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2004-05 PARK UNIVERSITY ALUMNI COUNCIL Jim Peeke, ’65, President Mark Braden, ’93, Vice President David Oswald, x65, Secretary Harold Smith, ’44, Ph.D., Treasurer, Council Historian Richard Kelleher, ’02, M.P.A. ’03, Parliamentarian Darrel Campbell, ’03 Jane Turner Dodson, ’40 Matt Dodson, ’98 Karen Peters Frankenfeld, ’59 Neal McGregor, ’89

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FROM THE BRONX TO THE WHITE HOUSE Former White House speech writer and best-selling author Leo Janos, ’55, talks about his life, his accomplishments and his newfound love for creating art.


Call for Nominations: 2005 alumni awards nomination form


FIDES ET LABOR Park University pays tribute to Hugh B. McAfee, ’41, our highly esteemed and beloved alumnus.

In Recognition of Support: alumni and friends who make a difference


In Academia: faculty accomplishments



Around Campus: news, notes and events


Alumni Weekend 2004: a celebration of the arts


Pirate Sports Roundup: the scores, the competitions, the honors


Alumni Calendar: join us!


Class Notes: alumni news


All-Sports Schedule: follow the Pirates in 2004-05


MAXIMIZING THE MILITARY EXPERIENCE Brig. Gen. Richard Geraci, ’80, emphasizes the importance of combining well-rounded education with military training to better prepare military personnel for their assignments.


EXEMPLARY ALUMNI AND FORMER ADMINISTRATOR RECEIVE TOP AWARDS Park bestows prestigious awards at the 2004 Alumni Awards Banquet. 1




Paintings and Drawings by Richard Mattson, Campanela Art Gallery


Don’t Start Me Talking or I’ll Tell Everything I Know: Sayings From The Life and Writings of Junebug Jabbo Jones, Jenkin and Barbara David Theater, Alumni Hall building, 8 p.m.




Recital featuring Tim Corrao, Tim Hays and the Caray Ensemble, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 2 p.m. Parkville Community Band, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.

Faculty Recital featuring Timothy Corrao, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 2 p.m.


Around About George: Drawings by Margo Kren, Campanella Art Gallery


Around About George: Drawings by Margo Kren, Campanella Art Gallery

18-19, A Streetcar Named Desire by 25-26 Tennessee Williams, Jenkin and Barbara David Theater, Alumni Hall building, 8 p.m. 20

Youth Conservatory Faculty Recital featuring Stanislav Ioudenitch, Martin Storey, Gregory Sandomirsky and Marina Sultanova, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 2 p.m.

Graduate Students’ Piano Recital, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 2 p.m.

18-20 Fall One-Act Festival, Jenkin and Barbara David Theater, Alumni Hall building, 8 p.m.




Youth Conservatory Student Recital, McCoy Meetin’ House, 2 p.m.

29-30 Senior Art Exhibition by Victoria Schell-Schafer and Viveca Shoemaker, Campanella Art Gallery





Senior Art Exhibition by Victoria Schell-Schafer and Viveca Shoemaker, Campanella Art Gallery



Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City Concert, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 4 p.m.


Northland Community Choir Concert, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 2 p.m.


Parkville Community Band, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.


Music Department Holiday Concert, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 2 p.m.

Senior Art Exhibition by Victoria Schell-Schafer and Viveca Shoemaker, Campanella Art Gallery




Around About George: Drawings by Margo Kren, Campanella Art Gallery Graduate Students’ Piano Recital, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m. Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City Concert, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 2 p.m.


Assemblage Sculpture by Susan Kurtenbach, Campanella Art Gallery

14-16 In Death, written and directed by Bobby Hoops, Jenkin and Barbara David Theater, Alumni Hall building, 8 p.m. 17

Northland Community Choir Concert, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 2 p.m.

18-29 Parkville Campus-wide Student and Faculty Multi-media Exhibition, Department of Art and Design 24

Guest Recital featuring Dimitri Bashkirov, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 2 p.m.


Bashkirov Students in Recital, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.

MAY 2-31

Senior Art Exhibition, Campanella Art Gallery


Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City Concert, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 7 p.m.

JUNE 3-30

Paper Quilts by Rebecca Mathews, Campanella Art Gallery

14-31 Assemblage Sculpture by Susan Kurtenbach, Campanella Art Gallery


Youth Conservatory Student Recital, McCoy Meetin’ House, 2 p.m.



Parkville Community Band, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 2 p.m.

Youth Conservatory Recital, McCoy Meetin’ House, 2 p.m.


Paper Quilts by Rebecca Mathews, Campanella Art Gallery


Parkville Community Band, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, Lawn, 7:30 p.m.


Regional Artist Showcase, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.


Faculty Music Recital featuring Timothy Corrao, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 2 p.m. Faculty Music Recital featuring Adam Wade Duncan, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.

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Deadline for 2005 Award Consideration: January 1, 2005

Call for Nominations Torchlighter, Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Service Awards

The Alumni Council is looking for suggestions for 2005 honorees. The Torchlighter Award is given to honor those who have made a significant, longstanding contribution and commitment to Park, whether alumni, faculty or friend. The Distinguished Alumnus/a Award is given to an alumnus/a who has distinguished himself or herself through career,

service or community achievements. The council also awards The Marlowe Sherwood Memorial Service Award for volunteer service to Park or to civic organizations. 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? __________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Return to: Office of Alumni Relations You may attach additional sheets of information if necessary. Park University, Campus Box 37 Submitted by ____________________________________________ Date ______________ 8700 N.W. River Park Drive Parkville, MO 64152 Phone__________________________________________________ or fax (816) 505-5409 E-mail ________________________________________________ or toll-free 1-800-488-PARK (7275)


P R E S I D E N T ’ S




ark University is a remarkable higher learning institution that provides our student learners with a quality education through the benefits of learning technology combined with a commitment to liberal arts as a basis of education. It is exciting to see the transforming effect taking place on our campuses through the actions set forth in Explorations and Transformations 2012: Access to Excellence. Park continues to receive global recognition for the innovative and educational opportunities we make available to our 22,500 student learners who Beverley Byers-Pevitts, Ph.D. attend classes across 41 campuses located in 21 states. talented students into the newly Our faculty provide exceptional founded program. Led by Stanislav expertise and support that prepares Ioudenitch, artistic director and student learners for successful careers, current Van Cliburn gold medalist, encourages leadership, and challenges students receive training from internathem to think globally, to think tional faculty of renowned excellence in critically, to act ethically, and to piano, cello and viola/violin. The commit their abilities to a better world. program is a wonderful addition to As I travel across the country meeting the curriculum as well as to the comalumni, graduates of all ages tell me munity, providing world class concerts. how Park’s professors have changed How do we know Park University their lives. is successful? Park has had the privilege Park’s music program continues of educating generations of alumni to bring unique distinction to the whose commitment to service and University. In September, Park leadership provides a positive and University’s Youth Conservatory of exciting impact across our nation and Music began its first term, welcoming the world. Enrollment continues to


increase for the eighth consecutive year, and in our remarkable students we are seeing increased numbers of presidential scholars and dean’s honor recipients. There is ample evidence of student achievements throughout campus as they take their talents into a variety of competitions. It was truly a pleasure to visit with the 200-plus alumni who gathered at their alma mater in June for Alumni Weekend 2004. Your presence on the Parkville campus regenerates the wonderful tradition and spirit of family. You propel our progress and give us great optimism for Park’s future success. As you read through these pages, you will understand some of the reasons this has been an outstanding year. Park University and our student learners are our shared treasure. We look back to draw strength and wisdom from those who went before us, and we move forward to committing ourselves, and our resources, to the talents of our student learners, who are the future of our world. Thank you for all you do to represent and assist us. With the help of alumni and friends, we will increase our treasure, making it strong for generations to come. PHOTO BY KATHERINE LAMBERT


With warm regards,

Beverley Byers-Pevitts, Ph.D. Fall 2004


From the Bronx to the White House by Rita Weighill, ’90, associate vice president for communication


hat does one do after he’s written a best-selling book, mixed and mingled with the rich and famous, and written speeches for a president of the United States? Obviously, paint. At least that’s what I traveled alone on a train from a Leo Janos, ’55, decided to do after he traded his pen for a paintNew York Bronx neighborhood to brush five years ago. The artwork tastefully displayed in get to Park. When I arrived in his Los Angeles home reflects the creative energy he once reserved for sculpting Kansas City, it was a dark Sunday pages with words. “I paint in the same night and the train station was empty, way I write,” Janos explained wryly. “I now stare at a blank canvas instead of a

blank piece of paper.” The end result is also the same. Like his writings, his paintings and sculptures hold the same undeniable appeal that seems to beckon viewers to arcane levels of attention. The 1981 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award and today listed as one of Park University's top 125 outstanding graduates, Janos arrived at Park in the early 1950s with two distinctive characteristics: (1) a natural bent for writing and (2) a strong New York Bronx accent. The writing talent brought him the mentoring attention of English professor Ethel Lyon, and the accent captured the heart of his lifelong

except for Ken Hindman, ’54, who

was an upperclassman and there to greet and escort me to Park College.

I remember how very rural and dark the campus looked to me when we pulled up at Woodward Hall, my dorm. I can still smell those woods — there weren’t many trees in the Bronx. I felt like I had just moved to the moon. — Leo Janos, ’55



In his illustrious career, Leo Janos, '55, created a written portrait of an American hero in the successful non-fiction work, Yeager; and as a speechwriter, he positioned President Lyndon Johnson on the political landscape as a statesman of great vision. Today, Janos blends colors on canvas instead of words on White House stationery.

companion Bonnie (Parker) Janos, ’54. “Bonnie and I met the day after I arrived at Park, and we went together all four years. I don’t think she understood half of what I said, which is probably very fortunate for me,” said Janos, alluding to his heavy East Coast accent. Apparently, the half she did understand helped form a relationship that led to marriage, three children and two grandchildren. “Park had extraordinary faculty when we were students,” Janos recalled. “Ethel Lyon, who had headed the English department for more than a quartercentury, had impeccable taste, and we were expected to know and understand the great writers — Hemingway, Wolfe, Faulkner and Fitzgerald — with such familiarity that we could defend why and what we liked about each of them. Miss Lyon is long gone and most of those literary giants are unread nowadays, and I wonder, ‘Who will influence the young minds today?’ Maybe what goes around comes around.” By graduation day, Janos had formed friendships and memories and had gained scholarly achievement. “There was a real camaraderie on a campus of only a few hundred, where practically no one had a car or the money to go off campus very often,” Janos said. “People formed intense friendships during those four Fall 2004

years and grew up together. There was a permanent bond formed that never goes away. “I remember when Dr. Zwingle (Park’s president from 1947-55) handed me my diploma, he leaned over and whispered something in my ear about the chapel hymnals ,” chuckled Janos. “It was his way of telling me he knew I was one of the Nickel boys who sneaked into the chapel late one night and hid all the hymnals in the basement.” The English major departed Park with his sheepskin in hand and enrolled in graduate school. “What Park did for me was indispensable,” commented Janos. “The University of Chicago’s School of Mass Communications was a waltz in comparison to Park.” As significant as Park was in his life, it was his involvement as a soldier in the U.S. Army that began a sequence of serendipity career movements. While stationed in Washington, D.C., Janos discovered a place to call home — a place where his writing skills and his risk-taking abilities would serve him well. Shortly after leaving the Army, he was scanning a newspaper article about the newly formed Peace Corps headquarters to be headed up by Douglas Kiker,

former NBC correspondent. The new office happened to be directly across the street, so he walked over to visit with Kiker and two hours later had a job doing public relations for the agency. In 1965, Janos was hired as text editor for the U.S. Information Agency’s Ameryka magazine, a U.S. government cultural exchange publication with the Soviet Union and Communist Poland, restricted at that time to subscription levels of 30,000. “Ameryka was created to be a showcase for our best artists, photographers and writers,” noted Janos. “We shared our best from Ben Shahn to Norman Mailer with the Soviet Union, and they gave the United States their best in a magazine called Soviet Life (originally The USSR). Our magazine sold out every time; there was a stampede among educated Russians to read writers their government mostly banned. The Russian magazine was pretty well ignored, because it was often dull.” It was during a planning session for the 25th anniversary issue of Ameryka that Janos decided it needed a pièce de résistance. He proposed an interview with President Lyndon Baines Johnson directed to the Russian people as the centerpiece of the anniversary issue. In preparation for pitching his idea to Johnson’s press secretary, Bill Moyers, he drafted a mock interview emphasizing the similarities between the Russian and American people. Moyers, who also happened to be Janos’ former Peace Corps boss, thought the mock interview was fine as written and approved it for publication. By the time the issue appeared, months later, Moyers no longer worked at the White House and had not bothered to tell the president about the interview he really never gave. “Johnson just woke up one day in continued on next page 5


Janos was a valued member of President Johnson’s White House staff.

the center of glowing praise about his reaching out directly to Soviet citizens with warmth and understanding. It made the front page of The New York Times,” Janos recalled, “and won him a glowing editorial, rare in those troubled days.” The positive reaction to the interview must have felt In the mid-1980s, like gentle and nurturing rain falling on Janos authored one Johnson’s parched ego, deeply wounded of the decade’s by the Vietnam War biggest best-selling controversy and endless domestic autobiographies, turmoil. Johnson demanded to know working with who wrote the words legendary test pilot put into his mouth, and a White House Gen. Chuck Yeager, search finally identified the culprit a few in what became days later. When an aviation classic. found, Janos was promptly routed to the White House and three weeks later was on staff as a speech writer, a position he held until 1968. The next decade brought a variety of 6

assignments as a Time correspondent, where he first served at the Washington, D.C., bureau; next in Houston as a bureau chief responsible for covering the Apollo space flights; and finally in Los Angeles as the entertainment correspondent. In his various roles at Time, he interacted with many of the world’s most noted celebrities and politicians, including Marlon Brando, Richard Nixon, Robert Redford, Jack Nicholson and Hubert Humphrey. Janos conversely discovered some camouflaged elements tucked into his prestigious job that taxed him in unexpected ways, including a selfadmitted “swelled head” and frequent separations from his family, a situation that found Bonnie acting as a single parent tending to three active little ones. It was in the next phase of his career as a freelance writer that brought the greatest personal and professional satisfactions. Using his inimitable ability to make interesting reading out of complex details, he wrote Timekeepers of the Solar System for the publication Science 80. The article depicted the activity in a research lab, nicknamed the “Lunatic Asylum” at Caltech, that revolutionized techniques used for precise dating of

lunar rocks and dust. The article earned him the preeminent “American Institute of Physics-United States Steel Foundation Writing Award in Physics and Astronomy.” In the mid-1980s, Janos authored one of the decade’s biggest best-selling autobiographies, working with legendary test pilot Gen. Chuck Yeager, in what became an aviation classic. He also wrote another aviation book about the spy planes built by Lockheed’s Skunk Works, located in an unmarked building at the Burbank Airport, so top secret that only the president knew all that was on its drawing boards. Janos scowlingly admits to one painful failure — trying to write fiction. He spent a year sweating out a novel that never made it past his desk

drawer. “You are who you are,” sighed Janos, “and I’m a nonfiction writer.” A fact he underscored with his insightful profiles written about artist Georgia O’Keeffe, Lyndon Johnson, and actress and activist Jane Fonda. He has also written extensively for The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, People, the Smithsonian, Cosmopolitan and Reader’s Digest and served as the media consultant on the movie productions Cannery Row and The Brink’s Job. But he has little doubt that it is the Yeager book that will endure. When Yeager was released in 1985, it soared to the top of The New York Times best-seller’s list and retained that spot for more than a year. More than a million copies, in more than 10 languages, have been sold.

“Yeager is one of those books that will still be read 100 years from now,” Janos predicts. Today, at 71, keeping his mind agile is a priority for Janos, who is a member of the Plato Society, a UCLA membership composed of retired persons. He occasionally teaches a course and seminar at UCLA for aspiring authors and still finds time to attend art classes three times a week. Not too bad of a career — or a life — for a young man from the Bronx who just happened to be a good writer and a risk taker.

It’s All in the Family for Bonnie Janos, ’54 Bonnie (Parker) Janos, ’54, is one of 11 people in her family to attend Park. Her father, Donald D. Parker, ’22, Ph.D., taught history classes at the University for several years, which enabled Bonnie and her sister to experience firsthand the school’s special qualities. Although she attended a college in South Dakota for a brief time, Bonnie soon transferred to Park, the place she says she was predestined to attend. By doing so, she kept faith with a family tradition by joining her sister, Mary F. (Parker) Rasmussen, ’52, already enrolled. In addition to Bonnie’s father, his eight siblings graduated from Park: John Parker, x16; Albert Parker, ’14, Ph.D., Honorary ’50; Malcomb Parker, x20; Kenneth L. Parker, ’21, Ph.D.; Dr. Elliott F. Parker, ’23; the Rev. Edwin Graham Parker, ’15; Norman Neil Parker, ’27; and her aunt, Beulah J. (Parker) McMillan, ’28. Fall 2004



Fides et Labor: A Tribute to the Life of Hugh B. McAfee, ’41 compiled by Carolyn McHenry Elwess,’71, Park University archivist

ark University has been blessed over the past 129 years with strong support from its alumni. Few, however, could match the loyalty, devotion and service of Hugh Bailey McAfee Jr., ’41. Hugh left this world peacefully on Aug. 7, surrounded by his four loving children, and joined his beloved wife of 62 years, Mary Ann Sackville McAfee, x42, who preceded him in death Jan. 21. Hugh, a great-grandson of Park co-founder Dr. John A. McAfee, was born in Portland, Ore., on March 16, 1920. After attending public schools, Hugh, with the assistance of a McAfee family scholarship, enrolled at Park in 1937 and entered the labor force as a worker in the school greenhouses. He was fond of relating that, after two years exercising his green thumb, he was “promoted” to head janitor. Rather than taking advantage of his status as a McAfee, Hugh translated his heritage into a complete adherence to the Fides et Labor [faith and labor] philosophy initiated by his great-grandfather in 1875. He graduated from Park in 1941 with a degree in economics and within a year was drafted into the Army, eventually rising to the rank of major during his four and one-half years of service in the Army medical department.


He and Mary Ann were married July 28, 1942, and she was able to be with him on various assignments until he was transferred to the Pacific theater after the end of World War II. Returning to the United States in 1946, Hugh joined Sears, Roebuck and Co. and remained with that organization for 34 years, retiring in 1980 as governmental affairs manager, Southwestern territory. Most of his

long career was spent in Texas, where he and Mary Ann reared their four children: Phoebe, Laura, Allen and Sally, and settled into a life of family, church and community service. Hugh was a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and a board member of several community service organizations. It is for his dedication to serving his alma mater, however, that Hugh is best

Hugh McAfee with his parents, Anna Nichols McAfee and Hugh B. McAfee Sr., at commencement in 1941. 8

Hugh B. McAfee,’41, visits with friends at Alumni Weekend 2001.


remembered by the hundreds of Park alumni and scores of past and present administrators and school staff who knew him. He served with distinction as president of the Alumni Association (1969-70) and as the leader of several major fund-raising campaigns. One of the responsibilities of the association president is to sit on the Park board of trustees during his or her term of office. Hugh was so valued during his term that he was asked to become a full board member and served two five-year terms; the last two years, 1978-80, he was chairman of the board. Also during those years, he was a member of the management committee, the group that guided Park through the transition of religious affiliation. His leadership during that crucial period helped ensure Park’s survival. He was named an Honorary Lifetime Trustee in 1981. Once again, in 1987, Hugh was called to rejoin the board of trustees and served another 10 years before retiring. Regardless, he seldom missed subsequent board meetings and continued to provide counsel through May and June of this year when Dr. Byers-Pevitts met with and received advice from him. During his 21 years as a member of Park’s ruling body, Hugh also filled the positions of vice chair and treasurer and served as director of Park’s subsidiary corporations, on most standing committees and on the board’s executive committee. Fall 2004

was a descendant of one of the founders. Furthermore, when it was announced that the application fee for new students would be waived if an alumnus or alumna signed the document, many stood in line to get Hugh’s autograph, even though the room was He rarely failed to answer a call, full of other alumni. He was working whether it was to attend an emergency until the end, planning to assist in meeting of the executive committee of forming the new Austin Alumni Club the board, to lead a memorial service or that will be inaugurated this fall. to speak at special occasions. Hugh’s Hugh viewed his illustrious family love for the school was evident in every name as a reason to fulfill an obligation aspect of his service. He had the rare to Park, a pact that throughout his life ability to put people at ease and always he carried out with good humor, had a kind word of support for those loyalty, integrity, modesty, a charitable laboring to further the interests of Park. acceptance of the frailties of his fellows When he returned to Parkville on offi- and, in his own words, a good dose of cial business, he often walked the “plain old horse sense.” Park honored campus during the evenings, making him with the Distinguished Alumnus unofficial visits to students and staff — Award in 1976 and the honorary his way of hearing the Park experience doctor of laws degree in 1980. from many points of view. He was a Even so, knowing Hugh, that line of down-to-earth man who refused to new students waiting to see him was hide in the lofty tower probably more important of “trusteeism.” to him than any other Hugh’s interest in honor the school Hugh viewed his students, alumni and could have bestowed staff was not limited to upon him. illustrious family name the home campus. He Hugh B. McAfee was as a reason to fulfill an willingly spoke at many truly the embodiment commencements at of the University obligation to Park, a pact military sites, providing motto Fides et Labor, a historical perspective, philosophy that guided that throughout his life he inspiring confidence not only his service to and bringing a sense Park, but also nearly carried out with good of the Park family to every aspect of his humor, loyalty, integrity, those working in Park splendid and vibrant classrooms or offices life. His passing leaves modesty, a charitable across the nation. a great void, and he will One anecdote relates be sorely missed as a acceptance of the frailties to his attendance at the member of the board of his fellows and, Austin, Texas, Campus of trustees and as a Center open house in member of the Park in his own words, a March 2002. Alumni family. and new students good dose of “plain old flocked around him horse sense.” when they learned he 9



It is a pleasure to recognize individuals who have made gifts to Park University. Private



funding from individuals, corporations and foundations is crucial to the University. Continued academic excellence is a priority, and financial support, represented by the donors listed here, ensures that all students, on all campuses, continue to receive the best education available. There are many opportunities to make a difference in the life of others, and Park welcomes every gift, whether in support of the Park Fund or scholarships, or in support of a specific project or program. Please let us know how we can help you achieve your personal philanthropic goals and support your University at the same time. If you have questions or would like further information, please contact University Advancement at (816) 5846209 or visit

Caren Handleman Vice President for University Advancement

ark University gratefully

Connecting Learning Communities Conference Bayer CropScience Sprint

Founders Day Cruise Holidays of Kansas City The National Golf Club of Kansas City Metropolitan Community Colleges Ruiz & Flint Synergy Services King Hershey Law Firm Park University Enterprises Deloitte & Touche L.L.P. Garney Family Foundation Jostens Bank of Weston Clarinda Creighton Jane Turner Dodson, ’40 Barbara Fegan Lawrence and Risa (’98) Hayes Virginia B. McCoy Gerald R. Moss Kian and Judith Shafé Pete (’73, MPA ’97) and Barbara Sturner Terry and Linda Ward Lantz and Laura Welch

Stanislav Ioudenitch Concert Fritz Zschietzschmann

J. Malcolm Good Math Chair J. Malcolm Good, ’39, Estate

Distance Learning Bob and Beverly (’96) Gauper

2004 Golf Scramble Barnes and Noble Basic Business Products CK Communications L.L.C. Corporate Express eCollege Edwards McDowell Inc. ICS Imagistics Hy-Vee J.E. Dunn Construction Company Jenzabar Kansas Speedway Martin Marietta Materials NUPAC L.L.C. Park Bank Premier Incentives ProPrint Prosperity Planning Inc. Riojas Enterprises Inc. Shafer, Kline & Warren Inc. Thomas McGee L.C. Xerox Global Services Inc.


acknowledges the individuals, associations, corporations and foundations that have donated to the University between April 1 and Aug. 31, 2004.

art@park First Bank of Missouri Park Bank ProPrint Cheerleading Program Ken (’94) and Susan Smith

Education Department Betty Bennett Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Betty Deck H & R Block Foundation Pat McClelland G. Ann Schultis Dr. C. Ann and Mr. R. David Wentz General Endowment Fund Jessie C. Obert, ’31, Unitrust Faculty Award Randall Capps


Friends of the Library Jane Turner Dodson, ’40 Albert and Betty Dusing Brian L. Hoffman, ’86 Penelope Scialla, ’69 Harold (’44) and Carolyn Douglas (’47) Smith

Dr. John Hamilton Endowed Scholarship Elizabeth Altfather Core, ’54 Ronald and Lynda Steele Tyrl (both ’65) Hauptmann School for Public Affairs Dorla D. Watkins, ’80, M.P.A. ’00 Conflict of European Problems Organization International Student Scholarship Gina Addison Jim Blanck Memorial Scholarship Diana Blanck Jim Cariddi Endowed Scholarship Jim (’49) and Mae Cariddi Library Books Harold (’44) and Carolyn Douglas (’47) Smith Homefront Military Spouse Scholarship John and Jean Noren Paul H. Gault/UMB Endowed Scholarship Paul (’65) and Sylvia Helms (’60) Gault Dorla D. Watkins, ’80, M.P.A. ’00 Mike and Rita (’90) Weighill Presidential Honors Scholarship Beverley Byers-Pevitts and Robert Pevitts Clarinda Creighton Dimitri Karakitsos Tom (’62) and Helen Phelps (x59) Lucas Mike and Rita (’90) Weighill Aon Risk Services Inc. Dr. William Pivonka Science Scholarship Paul (’80) and Evelyn Bowman Terry (’70) and Pat Brown Timothy Chelpaty, ’69 Ruth Millet Chiga, ’67 Julie Miriani Cirlincuina, ’88 Robert and Shirley Miller (’61) Clark Ron Cooperman, ’65 Barbara M. Dinoff, ’65 Ruthann Crinkelmeyer Donahue, ’64 Earl (’67) and Mary Elstner Dennis (’69) and Bonnie Wallace (’70) Epperson John Stephen Garrett, ’64 Paul (’65) and Sylvia Helms (’60) Gault William and Terry Seelye (’65) Gillespie Marjorie F. Graham Brian L. Hoffman, ’86 Arthur (’65) and Susan Kluge Don A. Lawrence Fall 2004

Lester A. Ray, ’69 Anne Roberts George Robbins Timothy D. Schoof, ’91 G. Ann Schultis Ronald and Lynda Steele Tyrl (both ’65) K. Daley and Dixie Walker Dorla D. Watkins, ’80, M.P.A. ’00

Florence Byham Weinberg, ’54 Eleanor Weld, ’39

Myers Family Endowed Scholarship Robert C. Myers, ’61

Study Abroad Program Robert McLaren, ’45

Dr. John Sanders Memorial Scholarship Ken and Karen S. Austin Carol Sanders Rosemary L. Shipman, ’03

Theatre Department Marsha Morgan AAUW-Parkville Branch

Marlowe Sherwood Memorial Scholarship Jean Jansen Ashley, ’54 Richard (’54) and Phyllis Bayer Jack (’54) and Barbara Burnell Elizabeth Altfather Core, ’54 Yola Burkwall Elliot, ’54 Herman (’52) and Frances Gerstner (’54) Finkbeiner Jack (’54) and Barbara Hays (’55) Fowler Nancy Adams Hahn, ’54 Satoru (’60) and Tomiko Kamisato (’54) Kawai Charles W. Larew, ’54 Helen Tyree Manning, ’54 James B. Peeke, ’65 Russell (’55) and Connie Koning (’54) Proffitt Mary Niccolls Raufer, ’54 H. Norton Riley, ’54

Softball Program Michael Fitzmorris Student Scholarship George Jordan, ’88

William B. Markward Award Lynette Jagbandhansingh Wageman, ’59 Youth Conservatory of Music Craig and Ellen Brougher Bill and Judy Chastain Neil and Clarice Davidson Benny and Edith Lee Tom (’62) and Helen Phelps (x59) Lucas Marilyn Stuart McAlice, ’73 Bruce (’71) and Mary Hobbs (’72) McKeon Roxie J. Reavis, ’83 Elaine Castle Simes, ’47 Marc and Marianne Sportsman Peter and Rosa Smith Stein (both ’67) Dr. Alexander C. Susan Dorla D. Watkins, ’80, M.P.A. ’00 Eleanor Weld, ’39 Henry E. Wurst Family Foundation Vincent Campanella Estate R.A. Long Foundation 11

In Academia FA C U LT Y


Park names director for Hauptmann School of Public Affairs


ith more than seven years of university administrative experience and program development, Laurie N. DiPadova-Stocks, Ph.D., brings a wealth of knowledge to the position of director for the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs, Parkville campus. DiPadova-Stocks sought out the director position that supports master’s in public affairs (M.P.A.) program participation within the context of commitment to citizenship, service and civic engagement. “Dr. DiPadova-Stocks is an excellent addition to the Hauptmann School and to Park University,” said Michael Droge, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “Her expertise in public affairs and in higher education makes her an ideal fit for the director position.” Prior to accepting the position, DiPadova-Stocks served at the University of Utah as the founding director of the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, an adjunct associate professor of public administration and political science, and deputy director and policy fellow for the Center for Public Policy and Administration. She also served as a university faculty outreach fellow, with consecutive terms as the executive

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director for the Office of Professional Education and executive director for the Office of Community Outreach and Services. “Dr. DiPadova-Stocks’ expertise in the field of public affairs will lead our lifelong learners to achieve higher excellence and will assist Park University as it continues to develop into a landmark institution,” remarked President Beverley Byers-Pevitts, Ph.D. DiPadova-Stocks holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in philosophy from the University of Virginia Mary Washington College, now the Women’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences of the University; a master of science degree in sociology of religion from the University of Utah; and a doctorate with a concentration in organizational theory and development, managerial leadership, and management theory and development from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany - State University of New York.

Nicolas A. Koudou, Ph.D.

differences between Benin and U.S. management and marketing practices in order to help determine the relevance of western management and marketing approaches to Benin culture and values. Furthermore, his research will include a pedagogical study on collegiate instruction and on student and professor working relationships in the United States and Benin. A native of the Ivory Coast in West Africa, Koudou immigrated to the United States in 1983 to seek a quality education. He chose to utilize the Fulbright Scholar Program as a means to repay the people of Africa. “My application for the Fulbright Scholar Program is Business professor named motivated by my desire to contribute to the quality of teaching and research in Fulbright Scholar Benin,” Koudou stated. He also suggests or the third consecutive year, a that people interested in the Fulbright Parkville campus faculty member program must be serious about the has participated in the Fulbright process. “An individual must believe in Scholar Program. The Fulbright himself or herself and be motivated to program was established under legislation apply for the program.” presented by former Arkansas Senator Koudou holds a bachelor’s degree in J. William Fulbright, “to promote mutual business administration with minors in understanding between the people of the economics and finance from the United States and the people of other University of Indianapolis, a master’s countries of the world.” degree in business administration from Nicolas A. Koudou, Ph.D., director Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind., of graduate programs in business admin- and a doctorate in forest products maristration and associate professor of busiketing from Louisiana State University in ness administration, Parkville campus, is Baton Rouge. one of 800 American scholars named in 2003. Koudou will spend nine months in Communication professor the Republic of Benin, on the western coast of Africa, researching and teaching represents Kansas City area at the University of Abomey-Calavi. As a journalists in South Africa Fulbright Scholar, Koudou will instruct courses similar to his duties at Park: busiteven Youngblood, assistant profesness management, marketing and ecosor of communication arts, Parkville nomics. He will also spend 20 percent of campus, returned in March 2004 his time researching the similarities and from his trip to South Africa as part of



the People to People Ambassador Program’s journalism and mass communications delegation. Selected as one of 14 journalists and journalism educators across the country to participate in the two-week trip, Youngblood was fascinated to learn about community radio in South Africa. “There are 300 of these stations, staffed mostly by volunteers, that are owned by and serve their communities. I visited two such stations in former townships and was struck by how relevant and important radio can be,” he said. “That’s easy to lose sight of in the ugly, homogenized world of American corporate radio. I also made useful, sustainable contacts with educators and journalism organizations in South Africa.” During the trip, Youngblood spoke at Witwarersrand University in Johannesburg and based his presentation on a study he completed about the perceptions of South Africa in American media. The study analyzes a full year of South Africa coverage in five major U.S. daily newspapers. Youngblood, a Fulbright Scholar in 2000-01, conducted his research at Moldovan State University, Chisinau, Moldova. He has been a Park faculty member since 1997. To view photos and articles about Youngblood’s experiences, visit ova.htm. He may also be reached at (816) 584-6321 or

presented the show at Pleasant Hill High School, the University of Missouri Kansas City and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.

Criminal justice professor receives volunteer award John Hamilton, assistant professor of criminal justice, Parkville campus, received the 2003 Karen Creason Volunteer of the Year Award at the Synergy Services Annual Celebration in May. Each year, the award is presented to an exceptional individual who gives time and energy by working directly with programs and clients of the agency. The award is given in memory of Karen Creason, who died in 1997. She was an employee of SafeHaven, a volunteer with Synergy Services and is remembered for her support and dedication to the mission of Synergy Services Inc. Synergy Services Inc., housed on the Parkville campus and supported by the University, serves to eliminate family violence, abuse and neglect by providing quality services for persons of all ages. The organization seeks to empower the individual, strengthen the family and develop the community through crisis intervention, shelter, counseling, advocacy and education.

Mathematics chair reels off “Cinemath” presentation


ombining two of his great passions, mathematics and movies, Charlie Smith, associate professor of mathematics and chair of the mathematics department, Parkville campus, has presented “Cinemath: Mathematics on the Silver Screen” at several state and national math conferences. “Cinemath,” Smith’s original multimedia presentation, includes clips from movies with mathematical content followed by rigorous analysis of the mathematics. Films include “The Wizard of Oz” (The Scarecrow’s Conjecture), “A Beautiful Mind,” “Life is Beautiful” and “The Princess Bride.” Smith presented his ninth presentation of “Cinemath” in January 2004 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Phoenix, Ariz. He has also

Fall 2004

French instructor selected as 2004 College Board reader


ynne Wettig, adjunct instructor in French, Parkville campus, was appointed as a reader for the College Board’s 2004 Advanced Placement (AP) program held June 2004 at the College of New Jersey. Wettig evaluated and graded students’ answers to the free-response sections of the AP French exam. Each year, more than one million students from around the world take 1.9 million AP exams in 19 subject areas, which are consequently graded by 6,500 college faculty and AP teachers representing the global community.


Forget the cookies, Girl Scouts want science!


ore than 30 Girl Scouts, ages 9 to 12, attended the fourth annual Girl Scout Science Madness Camp, held July 26-30 on Park’s Parkville, Mo., campus. This year’s camp highlighted computer technology and the history of famous women in science. Campers practiced programming robo rover cars utilizing the Lego Mindstorm and learned about women scientists through carefully researched stories. The girls also completed experiments in geology, chemistry and biology and earned four badges while having fun exploring the world of science. Funding was provided by Park University, the Kauffman Foundation, Girl Scouts of the United States of America and local communities. Angie Klein, assistant professor of information and computer science, NeQuelle Wolfgeher, ’04, and Stephanie Ballard, ’03, coordinated the camp.

Summer Piano Academy features youth talent


n an effort to train future generations of accomplished musicians, Stanislav Ioudenitch, associate professor for music and 2001 Van Cliburn gold medalist, accepted three high school students to participate in the Summer Piano Academy. The weeklong intensive workshop culminated in a recital July 18 in the chapel on the Park University campus. Park offered the academy at no cost to selected students Charissa Hong of Overland Park, Kan., Heidi Gamble of Independence, Mo., and IoanaRaluca Avramescu of Romania. The students received individual instruction from Ioudenitch. 13


PARK UNIVERSITY ALUMNI WEEKEND 2004 A CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS 1. Mars Eghigian, ’53, tees off during the Alumni Weekend golf game at The National Golf Club of Kansas City.


2. Karen Peters Frankenfeld, ’59, Alumni Weekend Committee chairperson, and Ara Zakaryan, ’55


3. Standing: Eva Tyree Hougland, ’50, and Ken Hougland, ’49. Sitting: Carolyn Douglas Smith, ’47, and Harold “Smitty” Smith, ’44 4. Brian Hoffman, ’86; Rick Blount, ’84; Lesli Hill Blount, ’83; and Don VandeWalle, ’76 5. Friends from the 60s, Left to right: Paul Gault, ’65; John Blair, ’65; Sylvia Helms Gault, ’60; Margaret Gatton Brisch, ’63; and Hans Brisch, ’64

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Harold Smith, ’44, and Roger Bell, ’78, congratulate Distinguished Alumnus Ken Hougland, ’49. 14

Jack Fowler, ’55, accepts the Attendance Award for the Class of 1955.

Lesli Hill Blount, ’83, receives the Marlowe Sherwood Memorial Service Award.




6. Alumni Awards Banquet cocktail party, KCI Marriott Hotel 7. Eva McGregor, Park President Beverley Byers-Pevitts and Jessie M. Johnson, ’74


8. Friends from the Class of 1954: Earle Core, Florence Byham Weinberg and Eleanor McDaniel Taylor 9. In the entry to the College of Distance Learning conference center: Barbara Hahne Campbell, ’59, and Barbara Moser Schaible, ’56


EKEND 2004 Jim Peeke, ’65, thanks Gail McMahon Batchelor, ’56, for her service on the Alumni Council. Fall 2004

Russell Proffitt, ’55, shares a story from his days at Park.

Jim Cariddi, ’49, and John Gioia, ’49



Maximizing the Military Experience by Rita Weighill, ’90, associate vice president for communication The director of the U.S. National Security Space Architect (NSSA) emphasizes the importance of combining well-rounded education with military training to better prepare military personnel for their assignments.



Brig. Gen. Richard Geraci,’80, attended classes at Park’s Fort Bliss Campus Center in El Paso, Texas, as a newly promoted Army captain. Geraci considers completion of his degree a significant milestone, and his military career afforded him many opportunities to use and build on the solid academic foundation he gained while attending Park University. In his current assignment as director of the National Security Space Architect (NSSA), Geraci is responsible to the undersecretary of the Air Force and director of the National

Reconnaissance Office in Washington, D.C., where he develops, coordinates and integrates the Department of Defense and the intelligence community’s space systems architectures for the midand long term. Geraci, a summa cum laude graduate, discovered Park’s degree completion programs in a newspaper advertisement that described the University’s flexible class schedule. When he was warmly greeted with the contagious enthusiasm of then-administrator Lee Burris, he was hooked. Although he was allotted 18 months to finish his degree, Geraci wanted to finish much sooner. “I was anxious to get my next Army assignment,” he explained. What he found, however, is that when a soldier is given 18 months for educational advancement, the entire time must be used for that purpose. In order to satisfy that requirement, he put his education on fast forward and not only finished the remaining requirements for his bachelor’s degree, but also started working on a master’s degree.

While completing his studies at Park, the flexibility in his schedule enabled Geraci to become a substitute teacher in the El Paso Independent School District. During the day he worked in the classroom as a teacher; at night he converted to a student attending college classes. While he was teaching, Geraci appreciably honed his leadership skills. His teaching assignments for the school district included substituting in special education, math, history, physical education and health classes for junior high and high school students. He met the challenge by implementing his military and collegiate-learned leadership, teaching and management skills in the classroom. He also used some of the same military training techniques on his young students he had previously used on soldiers in his unit. “The students that misbehaved did so as a means to gain attention,” recalls Geraci. It was his creativity in using military experiences, counseling techniques and relationship-building skills that connected and motivated his students. Administrators considered his approach so successful that they asked him to share his ideas with fellow teachers. “It was a great way to familiarize educators with how the Army trains and educates soldiers.” The soldier and teacher smiled as he recalled another trick of the trade he used to get the attention of some students. “Some high school seniors were considering joining the Army, so sometimes I would pull out my military ID card and remind them that someday they just might be in my unit.”

Geraci’s teaching experience proved valuable when his follow-on assignment was to a basic training unit at Fort Bliss, Texas, where his job was to transform recent high school graduates into soldiers. It should be no surprise that at his next assignment at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md., he volunteered as a business consultant for Junior Achievement, working in two local high schools. Geraci traveled to the Kansas City area in spring 2004 and visited Park’s flagship campus in Parkville, Mo., for the first time, where he met President Beverley Byers-Pevitts and other

senior staff members and faculty. Subsequently, he participated in a Park University education symposium as a guest panelist along with other national industry leaders. They shared best practices about the various components associated with “e-learning.” What’s next for Brig. Gen. Geraci? “After 28 years of service, retirement isn’t that far away,” he replied. “I’m considering getting back into teaching or education administration and leadership development — perhaps at the college level this time.”

Q&A with Richard Geraci Your role as director of the NSSA appears to have logically progressed from your previous position. How did your previous job prepare you for your new assignment? In my previous assignment, I focused on day-to-day operational issues in support of Army ground forces deployed around the world. We looked at what requirements could be satisfied by using space-based capabilities and assets (i.e., satellites). We also addressed a number of force-protection issues and sought ways to increase situational awareness of deployed forces. I have built upon that experience in performing my current duties at NSSA. My current job requires me to examine the much broader national security space community to define the strategic direction necessary to achieve improved future capabilities for our war fighters and the intelligence community. Your job at NSSA requires you to continually interact with the secretary of defense and the director of central intelligence. How does your office coordinate and implement the needed dialogue between these key decision makers? My boss, Peter B. Teets, the undersecretary of the Air Force and director of the National Reconnaissance Office, is responsible to the secretary of defense and the director of central intelligence. My job is to support him. The NSSA is a joint organization that leads cross-community collaborative efforts focused on addressing specific space-related issues. We bring together representatives from across the Department of Defense and the intelligence community to build a team that represents the interests of the entire national security space community. continued on next page

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haracter is the foundation for

Q&A with Richard Geraci, continued

all military men or women.

This collaborative team conducts studies and builds architectures that best satisfy the needs of the overall community of users. The process ensures that the needs of all stakeholders are considered and builds consensus on how to maximize our nation’s resources.

Throughout training, they learn the following “Seven Army Values” that form the basis of

their soldier character and sustain them in times of peace and conflict. • Loyalty • Duty • Respect • Selfless Service • Honor • Integrity • Personal Courage “I seek graduates with personal integrity and ethics … who take responsibility for their actions and demand excellence … education and training are paramount to maximizing a soldier’s potential and, thus, his or her contribution to the Army.” – Brig. Gen. Richard Geraci, ‘80


Why do you think the U.S. military focuses on educating its personnel? The centerpiece and focus of the Army is on the individual soldier. The Army must grow warriors who can lead, who can deal with diversity and complexity, and who can “produce” under adverse and stressful situations. Studying at the undergraduate level to broaden one’s knowledge and understanding of a particular subject area, and maintaining the discipline it takes to earn a degree, clearly contribute to the maturity and confidence of an individual. Education and training are paramount to maximizing a soldier’s potential and, thus, his or her contribution to the Army. What attributes do soldiers need to become better prepared for their military assignments? From an academic perspective, today’s soldiers need a well-rounded education. Courses that focus on leadership and ethics are more important than ever. The ability to express one’s self both orally and in writing is absolutely essential. A solid background in information technology, math and science is necessary for understanding new technical military systems. However, just as important are courses in social studies and government, history, geography, world religions and languages, which enable soldiers to better understand the environment in which they operate. Park’s mission is to prepare our scholars to effectively serve in a global society. What characteristics do you look for in an educated force to help you gauge our success? First and foremost, I seek graduates with personal integrity and ethics, who understand and accept ethnic and religious diversity, who take responsibility for their actions and demand excellence, who demonstrate polished communication skills, who can manage their time and display a breadth of organizational skills, and who have the ability to think on their feet and can analyze and solve complex problems. In today’s global society, you need a well-rounded liberal arts foundation that includes language training. Note: Geraci and his spouse, Kathy, have four children: Kristen, 30, and Nathan, 27, (both married), and Jefferey, 20, and Ryan, 10. They also have two grandchildren: Noelle, 4, and Brennen, 1. Kathy has spent the majority of her time teaching first grade in Department of Defense schools in Germany. Her last full-time teaching assignment was in El Paso, Texas, where she taught eighth-grade math for two years. Currently, she is a substitute teacher for all grades at Fort Belvoir Elementary School.

Frederick to lead men’s volleyball


Sports R O U N D U P

Softball student athletes receive 2004 All-Conference honors Finishing the season fifth in the league, the Park softball team ended with a .500 record, going 19-19 overall and 7-7 in the MCAC. Sophomore Shannon Brink, senior Sherry Faulconer, freshman Katie Immele, sophomore Trista Tomasek and sophomore Brooke Woolery earned MCAC second-team honors. Sophomore Holly Gentry and sophomore Kate Johnson were named MCAC AllConference Honorable Mention.

Men’s guard Damien Stanley named NAIA All-American With an average of 9.7 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game in 17 contests this past season, junior guard Damien Stanley was recognized by the NAIA as an All-American Scholar Athlete. At the Men’s Division I NAIA Independent Region Tournament in Beckley, W. Va., Stanley was chosen as All-Independent Region Honorable Mention. Stanley and three teammates earned positions on the Independent Region All-Academic Team, and two other student athletes were All-Independent Region Second Team selections.

Cory Frederick has been named head men’s volleyball coach. With a program that has an all-time record 328-132 (.713) and is recognized as the second-winningest program among Park’s 13 intercollegiate athletic programs, Frederick is looking to build a winning team in 2005. “I’m very excited to get started with such a successful program.”

Women’s volleyball concludes season with two wins The Park women’s volleyball 2003 season ended with two MCAC wins less than 24 hours apart. In addition, juniors Bianca Hendricks, Michelle Terry and Terra Van Duine received the NAIA All-American Scholar-Athlete award at season’s end. Honorees must be in junior-year academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher. Each of the three capped the fall with a perfect 4.0 semester of study at Park.

Men’s, women’s track and field athletes qualify as All-Americans Seniors Mabior Atem and Denzel Williams finished the 2004 NAIA Track and Field National Championships as AllAmericans. Atem placed sixth in the 800meter finals, running a lifetime best time of 1 minute, 52.13 seconds. Williams tied for fourth in the high jump after reaching a maximum height of 6-9 1/2. Senior Celena Bibbins of the women’s team was named NAIA All-American Scholar Athlete.

Meissner leads women’s basketball After closing out the regular season with a 20-5 record, Park University women’s basketball junior forward Randi Meissner was selected as an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American at the conclusion of the NAIA National Championship Tournament in April 2004. Meissner led the Pirates in scoring 14.9 points per game and rebounding 13.5 per game. Her rebounds-per-game average was first in the country this season, and she finished third in the nation with 14 double-doubles.

PGA pro heads up women’s golf Kelly DeFeo, a Class A PGA member with the Midwest section since 1995, joined the Park University golf team as coach in August 2003 and has been successful in guiding the women’s program in the 2003-04 season. Fall 2004

Baseball student athletes honored by MCAC The Park University baseball team concluded another season in May, finishing with a 28-25 record that included an appearance as the No. 4 seed in the MCAC tournament. Junior pitcher Adam Clay was selected as MCAC Pitcher of the Year. In addition, three student athletes earned MCAC first-team honors and five earned spots on the All-Conference Honorable Mention squad.

Bowen named Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year Head coach Scott Bowen was honored as the NAIA Region IV Coach of the Year after leading the women’s soccer team to their second consecutive Region IV Championship and NAIA National Championship Tournament appearance. In addition, the 2003 Pirates goal-scoring leaders, senior Pam Bedzrah and freshman Julia Eshikumo, both earned spots on the All-Region team for NAIA Region IV. Combined, the pair averaged 2.36 goals per game. Eshikumo led the team with 26 goals this season, while Bedzrah contributed 19 goals.

Men’s soccer ends season ranked No. 18 Men’s soccer concluded its 14-8-1 season last November and was ranked No. 18 in the NAIA. The team finished competition in the quarterfinal round of the NAIA National Championship Tournament. The season also ended with senior Derrick Green, senior Magnus Gunnarsson and junior Justin Boersma being honored as 2003 NAIA All-American Scholar Athletes. Junior midfielder Enock Odede was also named NAIA Third Team All-American after a season in which he led Park with 40 points (13 goals, 14 assists).

Men’s, women’s cross country runners compete at Nationals Senior Mabior Atem and sophomore Keith Longuski competed against the top 254 runners in NAIA men’s cross country in November in Louisville, Ky., at the NAIA National Championships. Atem finished the 8K course in 24 minutes, 52.6 seconds, taking sixth place. It was the best finish at Nationals for a Park University men’s cross country student athlete. Longuski recorded a time of 27 minutes, 52.5 seconds. To earn their place at Nationals, the cross country athletes competed in sub-freezing temperatures at the NAIA Region IV meet in Lincoln, Neb. The temperature registered 24 degrees at the start of the men’s 8,000-meter race in which Park finished fourth as a team — the highest team finish at a regional meet in six years. Park’s women finished eighth out of 20 teams in the 5,000-meter race. Senior Crystal Bethel led the women, finishing 14th overall in 20 minutes, 1.0 seconds. • MCAC denotes Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference • NAIA denotes National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics 19


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Dear Fellow Park Alumni,


n June 2004, I took office as president of the Park University Alumni Council. The job assignment for 2004-05 is to re-establish a solid connection between the Alumni Association and what is happening at Park University. I believe the Alumni Association can become an interesting and productive resource to its members. A lot of talented folks graduated from or attended Park, and my intention is to do all I can to reconnect this community.

During Alumni Weekend 2004, I met alumni from the Class of 1954 who had returned for their 50th reunion after many years of absence. Their feelings of joy and excitement over what they discovered were quite evident. The Parkville campus looks great and is full of activity. Worldwide, we have more than 22,500 students, some even taking classes Online in Iraq. If you haven’t been to Parkville or one of our Campus Centers lately, it’s time to take a look. Park is flourishing — you’ll like what you see.

In meeting with alumni, I am reminded of the contributions of Bill and Mary Lou Tipton (both ’28) and others of that generation who have served Park during their retirement years. It has been with their help that our alma mater has grown into the successful institution we are today. I am looking for those Park alumni who have a passion to give a little back to the community they know as Park, continuing the great tradition of service. You might have to write your own job description! We want to work with you. Tell us your dreams, and let’s see if we can make something happen. The Alumni Association is a great way to get reacquainted with that place you called home. Your friends from Park are just a click away via the Park University alumni web site. If you would like to join the team as a volunteer, become an Alumni Council member, or if you have a passion or special skill that you would like to share, we want to hear from you. Our web site,, is easy to use and needs your input.

2004 Alumni Calendar January 2005


Greetings from Alumni Council President Jim Peeke, ’65

■ January 14 Men’s alumni volleyball game, Breckon Sports Center, 7 p.m. ■ January 15 Alumni Council meeting, Louise Morden boardroom, Parkville campus

March 2005 ■ March 13-25 Art and Music Tour in Russia featuring concerts by Stanislav Ioudenitch. Moscow concert, March 18; St. Petersburg concert, March 23 ■ March 20 Second annual Park University 5K Run/Walk and Pancake Breakfast, Parkville campus

April 2005 ■ April 16 Alumni Council meeting, Louise Morden boardroom, Parkville campus

June/July 2005 ■ June 9 Class of 1955 Golden Reunion Dinner, President Beverley Byers-Pevitts home ■ June 10-12 Alumni Weekend 2005, Parkville campus ■ June 11 Alumni Association annual business meeting, Parkville campus

Spend some time with us this fall. Log on and learn how robust the options are, and learn what you can do to reach out and touch other alumni in a meaningful way. E-mail me through the web site, and we will send you a Park University window sticker.

Jim Peeke, ‘65 Alumni Council President

Fall 2004

To volunteer for alumni events, please phone (816) 584-62 06 or call us toll-free a t 1-800-488-72 75. Or send an e-ma il to julie.mccollum today. Thank you! 21


ALUMNI AWARD RECIPIENTS Exemplary Alumni and Former Administrator Receive Top Awards

Exemplary Alumni and Former Administrator Receive Top Awards

ach year the Park University Alumni Association bestows three prestigious awards on University alumni, faculty or friends for personal and career accomplishments, as well as support of their alma mater, volunteer service and contributions to the community in which they live. The following individuals were honored at the 2004 Alumni Awards Banquet on June 19.


Distinguished Alumnus Award Kenneth R. Hougland, ’49 Kenneth R. Hougland, ’49, was chosen as the 2004 Distinguished Alumnus based on his distinguished career, his volunteerism and his long-term support of his alma mater. Hougland is a native of Kansas City, Mo., who returned home after serving in World War II with the 20th Air Force. He immediately enrolled in Park, where he earned an undergraduate degree in economics. On campus he stood out as a leader, accepting such roles as Phillips Dormitory president and chairman of the religious life committee.

Hougland then earned a master’s degree in labor and industrial relations from the University of Illinois. During his graduate studies, he completed a labor internship with Butler Manufacturing Co. and a management internship with National College, both in Kansas City, Mo. Upon the personal recommendation of Park’s then-president, J.L. Zwingle, he was able to combine the latter internship with the position of business manager at National College. Hougland also served as professor of economics and political science from 1950-55. From 1955-62, Hougland was business manager for The Chicago Theological Seminary, after which he returned to Park, where he served as business manager from 1962-69. His responsibilities at Park included hiring all nonacademic personnel, overseeing construction and maintenance of the physical property, and supervising the school’s endowment funds. He supervised the construction of Shepard Hall in 1968. Hougland then became business manager in 1969 of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and retired in 1986 as the vice president for finance and administration as well as business manager/treasurer. Hougland maintains an active role in the Presbyterian Church and has served as an elder of the Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Ky., a member of the board and treasurer of Louisville’s Furlough Home Board, and a member of the Board of Highlands Community Ministries Inc. As a volunteer he served as the executive director of the Covenant Housing Fund, Inc., as chairman of the building committee and a board member for Highlands Court Inc. In addition to his church-related volunteer roles, Hougland has been a member of numerous boards, including the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, the Fund for Community Ministries, and the Kansas City Regional Council of Higher Education. He also served as treasurer of the Park University Alumni Council. Hougland met his wife, Eva (Tyree), ’50, while attending Park. They were married in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel shortly after she graduated. They live in Highlands Ranch, Colo., and have a son, Daniel, a daughter, Dana, and two grandsons. Hougland is an amateur photographer, and enjoys gardening and singing in the church choir.

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Marlowe Sherwood Memorial Service Award Lesli Hill Blount, ’83 The Marlowe Sherwood Memorial Service Award was presented to Lesli Hill Blount, ’83, for her extensive volunteer service and contributions to the local and regional community in which she lives. As director of development and communications of the Greater Burlington (Vermont) YMCA, Blount’s enthusiasm

Lesli Hill Blount, ’83

and energy far exceed the job’s requirements. She is well-recognized and respected as being the “face of the YMCA” in her community, where she is a major gifts fund-raiser and oversees the organization’s public relations and marketing efforts. Blount diligently contributes her energy to the for-profit and not-for-profit segments, unifying the forces to benefit her community. Nancy E. Wood, executive director of Burlington Business Association, stated, “Her brilliance both in her official job at the YMCA and throughout the community shines brightly. She is an outstanding leader with clear vision and strong commitment to service.” Blount has successfully guided the YMCA’s longrange development to ensure increased community services, while attracting an ever-increasing crew of volunteers to support its goals and mission. Blount’s husband, Rick Blount, ’84, said, “Service is metabolic to Lesli; it motivates and sustains her. She goes about her service in such a humble, fun, humorous way that the rest of us are compelled to

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Torchlighter Award Col. John Sutton The Park University Alumni Association’s Torchlighter Award honors those who have made a significant, long-standing contribution and commitment to Park University. This year’s recipient, John Sutton, embodies this definition. Sutton began his 20-plus year commitment to Park when he was hired in 1983 by President Harold Condit to serve the Military Resident Center System and the School for Community Education. In

this role, Sutton served as an administrative representative who frequently traveled to Park’s Campus Centers, where he delivered commencement speeches and diplomas to Park graduates. In 1984 Sutton became the director of Title III, a strengthening program for Park, and was appointed as the assistant to the president. During his tenure at Park, Sutton researched and assisted in securing more than $4 million in grants, many of which still benefit Park students through existing academic programs. He also served as the associate dean and director of the School for Extended Learning and taught courses in math, history, business, English and military subjects. Sutton’s development of Park’s ROTC program in the 1980s allowed him to further utilize his military expertise by building and promoting an integrated

college/university ROTC program that has resulted in 40 Park graduates being commissioned into the U.S. Army. Sutton entered World War II as a draftee and was enrolled in Infantry Officer Candidate School when the war ended. He won a congressional appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in science, prior to earning a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee. Sutton served 31 years of active duty in the Army, including 10 years in Europe and one year each in Korea and Vietnam. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and of the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va. Sutton’s assignments included duty on the general staff in the Pentagon; assistant professor of mathematics at West Point; department head at the staff college at Leavenworth; command of a logistic battalion in Vietnam; and six years at the U.S. European Command Headquarters in Paris, France, and Stuttgart, Germany, where he was also the U.S. delegate to a 15-nation NATO logistic planning board. His military decorations include three Legion of Merit medals. Sutton, who retired from Park in 2003, continues to represent Park at seminars and conferences and enjoys more time to cultivate his lifelong interest in aviation by scheduling flight time at least once a week. He has owned a 1942 WWII Army liaison Taylorcraft L-2 and a 1947 ERCOUPE. Sutton also has a passion for collecting model airplanes and toy trains, many of which are displayed on the walls of his home office. Other interests include opera, music and ballet — activities enjoyed with Dana, his wife of 55 years. They have two children and five grandchildren.


tag along.” Lesli met Rick while working behind the soda fountain at McKeon’s in Parkville when his parents came to campus for a track event. She served them lemonade along with reassurances that Park was the right place for their son. Blount has become especially proficient at guiding and serving the business community. She is chair of the board of the Burlington Business Association, she founded and organizes a local monthly discussion group for executive directors and fund-raisers, and she served on the board of the Northern New England Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Blount represented Rotary International in a group study exchange to Brazil and serves on an advisory group consulting the leadership of Fletcher Allen Health Care, Vermont’s academic medical center. She also volunteers for United Way, First Night Burlington (an alcohol-free family New Year’s celebration), the Flynn Theatre, the Col. John Suttom American Diabetes Association, the Vermont City Marathon and First Run Burlington (a New Year’s Day run). She writes articles for publication on fund-raising topics. In 1999, Blount was recognized by the Burlington Chamber of Commerce as a “Rising Star.” Today her star is fully illuminated. Her expertise is in demand as a keynote speaker, mediator and promoter. Blount exemplifies the Park motto, Fides et Labor. She has faith in the people of her community and works tirelessly for their benefit.





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Alumni Weekend 2005 Parkville Campus June 9 Class of 1955 Golden Reunion Dinner at the president’s home

June 10-12 Class reunions for classes ending in “0” and “5” Men of Chesnut and Goon Squad reunions, historic campus tours, 50’s car show, and much more.

Not a Parkville campus graduate?


Alumni Weekend is for all Park alumni. We hope you will join us in June. Park values its community of alumni and wants to provide meaningful opportunities that foster lifelong relationships with the University. We have great things planned for you while you are in Kansas City! Watch for details in the next issue of the Alumniad.

Goons Unite!

Were you a Goon? Don’t miss the Goon Squad reunion during Alumni Weekend 2005. Send us your photos and names of fellow Goons and Goonesses. Then, if you dare, come back and share the memories.

Men of Chesnut It’s been five years since you last gathered on campus. Come home and relive the fun!


Congratulations to Grace Breen, ’21! At age 106, she remains Park’s oldest living alumna. She graduated from college the year Warren G. Harding assumed the presidency following Woodrow Wilson’s second term. Breen resides in a Catholic care facility in Kansas City, Mo.

1940s Thom Hunter, ’42, pastor emeritus of Webster Groves Presbyterian Church, served in the Pacific as a Navy chaplain and has worked with veterans for 60 years. Hunter was acknowledged in an article in the Webster-Kirkwood Times for his dedicated service. Robert Kubik, ’43, wrote to share an adventure he had at Park with the late Hugh B. McAfee, ’41. Upon joining the Parchivards, Kubik recalls an initiation where he and five or six young men were lost in the woods at night and had to find their way back to campus. Some students were so tired after a couple of hours they wanted to sleep on the ground until morning. McAfee encouraged them to find their way back. Kubik has been “grateful for McAfee’s leadership ever since that dark night.” Kubik has lived in Berkeley, Calif., since 1952. Before retiring in 1985, he taught public school in Hayward, Calif., Caldwell, Kan., and Sendai, Japan.

1950s Herm, ’52, and Frances (Gerstner, ’54) Finkbeiner celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by hosting a dinner at a local restaurant. Those in attendance were members of the wedding party and Park alumni, Don Pinkerton, Bob Smith and Bob Batchelor, all members of the Class of 1952. Jean Jansen Ashley, ’54, maid of honor, was unable to attend. Joe Snyder, ’54, wrote an article for the European edition of Stars and Stripes magazine on the subject of economical European travel. It appeared in the January 2002 edition. Snyder also recruited a group of retirees, who call the Snyders themselves “the Old Fogies,” to work with the homeless.

Florence ByhamWeinberg and one of her books Florence Byham Weinberg, ’54, has authored: I’ll Come to Thee by Moonlight; Sonora Wind, Ill Wind; and Longs Désirs. A fourth novel, The Storks of Caridad, is an E-book and is currently available at

1960s R. Lynn Bondurant, ’61, Ph.D., recently retired from NASA as educational programs officer, where he was responsible for the creation and implementation of new educational programs. He has co-written several articles and lectured on science education. A nationally known presenter, Bondurant gave a “futuristic talk” at Park’s Connecting Learning Communities Conference to educators in July on how education and science in this country are lagging other nations, and the potential consequences.

1970s Carolyn McHenry Elwess, ’71, wrote, “When I moved to Parkville in 1987 I knew only three alumni in town, Michael Newburger, ’70, and classmates Eileen West, ’71, and Jack Friedman, ’71. Jack informed me that McKeon’s, the old Hauber’s soda fountain and drugstore, was the gathering spot for morning coffee and local stories. It was there that I became acquainted with Terry Brown, ’70, David, (’71) and Barbara (Zappulla, ’72) House, Michael Fopeano, ’63, Larry Young, ’64, and other alumni who had been longtime Parkville residents. I also met David Elwess, ’64, at those morning coffee sessions and developed a friendship that became a marriage on May 25, 1991. If it weren’t for our shared background of attending Park, our knowledge of many Park traditions, and our memories of the mentors and characters among the Park faculty and staff, I doubt that I would have had much in common with so many of the folks who have become my dear friends, or with the wonderful man who decided to marry me. Hail, alma mater!” Janet Elser Tabor, ’75, wrote the alumni office to say, “I loved everything about Park — people, dorm life and the beautiful campus. I still keep in contact with about 20 people from Park. If anyone wants to keep in contact with me — here is my e-mail I would love to hear from you and try to help you find some of your old classmates.” Tabor is organizing a 30th reunion for the Class of 1975 and is looking for volunteers to help.



Ruth Wasser Solomon, ’49, and her husband, Al, are moving to Nampa, Idaho, to be near family. They spent 35 years in Salinas, Calif., where Al served three area Presbyterian churches and Ruth directed choirs and taught piano.

Raymond Cummiskey, ’80, Ph.D., has been selected the new president for Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg. Cummiskey becomes Cummiskey the fifth president in the college’s 44-year history. He taught for 12 years at Park and served as a division chair.

1990s David Jimenez, ’94, is employed as a U.S. border patrol analyst. He is an instructor at The University of Texas at El Paso and an adjunct faculty member with the American Military University, Manassas Park, Va. Jimenez is currently director of training, education and career development for the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts and is serving as governor of the Society for Certified Criminal Analysts. He was appointed in 2004 by Texas Governor Rick Perry to the EMS & Trauma Advisory Council. Tammy Trimble, ’94, is a marketing representative for Costco Marketing. Derek Mueller, ’96, has entered the doctoral program in composition and cultural rhetoric at Syracuse University for fall 2004. Derek leaves his position as Park University sports information director and assistant athletic director. He also was an adjunct instructor and course developer at Park’s Parkville campus. Debra Shull, ’96, received a master’s degree in education, college student personnel and counseling services. Peter Klei, ’97, retired from the U.S. Marine Corps and has taken a position as network security analyst with TWM Associates Inc., in Fairfax, Va. Navy Chief Petty Officer Kenneth M. Breeden, ’98, participated in Summer Class Notes continue on next page

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Pulse ’04, the Navy’s first exercise of its new operational construct, the Fleet Response Plan (FRP). During the three-month exercise, seven carrier strike groups demonstrated the swift presence the United States can bring to a fight and highlighted the Navy’s essential flexibility to adapt to a changing security environment.

Tina Bell Gladbach, ’99, and her husband, Travis, welcomed their son, Calvin James Gladbach, on June 9. The Gladbachs reside in Columbia, Mo. Karen Lee Krauser, ’99, earned the juris doctor degree in 2002, graduating with distinction.

2000s Ruben Johnson, ’00, MSGT, USMC (Ret. 2001), earned his M.B.A. in technology management in 2003. He is now a visiting scholar/professor at North Lake College, Irving, Texas. He teaches and oversees logistics technology courses. He is working toward a doctorate in organizational leadership. Don General, ’02, has completed his master’s degree in computer systems management from the University of Maryland, University College. Katesha Payne, ’02, received her master’s degree in education in October. David W. Hankins, ’03, has a new position with the South Carolina Employment Security commission as the Gaffney assistant area director.

Mourns Kathryn Houghton Groves, ’32 July 25, Springfield, Mo. Mrs. Groves spent the last 30 years traveling, making quilts and teddy bears, and volunteering for various charitable causes. She is survived by her husband, Bill, her son, Steven, and many other loved ones. Donations can be made to the Kathryn Houghton Groves Endowed Scholarship at Park University. (See article on page 2 of Winter 2004 Alumniad.) Esther Mae Reppert Magers, ’35 June 19, Overland Park, Kan. Mrs. Magers lived most of her life in Overland Park. She taught third grade for 17 years before retiring in 1973. She was a member of Village Presbyterian Church, the American Association of University Women, Delta Kappa Gamma and La Sertoma. She is survived by her two children and their spouses, six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Bert A. Roemer, ’39 December 2003, Belle Glade, Fla. Mr. Roemer’s wife, Jean, wrote to Park: “He loved Park — was very happy there. Your campus is a beautiful spot in this America.” William Strange, ’39 Oct. 13, 2003, Annapolis, Md. Mr. Strange was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis and a life member of the American Mathematics Association. He enjoyed sports of all kinds and physical fitness programs. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Florence (Heacock), ’39, two daughters, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Shannon Turner, ’03, moved to California to pursue an acting career. She appears as a Cinderella hopeful in Hilary Duff ’s new movie, “A Cinderella Story,” that was released in July. Turner has qualified to join the Screen Actors’ Guild. She has been cast in her first starring role as a twin in a Christian video for vacation Bible school. The film is a production of Shannon Turner, ’03 Gospel Light Production and is due for release in summer 2005. 26

Royal Glenn Hall, ’41 June 25, Chevy Chase, Md. Mr. Hall graduated with a mathematics degree and later received a doctorate in astronomy. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, two sons, a brother, three sisters and two grandsons. Hugh B. McAfee, ’41 Aug. 7, Sun City, Georgetown, Texas. See “Fides et Labor: A Tribute to the Life of Hugh B. McAfee, ’41” on page 8. Edward George Adamek, ’49 April 14, Kirkland, Wash. Mr. Adamek was a combat veteran of World War II and survived intense fighting while serving as an intelligence scout/ observer for the 3rd Battalion, 276th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division during the U.S. Army’s move into Forbach, France, in January 1945. He taught in the graduate department in the College of Education at Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich. He also taught master’s students at the NATO military base at Karamursel, Turkey. Madelon Wilcox Nordquist, ’53 Aug. 4, Rockville, Md. Mrs. Nordquist was active in her community and church, working on projects to clean up the environment and save a local college. She earned a black belt in karate and became an instructor. She lived in Korea, Japan, France, Russia and Bulgaria. Nordquist is survived by two daughters, two sons and five grandchildren.

For up-to-date Park alumni class notes and obituary notices, visit, where you’ll also find information about the Alumni Association’s “Contact 5” program.

Donald Eugene Fallen, ’79 Dorla Watkins, ’80, MPA ’00; David J. June 3, Cabot, Ark. Elwess, ’64; and Carolyn McHenry Elwess, ’71 Mr. Fallen served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict and the David J. Elwess, ’64 Vietnam War. He retired as a chief master June 20, Parkville, Mo. sergeant from the position of superintendDavid is survived by his wife, University ent of the Little Rock Air Force Base Archivist Carolyn McHenry Elwess, ’71, Hospital in 1976. He established the first and one son, Jason David Elwess. David family support center at Little Rock Air was devoted to his family and friends and Force Base in 1986 and retired as director served his community well and without in 1997. He is survived by his wife, fanfare; he was widely known as a man of Kathleen. his word. He was a member of The Sons of the American Legion, Post 318, Parkville. Virginia W. Hulber, ’92 David’s memories of his years at Park are July 22, Salt Lake City, Utah plentiful and remain some of the funniest Virginia is survived by her husband, unrecorded stories in school history. He Darryl; son, Darryl II; daughter, Rebecca; will be sorely missed by his family and by and two grandbabies. Her five cats will scores of friends. The family has requested miss their daily brushing. that if friends wish to do so, they can make contributions in David’s memory to Park’s Michael Johnson, ’97 Music Library, c/o Office of University April 4, Kansas City, Mo. Advancement, Park University, 8700 N.W. Mr. Johnson retired from the Marine River Park Drive, Parkville, MO 64152. Corps in 1982. He graduated summa cum laude from Park in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in history and completed his master’s degree in history in 2001. He served on the Park University Alumni Council and was an adjunct professor on the Parkville campus. He is survived by his wife and daughters.

Starfire and Robert Lovell Starfire, ’65 (Patricia Thompson) March 15, Makawao, Hawaii “Starfire was a dancer, through and through, and did her thing from the Jolly Roger at Park, to the Temples in Egypt and India, and then the sands of the Maui beach. Perhaps she is dancing with the stars right now,” commented David Mogle, ’65, her former husband and lifelong Fall 2004

Robert Francis Redmond Academic Director, Metropolitan District of Washington April 15, Falls Church, Va. Dr. Redmond retired from the U.S. Air Force as a lieutenant colonel for the Defense Investigative Service. He was a member of the People of Praise Church, an Ecumenical Christian Community, and St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church. Redmond was a loving and proud husband, father and grandfather. He had been a full-time professor for Park University since

completion of his active military service in 1978. He served as academic director of Park’s Campus Centers in the Washington, D.C., area.


friend. Students gave Pat her “Starfire” name, and it fit so well she kept it — eventually adding “Dr.” to it with a doctorate in education from the University of Nevada. She worked several years with University of Hawaii’s outreach program on Maui, the paradise that she loved. In July 2003 she married her soulmate Robert Lovell.

Capt. Franklin R. Hooks II Deployment Instructor June 26, Beaufort, S.C. Capt. Hooks died in a training exercise off the Azores Islands. His F/A-18 Hornet was reported missing. “Franklin R. Hooks II loved his country with all his heart and he was proud to defend it,” said his wife, Cindy. She would “like [her] husband to be remembered for his utmost loyalty to his family, country and the Marine Corps. Franklin brought enormous love, joy and humor to everyone who came into his life.” Hooks taught classes for Park from the USS Harry Truman. Virginia Threlkeld Ingersoll-Deberry, ’28 Feb. 1, Louisburg, Mo. Lucie Starr Reedy, ’33 Dec. 8, Sykesville, Md. John Burton, ’44 May 12, Richmond, Ky. Olive Gaiser, ’47 Sept. 28, 2003, Platte City, Mo. John Hall, ’50 Dec. 11, 2003, Groveland, Calif. John Sefcik, ’50 Feb. 9, Redford, Mich. Ruth Bartlett, ’97 Feb. 18, Corpus Christi, Texas Jeromey O’Brien, ’02 Oct. 21, 2003, Mountain Home, Idaho



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F O L L O W T H E P I R AT E S I N 2 0 0 4 - 2 0 0 5

WOMEN’S SOCCER Nov. 5-6 6 9-10 17

MCAC Conference Tournament; TBD NAIA Region IV Tournament; TBD NAIA Region IV Tournament; TBD NAIA National Championship, Santa Barbara, Calif.; TBD

MEN’S SOCCER Nov. 5-6 9 12-13 17

MCAC Conference Tournament; TBD NAIA Region IV Tournament; TBD NAIA Region IV Tournament; TBD NAIA National Championship, Olathe, Kan.; TBD

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL Nov. 2 4 12-13 18-20

College of St. Mary, Omaha, Neb.; 7 p.m. Benedictine College, Atchison, Kan.; 7 p.m. MCAC Conference Tournament; TBD NAIA Region IV Championship; TBD

Dec. 1-4 NAIA National Championship; TBD


NAIA Region IV Championship, Lincoln, Neb.; 10 a.m. NAIA National Championship, Louisville, Ky.; 10 a.m.

* Denotes games at the Parkville, Mo., campus. MCAC denotes Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference. NAIA denotes National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. This schedule is subject to change. Please call Jerod Dahlgren at (816) 584-6490 or visit to confirm events or for more information.



Moscow andMarch St.13Petersburg, Russia – 25, 2005 Led by Dr. Beverley Byers-Pevitts, Park University President Stanislav Ioudenitch, Park Professor of Music and Gold Medalist, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Olga Ganzen, Director of Park University’s International Programs

Tour Highlights: Stanislav Ioudentich will perform with the National Philharmonic of Russia in Moscow. Moscow’s Circus, Tretyakov Gallery, Bolshoy Theater for ballet and opera, the Kremlin, Pushkin Museum St. Petersburg’s St. Isaak Cathedral, Ekaterinsky Palace, the summer palace of Catherine the Great, the Hermitage Museum, and Yusupov Palace Day trips to Sergiev Posad, Pushkin, and Peterhof Palace Excursions subject to change based on performance dates and times and ticket availability. Cost includes hotels, transportation, transfer costs within Russia, and all meals. $5,017.00 per person from Kansas City (double occupancy) • $4,767.00 per person from JFK, New York (double occupancy) • Single supplement: $690.00

To reserve space, a $1,000 deposit is required by November 15, 2004, with balance due January 15, 2005. Travel visas are required for this trip, and information regarding the visa application process will be sent upon receipt of deposit. For information please contact Caren Handleman at 816-584-6210. Mail deposits to Office of University Advancement • Park University • 8700 N.W. River Park Drive • Parkville, MO 64152

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