Park University Imprint Express -- June 12, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

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University to introduce military history degree program

Park University will offer a new degree program — the Bachelor of Science in Military History — to students this fall. The military history degree program will combine Park’s liberal arts foundation with in-depth study of military-related events that have shaped the world in which we live today. The degree focus will examine military history from a cultural, theoretical, historical, economic and scientific perspective. The topics include the history of warfare, philosophy and theory, major wars and battles, science and technology, and the relationship of war and culture. For more information, visit

Dr. Virginia BrackettBrackett writes text for children’s picture book

Virginia Brackett, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of the Honors Academy, wrote the text for the recently published children’s picture book, What Is My Name?. The book, published by Reading (Pa.) Reading Books in April, is a story about a puppy on a quest to learn his name, emphasizing the importance to children of the development of self-identity. This is Brackett’s first picture book publication. While Brackett is not a certified K-12 reading specialist, she has experience in writing for specific reading levels, having published a high interest, low vocabulary level version of Charles Dickens’ novel David Copperfield for adults learning to read. For more about the book, visit

First MSW ClassMaster of Social Work program gets under way

Park University’s Master of Social Work program, which was granted full candidacy accreditation status through the Council on Social Work Education earlier this year, has officially launched. Advance standing students (those who have earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from an CSWE accredited program) opened the one-year track of courses with the four-week Junemester bridging course, SW 600 (Bridging Practice, Policy, Research and Theory). There are 20 students in the MSW advance standing track, including 13 Park BSW graduates from 2006 to 2014, and 12 students in the MSW regular study two-year track.

Dr. Laurel HillikerHilliker speaks at workshop for charity foundation

Laurel Hilliker, Ph.D., executive director of the Center to Advance the Study of Loss and assistant professor of sociology, was a guest speaker at the Art for Charlie Foundation’s inaugural workshop, May 29 in East Lansing, Mich. Her talk on “Closure in Grief: Does it Exist?” used sociological perspectives on the concept of closure incorporating the sociology of emotions body of research and social constructionist theory. Hilliker is scheduled to present a second discussion for the organization on Thursday, June 26, on “Family Dynamics in Grief,” which will focus on the impact of bereavement on family life, marriage and friendships. The nonprofit organization raises money through art events and art sales to provide hospice care for very ill children, and to help families who suffer, or who have recently suffered, from the loss of a child from brain stem cancer or other terminal childhood diseases.

Dr. Adrian SwitzerSwitzer presents paper at Derrida conference

Adrian Switzer, Ph.D., lecturer and program coordinator of liberal studies, presented a paper at the Derrida Today Conference, May 28-31 in New York. Switzer’s paper, “Our Present Prosthetic Malady: Derrida and the Digital Archive,” argues that French philosopher Jacques Derrida’s discussion of Sigmund Freud’s technological models of human consciousness in Freud and the Scene of Writing and Archive Fever signals a modeling of his own deconstructive approach after Freudian psychoanalysis.

Boguslaw presents session at speech and language conference

Medea Boguslaw, Academic Support Center professional tutor and adjunct instructor of Park basic skills, presented a session at the Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention in April in Osage Beach. Her topic, “Setting Aside Chutes and Ladders to Scaffold Academic Learning,” provided suggestions therapists can use to help classroom teachers adapt their curriculum to support students with speech/hearing disabilities.

Park’s School of Education to host accreditation visit

The School of Education at Park University is hosting an accreditation visit by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Oct. 26-28, 2014. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the visiting team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered and should specify the party's relationship to the educator preparation provider (such as graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates, etc.).

We invite you to submit written testimony to:
          Board of Examiners
          2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 500
          Washington, DC 20036-1023
Or by e-mail to:

Correspondence, which must be received by NCATE no later than three months prior to visit, will be submitted to the EPP for response via NCATE’s Accreditation Information Management System. NCATE will not upload anonymous comments to the BOE team or EPPs.

Park campus centers hold commencement ceremonies

Park University campus centers throughout the country have been holding commencement ceremonies for 2014 graduates. As these ceremonies are held, we’ll include the list of graduates at each campus in the Imprint Express.
          •  Fort Irwin (Calif.) Campus
          •  Whiteman Air Force Base (Mo.) Campus
          •  Barstow (Calif.) Community College Campus Center / Barstow (Calif.) Marine Corps Logistics Base Campus Center Campus

Park In The News

Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, instructor of music/piano, and Sunnat Ibragimov, ’12, and current graduate student in cello performance, will appear on the “Ruel Joyce Recital” broadcast on Friday, June 13, at noon, on Kansas Public Radio. They will perform Schumann’s fragment “Adagio and Allegro,” Schubert’s “‘Arpeggione’ Sonata” and one of Brahms’ “Piano and Cello Sonatas.”

Walter Boulden, Ph.D., associate professor of social work, was quoted for a story that appeared in The Kansas City Star on June 12. Boulden’s comments were related to a documentary, “Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine,” that is premiering this week at the Out Here Now: The Kansas City LGBT Film Festival. Boulden provide personal recollections and is prominently featured in the film.

Retired Air Force Staff Sgt. Thomas Sanborn, a senior management major at Park University’s Hill Air Force Base (Utah) Campus Center, was featured in a commentary column that appeared in a recent issue of the Hilltop Times, a publication at Hill AFB.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through Sept. 30 --
Platte County, Mo., 175th Anniversary Exhibit: The Life and Legacy of George Shepard Park, McAfee Memorial Library
     •  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
     •  July 4 -- Independence Day Holiday (all University offices closed)
     •  July 4 -- Parkville Symphonic Band Concert, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  July 7 -- Julymester Begins
     •  July 27 -- Summer Session Ends

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