Park University Imprint Express -- March 17, 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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David WarmPark trustee Warm honored by ASPA

David Warm, a member of Park University’s Board of Trustees, was honored by the American Society for Public Administration with the organization’s National Public Service Award on March 9 at the ASPA annual conference in Chicago. The award honors individuals who make outstanding contributions and whose accomplishments can be viewed as models of public service within and outside the work environment. Award-winners are often individuals who have been willing to take risks to achieve change, made a profound difference to improve service to the public, achieved substantial savings in government operations, developed a cadre of other government leaders and contributed to the communities in which they live.

Warm is executive director of the Mid-America Regional Council, a nonprofit association of city and county governments and the metropolitan planning organization for the bistate Kansas City region, serving nine counties and 119 cities. MARC promotes regional cooperation and develops innovative solutions through leadership, planning and action.

Park students honored by Air Force bases

Two Park University students were recognized recently during awards ceremonies at their respective Air Force bases. Sr. Airman Kimo Kalilikane, a senior information and computer science/software engineering major at the Minot (N.D.) Air Force Base Campus Center, was honored as the Minot AFB 91st Maintenance Group Airman of the Year. Tech. Sgt. Shonta Simes, senior management major at the Whiteman Air Force Base (Mo.) Campus Center, was honored as the Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year at Whiteman AFB where she is in charge of the 509th Force Support Squadron dining facility.

ICM students awarded scholarships from music fraternity

The Kansas City alumnae chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota awarded scholarships to four Park University International Center for Music students for their audition performances on March 7 in Prairie Village, Kan. Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music fraternity for women, promotes music in colleges, universities and in the community, along with providing support and encouragement to musicians. The scholarships awarded to Park students:
          •  $1,500 Diamond Sword Scholarship — Artem Kuznetsov, senior applied music/piano from Balashov, Russia
          •  $1,300 Alumnae Memorial Scholarship — Mansur Kadirov, currently pursuing a graduate certificate in cello performance (and 2014 Bachelor of Music graduate) from Tashkent, Uzbekistan
          •  $1,200 Second Century Scholarship — Hanna Zhdan, freshman applied music/violin major from Minsk, Belarus
          •  $1,000 Rose Award Scholarship — Laurel Gagnon, sophomore applied music/violin major from Hooksett, N.H.

Park faculty, staff present at ASPA conference

A number of Park University faculty and staff presented and moderated sessions at the American Society for Public Administration’s annual conference in Chicago, March 6-10.
          •  Richard Box, Ph.D., distinguished professor of public affairs, “Core Public Service Values in Daily Practice,” and Laurie DiPadova-Stocks, Ph.D., dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies and the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs, “Minding our Global Store,” as part of the session, “Public Service Values in a Difficult Time” (moderated by Box).
          •  Suzanne Discenza, Ph.D., professor and director of the Master of Healthcare Administration program, and Eric Click, Ph.D., assistant professor and program coordinator of public administration, “Political and Social Perspectives of Medicaid Expansion in the United States: The Need to Emphasize Cost Savings to American Taxpayers,” as part of the session, “Health Care Reform and the Affordable Care Act” (moderated by Discenza).
          •  Erik Bergrud, associate vice president of constituent engagement, moderated the session, “From Burchfield to Rutledge to Gallas: What ASPA and its Members Can Still Learn from These ‘Barrier Breakers.’”
          •  DiPadova-Stocks, Discenza and Kay Barnes, distinguished professor of public leadership and founding director of the Center for Leadership, presented the session, “Midwestern Women Pushing the Boundaries: Historical Reflections on Leading Social Change.”

Dr. Jolene LamptonLampton presents paper at knowledge, culture and change conference

Jolene Lampton, Ph.D., associate professor of accounting and management at the Austin (Texas) Campus Center, presented a paper at the Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organizations on Feb. 19 in Berkeley, Calif. Lampton’s paper, “Managing the Dynamics of Words in Teleconferences,” covered techniques that leaders, executives and educators can use in the protocol for more successful teleconferences.

Dr. Janet ValentineWomen’s History Month lecture to focus on women in the military  

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Department of History at Park University will host a guest lecturer on the topic of “Women in the Military: Four Milestones,”  on Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in the McCoy Meetin’ House on the University’s Parkville Campus. The event is free and open to the public. Janet Valentine, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Military History at the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., will focus on four achievements in integrating women into the U.S. military, including their role in World War II, the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, the shift to an All-Volunteer Force and the lifting of combat restrictions for women. For more information, visit

Art and design students featured in juried exhibition

Park University art and design students will have selected works showcased in a juried exhibit in the Campanella Gallery on the University’s Parkville Campus from Wednesday, March 18, through Wednesday, April 15. A reception will be held on Thursday, March 19, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Items to be displayed will include drawings, two- and three-dimensional design, illustrations, graphic design, interior design, paintings, photographs, fiber art and ceramics.

“This is an opportunity for Park students involved in the University’s fine art, graphic design and interior design programs to show their accomplishments outside of the studio setting,” said Matt LaRose, director of the Campanella Gallery and associate professor and chair of art and design. “There are some very fine works that will be display the talent and commitment of our students from studio classes, and we want to acknowledge their accomplishments.”

SymposiumLast call to register 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

Courtney Goddard, J.D., vice president and general counsel, will be featured in the April issue of KC Business. Last month, Goddard was selected as a 2015 KC Business Influential Woman honoree by KC and KC Business magazines, and will be recognized during an awards ceremony. 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. A congratulatory advertisement from Park University will appear alongside the feature.

A company owned and operated by Tom Davenport, ’88, was highlighted in a “Biz Snapshot” feature in The Kansas City Star’s “913” section on March 11. Davenport owns Summer Hill Farm, a hunter/jumper equestrian facility in Olathe, Kan.

Kay Barnes, distinguished professor for public leadership and founding director of Park University’s Center for Leadership, appeared on KSHB-TV’s “Kansas City Live” show on March 11. Barnes was interviewed about her induction into the Starr Women’s Hall of Fame at the University of Missouri-Kansas City on March 13. SWFH recognizes Kansas City area women whose contributions have left a lasting impact on the region.

An interview with Staff Sgt. Lucas Dyer, ’15, appeared in the Orange County (Calif.) Register / Capistrano Valley News on March 10. Dyer was interviewed about his book, A Battle Won By Handshakes, which offers a glimpse into his experiences as a Marine in Afghanistan.

Jan Kircher, Ph.D., assistant professor of social work and director of field education, was interviewed for a story on workplace bullying that appeared in the March 12 edition of the Liberty (Mo.) Tribune. The article was a part of a special report the newspaper did on bullying.

John Hamilton, Ph.D., associate professor of criminal justice administration, who was featured throughout a story that appeared on the ABC investigative show, “20/20” on March 14. The story, about the highway shootings in the south Kansas City, Mo., area in 2014, originally ran on Sept. 19, 2014 (begins about 26 minutes into the video). The most recent airing included additional comments from Hamilton that were not a part of the original story.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)
     •  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); Reception: March 19, 4-5:30 p.m.
     •  March 20 -- Old Kate Basketball Court Ribbon-Cutting, 12:30 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 25 -- Women's History Month Lecture: Dr. Janet Valentine, 7 p.m., McCoy Meetin' House
     •  March 31 -- Faculty/Staff Author’s Reception, 3 p.m., McAfee Memorial Library
     •  April 6-9 -- Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium, Parkville Campus
     •  April 8 -- Dr. Doris A. Howell Leadership Awards, 6 p.m., Park Distance Learning Conference Center
     •  April 8 -- WWI Movie Talk: “Lawrence of Arabia,” 7 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  April 11 -- Admissions: Get On Board Day, 8:30 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  April 12 -- Parkville Symphonic Band Concert, 7 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  April 14 -- Ballyhoo, 5 p.m., AMC Theatre’s Theatre Support Center, 11500 Ash, Leawood, Kan.
     •  April 15 -- Honors Convocation, 7 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  April 19 -- International Center for Music Concert: Kinnor Philharmonic Orchestra Side-by-Side Performance, 3 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  April 20-May 10 -- Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition, Campanella Gallery (McAfee Memorial Library)
     •  April 24 -- Admissions: Junior Overnight Experience,  Parkville Campus
     •  April 24 -- Mansur Kadirov Graduate Cello Recital, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  April 25 -- Admissions: Pirate Preview, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  April 25 -- Grand Forks (N.D.) Air Force Base Campus Center Commencement, 3 p.m., East Grand Forks (Minn.) High School
     •  April 25 -- International Center for Music Concert: Young Artist Showcase, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  April 29 -- Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture Series: Dr. Frank Thompson, 6 p.m., National Archives at Kansas City
     •  May 1 -- Admissions: Get On Board Day, 8:30 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  May 1 -- Artem Kuznetzov Piano Recital, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  May 8 -- Grad Day, Parkville Campus
     •  May 8 -- Spring Semester ends
     •  May 9 -- Kansas City Area Commencement, 11 a.m., Community of Christ Auditorium, Independence, Mo.
     •  May 10 -- Spring II session ends
     •  May 11 -- Maymester Session begins
     •  May 14 -- Hanscom Air Force Base (Mass.) Campus Center Commencement, 1:30 p.m., Minuteman Commons, Hanscom AFB
     •  May 14-15 -- Board of Trustees Meeting, Parkville Campus
     •  May 15 -- Austin (Texas) Campus Center Commencement, 7 p.m., Great Hills Baptist Church, Austin, Texas
     •  May 15 -- International Center for Music Concert: Pianist Behzod Abduraimov, 8 p.m., Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo.

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