Park University Imprint Express -- June 12, 2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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--- McArthur novel selected to "book of the year" list
--- Park University faculty member, graduate honored by Kansas City ASPA chapter
--- Kleindl presents technology development session for Russian conference
--- Terry presents session for Military Child Education Coalition
--- Program of History sponsoring documentary screening, Westcott on panel
--- Recent Park alumna awarded internship, students earns study abroad scholarships
--- Park hosting youth soccer, softball camps
--- Zigmunds Priede mixed media works on display in Campanella Gallery
--- Human Resource Services announces new hires, transfers/promotions
--- Imprint Express reader contest: Win a pair of FC Kansas City tickets!
--- Park in the News: Brian McRae, Park University/Allison Davis, Roger Rodriguez, Dr. Michael Eskey, Max Miller, Park University Dragon Boat, Hauptmann School of Public Affairs/James Simpson, Albert and Sylvia (Harbaugh) Caldwell, Derandoria Young, Steven Youngblood
--- Upcoming Events

Debra McArthurMcArthur novel selected to “book of the year” list

A book written by Debra McArthur, director of academic support services, has been recognized by Bankstreet College of Education. The book, A Voice for Kanzas, was selected as one of the organization’s “Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2013” in the 9-to-12-year-old historical fiction division. The novel tells of a young girl's coming of age in the 1850s in Lawrence, Kan. The book has excitement, suspense and interesting links to history that took place in the region. To be selected for the honor, reviewers considered literary quality and excellence of presentation, as well as the potential emotional impact of the book on young readers. Other criteria included credibility of characterization and plot, authenticity of time and place, age suitability, positive treatment of ethnic and religious differences, and the absence of stereotypes.

Park University faculty member, graduate honored by Kansas City ASPA chapter

The Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration recognized two members of the Park University family during the chapter’s annual awards dinner on May 22 in Kansas City, Mo. Anne Swafford, adjunct instructor of public administration, was honored with the L.P. Cookingham Award. The award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to public administration over an extended period of time. Swafford is a past Kansas City chapter and national ASPA president. Mandy Stanley, ’11, ’13 (bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public affairs), was recognized with the Stanley Fisher Memorial Award, which is presented to students who have shown interest in public administration beyond their classroom work, have performed exceptionally well in public administration courses and have applied insights of public administration to their campus activities. Stanley works for the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Dr. Brad KleindlKleindl presents technology development session for Russian conference

Brad Kleindl, Ph.D., dean of Park University’s School of Business, was among a group of Kansas City area community leaders of the area’s Google Fiber initiative to participate in a presentation for the Tomsk (Russia) Innovation Forum Innovus 2013 on May 23 via SightDeck and Skype. Kleindl and his co-presenters discussed the Kansas City region’s Google Fiber Playbook strategy to use technology to ensure universal access and capacity, bringing fiber to the Kansas City community, drive innovation, expand economic opportunities, increase university research capacity, develop the IT workforce and establish Kansas City’s global leadership in technology innovations. View the presentation at

Stephen TerryTerry presents session for Military Child Education Coalition

Stephen Terry, director of military and veteran student services, presented the session “Developing Strategic Opportunity Initiatives for Servicemembers, Veterans and their Families” at the Military Child Education Coalition’s Living in the New Normal conference on June 4 in Blue Springs, Mo. The MCEC is focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for military children affected by mobility, family separation and transition.

Program of History sponsoring documentary screening; Westcott on panel

Park University’s Program of History is co-sponsoring a documentary screening and panel discussion on “The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound,” a film about the Harvey Girls and the Fred Harvey restaurant empire, on Friday, June 21, at 6 p.m., at the National Archives at Kansas City, 400 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, Mo. Timothy Westcott, Ph.D., associate professor of history, will be a panelist for a discussion following the screening. A trailer for the film can be viewed at To make a reservation for this free event e-mail or call (816) 268-8010.

Recent Park alumna awarded internship; students earns study abroad scholarships

Faith Stemmler, '12, is participating in an internship with the Student Conservation Association in Montana through the end of September. Stemmler, who graduated in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and was a member of the Degree with Honors Program, is charged with locating, evaluating and mapping remaining live Whitebark Pines that could prove to be resistant to Whitepine Blister Rust and the Mountain Pine Beetle, and collecting fuels data for the area adjacent to those trees. The project is allowing Stemmler to incorporate her knowledge of microbiology, botany and entomology.

Eva Rasmussen, senior interior design major, received a $1,000 scholarship from the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. Rasmussen is studying furniture design this summer in Copenhagen, Denmark. Jackie Dalke, senior information and computer science major, was awarded a $500 scholarship from the College Consortium for International Studies. She is studying Japanese language and culture at KCP International Japanese Language School in Tokyo.

Park hosting youth soccer, softball camps

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 In addition, fresh off 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. 

Zigmund Priede's CalliopeZigmunds Priede mixed media works on display in Campanella Gallery

A collection of two-dimension and three-dimension mixed media art produced by Zigmunds Priede is on display in Park University’s Campanella Gallery through Thursday, July 18. The title of the exhibit is “Remnants of Time.” Priede is a widely respected printmaker among his peers in the mixed media arts. In his artist’s statement, Priede says that many of his works begin with some kind of printing process and are developed through the use of collage, paint and other materials. “The presence of hand, automatism and fortuitous happenings are all significant ingredients. The works are abstract with emphasis on form as foundation and meaning. They form relationships augmented with semiotic associations that need not have specific or exclusive meaning. Diverse viewer interpretations of these associations become an accumulation of meanings over time. Because these works evolve over a prolonged period of time that may extend many years, I choose to call them ‘aggregate time’ works. They represent certain moments of a creative process that is forever ongoing, like the interpretive process.” 

Human Resource Services announces new hires, transfers/promotions

From May 6-31

•    Christa Brien, Administrative Assistant, Departments of Psychology/Sociology/Social Work, Parkville Campus
•    Dana Buchanan, Administrative Assistant, Master of Business Administration Program, Downtown Kanas City Campus
•    Felecia Dunn, Payroll Specialist, Office of Human Resource Services, Parkville Campus
•    Edwina Fontana, Administrative Assistant, Departments of Criminal Justice/Political Science, Parkville Campus
•    Jennifer Fortune, Program Specialist, Naval Support Activity Mid-South Millington Campus
•    Dora-Ann Holmes, International Admissions Counselor, Office of International Student Admissions and Services, Parkville Campus
•    Faiza Islawayn, Receptionist, Independence Campus
•    Randi Johnson, Academic Evaluator, Registrar's Office, Parkville Campus
•    Alexander Muller, Sponsored International Student Adviser, Office of International Student Admissions and Services, Parkville Campus
•    Mary Perrilloux, Director, Quantico Marine Corps Development Command Campus

•    Barbara Hunt, Assistant Academic Director, Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station Campus (previously served as adjunct instructor)
•    Donald Jones, Help Desk Technical Support Specialist, Office of Information Technology Services, Parkville Campus (previously served as technical support specialist)

Imprint Express reader contest: Win a pair of FC Kansas City tickets!

Park University is proud to be the official educational provider and practice home of FC Kansas City, a member of the National Women’s Soccer League. The Office of University Advancement, in conjunction with the Office of University Communications and Marketing, is offering a pair of tickets to the “Blues” Saturday, July 20 (7:35 p.m. kickoff), match against Seattle Reign FC. Kansas City’s roster features four players on the U.S. Women’s National Team: goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, midfielders Lauren Cheney and Kristie Mewis, and defender Becky Sauerbrunn, while Seattle has three USWNT players, including goalkeeper Hope Solo.

In order to be eligible to win the tickets, you must answer the following trivia question: FC Kansas City head coach Vlatko Andonovski graduated from Park University in 2008.  What was his major? To enter the drawing for the tickets, send your respond to Erik Bergrud, associate vice president of constituent engagement, at, no later than 4:30 p.m. today (Wednesday, June 12). The winner will be selected at random from all the correct entries. Only Park University faculty and staff are eligible to enter the contest.

Park In The News

Brian McRae, Park University baseball assistant coach and former Major League Baseball player, was featured in the May issue of Kansas City-based Northland Lifestyle magazine.

A story in the May 26 issue of The Kansas City Star about tuition discounts at private colleges across the country highlighted Park University and featured Allison Davis, a junior chemistry major.

Roger Rodriguez, J.D., L.L.M., adjunct instructor of criminal justice and political science, and John Noriz, adjunct instructor of mathematics, both at the Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center, were recognized for their service in teaching colleges courses to wounded warriors at the Fort Bliss Soldier and Family Assistance Center. Their photos appeared in the May 30 issue of the Fort Bliss Monitor (page 20A).

Michael Eskey, Ph.D., associate professor and program coordinator of criminal justice administration, and online instructor evaluator, and Henry Roehrich, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing and management, and program coordinator of management, were interviewed for a story that appeared in the May 15 issue of Distance Education Report. The article, “How to Conduct Effective Online Faculty Observation,” featured Park University’s Faculty Online Observation system that won the Association for Continuing Higher Education’s Creative Use of Technology Award in 2011.

Recent Park University graduate Max Miller was highlighted in a front page article that appeared in The Kansas City Star on June 9. The story, which included Miller’s photo, was on the jobless rate for new college graduates.

A team from Park University was highlighted in a story about the annual Kansas City International Dragon Boat Festival that appeared in The Kansas City Star on June 9. The story included comments from Zaya Usukhbayar, senior accounting major.

An article that focused on the unique situation of four Park University graduates of the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs being the chiefs of police in four Northland (Kansas City, Mo.) communities appeared in the June 9 issue of the Liberty (Mo.) Tribune. James Simpson, ’97, is the chief of police in Liberty, Mike Hasty, ’93, ’97, leads Gladstone, Greg Mills, ’97, is the chief in Riverside, and Steve Beamer, ’98, heads the North Kansas City police force. In addition, Kevin Chrisman, Parkville chief of police, earned a bachelor’s degree from Park in 1993.

Park University was again highlighted in an article about Albert and Sylvia (Harbaugh) Caldwell, both 1909 Park graduates, related to the book authored by Julie Hedgepeth Williams about the Caldwell’s survival of the Titanic disaster. The article appeared in the Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News on June 9.

Capt. Derandoria Young, ’06, was featured on the U.S. Air Force’s website as part of its “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series, which highlights their Air Force story. Young’s feature was about the educational opportunities she took advantage of while in the Air Force.

Steven Youngblood, associate professor of communication arts and director of Park’s Center for Global Peace Journalism, was featured on BronxNet Community Television in New York on June 5. Youngblood was interviewed via Skype regarding peace journalism and a summer workshop. In addition, Youngblood and the CGPJ were mentioned in a story that appeared in the Fiji Times on May 29.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

•    Through July 18 -- Zigmunds Priede Art Exhibit, Campanella Gallery
•    June 14 -- Holloman Air Force Base (N.M.) Campus Center Commencement, 2 p.m., Desert Sands Enlisted Club
•    June 14 -- Admissions: Freshmen First Day, 1 p.m., Parkville Campus
•    June 14 -- Fairchild Air Force Base (Wash.) Campus Center Commencement, 4 p.m., The Lincoln Center, Spokane, Wash.
•    June 14 -- Luke Air Force Base (Ariz.) Campus Center Commencement, 5 p.m., The Wigwam
•    June 14 -- Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center Commencement, 8 p.m., El Paso (Texas) Convention and Performing Arts Center
•    June 15 -- Admissions: Saturday Campus Tours, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Parkville Campus
•    June 15 -- Charleston (S.C.) Air Force Base Campus Center Commencement, 10 a.m., Charleston Club
•    June 15 -- Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (Ariz.) Campus Center Commencement, 4 p.m., Holiday Inn Tucson Airport-North
•    June 21 -- Malmstrom Air Force Base (Mont.) Campus Center Commencement, 2 p.m., Malmstrom AFB Auditorium
•    June 21 -- Scott Air Force Base (Ill.) Campus Center Commencement, 7 p.m.. Regency Conference Center, O'Fallon, Ill.
•    June 22 -- Lackland Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center and Randolph Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center Commencement, 1 p.m., Bob Hope Theater, Lackland AFB
•    June 28 -- Junemester ends (Kansas City area)
•    July 4 -- Independence Day holiday (Kansas City area offices closed)
•    July 4 -- Parkville Symphonic Band Concert, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
•    July 8 -- Julymester begins (Kansas City area)
•    July 13 -- Admissions: Saturday Campus Tours, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Parkville Campus
•    July 22-August 30 -- Art Exhibit: Michelle Childers: Multimedia “Life Sentence” (Reception: Aug. 24, 7 p.m.), Campanella Gallery
•    July 28 -- Summer Session ends (Kansas City area)