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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Park’s early childhood education online programs earn ranking from SuperScholar

Park University’s School of Education has been ranked No. 26 in the country by SuperScholar on its list of the “Best Online Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education Programs.” Park is the only Missouri-based school to earn a place in the top 50. The University’s online Bachelor of Science in Education Studies in Early Childhood and Leadership and the Early Childhood Teaching Young Children programs were both cited in the rankings. Schools on the list were evaluated on awards and recognitions, market reputation, flexibility, accessibility and affordability.

Baseball Tomorrow FundPark University receives $10,000 in Grants from Royals Charities and the Baseball Tomorrow Fun for Comfort Field

Park University has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF), a grant matched by Royals Charities, for a total of $10,000 to upgrade the infield surface at Comfort Field on the University’s Parkville Campus. Park University’s baseball program is Comfort Field’s main tenant, but more than 60 youth and high school games are played on the field each year, benefiting nearly 2,200 youth and high school baseball players in the Kansas City area. Brian McRae, a former member of the Kansas City Royals and 10-year Major League veteran who serves as the Pirates’ assistant coach was instrumental in securing the grant. “These kinds of grants have helped refurbish many fields across the county, and they’ve done great things for youth baseball in the United States,” said McRae. “We really have to thank Royals Charities, the Royals and Major League Baseball’s Baseball Tomorrow Fund for allowing us to apply and receive the grant.”

Park University Partners with Kansas City Kansas Community College for 2+2 Program

President David Fowler welcomed Kansas City Kansas Community College President Dr. Doris Givens to campus on Tuesday, June 2 to sign a 2 + 2 partnership agreement that will increase higher education opportunities for KCKCC students and students across the Kansas City metropolitan community. The program ensures easy transition for transfer students furthering their education, as an associate degree from KCKCC will satisfy requirements for the first two years of a bachelor’s degree from Park. The University continues to secure partnerships and articulation agreements with local and national higher education institutions to expand Park’s affordable, accessible and quality education experience nationwide.

University receives $75,000 grant for nursing program

Park University has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the Victor E. Speas Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, for technology upgrades for the Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program. The grant will help support state-of-the-art enhancements in the nursing program’s new laboratory and simulation facility, which is expanding into a 50,000 square-foot space in the Parkville Commercial Underground on the University’s Parkville Campus. The new nursing complex is scheduled to open for the start of the Fall 2015 semester.

Callie BeaverWanessa SiqueiraPark only institution to land two Capital One Academic All-Americans of the Year in 2014-15

Park University is the only collegiate athletics program in the country at any level to have two of its student-athletes honored as a Capital One Academic All-American of the Year in 2014-15. In December, Park women’s volleyball player Wanessa Siqueira (left) won the award in college division (NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions) women’s volleyball, and most recently, Park softball right fielder Callie Beaver (right) won the award in college division softball. The Capital One Academic All-America teams are nominated, voted upon and selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.

University to receive $250,000 gift for School of Business HR programs

Park University has received a gift commitment of $250,000 from the Michie P. Slaugther Charitable Remainder Unitrust to benefit the School of Business. The gift will endow the Michie P. Slaughter Fund for Ethical Human Resources Leadership, providing scholarships and supporting research. A portion of the gift will also be used to support the production of a case study — to be used in Park University courses — of Slaughter’s work as executive vice president for human resources at Marion Laboratories.

Brad Kleindl, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business, said, “This gift will transform our human resource program and offer students a unique opportunity to learn how Ewing Kauffman and Michie Slaughter implemented a management revolution through ethical leadership at Marion Laboratories.”

Athletics WebsiteUniversity’s athletics website earns NAIA top honor

Park University's Department of Athletics website,, was named the co-winner of the NAIA’s Website of the Year by NAIA-SIDA (Sports Information Directors of America) during the 2015 College Sports Information Directors of America Convention in Orlando, Fla., last week.

Park’s athletics website was redesigned at the end of the 2013-14 academic year, and its design and content were recognized for 2014-15. Steve Wilson, assistant athletic director for sports communications and Stacey Sharp, sports communications coordinator, are responsible for all content and design decisions. “To be recognized by your peers is one of the most fulfilling rewards in this profession," Wilson said. "And our website is really the centerpiece of what we do in the sports communications office at Park. We really do have to serve as our own media outlet in small college athletics, so for to be recognized as the best in the NAIA…is quite an accomplishment."

In 2015-16, plans for online media guides, photo galleries, enhanced visitor information and a complete style guide for both internal and external use are planned content. A revamped facilities guide is also in the works and is scheduled to be ready for viewing by Wednesday, July 1. Read more

Volleyball SignNew highway sign near Parkville Campus commemorates Park’s 2014 NAIA volleyball championships

Travelers bound for Parkville in the northbound lane of Missouri Highway 9 will notice something new when reaching the city limit. Last week, the Missouri Department of Transportation installed signage that reads "Home of Park University – Men's and Women's NAIA Volleyball National Champions."
“The City of Parkville played an instrumental role in coordinating efforts with MoDOT to bring this idea to reality," said Erik Bergrud, associate vice president for alumni and constituent relations. "(Parkville) Mayor Nan Johnston, City Administrator Lauren Palmer and the Board of Aldermen believe deeply in the positive benefits of city/university relations. We’re grateful for their ongoing partnership and support, and are proud to live, work and play in the Volleyball Capital of America.”
In all, Park University owns one NAIA National Championship, which was awarded in December 2014 when the Park women's volleyball team trounced the University of Texas at Brownsville in Sioux City, Iowa, to complete a 40-0 season, and four NAIA Men's Volleyball National Invitational Tournament championships, including the 2014 title, which gave head coach Mike Talamantes both tournament trophies awarded by the NAIA in the 2014 calendar year. Read more

Online CIS management degree program earns ranking

Park University’s online Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems management 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

Online Military EducationUniversity ranked among top online schools for military and G.I. Bill

Online Military Education, a website dedicated to providing information about colleges/universities that accept the G.I. Bill, has ranked Park University No. 15 on its “Best Online Colleges for Military and G.I. Bill” list. OME cited Park’s “wide range of military friendly degree programs in a huge selection of class formats and locations…With a low net price, Park University provides a flexible, high quality education at an affordable cost.”

Park selected among best colleges you’ve never heard of

University Research & Review, which honored Park University with a Best Value School distinction for the second consecutive year in April, named Park to its list of the “Best Ten Colleges You Never Heard Of.” UR&R said of Park University, “About half of Park’s enrollees take their courses online; almost 90 percent are part-time students and around 80 percent are 25 or older. One-third of its students are from foreign countries. Park prides itself on dealing with situations unique to those serving in the Armed Forces.”

University’s computer science programs ranked nationally by SuperScholar

SuperScholar, an independent college search and rankings website, has published its Smart Choice ranking of the 50 best online bachelor's degree programs in computer science and information technology. Park University is ranked No. 43 on the list, which evaluated and ranked schools based on publicly available information on accreditation, market reputation, awards and recognition, flexibility, accessibility and affordability.

BallyhooBallyhoo event benefits School of Business, Presidential Honors Scholarship

Park University’s annual Ballyhoo event, which raises funds each year for University programs and scholarships, raised $143,000 for Park’s School of Business and the Presidential Honors Scholarship. This year’s event, billed as “The Business of Entertainment,” was held at the AMC Theater Support Center in Leawood, Kan. on April 14. More than 100 sponsors and guests enjoyed an evening of red carpet treatment that included a short program, reception and an appearance by Park’s mascot, Sir George. This year’s Ballyhoo presenting sponsor was Aon.

Park’s online MBA program ranked by USW&WR for veterans

U.S. News and World Report announced this week that Park University’s Master of Business Administration program has been ranked No. 89 on its “Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans” list. The ranking was based on five general categories: student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology.


Old Kate CourtOld Kate Court Opens

The new Old Kate Court officially opened on the Parkville Campus following a ribbon-cutting event on March 20. This new outdoor basketball court and event space was the idea of Royce Skocny, a 2014 graduate currently employed as an admissions representative at Park. Students and the PSGA provided $25,000 of the funding with an additional $44,000 from the Sunderland Foundation. Read more about Old Kate Court in the Winter 2015 issue of Park University Magazine (page 10).

Expansion Project in the Underground

In 2014, work began to expand Park University’s academic footprint in the Parkville Commercial Underground on the University’s Parkville Campus. Located between the Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground and the Park Distance Learning complex in the PCU, the new 50,000 square-foot development will provide larger classrooms, conference space, faculty/staff offices and lounge space, a food canteen, student lounge, charging stations and reception/event space. An enclosed pedestrian walkway adjacent to the space will provide safe and well-lighted access, and the design calls for glass-front entry points on both the north and south sides of the space.
The project originated with the need by Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program for additional large classrooms and simulation labs in order to receive accreditation to offer a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. An in-depth analysis of the unfilled need for nurses and the qualified local applicant pool in the Kansas City area that exceeds the current open spaces at other institutions was prepared and reviewed extensively by the University’s Board of Trustees before the project was undertaken. It is anticipated that the nursing program will utilize up to 40 percent of the classrooms at any one time, but through scheduling, all classrooms will be available for other disciplines. Park’s Department of Interior Design faculty and students will provide input on the space design elements and style. The anticipated opening date is August 1, with projected construction cost of $5 million. Comparable space built above ground would exceed $12 million. A ribbon-cutting and open house will be scheduled as the project proceeds.

Stock Gift to Benefit School of Education Students

Rachel Martin Kendell, ’48, recently made a gift of $20,000 to Park University in support of the School of Education. Jason Anderson, director of development, worked with Kendell to set up a gift that would help grow scholarship funds established by her family at Park. Her gift was split evenly in support of the Elmer and Kathryn Martin and Angelo Patri Early Childhood Education Scholarship and the Nickie and Don Martin Education Scholarship.

Park degree programs ranked among tops in country

Park University’s online finance concentration within the Master of Business Administration degree program has been ranked No. 21 in the country by The programs and universities on the list are nationally recognized for their affordability, the caliber of faculty, the convenience of online degree completion and the success and satisfaction of its graduates.

In addition, Park’s online Bachelor of Science degree in education studies/early childhood teaching young children, has been ranked No. 6 in the country for affordability by, based on net price as reported by College Navigator.