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Kenny Broberg Competes in the 2021 American Pianists Awards

This weekend (June 25-27), Park University International Center for Music graduate student Kenny Broberg will compete against representatives from Johns Hopkins, Juilliard and Yale in the finals of the 2021 American Pianists Awards in Indianapolis. We’re definitely #TeamKenny and are asking you to join us in promoting his appearance in the national finals.

Lights — On Sunday night (June 27), the final day of the competition, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, City Hall and other downtown Kansas City, Mo., buildings will be lit in Park colors in honor of Kenny. Of course, we will light up historic Mackay Hall on the flagship Parkville Campus as well. If you live in the Kansas City area, we would welcome any photos or videos you can take and share. Make sure to tag Park University on any social media posts.

Camera — With the collaboration of the Kansas City Chiefs, the University filmed a promotional video of Kenny performing on the field at Arrowhead Stadium. Check it out at .

Action — Kenny will perform three times this weekend (Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon) before the winner is announced. Visit for the full schedule and to watch the performances streamed online.

From oratorical championships in Park’s early days to seven NAIA volleyball national championships more recently, Park University has celebrated national success throughout its history. Join us in showing our Park pride as one of our own competes once again on a national stage.


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Park’s Plan Fall 2021

With promising health progress and a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases across the country, Park University is planning to return to a more normal Fall 2021. Find out what this means for you.

Message from the Interim President

Date: 3/5/2021

Dear Park Students:

Before many of you depart for a well-earned Spring Break, I wanted to share some encouraging news about Park’s Plan for Fall 2021.

Over the past twelve months, you have followed safety guidelines.  You have worn masks.  You have practiced social distancing.  Because you have remained Park United, we have persevered as a community throughout this tragic pandemic.

With promising health progress and a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases across the country, we are planning to return to a more normal Fall 2021.  What does this mean for you?

  • A return to in-person classes;
  • More direct contact with your classmates as well as our terrific faculty;
  • Cheering on our Pirates and Buccaneers in the bleachers;
  • Live performances, activities and events throughout the 2021-22 academic year; and
  • In Parkville, increased residence hall occupancy.

I hope you are as excited as I am about Fall 2021, but to reach this goal a more normal Fall 2021, we all must remain diligent.  “Keeping Park shipshape” necessitates continuing to follow all recommended safety practices, including wearing masks.  I encourage all students to follow closely the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) guidelines.

With campuses in 21 states, we will continue to monitor closely local, state and national developments related to COVID-19 and access to Park facilities on and off military installations.  Visit our COVID-19 page for the latest news.

Summer 2021, which begins June 7, will look like the current semester with a combination of hybrid and online classes and in-person labs/studios.  While we continue to plan for in-person classes for fall, we will reassess our fall instruction plan on or about July 5.

Keep up the great work, have a safe Spring Break and look for updates over the coming weeks!


Shane B. Smeed
Interim President

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