Park University Imprint Express -- February 27, 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015

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Cathy Taylor

Dr. Michael Eskey Jr.

Dr. Michael EskeyEskeys, Taylor co-author article for distance learning journal

Michael Eskey Ph.D. (left), professor and program coordinator of criminal justice administration, his son, Michael Eskey Jr., D.P.A. (center), adjunct instructor of public administration, and Cathy Taylor, J.D. (right), associate professor of management and program coordinator of business/employment law, co-authored an article that appeared in the winter 2014 issue of the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration. The article, “Cyber-Bullying in the Online Classroom: Instructor Perceptions of Aggressive Student Behavior,” focused on the contribution of online learning that has created the medium for cyber-bullying in the virtual classroom and also by e-mail. The article can be read at

Steven YoungbloodYoungblood speaks at peace building summit

Steven Youngblood, director of Park University’s Center for Global Peace Journalism and associate professor of communication arts, is participating as a speaker/moderator at the GATHER+962 event through March 1 in Amman, Jordan. Youngblood will be presenting on conflict reporting during the program, which brings together peace builders from around the world. “This is an incredible opportunity to network with and learn from some of the world’s most successful peace builders,” Youngblood said. “I look forward to learning how to leverage the activities of the Center for Global Peace Journalism so they have the maximum impact.”

Nominations open through March 3 for Park leadership and service awards

Now is the time to recognize your fellow Park University community members for their outstanding efforts in leadership and service. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to nominate fellow students and employees for one or more of the Honors Convocation and Dr. Doris A. Howell Leadership Awards at

Nominations are being accepted through Tuesday, March 3, and award recipients will be announced at their respective banquets – Wednesday, April 8, at the Howell Leadership Awards event, or Wednesday, April 15, at the Honors Convocation. If you have any questions, contact the Office of Student Life at

Behzod AbduraimovTickets on sale for Abduraimov’s Kansas City recital debut

Tickets are on sale for the eagerly awaited Kansas City recital debut of Park University’s International Center for Music artist-in-residence and internationally renowned pianist Behzod Abduraimov on Friday, May 15, at 8 p.m., at the Folly Theater. Praised as “a master of all he surveys” by The London Times and compared to legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz, Abduraimov is scheduled to perform Frédéric Chopin’s “Ballades Nos. 1-4,” Franz Schubert’s “Impromptu Op. 142” and Horowitz’s/Franz Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.”

Tickets start at $25 and limited VIP tickets are available with premium seating and a post-concert reception with Abduraimov. To purchase tickets, contact the Folly Theater Ticket Office at (816) 474-4444 or visit

Emily GarrettStudent receives scholarship for study abroad experience

Emily Garrett, a junior geography major studying abroad during the Spring 2015 semester in New Zealand, has received a Generation Study Abroad New Zealand Universities Excellence Award to help pay for her program. The $500 scholarship is awarded by Education New Zealand and the country’s government. Garrett is studying this semester at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Student presents poster at women in mathematics conference

Amanda Croan, senior mathematics major, presented a research poster at the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics on Jan. 25 in Lincoln, Neb. The abstract of the poster, “Constructing a Nice Basis for the Global Weyl Module for the Map Algera of Sl2,” can be viewed at (page 4).

Campanella Gallery featuring graphic design exhibit

The artwork of graphic designers Matthew Derezinski, Joey Hannaford, Mervi Pakaste and Jeff Pulaski is on display in Park University’s Campanella Gallery through Sunday, March 15. The exhibition, “New Directions in Graphic Design,” seeks to highlight modern artistic techniques and uses in graphic design, illustration, photography, letterpress, and design software and practices. The works surpass what is done in the corporate setting, and serve as a voice for the possibilities graphic design offers globally in vision, message, output and artistry. Read more about the exhibit and featured exhibitors at

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

On Feb. 3, Park University President David Fowler was the special guest on the radio program "Live with Rink and Laura" on 1660 AM in Kansas City, KMBZ's business channel. If you missed the live broadcast, you can listen to the recording at During the hour-long interview, Fowler discussed his background; 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.

Tim Westcott, Ph.D., associate professor of history, appeared on the “KC Live” program on KSHB-TV in Kansas City on Feb. 23 to talk about Spencer Cave and the Spencer Cave Black History Month Lecture event that evening. Cave was born a slave at the start of the Civil War, moved to Parkville in 1875 (the year Park University was founded) and worked for the University for more than 70 years before his death in 1947.

Suzanne Discenza, Ph.D., director of the Master of Healthcare Administration program and professor of healthcare administration, was selected as one of Ingram’s magazine’s 2015 “Icons of Education” in the business publication’s February issue. An advertisement from the University congratulating Discenza accompanied the feature article.

In the same issue of Ingram’s, Park University was ranked No. 3 among the top private colleges and universities in Missouri and Kansas, based on undergraduate enrollment in Fall 2014.

Anthony Melchiorri, ’90, host/star of the Travel Channel Show “Hotel Impossible,” was featured in an article that appeared in The Rockaway (N.Y.) Times.

Robert Palmer, ’12, and Ramone Palmer, both of whom were teammates on Park University’s men’s soccer team, were profiled in a feature story that appeared on the Missouri Comets (Major Arena Soccer League team) website. The Palmers, both from Kingston, Jamaica, are not related, but have known each other since fifth grade and are Comets teammates. The Comets are coached by Vlatko Andonovski, ’08.

Darryl Forté, ’90, Kansas City, Mo., chief of police, began a monthly segment on WDAF-TV’s morning news show in Kansas City, “Chat with the Chief,” on Feb. 19. This month’s segment focused on supplying body cams for officers.

A story that highlighted Kansas City area police chiefs in smaller towns in the region, many of whom are Park University graduates, appeared in The Kansas City Star on Feb. 23. James Pruetting, ’95, Gardner, Kan.; Greg Mills, ’97, Riverside, Mo.; David Starbuck, ’99, Grain Valley, Mo.; Jan Zimmerman, ’93, ’97, Raymore, Mo.; and Kevin Chrisman, ’93, Parkville, Mo., were all featured in the article.

A debut recital concert by Behzod Abduraimov, International Center for Music artist-in-residence, in New York’s Weill Recital Hall on Feb. 18 was reviewed in The New York Times on Feb. 20.

Park University was featured in special “Education” section that appeared in the Feb. 19 edition of The Kansas City Star (pages 10-11). Park was highlighted in a full-page advertisement, as well as a feature advertorial article. The article included comments from University deans: Emily Sallee, Ph.D., College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Brad Kleindl, School of Business; Michelle Myers, Ed.D., School for Education; and Laurie DiPadova-Stocks, Ph.D., School of Graduate and Professional Studies, and the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)
     •  Through March 15 -- New Directions in Graphic Design Exhibit, Campanella Gallery (McAfee Memorial Library)
     •  March 8 -- Spring I Session ends
     •  March 8-15 -- Spring Recess
     •  March 16 -- Spring II Session begins
     •  March 18 -- WWI Movie Talk: “Darling Lili,” 7 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  March 18-April 15 -- Park Studio/Art Design Student Exhibition, Campanella Gallery (McAfee Memorial Library); Reception: March 19, 4-5:30 p.m.
     •  March 20 -- Old Kate Basketball Court Ribbon-Cutting, 1 p.m., Parkville Campus
     •  March 20 -- Admissions: Scholarship Recognition Day, 6:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  March 21 -- Admissions: Pirate Preview, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  March 31 -- Faculty/Staff Author’s Reception, 3 p.m., McAfee Memorial Library
     • April 6-9 -- Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium, Parkville Campus
     • April 8 -- Dr. Doris A. Howell Leadership Awards, 6 p.m., Park Distance Learning Conference Center
     • April 8 -- WWI Movie Talk: “Lawrence of Arabia,” 7 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House
     • April 11 -- Admissions: Get On Board Day, 8:30 a.m., Parkville Campus
     • April 14 -- Ballyhoo, 5 p.m., AMC Theatre’s Theatre Support Center, 11500 Ash, Leawood, Kan.
     • April 15 -- Honors Convocation, 7 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
Note: To view a comprehensive schedule for all events, including athletics, visit