Park University Imprint Express -- January 26, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

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Park University selects EFL Associates to lead presidential search

Park University has retained EFL Associates Inc., an executive search firm based in Leawood, Kan., to conduct the search for the University’s next president. EFL Associates, which specializes in academic, business and nonprofit executive searches, founded its higher education specialty practice in 1999, and serves institutions ranging from small, privately-held college and faith-based universities, to large, world renowned schools.

“We believe their unique combination of skills will be particularly beneficial to Park as we engage in this search,” said Ann Mesle, J.D., chair of Park University’s Board of Trustees. “We have had extensive discussions with EFL and are excited to be working with such a talented firm.”

Julie Wilson, executive vice president and chief people officer, Cerner Corp., is the chair of the University’s Presidential Search Committee, and Mark Foster, J.D., retired partner, Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP (now Stinson Leonard Street), is the vice chair. Both Wilson and Foster are also members of Park’s Board of Trustees. A diverse cross section of University stakeholders, including trustees, alumni, faculty, staff and students comprise the committee.

Park University, which is celebrating its 140th anniversary this year, will be hiring the 16th president in its history. David Fowler, currently serving as interim president of the University, previously indicated he would not be a candidate for the permanent position. A new president is expected to be hired for the start of the University’s 2015-16 academic year, which begins on July 1.

David LiscombMinot AFB Campus student selected for STEP promotion

Tech. Sgt. Thomas Liscomb, a sophomore information and computer science major at Park University’s Minot (N.D.) Air Force Base Campus Center, has been selected as one of just six airmen in all of Global Strike Command to receive a Stripes for Exceptional Performers (STEP) promotion for 2015. The program allows major commands, field operating agencies, direct reporting unit commanders and senior Air Force officers with large enlisted populations a limited opportunity to promote enlisted members to staff sergeant or technical sergeant. Liscomb is a 54th Helicopter Squadron UH-1N (Huey) evaluator special missions aviator at Minot AFB. Read more about Liscomb’s promotion and the STEP program at

Parkville receives grant for Route 9 corridor study

The City of Parkville, Mo., home to Park University’s flagship campus, has been awarded a $113,586 grant from the Mid America Regional Council to assist in the completion of the Route 9 Corridor Study. The grant is supplemented by $75,000 of local funding provided by Park University, the cities of Parkville and Riverside, Mo., Platte County, Mo., and the Missouri Department of Transportation. Missouri Route 9 is regionally significant, connecting vehicular and pedestrian traffic on Route 45 to employment centers and regional destinations, including Park University and downtown Parkville. The purpose of the study is to create an implementation plan that addresses key priorities for the project partners, including determining needed vehicular and pedestrian improvements to mitigate safety and capacity issues, and minimize traffic conflicts, on Route 9, as well as enhancing aesthetics and pedestrian movements, particularly in proximity to downtown Parkville and the University. The corridor study is scheduled to begin in April with final completion estimated by the end of 2015. For more information, visit

Dr. Adam PotthastPotthast article published in ethics journal

An article written by Adam Potthast, Ph.D., associate professor and program coordinator of philosophy, chair/program coordinator of liberal studies, and program coordinator of peace studies and religion, has been published in most recent issue of Ethics in Biology, Engineering and Medicine: An International Journal. The article, “Is There Such a Thing as an Unethical Professor? A Taxonomy of Positions,” examines the relationship between ethical skills and other skills in the professions. Potthast argues that a range of positions are possible, ranging from externalism to radical internalism about professional ethics. He also provides recommendations for ways to interpret these positions descriptively and prescriptively, and examines the implications of the positions for ethics codes and recommends that professionals aspire to a “strong internalist” position about professional ethics as a way of innovating in professional ethics.

Dr. Henry RoehrichRoehrich judges AMA collegiate competition

Henry Roehrich, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing/management, served as a judge for the 2014-15 American Marketing Association Collegiate Case Competition. The program is a year-long event showcasing students working on a marketing challenge submitted by a sponsoring organization, with the sponsor providing a detailed marketing problem for students to develop a marketing strategy. This year’s case, sponsored by Glacéau VitaminWater, asked participants to examine how the product line could kindle its brand relevance and preference among young consumers, specifically 18-24 year olds, without alienating its 30-39 year-old loyalists.

Dr. Michael BecraftBecraft to present educational session for Kansas City chamber

Michael Becraft, D.Mgt., Edward F. Lyle professor of finance and director of the graduate program in business, will present a lunch and learn session on Wednesday, Feb. 11, as a part of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce “Business Class” series. Becraft’s session, “Business Financials 101: How to Think Like a CFO,” will help attendees understand the basic types of financial statements and the difference between financial accounting and managerial accounting. He will also explain the roles of a chief financial officers and situations where a CFO has a strategic role in an organization’s survival, and discuss how individuals can leverage local resources to add expertise to businesses. The event will be held in the Chamber’s Board Room at Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Road. Registration begins at 11:15 a.m. with the program starting at 11:45 a.m. The cost is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members (includes lunch and parking validation). For more information and to register in advance, visit the Chamber’s website.

Park University Emergency Alert System — ParkAlert

Park University faculty, staff and students nationwide are encouraged to sign up for ParkAlert, a mass notification system that can alert the University community with time-sensitive messages via text, voice, e-mail and social media. ParkAlert will be used to only notify the University community with emergency messages and/or weather-related alerts and updates — it will not be used for advertising or other unsolicited content. ParkAlert is designed to allow participants to choose the Park University campus center they attend (or is in their area) and receive messages related only to that specific campus center. Powered by Omnilert Network e2Campus, ParkAlert adds another immediate notification mechanism to the University's existing methods for alerts. The following are the available alert options:
          •  Short Message Service (SMS)/Text — Text message alerts to the mobile phone(s) that you register in the system.
          •  Voice — Similar to the text message, this service delivers a voice alert to your registered phone(s).
          •  E-Mail — An e-mail alert is sent to your registered e-mail address. (It is suggested that you register an e-mail address that is not a Park University account since Park's Office of University Marketing and Communications or the Department of Campus Safety will send emergency e-mail messages to Park e-mail addresses.)
          •  Social Media — Alerts can be posted directly to social media pages such as Facebook and Twitter. (This will be used on a case-by-case basis.)

To register and to select your preferred alert option(s), as well as for more information, visit

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:

Library requests published works for author reception

Calling all Park University faculty and staff authors! The McAfee Memorial Library and Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning are co-sponsoring an author reception on Tuesday, March 31, in the Library from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The program this year will include faculty/staff who have published an article, edited work, book chapter or full-length book from January 2014 to the present. The event will also include author readings. If you have had a work published during this time period, please send a copy of the work or the citation information for ordering to Glenn Ferdman, director of library services, so that it may be displayed.

Park In The News

A chapter to a parody of Fifty Shades of Grey written by Virginia Brackett, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of Park University’s Honors Academy, was published in The Kansas City Star on Jan. 11. The newspaper launched a contest earlier in the month, asking readers to write satirical chapters to their “Fifty Shades of Hay” version. Brackett was selected the winner of the parody’s second chapter – despite not having read Fifty Shades of Grey.

Steven Youngblood, associate professor of communication arts and director of Park University’s Center for Global Peace Journalism, penned an “As I See It” column that appeared in the Jan. 14 issue of The Kansas City Star’s “816” section. Youngblood’s column focused on peace journalists and their role in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo journalists in Paris.

Youngblood also appeared on TVArsivi (Turkish television) on Jan. 20 as part of his visit to Turkey for a peace journalism project. Youngblood also narrated a slideshow of photos from a Syrian refugee tent city in Adana, Turkey.

Stories about David Radzynski, a graduate student pursuing an artist diploma in violin performance at Park University’s International Center for Music, who was recently appointed concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, have appeared in numerous music publications around the world, including a recent online interview with American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Justin Luster, a junior social psychology major at Park University’s Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center, was quoted in a story that appeared in the El Paso (Texas) Times on Jan. 19. Luster was a panelist for a roundtable discussion on “A Call to Action: Mobilizing Black Citizens to Strive for Success.”

Rafael Dominguez, ’02, who was elected mayor of Monument, Colo., in April 2014, was featured in an “About the Town” interview that appeared in the Jan. 13 issue of the Lakewood (Colo.) Sentinel.

James Pasley, Ph.D., professor of political science and associate dean for the School of Social Sciences, was interviewed for a story that appeared on WDAF-TV in Kansas City on Jan. 20. Pasley provided comments for a story related to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address and the president’s call for expanding paid sick days and family leave for workers.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)
     •  Through February 16 -- Laura Nugent Paintings Exhibit, Campanella Gallery (McAfee Memorial Library); Exhibit Reception: Jan. 14, 4:30 p.m., Campanella Gallery
     •  January 29 -- Women's Volleyball NAIA National Championship Celebration, 7:30 p.m., Breckon Sports Center
     •  February 13 -- David Radzynski Farewell Violin Recital, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  February 16 -- President’s Day (Parkville Daytime Campus closed; Spring I classes held)
     •  February 18 -- WWI Movie Talk: “Grand Illusion,” 7 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  February 19-March 15 -- New Directions in Graphic Design Exhibit, Campanella Gallery (McAfee Memorial Library)
     •  February 21 -- Admissions: 1-on-1 Weekend, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  February 21 -- Sunnat Ibragimov Graduate Cello Recital, 7 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  February 23 -- 14th annual Spencer Cave Black History Month Lecture Series, Dr. Jennifer Keene: “True Sons of Freedom: African-American Soldiers in World War I,” 7 p.m., National World War I Museum, Kansas City, Mo.
     •  February 26 -- Park University Health Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground
     •  February 28 -- CANCELLED: International Center for Music Concert: Park Piano Trio, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  March 8 -- Spring I Session ends
     •  March 8-15 -- Spring Recess
     •  March 16 -- Spring II Session begins
Note: To view a comprehensive schedule for all events, including athletics, visit