Park University Imprint Express -- August 23, 2013

Friday, August 23, 2013

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Jeanette Prenger

Bob Kendrick

Park University Alumni Association to honor alumni, trustee

The Park University Alumni Association will host its 65th annual awards luncheon on Friday, Sept. 20, honoring alumni and friends of the University who have demonstrated notable contributions to their professions, communities and to the University. The ceremony, held at the Kansas City (Mo.) Marriott Downtown begins at noon and is a part of the University’s Alumni Weekend 2013 festivities. This year’s honorees are:
     •  Distinguished Alumni Award — Bob Kendrick, ’85 (top left), president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and Jeannette Prenger, ’09 (top right), founder and president of ECCO Select and member of Park's Board of Trustees
Louise MordenSarah Hopkins-Chery     •  Park Promising Young Professional Award — Sarah Hopkins-Chery, ’07, ’09 (left), Park University women’s basketball assistant coach and adjunct instructor of communication arts, and shift manager for US Airways
     •  Torchlighter Award — Louise Morden (right), former member of Park’s Board of Trustees and current honorary trustee

Individual tickets for the luncheon are $25 for the general public and $15 for Park University faculty and staff. Tables of eight are $200 and sponsorships are $300. The sponsorships include tickets to a Park University private event at the Real Pirates exhibit at Union Station on Saturday, Sept. 21. The awards ceremony is one of the many festivities celebrating the University’s Alumni Weekend 2013. Other weekend events that the public is invited to attend include Park athletics alumni games, the “Pirate Parade,” basketball and soccer clinics for children, the Park Pirate Family Fun Day, and the Maroon and Gold men’s soccer game. For the full calendar of events, visit For more information or to purchase tickets for the luncheon, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or (816) 584-6207. Also, tickets can be purchased at

School of Business recognized by national human resources association

Park University’s School of Business has earned recognition for curriculum alignment from the Society of Human Resource Management, the largest human resources professional development association worldwide. Park is one of only two Kansas City area-based schools to earn this recognition. This distinction is based on SHRM’s evaluation that assessed the topics, courses, business contexts and delivery methods of Park’s human resources program. Nicholas Miceli, Ph.D., associate professor of management and human resources, said the recognition is a compliment to the entire faculty of Park’s School of Business. “This means that Park students majoring in the human resources degree program are being prepared for the workplace,” said Miceli. “Further, when our students and graduates want to take the SHRM certification exams (Professional in Human Resources and Senior PHR), they have a strong grounding in the various areas of knowledge that they need to be familiar with to increase their chances of passing the exam.” Read more about the honor at

Women’s volleyball team opens season with highest ranking in school history

The Park University women’s volleyball team will start the 2013 season as one of the hunted in the NAIA and in the American Midwest Conference, beginning the season ranked No. 14 in the 2013 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll. Park finished the 2012 season ranked No. 23 after compiling a 27-11 record and falling one spot shy of an at-large bid to the NAIA National Championship tournament. “We begin this year with the phrase ‘unfinished business,’ and while this is a nice honor and it’s always great to be recognized by the coaches who make up the group of raters, we have work in front of us,’ said Mike Talamantes, head coach. “That said, I think we deserve to be recognized because we did some things worthy of recognition last year, and we bring a lot of that core group back. But it’s a new season with new challenges.” Read more about the Pirates upcoming season at

LaGarce receives second scholarship for study abroad

Hayley LaGarce, a senior communication arts/public relations major, has been awarded a $1,000 study abroad scholarship from the College Consortium for International Studies. This is the second study abroad scholarship LaGarce has received this summer, having previously earned a $3,000 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. LaGarce is spending the Fall 2013 semester studying Spanish language and culture at Universidad de Belgrano (University of Belgrano) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The CCIS, of which Park University has been a member since 2007, offers summer, semester and academic year study abroad programs in 29 countries on six continents. For more information, contact Angie Peterson, director of global education and study abroad, at or (816) 584-6510.

Boonstra Exhibit ImageCampanella Gallery to feature sculpture exhibit

A sculpture exhibit featuring the works of artist Matthew Boonstra will be on display in Park University’s Campanella Gallery, Tuesday, Sept. 3, through Friday, Oct. 11. The title of Boonstra’s exhibit is “Have You Tried Walking?” Boonstra’s work is an investigation into how socioeconomic circumstances impact the natural environment. Boonstra said in his artist’s statement that “Have You Tried Walking?” “captures the transformation of a human figure into a gasoline funnel and signifies our dizzying physical and psychological relationship with oil.” A reception will be held for Boonstra on Thursday, Sept. 5 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Gallery. For more information about the exhibit, visit

Mentors needed for international student program

The Office of International Student Admissions and Services invites Park University faculty and staff to make a difference and experience a new culture by becoming a mentor to a Park University international student. The Global Match mentoring program pairs incoming international students with a faculty or staff member to develop a relationship as a campus resource and as a friend. Mentors are obligated to a minimum on-campus time commitment. For more information or to sign up, contact Lani Hayselden, international program adviser, at or (816) 584-6831.

Construction UpdateParkville Campus area traffic advisory

The Missouri Department of Transportation has started a bridge rehabilitation project that has closed the ramp from northbound I-635 to northbound Missouri Route 9 through Friday, Oct. 11. During this construction, those who come to the Parkville Campus via I-635 northbound should exit at Horizons Parkway (just after crossing the Missouri River bridge). Those that use U.S. 69 northbound via the Fairfax Bridge will need to take the southbound 9 Highway exit to Riverway Blvd. and circle back to access northbound 9 Highway. For more information on this project, visit

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through August 30 -- Art Exhibit: Michelle Childers: Multimedia “Life Sentence” (Reception: Aug. 24, 7 p.m.), Campanella Gallery
     •  August 23 -- Opening Convocation, noon, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  August 23 -- All University Picnic, 1 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel Lawn
     •  August 27-28 -- Park University Theater Production Auditions: “The Art of Murder,” 5:30 p.m., David Theater (Alumni Hall)
     •  September 2 -- Labor Day holiday (Kansas City area offices closed; no Parkville Daytime classes; Fall I classes will be held)
     •  September 3-October 11 -- Matthew Boonstra Sculpture Exhibit (Reception: Sept. 5, 4 p.m.), Campanella Gallery
     •  September 5 -- Camp Pendleton (Calif.) Marine Corps Base Campus Center Commencement, 3 p.m., Camp Pendleton Base Theater
     •  September 7 -- Fort Myer (Va.) Campus Center, Henderson Hall Headquarters Battalion (Va.) Campus Center and Quantico (Va.) Marine Corps Combat Development Command Campus Center Commencement, 9 a.m., Quantico Command Auditorium
     •  September 10 -- Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel New Doors Dedication, 11 a.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  September 11 -- Dorothy Harper Watson Literacy Center “Powerful Texts” Series: Dr. Blanche Sosland, 5 p.m., Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground, Room 221A
     •  September 16-20 -- Campus Center Directors Conference, Parkville Campus
     •  September 16-21 -- Harvest Fest Week, Parkville Campus
     •  September 20-21 -- Alumni Weekend, Parkville Campus
     •  September 21 -- Evening with the Real Pirates, 6 p.m., Union Station Kansas City
     •  September 25 -- StepUP Kickoff, noon, McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  September 26 -- Park University Golf Scramble, 7:30 a.m. (registration), 9 a.m. shotgun start, Tiffany Greens Golf Course, Kansas City, Mo.
     •  September 27 -- Center for Global Peace Journalism Symposium, “Doing the Wrong Thing: The Struggle for an Ethical Media,” noon, McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  September 28 -- Admissions: Pirate Preview Day, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  September 28 -- International Center for Music Concert: Violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  September 30 -- School of Business Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series: Peter deSilva, 11 a.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  October 3 -- Poetry at Park: The Symphony, 7 p.m., American Jazz Museum, 1616 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Mo.
     •  October 4 -- Faculty/Staff Longevity Awards, 1 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  October 5 -- Fort Leonard Wood (Mo.) Campus Center Commencement, 1 p.m., Nutter Field House
     •  October 11 -- Board of Trustees Meeting, Parkville Campus
     •  October 12 -- Admissions: Pirate Preview Day, Parkville Campus
     •  October 13 -- Fall I Classes End
     •  October 13-20 -- Fall Recess

Note: To view a comprehensive schedule for all events, including athletics, visit