Park Points of Pride May 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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Military Honor CordsStudent veterans to receive honor cords at Park commencement ceremonies nationwide


Starting with Spring 2016 commencement ceremonies, Park University will recognize graduating student veterans at all 40 campus centers by bestowing them with red, white and blue honor cords to wear during the event.

The initiative was developed by the Park Student Veterans Association and the Department of Military and Veteran Student Services, home of the Park Warrior Center. The military and veterans honor cords confer special recognition for graduating students who have honorably served, or are currently serving, in the U.S. Armed Forces, and demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence.

“Graduation is a celebration of the transformative power of higher education, and these cords are a visible reminder of the special esteem we hold those who serve,” said Park University President Greg Gunderson, Ph.D.

“The veterans cord initiative was established to honor the sacrifice, service and commitment to excellence that student veterans all share. It will be a sight to look out at the graduates at commencement and see all the red, white, and blue cords, reminding us of their service and many sacrifices,” said Cadet Ashley Carpenter, senior geography major and vice president of Park’s Student Veterans Association. Carpenter currently serves in the Missouri National Guard and will be commissioned as a second lieutenant at the Kansas City Area Commencement on May 7.

Those military and veteran students that are graduating and participating in commencement ceremonies at a campus center outside the Kansas City area can pick up their honor cord at their respective campus center prior to graduation or contact the campus center directly. For those participating in the Kansas City Area Commencement, cords can be picked up during registration the morning of the event. Questions about cords or eligibility should be referred to Wade Abel, assistant director of military and veteran student services at warriorcenter@park.edu or (816) 584-6538.


Park’s online bachelor’s degree in marketing receives recognition for affordability


Park University’s online degree program in marketing has been ranked No. 3 on AffordableSchools.net’s listing of the “20 Affordable Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Marketing.” According to the website, the ranking covers lower-cost bachelor's degree programs in marketing or closely related programs, based on the net price per college, as recorded in the National Center for Education Statistics database. In addition, some NCES data has been filtered to focus on colleges with a minimum 20 percent graduation rate per school. Additional data points include transfer-out rate and housing/cost of living info.


Park’s online bachelor’s degree in computer science receives recognition for affordability


Park University’s online bachelor’s degree programs in computer science have been ranked No. 10 on AffordableSchools.net’s listing of the “20 Affordable Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Computer Science/IT.”  According to the website, the ranking covers lower-cost bachelor's degree programs in computer science, information technology or other closely related programs, based on the net price per college, as recorded in the National Center for Education Statistics database. In addition, some NCES data has been filtered to focus on colleges with a minimum 20 percent graduation rate per school. Additional data points include transfer-out rate and housing/cost of living info.


Affordable Schools BadgePark University selected “most affordable” private college in the country


AffordableSchools.net, an independent college search and rankings site centering on unique and affordable academic programs has announced that Park University is the No. 1 most affordable, medium-sized, private, nonprofit bachelor’s college in the country. Rankings for the list, which included colleges/universities with between 5,001 and 15,000 students (graduate and undergraduate) were compiled with data from the National Center for Education Statistics, a bureau of the Department of Education. Data used included financial aid, including total grants/scholarships, total federal student loans and the number and percentage of undergraduates receiving either.


BallyhooUniversity celebrates 140 years of success at Ballyhoo


Park University celebrated the culmination of its 140th anniversary at Ballyhoo on May 21 on the Parkville Campus. This year’s Ballyhoo, which supported student success and the University’s Presidential Honors Scholarship, included a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the renovated Norrington Library and Learning Commons. Sponsors and guests were invited to tour the new facility and see how it will serve Park students nationwide with its new amenities and technology. Park faculty and staff who contributed $500 or more were invited to attended the event with a guest, and premier sponsors enjoyed an extended evening with a riverboat cruise on the Missouri River. It was an evening of celebration of Park’s momentous history and focused determination to support student success. In the adjacent photo, Doug Fiore, Ph.D. (left), provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Greg Gunderson, Ph.D., president, tour the building. View a video of the celebration at https://www.facebook.com/parkuniversity/videos/10154081292732349/.