Park University Imprint Express -- February 13, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014

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MPA Best BuyPark’s online MPA program ranked as a “best buy” by consumer group

Park University’s online Master of Public Administration program has been ranked as 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 MPA program was ranked No. 15 in the “Best Affordable MPA Online” category.’s “best buy” designations are decided after degree programs are independently reviewed and found to offer a high quality distance degree to a national audience at cost rates well below the national average. Close to a million online learners visit the website each year looking for information on high quality degrees at a reasonable cost. The list of rankings can be viewed at

Gary GullerMotivational/inspirational speaker selected for KC area May commencement

Gary Guller, a record-setting mountaineer and a professional motivational and inspirational speaker, will be the keynote speaker for the Kansas City Area May 2014 Commencement on Saturday, May 10. The ceremony will be held at the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence, Mo., beginning at 11 a.m. Guller was the leader of the largest cross-disability group to reach the Mt. Everest Base Camp at 17,500 feet above sea level. He went on to scale the peak, reaching the summit of Mt. Everest on May 23, 2003, becoming the first person with one arm to climb to the summit. Guller has also competed in the grueling Marathon des Sables in Morocco, a six-day, 150-plus mile endurance race across the Sahara Desert. He was featured in the award-winning 2007 documentary, “Team Everest: A Himalayan Journey,” and his book, Make Others Greater -- From Mt. Everest to the Boardroom: Vital Lessons from Dynamic Innovators, Explorers and Everyday Heroes that Will Inspire the Way You Lead, was published exactly 10 years following his ascent of Mt. Everest.

Dr. Emily Donnelli-SalleeDr. Amber Dailey-HebertTrio co-author article for faculty development journal

Amber Dailey-Hebert, Ph.D. (left), professor of adult and continuing education, Emily Donnelli-Sallee, Ph.D. (right), interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and associate professor of English, and Rusty Norris, adjunct instructor of communication arts, co-authored an article published in the January issue of the Journal of Faculty Development. The article, “Expectations, Motivations and Barriers to Professional Development: Perspectives from Adjunct Instructors Teaching Online,” argues the need for adjunct faculty involvement in the creation of professional development opportunities in higher education. The article reports on research involving more than 600 online adjunct instructors and proposes recommendations for institutionalizing faculty support based on these findings. The first page of the article, including the abstract, can be viewed at

U.S. History BeeParkville Campus to host U.S. History Bee regional

Park University will host a regional U.S. History Bee competition on Tuesday, March 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. in room 306 of the Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground on the University’s Parkville Campus. The U.S. History Bee is an individual social studies competition for grade school students through 12th grade that aims to recognize academic success in a head-to-head format. Park’s testing site includes a two-part exam, with the first 55 minutes reserved for 80 multiple choice questions and an hour reserved for a document-based essay question. The highest scorer on the exam is named regional champion and advances to the national competition in Arlington Va., on April 25. For more information, visit

Gary BachmanBachman accepted to serve on CSWE accreditation team

Gary Bachman, associate professor and field director of social work, was recently accepted by the Council on Social Work Education as an official site visitor for the organization’s Commission on Accreditation. As a site visitor, Bachman will serve on a team that meets with faculty, administrators and students at colleges/universities in the process of seeking accreditation. He is charged with collecting evidence that details or resolves concerns, but also confirming program strengths. The Commission on Accreditation confers accreditation status on schools of social work and baccalaureate social work programs. Additionally, the Commission is responsible for both formulating accreditation standards and policies, and determining the criteria and process for evaluating these standards. All of the Commission’s accreditation decisions are accompanied by a reasoned opinion, and the accreditation process is conducted in a manner that insures the continuation of the CSWE’s role as the accrediting body for social work education.

Dr. Henry RoehrichRoehrich earns peer reviewer certification with Quality Matters

Henry Roehrich, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing/management and online instructor evaluator, has earned certification as a Quality Matters peer reviewer. The Quality Matters program is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components. Colleges and universities across and beyond the U.S. use the tools in developing, maintaining and reviewing their online courses, and in training their faculty.

Shabbir presents talk on Islamic culture

Mahnaz Shabbir, adjunct instructor of healthcare administration, was a panelist and featured speaker at a Center for Religious Experience and Study program on Islamic culture on Feb. 11 in Kansas City, Mo. Shabbir spoke about her family’s experiences following the events of 9/11, her pilgrimage to Mecca and her life in Kansas City. She also spoke about the perceived ignored cultural indebtedness to Islam, and the basic history and facts about Islamic practices, communities, ethics and beliefs.

Campanella exhibit to feature works by Park students

“Foundations: Selected Work by Park University Students in Drawing and Design” will be the next exhibit in Park University’s Campanella Gallery. The exhibit will be on display from Tuesday, Feb. 18, through Sunday, March 16. A reception for the exhibit will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The exhibit will celebrate the works created in foundation classes from the Fall 2013 semester that prepare students with fundamental concepts necessary for degrees in fine art, art education, interior design and graphic design. According to Matt LaRose, chair of Park’s Department of Art and Design, associate professor of fine art and director of the Campanella Gallery, said, “The work displayed exemplifies basic techniques in the experience of making visual answers to questions. The results are to teach fundamental techniques along with problem solving as part of the creative process.”

Park In The News

The Twitter account @PeaceJourn, which is run by Steven Youngblood, associate professor of communication arts and director of Park University’s Center for Global Peace Journalism, was recently featured on the website in the article, “Best in #Journalism: 151 Twitters Worth a Follow.”

Park University was featured in The Kansas City Star’s Spring 2014 “Education” special section that was published on Feb. 13 (page 19). Staff in Park’s Office of Admissions collaborated for a story that provided 10 tips to conquer the college application process. The article included comments from Katherine Springston, assistant director of daytime admissions, and Andrew Baxley, admissions counselor, as well as students Anna Menninger, sophomore sociology major, and Sadie Mohr, senior social work major.

Daniel Veis, visiting assistant professor of music/cello, and his wife, pianist Helena Veisova, appeared in Kansas Public Radio’s Live Performance Studio on Feb. 12 to promote their concert on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Park University’s Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through February 16 – Matthew LaRose Paintings Exhibit, Campanella Gallery
     •  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 18-March 16 -- Art Exhibit: "Foundations: Selected Work by Park University Students in Drawing and Design," Campanella Gallery (Reception: Feb. 19, 4:30-6 p.m.)
     •  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.
     •  February 25 -- Center to Advance the Study of Loss Two-Part Series on Grief, 6:30 p.m., Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
     •  February 28 -- Admissions: Pirate Preview Day, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  March 8 -- International Women's Day Symposium, 2 p.m., National Archives at Kansas City, 400 W. Pershing Rd.
     •  March 9 -- Spring I classes end
     •  March 9 -- Alexander Smith Graduate Viola Recital, 5 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  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 25 -- Park University Author Reception, 2-4 p.m., McAfee Memorial Library
     •  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