The Crow's Nest -- April 19, 2017

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Alexander HeffnerPark University’s annual Hauptmann Lecture to feature PBS host Alexander Heffner

A conversation that will navigate three areas of interest across civic life will be the focus of Park University’s 25th annual Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture Series event on Monday, May 1. The silver anniversary of the Hauptmann Lecture will be held on the University’s Parkville Campus for the first time since 2009 in the Park Distance Learning Conference Center starting at 3 p.m. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. For those unable to attend in person, the lecture will be streamed live at

This year’s Hauptmann Lecture will feature a discussion on “The Future of Civil Discourse” presented by Alexander Heffner, the host of the PBS program “The Open Mind.” Heffner will talk about the millennial citizen; the space of old and new media; and the character of political discourse. From the formation of broadcasting to the emergence of social media, Heffner will consider a blueprint for “civic press.” He will also grapple with questions related to President Donald Trump and think about fresh ways young people can frame public policy, while reflecting on the 2016 campaign and how to improve the political process. For more information about the lecture, visit

BankLiberty GiftBankLiberty presents $75,000 gift to University for Plaster Center

Brent Giles (left), BankLiberty president and chief executive officer, presents a $75,000 check to Greg Gunderson, Ph.D., Park University president, to go toward the University’s new School of Business building, which will be known as the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center. BankLiberty’s commitment will help fund a large classroom space in the building, known as the BankLiberty Classroom.

“BankLiberty is honored to further strengthen its relationship with Park University through this partnership for the School of Business,” said Giles. Exceptional, cutting-edge education is important to our region’s success, and this commitment helps Park continue to demonstrate its leadership in that success. The gift provides BankLiberty with a unique opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to the economic and educational development in the Northland.”

The Plaster Center is planned to be built on the University’s flagship campus in Parkville, Mo., on the east side of the University’s main entrance. Fundraising and planning for the building continues, with groundbreaking anticipated in 2018. For more information or to support the building project, contact Nathan Marticke, associate vice president for university advancement, at / (816) 584-6844.

Dr. Michelle MyersMyers selected for ACE Fellows Program

Michelle Myers, Ed.D., dean of the College of Education and Health Professions, has been selected as one of 46 college/university leaders nationwide to the 2017-18 class of the American Council on Education Fellows Program. The program combines retreats, interactive learning opportunities, visits to campuses and other higher education-related organizations, and placement at another higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single year. Myers was nominated by Park University President Greg Gunderson, Ph.D.

During the placement, Fellows observe and work with the president and other senior officers at their host institution, attend decision-making meetings and focus on issues of interest. Fellows also conduct projects of pressing concern for their home institution and seek to implement their findings upon completion of the fellowship placement. At the conclusion of the fellowship year, Fellows return to their home institution with new knowledge and skills that contribute to capacity-building efforts, along with a network of peers across the country and abroad.

Men’s volleyball team earns trip to NAIA National Invitational

Park University’s men’s volleyball team has qualified as an at-large participant in the 2017 NAIA Men’s Volleyball National Invitational Tournament, Thursday-Saturday, April 20-22 in St. Louis, hosted by Missouri Baptist University. The Pirates, the No. 3 seed, will open pool play against No. 1 seed Grand View University on Thursday at 7 p.m., and will then play on Friday at 1 p.m. against a yet-to-be-determined No. 6 seeded opponent. The tournament semifinals will be played at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday with the championship match set for Saturday at 6 p.m. For more information, visit

A few days prior to the start of the tournament, Park men’s volleyball players Daniel Arteaga, senior outside hitter, and Oscar Tuero, sophomore right side hitter, were selected to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America team. Read more about their accomplishments during the season at

Parkville Campus hosts Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill

Park University’s Parkville Campus was the host for one of eight public town hall meetings with Missouri U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill on April 13. The event generated a great deal of local media coverage as all four Kansas City area television stations, two radio stations and at least two area newspapers covered the event, including:
          •  Kansas City Star (article appeared on front page of paper on April 14
          •  Platte County (Mo.) Citizen
          •  KCTV
          •  KSHB-TV
          •  KCUR-FM
          •  WDAF-TV
          •  KMBZ-FM

Casi JoyDream ends for Park alumna featured on NBC’s “The Voice”

Casi Joy McCall, ’12, who goes by the stage name of Casi Joy, has been featured in this season’s “The Voice” on NBC. Joy performed in the first live round of the event on April 17, singing Chris Stapleton’s “Parachute.” Unfortunately, despite what was termed as an “awesome” performance, not enough fans voted to have Joy continue on the show and her coach Blake Shelton did not opt to save her. The Kansas City Star posted a review of Joy’s performance that evening as well.

Joy advanced to the live rounds based on her performance in the second “battle round” that aired on April 3 where she performed a cover of Maren Morris’ “My Church.” The Kansas City Star published a review of her performance that evening, and KMBZ-FM in Kansas City conducted a 10-minute interview with Joy on April 5.

Joy was also featured in a nearly full-page Kansas City Star “Q&A” that appeared in the paper on April 16.

Night at the HelmUniversity to host “Night at the Helm” fundraising event on June 6

Park University’s annual “Night at the Helm” event (formerly known as “Ballyhoo), which raises funds each year for University programs and scholarships, will be held on Tuesday, June 6, at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., starting at 6 p.m. The Kansas City community is invited to attend this celebration of the U.S. military through music. Proceeds from the event will benefit two of the University’s most iconic programs — the Global Warrior Center and the International Center for Music.

Night at the Helm sponsorship levels begin at $500 and individual tickets are available for $250. To secure a sponsorship, make a donation or for more information, visit or contact Nathan Marticke, associate vice president of university advancement, at / (816) 584-6200.

Martino TirimoAcclaimed pianist Martino Tirimo to perform ICM concert on April 21

Park University’s International Center for Music will host world-renowned pianist Martino Tirimo as part of the ICM’s International Guest Artist Series on Friday, April 21. Tirimo’s concert will be held at the 1900 Building, 1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Mission Woods, Kan., starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this concert are $20 and can be purchased at However, a limited number of complementary tickets for faculty/staff/students are available by contacting Roger Kugler, D.M.A., director of the IMC at The concert is scheduled to include the following performances:
          •  “Sonata in D Major, D. 850,” composed by Franz Schubert
          •  “Fantasy in F Minor, Op. 49,” composed by Frédéric Chopin
          •  “Three Mazurkas, Op. 30,” composed by Chopin
          •  “Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52,” composed by Chopin

Tirimo’s playing is often compared to that of pianists such as Claudio Arrau, Arthur Rubinstein and Artur Schnabel. Born into a musical family in Cyprus, he began piano and violin lessons with his father, a conductor and violinist. He gave his first concert at the age of 6, performed Joseph Haydn’s “Concerto in D” at 8 and when just 12-years-old, he conducted seven complete performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata.” In 1971 and 1972, victories at international piano competitions in Munich and Geneva launched his international career. Read more about Tirimo and the concert at

Behzod AbduraimovICM Orchestra Concert to feature pianist Behzod Abduraimov

The Park University International Center for Music’s 2016-17 concert season will conclude on Sunday, April 30, as the ICM Orchestra takes the stage for a concert starting at 4 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public. The performance will provide Kansas City area classical music aficionados a rare opportunity to hear one of the top young pianists of this generation — Behzod Abduraimov — who won the 2009 London International Piano Competition and currently serves as the ICM artist-in-residence. In addition to Abduraimov, trumpeter Keith Benjamin will be a special guest.

The ICM Orchestra, led by Steven McDonald, director of orchestral activities, consists of 17 students in the International Center for Music. Violinist Laurel Gagnon, senior applied music/strings, is the concertmaster. Read more about the concert at

Online MBA program receives ranking

Park University’s online Master of Business Administration degree program in management information systems has been ranked No. 42 on’s “Top 50 Online MBA Programs in Information and Technology 2017” list. The rankings were based on estimated tuition costs, accreditation, the PayScale College Salary Report, prestige and overall graduation rates.

Faculty, staff, student news

Sigma Tau DeltaFour Park University students presented a variety items at the Sigma Tau Delta International Convention, March 29-April 2 in Louisville, Ky. Mikaelah Barzee, senior English writing major, presented a nonfiction essay, “Last Call: The Last Meal Tradition;” Kaci Flaugher, senior secondary education/English major, presented a paper “Not Quite the Same: Releasing the Arrested Gaze in Lois Lowry’s The Giver;” Felicia Larson, senior English writing major, chaired the panel “Original Fiction: A Flair for the Dramatic;” and Austin Pool, junior, English writing major, presented a short story, “In the Other Room. In addition, Stacey Kikendall, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, moderated the panel “Original Nonfiction: Why We Gather.”

A trio of Park University faculty made presentations at the Central States Communication Association Convention in Minneapolis, March 16-17. Lora Cohn, Ph.D., associate professor of communication, presented the paper “Dennis Banks: Taking AIM at Government Oppression and Misrepresentation” which examined Bank’s ghost-written biography in which the founder of the American Indian Movement used to recast his image in a positive light. Cohn, Staci Hubbard, adjunct instructor of communication, and Mark Noe, Ph.D., professor of communication and program director of the Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership program, presented a panel discussion on “Creating Interactive Course Shells: Creative Methods to Meet Students’ Changing Needs in Online, Hybrid and Face-to-Face Online Classrooms.” Cohn discussed how to improve discussion questions for online courses; Hubbard presented on creating courses that work for students and instructors utilizing multiple learning management software programs; and Noe discussed using discussion questions for online graduate classes.

Greg PlumbJohn HamiltonJohn Hamilton, Ph.D., chair and associate professor of criminal justice administration, and Greg Plumb, J.D., professor of criminal justice administration, presented papers at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting in Kansas City, March 21-25. Hamilton presented a paper on “Improving Police-Community Relations Through an Outward Focus Approach during a session on strategies and programs to increase community justice. Plumb presented a paper on “DWI Courts in Missouri: The First Five Years” during a session related to specialty court efficacy.

Brian HoffmanBrian Hoffman, Ph.D., professor of biology, gave two oral presentations at the Kansas Academy of Science’s annual meeting in Hays, Kan., on April 8. He presented a talk on “Heslerodus Divergens (Chondrichthyes: Elasmobranchii) Remains from the Farley Limestone Member of the Lane Formation (Upper Pennsylvanian, Kasimovian) Of Missouri” and “Dental Structure of the Late Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) Guitarfish Myledaphus Pustulosus.” Scott Hageman, associate dean of the School of Natural and Applied Sciences, and associate professor of geology, co-authored the first paper; Hageman and Jeff Jensen, ’16, co-authored the second paper.

Greg McLaughlinA book co-authored by Gregory McLaughlin, D.B.A, adjunct instructor of management, has been published by CRC Press. The book, Dubai – The Epicenter of Modern Innovation: A Guide to Implementing Innovation Strategies, provides a roadmap for the successful implementation of innovation for companies and businesses working in the Middle East, United Arab Emirates and Dubai. It also presents an approach to building and leading successful innovation teams through successful project outcomes.

Steve YoungbloodSteve Youngblood, associate professor of communication arts and director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism, presented a session on “The First Amendment: Is it Under Threat?” on April 1 as part of an event at the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest – Kansas City.

Park In The News

Courtney Goddard, J.D., vice president and general counsel, was highlighted in the “Rising Star Reflections” section of The Independent, Kansas City’s journal of society, in the April 1 edition. A story highlighted Goddard’s involvement with Harvest Ball Society since 2011, serving on a variety of committees and the board of directors. She was pictured in the publication with her children, Caroline and Wyatt.

Laurie DiPadova-Stocks, Ph.D., dean emeritus and professor of public administration, provided comments for a story that appeared in the April issue of Ingram’s, Kansas City’s business magazine. The article was on why power is a vital component in American business success.

Michael Collins, ’04, and chair of Park University’s Board of Trustees, Jeanette Prenger, ’09, trustee, and Julie Wilson, trustee, were all named to the Kansas City Business Journal’s “Power 100” in the April 7 edition of the publication.

A story about former Park student-athlete (baseball) Derek Gordon signing with the Lincoln (Neb.) Saltdogs appeared on KLKN-TV in Lincoln on April 5. The Saltdogs are a member of the Central Division of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. Gordon is the brother of Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon.

Kelsey Faiferlick, ’15, was quoted in a story that appeared in The Messenger, the newspaper in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Faiferlick is in her second season as the girl's golf coach at her high school alma mater, St. Edmond Catholic School.

Bill Brown, ’86, was featured in a story that appeared in The Daily Journal in Franklin, Ind., on April 9. Last August, the same newspaper highlighted Brown as he sought to play one final season of football after a cancer (melanoma) scare two years ago with the Marion County Crusaders, a semi-pro football team in Indianapolis. This year, Brown decided to suit up again, but he’s added another role — as a part-owner of the team.

Sr. Airman Katherine Redavide, 89th Airlift Squadron aviation resource manager at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio) and a freshman undecided major at Park University’s campus center at WPAFB, was featured as the 445th Airlift Wing April Spotlight Performer at WPAFB.

Herbert Daniel Jr., ’93, was the focus of a story that appeared in the Altavista (Va.) Journal on April 12. Daniel, a Junior ROTC teacher at Gretna (Va.) High School, was named the Three Into One Community Project’s Teacher of the Year. The nonprofit organization provides outreach programs and events in the Altavista community.

Park University was featured as part of an advertorial in the Kansas City Star’s special “Education” section that appeared on April 16.

Shane Smeed, vice president and chief operating officer, provided comments for a story that appeared in the Kansas City Star on April 16. The article was related to colleges/universities across the U.S. that do not require standardized test scores for admission.

Two future Park University student-athletes from Republic, Mo., were featured in a story that appeared in the Greene County (Mo.) Commonwealth on April 18. Austin Atkins will play baseball for the Pirates, while Sydney Phillips will play softball.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)
          • Through April 27 -- Valerie Bashaw Mixed Media Textiles Exhibit, Campanella Gallery (Norrington Center)
          •  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)
          • June 1 – Cherry Point (S.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center Commencement, 9 a.m., Two Rivers Theater and Event Center
          • June 2 – Beaufort (S.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center Commencement, 1 p.m., The Lyceum
          • June 2 – Naval Support Activity Mid-South Millington (Tenn.) Campus Center Commencement, 1 p.m., Pat Thompson Recreation Center
          • June 2 – Maymester Ends
          • June 5 – Junemester / Summer Session Begin
          • June 6 – Night at the Helm, 6 p.m., National World War I Museum and Memorial, Kansas City, Mo.
          • June 8 – Fairchild Air Force Base (Wash.) Campus Center Commencement, 5 p.m., Base Theater
          • June 8 – Scott Air Force Base (Ill.) Campus Center Commencement, 7 p.m., The Regency Conference Center
          • June 9 – Little Rock (Ark.) Air Force Base Campus Center Commencement, 6:30 p.m., Jacksonville Community Center
          • June 10 – Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (Ariz.) Campus Center Commencement, 4 p.m., Base Theater

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