The Crow's Nest -- October 21, 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

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Dr. Don BreckonBreckon presents discussion on 140 years of diversity and inclusion at Park

On Oct. 19, Park University President Emeritus Don Breckon, Ph.D., delivered an impassioned hour-long presentation on “The Amazing Story of 140 Years of Creating and Maintaining Diversity and Inclusion at Park College/University” as part of Park’s 2016-17 "Year of Inclusion" event series.

"The story of diversity and inclusion at Park University is truly amazing, one I believe is without parallel, and I am proud to have been part of it for the 14 years I served as president," Breckon said. He later added, “I’d like to say that George Park and John McAfee had an improbable dream, a dream of a college on a hill that would reach out and include individuals who wanted to earn a college degree and who were willing to work, but had been denied access for a variety of reasons. Efforts to make that dream a reality have nearly failed more than once in our 141 years of existence, but we are still here, still reaching out, and still making a very diverse group of students, faculty and staff feel included.” Read Breckon's paper at

Park University recognizes employees at Longevity Awards

Park University honored staff and faculty who reached milestone service anniversaries between Aug. 1, 2015, and July 31, 2016, during a ceremony on Oct. 19 on the Parkville Campus. Fifty-eight employees were recognized, combining for 610 years of service to Park. Five employees were honored with special recognition — those with 25 or more years of service. View a list of all employees recognized at

Park campus center holds commencement ceremony

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.
          •  Fort Leonard Wood (Mo.) Campus Center

Political MemorabiliaPolitical memorabilia exhibit on display in Fishburn Archives

Park University is marking the election year with an exhibit of political memorabilia through Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the University’s Fishburn Archives and Special Collections exhibit area, located near the 6th Street entrance to the Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground on the University’s Parkville Campus. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The collection, which has been on display every four years since 2000, is curated by University Archivist Carolyn Elwess. Among the more historic items are a Herbert Hoover button, a “Shirley Chisholm for President” button, a Richard Nixon bumper sticker signed by Julie and Trisha Nixon, a collection from the 1993 inauguration of Bill Clinton and Al Gore, items from the 1976 Republican Convention held in Kansas City, Mo., and a cardboard stand-up of Sarah Palin. Read more about the exhibit at

Park University’s annual “Fright Night” event set for Oct. 27

“Fright Night,” Park University’s annual Halloween celebration for the community, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Copley Quad residence hall on the Parkville Campus, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and children of all ages are encouraged to dress in their favorite Halloween costume. "Fright Night" will include trick-or-treating for children throughout Copley Quad and booths will be set up for carnival-style games, crafts and face painting. More than 25 Park student organizations and departments will sponsor booths with activities, contests and events for public. Parking for the event will be available in Lot N adjacent to Julian Field at the University’s Sixth Street (west) entrance. For more information, contact Karie Schaefer, director of residence life, at or (816) 584-7401.

Behzod AbduraimovAbduraimov to perform special benefit concert in advance of Carnegie Hall recital

Park University International Center for Music Artist-in-Residence Behzod Abduraimov, whose captivating piano performances around the world have established him as one of forerunners of his generation, will perform a special benefit concert on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the 1900 Building, 1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Mission Woods, Kan., starting at 7:30 p.m. The concert, a fundraising event for scholarships for students in the ICM, will be a preview of Abduraimov’s recital in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 17, in New York.

Tickets for this special concert are $100 and includes a reception with hors d’oeuvres and beverages before and after concert. All ticket proceeds will benefit scholarships for ICM students, with 80 percent of the ticket price tax deductible. Tickets can be purchased at For more information about the concert, visit

Park University co-sponsoring film screening and panel discussion of “Audrie & Daisy” documentary

The National Archives at Kansas City, in partnership with Park University and the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, will host a screening of the documentary “Audrie & Daisy,” and a post-film panel discussion, on Wednesday, Nov. 2, starting at 6 p.m. Admission to the screening and panel discussion is free, but reservations are requested by contacting the National Archives at Kansas City at or (816) 268-8010. A reception will precede the film, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Often, victim’s rights are overlooked in many cases involving issues such as sexual assault and bullying. “Audrie & Daisy,” which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January and was released by Netflix in September, examines the ripple effects on families, friends, schools and communities when two teenage women find that sexual assault crimes against them have been caught on camera. The film takes a hard look at America’s teenagers who are coming of age in a world of social media bullying, spun wildly out of control.

After the film, John Hamilton, Ph.D., chair and associate professor of criminal justice administration at Park University, and a retired 26-year veteran of the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, will join MOCSA staff for a discussion on aspects related to sexual assault, the criminal justice system in relation to victim advocacy and suicide prevention. Read more about the event at

Lofflin ExhibitCampanella Gallery features exhibit of Lofflin photographs

The Campanella Gallery at Park University is hosting an exhibit of photographs by John Lofflin through Wednesday, Nov. 30. According to Lofflin, professor of journalism at Park, “Surprise. Color.” is about the ways color has become a source of surprise to him. Read more about Lofflin’s exhibit at

Volunteers requested for Heart of America Stand Down

Park University’s Department of Military and Veteran Student Services, home of the Park Warrior Center, is looking for volunteers to support Kansas City’s homeless veterans during the region’s next Heart of America Stand Down event on Friday, Nov. 4, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. Park faculty, staff and students will depart from the Herr House parking lot on the Parkville Campus at 6:30 a.m. to convoy to the event.

The Heart of America Stand Down brings together more than 70 community service groups and organizations from the Kansas City area to provide assistance and help rid the barriers that prevent homeless veterans from re-entering society as engaged, productive citizens and live more fulfilling lives. Assistance offered includes medical, substance abuse, legal issues, taxes, housing and utility assistance, family counseling, spiritual, mentorships, educational and employment opportunities, and haircuts. Approximately 500 veterans and dependents participated in the event last year.

Those interested in volunteering for the event should contact Wade Abel, assistant director of military and veteran student services, at or (816) 584-6530 by Friday, Oct. 28. Volunteers will receive a T-shirt as well (please provide your size). In addition, the PWC is collecting donations of personnel hygiene items such as shaving cream, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and soap. Donations can be dropped off in Park Warrior Center. For additional information about the Heart of America Stand Down, visit

University hosting donation drive for South Carolina hurricane victims

Beaufort County, S.C., where Park University’s Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center is located, was among the hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 7-8. The recovery efforts will be a lengthy and costly process. In response, Park University is hosting a donation drive through Friday, Oct. 28, to benefit the victims of Hurricane Matthew in Beaufort County. Funds raised will be collectively sent to the United Way of the Lowcountry, specifically targeted to the organization’s hurricane relief efforts in the area. If you are interested in helping the families of Beaufort County, some of whom are members of the Park family — please donate at

Parkville AAUW affiliate hosting discussion on Missouri Amendment 6

The Parkville affiliate of the American Association of University Women will present a public information forum on Missouri Constitutional Amendment 6, Missouri Voter ID Requirement, on Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Jenkin and Barbara David Theater inside Alumni Hall on Park University’s Parkville Campus. The event, which is open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. Speakers for the event will be Missouri State Sen. Robert Schaaf, M.D., (R-St. Joseph, District 34) and Linda Smith, co-president of the League of Women Voters of Kansas City/Jackson/Clay/Platte Counties, Mo. Matthew Harris, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science at Park University, will moderate the discussion. Read more about the event at

Park University, Johnson County Community College hosting two-day peacebuilding conference

Park University and Johnson County (Kan.) Community College have joined forces to host a two-day peacebuilding conference, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5. Admission to the conference is free and open to the public. The conference, with a theme of “Peacebuilding: Redefining ‘Us vs. Them,’” will explore building and maintaining a lasting peace. The event kicks off on Friday, from 1 to 4 p.m., in Park University’s Park Distance Learning Conference Center. The conference continues on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., in JCCC’s Regnier Center in Overland Park, Kan. A variety of Park and JCCC faculty and staff will present a diverse selection of papers, discussions and breakout sessions over the two days.

Once such presentation, on Friday at 3 p.m. by Park University President Greg Gunderson, Ph.D., will focus on “Taking the ‘U’ Out of University: The Value of Campus Inclusivity.” Inclusivity is identified as one of the University’s core values as an essential institutional characteristic needed to foster true diversity, teamwork and collaboration. Earlier this year, Gunderson declared the 2016-17 academic year to be the “Year of Inclusion” at Park, with a series of speakers, essays and events to address a variety of topics, including proactive responses for people who feel marginalized, honest dialog to inspire understanding and acceptance, and more.

In addition, Dennis Kerkman, Ph.D., professor of psychology, will present a paper on “We have Met the Enemy, and He is Us: Reducing Information-Processing Load to Increase Individual-Based Reasoning, on Friday at 1:15 p.m. Steve Youngblood, associate professor of communication arts and director of Park’s Center for Global Peace Journalism, will co-present a session on “Peace Journalism and the Rhetoric of the 2016 Election” on Saturday at 11 a.m. For more information on the conference, visit

Park online programS receive rankingS for value

Park University’s online Master of Public Administration program has been ranked among the “Top 30 Values 2016-17” by Park’s online MPA program is ranked No. 6 in the country, based on the cost of attendance. Park’s online Master of Business Administration degree in international business was ranked No. 8 by on its list of the “20 Most Affordable Online International MBA Programs 2016,” also based on tuition.

Park’s online criminal justice administration programs in law enforcement and homeland security have been ranked on OnlineU’s list of the “2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Law and Criminal Justice Degrees.” Park’s associate and bachelor’s degree programs in law enforcement and the bachelor’s and undergraduate certificate programs in homeland security ranked 19th and 20th, in their respective categories.

Faculty, staff, student news

Dr. Silvia Giovanardi ByerGlenn LesterDr. Stacey KikendallA trio of Park University faculty presented sessions at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning conference, Oct. 13-14, in Los Angeles. Stacey Kikendall, Ph.D. (left), assistant professor of English, and Glenn Lester (center), instructor of English, co-presented a paper on “Teaching the International Classroom: An Institutional Case Study and Faculty Development Initiative” which describes the results of faculty and student surveys they distributed, as well as various events they organized related to teaching international students at Park. Silvia Giovanardi Byer, Ph.D. (right), associate professor and program coordinator of modern languages, co-presented research on “Using Student Reflection to Achieve Deeper and More Visible Learning” as part of a multi-institutional team on a three-year Teagle Foundation grant. Lester also co-presented a panel on “Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Response.”

Dr. Terrence WardTerrence Ward, Ph.D., assistant professor and area coordinator for public management, co-presented sessions on Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at the Missouri School Boards’ Association’s annual conference in Osage Beach. Ward presented “What is Performance Contracting?” “Outstanding Boards in Climate, Culture and Organizational Efficacy and Teaching, Learning and Assessment” and “Developing Leadership Across an Organization.” The presentations were made through Ward’s involvement as president of the North Kansas City [Mo.] School Board. Ward also presented a session on “Implementation and Performance of Year-Round Schools” at the National Federation of Urban and Suburban School Districts conference on Oct. 11 in Huntington, W.Va.

Steve YoungbloodA textbook authored by Steve Youngblood, associate professor of communication arts and director of Park’s Center for Global Peace Journalism, has been published. The textbook, Peace Journalism Principles and Practice, presents foundations of peace journalism and offers methods, approaches and concepts required to use journalism as a tool for peace, reconciliation and development. Guidance is offered on framing stories, ethical treatment of sensitive subjects and avoiding polarizing stereotypes through a range of international examples and case studies, spanning from the Iraq war to the recent unrest in Ferguson, Mo.

Park In The News

A story about Eric Bransby, who received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Park University in 1995, aired on KCPT’s “Arts Upload” in Kansas City on Oct. 13. The 5-minute story (which begins about 7 minutes into the video) included an interview with Donna Bachmann, professor emerita of art, and video of Bransby mural, “Spirit of Park College,” which is located in the Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground just below Millsap Foyer on the Parkville Campus. A related story about Bransby also appears on KCPT’s digital magazine, Flatland. A documentary on Bransby, “The Last Mural,” will premiere on KCPT on Thursday, Oct. 27, with a national showing on PBS next spring.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)
     •  Through November 30 -- Political Memorabilia Exhibit, Fishburn Archives and Special Exhibits, Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground 
     •  Through November 30 -- John Lofflin Photography Exhibit, Campanella Gallery, Norrington Center
     •  October 26 -- “Perspectives on the Crisis in Turkey” with James Harrington, 7 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  October 27 -- Fright Night, 6 p.m., Copley Quad
     •  October 27 -- Public Information Session on Missouri Constitutional Amendment 6, David Theater (Alumni Hall), 7 p.m.
     •  November 2 -- “Reconciling Ethical Practice with Strengths-Based, Person-Centered Care” Workshop, 9 a.m., McCrite Plaza, Kansas City, Mo.
     •  November 2 -- “Audrie & Daisy” Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion, 5:30 p.m., National Archives at Kansas City
     •  November 3 -- International Center for Music Special Event: Pianist Behzod Abduraimov, 1900 Building, Mission Woods, Kan.
     •  November 4-5 -- Peacebuilding Conference: “Peacebuilding: Redefining ‘Us vs. Them,’” 1-4 p.m., Park Distance Learning Conference
     •  November 5 -- Defense Supply Center Columbus (Ohio) Campus Center Commencement, 9 a.m., DSCC Building 20
     •  November 6 -- Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio) Campus Center Commencement, 2 p.m., Hollenbeck Bayley Conference Center, Springfield, Ohio
     •  November 11 -- Veteran’s Day Holiday (University offices closed nationwide; Parkville Daytime classes cancelled; Fall II classes held as scheduled)
     •  November 11 -- Park Model United Nations Conference (event for Kansas City area high school students), Parkville Campus
     •  November 14 -- “Ethnic, Religious and Racial Identity in a Fractured World: Challenges Awaiting the 45th U.S. President” with David Shipler, 6 p.m., National World War I Museum and Memorial, Kansas City, Mo.
     •  November 15 -- International Center for Music ICM Orchestra Concert, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  November 18 -- Mountain Home Air Force Base (Idaho) Campus Center Commencement, noon, NCO Club/Base Education Center
     •  November 24-25 -- Thanksgiving Recess (University offices closed nationwide; Parkville Daytime classes cancelled; Fall II classes held as scheduled)
     •  December 5-January 27 -- Fine Arts Seniors Thesis Exhibit, Campanella Gallery (Norrington Center)
     •  December 7 -- Before 9/11, There Was A 12/7: Reflections of Doolittle Raider Dick Cole on World War II, 6 p.m., National World War I Museum and Memorial, Kansas City, Mo.
     •  December 9 -- International Student Sash Ceremony, 3 p.m., David Theater (Alumni Hall)
     •  December 10 -- Charleston (S.C.) Air Force Base Campus Center Commencement, 10 a.m., Education and Training Center Auditorium
     •  December 10 -- Kansas City Area Commencement, 11 a.m., Community of Christ Auditorium, Independence, Mo.
     •  December 11 -- Fall Semester / Fall II Term Ends
     •  December 23-26 -- Christmas Holiday (University offices closed nationwide)
     •  January 2 -- New Year’s Day Holiday (observed; University offices closed nationwide)
Note: To view a comprehensive schedule for all events, including athletics and student life, visit