Park University Imprint Express -- March 9, 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015

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Park ranked among top private colleges for return on investment


As part of a story published by The Wall Street Journal on March 2, Park University was mentioned as being one of the top private colleges in the country for return on investment. Park was tied for fifth nationally in the rankings with an annual ROI percentage of 8.3 percent, based on the 2014 PayScale College ROI Report. The ranking was for all majors, based on projected earnings over 20 years. While well-known schools such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Princeton University, Rice University and Harvard University had 20-year net ROI approximately double that of Park University’s, Park’s annual ROI percentage was higher than these schools. Of the top 22 schools listed, Park’s four-year cost was the third-lowest.


Steven HillHill earns All-America honors at NAIA national meet


Steven Hill, a junior on Park University’s men's track and field team, earned All-America honors by finishing in third place in the men’s triple jump at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio, on March 7. Hill jumped 14.91 meters (48 feet-11 inches), narrowly missing a silver medal by four centimeters (1.75 inches). Teammate Teddy McCord, also a junior, placed ninth in the men’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.26.


BallyhooBallyhoo event to benefit School of Business, Presidential Honors Scholarship


Park University’s annual Ballyhoo event, which raises funds each year for University programs and scholarships, will be held on Tuesday, April 14, at the AMC Theater Support Center in Leawood, Kan., starting at 5 p.m. This year’s Ballyhoo, billed as “The Business of Entertainment,” will benefit Park’s School of Business and the Presidential Honors Scholarship. Sponsorship levels begin at $1,000. To secure a sponsorship, make a donation or for more information, visit http://advancing.park.edu/pages/ballyhoo or contact Nathan Marticke, associate vice president of constituent development, at nathan.marticke@park.edu or (816) 584-6200.


Alain MatingouPark assistant soccer coach named to MASL All-Rookie Team


Alain-Giress Matingou, Park University men’s soccer assistant coach, has been named to the Major Arena Soccer League’s first-ever All-Rookie team. Matingou, a 2012 Park graduate, is a defender on the Missouri Comets. He helped the Comets to an undefeated regular season, finishing sixth in the league among defensemen with 33 points (21 points on goals scored and 12 assists). Read more at www.cometsindoorsoccer.com/alain-matingou-named-first-ever-masl-rookie-team/.


Library to join MOBIUS consortium


Park University’s McAfee Memorial Library will become a member of MOBIUS (formerly known as the Missouri Bibliographic Information User System), effective Wednesday, April 1. The MOBIUS consortium will provide Park students, faculty and staff with access to approximately 70 million items available for loan, deliverable to any MOBIUS member library, access to electronic books via the Colorado Research Alliance catalog and the ability to borrow materials in-person from any MOBIUS academic member library. Most of the 72 member libraries in the system are two- and four-year independent and public academic/college libraries in Missouri.


Student leaders selected as resident assistants, first-year experience mentors


Park University’s Office of Student Life has announced those students who have been appointed to serve as resident assistants and first-year experience mentors during the 2015-16 academic year. Resident assistants serve as the primary contact and resource for an assigned residential community. In addition, they facilitate campus involvement and serve as role models academically and socially to the entire student body. First-year experience mentors make up the primary staff for the First-Year Experience Program. The mentors are assigned to first-year course sections, where they implement lateral learning opportunities. Their duty is to connect in-classroom lessons with outside-the-classroom experiences on the University’s Parkville Campus. Additionally, the mentors serve as role models, demonstrating appropriate academic and personal behavior, and promote retention by advising new students through first-year development issues. View the list of students selected to these positions at www.park.edu/news/2015/03/ras-fyems-2015.html.


Park University, Coro Kansas City announce 2015 class for summer internship in public affairs


Park University and Coro Kansas City have announced the 2015 class of the Coro Kansas City Internship in Public Affairs program, a partnership with the University’s Hauptmann School of Public Affairs. Coro Kansas City is designed to develop future community leaders through exposure to community issues, leadership development, civic leaders and organizations. It is a demanding and full-time internship, and requires an interest in public affairs. Each intern is assigned a week-long internship in each of the four sectors of business, government, labor and nonprofit organizations. Participants are immersed in these sectors, allowing them to learn experientially with some of Kansas City’s most effective leaders and establish significant professional contacts. The remaining four weeks are spent in individual and group leadership development sessions. Read more about Coro Kansas City and the 2015 class of 12 interns at www.park.edu/news/2015/03/coro-kansas-city-2015-class.


Human Resource Services announces new hires, transfers/promotions


From February 1-28
NEW HIRES
          •  Maria De La Luz Rivera, Campus Site Manager, Fort Irwin (Calif.) Campus Center
          •  Bill Lawson, Academic Expansion Officer, Chancellor’s Office, Downtown Kansas City (Mo.) Campus Center
          •  Mark Rynard, Contact Center Systems Administrator, Office of Telecommunications, Parkville (Mo.) Campus
          •  Isabel Williams, Campus Site Manager, Holloman Air Force Base (N.M.) Campus Center

TRANSFERS/PROMOTIONS
          •  Thomas Allen, Director, Austin (Texas) Campus Center (previously served as regional recruiter/admissions counselor)
          •  Rochelle Bialcak, Director, Hill Air Force Base (Utah) Campus Center (previously served as assistant director)
          •  Nancy Blackburn, Student Success Adviser, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio) Campus Center (previously served as assistant director)
          •  Lauren Bryant, Student Success Adviser, Fairchild Air Force Base (Wash.) Campus Center (previously served as testing center specialist)
          •  Florabel Bueno-Franco, Admissions Representative, Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center (previously served as administrative specialist)
          •  Kadie Burton, Admissions Representative, Malmstrom Air Force Base (Mont.) Campus Center (previously served as administrative specialist)
          •  Judy Caudill, Student Funding Coordinator, Cherry Point (N.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center (previously served as program specialist)
          •  Shawna Chamberlin, Admissions Representative, Camp Pendleton (Calif.) Campus Center (previously served as administrative specialist)
          •  Lola Christensen, Testing Center Coordinator, Hill Air Force Base (Utah) Campus Center (previously served as administrative specialist)
          •  Emily Cornwell, Financial Aid Counselor, Goodfellow Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center (previously served as administrative specialist)
          •  Desiree DeLeon, Financial Aid Counselor, Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center (previously served as administrative specialist)
          •  Mimi Emanuel, Student Success Adviser, Defense Supply Center Columbus (Ohio) Campus Center (previously served as assistant director)
          •  Stephanie Fox, Student Success Regional Director, Hill Air Force Base (Utah) Campus Center (previously served as director)
          •  Susan Gilbert, Student Success Adviser, Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center (previously served as assistant director)
          •  Mary Grijalva, Financial Aid Counselor, Barstow (Calif.) Community College Campus Center (previously served as program specialist)
          •  Ashley James, Assistant Director, Fort Myer (Va.) Campus Center (previously served as program specialist)
          •  Melva Jenkins, Assistant Director, Marine Corps Base Quantico (Va.) Campus Center (previously served as program specialist)
          •  Sharrell Jenkins, Student Funding Coordinator/Testing Center Coordinator, Charleston (S.C.) Air Force Base Campus Center (previously served as administrative specialist)
          •  Harelyn Johnson, Student Success Adviser, Scott Air Force Base (Ill.) Campus Center (previously served as assistant director)
          •  Rachel Jones, Student Success Adviser, Lackland Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center (previously served as assistant director)
          •  Adam Karasiewicz, Financial Aid Counselor, Office of Student Financial Services, Parkville (Mo.) Campus (previously served as financial aid specialist)
          •  Rebekah Lodge-Maragh, Assistant Director, Laughlin Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center (previously served as administrative specialist)
          •  Alvina Mannix, Student Success Adviser, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio) Campus Center (previously served as administrative specialist)
          •  Claudia Martinez, Student Funding Coordinator, F.E. Warren Air Force Base (Wyo.) Campus Center (previously served as administrative specialist)
          •  Naomi Matthews, Student Success Adviser, Camp Pendleton (Calif.) Campus Center (previously served as assistant director)
          •  Tammy McCoy, Student Success Adviser, Moody Air Force Base (Ga.) Campus Center (previously served as program specialist)
          •  Mary Ann McCray, Admissions Representative, Cherry Point (N.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center (previously served as administrative specialist)
          •  Sharon Millard, Admissions Representative, Cherry Point (N.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center (previously served as assistant director)
          •  Shaquana Miller, Admissions Representative, Charleston (S.C.) Air Force Base Campus Center (previously served as program specialist)
          •  Yvonne Moduno, Admissions Regional Director, Park Distance Learning (previously served as director, Austin [Texas] Campus Center)
          •  Shannon Nichols, Admissions Representative, Scott Air Force Base (Ill.) Campus Center (previously served as administrative specialist)
          •  Desiree Nickerson, Student Success Regional Director, Parkville (Mo.) Campus (previously served as student success adviser)
          •  Janet Ostrander, Central Region Regional Director, Park Distance Learning (previously served as director, Luke Air Force Base [Ariz.] Campus Center)
          •  Karen Perkins, Student Success Adviser, Tinker Air Force Base (Okla.) Campus Center (previously served as administrative specialist)
          •  Ivonne Rodriguez, Student Success Adviser, Hill Air Force Base (Utah) Campus Center (previously served as administrative assistant)
          •  Tekinah Sanders, Admissions Representative, Austin (Texas) Campus Center (previously served as assistant director)
          •  Colleen Savakinas, Assistant Director, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio) Campus Center (previously served as program specialist)
          •  Josephine Schaffer, Student Funding Coordinator, Camp Pendleton (Calif.) Campus Center (previously served as program specialist)
          •  Allison Schultis, Admissions Representative, Austin (Texas) Campus Center (previously served as program specialist)
          •  Deanne Shaddrick, Student Success Adviser, Malmstrom Air Force Base (Mont.) Campus Center (previously served as assistant director)
          •  Rosalyn Smith, Student Funding Coordinator, Office of Admissions, Parkville (Mo.) Campus (previously served as financial aid specialist)
          •  Connie Southall, Student Success Regional Director, Naval Support Activity Mid-South Millington (Tenn.) Campus Center (previously served as director)
          •  Alicia Stolte, Student Success Adviser, Lackland Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center (previously served as administrative specialist)
          •  Zina Swan, Admissions Representative/Testing Center Coordinator, Malmstrom Air Force Base (Mont.) Campus Center (previously served as administrative specialist)
          •  Michelle Thomas, Assistant Director, Naval Support Activity Mid-South Millington (Tenn.) Campus Center (previously served as administrative specialist)
          •  Normal Vizcaino, Student Success Adviser, El Paso (Texas) Campus Center (previously served as administrative specialist)
          •  Jo Ann Wilson, Admissions Representative, Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center (previously served as program specialist)


Park In The News


A story about former Park University baseball player Derek Gordon (2011-14) appeared on KLKN-TV (Lincoln, Neb.) on Feb. 26. Gordon had been playing with the Kansas City T-Bones before his contract was purchased by the Kansas City Royals. His brother, Royals Gold Glove outfielder Alex Gordon, was interviewed for the story.


Upcoming Events


(All events are Central time)
     •  Through March 15 -- New Directions in Graphic Design Exhibit, Campanella Gallery (McAfee Memorial Library)
     •  Through March 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, 12:30 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 25 -- Women's History Month Lecture: Dr. Janet Valentine, 7 p.m., McCoy Meetin' House
     •  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
     •  April 19 -- International Center for Music Concert: Kinnor Philharmonic Orchestra Side-by-Side Performance, 3 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  April 20-May 10 -- Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition, Campanella Gallery (McAfee Memorial Library)
     •  April 24 -- Admissions: Junior Overnight Experience,  Parkville Campus
     •  April 24 -- Mansur Kadirov Graduate Cello Recital, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  April 25 -- Admissions: Pirate Preview, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  April 25 -- Grand Forks (N.D.) Air Force Base Campus Center Commencement, 3 p.m., East Grand Forks (Minn.) High School
     •  April 25 -- International Center for Music Concert: Young Artist Showcase, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  April 29 -- Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture Series: Dr. Frank Thompson, 6 p.m., National Archives at Kansas City
Note: To view a comprehensive schedule for all events, including athletics, visit www.park.edu/calendars/park-events-calendar.html.