Park University Imprint Express -- January 9, 2015

Friday, January 9, 2015

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David RadzynskiPark student appointed concertmaster of Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra has appointed David Radzynski, a graduate student pursing an artist diploma in violin performance at Park University’s International Center for Music, as its concertmaster. Radzynski was selected following an audition that ended on Dec. 19 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Radzynski will assume his position in March. Thirty violinists were invited to compete for the position through a pre-screening process by the Orchestra. Radzynski, one of four finalists, earned the appointment after performing Johannes Brahms’ “Violin Concerto” alongside the IPO and maestro Zubin Mehta. He was announced as unanimous winner by the jury after only five minutes of deliberation. Read more about Radzynski’s appointment at

Online MBA degree program earns ranking from magazine

U.S. News & World Report ranked Park University’s online Master of Business Administration program No. 103 in the country as part of the magazine’s 2015 Best Online Programs, announced on Jan. 7. Last year, Park’s online graduate business programs were ranked No. 122. Nearly 1,000 distance education programs were a part of the rankings.

Commencement December 2014Kansas City Area December Commencement graduates announced

Park University held its December 2014 Kansas City Area Commencement ceremony on Dec. 13 at the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence, Mo. More than 400 Park University students were eligible to graduate — 163 students received a master’s degree or graduate certificate, and 247 students received a bachelor’s degree, associate degree or undergraduate certificate. View the list of graduates at Check out photos from the ceremony that have been posted to the University’s Flickr account and Facebook page.

Dr. Michael Eskey Jr.Dr. Michael EskeyEskeys co-author book chapter on judiciary trends

Michael Eskey Ph.D. (left), professor and program coordinator of criminal justice administration, and his son, Michael Eskey Jr., D.P.A., adjunct instructor of public administration, co-authored a chapter for the recently published book, Trends in the Judiciary: Interviews with Judges Across the Globe. The book provided separate chapters on the life and background of criminal court judges at all levels in the U.S. and internationally. The chapter written by the Eskeys focused on Judge Anthony “Rex” Gabbert, an appellate court judge in the State of Missouri, who also serves as an adjunct instructor of criminal justice administration at Park.

Men’s volleyball team opens season ranked No. 1 in defense of its NAIA title

Park University’s men’s volleyball team will begin its defense of last season’s NAIA championship as the No. 1 ranked team in the 2015 NAIA Men’s Volleyball Coaches Preseason Poll after a 30-4 championship season a year ago. The Pirates defeated Concordia University-Irvine (Calif.) in the title match to win the title last April. Head coach Mike Talamantes, who has led Park’s men’s and women’s squads to a 70-4 record in the last year (the women’s squad went 40-0 in winning the NAIA title last month), said, “There’s no doubt what we did in 2014 was remarkable. But this is 2015, and nothing we did in 2014 will score a point for us this season. We had to do a lot of work to fill holes left by graduation last year, and I think we did a good job with it. We won’t put a lot of stock in the poll yet, though. Every team we play early is good, and our division (NAIA South) is loaded. There aren’t any easy nights on our schedule.”

In fact, Park plays 13 matches this season against eight ranked teams -- only No. 10 Cardinal Stritch isn’t on the Pirates’ schedule for the 2015 season. Park was originally scheduled to open the year by hosting its Park Invitational, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 23-24, in Breckon Sports Center. While that event will still be held, the Pirates just announced that Park will host No. 2 Grand View University on Thursday, Jan. 22, starting at 7 p.m. in Breckon Sports Center. Read more about Park’s upcoming season at

Darryl FortePark alumnus and KC police chief recognized for peace efforts

Darryl Forté, ’90, Kansas City, Mo., chief of police, received the Bodhisattva Award during the annual World Peace Meditation event in Kansas City, Mo., on Dec. 31, 2014. The award represents the highest Tibetan Buddhist ideal of a person who works for the benefit of others. A column about Forté’s award appeared in The Kansas City Star on Jan. 1.

In addition, Forté was recognized by a Kansas City Star columnist as the Kansas City area’s “Newsmaker of the Year” in the Jan. 3 issue of the newspaper for his efforts in helping lower homicide rates and property crimes in the city during 2014, as well as his community relations efforts and initiatives at cracking down on violent offenders.

Social work program hosting cultural exchange event

Park University’s Department of Social Work, in collaboration with Project Share and the Good Shepherd Catholic Community in Shawnee, Kan., will host an informative cultural exchange program on Wednesday, Jan. 14, featuring visitors from El Buen Pastor, a resettlement community in El Salvador. They will share their experiences and provide information related to immigration, social, cultural political and economic realities in their country and their vision for the future. The event is slated to be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the McCoy Meetin’ House.

Nugent ArtCampanella Gallery hosting painting exhibit

The artwork of painter Laura Nugent will be on display in Park University’s Campanella Gallery beginning Sunday, Jan. 11, through Monday, Feb. 16. A reception will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 14, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., in the Gallery. Nugent’s work has been exhibited at numerous venues and galleries, including the Kansas City (Mo.) Artists Coalition, Epsten Gallery in Leawood, Kan., and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kan. Her works are incorporated in various private and corporate collections, including Black and Veatch and St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., and the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. Nugent earned a Bachelor of Fine Art in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and furthered her studies at the Art School of Florence, Italy, and the New School for Social Research in New York.

Nugent’s paintings are compiled out of used materials found in her studio, usually beginning with a wood or canvas surface. She then layers abandoned works on paper and a plaster-like medium, and sands with different tools to create subtle textures and colors. For more information about the exhibit, 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
Christmas Sweater          Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
          3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
          Atlanta, GA 30326
Or by e-mail to:

Not-So-Attractive Holiday Sweater winner announced

Congratulations to Rodson Sigrah, general ledger accountant, the winner of Park University’s inaugural Not-So-Attractive Holiday Sweater competition! As the winner, Sigrah has been invited to join the distinguished panel of judges for next year’s competition and received a gift certificate for a Park University sweatshirt.

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 December 1-31
          •  Jose Carrillo, Area Director of El Paso Operations, El Paso (Texas) Campus Centers
          •  Sara Mitchell, Assistant Women’s Golf Coach, Department of Athletics, Parkville Campus
          •  Claire Dovyak, CRMS Coordinator, Office of Admissions (previously served as coordinator for data operations, Office of Admissions)
          •  Mallory Jobst, Applications Specialist, Office of Information Technology Services, Parkville Campus (previously served as data coordinator for CRM, Office of Student Financial Services)

Park In The News

Park University is featured in the January issue of United Airlines’ publication Dossier, a supplement to its Hemispheres magazine. Dossier is an economic development series that includes an in-depth overview of a region, including the unique initiatives that shape its industry and commerce, as well as its influence on the global economy. The current issue highlights Kansas City. A full-page Park ad appears on page 13 and a sidebar article about the University appears on page 15, focusing on Park’s commitment to educating members of the U.S. military, and includes a quote from Park President David Fowler. The magazine is the in-flight publication for United and appears on board every flight the airline serves globally.

Bill Venable III, assistant professor of management, was featured in the January issue of Leawood (Kan.) Lifestyle magazine. The article covered Venable’s background and how he is making a difference inside and outside the classroom.

Candace Rose, who graduated from Park University’s Barstow (Calif.) Community College Campus Center last May, will be competing this weekend in the Miss California USA pageant in Long Beach. Rose was crowned Miss Barstow last April. A story about Rose appeared in the Jan. 8 issue of the Desert Dispatch.

Brian Cowley, Ph.D., professor of psychology, provided comments for a story that appeared on KCTV in Kansas City on Dec. 29. Cowley was interviewed on how social media plays a role in sparking “mob mentality.”

Eric Bransby, who received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Park University in 1995, was highlighted in a Colorado Public Radio feature story about the 98-year-old artist.

Harrison Hartley, adjunct instructor of English, provided comments for a story that appeared in the Jan. 4 issue of the St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press. The article was related to a trend about religion having a declining influence in the lives of Americans.

Roberto Villaseñor, ’99, was appointed to President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing on Dec.18. Villaseñor will be a part of a task force that will examine how to strengthen public trust and foster strong relationships between local law enforcement and the communities they serve. Stories about the task force and Villaseñor, the chief of police in Tucson, Ariz., appeared in media outlets throughout the country.

Riccardo Lucas, ’96, was appointed co-chair of a commission to make recommendations to the Kansas City (Mo.) City Council to fill a vacancy for the city’s 5th District representative. A story related to Lucas' appointment appeared on WDAF-TV in Kansas City on Dec. 19.

Rick Barrett, ’91, was featured in an article that appeared in the Dec. 23 issue of the Fort Bend (Texas) Star. Barrett, a chiropractor, was named the 2014 Star of the Year for his international medical missions efforts.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)
     •  January 11-February 16 -- Laura Nugent Paintings Exhibit, Campanella Gallery (McAfee Memorial Library); Exhibit Reception: Jan. 14, 4:30 p.m., Campanella Gallery
     •  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
     •  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
Note: To view a comprehensive schedule for all events, including athletics, visit