The Crow's Nest -- August 26, 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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Stephen FantFant recognized with awards for work while deployed

Stephen Fant, adjunct instructor of management, was honored on Aug. 5 with a trio of accolades during an Installation Management Command quarterly town hall meeting at Joint Base San Antonio (Texas). Fant was recognized with the Global War on Terrorism Award and Medal, the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award and the Non-Article 5 NATO Award and Medal, all for his work as a safety manager for U.S. Forces Afghanistan while deployed in Kabul in 2014.

The Global War on Terrorism Medal symbolizes the honor and achievement of civilians with the Department of Defense to defend freedom against danger that may develop on foreign soil. The Joint Civilian Service Commendation was bestowed upon Fant for exceptional meritorious service during Operation Enduring Freedom, specifically for ensuring “synchronization of the overall safety program initiatives, goals and objectives, regulatory requirements and Department of Defense and Army level mandates.” The NATO Award was given to Fant for service with NATO in relation to the International Security Assistance Force.

Dr. Brian BodeDr. Roger KuglerKugler appointed director of International Center for Music; Bode tabbed as controller

Park University has announced the appointment of two additions to its staff. Roger Kugler, D.M.A. (left), has been appointed director of the International Center for Music, and Brian Bode (right) has been appointed to the position of controller. Kugler began his duties on Aug. 3, while Bode began Aug. 17. Kugler has 33 years of teaching and administrative experience in higher education, including fundraising and building community relationships. Prior to joining Park University, Kugler spent eight years at Ottawa (Kan.) University, serving as chair of the Department of Music, director of music programs and associate professor of music, as well as conducting the University Band and Athletic Band. Read more about Kugler at

Bode has more than 15 years in higher education. Most recently, he spent nine years at Kansas City Kansas Community College, serving as vice president of student and administrative services, and dean of financial and administrative services, and associate provost. Read more about Bode at

Park’s women’s volleyball team set to defend NAIA title

After ending the 2014 season as the NAIA national champions, Park’s women’s volleyball team begins its defense of the title as the No. 1 ranked team in the 2015 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches Preseason Poll, released Aug. 18. The Pirates finished last season with a perfect 40-0 record and will take a 41-match winning streak into the season opening match against Friends University on Thursday, Aug. 27, starting at 7 p.m. in Breckon Sports Center on the University’s Parkville Campus.

The Pirates play a rigorous 2015 schedule, including matches against the three teams that directly follow in the poll. Park sees No. 2 Biola University on Saturday, Oct. 17, in Des Moines, Iowa, and the Pirates play No. 3 Missouri Baptist University in Parkville on Thursday, Oct. 29, in an American Midwest Conference match. Two matches against No. 4 Viterbo University appear on the schedule, on Saturday, Sept. 5, in Columbia, Mo., and Friday, Oct. 16, in Des Moines. In all, the Pirates will play 10 of the NAIA’s preseason top 25 and two matches against schools in the “receiving votes” column. Read more about Park’s spot in the preseason poll at

Dr. April HaberyanHaberyan serves deployment in response to Louisiana theater shooting

April Haberyan, Ph.D., associate professor of nursing and assistant chair of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Completion Program, recently returned from a 10-day deployment in Lafayette, La., to help families cope with trauma following the July 23 movie theater shooting incident. Haberyan served as chief of a family information center and interim incident commander for deployments. Haberyan led a team that established the information center within 12 hours of deployment with traumatic event support professionals. Her team was responsible for initial engagement for persons struggling with the theater shooting.

Jeffress authors book, article

Michael Jeffress, Ph.D., adjunct instructor of communication arts and religion, has had a book and article he wrote published recently. The book, Communication, Sport and Disability: The Case of Power Soccer (Ashgate), tells the story of power soccer, the first competitive team sport specifically designed for electric wheelchair users. Beginning in France in the 1970s, today, more than 60 teams compete within the United States Power Soccer Association and the sport is actively played in more than 30 countries. The article, “Uses and Effects of MySpace Among Christian Teens and Young Adults,” was published in the Journal of Media Critiques. The article provides important insights for those wishing to maintain and promote a group identity through social networking site platforms.

Dr. Marthann SchulteDr. Amber Dailey-HebertDailey-Hebert, Schulte present webinar for ACHE

Amber Dailey-Hebert, Ph.D. (left), professor of adult education, and Marthann Schulte, Ph.D. (right), adjunct professor of adult education, presented a webinar for the Association for Continuing Higher Education on Aug. 4. Their session, “Online Learning for Non-Traditional Students,” explored the uncertain future educators face and the ways in which educators can leverage e-learning to benefit and connect learners all over the world. They discussed networked learning, mobile and ubiquitous learning, analytics via technology and ways to create multiple pathways for learning that benefit non-traditional learners today.

MPA student elected to IAEM post

Les Boatright, a student in the Master of Public Affairs program (Disaster and Emergency Management concentration), was recently elected vice president of Region 7 for the International Association of Emergency Managers USA Council. Region 7 encompasses the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Its mission is to serve its members by providing information, networking and professional development opportunities, and to advance the emergency management profession.

Sign up for ParkAlert — Park University’s emergency alert system

Park University students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up for ParkAlert, a notification system that can alert the University community with time-sensitive messages via text, voice, e-mail and social media. ParkAlert will be used to only notify the University community with emergency messages and/or weather-related alerts and updates — it will not be used for advertising or other unsolicited content. To register or for more information, visit

If you have previously registered/signed up, you are asked to access your account to ensure your information (such as phone number and e-mail address) are up-to-date, and to ensure you are set up to receive text alerts from the campus center(s) in your area.

Career Development Center to host Career and Internship Fair

Park University’s Career Development Center will host its Fall Career and Internship Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Breckon Sports Center on the University’s Parkville Campus. The event is open to the public, especially recent college graduates and individuals looking for entry-level positions. The fair will include more than 50 large and small companies, as well as nonprofit organizations and government agencies, representing a wide variety of industries, including media/advertising, health, finance, social services, real estate and criminal justice. Participants, who will meet with company representatives at the fair, should bring copies of their résumé and dress professionally. Job seekers do not need to register, but are encouraged to RSVP to Leah Fletcher, assistant director of career development, at to receive additional information, including a list of participating companies/organizations. For more information, visit

Department of Nursing to host accreditation site review

Park University’s Ellen Finley Earhart Department of Nursing will host a site review for continued accreditation of its Associate of Science in Nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Interested parties are invited to meet the ACEN site visit team and share comments about the program during a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 3:45 p.m. in the McCoy Meetin’ House on the Parkville Campus.

Written comments are also welcome and can be submitted by Sept. 14 to:
          Marsal P. Stoll, Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer
          Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
          3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
          Atlanta, GA 30326
Or by e-mail to:

Park In The News

A feature story on Paul Gamble, ’11, appeared in The Ellsworth (Maine) American on Aug. 7. Gamble, who currently serves as a police officer in Gouldsboro, Maine, was appointed police chief, effective Aug. 24.

Brian Shawver, associate professor of English and chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages, was featured in an interview that appeared in The Rumpus, a website that focuses on literature and those who write literature.

Tim Westcott, Ph.D., associate professor of history, was interviewed for a story that appeared on KCUR-FM (in Kansas City) on Aug. 19. Westcott provided comments for a story about the Missouri River being a “flashpoint” for pre-Civil War slavery conflict.

David Brown, ’98, was featured in a story that appeared in the Aug. 23 edition of the Claremore (Okla.) Daily Progress. Brown was recently appointed the assistant city manager for the City of Claremore, a town of about 19,000 residents about 25 miles northeast of Tulsa.

A story about Petty Officer 1st Class Shovkia Caldwell, a sophomore management major at Park University’s Naval Support Activity Mid-South Millington (Tenn.) Campus Center, appeared on WJTV in Jackson, Miss., on Aug. 24. Caldwell was selected as the Sailor of the Quarter among her peers at Navy Installations Command headquarters at NSA Millington.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)
     •  September 4 -- Camp Pendleton (Calif.) Campus Center Commencement, 3 p.m., Camp Pendleton Base Theater
     •  September 4 -- El Paso (Texas) Campus Center / Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center / Holloman Air Force Base (N.M.) Campus Center Commencement, 7 p.m., El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center
     •  September 7 -- Labor Day Holiday (offices closed nationwide; Fall I classes held)
     •  September 12 -- Fort Myer (Va.) Campus Center / Headquarters Marine Corps/Headquarters Battalion Henderson Hall (Va.) Campus Center  / Marine Corps Base Quantico (Va.) Campus Center Commencement, 9 a.m., Joe Rosenthal Theater, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Arlington, Va.
     •  September 14 -- Constitution Day Lecture: Dr. Mark Graber, 1:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  September 18 -- Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program Ribbon-Cutting, 3 p.m., Academic Expansion Area (Parkville Commercial Underground)
September 18-19 -- Homecoming 2015 Weekend, Parkville Campus
     •  September 19 -- International Talk Like A Pirate Day
     •  September 19 -- Admissions: One-On-One Weekend, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  September 23 -- Career and Internship Fair, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Breckon Sports Center
     •  October 3 -- Admissions: Pirate Preview, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  October 9-10 -- Board of Trustees Meeting, TBA (Kansas City area)
     •  October 11 -- Fall I classes end
     •  October 11-18 -- Fall Recess
     •  October 12 -- Park University Golf Scramble and Athletics Wall of Honor Ceremony, 8:30 a.m., The National Golf Club of Kansas City
     •  October 13 -- River Read Children’s Literature Festival, Parkville Campus
Note: To view a comprehensive schedule for all events, including athletics and student life, visit