The Crow's Nest -- October 31, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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Park records largest percentage of fall semester growth since 2003

Enrollment data has been reported for Park University's 2017 Fall II term and there is more good news to share concerning Park's historic fall semester: the enrollment growth trend has continued. With a 3.4 percent increase in credit hours for Fall II 2017 year-over-year -- and, after combining it with Park's extraordinary Fall I results -- the University has experienced the largest percentage of year-over-year credit hour growth for the fall semester since 2003.

"Starting the fiscal year with two consecutive terms of growth is very rewarding," said Shane Smeed, vice president and chief operating officer. "We often talk about "staying the course" as it relates to maintaining our positive momentum. Park's Fall II results confirm that this momentum is not a random occurrence; it is the result of directing our energy toward the right things." Among those "right things" is Park's continued focus on meeting the unique needs of military students, which has resulted in an 8.2 percent increase in military credit hours for the Fall II term. Read more about Park's record growth at

Chris KingRetired brigadier general to discuss threats to peace and security at Park University event

Retired Brig. Gen. Chris King, Ph.D., (U.S. Army) will present a discussion on "Understanding the Threats to Peace and Security in the World from a Changing Climate" on Monday, Nov. 13, starting at 3:30 p.m. in the Jenkin and Barbara David Theater within Alumni Hall on Park University's Parkville Campus. Admission to the event is free and open to the public.

King's presentation will examine the factors that have led senior military officers and defense experts to the conclusion that climate change is a significant threat to U.S. national security. King will also discuss strategic environmental security research, which is the academic discipline that links key environmental issues to peace and stability in the world. In addition, he will present case studies of the Tibetan Plateau in central and east Asia and the Nile River watershed in eastern Africa will be presented to demonstrate the concepts of environmental security. Read more about King and his presentation at

University recognizes employees at Longevity Awards

Park University honored staff and faculty who reached milestone service anniversaries between Aug. 1, 2016, and July 31, 2017, during a ceremony on Oct. 20 on the Parkville Campus. Fifty-four employees were recognized, combining for 590 years of service to Park. Seven employees were honored with special recognition -- those with 25 or more years of service. View a list of all employees recognized at

FlagsUniversity to host International Festival on Nov. 17

In celebration of Park University's Year of Diversity and International Education Week, Park's Office of International Students is hosting "The World Underground: An International Festival" on Friday, Nov. 17. The event, which will held from 5:30 to 8 p.m., will be held in the University's underground Academic Plaza within the Parkville Commercial Underground on the Parkville Campus. Admission to the festival is free and open to the public. A buffet dinner will be served for a separate fee.

The International Festival will include information booths, performances, cultural activities and fashion shows from countries around the globe, all featuring Park students representing their native country and sharing the unique and diverse characteristics of their homeland. Countries scheduled to be represented include Brazil, France, Guatemala, Ireland, Japan, Micronesia, Nigeria, Russia and South Africa. In addition to the festival, an international buffet will be served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. featuring food from 12 countries. The price for the buffet is $7 per person. For more information about the event, contact the Office of International Students at / (816) 584-6820.

Park athletic programs to aid Puerto Rico at all home games through Nov. 16

Puerto Rico is in need, and the Park University Department of Athletics is stepping up. For all home athletics events through Thursday, Nov. 16, admission will be donation for Puerto Rico. All donated items will be delivered to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City and sent to Puerto Rico via Heart to Heart International. The Puerto Rican Society of Greater Kansas City will help Park Athletics coordinate the efforts. For all Puerto Rican Relief games, no free passes (including Park IDs) will be accepted for admission. Cash donations will also be accepted, and Park Athletics will work with the PRSGKC to purchase additional relief items. For more information about the efforts, including a list of items most needed and a schedule of Puerto Rico Relief events, visit

Christine GrossmanICM faculty recital to feature KC Symphony principal violist Christine Grossman

Christine Grossman, principal violist with the Kansas City Symphony and an instructor of music/viola in Park University's International Center for Music, will perform a recital concert on Thursday, Nov. 16, in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University's Parkville Campus. Admission to the concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is free. Grossman, who has been the Symphony's principal violist since 2008 and a member of the ICM faculty since 2013, will be joined by violinist Noah Geller, concertmaster and the Miller Nichols Chair of the Kansas City Symphony, and pianist Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, ICM collaborative pianist and instructor of music/piano. Read more about Grossman and the concert at

El Paso Campus hosting hiring seminars for USCBP

Park University's El Paso (Texas) Campus Center will host a series of hiring seminars on Thursday, Nov. 16, for U.S. Customs and Border Protection jobs. Sessions will be held from 8 to 11 a.m., 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at the University's campus at 1330 Adabel Drive in El Paso. USCBP is looking to hire border patrol agents, CBP officers, and air and marine agents. The seminar will provide information on the USAJobs application process, job requirements for the positions and résumé writing. Space is limited. To reserve a seat or for more information, call (915) 834-8849 or (915) 730-7500. For more information, visit

University seeks public comments for accreditation

Park University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit Feb. 12-13, 2018, by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Park University has been accredited by the Commission since 1913. The team will review Park's ongoing ability to meet the Commission's criteria for accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments regarding Park University to:
          Public Comment on Park University
          The Higher Learning Commission
          230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500
          Chicago, IL 60604

The public may also submit comments on the Commission's website at Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing and signed, and comments cannot be treated as confidential. All comments must be received by Jan. 12, 2018.

Faculty, staff, student news

Eric ClickEric Click, Ph.D., associate professor and program coordinator of public administration, was a co-panelist on the "Transparency: Promoting Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions Through Public Affairs Education" session at the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration's annual conference, Oct. 12 in Washington, D.C. Click's presentation was on "Global Governance: Preparing Global Professional Citizens to Engage in a Global Society."

Nicholas KoudouNicolas Koudou, Ph.D., professor of business administration, presented a session on "Influence of Communauté Financiere Africaine and Sustainable Development in Francophone Africa" at the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines conference in Las Vegas, Oct. 23-25. Koudou also served as a discussant and track chair on the international business track.

Four Park University faculty in the Department of Social Work presented at the Council on Social Work Education's annual meeting, Oct. 19-22 in Dallas. Tami Radohl, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of field education, presented her paper on "Partnerships in Higher Education: Addressing Homelessness and Inclusion Through University Housing." Radohl, Gary Bachmann, associate professor, Geri Dickey, Ph.D., assistant professor, and Debra Olson-Morrison, Ph.D., assistant professor and Master of Social Work program director, presented an interactive workshop on "Strengthening our Signature Pedagogy: Creating a Framework for Integrative Field Education."

Four faculty in Park University's College of Management made presentations at the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs Region 5 Conference in Pratt, Kan., Oct. 18-20. Brad Kleindl, Ph.D., dean of the College of Management, presented a session on "Initial Accreditation, Reaffirmation and QA Issues as Seen Through the Eyes of a Commissioner." Kleindl serves as a baccalaureate and graduate program commissioner for ACBSP. Alla Adams, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of healthcare administration, and Harold Griffin, Ph.D., director of the Master of Healthcare Administration program and associate professor of healthcare administration, presented "Record Graduate Growth Rates Through Faculty Led Recruitment and Retention Strategies." Lacey Finley, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of management, presented "Teaching Presence Model Guidelines for Online Business Courses: A Best Practice Resource."

Park In The News

Park University's Mackay Hall was highlighted as part of a story related to paranormal activity at some Kansas City area attractions. Carolyn Elwess, university archivist, provided comments for the story that appeared in The Kansas City Star's "816 North" and "913" sections on Oct. 25.

Toni-Rochelle Ford, assistant professor of marketing, provided comments for a story that aired on KCTV in Kansas City on Oct. 26. The story was related to the travel advisory the NAACP issued related to American Airlines.

A column that appeared in the Oct. 25 issue of the Platte County (Mo.) Citizen featured a story related to Parkvillia northcuttl 306 million-year-old fossil found on the University's Parkville Campus.

Park University's online Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit and Community Services Management degree program was ranked No. 30 by on its "Top 30 Online Master's in Nonprofit Management Degree Programs 2017-18" list.

Park University was ranked No. 3 in the country by 24/7 Wall St. based on the percentage increase in the number of applications between 2006 and 2016.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)
     •  Through November 22 -- Rita Guile Fine Art Paintings Exhibit, Campanella Gallery (Norrington Center)
     •  November 2-3 -- Board of Trustees Meeting, Lenexa (Kan.) Civic Campus
     •  November 4 -- Defense Supply Center Columbus (Ohio) Campus Center Commencement, 9 a.m., Ohio History Connection
     •  November 5 -- Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio) Campus Center Commencement, 2 p.m., Hollenbeck Bayley Conference Center, Springfield, Ohio
     •  November 5 -- Parkville Symphonic Band Concert, 3 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  November 10 -- Veterans Day Holiday (observed; all University offices closed nationwide; Parkville Daytime classes cancelled; Fall II classes held as scheduled)
     •  November 10 -- Park Model United Nations Conference (for high school students), Parkville Campus
     •  November 13 -- Retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Chris King, Ph.D., Presentation: “Understanding the Threats to Peace and Security in the World from a Changing Climate,” 3:30 p.m., David Theater (Alumni Hall)
     •  November 14 -- World War I Centennial Presentation: Dr. André Loez, 1 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  November 16 -- International Center for Music Faculty Recital: Violist Christine Grossman, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  November 17 -- International Festival, 5:30-8 p.m., Academic Plaza (Academic Underground)
     •  November 23-26 -- Thanksgiving Holiday (all University offices closed nationwide; Fall II classes held as scheduled)
     •  December 1 -- Charleston (S.C.) Air Force Base Campus Center Commencement, noon, Joint Base Charleston Education Center
     •  December 2 -- International Center for Music ICM Orchestra Concert, 7:30 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  December 3 -- Northland Community Choir Concert: Rutter Carols by Candlelight, 5 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  December 4-29 -- Fine Arts Seniors Thesis Exhibit, Campanella Gallery
     •  December 8 -- International Student Sash Ceremony, 5 p.m., David Theater (Alumni Hall)
     •  December 9 -- Kansas City Area December Commencement, 10 a.m., Community of Christ Auditorium, Independence, Mo.
     •  December 10 -- Fall Semester/Fall II Classes End
     •  December 10 -- International Center for Music Distinguished Alumni Concert: Violinist Cristian Fatu and Pianist Victoria Martirosyan Fatu, 4 p.m., Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel
     •  December 25-26 -- Christmas Holiday (all University offices closed)
     •  January 1 -- New Year's Day Holiday (all University offices closed)

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