The Army ROTC Pony Express Battalion, which includes ROTC cadets from colleges and universities based in northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas, recently recognized a trio from the Park University family. Stephen Terry, director of military and veteran student services (pictured in adjacent photo), received the Battalion Commander's Award for his outstanding contributions and dedication to the Battalion. Ashley Carpenter, a sophomore geography major, was awarded the Superior Cadet Decoration Award as the most outstanding cadet in the first-year cadet class. Carpenter also received the Physical Proficiency Award for having the highest percentile of points on the physical fitness test for all military science first-year cadets. Adam Hix, senior sociology major, received the Battalion's Superior Cadet Decoration Award for third-year cadets. Hix was also awarded a Green to Gold scholarship that will cover the full cost of tuition while attending Park University.
Park University’s Office of University Advancement, in conjunction with Park’s Theatre program, has announced it has received a $17,400 grant from the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts. The funding will be used to upgrade the curtain legs and rigging in the Jenkin and Barbara David Theater inside Alumni Hall on the University’s Parkville Campus. The curtains, thought to be about 50 years old, are deteriorating and outdated, and the rigging above the stage not state-of-the-art. The David Theater is used for productions throughout the year by not only Park’s Theatre program, but also by community organizations such as the Bell Road Barn Players and the Coterie Theatre.
Earlier this month, the Office of University Mail Services on the Parkville Campus started branding all of the University's outgoing shipments, packages and priority mail, domestically and internationally with special Park University decals, in support of Park's Promise and the University's internationalization. With UMS sending packages to all corners of the world, international shipments are now getting a self-adhesive decal of Park's logo circled by the word "welcome" in different languages. Shipments to domestic and military addresses are sent with a decal of the logo with Park's Promise of "serving those who serve their community and country."
Linda Vestal, director of university mail services, said she is always trying to come up with creative ideas to help brand the University via its mail and shipments. "I saw it as an opportunity to use the blank space on the University's shipments - boxed shipments, priority mail envelopes, etc. -- going to just about any destination on the planet, and I thought about how many people would see the University's brand on a shipment on its way to its destination, let alone the impression of the recipient."
Laurel Hilliker, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology (left in adjacent photo), and Teresa Mason, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Psychology and Sociology (right in adjacent photo), presented the session “What Do We Tell the Children? Navigating Cultural and Generational Differences: A Child’s First Loss,” at the International Death, Grief and Bereavement Conference in LaCrosse, Wis., on June 3. Their presentation explored how explaining death to young children can be a challenging prospect for families and professionals alike. They looked at how, given the natural inquisitiveness of children, careful consideration should be employed on how to explain death in a simple factual nature. Through a case study of a 92-year-old woman and her family, the presentation explored and presented best practices for helping families understand cultural and generational differences related to discussing death with young children.
Laurie DiPadova-Stocks, Ph.D., dean of Park University’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies and Hauptmann School of Public Affairs (left in adjacent photo), and Linda Moore, Ed.D., Hauptmann School distinguished fellow (right in adjacent photo), presented a session at the inaugural conference of the International Leadership Association’s Women and Leadership Affinity Group in Pacific Grove, Calif., on June 10. The presentation, “Women Can’t Wait: The Psychology of Power and Politics,” provided attendees with a series of experiential opportunities to explore their individual relationships with power and with politics. They used specific strategies to help participants develop a heightened sense of personal power and enrich their leadership repertoire.
On June 4, three Park University faculty, Dennis Gresdo, assistant professor of management and marketing, and academic director for the Washington, D.C. area campus centers (left in adjacent photo), Jutta Pegues, Ph.D., assistant professor of history and online academic director (center in adjacent photo), and Cathy Taylor, J.D., assistant professor of management and online instructor evaluator (right in adjacent photo), presented the session “My Instructor is a Plagiarist!: Viewing Online Instructor Plagiarism from the Perspectives of the Student, the Instructor and the Administrator” at the Distance Learning Administration Conference in Jekyll Island, Ga. The trio discussed legal, ethical and educational ramifications of instructor plagiarism in higher education. Topics included using lecture notes prepared for the traditional classroom in online platforms and best practices in modeling citation in online discussion threads.
With Park's Promise of "serving those who serve their community and country," Park University is looking for volunteers to participate in the annual Parkville 4th of July "American Heroes" Parade on Thursday, July 4, starting at 10 a.m. What better place to showcase all those American Heroes Park University educates! The University needs volunteers who can walk in their respective uniform as a hero educated by Park. The volunteer opportunity will require an approximately three-hour time commitment (arrive by 9 a.m. for the parade lineup, which begins at 63rd Street and Highway 9, one block north of the Parkville City Hall, and ends in downtown Parkville).
The University is looking for students and alumni, and retired or current members of the military, educators, police officers, firefighters, EMTs, nurses, doctors, etc. For more information or to sign up, please contact Alisha Blackwelder, manager of special events, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (816) 584-6420 no later than Wednesday, June 26.
Park University’s International Center for Music, in conjunction with the KC Bass Workshop, is hosting a concert by internationally renowned bass virtuoso Francois Rabbath on Thursday, July 11, at 7 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the Parkville Campus. Born in Syria before moving to Lebanon, Rabbath’s uniqueness stems from his refusal to accept any traditional limitations. Whether performing his own fascinating compositions, the music of others or the classical repertoire, one is always moved by his profound musicianship and dazzling virtuosity. Admission for the concert is $20 for the general public, while Park University faculty, staff and students are free with their Park ID. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/407684 or call (816) 305-7559.
Park University and the Parkville Nature Sanctuary, which is adjacent to the Parkville Campus, were mentioned in an article about ideal places for hiking in the Kansas City area. The story appeared in The Kansas City Star on May 16.
Dennis Okerstrom Ph.D., professor of English, was highlighted in a story that appeared in the June 19 issue of the Salina (Kan.) Journal. The day before, Okerstrom, along with Lee Lamar, who was the subject of Okerstrom’s 2011 book, The Final Mission of Bottoms Up: A World War II Pilot’s Story, spoke the day before during a luncheon at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Kan.
Park University’s Malmstrom Air Force Base (Mont.) Campus Center was highlighted in a story that appeared on KFBB-TV in Great Falls, Mont., on June 21. Alaina Barrow, campus center director, was interviewed for the segment related to the graduation ceremony for Malmstrom AFB students.
Tim Westcott, Ph.D., associate professor of history, appeared on KKFI-FM’s “Anything Goes” program on June 21. Westcott was on the show to discuss the Fred Harvey and the “Harvey Girls” program at the National Archives at Kansas City.
Alan Liebrecht, associate vice president for enrollment management, was interviewed for a story that appeared in the June issue of Campus Technology magazine. Liebrecht discussed Park’s constituent relationship management system and retention tools.
• Through July 18 -- Zigmunds Priede Art Exhibit, Campanella Gallery
• 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 11 – Francois Rabbath Bass Concert, 7 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
• 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)
• August 2 -- Julymester ends (Kansas City area)
• August 8-9 – New Full-Time Faculty Orientation (Parkville Campus
• August 12 – Full-Time Faculty/Staff Photo Day (Parkville Campus)
• August 12-13 -- Fall Faculty Conference, Parkville Campus
Note: To view a comprehensive schedule for all events, including athletics, visit www.park.edu/calendars/park-events-calendar.html.