Park University Imprint Express -- April 1, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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Bailey PuckettPark student honored for work with refugee settlers in Kansas City

Bailey Puckett, a Park University sophomore majoring in political science/international politics, has been selected as a Campus Compact 2014 Newman Civic Fellow. The award recognizes inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing their communities throughout the country. Puckett, a member of Park’s Honors Academy, is a cultural orientation intern with Jewish Vocational Services in Kansas City, Mo., where she teaches cultural orientation courses and assists clients to learn the use of public transportation. Puckett has served refugees from countries including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Central African Republic, Eritrea, Iraq and Somalia. She began her service as part of an Honors Academy service-learning requirement, but continued her work voluntarily.

One of Puckett’s notable accomplishments was creating a brochure that educates communities where refugees live about their challenges and the unique cultural benefits they offer. Her future research goals include comparing resources required for refugee relocation to data representing economic and social benefits of relocation. Puckett hopes that through her research and service, others will appreciate the courage and determination of those willing to invest themselves in U.S. culture. For more information about Puckett’s honor, visit

Channell MackeyXavielle BrownPark basketball players earn NAIA All-America honors

Park University men’s basketball sophomore guard Xavielle Brown (left) and women’s basketball junior guard Channell Mackey (right) have both earned NAIA All-America recognition. Brown, who led the Pirates and the American Midwest Conference with 19.8 points per game, earned a spot on the third team on the men’s side. He also led Park with 6.4 rebounds per game — sixth-best in the AMC. Mackey, who led Park with 16 points per game and ranked first among NAIA Division I players with 116 steals, was named to the honorable mention list. Read more about Brown’s selection at and Mackey’s selection at

Dr. Adrian SwitzerDr. Dennis KerkmanKerkman, Switzer appointed Honors Academy faculty fellows

Park University's Office of Academic Affairs has announced that Dennis Kerkman, Ph.D. (left), professor of psychology, and Adrian Switzer, Ph.D. (right), lecturer and program coordinator of liberal studies, have been appointed as faculty fellows for the University's Honors Academy for the 2014-16 academic years. The Honors Academy supports four faculty fellows in their research and professional development as they devote service to the program and its students. Faculty fellows work with Honors Academy students to develop leadership skills, prepare for graduate school and careers, and contribute to the community through service learning and internships. They also assist Honors Academy students by serving in one of three "Plus One" areas within the program. Kerkman will support the scholarly activities area, while Switzer will support the service and applied learning area. They join 2013-15 fellows Shannon Cuff, Ph.D., assistant professor of literacy education and area coordinator of the Master of Education in Language and Literacy program, and Lolly Ockerstrom, Ph.D., associate professor of English.

Linda VestalVestal appointed to chapter board of mail distribution industry organization

Linda Vestal, director of university mail services, has been appointed to the executive board of the Kansas City chapter of the Mail Systems Management Association as a director at-large. The chapter’s mission is to provide an avenue for the professional development of people involved in the management, supervision and support of mail and distribution systems for business, industry, government and institutions in the Kansas City area. In addition, the chapter recently held a monthly meeting on the Parkville Campus where Vestal provided information on how benefits are best achieved for organizations through postal discounts.

Resident assistants, first-year experience mentors selected for 2014-15

Park University’s Office of Student Life has announced student leaders selected to be resident assistants and first-year experience mentors on the Parkville Campus for the 2014-15 academic year. The Office of Student Life hosted a student leader selection day where student leaders had the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and leadership abilities to University staff and faculty, who then selected the candidates who fit the positions best to serve their alma mater as resident assistants and first-year experience mentors. Resident assistants serve as the primary contact and resource for their assigned residential community. In addition, they facilitate campus involvement and serve as role models, academically and socially, to the entire student body. The first-year experience mentors make up the primary staff for the First-Year Experience Program. The mentors are assigned to first-year course sections, where they implement lateral learning opportunities. Their duty is to connect in-classroom lessons with outside-the-classroom experiences on campus. Additionally, these mentors serve as role models, demonstrating appropriate academic and personal behavior and promote retention by advising new students through first-year development issues. View the list of students selected to these positions at

Switzer presents paper at metaphysics conference

Adrian Switzer, Ph.D., lecturer and program coordinator of liberal studies, presented a paper at Alexander Baumgarten's Metaphysics: Sources, Interpretations and Influence Conference in Philadelphia on March 29. Switzer's paper, "The Traditional Form of a Complete Science: Baumgarten's Metaphysica in Kant's Architectonic of Pure Reason," argues that the works of Immanuel Kant adheres to the traditional 18th century form of the science of metaphysics in the first critique in order to complete what figures before him, including Baumgarten, left incomplete.

Student Research and Creative Arts SymposiumPark students showcasing work in Research and Creative Arts Symposium

Park University’s ninth annual Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium will showcase the scholarly work of students from all disciplines and campus locations Monday, April 7, through Thursday, April 10, on the University’s Parkville Campus. Undergraduate and graduate students across the country have submitted course work or independent research projects in the form of posters presenting laboratory or other applied research findings, research papers and oral presentations, creative works, visual art and graphic design installations, musical and drama presentations and virtual presentations. For more information, including a schedule of events, visit

PirateDepartment of Athletics hosting Spirit Squad tryout

Park University’s Department of Athletics will host a tryout for the Spirit Squad. A tryout clinic will be held Friday, April 11, from 5 to 9 p.m., and the tryout will be held the next day, Saturday, April 12, at 9 a.m. Both events will be held in Breckon Sports Center. Candidates will be selected on a variety of factors, including skills, potential squad partnering, physical fitness and attitude. All participants must complete a tryout application packet prior to the clinic. For more information about the tryouts, contact Karie Schaefer, Spirit Squad coach, at or (816) 584-7401. Tryout information, as well as the application, is available at

Park In The News

The family of Gunnery Sgt. Zane Poe, senior information and computer science/networking major at Park University’s Cherry Point (N.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center, was featured in an article that appeared in The Windsock, the base newspaper. Poe and his family were honored by the New Bern (N.C.) Chamber of Commerce’s Military Alliance as its Military Family of the Quarter.

Previews of the International Center for Music’s Van Cliburn Tribute Concert on April 4 at Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts were published in both, Kansas City’s online journal of the arts, on March 26, and The Kansas City Star on March 30. The previews included interviews with Stanislav Ioudenitch, associate professor of music/piano and ICM artistic director, Behzod Abduraimov, senior applied music/piano major, and Ingrid Stolzel, D.M.A., ICM director.

Stolzel was also mentioned in a story that appeared in a recent edition of the Ithaca (N.Y.) Times. A composition of Stolzel’s was performed during the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra’s concert on March 29.

Anna Whitehead, assistant director at the Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center, appeared in a photo within the “Spotlight” section of the March 27 issue of the Fort Bliss Bugle (page 21A).

Billy Roeder, academic director at Park University’s Mountain Home (Idaho) Air Force Base Campus Center and adjunct instructor of management, was featured in a story that appeared on KTVB-TV in Boise, Idaho, on March 30. Roeder was the highlighted subject for a story on Hero 2 Hired, a job fair that helps those in the military ease back into civilian work.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through April 25 -- Art Exhibit: "100 Years of Genocide," Campanella Gallery
     •  Through 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,” 7 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 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
     •  May 1 -- Leonard Lindweld Undergraduate Piano Recital, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  May 2 --
Artem Kuznetsov Undergraduate Piano Recital, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  May 3 -- International Center for Music Chamber Music Recital, featuring the String Quartet and Piano Quartet, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  May 4 -- Luyao Liu Graduate Piano Recital, 5 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  May 9 -- Spring Semester Ends
     •  May 9 -- Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony, 1 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  May 9 -- International Students Sash Ceremony, 5:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  May 10 -- Kansas City Area Commencement, 11 a.m., Community of Christ Auditorium, Independence, Mo.
     •  May 11 -- Spring II Classes End
     •  May 12 -- Maymester Begins
     •  May 15 -- Hanscom Air Force Base (Mass.) Campus Center Commencement, 1:30 p.m., Hanscom Commons
     •  May 16 -- Board of Trustees Meeting, Parkville Campus
     •  May 16 --
Goodfellow Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center Commencement, 3 p.m., Goodfellow AFB Base Theater
     •  May 16 -- Holloman Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center Commencement, 3 p.m. Holloman AFB Enlisted Club
     •  May 16 -- Austin (Texas) Campus Center Commencement, 7 p.m., Great Hills Baptist Church
     •  May 17 -- Moody Air Force Base (Ga.) Campus Center Commencement, 9 a.m., Hoffman Auditorium
     •  May 22 -- Malmstrom Air Force Base (Mont.) Campus Center Commencement, 2 p.m., Malmstrom AFB Base Auditorium/Theater
     •  May 22 -- Tinker Air Force Base (Okla.) Campus Center Commencement, 4:30 p.m., Tinker AFB Combined Club
     •  May 22 -- Fort Irwin (Calif.) Campus Center Commencement, 8 p.m., Sandy Basin Community Center
     •  May 23 -- Maymester Ends
     •  May 23 -- Little Rock (Ark.) Air Force Base Campus Center Commencement, 6:30 p.m., Jacksonville (Ark.) Community Center
     •  May 23 -- Barstow (Calif.) Community College Campus Center / Barstow (Calif.) Marine Corps Logistics Base Campus Center Campus Center Commencement, 9 p.m., Barstow Community College Gymnasium
     •  May 26 -- Memorial Day Holiday
     •  May 28 -- Whiteman Air Force Base (Mo.) Campus Center Commencement, 6 p.m., Mission’s End
     •  May 28 -- F.E. Warren Air Force Base (Wyo.) Campus Center Commencement, 7 p.m., Fall Hall Community Center
     •  May 27 -- Beaufort (S.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center Commencement, 1:30 p.m., Lyceum at Parris Island (S.C.) Marine Corps Recruit Depot
     •  May 29 -- Cherry Point (N.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center Commencement, 9 a.m., Two Rivers Theater and Event Center
     •  May 30 -- Naval Support Activity Mid-South Millington (Tenn.) Campus Center Commencement, 6:30 p.m., Crosspointe Baptist Church

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