Park University Imprint Express -- January 21, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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Best BuyPark’s online management degree program ranked “best buy”

Park University’s online Bachelor of Science degree program in management has been ranked a “best buy” by the national editorial review team at, a consumer group that reviews and ranks online college/university degree programs for cost, quality and credibility. Park’s online management degree program was ranked No. 28 in the country in the “Best Online Management Degree -- Affordable Online Degrees in Business Management” category. View the rankings at

Roger HersheyHershey elected vice chair of Parkville EDC

Roger Hershey, J.D., L.L.M., vice president and general counsel, was recently elected as the 2014 vice chair of the Parkville (Mo.) Economic Development Corporation. Among Hershey’s responsibilities will be chairing the PEDC’s Project Resource Task Force, which is charged with identifying the priority projects of the PEDC, determining the kinds of revenue sources (existing and prospective) available to fund the priority projects, making recommendations to the PEDC regarding the priorities that should be pursued first and helping implement plans to access such sources once the priorities to be funded have been determined. Hershey also serves on the PEDC’s board of directors, representing the Parkville Commercial Underground, located on Park University’s Parkville Campus.

Dr. Henry RoehrichRoehrich judges AMA collegiate competition

Henry Roehrich, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing/management and online instructor evaluator, served as a judge for the 2013-14 American Marketing Association Collegiate Case Competition over the winter break. The program is a year-long event showcasing students working on a marketing challenge submitted by a sponsoring organization. The sponsor provides a detailed marketing problem for students to develop a marketing strategy. This year’s case, sponsored by The Hershey Co., involved Hershey exploring a relaunch campaign of its “Take 5” candy bar.

Cathy TaylorDr. Michael EskeyFaculty present paper at Sloan-C conference

Michael Eskey, Ph.D. (left), associate professor and program coordinator of criminal justice administration, Henry Roehrich, Ph.D. (above, in previous story), assistant professor of marketing/management and online instructor evaluator, and Cathy Taylor, J.D. (right), assistant professor of management and online instructor evaluator, co-presented a paper at the Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning in November 2013 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The trio presented the paper “Cyber-Bullying of Faculty in the Online Classroom.” They addressed the overall problem and related specific research results from online faculty, an assessment of college and university policies, and a Park University research project. Read more about the session at

Park basketball team to host Coaches vs. Cancer night on Jan. 23

Basketball coaches nationwide will trade formal footwear for more comfortable kicks this week, all in an effort to raise awareness and money for the American Cancer Society. Coaches vs. Cancer will take place at Park University on Thursday, Jan. 23, as Park’s women’s and men’s basketball teams host Missouri Baptist University in an American Midwest Conference doubleheader starting at 5:30 p.m. in Breckon Sports Center. Between the two games, the squads from both schools will line the court for a fundraising ceremony, and the Park University spirit squad will collect a ceremonial dollar from each player and coach. After walking the floor, the spirit squad will comb the audience for additional donations. The spirit squad has additional fundraising plans at halftime of both games. Admission to Thursday’s games is by donation only, meaning no season passes, pass lists or Park University IDs can be used for admission to the games. Fans unable to attend that want to donate can mail donations to Park University Athletics, PMB 123, c/o Steve Wilson, Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Communications.

Colin CarrInternational Center for Music presents British cellist Colin Carr

Park University’s International Center for Music presents a concert featuring British cellist Colin Carr on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. The concert is a part of the ICM’s 2013-14 concert season. Declared as “a musician who reaches deeply inside the music and uses his instrument to deliver surprising discoveries” by the Washington Post, Carr will present an intimate evening performing the solo “Cello Suites No. 3, 4 and 5” by Johann Sebastian Bach. 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 For more information about the concert, visit

Dr. Laurel HillikerCenter to Advance the Study of Loss to present two-part series on grief

Park University’s Center to Advance the Study of Loss will present a two-part series on grief, including providing mechanisms for coping with bereavement, on Tuesday, Feb. 11, and Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library’s Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. Laurel Hilliker, Ph.D., executive director of CASL and assistant professor of sociology, will present the two sessions, which are free and open to the public. Part one of the series, presented on Feb. 11, is titled, “Surviving Loss in the 21st Century Landscape;” part two of the series on Feb. 25 is titled, “Challenges When Someone You Love Dies.” Reservations are not needed to attend the sessions. For more information regarding the series, visit

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 spring theater production auditions set for Jan. 27-28

Auditions for the Park University theater production of “The Dixie Swim Club” will be held on Monday, Jan. 27, and Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the Gibson Room on the third floor of Thompson Commons on the Parkville Campus. The auditions are open to the public. Audition material will be taken from the play; prepared auditions are not required. The production, which will be performed March 22-23 and March 28-30 in the McCoy Meetin’ House, follows several yearly August visits to a beach cottage on the Outer Banks of North Caroline by five women who were on their college swim team. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet each year to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. The play focuses on four of those weekends and spans several decades. “The Dixie Swim Club” is a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships, forged in college, that last forever.

Park In The News

John Hamilton, Ph.D., associate professor of criminal justice administration, provided comments for a story that appeared on WDAF-TV in Kansas City on Jan. 14. The story was about an Independence, Mo., police high-speed pursuit of a driver that led to a fatal car accident moments after the officer terminated the chase.

Highlights from the Park University men’s basketball team’s game at Freed-Hardeman on Jan. 16 appeared on WBBJ-TV in the Jackson, Tenn., market.

Roger Hershey, J.D., L.L.M., vice president and general counsel, was pictured and was quoted for a story that appeared in the Jan. 14 issue of The Examiner (Independence, Mo.). Hershey represented Indy Energy, a local group of citizens working to raise public awareness of local utility issues, on a panel for a Jan. 11 forum that was organized to consider future fuel sources used by Independence Power and Light.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through February 16 – Matthew LaRose Paintings Exhibit, Campanella Gallery
     •  January 23 -- Academic Support Center Ribbon-Cutting, 3 p.m., McAfee Memorial Library
     •  January 24 -- Board of Trustees Meeting, Parkville Campus
     •  January 27 and 28 -- Park University Theater Production Auditions: “The Dixie Swim Club,” 5 p.m., Gibson Room (Third floor, Thompson Commons)
     •  January 29 --
Spring Study Abroad Fair, 10 a.m.-noon, Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground
     •  February 1 -- International Center for Music Concert: Cellist Colin Carr, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  February 9 -- Northland Community Choir Concert: Carnations, Chocolates and Love Songs: A Valentine’s Concert, 3 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  February 11 and 25 -- Center to Advance the Study of Loss Two-Part Series on Grief, Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., 6:30 p.m.
     •  February 15 -- International Center for Music Concert: Cellist Daniel Veis and Pianist Helena Veisova, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  February 17 -- President’s Day Holiday (Kansas City area offices closed; no Parkville Daytime classes; Spring I classes will be held)
     •  February 19 -- Coming to America: France, noon, McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  February 24 -- 13th annual Spencer Cave Black History Month Lecture Series, Dr. Chad Williams: “Torchbearers of Democracy: African-American Soldiers and World War I,” 7 p.m., National World War I Museum, Kansas City, Mo.
     •  March 1 -- Admissions: Pirate Preview Day, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  March 9 -- Spring I classes end
     •  March 9-16 -- Spring Recess
     •  March 17 -- Spring II Classes Begin
     •  March 19 -- Coming to America: Madagascar, noon, McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  March 20-April 25 -- Armenian Genocide Art Exhibit, Campanella Gallery
     •  March 22-23 and March 28-30 -- Park University Theater Production: “The Dixie Swim Club,” 7 p.m. March 22, 28 and 29; 2 p.m. March 23 and 30, McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  March 26 -- Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture Series: Dr. Robert Jervis, 6 p.m., Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library Central Library

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