Crow's Nest February 24 2017

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Lenexa SigningUniversity to open 41st campus location in Lenexa, Kan.

Park University, which has supported students from around the globe in pursuing their higher education dreams since 1875, will open a campus center location in Lenexa, Kan., for the start of the Fall 2017 semester. The University plans to begin operations in Lenexa in July, with classes starting Monday, Aug. 14. Park University President Greg Gunderson, Ph.D., and City of Lenexa mayor Michael Boehm signed official documents during Lenexa’s city council meeting on Feb. 21. The University will have its Lenexa Campus at the Lenexa City Center inside the new city hall building, just west of 87th Street Parkway and I-435.

While the University has provided education opportunities for students in the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., for a number of years, the Lenexa location will be Park’s first physical campus in the State of Kansas. When the Lenexa Campus opens, the University will have 41 campus centers across the U.S., including 33 on military installations, as well as an extensive online program. Read more about the Lenexa Campus location and its offerings at

Military Friendly SpousePark University earns honor as a Military Spouse Friendly School

For the third time in four months, Park University’s recognition and respect for the contributions military personnel make to the country, as well as the University’s long history of serving those who serve our country, has been commended.

Victory Media, publisher of Military SpouseG.I. Jobs, Vetrepreneur and STEM Jobs magazines, has announced that Park University earned its “2017 Military Spouse Friendly School” designation, ranking No. 7 in the country in the “private institutions with more than 10,000 students” category. The award recognizes those higher education institutions that actively recruit and support spouses of active duty service members while acknowledging and supporting military spouse students through the unique challenges of military life.

The honor is the third ranking Park has received in recent months. In January, Park was recognized by Victory Media with a “Top 10 Gold Military Friendly School Award,” ranking No. 5 in the private, large schools (more than 10,000 students) category. In November 2016, Park was selected as the No. 4 “Best for Vets” private college/university in the country by Military Times.

Schools were surveyed and ranked based on how their admissions, retention, career counseling and mentoring programs are better for veterans, as well as how schools address concerns of military spouses and families, including flexible learning options and degree continuation to accommodate deployments and relocation. Read more about the recognition at

Bode, Wilson earn promotions

Brian BodePark University President Greg Gunderson, Ph.D., has announced the promotion of Brian Bode to the position of chief financial officer. Bode began his new duties on Jan. 27. Bode had been serving as interim CFO since May 2016 after coming to Park in August 2015 when he was appointed controller. As chief financial officer, Bode oversees the financial and accounting operations of the University and the Parkville Commercial Underground (located on the University’s Parkville Campus), and is responsible for all fiscal services, including financial systems, reporting and controls, as well as fiscal policies and regulations. He is also responsible for ensuring the University has requisite financial resources, including cash management and borrowing agreements. Read more about Bode at

Steve WilsonIn addition, the University has announced that Steve Wilson has been promoted to the position of associate athletic director for media relations and compliance. Wilson began his new duties on Feb. 1. Wilson is in his 10th year leading communication efforts for the University’s Department of Athletics. He leads an office that promotes student-athlete and departmental achievements, and coordinates fan experiences. He also oversees the Park athletics online and social media presence, including the University’s athletics website,, and athletics broadcast portal, the Pirate Sports Network, In addition to serving as the University’s athletics compliance officer, Wilson will also work with the University’s Academic Support Center to ensure student-athlete success in the classroom. Read more about Wilson at

University announces 2016-17 Pirates Rising class

The 2016-17 class of participants in Park University’s leadership program for full-time faculty and staff — Pirates Rising — has been announced. Pirates Rising, in its second year, is a yearlong program for employees who have been identified as high performers with leadership potential, and it will focus on recognizing and developing leadership skills that are in demand in higher education. The program consists of a series of sessions featuring discussions, readings, group activities and interactions with leadership experts, including faculty, trustees and local business leaders.

The 16 participants were selected through a competitive process in which deans and vice presidents nominated individuals for consideration. Park’s executive staff team selected participants by rating nominees’ current performance and potential level of leadership. Members of the 2016-17 Pirates Rising class:
          •  Donna Baker, senior director for financial reporting
          •  Wakisha Briggs, director of continuing education
          •  Jackie Campbell, director of the Master of Business Administration program
          •  David Chesher, technical support manager
          •  Julie Creek, Ph.D., assistant professor of international business
          •  Andrew Davis, senior director of student success
          •  Toni-Rochelle Ford, assistant professor of marketing
          •  Connie Guzman, Camp Pendleton (Calif.) campus center director
          •  Michele Logue, financial aid specialist verification lead
          •  James Nelson, director of software development and programming
          •  Janet Ostrander, regional director for campus center operations
          •  Tami Radohl-Sigley, Ph.D., assistant professor of social work
          •  Karie Schaefer, director of residence life
          •  Chris Slupianek, associate director of instructional design
          •  Guillermo Tonsmann, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science
          •  Ami Wisdom, executive assistant to the president

Parkville ProclamationCity of Parkville proclaims February 21 as “International Student Appreciation Day”

During the Feb. 21 City of Parkville, Mo., Board of Aldermen meeting, Park University was presented with an “International Student Appreciation Day” proclamation by Mayor Nan Johnston. The proclamation reads as follows:
          •  Whereas, Park University has educated international students since 1880;
          •  Whereas, Park University currently enrolls 256 international students from 51 countries;
          •  Whereas, Park University’s international students have enhanced the academic reputation of the university through hard work and rigorous study;
          •  Whereas, Park University’s international students have been engaged members of the Parkville community;
          •  Whereas, Park University’s international students have enriched the community through artistic expression;
          •  Whereas, Park University’s international students have volunteered to speak to elementary school students and participate in a range of community service projects;
          •  Whereas, Park University’s international students have contributed significantly to the Parkville economy;
          •  Whereas, Park University’s international students have become unofficial City of Parkville ambassadors throughout the world;
          •  Therefore, let it be resolved that the City of Parkville declares February 21, 2017, as International Student Appreciation Day and commends Park University’s international students for all their contributions to the city.

ICM presenting two concerts featuring students, faculty

Park University’s International Center for Music will host a concert featuring the ICM Orchestra on Saturday, Feb. 25, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. The concert is open to the public and admission is free. The concert will highlight 17 ICM students performing five selections. The ICM Orchestra is led by Steven McDonald, director of orchestral activities. For more information about the concert, visit or check out a promotional video about the concert at

A performance by the ICM’s award-winning faculty and gifted student artists, billed as a “side-by-side” performance, will be held on Saturday, March 4, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel. Admission to the concert is free. The concert will include a piano quartet featuring ICM faculty Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, director of collaborative piano; Ben Sayevich, professor of music/violin; and Daniel Veis, visiting assistant professor/cello; and guest performer Chung-Hoon Peter Chun, viola. In addition, a string sextet will be performed by Sayevich, Veis, Chun; and ICM students Laurel Gagnon, senior applied music/strings major; Mansur Kadirov, graduate student pursuing graduate certificate in music performance and 2014 Bachelor of Music graduate; and Anna Sorokina, graduate student pursing Master of Music degree in performance. Read more at

Park earns military friendly and MBA rankings from websites

Park University was ranked by on its list of the “Top 30 Military Friendly Online Schools.” According to the website, the ranking is based on cost and convenience, as well as inclusiveness and support of both military personnel and their families, Schools on the list are widely recognized as providing the best possible online educational opportunities and support for military students and their families.

Park’s online Master of Business Administration program was ranked No. 41 by on its list of the “Top 50 Best Value Accelerated Online MBA Programs for 2017." The rankings were based on a formula taking into account reputation (from U.S. News and World Report rankings), return on investment and cost of attendance.

Faculty, staff, student news

Gary BachmanGary Bachman, associate professor of social work, served as a national taskforce participant for the recently published Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Gero Social Work Practice. This Council on Social Work Education publication focused on assisting university social work programs implement and assess current national educational policy and accreditation standards.

Lindsay DickeyLindsay Dickey, academic director at Park University’s Fort Irwin (Calif.) Campus Center, was selected as the Military Spouse of the Year at the base level as a part of Military Spouse magazine’s annual contest. Dickey, along with 169 other military spouses, advanced to the branch level. The award honors military spouses who have gone above and beyond in their service, advocacy and support of our nation’s service members and families.

Jolene LamptonJolene Lampton, Ph.D., associate professor of management/accounting at Austin (Texas) Campus Center, presented an ethics training session on “Developing Trust-Building Activities” at the Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business’ Committee on Ethics board meeting in San Diego, Feb. 16-18.

Debra Olson-MorrisonDebra Olson-Morrison, Ph.D., assistant professor of social work, co-authored a manuscript, “A Qualitative Exploration of African Adolescent Refugees’ Attachment Relationships” in the fall issue of the Journal of Comparative Family Studies. The article reflects data from a grant-funded project researching adolescent refugees’ experiences of trauma and attachment within the first two years of settling in the U.S. from war-torn areas of Africa.

Debra ShefferDebra Sheffer, Ph.D., and professor of history, presented a discussion on “The Buffalo Soldiers: Their Epic Story and Major Campaigns” on Feb. 12 in Kansas City Mo. Sheffer’s talk reviewed the impetus for the earliest black military service — enlistees hoped to attain full U.S. citizenship — and its legacy, assessing the social, economic and political impact from colonial times through the era of the 19th-century Buffalo Soldier.

Terry WardTerrence Ward, Ph.D., assistant professor and area coordinator for public management, presented a session on “The Impact of Economic Development Incentives on Missouri Education” at the Missouri School Boards’ Association’s Legislative Forum on Feb. 14 in Jefferson City, Mo. Ward serves as president of the North Kansas City (Mo.) School Board and presented results of research he did for a Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation report, “Inventory of 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 Fiscal Impacts of Economic Development Incentives on Assessed Valuations in Missouri.”

Park In The News

Toni-Rochelle Ford, assistant professor of marketing, was interviewed for a story that aired on KCTV and KSMO-TV in Kansas City on Feb. 3. The story was related to Budweiser's Super Bowl commercial, and its focus on the immigration of one of its founders from Germany and the national debate on President Donald Trump’s immigration executive order.

The Park University men’s volleyball team was featured in a three-minute story that aired on Kansas City’s SpectrumSports on Feb. 3. Mike Talamantes, head coach, along with players Billy Crow, Daniel Arteaga and Murilo Pereira, were all interviewed for the story that focused on the international mix of players on the team.

Pamela Williams, ’04, was interviewed for a four-minute story that aired on KCTV’s “Better Kansas City” program on Feb. 7. Williams started her company, Freedom Shoe, that handcrafts pieces that have unique markings and personalizations, incorporating perceived imperfections the focus of her designs.

An interview featuring the director and combatants related to the “Disturbing the Peace” film and discussions that Park University co-hosted on Feb. 7 and Feb. 9, aired on KSHB-TV’s “Kansas City Live” program on Feb. 7. Another story also aired on KSHB’s “The Now KC” program in advance of the Feb. 7 program.

An article about Park University’s response to President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27, Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” appeared in The (Platte County, Mo.) Landmark on Feb. 8. The article included comments from Park President Greg Gunderson, Ph.D.

Park University was ranked in a Chronicle of Higher Education list published on Feb. 10. Park was ranked No. 15 among private, nonprofit institutions in the U.S. on the list of “4-Year Colleges with the Most Distance-Education-Only Students, Fall 2014.”

A review of the Park University International Center for Music’s International Guest Artist Series concert on Feb. 11 featuring violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi and pianist Meng Chieh-Liu, appeared in KCMetropolis, Kansas City’s online journal of the arts, on Feb. 15.

Park University women’s basketball player Selena Dunn, a 2016 graduate currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree, was featured in her hometown newspaper, the Liberty (Mo.) Tribune, on Feb. 16.

Park University was highlighted in a series of stories that appeared in a special “Education” section of The Kansas City Star on Feb. 19. Park was highlighted in a full-page advertisement as well as a featured advertorial article. In addition, Jackie Campbell, director of Park’s Master of Business Administration program, was quoted in two articles related to how college professors must possess academic and practical knowledge, and on flexible learning spaces becoming the new normal.

An editorial on a discussion of the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act authored by Suzanne Discenza, Ph.D., adjunct professor of public administration, appeared in a recent issue of PA Times, a publications of the American Society for Public Administration.

Park University was ranked as the No. 2 private college/university in Kansas and Missouri, based on undergraduate enrollment in fall 2016, according to a ranking in the February issue of Ingram’s, Kansas City’s business magazine.

Penelope DeJong, Ph.D., associate dean of the School of Business, was selected as one of Ingram’s 2017 “Icons of Education” in the business publication’s February issue. DeJong’s photo was also featured on the magazine cover.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)
          •  Through March 10 -- William Eickhorst Two-Dimensional Works Art Exhibit, Campanella Gallery (Norrington Center); Reception: Feb. 3, 3-5 p.m., Campanella Gallery
          •  February 25 -- International Center for Music ICM Orchestra Concert, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
          •  February 27 -- Spencer Cave Black History Month Lecture Series: The Underground Railroad with Dr. Spencer Crew and Dr. Matthew Pinsker, 6 p.m., National Archives at Kansas City
          •  March 1 -- International Center for Music Graduate Student Recital: Violinist Igor Khukua, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
          •  March 4 -- International Center for Music Side-by-Side Concert, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
          •  March 12 -- Spring I Term Ends
          •  March 13-19 – Spring Recess
          •  March 20 -- Spring II Classes Begin
          •  March 20-April 27 -- Valerie Bashaw Mixed Media Textiles Exhibit, Campanella Gallery (Norrington Center)
          •  March 22 --
International Center for Music Student Recital: Pianist Simon Karakulidi, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
          •  March 23 -- International Center for Music International Guest Artist Series Concert: Abel Pereira (French Horn), 7:30 p.m., 1900 Building, Mission Woods, Kan.
          •  March 27 -- Women’s History Month Lecture: “Daughter of the U.S.-Mexican War: The Origins of the Daughters of the American Revolution in the 1848 Invasion of Mexico” with Dr. Amy Greenberg, 7 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House
          •  March 28 -- Johnson Family Lecture Series in Science: “Earthquakes in the Central United States: Links to Wastewater Disposal, and Oil and Gas Production” with Dr. Heather DeShon, 7 p.m., David Theater (Alumni Hall)
          •  March 29 -- Career Development Center’s Spring Career Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Breckon Sports Center – East Dome
          •  April 1 -- Baseball Book Festival, 8:30 a.m., Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City, Mo.
          •  April 4-5 -- Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium, Parkville Campus
          •  April 5 -- Career Development Center’s Military Friendly Career Fair, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Online
          •  April 8 -- International Center for Music Faculty Recital Concert: Cellist Daniel Veis and Pianist Helena Veisova, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
          •  April 10 -- International Center for Music Student Recital: Violinist Jinny Lee, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
          •  April 12 -- International Center for Music Graduate Student Recital: Pianist Evangeliya Delizonas, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
          •  April 15 -- International Center for Music Student Recital: Violinist Laurel Gagnon, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel

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