The Crow's Nest -- July 16, 2015

Thursday, July 16, 2015

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Dr. Rebekkah StutevilleStuteville appointed associate vice president of academic affairs

Rebekkah Stuteville, Ph.D., has been appointed to the position of associate vice president of academic affairs at Park University. Stuteville began her duties on July 1. Stuteville previously served as director of Park’s Master of Public Administration program within the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs, and as chair and associate professor of public administration. She has also served as an associate dean of the Hauptmann School (2010-12) and had a stint as interim associate vice president of academic affairs during most of the 2012-13 academic year.

As associate vice president of academic affairs, Stuteville leads the University’s academic administrators, faculty, staff and programs. In addition, she is responsible for facilitating quality academic planning and implementation, and overseeing the University’s curricular initiatives and review processes for its more than 18,700 students at 41 campus centers across the country and online worldwide. Read more about Stuteville’s appointment at

Kay BarnesBarnes to be honored by Kansas City organization as outstanding Kansas Citian

Kay Barnes, distinguished professor of public leadership and founding director of Park University’s Center for Leadership, will be recognized as the 2015 Outstanding Kansas Citian of the Year by the Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City. Barnes, who served as mayor of Kansas City, Mo., from 1999 to 2007, will be honored during the NSDGKC’s annual gala on Tuesday, Nov. 10. The organization is dedicated to the historic preservation of the unique and rich heritage of the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. It seeks to preserve and maintain archives of historical interest relating to the development of the Kansas City region and to recognize individuals who have resided therein and contributed to such development.

The list of Barnes’ accomplishments is noteworthy. She covered city reforms, promoted diversity, economic development and environmental improvements, and has stated that one of the most satisfying parts of being mayor was energizing citizens who are passionate about Kansas City and want to make it better. After Barnes became mayor in 1999, she began the largest citywide increase in construction since the 1970s, resulting in an urban renaissance. Her optimism and never give-up attitude resulted in an expanded Bartle Hall, and the construction of Sprint Center, H&R Block’s headquarters and the Kansas City Power and Light District shopping and entertainment area. The Kansas City region also gained thousands of residential units, new hotels and continued demand for more urban housing.

William VenableVenable elected president, chair of ACBSP Midwest region

William Venable III, assistant professor of management, was elected president and chairman of the board of directors of the Accreditation Council for Business School Programs’ Midwest Region Council. Venable, who was elected to the positions at the ACBSP’s annual meeting in Philadelphia on June 12, is responsible for strategic planning, branding and membership growth in the region, which consists of members institutions in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and the Province of Manitoba in Canada. Venable also serves as a member of the National Bylaws Committee and the Council of Presidents.

Ciobanu participating in National Symphony Orchestra music institute

Evanghelina Ciobanu, a freshman applied music/cello major in Park University’s International Center for Music, is participating in the month-long National Symphony Orchestra’s National Trustees Summer Music Institute through July 26 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Ciobanu is one of 62 students from across the country receiving coaching and private lessons from members of the NSO. She and the other participants having been performing concerts throughout the month at the Kennedy Center, as well as a performance at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, July 21.

Park campus center holds commencement ceremony

Park University campus centers continue 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).
          •  Hill Air Force Base (Utah) Campus Center Commencement

Dr. Jolene LamptonLampton appointed to IMA Committee on Ethics

Jolene Lampton, Ph.D., associate professor of accounting and management at Park University’s Austin (Texas) Campus Center, has been appointed to a two-year term on the Institute of Management Accountants’ Committee on Ethics. Her term ends in June 2017. As part of her committee appointment, Lampton is responsible for upholding the IMA Statement of Ethical Professional Practice, providing expertise to IMA members regarding the resolution of ethical conflicts, and supporting the development of ethical standards and awareness among IMA members and the accounting profession as a whole.

Ockerstrom at Virginia Woolf ConferenceOckerstrom presents paper at Virginia Woolf conference

Lolly Ockerstrom, Ph.D., associate professor of English, presented a paper at the International Conference on Virginia Woolf, in Bloomsburg, Pa., on June 4. Ockerstrom’s paper, “The Snob and the Farmer Activist: Virginia Woolf and Naomi Mitchison (A Study in Contrast),” examined the diaries and social justice activities of both writers. Both wrote detailed diaries in which they commented on events as Great Britain and Austria moved closer to World War II. Ockerstrom also chaired a session on “The Vote, Reproduction and Feminism.” In the adjacent photo, Ockerstrom (center) is shown with Cecil Woolf, nephew of Virginia Woolf, and his wife, Jean Moorcroft Wilson.

BuranoGirls In HatsGreek MonasteryInternational travel photo contest winners announced

The Office of Global Education and Study Abroad has announced the winners of its 2015 international travel photo contest. More than 20 entries in the faculty, staff and student divisions were received. The first place and honorable mention photo entries will be displayed in an area of the Parkville Campus to be determined in the near future. The first place winners:
          •  Faculty division — “Greek Orthodox Monastery” (above left), William Eickhorst, Ed.D., adjunct instructor of art
          •  Staff division — “Girls in Hats” (above center), Debra McArthur, director of academic support services
          •  Student division — “Burano” (above right), Hannah Bertram, junior English writing major

Park In The News

Sandy Martin, ’92, MPA ’95, and her husband, Richard, were featured in a story that appeared in the Colorado Springs, Colo., newspaper, The Gazette, on July 6. The Martins are co-owners of the Aviation Education Foundation of Colorado and provide a summer flight experience for high school students interested in aviation.

In the July 3 issue of the Kansas City Business Journal, Park University was listed as the 10th oldest locally-based business in the Kansas City area. Founded in 1875, Park was the only higher education institution listed in the top 26.

Park University was well-represented in a special “MBA” section that appeared in the July 8 edition of The Kansas City Star. Michael Becraft, D.Mgt., Edward F. Lyle professor of finance and director of the graduate program in business was quoted in six of the seven articles that appeared in the section, and in two of the stories — on new MBA specializations and technology in MBA education — he was the lead comment.

Courtney Goddard, J.D., vice president and general counsel, was mentioned as part of the “Publisher’s Notebook” column on NextGen Leaders in the July 10 issue of the Kansas City Business Journal. Goddard was a member of the KCBJ’s 2014 class of NetxGenLeaders.

A story on Steve Tingler, Park University’s new softball coach, appeared in the Smithville (Mo.) Herald on July 15. Tingler previously served as the assistant coach for the Pirates.

A story about former Park University baseball player Derek Gordon who is playing with the Idaho Falls (Idaho) Chukars, a Rookie Advanced League affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, appeared on KIDK-TV and KIFI-TV in Idaho Falls on July 15.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)
          •  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 4 -- Swab the Decks Day, noon-5pm, Parkville Campus
          •  August 12-13 -- Fall Faculty Conference, Parkville Campus
          •  August 17 -- Fall Semester, Fall I classes begin
          •  August 21 -- Opening Convocation, noon, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
          •  September 4 -- Camp Pendleton (Calif.) Campus Center Commencement, 3 p.m., Camp Pendleton Base Theater
          •  September 4 -- El Paso (Texas) Campus Center / Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center / Holloman Air Force Base (N.M.) Campus Center Commencement, 7 p.m., El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center
          •  September 7 -- Labor Day Holiday (offices closed nationwide; Fall I classes held)
          •  September 12 -- Fort Myer (Va.) Campus Center / Headquarters Marine Corps/Headquarters Battalion Henderson Hall (Va.) Campus Center  / Marine Corps Base Quantico (Va.) Campus Center Commencement, 9 a.m., location TBA
          •  September 18-19 -- Alumni Weekend/Harvest Fest, Parkville Campus
          •  September 19 -- International Talk Like A Pirate Day

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