The Crow's Nest -- July 29, 2016

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Kenneth BrobergPark student takes fourth at Sydney International Piano Competition

Kenneth Broberg, who will begin pursuit of a Master of Music in Performance degree in Park University’s International Center for Music starting this fall semester, advanced to the finals of the Sydney (Australia) International Piano Competition and placed fourth, winning a $15,000 prize. The competition, held every four years, started July 6 with 32 competitors from around the world. Twelve pianists advanced to the semifinals and six competed in the finals which ended on July 23.

Broberg, who will study under the tutelage of Stanislav Ioudenitch, associate professor of music/piano, is the first Park student to advance to the finals of a major international piano competition since Behzod Abduraimov won the London International Piano Competition in 2009. Abduraimov currently serves as the ICM’s artist-in-residence. In a bit of a twist, the winner of the SIPC, Andrey Gugnin, has been studying under Ioudenitch this summer at the International Piano Academy Lake Como (Italy).

Steve WilsonWilson wins four awards at CoSIDA convention

Steve Wilson, assistant athletic director for sports communications, earned four awards, including a first place award for writing, at the College Sports Information Directors of America’s annual convention, June 12-15 in Dallas. In the Dr. W. Jack Bell Writing Contest, Wilson’s men’s basketball 2015-16 season preview was selected as the best season preview in the NAIA, while his women’s volleyball 2015 season preview placed fourth. In addition, two sets of game notes from the 2015 NAIA Women’s Volleyball National Championship placed fifth and seventh in the Walt McAlexander Publications Contest. Read more about the honors at

Alumni, Supporters to be honored during Homecoming Weekend

Park University will celebrate its annual Homecoming Weekend, Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 15-17. Highlighting the series of events during the weekend will be the 68th annual Park University Alumni Association Awards Luncheon on Friday, Sept. 16, at Black on Burlington in North Kansas City, Mo. Three Park alumni and one community leader will be honored at the event:
Peter deSilvaAnthony Melchiorri          •  Anthony Melchiorri (left), Far Rockaway, N.Y., a 1990 Park graduate, and host, co-creator and co-executive producer of Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible.” Melchiorri will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award which recognizes Park alumni who have distinguished themselves through career service or community achievements.
          •  Peter deSilva (right), Creve Coeur, Mo., president of Scottrade Inc. and Scottrade Investment Management, past president/chief operating officer of UMB Financial Corp and a past member (2006-15) of the University’s Board of Trustees. deSilva, formerly of Kansas City, Mo., will receive the Torchlighter Award, given to honor individuals who have made significant long-standing contributions and commitment to Park University, whether alumni, faculty or friend.
Darwin RiveraGreg Mills          •  Greg Mills (left), Kansas City, Mo., a 1997 Park Master of Public Administration graduate and city administrator/public safety director for the City of Riverside, Mo. Mills will receive the Marlowe Sherwood Award, which recognizes Park alumni for volunteer services to community and civic organizations.
          •  Darwin Rivera (right), Alexandria, Va., received both his bachelor’s degree (2004) and Master of Business Administration degree (2007) from Park, and serves as senior solutions architect at HID Global, and founder/principal of Guayama Group Inc. Rivera will receive the Park Promising Young Professional Award, which recognizes a Park alumnus/alumna who shows exceptional promise of leadership and contribution to their professor and/or community.

Tickets to the luncheon, which begins at 11:30 a.m., are $30 per person or $300 for a table of 10. Visit to purchase tickets, or contact the University’s Office of Alumni Relations at / (816) 584-6200.

A variety of other events open to the public will take place during Homecoming Weekend, including the induction of the 2016 class to the Department of Athletics’ Wall of Honor on Friday evening (see story immediately below), men’s and women’s soccer matches vs. Lyon College on Saturday (Sept. 17) afternoon and a special concert featuring the students and faculty of Park’s International Center for Music on Saturday evening. For more information about Homecoming Weekend 2016, visit

Wall of HonorDepartment of Athletics announces Wall of Honor Class of 2016

The 2016 induction class for the Park University Athletics Wall of Honor will feature three individuals and one team that made a lasting impact on the University and its athletics programs. Selected for induction are:
          •  Chris Perrone, two-sport athlete in men’s track and field and soccer from 1982-86
          •  Eric Ongao, 2002 NAIA Men’s Soccer Player of the Year
          •  Donald J. Breckon, Ph.D., Park University president emeritus, for meritorious service
          •  1997-98 men’s basketball team that advanced to the NAIA national semifinals

The 2016 class will be inducted on Friday, Sept. 16, at a dinner honoring the inductees on the Parkville Campus. Following the dinner, the permanent home of the Park Wall of Honor will be unveiled in the 600 Corridor within the Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground. Read more about this year’s class at

Daniela DuarteWomen’s volleyball players honored with Ashe sports scholar award

For the second year in a row, Park University is represented by members of the women’s volleyball program earning recognition with the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award for 2016. Daniela Duarte (left), a senior business administration/marketing and business administration/international business major, earned first team honors, while Raissa Herczfeld, a senior fitness and wellness major, was named to the second team. Diverse Issues in Higher Education sponsors the awards program to honor undergraduate students who have excelled in the classroom as well as on the athletic field. Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr.’s commitment to education, as well as his love for the game of tennis, U.S. colleges and universities are invited to participate in this annual awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars. In addition to their athletic ability and academic performance, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars demonstrate a commitment to community service and student leadership. Read more about the Park honors at

Nine Park athletic teams earn NAIA Scholar-Team designation

Park University’s Department of Athletics had nine programs earn the NAIA’s 2015-16 Scholar Team designation, awarded to teams with a 3.0 grade point average or better for the academic year. It is the most teams in Park history to receive the honor in a single year. The softball program edged out women’s golf by four one-hundredths of a point with the top GPA in the department, finishing with a 3.50 grade point average in a conference-championship season. In all, the Department of Athletics posted a cumulative GPA of 3.125. Read more about the honor and all the Park teams to be recognized at

International Center for Music announces 2016-17 concert season schedule

The International Center for Music at Park University has announced the 2016-17 schedule for its upcoming 13th concert season — one that will include a variety of performances with internationally renowned guest artists and the ICM’s own award-winning faculty and students.

The ICM’s 2016-17 concert season will kick off on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo., with a special “Virtuosos of the International Center for Music” concert. This concert, which was originally scheduled to be held on May 4, was postponed the night before due to injuries sustained by ICM Artist-in-Residence Behzod Abduraimov. The rescheduled concert will include performances by Abduraimov; the Park Piano Trio (pianist Stanislav Ioudenitch, violinist Ben Sayevich and cellist Daniel Veis, all ICM faculty); pianist Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, ICM collaborative pianist; and violinist David Radzynski, concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra who earned a graduate certificate in violin performance from the ICM in 2014.

For more information about the ICM 2016-17 season, visit Tickets for the “Virtuosos of the International Center for Music” concert at the Kauffman Center can be purchased at; tickets for each of the ICM’s Guest Artists Series concerts are $20, with a subscription for all four concerts $60; tickets for each of the three remaining ICM concerts are $10, with a subscription for all three concerts $25.

Ingram's OutlookUniversity hosts discussion on higher education

On June 28, Park University hosted the Ingram’s 2016 Higher Education Industry Outlook Assembly on the Parkville Campus. The event brought together higher education leaders from the Kansas City region — including Park President Greg Gunderson, Ph.D., and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Doug Fiore, Ph.D. — for a discussion about a variety of issues in higher education. An article about the event appeared in the July edition of Ingram’s, Kansas City’s business magazine.

In the same issue of Ingram’s, Park University was ranked No. 11 among colleges/universities in Missouri and Kansas based on post-graduate enrollment in Fall 2015. In addition, Park’s Master of Business Administration program was ranked as the No. 4 MBA program in Missouri and Kansas, based on Fall 2015 enrollment.

Park University Golf Scramble set for Oct. 10

The 2016 Park University Golf Scramble, a four-person tournament that benefits the University’s athletic programs, is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 10, at The National Golf Club of Kansas City. Golfers get on the course with a shotgun start at 10 a.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. An awards program will be held immediately follow the completion of the tournament at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Tournament sponsorship fees are $175 per golfer or $700 per four-person team, and includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch on the course, driving range access prior to the event, on-course games and contests, and refreshments. In addition, a variety of sponsorship packages are available, ranging in price from $1,200 to $5,000. To register for the tournament or for more information, visit For questions about the tournament or sponsorship levels, contact Nathan Marticke, associate vice president of advancement, at or (816) 584-6200. For those who would like to volunteer, contact Alisha Blackwelder, special events manager, at or (816) 584-6420.

Readers of Kansas City area publications again select Park University “Best of the Northland”

For the second year in a row, Park University has won two “Best of the Northland” awards, as selected by readers of four Kansas City, Mo., area newspapers — Liberty Tribune, Gladstone Dispatch, Kearney Courier and Smithville Herald. Park received the most votes as the “Best University/College” in the Northland, as well as the “Best Online College.”

Affordable Schools BadgePark online bachelor’s degree programs, MPA program recognized for affordability

Park University’s online bachelor’s degree programs in management/human resources, management/healthcare, psychology, criminal justice administration and the Master of Public Administration program have been ranked by
          •  The management/human resources program was ranked No 5 on the “20 Affordable Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Human Resources Management” list
          •  The management/healthcare program was ranked No. 8 on the “20 Affordable Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Healthcare Administration and Management”  list
          •  The psychology program ranked No. 8 on the “20 Affordable Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology Studies” list
          •  The criminal justice administration program was ranked No. 15 on the “20 Affordable Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Criminal Justice Studies” list
          •  The Master of Public Administration program was ranked No. 7 on the “25 Most Affordable Online Master of Public Administration Degrees” list
According to the, the rankings are based on the net price per college, as recorded in the National Center for Education Statistics database. In addition, some NCES data has been filtered to focus on colleges with a minimum 20 percent graduation rate per school. Additional data points include transfer-out rate and housing/cost of living info.

Park campus centers hold commencement ceremonies

Park University campus centers across the country have held commencement ceremonies for 2016 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 available).
          •  Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (Ariz.) Campus Center / Photos
          •  El Paso (Texas) Campus Center / Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center / Holloman Air Force Base (N.M.) Campus Center
          •  Fairchild Air Force Base (Wash.) Campus Center
          •  F.E. Warren Air Force Base (Wyo.) Campus Center
          •  Goodfellow Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center
          •  Laughlin Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center / Photos
          •  Luke Air Force Base (Ariz.) Campus Center / Photos
          •  Minot (N.D.) Air Force Base Campus Center
          •  Scott Air Force Base (Ill.) Campus Center / Photos

Faculty, staff, student news

Photo Contest - GarrettWinners have been announced in the Office of Global Education and Study Abroad’s Spring International Photo Contest.
          •  Dan Carro, adjunct instructor of logistics and management, faculty division
          •  Lorena Davis, Naval Support Activity Mid-South Millington (Tenn.) Campus Center site manager, staff division
          •  Emily Garrett, a May 2016 graduate in geography, student division (pictured)

Jeremy Barnes, senior accounting and business administration/management major in Park University’s Honors Academy, has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. The PCAOB’s scholarship program, created by Congress as part of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, is intended to encourage students to pursue a career in audit. The SOA requires that monetary penalties imposed by the PCAOB in its disciplinary proceedings be used to fund the scholarship program. To qualify, students must be enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program in accounting, demonstrate interest and aptitude in accounting/auditing and demonstrate high ethical standards.

Brandi Handley, adjunct professor of English, recently had a short story she authored published in The Laurel Review (vol. 49.1). Her story, “Holes,” is about a melancholy young woman who has perfectly round holes appearing in her clothing when she finds herself on the brink of despair, not knowing if they are a sign from God or a sign that her life is falling apart.

Rooberraa ShuphareeRooberraa (Rob) Shupharee, 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.

William Venable III, assistant professor of management and marketing, was honored as a regional recipient of a 2016 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs Teaching Excellence Award at the ACBSP annual conference in June in Atlanta. The award recognizes individuals who exemplify teaching excellence in the classroom. Along with the award, Venable received a medallion and a $250 check, which he signed over to ACBSP’s Andy C. Saucedo Memorial Scholarship Award. Saucedo is a former Park adjunct faculty member who was serving as chair of the ACBSP Board of Directors for ACBSP when he passed away in February. Park’s School of Business also donated $500 from the Dean’s Discretionary Fund to this scholarship in memory of Saucedo.

Park In The News

Jeanette Prenger, ’09, a member of Park University’s Board of Trustees, was pictured and highlighted in the June 11 issue of The Independent, Kansas City’s journal of society. Prenger was the co-chair of The Salvation Army’s annual civic luncheon on May 12 in Kansas City, Mo., and her leadership of the event culminated in the largest amount of contributions in the luncheon’s history. She was also pictured as part of the Hats off to Mothers Benefactors Party on May 3 as one of the honorees of the event (as mentioned in the May 16 Crow’s Nest).

Doug Fiore, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs, was featured throughout a special advertising supplement in the June 24 issue of the Kansas City Business Journal. Fiore was a panelist for a section on “Education: Creating the Employees Businesses Need”

Janice Whited, site manager at the Goodfellow Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center, appeared in a three-and-a-half-minute interview segment on KLST-TV in San Angelo, Texas, on June 24. Whited discussed Park’s history with the military and the Goodfellow AFB Campus’ degree offerings.

A story about Lydia Todd, ’87, being appointed as the first deputy commissioner of the Massachusetts Probation Service, appeared in the Newton (Mass.) Tab on June 25.

Terrence Ward, assistant professor of public administration and area coordinator for public management, was mentioned in a story that appeared in the May/June issue of North, a magazine for the Northland area of Kansas City, Mo. Ward, who serves as president of the North Kansas City (Mo.) School District, also appeared in a photo on the cover of the magazine for a story related to the NKCSD’s school bond issue.

A story about David Grace, ’03, a men’s basketball assistant coach at UCLA, appeared on Fox Sports website on July 1. Grace, who graduated from Park’s Luke Air Force Base (Ariz.) Campus Center and is a 20-year Air Force veteran, is considered one of the rising stars in the collegiate coaching ranks.

An article on the “End of the ‘Youth Revolt’” that originally appeared in the Aug. 9, 1971, edition of U.S. News and World Report, was republished on the magazine’s website on July 1. The story included a comment from an unnamed then Park College antiwar student.

Behzod Abduraimov, International Center for Music artist-in-residence, was featured in an online magazine in Hong Kong, Interlude, on July 2. The article was about Abduraimov’s background as a preview for a concert he performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

Park University’s Master of Business Administration program was featured throughout a special “MBA” section that appeared in the July 11 issue of The Kansas City Star. Jackie Campbell, director of Park’s MBA program, provided comments for articles on flexible learning spaces, technology advances, the MBA becoming a necessity for business leaders, flipped classrooms, course delivery format and how to choose the right MBA program.

Park University’s Ballyhoo fundraising event on May 17 on the Parkville Campus was the featured center spread of the July 9 issue of The Independent, Kansas City’s Journal of Society. Thirteen photos from the event were included and showed a variety of Park staff, faculty, trustees, community members, supporters and guests.

A story about an inclusive playground that was built in Platte County, Mo., included a mention of Park University and comments from Janice Tilman, ’93, who has served as executive director of the Platte County Board of Services for the Developmentally Disabled for 40 years. The article appeared in The Kansas City Star on July 13.

Gannon Ogle, a sophomore pitcher on Park University’s baseball team, was the focus of an article that appeared in his hometown (Independence, Mo.) newspaper, The Examiner, on July 14. Ogle is playing for the Independence Veterans in the Mid-Plains League, a summer collegiate baseball league.

Alissia Canady, ’08, was featured in a special “Education” supplement to The Kansas City Star on July 17. Canady is a member of the Kansas City, Mo., City Council.

A story about the Park University Goodfellow Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center commencement on July 15 appeared that evening on KLST-TV and KSAN-TV in San Angelo. Janice Whited, campus site manager, was interviewed for the story, which also included a mention of Roger Dusing, associate vice president and chief human resource officer, who presented the keynote address.

In addition, a story published on July 19 in Conexión San Ángelo focused on the 12 nontraditional students who graduated from the Goodfellow AFB Campus. The article included comments from Whited, Dusing and graduate Stephanie Sommers.

Park University was mentioned in a series of rankings related to tuition assistance and the Post-9/11 GI Bill that appeared in a recent issue of Military Times. Park ranked No. 10 overall and No. 4 among private colleges/universities nationwide, based on the number of students using tuition assistance; in rankings of military branches, Park ranked No. 5 among both Air Force and Marine Corps. Park also ranked No. 44 in the country and No. 7 overall for Post-9/11 GI Bill recipients.

John Hamilton, Ph.D., chair and associate professor of criminal justice administration, and Mike Hasty, ’93, ’97, Gladstone, Mo., chief of police, were both interviewed for an investigative story that appeared on WDAF-TV in Kansas City on July 21 and re-aired on July 24. The story was about a Northland “big box” store that has a high volume of police calls and how it strains police resources. Hamilton walked through the store with a hidden camera and provided his thoughts from a criminology/security perspective, while Hasty spoke about the police department’s response to the number of calls. Lisa McCormick, ’83, serves as investigative producer at WDAF-TV.

A story about Tom Dailey, ’96, appeared on KMBC-TV on July 21. Dailey, who served as the chief of police in Independence, Mo., since September 2008, recently announced his retirement after a 37-year career in law enforcement.

A review of a concert performed by Behzod Abduraimov, International Center for Music artist-in-residence, at Harris Concert Hall in Aspen, Colo., on July 21 appeared in the Aspen Times on July 23.

Shane Boyer, a junior infielder/outfielder on Park University’s baseball team, was interviewed live on WDAF-TV on July 24. Boyer was among the players participating in the Ban Johnson All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium. John Lozano Jr., a senior infielder/outfielder also on the baseball team, also played in the Ban Johnson All-Star game and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

Alisha Blackwelder, manager of special events, who also serves as vice chair of the Main Street Parkville (Mo.) Association, appeared on KSHB-TV in Kansas City on July 27 to talk about the organization’s “Final Fridays” events in Parkville.

Janee Townsend, ’97, was featured in the Kenosha (Wis.) News on July 28. Townsend was invited to work on the umpiring crew for the National Amateur Softball Association’s Girls U-16 tournament in Watertown, Wis.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)
     •  July 29 -- Summer Session ends
     •  August 5 -- Julymester ends
     •  August 6 -- Lackland Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center / Randolph Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center Commencement, 1 p.m., Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, San Antonio, Texas
     •  August 15 -- Fall Semester / Fall I Term Begins
     •  August 19 -- Opening Convocation, noon, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel (and live stream)
     •  August 19 -- All University Picnic and Activities Fair, 1-3 p.m., Breckon Sports Center (East Dome)
     •  September 5 -- Labor Day holiday (All University offices closed and Parkville Daytime classes cancelled; Fall 1 classes held nationwide and online)
     •  September 7 -- Virtuosos of the International Center for Music Concert, 7 p.m., Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Mo.
     •  September 9 -- Camp Pendleton (Calif.) Campus Center Commencement, 3 p.m., Camp Pendleton Pacific Views Event Center
     •  September 13 -- Park University History Book Panel Presentation, 6 p.m., National Archives at Kansas City
     •  September 14 -- Career and Internship Fair, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Breckon Sports Center East Dome
     •  September 15-17 -- Park University Homecoming Weekend, Parkville Campus
     •  September 16 -- Park University Alumni Association Awards Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Black on Burlington, North Kansas City, Mo.
     •  September 16 -- Park University Athletics Wall of Honor Induction Banquet, 6:30 p.m., Park Distance Learning Conference Center (Wall of Honor Unveiling at 8 p.m. in the Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground 600 Corridor)
     •  September 17 -- International Center for Music Homecoming Concert, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  September 17 -- Fort Myer (Va.) Campus Center / Headquarters Marine Corps/Headquarters Battalion Henderson Hall (Va.) Campus Center / Marine Corps Base Quantico (Va.) Campus Center Commencement, 9 p.m., Quantico Little Hall/Command Auditorium
     •  September 19 -- International Talk Like A Pirate Day
     •  September 24 -- International Center for Music Special Event: Violinist David Radzynski, 7:30 p.m., Karbank 1900 Building, Mission Woods, Kan.

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