The Crow's Nest -- April 18, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

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Dr. Greg GundersonInauguration of Park University President Dr. Greg Gunderson set for April 22

A ceremony to inaugurate Greg Gunderson, Ph.D., as the University’s 17th president, is scheduled for Friday, April 22, starting at 11:30 a.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus (overflow seating will be available in the David Theater inside adjacent Alumni Hall). All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend or watch a live stream of the ceremony. The event will also include the installation of Doug Fiore, Ph.D., as the University’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.

A regalia-laden processional will kick off the inauguration as Park’s executive leadership, trustees and past presidents, along with visiting dignitaries, enter the Chapel to a trumpet march, followed by Park students, faculty and staff. Michael Collins, 2004 Park graduate, chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, and president and chief executive officer of PortKC, will serve as the master of ceremonies for the event and will officially install Gunderson as president. After the charge to inaugurate Gunderson as president and Fiore’s installation as provost, the University will host a celebratory picnic on the University’s front lawn with musical entertainment and yard games. For more information about the ceremony, visit

ICM Gala ConcertInternational Center for Music presents gala concert at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

The International Center for Music at Park University will present a special gala concert featuring pianists Stanislav Ioudenitch, gold medalist of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and founder of the ICM, and his protégé and rising star Behzod Abduraimov, 2009 winner of the London International Piano Competition, along with the Park Piano Trio, on Wednesday, May 4. The concert will be held in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts starting at 8 p.m. Ioudenitch, associate professor of music/piano, and Abduraimov, artist-in-residence, will be joined by violinist Ben Sayevich, professor of music/violin, cellist Daniel Veis, assistant professor of music/cello, both members of the Park Piano Trio with Ioudenitch.

The Park Piano Trio will open the concert will a performance of Maurice Ravel’s “Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A Minor.” Abduraimov will then take the stage to perform Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” suite. The concert will conclude with Abduraimov and Ioudenitch performing Ravel’s “La valse” (a choreographic poem for orchestra transcribed for two pianos). Tickets for the concert range in price from $40 to $75 and can be purchased through the Kauffman Center’s Box Office at (816) 994-7200 or at For more information about the concert, visit

Leadership achievements recognized at University’s Howell Awards

In celebration of the leadership achievements of Park University students, faculty and staff during the 2015-16 academic year, the Office of Student Life and the Park Student Government Association co-hosted the 21th annual Dr. Doris A. Howell Leadership Awards on April 13 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. To see all the awards presented, visit

Jinny McCoyMcCoy honored by Kansas City’s City Union Mission

Virginia “Jinny” McCoy, Park University honorary Board of Trustees member, was honored by Kansas City’s City Union Mission on April 12 at the organization’s “Women Who’ve Changed the Heart of the City” luncheon. The event recognized women who have made a lasting mark on the fabric of the city through their tireless dedication of bettering the lives of others and their profound and positive impact on the community.

Park University co-hosting event on Kansas City Negro history

Park University and the National Archives at Kansas City will co-host local historian and author Elvis “Sonny” Gibson, a 1974 Park graduate, for a discussion about his book, 1865 Kansas City Early Negro History on Thursday, April 28, at the National Archives at Kansas City (400 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City, Mo.), starting at 6:30 p.m. A reception will precede the event at 6 p.m.

Gibson has spent more than 25 years scouring libraries, archives, flea markets and old book stores to amass a collection of history related to the African-American experience in Kansas City. His book, published in 2014, includes a treasure trove of photographs, handbills, advertisements, newspaper clippings, announcements and other assorted memorabilia dating to the 1860s. Gibson, who is retired from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Administration, specializes in human resources management, conflict resolution and community relations.

Debra Sheffer, Ph.D., professor of history at Park University, will interview Gibson during the evening and discuss his decades of research and what he has found over the past three decades. While this program is free and open to the public, reservations are requested. To reserve a seat, contact the National Archives at Kansas City at or (816) 268-8000. Read more about the event at

Park’s Center for Global Peace Journalism publication available

The April 2016 edition of The Peace Journalist, a semi-annual publication of Park University’s Center for Global Peace Journalism, is now available. The publication, dedicated to disseminating news and information for and about teachers, students and practitioners of peace and conflict sensitive journalism, seeking submissions for its October edition. Short submissions (300 to 550 words) on areas such as detailing peace journalism projects, classes, proposals and academic works in the field, or longer submissions (800 to 1,200 words) about peace or conflict sensitive journalism projects or programs are welcome.

Submit articles to Steve Youngblood, director of the CGPJ and associate professor of communication arts, at Submissions should also include a two-to-three sentence biography and headshot photograph of the author. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Sept. 7. For more information about the publication, visit

Faculty, staff, student news

Jeremy Barnes, senior accounting and business administration/management major in Park’s Honors Academy, and Brooke Kunkel, senior accounting major, each received a $1,250 scholarship from the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants Educational Foundation. Winners for the award are selected on a point system, rating an applicant’s grade point average, educator recommendations, leadership potential and essay. Kunkel also received a scholarship from the Kansas City chapter of Financial Executives International. Kunkel received the FEI Kansas City Academic Award of $1,000 during the organization’s awards night on April 11.

Dr. Brian HoffmanScott HagemanScott Hageman (left), associate dean of the School of Natural and Applied Sciences and associate professor of geography, and Brian Hoffman, Ph.D. (right), professor of biology and mathematics, presented posters at the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers in San Francisco, March 29-April 2. Hageman presented “Multidisciplinary Approach to Cemetery Analysis by Park University for the City of Parkville, Mo.” The poster was co-authored by Hageman, Jonathan Brock, senior geography major, David Fox, assistant professor of geography and program coordinator of geography, geology and global studies, and Becky Stuteville, Ph.D., associate vice present of academic affairs. In addition, Hoffman presented his poster on “Using Total Mortality Data to Determine the Impact of the 1918-1920 Influenza Pandemic in Kansas and Missouri Counties.”

Dr. Gerry WalkerGerry Walker, D.H.Ed., associate professor of nursing, was elected to the Missouri League for Nursing’s Board of Directors as its northern unit chair. Her duties begin Friday, April 22, during the MLN’s annual convention in St. Louis. The mission of the MLN is to advances global, national and state health by supporting the delivery of quality health care by nurses and other health care providers though education, collaboration and information.

Park University’s Office of Student Life has announced those students who have been appointed to serve as resident assistants and first-year experience mentors for the 2016-17 academic year. Resident assistants serve as the primary contact and resource for an assigned residential community. In addition, they facilitate campus involvement and serve as role models academically and socially to the entire student body. They conduct programs to foster community, while assisting students with personal development throughout the year. First-year experience mentors make up the primary staff for the First-Year Experience Program. The mentors are assigned to first-year course sections, where they implement lateral learning opportunities. Their duty is to connect in-classroom lessons with outside-the-classroom experiences on the University’s Parkville Campus. Additionally, the mentors serve as role models, demonstrating appropriate academic and personal behavior, and promote retention by advising new students through first year-development issues. View the list of selected students at

Katrina Williams, a junior communication arts/public relations major, has been awarded a $500 Re-Entry Award scholarship from the Kansas City branch of the American Association of University Women. The scholarship is presented to non-traditional female undergraduate students who are re-enrolling in college after having dropped out five or more years ago and best exemplify the courage, effort and perseverance to return to the classroom.

Park In The News

Park University’s partnership with the Kansas City Teacher Residency was highlighted on the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s “EDInsight” blog on March 24.

Silvia Giovanardi Byer, Ph.D., associate professor and program coordinator of modern languages, and Connie Springfield, ’95, were featured in separate articles that appeared in the April 4 and March 17 issues, respectively, of Dos Mundos, a newspaper serving the Kansas City Hispanic community. The women were selected by the publication as Latinas who have shined in the community and have given an example of achieving goals and positions for their efforts and dedication in the different industries. Byer’s story focused on Park University’s Heritage Speakers program, a new initiative directed toward Spanish-speaking Latinos who want to learn more about their Hispanic culture. Springfield’s story highlighted her work to encourage Latinos to get involved in the community.

Stanislav Ioudenitch, associate professor of music/piano in the International Center for Music, was featured in a story that appeared in Broadway World on April 9. Ioudenitch will be performing in concert with the Young Artists Symphony Orchestra on May 1 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Two Park University alumni and members of Park University’s Board of Trustees were named to the Kansas City Business Journal’s “Power 100” in the publication’s April 8 issue — board chair Michael Collins, ’04, chief executive officer of PortKC, and Jeanette Prenger, ’09, chief executive officer of ECCO Select.

A story about Park University student Bader Al Qufaidy, who passed away from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Kansas City, Mo., early April, appeared on WDAF-TV on April 9.

Francis Fukuyama, Ph.D., who presented Park University’s Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture on April 12, appeared on KCUR-FM’s “Up To Date” program the same morning. The 20-plus minute interview segment can be heard at

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Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)
     •  April 20 -- Honors Convocation, 7 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  April 22 -- Inauguration Ceremony for President Dr. Greg Gunderson and Installation for Provost Dr. Doug Fiore, 11:30 a.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel (with additional seating in David Theater, Alumni Hall) and live stream
     •  April 22 -- Inauguration Picnic (for faculty, staff, students and invited guests), 1 p.m., University Front Lawn
     •  April 24 -- Northland Community Choir Spring Concert, 3 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  April 28 -- Kansas City Early Negro History Program, featuring Sonny Gibson, ’74, and Dr. Debra Sheffer, 6 p.m., National Archives at Kansas City (Mo.)
     •  April 29 -- Admissions: Get On Board Day, 8:30 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  April 30 -- Grand Forks (N.D.) Air Force Base Campus Center Commencement, 3 p.m., Grand Forks Central High School
     •  May 4 -- International Center for Music Gala Concert, 8 p.m., Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Mo.
     •  May 5 -- Fort Irwin (Calif.) Campus Center Commencement, 8 p.m., Fort Irwin Post Chapel
     •  May 6 -- Spring Semester ends
     •  May 6 -- International Student Sash Ceremony, 5:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  May 7 -- Kansas City Area May Commencement, 11 a.m., Community of Christ Auditorium, Independence, Mo.
     •  May 8 -- Spring II Term ends
     •  May 9 -- Maymester begins
     •  May 12-13 -- Board of Trustees meeting, Parkville Campus
     •  May 12 -- Hanscom Air Force Base (Mass.) Campus Center Commencement, 1:30 p.m., Minuteman Commons, Hanscom AFB
     •  May 12 -- Austin (Texas) Campus Center Commencement, 7 p.m., Green Hills Baptist Church, Austin
     •  May 14 -- Moody Air Force Base (Ga.) Campus Center Commencement, 9 a.m., Hoffman Auditorium, Moody AFB
     •  May 17 -- Ballyhoo, 5 p.m., Norrington Center, Parkville Campus
     •  May 19 -- Tinker Air Force Base (Okla.) Campus Center Commencement, 4 p.m., Tinker AFB Combined Club
     •  May 20 -- Maymester ends
     •  May 20 -- Malmstrom Air Force Base (Mont.) Campus Center Commencement, 1 p.m., Malmstrom AFB Auditorium
     •  May 20 -- Naval Support Activity Mid-South Millington (Tenn.) Campus Center Commencement, 1 p.m., Pat Thompson Recreation Center, NSA Millington
     •  May 21 -- Admissions: Get On Board Day, 8:30 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  May 23 -- Whiteman Air Force Base (Mo.) Campus Center Commencement, 5 p.m., Mission’s End, Whiteman AFB
     •  May 27 -- Barstow (Calif.) Community College Campus Center / Barstow (Calif.) Marine Corps Logistics Base Campus Center / Victor Valley College (Calif.) Campus Center Commencement, 8 p.m., High Desert Church, Victorville, Calif.
     •  May 30 -- Memorial Day Holiday
     •  June 2 -- Cherry Point (N.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center Commencement, 9 a.m., Two Rivers Theater and Event Center, Havelock, N.C.
     •  June 3 -- Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony, 1 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  June 3 -- Beaufort (S.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center Commencement, 2:30 p.m., The Lyceum, Parris Island Marine Depot
     •  June 3 -- Little Rock (Ark.) Air Force Base Campus Center Commencement, 6:30 p.m., Jacksonville (Ark.)Community Center
     •  June 4 -- Admissions: Get On Board Day, 8:30 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  June 6 -- Summer Session, Junemester begin
     •  June 9 -- Scott Air Force Base (Ill.) Campus Center Commencement, 7 p.m., The Regency Conference Center, O’Fallon, Ill.
     •  June 10 -- Fairchild Air Force Base (Wash.) Campus Center Commencement, 11 a.m., Red Morgan Event Center, Fairchild AFB
     •  June 10 -- Minot (N.D.) Air Force Base Campus Center Commencement, 6 p.m., James Crawford Airman Leadership School Auditorium, Minot AFB

Note: To view a comprehensive schedule for all events, including athletics and student life, visit