Park University Imprint Express -- October 2, 2013

Wednesday, October 2, 2013



Kirby Appollis and Arthur Vollbrecht2013 Harvest Fest royalty crowned


Park University crowned its Harvest Fest royalty at the annual Harvest Fest Dance on Sept. 21 in Kansas City, Mo. Junior Kirby Appollis (left), a legal studies major and vice president of the Park Student Government Association, was crowned queen. Senior Arthur Vollbrecht (right), a biology major and member of Park’s cross country team was crowned king. The royalty court also included junior Paul Bilanzic, business administration/finance major and member of Park’s men’s volleyball team, prince; junior Dani Li, business administration/international business major and first year experience mentor, princess; sophomore Pierre Tang-Taye, business administration/international business major and member of Park’s men’s volleyball team, duke; sophomore Mikayla Fisher, graphic design major and member of Park's women's soccer team, duchess. Read more at www.park.edu/news/2013/09/park-university-crowns-harvest-fest-royalty.html.


Dr. Joan AitkenAitken book on communication technology published


Joan Aitken, Ed.D., professor of communication arts and program coordinator of organizational communications, recently had her sixth book published since joining the University in 2005. The book, Cases on Communication Technology for Second Language Acquisition and Cultural Learning, provides educators with insight into methods and opportunities for using technology to teach students learning a foreign language. Theoretical and pragmatic cases illustrate teaching strategies and methodologies, hardware and software development, administrative concerns and cross-cultural considerations with respect to effective educational technologies. Aitken also co-authored the chapter, “Listening Tests: Pearson’s MyLab in Teaching Communication and Spanish.” The book also includes contributions from Silvia Giovanardi Byer, Ph.D., associate professor and program coordinator of modern languages, who served on the book’s advisory board and peer-reviewed chapters, also authored the chapter on “Web 2.0: The Influence of the Cloud in the 21st Century Classroom.” In addition, alumni of Park’s Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership program contributed chapters. They were: Ashley Drysdale, ’12; Dinah Equivel, ’11; Heather Strafaccia, ’12; and Michael Whitley, ’12. For more information about the book, visit www.igi-global.com/book/cases-communication-technology-second-language/75843.


Dr. Penelope DeJongDeJong paper published in promotion management journal


A paper co-authored by Penelope DeJong, Ph.D., associate dean of the School of Business and associate professor and program coordinator of marketing, has been published in peer-reviewed Journal of Promotion Management (volume 19), released in August. The paper, “Consumer Readings of Green Appeals in Advertisements,” evaluates consumers’ interpretation of green advertisements. The paper’s abstract explains that the overarching theme that surfaced from the findings was that of “convenience.” The themes brought out by respondents of “not compromising your lifestyle,” a “simple-fix” and a “collective participation/minor changes” all reiterated the theme of convenience. This suggests that the environmental initiatives of many companies/brands focus on minor green activities rather than sustainable activities.


Longevity Awards to recognize faculty, staff milestones


Park University will recognize approximately 80 faculty and staff who celebrated milestone anniversaries between Aug. 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013, during a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 4, starting at 1 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. All administrative offices on the Parkville Campus will be closed during the ceremony so that all employees may attend to honor and celebrate with their colleagues. The event will also be streamed live at http://bit.ly/ParkLive for those at a distance.


Watson Literacy Center to host powerful texts conference, lecture


Park University’s Dorothy Harper Watson Literacy Center, in conjunction with the Park’s School for Education, will host a literacy conference in honor of the 10th anniversary of its Powerful Texts Series on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Park Distance Learning Conference Center on the Parkville Campus. Topics to be discussed at the conference include the art of reading aloud to children, writing for a child audience, impact of philanthropic reading events, utilizing technology to teach literacy, engaging students with dyslexia, and the importance of reading and writing powerful texts. The keynote speaker for the event is Lester L. Laminack, Ed.D., professor emeritus of birth-kindergarten, elementary and middle grades education at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C. Now a full-time writer and consultant working with schools throughout the Unites States, Laminack will address the importance of reading aloud to children. He will demonstrate the art of reading aloud detailing tone, intensity, pace and mood to help caregivers and teachers learn ways to make the most of read-alouds.

Other conference presenters include Park faculty and staff: Shannon Cuff, Ph.D. assistant professor of education; Judi Estes, Ph.D., assistant professor of education and chair of elementary and secondary teacher preparation; Gail Hennessy, assistant professor of education and director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning; Debra McArthur, director of academic support services; and Linda Seybert, Ph.D., assistant professor of education. The cost for general registration for the conference is $40 and for Park University students the registration fee is $25. Registration includes a continental breakfast, lunch, session handouts and other materials. Contact Kathy Lofflin, director of the DHWLC at kathy.lofflin@park.edu or (816) 584-6419 to register.
 
In addition to the conference, Laminack will make a special lecture presentation on Friday, Oct. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the Parkville Campus. The presentation is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required, but recommended. Contact Lofflin to reserve your seat prior to the event. For more information on the conference and lecture, visit www.park.edu/news/2013/09/park-universitys-watson-literacy-center-to-host-powerful-texts-conference.html.


Access University’s collection of academic books electronically


Are you interested in having access to a collection of 139,000 academic books at your fingertips, which can be downloaded to your computer, Apple or Android device or Kindle? Thanks to a new associate membership in the MOBIUS library consortia, all Park University students, faculty and staff have 24/7, unlimited concurrent user access to an academic e-book collection via Ebsco. Books can be read online or downloaded for up to seven days, to your computer, and Apple, Android and Kindle devices. For more information or to access the system, visit www.park.edu/library, or contact the McAfee Memorial Library at library@park.edu or (816) 584-6285.


Eickhorst ExhibitEickhorst photography to be featured in Campanella Gallery exhibit


A photography exhibit featuring the works of artist Bill Eickhorst, Ed.D., Park University adjunct instructor of art, will be on display in Park University’s Campanella Gallery, Monday, Oct. 14, through Saturday, Nov. 16. A reception will be held for Eickhorst on Monday, Oct. 21, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Gallery. Eickhorst’s most recent work focuses on the conceptual and perceptual boundary between painting and photography. He demonstrates his passion for automobiles by extenuating the unique details of each vehicle. When he retired in 2006, he purchased a 1994 Jaguar XJS convertible that he fully restored and currently displays at car shows around the country. The images in the exhibit are part of Eickhorst’s recent self-published book, The Car as Art. For more information about the exhibit, visit www.park.edu/news/2013/09/park-universitys-campanella-gallery-to-host-photography-exhibit.html.


Through the Woods 5K run set for Nov. 2


Registration is under way for the Through the Woods 5K trail run/walk, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2, beginning at 10 a.m., on the trails of the Parkville Nature Sanctuary and the grounds of Park University's Parkville Campus. The event, which benefits Parkville's Christmas on the River event and the PNS, includes rocky, steep, flat and gravel surfaces. Registration is $25, but an early bird rate of $20 is available. Visit http://beta.active.com/parkville-mo/running/trail-run-races/through-the-woods-trail-run-2013?int=29-114-1 to register and for more information.


Human Resource Services announces new hires, transfers/promotions


From September 1-30
NEW HIRES
     •  Caleb Bakker, Athletic Trainer, Department of Athletics, Parkville Campus
     •  Nicole Bibler, Assistant Controller, Office of Accounting Services, Parkville Campus
     •  Ryan Bissing, Campus Safety Officer, Department of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus
     •  Brynn Bologna, Associate Director, Office of Student Financial Services, Parkville Campus
     •  Edilia Cabezola, Administrative Specialist, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (Ariz.) Campus Center
     •  Mark Clark, Director, Wentworth Military Academy and College (Mo.) Campus Center
     •  Cagnur Dalton, Administrative Specialist, Little Rock (Ark.) Air Force Base Campus Center
     •  Kimberly Dickey, Administrative Specialist, Fairchild Air Force Base (Wash.) Campus Center
     •  Lisa Greenberg, Administrative Specialist, Cherry Point (N.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center
     •  Ashley James, Program Specialist, Fort Myer (Va.) Campus Center
     •  Melva Jenkins, Program Specialist, Quantico (Va.) Marine Corps Combat Development Command Campus Center
     •  Vanessa Kennedy, Campus Safety Officer, Department of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus
     •  Joseph Muturi, Campus Safety Officer, Department of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus
     •  Cheryl Pemberton, Library Assistant, McAfee Memorial Library, Parkville Campus
     •  Stacey Powell, Library Assistant, McAfee Memorial Library, Parkville Campus
     •  John Roushkolb, Social Media Manager, Office of University Communications and Marketing, Parkville Campus
     •  Rowena Ruff, Telecommunications Technician, Office of Telecommunications, Parkville Campus
     •  Karina Ruthenberg, Associate Director, Office of Student Financial Services, Parkville Campus
     •  Amanda Spencer, Information Center Specialist, Office of Telecommunications, Parkville Campus
     •  Stephanie Stone, Library Assistant, McAfee Memorial Library, Parkville Campus
     •  Kathryn Williams, Administrative Specialist, Goodfellow Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center

TRANSFERS/PROMOTIONS
     •  Glenda Holder, Administrative Assistant to the Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Parkville Campus (previously served as administrative assistant, Park Distance Learning)
     •  Lisa Walker-Dworak, Data Entry Specialist, Office of Student Financial Services, Parkville Campus (previously served as custodian, Office of Environmental Services)
     •  Linda Wilkinson, Third Party Receivable Coordinator, Office of Accounting Services, Parkville Campus (previously served as accounting representative)


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 www.ncahlc.org. 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 October 21, 2013.


Park In The News


Suzanne Discenza, Ph.D., associate professor and director of Park's Master of Healthcare Administration program, was interviewed for a story that appeared on KCTV in Kansas City on Sept. 26. Discenza provided comments related to the Affordable Care Act.

A review of a collaborative performance of “Petrouchka” by Park University International Center for Music students and the Owen/Cox Dance Group the weekend of Sept. 21-22 appeared in KC Metropolis, an online journal of the performing arts in Kansas City.

Park University and Parkville, Mo., were highlighted in a “Day Trippin” article that appeared in the Lake Sun, a newspaper for the Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., region.

Park University Board of Trustees member Peter deSilva was interviewed following his lecture during the School of Business Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series for a story that appeared on WDAF-TV in Kansas City on Sept. 30 related to the recent federal government shutdown.


Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through October 11 -- Matthew Boonstra Sculpture Exhibit, Campanella Gallery
     •  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 9 -- Coming to America: Venezuela, noon, McCoy Meetin' House
     •  October 11 -- Full-Time Faculty/Staff Last Chance Photo Day, 7:30-9:30 a.m., Louise Morden Board Room
     •  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.
     •  November 16 -- Admissions: Pirate Preview Day, Parkville Campus
     •  November 16 -- International Center for Music Concert: Pianist Luis Fernando Perez, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  November 20 -- Coming to America: Iraq, noon, McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  November 20 -- Xerox Global Business Lecture Series: Barbra Corcoran, 7 p.m., Folly Theater, Kansas City, Mo.
     •  November 21 -- Fabio Peixoto Graduate Violin Recital, 7 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  November 26 -- Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program Health Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground
     •  November 28-December 1 -- Thanksgiving holiday (Kansas City area offices closed; no Parkville Daytime classes; Fall II classes will be held)

Note: To view a comprehensive schedule for all events, including athletics, visit www.park.edu/calendars/park-events-calendar.html.