The Crow's Nest -- October 19, 2015

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Homecoming 2015 RoyaltyPark University 2015 Homecoming royalty announced

As a part of Park University’s Homecoming Weekend festivities, six students were selected as royalty during halftime of Park’s men’s soccer match against Freed-Hardeman University on Sept. 19. Students were nominated by the student body, and the winners were selected — by a committee comprised of students, faculty and staff — after writing an essay and how they represent Park University’s core values: accountability, civility and respect, excellence, global citizenship, inclusivity and integrity.
          •  Queen — Anna Jahn, senior psychology major
          •  King — Steven Crooke, senior social work major
          •  Princess — Kellan Appollis, sophomore mathematics major
          •  Prince — David Jackson II, junior criminal justice/law enforcement major
          •  Duchess — Olivia Atkinson, sophomore business administration/human resources major
          •  Duke — Derek Braun, junior business administration/finance major

In the adjacent photo, Jahn and Crooke are shown with Park University Interim President Jeff Ehrlich, Ed.D.

InSight10th edition of InSight, University’s scholarly journal, now available

Park University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning has announced that the 10th volume of InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching, has been published. InSight is an international, peer-reviewed scholarly publication designed to highlight the work of postsecondary faculty. The current edition includes 10 articles, including one written by two former Park faculty, Michel Sportsman, Ph.D., and Lisa Thomas, Ph.D. Naomi West, a senior management/human resources major, submitted with winning photo, “Path,” that was selected to be featured on the journal’s cover. Read the current issue of InSight and previous editions, or get information on how to submit a paper for the 11th volume, at

ICM announces 2015-16 concert season schedule

The International Center for Music at Park University has announced the 2015-16 schedule for its upcoming 12th concert series season — a year that will feature internationally renowned guest artists, as well as the ICM’s own award-winning faculty and students. The 2015-16 season kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 24, with a performance by the Halcyon Chamber Players (part of the Halcyon Music Festival), starting at 7:30 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. The seventh and final concert of the season will be the International Center for Music’s Gala concert on Wednesday, May 4, starting at 8 p.m. in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo. This concert will feature the ICM’s internationally acclaimed faculty/artists — pianists Stanislav Ioudenitch and Behzod Abduraimov, violinist Ben Sayevich and cellist Daniel Veis.

For more information about the Oct. 24 concert, visit For a complete list of concerts, as well as ticket information, visit

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, as well as links to photos (if posted).
          •  Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center / Holloman Air Force Base (N.M.) Campus Center
               --- Photos
          •  Fort Leonard Wood
          •  Fort Myer (Va.) Campus Center / Headquarters Marine Corps/Headquarters Battalion Henderson Hall (Va.) Campus Center  / Marine Corps Base Quantico (Va.) Campus Center

Park University’s annual “Fright Night” event set for Oct. 29

“Fright Night,” Park University’s annual Halloween celebration, will be held Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Copley Quad residence hall on the University’s Parkville Campus from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and children of all ages are encouraged to dress in their favorite Halloween costume. Fright Night will include trick-or-treating for children throughout Copley Quad, and booths will be set up for face painting, crafts and carnival-style games. More than 25 Park student organizations and departments will sponsor booths with activities, contests and events for all attendees. Parking for the event will be available in Lot N, adjacent to Julian Field, via University’s Sixth Street entrance. For more information or for questions, contact Jasur Rakhimov, student programs specialist, at or (816) 584-6472.

Dr. Walter KisthardtKisthardt presents keynote addresses at conferences

Walter Kisthardt, Ph.D., professor and chair of social work and director of the Master of Social Work program, delivered the keynote address at the Johnson County (Kan.) Youth Leadership Summit in early September. The event empowers attendees to learn from peers and develop an action plan to reduce substance use in their schools and communities. Kisthardt’s lecture was titled “Identifying and Building on Your Unique Strengths to Make Healthy Decisions.” In late September, Kisthardt presented the keynote address and two workshops at the Mental Health and Recover Board of Ashland County (Ohio) Respect Success Value Purpose Conference. His keynote address was on “The Purpose and Principles of Transformative Systems in Behavioral Health.”

Dr. Henry RoehrichRoehrich presents papers at marketing management conference

Henry Roehrich, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing/management (along with his wife, Julie Grabanski, Ph.D., assistant professor of occupational therapy at the University of North Dakota) presented papers at the Marketing Management Association’s Fall Educators Conference in San Juan, P.R., in mid-September. The duo presented “Life Beyond ‘Me’: Incorporating the Role of Interpersonal Skills for Student Success” and “Managing Group Projects: Setting the Stage for Student Success.” In addition, Roehrich, participated on a panel and presented a position paper on “Group Projects and Presentations: Strategic Approach Utilizing Synergy.” All three papers can be read at


Parkville AAUW branch celebrates 80 years; receives proclamation

The Parkville, Mo., branch of the American Association of University Women celebrated its 80th anniversary at Park University’s Parkville Campus on Sept. 24. The branch, which has included a number of University faculty, staff and students over the years, was founded in 1935. During the celebration, the City of Parkville presented a proclamation to the group for its efforts to empower women and in its advancing of equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research. “We work to help empower women, but we also deal with issues of equity, pay equity and equity of rights,” said Patricia Marsh, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and vice president of programs with the AAUW Parkville branch. “Specifically in the branch, we do a lot to empower women to get back into the workforce or back into education. Empowerment of girls and women is definitely a consistent theme of our branch.”

Park In The News

Ignacio Flores, senior fitness and wellness major and a defender on Park University’s men’s soccer team, was featured in a story that appeared in the Sept. 25 issue of Dos Mundos, a newspaper serving the Kansas City Hispanic community.

Dennis Okerstrom, Ph.D., professor of English, was quoted in a story that appeared in the Joplin (Mo.) Globe on Sept. 27. The story was related to a man, Richard Cole, whom Okerstrom wrote about in the book, Dick Cole’s War.

In the Aug. 21 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education – Almanac 2015-16 edition, Park University was ranked No. 14 among private, nonprofit, master’s level colleges/universities with the largest enrollments, based on Fall 2013 figures.

Michelle Myers, Ed.D., dean of Park University’s School for Education, was quoted in an article that appeared in the Sept. 30 issue of Platte County (Mo.) Landmark. Myers provided comments related to a story about a trend in the Park Hill (Mo.) School District hiring fewer recent graduates of Kansas City area colleges/universities.

Terrence Ward, Ph.D., assistant professor of public administration and area coordinator of public management, appeared on the Issues in Education radio program on KTRS-AM (St. Louis, Mo.) on Oct. 2 as a part of the Missouri School Boards’ Association’s annual conference in Osage Beach, Mo. Ward is a member of the North Kansas City, Mo., School Board.

Carol Miles, director of Park University’s Little Rock (Ark.) Air Force Base Campus Center, was elected to a three-year term as a member of the Jacksonville/North Pulaski (Ark.) School District, representing a portion of the City of Jacksonville. Stories about Miles’ election appeared in a number of newspapers in the Little Rock region. She had been appointed to the board last November by the Arkansas Board of Education after area residents voted to create a new school district.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)
     •  October 24 -- International Center for Music Concert: Halcyon Chamber Players, 7:30 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 8 -- Northland Community Choir Concert, 3 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  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
     •  November 26-27 -- Thanksgiving holiday (offices closed nationwide; Fall II classes held)
     •  December 2 -- International Center for Music Concert: Side-By-Side, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  December 11 -- Fall Semester Ends
     •  December 12 -- Kansas City Area December Commencement, 11 a.m., Community of Christ Auditorium, Independence, Mo.
     •  December 13 -- Fall II Term Ends

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