Park University Imprint Express -- April 22, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Parkite AwardUniversity recognizes academic achievements at Honors Convocation

Park University students, faculty and staff were recognized for their exceptional scholarly efforts from the 2013-14 school year at the University’s annual Honors Convocation on April 16 in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the Parkville Campus. In addition to a number of departmental academic honors, the University acknowledged outstanding students and faculty with a variety of special awards.

The most prestigious honor bestowed on any student at Park University — the Outstanding Parkite Award — went to seniors Hayley Knappen (right), elementary education major, and Art Vollbrecht (left), biology major. The Outstanding Parkite Award is given to one senior female and one senior male student on the University’s Parkville Campus who best exemplify the ideals of the University in their character, conduct, scholarship and student activity participation. The University also recognized its outstanding faculty with the presentation of the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award to Virginia Brackett, Ph.D. (below left), associate professor of English and director of the Honors Academy, and the Distinguished Humanities Faculty Award to Kay Boehr (below right), associate professor and program coordinator of interior design.

Kay BoehrDr. Virginia BrackettAdditional Presidential Awards and leadership awards presented by Park University President Michael Droge, Ph.D.:
          •  Dusing-Proudfoot Award — Melissa Geier Scheiterle, assistant registrar
          •  J.L. Zwingle Award — Ron Brecke, Ph.D., professor of political science
          •  Louisa Davidson Hinde/Carolyn Hinde Zarkaryan Memorial Award — Kirby Appollis, senior legal studies major; Jasey Huber, 2012 Bachelor of Arts in English writing graduate; and Janek Sunga, senior English writing
          •  Teaching Excellence Awards — President’s Award for Teaching Excellence (for full-time faculty): Brecke; Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence (for adjunct faculty): Rusty Norris, adjunct instructor of communication arts
          •  Excellence in Academic Advising Award — John Hamilton, Ph.D., associate professor of criminal justice administration
          •  Newman Civic Fellows Award — Bailey Puckett, sophomore political science/international politics major.
Read more about these winners and their awards, along with a complete list of awards presented, including a list of Presidential Scholars, Outstanding Student Awards and departmental awards, at

David Wallace

Rebecca McNelley

McNelley, Wallace win honors from Air Force Global Strike Command

Master Sgt. Rebecca McNelley (left), a 2007 graduate from Park University’s F.E. Warren Air Force Base (Wyo.) Campus Center, and Senior Airman David Wallace III (right), a November 2013 Park graduate from the Minot (N.D.) Air Force Base Campus Center and a current Master of Business Administration student, were recognized on April 10 by the Air Force Global Strike Command during a ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La.

Wallace, with the 91st Security Forces Group at Minot AFB, was honored with the AFGSC Outstanding Airman of the Year Award, while McNelley, with the 790th Missile Security Forces Squadron at F.E. Warren AFB, received the AFGSC Outstanding First Sergeant of the Year Award. Both McNelley and Wallace were first nominated by their squadron, followed by their group, wing and numbered Air Force, and now advance to represent the AFGSC at the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year program later this year.

Park among 50 schools nationwide with lowest out-of-state tuition, a resource for prospective college students, placed Park University on its “50 Colleges with the Lowest Out-of-State Tuition” list. Park is the only college/university based in the Kansas City region to earn a spot on the list, and is one of just eight private schools nationwide to make the list. Only nonprofit public colleges/universities or private, non-religious schools, qualified for the list. See the list of schools at

Park Student Government Association officers, senators elected for 2014-15

Park University students elected their representatives — executive board and senators — for the 2014-15 Park Student Government Association. Jeremy Barnes, a sophomore biology major, was elected president. Other executive staff elected:
          •  Vice President — Kellan Appollis, freshman psychology major
          •  Secretary -- Pauline Plantiveau, sophomore interior design major
          •  Business Manager -- Fasli Amikishiyev, senior accounting major
For more information, including a list of senators, visit

Dr. Wen HsinBrackett, Hsin present at applied learning conference

Virginia Brackett, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of the Honors Academy, and Wen Hsin, Ph.D. (left), professor of computer science, presented at the Applied Learning in Higher Education annual conference in St. Joseph, Mo., on March 21. Brackett co-presented the symposium "The Service Learning Faculty Workshop: Preparation, Delivery and Assessment." The session offered an overview of logistics involved in workshop presentation, based on Brackett's experience in facilitation of a service-learning workshop for faculty she presented in August 2013. The symposium provided attendees with details involved in planning a workshop timeline, faculty recruitment, external facilitator recruitment and interaction between co-facilitators to develop training modules. Hsin presented a poster she authored, "A Project Using Program Evaluation Review Technique."

McAfee Memorial Library to relocate during summer

The McAfee Memorial Library, located in the Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground on Park University’s Parkville Campus, will be remodeled this summer. This facelift, which will include new carpeting and paint, will force the library’s staff and services to be temporarily relocated across the hall to room 306 from Monday, May 12, through Friday, Aug. 1. During this time, the library will have reduced summer hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the library will be closed on Sundays. For more information about available services during the relocation, visit

Call for nominations for Park’s Alumni Council

The Park University Alumni Association’s Nominating Committee is seeking nominations to fill four open positions on its Alumni Council. All Park University alumni are eligible to make nominations. Self-nominations are also accepted. For more information about the position as well as to make nominations, visit The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 25.

Park In The News

A photo of Jeanette Prenger, a member of Park University’s Board of Trustees, along with members of her family and NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, appeared in the April 19 issue of The Independent, Kansas City’s journal of society. The photo was among a photo spread from the 101 Awards event, Kansas City’s salute to professional football.

Gary Bachman, associate professor and field director of social work, wrote a feature article that appeared on The New Social Worker magazine website. Bachman’s story was a reflection of his thoughts on the shootings that occurred in Overland Park, Kan., on April 12 at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom that are being investigated as hate crimes, as well as childhood memories of living in the community.

Tim Decker, ’82, was featured in an article that appeared in the April 20 issue of the Jefferson City (Mo.) News Tribune. Decker is the director of the Missouri Children’s Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services.

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 25 -- Cultural Sharing Event: Micronesia, Dinner: 4:30 p.m., Pirate Cafe in Thompson Commons; Presentation: 5:45 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 9 -- 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 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 6 -- Artem Kuznetsov Undergraduate Piano Recital, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  May 7 -- Leonard Lindweld Undergraduate Piano Recital, 4 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 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 27 --
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 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
     •  June 2 -- Summer Session, Junemester Begin
     •  June 4 -- Laughlin Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center Commencement, 1:30 p.m., Club XL
     •  June 5 -- Mountain Home Air Force Base (Idaho) Campus Center Commencement, 4 p.m., Gunfighter Service Center
     •  June 6 -- Minot (N.D.) Air Force Base Campus Center Commencement, 6 p.m., Jimmy Doolittle Center
     •  June 12 -- Scott Air Force Base (Ill.) Campus Center Commencement, 7 p.m., Regency Conference Center, O’Fallon, Ill.
     •  June 13 -- Fairchild Air Force Base (Wash.) Campus Center Commencement, 4 p.m., The Morgan Center

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