Park University Imprint Express -- February 28, 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014

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Benjamin McCloudLuke AFB student honored with Levitow Award

Benjamin McCloud, a junior information and computer science/networking major at Park University’s Luke Air Force Base (Ariz.) Campus Center, and a senior airman with the 607th Air Control Squadron, was recognized on Feb. 6 with the John L. Levitow Award from the 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School. The award is presented to the top student in each ALS class, based on objective test scores, performance evaluations, peer rankings and staff rankings.

Dr. Suzanne DiscenzaDiscenza article on Affordable Care Act, Medicaid published in journal

An article written by Suzanne Discenza, Ph.D., director of the Master of Healthcare Administration program and professor of healthcare administration, has been published in the inaugural issue of the Missouri Policy Journal. The article, "Health Care in Missouri: Navigating Implementation of the Federal Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Expansion in a Pushback Environment," addressed two of the most contentious federal health care reform policies for Missouri legislators, as well as the potential economic and population health impacts of their adoption or rejection for the State of Missouri. The article can be read at Eric Click, Ph.D., assistant professor and program coordinator of public administration, is a member of the journal's editorial board.

University leadership awards nominations due

In celebration of the leadership achievements of Park University students, faculty and staff during the 2013-14 academic year, the Office of Student Life, Office of Academic Affairs and the Park Student Government Association are requesting nominations for a variety of leadership awards. Descriptions of the awards and nomination forms are available at Nominations must be completed by Wednesday, March 5. Nominations are accepted from any student, faculty or staff member, and individuals are also able to self-nominate. Recipients of the awards will be honored at the Dr. Doris A. Howell Leadership Awards Banquet on Wednesday, April 9, or during the Honors Convocation on Wednesday, April 16. For questions, contact the Office of Student Life at or (816) 584-6377.

Rhonda WeimerWeimer presents training session on mental disorders

Rhonda Weimer, assistant professor of social work, presented a training session on Feb. 22 in Smithville, Mo., to clinical social workers, nurses and other behavioral and mental health professionals to acclimate and understand changes in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition. The training was designed to cover the changes in the diagnostic criteria sets, as well as to generate discussion about the controversial issues related to the changes in the manual that mental health practitioners need to know.

White House Decision CenterPublic affairs graduate students participate in Truman Library program

Twenty students in Park University's PA 511 (Public Management) classes taught by Rebekkah Stuteville, Ph.D., assistant professor and department chair of public administration and director of the Master of Public Administration program, and John Jumara, Ph.D., associate professor of public administration and area coordinator of business, government and global society, participated the White House Decision Center program at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Mo., on Feb. 18. Participants examined historical information about a crisis or problem that Truman faced. Students, playing roles of Truman’s Cabinet, discussed ideas and strategies to recommend to the president (a role three students took on). The president and cabinet members then met to decide solutions and also prepare a statement for media members (another role the students took on), before the president delivered a statement at a press conference and responded to questions from reporters.

International ClassroomPark students participate in classroom partnership program with North Kansas City schools

More than 25 Park University students representing 15 countries have participated in a classroom partnership program during the 2013-14 academic year. The Park students have spoken to third grade classes in the North Kansas City (Mo.) School District during the year, presenting information about their respective home countries. The program is administered by the University’s Office of Global Education and Study Abroad, and the Office of International Student Admissions and Services.

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

A story featuring Park University senior information and computer science/software engineering major Robert Van Eman, an Honors Academy student who is developing a Google Glass application for emergency workers, appeared on WDAF-TV on Feb. 25. Van Eman’s app will provide “augmented reality” for first responders at fire scenes. Emily Donnelli-Sallee, Ph.D., interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and associate professor of English, was also interviewed for the story.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through March 16 -- Art Exhibit: "Foundations: Selected Work by Park University Students in Drawing and Design," Campanella Gallery
     •  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 18-April 25 -- Art Exhibit: "100 Years of Genocide," Campanella Gallery (Reception: March 19, 4:30-6 p.m.)
     •  March 19 --
Coming to America: Madagascar, noon, McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  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
     •  April 1-May 31 -- Platte County, Mo., 175th Anniversary Exhibit: The Life and Legacy of George Shepard Park, Campanella Gallery (Reception: April 13, 2-4 p.m.)
     •  April 2 -- Graduation Prep Fair, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Park University Bookstore
     •  April 4 – Ballyhoo, 5 p.m., Webster House, 1644 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Mo.
     •  April 4 -- Van Cliburn Tribute Concert, featuring pianists Stanislav Ioudenitch and Behzod Abduraimov, and the Park Piano Trio, 7:30 p.m., Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Mo.
     •  April 5 -- Admissions: Pirate Preview Day, 9 a.m.., Parkville Campus
     •  April 7-10 -- Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium, Parkville Campus
     •  April 8 -- Admissions: Symposium Day, Parkville Campus
     •  April 9 -- Dr. Doris Howell Leadership Awards Banquet, 6 p.m., Park Distance Learning Conference Center
     •  April 11 -- Mansur Kadirov Undergraduate Cello Recital, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  April 13 -- Northland Community Choir Concert: Handel’s “The Easter Messiah,” 3 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel

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