Park University has received a $7,500 National Endowment for the Arts “Art Works” grant to partially fund the “Poetry at Park” initiative established by Virginia Brackett, Ph.D., assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, associate professor of English and director of the Degree with Honors program. The grant will support writing workshops, performances at magnet high schools in the Kansas City, Mo., area, and a public reading by The Symphony, a group of four African-American and Latino poets.
Kirby Appollis, a junior legal studies major at Park University, was one of 12 college students selected to participate in this summer’s Coro Kansas City Internship in Public Affairs, a partnership with the University’s Hauptmann School of Public Affairs. Coro Kansas City is designed to develop future community leaders through exposure to community issues, leadership development, civic leaders and organizations.
Park University students on the staff of University’s student newspaper, The Stylus, won 17 awards at the Missouri College Media Association’s conference, held April 20 in Joplin. In addition, the newspaper placed third in its division (Division 3 for small four-year colleges/universities) sweepstakes contest. The Stylus came home with five first place finishes in its division.
Steve Wilson, assistant athletics director for sports communications, has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Clarence “Ike” Pearson Award from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Wilson will receive the award, given annually to an outstanding NAIA communications/sports information director for accomplishments and services over a career, on Tuesday, June 11, at the NAIA-Sports Information Directors Association Convention in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Retired Chief Master Sgt. Mark Clark, adjunct instructor of management at the Whiteman Air Force Base (Mo.) Campus Center, was selected as the winner of two division awards from the Air Force Sergeants Association. Clark was honored with the AFSA’s Division 3 Legislative Award and the Member of the Year award during a banquet on April 13 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The Legislative Award is presented to the AFSA member who has had the greatest impact in working with elected officials at the state and federal levels to protect its members' benefits. The Member of the Year Award recognizes the best all-around AFSA member in the division.
Linda Vestal, director of university mail services, was selected as the Manager of the Year by the Mail Systems Management Association. Vestal was honored with the award during MAILCOM, the MSMA's spring conference, April 28-May 1 in Atlantic City, N.J. Vestal, who was nominated by the Kanas City Chapter of MSMA, was selected for the award because of her experience and participation in industry events. Vestal was also selected as the Kansas City MSMA Manager of the Year and received that honor on May 21.
Erik Bergrud, associate vice president of constituent engagement, was one of 26 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute to participate in a yearlong Senior Leadership Academy. Bergrud will participate in two seminars in Pittsburgh, Pa., in November and in Washington, D.C., in June 2014, undertaking a mentoring program, experiential learning projects, and a series of readings and case studies. The purpose of the SLA is to prepare prospective leaders to assume positions as chief officers in any division in independent higher education.
Walter Kisthardt, Ph.D., professor and chair/program director of social work, was presented with the Mental Health Community Inspiration Award at the annual banquet of Comprehensive Mental Health Services Inc. on April 24 in Independence, Mo.
Kay Barnes, distinguished professor for public leadership in Park University’s Hauptmann School of Public Affairs, and founding director of Park’s Center for Leadership, and Mary Lou Jaramillo, ’92, ’96, executive director of the Mattie Rhodes Center in Kansas City, Mo., and chief executive officer of El Centro in Kansas City, Kan., were recognized by United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Kansas City on May 10. Both Barnes and Jaramillo were honored during the organization’s “Hats Off to Mothers: Celebrating Kansas City’s Exceptional Women” luncheon, which recognizes outstanding models of motherhood in the Kansas City community.
Park University’s softball team won its opening game in the NAIA Softball National Tournament Opening Round in St. Joseph, Mo., in mid-May, but lost its next two games to end the Pirates season with a 31-11 record.
Lindsey McDonald became Park University’s newest track and field All-American and set a new school record in the process, finishing fifth in the marathon at the 2013 NAIA Track and Field National Championship on May 25 in Marion, Ind. She finished the 26.2-mile race in 3:00.52.
Senior OF Parker Jones and sophomore OF Callie Beaver, players on Park University’s baseball and softball teams, respectively, were honored on the Capital One Academic All-District 5 team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Jones, who graduated in May with a cumulative 3.88 grade point average, posted a career-best .327 batting average this past season. Beaver, who has a 4.0 GPA, hit .364 this season, including an incredible .778 average when hitting with runners in scoring position and two outs.
Park University senior 3B Kyle Clifton was named a first-team selection on the 2013 American Midwest Conference all-conference baseball squad for the third time in his career. Park’s softball team had six players selected to the AMC all-conference squad: C/INF Lindsay Sumner, INF Jamie Tanno, OF Kyla Tatum and P/OF Kelli Wenberg were named to the first team with Wenberg earning AMC Freshman of the Year honors. In addition, more than 40 Park University student-athletes were named academic all-conference by the American Midwest Conference for spring sports. Baseball had seven selections, softball had nine; men’s and women’s track and field had 23 and women’s golf had four.
All-conference baseball: www.parkathletics.com/mbaseball/park_007514.shtml
All-conference softball: www.amcsportsonline.com/article/1123.php
Academic all-conference: www.amcsportsonline.com/article/1122.php
Park University’s annual Alumni Weekend is set for Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 19-21, on the University’s Parkville Campus. For those alumni who have never been to the Parkville Campus, this is a great time to visit Parkville in all its full fall glory. The Alumni Council is seeking volunteers to help plan Alumni Weekend. If you are interested in organizing a reunion or helping design new events for your special group, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Events currently scheduled include a golf tournament, Class of 1963 50th reunion dinner, alumni/student mentoring luncheon, campus tours and the Alumni Association Awards Banquet. Look for more information in the upcoming Park University Magazine or visit www.park.edu/alumni.
Members of the Park University Alumni Association, which includes all graduates of Park University, are invited to attend the PUAA’s annual meeting on Friday, June 21, at the McCoy Meetin’ House on the University’s Parkville Campus. Agenda items include a vote on proposed revisions to the bylaws. An additional item is the vote to approve the slate of nominated members to the Alumni Council. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. A buffet dinner will be held prior to the meeting at 6 p.m. Alumni wishing to attend the dinner must reserve a place by e-mailing email@example.com by Monday, June 17. Space is limited.
Stephen Terry, director of military and veteran student services, was interviewed for a story that highlighted how the Park University family takes care of service members and veterans. The article appeared on informED, a learning and ideas website providing news in e-learning and education technology.
Jessica Barraza, a sophomore management/human resources major at the Luke Air Force Base (Ariz.) Campus Center, was recognized in the April 26 issue of the base newspaper, The Thunderbolt, as the Non-Commissioned Officer of the Quarter for the Air Education Training Command.
Kirill Zhurauliou, a freshman political science/international politics major from Belarus, was again featured in a television story related to the 27th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Zhurauliou’s story appeared on KCTV in Kansas City on April 30.
Park University’s Parkville Campus was highlighted in an article that appeared in the April issue of the Kansas City-based Northland Lifestyle magazine. The story was about the city of Parkville.
High school students who participated in a Missouri state regional Poetry Out Loud competition and a creative writing workshop held on the University’s Parkville Campus earlier this year were featured in an article that appeared in the May/June issue of Kansas City’s guide to the performing, visual and cinematic arts, KC Studio magazine (page 50).
Jeanette Prenger, ’09, a member of Park University’s Board of Trustees, was featured in a story that appeared on KMBC-TV in Kansas City on May 7. Prenger was interviewed for a story about Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James’ “Not So Big KC Challenge,” a call to focus on fitness. In addition, Prenger was the featured cover story for the May issue of Thinking Bigger Business magazine. The article highlighted Prenger and the company she founded, ECCO Select, a human enterprise solutions provider headquartered in Kansas City, Mo.
KMBC story: www.kmbc.com/news/kansas-city/kc-business-leader-finds-time-for-fitness/-/11664182/20036550/-/7smn5d/-/index.html
Thinking Bigger Business story: http://ithinkbigger.com/how-to-strategies/current-issue/item/21367-ecco-select-s-success-through-service.html
Park University's Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program was featured in a special “Kansas City Nurses” supplement to the May 5 edition of The Kansas City Star’s “Kansas City Star Magazine” (pages 4 and 5 of supplement). A full-page article featured comments from Gerry Walker, D.H.Ed, chair and associate professor of nursing, highlighting the program’s various degree options.
Michael Collins, ’04, chief executive officer of the Port Authority of Kansas City and a member of Park University’s Board of Trustees, was named to the list of NextGen Leaders by the Kansas City Business Journal.
Larry Hume, ’75, was featured in a story that appeared in the California (Texas) Democrat as he was recognized by the Shelby County, Texas, Chamber of Commerce with its 2013 Distinguished Service Award on April 11. Hume was honored for his activities involving veterans issues.
MaKayla Allen, who will attend Park University in the fall and major in fine art, was featured as an “Academic All-Star” in the May 14 issue of The Examiner newspaper in Independence, Mo.
View a comprehensive schedule for all events, including athletics, at www.park.edu/calendar/parkville.html.
One of the leading intercollegiate soccer programs in the Kansas City area will host a fun-filled soccer camp this summer for players ages 9 to 18 at any level, from novice to skilled, Monday through Friday, June 17-21, at Hemingway Field on Park University’s Parkville Campus. For more information, visit www.parkathletics.com/msoccer/park_007543.shtml.
In addition, fresh of the program’s first-ever appearance in the NAIA National Softball Tournament Opening Round, Park University will host softball camps, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 18-19, at the Park Softball Field. For more information, visit www.parkathletics.com/wsoftball/park_007544.shtml.