Park University Imprint Express -- December 12, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

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Park students inducted into national honor society for adult learners

The Pi Upsilon Chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society at Park University has announced its newest inductees. The national honor society recognizes adult learners who have excelled in their undergraduate degree programs. It is the only organization in the country that honors adult evening and weekend students. Park established the Pi Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda in 2010. Requirements for induction include a 3.75 or higher grade point average, senior status, completion of at least 24 semester hours at Park University and evidence of leadership. A list of this year’s inductees can be viewed at

Dr. Michael Eskey Jr.

Dr. Michael Eskey

Eskeys co-present paper at criminal justice conference

Michael Eskey, Ph.D. (left), associate professor and program coordinator of criminal justice administration, and his son, Michael Eskey Jr., D.P.A. (right), adjunct instructor of public administration, co-presented a paper at the Criminal Justice Association of Georgia conference, Nov. 7-8, in Kennesaw, Ga. Their presentation in the Victims and Victimization Panel focused on cyber-bullying in the online classroom. The Eskeys addressed the overall problem and related specific research results from online faculty, an assessment of college and university policies, and a research project of the university.  In addition, they discussed the importance of criminal justice educators in addressing the problem directly utilizing an approach that included faculty training, student education and most importantly, stressed the indelible mark that a harassment, stalking, bullying or related academic or criminal charge can have on the criminal justice employment futures of students.

Dr. Michael BecraftBecraft presents at management and microfinance events

Michael Becraft, D.Mgt. assistant dean of the School of Business and assistant professor of management, participated in a pair of conferences recently. At the Southern Management Association annual meeting Nov. 5-9 in New Orleans, Becraft reviewed papers for the Management History and Management Education tracks and served as the facilitator/discussant for doctoral student papers in the Management Education: Assessing Student Behavior track. In addition, he is a member of the inaugural SMA Teaching Excellence Committee. In October, as part of a service project to Kiva, a nonprofit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty, Becraft presented a report on optimizing the organization's global travel budget.

Stephanie SummersPark student selected to receive CCME scholarship

Stephanie Summers, a sophomore social psychology major at Park University’s Malmstrom Air Force Base (Mont.) Campus Center, has been awarded a $1,000 Loretta Cornett-Huff Scholarship from the Council of College and Military Educators. CCME scholarships are awarded to United States service members, their spouses and veterans who are working toward the completion of a higher education degree at CCME member institutions. Summers will be recognized during the CCME Symposium, held Feb. 10-13, 2014, in Savannah, Ga.

Glenn FerdmanFerdman appointed to city committee

Glenn Ferdman, director of library services, was recently appointed to serve on the Communications Committee for the City of Prairie Village, Kan. As a part of the committee, Ferdman will advise the Prairie Village City Council and city staff about the methods used by the city to communicate with residents, including the city’s newsletter and website.

Lauren PurdyWanessa SiqueiraPark volleyball players earn national awards

A pair of Park University women’s volleyball players were selected to two All-America teams on Dec. 9. The American Volleyball Coaches Association selected Wanessa Siqueira (left) as a first-team AVCA NAIA All-American, and Lauren Purdy (right) landed on the AVCA’s third team. The two were also named first-team (Siqueira) and third-team (Purdy) selections on the Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-America teams. Siqueira, a junior, posted record-setting numbers in 2013, including a school-record 632 kills on another school record 1,400 attempts. On offense, she hit .309, and she a defensive cog for the Pirates, blocking 100 balls for points and adding 304 digs. Purdy, a senior, leaves Park as its best blocker in the 25-point rally scoring era and its fifth-best blocker all-time. In 2013, she had 118 blocks, one shy of the Pirates’ 25-point single-season record. Purdy also had 417 kills in 2013 and hit .359, which stands as a single-season Park record. Read more about their awards at (AVCA) and (Tachikara).

In addition, Purdy, a standout in the classroom, was named to the second team of the Capital One Academic All-America College Division Volleyball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Purdy has a 3.83 grade point average as a communication arts/public relations major. Read more about Purdy’s award at

Student Research and Creative Arts SymposiumRegistration continues for 2014 Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium

Park University’s ninth annual Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium is set for Monday, April 7, through Thursday, April 10, 2014, on the University’s Parkville Campus. The Symposium is an opportunity for Park students nationwide from all disciplines to present their independent and/or collaborative research and creative and artistic projects to the University and wider community. Students from all campus centers, as well as online students, are eligible to participate. The Symposium will provide venues for poster presentations, oral presentations, artistic and visual displays, asynchronous virtual presentations, and musical and dramatic performances.

Students may submit their proposals through Friday, March 14, with the approval of a faculty mentor, at When registering, students should be prepared to provide the name and contact information of the primary and co-presenters, the faculty mentor, as well as the title and abstract of the presentation. For additional information, visit or contact Virginia Brackett, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of the Honors Academy, at or (816) 584-6818.

Park In The News

Judith Appollis, director of graduate admissions, was interviewed by KCTV and WDAF-TV in Kansas City on Dec. 5. Appollis, a native of South Africa, provided comments in the wake of the death of Nelson Mandela. The KCTV story was also picked up by numerous television stations around the country, including stations in the following television markets: Cape Girardeau, Mo./Paducah, Ky., Evansville, Ind., Jonesboro, Ark., Louisville, Ky., and Memphis, Tenn.

Park University faculty Ben Sayevich, professor of music/violin, and Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, instructor of music/piano, were featured in a story that appeared on KCUR on Dec. 6. The story appeared in advance of the duo’s concert on Dec. 7, and includes a four-minute video segment.

In addition, a review of their concert, which included a performance by the International Center for Music’s String Orchestra and Quartet, appeared on, an online journal of the arts in Kansas City, on Dec. 10.

Park University’s Downtown Kansas City (Mo.) Campus Center was mentioned as part of a story that appeared in the Dec. 6 issue of the Kansas City Business Journal. Commerce Tower, where the downtown campus is located, is scheduled for a $71 million renovation and redevelopment.

A book written by Christopher Aune, ’93, was featured in a story that appeared in the Dec. 3 issue of the Batesville (Ind.) Herald-Tribune. The book, The Simple Way of Jesus, examines the original words of the Bible as Jesus used them.

Katherine Vergos, a graduate student in Park University’s Master of Healthcare Administration program, was highlighted in a story that appeared in the Door County (Wis.) Advocate on Dec. 5. For the second consecutive year, Becker’s Hospital Review magazine named Vergos, Ripon (Wis.) Medical Center chief operating officer, among its top 25 “rising stars” in its annual list of hospital and health system leaders under 40 years old.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through December 18 -- Fine Arts Senior Student Thesis Exhibition, featuring works by Jessica Crane, Amelia Jenny and Ashley Stapleton, Campanella Gallery
     •  December 13 -- Fall Semester Ends
     •  December 13 -- International Sash Ceremony, 4 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  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, 7 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  December 24-25 -- Christmas holiday (Kansas City area offices closed)
     •  January 10-February 16 – Matthew LaRose Paintings Exhibit, Campanella Gallery (Reception: Jan. 14, 4-5:30 p.m., Campanella Gallery)
     •  January 13 -- Spring Semester, Spring I Classes Begin
     •  January 18 – Admissions: 1-on-1 Weekend, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  January 20 -- Martin Luther King Day Holiday (Kansas City area offices closed; no Parkville Daytime classes; Spring I classes will be held)
     •  January 24 -- Board of Trustees Meeting, Parkville Campus

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