Leadership Achievements Recognized at Park University’s Howell Awards
April 25, 2018 — In celebration of the leadership achievements of Park University students, faculty and staff during the 2017-18 academic year, the Office of Student Life and the Park Student Government Association co-hosted the 23rd annual Dr. Doris A. Howell Leadership Awards on April 18 on the University’s Parkville Campus. The event is named for Howell, a 1944 Park graduate and an internationally renowned leader in pediatrics and hospice care.
Awards presented and the recipients:
(Name, year in school, major, hometown [and high school attended, if known], for students; name, work title and hometown for faculty/staff):
Dr. Doris Howell Leadership Awards: This award is given to students who distinguish themselves uniquely as leaders regardless of position or title. Recipients represent the spirit of a Park University by: pursuing integrity in every endeavor; inclusiveness as a global citizen; are responsible and respectful in word, work and conduct; are aware of the implications and rewards of their education; truthful in every action; and excellence in modeling the Park University lifestyle.
• Victor Bervian Neves, senior business administration/management and business administration/marketing major, Curitiba, Brazil
• Kenneth Courtney, senior secondary education/English major, Bowmanville, Canada
• Ikem Eriobuna, pursuing Master of Business Administration degree, Parkville, Mo.
• Paul Fueston, junior elementary education major, Independence, Mo. (attended Fort Osage High School)
• Emma Givens, senior business administration/international business and business administration/marketing major, Kansas City, Mo. (attended Raytown [Mo.] South High School)
• Rinku Gopali, freshman information and computer science/computer science major, Kathmandu, Nepal
• Weston Jacobs, senior fitness and wellness major, Lenexa, Kan.
• Grace Komoe, junior political science/American politics major, Rabat, Morocco
• Rafael Marin-Castaneda, senior business administration/management and business administration/marketing major, Kansas City, Mo. (attended Cristo Rey High School)
• Sara Marshall, pursuing Master of Business Administration degree, Kansas City, Mo. (attended Park Hill High School)
• Kayla Martinez, sophomore information and computer science/computer science and middle school education/mathematics major, Erie, Colo. (attended Twin Peaks Charter Academy, Longmont, Colo.)
• Erica Potter, pursuing Master of Social Work degree, Shawnee, Kan. (attended Olathe [Kan.] Northwest High School)
• Alexandria Richards, junior psychology major, Decatur, Ga.
• Chile Roldan, 2016 graduate and currently pursuing Master of Social Work degree, Kansas City, Mo. (attended Leavenworth [Kan.] High School)
• Oriana Tamburlini, sophomore nursing major, Overland Park, Kan.
• Logan Trowbridge, senior chemistry major, Blue Springs, Mo. (attended Blue Springs South High School)
• Shea Walker, senior nursing major, Parkville, Mo.
Outstanding Class Member Awards: This award honors one male and one female student from each class (sophomore, junior and non-graduating senior, based on the number of years enrolled at Park, not by credit hours completed) who best represents their class in service to, and participation in, Park University.
• Non-Graduating Seniors
o Aaliyah Brown, senior fitness and wellness major, St. Louis, Mo.
o Austin Pool, senior English writing major, Kansas City, Mo. (attended Winnetonka High School)
o Andrew Breckenridge, junior information and computer science/computer science major, Old Monroe, Mo. (attended Winfield [Mo.] High School)
o Taela Ivory, junior nursing major, Florissant, Mo. (attended Hazelwood Central High School)
o Leandro de Carvalho Sodre, sophomore business administration/management and business administration/marketing major, Sao Paulo, Brazil
o Heather Cole, sophomore business administration/finance and business administration/management major, Orrick, Mo.
Dusing-Proudfoot Award: This award is given to honor an outstanding contribution by a Park University faculty or staff member. It is named in honor of two former Park University professors, Albert Dusing and Merrill Proudfoot, who worked at Park for more than 20 years each and are respected for their academic and teaching betterment of students.
• Debra McArthur, director of academic support services, Parkville, Mo.
Tipton Award: This award is given to honor an outstanding service contribution to Park University by a Park alumnus/alumna. It is named to honor Bill and Mary Lou Tipton, both 1928 Park graduates. Throughout their lives, the Tiptons served Park University through the Park University Alumni Association, Friends of the Park University Library and the Park University Board of Trustees.
• Erik Bergrud, 1994 graduate (Master of Public Affairs) and current associate vice president of external relations, Kansas City, Mo.
Park Family Award: This award recognizes a Park staff or faculty member who embodies the University’s family-like culture in his/her interaction with students and fellow staff/faculty.
• Robin Burger, student success coach, Platte Woods, Mo.
• Jeff Ehrlich, Ed.D., associate professor of healthcare administration, Parkville, Mo.
Toni Griggs Award: This award is given to honor students who have made an outstanding contribution to Park University through leadership, service or work performance. Griggs, a Park employee and an integral part of the University for three decades, was a friend to Park students, faculty and staff.
• Eric Haas, senior criminal justice administration/corrections major, Carmichael, Calif. (attended Del Campo High School, Fair Oaks, Calif.)
• Zac Jarrard, 2016 graduate and currently pursuing Master of Business Administration degree, Kansas City, Mo. (attended Park Hill High School)
C.W. Bailey Award: This award is given in memory of C.W. Bailey, grandfather of John Shelton, a 1976 Park graduate, to students for the purpose of facilitating their education to the end that they may make a contribution to society in the tradition of Bailey. It is presented to one or two students who have distinguished themselves and exhibited the spirit of Park University.
• Arthur D’Avila, freshman business administration/finance and business administration/management major, Novo Hamburgo, Brazil
• Anna Hicks, sophomore nursing major, North Kansas City, Mo. (attended Faith Christian Academy, Cameron, Mo.)
Park Servant Leader of the Year Award: Awarded to a student who exemplifies the characteristics of a strong servant leader and/or has a service-focused mindset, and has worked effectively with others in the University and/or surrounding community to be a positive change.
• Iroda Narzullaeva, junior information and computer science/software engineering major, Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Faculty/Staff Newcomer of the Year Award: Presented to the faculty or staff member in his/her first year of outstanding service to the University.
• Faculty: Chelsea Platt, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology, Kansas City, Mo.
• Staff: Cynthia Otts, Ed.D., registrar, Shawnee, Kan.
Student Employee of the Year Award: The recipient of this award goes to an outstanding work-study student who is chosen on the basis of his/her reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and the uniqueness of his/her contributions to the University.
• Ghislaine Fumey, sophomore psychology major, East Moline, Ill. (attended United Township High School), works in the Office of the Registrar
Graduate Assistant of the Year Award: The recipient of this award goes to an outstanding graduate assistant student who is chosen on the basis of his/her reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and the uniqueness of his/her contributions to the University.
• Annali (Dolman) Cleek, pursuing Master of Business Administration degree, Kansas City, Mo. (originally from West Lakes Shore, Australia), graduate assistant in the Office of External Relations
Student Organization Adviser of the Year Award: This award recognizes the staff/faculty member who has provided outstanding efforts in guiding and advising student organizations.
• Stacey Kikendall, Ph.D., assistant professor of English and associate director of the Faculty Center for Innovation, Kansas City, Mo., advises Park’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society
Student Success and Impact Award: This award recognizes educators who have made an outstanding impact and profound difference on Park students.
• Adam Stone, head groundskeeper, Kansas City, Mo.
Park Student Government Association / Cindy Anderson Senator of the Year Award: This award recognizes the senator who made the greatest contribution to PSGA during the year. The award is named for Anderson, a Park freshman soccer player from Grimes, Iowa, who was killed in an accident (along with a teammate and head coach) heading to a NAIA playoff game in 2000.
• Blake Sellers, senior business administration/management major, Rayville, Mo. (attended Lawson [Mo.] High School
Program of the Year Award: Awarded to the student club or academic organization that made outstanding contributions to local, national or global communities through an organized service or civic engagement program.
• Business and Investment Club
Student Organizations of the Year Award: Awarded to the club(s) that has/have made the greatest contributions to the Park community through organization, innovation and commitment to the organization’s purpose and activities.
• Residence Hall Council (large club) and Crimson Dancers (small club)
New Student Organization of the Year Award: This award is given to an outstanding student organization that was formed within the past academic year.
• International Club