The Crow's Nest -- February 17, 2016

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Park University partners with MARC for regional hazard mitigation plan

Park University has entered into an agreement with the Mid-America Regional Council to participate in MARC’s Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. Park is the first college/university in Missouri to enter into such an agreement. The plan includes access to resources in two states, nine counties and 119 cities. This mutual aid agreement will assist the Department of Campus Safety in supporting threats to its Kansas City area campuses, such as tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, severe winter weather, flooding, heat waves, earthquakes, infectious disease, transportation accidents, hazardous materials, public shooting incidents, civil disorder, cyber disruption and terrorism. For more information on the Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan, visit

Whiteman AFB Campus student, alumna win awards

The 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base (Mo.), where Park University has a campus center location, held its annual awards program on Jan. 22. One Park student and one alumna were honored at the event. Master Sgt. Shaun Hardy, a junior interdisciplinary studies major and specialist section chief for the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was selected as the Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year. Sonia Campbell, ’12, executive assistant to the commander, 509th Operations Group, was recognized as the Civilian Associate of the Year. A story about the event appeared in The Whiteman Warrior on Jan. 29 (page 11).

Lorraine MoorePark University appoints Lorraine Moore as development director

Lorraine Moore has been appointed as a development director within the Office of University Relations and Development at Park University. She began her duties at Park on Feb. 11. In her position, Moore will cultivate relationships and partnerships with alumni, friends and organizations that lead to the support of students, programs and projects at the University. Moore joins Park after serving as a development officer the past year at DeLaSalle Education Center, Kansas City, Mo. She has additional fundraising experience as a community resource consultant with the United Way of Greater Kansas City, and as a volunteer event co-chair and registration chair for the March of Dimes March for Babies event for more than 30 years. Read more about Moore at

Lolita Lisovskaya-SayevichDaniel VeisBen SayevichInternational Center for Music to present an “Evening of Chamber Music”

The Park University International Center for Music’s 2015-16 concert series season continues on Saturday, Feb. 27, with “An Evening of Chamber Music” recital featuring performances by the ICM’s award-winning faculty. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. Ben Sayevich, professor of music/violin (left), Daniel Veis, assistant professor of music/cello (center) and Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich (right), ICM collaborative pianist — will be the featured musicians during the recital, which will include the following selections
          •  “Sonata for Violin and Cello” by Maurice Ravel
          •  “Piano Quartet in E Flat” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Anna Sorokina, graduate student pursuing degree in violin performance, will accompany)
          •  “Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7” by Zoltán Kodály

Park University students, faculty and staff with Park ID are admitted free. Individual tickets for the general public are $10 and can be purchased at the door or at

Black History Month lecture to feature discussion on Park alumnus and WWI hero

A dialogue about the role a Park University alumnus and World War I hero played with the white-led, mostly black 369th Regiment of New York will be presented on Monday, Feb. 29, as part of the University’s 15th annual Spencer Cave Black History Month Lecture. The lecture, “George S. Robb: From Salina, Kan., to Park University to Pershing’s 100 Heroes of the War,” will be held at The National World War I Museum and Memorial, 100 W. 26th St., Kansas City, Mo., starting at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested through the museum at

Dr. Jeffrey SammonsMuch is known about Robb (1887-1972), a 1912 Park graduate, World War I hero, Medal of Honor recipient (in 1919) and a long-serving government official in his home state of Kansas (he served as state auditor from 1935-61). Based on largely untapped primary sources at the Kansas State Archives and the Federal Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, historian Jeffrey T. Sammons, Ph.D. (in adjacent photo), will share a much more nuanced and multidimensional rendering of Robb. Sammons’ discussion will cover Robb’s years at Park University to his tenure as a teacher at Columbia University, participation at the Second Fort Sheridan (Ill.) Officer Training Camp, assignment with the white-led, mostly black 369th Regiment of New York and life as a celebrity long after the war. Read more about the lecture and Sammons at

Submissions requested for Park’s Center for Global Peace Journalism publication

The Peace Journalist, a semi-annual publication of Park University’s Center for Global Peace Journalism, is seeking submissions for its April edition. The Peace Journalist is dedicated to disseminating news and information for and about teachers, students and practitioners of peace and conflict sensitive journalism. The publication is seeking short submissions (300 to 550 words) on areas such as detailing peace journalism projects, classes, proposals and academic works in the field. Longer submissions (800 to 1,200 words) about peace or conflict sensitive journalism projects or program are also welcome. Submit articles to Steve Youngblood, director of the CGPJ and associate professor of communication arts, at Submissions should also include a two-to-three sentence biography and headshot photograph of the author. The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 7. For more information about the publication, visit

Faculty, staff news

Dr. Nicolas KoudouAn article written by Nicolas Koudou, Ph.D., professor of business administration and area coordinator of general concentrations in the Master of Business Administration program, was published in a recent edition of the Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development. The article, “Role of Freshwater Resources in Sustainable Economic Development in 21st Century: Exploratory Study,” envisions solutions to freshwater scarcity to promote viable economic development where needed and provides information to help prevent freshwater base conflicts among communities around the world.

Gentle SigrahAngie PetersonAngie Peterson, director of global education and study abroad (left) served as a selection panelist for the U.S. Department of State’s 2016 Critical Languages Scholarship Program, Feb. 7-8, in Washington, D.C. The CLSP is a summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students administered by the American Councils on International Education.

Gentle Sigrah (right), mail services specialist, recently earned a two-year certification as a mail design professional from the U.S. Postal Service. The certification program teaches mailing industry personnel how to design mail to enhance its compatibility with USPS automated equipment and coaches mailers on how to achieve lower postage prices through automation.

Park In The News

Park University was featured and well-represented during a four-minute interview segment that aired live on KEYE-TV in Austin, Texas, on Jan. 26. Tom Allen, community relations manager for Park’s Austin Campus Center, along with students Erin Daily and Skye Jones, both senior social psychology majors. The trio talked about the various educational opportunities at the Austin Campus, as well as personal stories about their experiences.

Park University was highlighted on WDAF-TV in Kansas City during a number of newscasts on Jan. 27. The television station did live shots from Breckon Sports Center on the Parkville Campus, covering a story related to the efforts to collect bottles of water for residents of Flint, Mich. Steve Wilson, assistant athletic director for sports communication, Claude English, director of athletics, and track and field student-athlete Breanna Johnson, who brought up the idea for the campaign, were interviewed. The Department of Athletics collected 296 cases of water to send to Flint (more than 8,330 bottles of water.

Cynthia Levin, ’77, producing artistic director of Kansas City’s Unicorn Theatre, was interviewed for the “Know a Theatre” section of a recent issue of American Theatre magazine.

Graduate programs within Park University’s School of Business were featured in a special “Graduate Programs: A Guide to Continuing Education” supplement that was a part of the Jan. 29 issue of the Kansas City Business Journal. An advertorial article about Park’s programs was written by Brad Kleindl, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business.

Paul King, a December 2015 Park University graduate from the Fort Leonard Wood (Mo.) Campus Center, was featured in a recent edition of the Waynesville (Mo.) Daily Guide. King was one of two nominees for the Waynesville – St. Robert Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Citizen of the Year award.

The grand opening for Park University’s new Independence (Mo.) Campus Center location was featured in the city’s newspaper, The Examiner, on Feb. 6. The article included comments from, and a photo of, Park President Greg Gunderson, Ph.D., as well as comments from Doug Fiore, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Park University was mentioned as part of a three-minute feature story that appeared on KCTV’s “Better Kansas City” program on Feb. 9. The story was about S.D. Strong Distilling Co., located on the University’s Parkville Campus in the Parkville Commercial Underground.

David Whittaker, chief information officer, was quoted in a story that appeared in The Kansas City Star on Feb. 13. The article, which appeared in a “Kids and Money” column, was about IRS and tax return phishing scams targeting college students.

Terrence Ward, Ph.D., assistant professor of public administration and area coordinator for public management, appeared on the “Heartland Labor Forum” program on KKFI-FM in Kansas City on Feb. 11. Ward discussed the pros and cons of tax increment financing and economic development incentives in the wake of a project that had been planned for the Crossroads District in Kansas City, Mo.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)
     •  February 19 -- Admissions: One-on-One Weekend, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  February 27 -- International Center for Music Concert: An Evening of Chamber Music, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  February 29 -- Spencer Cave Black History Month Lecture Series: Dr. Jeffrey T. Sammons, “George S. Robb: From Salina, Kan., to Park University to Pershing’s 100 Heroes of the War,” 7 p.m., The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, Mo.
     •  March 1 -- Cultural Sharing Event: Saakumu Dance Troupe, 5 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  March 6-13 -- Spring Recess (no classes nationwide)
     •  March 14 -- Spring II Term Begins
     •  March 19 -- Admissions: Pirate Preview, 9 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  March 24 -- Johnson Family Lecture Series: Dr. Sterling Nesbitt, “The Beginning of the Age of Reptiles: The Rise of Archosaurs and Their Relatives Following the End-Permian Extinction,” 7 p.m., Jenkin and Barbara David Theater (Alumni Hall)
     •  March 29 -- Park University Health Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Academic Expansion Space
     •  April 2 -- International Center for Music Concert Series: “An Evening of Russian Music,” 7;30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  April 4-6 -- Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium, Parkville Campus
     •  April 9 -- Admissions: Get On Board Day, 8:30 a.m., Parkville Campus
     •  April 12 -- Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture: Dr. Francis Fukuyama, Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library Plaza Branch, 6 p.m.
     •  April 13 -- Park University Spring Career Expo, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 200 Corridor, Parkville Campus
     •  April 13 -- Dr. Doris Howell Leadership Awards, 6 p.m., Park Distance Learning Conference Center
     •  April 15 -16 -- Admissions: Junior Overnight Event, Parkville Campus
     •  April 22 -- Inauguration Ceremony for President Dr. Greg Gunderson and Provost Dr. Doug Fiore, 11:30 a.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel (with additional seating in David Theater, Alumni Hall)
     •  April 22 – Inauguration Picnic, 1 p.m., University Front Lawn

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