IMPACT 2017-18 Annual Report
PARK UNIVERSITY ENGAGEMENT AND ADVANCEMENT
During the holiday season, we reflect on the things for which we are grateful. At Park University, we are especially grateful for you—our supporters, alumni and friends.You make a significant and lasting impact on Park students. I am honored to share with you Park University’s 2017-18 Impact Report, which outlines how your support transforms the lives of Park students.
Let me highlight a few key points:
• With your support, Park achieved record enrollment growth with its largest freshman class ever in the 2017-18 academic year. Park’s enrollment nationwide grew 4.5% over the 2016-17 academic year. This is remarkable in a time when many educational institutions are struggling to maintain the status quo. •
With your support, this year was one of the best fundraising years in the last decade. We are grateful to our guests and sponsors for Park’s annual “Night at the Helm” fundraising event at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Mo. Additionally, as a result of your financial commitments, the University was able to expand scholarship opportunities, including the new Beechie Endowed Scholarship and the Max W. Greer, Jr. Endowed Scholarship.
• With your support, Park’s new business school building, the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center, on our flagship campus in Parkville, Mo., is closer to being a reality. Together, we closed the 2017-18 year having raised $4.3 million for the project. The building will gather business faculty and students together to allow better collaboration and innovation in our business programs. Groundbreaking is anticipated in summer 2019. • With your support, Park continues to support military and veteran students. The new Heart of America Patriot Foundation Emergency Relief Fund will offer financial assistance to military and veteran students and their families to help cover expenses other than tuition, such as assistance with the costs of books, rent, utilities, car repairs, and other unexpected expenses students sometimes incur.
At Park “ University, we
are especially grateful for our supporters, alumni and friends. -Greg Gunderson
I am so grateful to be Park University’s president. I work alongside dedicated faculty and staff who have chosen to work at Park and use their time and talents to help our students succeed. I get to interact with our students on a daily basis. There are few things I love more than watching their lives transform over their time at Park. And I feel so fortunate to have all of your support. You make our students’ dreams a reality. You transform their lives. For that, all of us at Park are most grateful. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season. Margarita Araiza, ‘18, receives a hug from President Gunderson as she receives the Outstanding Parkite Award during the 2018 Honors Convocation.
Greg R. Gunderson, Ph.D. Park University President
Board of Trustees 2017-18 Scott D. McRuer Chair Parkville, Missouri Jeanette E. Prenger, ’09 Vice Chair Kansas City, Missouri Jacqueline Snyder Secretary Parkville, Missouri Judy Simonitsch Treasurer Independence, Missouri
James Cornelius Kansas City, Missouri
William Perry, ’67 Dallas, Texas
Lynn Craghead Kansas City, Missouri
Rosemary Fry Plakas, ’63 Alexandria,Virginia
Dennis D. Fisher, Ed.D. Kansas City, Missouri
Danny Sakata Parkville, Missouri
Kristopher Flint, ’97 Mountain View, California
Cyprienne Simchowitz Mission Hills, Kansas
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Richard Keller Leavenworth, Kansas
Michael M. Collins, ’04 Immediate Past Chair Leawood, Kansas
Anthony Melchiorri, ’90 New York, New York
Vince Clark Kansas City, Missouri
C. Ann Mesle, J.D. Kansas City, Missouri
Troy Teague Kansas City, Missouri
Richard Thode Raytown, Missouri J. Eric Wade, ’82, M.P.A. ’85 Lenexa, Kansas David A. Warm Kansas City, Missouri
Executive Staff 2017-18 Greg Gunderson, Ph.D. President Brian Bode Chief Financial Officer
President Gunderson (third from right) with members of Park University’s Board of Trustees during the recent Alumni Awards banquet. From left: Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Richard Keller, Lynn Craghead, Vince Clark, Scott McRuer and Col. (Ret.) Andrew Shoffner.
Laure Christensen Chief of Staff Roger Dusing, Ph.D. Chief Human Resources Officer Michelle Myers, Ed.D. Interim Provost Shane Smeed Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Emily Sallee, Ph.D. Associate Provost David Whittaker Chief Information Officer
Park University Board of Trustees members Rosmary Plakas and Jeanette Prenger (front) and Executive Staff members Laure Christensen and Roger Dusing (back) look on during the May 2018 Kansas City Area Commencement ceremony.
Building the Future Park Receives $1.8 Million from Three KC Area Foundations for the Plaster Center Project
to have the support of such influential “We are excited Kansas City family foundations. - Peter deSilva
Rendering of the new Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center
A trio of Kansas City area family foundations made gifts totaling $1.8 million toward a new building to house Park University’s School of Business on the flagship Parkville Campus. Providing significant contributions for the project are: the Sunderland Foundation, Overland Park, Kan., with a $1 million gift; and the Goppert Foundation, Kansas City, Mo., with a $300,000 gift. In addition, a gift of $500,000 was provided by a Kansas-based foundation that wished to remain anonymous. “The backing of these foundations is a testament to the importance of this project and the impact that Park University has on the workforce in the region.” said Peter deSilva, chair of Park University’s fundraising committee for the new Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center. Along with classroom and office space for the School of Business, the Plaster Center will include a state-of-the-art finance lab, a special innovation and entrepreneurship lab, video production studio and lounge for commuter students. In addition, the building will be the new home for the Park Global Warrior Center, which assists service members and veterans transitioning in and out of the military.
The newly expanded Park Global Warrior Center will allow the University to provide in-demand resources for military and veteran students.
With more than $4.3 million in total commitments for the project as of June 30, 2018, and continued fundraising, groundbreaking for the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center on the University’s flagship campus in Parkville, Mo., is anticipated by summer 2019.
New partnership establishes $100,000 fund to support needs of Park’s military and veteran students and their families beyond tuition.
The new Heart of America Patriot Foundation Emergency Fund at Park University will support military and veteran students and their families with needs beyond traditional tuition, such as assistance with the cost of books, rent, utilities, car repairs and other unexpected financial challenges as they pursue their degree. The Heart of America Foundation hosted its annual Heart of America Patriot Golf Benefit on Patriot’s Day, Sept. 11, 2018, at Lionsgate in Overland Park, Kan. The morning began with a patriotic ceremony followed by a golf tournament with the course adorned with more than 350 American flags, and a Patriot Awards Dinner. “These dedicated men and women have done what a vast majority of our society hasn’t,” said Steve Brown, board chair of the Heart of America Patriot Foundation. “Every military member and veteran signed a blank check to the U.S. government for an amount up to and including their life. That’s why our mission is to empower military members, veterans and their families — and now with Park University, we can extend our support across the country.” “When Park proposed the idea to create an emergency relief fund for military and veteran students, we saw an opportunity for us to do more,” Brown said. To establish the new fund, the HOAPF leveraged the University’s new matching fund program to turn the $50,000 they raised into the $100,000 emergency fund.
Steve Brown, chair of the Heart of America Patriot Foundation, presented a $50,000 check to Park President Greg Gunderson to establish the new HOAPF Emergency Fund at Park University.
Based in Kansas City, Mo., the HOAPF began in 2012 with its mission to support veterans in a six-county region across Kansas and Missouri. “With Park’s presence at 42 campuses across the country, 33 of which are on military installations, we can now expand our reach,” Brown said. “The HOAPF’s, mission now reflects the ‘heart’ of all Americans in supporting our military members and veterans.”
“We’re impressed by Park’s long history working with the military and their deep understanding of the many challenges they face to earn their degree,” he said. “We know Park will make sure the funds go to those who need them most.” -Steve Brown, chair of the Heart of America Foundation
Scholarships Open Doors Max Greer Jr. ’70, was headed to law school. But a summer job at New York Life Insurance Co. changed the trajectory of his life.
Max Greer Jr. ’70 Without my “ degree from Park, I
would have been hard pressed to get in the door to interview for that job that helped guide my path to where I am today.
-Max Greer Jr. ’70
MATCHING TREASURES ENDOWING THE FUTURE
“Without my degree from Park, I would have been hard pressed to get in the door to interview for that job that helped guide my path to where I am today,” said Greer who earned a bachelor’s degree in history at the University’s Parkville Campus. Now Greer is helping guide the path for future Park students by establishing the Max W. Greer Jr. Endowed Scholarship. “I’m very appreciative of all Park did for me,” he said. “I’m a big believer in education as an invaluable investment in the future of our country.” Despite his father’s initial disappointment in his decision to forgo law school, Greer steadily advanced in his job where the experience he gained sparked an entrepreneurial idea. He envisioned a company that provided comprehensive financial planning services to corporate executives
while eliminating commissions to ensure objective consulting. In 1979, Greer founded one of the first feeonly financial planning and investment management firms in the country. Today, Financial Advisory Service Inc., based in Leawood, Kan., represents high net worth clients throughout the U.S., managing $1.5 billion of investment assets. With Park’s new matching scholarship program, Matching Treasures, Greer recently contributed $50,000 to endow a $100,000 Max W. Greer Jr. Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship is designed for full-time Park students who are pursuing a degree in business or history, and working or volunteering at least 10 hours a week. “Scholarships help make it possible for those who don’t have the means to advance their education,” Greer said. “A college degree opens doors. In today’s competitive world, I believe it’s more important than ever.”
There are two ways your treasure can be matched: New Endowments: Donors who commit $25,000 or more, payable by June 30, 2019, are eligible to participate in the Park University Endowment Matching Incentive. Existing Endowments: Donors who commit $10,000 or more, payable by June 30, 2019, are eligible to participate in the Park University Endowment Matching Incentive.
Match funds available until exhausted and are not to exceed $250,000 for existing endowments, and $500,000 for new endowments. Please contact the Office of University Advancement to participate in stewarding academic excellence at Park University or call (816) 584-6200.
In honor of his mother:
The Beechie Endowed Scholarship Scholarships are often about more than financial support. For many, they sustain the legacy of cherished people who’ve impacted their lives.
Charlie Beech, ’67
That’s why Charlie Beech, ’67, has leveraged Park University’s scholarship matching program to establish a $50,000 endowed scholarship in honor of his mother, May Revell Belote Beech, known to her friends as “Beechie.”
“My mother provided
an early introduction to much of what I value about Park, especially to always be mindful of one’s place in the broader community. -Charlie Beech, ’67
Beech said his mother always expressed gratitude for the scholarships that made it possible for her to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree, especially during the depression era. “My mother provided an early introduction to much of what I value about Park, especially to always be mindful of one’s place in the broader community.” This value extends to the needs of students around the globe and what guided his decision to create the Beechie Endowed Scholarship at Park to support full-time international students. As associate vice president at Webster University, Beech has been focused on international student enrollment since 1986 and knows well the challenges they face. “While many capable students are able to pay tuition, a significant number of bright individuals can’t consider a private university experience like Park in the U.S. due to their family’s limited financial resources,” he said. The new scholarship also gave Beech a unique way to honor his 50th reunion last year as a Park alumnus. “I hope my gift will encourage other Park alumni and friends to consider the importance of the University’s role as an emerging leader in international education when making their charitable contributions.” The scholarship also gives Beech a lasting way to share his mother’s positive spirit. “Beechie believed our glass in life is always half full — and never half empty. It’s a life philosophy that worked for her and for me, one that I’m happy to pass on to future Park students with this special scholarship.”
Park University is home to 447 international students representing 89 countries. 7
Scholarships Make an Impact “As long as I can remember, my dad talked about me going to college as a top priority. By example, he taught me that if I worked hard with initiative and resourcefulness, anything is possible. With the help of scholarships, I am proud to be the first college graduate in my family.”
—Margarita Araiza, ’18
recipient of the Dr. John M. Hamilton Scholarship who earned a bachelor’s degree in education and biology Shirley Miller Clark, ’61, and Robert Clark
FROM PARK TO THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICES Shirley Miller Clark, ’61, always dreamed of being a scientist. “When I was in high school, I remember being told that being a scientist wasn’t practical for a girl, but that never derailed me. I knew my dream required a college education and I also knew my family couldn’t afford it.” Looking back, Clark said the scholarship she received to attend Park changed the course of her life. “I’ll never forget the Park professors who became my mentors and encouraged me to not only earn a bachelor’s degree in biology at Park, but to take my education further,” she said. With their guidance, Clark applied for a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship that enabled her to attend the University of Washington in Seattle where she earned a master’s degree in zoology. “I‘ve always been drawn to the Northwest, yet it seemed like a long way from home for a small-town kid like me from Joplin, Mo. With encouragement from my professors, I headed west.” While working as a scientist for the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries, she met her husband, Robert, an oceanographer. While raising their two children, Clark was hired by the Pacific Northwest Regional Office of the National Park Service in Seattle where she worked as a chief scientist for nearly 30 years until her retirement.
“My expectations for myself changed at Park. I gained the confidence and support to pursue a life I never thought was possible,” she said. “That’s why it’s important to me to give back to help other students discover what’s possible in their lives.”
“Scholarships were essential to me. I would not have been able to afford tuition without them. But more than that, they made me value my Park experience even more. Knowing that someone is supporting me pushed me to work harder and keep my grades high.”
— Victor Bervian Neves, ’18
recipient of the Fred N. Shepherd Scholarship, the Blithe Scholarship and a Park Athletic scholarship. Victor earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration/ marketing and was twice named a Daktronics NAIA Men’s Volleyball Scholar-Athlete.
“My scholarship has opened up many opportunities for me at Park where small class sizes have allowed me to develop invaluable relationships with professors, and students from around the world inspired me to always challenge myself to go farther.”
—Zac Jarrard, ’16, M.P.A. ’17, MBA ’18
is a recipient of the Paul Gault/UMB Endowed Leadership Scholarship. After much hard work and persistence spearheaded by Jarrard as co-founder of Park’s Business and Investment Club, Park students were invited to meet Warren Buffett last year in Omaha, Neb. Jarrard is seated left of Buffett.
Park U Stats
TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDENTS
PERCENTAGE OF NONTRADITONAL STUDENTS
“In 2016, we declared that enrollment growth was a key priority for our institution. Our Fall 2017 results confirm that our entire University heard the clarion call and responded in an unprecedented way,” President Greg Gunderson, Ph.D., said. “From recruiting and retention, to the upkeep of the campus, the hosting of special events and providing superior support services to students, every effort impacted enrollment.”
FALL 1, 2017
PERCENTAGE OF MILITARY STUDENTS (ACTIVE DUTY, DEPENDENTS, RETIRED MILITARY AND DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE)
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NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
NUMBER OF COUNTRIES REPRESENTED
PERCENTAGE OF MINORITY STUDENTS
NUMBER OF DEGREE PROGRAMS (UNDERGRAD/GRAD)
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We celebrate GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP through our connected learning and working environment, liberal arts education and community stewardship.
student-centered, quality higher education.
We embrace INCLUSIVITY that fosters diversity, teamwork and collaboration.
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PARK UNIVERSITY ALUMNI COUNCIL OFFICERS
President Kathryn Phillips Hernandez, ’83
Michael Badilla, ’09 Stephanie Burgess, ’09 Derek Debus, ’16 Natalie Hauptmann Kincaid, ’16 Ryan Kinne, ’09 Derrick Quarterman, ’03 George Ramsey III, ’12 Phillip Reeder, ’12 Kathryn Slaughter, ’16, MHA ’18 Charles (C.K.) Williams, ’96 Monica Zavala, ’12, MBA ’15
Secretary James (Zac) Jarrard, ’16, MPA ’17, MBA ’18 Treasurer Dustin Woods, ’15, MBA ’17
Phenomenal Family: President-Elect: Elizabeth Weese Muncal, ’05
Immediate Past President Sarah Hopkins-Chery, ’07, MACL ’09
BOARD OF TRUSTEES LIASON Rosemary Fry Plakas, ’63
Erik Bergrud, MPA ’94, Associate Vice President for University Engagement, ex officio member Danita Hodges, ’12, Alumni and Constituent Relations Coordinator
PARK UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES OFFICERS
Chair Scott McRuer
Vince Clark Michael Collins, ’04 James Cornelius Dennis Fisher, Ed.D. Kristopher Flint, ’97 Ann Hansbrough, J.D. Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Richard Keller Anthony Melchiorri William Perry, ’67 Rosemary Fry Plakas, ’63 Danny Sakata Andrew Shoffner Cyprienne Simchowitz Troy Teague J. Eric Wade, MPA ’85 David Warm
Vice Chair Jeanette Prenger, ’09
Secretary Jacqueline Snyder, Ed.D. Treasurer Lynn Craghead
Alumni Award Recipients
Greg Gunderson, Ph.D. President
Ami Wisdom Assistant Secretary to the Board
U N CH E O N
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 THE VIEW AT BRIARCLIFF • COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT CELEBRATING THE INSPIRATION, DEDICATION AND PERSEVERANCE OF PARK ALUMNI.
Pirate treasure is real at Park University. Each year, the Park University Alumni Association honors the extraordinary achievements and contributions of treasured alumni and friends during Homecoming Weekend. The alchemy of their dedication, perseverance and inspiration sets the gold standard for success ever higher for us all. THE DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AWARD RECOGNIZES PARK ALUMNI WHO HAVE DISTINGUISHED THEMSELVES THROUGH CAREER, SERVICE OR COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENTS.
PARISA FETHERSON, ’06 - DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AWARD, 2018 The Marine Corps helped Fetherson realize her dream of a college education. “I had no idea how to make it happen, but as soon as I realized it was possible with Park, I went for it.” After earning a bachelor’s degree in social psychology from Park, she went on to earn a master’s degree in education. Since retiring from active duty, Fetherson has held positions as an organizational trainer and academic adviser. She is currently the director of personal and professional development programs at Marine Corps Base Quantico (Va., where Park has a campus) and is president of the VA-1 Crossroads Chapter of the Women Marines Association.
I’ve always focused on moving forward toward what I want to achieve. - Parisa Fetherson
WALTER PEARSON, ’90 - DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AWARD, 2017 Pearson retired after a 24-year career with the State of Missouri, most recently as assistant commissioner for Missouri’s Office of Administration. Previously, he served as the assistant director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development and was appointed by Gov. Mel Carnahan to serve as the director of business and urban affairs for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Education is the cornerstone for the rest of your life. No one can take it from you.
- Walter Pearson
THE TORCHLIGHTER AWARD HONORS INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT, LONG-STANDING CONTRIBUTIONS AND COMMITMENTS TO PARK UNIVERSITY, WHETHER ALUMNI, FACULTY OR FRIEND. RECIPIENTS OF THIS AWARD WHO ARE NOT GRADUATES ARE BESTOWED THE HONOR OF HONORARY ALUMNUS.
ROGER HERSHEY - TORCHLIGHTER AWARD, 2018 Walking the halls of Park University’s residential halls or navigating the innovative underground space on the University’s flagship campus in Parkville, Mo., is witness to the dedicated leadership of Roger Hershey, J.D., LL.M. For two decades, Hershey served Park in both board and staff leadership roles. Hershey served as Park’s vice president and general counsel from 2004 to 2014, and then as vice president for entrepreneurial ventures until his retirement in January 2016.
Park’s focus on creative thinking and lifelong learning is essential for success in a new world of ever-accelerating knowledge and social change.
- Roger Hershey
BENNY LEE - TORCHLIGHTER AWARD, 2017 The serial entrepreneur is now chairman and chief executive officer of DuraComm Corp., a Kansas City, Mo., company that provides power and creative lighting solutions. Lee, together with his wife, Edith, has been dedicated to the success of Park’s International Center for Music since its inception in 2003. Lee currently serves on Park’s ICM Advisory Council and served three terms on Park’s Board of Trustees from 2003 to 2012. In May 2017, Lee was honorary chair for Park’s annual Night at the Helm fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting the ICM and the Park Global Warrior Center.
Giving back is just as important as succeeding. Always be generous – in business and in life. Then you will find fulfillment.
- Benny Lee
THE PROMISING YOUNG PROFESSIONAL AWARD RECOGNIZES PARK ALUMNI WHO SHOW EXCEPTIONAL PROMISE OF LEADERSHIP AND CONTRIBUTION TO THEIR PROFESSION AND/OR COMMUNITY.
JAVIER CENTONZIO, ’09 - PROMISING YOUNGPROFESSIONAL AWARD, 2018 Born in San Juan, P. R., Centonzio grew up in Kansas City, Kan. As co-founder and partner in the law firm of Weylie Centonzio PLLC, in St. Petersburg, Fla., Centonzio lives his mission every day. His firm advocates for veterans, the disabled, the elderly and people who are injured due to the negligence of others. He extends his life’s mission as a volunteer for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Project Homeless Connect, Veterans Pro Bono Consortium and Stand Down for Homeless Veterans.
The more we focus on veterans, the more we understand their issues — homelessness, legal issues, family issues — the better we can serve them. - Javier Centonzio
CASI JOY MCCALL, ’12 - PROMISING YOUNG PROFESSIONAL AWARD, 2017 McCall (who goes by the stage name of Casi Joy), competed in season 12 of NBC’s “The Voice” as a member of Blake Shelton’s team. McCall moved from Smithville, Mo., to Nashville, Tenn., to pursue her music career and is now touring the country to promote her album, “Love on Repeat.” When she returns home to visit family, McCall wows the hometown crowd singing the “National Anthem” for the Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs and Sporting Kansas City.
You hear it all the time, but it’s true. No matter what, never ever give up on your dreams.
- Casi Joy McCall
THE MARLOWE SHERWOOD MEMORIAL SERVICE AWARD RECOGNIZES PARK UNIVERSITY ALUMNI VOLUNTEER SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY AND/OR CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS.
JOSEPH H. GEETER III ’99 - MARLOWE SHERWOOD MEMORIAL SERVICE AWARD, 2017 When he’s not advocating for veterans, the former Park Board of Trustees member is a corporate human resources manager at AmeriGas Propane Inc. in King of Prussia, Pa., where he’s worked for 17 years. Geeter’s can-do spirit inspires all who are fortunate to benefit from his life wisdom: “Believe in yourself. There are people who want you to be successful. Find them. They’re out there. And always look for ways to serve others.”
The values of the Marine Corps — honor, courage and commitment — resonate with me every day. They’re core values for my life,
- Joseph Geeter
MICHAEL WOOLSTRUM, ’12 - MARLOWE SHERWOOD MEMORIAL SERVICE AWARD, 2017 Woolstrum, a resident of Round Rock, Texas, is the founder and chief executive officer of Touch International Corp., a provider of custom touch screen display solutions, and serves as senior pastor of Bible Baptist Church in Pflugerville, Texas. Woolstrum is also is board member for Century Charities, a global nonprofit that coordinates retreats and resources for communities in need, including opening K-12 schools in Texas, California, Oklahoma, Mexico and Thailand.
Every facet of my life is focused on investing in people to make a meaningful difference.
- Michael Woolstrum
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Join us for Homecoming 2019 on September 19-21. The annual Alumni Awards Banquet will be the evening of September 19.
Park Opens Two New Campuses GILBERT, ARIZONA
This past summer, Park University opened its newest campus in the
In August 2017, Park University opened its Lenexa (Kan.) Campus at
Heritage District of Gilbert, Ariz. Initially, the Gilbert Campus will offer
the Lenexa City Center within Lenexa City Hall. The Lenexa Campus,
evening and weekend classes. with both undergrad and graduate
the first Park campus in Kansas, offers evening and weekend classes
degree programs. Beginning Fall 2019, traditional daytime students will
for undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs. The building also
be welcomed to campus for traditional 16-week terms. In addition,
houses the Lenexa Public Market, a food hall and market.
Park athletics in Gilbert will be known as the Buccaneers. Several varsity sports, including volleyball, soccer, baseball, softball and basketball will compete in the NAIA.
Park University has 42 campuses nationwide, including 33 on military installations. With locations across the country and programs available online around the world, WE ARE WHERE YOU ARE! 13
Night at the Helm 2018 I have the privilege “ of watching brilliance
take shape in so many students’ lives. Tonight, you get to see what inspires me every day. - Greg Gunderson President, Park University
Park University President Greg Gunderson welcomed guests to Park’s annual fundraising celebration on June 6 at the National World War I Museum and Memorial. “As president of our great University, I take my role in charting the course for leadership very seriously. One of my primary responsibilities is to demonstrate what it means to be a humble and collaborative servant leader. But tonight? Tonight? I am going to brag,” he said. Event proceeds benefited three points of pride for the University: the Park Global Warrior Center, the International Center for Music and the School of Business. Guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dessert, and a special performance by Park ICM graduate student Kenny Broberg, the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition silver medalist.
Edith and Benny Lee visit with President Greg Gunderson Kevin and Jeanette Prenger, ‘09 (honorary event chairs), Vince Clark (Night at the Helm committee chair) and Julie Clark.
Cyprienne Simchowitz, President Greg Gunderson and Jerry White
Members of the Night at the Helm Committee: Troy Teague, Lisa Hickok, Kimberlee Ried, M.A.C.L., ’16, and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Richard Keller.
President Greg Gunderson, Laurie Gunderson, Bobbie and Jim Cornelius
Pianist Kenny Broberg, Park ICM graduate student and Van Cliburn International Piano Competition silver medalist.
Park ICM student musicians Kenny Broberg, pianist, and Laurel Gagnon, violinist, who placed fourth at the Singapore International Violin Competition.
ership urse for Lead C h a r ting the Co
Michael Collins, ’04, (past Park University Board of Trustees chair), Lorraine Moore (Park University development director) and Anthony Melchiorri, ’90 (member of Park’s Board of Trustees, U.S. Air Force veteran, and creator and host of the Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible” and “Extreme Hotels”).
2018 NIGHT AT THE HELM PREMIER SPONSORS
Kearney Wornall Foundation UMB Bank, N.A., Trustee
President Greg Gunderson and Chief Master Sgt. (Ret., U.S. Air Force) Robert Dandridge, ‘04
Student ambassadors Margarita Araiza, ’18, Sarah Zitter, Haley Weatherford, ’18, and Ryan Zitter, ’18, with President Greg Gunderson at Night at the Helm.
ECCO Select Cerner Corporation Vince and Julie Clark David E. Ross Construction Foutch Brothers LLC JE Dunn Construction Company Kansas City Chiefs Kauffman Foundation, Muriel McBrien McCownGordon Construction LLC John and Marny Sherman White-Simchowitz Family Charitable Fund 15
Golf Scramble 2017
View of the 18th hole and the clubhouse at The National Golf Club of Kansas City.
The winning “A Flight” team: Jerod King, Alex Thornton, Mike Martin and Paul Mayo with Claude English (center), Park University’s director of athletics.
2017 GOLF SCRAMBLE PREMIER SPONSORS
BankLiberty Enterprise Husch Blackwell
McRuer CPAs Siemens
The second place “A Flight” team: Willie Wilson, Deron Cherry Jr., Vic Dyson and Bob Kendrick, ‘85.
ACS Building Services Martin Marietta BKD LLP McCownGordon Construction Burns & McDonnell Ricoh Charlie Hustle LLC UMB Bank Cigna Walz Tetrick Advertising Have Nathan help pick two additional photos. JE Dunn Construction 16
Mart Litzau, Dan Durrer, ’04, Kyle Durrer and Bob Martin take part in a pirate-themed photo.
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Nathan Marticke, chief advancement officer, auctions off a private performance by Kenny Broberg, ICM graduate student and Van Cliburn International Piano Competition silver medalist, during Night at the Helm.
Diversity of Giving JULY 1, 2017 - JUNE 30, 2018
Diversity of Donors JULY 1, 2017 - JUNE 30, 2018
Business/Corporation Alumni Other Individual Other Non-Individual Foundation
10% 17% 22% 23% 28%
New Estate Intentions Gifts in Kind Pledges Cash
Fundraising Success the Past Three Years JULY 1, 2017 - JUNE 30, 2018
$4,284,810.33 $4,284,810.33 $4,000,000 $4,000,000
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Park University Honor Roll
The collective generosity of Park University donors enables modern and relevant education for students all over the world. Every gift of every size makes a difference. Park University’s Honor Roll acknowledges all donors at varying levels during the fiscal year. This Impact Report recognizes all gifts received between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018. Park’s Office of University Advancement has made every effort to ensure accuracy. If you believe corrections or additions are needed, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (816) 584-6200
FIDES ET LABOR Gifts totaling $100,000 or more Edward F. Swinney Trust Louise Morden The Sunderland Foundation
1875 CLUB Gifts totaling $25,000 to $99,000 Charlie Beech, ’67 Estate of Deanna Medlin Armstrong, ’70 Estate of Mary Lou Wood Heart of America Patriot Foundation Kearney Wornall Charitable Trust and Foundation The Enochs Family Foundation Fund Ronald and Phyllis Nolan
CLOCK TOWER CLUB Gifts totaling $10,000 to $24,999 Paul H. Gault, ’60, M.P.A. ’88 Max W. Greer Jr., ’70 Joe Lewis Jefferson Foundation Benny and Edith Lee Lockton Companies Inc. Missouri Colleges Fund Inc. Carlos Riojas Steven and Evelina Swartzman The Pierson Foundation U.S. Bank Foundation UMB Financial Corporation Kathryn Anne Willson, ’56
A new Park graduate showing her Park colors at the May 2018 Kansas City Area Commencement.
Members of Park University’s baseball team support the women’s soccer team at Julian Field.
CARILLION CLUB Gifts totaling $5,000 to $9,999 BankLiberty BNSF Foundation John and Judy Brown Cerner Corporation Vince and Julie Clark David E. Ross Construction Co. ECCO Select Foutch Brothers LLC Greg + and Laurie Gunderson JE Dunn Construction Company Kansas City Chiefs Karbank Real Estate Co. Dean, ’53, and Charlotte Larrick Master Craftsmen Foundation McCownGordon Construction LLC Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation Ujinobu Niwa, ’48 William and Linda Lawton Perry, both ’67 Saranna Temple Living Trust John and Marny Sherman R. David Wentz White-Simchowitz Family Charitable Fund Julie M. Wilson
Before and after photos of the Pirate Café renovation in Thompson Commons on the University’s Parkville Campus.
CANARY AND WINE CLUB Gifts totaling $1,000 to $4,999 ACS Building Services Albert A. Dusing Living Trust Allan J. Katz and Nancy E. Cohn Charitable Fund Alexandr and Manana Arakelov Argeo Hospitality Asian American Chamber Commerce Kay Barnes + Ivan and Karla Batlle Bell Road Barn Players Erik Bergrud, M.P.A. ’94 +, and Kimberlee Ried, M.A.C.L. ’16 BKD LLP John Blair, x65 Robert Dodds and Deana Bland-Dodds, ’89 BlueScope Foundation Brian + and Lori Bode Lynn, ’61, and Kay Oates Bondurant, x62 Ed and Margaret Bradley Donald and Sandy Breckon Burns & McDonnell Gregory Scott Byard, M.P.A. ’97 Charlie Hustle LLC David and Laure Christensen, ’16 + CIGNA Robert and Shirley Miller Clark, ’61
Laurie Gunderson, wife of President Greg Gunderson, visits with attendees at the 2018 Alumni Awards Banquet. James, ’56, and Phyllis Dawson Cobb, ’58 Comfort Investments LLC James, ’56, and Mary Hay Cooke, ’55 Brian and Prudence Danforth John S. Dean + Matthew J. deMayo, ’10 + Betty Dusing + Roger + and Darla Dusing Enterprise Holdings Foundation Enterprise Rent-A-Car Dennis and Ann Fisher Kristopher Flint, ’97, and Ellis Greenspon David and Beth Fowler Jack, ’54, and Barbara Hays Fowler, ’55 Karen R. Frankenfeld, ’59 Joseph H. Geeter III, ’99
CANARY AND WINE CLUB Gifts totaling $1,000 to $4,999 (continued) Global Plains Advisory Group Inc. Fredric and Shirley Stith Gnau, both ’64 Courtney Goddard + John A. Gondring, ’64 Goodenberger Family Administrative Trust Stephen and Suzzette Griffith David R. Hackathorn, ’67 Calvin and Martha Harris, ’93 Helix Architecture + Design Henry E. Wurst Family Foundation Brian, ’86, and Nadienne Hoffman, ’03 Paul, ’59, and Sandra Houghtaling Husch Blackwell LLP Mary Lou Jaramillo, ’92, M.P.A. ’96 George F. Johnson, ’63 Donald, ’69, and Carol Johnston Pete, ’71, and Kelly Kale Richard Keller Kendallwood Investment LLC Brad Kleindl + Arthur, ’65, and Susan Kluge Stephen and Ellen Kort Lathrop & Gage Linda E. McFarland Charitable Fund
Edmund Loew, x55 Richard Loraine and Donna Trelease Loraine, ’75 Louise Poole Family Fund Donald and Barbara MacDonald Marcia S. Karbank and Joseph T. Smuckler Fund Marjory Louise Rodgers Rice Charitable Trust Mark One Electric Co. Nathan, M.A.C.L. ’10 +, and Crystal Marticke Martin & Company LLC Martin Marietta Virginia B. McCoy Richard, ’73, and Susan Kensett McGaughey, ’74 Jeff McKinney, ’81 McRuer CPAs Scott and Judy McRuer Midwest Construction Services Ricki Lee Moran, ’11 Michael and Elizabeth Weese Muncal, ’05 Robert C. Myers, ’61 Bruce E. Patterson, ’68 Timothy and Andrea Lang Pelton, both ’70
Rosemary Fry Plakas, ‘63 Audrey J. Pollard, ’49 Roger S. Rikkola, ’65 Andrew and Emily Sallee + James and Susan Scheib Baerbel E. Schiller Delphine M. Sefcik Thomas A. Shoffner Jerry White and Cyprienne Simchowitz Shane B. Smeed + Donovan N. Smith Jr., ’56 Joann E. Smith, ’50 Jacqueline Snyder Straub Construction Veterans of Foreign Wars of U.S. Eric, ’82, M.P.A. ’85, and Kerri Wade Gary and Lynette Wages William Jr., ’71, and Karen Walinow Walz Tetrick Advertising James E. Wark, ’96 David and Julie Warm WB Family Offices Jimmie L. Weigand + Jack, ’59, and Marjorie Crabtree Wells, ’60 Timothy C. Westcott + Philip and Carol Groundwater Wheeler, both ’62
PARKITE CLUB Gifts totaling $100 to $999
Frank H. Aikmus III, ’95 James and Carolyn Jansen Alexander, both ’53 Alexander Open Systems All Season Roofing LLC Harriet Allgood, ’47 Stephen B. Allison, ’69 Lorna Amundson, x58 Brad C. Anderson Anderson Law LLC Kenneth, ’74 and Patsy Andrews Manuel T. Arcos, ’77 Jose III, ’06, and Carmelita Arispe Douglas and Catherine Atkins Sianna Aumua AVI Systems David, ’58, and Sandra Axon Eva Bachman, ’80 Back Office Brigade LLC Donna D. Baker, ’03, MBA ’04 + Renee Baker Robert N. Baker, ’44 Patrick Pound and Theresa Baker, ’75
Sharon E. Barekman, ’13 Barnes Baker Automotive Group Inc. Elizabeth Barnett, ’41 Iris Barreto Goldberg Martin, ’92, and Peggy Barron Charles, ’63, and Ruth Barton Linton Bayless and Sara Deubner Nancy S. Baysinger Irvin and Sue Belzer Bender Family Charitable Gift Fund Sharon K. Bendure Theodore, ’71, and Mary West Betsch, ’72 Brad Biles + Eric Blair, M.P.A. ’06 + Blevins and Bradbury Inc. Clint, ’71, and Joyce Blithe Rick J. Blount, ’84 Rick and Sharon Bolte Iris T. Bonapart, ’98 Kara Bouillette Melvin A. Bowie, ’76
Recent graduates Alayna Howard, ‘18, and Arber Dumani, ‘18, and Park University Assistant Director of Academic Support Services and Disability Services Coordinator Florenda Jarrard, receive the Louisa Davidson Hinde / Carolyn Hinde Zarkaryan Memorial Award at Honors Convocation 2018. Edward F. Box Jacob T. Brandvold Aron Branson Pauline Brock, ’13 Lerone, ’97, and Charlene Brown Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Haley J. Buckholz Jill Bunting Joseph, ’90, and Kimberly Burger Robert and Beverly Burns William L. Byrd, ’86 Arthur M. Campbell, ’43
Kelly A. Campbell Robert and Beverly Somerville Cantine, both ’62 Jim Carr Sheila A. Carr, ’05 Karen R. Carter, ’64 LaSonja Z. Cavness, ’09 Ruth M. Chiga, ’67 Shelby Clark Georgiana M. Cleverley, ’01 Gary, ’70, and Cathy Cobb Gaye Cohen DeAndre Conley, ’14 Donald, ’49 and Caroline Cook Park University employees and their children enjoy Park’s annual Fright Night celebration on the Parkville Campus that occurs every year around Halloween. The entire event is supported by student, faculty and staff volunteers, and is open to the entire community.
PARKITE CLUB Gifts totaling $100 to $999 (continued) Rochelle E. Coronado, ’14 Kenneth D. Courtney Lynn Craghead Mary Crowther Cruise Holiday of Kansas City James, ’83, and Jeanne Crum Edward and Marilyn Curtis Wilbur D. Curtis, ’96 John Czarnota, x67 Keith M. Dailey, ’00 Dairy Farmers of America Page and Beverly Reece Dame, ’67 Augustin, ’83, and Kyong Davila Daniel L. Davis Johnny R. Davis, ’93 Kathryn A. Davis Terry L. Davis Woody and Louise Davis James T. Deacon, ’14 Rebecca Derks H. Jack Derry Lindsey D. Derry, ’15 Tanya H. Deskins, ’76 John and Nancy Dillingham Hugh G. Stocks and Laurie N. DiPadova-Stocks + Jeff and Kerry Dishman Michael and Katheen Dodd Daniel Dolphus Andrew K. Dougan Joseph, ’70, and Jan Drew
Mary L. Duncan Roberta Dunlap, ’55 Sherburne W. Dunn, MPA ’90 William A. Easter, ’12 Eaton Corporation Elizabeth and Greg Maday Family Foundation Carolyn Elwess, ’71 + Epic Electric Service Corp. Brynn Everist Lora Lynn Fendlason, ’58 Margarett A. Fields, ’73 Adrian Flores, ’13 Carmen E. Flores, ’00 Ronald, ’75, and Karen Fory David, ’61, and Anita Ferrer Foulk, ’63 Carol S. Fowler Frank Lipsman and Janet Mark Donor Advised Fund Robert, ’81, and Karen Frank Arthur, ’65, and Martha Giffen Freeman, ’66 Jennifer L. Freeman, ’12 Theresa Freilich SuEllen Fried, ’75 Peter K. Friedman, ’71 Edwin, ’86, and Helen Friend Beryl Fuller, ’53 John, ’64, and Ruth Garrett Victoria Gassman Geiger Ready-Mix Foundation Fund
Javier Centonzio, ‘09, addresses the audience at the 2018 Park University Alumni Awards banquet after receiving the Promising Young Professional Award. Gerald W. Gillette, ’50 Anthoney, ’99, and Darleen Gilyard, ’10 Donald, ’69, and Linda Good Kelvin J. Goodwine, ’12 Charles J. Gormley, ’12 Myrn J. Gosse Gosse Transportation LLC Norman W. Gourley Jr., ’73 David B. Graham, ’61 Leona M. Graham Granite Telecommunications LLC Jessica Greason + Charles H. Greene, ’14 Alyssa Gregory Jewell L. Gregory, ’55 James, ’49, and Mary Griffes Mary-Eleanore Griffin, ’98 Steven David Guzman, ’16 Eric R. Haas Margaret Helen Hagaman, ’66 Scott + and Beth Hageman Hague Quality Water
James A. Hairston, ’14 Donald J. Hall Frank P. Hamilton + and Marie Corry Gary and Rosemary Hardison Robert T. Harmon, ’73 Nancy Joy Harper, ’10 Jermaine O. Harris, ’15 Sheila W. Harris Edward and Judith Hartegan, ’05 Kaylyn Hathaway Delores Heard, ’51 Hebert Inc. Vincent III and Catherine Allen Heegn, ’94 Roger, ’71, and Mary McHugh Heidt, ’72 Alan B. Helig, ’75 Terrence K. Henry, M.A.C.L. ’13 Janet L. Hickman, ’90 Danielle Hines, ’01 James and Danita Hodges, ’12 + Gregory G. Hoffmann, ’94
A new Park graduate celebrates after the May 2018 Kansas City Area Commencement ceremony.
PARKITE CLUB Gifts totaling $100 to $999 (continued)
Melvin A. Holland Jerome L. Hood, ’79 Fred D. Horn Jr., ’03 Janna R. Horton Raymond G. Horvat, ’89 Robert E. Hoskins, ’74 Robert, ’74 and Margaret Hudson Thomas L. Hunzeker, ’71 Michael W. Hurley, ’70 Leonard Hutchinson Nghia, ’93, and Minh-Quan Huynh, ’02 Maria Iliakova Wayne, ’64, and Marilyn Jackson Stewart, ’76, and Virginia Jaehnig Sonya D. James, ’00 Diane A. Jayne Andrew S. Jenkins JMA Information Technology Inc. Andrew T. Johnson + Robert E Jones Jr., ’95 Judy A. Jordan, ’10 Joshua and Jane Sosland Philanthropic Fund Kenneth, ’89, and Rosalee Justus K & S Associates Inc. Kansas City Chinese Association Jerry B. Kaplan Shannon, ’91, and Kellyn Kellogg Alexander C. Kemper Brian M. Kent, ’13
Diana S. Kilbarger, ’86 Keoni P. Kim, ’14 David H. Kinney, ’76 Curtis, ’71 and Charlotte Kirby Dan and Nancy Kline Susannah L. Knox, ’71 Michael Kyriakos Michael G. La Belle, ’90 LaFerla Family Eyecare OD PC William T. Lakin Raymond Lang, ’85 LaserCycle Smart Purchase Charitable Fund Don and Evelyn Frierson Lawrence, ’90 Roger S. Layman, ’58 John and Melanie Lazor, ’86 James L. Leath, ’93 Randal, ’87, and Elaine LeBlanc Jae, ’96, and Mee Lee Samuel and Judy Leonard Giovanna Linares Eric Lindeman, ’73 Lloyds All Bev Control Inc. Paul, ’72, and Sue Long Rodney Longhofer Malessa Lopez Freeman Roy R. Lorenz, ’79 Aaron D. Lukken Monte Lutz John, ’83, and Susan Williams Lynch, ’94 Christopher C. Madden, ’91 Main Street Parkville Association James M. Malouff III Edward and Jody Manchion, ’99 Harper M. Manley
Richard and Juanita March Ken and Erika Marker Larry and Jennie Marks Claudia M. Martinez, ’17 Gregory, ’96, and Carla Mason Michael, ’77, and Nancy Mason Joseph, ’68, and Linda Traphagen Mastrangelo, x70 Lloyd and Terri Osuga Matsumoto, ’67 Daniel, ’85, and Linda Mattox Michael S. Mattson, ’94 Rita A. Maynard, ’55 Sally E. McAfee John and Debra McArthur + Lisa McCormick, ’83 Gregory and Ligia Bramlett McDonald, both ’93 Robert, ’56, and Mary McGowan Joel, ’55, and Carol McKean Doug and Nina McKenna James C. McLaughlin, ’02 Clyde V. McMasters, ’44 John and Jane McMillan Stanford Gerber and Linda McShann Gerber, ’00, MPA ’03 David J Meatyard, ’93 Merrill LLC Charles, ’79, and Sandra Merwin Ann Mesle Amy S. Meyer Robert, ’56, and Marcia Miller Charles, ’64, and Sandra Minert Rebecca Miratsky, ’14 Kenneth A. Mitchell, ’11 Michelle J. Mize
PARKITE CLUB Gifts totaling $100 to $999 (continued) MJ Services Inc. Gerard A. Monks, ’91 Dana L. Montgomery Anthony David Moore, ’13 Richard N. Moore, ’70 Susan Moore William W. Morgan, ’81 Ora L. Mosely, ’83 Annette Munson Michelle Myers + G. Theodore, ’70, and Kathleen Nace Negro Leagues Baseball Museum John Nelams, ’81 Michael Newmyer, ’74 NextPage Inc. John C. Nickell, ’08 Lynda K. Noel Roger Frank Nordquist, ’55 Angela K. Novak George, ’57, and Cynthia James Null, ’58 Earl T. O’Loughlin, ’73 Brian, ’97, and Marella O’Neil Milton, ’77, and Theresa O’Quinn Phyllis M. Parker Parkville Chamber of Commerce Parkville Presbyterian Church Frank, ’53, and Jeanette Patterson Thomas L. Pearcy Sr, ’76 Eugene L. D. Pearson, ’82 Walter Pearson, ’90 James, ’65, and Sandra Peeke Laura Perin Faustine Perrin Vincent A. Phillips Sr. John Thomas Pieklik, ’99 Emery D. Pinkston, ’82 Richard Plocica, ’77, and Gloria Reyes-Monroy W. Gregory + and Michele Plumb PMF Sales LLC Stephen, ’66, and Elizabeth Poole Port KC Susan and Charles Porter Craig A. Porter Darrell G. Porter, ’90 Sam and Nancy Rohlfing Potter, both ’66 Adam Potthast + Ergys Prenika, ’05 Anton Joseph Price Jr., ’71
Richard and Catherine Draper Prickett, x52 Hanh Van Quach, ’79 Patricia Wilson Quillen, x51 George F. Randall, ’94 Dossie Randle Jr., ’93 Mazeli Rangel Tammy Adonna Reid, ’91 Jeffery T. Reimche, ‘09 Robert D. Renton, ’00, MPA ’08 ReShaping Kansas City LLC Patricia E. Rhoades, ’51 William J. Richards Jr., ’94 Mae L. Ridges, ’01 Ridgley Leasing Company LLC Saundra M. Ripper, ’98 Darwin M. Rivera, ’04, MBA ’07 Riverside Chamber of Commerce Steven P. Rodermund, ’78 Eduardo Rodriguez Jr., ’07 Oliva U. Rodriguez, ’01 Stanley and Annelle Hauetter Rogers, ’60 Wayne, ’64, and Nanci Rogers Nancy Rogge Ron and Sheryl Davidow Charitable Fund Jacqueline Rose, ‘72 Anthony, ’80, and Linda Barnes Ross, ’84 Gary, ’67, and Trudy Henderson Ross, ‘66 Peter C. Rothberg, ’66 Lester, ’70, and Maria Ruark Tom, ’59, and Beulah Rule Blair, ’73, and Karen Russell John R. Russell Paul M. Russell and Beryl Raff Dan Sakata Ed and Kristen Salpas Shelley P. Samuels, ’93 Chris Saullo, ’04 James W. Saunders, ’78 Greg Lattig and Jill Saunders, ’93 Karie Beth Schaefer, ’06, MACL ’12 Barbara Schaible, ’56 Salvatore L. Schembri, ’76 Elizabeth M. Schmidt + Rose Schneeberger, ’87 Jerry L. Schrader, ’57 Velma J. Schuster, ’44
Darrell John Scott, ‘82 Tyrin D. Scott William Gillespie and Terry Seelye-Gillespie, ’65 Raymond and Marjorie Severin Stan Shaffer Brian Shawver + Efrem B. Shimlis, ’97 + Gordon and Betty Flabb Shull, ’47 Angela Marie Siefkes, ’97 Siemens Industry Inc. Charlie L. Smith + and Mariann McCormally Edith E. Smith, ‘94 Leslie H. Smith Sr., ’85 Leviolet A. Snow, ’74 Sodexo and Affiliates Sosland Foundation Gordon Lynn Sparlin, ’99 SPCAA George C. Spence, ‘’00 Spencer Fane LLP Thomas W. Stachowski Jr., ’91 Macondray J. Steiger, ’72 Stephen and Ellen Kort Family Fund Pamela E. Stewart, ’88 William, ’66, and Linda Stewart Richard Street, ’62, and Mercedes Ayala-Street Steven and Lisa Strong Corinne Stupar Susken Inc. Frederick, ’69, and Somjit Swain
Park University’s mascot, “Sir George,” rides the KC Streetcar in Kansas City, Mo.
PARKITE CLUB Gifts totaling $100 to $999 (continued) Carl E. Swanson III, ’93 Sharon H. Swartzman Donald A. Tapscot, ’72 Rashone Janelle Tate, ’91 Gillis M. Taylor, ’01 Teague Lumber Company Inc. Philip and Kari Teixeira Bert J. Terrazas, ‘87 Charles Tetrick Judith L. Tharp, ’63 The Pittman Group Rick and Sandy Thode Bernice J. Thompson, ’58 Timothy, ’93, and Tammy Thompson Warren, ’69, and Verna Thompson Dennis W. Tighe Tim Chelpaty Inc. Steve Tingler Toma and Andy Wolff Donor Advised Fund Trezo Mare Ristorante Karen Trotter Russ Trout UGI Corporation Unitas Global Kansas City Inc. Lindsey N.Vest, ’15 Maureen O.Viall, ’83 Roger and Lorraine Fleming Wagner, ’66 Fred H. Wake III, ’87 Richard Wolf, ’93, and Mishca Waliczek, ’95 Daley and Dixie Walker Steven, ’76, and Janet Walker
Military students utilize the Park Global Warrior Center to access computers, study, interact with fellow military and veterans, and receive academic and career guidance from the PGWC staff.
Laurel Gagnon, ‘17, and current graduate student in Park University’s International Center for Music, placed fourth at the 2018 Singapore International Violin Competition.
Park University Tribute Gifts in Honor of IN HONOR OF MONICA N. BRAVO
IN HONOR OF KENNETH BROBERG
Steven and Evelina Swartzman
IN HONOR OF MARCIA LYNNE CANNAL, ’17
IN HONOR OF CLAUDE ENGLISH
Daniel, ’04, M.H.A. ’15, and Bethany Durrer
IN HONOR OF DAROLD W. FARLESS SR.
Darold Farless, ’73
IN HONOR OF JAMES C. FLAHERTY, ’71
Cheryl Blumenthal-Olvera; Carolyn Elwess, ’71Norman W. Gourley Jr., ’73; Floyd G. Hastings; Susannah L. Knox, ’71; Linda J. Morrow; Mike Shanahan; Mable K. Shibley and Brenda G. Smith
IN HONOR OF KAROLTON W. SEFCIK, ’78
Delphine M. Sefcik
IN HONOR OF EVELINA SWARTZMAN
Gaye Cohen; Mary Crowther; Elizabeth and Greg Maday Family Foundation; Brynn Everist; Alexander C. Kemper; Laura Perin; Dave and Carol Porter; Ron and Barbra Hill Charitable Foundation; Stan Shaffer; Sharon H. Swartzman and Toma and Andy Wolff Donor Advised Fund
IN HONOR OF TIMOTHY CHARLES WESTCOTT
Rosemary Fry Plakas, ’63
IN HONOR OF JAY NEWTON WHITE
IN HONOR OF JERRY WHITE AND CYPRIENNE SIMCHOWITZ
Frank Lipsman and Janet Mark Donor Advised Fund
IN HONOR OF VIRGINIA JUNKERT
Gregory G. Hoffmann, ’94
IN HONOR OF MEGAN E. KLEIN
IN HONOR OF STEPHEN KORT
Ron and Sheryl Davidow Charitable Fund
IN HONOR OF WILLIAM H. LAWS
Dana M. Autry
IN HONOR OF MICHAEL NEWBURGER, ’70
Bell Road Barn Players
IN HONOR OF LYDIA M. PARKER
IN HONOR OF WILLIAM C. PIVONKA
Roger, ’71 and Mary McHugh Heidt, ’72
IN HONOR OF ERGYS PRENIKA, ’05
Anxhelina Prenika, ’08
IN HONOR OF JON RITTERBUSH
Park University Provost Michelle Myers presents Joseph Kubec, adjunct instructor of finance and management, with a plaque as part of the Office of Academic Affairs Celebrates Excellence campaign.
Park University Tribute Gifts in Memory of IN MEMORY OF DEANNA ARMSTRONG, ,70
Gary and Cynthia Batliner; Bell Road Barn Players; Sherry Cady; Michael and Katheen Dodd; Paul H. Gault, ’60, MPA ’88; Kathleen A. Hermes; Joanne E. Jenkins; Richard and Juanita March; Harriet A. McGarvey; Jean L. Parrish H. and JoAnn Tognascioli; Susan K. White and Cecelia Witt
IN MEMORY OF ED BRADLEY
4-D Ranch LLC; Joseph and Edie Ballweg; Margaret J. Bradley; Donald and Sandy Breckon; Arthur L. Brown;Sheila A. Carr, ’05; Jill Connaghan; Dairy Farmers of America; John Ferrell; Dennis and Ann Fisher;Victoria Gassman; Paul H. Gault, ’60, MPA ’88; Mary C. Godfrey; Sheila W. Harris; Connie K. Janulewicz; Andrew S. Jenkins; Betty Knight; Timothy O. Kristl; Kathy Lewis; Charlene Madden; Main Street Parkville Association; M. F. Morrison; Jack W. Muhs; Parkville Chamber of Commerce;Craig A. Porter; ProPrint Inc.; Riverside Chamber of Commerce: Jincy Trotter; Karen Trotter; Marsha VanDever; Colleen H. Waechter; Lorraine Wolf; and Martha L. Zirschky, ’81
IN MEMORY OF WALDO Y. BURGER JR., ’42
Amy S. Meyer
IN MEMORY OF ROBERT P. CORBETT, ’38
Cynthia J. Austin; Donald and Sandy Breckon; Marcia J. Corbett; Paul H. Gault, ’60, MPA ’88; and Joyce Gosnell
IN MEMORY OF PAUL DANFORTH, ’56
Brian and Prudence Danforth; H. Edward and Nancy Foote; William S. Luhman, ’56
IN MEMORY OF SEYMOUR IRA GOLDBERG, ’67
IN MEMORY OF RICK MILLS
Edward and Jody Manchion, ’99; Raymond and Marjorie Severin
IN MEMORY OF CHARLES REX PATTERSON
Barnes Baker Automotive Group Inc.; Bill Zang Concrete Construction; Debbie Combs; Mary L. Crawford; Richard Darrah; H. Jack Derry; Laura L. Ewing; Sabra K. Ferguson; Carol S. Fowler; Lee Ann Haack; Home Exchange Bank; Mary E. Johnson; Monte Lutz; Cindy Moeller; Kathy A. Nolke; Pamela Norris; Jim Roy; Carolyn M. Schmidt; Paige Somerville; Laurie Stevenson; James Still; Steve Tingler and Becky S.Vincent
IN MEMORY OF RULON ROSE
Brian and Cheryl Cowley, ’05
IN MEMORY OF JOHN K. SEFCIK, ’50
Delphine M. Sefcik
IN MEMORY OF ROBERT MORRILL SMITH, ’49
Joann E. Smith, ’50
IN MEMORY OF TAMMY LYNN STEWART
Edward and Jody Manchion, ’99
IN MEMORY OF MARTHA TERRAZAS
Bert J. Terrazas, ’87
IN MEMORY OF RUTH WETMORE, ’56
Iris Barreto Goldberg
Robert, ’52, and Gail McMahon Batchelor, ’56
IN MEMORY OF APRIL HACKATHORN, ’69
IN MEMORY OF LUKE RYAN WILLIAMS
David R. Hackathorn, ’67
Raymond and Marjorie Severin
IN MEMORY OF WILLIAM EDWARD JOHNSON, ’63
IN MEMORY OF SAMUEL DAVID WILLIAMS
John and Debra McArthur
IN MEMORY OF JAMIE RUTH KYRIAKOS
IN MEMORY OF JOYCE LOEW, ’56
Edmund Loew, x55
IN MEMORY OF NICHOLAS E. MANCHION
Edward and Jody Manchion, ’99; Raymond and Marjorie Severin
Raymond and Marjorie Severin
IN MEMORY OF JAMES G. WILLSON, ’56
Kathryn Anne Willson, ’56
Park University Club 1000 Ed and Peggy Bradley (Friends) Missouri
Mark (Former Trustee) and Mimi Comfort
Dennis (Trustee) and Ann Fisher Missouri
Joseph H. Geeter III ’99 (Former Trustee) Pennsylvania
Global Plains Advisory Group Inc Kansas
Nicholas Goralske, ’15
Greg (President) and Laurie Gunderson
Kian and Judith Shafe (Former Trustee) Missouri
Shane (Staff) and Angela Smeed Missouri
Donovan N. Smith Jr., ’56 (Former Trustee) Missouri
Macondray Steiger, ’72 California
Bert Terrazas, ’87 Texas
Bernice J. Thompson, ’58 (Former Trustee) Missouri
Eric ,82, ,85 (Trustee), and Kerri Wade Kansas
William R. Walinow Jr. ’71, and Karen D. Walinow Georgia
David (Trustee) and Julie Warm Missouri
Jack N. ’59, and Marjorie C. Wells, ’60 Tennessee
Philip (Former Trustee) and Carol Wheeler, both ’62 Arizona
Donald Johnston, ’69 Hawaii
Pete, ’71 (Former Trustee), and Kelly Kale Virginia
Marty, ’73, and Valerie Kirsch Florida
Dean, ’53, and Charlotte Larrick Missouri
Bernice J. Collins Thompson, ’58, earned a bachelor’s degree in social work at Park University and was awarded Park’s Distinguished Alumna Award in 1993. She served two terms as a member of Park’s Board of Trustees.
Nathan, ’10 (Staff), and Crystal Marticke Missouri
Jeff McKinney, ’81 (Former Trustee) Texas
Joe Melookaran (Former Trustee) Kansas
Louise Morden (Honorary Trustee) New York
Elizabeth, ’05, and Michael Muncal Arizona
Timothy and Andrea (Lang) Pelton, both ’70 Connecticut
William (Trustee) and Linda Perry, both’67 Texas
Rosemary Plakas (Trustee) ’63 Virginia
Audrey J. Pollard, ’49 Kansas
Park University Howard Bailey McAfee Heritage Society * Deceased Hazel Adams, ’27 * Deanna Medlin Armstrong, ’70 * Robert Bryan Armstrong Noble I. Ayers * Clifford E. Backstrom, ’32 * Evelyn Dahlstrom Backstrom, ’33 * Rev. David Laird Barclay, ’53 * Phyllis B. Bayer Richard C. Bayer, ’54 * Roger E. Bell, ’78 John A. Bennett, ’50 * Eliot S. Berkley * James F. Bigalow, ’39 * Dorothy E. Blackman * Ralph E. Blackman, ’31 * John E. Blalack, ’82 Robert B. Booth, ’68 Rutheloise Borchardt * Donald J. Breckon Sandy Breckon Ethel M. Metheny Bricker, ’44 * Frances Neil Broadhurst, ’42 * William B. Bruch Virginia Bruch, ’97 H. Hildreth Buterbaugh, ’65 Anita B. Butler Beverley Byers-Pevitts Vincent Campanella * Beverly Somerville Cantine, ’62 Robert R. Cantine, ’62 Mae Cariddi * James G. Cariddi, ’49 * James L. Cobb, ’56 Phyllis Dawson Cobb, ’58 Mark Comfort Mimi Comfort Mary Alice Corbett * Robert P. Corbett, ’38 Anna M. Cory John C. Cory, ’42 * William Cozort, ’57 * Martha A. Crockett James E. Crockett, ’45 George T. Croskey, ’40 * Tamas Gyorik DeSalanky, ’69 * Katheen Dodd Michael Dodd Ruthann Crinkelmeyer Donahue, ’64 Michael Droge Molly A. Droge
Kenneth Eason, ’32 * Betty Eason, ’33 * Richard M. Eberst, ’69 Charles J. Edwards, ’42 * Bonnie Wallace Epperson, ’70 Dennis Epperson, ’69 Lorretta Jeanie Ferguson, ’87 John Ferguson Herman Fischer * Marion Tollaksen Fischer, ’33 * Karen Peters Frankenfeld, ’59 Arthur B. Freeman, ’65 * Audrey H. Freeman * Beryl Fuller, ’53 Sylvia Helms Gault, ’60 * Paul H. Gault, ’60, MPA ’88 Steven F. Gebert, ’92 * Doris McClatchey Gerner, ’51 * James P. Gerner, ’52 * John F. Gibby, ’49 Mabel Gibby, ’45 Ricky C. Godbolt, ’93 Courtney Goddard Malcolm J. Good, ’39 * Josephine Barni Green, ’33 * Kathryn Houghton Groves, ’31 * William P. Guilkey, ’97 Edwin E. Hancock, ’34 * Margaret Hancock, ’34 * Oradelle Malan Havey, ’32 * Gwendolyn Hawks Christine Ann Hayward, ’65 Loucile Mayhew Heckman, ’33 * John Heckman * Carl F. Hedquist, ’37 * Dean Henricksen * Kathryn Henricksen Alice Hornecker, ’30 * Robert E. Hoskins, ’74 Kenneth Robert Hougland, ’49 * Eva Mae Tyree Hougland, ’50 * Doris A. Howell, ’44 Thom H. Hunter, ’42 * Ruth Rinehart Hunter, ’44 * Joan Ioannidis Mary Lou Jaramillo, ’92, MPA ’96 Richard W. Johnson, ’69 Theresa Johnson Katharine Cox Jones * Louise Mann Juergens, ’27 * Pete Kale, ’71 Fred R. Kenower, ’25 *
James Kensett * Lenore Brownlee Kensett, ’48 * Arthur H. Kensler * Joyce Kensler, ’88 * Diana Kilbarger, ’86 Arthur F. Kluge, ’65 Lorene Metheny Knight, ’39 * William R. Knight, ’39 * Eleanor Woulfe Krumbiegel, ’67 Anne L. Wickham Lane, ’91 Dean Demotte Larrick, ’53 Cathy R. Lennon Patricia L. Sapp Lutz, ’44 * Ora Mae Lyle * Edward F. Lyle, ’25 * Kenneth MacDonald, ’33 * Margaret Haner MacDonald, ’34 * Ruth Yoakum Mackenzie, ’33 * Donald M. Mackenzie, ’33 * Harriss Cleland Malan, ’28 * Michael John Mangus, ’95 * Donald H. Martin, ’45 * Margaret Nichols Martin, ’47 * Royce Martin * Robert E. Martin, ’50 Dorothy May Kenneth B. McAfee * Hugh B. McAfee, ’41 * Mary Ann Sackville McAfee, ’42 *
Park University graduates celebrate becoming new alumni following one of the University’s commencement ceremonies.
Gwendolyn Grant, ’94, president and chief executive officer of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, presented the keynote address at Park University’s May 2018 Kansas City Area Commencement.
HERITAGE SOCIETY (continued) Helen H. McClusky * Howard Y. McClusky, ’21 * Virginia B. McCoy Diane K. McDowell David W. McDowell, ’60 * Maria E. McGregor Neal L. McGregor, ’89, MAR ’92 Marcia S. Miller Robert Clinton Miller, ’56 Milton H. Mohler * Ferne Mohler * Margaret Ann Monahan * Rita Monahan David F. Monchusie, ’00 Thomas R. Mooney, ’67 * John M. Moore, ’25 * Margaret Whiteside Moore, ’27 * Louise Morden Cameron H. Morrison * Robert Myers, ’61 Florence A. Ito Naylor, ’65 Michael Newburger, ’70 Jessie Craig Obert, ’31 * Andrea Lang Pelton, ’70 Timothy Pelton, ’70 Linda Lawton Perry, ’67 William L. Perry, ’67 Lora Turner Perry, ’40 * Thomas A. Perry, ’34 * Harry Peters, ’35 * Rosena E. Eldridge Peters, ’36 * Robert R. Pevitts Rosemary Fry Plakas, ’63 Barbara Ann Potts, ’54 * Constance Koning Proffitt, ’54 Russell Proffitt, ’55 * Mary Ann Metheny Putman, ’41 *
Park University partnered with The Pack Shack to package 10,000 meals for those who are food insecure.
David V. Quemada Patria Quemada * Thomas A. Ray, ’71 Mary Bess Markward Renken, ’33 * Marjory Louise Rodgers Rice, ’38 * Verna Griffin Richardson, ’55 * Dorothy Riggs, ’30 * Robert M. Riley, ’43 * Betty Ann Meyers Riley, ’45 * Annelle Hauetter Rogers, ’60 Stanley K. Rogers Gerald L. Rushfelt Penelope Tipton Salazar, ’63 Weston T. Sauby * Lucille Crawford Sauby, ’43 * Barbara Moser Schaible, ’56 Winifred Harris Scheib, ’37 * Harold Scheib, ’39 * Charlene Schwenk Schoggen, ’43 * Joe G. Schoggen, ’43 Maxine Spoor Schoggen, ’46 Phil H. Schoggen, ’46 * Robert W. Seamans, ’56 Joseph T. Sefcik, ’43 * Barbara L. Small * Betty G. Snapp Terry Snapp Talma B. Stanley, ’29 * Starfire, ’65 * G. Ross Stephens, ’49 * Hila Richards Stratton, ’35 * James David Stratton * Jerrie McComb Sullenberger, ’45 Willard Franklin Sullenberger, ’45 Mary E. Swallen, ’25 * Stanton A. Taylor * Eleanor McDaniel Taylor, ’54 * Hugh Temple *
Saranna Johnson Temple, ’43 * Bernice J. Collins Thompson, ’58 Tammy M. Thompson Timothy Joel Thompson, ’93 Francis Throw, ’33 * Betty Broadbent Turner, ’31 * Berniece M. Miller Vaughan, ’34 * Constance Vulliamy, ’33 * Gary Wages Lynette Wages Irvine D. Walker, ’32 * Marie Hubbard Walker, ’34 * Clara M. Mariner Wallace, ’26 * Alice W. Winter Waln, ’23 * Charles Walters Dorothy K. King Walters, ’47 Dorla D. Watkins, ’80, MPA ’00 Dorothy J. Harper Watson, ’52 Ann Elizabeth Webb, ’81, MPA ’99 Michael A. Weighill Rita Weighill, ’90 Thomas M. Wells, ’34 * Martha Findlay Welsh, ’27 * Marjorie Jacoby Westmoreland, ’41 * Carol Groundwater Wheeler, ’62 Philip D. Wheeler, ’62 Jim Willson, ’56 * Mary Alice Webb Wilson, ’32 * Jerome W. Wilson, ’33 * June Delores Withers Mary Wolfe * Herbert Snow Wolfe, ’18 *
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