The Crow's Nest -- July 28, 2017

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Anthony MelchiorriVince ClarkPark University Board of Trustees elects four new members

The governing body of Park University — its Board of Trustees — has elected four individuals to serve as members of the Board, all serving their first three-year term effective July 1:
          •  Vince Clark, vice president of business development at Creative Planning Inc., an independent financial advisory firm in Leawood, Kan., and immediate past chair of Park’s Civic Advisory Council.
Troy TeagueCyprienne Simchowitz          •  Anthony Melchiorri, a 1990 Park graduate and a U.S. military veteran, is the host, co-creator and co-executive producer of Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible” series of shows, including “Five-Star Secrets.”
          •  Cyprienne Simchowitz, J.D., honorary consul of the French Republic, serving French citizens of western Missouri and Kansas for the Consulate General of France’s Chicago office. She is also a member of Park’s International Center for Music Advisory Council.
          •  Troy Teague, director of recruiting at Cerner Corp., focusing on talent acquisition for the U.S., Europe and India.
Read more about the new trustees at

Mike TalamantesClaude EnglishEnglish, Talamantes honored with American Midwest Conference awards

The American Midwest Conference has announced that Park University Director of Athletics Claude English has been named the AMC Athletic Director of the Year, and Men’s/Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Mike Talamantes has been selected as the AMC Coach of Character.

“It is an absolute honor to be recognized by your peers, and to be honest, I’m overwhelmed,” said English, who just completed his 21st academic year as Park’s AD. “Anytime you’re recognized with an award like this, though, it goes back to your staff and your student-athletes. I always say we have the best coaching staff any AD could ask for, and things like this prove it.” During the 2016-17 season, the Pirates participated in eight out of a possible 15 NAIA national championship events and finished fourth in the AMC’s President’s Cup, improving its placing in 10 sports from the 2015-16 season. Read more about English’s honor at

“We don’t use one specific drill or technique to build character in our athletes and teams,” said Talamantes. “In our program, we feel this is an ongoing process that we stress in everything we do. We believe you have to be consistent in how you treat people, how you treat yourself and then the outcomes take care of themselves. When someone isn’t exhibiting this behavior, we also talk about how to bring them back without using negative techniques, as that usually has the opposite effect of what we are going for.” Under Talamantes, the Park volleyball program has set a standard which all Park programs are measured against. Talamantes and his student-athletes volunteer at many events including an annual food drive for Harvesters, speaking engagements to student/athletes and coaches about the college experience, Champions of Character and the importance of education. Read more about Talamantes’ honor at .

Lynn BondurantUniversity hosting solar eclipse events Aug. 20-21

Nearly 100 years has “eclipsed” since a total solar eclipse was visible across the entire contiguous United States. The historical and scientific significance of the 2017 solar eclipse will be discussed when Park University hosts “Eclipsing Park University: A Conversation with Dr. Lynn Bondurant” on Sunday, Aug. 20, at 4 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended to ensure seating. Visit to reserve a seat or for more information about the event.

Bondurant, a 1961 graduate of Park University (Bachelor of Arts in biology), is a retired NASA educational programs officer and a 2016 inductee into NASA’s Glenn Research Center Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who had a far-reaching influence on the direction and mission of the Center, made fundamental advancements in their field or served as an inspiration to employees though their character and embodiment of the NASA spirit.

Park University will also host a solar eclipse watch party, billed as #TotalEclipseOfThePark, on Monday, Aug. 21, starting at 12:30 p.m. at Julian Field on the University’s Parkville Campus. A partial eclipse is scheduled to begin in Parkville at approximately 11:41 a.m., with the start of the total eclipse at approximately 1:08 p.m. and lasting about 75 seconds. The partial eclipse is scheduled to end in Parkville at approximately 2:35 p.m. A limited number of eclipse viewing glasses will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Army U PartnershipPark University, Army University sign partnership agreement

Park University President Greg Gunderson, Ph.D., and Provost of Army University Maj. Gen. John Kem signed an agreement on July 13 for the two schools to seek collaborative solutions to address military-civilian educational issues that are in the best interest of providing a world-class educational experience for all military service members. The signing took place at Army University headquarters at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. The agreement includes the potential to negotiate other joint partnership opportunities, possible mutually beneficial research initiatives, a pledge to develop a reciprocal “visiting” professor exchange between the universities and opportunities to collaborate on symposiums and other similar events. “We think this agreement will make a difference in the lives of enlisted personnel,” Gunderson said. Added Kirby Brown, deputy to the commanding general of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, “Any change that makes education more efficient and more effective for the soldier is huge.” Read more about the agreement at

University piloting free textbook program

Park University is launching a new pilot program starting in Fall 2017 for all active duty and dependent students majoring in the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration program. The Zero Textbook Cost pilot program will provide students with free electronic textbooks for their criminal justice courses. To qualify for the pilot program, students must be receiving Park’s $250 military tuition rate, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration and be enrolled in a criminal justice course for the Fall semester / Fall I term. In the event an e-textbook is not available for the course, students will receive a free print version of the textbook. For more information or for questions about the pilot program, visit, or contact

Kenny BrobergICM student and Van Cliburn silver medalist Kenny Broberg to perform concert on Sept. 10

Park University International Center for Music graduate student Kenny Broberg, the silver medalist at the recently completed 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will perform in concert on Sunday, Sept. 10, at the historic Folly Theater in Kansas City, Mo. The performance begins at 4 p.m. Broberg, who is pursuing a Master of Music degree in piano performance at Park, studies under Stanislav Ioudenitch, associate professor of music/piano, who won the 11th Cliburn event in 2001. Broberg is scheduled to perform the following repertoire in the concert:
          •  “Prelude, Fugue and Variation in B Minor, Op. 18,” composed by César Franck and transcribed for piano by Harold Bauer
          •  “Toccata in C Minor, BWV 911,” composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
          •  “Piano Sonata in E-Flat Minor, Op. 26,” composed by Samuel Barber
          •  “Piano Sonata in B Minor, S. 178,” composed by Franz Liszt

Tickets to the performance will go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 1, through the Folly Theater at, calling (816) 474-4444 or in person at the Folly’s box office, 1020 Central. Ticket prices range from $20 to $50. Student tickets in the back balcony are also available for $10 (via phone purchase only; a valid student ID for each ticket must be shown at will call the day of the concert to receive student tickets). For more information, visit

RanesCampanella Gallery 2017-18 season opens with student exhibit

The Campanella Gallery at Park University will open its 2017-18 exhibition season with a group exhibit featuring the artwork of Park art and graphic design students and alumni. The exhibit, highlighting students in the University’s Special Topics in Art or Design class (AR 315), runs Friday, Aug. 4, through Friday, Sept. 29. An artist reception will be held on Friday, Aug. 18, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Six students and alumni will be featured in the exhibit:
          •  Marie Brink, 2017 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in fine art, mixed media portraits
          •  Jennifer DeFreece, senior graphic design major, sculptures
          •  Astrid Gonzalez, senior graphic design major, watercolor portraits
          •  Persis Grubbs, 2017 graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in graphic design, acrylic paintings
          •  Abigail Ranes, junior graphic design major, oil on canvas paintings
          •  Stevie Smith, senior fine art and secondary education/K-12 fine art major, paint media portraits
Read more about the exhibit, including the Gallery’s open hours, at

Park University 10K/5K runs, 2.5K walk to support prostate cancer research

Park University’s Zeta Omicron chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society will host a pair of runs and a fun walk to help support prostate cancer research. The Blue Ribbon 10K/5K runs and a 2.5K walk will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, in English Landing Park in Parkville. The 10K run begins at 7 a.m., followed by the 5K run at 7:15 a.m. and the 2.5K walk at 7:30 p.m.

Registration for the 10K run is $25; the 5K run is $20 and the 2.5K walk is $15. Registration prices the day of the event are $5 additional. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in the runs. Proceeds from the event will benefit the local prostate network in association with ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer. For more information or to preregister for the event, visit

Park University Golf Scramble scheduled for Oct. 9 to benefit Park athletic programs

The 2017 Park University Golf Scramble, a four-person tournament that benefits the University’s athletic programs, is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 9, at The National Golf Club of Kansas City. Golfers get on the course with a shotgun start at 10 a.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. An awards program will be held immediately follow the completion of the tournament at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Tournament sponsorship fees are $175 per golfer or $700 per four-person team, and includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, box lunch on the course, driving range access prior to the event, on-course games and contests, and refreshments. In addition, a variety of sponsorship packages are available, ranging in price from $1,200 to $5,000. To register for the tournament or for more information, visit For questions about the tournament or sponsorship levels, contact Nathan Marticke, associate vice president of advancement, at or (816) 584-6200.

Park campus centers hold commencement ceremonies

Park University campus centers across the country have held commencement ceremonies for 2017 graduates. As these ceremonies continue through the year, we’ll include the link to the news releases announcing the list of graduates at each campus.
          •  El Paso (Texas) Campus Center / Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center
          •  Goodfellow Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center
          •  Hill Air Force Base (Utah) Campus Center
          •  Holloman Air Force Base (N.M) Campus Center

Readers of Kansas City area publications again select Park University “Best of the Northland”

For the third year in a row, Park University has won two “Best of the Northland” awards, as selected by readers of two Kansas City area newspapers — Clay County (Mo.) Courier-Tribune and Gladstone (Mo.) Dispatch. Park received the most votes as the “Best College/University” in the Northland, as well as the “Best Online College/University” in the Northland.

ISD AwardUniversity honored by Independence School District

Park University was recently recognized by the Independence (Mo.) School District during the ISD’s inaugural Academy Awards. Park was honored with a Community Engagement Award as one of the ISD’s industry partners, recognizing the contributions and continuous support for the ISD Academies and students, and providing the students with guidance and experiences to excel in their fields of interest.

Park ranked by websites for safety, online programs

Park University was ranked by the website Niche as being among the safest colleges in the U.S. Park was ranked No. 3 on the “2017 Safest College Campuses in America” list. Park was also named by on its list of the “35 Fastest Online School Degree Programs.”

Faculty, staff, student news

A book authored by Carol Getty, Ph.D., professor emeritus of criminal justice administration, was recently published by Chandler Lake Books. Peace in Justice: Reflections from a Career in the Criminal Justice System offers an insightful analysis of the American criminal justice system and follows the trajectory of Getty’s career.

Nicolas KoudouAn autobiography by Nicolas Koudou, Ph.D., professor of business administration, has been recently published. In Route to Success: An American Dream Tale (Xlibris, June 2017) Koudou, who was born in a small village in Cote d’Ivoire, shares his lifetime experience and sends a message to future generations that hard work, courage, determination, perseverance and a strong desire to succeed can lead to fulfillment of better life and accomplishment.

Debra Olson-MorrisonArticles authored by Debra Olson-Morrison, Ph.D., assistant professor of social work, were recently published. In the July issue of the International Journal of Play Therapy, Olson-Morrison’s article “Integrative Play Therapy with Adults with Complex Trauma: A Developmentally-Informed Approach,” combines client-centered theory, developmental theory based in neuroscience and best practices in treating psychological trauma to support treatment. Her article on “Trauma-Informed Care: Upholding the Core Principles in Individual and Organizational Practice,” was published in the Journal of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists. The article was about fidelity of practice in implementing trauma-informed care. In addition, in June, Olson-Morrison presented a training session on “Trauma-Informed Treatment and Service Delivery: Creating Competence in Practice,” in Wellington, New Zealand. The trip was made possible through a Park University internationalization grant.

Brad KleindlHarold GriffinAlla AdamsA trio of Park employees presented at the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs annual conference June 24-27 in Anaheim, Calif. Alla Adams, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of healthcare administration, and Harold Griffin, Ph.D., director of the Master of Healthcare Administration program and associate professor of healthcare administration, presented a poster on “Achieving Supernormal Growth with No-Cost Marketing Strategies in Park University’s Graduate Programs in Business.” Brad Kleindl, Ph.D., dean of the College of Management, presented sessions on two of ACBSP’s accreditation standards: “Student and Standard 3 – Stakeholder Focus” and “Standard 4 – Measurement and Analysis of Student Learning Performance.” Kleindl serves as a baccalaureate and graduate program commissioner for ACBSP.

Biology studentsA trio of Park University biology majors — seniors Zach Hahn, Brooke Kelly and Nyshele Posey — gave oral presentations of their original research at the Botanical Society of America annual conference, June 24-28 in Fort Worth, Texas. The presentations — Hahn, “Foliar Herbivory from the Early Middle Triassic Fremouw Fomation, Antarctica;” Kelly, “Floral Analysis of a Pennsylvanian Floodplain Ecosystem, Parkville, Mo., USA;” and Posey: “New Late Permian Permineralized Glossopterid Ovules from the Nimrod Glacier Region, Antarctica.”

Park In The News

Kenny Broberg, a graduate student in Park University’s International Center for Music (pursuing a Master of Music degree in piano performance, was featured on the front page of The Kansas City Star’s “Arts and Culture” section on July 2. Broberg, who was the silver medalist at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition that ended on June 10 in Fort Worth, Texas, was also highlighted in a video story on the newspaper’s website. Broberg also did a live in-studio interview on July 25 on “Up to Date,” a program that airs on KCUR-FM, a National Public Radio affiliate in Kansas City (interview begins about 28:30 into the show).

Park University was highlighted in The Kansas City Star’s special “MBA” section that was published on July 5 and July 9. Jackie Campbell, director of the Master of Business Administration program, provided comments for articles on project-based learning, misconceptions about MBA degrees and social media use.

Nikki Sanders, ’16, ’17, was featured in a story that appeared on the front page of the “Spirit” section of The Kansas City Star on July 9. Sanders is a part of “Tota Voce” (Latin for “whole voices”), a new community choir specifically for those with disabilities.

Jason Souza, ’15, was featured in a story that appeared in the Fredericksburg (Va.) Free Lance-Star on July 5. Souza, a director with PAE, an American company with workers on all seven continents, is leading an effort to help children in Kenya.

Park University’s Randolph Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center hosted a Pirate Pool Party Movie in the Park event in Schertz, Texas, on June 3 that was featured in the July issue of Schertz Magazine.

Park University was featured in an advertorial piece that appeared in The Kansas City Star’s special “Education” section on July 16.

In the July issue of Ingram’s, Kansas City’s business magazine, Park University’s Master of Business Administration program ranked No. 4 among colleges/universities in Kansas and Missouri, based on Fall 2016 enrollment. In addition, Park ranked No. 7 on Ingram’s list of private colleges/universities, based on post-graduate enrollment in Fall 2016.

Patty Ryberg, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, appeared on KSHB-TV’s (Kansas City) “41 Action News Midday” program on July 18 for an interview segment to discuss the discovery of a 306 million-year-old plant fossil (Parkvillia northcutti) on the University’s Parkville Campus and the related discussion event on July 25.

Ryberg was also interviewed for similar stories that aired on KMBZ-FM on July 25.

More stories story about the fossil discovery appeared in The Kansas City Star on July 20 and on KCTV, KSMO-TV, KMBC-TV and KCWE-TV in Kansas City on July 25, both including comments from Ryberg and Scott Hageman, associate dean of the School of Natural, Applied and Social Sciences, and associate professor of geology. Stories also aired on WDAF-TV in Kansas City on July 20, and on KSPR-TV and KYTV in Springfield, Mo., on July 22. In addition, the story received national media coverage as the Associated Press picked up The Kansas City Star’s article, and the story was posted on newspaper websites across the country.

Richard Smith, ’97, is a finalist to be the next chief of police in Kansas City, Mo. Stories about Smith being a finalist appeared in The Kansas City Star and in television stories on July 20 and July 21. If hired as chief, Smith, a major who currently serves as commander of the KCMO police department’s Central Patrol Division, would take over for Interim Chief of Police David Zimmerman, ’95, ’01, who replaced Darryl Forte, ’90, after Forte retired this spring.

Tom Allen, community relations manager at the Austin (Texas) Campus Center, appeared on the “We Are Austin” program on KEYE-TV on July 21 for a five-minute interview segment with Assistant Chief of Police Troy Gay about Park University’s partnership with the Austin Police Department.

Park University was ranked No. 76 among the top Kansas City area private-sector employers, according to a report in the Kansas City Business Journal published on July 21.

Lilian Madeje, ’10, was featured in an article that appeared in The Citizen, a newspaper in her home country of Tanzania. Madeje has been a volunteer on the YALI East Africa online mentorship program and led a six-month program of coaching five local capacity based organizations under the Leadership Enhancement Action Program.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)
     •  July 28 -- Julymester Ends
     •  July 30 -- Summer Session Ends
     •  August 3 -- Lenexa (Kan.) Campus Center Grand Opening, 5 p.m., Lenexa City Center
     •  August 4- September 27 -- Special Topics in Art Student Art Exhibit, Campanella Gallery (Reception: Aug. 18, 2-4:30 p.m.)
     •  August 5 -- Lackland Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center / Randolph Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center Commencement, 1 p.m., True Vision Church (Northeast Campus), San Antonio, Texas
     •  August 7 -- New Faculty Conference, Parkville Campus
     •  August 8-9 -- Fall Faculty Conference, Parkville Campus
     •  August 8 -- Kansas City Area Staff / Full-Time Faculty Photo Day, 7:30 to 11 a.m., Park Avenue
     •  August 14 -- Fall Semester / Fall I Term Classes Begin
     •  August 18 -- Opening Convocation, Noon, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  August 26 -- Fort Myer (Va.) Campus Center / Headquarters Marine Corps/Headquarters Battalion Henderson Hall (Va.) Campus Center / Marine Corps Base Quantico (Va.) Campus Center Commencement, 10 a.m., Little Hall (Quantico)
     •  September 4 -- Labor Day Holiday (all University offices closed; Fall I classes held as scheduled)
     •  September 8 -- Camp Pendleton (Calif.) Campus Center Commencement, Noon, Pacific Views Events Center
     •  September 9 -- Blue Ribbon 10K/5K Run and 2.5K Walk, 7 a.m., English Landing Park, Parkville, Mo.
     •  September 13 -- Constitution Day Lecture, TBA, Parkville Campus
     •  September 13 -- Career Expo and Fair, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Parkville Campus
     •  September 14-16 -- Homecoming Weekend 2017, Parkville Campus
     •  September 19 -- International Talk Like a Pirate Day

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