The Crow's Nest -- June 30, 2017

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Kenny BrobergBroberg wins silver at prestigious Van Cliburn piano competition

Kenny Broberg, a graduate student in Park University’s International Center for Music (pursuing a Master of Music degree in piano performance), was selected as the silver medalist of the prestigious 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The two-week event (May 25 through June 10) concluded with the announcement at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. Broberg was just one of four Americans in the event and was the seventh-youngest (23) of the 30 who advanced to the competition. Stories about Broberg appeared in The Kansas City Star on June 12 and on June 6 (related to advancing to the finals).

The Van Cliburn competition is the same event that Broberg’s instructor, ICM founder and associate professor of music/piano Stanislav Ioudenitch, won in 2001. As the silver medalist, Kenny won: a $25,000 cash prize; three years individualized career management and U.S. concert tours; live recording and recording partnership with Universal Music Group; and a promotional package, including press kits, videos and website.

Broberg appeared on KSHB-TV’s “KC Live” program on June 27 to discuss his success at the competition in a four-minute interview segment.

Missouri American WaterMissouri American Water presents check to University for Plaster Center

Missouri American Water, which serves communities throughout the state, including Parkville, Mo., home of Park University’s flagship campus, presented a $50,000 check to Park President Greg Gunderson, Ph.D. (center left) and Associate Vice President for Advancement Nathan Marticke (far left), to go toward the University’s new School of Business building, which will be known as the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center. Missouri American Water’s commitment will help fund a named classroom space in the building, President Cheryl Norton (center right) and External Affairs Manager Christie Barnhart (far right), represented Missouri American Water at the presentation on June 13.

“Park University has been an important part of Parkville’s history and community for more than 140 years. As the water provider for Parkville, Missouri American Water looks for opportunities to support local businesses and institutions,” said Norton. “We are proud to be able to contribute to the School of Business campaign that will increase Park University’s footprint, create opportunities for students wishing to pursue educational endeavors and allow the University to continue to support our veterans.”

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 Marticke at / (816) 584-6844.

Park campus centers hold commencement ceremonies

Park University campus centers across the country have held commencement ceremonies for 2017 graduates. As these ceremonies continue through the year, we’ll include the link to the news releases announcing the list of graduates at each campus.
          •  Austin (Texas) Campus Center
          •  Barstow (Calif.) Community College Campus Center / Victor Valley College (Calif.) Campus Center
          •  Beaufort (S.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center
          •  Cherry Point (S.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center
          •  Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (Ariz.) Campus Center
          •  Fairchild Air Force Base (Wash.) Campus Center
          •  Laughlin Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center
          •  Little Rock (Ark.) Air Force Base Campus Center
          •  Luke Air Force Base (Ariz.) Campus Center
          •  Naval Support Activity Mid-South Millington (Tenn.) Campus Center
          •  Scott Air Force Base (Ill.) Campus Center
          •  Tinker Air Force Base (Okla.) Campus Center
          •  F.E. Warren Air Force Base (Wyo.) Campus Center

Online programs ranked by websites

Park University was named to’s inaugural “Schools of Distinction” list. Park received accolades at the bronze level as the University has been featured on at least five program rankings on the website during the year. According to the website, Park is one of 115 colleges/universities out of more than 2,100 that offer online degree programs nationwide to be recognized.

Park University’s online Master of Healthcare Administration program has been ranked twice by, The MHA program was ranked No. 6 on the website’s “Affordable Online Master’s Degrees in Healthcare Management” list and No. 11 on its “Affordable Online Master’s Degrees in Healthcare Administration" list. The website also recognized Park’s Bachelor of Science in Education/Education Studies program, ranking it No. 24 on its “Affordable Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Education” list.

The MHA online program was also ranked No. 21 by on its “35 Most Affordable Online Master’s Degrees in Healthcare Administration 2017” list. ranked Park’s online Master of Public Administration degree program in Nonprofit and Community Services Management No. 7 on its “10 Best Online Master’s in Nonprofit Management” list.

Park’s online Master of Business Administration program in Finance was ranked No. 13 on’s “Top 50 Most Affordable Online MBA in Finance Degree Programs 2017” list.

Faculty, staff, student news

Silvia ByerA book co-edited by Silvia Giovanardi Byer, Ph.D., associate professor and program coordinator of modern languages, has been published. Representations of Female Identity in Italy: From Neoclassism to the 21st Century explores a variety of iconic female characters in Italian literature, art and film who depict distinct representatives of female identity within the national culture. 

April HaberyanApril Haberyan, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, co-presented a research project, “The Effect of Emotional Content on Text Recall” at the Association for Psychological Science annual convention, on May 26 in Boston. The purpose of the study was to determine if the addition of relevant emotional stories changes the memorability for course material.

Stanislav IoudenitchStanislav Ioudenitch, associate professor of music/piano, was a member of the jury for the 15th International Beethoven Piano Competition, held May 28 through June 8 in Vienna, Austria.

Adam PotthastAdam Potthast, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy, director of liberal education, and faculty director of design and assessment, presented a discussion on “Madness, Monsters and Morality in Shakespeare’s Hamlet” on June 12 in Kansas City. The event was a part of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s series of inside-the-play presentations.

Tami RadohlTami Radohl, Ph.D., assistant professor of social work and director of field education, presented a session on “Transitional Living and Collegiate Success: Utilization of University Housing for Homeless Youth,” at the Global Well-Being and Social Change Conference, June 7-9 in Lancaster, Pa.

A number of Park faculty and staff participated in sessions at the Midwest Public Affairs Conference and Teaching Public Administration Conference, May 31 through June 2 in Omaha, Neb.
          •  Eric Click, Ph.D., associate professor and program coordinator of public administration, moderated the panel on “Professional Citizens and Public Service Values.” As part of the panel, Click presented “Education and Public Service Values: Ethics and Nonprofit.” He was joined by Suzanne Discenza, Ph.D., adjunct professor of public administration, “Instilling Public Service Values in the Healthcare Environment,” and Rebekkah Stuteville, vice provost, “The MPA Curriculum and Nonprofit Job Based Competencies.”
          •  Melanie Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor of public administration, James Vanderleeuw, Ph.D., associate dean of the Hauptmann School for Public Affairs, and Terrence Ward, Ph.D., assistant professor and area coordinator of public management, presented a session on “Engaging Students Through Nontraditional Classroom Experiences.”
          •  Click chaired a panel on Public Affairs Cases: Economic and Social Development, Healthcare, Law and Politics. As part of that panel, he presented “The Economic and Social Impact of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on the Village of Cooperstown.” Click also served as a panelist on the “Public Administration in the Trump Era – Throwing Out the Textbook” roundtable.
          •  Discenza presented “Comparing the Financial and Population Health Outcomes of States Adopting Medicaid Expansion Versus those that have Not: 2017 Status Update.”
          •  Stuteville presented “Congressman Richard Bolling and Missouri Ethics Reform”

Six Park University faculty and staff shared innovative practices at the (Re)Imagining Humanities Teaching: Innovations in Course Design conference in Kansas City, Mo., June 8-10. Those presenting:
          •  Stacy Kikendall, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, “Reading for Fun Versus Reading as a Literary Scholar: Moving Students Beyond the Superficial in an Introductory Literature Course”
          •  Glenn Lester, instructor of English, “Close Reading of Students’ Work” and “Writing About Community Issues in First-Year Writing”
          •  Adam Potthast, Ph.D.,  associate professor of  philosophy, director of  liberal education, and faculty director of design and assessment, “Scaffolding the Interdisciplinary Research Experience in LE 300: Ethics and Psychology of Humor”
          •  Emily Sallee, Ph.D., associate provost, hosted a roundtable discussion on “Representing Learning – Making Humanities Thinking Visible
          •  Debra Sheffer, Ph.D., professor of history and chair of the Department of History and Political Science, “Connecting Students to the Past with Condolence Letters”
          •  Brian Shawver, associate dean of the School of Liberal Arts and associate professor of English, “Self-Watching”

Kay Barnes Laurie DiPadova-StocksKay Barnes, senior academic ambassador and liaison, and Laurie DiPadova-Stocks, Ph.D., dean emerita and professor of public administration, co-presented the closing session at the Global Ties U.S. Regional Summit on Women’s Empowerment: Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, in Kansas City, Mo., on June 15. Their presentation was on “Where Do We Go From Here?”

Park In The News

Ashley Boyer, ’16, ’17, was the focus of a story that appeared in The Kansas City Star on June 2 . The story was about members of the Kansas City disability community fearing Medicaid changes as part of the efforts by members of Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Nine years ago, at the age of 18, Boyer suffered a hemorrhagic stroke.

Kathy Ramon-Venable, ’14, was featured in a story that appeared in the June 9 issue of Dos Mundos, a newspaper serving the Hispanic community in the Kansas City area. Ramon-Venable focused on the trend of parents and grandparents returning to college to earn a degree.

Jeremy Coulson, a freshman construction management major at the Fort Leonard Wood (Mo.) Campus Center, was featured in an article that appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on June 7. The story was a part of the newspaper’s “Stories of Honor” series.

Charlvin Doty, ’14, was featured in the “Cherokee County (Texas) History Spotlight” that appeared in the Jacksonville (Texas) Progress newspaper on June 10. Doty serves as the senior pastor at Kingdom Christian Center in Jacksonville.

Steve Youngblood, associate professor of communication arts and director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism, authored a “guest commentary” that appeared in The Kansas City Star on June 15. Youngblood’s opinion article was related to the media’s coverage of terrorism.

Cautia Wadood, an incoming Park University women’s basketball student-athlete, was featured in a story that appeared in the Victorville (Calif.) Daily Press on June 15. Wadood, who attended Oak Hills (Calif.) High School, recently signed a letter-of-intent to attend and play basketball at Park.

Lashonda Reed, ’09, was featured in an article that appeared on, an online news source in Fauquier County, Va., on June 15. Reed was recently appointed as the assistant principal at Kettle Run High School in Nokesville, Va.

Park University President Greg Gunderson, Ph.D., and Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Shane Smeed, appeared on the cover of the June issue of Ingram’s, Kansas City’s business magazine, as part of a cover story on the Lenexa (Kan.) City Center, where the University will open its 41st campus location this fall. Smeed was quoted in the story.

As a part of the June issue of Ingram’s, Gunderson was quoted as part of a story on “Why Kansas City” for the magazine’s Destination Kansas City special edition. The University was also mentioned in an article on “Education” in the edition.

An editorial authored by Suzanne Discenza, Ph.D., adjunct professor of public administration, on “Medicaid Expansion: Will Positive Outcomes Assure Future Viability?” was published on June 20 in PA Times, a publication of the American Society for Public Administration.

David Zimmerman, ’95, ’01, who was appointed the interim chief of police for Kansas City, Mo., in May, was the focus of a story that appeared in The Kansas City Star on June 28. Zimmerman, who began his new position on May 21, replaced Darryl Forte, ’90. Zimmerman’s wife, Jan, ’93, ’97, was also mentioned and provided comments for the story. She is the chief of police in Raymore, Mo. In addition, Alissia Canady, ’08, a member of the Kansas City, Mo., City Council, also commented about Zimmerman in the article.

Tom Allen, community relations manager at the Austin (Texas) Campus Center, along with Jack Housworth, ’11, appeared on the “We Are Austin” program on KEYE-TV on June 28 for a six-minute interview segment about Park University. Allen briefly talked about the University’s degree and program offerings in Austin, while Housworth discussed his personal story about overcoming adversity and earning his degree at Park.

A follow-up story related to a missing man from Linwood, Kan., since 1988, which included comments from Eugene Matthews, Ph.D., associate professor of criminal justice administration, aired on WDAF-TV in Kansas City on June 29. The story about the unsolved case of Randy Leach, an 18-year-old high school student was also related to the University bringing in a ground-penetrating radar unit as part of a recent project for the Old Parkville (Mo.) Cemetery. The story was produced by Park alumna Lisa McCormick, ’83.

A story that focused on Wendy Medina, ’16, who was able to earn her degree with the help of the Launch program through the United Way of Greater Kansas City, was featured on the website for Flatland, KCPT-TV’s digital magazine.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)
     •  June 30 -- Junemester Ends
     •  July 3 -- Julymester Begins
     •  July 4 -- Independence Day Holiday (University offices closed nationwide; all summer session classes held as scheduled)
     •  July 14 -- Goodfellow Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center Commencement, 3 p.m., Base Event Center
     •  July 14 -- El Paso (Texas) Campus Center / Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center / Holloman Air Force Base (N.M.) Campus Center Commencement, 7 p.m., El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center
     •  July 21 -- Hill Air Force Base (Utah) Campus Center Commencement, Noon, Davis Conference Center, Layton, Utah
     •  July 25 -- “What is Parkvillia northcutti?” Fossil Discussion, 6 p.m., National Archives at Kansas City (Mo.)
     •  July 28 -- Julymester Ends
     •  July 30 -- Summer Session Ends
     •  August 5 -- Lackland Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center / Randolph Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center Commencement, 1 p.m., True Vision Church (Northeast Campus), San Antonio, Texas
     •  August 8-9 -- Fall Faculty Conference, Parkville Campus
     •  August 14 -- Fall Semester / Fall I Term Classes Begin
     •  August 18 -- Opening Convocation, Noon, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  August 26 -- Fort Myer (Va.) Campus Center / Headquarters Marine Corps/Headquarters Battalion Henderson Hall (Va.) Campus Center / Marine Corps Base Quantico (Va.) Campus Center Commencement, 10 a.m., Little Hall (Quantico)

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