Park University Imprint Express -- January 30, 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015

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140 LogoUniversity’s 140th anniversary to be celebrated throughout year

Park University has commenced its 140th anniversary year. As part of the celebration during the next 18 months, a special 140th logo has been created that will be used on a variety of marketing materials and in advertising. The University will also be using special letterhead and envelopes branded with the logo through June 2016. Special events and activities are being planned throughout the year and will be announced as plans are finalized. Park history majors, in conjunction with the Frances Fishburn Archives and Special Collections, will also be posting a historical photograph each Monday throughout the next 18 months on the Archives’ Facebook page. The Office of University Marketing and Communications is also developing a website that will be published soon. It will be the home for all things related to the 140th anniversary.

In addition, a book celebrating the history of Park University, Fides et Labor –140 Years of Pioneering Education: The Story of Park University (working title), is currently in production and is scheduled to be available in September. The 160-page publication will be filled with stories and photos covering the University’s history. Pre-orders for the book are currently being filled at the discounted price of $39.95 through Aug. 1; the price goes to $44.95 after that date and supply will be limited. For more information or to order your book, visit

Park’s MarCom team wins CASE awards

The Park University Office of University Marketing and Communications team brought home four awards — all gold — from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s District VI Conference on Jan. 12 in Denver. One of Park’s entries, which won gold in the Platinum Category for Best Practices in Communications and Marketing for its efforts related to the University’s Global Executive Master of Business Administration program, now advances to the CASE Circle of Excellence national competition. Winners will be announced in early June. Other Park MarCom entries earning gold awards:
          •  Branding Programs (department/unit): School of Business / Global Executive MBA
          •  Branding Programs (institution wide): School of Business MBA print ad campaign
Katelyn McInerney          •  Branding Programs (institution wide): Global Executive MBA print, online and video advertisement series

Katelyn McInerney, media coordinator, represented the MarCom team at the awards event after receiving a CASE District VI New Professionals Scholarship to attend the district conference, Jan. 10-13. The scholarship recognizes advancement employees (those who work for CASE member institutions in communications, marketing, development, advancement services or alumni relations) who are recent graduates with fewer than three years of experience or those new to the profession from a non-related field.

Mike TalamantesTalamantes named Coach of the Year by KC Sports Commission

Some sports fans in Kansas City might believe that Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost was the best coach in the region in 2014 after leading the club to its first World Series in 29 years. But even Yost couldn’t top the year Park University men’s and women’s volleyball head coach Mike Talamantes had as the Pirates leader as Talamantes was selected by the Kansas City Sports Commission as its Burns and McDonnell Coach of the Year. Talamantes will be honored on April 15 during the KCSC’s awards banquet.

Talamantes topped Yost and a number of other Kansas City area professional, college and high school nominees after leading Park’s men’s volleyball team to an NAIA National Invitational Tournament championship in April, followed up with an NAIA women’s volleyball national championship for the Pirates in December. The two squads combined for a 70-4 record, including a perfect 40-0 season for Park’s women’s team.

“2014 was an incredible ride personally and professionally, but I am just one reason why both teams were able to take home national championships, so I want to thank all of the players who were instrumental in leading us throughout the year and thank them for letting me be a part of it,” Talamantes said.

Talamantes will be joined at the awards banquet by women’s volleyball player Wanessa Siqueira, who was a finalist for the Kansas City Life Sportswoman of the Year award. Siqueira, a senior right-side hitter, earned two All-America designations for her play on the court, and she was named the 2014 Capital One Women’s Volleyball Academic All-American of the Year, an award that recognized her work in the classroom as well as on the court. Read more about their honors at

RTIReport to Investors available online

Park University’s 2013-14 Report to Investors is now available online. The 40-page publication provides stories that exemplifies Park’s legacy of providing quality education, as well as its new and sustained relationships throughout the world. The Report to Investors focuses on donors and the scholarships they have established, grants Park faculty have received, support the University and students have received from business partners, special gifts from alumni and special events that have raised funds for specific University projects. Check out the 2013-14 Report to Investors at

David RadzynskiRadzynski to perform concert before assuming Israel Philharmonic duties

David Radzynski, a Park University International Center for Music graduate student and recently appointed concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, will perform a concert on Friday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m., in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. The performance is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Radzynski,  in collaboration with pianist Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, ICM instructor of music/piano, will perform Sergei Prokofiev’s “Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Minor,” Cèsar Franck’s “Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano,” Fritz Kreisler’s “Recitative and Scherzo-Caprice” and Maurice Ravel’s “Zigane.”

Radzynski earned a graduate certificate in violin performance from Park in May, and until his recent appointment, was pursuing an artist diploma in violin performance in Park’s ICM under the tutelage of Ben Sayevich, professor of music/violin. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Radzynski was selected as concertmaster of the IPO following an audition that ended Dec. 19, 2014, in Tel Aviv, Israel. He will assume his position in March. To order tickets to the concert, visit

Dr. Laurie DiPadova-StocksDiPadova-Stocks authors chapter for book on higher education complexities

Laurie DiPadova-Stocks, Ph.D., dean of Park University’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies and Hauptmann School of Public Affairs, wrote a chapter for the book, Transformative Perspectives and Processes in Higher Education. The chapter, “Higher Education Shaping the Unscripted Future: The Imperative to Affirm Human Values in Transformative Times,” employs micro and macro levels of analyses to provide a broad overview of the foundational role of higher education in shaping the future of nations, societies and individuals, reinforcing values and strengthening the social fabric. The book, edited by Amber Dailey-Hebert, Ph.D., professor of adult education, and Kay Dennis, Ed.D., associate professor of adult education, was previously highlighted in the Dec. 19, 2014, Imprint Express.

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.

Park In The News

Park University President David Fowler will be the special guest on the radio program "Live with Rink and Laura," which airs live on 1660 AM in Kansas City, KMBZ's business channel, on Tuesday (Feb. 3) from 1-2 p.m. Those unable to listen to the show via a radio can listen online at During the hour-long interview, President Fowler will discuss a variety of topics about the University, such as: Park's history and 140th anniversary year; the University's economic impact to the community and its national footprint; Park's commitment to serving members of the military and veterans; and the University's athletic programs, including Park's men's and women's volleyball national championship teams. One of the co-hosts of the show, Ryan Rink, is a 1998 Park graduate and is the son of Pat Fayard, athletics office manager.

A story that highlighted Behzod Abduraimov, artist-in-residence in Park University’s International Center for Music, appeared in The Ann Arbor (Mich.) News on Jan. 22. Abduraimov was scheduled to perform with the Mariinsky Orchestra the weekend of Jan. 24-25 in Ann Arbor.

Charles Lynn Jr., ’99, was highlighted in a story that appeared in the Waynesville (Mo.) Daily Guide on Jan. 21. Lynn was announced as a nominee for the Waynesville-St. Robert Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award, and the article included a short biography.

Jake Fichman, ’11, was featured in a front page story that appeared in The Kansas City Star on Jan. 27. Fichman, who recently enlisted with the Israel Defense Forces and serves as a corporal and combat medic, is considered a “lone soldier” with the IDF – foreigners whose parents do not live in Israel.

An interview with Anthony Melchiorri, ’90, host/star of the Travel Channel show “Hotel Impossible,” appeared in the Hungarian publication Turizmus Online on Jan. 27. The article can be read in English via a Google Translate page. The popular program recently launched its fifth season.

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
     •  February 13 -- David Radzynski Farewell Violin Recital, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  February 15 -- Northland Community Choir Concert: "Chocolate, Carnations and Love Songs," 3 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