PARK UNIVERSITY E-NEWS
News from July 2011
Park University ranked No. 1 by military magazine for popularity
Park University was ranked by Military Times EDGE magazine as the most popular nonprofit master's level institution in the country for servicemembers using tuition assistance in fiscal year 2010. When taking into account all colleges/universities nationwide, including for-profit and public, and associate/doctoral levels, Park was ranked No. 8. Within specific branches of the military, Park ranked fourth in providing education to members of the Air Force and Air Guard, and sixth in providing education to members of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Park University ranked by Department of Education for affordability
Park University is the only private, not-for-profit school based in Missouri ranked on a recent Department of Education list of institutions with the lowest net price. Park's net price (after scholarships and grant aid) is $8,192, while the national average for private, not-for-profit four-year or above schools is $19,009.
Park Golf Scramble, fundraiser set for September 8
The Park University Golf Scramble is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 8, at Shoal Creek Golf Course in Kansas City, Mo., and new in 2011, the event will include a fundraiser auction immediately following the tournament. The scramble, which benefits the Park University Department of Athletics and the School for Education, begins at 11 a.m. with registration and lunch, followed by a noon shotgun start at Shoal Creek. Awards follow at approximately 5 p.m. At that time, auction items -- both silent and live -- will be available for bid. Tournament registration is $125 per golfer or $500 per four-person team, and includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, driving range access, on-course games, contests and refreshments, post-tournament heavy hors d'oeuvres and a sleeve of golf balls. A variety of sponsorships are also available. Tournament registration also includes a ticket to the auction. Auction tickets are also available to those who do not choose to play in the golf tournament for $30. For more information, or to register for the tournament or for the auction, visit www.park.edu/golf.
Online psychology degrees recognized by consumer group
Park University was ranked for having two of the nation's most affordable accredited online bachelor degrees in psychology and human services career areas by GetEducated.com, a consumer group that publishes online college/university rankings. Park's Bachelor of Science in social psychology and Bachelor of Arts in psychology both made the top 30 list of affordable programs.
Park University elects Board of Trustees members
Park University elected several new members to its Board of Trustees. New trustees include Lynn Bondurant, '62, Ph.D.; Dennis H. Epperson, '69, Ph.D., J.D.; Kristopher Flint, '97; Joseph Geeter III, '99; Ann Mesle, J.D.; Lt. Gen. John Miller; Rosemary Plakas, '63, Ph.D.; Jeannette Prenger, '09; and David Warm. In addition to the new trustees, the Board also elected Donald Arndtsen, '50; Julie Wilson; and Eric Wade, '82, '85, to second terms. All terms end June 30, 2014.
New Board of Trustees profiles: http://news.park.edu/pub/news_001957.shtml
University to offer Chinese language course
The Department of English and Modern Languages will host scholars to offer Chinese language courses this fall at the University's Parkville Campus. The sections will be taught as independent studies, offering enrollees the opportunity for intimate sessions and flexible scheduling.
Park University to hold auditions for theater production
Auditions for the Park University theater production of "Almost, Maine" will be on Monday, Aug. 22, and Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the David Theater, located within Alumni Hall on the University's Parkville Campus. The auditions are open to the public. The play, which was developed at the Cape Cod Theatre Project in 2002 and was a popular production in New York during the 2006 season, will be presented Thursday and Friday, Oct. 21-22, and Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 28-30. The auditions will consist of readings from the script. Casting for the play is flexible, with it being presented with as few as four actors and actresses to as many as 19. For more information about the auditions, contact Andrea Southard, Ph.D., instructor of theater, at email@example.com or (816) 584-6450.
Park student awarded scholarship for travel to Jordan
Andria Enns, a Park University junior communication arts/public relations and communication arts/broadcasting major and Degree with Honors program student, was awarded the Mosaic Scholarship by America's Unofficial Ambassadors. Her $1,000 scholarship will be applied to expenses for a United Planet service trip to Amman, Jordan, to work with a women's empowerment nonprofit for three weeks during Park's winter break.
Ciolek earns certification as strength, conditioning coach
Brian Ciolek, community wellness coordinator, passed the exam to become a certified strength and conditioning coach through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. Ciolek is just one of four (out of 900) CSCCA-certified strength and conditioning coaches employed at an NAIA-level college/university.
Cowley elected president of Down syndrome group
Brian Cowley, Ph.D., professor of psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology and Sociology, was elected president of the Board of Directors of the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City.
Osborne appointed editor of education journal section
Deborah Osborne, Ph.D., professor of modern languages and coordinator of the English as an International Language Program, was appointed editor of the higher education section of the newly formed Mid-America Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Proceedings and Journal publications. http://news.park.edu/pub/news_001965.shtml
Brackett publishes essay in Catholic encyclopedia supplement
Virginia Brackett, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of Park's Department of English and Modern Languages, and director of the Degree with Honors Program, had her essay, "Christine de Pizan," published in the supplement to The New Catholic Encyclopedia.
Burk authors paper on online learning indicators
Erlan Burk, assistant professor and program coordinator of information and computer science, had a paper published in the July issue of e-Learn Magazine, a publication for Association for Computing Machinery. The paper, "Online Learning Indicators," provides online course design issues that indicate factors of an inferior learning experience for students.
Uden appointed assistant dean of student life
Park University has appointed Jayme Uden as assistant dean of student life. Uden began his duties July 25 after five years as the assistant director of residence life at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
Matos biography takes look at Marines in the war on terror
Greg (Manuel) Matos, '06, has authored a biography that offers a compelling look at the diverse roles Marines play in today's war on terror. In his book, Shattered Glass: The Story of a Marine Embassy Guard, Matos enters the military with visions of glory and honor, but soon realizes the Marine Corps isn't always what it's cracked up to be. Matos' story illustrates the complexities of life in the military, where men and women are tasked with being trained killers as well as human beings. The emotional struggles that Matos reveals are common to many, and the final reconciliation he finds -- an understanding of what it means to serve your country with honor -- is empowering.
Park Alumni Association bestows honorary status to Droges, McCollum
The Park University Alumni Association took the opportunity during Alumni Weekend in late June to recognize three non-graduates with a special honor. For their support and dedication to the Alumni Association's mission "to assist and advance the interest of Park University and to cherish the spirit of friendship among its members," honorary alumni status was bestowed on Park President Michael Droge, Ph.D., his spouse Molly Droge, M.D., and Julie McCollum, director of alumni relations.
In addition, the Class of 1971 was recognized for its unfailing support of the Alumni Association, through its reunion attendance, fundraising generosity and it volunteerism over the past 40 years. Jay Flaherty, '71, was recognized as "Reunion Planner Extraordinaire" as his efforts accounted for more than half of the Alumni Weekend attendees this year. The Class of 1971 also inducted McCollum into their class as an honorary member.
Alumni Weekend 2011 recap
Photos, including the Norrington Center Windows Dedication event, class photos, organ concert video and President Michael Droge's presentation can be viewed and downloaded at www.park.edu/alumni/awe11/awe11photos.asp.
Alumni Weekend to move to the fall
A new tradition will begin in the fall 2012 as Park University's annual Alumni Weekend will join forces with Harvest Fest. The dates are set for September 24-27 next year. Plans are to continue some of the traditional reunion opportunities, but at the same time expand to include opportunities for students and alumni to interact, meet the faculty or attend a sporting event or class. For those alumni who have never been to the Parkville Campus, this will be the time to visit Parkville in all its full fall glory. The Alumni Council is seeking volunteers to help plan the new fall Alumni Weekend. If you are interested in organizing a reunion or helping design new events for your special group, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming alumni events announced
A number of alumni events have been scheduled this fall, including the Class of 1991 and Friends Reunion, a softball alumni reunion, track and cross country alumni reunion and events in New Mexico. Visit www.park.edu/alumni/events.asp for complete details on these and other upcoming alumni events.
Alumni recruiters wanted
If you are a high school teacher, coach or counselor, the Office of Alumni Relations will send you a Park pennant to put in your classroom/office and a t-shirt to wear on casual days. Materials explaining the various degree programs will also be included. In return, you are asked to distribute information to appropriate prospective students, including colleagues that may have interest in the University’s online master’s degree programs. Send your name, address, t-shirt size and school to email@example.com.
Alumni encouraged to participate in Alumni Association programs
Keep your membership in the Park University Alumni Association active by keeping your contact information up-to-date with the Office of Alumni Relations. For more information, visit the Office of Alumni Relations website, www.park.edu/alumni/, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduates of Park University are reminded that they automatically become members of the Alumni Association. Members receive the Park University Magazine, notification of events, including the annual Alumni Weekend and Harvest Fest, invitations to regional receptions/reunions, access to the online alumni directory and representation on the Alumni Council. Alumni are encouraged to participate in the many programs and committees available to Alumni Association members.
Park University places six athletic programs among NAIA's academic elite
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The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics released its list of scholar teams for the 2010-11 academic year, and six Park University athletics programs were included on the list. Park's women's soccer program headlined the team grade point average list, posting a 3.38 team GPA in 2010-11.
Talamantes tabbed to lead Park's men's and women's volleyball
Mike Talamantes was appointed Park University's head men's and women's volleyball coach, becoming the sixth head coach in the history of the men's volleyball program, and the seventh head coach in the history of the women's program.
Park fall athletics programs announce schedules, team previews
Park University's fall athletics programs have started practices in preparation for the upcoming season.
Men's soccer: Preview: www.parkathletics.com/msoccer/park_005622.shtml; Schedule: www.parkathletics.com/msoccer/schedule_mso.shtml
Women's soccer: Preview: www.parkathletics.com/wsoccer/park_005621.shtml; Schedule: www.parkathletics.com/wsoccer/schedule_ws.shtml
Women's volleyball: Schedule: www.parkathletics.com/wvolleyball/park_005614.shtml
IN THE NEWS
• A story about Park University's Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center presenting Maj. Gen. Dana J.H. Pittard, commanding general of the U.S. Army's Fort Bliss Military Installation in El Paso, with an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University, appeared in the June 23 issue of the Fort Bliss Monitor. The article included photos and comments from Park President Michael Droge, Ph.D., and Fort Bliss Campus Center Executive Director Scott Graves.
• Ceanne Maxey, who is attending Park University's Parkville Campus this fall, was featured in a story in her hometown newspaper, The Examiner (Independence, Mo.) on July 7. The article was about Maxey's passion of art and her hope of being an elementary school art teacher.
• Steve Tingler, Park University assistant softball coach, was featured in a story that appeared in the July 14 issue of the Smithville (Mo.) Herald. Tingler, who had also served as head coach at Smithville High School, recently resigned that post to focus more attention to his position at Park.
• Park University's PO 331 (Public Organizations) class at the Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center was featured in an article that appeared in the July 14 issue of the Fort Bliss Monitor. Anna Whitehead, assistant director, and two students were interviewed for the story.
• Elbert "Carl" Bush, a senior criminal justice administration student at Park University's Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio) Campus Center, was highlighted in a story that appeared July 21 in the Vandalia (Ohio) Drummer News. Bush, a captain in the Butler Township (Ohio) Police Department, will be promoted to chief of police, effective Sept. 1.
• Richard Connet, '94, was featured in the July 26 issue of the San Pedro Valley News-Sun in Benson, Ariz. Connet recently became the high school principal in the town.
• Andria Enns, a junior communication arts/public relations and communication arts/broadcasting major, was quoted in a recent issue of the U.S. News and World Report U.S. News College Compass -- Best Colleges 2011. Enns provided comments for a story on LinkedIn options for college students.
• Anesha McKinney, '98, was a part of an article about diversity-minded companies in communications in the June/July issue of Diversity/Careers in Engineering and Information Technology magazine.
• Stuart Speer, adjunct instructor of finance, was quoted for a story that appeared in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on July 27. Speer provided comments for a story about the talks on the U.S. debt limit.
• Park University's entry in the KC Parent magazine "Duckorating Contest" in support of the Children's TLC Duck Derby in Kansas City was one of three finalists in the contest and finished third in the overall voting for "Best Dressed Duck." Park's duck (adjacent photo) was featured in the July issue of the magazine. http://kcparent.upickem.net/engine/Winners.aspx?contestid=34015
• Park University was mentioned in a sidebar story that appeared July 19 in The Kansas City Star related to concerns about the flooding in English Landing Park, across from the Parkville Campus. The sidebar provided a bit of history about the park, land that the University previously owned.
• Park University was highlighted in a number of stories as a part of a special section on "MBA and Education" that appeared in The Kansas City Star on July 12. Steve Hallman, Ph.D., interim director of Park's Master of Business Administration program, was interviewed for the stories.
• Patrick Gallegos, adjunct instructor of management and finance at Park University's Camp Pendleton (Calif.) Marine Corps Base Campus Center, was featured as a Marine Corps education success story in the July issue of the DANTES Information Bulletin.
View a comprehensive schedule for all events, including athletics, at www.park.edu/calendar/parkville.html.