Park University Imprint Express -- December 19, 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

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Megan GatesPark grad honored with Medal of Valor from Kansas City Police Department

Megan Gates, ’07, received the highest honor from the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department as she was recognized with the Medal of Valor on Dec. 16. On March 29, 2013, Gates and another officer (who was also awarded the Medal of Valor) confronted an active shooter who was firing into a van with four occupants. According to a KCPD sergeant, Gates and the other officer protected the area residents while ignoring the extreme personal danger to themselves. The Medal of Valor is the KCPD’s highest award, bestowed to officers who perform an exceptionally valorous act far above that which is normally expected. Gates received the award from KCPD Deputy Chief Randy Hopkins (Darryl Forte, the KCPD chief of police and 1990 Park graduate, was unable to attend the ceremony).

Dr. Brad KleindlKleindl elected president of International Relations Council

Brad Kleindl, Ph.D., dean of the Park University School of Business, was recently elected to serve a one-year term as president of the International Relations Council for 2015. Kleindl will lead the not-for-profit organization that supports and strengthens the Kansas City region by promoting global awareness and understanding. The IRC works in partnership with universities, corporations and organizations to connect communities with timely and substantive information about global affairs.

Dr. Ingrid StolzelStölzel composition selected for competition

“Into Being,” a work composed for a cappella choir by Ingrid Stölzel, D.M.A., director of Park University’s International Center for Music, has been selected to be performed at the 2015 Missouri State University Composition Festival in March. Stölzel’s composition was one of just two selected for the competition out of 682 submissions from 418 composers. As a part of the festival, she has been invited as a guest composer to work with an MSU choir, which will perform the piece during the festival. Stölzel will also give master classes and will be a part of a panel discussion at the event.

Wanessa SiqueiraWomen’s volleyball players dominate postseason awards

Members of the Park University NAIA national champion women’s volleyball team scored a number of awards for their work on the court and in the classroom following the completion of the regular season. Highlighting the numerous awards was senior Wanessa Siqueira, business administration/marketing major, being named the Academic All-American of the Year by Capital One.
          •  Capital One Academic All-America College Division Volleyball Team — Siqueira, first team, 3.92 grade point average (Academic All-American of the Year)
          •  Daktronics-NAIA Volleyball Scholar-Athletes — Siqueira, first team; Raissa Herczfeld, fitness and wellness major, second team, 3.59 GPA
          •  NAIA and American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America Volleyball Teams — OH Wendy Romero and S Juliana Barros, first team; RS Siqueira, second team. In addition, Mike Talamantes, head coach, was named NAIA Volleyball Coach of the Year and AVCA Coach of the Year.
          •  Capital One Academic All-District Volleyball Team — Siqueira, first team; Daniela Duarte, business administration/marketing major, 3.71 GPA, and Herczfeld.
          •  AVCA All-Midwest Region Team — Romero (Midwest Region Player of the Year), Barros and Siqueira, first team. In addition, Talamantes was named Midwest Region Coach of the Year, and Vinicius Baigan, assistant coach, was named the region’s Assistant Coach of the Year.
          •  American Midwest Conference All-Conference Volleyball Team — Romero (Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year), Barros (Setter of the Year) and Siqueira, first team; MB Amanda Alves, OH Duarte and OH Herczfeld, second team. In addition, Talamantes was named Coach of the Year.

Park student-athletes in other fall sports also earned awards for their accomplishments on the field and in the classroom:
          •  NAIA Men’s Soccer All-America Team — F Lucas Sousa, honorable mention.
          •  Daktronics-NAIA Cross Country Scholar-Athletes — Ashley Carpenter, geography major, 3.82 GPA; Peter Franck, elementary education major, 3.95 GPA; Wesley Jensen, criminal justice administration/law enforcement major, 3.93 GPA; and Kara Lough, elementary education major, 3.89 GPA.
          •  Daktronics-NAIA Women’s Soccer Scholar-Athletes — Mikayla Fisher, graphic design major, 3.95 GPA; and Carrie McDaniel, business administration/management major, 3.5 GPA
          •  AMC All-Conference Women’s Soccer Team — F Shnell Briscoe, D Madison Knight and MF Gabi Severns, first team; MF Emma Chatterton and D Libby Gale, honorable mention.
          •  AMC All-Conference Men’s Soccer Team — F Cyril Gadu, D Ignacio Flores Garay, F George Kennedy and Sousa, first team; D Maximiliano Albayay and MF Mirko Sandivari, honorable mention

Dr. Kay DennisDr. Amber Dailey-HebertDailey-Hebert, Dennis author book on higher education complexities

Transformative Perspectives and Processes in Higher Education, a book written by Amber Dailey-Hebert, Ph.D. (left), professor of adult education, and Kay Dennis, Ed.D. (right), associate professor of adult education, has been published. This book provides insight into the complexities confronting higher education today and highlights tangible opportunities that exist to address such issues. According to Dailey-Hebert and Dennis, higher education needs to respond in more proactive, intentional and innovative ways to remain a relevant cornerstone to society and culture. Read more about the book at

Dr. Rebekkah StutevilleDr. Eric ClickClick, Stuteville articles published in policy journal

Articles written by Eric Click, Ph.D. (left), assistant professor and program coordinator of public administration, and Rebekkah Stuteville, Ph.D. (right), associate professor and department chair of public administration and director of the Master of Public Administration program, were published in the fall/winter 2014-15 issue of the Missouri Policy Journal. Click’s article, “One Development Project, Two Economic Tales: The St. Louis Cardinals’ Busch Stadium and Ballpark Village,” focuses on the interrelated economic development project of the two venues and examines the individual and combined economic impact of the two entities. The article can be read at

Stuteville’s article, “Judicial Selection in the State of Missouri: Continuing Controversies,” looks at the history of judicial selection and the controversies over selection methods in the state. It also provides a snapshot of current opinions on judicial selection methods through a survey of community college students. The article can be read at

Stephen TerryTerry appointed to serve on NAVPA committee

Stephen Terry, assistant dean of military and veteran programs, was recently appointed to serve on the Education Committee during 2015-16 for the National Association of Veterans’ Program Administrators. NAVPA is an organization of institutions and individuals who are involved or interested in the operation of veterans' affairs programs and/or the delivery of services to veterans as school certifying officials across the country. The organization is devoted to promoting professional competency and efficiency through those involved in Veterans Education Assistance Programs.

Park campus center holds commencement ceremony

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.
          •  Charleston (S.C.) Air Force Base Campus

Adam OxfordOxford recognized at Davis-Monthan AFB

Adam Oxford, junior management major at Park University’s Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (Ariz.) Campus Center, and a senior airman with the 42nd Electronic Combat Squadron at DMAFB, was recently recognized by the Airman Leadership School as a distinguished graduate and with an academic achievement award. Distinguished graduates are among the top 10 percent of all students in the ALS and the academic achievement award is presented to those who have the highest overall score in the class.

Millington Campus participates in food drive

Over the Thanksgiving season, students, faculty and staff at Park University’s Naval Support Activity Mid-South Millington (Tenn.) Campus Center participated in a food drive on the base. The Park family at NSAMSM donated 16 boxes of canned food and dry goods, equaling the amount collected from other groups and offices on the base. In addition, Park’s Millington Campus staff is collecting blankets for the Memphis-based organization, Room in the Inn. Donations will help the homeless population in the area stay warm this winter. To donate, contact the Millington Campus at

Parkville police assist local resident with Christmas

Police officers in Parkville, Mo., helped make Christmas a little brighter for a resident of the city recently. According to the officers, the resident, who is in her upper 80s, is always giving back to the community, so the officers wanted to give back to her, bringing a Christmas tree, food and gifts to the resident purchased with their own money. Kevin Chrisman, ’93, is the Parkville chief of police, and joined the officers on the visit. Stories about this special Christmas cheer appeared on WDAF-TV and KCTV in Kansas City.

University to celebrate women’s volleyball national championship

Park University will celebrate the women’s volleyball program’s 2014 NAIA national championship on Thursday, Jan. 29, when the University will unveil the championship banner at halftime of Park’s men’s basketball game against Freed-Hardeman University, which tips off at 7:30 p.m. According to Director of Athletics Claude English, the decision to wait until Jan. 29 was so Parkville Campus students could take part in the celebration after returning to classes for the spring semester, and so Mike Talamantes, volleyball head coach, could participate in the ceremony without having to worry about coaching the men’s volleyball squad. In addition, on Tuesday, Feb. 3, the City of Parkville will honor the team at the Board of Aldermen meeting. For more information about both events, visit

Park’s Department of Nursing to host accreditation site review

Park University’s Ellen Finley Earhart Department of Nursing will host a site review for initial accreditation of its Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Interested parties are invited to meet the ACEN site visit team and share comments about the program during a meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 3:30 p.m. in the McCoy Meetin’ House on the Parkville Campus. Written comments are also welcome and can be submitted by Jan. 28 to:
          Marsal P. Stoll, Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer
          Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
          3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
          Atlanta, GA 30326
Or by e-mail to:

SymposiumRegistration open for 2015 Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium

Park University’s 10th annual Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium is set for Monday, April 6, through Thursday, April 9, 2015, on the University’s Parkville Campus. The Symposium is an opportunity for Park students nationwide from all disciplines to present their independent and/or collaborative research and creative and artistic projects to the University and wider community. Students from all campus centers, as well as online students, are eligible to participate. The Symposium will provide venues for poster presentations, oral presentations, artistic and visual displays, asynchronous virtual presentations, and musical and literature performances.

Students may submit their proposals now through Friday, March 20, with the approval of a faculty mentor, at When registering, students should be prepared to provide the name and contact information of the primary and co-presenters, the faculty mentor, as well as the title and abstract of the presentation. For additional information, visit or contact Shannon Cuff, Ph.D., assistant professor of education and area coordinator for education, language and literacy in Park’s Master of Education in Language and Literacy program at or (816) 584-6539.

Park In The News

Park University’s “Death Café” event, held Dec. 1 in the McAfee Memorial Library on the Parkville Campus, was highlighted in a KCPT story that appeared on its Flatland program. The story included comments from Laurel Hilliker, Ph.D., director of the University’s Center to Advance the Study of Loss and assistant professor of sociology, and Kevin Jamison, senior social psychology major.

An article written by Jeremy W. Francis, ’03, M.P.A. ’06, Ph.D., appeared in the December issue of FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. The title of the article is “Increasing Terrorism Preparedness of Law Enforcement Agencies.” Francis serves as a special agent with the FBI in Chicago.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)
     •  Through January 6 -- Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition (Andrew McEachron, Brooke Sherrill, Kristy Sumpter), Campanella Gallery (McAfee Memorial Library)
     •  December 24-25 -- Christmas Holiday
     •  January 11-February 16 -- Laura Nugent Paintings Exhibit, Campanella Gallery (McAfee Memorial Library)
     •  January 12 -- Spring Semester, Spring I Session begins
     •  January 17 -- Admissions: 1-on-1 Weekend, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  January 19 -- Martin Luther King Day (Parkville Daytime Campus closed; Spring I classes held)
     •  January 22-23 -- Board of Trustees Meeting, location TBA
     •  January 29 -- Women's Volleyball NAIA National Championship Celebration, 7:30 p.m., Breckon Sports Center
Note: To view a comprehensive schedule for all events, including athletics, visit