Park University’s School for Education has been ranked No. 26 in the country by SuperScholar on its list of the “Best Online Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education Programs.” Park is the only Missouri-based school to earn a place in the top 50. The University’s online Bachelor of Science in Education Studies in Early Childhood and Leadership and the Early Childhood Teaching Young Children programs were both cited in the rankings. Schools on the list were evaluated on awards and recognitions, market reputation, flexibility, accessibility and affordability.
Park University receives $10,000 in Grants from Royals Charities and the Baseball Tomorrow Fun for Comfort Field
Park University has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF), a grant matched by Royals Charities, for a total of $10,000 to upgrade the infield surface at Comfort Field on the University’s Parkville Campus. Park University’s baseball program is Comfort Field’s main tenant, but more than 60 youth and high school games are played on the field each year, benefiting nearly 2,200 youth and high school baseball players in the Kansas City area. Brian McRae, a former member of the Kansas City Royals and 10-year Major League veteran who serves as the Pirates’ assistant coach was instrumental in securing the grant. “These kinds of grants have helped refurbish many fields across the county, and they’ve done great things for youth baseball in the United States,” said McRae. “We really have to thank Royals Charities, the Royals and Major League Baseball’s Baseball Tomorrow Fund for allowing us to apply and receive the grant.”
Park University Partners with Kansas City Kansas Community College for 2+2 Program
President David Fowler welcomed Kansas City Kansas Community College President Dr. Doris Givens to campus on Tuesday, June 2 to sign a 2 + 2 partnership agreement that will increase higher education opportunities for KCKCC students and students across the Kansas City metropolitan community. The program ensures easy transition for transfer students furthering their education, as an associate degree from KCKCC will satisfy requirements for the first two years of a bachelor’s degree from Park. The University continues to secure partnerships and articulation agreements with local and national higher education institutions to expand Park’s affordable, accessible and quality education experience nationwide.
University receives $75,000 grant for nursing program
Park University has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the Victor E. Speas Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, for technology upgrades for the Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program. The grant will help support state-of-the-art enhancements in the nursing program’s new laboratory and simulation facility, which is expanding into a 50,000 square-foot space in the Parkville Commercial Underground on the University’s Parkville Campus. The new nursing complex is scheduled to open for the start of the Fall 2015 semester.
Park only institution to land two Capital One Academic All-Americans of the Year in 2014-15
Park University is the only collegiate athletics program in the country at any level to have two of its student-athletes honored as a Capital One Academic All-American of the Year in 2014-15. In December, Park women’s volleyball player Wanessa Siqueira (left) won the award in college division (NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions) women’s volleyball, and most recently, Park softball right fielder Callie Beaver (right) won the award in college division softball. The Capital One Academic All-America teams are nominated, voted upon and selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.
University to receive $250,000 gift for School of Business HR programs
Park University has received a gift commitment of $250,000 from the Michie P. Slaugther Charitable Remainder Unitrust to benefit the School of Business. The gift will endow the Michie P. Slaughter Fund for Ethical Human Resources Leadership, providing scholarships and supporting research. A portion of the gift will also be used to support the production of a case study — to be used in Park University courses — of Slaughter’s work as executive vice president for human resources at Marion Laboratories.
Brad Kleindl, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business, said, “This gift will transform our human resource program and offer students a unique opportunity to learn how Ewing Kauffman and Michie Slaughter implemented a management revolution through ethical leadership at Marion Laboratories.”
University’s athletics website earns NAIA top honor
Park University's Department of Athletics website, www.parkathletics.com, was named the co-winner of the NAIA’s Website of the Year by NAIA-SIDA (Sports Information Directors of America) during the 2015 College Sports Information Directors of America Convention in Orlando, Fla., last week.
Park’s athletics website was redesigned at the end of the 2013-14 academic year, and its design and content were recognized for 2014-15. Steve Wilson, assistant athletic director for sports communications and Stacey Sharp, sports communications coordinator, are responsible for all content and design decisions. “To be recognized by your peers is one of the most fulfilling rewards in this profession," Wilson said. "And our website is really the centerpiece of what we do in the sports communications office at Park. We really do have to serve as our own media outlet in small college athletics, so for www.parkathletics.com to be recognized as the best in the NAIA…is quite an accomplishment."
In 2015-16, plans for online media guides, photo galleries, enhanced visitor information and a complete style guide for both internal and external use are planned content. A revamped facilities guide is also in the works and is scheduled to be ready for viewing by Wednesday, July 1. Read more
New highway sign near Parkville Campus commemorates Park’s 2014 NAIA volleyball championships
Travelers bound for Parkville in the northbound lane of Missouri Highway 9 will notice something new when reaching the city limit. Last week, the Missouri Department of Transportation installed signage that reads "Home of Park University – Men's and Women's NAIA Volleyball National Champions."
“The City of Parkville played an instrumental role in coordinating efforts with MoDOT to bring this idea to reality," said Erik Bergrud, associate vice president for alumni and constituent relations. "(Parkville) Mayor Nan Johnston, City Administrator Lauren Palmer and the Board of Aldermen believe deeply in the positive benefits of city/university relations. We’re grateful for their ongoing partnership and support, and are proud to live, work and play in the Volleyball Capital of America.”
In all, Park University owns one NAIA National Championship, which was awarded in December 2014 when the Park women's volleyball team trounced the University of Texas at Brownsville in Sioux City, Iowa, to complete a 40-0 season, and four NAIA Men's Volleyball National Invitational Tournament championships, including the 2014 title, which gave head coach Mike Talamantes both tournament trophies awarded by the NAIA in the 2014 calendar year. Read more