The Crow's Nest -- July 1, 2015

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Wanessa SiqueiraSiqueira wins highest academic award in all of collegiate athletics

Wanessa Siqueira, who helped lead Park University to a perfect 40-0 season and its first NAIA women’s volleyball championship in December 2014, has been named the 2014-15 Capital One College Division Academic All-America of the Year, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

“When we nominated Wanessa back in the fall, we knew she had a shot at being a first-team honoree, and maybe even the top honoree in the sport of volleyball,” said Steve Wilson, assistant athletic director for sports communications, who nominated Siqueira for the award. “But to have your student-athlete named the best of the best, that’s special. I’m certainly not surprised she won, though. Wanessa was a great volleyball player for our program, but she’s the kind of person you want on your side in life. She’s intelligent, kind, friendly, and she will be successful in whatever she does. We are proud to call her a graduate and part of a great network of Park University alumni.”

Siqueira, who graduated last December with a double major in business administration/finance and business administration/management, concluded her studies at Park with a 3.92 grade point average. Read more about Siqueira’s accomplishments on and off the court at

Bill LawsonLawson appointed director of academic expansion strategy

Park University has appointed William F. (Bill) Lawson as director of academic expansion strategy. He is responsible for Park’s academic expansion efforts, including collaborating with the University’s 42 campus centers across the country and its ambassadors nationwide. “Lawson’s military experience, and organizational and interpersonal skills are top-rate,” said former Park University President David Fowler. “I look forward to him building relationships and securing future partnerships with educational and corporate entities around the country.”

Prior to joining Park University, Lawson served as the Midwest regional director at 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. In addition, Lawson serves as a special adviser for the Missouri Office of Homeland Security and chair of the Missouri Public Private Partnership Committee. 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 is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.

John RoushkolbSteve WilsonPark sports communications team earns CoSIDA honor

The Park University team of Steve Wilson, assistant athletic director for sports communications (left), and John Roushkolb, social media manager (right), were recognized as the award winners for event coverage among District 7 colleges and universities by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Park was the lone NAIA school to receive an award in the event coverage category as Wilson and Roushkolb were honored for their wall-to-wall coverage of the Park women’s volleyball team and their historic conclusion of a perfect 40-0 season, capped by winning the NAIA Women’s Volleyball National Championship in Sioux City, Iowa, last December.

Wilson, who accepted the award on behalf of the University at the CoSIDA Convention, June 14-17 in Orlando, Fla., wrote the game recap that followed the championship, and Roushkolb captured video of the national championship match's final point and jubilation. Roushkolb also provided highlights throughout the tournament’s six-matches, while Wilson provided pregame notes, postgame recaps and social media updates throughout the event. In addition, both provided a daily preview show each day of the championship on the Pirate Sports Network. Read more about the honor at

Susan SnyderStudent earns scholarship from management accountants organization

Susan Snyder, a junior management/accounting major at Park University’s Austin (Texas) Campus Center, has been selected as the winner of a $5,000 Institute of Management Accountants Stuart Cameron and Margaret McLeod Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by the Stuart Cameron McLeod Society. Snyder will be presented with the award at the IMA’s Student Leadership Conference in November in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The IMA’s mission is to provide a forum for research, practice development, education, knowledge sharing and the advocacy of the highest ethical and best business practices in management accounting and finance. It also administers the certified management accountant exam.

Park campus centers hold commencement ceremonies

Park University campus centers throughout the country have started to hold commencement ceremonies for 2015 graduates. As these ceremonies are held, we’ll include the link to the news releases announcing the list of graduates at each campus in The Crow’s Nest, as well as links to photos (if posted). Due to an issue with some links not working in the last issue of The Crow’s Nest, we are running this list again.
          •  Kansas City Area
               ---  Commencement address by Bob Marcusse, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas City Area Development Council
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          •  Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program
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          •  Austin (Texas) Campus Center
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          •  Barstow (Calif.) Community College Campus Center / Barstow (Calif.) Marine Corps Logistics Base Campus Center
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          •  Beaufort (S.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center
          •  Cherry Point (N.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center
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          •  Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (Ariz.) Campus Center
          •  Fairchild Air Force Base (Wash.) Campus Center
          •  F.E Warren Air Force Base (Wyo.) Campus Center
          •  Fort Irwin (Calif.) Campus Center
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          •  Grand Forks (N.D.) Air Force Base Campus Center
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          •  Hanscom Air Force Base (Mass.) Campus Center
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          •  Laughlin Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center
          •  Little Rock (Ark.) Air Force Base Campus Center
          •  Luke Air Force Base (Ariz.) Campus Center
          •  Malmstrom Air Force Base (Mont.) Campus Center
          •  Minot (N.D.) Air Force Base
          •  Moody Air Force Base (Ga.) Campus Center
          •  Mountain Home Air Force Base (Idaho) Campus Center
          •  Naval Support Activity Mid-South Millington (Tenn.) Campus Center
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          •  Scott Air Force Base (Ill.) Campus Center
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          •  Tinker Air Force Base (Okla.) Campus Center
          •  Whiteman Air Force Base (Mo.) Campus Center

MPA-Geography ProjectMPA, geography students collaborate on Parkville cemetery project

Students in Park University’s Master of Public Administration program, along with Park geography students and Carolyn Elwess, Park archivist, collaborated on a project with the City of Parkville, Mo., on the Old Parkville Cemetery. The project was jointly presented to the Parkville Board of Aldermen in May. An MPA public management class researched and reported on cemetery laws and ordinances, court cases and citizen participation processes. They also examined the organizational structure, drafted a budget and examined the potential for contracting cemetery services, along with exploring leadership skills needed for cemetery management, located best practices for historic cemeteries and developed strategies for enhancing the cemetery’s presence in the community. The geography students created a map of the cemetery and developed a Facebook page featuring pictures and records of those who are buried in the cemetery.

In the adjacent photo are (from left): Kelvin Igumbor, ’13, and Denise Jacobson, MPA students; Rebekkah Stuteville, Ph.D., associate professor and department chair of public administration and director of the Master of Public Administration program; Elwess; Scott Hageman, associate dean of the School of Natural and Applied Sciences and associate professor of geology/geoscience; and David Fox, program coordinator and assistant professor of geography.

Dr. Virginia BrackettBrackett article published in detective story periodical

An article authored by Virginia Brackett, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of Park University’s Honors Academy, was recently published in Hard Boiled Detective Story (Layman Poupard Publishing). The article, “Subversion of the Femme Fatale in Detective Fiction: Dashiell Hammett’s Woman in the Dark and Other Mysteries,” discusses Hammett's novel and short stories through the application of feminist criticism. The point of view suggests that readers reconsider the traditional female figure who creates problems for the “hard-boiled” detective protagonist and is often perceived as a predator. Brackett’s discussion counters that perception by demonstrating that the femme fatale characters are empowered and empowering women, undeserving of traditional labels. The editors of the new volume requested to republish the essay, which originally appeared in the journal Essays in the Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Judi Simmons EstesEstes authors chapter for educational technology handbook

A chapter of the Handbook of Research on Educational Technology Integration and Active Learning (IGI Global) published in May was authored by Judi Simmons Estes, Ph.D., assistant professor of education and chair of elementary and secondary teacher preparation. Estes’ article, “A Call for Teacher Preparation Programs to Model Technology Integration into the Instructional Process," discusses the need for technology literate teachers, the role of teacher preparation programs, the need for technology literate faculty and one training model for integrating technology into instruction, the enhancing Missouri’s Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies (e-MINTS).

Dr. Henry RoehrichRoehrich presents at Alabama teaching and learning conference

Henry Roehrich, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing/management (along with his wife, Julie Grabanski, assistant professor of occupational therapy at the University of North Dakota), co-presented a session at the South Alabama Conference on Teaching and Learning in Mobile, Ala., in May. The session, “Creating a Community of Acceptance for Students with Asperger Syndrome,” provided a strategy on what technology can be used and what indicators may signal the need for additional instructor intervention. The technology addressed during the presentation helps provide a positive learning environment for students and enables the instructor to encourage communication and collaboration similar to what can be expected in their career field.

Dr. Adam PotthastDr. Michael BecraftFaculty, staff present sessions at KCPDC conference

Four Park University faculty and staff presented sessions at the Kansas City Professional Development Council’s annual professional development conference in May in Overland Park, Kan.
          •  Michael Becraft, D.Mgt., Edward F. Lyle professor of finance and director of the graduate program in business (left), “Understanding Personal Leadership” — Participants learned about leadership while confronting many common misconceptions, giving a mental framework to improve the practice of leadership in various settings.
          •  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 (right), “Why You Have to Ignore Happiness to Gain Happiness: Making Philosophical Knowledge Practical” — This workshop reviewed classic philosophical and psychological work on happiness that shows people are sometimes worse at achieving happiness when they aim for it.
Marcia NaherValerie Jones          •  Valerie Jones, associate director of student financial services (left), and Marcia Naher, administrative assistant for student services (right), “Creating and Maintaining a Healthy Work Environment” — The session discussed ways to make staff feel positive about their work environment, including the respect they are given, recognition of their contributions, open communication and encouraging a balanced life.

Roger Dusing, associate vice president and chief human resources officer, served on the conference committee. Park University is a member of the KCPDC.

Dr. Melanie SmithSmith, Grote, present session at emergency management symposium

Melanie Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor and area coordinator of disaster and emergency management (left), and Jeffrey Grote, adjunct instructor of public administration, presented at the Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium, June 2, in Emmitsburg, Md. Their presentation was titled “Redeveloping a Graduate Disaster and Emergency Management Program: An Analysis of U.S. Graduate Emergency Management Programs Applied to Park University’s MPA–DEM." The session focused on their analysis on existing graduate emergency management and homeland security programs across the country. The duo discussed how they used their findings from this analysis, along with their experiences in emergency management, to redevelop Park University’s disaster and emergency management concentration in the Master of Public Administration program curriculum to provide students with academically sound, theory-based and practitioner-focused courses.

Dr. Walter KisthardtKisthardt presents keynote speech at Missouri mental health conference

Walter Kisthardt, Ph.D., professor and chair of social work and director of the Master of Social Work program presented a keynote address at the Missouri Department of Mental Health Spring Training Institute, May 29 in Osage Beach, Mo. Kisthardt’s address, “From Mental Health to Behavioral Health: Essentials of Transformative Practice,” identified the political, social, economic and research-based evidence that have converged to demand that human service programs become more effective and efficient, and that treatment of the “whole person” involves integrating social justice and advocacy activities.

Park In The News

A feature on feature/profile story on Behzod Abduraimov, artist-in-residence in Park University’s International Center for Music appeared on KCPT-TV in Kansas City on June 18.

The namesakes of Park University’s baseball complex — Comfort Field — on the Parkville Campus, have been inducted into the Cruise Lines International Association Hall of Fame. A story on Mark and Mimi Comfort, and their company, Cruise Holidays of Kansas City, were featured in an interview segment that appeared on KSHB-TV on June 22.

A story about Shokhrukh Sadikov, ’12, who was recently appointed director of orchestras at Fort Hays State University (Hays, Kan.), appeared in the Hays Post on June 18.

A story about Bill Malec, adjunct instructor of psychology at the Scott Air Force Base (Ill.) Campus Center, was featured in an article that appeared in the Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat on June 25. Malec recently retired from the military after more than 40 years of service.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)
     •  July 3 -- Independence Day Holiday Observed (Parkville Daytime Campus closed)
     •  July 6 -- Julymester Session begins
     •  July 10 -- Hill Air Force Base (Utah) Campus Center Commencement, Noon, Davis Conference Center, 1651 N. 700 W., Layton, Utah
     •  July 17 -- Goodfellow Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center Commencement, 3 p.m., Goodfellow AFB Theater
     •  July 26 -- Summer Session ends
     •  July 31 -- Julymester Session ends
     •  August 1 -- Lackland Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center / Randolph Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center Commencement, 1 p.m., Bob Hope Theater, Lackland AFB
     •  August 12-13 -- Fall Faculty Conference, Parkville Campus
     •  August 17 -- Fall Semester, Fall I classes begin
     •  August 21 -- Opening Convocation, location/time TBA