Park University Imprint Express -- March 10, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014

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Park University television commercial wins Telly Award

A Park University television commercial has been selected for a Silver Award as part of the 35th annual Telly Awards. The 60-second spot, “Park University Global Executive MBA,” was among 13,000 national entries and was included in the highest award category. “With business executives needing a global perspective more than ever, we wanted to produce a dynamic, powerful and fast-paced commercial that demonstrated that Park’s Global Executive Master of Business Administration accelerated 11-month degree program develops globally competent business leaders,” said Rita Weighill, Park’s vice president for university marketing and communications, who guided the University’s efforts for the commercial.

The Telly Awards honor outstanding local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the work of advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators and corporate video departments worldwide. A panel of more than 500 industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of the Silver Telly Council, judge the competition. Evaluated entries recognize distinction in creative work and do not compete against each other; entries are judged against high standards of merit. Less than 10 percent of entries earn a Silver Telly, the award program’s highest honor. The ad was created by 160over90, the University’s branding agency located in Newport Beach, Calif., and was produced by Kansas City, Mo.-based Prizm Creative.

Dr. Gayden CarruthDr. Michael DrogeIngram’s magazine recognizes Droge, Carruth as “Icons of Education”

Park University President Michael Droge, Ph.D. (left), and Park Board of Trustees member Gayden Carruth, Ph.D. (right), were both honored as “Icons of Education” in the February issue of Ingram’s, Kansas City’s business magazine. The selected “icons” are those who have dedicated their lives to the mission of educating the Kansas City region’s youth.

Droge, who has been Park’s president since 2009 after serving the previous seven years as provost and senior vice president of academic affairs, said his most significant contribution to higher education “has been advancing access for populations of students who have been traditionally underserved by higher education,” including minority and low-income students, first-generation college students, working adults, and current or former members of the military."

In the profile on Carruth, a retired superintendent of the Park Hill (Mo.) School District and current executive director of the Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City, she said, “My classroom has changed, but I still consider myself a teacher,” adding, “It didn’t matter whether it was a classroom of students or, as superintendent, a seven-member classroom with the school board, or an entire staff or entire community — you’re always engaged in the process of teaching.”

Full profiles on both Droge and Carruth can be read at

University campuses to go smoke-free by July 1, 2015

Joining more than 1,100 colleges and universities nationwide, Park University will be also be listed as a smoke-free campus at its Parkville, Downtown Kansas City, Independence and Austin, Texas, campus center locations, effective July 1, 2015. The decision to advance a smoke-free campus policy has been discussed at length for several years by various Park University stakeholders. On the recommendation of the Executive Staff and other senior leaders, and the endorsement of the Park Student Government Association, Park University President Michael Droge, Ph.D., decided it is in the best interest of the University community to develop a smoke-free campus policy which would provide a healthier campus environment that would be void of tobacco smoke.

In a two-step approach to making Park University a smoke-free campus by July 1, 2015, the following timeline will guide faculty, staff, students and other campus visitors toward that goal:
          1.  Previously, it was recommended that smoking and tobacco use would be limited to designated areas on the Parkville Campus. As an interim first step, on July 1, 2014, those recommendations will now be strictly enforced with fines and other sanctions to be enforced by Campus Safety staff. Acceptable places to smoke (during the period of July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015) are only around the burgundy-colored benches located on the Parkville Campus.
          2.  As of July 1, 2015, no smoking is permitted on any Park University property, in any University-owned building or in University-leased buildings or vehicles.
There will be smoking cessation educational programs and initiatives implemented and offered to faculty, staff and students in the upcoming months and smoke-free campus signs will be posted throughout each of the campus locations for ongoing awareness about the policy. Additionally, the policy will be included in the upcoming Park University 2014-15 Undergraduate Catalog and Park University 2014-15 Graduate Catalog, the Park University website and MyPark portal, as well as the Park University Employee Manual.

For more information, visit

Dr. Laurel HillikerHilliker article published in journal

An article written by Laurel Hilliker, Ph.D., executive director of the Center to Advance the Study of Loss and assistant professor of sociology, was recently published in the journal Illness, Crisis and Loss. The article, “An Enlightened (and Relieved) Death Educator: The Value of Truth Telling with Children,” addresses concepts such as teachable moments and the importance of truth telling with children in regard to death and loss. Hilliker was invited to write the article after presenting a personal story of a child’s first loss at the International Death, Grief and Bereavement Conference in June 2013. In addition, Hilliker was a contributor for encyclopedia entries on “taboo,” “obituary” and “euphemisms” for the book, The A-Z of Death and Dying: Social, Medical and Cultural Aspects, published in February.

Park’s National Society of Leadership and Success chapter inducts new member virtually

The Park University chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success held its first virtual induction ceremony for 21 students at a distance on February 13. View the list of initiates at Andrew Davis, Park University director of student success, serves on the NSLS Advisory Board.

Dr. Robert JervisHauptmann Lecture to feature discussion on American foreign policy

Robert Jervis, Ph.D., the Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics at Columbia University, will be the keynote speaker at Park University’s 22nd annual Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture Series event on Wednesday, March 26. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Helzberg Room of the Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., starting at 6:30 p.m. A reception will be held prior to the lecture beginning at 6 p.m.

Jervis’ lecture will examine the topic “Why Does the U.S. Spend so Much on Security and Still Feel so Insecure? Fear, Interests and Opportunity in Contemporary American Foreign Policy.” According to Jervis, it is almost a truism that the broad contours of American foreign policy should be established by the national interest. But what is the American national interest in today's world? “Normal international politics is characterized by deep security concerns, especially for the major countries,” said Jervis. “I would argue that the U.S. is now unusually secure, although such security coexists uneasily with the widespread sense among both policy elites and the general public that the world is, in fact, deeply threatening.”

While the lecture is open the public, registration is requested as seating is limited. To register, e-mail or call (816) 584-6420. In addition, attendees can register via the Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library’s website. For more information, visit

Genocide ExhibitCampanella Gallery to host “100 Years of Genocide” exhibit

Park University’s Campanella Gallery will host an exhibit titled “100 Years of Genocide,” beginning Tuesday, March 18, through Friday, April 25. The exhibit, designed by a trio of Park faculty, portrays a reflective and contemporary pictorial and first-person account of 20th century acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing. The exhibit designers are Matthew LaRose, associate professor of fine art and chair of Park’s Department of Art and Design, Jeff Smith, assistant professor of graphic design, and Timothy Westcott, Ph.D., associate professor of history. For more information about the exhibit, visit

Student Research and Creative Arts SymposiumFinal chance to register 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

Sgt. Eric Dudley, a freshman at Park University’s Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center, was featured in an article that appeared in the March 6 issue of the Fort Bliss Bugle (page 14A). Roger Rodriguez, J.D., L.L.M., adjunct instructor of criminal justice and political science, also provided comments about Dudley in the story. In the same issue, Park Fort Bliss students assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion who earned Dean’s List honors for Fall 2013 were highlighted in an article (page 7B). Cliff Ferby, Ed.D., interim executive director of the Fort Bliss Campus Center, provided comments for the article.

Cynthia Levin, ’77, producing artistic director of Kansas City’s Unicorn Theatre, was featured in a “5 Questions” segment that appeared in the March/April issue of KC Studio magazine (page 80), Kansas City’s guide to the performing, visual and cinematic arts.

Park University Board of Trustees members Peter deSilva, president and chief operating officer of UMB Financial Corp., president of UMB Bank and chair of UMB Fund Services, and Jeanette Prenger, ’09, founder and president of ECCO Select, were named to the Kansas City Business Journal’s “Power 100,” a list of “Kansas City’s movers and shakers.”

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
     •  Through March 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, McAfee Memorial Library (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 6 -- Parkville Symphonic Band Spring Concert, 3 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  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
     •  April 16 -- Honors Convocation, 7 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  April 17 -- Artem Alexanyan Undergraduate Piano Recital, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  April 18 -- Leonard Lindweld Undergraduate Piano Recital, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  April 20 -- David Radzynski Graduate Violin Recital, 7 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  April 26 -- Grand Forks (N.D.) Air Force Base Campus Center Commencement, 3 p.m., East Grand Forks (Minn.) High School
     •  April 26 -- International Center for Music Concert: ICM Young Artists, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  April 27-May 18 -- Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition, Campanella Gallery
     •  April 28 -- Adriana Ceia Graduate Cello Recital, 2 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  April 30 -- Miguel Zaparolli Graduate Cello Recital, 3 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel

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