The Crow's Nest -- September 24, 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015

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Wanessa SiqueiraSiqueira named NAIA national Champions of Character award winner

Wanessa Siqueira, who had an unparalleled career for the Park University women’s volleyball program, has added to an already impressive résumé of awards as she was selected as the NAIA’s Dr. LeRoy Walker Champions of Character Award winner for the 2014-15 academic year. Siqueira earned consideration for the award by winning the American Midwest Conference nomination this past spring, shortly after being named the 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America for all sports at the college division.

“Wanessa’s success spans far beyond the volleyball court,” said Claude English, Park University athletics director. “She is one of the most genuine, caring people you will ever meet, and as good as she was for Park on the volleyball court, she’s a better person. She’s the model student-athlete and the definition of the kind of person we want at Park University. She’s someone you want around your program for life.”

The award annually recognizes a junior or senior student-athlete who has embraced the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program, and has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, campus and community leadership, athletic achievement and future ambition. Read more about Siqueira’s accomplishments on and off the court that led to her being the Champions of Character award-winner at

Shane SmeedSmeed appointed vice president of enrollment and student services

Shane Smeed has been appointed to the position of vice president of enrollment and student services at Park University. He began his duties on Sept. 14. Smeed has more than 17 years of experience in higher education holding a variety of student-centric positions, including director of admissions, dean of enrollment management and vice president of admissions.

As vice president of enrollment and student services, Smeed will provide strategic and operational leadership to a department that includes the deans and directors of enrollment, student financial services, international student admissions and services, student services and athletics. This team works to provide a seamless and affirmative student enrollment experience spearheaded by implementation of a new nationwide student service model bringing greater focus to recruiting, enrolling and retaining a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body across a national network of 41 campus centers and online distance learning platforms. Smeed will also serve as a member of the University’s executive leadership team and work closely with colleagues on overarching institutional policies and procedures. Read more about Smeed at

Dr. Rebekkah StutevilleStuteville appointed interim provost

Rebekkah Stuteville, Ph.D., has been appointed to serve as the interim provost for Park University, effective Sept. 21, according to an e-mail announcement made last week by Jeff Ehrlich, Ed.D., interim president. Stuteville, who was appointed associate vice president of academic affairs in July, will organize and facilitate the Office of the Provost, and will serve as a member of the University’s executive staff.

University hosting book fair to support River Read Children’s Literature Festival

Park University’s School of Education and the Dorothy Harper Watson Literacy Center have partnered with Barnes & Noble at Zona Rosa Town Center for a book fair to support the North Kansas City (Mo.) School District on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will help fund the University’s River Read Children’s Literature Festival, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 13, on the Parkville Campus. River Read will provide 600 fourth grade students from the NKCSD the opportunity to meet 16 local authors, explore literature and learn about the writing craft.

Shoppers interested in supporting River Read simply need to mention the North Kansas City School District or the River Read Children’s Literature Festival and a portion of the sale — made in the bookstore or café — will benefit the event. In addition to in-store purchases, Barnes & Noble online shoppers can enter Park’s book fair ID number (11702354) upon checkout to benefit the Festival.

Dr. Brad KleindlKleindl article published in regional business journal

An article authored by Brad Kleindl, Ph.D., dean of Park University’s School of Business, has been published in the 2015 edition of Regional Business Review, a journal published by the Booth College of Business and Professional Studies at Northwest Missouri State University. The article, “Business School Business Models and their Raisons D'être,” discusses how business schools are at a crossroad as a number of factors are forcing change in business education delivery models. The article outlines some of the major environmental challenges facing business schools and the emerging education models that are being adopted to adjust to new market realities.

Stephen Terry and CarrieTerry completes Officer Candidate School training

Stephen Terry, assistant dean of military and veteran programs at Park University, has been appointed second lieutenant in the Missouri Army National Guard following the completion an 18-month Officer Candidate School training program. Officer Candidate School is a part-time course of instruction taught in lieu of drill weekends, and a two-week annual training. In order to graduate from the OCS program, Terry had to complete 10 written exams; 3-, 7-, and 10-mile ruck marches with 45 pound rucksacks; two land navigation tests; a timed obstacle/confidence course; combat water survival test; leadership reaction course; urban operations; and multiple leadership evaluations. Terry’s final phase concluded with a three-week program at Fort Lewis, Wash. in July. Terry has been assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, First Battalion, 138th Infantry Regiment, Kansas City, Mo., to serve as the medical operations officer. In the adjacent photo, Terry is pictured with his wife, Carrie.

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.
           •  Camp Pendleton (Calif.) Campus Center

Park In The News

A story about former Park University baseball player Derek Gordon (2011-14) appeared on Major League Baseball’s Minor League website on Sept. 10. Gordon, who pitches for the Idaho Falls (Idaho) Chukars, helped his team get a victory the night before in the first game of the Pioneer League South Division finals. Gordon is the brother of Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon.

Park University’s commencement ceremony for graduates of the Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center on Sept. 4 was featured in an article that appeared in the Sept. 10 issue of the Fort Bliss Bugle.

Sr. Airman Sterling Price Jr., a senior information and computer science/networking major at Park University’s Whiteman Air Force Base (Mo.) Campus Center, appeared in a photograph in the Sept. 11 issue of The Warrior, the base newspaper. Price was presented with a scholarship check from the Whiteman Top III. The award is based on scholastic achievement, financial need and educational goals.

Video from Park University’s 9/11 commemoration ceremony on Sept. 11 on the Parkville Campus appeared on WDAF-TV in Kansas City. Park students, faculty and staff took shifts throughout the day reading the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks.

Park University was mentioned as part of a story on the Parkville Cruise Nights that appeared in The Kansas City Star on Sept. 12.

Stella Tanner Pigago, ’12, was featured in a story that appeared in the Sept. 16 issue of Ink, a publication of The Kansas City Star. Pigago was highlighted in the “At Home With…” section, a bimonthly feature that takes readers inside cool and unusual apartments and homes in the Kansas City area.

A story related to Park University’s Constitution Day event on Sept. 14 appeared in the Platte County (Mo.) Landmark on Sept. 20.

April Haberyan, Ph.D., associate professor of nursing and assistant chair of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Completion Program, was quoted in an article that appeared in the Sept. 22 issue of the Maryville (Mo.) Daily Forum. The story was related to the annual Missouri Hope disaster training exercise, a three-day simulation that took place at the Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Center. Haberyan was part of the command staff and served as safety officer for the exercise.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  October 2 -- Fort Leonard Wood (Mo.) Campus Center Commencement, 10 a.m., Fort Leonard Wood
     •  October 3 -- Admissions: Pirate Preview, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  October 9-10 -- Board of Trustees Meeting, Parkville Campus
     •  October 11 -- Fall I classes end
     •  October 11-18 -- Fall Recess
     •  October 12 -- Park University Golf Scramble and Athletics Wall of Honor Ceremony, 8:30 a.m., The National Golf Club of Kansas City
     •  October 13 -- River Read Children’s Literature Festival, Parkville Campus
     •  October 19 -- Fall II classes begin
     •  October 24 -- International Center for Music Concert: The Halcyon Trio, 8 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  October 29 -- Fright Night, 6 p.m., Copley Quad
     •  November 7 -- Defense Supply Center Columbus (Ohio) Campus Center Commencement, 9 a.m., Building 20, DSCC
     •  November 8 -- Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio) Campus Center Commencement, 2 p.m., Hollenbeck Bayley Center, 275 S. Limestone St., Springfield, Ohio
     •  November 11 -- Veterans Day Holiday (offices closed nationwide; Fall II classes held)
     •  November 14 -- Charleston (S.C.) Air Force Base Campus Center Commencement, 10 a.m., Joint Base Charleston Theater

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