Park University Imprint Express -- June 18, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Park accepted for U.S. Air Force General Education Mobile Program

Park University has been accepted to participate in the U.S. Air Force General Education Mobile Program. The GEM Program is designed to assist Air Force active duty, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard personnel in completing the 15 credit hour general education requirement toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force. The GEM Program provides a roadmap for service members in regulating the quality of schools available, and provides assurance that the coursework completed has relevancy with other institutions should they pursue a four-year degree. For more information, visit

Park University joins CIC Consortium for Online Humanities Instruction

A proposal submitted by Jerry Jorgensen, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president, Adam Potthast, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy and chair of the Department of Liberal Studies, and Emily Sallee, Ph.D., dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, earned Park University a spot in the Council of Independent College’s Consortium for Online Humanities Instruction. Park will participate in the three-year program, along with 19 other CIC member institutions, to explore the relevance of online learning in upper-division humanities courses. Potthast and Sallee will integrate online learning into two humanities courses as part of the project. For more information about the CIC Consortium, visit

Dr. Suzanne DiscenzaDiscenza appointed chair of organization community

Suzanne Discenza, Ph.D., director of the Master of Healthcare Administration program and professor of healthcare administration, has been appointed chair of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration’s Health Policy Faculty Forum. During her two-year appointment as chair, Discenza will lead an ongoing online forum for college/university faculty on issues involving health policy changes, such as the Affordable Care Act, with both national and international implications, as well as lead the HPFF at the AUPHA annual meeting. The Forum further serves to allow exchange of teaching pedagogies and methodology to improve classroom teaching of related topics. AUPHA is a global network of colleges, universities, faculty, individuals and organizations dedicated to the improvement of health care delivery through excellence in health care management and policy education.

Ferezan article on leadership published in psychology newsletter

An article written by Jeffrey Ferezan, Ph.D., adjunct instructor of management at Park University’s Luke Air Force Base (Ariz.) Campus Center, was recently published in the American Institute of Business Psychology’s AIOBP Newsletter. The article, “Leading from the Side,” discusses various and alternative methods on approaching leadership. The article can be read at

Dr. Joy PiazzaPiazza elected to role with communication organization

Joy Piazza, Ph.D., assistant professor of public relations, was elected as the internationalization liaison for the International Communication Association’s Environmental Communication Division. She was elected to a two-year term during the organization’s conference May 22-26 in Seattle. In her role, Piazza will contribute to the association’s efforts to enhance the international nature of the organization, its members and its activities.

Dr. Henry Roehrich

Dr. Michael Eskey

Eskey, Roehrich present at conferences

Michael Eskey, Ph.D., associate professor and program coordinator of criminal justice administration (left), and Henry Roehrich, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing/management and online instructor evaluator (right), co-presented sessions at the South Alabama Conference on Teaching and Learning, May 12-13 in Mobile. They presented sessions titled “Online Instructors as the Victims of Cyber-Bullying in the Online Classroom” and “Developing and Implementing an Online Faculty Evaluation and Observation Model.” In the first session, the duo addressed current research on the background and scope of the problem and provided a review of the findings of cyber-bullying related to a university with a majority of students and instructors online, and plans for addressing the problem. In the second session, they addressed the training of online instructors, the Park University instructors' resources forum, the original evaluation system, the OIES and the current faculty online observation system.

Eskey also presented on the topic of “Online Instructors as the Targets of Cyber-Bullying” during the General Education Conference held virtually, June 3-5. The presentation focused on the results of a survey of online faculty members, the differences in policies in student handbooks of various colleges and universities, and recommendations for addressing the problem before, during and after it occurs.

Dr. Patricia MarshPark representatives present posters at psychology conference

Patricia Marsh, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology (in adjacent photo), Greg Hilliar, senior psychology major, and Jennifer Krupa, ’13, presented at the Association for Psychological Science convention, May 24 in San Francisco. The trio presented a poster on “Cross-Sectional Support for the Stability of Scientist-Practitioner Interests Among Undergraduates.” The poster explained students' interests in the scientist and practitioner sides of the psychology profession compared across three points within the psychology major. The results suggested that both interest areas were stable throughout the degree program, which supports previous findings that vocational interests may be as stable as personality traits. Hilliar also presented a poster (co-authored by Dennis Kerkman, Ph.D., professor of psychology) on “Big Data, Mental Rotation and Sex: Effect Size Matters.  The poster showed large effects for possible/impossible problem type, rotation angle and the interaction of these problem characteristics, but very small effects for gender of participant or any interaction involving gender.

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.
          •  Cherry Point (N.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus
          •  Naval Support Activity Mid-South Millington (Tenn.) Campus Center

Park In The News

The Park University men’s volleyball team was featured in the July issue of Volleyball Magazine. The article included comments from Park head coach Mike Talamantes.

An article written by Robin L. Duane, ’13, was published in the June 15 issue of Small Wars Journal. The article, “The Afghanization of Afghan Security,” discussed how Afghan sovereignty and future prosperity requires a more effective security force that is locally trained and fielded, and solely funded by Afghanistan. Duane is the command sergeant major for the U.S. Corps of Cadets, U.S. Military Academy.

Rebecca Mickelson, ’07, was featured in the June 12 issue of DLA Today as she was selected as the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime (Ohio) Associate of the Month for March. Mickelson is an acquisition specialist within the Strategic Acquisition Programs Directorate.

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 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
     •  August 1 -- Julymester Ends
     •  August 7-8 -- New Faculty Orientation, Parkville Campus
     •  August 8 -- Hill Air Force Base (Utah) Campus Center Commencement, noon, Davis Conference Center, Layton, Utah
     •  August 11-12 -- Fall Faculty Conference, Parkville Campus
Note: To view a comprehensive schedule for all events, including athletics, visit