In celebration of the leadership achievements of Park University students, faculty and staff during the 2014-15 academic year, the Office of Student Life and the Park Student Government Association co-hosted the 20th annual Dr. Doris A. Howell Leadership Awards on April 8 on the University’s Parkville Campus. The banquet is named for Howell, a 1944 Park graduate and an internationally renowned leader in pediatrics and hospice care.
Awards presented and the recipients (name, year in school and major for students or title for faculty/staff, hometown and high school attended, if known, for students):
Outstanding Class Member Awards: This award honors one male and one female student from each class (sophomore, junior and non-graduating senior, based on the number of years enrolled at Park, not by credit hours completed) who best represents their class in service to, and participation in, Park University.
• Non-Graduating Seniors: Fasli Amikishiyev, senior accounting and business administration/finance major, Baku, Azerbaijan; and Vy Nguyen, junior business administration/international business major, Knob Noster, Mo. (attended Knob Noster High School; originally from Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam)
• Juniors: Steven Crooke, junior social work major, Conroe, Texas; and Kara Lough, junior elementary education major, Wentzville, Mo. (attended Wentzville Holt High School)
• Sophomores: Ahmad Alhazmi, sophomore information and computer science major, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and Moira Potter, junior social psychology major, St. Charles, Mo.
Dr. Doris Howell Leadership Awards: This award is given to students who distinguish themselves uniquely as leaders regardless of position or title. Recipients represent the spirit of a Park University by: pursuing integrity in every endeavor; inclusiveness as a global citizen; are responsible and respectful in word, work and conduct; are aware of the implications and rewards of their education; truthful in every action; and excellence in modeling the Park University lifestyle.
• Bosra Frazier, freshman fine art major, Kansas City, Mo.
• Kriti Kafle, senior information and computer science/software engineering major, Parkville, Mo.
• Esther Komoe, junior business administration/finance and business administration/international business major, Rabat, Morocco
• Steve Komoe, senior business administration/finance major, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
• Matthew Moratz, senior business administration/international business major, Weatherby Lake, Mo. (attended Park Hill High School, Kansas City, Mo.)
• Keleigh Pack, sophomore chemistry major, Trimble, Mo. (attended Plattsburg [Mo.] High School)
• Sydney Patterson, junior business administration/marketing major, Lee’s Summit, Mo. (attended Lee’s Summit West High School)
• Madisyn Pettit, freshman legal studies major, Pasadena, Texas (attended Deer Park [Texas] South High School
• Rukhsora Rakhmatova, 2013 Park graduate currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Dusing-Proudfoot Award: This award is given to honor an outstanding contribution by a Park University faculty or staff member. It is named in honor of two former Park University professors, Albert Dusing and Merrill Proudfoot, who worked at Park for more than 20 years each and are respected for their academic and teaching betterment of students.
• Glenn Lester, instructor of English and program coordinator for first-year writing, Kansas City, Mo.
Tipton Award: This award is given to honor an outstanding service contribution to Park University by a Park alumnus/alumna. It is named to honor Bill and Mary Lou Tipton, both 1928 Park graduates. Throughout their lives, the Tiptons served Park University through the Park University Alumni Association, Friends of the Park University Library and the Park University Board of Trustees.
• Robert Corbett, 1938 Park graduate, Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Park Family Award: This award recognizes a Park staff or faculty member who embodies the University’s family-like culture in his/her interaction with students and fellow staff/faculty.
• Florenda Jarrard, assistant director of academic support, Academic Support Center, and 2007 Park graduate, Kansas City, Mo.
Toni Griggs Award: This award is given to honor a student(s) who has made an outstanding contribution to Park University through leadership, service or work performance. Griggs was a Park employee who was an integral part of the University for three decades. She was a dear friend throughout the years to many Park students, faculty and staff.
• Ayla Parham, junior secondary education/biology and biology major, Clever, Mo. (attended Clever High School)
• Anna Ruckman, junior graphic design major, Lee’s Summit, Mo. (attended Lee’s Summit West High School)
C.W. Bailey Award: This award is given in memory of C.W. Bailey, grandfather of John Shelton, a 1976 Park graduate, to students for the purpose of facilitating their education to the end that they may make a contribution to society in the tradition of Bailey. It is presented to one or two students who have distinguished themselves and exhibited the spirit of Park University.
• James Berry, sophomore athletic training and fitness/wellness major, Olathe, Kan. (attended Olathe North High School)
• Aaliyah Brown, freshman fitness and wellness major, St. Louis, Mo.
Park Servant Leader of the Year Award: Awarded to a student who exemplifies the characteristics of a strong servant leader and/or has a service-focused mindset, and has worked effectively with others in the University and/or surrounding community to be a positive change.
• James “Zac” Jarrard, senior political science/international politics and economics major, Kansas City, Mo. (attended Park Hill High School)
Faculty/Staff Newcomer of the Year Award: Presented to the faculty or staff member in his/her first year of outstanding service to the University.
• Sherry Ann Sebastian, intercultural programming coordinator, Office of International Student Admissions and Services, Olathe, Kan.
Student Employee of the Year Award: The recipient of this special award goes to an outstanding work-study student who is chosen on the basis of his/her reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and the uniqueness of his/her contributions to the University.
• Ashley Woodin, senior biology major, employed in Department of Natural and Physical Sciences, Kansas City, Mo. (attended Olathe [Kan.] East High School
Graduate Assistant of the Year Award: The recipient of this special award goes to an outstanding graduate assistant student who is chosen on the basis of his/her reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and the uniqueness of his/her contributions to the University.
• Nora Gedei, 2012 Park graduate currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree, employed in the Office of Student Life as a student programs specialist, Parkville, Mo. (originally from Szeged, Hungary)
Student Organization Adviser of the Year Award: This award recognizes the staff/faculty member who has provided outstanding efforts in guiding and advising student organizations.
• Robert Kao, Ph.D., adviser for Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship and assistant professor of finance, Parkville, Mo.
Park Student Government Association / Cindy Anderson Senator of the Year Award: PSGA helps explore campus issues of importance to Park University and provides assistance to student organizations, and helps ensure students’ voices are heard when decisions are made about the future of the institution.
• Jeremy Barnes, junior chemistry major, Buckner, Mo. (attended Fort Osage High School, Independence, Mo.)
PSGA Good to the Core Values – Award of Integrity: This award is given to an outstanding student who has displayed integrity in accordance with Park University’s core values.
• Hayley Weatherford, sophomore business administration/marketing major, Lee’s Summit, Mo. (attended Blue Springs [Mo.] South High School)
Program of the Year Award: Awarded to the student club or academic organization that made outstanding contributions to local, national or global communities through an organized service or civic engagement program.
• Alternative Spring Break – Guatemala
Student Organization of the Year Award: Awarded to the club(s) that has/have made the greatest contributions to the Park community through organization, innovation and commitment to the organization’s purpose and activities.
• Business and Investment Club (large club)
• Psychology Club (small club)
In addition, the 2014-15 slate of Park Student Government Association officers and senators were recognized:
• Officers: Jeremy Barnes, president; Derek Braun, vice president; Fasli Amikishiyev, business manager; Pauline Plantiveau, secretary; and Peter Franck, assessment coordinator.
• Senators: J.P. Berry, James Boyer, Chloe Durand, Courtney Fairhurst, Akwy Gawg, Will Henry, Alayna Howard, Emma Kitelinger, Teyana Miller, Jasmin Mir, Matthew Moratz, Madisyn Pettit, Nathan Stegemann and Haley Weatherford.