PARK UNIVERSITY E-NEWS
News from June 2011
Magazine ranks Park for bachelor's degrees awarded to minorities
Park University once again has been ranked in the top 100 of bachelor's degrees conferred to students of color in the United States, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine. In its June 9 issue, DIHE ranked Park in the top 100 in 28 categories of race/degree major combinations, including Hispanic, African-American, Native American, Asian-American and all minorities combined, and degrees ranging from psychology, computer and information sciences, and various business-related degrees.
Park ranked No. 78 in the nation in the "Total Minority-All Disciplines Combined" category, and of colleges/universities within the West North Central states of the Midwest region (among Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota), Park ranked No. 3. Park was the only institution in Missouri or Kansas ranked in the top 100. The University earned national top 5 rankings in three categories, including two No. 1s in the categories of "Hispanic-Human Resources Management and Services" and "Total Minority-Human Resources Management and Services."
Magazine article and rankings: http://mydigimag.rrd.com/publication/?i=71447
List of all Park University rankings: http://bit.ly/lnesf0
Park ranked seventh-most affordable private university in nation
Park University was ranked as the seventh most affordable private university/college in the nation and first in the Midwest for tuition and fees, according to a recent report by U.S. News and World Report.
Park University celebrated the success of its "Windows of Opportunity" fundraising campaign during a ceremony on June 24. The campaign raised $336,000 to replace windows in the historic Norrington Center, which currently houses Park's Office of Admissions. The effort began in March 2009 to replace the windows and frames in the 103-year-old building -- formerly known as the Carnegie Library -- with state-of-the art, custom-made thermal windows. Thanks to more than 340 donors and the matching support of an anonymous business partner, the goal was reached and the windows were installed.
Park University announced the appointment of Jerry D. Jorgensen, Ph.D., as provost and vice president for academic affairs. Jorgensen began his duties June 15. Thimios Zaharopoulos, Ph.D., who for the past two years served as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, has assumed the position of special assistant to the president for academic outreach. In addition, Roger Dusing was appointed director of human resource services. Dusing began his duties June 20.
Board of Trustees elect members, approve items
The Park University Board of Trustees announced a number of action items from its May 6 meeting on the Parkville Campus, including elections of BOT members, approval of faculty promotions, and approval of the University's new Vision Statement, Mission Statement and Core Values.
Bios of new trustees: http://news.park.edu/pub/news_001957.shtml
Maj. Gen. Dana J.H. Pittard, commanding general of the U.S. Army's Fort Bliss Military Installation in El Paso, Texas, was bestowed with an honorary doctorate of humane letters by Park University during the Fort Bliss Campus Center's commencement ceremony on June 10.
University to open newly improved track, field area
Park University announced it will open its newly improved track and field area in late July on the University's Parkville Campus. Some of the improvements include resurfacing the 400-meter, six-lane track and redesigning jump areas.
Park University's Sports Information Office -- Steve Wilson, director, and Tyler Price, assistant director -- earned a number of top-10 awards for its publications and website during the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Convention, June 25 in Marco Island, Fla. Park's baseball media guide was named the top NAIA baseball media guide in the Walt McAlexander Baseball Brochure Contest. The women's golf media guide earned first place honors in the NAIA-SIDA Single-Sport Brochure Contest, while the men's volleyball media guide finished second, giving Park a one-two finish in the category.
People to People International will recognize two members of the Park University community as recipients of annual awards. Angie Peterson, interim director of international education and study abroad, was named the organization’s 2011 Outstanding Campus Adviser, while Charif Hamidi, a May 2011 graduate, received the 2011 University Chapter Leadership Award. Peterson and Hamidi will be recognized at the 2011 PTPI Board of Trustees meeting in Brussels, Belgium, in September.
Park staff, student veterans volunteer at Kansas City Stand Down event
Park University staff, along with student veterans with the Park Warrior Center, participated in the Heart of America Stand Down Foundation event on June 3 in Kansas City, Mo. Community service organizations came together to provide assistance to approximately 650 homeless veterans. During the event, Park Warrior Center staff met with Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James to discuss the PWC and the Success for Veterans program.
Sparked by the adoption of a dog, staff at Park University's Defense Supply Center Columbus (Ohio) Campus Center raised funds during the month of May for the Franklin County (Ohio) Humane Society. DSCC students, staff, friends and family raised $117 in donations, as well as collected blankets, food, treats, toys, collars and bones.
An article written by Jolene Lampton, Ph.D., assistant professor of accounting and management at the Austin (Texas) Campus Center, was published in a recent issue of the Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics. The purpose of the paper, "Using Discussion Teaching in an Online Ethics Course," was to tell the strategy Lampton used to obtain social interaction in an online ethics course.
Jonathan D'Souza, an instructional designer in Park Distance Learning, was named the 2011 outstanding graduate student in instructional design and technology from The Teachers College at Emporia (Kan.) State University on May 6. The award was based on D'Souza's presentations and projects as a graduate student at ESU.
The Park University Alumni Association recognized the accomplishments of three individuals during Alumni Weekend on June 25. Receiving the Distinguished Alumnus Award was Jack Wells, '59, Ph.D., and Wilford "Pete" Kale, '71. Receiving the Marlowe Sherwood Memorial Service Award was Timothy Pelton, '70.
Wells profile: www.park.edu/alumni/profiles/wells.asp
Kale profile: www.park.edu/alumni/profiles/kale.asp
Pelton profile: www.park.edu/alumni/profiles/pelton.asp
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 junior catcher Philip Garrison, a secondary education/mathematics major, became the 14th student-athlete in the Pirates' 11-year baseball program history to earn the NAIA's top academic honor as he was named to the 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Baseball Scholar-Athlete squad.
Park University men's basketball head coach Jason Kline spent 10 days in Italy at the end of May and the first week of June, representing the United States as the head coach of a team of small-college basketball players for the American International Sports Teams. Kline's team of five NAIA, one NCAA Division III, two NCAA Division II and one NCAA Division I players went undefeated in five games to win the gold.
IN THE NEWS
• Brad Kleindl, Ph.D., dean of the Park School of Business, was in Joplin, Mo., on May 22, the day of the deadly tornado that devastated the area. A story about Kleindl’s experience appeared in the May 27 issue of the Parkville (Mo.) Luminary.
• A feature story on WIWU-TV in Marion, Ind., highlights the marathon race at the 2011 NAIA National Track and Field Championships in which Park University's Daniel Tubei won with a time of 2:27.12. The story features an interview with Tubei after the race and great footage of Tubei and fellow teammate Thomas Chelulei running the race through the city of Marion.
• Esther Francis, who graduated from Park University in May with Bachelor of Arts degrees in business administration/human resources and business administration/international business, and was awarded a 2011-12 Fulbright Binational Business Grant, was featured in The Examiner (Independence, Mo. newspaper) on June 14 for her Fulbright award.
• Andre Olaciregui, a sophomore management major at the Hanscom Air Force Base (Mass.) Campus Center, wrote an article that appeared in the June 17 issue of the base newspaper, The Hansconian. The article is about Olaciregui's quest for a degree which led him to Park University.
• Kelsey Faiferlick, who will attend Park University in the fall and will be a member of the Pirates' women's golf team, placed third in the Iowa Class 2A state golf tournament on June 1. A story about Faiferlick appeared in The Messenger, a newspaper in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
• Park University and the Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center were highlighted in the June 2 issue of the Fort Bliss Monitor for recent accomplishments (see page 6B).
• Robyn Schwecke, a senior management/accounting major at Park University's Malmstrom Air Force Base (Mont.) Campus Center, was mentioned in a recent issue of Accounting Today as a winner of a $1,000 scholarship from the National Society of Accountants Scholarship Foundation.
• Gregory Crainshaw, '08, was featured in a full-page spread in the June 8 issue of Ink magazine (page 12), a publication of The Kansas City Star. The "Office Space" spread was about Crainshaw's job.
• A story highlighting the year of Park University softball pitcher Kaily Purtle appeared in her hometown newspaper, the Smithville (Mo.) Herald, on June 8.
• Crispin Rea Jr., '08, and a member of the Kansas City, Mo., School Board, was the keynote speaker for the East High School commencement ceremony on May 23. A story about Rea's address appeared in the May 25 issue of The Kansas City Star.
• Luke Lewis, a student in Park's Master of Business Administration program, was featured in a June 8 story that appeared in the Linn County (Mo.) Leader. Lewis recently became the city manager in Marceline, Mo.
• Steve Berg, adjunct instructor of astronomy, was mentioned in a story about his daughter, Stephanie, who is a clarinetist for an orchestra in Columbia, Mo. The article appeared in the June 17 issue of the Columbia Daily Tribune.
• Jasmin Menez, who will attend Park University in the fall, was featured as an "Academic All-Star" in the June 22 issue of her hometown newspaper, the Blue Springs (Mo.) Examiner. Menez responded to a series of questions in the feature.
• Staff Sgt. Eric Porter, who went through Commencement exercises at Park University's Malmstrom Air Force Base (Mont.) Campus Center on June 24, was included as part of a story that appeared the next morning in the Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune. The accompanying photo with the article was a shot of Park graduates.
• A recent issue of the Del Rio (Texas) News-Herald featured a story on Park University and the Laughlin Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center being a "well-kept secret" that is on the move.
• Tim Rice, '76, chair of the Parkville (Mo.) Economic Development Council, was featured in the cover photo in the June issue of KC Business magazine. The cover story also mentioned the Parkville Commercial Underground, located on Park University's Parkville Campus.
• Park University's "Fill the Dome with Hope" for the survivors of the tornado that devastated Joplin, Mo., on May 22, was highlighted on KSHB-TV on May 31. Donna Baker, director of budget and purchasing, was interviewed for the story.
• Michelle Budd, a senior chemistry major, was mentioned as a recipient of a Toni Thornton Foundation scholarship from the American Association of University Women in the June 1 issue of The Kansas City Star.
View a comprehensive schedule for all events, including athletics, at www.park.edu/calendar/parkville.html.
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