Park University Imprint Express -- March 26, 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Park University ranked among “Best Bang for the Buck” in the Midwest

The Other College Guide, a publication by Washington (D.C.) Monthly, has ranked Park University No. 59 among all schools in the Midwest in its “Best Bang for the Buck” rankings. Among schools based in Missouri, Park is ranked third. The rankings are centered on the best value for a student’s money based on net (not sticker) price, how well schools do graduating the students they admit, and whether those students go on to earn at least enough money to pay off their loans. View the rankings at

Online criminal justice, healthcare administration degree programs earn rankings

Park University’s online Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice has been ranked No. 16 on’s “Students Before Profits Award” based on affordability. The award was created to promote nonprofit colleges and universities offering online degree programs that put students before profits and education before the bottom line. View the rankings at

In addition, the University’s online Master of Healthcare Administration degree program was ranked No. 16 among the most affordable online master’s degree in healthcare administration programs for 2015 by View the rankings at

Claire MostelMostel honored with SWPA national leadership award

Claire Mostel, adjunct instructor of public administration, was honored by the Section on Women in Public Administration of the American Society for Public Administration during the organization’s annual national awards breakfast at the ASPA conference in Chicago on March 9. Mostel received the Joan Fiss Bishop Leadership Award, which is presented to a woman who by example and action, has promoted increased Dr. Suzanne Discenzaparticipation of women in the public service profession, exhibits a defined contribution to increased involvement in the public sector, innovative leadership and accomplished professionalism in the individual's own public service career, and commitment to the public administration profession through membership in ASPA.

In addition, Suzanne Discenza, Ph.D. (right), director of the Master of Healthcare Administration program and professor of healthcare administration, was also recognized by the SWPA for her work serving as section chair the past two years. She will continue to serve the section as immediate past chair and as a District 4 representative on ASPA’s National Council.

Channel MackeyAmanda LaurenceauPark basketball players earn national honors

Park University women’s basketball player Amanda Laurenceau (left) was named to the 2014-15 Daktronics-NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete team on March 23. Laurenceau, who graduated in December 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership degree at Park. Upon earning her undergraduate degree, Laurenceau had a 3.72 grade point average.

On March 25, Laurenceau’s teammate, senior Channel Mackey (right), was an honorable mention selection to the 2014-15 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball All-America squad. This is the second straight year Mackey was recognized as an honorable mention All-America pick. Mackey averaged 13.8 points, 3.2 rebounds per game, 4.2 assists and 3.3 steals per game this past season for the Pirates. Mackey ended the season ranked fourth in the NAIA in steals per game and free throw percentage (84.9 percent).

Matt LaRoseInternationalization grant awarded to LaRose

Park University’s Office of Global Education and Study Abroad has awarded Matt LaRose, associate professor of art, chair of art and design, and director of the Campanella Gallery, a $3,000 grant for an exploratory trip to develop a new faculty-led study abroad program. LaRose is scheduled to travel to Paris in June to develop a study abroad program on the museums of the city. LaRose has proposed an art history course where students would have the opportunity to experience the creative and intellectual stimuli that made Paris a destination for writers and artists for centuries. “This is an opportunity for students to view the greatest of art history, walk the same streets as the Impressionists and Picasso, and in the same footprints as the many others who have made this pilgrimage,” said LaRose.

To apply for 2016 funds or for more information on the grant, offered by the University’s Internationalization Committee, contact Angela Peterson, director of global education and study abroad, at / (816) 584-6510.

ICM students awarded Naftzger and KC Musical Club scholarships

Park University International Center for Music students recently earned awards and scholarships for their performances in the Naftzger Young Artist Auditions and the Kansas City Musical Club Auditions. The 75th annual Naftzger Auditions took place March 20-21 in Wichita, Kan. Laurel Gagnon, sophomore applied music/violin major from Hooksett, N.H., won the strings division of the competition, earning a $2,000 award. Artem Kuznetsov, senior applied music/piano major from Balashov, Russia, was a finalist. The Kansas City Musical Club Auditions took place on March 21 in Kansas City, Mo. Artem Aleksanyan, junior applied music/piano major from Las Vegas, won the $1,000 Robert Craig Scholarship, and Mansur Kadirov, graduate student pursing a certificate in cello performance (and 2014 Bachelor of Music graduate) from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, was awarded the $1,000 Strickler Scholarship for Strings.

Dr. Robert KaoKao article published in business and economics journal

An article co-authored by Robert Kao, Ph.D., assistant professor of finance, has been published in a recent edition of the Journal of Business and Economics. The article, “U.S. Federal and State Corporate Tax Simplification,” develops and analyzes a new linear and gradual (LG) tax system to improve the current progressive tax systems. According to Kao and his co-author, the implied LG tax system could not only simplify the current complicated federal and state corporation tax systems, but would also reduce substantial processing time and managing costs for businesses and governments. The research findings include federal and state governments’ tax calculations, analyses and projections with reduced tax brackets from current systems. The article can be read at

Whiteman AFB students recognized at awards ceremony

Park University students at the Whiteman Air Force Base (Mo.) Campus Center were honored during a recent awards event at the base. The following were honored for various awards by their wing or group:
          •  Staff Sgt. Alexandra Boutte Longfellow, non-degree seeking student, Honor Guard Member of the Year (Bomb Wing)
          •  Walter Farwell, senior management/human resources major, Civilian Associate of the Year (Bomb Wing)
          •  Staff Sgt. Jason Allard, junior management major, Airman of the Year (Mission Support Group)
          •  Sr. Airman Anthony Patterson, junior management major, Airman of the Year (Operations Group)
          •  Tech. Sgt. Shaun Hardy, junior interdisciplinary studies major, Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year (Maintenance Group)

Social work faculty, students contribute at national conference

Faculty and students from Park University’s Department of Social Work participated at The Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors annual conference in Kansas City, Mo., March 4-8. Jan Kircher, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of field education, presented two workshops, “Do the Right Thing or Make Enemies: Ethical Dilemmas of Bullied Academics” and “Developing Effective Strategies for Success in Graduate School.” The second session she presented with her daughter, Meggie Mapes, a graduate assistant and doctoral candidate in communication studies at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Gina English, senior, was one of 16 students from across the country invited to participate in a leadership forum hosted by the association’s president. Geri Dickey, Ph.D., assistant professor, served on the conference’s local planning committee, and 16 Park social work students volunteered during the conference. In addition, Gary Bachman, associate professor, was recognized for his many contributions to the organization and his service on the Association’s national board of directors. Bachman also served as a judge for the student research poster competition.

Park In The News

A feature story about David Grace, ’03, appeared in the March 22 issue of The Kansas City Star. Grace, who graduated from the Luke Air Force Base (Ariz.) Campus Center, is a men’s basketball assistant coach at UCLA, which has advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament.

Eugene Matthews, Ph.D., associate professor of criminal justice administration, was interviewed by KCTV (Kansas City) on March 24 for a story focusing on providing tips and information on reviewing individual social media settings, especially for members of the military and their family members, in light of ISIS having a “hit list” of military officials.

Janet Valentine, Ph.D., who was the guest speaker at Park University’s Women’s History Month lecture on March 25, was interviewed by KSHB-TV (Kansas City) for a story on women in the military.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)
     •  Through April 15 -- Park Studio/Art Design Student Exhibition, Campanella Gallery (McAfee Memorial Library)
     •  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 Kuznetsov 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