Park University Imprint Express -- December 3, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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University to open new campus center in El Paso

Park University, which already proudly serves 1,990 students pursuing their higher education dreams at the Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center, will announce its expansion in the El Paso community with a grand opening/ribbon-cutting on Friday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m., at the University’s newest campus center location at 1330 Adabel Drive on the east side of El Paso along the I-10 corridor.  A reception will immediately follow the ceremony, which is open to the public. Park University has enjoyed an educational partnership with Fort Bliss since 1975, and is expanding opportunities in El Paso by increasing program offerings at the graduate and undergraduate level for students in the area. Classes are scheduled to begin with the University’s Spring 2015 semester, which begins Jan. 12. The expansion will introduce face-to-face degree offerings, including a Master of Business Administration degree and nine undergraduate offerings not available at the Fort Bliss Campus Center. Read more about the new campus center at

Terry BasshamBassham to keynote Park University’s Kansas City Area December Commencement

Terry Bassham, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Great Plains Energy and Kansas City Power and Light Co., will provide the keynote address at Park University’s Kansas City Area December Commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 13. The ceremony will be held at the Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W. Walnut in Independence, Mo., starting at 11 a.m. More than 380 Park students are eligible to graduate — 149 students are scheduled to receive a master’s degree or graduate certificate, and 234 students are scheduled to receive a bachelor’s degree, associate degree or undergraduate certificate.

Prior to being named to his current position in June 2012, Bassham served as KCP&L’s executive vice president of finance and strategic development and chief financial officer, and most recently as executive vice president of utility operations. He was instrumental in leading KCP&L through its comprehensive energy plan, an ambitious initiative that included building 100 megawatts of wind power, installing environmental retrofits at several generating facilities and constructing KCP&L’s Iatan (Mo.) Generation Station Unit 2, an 850-megawatt coal-fired power plant. Bassham also helped transform KCP&L’s business through the sale of Strategic Energy and the acquisition of Aquila, which doubled the company’s workforce and significantly increased its service territory. Read more about Bassham at

MAE Top SchoolPark selected military-friendly school for seventh consecutive year by military magazine

For the seventh consecutive year, Park University has been selected as one of the top military-friendly colleges and universities in the country by Military Advanced Education magazine. Park was selected for inclusion on the list in the magazine’s December issue, within its “2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities,” which provides information about the wide range of benefits the schools provide in six key categories of consideration to service members, veterans, spouses and dependents: military culture, financial assistance, flexibility, general support, online support and on-campus support. For more information about the honor, visit

Linda BellBell elected president of Missouri accounting organization

Linda Bell, lecturer and program coordinator of accounting, was elected president of the Missouri Association of Accounting Educators during the organization’s annual conference, Nov. 7-8 in Osage Beach, Mo. Bell has served as an officer of the MAAE for the past four years, including serving the past year as the organization’s vice president. The mission of the MAAE is to promote the development of accounting as both a theoretical and applied discipline, and to promote the professional interests of its members.

Dr. Amber Dailey-HebertDailey-Hebert lectures at university in Germany

Amber Dailey-Hebert, Ph.D., professor of adult education, served an international guest lectureship at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, Nov. 10-14. Dailey-Hebert’s lectureship was sponsored by the Department of Educational Media and Knowledge Management at UDE. She presented keynotes, workshops and training related to media didactics, innovation in higher education and change management pertaining to e-learning and educational media. The grant which funds Dailey-Hebert’s international lectureship will also allow for ongoing research collaborations with colleagues at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Dr. Michael EskeyEskey presents paper at political science conference

Michael Eskey Ph.D., professor and program coordinator of criminal justice administration, presented a paper at the Georgia Political Science Association’s annual conference in Savannah, Ga., Nov. 13-15. The paper, “Cyber-Bullying of Faculty in the Online Classroom,” addressed current research and a review of the findings of cyber-bullying related to a university with a majority of students and instructors online, and a plan for addressing the problem through policies, training and professional development. The paper was co-written by Eskey’s son, Michael Eskey Jr., D.P.A., adjunct instructor of public administration.

Center for Global Peace Journalism to host discussion on Ferguson

Park University’s Center for Global Peace Journalism and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will host a discussion related to the events in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday, Dec. 3, starting at 3 p.m. in the McCoy Meetin’ House on the University’s Parkville Campus. The event is free and open to the public. The event will include presentations by a trio of Park faculty:
          •  “The Roots of Unrest” — Walter Kisthardt, Ph.D., professor and chair of social work and director of the Master of Social Work program
          •  “The What, Why and How of Police Actions” — John Hamilton, Ph.D., associate professor of criminal justice administration
          •  “The Media’s Role in Unrest” — Steven Youngblood, director of the CGPJ and associate professor of communication arts
In addition, Park University students will present discussions on topics such as justice, peace, reconciliations and solutions. For those unable to attend, the discussion will be streamed live at

Daniel VeisBen SayevichICM presents performance featuring faculty violinist Sayevich and cellist Veis

Park University’s International Center for Music presents a side-by-side performance featuring ICM faculty violinist Ben Sayevich (left) and cellist Daniel Veis (right) in collaboration with their students, on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m., in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. ICM students accompanying Sayevich and Veis include violinist Laurel Gagnon, sophomore applied music/strings major; violist Alexander Smith, graduate student in music performance/viola; and cellist Sunnat Ibragimov, graduate student pursing a Master of Music degree. The concert will include a performance of Franz Schubert’s “String Quintet in C-Major.” Pianist Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, ICM instructor of music/piano, will join the concert for a performance of Johannes Brahms’ “Piano Quartet No. 3.”

Tickets for the concert are — general admission: $15 in advance online, $20 at the door; senior citizens age 60 and older: $10; students with a valid student ID: $5; Park University students, faculty and staff with Park ID and their children age 12 and under: free. To purchase tickets in advance, visit For more information about the concert, visit

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, 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.

Human Resource Services announces new hires, transfers/promotions

From November 1-30
          •  Melissa Long, Administrative Specialist, Little Rock (Ark.) Air Force Base Campus Center
          •  Christopher Thein, Financial Aid Specialist – Floater, Office of Student Financial Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Danita Hodges, Executive Assistant for the Vice President, Office of University Advancement, Parkville Campus (previously served as administrative assistant)

Park In The News

Park University’s women’s volleyball team was highlighted with a story that appeared in the Dec. 2 issue of The Kansas City Star in advance of the Pirates’ trip to the NAIA national tournament. The story included comments from Park head coach Mike Talamantes and senior Wanessa Siqueira.

Women’s volleyball junior Wendy Romero was featured in a story that appeared in the Dec. 3 issue of the Sioux City (Iowa) Journal, where the Pirates are playing in the NAIA national tournament. The article focuses on Romero’s experience of representing her native Venezuela in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, when she was 16.

Dawn Hyatt, global education and study abroad program assistant, was featured in a story that appeared on KCTV in Kansas City on Nov. 25. Hyatt was the focus of a story related to a diet trend that has individuals betting money to lose weight.

Kay Barnes, distinguished professor for public leadership and founding director of Park University’s Center for Leadership, reflected on her time as mayor of Kansas City, Mo., for a feature interview that appeared in the Kansas City Business Journal on Dec. 1.

An opinion column written by Ashley Harbin, senior mathematics major and a member of Park University’s Honors Academy, was published in the Nov. 21 issue of The New Times, an English daily newspaper in Rwanda. Harbin, who is completing a study abroad program this semester in Rwanda, focused her article on the hospitality she has experienced from the country’s residence.

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 3 -- Ferguson Discussion, 3 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  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 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