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Park University Opens New Campus in Gilbert, Ariz.

“Park University’s commitment to providing affordable and sought-after degree programs has been central to our mission for 143 years,” said President Greg Gunderson, Ph.D. “With the opening of Park’s Gilbert Campus, we are excited to expand our footprint in Arizona while meeting more students’ needs through the transformative power of higher education.”

Park University Approved to Open New Campus in Gilbert, Ariz.

July 18, 2018 — Park University, which has supported students from around the globe in pursuing their higher education dreams since 1875 from its flagship campus in Parkville, Mo., will open a campus center in Gilbert, Ariz. The University has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission and the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education to begin offering classes in Gilbert commencing with Park’s Fall II 2018 term, which begins Monday, Oct. 15.

Park University’s home in Gilbert is in heart of the town’s Heritage District at the University Building, 92 W. Vaughn Ave., encompassing 11,000 square feet. The Gilbert Campus is Park’s second location in the Phoenix area and third campus in Arizona. The University has campuses at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale and at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. The Gilbert Campus is the 42nd location in Park’s system, which includes 33 campuses on military installations across the country and extensive online programs. The University currently serves 16,500 students annually.

“Park University’s commitment to providing affordable and sought-after degree programs has been central to our mission for 143 years,” said President Greg Gunderson, Ph.D. “With the opening of Park’s Gilbert Campus, we are excited to expand our footprint in Arizona while meeting more students’ needs through the transformative power of higher education.”

“We have enjoyed collaborating with Park University to provide academic degree programs that support Gilbert’s educational goals,” added Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels. “The University has great plans to immerse themselves in the community and we look forward to supporting those efforts.”

During the first year of operations, Park University plans to serve adult learners in accelerated, eight-week evening classes. By the end of year three, the University projects an enrollment of more than 300 students with plans to add traditional 16-week classes during the day. Students will be able to pursue a variety of degree offerings in face-to-face settings at the Gilbert Campus or through Park’s online programs. The University plans to offer the following degree programs at the Gilbert Campus:

•  Undergraduate — Business administration/Management, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice Administration and Fitness and Wellness
•  Graduate — Master of Business Administration, Master of Education in Education Technology, Master of Education in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification, Master of Healthcare Administration and Master of Public Administration

Park also expects to have 12 intercollegiate athletics programs beginning in Fall 2019 to include: men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, volleyball, golf and cross country, as well as baseball (men) and softball (women). The University plans to use existing community sports venues for practices and home contests.

For more information about admissions at Park University, visit park.edu/admissions or contact Park’s Office of Admissions at admissions@park.edu / (816) 746-2533.

Collegiate Varsity ESports Program

Park University has announced its intentions to offer a varsity esports program starting in Spring 2019. According to the Kansas City, Mo., based National Association of Collegiate Esports, Park is the first college/university in the Kansas City area to offer a varsity esports program.

Park University has announced its intentions to offer a varsity esports program starting in Spring 2019. According to the Kansas City, Mo., based National Association of Collegiate Esports, Park is the first college/university in the Kansas City area to offer a varsity esports program.

Initially, when Park’s coed esports program begins, it will compete in one of seven currently offered esports through NACE, League of Legends, with additional esports games to be offered in Fall 2019 along with scholarship opportunities. Teams typically consist of seven individuals from each school for each game.

“By initiating this program, we are positioning Park University’s athletics program for the future of digital competition,” said Shane Smeed, vice president and chief operating officer. “The investment Park is putting toward this program is in line with the University’s innovative foundations.”

In addition to competitive gaming, Park’s esports program will provide support for educational and intramural opportunities not only for students at the University’s flagship Parkville Campus, but also for Park students at the University’s 40 other campuses nationwide and online worldwide, according to Ben Zibers, director for student engagement, who will lead Park’s esports program. Tie-ins to for-credit courses and leveraging connections for professional play will also be possible.

The University plans to build a state-of-the-art gaming area — “Parkade” — in the University’s Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground. Parkade will serve as the home for the varsity esports program for matches and practices, as well as provide a central location for students to watch and participate in gaming-related activities. Park is also in the midst of a national search for its first esports coach.

Park University partnered with NACE to provide the competitive framework for Park’s esports program. Housed within the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national office, NACE oversees rules and competition for its more than 80 member institutions, which includes not only NAIA schools, but also NCAA and NJCAA colleges/universities.

For more information about the program, contact Zibers at bzibers@park.edu or visit parkathletics.com/.

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