Park University Imprint Express -- May 8, 2014

Thursday, May 8, 2014

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Annie FischerFischer receives Fulbright Student Award

Annie Fischer, adjunct instructor of English, has been selected as a recipient of a 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. Student Award from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Fischer’s award is for a self-directed creative writing research project in Hungary. She will be researching the life of a Hungarian pianist, who, coincidentally, is also named Annie Fischer, and she will participate in the centennial celebration of the pianist's birth at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest this fall.

Jeanette PrengerPrenger honored by Kansas City organization

Jeanette Prenger, ’09, a member of Park University’s Board of Trustees, has been recognized for her exemplary record of accomplishments and for bettering the Kansas City community. During a ceremony in Kansas City, Mo., on May 1, Prenger received the 2014 Clifton R. Cohn Distinguished Community Leader Award from Phoenix Family, an organization that empowers people living in low-income housing communities with on-site support to gain stability and achieve self-sufficiency. The award recognizes exemplary service and community involvement by individuals who improve the well-being of residents living in low-to-moderate income housing, as well as their extraordinary contributions through their efforts, creativity, flexibility and friendship to the organization.

Dr. Patricia RybergRyberg article published in geology journal

An article co-authored by Patty Ryberg, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, has been published in the Journal of the Geological Society. The article, “Leaf Habit of Late Permian Glossopteris Trees from High-Palaeolatitude Forests,” merges traditional paleobotanical methods and new geochemical analyses to determine ecological responses of a 200 million-year-old fossil forest to a high polar greenhouse world. The article states that these forests were growing at the South Pole during the warmest time in Earth’s history providing a unique view of how plants can grow at high latitudes in a greenhouse world not seen anywhere on Earth today. The abstract of the article can be viewed at

Park students inducted into national honor society for adult learners

The Pi Upsilon Chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society at Park University has announced its newest inductees. The national honor society recognizes adult learners who have excelled in their undergraduate degree programs. It is the only organization in the country that honors adult evening and weekend students. Park established the Pi Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda in 2010. Requirements for induction include a 3.75 or higher grade point average, senior status, completion of at least 24 semester hours at Park University and evidence of leadership. A list of this semester’s inductees can be found at

Dr. Laurel HillikerHilliker presents session to grief support professionals

Laurel Hilliker, Ph.D., executive director of the Center to Advance the Study of Loss and assistant professor of sociology, presented to community professionals in the Grief Support Network in Prairie Village, Kan., on May 2 on the topic of “The Unacknowledged Grief of Professionals in End-of-Life Scenarios: Weighing in on Emotional Boundaries.” The presentation addressed whether or not a professional taboo exists for those who work in the end-of-life and bereavement care field as they grieve over the loss of their patients. Several activities were encouraged, including an assessment of self-care strategies and participant reflection on “Why we do the work we do.” Lastly, a practical application, the program of Hope Rounds, a workplace support system for those in this field that was developed by Mary Malcolm, ’13, was introduced.

Dr. Marthann SchulteSchulte presents paper at TCC conference

Marthann Schulte, Ph.D., associate professor and area coordinator of adult education, and coordinator of faculty training, presented a peer-reviewed paper at the Technology, Colleges and Community Worldwide Online Conference. April 23-24. Schulte’s paper, “Faculty Perceptions on the Benefits of Instructor Evaluation for Improved Online Facilitation” included the outcomes of an original research study of Park University’s online instructor evaluation systems. The paper can be viewed at:

George S. ParkExhibit featuring life and legacy of University’s founder to continue through September

Due to popularity and continued interest, an exhibit on the Parkville Campus celebrating the 175th anniversary of the creation of Platte County, Mo., will continue through the summer. The exhibit that showcases the founder of Park University and City of Parkville, Mo., founder George S. Park, “The Life and Legacy of George Shepard Park, 1811-1890 — Father of Parkville and Co-Founder of Park University,” will continue to be on display through Sept. 30 in the McAfee Memorial Library. The exhibit, compiled by Carolyn Elwess, Park University archivist, highlights events in George S. Park’s life, including the destruction of his printing press, thrown into the Missouri River by a pro-slavery mob on April 14, 1855, and his involvement in the founding of Park College (now University) in 1875. In addition, original documents, newspapers, photographs, artifacts and furniture from the University’s Frances Fishburn Archives and Special Collections are on display. Many of the items have never before been exhibited. For more information about the exhibit, visit

Park men’s volleyball team recognized by City of Parkville; Plumb appointed to Board of Aldermen

The Park University men’s volleyball team was honored by the City of Parkville, Mo., with a certificate of recognition during the city’s Board of Aldermen meeting on May 6. In addition, at a special meeting prior to the regular board meeting, Greg Plumb, J.D., professor of criminal justice administration, was appointed to the city’s Board of Aldermen and took the oath of office. He will serve as an alderman through April 2015. Video of Plumb’s appointment and oath of office (at start of video), as well as the men’s volleyball recognition (approximately 14:30 into the video) can be viewed at

Human Resource Services announces new hires

From April 1-30

          •  Emily Brattin, Director, International Student Admissions and Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Wade Harris, Collections Coordinator, Accounting Office, Parkville Campus
          •  Matthew Russ, Campus Safety Officer, Department of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus
          •  Dustin Schmidt, Groundskeeper, Office of Facilities Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Stacey Sharp, Sports Communication Coordinator, Department of Athletics, Parkville Campus

Park In The News

Anna Whitehead, assistant director at Park University’s Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center, was quoted for a story that appeared in the May 1 issue of the Fort Bliss Bugle (page 24B) about colleges at Fort Bliss assisting soldiers when taking their CLEP/DANTES exams. The article was written by Cliff Ferby, Ed.D., interim executive director of Park’s Fort Bliss Campus Center.

Chief Petty Officer Cory Lee, ’11, was featured in an article that appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times on May 1. Lee, who has served the country in the U.S. Navy for the past 22 years, is aviation boatswain’s mate in charge of fuel aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln.

A review of Park University’s exhibit, “The Life and Legacy of George Shepard Park,” as part of Platte County, Mo.’s 175th anniversary, was featured in the Platte County Citizen on April 30. The exhibit is on display through Sept. 30 in the McAfee Memorial Library on the University’s Parkville Campus.

Ingrid Stölzel, D.M.A., director of Park University’s International Center for Music, provided comments for a story that appeared on KCUR-FM on May 3 about newEar, a contemporary chamber ensemble of which Stölzel is a member.

A feature story about Genevieve Stelmacovich, who recently accepted an athletic/academic scholarship to attend Park University and play women’s golf, appeared in her area newspaper, the East Gwillmbury (Ontario, Canada) Era on May 8.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through May 9 --
Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition, Campanella Gallery
     •  Through Sept. 30 -- Platte County, Mo., 175th Anniversary Exhibit: The Life and Legacy of George Shepard Park, McAfee Memorial Library
     •  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 -- 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
     •  June 20 -- Luke Air Force Base (Ariz.) Campus Center Commencement, 5 p.m., The Wigwam, Litchfield Park, Ariz.
     •  June 20 -- Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center / Holloman Air Force Base (N.M.) Campus Center Commencement, 8 p.m., El Paso (Texas) Convention and Performing Arts Center
     •  June 21 -- Lackland Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center / Randolph Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center Commencement, 1 p.m., Bob Hope Theater at Lackland AFB
     •  June 21 -- Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (Ariz.) Campus Center Commencement, 3 p.m., Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Tucson (Ariz.) Airport-North
     •  June 27 -- Junemester Ends

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