Faculty and Staff

Youngblood earns United Nations honor

Steve YoungblookSteven Youngblood, associate professor of communication arts and director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism, received the 2012 Kansas City World Citizen of the Year Award on Oct. 24. The award, given by the World Citizen Committee of the United Nations Association's Greater Kansas City Chapter, was presented to Youngblood (at left in adjacent photo) by Sly James, mayor of Kansas City, Mo. Youngblood is a two-time J. William Fulbright Scholar -- going to Moldova in 2001 and Azerbaijan in 2007. He has taught in 12 countries for the U.S. Department of State, the United Nations Children's Fund and People to People International. He has taught peace journalism in the Republic of Georgia, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Turkey and Uganda. Youngblood directed and taught a comprehensive peace journalism project (with $270,000 in grants from the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department) in Uganda from July 2010 to May 2011.

Barnes elected as a fellow of public administration organization

Kay BarnesKay Barnes, distinguished professor for public leadership in Park University's Hauptmann School for Public Affairs and founding director of Park's Center for Leadership, was recently elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Barnes was formally inducted on Nov. 15 during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Chartered by Congress to help public sector leaders meet the important and varied management challenges of today and anticipate those of the future, NAPA is a nonprofit, independent coalition of top public management and organizational leaders who tackle the nation's most critical and complex challenges.