Park University Imprint Express -- September 24, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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Military Friendly - G.I. JobsPark University earns military friendly distinction from G.I. Jobs for fifth consecutive year

Park University has been honored by G.I. Jobs magazine on its list of Military Friendly Schools for the fifth consecutive year. The list recognizes the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. Schools on the 2013 Military Friendly Schools list offer additional benefits to student veterans, including on-campus veterans’ programs, credit for service and military spouse programs. In addition, schools on the list were recognized for their efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students, and academic accreditations.

Stephen Terry, director of Park’s Department of Military and Veteran Student Services, home of the Park Warrior Center, said Park alumni, students, staff and faculty should all be proud of the tremendous honor to be selected as a top military friendly school. “The extraordinary services that our flagship Parkville Campus and campus centers across the country provide are unmatched,” Terry said. “Park truly does serve as a role model in the military community for other institutions to look to for outstanding support programs, high quality academic degree options and student services.” Read more about the honor at

Dorla Watkins and Alaina BarrowUniversity honors campus centers at annual conference banquet

Park University campus center directors from across the country gathered the week of Sept. 16 for their annual conference on the University’s Parkville Campus. The event concluded on Sept. 19 with their annual awards banquet to honor the University’s highest achieving campuses. Park’s Malmstrom Air Force Base (Mont.) Campus Center, led by Alaina Barrow (right in adjacent photo with Dorla Watkins, vice president for finance and administration), earned the “Most Efficiently Run Campus Center Award.” Recipients demonstrate qualities such as providing service and fairness to students, consistency in meeting deadlines, competency of operation, advocating for students, delivering excellent customer service and dependability.

Receiving the Park Distance Learning “Bounce Back Award” was the Hill Air Force Base (Utah) Campus Center, led by Stephanie Fox. This award is given to a campus center that has encountered difficulty due to issues beyond its control. The award exemplifies leadership of a campus center administrator who is able to be positive, lead by example and enable an at-risk campus center the potential for continued growth and success. The PDL’s “President’s Star Award,” given to the campus center that had the greatest growth in 2012-13, was Little Rock (Ark.) Air Force Base Campus Center, led by Carol Miles. The Little Rock AFB Campus increased its enrollment numbers by 23 percent.

Two campus centers earned the PDL’s “Paul Gault Achiever Plus Award” for having double-digit growth in 2012-13: Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base (Calif.) Campus Center, led by Connie Guzman, and Tinker Air Force Base (Okla.) Campus Center, led by Susan Corbeil. Three campus centers received the PDL’s “Tom Peterman Achiever Award” for single-digit growth in 2012-13: Minot (N.D.) Air Force Base Campus Center, led by Barbara Larrison; Charleston (S.C.) Air Force Base Campus Center, led by Debra Smalls; and Beaufort (S.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center, led by Ron Curtis, Ed.D. Read more at

Women's Basketball -- YMCAPark women’s basketball team gives back to youth at local YMCA

The Park University women's basketball team was busy recently helping Parkville, Mo., youth by volunteering at the Platte County Community Center South YMCA. “This was a great opportunity for our girls to give back to the community," said head coach Kenneth Cooper. "It is especially nice for the players coming from outside the area to learn about the Parkville community and interact with the kids." The players provided tips on healthy eating and the importance of exercise in an active lifestyle while going through some basic stretching exercises with the participants. "Our girls were able to talk to the kids about the dedication it takes to compete at the collegiate level and to remember the focus is always on studying and doing well in school," added Cooper. "We are hoping to build more relationships with the community and get our student-athletes to become more active locally." Read more at

Dr. Amber Dailey-HebertDailey-Hebert presents keynote at international research conference

Amber Dailey-Hebert, Ph.D., professor of adult and continuing education, was an invited keynote speaker at the Maastricht School of Management’s Third International Research Conference on Revolutions in Education: New Opportunities for Development? on Sept. 6 in The Netherlands. Dailey-Hebert was the only representative from the United States among the keynote and invited speakers and roundtable panelists. Her keynote, titled “Embracing Uncertainty: Learning in Transformative Times,” focused on how networked learning, such as massive open online courses, mobile learning, online learning and serious gaming, could be used to support third-world countries and those with emerging economies to provide access to higher education in new ways. She also addressed ways that higher education can accommodate changes in an uncertain future to become more agile, innovative and adaptive.

Dr. Sunita RaoRao presents session at accounting association conference

Sunita Rao, Ph.D., assistant professor of accounting, presented a session at the annual meeting of the American Accounting Association on Aug. 2 in Anaheim, Calif. Rao's presentation was titled "Assurance on Sustainability Reports: A Study of Factors Influencing the Selection of Assurance Frameworks." The session examined the factors that influence the assurance provider in the selection of an assurance framework for the purpose of assuring sustainability reports where the choice is between international assurance frameworks and local/regional assurance frameworks. Information presented included the factors that influence the selection of assurance frameworks and the type of assurance framework selected, offering insights into trends and opportunities that shape the growing assurance market in the sustainability area.

Park University’s Poetry at Park Series to feature The Symphony

The Symphony, a group of four African-American poets, will be the featured speakers at Park University’s Poetry at Park Series on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. The poetry readings, which are free and open to the public, will be held at the American Jazz Museum, 1616 E. 18th St., in Kansas City, Mo. The group, which includes poets Randall Horton, Marcus Jackson, Jamaal May and John Murillo, will also put on a creative writing workshop for high school students at the University’s Parkville Campus with Park faculty and students on Friday, Oct. 4. The Poetry at Park Series is made possible through a National Endowment for the Arts “Art Works” grant the University received in April to support activities for Kansas City area high school students that celebrate the power of poetry. For more information about this event, visit

Park University hosting book fair to benefit literature festival

Park University’s School of Education and the Dorothy Harper Watson Literacy Center have partnered with Barnes & Noble at Zona Rosa to conduct a book fair in support of Park Hill (Mo.) School District students on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will support the University’s annual River Read Children’s Literature Festival, which will be held this year on Wednesday, Oct. 16. The event provides hundreds of fourth and fifth grade students from PHSD the opportunity to meet local authors and explore literature on the University’s Parkville Campus.

If a person makes a purchase at the Barnes & Noble Zona Rosa location (8625 NW Prairie View Road in Kansas City, Mo.), including the store's cafe;, or online, using Park's book fair ID (11188984), a portion of the sale will benefit the Festival. Or, if making a purchase in-store, simply mention the Park Hill School District or the River Read Children's Literature Festival to support the event. For more information, visit

University seeks public comments for accreditation

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 November 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 Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing. All comments must be received by Monday, October 21, 2013.

Park In The News

Two Park University students were featured in stories that appeared on Sept. 23 on all four Kansas City television stations. Kenya natives Daniel Tubei, a senior business administration/management major and member of Park’s cross country team, and Jackline Kahugu, a 2011 Bachelor of Arts graduate in business administration/finance, and current Master of Business Administration student / grad assistant in the Office of Admissions, were interviewed related to the tragedy at a mall in their home country. Tubei also appeared in a live, on-set interview with KSHB-TV on Sept. 24 and Kahugu was interviewed by KMBZ-AM.
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Andrew Johnson, Ph.D., professor of psychology, was interviewed for a story that appeared on KCTV in Kansas City on Sept. 18. Johnson provided comments on a story related to violence in video games.

Park University’s Faculty Online Observation system was featured in, a portal for professionals in the field of distance education and e-learning. The article was written by Michael Eskey, Ph.D., associate professor and program coordinator of criminal justice administration, and Henry Roehrich, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing/management. Both also serve as online instructor evaluators.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through October 11 -- Matthew Boonstra Sculpture Exhibit, Campanella Gallery
     •  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 5 -- Coming to America: Venezuela, noon, McCoy Meetin' 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
     •  October 14-November 16 -- Bill Eickhorst Photography Exhibit (Reception: Oct. 21, 4 p.m.) , Campanella Gallery
     •  October 18 -- Center to Advance the Study of Loss Workshop: “The Unacknowledged Grief of Professionals in End-of-Life Scenarios: Weighing in on Emotional Boundaries,” with Dr. Harold Ivan Smith, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Park Distance Learning Conference Center
     •  October 18 -- "Powerful Texts" Lecture: Dr. Lester Laminack, 6 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  October 19 -- Dorothy Harper Watson Literacy Center "Powerful Texts" Conference, 7:45 a.m.-3 p.m., Park Distance Learning Conference Center
     •  October 21 -- Fall II Classes Begin
     •  October 22 -- Ethnic Voices Poetry Series: Martin Espada, 6 p.m., Kansas City Public Library Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, Mo.
     •  October 23 -- Know Your Numbers (for those who have UnitedHealthcare medical insurance), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Louise Morden Board Room
     •  October 25 -- Admissions: Athletic Training Day, Parkville Campus
     •  October 25 -- Fright Night, 6 p.m., Copley Quad
     •  October 25-26 and Nov. 1-3 -- Park University Theater Production: “The Art of Murder,” 7 p.m. (except Nov. 3, at 2 p.m.), David Theater, Alumni Hall
     •  October 30 -- Grad Fair, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Park University Bookstore
     •  November 2 -- Defense Supply Center Columbus (Ohio) Campus Center Commencement, 9 a.m., DSCC Building 20
     •  November 3 -- Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Campus Center Commencement, 2 p.m., Hollenbeck Bayley Conference Center, Springfield, Ohio
     •  November 8 -- Admissions: Graphic/Interior Design Day, Parkville Campus
     •  November 10 -- Northland Community Choir Concert: A Benefit for Elementary School Music  Education, 3 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  November 11 -- Veterans Day holiday (Kansas City area offices closed; no Parkville Daytime classes; Fall II classes will be held)
     •  November 12 -- Ethnic Voices Poetry Series: Patrick Rosal, 6 p.m., Kansas City Public Library Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, Mo.

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

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