. 13 in Kansas City, Mo. Shabbir spoke about cultural and religious issues that would benefit health care givers regarding end of life issues and shared a personal experience.

Angela PetersonDr. Silvia Giovanardi ByerByer, Peterson present papers at modern languages conference

Silvia Giovanardi Byer, Ph.D. (left), associate professor and program coordinator of modern languages, and Angela Peterson (right), director of global education and study abroad, presented papers at the South Atlantic Modern Languages Association’s annual conference, Nov. 7-9 in Atlanta. Byer co-chaired the session “Female Identity and its Representations in the Arts and Humanities. In the session, Byer presented her paper, “Female Perspective in a Male World — consigli x le donne,” and Peterson presented her paper, “Finding Power in the Maternal: Marceline Desbordes-Valmore.” In addition, Byer was also a panelist in the session, “The Profession: Navigating an Academic Career in Modern World Languages.”

Park In The News

Park University’s “pet therapy” sessions during finals week on the Parkville Campus was featured on WDAF-TV in Kansas City on Dec. 10. The story included an interview with sophomore social work major Ashley Morris.

Park University men’s soccer alumni, Milan Ivanovic, Alain Matingou, Robert Palmer, Ramone Palmer, Stefan Stokic and Kiel Williams were featured in a story that appeared on the Missouri Comets website on Dec. 6. The former Pirates all play for the Major Arena Soccer League team based in Independence, Mo. Park men’s soccer head coach Efrem Shimlis was also interviewed for the story.

Paul Horsley, adjunct instructor of music, wrote an article on his 10 favorite moments of 2014 in music, dance and theater in the Kansas City area that appeared in The Independent, Kansas City’s journal of society, on Dec. 8. The article included mention of the University’s Van Cliburn Tribute Concert in April, as well as the International Center for Music’s “side-by-side” performance on Dec. 6 featuring Park faculty Ben Sayevich and Daniel Veis, which was added to Horsley’s list, saying it was “without question one of the best chamber music performances I’ve ever heard.”

Randall Duncan, adjunct instructor of public affairs, was highlighted in a story that appeared on KSNW-TV in Wichita, Kan., on Dec. 10. Duncan is retiring as director of emergency management for Sedgwick County, Kan.

Kenny Quinn, a 2000 Park University graduate, and his daughter, Makala, were featured in a story that appeared in The Ledger, a newspaper in Lakeland, Fla., on Dec. 11. The father/daughter duo are both students at Florida Polytechnic University, and according to the school’s admission’s office, the elder Quinn is the FPU’s oldest student at age 52.

J.T. Daniels, ’11, was featured in an “On My Mind” full-page article that appeared in the Dec. 3 issue of Ink, a publication of The Kansas City Star.

Steven Youngblood, director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism and associate professor of communication arts, was interviewed by KCUR-FM in Kansas City in relation to the discussion on Ferguson the CGPJ hosted on Dec. 3.

Park University was highlighted on two television stations in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 5. The stories, related to the University opening the new El Paso Campus Center, included comments from Jerry Jorgensen, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)
     •  Through January 6 -- Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition (Andrew McEachron, Brooke Sherrill, Kristy Sumpter), Campanella Gallery (McAfee Memorial Library)
     •  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 13 -- Northland Community Choir Concert: "Rutter Carols by Candlelight, 7 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  December 14 -- Fall II Session ends
     •  December 24-25 -- Christmas Holiday
     •  January 11-February 16 -- Laura Nugent Paintings Exhibit, Campanella Gallery (McAfee Memorial Library)
     •  January 12 -- Spring Semester, Spring I Session begins
     •  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