The Crow's Nest -- November 10, 2015

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University announces inaugural class of Pirates Rising participants

The first class of participants in Park University’s new leadership program for full-time faculty and staff — Pirates Rising — has been announced. Pirates Rising is a yearlong program for employees who have been identified as high performers with leadership potential, and it will focus on recognizing and developing leadership skills that are in demand in higher education. The program consists of a series of sessions featuring discussions, readings, group activities and interactions with leadership experts, including faculty, trustees and local business leaders.

The 14 participants were selected through a competitive process in which deans and vice presidents nominated individuals for consideration. Park’s executive staff team selected participants by rating nominees’ current performance and potential level of leadership. Members of the 2015-16 Pirates Rising class:
          •  Jason Anderson, director of development
          •  Eric Blair, executive director of enrollment services and student marketing
          •  Brynn Bologna, associate director of student financial services
          •  Joe Carrillo, area director of El Paso (Texas) operations
          •  Cutrina Catlin, associate director of human resource services
          •  Joslyn Creighton, regional director of graduate student success
          •  Jared Flaherty, LMS faculty support administrator
          •  Tom Martin, senior network administrator
          •  Eugene Matthews, Ph.D., associate professor of criminal justice administration
          •  Arely Moreno, area director of California desert operations
          •  Adam Potthast, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy and Faculty Senate president
          •  Melanie Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor of public administration
          •  Stephen Terry, senior director of operations, administration and compliance
          •  Ben Zibers, director of student engagement

Stephen TerryTerry appointed senior director of operations, administration and compliance

Stephen Terry has been appointed senior director of operations, administration and compliance within the Office of Finance and Administration at Park University. Terry, who previously served the University as assistant dean of military and veteran programs, started in his new role on Oct. 1. In Terry’s new position, he will work closely with the University’s student accounts team, as well as provide guidance on enterprise strategic and financial policy, frameworks, parameters, risks and direction, and assist with the development and implementation of strategy, goals, solutions and outcomes within the OFA. In addition, he is responsible for the oversight of the University’s endowment accounts and the development of scholarship controls for the endowment’s funds. Terry will provide support to the Office of General Counsel, coordinating the University’s compliance as it relates to state licensing and activities. Read more about Terry’s appointment at

Xavielle BrownMen’s basketball player Brown named preseason All-American

Park University junior guard Xavielle Brown hasn’t seen the basketball floor in a collegiate game since being named as an NAIA third team All-American selection at the end of the 2013-14 season. But when he makes his return in 2015-16, he will do so as an NAIA first team preseason All-American, according to The Sporting News.

Brown was a force in the American Midwest Conference in 2013-14 as a sophomore, averaging 19.8 points per game to lead the conference, and he was Park’s top rebounder at 6.4 boards per game. Poised to have another breakout season as a junior in 2014-15, Brown was sidelined by injury during the early weeks of fall practice and sat out the entire 2014-15 season.

In addition, teammate and senior guard Mylin Jordan was named to the honorable mention list on the 2015-16 Sporting News/NAIA Preseason Men’s Basketball All-America team for Division I. Read more at

Roger Dusing and Betty DusingPark University recognizes staff, faculty longevity

Park University honored staff and faculty who reached milestone service anniversaries between Aug. 1, 2014, and July 31, 2015, during a ceremony on Oct. 14 on the Parkville Campus. Fifty-six employees were recognized, combining for 620 years of service to Park. Seven employees were honored with special recognition — those with 25 or more years of service, including Betty Dusing, associate librarian, who received her 50th service year pin. She is shown in the adjacent photo receiving her pin from her son, Roger Dusing, associate vice president and chief human resources officer. See the entire list of those honored at

Dr. Shannon CuffDr. Virginia BrackettFaculty news: Brackett, Cuff

Virginia Brackett, Ph.D. (left), professor of English and director of Park University’s Honors Academy, and Shannon Cuff, Ph.D. (right), assistant professor of education and area coordinator of language and literacy, presented sessions at the Campus Compact Heartland Conference, Oct. 29-30 in Kansas City. Brackett co-presented “Been There – Done That – Keep the T-Shirt.” The session focused on aspects of continuous improvement for established service-learning programs. Cuff presented “Using Literature to Connect the Community: The Role of Service-Learning in Developing Reflective Teacher Candidates." Participants learned about two service-learning projects that addressed critical issues and cultural diversity that served as a community tool for young children.

Brackett’s 2014 picture book, What is My Name?, was selected for inclusion on Renaissance Learning’s Accelerated Reading book list and will be utilized as a learning tool for early readers. Three of Brackett’s earlier books for young readers are also on the Accelerated Reading book list.

In addition, Brackett wrote an article that has been included in the Engaged Faculty Institute Curriculum offered through Campus Compact of the Mountain West. The article, “Building and Sustaining Long-Term Relationships with Service-Learning Partners,” is based on Brackett’s eight years of experience directing service-learning for freshmen in Park’s Honors LE 100 (First-Year Seminar) and Honors EN 106 (First-Year Writing Seminar II: Academic Research and Writing) courses. The article offers specific activities that help solidify relationships with the groups that support student learning through service, and includes a discussion titled “Theory at Work – Real Life Application” that features the two Park courses.

SymposiumRegistration open for 2016 Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium

Park University’s 11th annual Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium is set for Monday, April 4, through Wednesday, April 6, 2016, on the University’s Parkville Campus. The Symposium is an opportunity for Park students nationwide from all disciplines to present their independent and/or collaborative research and creative and artistic projects to the University and wider community. Students from all campus centers, as well as online students, are eligible to participate. The Symposium will provide venues for poster presentations, oral presentations, artistic and visual displays, research presentations, and musical, dramatic and literature performances.

Students may submit their proposals now through Monday, March 21, with the approval of a faculty mentor, at When registering, students should be prepared to provide the name and contact information of the primary and co-presenters, the faculty mentor, as well as the title and abstract of the presentation. For additional information, visit  or contact Virginia Brackett, Ph.D., professor of English and director of Park University’s Honors Academy, at or (816) 584-6818.

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.
          •  Defense Supply Center Columbus (Ohio) Campus Center
          •  Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio) Campus Center

Park In The News

Tom Dailey, ’96, who serves Independence, Mo., as its chief of police, was honored with the Clarence M. Kelley Award from the Kansas City Crime Commission on Oct. 15. A story about Dailey appeared in The Examiner on Oct. 20. The award recognizes an active law enforcement administrator in the Kansas City metro area.

Rev. Bryan Cox, ’98, MPA ’00, was featured in a story that appeared in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Oct. 25. Cox is a case manager for the Bethlehem House homeless shelter in Conway, Ark.

Lt. Col. Jason Souza, MACL ’15, was highlighted in a story that appeared on the Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System website on Oct. 16. Souza recently took command of the New York Army National Guard’s 501st Ordnance Battalion.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Richard Burton, ’11, a senior management major at Park University’s Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center, was featured in a story that appeared in a recent issue of the Fort Bliss Bugle. Burton, an air and missile defense tactical technician assigned to the 1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery, “Cobra Strike,” 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, was the distinguished honor graduate of the Air Defense Artillery Warrant Officer advanced course at Fort Sill, Okla.

A pair of technology solutions businesses led by members of Park University’s Board of Trustees are among the top ranked women-owned and minority-owned businesses in the Kansas City area, according to rankings published in the October issue of Ingram’s, Kansas City’s business magazine. ECCO Select, owned by Jeanette Hernandez Prenger, ’09, who also serves as the company's president, was ranked the No. 6 women-owned business and the No. 6 minority-owned business, both based on 2014 revenue. JMA Information Technology, which is led by CEO Joseph Melookaran, was ranked the No. 2 minority-owned business.

Kay Barnes, distinguished professor of public leadership and founding director of Park University’s Center for Leadership, was highlighted in a “One-On-One” feature that appeared in the fall issue of PA Times, a publication of the American Society for Public Administration.

A photo of Emeral Nena, a senior business administration/finance major, appeared in the Oct. 28 issue of the Honolulu Civil Beat as part of the final story of a series of articles on “The Micronesians.”

Park University was referenced in a story that appeared in the October issue of Northland Lifestyle magazine. The story was about S.D. Strong Distilling Co., which is located on the University’s Parkville Campus within the Parkville Commercial Underground.

Photos from Park University’s Fright Night event on Oct. 29 on the Parkville Campus appeared in The Kansas City Star’s “Community Faces/Mingle” section of its website on Oct. 30.

Marco Rabello, ’07, was interviewed for a story that appeared on KCUR-FM in Kansas City on Oct. 30. The story focused on Kansas City Royals outfielder Paulo Orlando trying to get baseball to have more notoriety in his home country of Brazil. Rabello, who also hails from Brazil, owns the Taste of Brazil market in the City Market area.

Myles Whitehurst, ’15, has been playing professional basketball in Peru with Club Arletico Sebastian Barranca Ica, according to a story that appeared in his hometown newspaper, the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, on Oct. 30.

Carol Povolish, academic director at Park University’s Downtown Kansas City Campus Center, was the featured cover story in the fall issue of HealthWise, a newsletter for St. Joseph and St. Mary’s Medical Centers in the Kansas City area. Povolish was diagnosed with breast cancer and has been receiving treatment at St. Mary’s.

A story about Erin Thede, ’04, appeared on the Virtual-Strategy Magazine website on Nov. 3. Thede was honored by Hope for the Warriors at its Got Heart, Give Hope Celebration in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 4 for her service and leadership to the military community. Thede has served as the director of the private public partnership office of Chief Army Reserve since January 2011.

A story about Park University’s River Read Children’s Literature Festival, held Oct. 13 on the Parkville Campus, appeared in The Kansas City Star’s “816 North” section on Nov. 4. Shannon Cuff, Ph.D., assistant professor of education and area coordinator of language and literacy, and director of the Watson Literacy Center, and Debra McArthur, director of academic support services, were both quoted in the article.

An opinion column about William Kabogo, the Governor of Kiambu, Kenya, written by Janek Sunga, ’14, and current Master of Public Administration student, appeared on the Mediamax Network in the country.

Gillian Ford Helm, ’05, was highlighted in a Kansas City Star article on Nov. 8. Helm, executive director of Literacy Kansas City, was featured in “The Interview” section about creative writing classes.

A photo taken by Denise Jacobson, a student in Park’s Master of Public Administration program, was used as the cover photo for the recently published summer/fall issue of the Missouri Policy Journal. The photo was taken at the Old Parkville (Mo.) Cemetery as part of an MPA project this summer.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)
     •  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 15 -- Parkville Symphony Band Concert, 3 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  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
     •  December 24-25 -- Christmas holiday (offices closed nationwide)
     •  January 1 -- New Year’s Day holiday (offices closed nationwide)

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