The Crow's Nest -- September 27, 2017

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University to host pair of “Year of Diversity” events

Hanan AshrawiPark University will present two free events in mid-October in conjunction with the University’s “Year of Diversity.” On Monday, Oct. 16, Hanan Ashrawi, Ph.D., a distinguished Palestinian leader, legislator, activist and scholar who served as a member of the Leadership Committee of the Palestinian delegation to the Middle East peace process beginning with the Madrid Peace Conference in 1991, will speak on “Inclusivity and Diversity: What We Can Learn from Israel and Palestine” at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Mo., starting at 6:30 p.m. Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee, was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council representing Jerusalem in 1996 and became the first woman to hold a seat in the PLO’s Executive Committee in 2009. Read more about Ashrawi and the event at

David FowlerTwo days later, on Wednesday, Oct. 18, former Park University President David M. Fowler, who served as the University’s 16th president from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015, will present a discussion on “Achieving Diversity Totality” starting at 3 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the Parkville Campus. To reserve a seat, please RSVP at For those unable to attend, the event will be streamed live at

Joe Reardon, J.D., president and chief executive officer of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, and former mayor of Kansas City, Kan. (2005-13), will moderate a question-and-answer session following Fowler’s remarks. Fowler, an advocate for diversity in the Kansas City community, will reflect on Park’s history of diversity and he will share his personal observations of diversity while serving as the University’s president. In addition, he will relate his diversity observations from his 36-year career at KPMG LLP and from the business community as a whole, including addressing the benefits of developing an organizational capacity to leverage diversity as a resource to enhance learning and growth. For more on Fowler and this event, visit

Homecoming Queen King2017 Homecoming royalty announced

As part of Park University’s recent Homecoming Weekend 2017 festivities, six Park students were announced as royalty during halftime of the men’s soccer match against Central Baptist College on Sept. 16. The student body nominated candidates who complete an application on how they represent the University’s core values — accountability, civility and respect, excellence, global citizenship, inclusivity and integrity — with the winners selected by a committee of faculty and staff. This year’s royalty:
          •  Queen — Olivia Atkinson (left), senior business administration/human resources major
          •  King — Blake Sellers (right), senior business administration/management major
          •  Princess — Diamond Mosby-Norris, junior psychology major
          •  Prince — Thomas Murphy, junior business administration/management and business administration/marketing major
          •  Duchess — Joni Nelson, sophomore nursing major
          •  Duke — Christian Leonard, sophomore information and computer science/software engineering major

Park campus center holds 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.
          •  Camp Pendleton (Calif.) Campus Center Commencement

Park ICMInternational Center for Music to present a “Classical British Invasion” series of concerts

In the early-to-mid 1960s, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Kinks were among the rock and roll acts that led to the cultural phenomenon known as the “British Invasion.” In mid-October, Park University’s International Center for Music will host a series of three concerts billed as the “‘Classical’ British Invasion” on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m., and Friday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 21, both at 7:30 p.m. The concerts, a part of the Park ICM 1900 Series sponsored by Steven Karbank, will be held at the 1900 Building, 1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway (intersection of Shawnee Mission Parkway and State Line Road), in Mission Woods, Kan. Tickets for each concert, $30 for adults and $15 for students, can be purchased at

The series of concerts will feature a trio of musicians from Great Britain — cellist Martin Storey, principal cellist of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and a former ICM faculty member; violinist Kanako Ito, former concertmistress of the Kansas City Symphony; and violist Paul Silverthorne, principal violist with the London Symphony Orchestra and London Sinfonietta. Also performing will be pianist Kenny Broberg, ICM graduate student and silver medalist in the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; violinist Ben Sayevich, ICM professor of music/violin; pianist Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, ICM collaborative pianist; Daniel Veis, ICM assistant professor of music/cello, violist Chung-Hoon Peter Chun and bassist Brandon Mason. Visit for more information.

Rita GuileKansas City artist to exhibit work in Campanella Gallery

The Campanella Gallery at Park University (located inside Norrington Center on the Parkville Campus) will host an exhibit of fine art paintings by Kansas City area artist Rita Guile beginning Monday, Oct. 2, through Wednesday, Nov. 22. Guile will exhibit a series of her work titled “Life, Stories, Memories and Painting.” I am observant of the subtle and minute qualities of my world, and I want to tell a story. I delve into the elusive painting process and abstracted images emerge,” Guile said. “These images suggest a home, memories and relationships…and evokes a narrative, suggesting the warmth, beauty and security of a family’s ancestry and past.” For more information about Guile, visit; for more information about the exhibit, including building hours, visit

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 of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 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 EskeyErik BergrudErik Bergrud (left), associate vice president for external relations, moderated a conversation related to a book authored by a Kansas City ophthalmologist at the National Archives at Kansas City on Sept. 26. The book, From Cuba with a Vision: Losing My Homeland and Gaining the American Dream, a Story of Passionate Choices, was authored by Felix Sabates Sr., M.D.

An article authored by Michael Eskey (right), Ph.D., professor of criminal justice administration, was recently published in the American Journal of Social Science Research. The article, “Facilitating Internships at a Distance: A Comparison of Student Responses,” presents an assessment of a system created at Park University used for facilitation of criminal justice internships at its campuses across the country.

Greg Gunderson AwardPark University President Greg Gunderson, Ph.D., was inducted into his high school alma mater’s hall of fame at Millard South High School in Omaha, Neb., on Sept. 15. The award recognizes and honors outstanding graduates, staff, administration, parents and others who have contributed to the school’s tradition of excellence and who inspire students at Millard South High School.

Park In The News

A classical music album featuring the work of Shokhrukh Sadikov, ’12, has been released. On the record “Stözel, Schumann, Brahms,” Sadikov performs the viola and is accompanied by Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, International Center for Music collaborative pianist. The album includes the composed work of Ingrid Stözel, former ICM director. Sadikov is the orchestra director and assistant professor of music/strings at Fort Hays State (Kan.) University, and he serves as music director of the Hays Symphony Orchestra.

ECCO Select, led by Jeanette Prenger, ’09, president and founder, and a member of Park University’s Board of Trustees, was ranked No. 11 on the Kansas City Business Journal’s list of “Top Area Women Owned Businesses” based on 2016 revenue. In addition, ECCO Select was ranked No. 5 in the Kansas City Business Journal’s list of “Top Area Minority-Owned Businesses,” based on 2016 revenue. ECCO Select is a technology and human enterprise consulting firm based in Kansas City, Mo.

Reviews of a concert performed by Kenny Broberg, graduate student in Park University’s International Center for Music (pursuing a Master of Music degree in piano performance) on Sept. 10 in Kansas City appeared in KCMetropolis, Kansas City’s online journal of the arts, on Sept. 13, and in The Independent, Kansas City’s journal of society, on Sept. 18.

A review of a concert on Sept. 9 that included a performance by Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, ICM collaborative pianist, appeared in KCMetropolis on Sept. 13. The concert featured NAVO, a Kansas City area classical music ensemble, performing the works of Richard Strauss in Overland Park, Kan.

Two Park University alumni and men’s soccer players — Alain Matingou and Robert Palmer, both 2012 graduates, as well as former Park men’s soccer player Ramone Palmer — have all signed contracts with the Tacoma (Wash.) Stars in the Major Arena Soccer League. A story about the trio appeared in the Kent (Wash.) Reporter on Sept. 15.

Park University was highlighted in a special “Underground KC” section that appeared in The Kansas City Star on Sept. 17. An article focused on the Parkville Campus’ academic underground and the Parkville Commercial Underground and included a comment by Brian Bode, chief financial officer.

A number of Park University’s online programs have been ranked by various websites:
          •  Bachelor of Science degree in logistics program ranked No. 7 by on its “Affordable Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Supply Chain Management” list.
          •  Bachelor of Science degree in healthcare management ranked No. 10 by on its “Best Online Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration” list.
          •  Master of Education in language and literacy program ranked No. 29 by on its “Affordable Online Master’s Degrees in Literacy Education” list.
          •  Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education ranked No. 32 by on its “35 Best Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education Degrees for 2017” list.
          •  Bachelor of Science degree in information and computer science ranked No. 35 by on its “35 Best Online Computer Science Degrees for 2017” list.
          •  Master of Education in educational technology program ranked No. 48 by on its “50 Best Online Master’s in Educational Technology Degrees for 2017” list.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)
     •  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 8 -- Fall I Term Ends
     •  October 9 --
 Park University Golf Scramble, 9 a.m., The National Golf Club of Kansas City
     •  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 16 -- “Year of Diversity” Series: “Inclusivity and Diversity: What We can Learn from Israel and Palestine” with Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, 6:30 p.m., United Temple on the Plaza, Kansas City, Mo.
     •  October 18 -- “Year of Diversity” Series: “Achieving Diversity Totality” with David Fowler, 3 p.m., Park Distance Learning Conference Center

     •  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
     •  November 2-3 -- Board of Trustees Meeting, Parkville Campus
     •  November 4 -- Defense Supply Center Columbus (Ohio) Campus Center Commencement, 9 a.m., Ohio History Connection
     •  November 5 -- Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio) Campus Center Commencement, 2 p.m., Hollenbeck Bayley Conference Center, Springfield, Ohio
     •  November 10 -- Veterans Day Holiday (observed; all University offices closed nationwide; Parkville Daytime classes cancelled; Fall II classes held as scheduled)
     •  November 23-26 -- Thanksgiving Holiday (all University offices closed nationwide; Fall II classes held as scheduled)

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