The Crow's Nest -- August 23, 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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Homecoming Weekend 2016Park University’s Homecoming Weekend 2016 Set for Sept. 15-17

Hundreds of Park University alumni from across the country and their families are expected to converge on the University’s Parkville Campus for Homecoming Weekend 2016, Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 15-17. While a number of activities are reserved for Park alumni and their families, there are some events that are open to the public, including Park students, faculty and staff. Visit for more information or for a complete list of activities.

Colmery Check PresentationUniversity makes donation to honor architect of GI Bill

Park University was honored for the opportunity to support the Harry Colmery Plaza in Topeka, Kan., which was dedicated during a ceremony in late June. As the architect of the original GI Bill, Colmery opened the doors to higher education for countless veterans following their service on behalf of our nation. His work on the GI Bill ensured the accessibility of a college education for servicemen and women, and Park is proud to continue that tradition today. Jimmie Foster, adjutant for the American Legion Department of Kansas, and Pat Michaelis, chairman of the Harry Colmery Plaza project, accepted a $5,000 donation from Park University President Greg Gunderson, Ph.D., on behalf of the University’s Global Warrior Center. Bill Lawson, director of academic expansion strategy, coordinated Park’s involvement and represented the University at the dedication.

Pirate LogoPark athletic programs to kick off season

Last year, Park University was represented in eight of a possible 15 NAIA championships. Don’t miss your chance to be part of the action in 2016-17. The fall season for Park University’s athletic teams begins the weekend of Friday-Saturday, Aug. 26-27, as the women’s volleyball team, ranked No. 12 in the NAIA preseason poll, travels to Marshall, Mo., to play in the Missouri Valley College Invitational. The first home event for the Pirates will be Tuesday, Aug. 30, as the men’s soccer squad takes on Northwestern College at 5 p.m. at Julian Field. Women’s soccer opens its season the next evening, Wednesday, Aug. 31, hosting Graceland University at 6 p.m. The women’s volleyball team’s first home match will be Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. in Breckon Sports Center against MidAmerica Nazarene University.

Park University students, faculty and staff are admitted free to all regular season home athletic events with a valid Park ID card. Regular ticket prices are $5 for general admission, $3 for students of other institutions and senior citizens and $2 for active military and Park University alumni. Season tickets, student, faculty and staff IDs are not valid for admission to postseason events such as American Midwest Conference tournament games or NAIA championship events held on campus.

Park Piano TrioDiscounted tickets available for ICM virtuosos concert

The International Center for Music at Park University presents the “Virtuosos of the International Center for Music” in concert on Wednesday, Sept. 7, starting at 7 p.m. at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo. The concert will feature internationally acclaimed pianists Stanislav Ioudenitch, gold medalist winner of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and his protégé, Behzod Abduraimov, DECCA recording artist and ICM artist-in-residence; David Radzynski, Park alumnus and concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; distinguished violinist Ben Sayevich; celebrated cellist Daniel Veis; and illustrious pianist Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, as they return to the Kauffman Center for the first time since performing in the University’s sold out gala concert in 2014.

Tickets are on sale now at or by calling (816) 994-7222. Use promo code “ICM20” to receive a 20 percent discount on tickets. For more information about the concert, visit

Park campus centers hold commencement ceremonies

Park University campus centers across the country continue to hold 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).
          •  Hill Air Force Base (Utah) Campus Center
          •  Lackland Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center / Randolph Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center

Aimee PattonAmy McIntoshMcIntosh, Patton appointed to director of marketing positions

Park University has appointed Amy McIntosh (left) as director of marketing/brand and Aimee Patton (right) as director of marketing/digital. Both women started in their respective positions at Park on Aug. 22. As director of marketing/brand, McIntosh will develop marketing strategies and tactics to promote the University, specifically to help increase inquiry and enrollment goals for the institution. In addition, McIntosh will work with Park’s admissions and retention teams, and will ensure the University’s advertising campaigns and merchandising are appropriately branded to Park’s standards. In Patton’s role as director of marketing/digital, she will direct all of Park’s digital efforts, including pay-per-click, search engine optimization, social media and website, to garner interest from prospective students to the University. Patton will also ensure an effective social media plan and direct the relevance, ease of use and priorities for Park’s website. Read more about McIntosh and Patton at

University hosting Fall Career and Internship Fair on Sept. 14

Park University’s Career Development Center will host its annual Fall Career and Internship Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Breckon Sports Center on the University’s Parkville Campus. The event is open to the public, especially recent college graduates and individuals looking for entry-level positions. The fair will include more than 50 large and small companies, as well as nonprofit organizations and government agencies, representing a wide variety of industries, including media/advertising, health, finance, social services, real estate and criminal justice. Participants, who will meet with company representatives at the fair, should bring copies of their résumé and dress professionally. For more information or to RSVP, contact Leah Fletcher, director of career development, at or visit

InSight11th edition of InSight, University’s scholarly journal, now available

Park University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning has announced that the 11th 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 eight articles, including two co-authored by Park faculty: “The Role of Educators in Preparing the Confident Graduate Student” by Geri Dickey, Ph.D., assistant professor of social work; and “An Assessment of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Public Administration from 2009-2013,” by Eric Click, Ph.D., associate professor and program coordinator of public administration, and Rebekkah Stuteville, Ph.D., vice provost and associate vice president for academic affairs. Read the current issue of InSight and previous editions, or get information on how to submit a paper for the 12th volume 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 October 2016 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 programs 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 Wednesday, Sept. 7. For more information about the publication, visit

Park online programs earn rankings has ranked three Park University’s online programs among the most affordable in the country:
          •  Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Finance ranked No. 3 on the “20 Affordable Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Finance” list
          •  Master of Healthcare Administration ranked No. 10 on the “25 Most Affordable Online Master of Healthcare Administration and Management Degrees” list
          •  Master of Education in Educational Leadership ranked No. 25 on the “25 Most Affordable Online Master of Educational Leadership and Administration Degrees” list

The rankings were compiled via data from the National Center for Education Statistics for its rankings. In addition, Park’s online Master of Business Administration degree program has been ranked No. 4 in the country on CollegeStart’s “Best Value Online MBA Degree Programs and Schools 2016-17” list. The rankings are based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics using the following criteria: graduation rates, cost, acceptance rates, enrollment rates, retention rates, student-to-faculty ratio, percentage of students receiving financial aid and loan default rates. Park’s online bachelor’s degree in human resource management has been ranked No.18 by College Choice on its list of “Best Online Bachelor’s in Human Resources Degrees, 2016.” The rankings were compiled from surveys of college freshmen, and data from U.S. News and World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics and

ICM faculty, students collaborating with Kansas City Chamber Orchestra in concert

Students and faculty in Park University’s International Center for Music will be the featured performers at the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra’s 2016-17 season opening concert on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Helzberg Hall within the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo. The concert, which will feature Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Triple Concerto” (“Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C Major, op. 56”), begins at 8 p.m.

Featured performers in the “Triple Concerto” will be members of Park University’s ICM virtuoso faculty: violinist Ben Sayevich, professor of music/violin and KCCO founding concertmaster; pianist Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, director of collaborative piano; and cellist Daniel Veis, assistant professor of music/cello. The concert will also showcase the extraordinary talents of ICM students: violinist Laurel Gagnon, senior applied music/strings major; pianist Jinhong Li, sophomore applied music/piano major; and cellist Dilshod Narzillaev, freshman applied music/strings major. They will be performing with the KCCO works from the Romantic era by Frédéric Chopin, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Henryk Wieniawski.

Tickets for the performance, which kicks off the KCCO’s 30th season, begin at $20, with senior and student discounts available. Tickets can be purchased at through the KCCO at, the Kauffman Center at or the Central Ticket Office at (816) 235-6222. For more information, visit

Faculty, staff, student news

Daniel VeisDr. Stacey KikendallStacey Kikendall, Ph.D. (left), assistant professor of English, presented a paper on “(Not) Seeing the Other in the Illustrated Landscape of Charles Dickens’s Martin Chuzzlewit” at the Dickens Society’s annual symposium, July 11 in Reykjavik, Iceland, July 11. The paper analyzed how the original illustrations accompanying Dickens’s novel reflect the importance of seeing and sympathizing with marginalized people.

Daniel Veis (right), assistant professor of music/cello, served on the jury for the 2016 Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition in Harbin, China, July 23 through Aug. 1.

Don WiseDr. Laurie DiPadova-StocksLaurie DiPadova-Stocks, Ph.D. (left), dean emeritus and professor of public administration, and Don Wise (right), instructor of public administration, area coordinator of nonprofit and community services management, and associate director of the Center for Leadership, participated in sessions at the Academy of Management annual meeting, Aug. 5-9 in Anaheim, Calif. Wise coordinated a service activity, sponsored by Park University, at the Bowers Kidseum, while DiPadova-Stocks served as a facilitator. DiPadova-Stocks also served as a panelist on the session “Faculty Careers, Academic Leadership and PNP as an Organization of Meaning” and moderated a session on “A Community of Hope Facing Childhood Cancer: MaxLove Project as an Organization of Meaning,” with Wise serving as a panelist.

Dr. Eric ClickEric Click, Ph.D., associate professor and program coordinator of public administration, presented a session on “The Impact of the Baseball Hall of Fame on the Village of Cooperstown” at the Cooperstown (N.Y.) Symposium on Baseball and American Culture this summer.

Park In The News

Park University President Greg Gunderson, Ph.D., is scheduled to appear on the KMBZ (980 AM) program "Grill Nation with Jason Grill" on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 4 p.m. The program is co-hosted by Ryan Rink, '98, son of Pat Fayard, athletics office manager.

Park University International Center for Music students and faculty who will be performing with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra on Saturday, Aug. 27 (see story above) will appear on Kansas Public Radio on Thursday, Aug. 25, to promote the concert. The artists will perform excerpts of the concert on the program “Classical Music in the Morning” beginning at approximately 11 a.m. The program can be heard on 91.5 FM in the Kansas City area or at

Park University was ranked among the top 100 Kansas City area private-sector employers in the July 29 issue of the Kansas City Business Journal. Park ranked No. 89 in the rankings, which were based on 2016 full-time equivalent local employees.

Park University’s Parkville Campus and land adjacent to the campus was the location of a manhunt on Aug. 3 following a chase by law enforcement of an individual wanted in the questioning of a violent crime. Kansas City area media outlets did numerous stories throughout the day as the Parkville Campus was on lockdown before the suspect was captured. KCTV aired a story that evening focusing on the thoughts of students on the campus and the University’s actions to get timely information out. Jasur Rakhimov, ’14, student programs specialist in the Office of Student Life currently pursuing a graduate certificate in nonprofit leadership, and Emma Givens, a resident assistant and senior business administration/marketing major, were interviewed for the story.

A story about Gary George, ’92, ’96, appeared in the Alpharetta-Roswell (Ga.) Herald on Aug. 5. George, who served as the Alpharetta public safety director for 15 years, announced his retirement, effective at the end of January 2017.

Phill Vardiman, ’96, was a member of the Team USA track and field training staff during the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A story about Vardiman appeared in the Marshall (Mo.) Democrat-News on Aug. 5.

A few days later, on Aug. 9, Vardiman was featured in a story that appeared on KSHB-TV in Kansas City. Vardiman was interviewed via Skype, discussing his duties while in Rio and giving a mention about his time at Park University.

A feature story on Bill Brown, ’86, appeared in The Daily Journal in Franklin, Ind., on Aug. 5. Brown, a member of the Marion County Crusaders, a semi-pro football team in Indianapolis, Ind., sought to play one final season of football after a cancer (melanoma) scare two years ago.

Dolores Estrada, ’07, was featured in a story that appeared in the Palo Verde Valley (Calif.) Times on July 29. Estrada has worked as an early childhood teacher for 50 years, including 44 years as a preschool educator in the Palo Verde Unified School District.

A story about the hymn “Near to the Heart of God,” which was composed in 1903 by Dr. Cleland B. McAfee, a longtime faculty member of Park University who passed away in 1944, appeared in the August edition of the Christian Radio Broadcaster, a newsletter published by KHCB-FM in Houston, Texas.

Jayme Uden, Ed.D., dean of students, was interviewed for a series of stories that aired on KMBZ-FM in Kansas City on Aug. 11. Uden provided comments for the station’s weekly cover story series, which on this week provided a college freshman survival guide.

A story about Parkville (Mo.) Days that appeared in The Kansas City Star on Aug. 17, included comments from Michael Newburger, ’70. Newburger and his wife, Susan, served as grand marshals for this year’s parade.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)
     •  Through September 9 -- Matt Krawcheck Art Exhibit, Campanella Gallery (Norrington Center)
     •  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 a.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.
     •  October 7 -- Fort Leonard Wood (Mo.) Campus Center Commencement, 10 a.m., Nutter Field House
     •  October 8 -- International Center for Music International Guest Artist Series: Pianist Plamena Mangova, 7:30 p.m., Karbank 1900 Building, Mission Woods, Kan.
     •  October 9 -- Fall I Term Ends
     •  October 10-16 -- Fall Recess (no classes nationwide; all University offices open)
     •  October 11 -- River Read Children’s Literature Festival, Parkville Campus
     •  October 17 -- Fall II Term Begins

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