Park Points of Pride October 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

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1994 Women's Soccer TeamInaugural Park University Athletics Wall of Honor class inducted

Park University inducted its inaugural class for the Park Athletics Wall of Honor, recognizing 14 individuals and two teams during an event on Oct. 12 in conjunction with the Park University Golf Scramble at The National Golf Club of Kansas City. Ten former student-athletes highlight the 2015 class of individual honorees, as well as two coaches and two meritorious contributors to the department. The two teams joining the individual honorees both made national news in NAIA championship matches — the 2014 NAIA national championship women’s volleyball team, which finished with a perfect 40-0 record, and the 1994 women’s soccer team (in adjacent photo), which went 24-3 and concluded the season as the runner-up in the NAIA national tournament. Read about all of the honorees at

Golf Scramble WinnersGolf scramble raises funds for Park athletics

Park University’s annual golf scramble tournament was a rousing success! Held at The National Golf Club of Kansas City on a windy — but picture-perfect — day on Oct. 12, the tournament raised nearly $48,000, the net proceeds of which will go to the University’s Department of Athletics. More than 140 golfers participated in the event, the first time in the event’s history that the tournament had a full field of players. The team of Bob Kendrick, ‘85, Vic Dyson, and former Major League Baseball players Bob Dernier and Willie Wilson (adjacent photo) won the top flight of the event, shooting a 17-under 55.

University receives grant from Kauffman Foundation for research project

Park University has secured a $25,000 grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to support a research project in the collection of tax abatement data for 2013 and 2015 in Missouri to determine its impact on school funding levels. A portion of the grant will provide stipends for graduate students assisting with this research project. The resulting research will be shared with statewide education associations for use in policy development and action agendas. Terrence Ward, Ph.D., assistant professor of public administration and area coordinator for public management, was the principal investigator for the grant.