Park University Imprint Express -- March 31, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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ACHE AwardAdult education degree program honored by regional ACHE organization

Park University’s Master of Leading Adult and Organizational Learning degree program was presented with the Exceptional Program Award (credit category) from the Great Plains Region of the Association for Continuing Higher Education. The award was presented to Marthann Schulte, Ph.D., associate professor and area coordinator of adult education, during the organization’s spring meeting on March 6 in Des Moines, Iowa. The award-winning program, “Collaboration for Change: Project-Based Work to Connect Communities, Colleagues and Classmates,” emphasizes project and problem-based learning in the master’s degree curriculum. The integration of PBL uses real-world challenges from the field, in which adult education students work with external partners and collaborators to consult on issues within organizations.

Simes wins 8th Air Force Honor

Tech. Sgt. Shonta Simes, senior management major at the Whiteman Air Force Base (Mo.) Campus Center, who was recognized in February as the Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year at Whiteman AFB, was recently named to the same honor by the 8th Air Force, headquartered at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana. The honor advances Simes as a finalist at the Air Force Global Strike Command level. Simes is in charge of the 509th Bomb Wing’s Force Support Squadron dining facility at Whiteman AFB.

SymposiumPark students to showcase work in Research and Creative Arts Symposium

Park University’s 10th annual Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium will showcase the scholarly work of students from all disciplines and campus locations, Monday, April 6, through Thursday, April 9, on the University’s Parkville Campus. Undergraduate and graduate students submit course work or independent research projects, either single or collaboratively-authored, in the form of posters presenting laboratory or other applied research findings, research papers and oral presentations, creative works, visual art and graphic design installations, musical presentations and virtual presentations. Student participants in the Symposium have the opportunity to share their work with a diverse audience of peers and enhance their résumé through participation in a professional conference setting. For more information and to view the schedule of events, visit

Online computer science degree programs ranked

Park University’s online Bachelor of Science degree programs in computer information systems and information and computer science have been ranked No. 43 nationally by the website Schools on the list were evaluated and ranked based on publicly available data related to market reputation, awards and recognition, flexibility, accessibility and affordability. View the rankings at

Dr. Jolene LamptonLampton appointed to management accountants chapter board

Jolene Lampton, Ph.D., associate professor of accounting and management at the Austin (Texas) Campus Center, was recently appointed to the board of directors for the Austin Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants for 2015-16.  In this role, Lampton will collaborate with professionals, educators and students throughout Texas in empowering accountants and financial professionals to drive business performance. The organization provides a forum for professionals to advance their careers through certified management accountant certification, research, professional education, networking and advocacy.

Dr. Adam PotthastPotthast presents at Shakespeare festival event

Adam Potthast, Ph.D., associate professor and program coordinator of philosophy, chair/program coordinator of liberal studies, and program coordinator of peace studies and religion, presented a talk on the Merchant of Venice at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s Speaker Series on March 9 in Kansas City, Mo. Potthast spoke on “The Humanity of Villains: Meeting Shylock,” discussing intriguing complexity of William Shakespeare’s portrayal of Shylock in the play. According to Potthast, for an author who was writing in a time of rampant anti-Semitism, Shakespeare did a lot to humanize the “villain” of the play and in doing so, challenged the prevailing genre conventions and social prejudices of his day. Potthast then connected this portrayal to the topic of commerce in general to argue that Shakespeare was making a timeless claim about the perils of conducting business unethically.

Sigma Tau DeltaStudents, alumna present at Sigma Tau Delta conference

Four Park University students and one recent graduate from the Department of English and Modern Languages presented at the Sigma Tau Delta International Convention, March 18-21 in Albuquerque, N.M. Kelli Martin, senior secondary education/English and English literature major, presented a critical paper, “‘Anti-Fiction’ in Julia Alvarez’s Novels”; Daniel Pfeiffer, senior English literature major, presented a critical paper, “Reconceiving Morality in Dorian Gray: An Investigation in Antecedent Genre”; Rees Purdom, senior English writing major, presented original poetry, “Excerpts from the Audio Logs of Dr. Elias Clark”; junior Lindsey Grundyson, English literature major presented a critical paper titled, “Masculinity in Blood Meridian”; and Cory Stacer, December 2014 English writing graduate, presented creative nonfiction, “Hummingbirds, Captain’s Chairs and Ugly Cars.” In addition, Stacey Kikendall, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, moderated a panel, “Family Ties: Various Genres.”

Dr. Kenneth ChristopherChristopher speaks at port security conference

Kenneth Christopher, D.P.A. associate vice president for academic affairs, was an invited speaker at the Port Security Operations Conference and Expo, March 19, in Port Canaveral, Fla. Christopher’s presentation, “Managing Security Planning with Diverse Agencies in Port Facilities,” used case studies to illustrate collaborative interagency security planning. Christopher emphasized the importance of defining common outcomes, and developing joint strategies and compatible policies and procedures that span agency boundaries.

Kay BoehrBoehr presents project at interior design conference

Kay Boehr, associate professor and program coordinator of interior design, presented a creative scholarship project at the Interior Design Educators Council’s annual conference, March 12 in Ft. Worth, Texas. Boehr’s project, “Urban Loft on the Prairie, is a conversion of a 1939 Works Projects Administration-built one-room country schoolhouse in the Flint Hills of Kansas from a duplex to a weekend retreat with the aesthetic of an urban loft.

Eickhorst serves as juror for art exhibit

William Eickhorst, Ed.D., adjunct instructor of art, served as the juror for an art show at Images Art Gallery in Overland Park, Kan., being held in April and May. Eickhorst reviewed several hundred entries and selected 125 works for the exhibit, as well as six pieces for awards.

Steven YoungbloodSchool of Graduate and Professional Studies hosting “Lunch and Learn” event April 7

Park University’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies will host its inaugural “Lunch and Learn” event on Tuesday, April 7, at the Downtown Kansas City Campus Center, 911 Main St., Room 931, from noon to 1 p.m. The initial event will feature a presentation on “Reporting Tragedy: A Professor’s Experience with Syrian Refugees,” by Steven Youngblood, director of Park’s Center for Global Peace Journalism and associate professor of communication arts. Youngblood will detail his ongoing work with Turkish journalists to improve how they report about the 1.6 million registered refugees living in Turkey. He will also address the commonalities between reporting refugees overseas and reporting about immigrants in the U.S.

Park In The News

The ribbon-cutting event for Park University’s new Old Kate Court on the Parkville Campus was featured in The Platte County (Mo.) Citizen on March 25. Park President David Fowler, Kent Sunderland of the Sunderland Foundation and Park Student Government Association President Jeremy Barnes were highlighted in a front page photo. The accompanying story included comments from Barnes, Royce Skocny, admissions representative, and Jayme Uden, Ed.D., associate dean of students.

A story about cadets in Park University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps appeared in the Ft. Leavenworth (Kan.) Lamp on March 26. The article highlighted a visit on March 19 by an ordnance officer from the Mission Command Training Program who provided mentorship and information and expectations.

Silvia Giovanardi Byer, Ph.D., associate professor and program coordinator of modern languages, will appear on the KKFI-FM (90.1) radio program “Anything Goes” on April 3, between noon and 1 p.m. Byer will be discussing the annual Italian Film Festival of Kansas City event that she helps organize.

A story about Lisa Wise, ’00, appeared in the March 27 issue of the El Paso (Texas) Times. Wise was recently appointed as the El Paso County elections administrator.

A story about Harley Hall, ’07, appeared in the March 31 issue of the Orlando Sentinel. Hall, a former homicide detective, was recently named Rookie Teacher of the Year by the Educational Foundation of Lake County (Fla.).

Brian Werner, adjunct instructor of business administration, appeared on the radio program “Central Standard” on KCUR-FM in Kansas City on March 31. Werner discussed the future and present of adjunct faculty in higher education.

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: Rene Leighty, Campanella Gallery (McAfee Memorial Library); Reception: April 20, 4:30-6 p.m.
     •  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
     •  April 29 -- Yanni Mao Graduate Cello Recital, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  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 2 -- Leonard Lindweld Piano Recital, 4 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  May 2 -- Artem Alexanyan Piano Recital, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  May 3 -- Elizabeth Codd Graduate Violin Recital, 7 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  May 4 -- Luyao Liu Graduate Piano Recital, 5:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  May 5 -- Jinhong Li 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