Brown selected as NAIA All-American for third time
Park University men’s basketball
player Xavielle Brown earned a place in the Pirates’ history books, becoming a three-time NAIA Division I All-American, after landing on the NAIA’s first team. Brown, who was the American Midwest Conference Player of the Year for a second straight season, averaged 21 points per game to lead the AMC and seventh in NAIA Division I and best in the AMC. Read more about Brown and teammate B.J. Watson, who earned an honorable mention spot of the All-America team, at www.parkathletics.com/article/1728.php
Park alumna featured on NBC’s “The Voice”
Casi Joy McCall, ’12, who goes by the stage name of Casi Joy, is featured in this season’s “The Voice” on NBC. Joy, who selected Blake Shelton as her coach during the show’s blind auditions which aired earlier this month, advanced to the “battle round” (which aired on March 20) where Shelton selected her over a fellow competitor to remain on his team
. A story about Joy’s battle round contest appeared on The Kansas City Star’s website that evening and was published on March 24
. In addition, KSHB-TV in Kansas City aired a question-and-answer interview with Joy on its website on March 20
. The competition continues for Joy on the first live performance broadcast of the season on Monday, April 3.
Norrington Center renovation receives design award
The renovation of Park University’s Norrington Center on the Parkville Campus was recognized by the Historic Kansas City organization during its Preservation Awards ceremony on March 22. The project received an Excellence Award in the Contemporary Design in a Historic Context category. The award was presented to representatives of Helix Architecture + Design, which designed the renovation.
Bergrud honored with American Society for Public Administration award
Erik Bergrud, associate vice president for external relations
, was recognized for his service to the American Society for Public Administration as he was honored as a recipient of the 2017 Chester A. Newland Presidential Citation of Merit Award from the organization. Bergrud received the award during the ASPA annual conference in Atlanta on March 19. Bergrud, who served as ASPA president from 2011-12, was honored for his invaluable support during the current ASPA presidency interview process. Bergrud also received this award in 2014. The award’s namesake, who served as ASPA president from 1981-82, was the keynote speaker for Park University’s Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture Series
ICM students earn honors at competitions
Several students in Park University’s International Center for Music
earned prizes at three recent competitions. Igor Khukhua (in adjacent photo), graduate student pursuing a Master of Music
degree in violin performance, was selected as the first prize winner in the strings division of the 2017 Naftzger Young Artists Auditions, held March 24-25 in Wichita, Kan. Khukhua won a $2,000 prize for his efforts. In addition, at the 45th annual Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on March 19, Khukhua, placed second.
At the Kansas City Musical Club’s scholarship auditions on March 18, four students won the following awards: pianist Mickael Lipari-Mayer, graduate student pursuing graduate certificate in applied music/piano
, $1,000 Craig Scholarship; violinist Laurel Gagnon, senior applied music/strings
major, $1,000 Strickler Scholarship; Dilshod Narzillaev, freshman applied music/strings
major, $750 Strickler/Club Scholarship; and Hanna Zhdan, junior applied music/strings
major, $500 KC Musical Club Scholarship.
University co-hosting Negro Leagues literature event
Park University has teamed with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
to host a “Baseball Book Notes Book Festival” on Saturday, April 1, at the NLBM, 1616 E. 18th Street in Kansas City, Mo. Entry to the event is included with paid admission to the Museum or free for NLBM members with membership card. The Festival is part of Park’s Year of Inclusion
. The Festival serves as an unofficial kick off to the 2017 Major League Baseball season and provides a unique one-day literature event with nationally known baseball scholars and authors. This literary “triple-header” will feature discussions on recent baseball-related publications with a focus on key figures from the Negro Leagues and the integration of baseball. In addition, authors will participate in book signings throughout the day. John Lofflin, professor of journalism
, will be a moderator of an 11 a.m. session focusing on a book about Leo Durocher. For complete information about the event, including authors and admission information, visit www.park.edu/news/2017/03/nlbm-literature-event.html
Discussion on Ebola and lessons learned from the crisis set for April 6
Park University and the University’s Faculty Center for Innovation
will present a talk on “The Ebola Crisis: Lessons Learned from the Field,” on Thursday, April 6, starting at 3 p.m. in the McCoy Meetin’ House on the University’s Parkville Campus. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. The event will feature Dirk Dijkerman, Ph.D., former executive coordinator for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Ebola Task Force. Dijkerman will present an overview of the Ebola crisis, a look at the U.S. and the countries of the Western Hemisphere’s response, and lessons learned from the crisis. For more information about the event, visit www.park.edu/news/2017/03/ebola-discussion.html
ICM to present concert featuring husband and wife duo of cellist Veis, pianist Veisova
The International Center for Music
at Park University will host a faculty recital concert featuring the husband and wife duo of cellist Daniel Veis
, assistant professor of music/cello, and pianist Helena Veisova on Saturday, April 8. The concert will be begin at 7:30 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. Admission to the concert is free. The concert will pay homage to composer Johannes Brahms who wrote all three selections Veis and Veisova will perform. Brahms passed away 120 years ago on April 3, 1897. The concert is scheduled to feature the following program: •
“Cello Sonata No.1 in E Minor, Op. 38” •
“Cello Sonata No.2 in D Major, Op. 78” •
“Cello Sonata No.3 in F Major, Op. 99”
Read more about the concert at www.park.edu/news/2017/03/veis-veisova-concert.html
Park alumna honored by Starr Women’s Hall of Fame
Su Ellen Fried, ’75, author, anti-bullying expert and community volunteer, and the 2014 recipient of Park University’s Marlowe Sherwood Memorial Service Award, was honored as an inductee to the Starr Women’s Hall of Fame at the University of Missouri-Kansas City during an event on March 22. The SWHF is dedicated to honoring the accomplishments of women past and present, whose contributions leave a lasting impact on Kansas City and beyond.
University recognized for partnership with NKCSD
Park University and the Office of Global Education and Study Abroad
were recognized by the North Kansas City (Mo.) School District during an event on Feb. 15. The OGESA coordinates the International Classroom Partnership Program for the NKCSD which brings Park’s international students to third grade gifted classrooms for presentations on the international students’ home countries. Park has collaborated on this program for 15 years.
Faculty, staff, student news
A number of Park University faculty and staff presented sessions at the American Society of Public Administration’s annual conference, March 17-21 in Atlanta. Erik Bergrud, associate vice present for external relations
, served as moderator for a presidential panel on “Sexual Orientation and the Public Sector: Human Resources Management and Public Policy.” Eric Click, associate professor and program coordinator of public administration
, Suzanne Discenza, Ph.D., adjunct professor of public administration
, Melanie Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor of public administration
, and James Vanderleeuw, Ph.D., associate dean of the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs
and professor of public administration
, were all co-presenters of a session on “Comparative Public Administration Cases: Budget and Finance, Education, Health Care and Management.” Click moderated the session. Claire Mostel, adjunct instructor of public administration
, moderated the session “LGBTQ Access and Accommodation: The Role of Public Administration and Public Service.” Smith was a co-moderator on the workshop session “Academic Strategies for Addressing Necessary Competencies.” In addition, on March 29, Smith presented a webinar, “Tips for Effective Online Teaching,” for ASPA members who were looking for tools and strategies related to teaching online classes.
Silvia Giovanardi Byer, Ph.D., associate professor and program coordinator of modern languages
, is serving as the organizer of the Italian Film Festival in Kansas City, Mo., during the month of April. The event consists of a series of four films with English subtitles at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
Walter Kisthardt, Ph.D., chair and professor of social work
, and director of Park University’s Center for Research and Training in Integrative Behavioral Health, gave a series of presentations at the Doctoral Conference in Social Service in Lisbon, Portugal, March 22. The presentations, “Purpose, Principles and Functions of Strength-Bases Person-Centered Interventions,” were based on his development and research of the strengths perspective in social work practice and education.
Angie Peterson, director of global education and study abroad
, served as a panelist on the presentation “Girls, Women and International Education” on March 14 in Kansas City, Mo. The event provided information about the status of international education and access for educational resources for women and girls around the globe.
Terrence Ward, Ph.D., assistant professor of public administration
, was a co-panelist on the session “Year-Round School: Changing the Conditions to Eliminate Summer Regression,” at the National School Boards Conference in Denver on March 26. The session discussed policy development and design of adding 31 days of instruction to a school calendar in two elementary schools and the results shown after the first year of implementation.
Park In The News
A story about Richard Strode, ’88, who serves as budget administrator for the Strategic Plans and Programs Office, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio), appeared on the WPAFB website on March 17
. Strode is set to receive the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for contributing more than 4,000 hours of services, most with the Educational Outreach Office.
Stories about two future Park University student-athletes appeared in the March 16 edition of the Clinton County
. The stories were about women’s volleyball
player Emily Cordray
and cross country
/ track and field
runner Connor Gilzean
, both of whom attend Lathrop (Mo.) High School, signing letters-of-intent to complete at Park were featured in the newspaper.
Two Park University student-athletes from England, Amy Roskell, sophomore English writing
major and women’s soccer
player, and Thalu Masindi, junior business administration/management
major and men’s soccer
player, were both interviewed by WDAF-TV in Kansas City on March 22
following the terrorism attack on Parliament in London.
A look back on the law enforcement life of Darryl Forté, ’90, was featured in The Kansas City Star on March 23
. Forté, the chief of police in Kansas City, Mo., announced his retirement from the force a day earlier after a 32-year career. In a separate article that appeared in the newspaper
, Forté was lauded for his service to the community.
A taping of Park University’s Spencer Cave Black History Month Lecture Series event on Feb. 22
, featuring a discussion on “New Directions in the Study of the Underground Railroad,” aired on American History TV on CPAN-3 on March 25. The video from the event can be viewed at https://www.c-span.org/video/?423838-1/teaching-underground-railroad-history
Davina Hosick, ’10, was honored by the Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest as one of its Women of Distinction during a recent luncheon, according to an article that appeared in the San Antonio Express-News on March 24
An article related to the grand opening of Park University’s new Downtown Kansas City (Mo.) Campus Center
location appeared in Dos Mundos, a newspaper serving the Kansas City Hispanic community, on March 23
. The article included a series of nine photos related to the festivities.
Heather DeShon, Ph.D., 2017 Park University Johnson Family Lecture Series in Science
speaker on March 28, appeared on the program “Up To Date” on KCUR-FM in Kansas City the morning of the lecture. The 20-minute interview was related to her lecture topic on the escalating number of earthquakes in the central U.S. The interview can be heard at http://kcur.org/post/mitigating-earthquake-rates-midwest-and-bridging-partisan-divide
. A follow-up article about DeShon’s lecture appeared on KCUR’s website on March 29
(All events are Central time) • Through April 27 -- Valerie Bashaw Mixed Media Textiles Exhibit
, Campanella Gallery (Norrington Center) • April 1 -- Baseball Book Notes Book Festival, 9:30 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 6 -- The Ebola Crisis: Lessons Learned from the Field, featuring Dr. Dirk Dijkerman, 3 p.m., McCoy Meetin' House • 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 9 -- Parkville Symphonic Band Concert, 3 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, 5 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel • April 17 -- International Center for Music Student Recital: Pianist Artem Alexanyan, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
• April 19 -- International Center for Music Graduate Student Recital: Pianist Vladislav Kosminov, 11 a.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel • April 19 -- International Center for Music Student Recital: Violist Anna Sorokina, 4 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel • April 19 -- Dr. Doris A Howell Leadership Awards, 6 p.m., Park Distance Learning Conference Center • April 19 -- International Center for Music Student Recital: Pianist Kioshiro Hirama, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel • April 20 -- International Center for Music Graduate Student Recital: Pianist Jon Ledbetter, 1 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel • April 21 -- International Center for Music International Guest Artist Series: Pianist Martino Tirimo, 7:30 p.m., 1900 Karbank Building, Mission Woods, Kan. • April 22 -- Grand Forks (N.D.) Air Force Base Campus Center Commencement, 3 p.m., Grand Forks Central High School
• April 23 -- Northland Community Choir Spring Concert, 3 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel • April 24 -- International Center for Music Student Recital: Violinist Hanna Zhdan, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel • April 26 -- Honors Convocation, 7 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel • April 27 -- International Center for Music Graduate Student Recital: Cellist Yanni Mao, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel • April 29 -- Moody Air Force Base (Ga.) Campus Center Commencement, 11 a.m. Building 1058 • April 30 -- International Center for Music ICM Orchestra Concert, 4 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel • May 1 -- Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture Series
: “The Future of Civil Discourse” with Alexander Heffner, 3 p.m., Park Distance Learning Conference Center • May 5-31 --
Fine Arts Seniors (Marie Brink and Kendall Tompkins Thesis Exhibit, Campanella Gallery (Norrington Center); Reception: May 12, 2:30-4:30 p.m. • May 5 -- International Center for Music
Graduate Student Recital: Pianist Kenneth Broberg, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel • May 6 -- International Center for Music
Graduate Student Recital: Pianist Mickael Lipari-Mayer, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel • May 8 -- International Center for Music
Student Recital: Pianist Jinhong Li, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel • May 11 -- Hanscom Air Force Base (Mass.) Campus Center
Commencement, 1:30 p.m., Minuteman Commons • May 12 -- Ellen Finley Earhart Department of Nursing
Pinning Ceremony, 1 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel • May 12 --
International Student Sash Ceremony, 5 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel • May 12 -- Malmstrom Air Force Base (Mont.) Campus Center
Commencement, 3 p.m., Great Falls College – Montana State University Heritage Hall • May 12 -- Minot (N.D.) Air Force Base Campus Center
Commencement, 6 p.m., Location TBA • May 13 -- Kansas City Area May Commencement
, 10 a.m., Community of Christ Auditorium, Independence, Mo. • May 14 --
Spring Semester / Fall II Term Ends • May 15 -- Whiteman Air Force Base (Mo.) Campus Center
Commencement, 6 p.m., Mission’s End • May 18 -- Tinker Air Force Base (Okla.) Campus Center
Commencement, 4:30 p.m., Building 6603 • May 18 -- Fort Irwin (Calif.) Campus Center
Commencement, 8 p.m., Fort Irwin Post Chapel • May 19 -- Austin (Texas) Campus Center
Commencement, 7 p.m., Great Hills Baptist Church • May 19 -- Barstow (Calif.) Community College Campus Center
/ Victor Valley College (Calif.) Campus Center
Commencement, 7 p.m., Victor Valley College • May 20 -- Luke Air Force Base (Ariz.) Campus Center
Commencement, 11 a.m., Club 56 • May 23 --
Maymester Begins • May 23 -- F.E.Warren Air Force Base (Wyo.) Campus Center Commencement, TBA, Trails End Club • May 24 -- Kansas City Professional Development Council Professional Development Conference
, Parkville Campus • May 29 --
Memorial Day Holiday (all offices nationwide closed)Note: To view a comprehensive schedule for all events, including athletics and student life, visit www.park.edu/calendars/park-events-calendar.html.