Few people associated with Park University do not know that name. She is
a 1971 graduate and has been a Park University employee since 1989.
Currently she is the archivist and circulation assistant in the library.
However, neither fact is the reason Carolyn was chosen to receive the
2002 Torchlighter Award,
an award that is given to honor those who have made a significant,
long-standing contribution to Park University.
There are many graduates from Park University and there are many
employees. There also are many graduates who are employees. Among them
Carolyn is unique. Carolyn is an advocate for Park University and she
takes her advocacy far beyond her job. Carolyn was nominated for
the award by
Alumni Council historian and former alumni director. Marlowe was
emphatic that her nomination was for the extra effort Carolyn gives
beyond her job.
The position of archivist, as defined in her job description, is
a small part of her job, five hours per week. The majority of her time
is occupied by the job responsibilities of circulation librarian. She
graduated from Park University with a degree in literature. However, it
is her work with the history of Park University that has brought her
fame throughout the community and Park family. Following her position as
alumni director, Carolyn joined the library staff in 1996. The Fishburn
Archives were added to her responsibilities at that time. She preserves
the many artifacts and photographs that are donated to the University.
Her displays, prepared for use at special events, help to educate and
remind the current generations of students and friends about the amazing
history of this institution. Carolyn was instrumental in the renovation
of the University White House and contributes to the preservation of
buildings throughout the campus.
In her personal life, she and her husband,
own and preserve Sunset House, the former president’s mansion and
dormitory, on Main Street in Parkville.
The revival of the Park University Historical Society, which
provides support to the Fishburn Archives, is attributed to Carolyn. The
inclusion of vital Park University information for the 150th anniversary
of Parkville also was Carolyn’s work. She continues to assist the City
of Parkville to preserve the history of the entire community.
Carolyn serves on the Walnut Grove Cemetery Board, site of the
graves of the Park founders. She has led attempts to restore important
buildings on campus, gaining community involvement along the way. She
responds to inquiries from families of Park students interested in
historical information. Additionally, she works in conjunction with the
Kansas City Museum and Science City to exchange and restore
As a prolific writer, Carolyn contributes frequently to this
alumni magazine and other publications. She compiled and edited the
Outstanding Alumni of Park College.
Her articles vary from profiles of interesting alumni to her nationally
recognized article, “Titanic Survivors” which appeared in the
summer/fall 2001 issue of the
Carolyn embodies the attributes of the
and for that the Alumni Association salutes her and the love and
dedication she has shown Park University.