Park University Imprint Express -- February 13, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

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Dr. Jennifer KeeneSpencer Cave Black History Month Lecture to focus on African-American soldiers in World War I

The 14th annual Park University Spencer Cave Black History Month Lecture Series event will feature a discussion on “True Sons of Freedom: African-American Soldiers and World War I” on Monday, Feb. 23. The lecture will be held in the J.C. Nichols Auditorium at The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., starting at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, though pre-registration is requested. Jennifer Keene, Ph.D., professor of history and chair of the Department of History at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., will present the lecture. Keene’s talk will detail African-American soldiers’ experiences as civil rights activists, symbols of black manhood and veterans during the Great War as they faced two struggles for democracy — one at home and one abroad.

The Spencer Cave Black History Month Lecture Series is named for Spencer Cave, who was born a slave at the start of the Civil War, moved to Parkville in 1875 (the year Park University was founded) and worked for the University for more than 70 years before his death in 1947. For more information about the lecture or to reserve tickets, visit

Bill LawsonLawson appointed to academic expansion officer post

Park University President David Fowler has appointed Bill Lawson as the University’s academic expansion officer. Lawson began his duties on Feb. 2. In this part-time role, Lawson is assisting Chancellor Michael Droge, Ph.D., in pursuing new relationships in and around Park’s campus centers across the country, including contact with local municipalities, employers and community colleges in these areas, to enhance the University’s opportunities for enrollment growth.

Lawson currently serves as the Midwest region director for Business Executives for National Security, an organization that supports the U.S. government by applying best business practice solutions to its most difficult national security problems. He also serves as a special adviser for the Missouri Office of Homeland Security and chair of the Missouri Public Private Partnership Committee. Prior to joining BENS, he was vice president and director of operations for a nationally chartered bank, responsible for planning, development, training and security operations.

Lawson is a seasoned business professional with extensive knowledge and experience in strategic development, homeland security, emergency management and military affairs. He earned a master’s degree in operations research/systems analysis with an emphasis in statistics and probability from Western Michigan University, and he has a bachelor’s degree in organic chemistry from Missouri State University. In addition, Lawson was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.

Courtney GoddardGoddard selected for influential woman award by Kansas City magazines

Courtney Goddard, J.D., vice president and general counsel, has been selected to be a 2015 KC Business Influential Woman honoree by KC and KC Business magazines. Goddard and other honorees will be recognized during an awards ceremony on Thursday, April 2, at The Gallery Event Space in the Power and Light District in Kansas City, Mo. The annual program honors Kansas City area women in the creative, entrepreneurial and nonprofit communities who inspire others, create opportunities for their organizations, give back to their communities and mentor others.

Dr. Gregory ClaycombClaycomb honored by American Chemical Society’s Kansas City chapter

Gregory Claycomb, Ph.D., associate professor and program coordinator of chemistry, has been recognized as the 2015 Outreach Volunteer of the Year for the Kansas City local section of the American Chemical Society. The award honors one individual annually for demonstrating extraordinary outreach volunteer service within the section. Claycomb, who has served the Kansas City section for the past six years, recently completed a term as chair of the KC-ACS. He has organized the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad, a competition that has brought hundreds of high school students to the University’s Parkville Campus over the years. He is also the chair of the chapter’s awards committee and has participated in numerous outreach activities for the local section.

Park programs earn recognition, rankings

Park University has been named an “editor’s pick” as the best online school for geography by According to the website, Park is the only school that allows students to attain a Bachelor of Science degree in geography online. “Due to the versatility in the application of this degree, Park’s undergraduate geography program allows students the flexibility to select course work that best suits their individual needs and interests,” the website says. The website also highlighted the University’s Career Development Center, technology support, library, academic support and alumni engagement.

Two of Park’s online human services degree programs — the Bachelor of Science in social psychology and the Bachelor of Arts in sociology — were ranked No. 34 and No. 35, respectively, as a “best buy” by the editors of Both programs were ranked in the “Best Affordable Online Psychology Bachelor’s Degree” category based on estimated sticker price for the degree program.

Park’s online criminal justice administration bachelor’s degree programs have been ranked No. 49 nationally by The website recognized Park’s criminal justice programs for its affordability and the University for its overall online undergraduate programs. placed some Park’s accelerated programs on its list of “Fasted College Programs of 2015 (for Busy People).” All of the University’s master’s degree programs within the School of Graduate and Professional Studies were recognized in the Accelerated Master’s Degrees category, and the Master of Healthcare Administration was mentioned in the Accelerated Degrees in Healthcare category.

Current Park students to receive one-year tuition freeze

In appreciation of the students who have already selected Park University as their educational partner and who have been enrolled at any time during the current 2014-15 academic year, they will receive a one-year “tuition freeze” throughout the upcoming 2015-16 academic year. Park University has approved a tuition increase for the 2015-16 academic year, however, the 2015-16 rates will only be applied to new students. Comprehensive tuition and fees information, along with a “Tuition FAQ,” can be found at The information is also posted in MyPark.

The next enrollment start dates are March 16 (Spring II eight-week session), May 11 (Maymester two-week session), June 1 (Summer Session eight-week session and Junemester four-week session) and July 6 (Julymester four-week session).

Park’s nursing program to host free health fair

Park University’s Ellen Finley Earhart Department of Nursing will hold its annual health fair on Thursday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground on the University’s Parkville Campus. The event is open to the public and admission is free. The fair’s theme, “Fresh Start,” will include a range of health topics presented by area vendors and Park University organizations. The topics include hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, colon cancer awareness, heart health, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, smoking, depression and anxiety, social media precautions, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy prevention, eating disorders, seat belts, immunizations, domestic violence, diet and weight management, influenza and skin cancer. For more information, visit

Human Resource Services announces new hires, transfers/promotions

From January 1-31
          •  Justin (Wade) Abel, Assistant Director, Office of Military and Veteran Student Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Edward Austin, Help Desk Technical Support Coordinator, Office of Information Technology Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Dennis Bishop, Senior Systems Administrator, Office of Information Technology Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Robert Fischer, Campus Safety Officer, Department of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus
          •  Megan Fixen, Assistant Director, Minot (N.D.) Air Force Base Campus Center
          •  Christina Ludtke, Administrative Specialist, Fort Leonard Wood (Mo.) Campus Center
          •  McClinton Luster, Campus Safety Officer, Department of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus
          •  Richard McCord, Campus Safety Officer, Department of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus
          •  Amy Mecklenburg-Faenger, Associate Professor of English, Parkville Campus
          •  Patricia Stevens, Administrative Specialist, El Paso (Texas) Campus Center
          •  Subnaraisa Williams, Administrative Specialist, Holloman Air Force Base (N.M.) Campus Center

          •  Tara Smith, Director, Beaufort (S.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center (previously served as assistant director)
          •  Nancy Whitman, Assistant Director, El Paso (Texas) Campus Center (previously served as program specialist, Fort Bliss [Texas] Campus Center)

Park In The News

Park University was highlighted in the January 2015 issue of Ingram’s, Kansas City’s business magazine. A blurb about the University was included in the “Milestones Corporate Anniversaries” section as Park is celebrating its 140th anniversary this year.

Vlatko Andonovski, ’08, head coach of both the FC Kansas City National Women’s Soccer League team and the Missouri Comets of the Major Arena Soccer League, was featured in a “Newsmaker” article that appeared in the Kansas City Business Journal on Jan. 30.

In that same KCBJ issue, the University was featured in special supplement that focused on Park’s Downtown Kansas City Campus Center being the education anchor of the redevelopment project at the Commerce Tower.

An article about David Radzynski, a graduate student pursuing an artist diploma in violin performance at Park University’s International Center for Music, who was recently appointed concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, was published in the Jan. 29 issue of The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle. In addition, a story previewing Radzynski’s farewell concert on Feb. 13 appeared in the Feb. 8 edition of The Kansas City Star.

Leeah Shipley, a senior at Smithville (Mo.) High School who signed a letter of intent to play women’s golf at Park University, was featured in an article that appeared in the Smithville Herald on Feb. 4. Steve Wilson, Park women’s golf coach and assistant athletic director for sports communications, provided comments for the story.

In addition, Sam Rivera, also a senior at Smithville High School, was highlighted in a separate story in the Smithville Herald about her signing a letter of intent to play women’s volleyball at Park. Vinicius Baigan, Park assistant volleyball coach, was quoted in the story.

Tewaney Ayalneh, director of technical operations, Office of Information Technology Services, was quoted in a story that appeared in the January issue of University Business magazine. Ayalneh provided a comment about Park’s text alert system vendor, Omnilert e2Campus, for the article “Higher Ed Leaders Pick Favorite Products.”

Randy Overby, ’09, who was appointed track and field head coach at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., in September 2014, was featured in a story that appeared in The Knox Student on Feb. 11.

A story about Derek Gordon, who played baseball for Park University from 2011-14 before signing with the Kansas City T-Bones last year, appeared in The Kansas City Star on Feb. 13. Gordon's contract was purchased by the Kansas City Royals and will be with the club for Spring Training. Gordon is the brother of Royals Gold Glove leftfielder Alex Gordon.

Park University was featured in an advertorial that appeared in the Kansas City Business Journal on Jan. 30.

Beginning with this issue of the Imprint Express, we will list upcoming advertising opportunities for the University:
          •  Park University will be featured in an advertorial in The Kansas City Star’s education special section on Feb. 19.
          •  An ad for the May 15 concert featuring Behzod Abduraimov, International Center for Music artist-in-residence, will appear in the March issue of KCPT Magazine and the Platte County (Mo.) Citizen.
          •  An ad for Abduraimov’s concert and the University’s Ballyhoo event on April 14 will appear in the March/April issue of KC Studio magazine.
          •  The March issues of Ingram’s, Northland Lifestyle, Lee’s Summit (Mo.) Lifestyle and Johnson County (Mo.) Lifestyle magazines will all include an ad for Ballyhoo.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through February 16 -- Laura Nugent Paintings Exhibit, Campanella Gallery (McAfee Memorial Library); Exhibit Reception: Jan. 14, 4:30 p.m., Campanella Gallery
     •  February 13 -- David Radzynski Farewell Violin Recital, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  February 15 -- Northland Community Choir Concert: "Chocolate, Carnations and Love Songs," 3 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  February 16 -- President’s Day (Parkville Daytime Campus closed; Spring I classes held)
     •  February 18 -- WWI Movie Talk: “Grand Illusion,” 7 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  February 19-March 15 -- New Directions in Graphic Design Exhibit, Campanella Gallery (McAfee Memorial Library)
     •  February 21 -- Admissions: 1-on-1 Weekend, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  February 21 -- Sunnat Ibragimov Graduate Cello Recital, 7 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  February 23 -- 14th annual Spencer Cave Black History Month Lecture Series, Dr. Jennifer Keene: “True Sons of Freedom: African-American Soldiers in World War I,” 7 p.m., National World War I Museum, Kansas City, Mo.
     •  February 26 -- Park University Health Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground
     •  February 28 -- CANCELLED: International Center for Music Concert: Park Piano Trio, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  March 8 -- Spring I Session ends
     •  March 8-15 -- Spring Recess
     •  March 16 -- Spring II Session begins
     •  March 18 -- WWI Movie Talk: “Darling Lili,” 7 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  March 18-April 15 -- Park Studio/Art Design Student Exhibition, Campanella Gallery (McAfee Memorial Library)
     •  March 20 -- Old Kate Basketball Court Ribbon-Cutting, 1 p.m., Parkville Campus
     •  March 20 -- Admissions: Scholarship Recognition Day, 6:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  March 21 -- Admissions: Pirate Preview, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  March 31 -- Faculty/Staff Author’s Reception, 3 p.m., McAfee Memorial Library
Note: To view a comprehensive schedule for all events, including athletics, visit