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FALL 2008

The big picture for the Alumniad

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Office of Communication (816) 584-6212 President of Park University Beverley Byers-Pevitts, Ph.D. Vice President for University Advancement Laurie McCormack Vice President for Communication Rita Weighill, ’90 Communication Coordinator Brad Biles Director of Alumni Relations Julie McCollum (816) 584-6206 (800) 488-PARK (7275) (816) 505-5409 fax Alumni Relations Coordinator Alisha Coggins, ’03 (816) 584-6207

2008-09 Alumni Council Neal McGregor, ’89, M.A.R. ’92 President Susan Kensett McGaughey,’74 Vice President Scott Briscoe, ’04 Secretary Jay Flaherty, ’71 Treasurer Karen Peters Frankenfeld,’59 Past President David Barclay, ’53 Matt Dodson, ’98, M.P.A. ’01 Dirk Lawson, ’94

Editor Kathy Walker Walker Texas Writer

Jeff McKinney, ’81

Assistant Editor John Dycus

Michael Newburger, ’70

Art Direction Jennifer Henderson JODesign, LLC

January Rogers, ’05, M.B.A. ‘08

Let us hear from you. Send your comments to Rita Weighill at

Table of Contents




President’s Greetings Director’s Corner


Alumni Weekend 2008 Photos


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Alumni Awards Marlowe Sherwood Memorial Service Award: Michael Newburger, ’70 Torchlighter Award: Virginia B. McCoy Distinguished Alumni Award: Florence Byham Weinberg, ’54, and Lee Salem, ’68 Call for Nominations Bulletin Board Alumni Weekend Highlights 2009 Class Notes Park Mourns

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The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

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President’s Greetings Dear Parkites, I hope you were able to attend Park’s 2008 Alumni Weekend at the Parkville Campus in June. It was an amazing time of celebration and remembrance. The four-day event commemorated graduation anniversaries and lifetime achievements. Alumni engaged in activities and conversations that opened a glimpse into exciting campus happenings as well as things to come. Park’s long and proud heritage is a strong foundation for its future. Each step forward is a tribute to those who have participated in University accomplishments. Comments such as, “Park has never looked better,” “The campus looks so beautiful” and “I’m really proud to be a Park graduate” were rewarding to hear. Such personal assessments confirm the University is heading in the right direction. This academic year promises even greater achievements, but I need your help. Just as those who attended Alumni Weekend experienced Park’s vision firsthand, I ask for your active participation in University events in Parkville and around the country throughout the year. You will discover our exciting plans, help us reach our goals and share with your community the extraordinary things happening at Park University. May the upcoming holidays be filled with much happiness for you and your family. Kindest regards.

Director’s Corner

Beverley Byers-Pevitts, Ph.D. President

Hello Parkites, As Park connects with every corner of the world through its globally located graduates and current students, the University is presented with continual opportunities to improve the ways in which information is being shared. The magazine you’re reading today is the final Alumniad in its familiar format. In early 2009 look for Park University Magazine, which will be a progressive “magazine within a magazine” approach. Do not be alarmed — the Alumniad is not going away. It simply will be included in the new, expanded community magazine. The newly revised magazine will enlighten University alumni and friends by highlighting all that is wonderful about our alma mater. The first portion of the magazine will feature information about our academic programs, students, faculty and graduates, along with other news of interest. The second portion of the magazine will contain all the sections you read loyally — the class notes and alumni news. We encourage you to contribute by sending class notes and story ideas to the Office of Alumni Relations or by posting them Online at Enjoy this special Alumni Weekend update issue, and we look forward to sharing our new and improved magazine in 2009.

Julie McCollum Director of Alumni Relations

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Alumni Weekend 2008 Alumni classes from as far back as 1934, and as recent as 2008, and most classes in between, attended this favorite summer event, where there’s always something for everyone. The classes of 1958 and 1968 competed for most members attending, and the class of 1958 proudly claimed the trophy. The class of 1953 extended reunion invitations to every Parkite from the years they were on campus. The golf scramble and the Friday night Park Family Picnic, where children enjoyed music and the play area, were a hit with traditional and nontraditional alumni. Alumni actors dressed as Charlie Chaplin and the Keystone Cops mingled with the crowd and entertained children. Other alumni performed an alumni-written skit and sang karaoke. Some came for the entire weekend and others attended special events, such as the dance at the Argosy Hotel or the class reunion luncheon in Thompson Commons. First-time Parkville Campus visitors enjoyed campus tours and events to acquaint them with the greater Kansas City area. It was a time for making new friends with those who share memories and a love of Park.

The Alumni Performers entertain

guests at the family picnic.

Alumni present a skit at the alumni talent show.

Alumni, faculty and staff from all generations dance and sing karaoke at the family picnic Friday night.

ld, ‘59, and Karen Peters Frankenfe Neal McGregor, ‘89

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Photos by Alan McArthur, ’07

Class of 1958

Alumni enjoyed the awards banquet at the Argosy Hotel.

Class of 1968


Graduates from the 195

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Alumni Awards Michael Newburger, ’70

2008 Marlowe Sherwood Memorial Service Award

Before graduating with a sociology degree, the 2008 Marlowe Sherwood Memorial Service Award recipient, Michael “Newie” Newburger, ’70, already was volunteering in the community. In summer 1969 Professor Jenkin David recruited him to the Bell Road Barn Playhouse. Newburger endured mosquitoes and mud to play “Flute” in the Sunday night productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He was so bitten by the Barn bug that he joined its board after graduation, a position he still holds. He helped guide the theater group through its move from Bell Road and its recovery from the 1993 Riverside flood, as well as its relocation to Park University’s Alumni Hall and subsequent move to its current location at Park Hill South High School. Another of Newburger’s local community passions is the South Platte Fire District. His tenure there began in September 1970 when he became a volunteer firefighter. Today he is a district

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commissioner, first elected in 2001. The fire department so influenced his life that he incorporated it into his wedding, surprising his bride, Susan, with a big yellow fire truck outside the chapel, waiting to transport them to the reception. Being a volunteer fireman takes dedication and hours of training at the volunteer’s expense. Newburger’s expertise came to the attention of the Chinese government, which twice requested that he share his knowledge. In 2002 he traveled with fire commissioners to provide fire service orientation at the Kunming Fire School. He was invited back in 2005 as a guest lecturer. Newburger met his wife, Susan, while working as an emergency medical technician one summer at Worlds of Fun, a job he has continued. She came from St. Louis to teach in Kansas City, and they were married in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on June 7, 1980, by Dr. John Patton, the college pastor. She quickly joined Newie’s commitment to the Kansas City community. Together they formed the Michael and Susan Newburger Foundation, which supports fine arts, education and community needs. Many of Newie’s favorite projects grew out of his connection to the local school district, where he has been a substitute teacher for almost 30 years and from which Susan recently retired as a journalism teacher. He volunteers with the Park Hill debate teams, often working as a tournament judge.

The foundation annually supports the Newburger Debate Forum, a meet designed to launch novices into debate. Each year the foundation has underwritten one or two of Susan’s students to attend journalism camp. Newburger serves on the Park University Alumni Council. This is the second time he has volunteered to serve his alma mater. He served on the council from 1987 until 1995, and answered the call again in 2006. Alumni recognize him as the campus tour guide from many Alumni Weekends.

Virginia B. McCoy

2008 Torchlighter Award

The Park University Alumni Association honored Virginia B. “Jinny” McCoy with the 2008 Torchlighter Award, and its members acknowledged her loyalty and support of the University by inviting her to join their ranks as an honorary alumna. McCoy has been a generous benefactor through her time and financial support. No stranger to volunteer work, she serves on

numerous boards and committees throughout the Kansas City area and is responsible for many of their most successful projects. Park is fortunate that she has chosen to support its mission. McCoy is a steadfast leader, serving 12 years on Park’s Board of Trustees in many capacities, including chair during the 200506 school year, vice-chair and six-year chair of the University Advancement Committee, serving on the executive and trusteeship committees. She was on the search committee for the vice president of advancement. In 1997 she was chairman of Founders Day. In 2002 she co-chaired President Beverley Byers-Pevitts’ inaugural Founders Day and was responsible for significant increases in attendance and funds raised. She also cochaired the Park University 2000 Millennium Campaign. In the past two years McCoy has benefited the Pirate Club and offers visionary leadership as founding chair of the athletics booster club. An honorary member of the Board of Trustees, she continues to promote Park University and its athletic programs. She was responsible for renovation of the McCoy Meetin’ House in 2002. Most recently, her gift to the women’s golf program marked the largest endowment commitment to any single program in the athletic department. “To say that we appreciate this charitable donation to our women’s golf program would be an understatement,” said Claude

English, Park athletic director. “This generous gift will contribute to the continuing success of our newest program. Jinny has played a critical role in ensuring the well-being of athletics at Park University. She has shared her time, enthusiasm and her talents with us time and time again.” Lee Salem, ’68

2008 Distinguished Alumnus Award

Lee Salem, ’68, is the Park University Alumni Association’s 2008 Distinguished Alumnus. As president of Universal Press Syndicate, the world’s largest independent newspaper consortium, Salem oversees the operation that distributes hundreds of features to newspapers around the globe. A New Hampshire native, Salem came to Parkville in 1963 and made the area his home. At Park he earned a bachelor’s degree in English, and he followed that with a master’s degree in English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Former Park University Professor Tony Beasley introduced Salem

to a friend who happened to own a new company, Kansas City-based Universal Press Syndicate. Salem signed on as an assistant editor in 1974, just four years after the company began. He was promoted to managing editor in 1976 and vice president in 1980. He became president in July 2006. Under his leadership, such pop culture icons as The Far Side, Calvin & Hobbes, Cathy, Doonesbury, Ziggy and The Boondocks were developed and syndicated. Salem also has been responsible for acquiring much of the syndicate’s new talent. He oversees the syndication of such popular features as Dear Abby, For Better or For Worse, Garfield, FoxTrot, Close to Home, Pat Oliphant, Ann Coulter and Roger Ebert. Salem became recognized as the face of Universal Press Syndicate by stepping forward in times of controversy. Syndicated columnist Bob Andelman, a former client, describes Salem as “the man responsible for recognizing a slew of creative talent that impacted American pop culture over the last 30-plus years.” In an interview for Hogan’s Alley, an Online magazine for the cartoon arts, editor Tom Heintjes summarized Salem’s influence in a changing media world: “Newspaper economics and evolving technology are reshaping the way syndicates do business, and Salem plays a leading role, not only in ensuring the continued prosperity of his company, but in creating new opportunities for it.” Fall 2008 << 5

Salem credits his wife, Anita (Parker, ’67), and their two children, Matt and Laura, for preparing him for the demands of his career. All three will acknowledge only that Salem “reads comics for a living.” Florence Byham Weinberg, ’54, Ph.D.

2008 Distinguished Alumna Award

Florence Byham Weinberg, ’54, Ph.D., is the Park University Alumni Association’s 2008 Distinguished Alumna. She retired in 1999, leaving a remarkable career in academia to make her living as a novelist. Originally from the high desert country of New Mexico, Weinberg traveled the world as an Army brat during World War II. Before finding her way to Park, she had published a poem and had written and illustrated her first novel. At Park she earned degrees in French and Spanish. She followed these with a master’s degree in Spanish

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and a doctorate in French after leaving Park. She spent the next 34 years as a professor of modern languages, including 22 years at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y., and 10 years at Trinity University in San Antonio. She served as chair of the language department and director of international studies, and she authored more than 20 scholarly articles and four scholarly books. While at St. John Fisher, Weinberg was named Teacher of the Year. In addition, she received the Distinguished Scholarship Achievement Award and the National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellowship (1980-81) as well as several NEH summer research grants, awards and fellowships. Many of her articles are published in journals on French and Spanish Renaissance subjects, and she has contributed to literary dictionaries, Festschrifts, collected volumes and other publications. She has reviewed for specialized journals on French literature in the United States and abroad. Along with her late husband, the noted scholar Kurt Weinberg, she continued to travel extensively, working and researching in Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, Spain and Switzerland. Since leaving higher education, Weinberg has produced eight novels, ranging

from fantasy to historical romance and mystery. Three historical mysteries star an 18thcentury Jesuit missionary, with settings in the Sonoran Desert and an ancient monastery in Spain. A fourth is a historical novel, based on the struggle to establish missions along the San Antonio River. Her most recent work, the historical novel Seven Cities of Mud, released this spring, explores the second expedition up the Rio Grande River in 1581, 40 years after Coronado’s attempt to find the Seven Cities of Gold. Weinberg has received critical acclaim for Apache Lance, Franciscan Cross, as a finalist for the 2006 WILLA literary award for historical fiction (from The Women Writing the West) and as the 2007 New Mexico Book Award finalist in best historical fiction and best book on the Southwest. She has served four residencies at the Hambridge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences (1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003) in Rabun Gap, Ga. Weinberg lives in San Antonio, where she enjoys the Western life of which she writes. An avid horse enthusiast, she also hikes, bikes and travels. She is working on the fourth addition to her mystery series. Classmate Elizabeth Altfather Core, ’54, wrote in her nomination of Weinberg: “Flo is amazing!”

Deadline for 2009 award considerations — Jan. 1, 2009

Call for 2009 Nominations ~ Distinguished Alumnus/a Award ~ ~ Marlowe Sherwood Memorial Service Award ~ ~ Torchlighter Award ~

The Alumni Council is looking for suggestions for 2009 honorees. The Distinguished Alumnus/a Award goes to an alumnus/a who has distinguished himself or herself through career, service or community achievements. The Alumni Council also awards the Marlowe Sherwood Memorial Service Award for volunteer service to Park or to civic organizations. The Torchlighter Award honors those who have made a significant, long-standing contribution and commitment to Park, whether alumni, faculty, staff or friend. If you would like to make a nomination, please complete this form and send it,

along with a résumé and cover letter, to the Office of Alumni Relations. Important to the selection committee are education and/or degrees beyond Park, continued involvement with Park since graduation, civic involvement, publications, church or community activities, honors or special recognitions and national or international reputation for personal or professional accomplishments. Nominations can be made Online at

I would like to nominate _______________________________________ for the ______________________________ Award. Please print the following information about the nominee: Nominee’s Name ________________________________________ Class Year ______________________ Campus Center __________________________ Address ________________________________________________ City, State & Zip ________________________________________________________ Home phone ( _______ ) __________________________________ Business phone ( _______ ) _____________________________________________ Fax ( _______ ) __________________________________________ E-mail________________________________________________________________ Graduate studies, specialized training___________________________________________________________________________________________ Nominee’s title/occupation _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Current employer and address (if applicable) ___________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Nominee’s past and current involvement with Park _______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Civic or church activities or interests ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Special honors or recognition__________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Nominee’s contributions to community, service organizations or professions_________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Publications, research, special accomplishments________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Why do you think this person should receive this award? ________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ You may attach additional sheets of information if necessary. Submitted by__________________________________________ Phone________________________________________________ E-mail address_________________________________________


Return to: Office of Alumni Relations Campus Box 37, Park University 8700 N.W. River Park Drive Parkville, MO 64152 Fax (816) 505-5409 Fall 2008 << 7

Bulletin Board Alumni

Photos courtesy of Park University Office of Alumni Relations

To request brochures or inquire about upcoming activities, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (816) 584-6207, (800) 488-7275 or Additional information is at Links to the following alumni services can be found at

Great Wolf Lodge Weekend Feb. 6-8, 2009 Kansas City, Kan.

Find employment in the job database, sign up to mentor students and new graduates, attend career fairs and receive help with résumés. Alumni are encouraged to “Hire Park First” and may post job openings at no charge.

$149 per night includes a family suite and six passes to the water park. The Alumni Association will greet alumni with welcome bags and sponsor a bedtime milk-and-cookies party for the kids. This was a sellout last year, so make your reservations early by calling (800) 905-WOLF.

Park Athletics

Montana Dinosaur Dig

Career Services

Find team schedules, rosters and scores. Sign up to receive e-mail updates.

Alumni Merchandise

Alumni receive discounts and special promotions as well as free window decals, screensavers and e-mail accounts.

Transcripts, Diplomas

Alumni home page links will connect you to forms for ordering the documents you need.


Advertise your business or sell your used books in the classifieds, where alumni advertise to alumni.


The Marlowe Sherwood Memorial Scholarship, supported by alumni donations, is awarded to alumni and their family members. Look for Online links to donate to or apply for this scholarship.

Park After Hours

Park After Hours brings alumni together in an informal setting as they make new friends, reacquaint with former classmates and network among alumni with common interests. Events are held quarterly in the Kansas City area and periodically in other locations. Invitations are sent by e-mail only. Watch your inbox and the alumni Web site for an invitation to an event in your area. Interested in organizing a Park After Hours in your area? Contact the Office of Alumni Relations.

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July 7-11, 2009

 Ever held something in your hands that has never been touched by another human being? Something that’s never even been seen by another human being? This is your chance. In July 2009 the Office of Alumni Relations and the departments of biology and geology will host a dinosaur dig in Montana’s Hell’s Creek Formation. You will travel with the group to Jordan, Mont., where you will dig alongside geology Associate Professor Scott Hageman and biology Assistant Professor Brian Hoffman, ’86, Ph.D., as well as Park friend and dinosaur hunter Bruce Wake. The trip includes access to some of the world’s best dinosaur grounds. Expert instruction will explain what to look for during the dig and how to identify what you find. And you will learn how to clean and care for your found treasures. That’s right — you may keep what you find, unless you’re lucky enough to make a huge discovery! Contact the Office of Alumni Relations for a brochure.

Alumni Mediterranean and Greek Isle Cruise,
Oct. 21-Nov. 3, 2009

Alumni will depart the United States on Oct. 21, 2009, and board the ship in Athens, Greece. The itinerary includes the Greek islands, Turkey, Croatia, Montenegro and Italy. Sign up for the mailing list with the Office of Alumni Relations. (See ad on the back cover.)

Highlights of Alumni Weekend 2009

June 25-28, 2009

Below is a sampling of Alumni Weekend 2009 plans. Call the Office of Alumni Relations at (800) 488-7275 to volunteer or offer suggestions. Class Reunions Information packets will be sent for classes ending in 4 and 9. If you can volunteer to help organize your class reunion, call us at (800) 488-7275. 1980s Reunion Look for details about a special reunion for alumni who attended Park from 1980-1985. The reunion committee needs volunteers to help locate class members, so spread the word.

Alumni Association Awards Use the nomination form in this issue to submit Alumni Association Award nominations. Distinguished Alumnus/a Award This award recognizes alumni who stand out through career, service or community achievements. The Marlowe Sherwood Service Award is awarded for volunteer service to Park or civic organizations. The Torchlighter Award honors those who have made a significant, long-standing contribution and commitment to Park, whether alumni, faculty, staff or friend. Nominations must be in the Office of

Alumni Relations no later than Jan. 1. Recipients will be announced in the next issue. A Brand New Style of Staying on Campus Great news! You will have the opportunity to stay in Copley Quad, the new student residence. Read about this addition to the campus and take a virtual tour at Register to stay on campus via the AWE registration form, which will be Online Jan. 1, 2009, and in the next issue.

Alumni Weekend 2009 activities o Golf Scramble Friday, June 26 The Deuce at The National Golf Club of Kansas City o Golden Reunion Dinner for Class of 1959 o Movie on the Chapel Lawn Bring a blanket or lawn chair, your family, your sweetie and your friends. We’ll provide the popcorn and sodas. o Platinum Parkites Brunch for alumni from classes prior to 1959 Friday, June 26 The President’s Garden

o Campus bus tours Friday and Saturday afternoons o Friday Night Family Picnic Includes a DJ, karaoke, dancing, a children’s play area, live entertainment, a gourmet burger bar and adult beverages. Julian Field Shelter House o A picnic for the classes of 1969 and 1974 and all their ’60s and ’70s friends Saturday afternoon Julian Field Shelter House

o Class Reunion Luncheon and Class Photos Classes of 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009 Saturday, June 27, noon o Awards Banquet Cocktail reception, dinner and award presentations Saturday, June 27 Kansas City Airport Marriott

A full schedule will be published in the next magazine and will be available at Fall 2008 << 9

Have you received a job promotion or award, married or had a baby? Add your news at, “My Profile,” or mail it to Office of Alumni Relations, Park University, 8700 N.W. River Park Drive, Parkville, MO 64152. Then watch for it in Alumniad.

Class Notes

Contact Alumni Relations: Julie McCollum, (816) 584-6206, (800) 488-PARK (7275), or Alisha Coggins, ’03, (816) 584-6207 or

’20s Helen McCuish Oltman, ’23, celebrated her 105th birthday Sept. 21. Mrs. Oltman’s family truly is a Park family. She is the daughter of missionaries Anne Hulburd McCuish and John B. McCuish, both from the class of 1887, and she married Ted Oltman, ’23. Daughters Katherine Oltman Cook, ’56, and Margaret Oltman Baily, x51, and son John Oltman, ’63, followed in the family’s tradition. Helen lives in Kalona, Iowa.

’40s Doris Howell, ’44, M.D., presented What is Leadership? during Women’s History Month in the College of Distance Learning on the Parkville Campus. Howell is an internationally recognized expert in pediatrics and hospice care. Ross Stephens, ’49, Ph.D., presented his paper The Disconnect Between the Urban Community and the Governmental System on March 9 to a Metropolitan Governance

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panel at the American Society for Public Administration’s annual conference in Dallas. Dr. Stephens is professor emeritus at the University of MissouriKansas City.


and chairman of the Legacy Donor Foundation. He is a board member of the Council for a Better Louisiana and the Bureau of Governmental Research.


Milton and Dana (Clement) Hibbard, ’58, ’58, live in Atlanta, Ga. Milton is an administrator and Dana a part-time secretary/receptionist at Mt. Vernon Village, a retirement condominium complex that adjoins Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church, in Sandy Springs, Ga.

Martha Zirschky, ’81, received the Commerce Bank Parkville Community Service Award from the William T. Kemper Foundation on June 5. Zirschky was recognized for her volunteer service to area seniors. She has been a board member of the Platte Senior Services, the Platte County Senior Services Fund, Northland Healthcare Access, the Northland United Way, the Southern Platte County Ambulance District and the Mid-America Regional Council’s Committee on Aging.



Robert Brown, ’76, received The Times-Picayune Loving Cup for 2007, which recognizes individuals who work unselfishly for the community without expectations of recognition or material reward. Brown is president of New Orleans’ Preservation Resource Center

Michael Hasty, ’93, M.P.A. ’97, is public safety director for

Teresa Evans, ’92, is vice president of the Lee’s Summit (Mo.) Economic Development Council. She is certified by Business Retention and Expansion International in the development and use of effective business retention and expansion programs.

Class Notes Gladstone, Mo. He has been a department member since 1984 and was interim director beginning in 2007 until his appointment as director on June 18. Pat Kitchens, ’94, is police chief in Leavenworth, Kan. Thomas J. Dailey, M.P.A. ’96, has been named Independence, Mo., police chief. Dailey is a 27year veteran of the Kansas City (Mo.) Police Department.

’00s Jacqueline K. Clark, M.P.A. ’00, is director of communications and public affairs at the Ash Grove Cement Co. in Overland Park, Kan. She directs the company’s U.S. public and government affairs, community relations and crisis management programs. Christian Hodach, ’00, received his doctor of osteopathic medicine from A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Mo., on May 17. He is serving his residency in neurological surgery with Mercy Health System/PCOM in Philadelphia, Pa. Ashley Rader Vasquez, ’02, M.A. ‘08, was the keynote speaker at Park University’s Third

Annual Research and Creative Arts Symposium. Denzel Williams, ’04, performs as rapper D/Will and has a new CD, The Battery Effect. Williams is becoming known for performing classic hip-hop without flashy, violent themes. Stacey Hemingway, ’05, married Nick Perry on Aug. 9 in Des Moines, Iowa. She is a human resources manager at Fountain West Health Care in West Des Moines. Nicole “Nikki” Powell, ’05, is outreach assistant for the Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library, where she works with the Books to Go program to help provide books to Head Start programs and preschools. She is a member of the Young Friends of the Library and blogs for The Kansas City Star’s weekly publication, Ink ( She is working on her master’s degree in library science.

Courtney Culp, ’07, is a graduate teaching assistant in Emporia State University’s social sciences department in Emporia, Kan. In May she received the You Make a Difference Award for her contribution to the department and its students. Stephen Spence, M.P.A. ’08, received the Stanley Fisher Memorial Award May 21 from the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. Spence is an archives technician at the Central Plains Region branch of the National Archives and Records Administration in Kansas City, Mo. Nia Vaitai, ’08, is a sports administration intern at Conference USA in Irving, Texas. Michael Westblade, ’08, is lead staff writer for the Sun Gazette, a member of the Sun Publications syndicate. He also contributes to

Margaret Doughty, ’06, was profiled in The Kansas City Star. She is the arena hospitality manager in charge of planning business meetings, conferences, seminars and special events at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. Bryan Long, M.P.A. ’06, is the Lawton, Okla., assistant city manager.

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Park Mourns ’30s Ethel Johannes Tamker, ’32 Charlestown, W.Va., Aug. 14, 2007 Rhoda Magers Young, ’33 Columbia, Mo., June 17 Jeanette Huston, ’34 Tarkio, Mo., Sept. 14, 2007 Alice Gladson Messamore, ’34 Pinckneyville, Ill., Jan. 18 Hazel Blackman Reingardt, ’34 Yorkville, Ill., March 26 Hazel Lentz Miller, ’34 Savannah, Mo., March 20 Elizabeth Wallace Strohm, ’34 Richmond, Va., Nov. 27, 2007 Leonard S. Edmonds, ’35 Tucson, Ariz., Jan. 30

Karle R. Lobb, ’42 Paoli, Pa., April 2

Bessie Allen Montgomery, ’74 North Falmouth, Mass., March 14

Grace Bright Paules, ’42 Laramie, Wyo., May 5

Daniel J. Thuener, ’75 Schenectady, N.Y., March 9

Mary Margaret “Peggy” Mowry Hall, ’43 Chevy Chase, Md., July 18

Denise Bryan, ’77 Kansas City, Mo., July 18

Valjean Love Wiley, ’43 Minneapolis, Minn., Aug. 13 Ted E. Eagle, ’44 Shawnee Mission, Kan., Aug. 10, 2007 Donald E. Rose, ’45 Findley Lake, Nev., Nov. 7, 2007 Joanne Harp Quinius, ’48 Wichita, Kan., Sept. 22, 2007

’50s Jacqueline Sinks Jakway, ’50 Brooklyn, N.Y., March 28

Delbert O. Hagen, ’77 Boulder City, Nev., Feb. 10 Marie Suthers, ’77 Kansas City, Mo., March 3 John DeMarr, ’78 St. Louis, Mo., May 11 Joyce Cunningham Lutz, ’79 Lutz, Fla., Feb. 26

’80s Dale R. Davis, ’80 West Jordan, Utah, Feb. 21 Gerald R. Chipman, ’88 Belton, Mo., March 9

Walter Timmons, ’37 El Paso, Texas, June 24

Pryor T. Smith Jr., ’50 Stoughton, Wis., Aug. 23

Dorothy Houdek Best, ’38 Chicago, Ill., July 17

David M. Kirk, ’50 Lander, Wyo., April 26

Todd Baugh, ’9l Kansas City, Mo., June 25

Ella May Eskridge Clark, ’38 Sequim, Wash., Feb. 22

Benita Bird Dick, ’55 North Syracuse, N.Y., Feb. 1

Nicolet E. Bernard, ’96 Lansing, Kan., March 29


Shauna Smith Miyao, ’97 Lee’s Summit, Mo., June 7

Jack McCreary, ’60 Festus, Mo., June 5

To view other obituaries for

’40s Martha McClure Caywood, ’40 Venice, Fla., Oct. 17, 2007 Mertice E. “Pat” Schmidt, ’41 Prescott, Ariz., June 23 William Followell, ’42 Bay Pines, Fla., March 25

Betty Lippincott, ’65 Sterling, Va., March 13

’70s John G. Hurd, ’73 Circleville, Ohio, Oct. 26, 2007

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deceased alumni, go to and Park Mourns under Class Notes. To publish an obituary Online, send it to the Office of Alumni Relations. Photos will be accepted.

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October 21 - November 3, 2009




Per person, double occupancy, PLUS taxes, fees and airport/ship transfers. Price is tentative and subject to change.

CRUISE PROGRAM INCLUDES: â&#x20AC;˘ FREE ROUND-TRIP AIRFARE FROM SELECT OCEANIA CRUISESâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; CITIES IF BOOKED BY JAN. 16, 2009 â&#x20AC;˘ 12 nights accommodations and cruising on board Insignia to historic and scenic ports of call â&#x20AC;˘ Private Welcome Reception â&#x20AC;˘ Complimentary bottle of wine â&#x20AC;˘ All meals, entertainment and use of the shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s facilities on board the cruise â&#x20AC;˘ Attentive service from an experienced Go Next program manager â&#x20AC;˘ Comprehensive pre-departure information

A voyage on Oceania Cruisesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; nsignia is an exceptional experience that takes cruising to new heights. Look forward to unparalleled service and an in-depth travel adventure. Whether on board or ashore, every detail is attended to; your only task is to enjoy every sublime moment. This journey will take you through many exotic ports of call, including some rarely seen â&#x20AC;&#x153;boutiqueâ&#x20AC;? ports and fascinating destinations larger ships cannot access. Look forward to seeing Santorini, Corfu, Delos and Mykonos in Greece; Kotor in Montenegro; Dubrovnik in Croatia; Ancona in Italy; and many other captivating stops along the way.

Available to alumni and friends of Park University. For more information contact the Park University OďŹ&#x192;ce of Alumni Relations at (800) 488-PARK (7275).

Park Alumniad, Fall 2008  

Park University alumni magazine, published Fall 2008