Park University Imprint Express -- November 7, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013

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Valerie AcevedoMalmstrom AFB student honored as Key Spouse of the Year

Valerie Acevedo, a sophomore management/finance major at Park University’s Malmstrom Air Force Base (Mont.) Campus Center, was recently recognized with the Key Spouse of the Year Award for 2012 at MAFB. She was presented with the award by 341st Missile Wing Commander Col. Robert Stanley. The primary purpose of the award is to recognize the critical role key spouses play in a wing/unit/organization’s mission success. In her endorsement letter of Acevedo, former 341st Civil Engineer Squadron Commander Lt. Col Sarah Christ said that Acevedo had excelled to strengthen the CES Key Spouse program and had held active board positions with a number of base and community organizations, culminating in more than 1,000 volunteer hours in 2012. “She has a proven track record of immeasurable commitment to our Air Force and always puts the welfare of Malmstrom’s spouses, their families and airmen at the forefront of her priorities,” Christ said.

Dr. Linda MooreMoore book on problem-solving published

A book written by Linda Moore, Ed.D., Hauptmann School of Public Affairs distinguished fellow in leadership, has been published. The book, What’s Wrong with Me? Maybe not that Much, challenges and teaches readers to ask healthy questions. This workbook helps readers quiet the negative questions, ask healthy ones and head in a direction to problem solve and embrace a positive and powerful direction in life. According to Moore, “What’s wrong with me?” is the question most frequently asked. “It opens the doors in the mind for other/more bad questions, and that’s what it is, it’s a bad question,” said Moore. “The questions I’ve identified are the questions that, if you ask them, head you in the wrong direction. Good questions have hard or challenging answers and they head you in the direction of thinking clearly and making good decisions. Read more about the book at

Park launches “Pirate Insider” blog

Park University has launched its latest venture in social media this week with the debut of the Pirate Insider blog. Available at, the publication will offer an in-depth look at all things Park. Among the featured posts will be student profiles, the outstanding cultural opportunities available to the community, commentary on current events with a tie to Park faculty research and expertise, a look at the benefits of membership in the Park University Alumni Association and the occasional glimpse into the unique culture of Park University.

Pirate Sports Network broadcasts begin subscription fees

The Park University Department of Athletics announced on Nov. 5 that a subscription fee structure has been added to the Pirate Sports Network. The fees only apply to men’s and women’s basketball games and men’s volleyball matches played at Breckon Sports Center on the Parkville Campus. Broadcasts of away games produced by Park (audio only) will remain free of charge, and broadcasts produced by other Stretch Internet users will be subject to that institution’s fees. Live stats remain free at Single-game purchases are $8 per broadcast, and season passes are available at a reduced per-game rate. Pirate fans can purchase the entire men’s and women’s basketball season, which features 26 regular-season broadcasts, for $50, a rate that is less than $2 per game. The men’s volleyball schedule, which will be announced at a later date, will be available for $30 in the season-package structure.

“In order to ensure quality, we must find ways to help fund the Pirate Sports Network, and while we are actively looking for advertisers on our broadcasts, this is one way to help us continue to bring a quality broadcast to our fans,” said Steve Wilson, assistant athletic director for sports communications. “We encourage our fans to purchase the entire season so that we can bring broadcasts to them at a reduced rate. We believe these fees will help us in bringing our broadcast quality to another level.” The subscription fee will also apply to on-demand broadcasts. The Pirate Sports Network can be found at, by clicking on the PSN Game Central graphic. For questions, contact the University’s Office of Sports Communications at (816) 584-6490.

Dr. Patricia RybergRyberg presents research at geology conference

Patricia Ryberg, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, presented a paper of her research at the Geological Society of America’s annual meeting, Oct. 30 in Denver. The paper, “Antarctic Fossil Wood: Providing Unique Data to Determine Permian and Triassic Antarctic Environments,” explained data recorded annually in trees and how this is also observed in wood that is approximately 200 million years old. Ryberg said that previous research has suggested that the forests in Antarctica were deciduous and went dormant during the 24 hours of darkness in the winter. More recent research conducted by Ryberg suggests that the forests were evergreen, similar to high latitude forests today. These confounding results were clarified with isotope analysis that indicates both types of habits are present. Additionally, the structure and quality of the wood is being studied to see how trees growing in a landscape not seen on the planet today (nothing actually grows at the North or South Pole today) react to this unique environment. The abstract of the paper can be read at

In addition, earlier in October, Park’s Department of Natural and Physical Sciences hosted gifted children from the Auburn-Washburn USD 437 School District from the Topeka, Kan., area in a fossil collecting trip on the Parkville Campus. Ryberg assisted fourth graders excavate and identify plant fossils. The students hammered rocks and found plant fossils that are estimated to be 310 million years old..

Dr. Laurie DiPadova-Stocks

Kay Barnes

Hauptmann School trio present workshops

Kay Barnes, distinguished professor for public leadership in Park’s Hauptmann School of Public Affairs, and founding director of Park’s Center for Leadership (left); Laurie DiPadova-Stocks, Ph.D., dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies and HSPA (right); and Linda Moore, Ed.D., Hauptmann School distinguished fellow in leadership (photo above), conducted three days of workshops at the American Business Women’s Association National Women’s Leadership Conference, Oct. 3-5 in Little Rock Ark. This was the third year of a four-year program, “Women as 21st Century Leaders,” with ABWA. The workshops focused on topics such as adaptive leadership, ethical leadership, purpose and moral courage, and managing the whole self with emphasis on current research in brain functioning.

The trio also presented a session on “Women Can’t Wait: The Psychology of Power and Politics” for members of Kansas City’s Central Exchange on Oct. 25. The session included a variety of concepts related to the psychology of power and politics, including relationships to power and politics as a result of individual psychological makeup, such as attitudes, assumptions and behaviors.

Volunteers requested for Habitat for Humanity event

Park University’s Office of Student Life is looking for volunteers to assist Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, Nov. 16. Volunteers will meet in at 7:15 a.m. in Thompson Commons on the Parkville Campus in the Department of Military and Veteran Student Services, home of the Park Warrior Center. The destination is yet to be determined as Habitat for Humanity will place the Park volunteers where the organization has the greatest need. The service day typically ends around 4 p.m. and consists of painting, cleaning gutters, pulling weeds and/or other typical home and yard maintenance. To volunteer, register at For questions, contact Dina Juarez, assistant director of military and veteran student services, at or (816) 584-6533.

Patrick RosalEthnic Voices Poetry Series event to feature Patrick Rosal

Author Patrick Rosal will be the featured  poet in the next installment of Park University’s Ethnic Voices Poetry Series on Tuesday, Nov. 12, starting at 6:30 p.m. Rosal’s presentation will be held at the Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. A reception will precede the event at 6 p.m. Rosal is the author of three full-length poetry collections, most recently Boneshepards, honored both by the National Book Critics Circle and the Academy of American Poets as a notable book. His collections have also won the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award, Global Filipino Literary Award and the Asian American Writers Workshop Members’ Choice Award. His poetry and prose have been published widely in journals and anthologies including ESPN’s Grantland, Tin House, American Poetry Review, Harvard Review and Indiana Review. A former Fulbright Fellow, he is currently on the faculty of Rutgers University-Camden’s Master of Fine Arts program. Read more about the event at

Luis Fernando PerezInternational Center for Music presents acclaimed Spanish pianist in concert

Park University's International Center for Music presents acclaimed Spanish pianist Luis Fernando Pérez, on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University's Parkville Campus. Pérez will make his Kansas City area debut with a rare performance of the complete "Iberia Suite" by Isaac Albéniz. Born in Madrid, this former student of Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Alicia de Larrocha is a leading European virtuoso whose recordings of Albéniz, Frédéric Chopin and Enrique Granados have garnered international recognition. Gramophone magazine recently declared Pérez "among the most individual and gifted pianists of today's generation." Tickets for the concert are: general admission: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; senior citizens age 60 and older: $10; students with a valid student ID: $5; Park University students, faculty, staff and their children age 12 and under: free. To purchase tickets in advance, visit

Human Resource Services announces new hires, transfers/promotions

From October 1-31
          •  Paul Abanishe, Campus Safety Officer, Department of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus
          •  Jennifer Cassity, Campus Accounting Representative, Office of Accounting, Parkville Campus
          •  Dianna Elgin, Financial Aid Specialist, Office of Student Financial Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Kimberly Hennessy, Admissions Representative, Office of Admissions, Parkville Campus
          •  Katherine Loos, Admissions Counselor, Office of Admissions, Parkville Campus
          •  Jennifer Lund, Admissions Representative, Office of Admissions, Parkville Campus
          •  Leanetta Malone, Admissions Representative, Office of Admissions, Parkville Campus
          •  Betsy Mayfield, Admissions Representative, Office of Admissions, Parkville Campus
          •  Rebecca Mitchell, Administrative Assistant, Office of Academic Affairs, Parkville Campus
          •  Kristine Pouppirt, Administrative Accounts Payable Assistant, Office of Purchasing and Budgets, Parkville Campus
          •  Jennifer Quaye, Director, Fort Myer Campus Center
          •  Adam Schmitz, Financial Aid Specialist, Office of Student Financial Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Milton Wright, Facilities Coordinator, Downtown Kansas City Campus Center

          •  Rachael Kloke, Program Specialist, Camp Pendleton Campus Center (previously served as administrative specialist)
          •  Jo Ann Wilson, Program Specialist, Fort Bliss Campus Center (previously served as administrative specialist)

Park In The News

Park University was featured on KCTV on Oct. 28 related to the University’s announcement to establish the Alternate Fall II term to assist those students who were unable to enroll in classes because they were unable to receive tuition assistance benefits during the recent government shutdown. Charles Bailey, sophomore athletic training major, Jason Matthews, sophomore business administration/management major, and Eric Blair, director of undergraduate admissions were all interviewed for the story. KCTV also did a live shot from the campus that evening. The KCTV story also appeared nationally, including in the Jonesboro, Ark., Memphis, Tenn., Cape Girardeau, Mo., Louisville, Ky., and Evansville, Ind., markets. KSHB-TV also did a story and interviewed Bailey.

The Alternate Fall II term story was also featured on, a website that provides freelancers across the United States with a platform to share their knowledge and expertise through informative and entertaining content, about the University’s responsiveness to student needs. The article said of the University’s responsiveness, “Too bad college rankings and ratings don’t reflect institution responsiveness to solve campus problems. Recognizing issues, brainstorming solutions and flexibility moving quickly makes a difference to help students. When students compose their personal college list, they can add college responsiveness as one of their factors.”

SuEllen Fried, ’75, was featured in a story that appeared in the Prairie Village (Kan.) Post on Oct. 24. Fried was honored with an ATHENA Award from the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce recently. The award honors a person “who has achieved the highest level of professional excellence, devoted time and energy to the community, and, especially, opened the doors of leadership opportunity to women.”

Maj. Countess Irvin, ’00, was featured in a story that appeared in the Oct. 20 issue of The Trentonian, a newspaper in Trenton, N.J. Irvin leads Trenton Central High School’s Junior ROTC program.

Behzod Abduraimov, senior applied music/piano major, was featured in the Oct. 27 issue of The Kansas City Star on the front page of the “A&E” section. Stanislav Ioudenitch, associate professor of music/piano, was also photographed with his student. Abduraimov performed in concert with the Kansas City Symphony at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Nov. 1-3. Abduraimov was again highlighted in the Nov. 4 issue of The Kansas City Star, on the front page of the “Weekend Report” section in a glowing review of his concert.

Vincent Robinson, assistant director of military affairs at Park University’s Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center, appeared in a photograph related to a story about a job fair on the base. The photo/story appeared in the Oct. 24 issue of the Fort Bliss Bugle (page 14B).

Roger Hershey, J.D., L.L.M., vice president and general counsel, was featured in the November issue of KC Counselor magazine as part of a Veterans Day tribute. Hershey served in the U.S. Navy.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through November 13-20 -- McAfee Memorial Library Fall Book Sale, McAfee Memorial Library
     •  Through November 16 -- Bill Eickhorst Photography Exhibit, Campanella Gallery
     •  November 8 -- Admissions: Graphic/Interior Design Day, Parkville Campus
     •  November 8-9 -- Missouri Undergraduate Psychology Conference, 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 -- Wounded Warrior Patriot 5K/10K Run, English Landing Park, noon
     •  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 13 – Reading of Names of U.S. Military Casualties from Operation Enduring Freedom, 9 a.m.-noon, Thompson Commons
     •  November 13 -- Veterans Week Movie: “Olympus Has Fallen,” David Theater (Alumni Hall), 7 p.m.
     •  November 14 -- Veterans Resource Fair, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Thompson Commons
     •  November 16 -- Admissions: Pirate Preview Day, Parkville Campus
     •  November 16 -- CANCELLED: International Center for Music Concert: Pianist Luis Fernando Perez, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  November 18-December 18 -- Fine Arts Senior Student Thesis Exhibition, featuring works by Jessica Crane, Amelia Jenny and Ashley Stapleton, Campanella Gallery
     •  November 20 -- Coming to America: Iraq, noon, McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  November 20 -- Xerox Global Business Lecture Series: Barbara 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)
     •  December 7 -- Admissions: Scholarship Day I, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  December 7 -- International Center for Music Concert: Violinist Ben Sayevich and Pianist Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  December 13 -- Fall Semester Ends
     •  December 13 -- International Sash Ceremony, 4 p.m., David Theater (Alumni Hall)
     •  December 14 -- Kansas City Area Commencement, 11 a.m., Community of Christ Auditorium, Independence, Mo.
     •  December 15 -- Fall II Classes End
     •  December 15 -- Northland Community Choir Concert: Rutter Carols by Candlelight, 3 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  December 24-25 -- Christmas holiday (Kansas City area offices closed)

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