Park University Imprint Express -- June 6, 2014

Friday, June 6, 2014

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Dr. Michael DrogeDroge appointed Park University chancellor

The Park University Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Michael H. Droge, Ph.D., as Park University chancellor, effective July 1. Droge, who has served as the University’s president since 2009, arrived at Park in 2002 when he was appointed provost and senior vice president. As chancellor, Droge will seek to identify new academic partnerships for Park, with special attention to developing new external relationships. This new position will provide a greater opportunity to generate current and future resources for the University.

“Park University has grown as a university system with a national footprint and a global reach. Considering the many new opportunities coming our way, I am excited about serving as chancellor, which will provide me additional time to engage Park’s constituents, especially externally and with Park alumni,” Droge said.

“Appointing Mike as chancellor will provide a fresh avenue to greatly expand and strengthen internal and external relationships. This new position will provide the University with an extensive opportunity to identify and advance academic programs,” explained Park University Board Chair C. Ann Mesle.

An interim president will be appointed by the Board of Trustees and will be in place by July 1. The interim selection will allow Droge to begin in his new role as chancellor and allow adequate time to process a presidential search. A presidential search committee will be formed to lead the search for a new Park University president. Members of the committee will be appointed by Mesle and include trustees, faculty, staff, alumni and students.

Dr. Michael BecraftBecraft appointed to lead Park’s MBA program

Michael Becraft, D.Mgt., has been appointed Edward F. Lyle professor of finance and director of the graduate program in business at Park University after serving as assistant dean for the University’s School of Business and assistant professor of management at Park’s Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center in El Paso. Becraft’s appointment took effect June 1.

Becraft, who joined Park University in 2013, will oversee the University’s Master of Business Administration program in his new role. “We are very confident that Dr. Becraft will continue the growth of our MBA program as we look at both expansion of our degree tracks and new locations across the Unites States,” said Brad Kleindl, Ph.D., dean of Park’s School of Business. Read more about Becraft’s appointment at

Tyler MohrPark alumnus selected Air Force Reserve’s Airman of the Year

Senior Airman Tyler Mohr, ’08, the son of June Mohr, director of Park University’s Defense Supply Center Columbus (Ohio) Campus Center, was honored as a 2013 Outstanding Airman of the Year by the Air Force Reserve Command in April at Joint Base San Antonio/Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Mohr, a 445th Airlift Wing command post airman at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio), was featured in a story that appeared in the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News on May 20.

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 well-represented on NAIA scholar-athlete lists

Eleven Park University student-athletes competing in spring sports were recently named as 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. To qualify, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved junior academic status. Those selected were:
          •  Women’s golf: Kelsey Faiferlick, junior psychology major, and Lindsey Vest, junior social work major —
          •  Men’s and women’s track and field: Luke Bossert, senior business administration/management major; Wesley Jensen, senior criminal justice/law enforcement major; Art Vollbrecht, senior biology major; and Chrisena Whyte, senior biology major —
          •  Softball: Megan Palmer, junior elementary education major; and Callie Beaver, junior secondary education/social studies major —
          •  Baseball: Jake Smith, junior information and computer science/networking major; Luis Maldonado, senior criminal justice/law enforcement major, and Shaun Williams Jr., senior criminal justice/law enforcement major —

Elizabeth GrubbsGrubbs earns All-America honors in NAIA marathon

Elizabeth Grubbs, a senior on Park University’s women’s track and field team, became the Pirates’ newest All-American, earning the honor after placing sixth in the women’s marathon at the NAIA Track and Field National Championships on May 24 in Gulf Shores, Ala. Grubbs ran the 26.2-mile course in 3:00:52, the third fastest in Park history.

Also competing at the national meet was Park’s men’s 4x400-meter relay team of Domenic Greco, David Jackson, Samuel Langford and Teddy McCord, placing ninth, and McCord finished 12th in the men’s decathlon. Read more at

Dr. Suzanne DiscenzaDiscenza presents talk at VA homeless summit

Suzanne Discenza, Ph.D., director of the Master of Healthcare Administration program and professor of healthcare administration, presented a session on “Dispelling Myths of Homelessness” at the Kansas City (Mo.) Veterans Affairs Medical Center Homeless Summit on May 13. Discenza’s primary message in her discussion was that those who are homeless include individuals who are not readily apparent or “visible” to the American psyche. She said that “many people assume that returning veterans will be ‘taken care of for life’ by the government, a fact that is, unfortunately, not true. Almost 58,000 veterans are homeless on any given night, with a hugely disproportionate share (40 percent) being African-American or Hispanic. And while women now make up 15 percent of the military, ‘women veterans are four times more likely than male veterans to become homeless.’” Discenza also presented a personal story of dealing with homelessness.

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.
          •  Malmstrom Air Force Base (Mont.) Campus
          •  Tinker Air Force Base (Okla.) Campus
          •  Beaufort (S.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus
          •  F.E. Warren Air Force Base (Wyo.) Campus
          •  Little Rock (Ark.) Air Force Base Campus

Park’s National Society of Leadership and Success chapter inducts new members

The Park University chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success recently held its semi-annual induction ceremony on the Parkville Campus. Ninety-one members were inducted, four of whom received the National Engaged Leader Award. Students with an exemplary academic record are invited to join the National Society of Leadership and Success, and must complete the following to be considered for full induction: attend orientation, leadership training day, three success networking team meetings and three speaker broadcasts.

NSLSAnthony Stein, J.D. (right in adjacent photo), adjunct instructor of management, and William Venable III (left), assistant professor of business/management, were honored with the Excellence in Service to Students Award. This award is presented to Park staff/faculty who exemplify leadership, mentor abilities and commitment to better the live of students. Walter Kisthardt, Ph.D. (center), professor and chair of social work and director of the Master of Social Work program, was recognized with the Excellence in Teaching Award. This award is presented to Park faculty members who personify the qualities taught within the NSLS, and make a significant difference in the lives of students at Park through their dedication to education. See the list of students inducted into Park’s NSLS chapter at

Human Resource Services announces new hires, transfers/promotions

From May 1-31

          •  Elizabeth Funkhouser, Program Specialist, Fort Irwin (Calif.) Campus Center
          •  Jay Griggs, Sports Field Technician, Office of Facilities Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Paulintonio Kettle, Administrative Specialist, Little Rock (Ark.) Air Force Base Campus Center
          •  Lorraine Bartholomaeus, Online Student Services Administrator, Park Distance Learning, Parkville Campus (previously served as online instructor support administrator)
          •  Jen Cassity, Cashier, Office of Accounting Services, Parkville Campus (previously served as campus accounting representative)
          •  Leah Fletcher, Assistant Director, Career Development Center, Parkville Campus (previously served as career counselor)
          •  Michelle Forrest, Administrative Assistant, Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program, Parkville Campus (previously served as athletic training program administrative assistant)
          •  Felecia Fosgate, Assistant Director of Online Operations, Park Distance Learning, Parkville Campus (previously served as project coordinator)
          •  Brent Matthews, Human Resources Specialist, Office of Human Resource Services, Parkville Campus (previously served as payroll specialist)
          •  Craig Painter, Campus Safety Officer, Department of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus (previously served as part-time campus safety officer)
          •  Regina Reed, Procurement Specialist, Office of Information Technology Services, Parkville Campus (previously served as telecommunications administrator)
          •  Sarah Seidelman, Financial Aid Specialist-Floater, Office of Student Financial Services, Parkville Campus (previously served as enrollment adjustment specialist)
          •  Christopher Slupianek, Associate Director of Instructional Design, Park Distance Learning, Parkville Campus (previously served as assistant director of instructional design)
          •  Heather Yoho, Executive Assistant to the Provost, Office of Academic Affairs, Parkville Campus (previously served as administrative assistant)

Park In The News

Lt. Col. Joseph Drew, ’70, was featured as a “hometown hero” in the May 30 issue of Bakersfield (Calif.) Life magazine.

Park University was highlighted in a story that appeared on KRTV in Great Falls, Mont., on May 22. The story was related to Park’s Malmstrom Air Force Base Campus Center commencement ceremony. Alaina Barrow, campus center director, was interviewed for the story.

Graduates of Park University’s Barstow (Calif.) Community College Campus Center and Barstow Marine Corps Logistics Base Campus Center Campus Center were featured in a story that appeared in the Desert Dispatch newspaper on May 24.

Kay Barnes, distinguished professor for public leadership and founding director of the Center for Leadership, was featured in an opinion column that appeared in the May 27 issue of The Kansas City Star. Barnes served as mayor of Kansas City, Mo., from 1999 to 2007.

Dennis Okerstrom, professor of English, was featured in a story that appeared in the June 1 issue of The Kansas City Star’s “Star Magazine.” The article highlighted Okerstrom’s work on his recently published book, Project 9: Birth of the Air Commandos in World War II.

Richard “Todd” Kerkering, ’99, who was recently appointed the emergency manager for the City of Sarasota, Fla., was highlighted in an article that appeared in the June 1 issue of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Park University Board of Trustees member Julie Wilson was interviewed for a story that appeared in The Kansas City Star on June 2. Wilson, the chief people officer at Cerner, provided comments related to summer dress codes for businesses.

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 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
     •  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