The Crow's Nest -- August 6, 2015

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Wanessa SiqueiraSiqueira honored with AMC’s Champions of Character award

Wanessa Siqueira, who was selected as the Capital One College Division Academic All-America of the Year last month as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, has been chosen as the American Midwest Conference’s 2015 Dr. LeRoy Walker Champions of Character Award recipient. The award recognizes a student-athlete with at least a junior academic status who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, campus and community leadership while embracing the five core character values of the NAIA Champions of Character initiative, athletic achievement and future ambition. As the AMC’s award-winner, Siqueira will move on for consideration for the NAIA’s national award, which will be announced in September.

Siqueira, who graduated last December from Park University with a double major in business administration/finance and business administration/management, is continuing her studies at Park as a graduate student in the Master of Business Administration program. Read more about Siqueira’s honor at

Michael CollinsCollins elected chair of Board of Trustees

Michael Collins, a 2004 Park University graduate, has been elected chair of Park’s Board of Trustees for 2015-16. Collins is the president and chief executive officer of the Port Authority of Kansas City, Mo. The Board of Trustees, which is comprised of alumni, business, civic and philanthropic leaders, and other constituents who advocate on the University’s behalf, also elected three new members to serve three-year terms on the Board:
          •  James Cornelius, president of institutional banking and investor services at UMB Bank
          •  N. Lynn Craghead, senior vice president at U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corp
          •  Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Richard Keller, chair of the Command and General Staff College Foundation Senior Advisory Council at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

Read more about the elected board members as well as approved promotions for selected Park faculty at

Park University partners with KCKCC to offer degrees

Park University has signed a 2 + 2 partnership agreement with Kansas City Kansas Community College that will increase higher education opportunities for KCKCC students and students across the Kansas City metropolitan area. 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. Park University will offer five $2,000 scholarships each fiscal year, on a competitive basis, to participants in the 2 + 2 program. In addition, each recipient who remains in good academic standing will receive $1,000 at the beginning of his/her third and fourth year in the program. For more information, visit

Park Golf Scramble set for Oct. 12 at The National Golf Club of Kansas City

The 2015 Park University Golf Scramble, a four-person tournament that benefits the University’s athletic programs, is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 12, at The National Golf Club of Kansas City. The event begins with registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by the University’s Athletics Wall of Honor induction ceremony and breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Golfers get on the course with a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m. An awards program immediately follows the completion of the tournament at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Tournament registration is $175 per golfer or $700 per four-person team, and includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch on the course, driving range access prior to the event, on-course games and contests, and refreshments. In addition, a variety of sponsorship packages are available, ranging in price from $1,200 to $5,000. To register for the tournament or for more information, visit For questions about the tournament or sponsorship levels, contact Nathan Marticke, associate vice president of constituent development, at or (816) 584-6844.

Dr. Rebekkah StutevilleStuteville presents paper on citizenship education at conference

Rebekkah Stuteville, Ph.D., associate vice president of academic affairs, co-presented a paper on “Citizenship Education in the United States: Approaches Reflected in Education Standards" at the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration Conference in Paris, France, on July 9. The paper examined philosophical and pedagogical perspectives on citizenship reflected in state social studies content standards in five states and on public university websites. The paper concluded that concerns about citizen education may be related to a lack of consensus about philosophical perspectives on citizenship rather than the quantity of civic education in K-12 public schools.

Erik BergrudBergrud co-panels published report reviewing U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

A report reviewing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s telework program, co-paneled by Erik Bergrud, associate vice president of alumni and constituent relations, has been published. Bergrud was selected by the National Academy of Public Administration in late 2014 to participate on the five-member panel, which was charged with ensuring that management controls and programmatic goals are effective and aligned with the agency’s mission. The Washington Post published an article on July 31 to report the panel’s findings.

Dr. Nicolas KoudouKoudou presents at business and public administration conference

Nicholas Koudou, Ph.D., professor of business administration and area coordinator of general concentrations in the Master of Business Administration program, presented a research paper at the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines Conference, July 22-25 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Koudou’s paper, “Freshwater Resource Management and Sustainable Economic Development in 21st Century: Exporatory Study,” envisioned the solutions to freshwater scarcity to promote sustainable economic development wherever it is needed. The paper concluded that a collaborative determination is vital for freshwater resource management that will influence sustainable economic development in every corner of the planet.

Park campus centers hold commencement ceremonies

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.
          •  Goodfellow Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center
          •  Lackland Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center / Randolph Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center

Lakin serves on panel for Medicare and Medicaid event

Scott Lakin, adjunct instructor of healthcare administration, served as a panelist for a program celebrating the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Mo., on July 30. Lakin was on the “Medicare and Medicaid: Changing Lives Every Day” panel and provided a historical perspective on the two programs. On the same date 50 years ago, the Truman Library was the site where President Lyndon Johnson signed the Social Security Amendments of 1965 which created Medicare and Medicaid.

Department of Nursing to host accreditation site review

Park University’s Ellen Finley Earhart Department of Nursing will host a site review for continued accreditation of its Associate of Science in Nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Interested parties are invited to meet the ACEN site visit team and share comments about the program during a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 3:45 p.m. in the McCoy Meetin’ House on the Parkville Campus.

Written comments are also welcome and can be submitted by Sept. 14 to:
          Marsal P. Stoll, Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer
          Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
          3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
          Atlanta, GA 30326
Or by e-mail to:

Park In The News

Park University was featured in the July issue of Military Advanced Education and Transition magazine (page 3). An article focusing on accelerated online degrees included a section on Park’s programs with quotes from Charles Kater, Ph.D., associate vice president for distance learning.

Desmond Mason, academic evaluator in the Registrar’s Office on the University’s Parkville Campus, was highlighted in a “featured artist” profile that appeared on the Johnson County (Kan.) Library’s website on July 23. In addition to his regular duties at Park, Mason is a solo artist and keyboardist for a Kansas City jazz group and serves as director of music at his church.

Park University got a bit of unexpected — and certainly unusual — publicity as part of a story that ran on the BBC World Update program on July 24 (story and Park mention begins at the 14:00 mark). Audio of 17-year cicadas on the Parkville Campus recorded by Michael Grimaldi, co-chair of Park's Public Service Advisory Council and former chair of the University's CLAS (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) Connectors advisory board, during the Hail Park event on June 11, set the stage for an eight-minute story related to insects as food. The story also aired on National Public Radio stations across the U.S.

Michael Becraft, D.Mgt., Edward F. Lyle professor of finance and director of the graduate program in business, provided comments for a story that appeared in the July issue of Ingram’s, Kansas City’s business magazine. The article was on the changes that are occurring in Master of Business Administration programs across the country.

In the same issue of Ingram’s, Park University’s Master of Business Administration program was ranked No. 4 among the top MBA programs in Missouri and Kansas, based on Fall 2014 enrollment. In addition, the University’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies was ranked No. 13 among the top private colleges/universities in Missouri and Kansas, based on post-graduate enrollment.

A story about a peace journalism workshop at Islamic University of Science and Technology in India organized by Steven Youngblood, director of Park’s Center for Global Peace Journalism and associate professor of communication arts, appeared in Kashmir Life magazine on July 29. An additional story about Youngblood’s visit to India appeared in the Kashmir Media Service on Aug. 5.

Jeanette Hernandez Prenger, ’09, and a member of Park University’s Board of Trustees, will be inducted into the Junior Achievement Kansas City Business Hall of Fame, according to a story posted in on the Kansas City Business Journal website on July 29. Prenger, president and chief executive officer of ECCO Select, will be honored during a ceremony on Nov. 5.

Park University won two “Best of the Northland” awards, as selected by readers of four Kansas City, Mo., area newspapers — Liberty Tribune, Gladstone Dispatch, Kearney Courier and Smithville Herald. Park received the most votes as the “Best University/College” in the Northland, as well as the “Best Online College.”

Heath Roberts, ’07, was who was named to the 2015 NextGen Leaders class by the Kansas City Business Journal, was profiled in the KCBJ’s July 31 issue. The program is designed to celebrate the accomplishments of those honored, as well as to provide exposure to the present generation of area leaders and help them build connections. Roberts is the director of medical administration at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

A story about Sarah Hopkins-Chery, ’07, MACL ’09, appeared in the Merced (Calif.) Sun-Star on Aug. 4. Hopkins-Chery was recently appointed the women’s basketball head coach at the University of California, Merced.

Park University women’s volleyball player Lauren Occhipinto was featured in a story that appeared in her hometown newspaper, the Smithville (Mo.) Herald, on Aug. 5.

Photos from Park University’s “Swab the Decks Day” event on Aug. 4, appeared on The Kansas City Star’s “Mingle/Community Faces” website on Aug. 5.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)
     •  August 12-13 -- Fall Faculty Conference, Parkville Campus
     •  August 12 -- Faculty/Staff Photo Day, Parkville Campus (7:30-9:30 a.m., Park Distance Learning Conference Center; 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Thompson Commons)
     •  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