Park University Imprint Express -- April 15, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Vinicius BaiganPark assistant volleyball coach earns national award


Park University men’s and women’s volleyball assistant coach Vinicius Baigan earned his second award in the 2014-15 season from the American Volleyball Coaches Association as he was named to the AVCA’s Thirty Under 30 list, an award given to up-and-coming coaching talent at all levels of the sport of volleyball. Of the 30 recipients, Baigan is the only representative from the NAIA ranks. Earlier this season, Baigan was named the Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year by his volleyball coaching peers in the AVCA.

“It’s an incredible honor and I’m truly humbled to be recognized by an organization like the AVCA,” Baigan said. “Park has become home to me, and you don’t get recognized like this without incredible student-athletes, coaches, and staff.” Read more about Baigan’s honor at www.parkathletics.com/article/727.php.


Howell Awards honors leadership achievements


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. A variety of awards were presented to Park students, faculty, staff, alumni and student programs. For a complete list of awards, visit www.park.edu/news/2015/04/howell-awards-2015.html.


Dr. Frank ThompsonHauptmann Lecture to feature dialogue on Obamacare


Frank J. Thompson, Ph.D., distinguished professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark (N.J.) and an affiliated faculty member with the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy in New Brunswick, will be the keynote speaker at Park University’s 23rd annual Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture Series event on Wednesday, April 29. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the National Archives at Kansas City, 400 W. Pershing Road, in Kansas City, Mo., starting at 6:30 p.m. A reception will be held prior to the lecture beginning at 6 p.m.

Thompson’s lecture topic will examine “The Struggle to Implement Obamacare: Implications for American Governance.” According to Thompson, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 was an epic policy breakthrough, culminating a century of effort to expand health insurance coverage to nearly all Americans, but those striving to implement the law have faced a difficult, contentious context marked by deep-seated partisan polarization. Thompson’s discussion will track the progress to date in implementing two major provisions of the PPACA — the creation of viable insurance exchanges and the expansion of Medicaid. The lecture will also show how the PPACA intersects with broader issues of American governance: the rise of the executive branch within the separation-of-powers system, the increased importance of the administrative presidency and the emergence of fractious federalism rooted in partisan polarization.

While the lecture is open the public, reservations are required as seating is limited. To make a reservation, contact the National Archives at Kansas City at kansascity.educate@nara.gov or (816) 268-8010. For more information about the lecture and the lecture series, co-sponsored by the National Archives at Kansas City, visit www.park.edu/Academics/hauptmann-school-of-public-affairs/distinguished-lecture-series.html.


Men’s volleyball team No. 2 seed in NAIA national tourney


Park University will need to make another charge through the NAIA Men’s Volleyball National Invitational Tournament as an underdog if the Pirates want to claim back-to-back national championships, earning the No. 2 seed in the 2015 tournament, Thursday-Saturday, April 23-25 in St. Louis. As the No. 2 seed, Park (25-4) will play both of its pool play matches on April 23, meeting No. 5 Hope International at 10 a.m., followed by No. 4 Grand View at 4 p.m. Should Park finish either first or second in its pool, the Pirates will play on April 24 in the semifinals at either 4 p.m. or 7 p.m. The championship match is scheduled for April 25 at 6 p.m.

A six-part series previewing the tournament will be released at www.parkathletics.com leading up to the tournament, beginning with previews on the three teams in Pool A, followed by previews of Park’s two opponents in Pool B, and ending with a preview of Park’s first two matches next week in St. Louis. Park’s Sports Communications team will provide wall-to-wall coverage of the tournament, including daily pre-tournament shows and interviews with players, coaches and NAIA tournament staff at www.parkathletics.com.

Should Park advance to the championship match, the University is offering a package to see the Pirates in person! Reserve your spot on the victory bus, which will leave the Parkville Campus (Julian Field parking lot) at noon on April 25 and return following the match. The package includes transportation, an invitation to a pre-match “tailgate” party and a ticket. This tournament package, available on a first-come, first-served basis, is free for Park students and $25 for non-Park students. To register for this package or for more information, visit http://bit.ly/1at1snK. In addition, watch parties are being planned for the Parkville Campus in Thompson Commons for all of Park’s matches. If you can’t make it to one of the watch parties, check out the matches at http://portal.stretchinternet.com/park/.


Park degree programs ranked among tops in country


Park University’s online finance concentration within the Master of Business Administration degree program has been ranked No. 21 in the country by OnlineMastersPrograms.org. The programs and universities on the list are nationally recognized for their affordability, the caliber of faculty, the convenience of online degree completion and the success and satisfaction of its graduates.

In addition, Park’s online Bachelor of Science degree in education studies/early childhood teaching young children, has been ranked No. 6 in the country for affordability by GreatValueColleges.net, based on net price as reported by College Navigator.


Glenn LesterLester, Cryer present at college composition conference


Glenn Lester (left), instructor of English and program coordinator for first-year writing, and Dan Cryer, adjunct instructor of English, presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 19 in Tampa, Fla. Lester presented “I Don’t Do ‘I’: Risking Narrative Pedagogy in a Nursing-Themed First-Year Writing Course” as part of a panel on “Connecting STEM to FYC.” Lester explained results of a classroom activity that used a the study of pathography (illness narrative) to teach writing to nursing students, and argued that writing teachers should pay closer attention to pedagogies arising out of other disciplines, such as nursing, and search for ways to incorporate those pedagogies into writing instruction. Cryer spoke on “United the Households of Genre: Ecology and Economy in the Writings of Aldo Leopold” as part of a session on “Rhetorics and Ecologies of Scale: Composing Across Environments and Disciplines.”


Faculty present at TCC online conference


A trio of Park University faculty, Jutta Pegues, Ph.D., assistant professor of history; Cathy Taylor, J.D., associate professor of management and program coordinator of business/employment law; and Henry Roehrich, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing/management (along with his wife, Julie Grabanski), collaborated on a presentation for the Technology, Colleges and Community Worldwide Online Conference on March 19. The presentation, “External Factors that Impact Online Instructor Performance,” addressed how higher education online instructor evaluators are faced with many challenges while conducting and completing annual evaluations for adjunct faculty members.


Smoke-free policy beginning July 1


On July 1, 2014, Park University’s updated smoking policy went into effect. Smoking on the Parkville Campus was limited to “red bench” areas only, with all other areas of the campus considered smoke-free, including parking lots, sidewalks and Park-owned vehicles. This was the first step of a two-step approach, and on July 1, 2015, the Parkville Campus’ smoke-free policy will be implemented on July 1, 2015. In addition, Park’s Downtown Kansas City (Mo.), Independence (Mo.) and Austin (Texas) campus centers will also be smoke-free on July 1. For more information, visit www.park.edu/terms-and-regulations/tobacco-use-policy.html. Questions about the policy should be referred to the Department of Campus Safety, campussafety@park.edu  / (816) 584-6444 or the Office of Student Life, studentlife@park.edu  / (816) 584-6377.


Behzod AbduraimovAbduraimov to make Kansas City recital debut on May 15


The International Center for Music at Park University presents artist-in-residence and 2009 winner of the London International Piano Competition, Behzod Abduraimov, in his eagerly awaited Kansas City recital debut, at the Folly Theater on Friday, May 15, at 8 p.m. Praised as “a master of all he surveys” by The London Times and compared to the legendary Vladimir Horowitz, Abduraimov is scheduled to perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Appassionata Sonata No. 23, Op. 57,” Fryderyk Chopin’s “Ballades Nos. 1 and 4,” Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Original Theme and Variations, Op. 19, No. 6,” and Sergei Prokofiev’s “Piano Sonata No. 6.” Tickets for the concert start at $25 and limited VIP tickets are available that include premium seating and a post-concert reception with Abduraimov. For tickets, visit http://follytheater.org/events/behzod-abduraimov-pianist or call (816) 474-4444. For more information about Abduraimov and the concert, visit www.park.edu/news/2015/04/abduraimov-kansas-city-recital-debut.html.


ICM presents performance with Kinnor Philharmonic Orchestra


Park University’s International Center for Music presents a side-by-side performance with the Kinnor Philharmonic Orchestra on Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m., in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. Joining the KPO in a performance of Robert Schumann’s “Cello Concerto in A Minor, op. 129” is Mansur Kadirov, a Park graduate student pursing a graduate certificate in cello performance (and 2014 Bachelor of Music graduate) and 2014 Naftzger Young Artist winner. Led by maestro Chris Kelts, the KPO will also perform Wolfgang Mozart’s “Overture to Don Giovanni” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7” with ICM string students performing alongside members of the orchestra.

Tickets for the concert are — general admission: $15 in advance online, $20 at the door; senior citizens age 60 and older: $10; students with a valid student ID: $5; Park University students, faculty and staff with Park ID and their children age 12 and under: free. For more information about the concert, visit www.park.edu/news/2015/04/icm-side-by-side-with-kinnor-philharmonic-orchestra.html.


Senior Exhibit - LeightyPark senior to display artwork in Campanella Gallery


The artwork of Rene Leighty, Park University senior fine art major, will be on display at the Campanella Gallery on the University’s Parkville Campus from Monday, April 20, to Sunday, May 10. A reception will be held on Tuesday, April 21, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the Gallery. Leighty’s exhibit, “The Reality of Motherhood,” depicts the changes that occur in a women’s body that come naturally when having children. The artist describes her artwork as contemporary, expressive, dramatic, personal, and more importantly, demonstrates the reality of motherhood.  “I used repetitive lines and shapes to display an appearance of movement and merged together a layering of multiple images in graphite and charcoal,” said Leighty. “The process is similar to the triple exposure technique in photography, with a repetition of recognizable body parts and overlapping imagery in my descriptions of a hectic life.” For more information about the exhibit, visit www.park.edu/news/2015/04/senior-art-exhibit-spring-2015.html.


Discussion on diversity event set for April 22


Park University, in conjunction with The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council, will host a “Unity Within Diversity” discussion on Wednesday, April 22, starting at 2 p.m. in the McCoy Meetin’ House on the University’s Parkville Campus. The event is free and open to the public. The dialogue will include a trio of panelists: Matt Rice, GKCIC Buddhism director; Mahnaz Shabbir, GKCIC Islam director at-large and adjunct instructor of healthcare administration at Park; and Barry Speert, GKCIC Judaism director at-large. The panelists will present an overview of their respective faiths and their work in the community promoting diversity appreciation and awareness, followed by a question-and-answer session. For more information about the event, contact Sarah Stout, senior interdisciplinary studies major, at sarah.stout@park.edu.


ICM students featured in present Young Artist Showcase


Students from Park University’s International Center for Music will be featured in the ICM’s Young Artist Showcase concert, Saturday, April 25, starting at 7:30 p.m., in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public. The concert will highlight the University’s exceptionally gifted student artists. Students scheduled to perform:
          •  Artem Alexanyan, piano, junior applied music/piano major, performing “Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20,” by Frédéric Chopin
          •  Elizabeth Codd, violin, graduate student pursing master’s degree in violin performance and 2013 graduate certificate recipient, performing “Allegretto Ben Moderato,” by César Franck
          •  Laurel Gagnon, violin, applied music/strings major, performing “Poème, Op. 25,” by Ernest Chausson
          •  Sunnat Ibragimov, cello, graduate student pursuing master’s degree in cello performance and 2012 graduate (and 2009 undergraduate certificate recipient), performing “Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19 for Cello and Piano,” by Sergei Rachmaninoff
          •  Mansur Kadirov, cello, graduate student pursing master’s degree in cello performance and 2014 graduate, performing “Sonata for Unaccompanied Cello, Op 8” by Zoltán Kodály
          •  Jinhong Li, piano, applied music/piano major, performing “Fantasie in B Minor, Op. 28,” by Alexander Scriabin
          •  Hanna Zhdan, violin, applied music/strings major, performing “Romance for Violin and Piano, Op. 6,” by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Pianist Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, ICM instructor of music/piano, will accompany Codd, Gagnon, Ibragimov and Zhdan.


Human Resource Services announces new hires, transfers/promotions


From March 1-31
NEW HIRES
          •  Anita Franklin, Administrative Specialist, Beaufort (S.C) Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center
          •  Theodore McCord, Campus Safety Officer, Department of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus
          •  Elizabeth Tembo, Financial Aid Specialist, Office of Student Financial Services, Parkville Campus

TRANSFERS/PROMOTIONS
          •  Ashley Featherston, Campus Site Manager, Luke Air Force Base (Ariz.) Campus Center (previously served as assistant campus center director)
          •  Lani Hayselden, Financial Literacy and Default Prevention Counselor, Office of Student Financial Services, Parkville Campus (previously served as assistant director, Office of International Student Admissions and Services)
          •  Ashley James, Campus Site Manager, Fort Myer (Va.) Campus Center (previously served as program specialist)*
          •  Melva Jenkins, Campus Site Manager, Marine Corps Base Quantico (Va.) Campus Center (previously served as program specialist)*
          •  Jasmine Lee, Campus Site Manager, Fort Myer (Va.) Campus Center (previously served as assistant campus center director)
          •  Rebekah Lodge-Maragh, Campus Site Manager, Laughlin Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center (previously served as administrative specialist)*
          •  Patricia Rangel, Campus Site Manager, Barstow (Calif.) Community College Campus Center (previously served as assistant campus center director)
          •  Colleen Savakinas, Campus Site Manager, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio) Campus Center (previously served as program specialist)*
          •  Michelle Thomas, Campus Site Manager, Naval Support Activity Mid-South Millington (Texas) Campus Center (previously served as administrative specialist)*
          •  Nancy Whitman, Campus Site Manager, El Paso (Texas) Campus Center (previously served as program specialist)*
          •  Subnaraisa Williams, Campus Site Manager, Holloman Air Force Base (N.M.) Campus Center (previously served as administrative specialist)*
          •  Emily Wolken, Campus Site Manager, Victor Valley College (Calif.) Campus Center (previously served as assistant campus center director)
          •  Krasimira Yopa, Campus Site Manager, Headquarters Marine Corps / Headquarters Battalion Henderson Hall (Va.) Campus Center (previously served as assistant campus center director)
NOTE: * Previously announced with incorrect new title


Park In The News


Michael Hollis, adjunct instructor of communication arts, was the focus of an article that appeared on The Center for Public Integrity’s website. Hollis has formed a political action committee aimed at representing contract journalists.

Park University Board of Trustees member Michael Collins, ’04, president and chief executive officers of the Port Authority of Kansas City, Mo., was interviewed for an opinion article that appeared in the April 4 issue of The Kansas City Star regarding Kansas City’s riverfront development.

Tech Sgt. Priscilla Noll, senior management/human resources major at Park University’s Luke Air Force Base (Ariz.) Campus Center, was featured in an article that appeared in the Luke AFB Thunderbolt newspaper on April 10. Noll and a colleague provided first aid to an elderly woman who had suffered injuries during a head-on collision, and Noll was honored with Luke AFB’s “Finest Award” for her contributions in helping save the woman’s life.


Upcoming Events


(All events are Central time)
     •  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: Rene Leighty, Campanella Gallery (McAfee Memorial Library); Reception: April 20, 4:30-6 p.m.
     •  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
     •  May 1 -- Admissions: Get On Board Day, 8:30 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  May 1 -- Artem Kuznetsov Piano Recital, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  May 2 -- Leonard Lindweld Piano Recital, 4 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  May 2 -- Artem Alexanyan Piano Recital, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  May 3 -- Elizabeth Codd Graduate Violin Recital, 7 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  May 4 -- Yanni Mao Graduate Cello Recital, 2 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  May 4 -- Luyao Liu Graduate Piano Recital, 5:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  May 5 -- Jinhong Li Piano Recital, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  May 8 --
Grad Day, Parkville Campus
     •  May 8 -- Spring Semester ends
     •  May 8 -- Interior Design Senior Capstone Exhibit, 7-9 p.m., Hawley Hall (4th Floor)
     •  May 9 -- Kansas City Area Commencement, 11 a.m., Community of Christ Auditorium, Independence, Mo.
     •  May 10 -- Spring II session ends
     •  May 11 -- Maymester Session begins
     •  May 14 -- Hanscom Air Force Base (Mass.) Campus Center Commencement, 1:30 p.m., Minuteman Commons, Hanscom AFB
     •  May 14-15 -- Board of Trustees Meeting, Parkville Campus
     •  May 15 -- Austin (Texas) Campus Center Commencement, 7 p.m., Great Hills Baptist Church, Austin, Texas
     •  May 15 -- International Center for Music Concert: Pianist Behzod Abduraimov, 8 p.m., Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo.
     •  May 16 -- Park University Student Veterans of America Armed Forces Day 5K, 7:30 a.m., English Landing Park, Parkville, Mo.
     •  May 16 -- Moody Air Force Base (Ga.) Campus Center Commencement, 9 a.m., 23rd Wing Auditorium, Moody AFB
     •  May 18 -- Whiteman Air Force Base (Mo.) Campus Center Commencement, 6 p.m., Mission’s End, Whiteman AFB
     •  May 21 -- Tinker Air Force Base (Okla.) Campus Center Commencement, 4:30 p.m., Tinker Club, Tinker AFB
     •  May 22 -- Maymester Session ends
     •  May 22 -- Barstow (Calif.) Community College Campus Center / Barstow (Calif.) Marine Corps Logistics Base Campus Center Commencement, 9 p.m., Barstow Community College Gym
     •  May 25 -- Memorial Day Holiday (all University offices closed)
     •  May 26 -- Beaufort (S.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center Commencement, 1:30 p.m., The Lyceum, Parris Island (S.C.) Marine Depot
     •  May 27 -- F.E. Warren Air Force Base (Wyo.) Campus Center Commencement, 7 p.m., Fall Hall Community Center
     •  May 28 -- Cherry Point (N.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center Commencement, 9 a.m., Two Rivers Theater and Event Center
     •  May 29 -- Naval Support Activity Mid-South Millington (Tenn.) Campus Center Commencement, 6:30 p.m., Crosspointe Baptist Church, 8850 Highway 51, Millington, Tenn.
     •  May 29 -- Fort Irwin (Calif.) Campus Center Commencement, 8 p.m., Sandy Basin Community Center
Note: To view a comprehensive schedule for all events, including athletics, visit www.park.edu/calendars/park-events-calendar.html.