Park University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will host a visit Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 18-20, 2013, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Park University has been accredited by the Commission since 1913. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments regarding Park University to:
Third-Party Comment on Park University
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411
The public may also submit comments on the Commission’s website at www.ncahlc.org. Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing and be received by Monday, Oct. 21.
Park University is ranked among the safest four-year universities in the United States, according to StateUniversity.com, a directory of U.S. colleges and universities that provides comprehensive information on all institutions of higher learning. Park is ranked No. 35 among all schools in the country and No. 29 among all private universities nationwide. Park is considered the safest school in the Kansas City metropolitan area and No. 3 in Missouri. Park University Director of Campus Safety Chris Loos said the ranking is an honor. "This is an accomplishment that can be credited to every student, staff, faculty and alumnus of Park University. Safety on a college campus is a community effort, drawing its strength from the relationships, communication and trust amongst all Park members." Read more about the ranking at www.park.edu/news/2013/08/park-university-earns-high-ranking-among-safest-four-year-universities-in-the-nation.html.
Three Park University online degree programs have been ranked as “best buys” by the national editorial review team at GetEducated.com, a consumer group that reviews and ranks online college/university degree programs for cost, quality and credibility. Park’s Bachelor of Science in Information and Computer Science was ranked No. 33 in the “Best Affordable Online Bachelor’s Degree – Computer Science” category, and Park’s Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology were ranked No. 33 and No. 36, respectively, in the “Best Affordable Online Bachelor’s Degree – Psychology” category. GetEducated.com’s “best buy” designations are decided after degree programs are independently reviewed and found to offer a high quality distance degree to a national audience at cost rates well below the national average. Close to a million online learners visit the website each year looking for information on high quality degrees at a reasonable cost. The complete rankings can be found at www.geteducated.com/online-college-ratings-and-rankings/.
The Park University cross country teams open the 2013 season earning national recognition as the women’s program ranks No. 21 in the NAIA Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 poll while the men received votes in its respective poll. “It’s always nice to be recognized nationally, but our kids know that they still have to go out and work hard every day to become successful” said Park head coach Brian Renshaw. The women enter 2013 as the defending American Midwest Conference champions and posted a 17th place finish at the NAIA Cross Country Championships a year ago. The Pirates open the season on Saturday, Aug. 31 at the Bob Timmons Classic at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kan. Check out a preview of the women’s team at www.parkathletics.com/crosscountry/park_007578.shtml and the men’s team at www.parkathletics.com/crosscountry/park_007580.shtml.
Park University’s Office of Student Life, in partnership with the Kansas City Chiefs, is selling discounted tickets to the Chiefs game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Oct. 27, at Arrowhead Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. A limited supply of tickets at the special price of $40 (regular price is $54) for faculty, staff and students are available for purchase in-person in the Office of Student Life on the second floor of Thompson Commons. Check, cash, credit card or debit card are all accepted forms of payment. Individuals wishing to purchase tickets with a credit card or debit card will do so through the cashier's window in Mackay Hall. Andrew Davis, director of student success, said proceeds from the ticket sales benefits the Park Student Service Learning Trips, which will help to fund travel expenses for Park students participating in local community service trips and international service trips. For more information, contact Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or (816) 584-6411.
Park University’s Department of Campus Safety reminds all students, faculty and staff on the Parkville Campus to register vehicles for the 2013-14 year. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3, Campus Safety officers will begin writing formal parking tickets for all parking violations. Until then, most parking violations will be a written as a “warning” ticket. However, the following violations will receive automatic citations:
• Parking in a fire lane
• Parking in a “tow zone”
• Parking in a “no parking” zone
• Parking in a handicapped stall without proper placard displayed
• Parking in a reserved parking space
• Blocking loading docks
Visit www.park.edu/campus-safety for information related to vehicle registration, parking policies, appeal procedures and how to pay fines. Located on the first floor of Thompson Commons around the corner from Pirate Grounds, the Department of Campus Safety is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need assistance with the registration process, stop by the office or call (816) 584-6444.
Park University’s Office of Global Education and Study Abroad welcomes all Park students, faculty and staff to share the memories of your international travel for a chance to win some great prizes. To enter the contest, send up to five photos from one international trip you took within the last two years along with a brief description of your travel (maximum 750 words) to Nargiz Rasulova, graduate assistant if the OGESA, at email@example.com by Tuesday, Oct. 1. To be eligible, photos must be taken and submitted by current Park University students, faculty and staff, either part-time or full-time. Preference is given to photos from a study abroad experience and previous winners are not eligible. The competition will be judged in three categories (students, faculty and staff) by a panel of Park faculty from the art, graphic design and/or communication arts departments. Winning stories and photos may be published in The Stylus, Park University’s student newspaper, or displayed throughout Park’s campus centers nationwide.
The top student prize is a $500 scholarship for a Park study abroad program of their choice and a Park sweatshirt. The top faculty/staff prize is a $40 Target gift card and Park sweatshirt. Those receiving honorable mention recognition will receive a Park T-shirt. Honorable mentions will receive a Park University t-shirt. Submissions need to include entrant’s name, Park ID number, e-mail address, phone number, campus center of record (or online) and status (student/faculty/staff). Please refer all questions to Angie Peterson, director of global education and study abroad, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos from Park University’s Activities Fair on Aug. 29 appeared in the “Mingle” section of The Kansas City Star’s website. Check out the photos at http://mingle.kansascity.com/photos/2013/park-university-activities-fair/.
Behzod Abduraimov, senior applied music/piano major, was highlighted in a story that appeared in the Aug. 26 issue of The Kansas City Star. Abduraimov is scheduled to appear in the Kansas City Symphony's 2013-14 concert season Nov. 1-3 as a part of the Symphony's classical series of concerts.
Chris Loos, director of campus safety, participated in a live interview with KMBC-TV in Kansas City on Aug. 28 related to the recent safety ranking Park University received (see story above).
Cliff Ferby, associate director of academic services and lecturer of management at the Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center, was pictured in the “Spotlight” section of the Aug. 29 issue of the Fort Bliss Bugle (page 24A, formerly the Fort Bliss Monitor). Ferby presented a session on Aug. 2 to more than 160 wounded warriors about Park University’s educational opportunities during a town hall meeting. In addition, he was presented with a “Coin of Excellence” from the battalion commander.
(All events are Central time)
• 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 21-22 – International Center for Music / Owen/Cox Dance Group Collaborative Performance, “Petrouchka,” 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Polsky Theatre, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kan.
• 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 www.park.edu/calendars/park-events-calendar.html.