The Crow's Nest -- December 21, 2015

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Park student-athletes earn NAIA academic and athletic honors

A total of 14 Park University student-athletes competing in fall sports have received the NAIA’s highest academic award, earning selection as Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Student-athletes selected for the honor must be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, maintain a minimum 3.5 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and have achieved junior academic status. Park student-athletes receiving the honor are:
          •  Women’s volleyball: Daniela Duarte and Raissa Herczfeld
          •  Men’s soccer: Gabriel Alves, Joey Harris and Arnold Kyaruzi
          •  Women’s soccer: Mikayla Fisher, Alexis Fry and Catlin Palmer
          •  Men’s cross country: Peter Franck
          •  Women’s cross country: Ashley Carpenter, Erin Esry, Persis Grubbs, Lydia Jensen and Kara Lough

In addition, Herczfeld and teammate Danna Gomes, as well as men’s soccer player Lucas Sousa, were named honorable mention selections to their respective NAIA All-America teams. Herzcfeld and Gomes were also selected to the AVCA’s All-Midwest Regional team.

Shovkia CaldwellCaldwell named Sailor of the Year

Shovkia Caldwell, a junior management major at Park University’s Naval Support Activity Mid-South Millington (Tenn.) Campus Center, was selected as Sailor of the Year for the U.S. Navy’s Installations Command Headquarters for 2015. Earlier this year, Caldwell was selected as the Sailor of the Quarter among her peers at NICH at NSA Millington. Caldwell, as part of the Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor department, manages military pay, travel entitlements and deductions to assist enlisted personnel and their families with special problems or personal hardships.

CommencementKansas City Area Commencement ceremony

Park University held its December 2015 Kansas City Area Commencement ceremony on Dec. 12 in Independence, Mo. Greg Graves, chairman and chief executive officer of Burns & McDonnell was the keynote speaker.
          •  Commencement program, including the list of graduates
          •  News release announcing the graduates
          •  Photos (Facebook) Photos (Flickr)
Graves' keynote address (text)
          •  Graves' keynote address (video)

SuEllen FriedPark alumna Fried recognized as a “Woman of Worth”

SuEllen Fried, ’75, author, anti-bullying expert and community volunteer, and the 2014 recipient of Park University’s Marlowe Sherwood Memorial Service Award, was honored by L’Oreal Paris as one of 10 Women of Worth. The program, established in 2005, honors women across the U.S. who make a difference in their communities. Fried was recognized for her efforts with Reaching Out from Within, a self-help program for prisoners she co-founded with an inmate in 1982. Fried, honored on Dec. 1 in New York City, was awarded $10,000 and said she would use the money to help fund a new program in maximum security prisons for women in Kansas. An article about Fried’s honor appeared in The Kansas City Star on Dec. 19.

PWC DonationElementary school makes donation to Park Warrior Center

Nashua Elementary School in the North Kansas City (Mo.) School District recently collected funds to donate to Park University’s Department of Military and Veteran Student Services, home of the Park Warrior Center. Nashua students, teachers and staff donated and raised about $325 on Veterans Day that will go toward the University’s Wounded Warrior Scholarship. In the adjacent photo, Carol Cobb, a counselor at Nashua Elementary School, presents the donated funds to Wade Abel, assistant director of military and veteran student services.

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.

Faculty, staff news

Dr. Michael EskeyMichael Eskey, Ph.D., professor and program coordinator of criminal justice administration, presented “Theories and Rationale Behind Mass Shootings” at the Criminal Justice Association of Georgia’s annual conference in Morrow, Ga., on Nov. 6. The presentation focused on an explanation behind mass shootings based on various criminological theories.

Dr. Jolene LamptonJolene Lampton, Ph.D., associate professor of accounting and management at Park University’s Austin (Texas) Campus Center and area coordinator of the Master of Business Administration/Accounting program, has earned the certified fraud examiner credential from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. The credential denotes proven expertise in fraud prevention, detection and deterrence. Lampton’s credential provides the University membership in ACFE’s Anti-Fraud Education Partnership.

Dr. Adam PotthastAdam Potthast, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy, and chair of art, design and interdisciplinary studies, presented a talk on “Laughter, Stereotypes and Sacred Spaces: The Ethics of Humor” at the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest/Kansas City in Lenexa, Kan., on Nov. 7. Potthast’s presentation drew similarities between religious “sacred spaces” and the way people think about humor in order to prepare for objecting to racist, sexist or homophobic humor when encountered. Potthast also presented his paper, “Communitarianism, Global Poverty and Rapidly Changing Technology,” at the International Conference on Ethics Across the Curriculum in Greenville, S.C., in October. The paper casts some skepticism upon these areas due to the specific ethical problems that arise in a time of rapidly changing technology.

Park In The News

Stories about the Park University women’s volleyball team competing in the NAIA national tournament appeared in the Sioux City (Iowa) Journal on Dec. 1 and Dec. 2.
          •  Tournament preview
          •  Story about Park’s match vs. Evangel

Park University was listed by the Kansas City Business Journal as having the top-ranked Master of Business Administration program in the Kansas City region in the publication’s Dec. 4 issue. The ranking was based on Fall 2015 local enrollment numbers.

Park University’s River Read Children’s Literature Festival in October was featured in the December issue (page 12) of Northland Lifestyle magazine in a half-page photo spread.

A review of a concert in Manhattan, N.Y. on Dec. 5, featuring Behzod Abduraimov, International Center for Music artist-in-residence, was featured in the Dec. 6 edition of The New York Times.

Sonny Gibson, ’74, was featured in an article that appeared in the Dec. 8 issue of the Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal. The article, as part of a “Freedom’s Struggle” series, provided firsthand accounts of blacks who survived segregation.

Michelle Myers, Ed.D., dean of Park University’s School for Education, was interviewed for a story that aired on KMBZ-FM in Kansas City on Dec. 10 about Park’s partnership with the Kansas City Teacher Residency program.

Julie Wilson, a member of Park University’s Board of Trustees and chief people officer at Cerner Corp., was highlighted in a question-and-answer article that appeared in the Dec. 11 issue of the Kansas City Business Journal. Wilson was interviewed about the Girls in Tech event in Kansas City on Dec. 7.

Rick Gillis, ’86, was featured in a story that appeared on KFOX-TV in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 10. Gillis and his wife have developed the “Santa’s Watching” app, which is designed to leave messages for children from Santa.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)
     •  December 24-25 -- Christmas holiday (offices closed nationwide)
     •  January 1 -- New Year’s Day holiday (offices closed nationwide)
     •  January 11 -- Spring Semester / Spring I Term classes begin
     •  January 14 -- Ribbon-Cutting for 200 Corridor, 11:30 a.m., Millsap Foyer (main entrance to Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground)
     •  January 16 -- International Center for Music Concert: Side-By-Side, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel (rescheduled from Dec. 2)
     •  January 18 -- Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday (offices closed nationwide; Spring I classes held)
     •  January 22-23 -- Board of Trustees Meeting, Parkville Campus
     •  January 23 -- Admissions: One-on-One Weekend, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  February 13 -- International Center for Music Concert: Jan Jiracek von Arnim Piano Recital, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  February 15 -- President’s Day Holiday (offices closed nationwide; Spring I classes held)

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