The Crow's Nest -- September 12, 2017

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Homecoming Weekend 2017 set for Sept. 14-16

Park University alumni from across the country and their families will converge on the University’s Parkville Campus for Homecoming Weekend 2017, Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 14-16. While a number of activities are reserved for Park alumni and their families, many events are open to the public. The big event of the weekend is the Park University Alumni Association Awards Luncheon on Friday, Sept. 15, at 11:30 a.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott Kansas City at Briarcliff, Kansas City, Mo. Three Park alumni and one community leader will be honored. Also on Friday — the grand opening of the Park University World War I and Nisei exhibit, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Park Avenue (Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground); a women’s volleyball match vs. Hannibal-LaGrange University, 5:30 p.m., Breckon Sports Center; and the Park University Athletics Wall of Honor Induction Banquet and Unveiling, 7 p.m., Park Avenue (Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground, see related story below).

Saturday’s events include — athletics alumni games/matches throughout the day, Pirate storytelling, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Norrington Center; a barbecue lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., University’s 6th Street Entrance; and women’s soccer and men’s soccer matches vs. Central Baptist College, Julian Field. For more information or to purchase tickets for the Alumni Association Alumni Awards luncheon, Wall of Honor banquet and/or barbecue lunch, visit or contact the University’s Office of Alumni Relations at / (816) 584-6209.

Park Athletics to add two inductees to Wall of Honor

Park University’s Department of Athletics will induct two individuals to its Park Athletics Wall of Honor during a banquet and ceremony on Friday, Sept. 15, on the University’s Parkville Campus, starting at 7 p.m. Ed Nelson, who served Park as director of athletics from 1961-1979, and Brandon Voorhees, men’s basketball player from 2006-07), will be recognized. The Park Athletics Wall of Honor, the highest honor bestowed by the University’s athletic department, recognizes former Park student-athletes, coaches, teams and special contributors whose accomplishments have brought prestige and honor to the University. All nominees must be individuals of outstanding quality, high moral character and fine leadership qualities, and must be held in high esteem by their colleagues, coaches and fellow athletes.

Tickets for the banquet and induction ceremony can be purchased at for $35 per person. A live broadcast of the induction ceremony will air on the Pirate Sports Network at For more information about Nelson and Voorhees, visit

Park campus center holds commencement ceremony

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.
          • Fort Myer (Va.) Campus Center / Headquarters Marine Corps/Headquarters Battalion Henderson Hall (Va.) Campus Center / Marine Corps Base Quantico (Va.) Campus Center

Washington MonthlyUniversity ranked among top schools for adult learners by Washington Monthly

Park University has once again been ranked by Washington Monthly magazine on its “Best 4-Year Colleges for Adult Learners” list, which was announced on Aug. 28. The University is ranked No. 4 on the list. The following metrics were used to construct the rankings: ease of transfer/enrollment, flexibility of programs, services available for adult learners, percentage of adult students, mean earnings of adult students 10 years after entering college, loan repayment rates of adult students five years after entering repayment and tuition/fees. In addition, the University ranked No. 112 on the list of “Best Bang for the Buck” among schools in the Midwest, and No. 389 on the list of “National Universities – Master’s."

Pirate LogoNAIA honors Park University with Champions of Character award

Park University was recognized as a Champions of Character Five-Star Institution in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for 2016-17 at the gold level. The NAIA's Champions of Character program represents five core character values — respect, integrity, responsibility, servant leadership and sportsmanship. Institutions are measured on a demonstrated community to Champions of Character and earn points in character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Institutions also earn points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and having minimal to no ejections during competitions through the course of the academic year. Park was one of just 66 colleges/universities to earn gold level status. Read more at

Spark TankSpark Tank winners announced

The Faculty Center for Innovation (formerly known as the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning) held an innovation grants challenge designed to create community and invigorate faculty teaching and learning at Park University on Aug. 8. “Spark Tank” featured six teams of faculty/staff/students competing to pitch their innovative teaching and learning ideas for a chance to win up to a $5,000 prize for their project. The following ideas/teams won prizes:
          •  SkillPrep: Furthering Students’ Professional Goals through Career Development’s Reach — Leah Fletcher, director of career development; Megan Raney assistant director of career development; and Julie Massana, career counselor
          •  What Minecraft can Teach Us about Local Government and Classroom Learning — Susan Keim, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of public administration, Zac Jarrard, ’16, and current student in the Master of Public Administration program, and William Graff, senior political science/American politics major
          •  Campus Preparedness Training — Melanie Smith, Ph.D., assistant program director and assistant professor of public administration; and April Haberyan, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology.

Two career fairs planned in September for Park students

Park University’s Career Development Center will host a pair of career and internship fairs during the month of September, each geared to specific career fields.
          •  Wednesday, Sept. 13 — Criminal Justice and Government, 10 a.m. to noon, Thompson Commons (first floor)
          •  Thursday, Sept. 28 — Business, Accounting and Finance, 9 to 11 a.m., Thompson Commons (first floor)
For more information, contact Leah Fletcher, director of career development,

Park University, ACUE launch joint initiative to promote student success

Park University and the Association of College and University Educators have partnered to enhance the University’s legacy of instructional excellence to drive student success. Park is one of seven competitive grant winners selected by ACUE and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to receive support under the KC Scholars program to implement ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices. The program launches this month when 50 Park educators begin a national certificate program in evidence-based teaching practices shown to increase student achievement and course completion. Faculty who complete the program are awarded a nationally-recognized Certificate in Effective College Instruction that is co-endorsed by ACUE and the American Council on Education. Read more about the program at

University seeks public comments for accreditation

Park University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit Feb. 12-13, 2018, by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission. Park University has been accredited by the Commission since 1913. The team will review Park’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s criteria for accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments regarding Park University to:
          Public Comment on Park University
          The Higher Learning Commission
          230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500
          Chicago, IL 60604

The public may also submit comments on the Commission’s website at Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing and signed, and comments cannot be treated as confidential. All comments must be received by Jan. 12, 2018.

CCNE to hold accreditation site visit for Park’s nursing program

Park University’s Ellen Finley Earhart Department of Nursing will host a site review for initial accreditation of its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, Monday, Oct. 30, through Wednesday, Nov. 1. The Department of Nursing is seeking comments from the community regarding the BSN pre-licensure and RN-to-BSN programs in preparation for its evaluation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The community is invited to meet the site visit team and share comments about Park’s nursing program on Oct. 30 from 4 to 4:30 p.m. in the McCoy Meetin’ House on the University’s Parkville Campus.

Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted by Monday, Oct. 9, to or
          Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
          655 K St. NW, Suite 750
          Washington, DC 20001

Faculty, staff, student news

Michael EskeyAn article authored by Michael Eskey, Ph.D., professor of criminal justice administration, appeared in The Pursuit, the journal of the Criminal Justice Association of Georgia. The article, “The Criminal Justice Capstone Course: A Comparison of the Usage of Capstone Courses in the State of Georgia and Southern Regional States" (page 35), addressed various methods of coursework utilized by criminal justice departments at colleges/universities in the southeast U.S., and compared colleges/universities in Georgia to other states in the region.

Park In The News

Lynn Bondurant, ’61, was featured on interviews that appeared on KSHB-TV and KCTV on Aug. 18 and on WDAF-TV on Aug. 20, related to the solar eclipse. In addition, Bondurant and Park University President Greg Gunderson, Ph.D., appeared on KCUR-FM's “Up To Date” on Aug. 21 for live interviews from the Parkville Campus. Additional stories aired on KSHB-TV and included interviews with Erik Bergrud, associate vice president for external relations.

In addition, National Public Radio, via Kansas City affiliate KCUR-FM, aired live for nearly five minutes from the Parkville Campus during the solar eclipse, and included an interview with Annali Dolman, graduate student in the Master of Business Administration program.

Park University’s Mackay Hall and its iconic clock tower has been featured on KCPT-TV in Kansas City. The four-plus minute segment, called “Into the Clock Tower,” will air occasionally on the station between programs. The story includes interviews with University Archivist Carolyn Elwess and President Greg Gunderson, Ph.D.

A review of a concert performed by Behzod Abduraimov, International Center for Music artist-in-residence, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl on Aug. 15, appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 17.

Command Sgt. Maj. Darrell Walls, ’10, was featured in an article that appeared in the El Paso (Texas) Times on Aug. 17. Earlier this summer, Walls was appointed the senior enlisted leader for Division Artillery, three field artillery battalions attached to brigades within the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Command Master Sgt. Jeffrey Pickering, ’05, was featured in an article that appeared in the British Virgin Islands News on Aug. 17. Pickering recently retired from a 31-year career filled with numerous honors in the U.S. Navy.

A story about James Harless, a graduate student in the Master of Public Administration program, appeared in the Bexley (Ohio) News on Aug. 21. Harless was recently appointed public information officer for Bexley City Schools.

Greg Gunderson, Ph.D., was interviewed by KMBZ-FM in Kansas City for stories that aired throughout the day on Aug. 29 related to the University’s record-breaking enrollment numbers.

Shane Smeed, vice president and chief operating officer, was also interviewed about the University’s record-breaking enrollment numbers in a nearly four-minute segment on KSHB-TV’s midday show on Aug. 29.

Park University was featured in four segments on KCTV’s “Better Kansas City” program on Aug. 29 and sister station KSMO-TV on Aug. 30, which were originally broadcast on Aug. 8. The segments, taped in Copley Quad on the Parkville Campus, featured Ty Edwards, 2000 graduate and a professional organizer. Edwards provided information on dorm room essentials and organization tips for college students. Two of the segments were posted on KCTV's website:

Park University was again featured on the “We Are Austin” program on KEYE-TV in Austin, Texas, on Aug. 31. The four-plus minute interview highlighted Park’s Access to Education partnership with Kasasa, an Austin-based financial services company. Milton Perkins, vice president of human resources of Kasasa and a 1987 Park graduate, joined Tom Allen, community relations manager at the Austin Campus, for the interview.

Park University’s online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program was ranked No. 9 by on its “30 Most Affordable Online Bachelor’s in Nursing Degrees from Private Colleges 2017” list.

Park’s online bachelor’s degree program in business administration was ranked No. 14 by on its “30 Most Affordable Bachelor’s in Business Administration at Private Colleges 2017” list.

Park’s online Master of Business Administration program in international business was ranked No. 41 by on its “Top 50 Online MBA Programs in International Business 2017” list.

Park University’s Norrington Center on the Parkville Campus was included in a cover story that appeared in the September/October issue of American Libraries (starting on page 26), the magazine of the American Library Association. The issue had a “Library Design Showcase” feature and included information about Norrington Center and a photo.

Rob Colones, ’80, who serves as president and chief executive officer of McLeod Health, a network of seven hospitals in South Carolina, was recently recognized as the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area Champion for Youth. A story about Colones appeared in the Aug. 31 issue of the Florence (S.C.) News.

Five Park University online degree programs have been ranked by for affordability. These include: bachelor’s degrees in education (No. 4), computer science (No. 10), criminal justice (No. 14) and psychology (No. 21), and master’s degree in educational leadership (No. 16). In addition, the University was ranked No. 21 on the website’s list of “most affordable online colleges.”

Kenny Broberg, a graduate student in Park University’s International Center for Music (pursuing a Master of Music degree in piano performance), was featured in the September/October issue of KC Studio, a magazine that covers Kansas City’s performing, visual, cinematic and literary arts.

The documentary film “Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2,” which will be screened at Park University’s Parkville Campus on Thursday, Sept. 14, was the focus of a 24-minute interview that aired on KCUR-FM on Sept. 6.

Mark Murdock, ’85, was featured in an article that appeared in the Sept. 8 edition of the Chillicothe (Ohio) Gazette. Murdock was recently appointed the director of the Chillicothe VA Medical Center.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)
     •  Through September 27 -- Special Topics in Art Student Art Exhibit, Campanella Gallery
     •  September 13 -- Criminal Justice and Government Career and Internship Fair, 10 a.m. to noon, Thompson Commons (1st Floor)
     •  September 13 -- Constitution Day Lecture: “Ambassadors of Goodwill: Japanese-American Student Resettlement During World War II” with Dr. Allan Austin 7 p.m., Parkville Campus
     •  September 14 -- “Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2” Documentary Screening and Discussion, 3 p.m., David Theater (Alumni Hall)
     •  September 14-16 -- Homecoming Weekend 2017, Parkville Campus
     •  September 19 -- International Talk Like a Pirate Day
     •  September 24 -- International Center for Music Concert: ICM Orchestra, 4 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  September 28 -- Business, Accounting and Finance Career and Internship Fair, 9 to 11 a.m., Thompson Commons (first floor)
     •  October 2-November 22 – Rita Guile Fine Art Paintings Exhibit, Campanella Gallery (Norrington Center)
     •  October 6 -- Fort Leonard Wood (Mo.) Campus Center Commencement, 10 a.m., Nutter Field House
     •  October 9 -- Park University Golf Scramble, 9 a.m., The National Golf Club of Kansas City
     •  October 8 -- Fall I Term Ends
     •  October 9-15 -- Fall Recess
     •  October 15 -- International Center for Music 1900 Series: The “Classical” British Invasion (Night 1), 4 p.m., 1900 Building, Mission Woods, Kan.
     •  October 16 -- Fall II Term Begins
     •  October 20 -- International Center for Music 1900 Series: The “Classical” British Invasion (Night 2), 7:30 p.m., 1900 Building, Mission Woods, Kan.
     •  October 21 -- International Center for Music 1900 Series: The “Classical” British Invasion (Night 3), 7:30 p.m., 1900 Building, Mission Woods, Kan.
     •  October 26 -- Fright Night, 6 p.m., Copley Quad

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