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Charles Smith Scott Observatory MacKay Hall

Findlay - Wakefield Science Hall Chesnut Dormitory Carnegie Library Terrace Cottage Copley Dormitory

Old Alumni Hall

Park College Greenhouses

Alumniad is published three times a year by the Office of University Advancement for Park University alumni and friends. Please send comments and address corrections to: Office of University Advancement, Park University, 8700 N.W. River Park Drive, Parkville, MO 64152; (816) 584-6212; President of Park University Beverley Byers-Pevitts, Ph.D. Vice President for University Advancement Caren Handleman Associate Vice President for Communication Rita Weighill, ’90

Communication Coordinator Summer Evans

Editor Kathy Walker

Mark Braden, ’93, vice president

Staff Liaison Director of Alumni Relations Julie McCollum (816) 584-6206 (800) 488-PARK (7275) (816) 505-5409 fax

Assistant Editor John Dycus

David Oswald, x65, secretary

Alumni Relations Assistant Alisha Coggins, ’03 (816) 584-6207

2005-06 ParkUniversity Alumni Council Jim Peeke, ’65, president

Art Direction Jennifer Henderson Copy Editor Janna Franzwa

Harold Smith, ’44, Ph.D., treasurer, council historian Richard Kelleher, ’02, M.P.A. ’03, parliamentarian Darrel Campbell, ’03

Table of Contents Features

Herr House Dormitory Hilltop House

Thompson Commons President’s Home The White House Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel



Park Goes International From Italy, Albania and Brazil to Taiwan and Poland, Park’s presence on the international scene can’t be missed.


Cover: Library of Congress Remembrances Rosemary Fry Plakas, ’63, HON Ph.D., ’03, has preserved national treasures for 35 years as the nation’s librarian.


Celebrating 130 Years A timeline of events from 1875 to 2005 highlights Park’s history.


Reading by the River Young readers join parents, authors, librarians and Park volunteers at the second annual River Read Children’s Literature Festival.


Record-setting Hoosier Named Basketball Head Coach Jason Kline joins athletics staff.

Departments 12 Campus News 16 2005 Alumni Weekend 18 19 22 25 30 33 Jane Turner Dodson, ’40 Matt Dodson, ’98 Karen Peters Frankenfeld, ’59 Neal McGregor, ’89 Alumniad Advisory Board Donna Bachman, associate professor of art and design

Cathy Colapietro, director of admissions and student financial services Brian Davis, director of administrative services, College for Distance Learning Jerod Dahlgren, sports information director Olga Ganzen, ’99, assistant professor of international education, director of international education and study abroad Caren Handleman, vice president for University Advancement Gary Heisserer, assistant vice president for academic affairs Julie McCollum, director of alumni relations Diana McElroy, director of student life Kathy Walker, editor

Rita Weighill, ’90, associate vice president for communication Cover photo: Rosemary Fry Plakas, ’63, HON Ph.D., ’03, in the Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress, holding American Treasures of the Library of Congress (1979), the exhibit companion book for which she wrote many of the essays. Photo by Katherine Lambert Photography

Photos Support for Park Tribute Gift Recognition In Academia Alumni Class Notes Access to the Arts

For more information about Park University, visit our web site at Park University Mission The mission of Park University, an entreprenurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community. Summer 2005 ‹‹


Alumni and Friends,


If ever an academic year has made immense impressions, then this one could easily be ranked in Park’s top five. Recognition received through a multiplicity of accomplishments and developments as outlined in the magazine clearly define a well-founded University represented by the remarkable fabric of its alumni, students, faculty and administration worldwide. Celebrations ranging from student accomplishments to pedagogic enhancements made this a notable year. Standing tall among the excellence was the international partnerships that linked us in global interchange through extraordinary academic and cultural measure. We remain focused on critical issues at hand and as a nationally recognized institution of higher learning; it is the role of the administration and the faculty to accept and fulfill the challenges that will ensure that the University employs benchmark standards of excellence for all its current scholars. We have renewed our promise to that task so clearly linked to our predefined strategic goals for academic excellence. We are committed to exploring creative options and implementing lifelong learning opportunities to the benefit of all members of the University community. The support and encouragement received from Park’s alumni remains the strongest and most valuable asset of Park University. It is the alumni who represent the bright reflection of our noteworthy past — just as our current students worldwide mirror our bright tomorrow. There is much accomplishment for which we are proud, yet there is so much ahead to achieve. These are exciting days. Stay connected with Park University as we journey toward the many extraordinary opportunities before us.

Greetings Best regards,

Beverley Byers-Pevitts, Ph.D. President I recently received the spring 2005 issue of Alumniad. The guy on the cover, Omar Maden, … had taken several of my political science courses. I quickly flipped through the pages to read the article. To my pleasant surprise, I spotted my name in bold print sandwiched between Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann and John Jumara. “Wow! What a tribute!” I silently remarked. I helped “prepare him for business and for life” and had “a tremendous influence” on his life. It is one thing to help kids get into college or law school … it is another matter to help someone through life. Importantly, I am proud of Omar’s success, delighted by his accomplishments, and humbled by the thought I contributed in some small way to his success. For a college professor, it doesn’t get much better than that. Reading the article prompted me to look at my old class registers. “Whatever happened

to X, Y and Z?” I pondered. “What became of them? What did they do with their lives?” Flashing back, I felt comfortable knowing they would make it and do well in life’s unpredictable journey. They were among the best students both at Park and other colleges/universities where I taught. I commend you for the feature story on Omar Maden. It is a terrific tribute to him and well earned. He was a great guy to have in class. With best wishes.

Just a brief note about the new format of the magazine. I think it's a lot better looking and I think it appeals to all Parkites, whether they're involved on the home campus or elsewhere. Our scope of alumni news reaches literally around the world now, and the quality of articles reflects this. I’m sure it will take the readers some R S I T Y U N I V E time to get used to it, ALUMNIAD but I think it's a change for the better. Keep up the good work!



SPRIN G 2005

Sincerely, Elliott A. Brown [former assistant professor of political science] Executive Assistant to the Comptroller of The Office of Justice, Washington, D.C.

Omar Maden

Cheers, Mike Newburger, ’70

(See p. 23 for an update on Brown.)

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Park goes international PARK’S VISION: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Graduate Student Wins Art Competition Graciella Kowalczyk, an international graduate student from Poland, won the $5,000 overall grand prize in the Naftzger Young Artists Auditions held May 6-7 at Wichita State University’s Duerksen Fine Arts Center in Wichita, Kan. Kowalczyk, the first Park student to participate in the competition, competed against 23 pianists in the first round, then against six from the Graciella Kowalczyk University of Kansas, University of Missouri at Kansas City and other schools in the semifinals. She won the pianist category and qualified to compete in the overall finals against a pianist from KU, two instrumentalists (saxophone and marimba) from Wichita State University and the University of Missouri, and a vocalist from Southwest Missouri State University. Kowalczyk graduated in May with a certificate in piano performance from Park, where she studied under the direction of Stanislav Ioudenitch, associate professor of music and the artistic director of the Youth Conservatory for Music and International Center for Music. Faculty Studying Abroad Park faculty are traveling overseas to expand their expertise, share their knowledge and promote the University to other nations. Carol Getty, Ph.D., associate professor of criminal justice, Parkville campus, spent the fall 2004 semester teaching in Taiwan as part of an effort Getty with two Ming Chuan to internationalize Park’s criminal University staff members in front of the Yinggie Ceramics justice curriculum. A guest lecturer at Museum in Taiwan Ming Chuan and Tamkang universities, she taught in the law school and the international college, as well as at the School of American Studies. Nicolas A. Koudou, Ph.D., associate professor of business administration, Parkville campus, spent nine months in the Republic of Benin on the western coast of Africa, researching and teaching at the University of Abomey-Calavi. He is one of 800 American Koudou’s graduate marketing scholars named to the 2003 research class at University of Fulbright Scholar Program. Abomey-Calavi in Cotonou, Republic Koudou instructed courses of Benin, west Africa. similar to his duties at Park, reserving 20 percent of his time for researching the similarities and differences between Benin and U.S. management and marketing practices. His research includes a pedagogical study on collegiate instruction and on student/professor working relationships in both countries. Cathy Sillman, director of the Professional Development

Institute, presented a paper, The Global Context of Teacher Education and the Public Schools, in April at the 25th annual seminar of the International Society for Teacher Education in Taipei, Taiwan. Sillman’s presentation reenforced Park’s commitment to “glocalization” — global perspectives integrated into local curriculum — as an increasingly relevant approach to teaching. Kansas City Area Commencement For the first time in Park’s history, a graduating student, Ergys Prenika, ’05, presented the Kansas City area commencement address. Prenika, an Albania native, spoke of his opportunities as an international student in the United States and encouraged fellow graduates to adopt a “can do” attitude. He told them: “After the rain, the sun will always shine.” Seventy-three graduate degrees and 309 undergraduate degrees were conferred May 7. Grand Piano Festival Features World-Renowned Pianists Park’s International Center for Music presented its Grand Piano Festival on April 22-29 in the Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the Parkville campus. The festival featured master teacher/performer Dmitri Bashkirov of the International Piano Academy Lake Como, Lake Como, Italy, and renowned young international pianists Gulrukh Shakirova (Uzbekistan), Tatiana Larionova Visiting master teacher and performer Dmitri (Russia), Michelangelo Carbonara and Alessandra Ammara (Italy), Graciella Bachakirov with Graciella Kowalczyk Kowalczyk (Poland) and Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan (Russia). Bashkirov conducted piano master classes, which were open to the public. Piano Study, International Style The Park University International Center for Music hosted an intensive Summer Piano Academy on July 1-10 at the International Piano Academy Lake Como, Lake Como, Italy. Each student received eight private lessons and performance opportunities with Stanislav Ioudenitch and William Naboré, founding director of the International Piano Foundation “Theo Lieven” and co-creator of IPALC. Music Students Attend Festival Musicale Della Toscana Park University and Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., are establishing an international music studies program, the Festival Musicale Della Toscana, for music students of all ages. Students will have a chance to expand their artistic expression July 31-Aug. 13 in Montaione, Italy. Alberto Bologni, professor of violin at the Lucca Academy of Music, Lucca, Italy; Gregory Sandomirsky, Park violin instructor and associate concertmaster of the Kansas City Symphony; and Sam McClure, professor of violin/viola and director of orchestras at Truman State University, are the key people behind the festival. continue to pg. 4

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International from pg. 3

Earn your m@sters Online

Students will have one or two private lessons per week, working with a variety of festival faculty members. Daily activities will include chamber music rehearsals and coaching and string orchestra rehearsals. Festival participants will perform solo literature at festival evening recitals.

Enhance your career with a graduate degree from Park University. Degrees available in class or Online include: ■ Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) ■ Master of Public Affairs (M.P.A.) ■ Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Park Goes to Brazil Laura Lane, executive director of the Professional Development Center; Sapna Gupta, Ph.D., professor of chemistry; and Steven Youngblood, assistant professor of communication arts, traveled to Recife/Olinda, Brazil, Jan. 14-23 to make presentations at two universities and to participate in a community-based service organization. The group met with leaders from the Faculdade Boa Viagem in Recife and the Faculdade de Ciencias Humanas in Olinda to discuss potential partnership agreements. “One of the most important items on our agenda in Brazil was helping to establish collaborative programs with the two Brazilian universities,” Youngblood said.

@ and Park’s newest masters program:

■ Master of Arts (M.A.) in communication & leadership

Park’s graduate degree programs also offer areas of concentration to meet your individual interests and career goals. ■ Too busy to sit in a classroom? Online courses fit around your lifestyle. Log on when you choose. ■ Quality instruction by professors with real-world and teaching experience ■ Park’s tuition and fees are an outstanding value. ■ Accelerated 8-week sessions are offered five times during the year so you start at a convenient time. ■ All courses and degrees are fully accredited. Park University offers a variety of undergraduate majors and graduate degree programs Online and at campus locations in downtown Kansas City (911 Main), Parkville and Independence. E-mail, visit or call (816) 842-6182, ext.5525. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a foreign institution. See for Park’s degree programs leading to a bachelor’s degree.

Day, evening and weekend classes also available

A beautiful view from a hill in Olinda, Brazil


Master of Arts Program in Communication and Leadership • Become a more effective communicator • Learn to provide innovative leadership within the global community • Gain theoretical knowledge needed in all areas of business • Build on your career skills

Upcoming enrollment dates for graduate terms August 22 - December 18 (Fall I, 6 weeks) August 22 - October 16 (Fall I, 8 weeks)

• Advance to a new position or organization • Experience personal enrichment

October 24 - December 18 (Fall II, 8 weeks)

• Choose in class or Online courses, or a combination of both

January 9 - May 7 (Spring I, 6 weeks)

See for a complete list of Park University’s graduate admission requirements

January 9 - March 5 (Spring I, 8 weeks) March 13 - May 7 (Spring II, 8 weeks)

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a foreign institution. See for Park’s degree programs leading to a bachelor’s degree.

“Communication is the essence of effective leadership.” — Dr. J. Mark Noe, Ph.D., program director

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Contact Graduate Admissions at (816) 842-6182, x5530 or x5527 or International students contact the Office of International Student Services, 8700 N.W. River Park Drive, Parkville, MO 64152, (816) 584-6379.

Park University Replacement Diploma If you would like to replace your Park College diploma with a diploma bearing the new Park University name, you can order one through the Office of Alumni Relations. The diploma will bear the signatures of current President Beverley Byers-Pevitts, Ph.D., and Jinny McCoy, current chair of the Board of Trustees. Proceeds support the Marlowe Sherwood Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Park University Alumni Association’s Legacy Scholarship. Created by alumni for alumni. Please complete the form below and send $75 to: Office of Alumni Relations Park University 8700 N.W. River Park Drive, Parkville, MO 64152

NAME PRINTED ON ORIGINAL DIPLOMA _______________________________________________ YEAR OF GRADUATION ________ Send a photocopy of the original diploma, if possible. CURRENT NAME ______________________________________________________________________________ MAILING ADDRESS ___________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ E-MAIL _______________________________________ PAYMENT METHOD:

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Rosemary Fry Plakas by Ann Schultis, director of library services working






her stewardship of America’s historical and creative legacy very seriously.

Rosemary Fry Plakas, ’63, HON Ph.D.,

From 1971 to 1980, Plakas served as

’03, American history specialist and

associate editor of the first 10 volumes of

curator of rare Americana for the Library

the documentary history Letters of

of Congress, dispels that with tales of

Delegates to Congress, 1774-1789, which

fascinating discoveries in her 35 years at

recently was named one of the 100 most

the Library.

significant federal publications of the

On any given day she might be found clarifying historical information for a

20th century. (“I always loved to read other people’s mail!”)

White House speech writer, interpreting

After serving five years as the

founding documents for a freshman

American history specialist for the LC’s

congressman, or bidding at a Sotheby’s

Local History and Genealogy Room,

auction on a rare female Indian captivity


narrative or the first printing in

Americana in the Rare Book and Special

Cherokee of an 1819 spelling book.

Collections Division in 1985. Here she














strengthening the Library’s holdings in




through acquisitions and presentations;

materials, one of her favorite recent

recommends levels of conservation;

acquisitions is the only known copy of

selects collections for digitization;

the Jan. 2, 1804, issue of the New Orleans


newspaper Moniteur de la Louisiane,

exhibitions; and publishes resource

describing the December 1803 ceremony

guides and critical essays about the

during which the lowering of the French

Library’s collections.


flag and raising of the American flag











LC signified the transfer of the Louisiana

professional conferences and holds

Purchase to the United States.

viewings of special Library treasures for

On occasion, she “sweet talks and/or




arm twists” prospective book/collection

celebrities, scholars and young people.


She extends this offer to Park faculty,




documents that she believes belong at

alumni and administrators.

the LC. “The thrill of the search is always

She was a featured speaker for the

energizing,” she confides, and she takes

Thomas Jefferson Library on C-Span’s

Library of Congress

Remembrances: 35 Years of Passion, Pleasure and a Bit of Pain

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Think again if someone tells you that

“I feel most blessed to have had the opportunity to work in a profession I love, where I learn something new and interesting every day and always find new ways to celebrate the stories of our people and share our cultural and historical legacy.”

Rosemary Fry Plakas in the Rosenwald Room surrounded by her favorite publications and rare items, including a scrapbook showing Elizabeth and Anne Miller, the creators of the seven suffrage scrapbooks Plakas is currently digitizing.

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American Presidents Series and served as

foreign languages], we were



challenged to think critically,

documentaries about the Civil War and

develop mutual respect and

women’s suffrage. She is a principal


curator of the American Treasures

responsibility of serving and

exhibition, has contributed to several








share our




White House exhibits, and was curator of

family and community,” Plakas

Rivers, Edens, Empires, the Lewis and Clark

explained. “We were offered

Bicentennial exhibition.

countless opportunities to grow

Before she ever dreamed of working

in mind and spirit and become

for the Library of Congress, however,

good stewards, while enjoying

Plakas lived in Kansas City, Kan., where

brother/sister clubs, intramural

her maternal grandparents devoted much


of their retirement years to preparing her


“for opportunities they had only dreamed about, including a college education.”




One of her most cherished Park experiences was singing in various choirs

“Beginning in grade school, my

and touring the United States with the

grandmother encouraged me to study by

Park Singers. “Although a sharp word or

promising me a dime for every high

look from Director Kenn Seipp [assistant

mark,” Plakas recalled. “My grandfather

professor of music] could melt us, he

washed our dishes so that I had more time


to practice playing the piano and singing. The love for books and music they instilled in me has continued throughout my life.” Plakas learned of “the college across the river” when Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann, professor of political science, visited Wyandotte High School to lead a discussion of Machiavelli’s The Prince and when “Mother” Jean Curl, ’50, introduced Park Singers 1960

her to Park by sponsoring Wyandotte’s Turkish delegation to Park’s United

inspired us to make beautiful music

Nations Model Assembly.

together and become lifelong friends. The

1962 NARVA photo for Stephens Cottage honors dormitory

“I was certain that Park was the right

many special people I met at Park have

Columbia University and the University of

college for me,” Plakas noted, adding that she

enriched my life and remain my extended

Virginia. Before joining the Library of

was delighted when Charles Edwards, ’42,


Congress, she taught American history

told her that Park had offered her a scholarship.

After completing her bachelor of arts in political science at Park, Plakas earned a

and government at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Mass.

Park provided a rich educational

master of arts in American studies from

For years, Plakas has advocated sharing

environment. “In small classes inspired by

the University of Wyoming, where she

the Library’s primary source materials



was a Coe fellow, and later she was a

with a larger constituency. Long before



Hauptmann, Dr. Peter D. Hilty [associate

doctoral research fellow in American

the American Memory Digital Library or

professor of English], “Prof.” Robbins

history at George Washington University.

the internet, she would fill her suitcases

[Leon A., professor of mathematics] and

Over the last two decades, she has

with old LC exhibit catalogs to share with

Elsa Grueneberg [professor of modern

attended the rare book schools at

Park friends who were teaching.

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Reaching that larger constituency is

community college teachers to use digital

Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest


historical collections in the classroom.

Lecture Committee.

capabilities and digitization. As a member

She enjoys knowing that she indirectly

She received the Distinguished Alumni

of the advisory team for the Library’s

contributes to the future by sharing

award in 1995, and in 1996 was one of 120

American Memory Project, she helped

resources “that may stimulate new

outstanding alumni to be featured in a

establish criteria for selecting and

insight and understanding about both the

120th-anniversary Park publication. In May





digitizing the Library’s multiformat

“In small classes inspired by excellent professors … we were challenged to think critically, develop mutual respect and accept our share of the responsibility of serving and strengthening our extended family and community.”

collections. Her advocacy for digitization, along with the efforts of many technical experts, has resulted in the online availability of more than 700 AfricanAmerican pamphlets, 320 Continental Congress/Constitutional


documents and more than 10,000

triumphs and mistakes of the past.”

broadsides and printed ephemera on all of

2003, she received an honorary doctor of

“I feel most blessed to have had the

humane letters from Park and gave the

life’s subjects, spanning three centuries.

opportunity to work in a profession I

Her current project, digitizing seven

love,” she said, “where I learn something

Plakas still enjoys music and has

suffrage scrapbooks, 1897-1911, created by

new and interesting every day and always

performed with the Colonial Singers at

Elizabeth Smith Miller (1822-1911) and her

find new ways to celebrate the stories of

the White House and Kennedy Center. She

daughter, Anne Fitzhugh Miller (1856-1912),

our people and share our cultural and


of Geneva, N.Y., who were cousins of

historical legacy.”

semiprofessional choral groups and has

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, will be available

Plakas’ passion and pleasure have been

online in August.

mixed with some professional pain. As



First editions of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book (1894) and The Second Jungle Book (1895), re-bound in Levant morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Elaborate leather mosaics of Hathi the elephant, holding the sacred Lotus in his trunk, and Nag the cobra, are set off by tiny garnet eyes.




commencement address.





cut several tapes and records (“none on the Top 10 chart”).


She looks forward to travel, music and

Professional Guild’s master contract team

theater with trips to the family marina on

and steward director for the Library’s

the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia to see her

Collections Services Department, she has

son, Costa, whom she describes as a

fought for healthier and safer working

“sailor, photographer and world traveler.”

conditions and expanded professional development opportunities for Library staff.





management cooperation. Staff members, she said, are dedicated stewards of our national legacy that deserve to be

Note: The Library of Congress holds many treasures among its unparalleled collections. Through the American Memory Program, more than 7 million items are accessible at

encouraged, protected and celebrated. Plakas credits the liberal education she received at Park and the support of

Plakas considers education “the rarest

teachers, mentors and fellow students

of all treasures, one that can never be

with preparing her for the personal and

taken away” and teachers “the hope of the

professional challenges of her life. And

future.” She encourages the educational

the University has benefited as well. She

use of primary materials online through

has been president of the Alumni

the National Digital Library, and she has

Association and a member of the Board of

participated in five American Memory


Fellows Institutes and numerous regional

Committee, the board of directors of the

workshops to train high school and

Park University Historical Society, and the




Park University McAfee Memorial Library Number of volumes Periodicals Microforms Audio/visual (videos & DVDs) Periodical databases

150,503 591 current print subscriptions 90,000 1,223 45 (many with full-text articles)

The library also provides support to the campus center libraries by providing access to periodical databases and buying material for their libraries. Details at

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George Park, Elisha Sherwood and John A. McAfee establish “Park College for training Christian workers”; classes start on May 12 with 17 students

1886 Ground broken for MacKay Hall


1891 First Founders Day celebrated May 12

1890 Park and McAfee die eight days apart

1879 Among the faces in this collage are 13 of Park College’s 17 original students; three of them were part of the 1879 inaugural graduating class of three women and one man 1880 First international student arrives from Japan



-year Timel 1937

1920 Ground broken for Wakefield Science Hall

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1927 Herr House Dormitory and Thompson Commons completed

1931 Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel completed


Park accepts men enrolled in the Navy V-12 program 1960 Dearing Hall constructed

Graham Tyler burns and is rebuilt within a year

1950 President J.L. Zwingle formally integrates the college

1942 President William Lindsay Young admits nine Nisei Japanese-American students 1962 Park initiates the Degree Completion Program for military personnel

1893 MacKay Hall completed

1900 Water first pumped to campus, and Old Kate, the famous water-cart mule, dies 1895 School newspaper prints first issue


by Carolyn McHenry Elwess, ’71, University archivist

1917 The University White House is built for third president, Dr. F.W. Hawley

1918 Construction completed on Copley Dormitory, which initially houses the Student Army Training Corps

1901 NARVA, the college yearbook, debuts

2005 Park now serves more than 22,600 students at Parkville, Downtown Kansas City and Independence campuses and at 42 campus centers around the nation 2003 Park’s Youth Conservatory for Music established

1968 Chesnut Hall II and Shepherd Hall constructed 1972 Park begins educating military personnel at eight military bases

1982 President Harold Condit oversees the mining of limestone under the campus and establishes the Graduate School for Public Affairs 1987 Don Breckon becomes 13th president

1997 Commercial underground dedicated 1988 Underground McAfee Memorial Library opens and underground classroom space is developed

2000 Park College becomes Park University 2000 Breckon Sports Center opens

2002 Park expands to 40 campuses in 20 states and Online, becoming the largest provider of Online undergraduate education to the military in the world 2001 Beverley Byers-Pevitts, Ph.D., Park’s 14th president, is the first woman to preside over the University


1975 Park’s Centennial

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Campus News Nursing Students Stage Health Fair Park University nursing students promoted healthy lifestyles April 28 at the annual Health Fair, which offered free blood pressure and blood glucose screenings and information on nutrition, weight management, domestic violence, sexually transmitted diseases, depression and anxiety.

Nursing graduate Janet Moll, ’04, (left) assists senior Ben Gardner with a glucose screening.

The Health Fair, part of the capstone project for the Nursing 260 clinical course, tracks the objectives in Healthy People 2010, the federal guideline for improving health in the United States. Nursing students plan and implement the fair and evaluate the results.

“This year’s students demonstrated a tremendous amount of creativity and skill,” said Gerry Walker, assistant professor of nursing. They put on the fair, he noted, with minimal faculty input. The fair took place in the Academic Underground on the Parkville campus.

Shelly Named Inspirational at Tinker Ken Shelly, ’94, adjunct faculty of human resources, interpersonal communications and managementrelated courses, was voted the most inspiring faculty member of the term by students attending on-site classes at the Tinker Air Force Base Campus Center. Shelly received a $25 gift certificate from Barnes & Noble, and his CA 104: Interpersonal Communications class had a free pizza party March 7. Five students won prizes. Benny Phillips, Ph.D., academic director and adjunct faculty of computer science and mathematics, received the

Students Become Head Crazed Donna Bachman, associate professor of

honor for the spring 2 term, and his CS 208: Discrete Mathematics class held its pizza party May 3.

ACM Online Club Visits eCollege, Participates in Conference Students in the Association for Computing Machinery, Park’s first Online club, visited eCollege headquarters March 23 in Denver, Colo. Senior John Aidoo, ’05, and juniors Amanda Bourkland and Josh McKinzie, now seniors, gave a presentation on the ACM and received feedback from eCollege executives and customer service support staff. The ACM also participated in the 11th annual Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges’ Central Plains Conference on April 1 and 2 at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. Bourkland, Aidoo and McKinzie presented the successful development and launch of ACM Online. Wen Hsin, associate professor of information and computer science, led a team of senior Paul John, sophomore Nick Kreeger and McKinzie in the conference’s programming contest. There’s more on the ACM at bs/acmOnline.shtml#.

art and design, tested her Art 203: Three-Dimensional Design students’

Career Fair a Hit in Austin

creativity by asking them to redefine

Jolene Lampton, Ph.D., Park University-Austin academic director, and John Adams, Austin campus director, participated in the ninth annual College & Career Fair on April 6 in Austin, Texas. Sponsored by Skillpoint Alliance in collaboration with the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, the event aimed to prepare students for college and a career by building partnerships among industry, education and the community. More than 3,000 students attended, and Park University-Austin representatives spoke with approximately 100 working students seeking alternative

the volume of their heads. The students were told to design wellcrafted gear that fits their head and dramatically redefines head volume and form. They also were asked to consider the various headgear people have worn over the ages, as well as things that can protrude from the head (antlers, halos, antennae). Rising to the challenge, creative



fashioned that

become the new craze.

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could Sophomore Emilio Servigon and junior Sarah Chrislip model their three-dimensional creations.

<< CAMPUS NEWS classroom schedules. Lampton and Adams also shared information about the Austin campus with Park alumni and with representatives of businesses and organizations.

SIFE Team Wins at Regional Competition Park’s Students in Free Enterprise team received the Rookie of the Year award and placed second runner-up in its league at the SIFE USA Regional Competition, April 7 in St. Louis. The event is one of 21 SIFE USA regional meets held in April. Projects are judged on creativity, innovation and effectiveness. Park’s SIFE team organized five projects in 2004-05, including the first Ethics Essay Contest, which taught Park Hill and Park Hill South High School DECA students about ethics through in-depth conversations, case studies and an essay.

region of Sudan, nuclear weapons proliferation in North Korea and Iran, and the Congo situation. “The conference was outstanding,” said Steven Youngblood, assistant professor of communication arts and assistant to Park’s Model U.N. “The students were wellprepared and energetic and showed a sophisticated understanding of the complex issues that were discussed.” Park students served as committee chairs, and co-organizers were George Belzer, Park’s Model U.N. director, and Olga Ganzen, Park’s director of international education and study abroad. Park University’s Model United Nations attended the American Model United Nations conference March 22-26 in New York, where Park students represented Uzbekistan. The next Park Model U.N. will take place Nov. 11 and 12 on the Parkville campus. For more information, contact Belzer at

Thomas, Mike Turney and Donna Wadley. Education Assistant Professors Betty Bennett and LaDonna Ebright also attended. The ASCD student chapter received funding from the Park Student Governing Association and the national and state levels of ASCD, and it raised funds through club activities.

Park Hosts 2005 River Read Children’s Literature Festival (see p. 20)

ASCD Student Chapter Attends National Conference Students in the Park chapter of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development attended the national conference and exhibit Voices of Education: Unleashing the Power, Passion, and Promise, April 1-4 in Orlando, Fla. Juniors Andrew Carpenter and Amy Musil, senior Bradford Exantus, sophomore Kari Belkhiri, junior Chad Kitzman, sophomore Jill Prather and club adviser Michael Fitzmorris attended the SIFE regional competition in St. Louis, Mo.

Park Models U.N. for Area High Schools Park hosted the Model United Nations for more than 60 students from Immaculata, Leavenworth, Liberty and Louisburg high schools, April 15-16 on the Parkville campus. The Park Model U.N. simulated decision making for the student delegates, who assumed the role of diplomats from 20 U.N. member countries. They addressed reforming the U.N. Security Council, eliminating racial discrimination, balancing population growth and development, the crisis in the Darfur

The conference focused on: • Challenging traditional structures. • Thriving, not just surviving, in dealing with change. • Reducing system barriers to ensure that every child is heard. • Encouraging innovation, given limited resources. • Advocating for comprehensive and balanced assessment practices. • Engaging students in an interesting, intellectual, critical and creative curriculum. • Unpacking data to make decisions about classroom instruction. Park University was the second largest student chapter and included junior Deborah Turner and seniors Amy Harder, Carol Lovell, Jolene Palmer, Michelle Raines, Kristen Sloan, Jeff Swoyer, Ryan

Reptile Man David Nieves shows students his Rhino Rat Snake.

Park University and the Dorothy Harper Watson Literacy Center hosted the Park Hill School District’s 2005 River Read Children’s Literature Festival on March 10 at the Parkville campus. More than 600 children and adult sponsors from the Park Hill School District in Kansas City attended presentations by favorite Missouri authors and artists of children’s books. “This literature festival is a wonderful opportunity to introduce students to authors of the books they are reading, which really sparks their interest and shows students how fun and exciting reading can be,” said Gina Chambers, Ph.D., Park Hill assistant superintendent for academic services. “We are very thankful that Park University partnered with us on this project so that we can offer this experience right here in our own community.” Presenting authors and artists included Laura Huliska Beith, Jamie B. Cheaney, Lisa Cindrich, Vicki Grove, Veda Summer 2005 ‹‹



Park Explores Pakistani Culture The People to People International chapter and Park’s graphic design department explored the Pakistani culture through music, rituals, art and food at the University’s first Cultural Sharing, April 2 in the Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the Parkville campus. The event was the first in a series that seeks global understanding through cultural

Students perform traditional ceremonial rituals of the Pakistan nation at Park’s first Cultural Sharing.


Park Hosts Leadership Luau Nearly 40 seventh- and eighth-grade girls from Platte County middle schools learned leadership skills at a daylong event sponsored by Park and the Parkville branch of the American Association of University Women. Students attended the Leadership Luau on March 11 in the McCoy Meetin’ House on the Parkville campus. Workshops covered diversity, character and individual leadership styles. Presenters included Angela O’Dell, youth prevention specialist for Tri-County Mental Health; Elizabeth Weese, ’05, editor of Park’s student newspaper; and Cathy Newton, author of It Takes Character! For seven years, the luau has been offered free to participants as a Sister-to-Sister project of the AAUW. Sister-to-Sister gives young women a forum for talking about issues they face daily. AAUW members on the luau planning committee were Betty Dusing, Park librarian; Sapna Gupta, Park associate professor of chemistry; and freelance journalist Su Bacon. Boyd Jones, Ian Lambert, Suzanne Lieurance, David Nieves, Judy Oetting, Steve Rideout, Christine Taylor-Butler, Roderick Townley, Jenny Whitehead, June Rae Wood and Debra McArthur, Park director of academic support services and instructor of freshman composition and new student seminar.

Student Life Sponsors Dream Alive Program In dedication to the leaders of the civil rights movement, the Office of Student Life hosted the Dream Alive Program on

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March 16 in the Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the Parkville campus. Joe Rogers, a former Colorado lieutenant governor, offered a commentary on the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others. Rogers was America’s youngest lieutenant governor and is only the fourth African-American in U.S. history elected as a state’s second chief executive. Now a practicing attorney in Colorado, he is widely recognized for his work toward strengthening America. In 2001, he received the Trumpet Award from Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting System.

Park Students Offer Free Tax Service Twenty-five Accounting 309: Income Tax Practicum students provided free tax preparation help to the community during the 2004 tax season. To be eligible for assistance, individuals were required to make less than $25,000 a year. Students must pass a proficiency test before they are admitted into the class.

Students and Faculty Teach LEGO Mindstorm In February, students and faculty with the Association for Computing Machinery and the information and computer science department, along with Daniel Green from Sun Microsystems, taught programming concepts using LEGO Mindstorm at HMS Beagle, the new science store in Parkville. HMS Beagle club members learned the basics of a computer, built a robot, executed programming instructions and modified programs.

Senior Paul John assists students with their LEGO Mindstorm project.

<< CAMPUS NEWS was the featured speaker at a nursing department lecture April 15 on the Parkville campus. Eisenreich has Tourette, which causes involuntary physical tics and verbal outbreaks but generally can be controlled with medication. He retired in 1998 after 15 years in Major League Baseball.

Ex-Major Leaguer Discusses Tourette Jim Eisenreich, a former Kansas City Royals Player of the Year and founder of the Jim Eisenreich Foundation for Children with Tourette Syndrome,

Founders Day 2005 Park commemorated the 130th

for the permeating entrepreneurial

anniversary of its founding on April 26

spirit ever-present in Mr. Kemper. It is

and honored one of Kansas City’s most

his exceptional ability to envision the

devoted citizens, R. Crosby Kemper,

possibilities of ‘What Can Be’ that has

chairman emeritus of the Kansas City-

allowed our great University the

based UMB Financial Corp.

DIDYOUKNOW? Founders Day 1891 Park’s first Founders Day was attended by the approximately 200 people that composed the entire population of Park College, including students, faculty, staff, neighbors, family and friends. Revenue: none

Founders Day 2005 Almost 500 Park alumni and friends attended the black tie event at the Hyatt Regency in Kansas City. Revenue: $101,075

privilege to structure our future with

Founders Day co-chairs were Megan

“We are so fortunate to have a treasure

clarity, imagination and purpose. Thank

and Mariner Kemper,chairman and CEO of

like Park University here in Kansas City,”

you, Mr. Kemper, for the important role

UMB Financial Corp., and Michelle and

Kemper said at the celebration.

that you provide to Park University and

Peter J. deSilva, UMB president and COO.

for your ongoing support of Park

The event grossed more than $100,000,

University programs and initiatives.”

which will support the Park University

“The impact that this University has on Kansas City with its national footprint and the things it does for this town — what a wonderful treasure — what a wonderful place.”

Following a video tribute to Kemper,

Presidential Honors Scholarship Endow-

he took the stage and thanked the


audience for supporting Park. “I am


thrilled to be here and thrilled with

scholarships for academically talented

what Beverley has done with this great

students who do not have the financial

University. It reminds me of something

means to achieve their educational

I once read, and she exemplifies it:

goals. The scholarships will be awarded

‘Better to take life in one flaming gulp

each year to five freshmen, five

and reel across the sun than to sit pale

sophomores, five juniors and five

hours and cower before oblivion.’ ”



fully will

funded, provide

the full

More than 450 people joined Park to recognize





educational and economic contributions to Greater Kansas City. President Beverley Byers-Pevitts, Ph.D., thanked Kemper for assisting the University in the late ’70s and ’80s when Park encountered financial hardships and was on the verge of closing. “Mr. Kemper believed in [Park’s] vision and mission and allowed his bank to grant loans and lines of credit that enabled Park to continue its operations,” she said. “We at Park University are especially appreciative

Mariner Kemper; Dr. Beverley Byers-Pevitts; Jinny McCoy, Park Board of Trustees chair, and R. Crosby Kemper at Founders Day fesitivities.

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2005 Mark your calendars for Alumni Weekend 2006 June 16 - 18

• Class of 1956 Golden Reunion Dinner, June 15 • Class Reunions for Classes Ending in 1 and 6 • Park Singers Reunion • Golf Outing

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Dinner, Friday, June 10

Friends from the 40s: (Front) Carol Shedd McMasters, ’45, and Clyde McMasters, ’44 (Back) Doris Howell, ’44; Peggy Oechsle; Gladys Hart Williams, ’45; and Masaye Nagao Nakamura, ’45

Art Kluge, ’65; Nancy Rohlfing Potter, ’66; Sam Potter, ’66; and David Dallam, ’65

Don Arndtsen, ’50; Nancy O’Neal Arndtsen, ’54; Mars Eghigian, ’53; Barbara Hays Fowler, x55; and Jack Fowler, ’54

Beanie Ceremony, Saturday, June 11

“Goon” Jim Cooke, ’56, crowns Barbara Moser Schaible, ’56, with a 2005 beanie “Goonesses” Karen Peters Frankenfeld, ’59, and Janet Elser Tabor, ’75, oversee Joe Williams, ’57, and Vernon Reeves, ’55, as they show their respect to the reigning goon squad Jack Fowler, ’54, and Mars Eghigian, ’53, await their fate at the hands of the goons


2005 Weekend

Sock Hop, Friday night, June 10

Russ Johnson, ’50, and student Steffanie Harrold, ’05

Staffer Summer Evans and Barbara Zappulla House, ’72, model their 50s costumes at the Friday night sock hop in Thompson Commons

Edmund “Buzz” Loew, ’55, and Alumni Relations Assistant Alisha Coggins, ’03

Joyce Cosentino Bodenhamer, ’65; Sandy Jerose Aurubean, ’63; Kay Donnelly Reeves, ’65; and John Blair, ’65 Hermits: Denis Walsh, ’71, Andy Cheeseman, x77, Mike DiDonato, x71, Bruce McKeon, ’71, Jay Flaherty, ’71, Alex “Spyder” Walker, ’70, Denny Oellig, x71

Arlene “Sam” Solomon Gilbert, ’70; Michael “Newie” Newburger, ’70; Kim Wohltmann Vawter, ’72; Deanna Medlin Armstrong, ’70; Mary Ann Webster Eichelberg, ’70; and Carole O’Brien White, ’70

Class of 1955 Golden Reunion Dinner

Men of Chesnut and Friends (Back) Terry Brown, ’70; Art Kluge, ’65; David House, ’71; Ron Cooperman, ’65; Jim Peeke, ‘65 (Middle) Barbara Zappulla House, ’72 (Front) Elliot Goldman, ’65; Scott Berheim, ’68; Carlyn Saunders, ’65

Barbara Zappulla House, ’72, and David House, ’71

Jean Curl, ’50, and Deanna Medlin Armstrong, ’70

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Support for Park Heritage Society Welcomes New Members


PAVE Park’s History Honor someone important to you and become a permanent part of Park’s history by participating in the Park Fund Brick Recognition Program. A minimum donation of $250 to The Park Fund in one calendar year entitles donors to a commemorative brick that may be

Five Park supporters were inducted during Alumni Weekend 2005 into the Howard B. McAfee Heritage Society. Members of the Heritage Society have designated an irrevocable gift in their estate plan to Park University that will make educational opportunities possible for generations of students who otherwise might not have the opportunity to pursue a higher education. The induction increases the membership of this prestigious group, which began with 70 charter members, to more than 130. Heritage Society bequests have funded scholarships in every department, supported numerous programs of study, funded capital projects, and helped build Park’s endowment to ensure the University will be able to recruit the best and brightest students and faculty for years to come.

engraved with a personal message. The bricks will pave the entrance of Thompson Hall, a prominent location on the Parkville campus. A 4- by 8-inch brick accommodates three lines of inscription, with up to 20 characters (including spaces) in each line. The donor also will receive a certificate. The program, a continuation of the Alumni Association’s effort to recognize alumni, is open to all Park Fund supporters. Bricks previously purchased will be duplicated and placed in the new location. Funds raised through the campaign will help ensure the University’s continued success in providing outstanding programs and educational opportunities for students, faculty and staff. For additional information, e-mail or call (816) 584-6212.

NEW MEMBERS Howard Bailey McAfee, class of 1880, was a pioneer in endowing and securing the future of Park. His work laid the foundation for the college’s success into the 20th and 21st

Beverley Byers-Pevitts, Ph.D., Park president Robert Pevitts, Ph.D. Art Kluge, ’65 Anonymous (2)

centuries. It is this vision that the Heritage Society promotes, along with the selflessness that is uniquely embodied in deferred and estate gifts. Members are recognized with a certificate and a plaque in the President’s Hall of Honor. They are invited to an annual luncheon and receive special mention in University publications. If you are interested in designating Park in your estate plan, or if you have already done so but have not notified the University, please contact the Office of University Advancement at (816) 584-6209 or e-mail Park gratefully acknowledges those who have recognized the loyalty and commitment and expressed this by membership in the Heritage Society.

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Tribute Gift Recognition

>> Alumni and Friends Who Make a Difference

Park University gratefully acknowledges the individuals, associations, corporations and foundations that have honored loved ones and friends through tribute gifts between Jan. 1 and May 15, 2005.

Geraldine Gulick to the Friends of the Library Albert and Betty Dusing

In Memory of Marlowe Sherwood, ’63, to the Marlowe Sherwood Endowed Memorial Scholarship Richard Adamson, ’97 Robert Bader Jr., ’98 George Brown, ’98 Ronald Fanter, ’85 Suzanne (Cladwell) Flores, ’96 Michelle Flynn, ’97 Gwendolyn Johnson, ’96 Joseph Kelly, ’97 Marjorie Klimt, ’95 Rudolfo Leon-Guerrero, ’80 Deborah (Walters) Maude, ’92 Acie McGhee, ’95 James Monroe, ’96 Lester Ruark, ’71 Jorge Santana, ’98 Karl Simonis Jr., ’99 John Sissell, ’91 Mark Tocci, ’97 Andrew Wall, ’91 Philip, ’62, and Carol (Groundwater), ’62, Wheeler Mark Wilkerson, ’98

Robert J. Pevitts to the Youth Conservatory of Music Paul, ’65, and Sylvia (Helms), ’60, Gault Thomas, ’96, and Cheryll Peterman Nancy Edstrom Sue Miner

Martha “Bobbie” Gray, ’50, to the Friends of the Library Albert and Betty Dusing Martha “Bobbie” Gray, ’50, to the Griffith Music Fund Family of Larry and Linda Sterrett Martha “Bobbie” Gray, ’50, to the Park Fund Ruth Miller, ’56 Deanna (Medlin) Armstrong, ’70 Dorla Watkins, ’80 Woodyne Mann Martha “Bobbie” Gray, ’50, to purchase library books Harold, ’44, and Carolyn (Douglas), ’47, Smith Hazel Gardner to purchase library books Harold, ’44, and Carolyn (Douglas), ’47, Smith

Pamela Bercaw to the Friends of the Library Albert and Betty Dusing Madelyn Smith to the Friends of the Library Harold, ’44, and Carolyn (Douglas), ’47, Smith

Warren O. Manley, ’47, to purchase library books Harold, ’44, and Carolyn (Douglas), ’47, Smith Eugene Colville to purchase library books Harold, ’44, and Carolyn (Douglas), ’47, Smith Sue Winters to purchase library books Harold, ’44, and Carolyn (Douglas), ’47, Smith Winifred Marshall to purchase library books Harold, ’44, and Carolyn (Douglas), ’47, Smith Ferne Mohler to purchase library books Harold, ’44, and Carolyn (Douglas), ’47, Smith J.W. Phillips, ’40, to the Children’s Library Billie Anne Billeisen Brady and Susan Bottoms Randy Phillips Robert Wyler Charles Edwards, ’42, to the Park Fund Thom, ’42, and Ruth (Rinehart), ’44, Hunter Elvin Lee Crandel, ’51, to the Park Fund Harry, ’49, and Olive Collier Dr. Merrill Proudfoot to the Park Fund Brian Dawson, ’72 Michael E. Johnson, ’97, to the Michael E. Johnson Scholarship Fund Ronald Brecke Julie Johnson Louis Potts Jim Blanck to the Jim Blanck Memorial Scholarship Diana Blanck

Oleva Morrison Myers, ’32, to the Myers Scholarship Fund Robert C. Myers, ’61 Evelyn Lare Smith, ’60, to the Evelyn Lare Smith Scholarship Fund Elizabeth Findtner Edward Hudek Charles E. Lare Jr. Ken and Margaret Richcreek Donovan Smith Jr., ’56 Nicholas Manchion to the Nicholas Manchion English Award Marjorie Severin Luke Williams to the Nicholas Manchion English Award Marjorie Severin Bertha Lightle to the Nicholas Manchion English Award Ed and Jody, ’99, Manchion Pam Thomas In Honor of Dr. William C. Pivonka to the Dr. William Pivonka Science Scholarship Activate Your Health AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Lynn, ’61, and Kaye (Oates), ’62, Bondurant Christopher Cathey Nicholas Cormier Jr., ’74 Paul Garrett, ’67 Michelle Dew and Ronald Gregg Brian Hoffman, ’86 Robert T. Lucas, ’88 Cynthia Miller, ’97 Andrew Pasztor Jr., ’71 Darrell G. Porter, ’90 Tucker Porter, ’95 Melody Stone Max, ’92, and Wendy (Nazum), ’92, Taouil Winona (Fleming) Wagner, ’66 Marjorie (Crabtree) Wells, ’60 Earl J. Williams Jeanne Collier, ’80, to the Park Fund Harry, ’49, and Olive Collier

James Wallace Edgar to the Park Fund Barbara Bounds

Jim Blanck to the Connecting Learning Communities Conference Diana Blanck

Bill Pivonka Endowed Scholarship Fund

Robert Youtsey to the Friends of the Library Albert and Betty Dusing

Mark Henderson to the Malcolm Good Math Chair Evelyn Good Estate

Created June 2004 Revenue to date: $61,959 + one estate gift

Irene McHenry Clark to the Friends of the Library Albert and Betty Dusing

Josephine Barni Green, ’32, to the Josephine Barni Green Scholarship Fund Josephine Green Estate

Would you consider leaving Park in

Brett Daniel Bramsen to the Park Fund Roy Lorenz, ’79

Robert J. Pevitts to the Friends of the Library Albert and Betty Dusing Harold, ’44, and Carolyn (Douglas), ’47, Smith

G. Russell Graham, ’40, to the International Center for Music Christiana (Smith) Graham, ’43

your will? To give a gift or establish a legacy, call (816) 584-6266 or e-mail

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by Debra McArthur




Children earn a trip to the literature festival by reading and reporting on books for their teacher or school librarian. The students are truly interested in the stories behind the books and in learning what makes authors tick.


ombine 500 children, 15 authors and 51 Park student and faculty volunteers with a generous sprinkling of school librarians and parent chaperones, and what do you get? Oh, and throw in a few snakes and lizards. You get Park University’s second annual River Read Children’s Literature Festival, sponsored by the Dorothy Harper Watson Literacy Center on the Parkville campus. The day began early March 10, with volunteers posting informational signs and organizing the authors’ hospitality center in the Louise Morden Boardroom. The authors arrived soon after, checked in and met their “buddies,” those essential volunteers who would assist them throughout the day. Activity really picked up when school buses from Park Hill School District elementary schools and St. Therese Catholic School in Parkville arrived with excited children eager to meet the authors. Children earn a trip to the literature festival by reading and reporting on books for their teacher or school librarian. The students are truly interested in the stories behind the books and in learning what makes authors tick. I have been privileged to attend the River Read festival both years, and, as a children’s author, I can’t imagine a more rewarding experience than getting to meet with young readers. Veda Boyd-Jones of Carthage, Mo., author of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Wright Group/McGraw Hill, 2005), and many books on history and other topics, was pleased that the literature festival gives children a chance to see that authors are real people, too. “They seem to think I’m somebody,” she said. “Don’t they know I mop the kitchen and do the laundry?”

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Suzanne Lieurance of Kansas City has written a dozen books for children, parents and teachers, including The Prohibition Era in American History (Enslow Publishers, 2003). She was impressed that the children at this year’s River Read were so well-behaved. “All my groups were just great,” she said. Students attend four author presentations at different locations on campus and are served lunch. The logistics could be overwhelming, but both years Kathy Lofflin, Ph.D., director of the

Watson Literacy Center, and Susan Schank, librarian at Southeast Elementary School in Kansas City, Mo., have combined their efforts to ensure that all worked well. The authors agreed that these behindthe-scenes efforts paid off. “I was impressed with the organization,” noted Janie B. Cheaney, author of The Playmaker (Random House, 2000) and of historical fiction and books for students learning to write. “It seemed to flow smoothly.” River Read is also a great chance for local students, teachers and parents to visit Park, have fun on the campus and interact with students and faculty. Beverly Bohn, an assistant professor of computer science who volunteered at

River Read, calls the literature festival one of the school’s most worthwhile events. “It is an opportunity for us to host students and faculty of Park Hill School District,” she said. “Of course, we hope that some of our River Read students will come back in a few years as Park University students.” And what about those snakes and lizards? Herpetologist David Nieves, author of Reptiles Up Close (Reptile Education and Research Publishing, 2002) and other books, brought his cold-blooded friends. Michael Fitzmorris, an assistant professor in the School of Business and Management, helped with Nieves’ sessions. Nieves invited the kids to inspect the critters (safely) and write about them. “The kids loved it,” Fitzmorris said. “They asked lots of great questions. Some of the adults had a hard time with it, though. One woman took one look at the snakes and left the room!” About a year ago, a local newspaper reporter asked me, “Now that you have written several books for children, what is your bigger goal as a writer?” I was stumped for a moment. The only answer I could give was the same one every children’s writer I know would give: “I can’t think of a bigger or more important goal than that. Can you?”

~~~~~~ Debra McArthur serves as director of academic support services and teaches freshman composition classes and the new student seminar at the Parkville campus. Her nonfiction books for young readers include The Kansas-Nebraska Act and “Bleeding Kansas” in American History (Enslow, 2003), Desert Storm: The First Persian Gulf War (Enslow, 2004), Raoul Wallenberg: Rescuing Thousands from the Nazis’ Grasp (Enslow, 2005) and Mark Twain (Benchmark, fall 2005).

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Hoosier Named Basketball Head Coach by Jerod Dahlgren, sports information director


ason Kline signed on as head coach of basketball after seven men’s successful seasons at Indiana Tech University in Fort Wayne, where he led the Warriors to a 140-84 record. Last season, Indiana Tech earned a schoolrecord 29 wins (eight losses) and its second straight appearance in the NAIA Division II National Tournament, where it advanced to the Elite Eight. “We are extremely excited to have Jason as a member of our staff,” Athletics Director Claude English said. “Coach Kline’s teams have had a success both on the court and in the classroom. I’m looking forward to working with him.” Over the last three seasons, Kline’s ITU teams averaged more than 26 wins per year. In each of the last four seasons, the Warriors finished the regular season in the top 35 of the NAIA Division II men’s basketball ratings, including a ranking of eighth in 2003-04 and 15th last season. Academically, Kline’s players have a graduation rate of 91.4 percent. “Coach English has a wealth of basketball knowledge to pass along,” Kline said. “I will continue to follow the same high standards already established by Coach English by coaching teams that will work hard and compete in the classroom and on the basketball floor.” English retired from coaching at Park after 13 seasons, highlighted by his 199798 squad that finished 27-8 and advanced to the NAIA Final Four. The winningest coach in school history with 182 victories (207 losses), he finished his 17-year coaching career with an overall record of 227-277. Park went 12-18 in 2004-05. Under English’s guidance as athletic director, women’s golf and men’s baseball were added as intercollegiate sports, and he has overseen numerous facility

improvements, including construction of both the 1,500-seat Julian Field for soccer and the Breckon Sports Center. “We’ve added two sports in nine years, and our staff has doubled. With that growth, it has become a challenge to try and do both jobs,” English said. “If we are going to continue to grow as a department, I need to be able to devote more energy to improving Park athletics.” Hiring Kline would seem to be a step in that direction. Kline led Indiana Tech to a regular-season conference title in 2003-04 and the WHAC tournament championship. He was that season’s Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. Individually, his players have accumulated a wealth of honors. Ten have been named NAIA AllAmerica Scholar Athletes, while nine earned athletic AllAmerica honors. Twentynine players have been tabbed Academic AllWHAC honorees, along with 14 athletic All-WHAC performers. Two of Kline’s players received the NAIA Champions of Character Award. Kline started his coaching career as an assistant from 1993-95 at Indiana Tech, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1994. He spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Kansas Wesleyan University, where he completed a master’s degree in business administration in 1998. “I am very blessed and thankful for the opportunity to come to Park University,” he said. “Everyone at Park has been great

throughout the hiring process. Park has a family atmosphere and strives to work hard for its students, which is something I was looking for. It is going to be a great fit for me and my family.” Kline and his wife, Jolina, have two sons, Jacob and Jackson.

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In Academia Global Awareness Research Psychology Professor Dennis Kerkman’s article Cross-cultural Similarities and Differences in North Americans’ Geographic Location Judgments will appear in the fall 2005 issue of Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. Kerkman and his colleagues studied university students’ “mental maps” of North America. “Students in all three countries (Canada, the United States and Mexico) have systematically distorted mental maps. It’s not just random guessing,” he said. “Nearly all of them mistakenly think that North America occupies the entire Northern Hemisphere. Even Mexicans think southern Mexico goes all the way to the equator. That’s a 1,500-mile mistake.” The research revealed that American students know less about Canada or Mexico than Canadian and Mexican students know about the United States. Although the U.S. students in the study were from a university in Texas, Kerkman finds similar trends among American students at Park. “These results affirm the wisdom of establishing our new geography major and continuing the Study Abroad Program,” he said.

poster was presented to the ACM’s Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education on Feb. 25 in St. Louis. ACM SIGCSE is the leading computer science education conference in the world. This year’s themes were security and software architecture. Graduate Dean Presents in New Orleans Mathew Kanjirathinkal, Ph.D., dean of graduate and pro-fessional studies, presented Deconstructing the Undebates: Media Framing of the 2004 Presidential Debates on March 25 at the Southwest Social Science Association’s annual meeting in New Orleans. Kanjirathinkal holds that the media, in collaboration with corporations and the two major political parties, define and control presidential debates and, in doing so, hinder genuine political discourse. Education Students Selected for KC Residential Internship

Electronic Checking: A Simple Solution Wen Hsin, Ph.D., associate professor of information and computer science, presented a research paper, Simple Certified e-Check with a Partial PKI Solution, at the 43rd Southeast Conference of the Association for Computing Machinery, March 18 in Kennesaw, Ga. Hsin’s paper, coauthored with Lein Harn, Ph.D., from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, examines the current e-check scheme and proposes a simple certified e-check solution. Electronic checking “has not gained wide acceptance among the general population, largely because of the lack of end users’ awareness and resources in the support of a fully deployed public-key infrastructure,” Hsin said. “The proposed certified e-check solution is simple because no full PKI setup is needed by e-check users. It provides privacy and flexibility that are not in the certified e-check scheme. current Furthermore, it can be easily implemented on top of the existing internet banking systems without additional cost.” Hsin co-authored a poster, Using Visual Logic Puzzles in Introductory Programming Classes, with John Cigas, Ph.D., from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo. The

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For the second consecutive year, a Park student has been chosen for the Kansas City Residential Internship Program, which addresses the area teaching shortage. Seniors Connie Rockley and Ryan Thomas will participate during the 2005-06 academic year in the Kansas City, Mo., School District. Rockley and Thomas each will receive a one-year stipend of $11,930, housing, some tuition reimbursement and a year of credit for teaching, which will enable them to move up on a district’s or charter school’s salary schedule. To be eligible, students must be seeking a degree in elementary, early childhood, middle school, special or secondary education; be prepared to begin student teaching in fall 2005; and agree to teach an additional year in the school, which is completed during an internship. A Streetcar Named Frank David Fox, adjunct geography faculty, was keynote speaker for the St. Joseph Public Library lecture series March 22 in St. Joseph, Mo. Fox received funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation to research the

history of public transportation in St. Joseph; his presentation, St. Joseph Streetcars: Progress and Enterprise, focuses on the electric streetcar and how it influenced growth. He came across some interesting bits, such as how Frank Sprague is credited with building the first complete system of electric streetcars in Richmond, Va., in 1888, but in fact he installed an electric line earlier in St. Joseph. “Fox has provided extensive assistance to the program in an effort to aid in the development of Online courses and the technical geography concentration in the geography major,” said Scott Hageman, associate professor of geology/geography. Much of Fox’s experience comes from working as a research assistant at the Geographic Resources Center, where he focused on projects such as the graphics for the Buildings of the United States book series published by Oxford University Press. Lab Coordinator Assists with Missouri Science Safety Park lab coordinator David Yates has been a key player in efforts to improve the safety of secondary school science labs throughout Missouri. A project coordinated by the Missouri Center for Safe Schools relies on the expertise of Yates and others, including Dr. Jack Gerlovich of Drake University. From their work has come the Total Science Safety System for Missouri science teachers. Yates is conducting a survey to assess the status of science lab safety prior to regional workshops. A CD containing the Total Science Safety System became available at regional workshops in Kansas City, Columbia and St. Louis, Mo., in early May. Follow-up surveys will be developed. Sheffer Studies Vicksburg Portfolio faculty member Debra Sheffer participated in the School of Advanced Military Studies’ Vicksburg Staff Ride through the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. The five-day event was an opportunity for detailed study of the Vicksburg, Miss., campaign and battleground. This year’s SAMS class studied the major commanders involved, the command structure of the Confederate Army in the western theater, and tactics and strategy. Role playing the commanders highlighted their personalities


and the difficulties they encountered, as well as interpersonal relationships, in ways not possible through printed materials. Staff Complete Supervisor Development Program Staff members recently completed the Supervisor Development Program for Higher Education sponsored by the Kansas City Professional Development Council. Laure Christensen, administrative assistant for the School of Arts and Humanities; Michelle Shoemaker, electronic funds transfer coordinator in the accounting office; Joan Salvati, student accounts/collections supervisor, accounting; Karry Schup, assistant director institutional research/development; and Susan Marcellus, administrative secretary to director/institutional research/ development, received certificates for completing the program for first-time supervisors. In addition to simulations and skill practice, the program provided hands-on training. Completion of seven primary topic sessions and electives was required to qualify for the KCPDC certificate: • Role and Function of a Supervisor • Your Personal Style • Motivating Employees • Setting Performance Standards and Goals • Legal Aspects of Supervision • Conducting Performance Appraisals/Documenting Employee Behavior • Decision Making and Problem Solving Park Recognized for Leadership An article in the April 2005 Ingram’s Magazine lauds President Beverley ByersPevitts, Ph.D., as being among Kansas City leaders who have contributed to “an almost unprecedented stretch of genuine and useful development activity.” Charles Garney, a Park University Board of Trustees member, was also recognized in the article for his “legacy with Briarcliff Development Company, a highly visible, mixed-use, master-planned community just minutes from downtown that has become a city unto itself and a prime residential and commercial address.” Quoting from the article “The Power Elite”: “Now in her fourth year as Park University president, the first woman in that role in the institution’s 130-year history, Beverley Byers-Pevitts continues to find innovative ways to make the university more a national player than its size and Parkville location would suggest.” Ingram’s Magazine is at www.ingrams

Disaster Management Coordinator Elected to Board The American Society for Public Administration elected Jeffery Hartle, CFPS, MIFireE, to a two-year term on the executive council of the ASPA Section on Emergency and Crisis Management during the group’s annual meeting in Milwaukee, Wis., in April. Hartle is coordinator of the disaster and emergency management emphasis for Park’s master of public affairs. He also presented a session, Emergency Action Plans: Beyond Compliance, at the MidAmerica Safety, Health and Environmental Conference in Osage Beach, Mo., on May 12. From Bach to Mozart to Mendelssohn Timothy Corrao, Parkville artist in residence, performed a harpsichord recital March 6 at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., that featured music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Francois Couperin, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Domenico Scarlatti. On April 29, Corrao performed a piano recital with Tim Hays, a member of the Carnegie Hall house manager’s office staff, at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City. The recital included two duet works by Mozart and a solo performance by Corrao of Six Songs without Words (Lieder ohne Worte), Op. 67 by Felix Mendelssohn. Student Life Director Earns Doctorate Director of Student Life Diana Boyd McElroy has received a doctorate in adult and higher education from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. Her dissertation is titled Impact of Outside-the-Classroom Involvement on Cognitive and Affective Development for Community College Students. Social Work Chair Joins Drug Task Force Phyllis Hipps, department chair and associate professor of social work, has joined the Park Hill Community Drug Task Force board of directors. Park Hill School District drug education begins in kindergarten and extends through high school, with curriculum that focuses on prevention and intervention at home, in school and in the community. The task force encourages drug- and alcohol-free choices for students. continue to pg. 24

It’s a Jungle Out There Ever wonder what happens to faculty after they leave Park? Elliott A. Brown, former assistant professor of political science, began a post-teaching career in the executive branch of U.S. government that rivals the plot of an action film. A combatant of narcotics trafficking, violent crime and global terrorism for 15 years, he often risked his life to improve the nation’s criminal justice system. His story unfolds … • Left Park in 1975 and became director of legislation for Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman, R-N.Y., and ultimately minority staff director of the House Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control. • Took Black Hawk helicopters into the jungles of Bolivia, Columbia, Mexico, Peru and other places. • Completed narcotics-control missions to Europe, Burma, Cuba, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Korea, the then-Soviet Union and virtually every country in South America, meeting with presidents, prime ministers and cabinet-level officials. • Had an audience with Pope John Paul II. • Met with Fidel Castro during the first congressional delegation to Cuba. • Wore out his welcome with drug dealers in Peru and relocated to the Justice Department in 1990 as deputy director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, a component of the Office of Justice Programs. • Appointed BJA acting director in 1992. • Currently is executive assistant to the OJP comptroller. • Teaches a course at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.; has taught at American University as an adjunct professor of political science and been a guest lecturer at Catholic University. Since Brown traded the jungle for an air-conditioned office, he can be reached at: Elliott A. Brown, 4116 Garrison St. NW, Washington, DC 20016; (202) 616-3477;

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IN ACADEMIA >> Faculty Attend GIS Workshop Scott Hageman, associate professor of geology/geography; Brian Hoffman, ’86, professor of biology/mathematics and associate dean in the School of Natural and Applied Sciences; and David Fox, adjunct geography faculty, attended a Geographic Information Systems New Urban Research workshop Feb. 25 in Oklahoma City, Okla. The workshop focused on the latest

applications of GIS software. More on GIS at: • discpline_list.html; •; • • rca2002/Papers/pdf/dia25/Session_5/s5 _McKee.pdf; and • 11.html.


Scott Hageman receives the Excellence in Post Secondary award from Denise McPherson, education committee chair for the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Last edition’s question:

Who is Old Kate? by Carolyn McHenry Elwess, ’71, University archivist

Thy work is done; through vale, o’er mossy hill The streams of water flow by steaming power, And thy long years of humble toil are o’er. Rejoice! No dark old age with gloom to fill Thine end! Thou sawest thy sphere of labor lost, Sighed once, and rendered up the weary ghost!

Taken from an article written by Elwess for the winter 1998 Alumniad.

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Kate and her cart below Nickel Hall. Kate’s limestone grave marker is located near stadium seating.


TO OLD KATE O Katherine, a beast of low degree, How couldest thou, through years reiterate, Compel thy stubborn strength and will to wait The careless bidding of a stripling, he How oft more insensate than thou? Patient and constant was thy daily way: While months rolled into years ne’er came the day When Kate appeared not o’er the terrace brow.


Old Kate was a faithful yet independent mule who hauled water in a barrel slung between two cart wheels for 12 years up hill and around campus in the late 1890s. Deemed the college’s waterworks, the lop-eared mule generally ignored her drivers, going her own way, confident of her daily route. When finished, she headed for the barn and waited patiently to be unharnessed. Old age and poor health kept Kate from her task the last two years of her life. In May 1900, the very first day that the college’s real waterworks began pumping water to campus buildings, she quietly died after 32 years of continuous labor. In her memory, the 1901 NARVA published a studentwritten, modified Italian sonnet.


Next Alumniad question:

Why were “Canary and Wine” chosen as Park’s school colors?


Corner Welcome to first-time readers and those who haven’t seen Alumniad for a while. As a record number of students graduate — nearly 4,000 alumni add to our ranks each year — our mailing list grows. The increase in mailings is largely due to hard work, financial investment and alumni support as we strive to keep our lost graduates to a minimum. Staying in touch with members of the Park family is important to everyone. Accuracy is always a challenge. As new names and addresses enter the database, others leave when alumni relocate and fail to notify us until they have missed an Alumniad issue or missed an event. For this reason, we implement ongoing projects to keep track of our friends. When I became alumni director in 2001, we mailed the magazine to 20,000 addresses, concerned that many were incorrect. This issue went to almost 35,000 addresses, the majority of which are confirmed. How did we accomplish this? We use the tools offered by the U.S. Postal Service, of course, but we recently completed a “data scrub” through a commercial company that traces address changes and corrects errors. And through the class agent program, reunion committees and class notes, we have found alumni who were missing from our mailing list for years. Why should you stay on the list? Park alumni programs offer a multitude of benefits, including reunions, athletic events, national and international trips, contests, merchandise, photo contests, networking and University and alumni news, and more. It’s easier than ever to stay on the mailing list and participate in the Park alumni community. Address updates can be made at, e-mailed to or phoned to (800) 4887275 (PARK). Stay connected!

Julie McCollum Director of Alumni Relations


Connecting old friends is a community project.


Another “lost” Parkite found

Jay Flaherty, ’71 Mike DiDonato, x71 Bruce McKeon, ’71 Alex “Spyder” Walker, ’70

name: major: Park activities:

Mike DiDonato music Park Singers; was a Hermit (“and still am”)

Found name: today:

Mike DiDonato Employed by Toyota, was recently published in Toyota Today, married 30 years, four children, three grandchildren

Through the help of Mike DiDonato’s former classmates, Park’s Office of Alumni Relations was able to put him back on the mailing list in time to meet up with his friends during Alumni Weekend 2005.

• Mail address changes to Office of Alumni Relations, Park University, 8700 N.W. River Park Drive, Parkville, MO 64152. • Call us at (800) 488-7275 (PARK). • Update your own information at The ID number required to log in the first time appears on the address label of this magazine. • Make sure your friends do the same. Through print media and our Online community, the Office of Alumni Relations helps you stay connected to your alma mater and your old friends.

Alumni don’t let alumni miss out on the fun! Summer 2005 ‹‹




The Marlowe Sherwood Memorial

that she and Paul undertook after the

Service Award annually goes to a Park

Missouri River flood of 1993. When the

Sylvia Helms Gault, ’60

University tried to sell the flood-damaged

community. Sylvia (Helms) Gault, ’60,

She also has donated time to the

1917 property deed prevented the sale.

received this year’s award for doing just that.

Walnut Grove Cemetery just north of

George Park’s heirs needed to sign quit-

Her bent toward community service

Parkville, which opened in 1882. The large

claims deeds. There being no living direct

emerged early at Park when she became

graveyard, the burial place of Park’s

descendants, the task involved extensive



founders and many faculty and staff, was

genealogy research and travel to identify

organizations and committees, often

in need of an accurate map and a registry

those of Mr. Park’s sisters. Of the more than

serving as chair. She was a member of

of burials. Sylvia has spent hours

250 descendants located, nearly 50

Stephens Cottage honors dormitory, an



qualified as heirs — and virtually all were

all-star Parchevard-Calliopean athlete and

succeeded in learning the identity of

more interested in the family information

a member of the infamous Goon Squad.

many buried there whose graves are

Sylvia had compiled than they were in the

After graduating, she was secretary to

unmarked. One of the most important


Park’s business manager until 1967, when

results of the project has been her ability

Contacts made during Sylvia and Paul’s

to answer questions from relatives of

quest yielded much information of

those buried in the cemetery.

interest to the University, the Parkville

graduate who has provided outstanding service









her son, Edwin, was born. Beginning then and to this day, she



Power Plant, an obscure requirement in the

remains an eager volunteer and a major

Regardless of other involvements,

Presbyterian Church and the city of

behind-the-scenes asset. In 1970, in

Sylvia maintains an interest in her alma

Parkville, whose histories are intricately

response to a lack of early childhood

mater. She contributes at University

intertwined. Sylvia has become an expert

education facilities in the area, Sylvia

events, including Alumni Weekend, and

on the history of all three areas, and from

helped organize and operate a preschool

she leads tours of the University White

her research emerged a detailed outline of

for 3-year-olds. Five years later, she offered

House and has become an expert on

George Park’s life, which had been

to fill in as church secretary at the

University history. She has been president

shrouded in myth and legend.

Parkville Presbyterian Church, where she

of the Park University Historical Society,

She has written several historical

is a member and deacon. The temporary

participated in numerous workdays in the

articles and shared information with

position lasted 14 years, after which she

archives, and has spent considerable time

other writers and researchers. She served


there doing historical research. Her

on the planning committee for Parkville’s

husband, Paul Gault, ’65; Torchlighter

150th anniversary celebration, has written

She researched 100 years of church

Award, 2001; Distinguished Alumni

historical articles for local newspapers,

records and, in 1995, co-authored a book

Award, 1979, notes that she was of great

and was asked to provide information on

for the church’s 150th anniversary. She

assistance in coping with a multitude of

Parkville’s early history for the 1997 city

works with the building committee to

projects during his tenure as Park’s vice

calendar. When Park staff members need

ensure that church functions continue

president for business and finance.

assistance with questions about the





treasurer; 16 years later, she’s still there.

uninterrupted during the construction of a wing.

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One of Sylvia’s major contributions to Park resulted from a two-year odyssey

school, they turn to Sylvia.



John W. Layman, ’55, is the Park

is one of the leaders of the Physics Teacher


University Alumni Association’s 2005



advancement of science and education.


sponsored program with the American

He has served in various positions,

recognized for his outstanding career as



including president and secretary of the

a physics and science educator, his

Association of Physics Teachers and the

American Association of Physics Teachers,

accomplishment in the classroom, and his

American Institute of Physics.

and he is member of the American




publications and service within the academic community.

Coalition, Society,







Layman is a prolific and accomplished

Institute of Physics Governing Board. He

writer, co-authoring such scholarly works

has served as a member of numerous


as Inquiry and Learning: Realizing Science


professor emeritus of education and

Standards in the Classroom for the College

including that of Merck; the advisory

physics, department of curriculum and



committee of a National Academy of

instruction, and department of physics

Microcomputer and Practical Work in


from the University of Maryland.

Science Laboratories. He has contributed

Project; the College Board’s Science

Following his graduation from Park

to and/or edited numerous books and

Academic Advisory Committee; the

and a short stint in the Army, Layman

chapters relating to the teaching of

QUEST Project at the University of

began his lifelong teaching career. He

science. His publications, the workshops

Indiana; and the National Visiting

started as a high school physics teacher,

he has given, and his invited and

Committee of a Science, Technology,

teaching in both Kansas City and North

contributed talks have earned him an


Kansas City Missouri school districts. He

international reputation. He has been


earned a Master of Science in education

invited to make presentations in such

Science Foundation (NSF) Collaborative

from Temple University in 1962 and a

venues as the South African Institute of

for Excellence in Education at the

doctorate in education from Oklahoma

Physics, Durban, South Africa; the

University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

State University in 1970.















Collaborative, a







recognition within the professional

Thailand; and the University of the

community. His highest honors are the

faculty of the University of Maryland. He



1998 Melba Newell Phillips Award from

held a joint appointment between the

conferences and workshops throughout

the American Association of Physics

College of Education Science Teaching

the United States.

Teachers and the 2005 Distinguished







Alumnus Award from Park University. He

Layman’s primary research activities have

responsibilities and accomplishments,

has been elected as a fellow to the

related to the teaching and learning of

Layman gives of his time and energy to


Center and the physics department.





education in 1970, when he joined the

He entered the field of higher







Many of his activities focused on the

John W. Layman, ’55

Association of


for and

the the

American Physical Society.

use of microcomputers in the laboratory.

He married his Park sweetheart, Ellen


Petrie, ’55 (deceased), the day after





Foundation Grants, including a statewide

graduation, in the Graham Tyler Memorial

collaborative grant to design programs for

Chapel. They had two children and shared

elementary and middle school teachers

personal and professional lives for 37

specializing in math and science. He also

years. John has four grandchildren.

John and grandaughter Claire

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Student Showcase by Summer Evans, communication coordinator



he connections were obvious. Both women have a refined sense of style — the real estate developer with attention to detail and the designer with nuanced flair. But the bond goes much deeper. When Jan Schelstrate learned of the opportunity to furnish and accessorize a model home for Provence Homes, she jumped at the chance. Lori Lober, the builder’s wife and real estate partner, is a stage-four breast cancer survivor. Schelstrate is a stage-two survivor. She felt compelled to volunteer for the work after being approached by Kay Boehr,

The builders were so impressed with their work that they hired the two students to design three additional model houses. Schelstrate and Conte took the themes assigned by the builders — the Lobers’ Kansas City properties are known for an Old World elegance — and created homes that emulate Pottery Barn, Anthropologie and New West styles. “When we first saw the homes, they were finishing the painting and carpeting,” Schelstrate said. “The builder had a

stone columns and a weathered shutter form a table. Window treatments ranging from gauze panels, to crinkled taffeta shades, to damask panels tied to crystal doorknobs complete the look. The final style, New West, boasts antiques with silk throws and feather boas, and leather furniture with hand-woven blankets. The elements blend to create a casual, family atmosphere. The additions of antique saddles and riding gear, along with horseshoe imprints in the patio, give the home a touch of the American West. Schelstrate and Conte, who will

Yvette Conte and Jan Schelstrate her Park professor and director of the interior design department. “I was aware of Provence Homes’ excellent reputation and felt this was an excellent opportunity,” Schelstrate said. “We originally attempted to hire designers to do the work,” said Lober. “We later realized that by hiring interior design students, it would allow us to integrate our way of building homes with the students’ fresh style.” Schelstrate felt an instant connection with the Lobers and offered to design one of their Provence model houses. After initially volunteering to do the job solo, she turned to classmate Yvette Conte for assistance. “Although we only knew each other from class, I knew Yvette would bring a wonderful sense of style from her previous experience as a visual merchandiser for Marshall Field’s.”

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storehouse full of wonderful furniture, antiques and accessories.” The challenge was to arrange the elements in a way that would distinctively represent the themes. And do it all in three days per house. For the Pottery Barn style the apprentice designers used existing pieces of old and new furniture to create straightforward charm with clean lines and bright accents. Each imaginary family member’s personality is revealed throughout. The Anthropologie home has an unstructured yet feminine feel, its rustic, worn pieces lending a European cottage appeal. Antique windows and doors with peeling paint contrast with formal furniture and gilt mirrors. The dining room chairs are mixed styles, and unexpected elements such as mismatched

graduate in May 2006, credit Lori Lober with their success. “The experience was a thoroughly enjoyable team effort, and we both are grateful for the opportunity it gave us to exercise our creativity and design skills,” Schelstrate said. After Lober was diagnosed with cancer, Jan and Yvette were just what she needed. “Our synergy allowed us to combine all of our strengths to tackle each project as a team. The end results have been outstanding,” Lober said. The three houses are 2005 American Dream Award winners and will be featured in the fall 2005 Parade of Homes tour in September. Note: As a result of Lober’s diagnosis and recovery, she and her husband, John, have created the Touched by Cancer Foundation to raise awareness about cancer treatment options for people who are newly diagnosed. The Lobers’ company, Provence Homes, also built two show homes to help raise funds for cancer awareness.


Save the Dates

Bulletin Board

More details can be found at


• Golf outing, Aug. 12, Columbus, Ohio. Open to all alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the University. Details TBA. • Alumni women’s volleyball game, Aug. 19

Photo Contest

• Alumni soccer games, Aug. 20

Park Family Photo Contest voting ended June 30, with more than 300 voters making their selections from 149 great entries. The winners were announced Aug. 1 on the web site, which received more than 3,500 hits. Go Pirates! Look for the calendar in December.

• Golf Scramble, Sept. 26 • Runners reunion, Oct. 7 • Homecoming, Oct. 7 and 8

Legacy Scholarship Eligibility for the Marlowe Sherwood Memorial Scholarship has been revised to include any Park undergraduate alumna/us who wishes to attend a Park graduate program. The scholarship, which is funded by alumni, will be awarded to the child, grandchild, niece, nephew, sibling or spouse of a Park graduate or to a Park undergraduate alumnus/a who is attending a Park graduate school. To apply, contact Renee Jack in student financial services at (816) 741-2000, ext. 6294.

Gretchen (Metz) Farmer, ’94, and Garrett Doolittle, ’01, were top alumna and alumnus in the Park 5K Run/Walk on March 20. The Metz-Farmer family finished with the fastest combined times to win the family award, and many alumni placed in the various age divisions. The winners are at The 2006 Park 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for March 26, 2006. Register online after Jan. 1.


Alumna: singular; a woman (Sarah is an alumna.) Alumnus: singular; a man (Fred is an alumnus.) - plural; a group of women (The Alumnae: (ne) ladies are alumnae.) Alumni: (ni- ) plural; a group of men or a

_Club and Regional News El Paso

• Alumni and friends trip to Tuscany and the Italian Riviera, Oct. 15-23


5K Run/Walk Alumni Winners

If you find yourself stumbling around when referring to an alumna, I mean alumnus, no, I really mean alum (you get the idea), here are some simple guidelines that will help you wax eloquent the next time you use these Latin-based words to talk or write about graduates or former students.

• Party on the Point, Oct. 8

— Alumni, students, faculty and staff partied and renewed friendships at the Hilton El Paso Airport on March 1. San Antonio — Alumni welcomed the 2005 graduating class to the Alumni Association during picnics at Randolph AFB and at Stillman Park, Lackland AFB. Austin — At the ribbon cutting and open house of the campus center April 16, alumni received an enthusiastic invitation to sign up for the new alumni club. Layne Prenger, director of Park’s career development center, and Debra McArthur, director of academic support services, presented information about services available to alumni. Parkville — The Pirate Club, Park’s new athletic booster club, was launched with a party at The National Golf Club on March 30. Alumni celebrated with Athletic Director Claude English, Park coaches and community members and learned how the club will

• Alumni men’s volleyball game, Jan. 13 • 5K Run/Walk and pancake breakfast, March 26

Look for upcoming club and regional events in these areas: • Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, Ariz. • Phoenix, Ariz. • Arkansas • Southern California

group of men and women (Sixty alumni attended the event.) Alum: can be used informally for a man or a woman, but don’t add an “n” at the end! (And don’t look for it in the dictionary unless you’re searching for double sulfates of a trivalent metal.)

strengthen the athletic programs. Volunteers are being sought. Computer science graduates, alumni and faculty celebrated at the Power Plant Restaurant and Brewery in downtown Parkville on May 6. The Peacock Society is again up and strutting. Members were treated to a special after-hours gathering for the ribbon cutting March 4 at the new downtown home of the Hauptmann School for Public Affairs. On May 19 and 20, the Peacock Society, Office of Alumni Relations and Hauptmann School of Public Affairs jointly sponsored two days of professional development for members and guests. Dr. Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institution presented The Axis of Evil and Doctrine of Preemption Three Years On for the Hauptmann Distinguished Lecture Series on Thursday evening. On Friday morning, author and lecturer Alex Pattakos conducted a workshop, Stop Complaining and Start Connecting. Peacock Society officers for 2005-06 were elected: Jane Watson, ’96, president; Geanie Porte, ’92, vice president; and Becky Lytle, ’94, secretary. Summer 2005 ‹‹


Class Notes 1940s To honor Dr. Robert McLaren, ’45, and his late wife, Althea, the child and adolescent studies department at California State University, Fullerton, has renamed the faculty conference room the Robert and Althea McLaren Conference Room for the McLarens’ contributions to the department and Robert’s generous and elegant refurbishing of the room. Phil and Maxine “Dikkie” (Spoor) Schoggen, ’46, are performing songs written by Dikkie about growing older, including I Feel Like a Summer Sunshine – Trapped in an Autumn Rain and her favorite, Too Many Ir’nies in the Fire.

1950s John Layman, ’55, was named the Park University Alumni Association’s 2005 Distinguished Alumnus and received the award June 11 at the Alumni Weekend Awards Banquet at the KCI Marriott Hotel (see p. 27). Richard Pawley, ’55, has had two books published – Secret City: The Emotional Life of Victorian Poet James Richard and Thomson (B.V.) and Dee Pawley Limber Rick on a G-Rated Kick: Limericks about Creatures, Famous Persons and Ordinary Folks.

Wayne Rogers, ’64, a consultant in material safety, sterility assurance, environmental affairs and microbiology, has co-authored Polymer in Medical Applications. His second book, Handbook of Sterilization of Health Care Products and Polymers, is scheduled for publication. Robert Booth, ’69, has written a novel, The Perfect Pafko, the story of a man who looks back on his life with some regret. As he begins to right all wrongs, the man has an epiphany that reveals his life’s destiny: to save Major League Baseball. Said Booth: “Perhaps of greatest interest to Alumniad readers is the fact that, though the story is fiction, one of its main characters bears a striking resemblance to a legendary Park figure from the ’60s.”

1970s Carole (O’Brien) White, ’70, has retired from the LexingtonFayette County Health Department after 27 years in the Division of Communicable Diseases. In addition to other activities, she volunteers at the Lexington Humane Society.


Deidre “Dee” (Townsend) Bowman, ’71, retired from Civil Service after a 30-year career in the Navy and Marine Corps. Her most recent position was as a management analyst. She and her husband, Bob, live in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where she teaches fiddle lessons.

Sylvia (Helms) Gault, ’60, received the Park 2005 Marlowe Sherwood Memorial Service Award on June 11 at the Alumni Weekend Awards Banquet at the KCI Marriott Hotel (see p. 26).

Harry R. Salinas, ’73, Ph.D, retired Jan. 3 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as the Departmental Hispanic Employment Program manager after 35 years of public service.

Ivan Waite, ’60, is a second-term city councilman in Raymore, Mo., and an active, appointed member of the Commission on Aging of the Mid-America Regional Council.

Stephanie (Elliott) Tolson, ’74, Ph.D., received a doctorate in higher learning from St. Louis University on May 14.

George Englebretsen, x64, has authored nine scholarly books, including Bare Facts and Naked Truths, scheduled for release in February 2006.

Charles Belcher, ’85, Ph.D., has a doctorate in education from New Mexico State University. His dissertation was titled Three Case Studies of Preservice Preparation Programs for Unified Heterogeneous Educational Systems. He is included in the

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59th and 60th editions of Who’s Who in America, the 2005 edition of Who’s Who in Education in America and the 2005 edition of Chancellor’s List. Kimberly (Crabtree) Gazzo, ’86, is town historian for Dryden, N.Y., where she lives with her two children. She also is administrative coordinator for the bookstore and visitor services as well as executive assistant for regional educational programs relating to local history at The History Center in Tompkins County.

1990s Sara Buckley, ’97, Ph.D., recently moved from Dallas to St. Louis, Mo., to become staff psychologist at the Jefferson Barracks VA Medical Center. She received her doctorate of psychology in August 2003, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in substance abuse treatment at the North Texas VA Medical Center in Dallas.

2000s Wendy Engle, ’00, married former Park student Miles Farmer in North Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 18, 2004. Adrian, ’02, and Lisa (Kerley) Callaghan, ’01, celebrated the birth of their son, Declan Driskell, March 15. Kimberly E. Hendrix-Hickman, ’01, is the 2005 Teacher of the Year for the Kansas City, Kan., Public School District. April Savage, ’01, married Mike Shippy on April 28, 2002. They recently moved from Independence, Mo., to Casselberry, Fla., where she was hired at CHEP, a global equipment pooling company that leases pallets/reusable plastic containers. Alicia Stephens, ’03, is executive director of the Partnership for Community Growth and Development in Liberty, Mo. Kenneth Zimmerman, ’03, received a masters of business administration and passed the Senior Professional in Human Resources exam, thereby earning certification by the Human Resources Certification Institute. Marla Asberry, ’03, and Mary Laughlin Combs, ’04, were named outstanding

<< CLASS NOTES beginning teachers by the Missouri Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. Every two years, MACTE invites schools or departments to nominate two graduates in their first two years of teaching. Asberry teaches first grade at Glendale Elementary in Independence, Mo., and Combs, named an outstanding young teacher by MACTE, teaches fifth grade at Line Creek Elementary in Park Hill. They were recognized April 29 at the MACTE spring meeting in Jefferson City, Mo. George Bird, ’04, became vice president of customer service for Bank of AmericaMilitary Bank on Dec. 20, 2004.

PARK MOURNS Christensa L. Aiken, ’28, May 9, Louisburg, Kan. Ms. Aiken taught Spanish at Park College and Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. In 1943 she left teaching to enter foreign service and was assigned to the office of the military attaché at U.S. embassies in Latin America, Europe and Egypt. In retirement she was active as mission coordinator of the United Methodist Women and in 1968 was the Park University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumna. Mitchell Dunham, ’30, Nov. 12, 2004, Bella Vista, Ark. Mary (Milligan) Locke, ’41, Feb. 26, Evanston, Ill. During WWII, Mrs. Locke was a lieutenant in the Navy WAVES. She was active in her church, in the Philanthropic and Educational Organization for Women and in the American Association of University Women. She enjoyed gardening and was an avid reader. She was preceded in death by her husband, C. Richard, and a son, John S., and is survived by daughter Margaret Mayer, son Richard, one grandchild, a brother, James W. Milligan, and many nieces and nephews. James Shedd, ’43, April 12, Phoenix, Ariz. Mr. Shedd, a successful real estate developer with the Estes Company, retired in 1980. He will be remembered as a member of the King’s Men, a popular quartet at Park in the early 1940s. His father, Charles C. Shedd, graduated from Park in 1916, as did his sister, Carol Shedd McMasters, in 1945. He is survived by two daughters, a son and four grandchildren; a

sister, Carol, and brother, Clark; and a host of friends. Dr. Robert M. Young, ’45, Feb. 24, El Paso, Texas. Dr. Young was active in the El Paso community since 1976, when he became senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church. In 1981 he helped organize the Pastoral Counseling Service, a not-for-profit ecumenical ministry focusing on community counseling. He was active in the Presbytery, Synod and General Assembly, holding a number of leadership roles at the local, state and national levels, and was a member of the Rotary Club for more than 55 years. Warren O. Manley, ’47, March 5, Kansas City, Mo. Mr. Manley married Marjorie Ann Hoefer, ’50, in 1948. During his 44-year career with Paint and Varnish Co., now Cook Composites and Polymers, he received the George Baugh Heckle Award, the top national honor in his field. After retiring in 1991 as vice president of research, Mr. Manley volunteered with the American Red Cross and the Progressive Animal Welfare Society. He was a member of Fairview Christian Church. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; daughter, Janet; daughters and sons-in-law Marilyn and Gill Steidley and B. Carole and David Angle; a granddaughter and a great-grandson. Martha Jean “Bobbie” Gray, ’50, March 25, Higginsville, Mo. Ms. Gray served as a WAVE in the Navy during WWII, reaching the rank of aviations machinist mate second class. She taught science at Northeast Junior High in Kansas City, Mo., from 1952-82, when she retired. She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Virginia Gray of Higginsville and Peggy Gray of Omaha, Neb.; her lifelong friend Jeannie Curl of Evansville, Ind.; cousins, nieces, nephews and grand- and greatgrandnieces and nephews. The Rev. David Pittenger, ’50, April 12, Dallas, Texas. For more than 40 years, Mr. Pittenger served as minister to numerous fellow clergy and congregations, including a 20-year pastorate at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Oak Cliff, Texas. He was a member of the beloved Lowell Quartet that performed frequently at Park during the early 1950s and reunited to perform at

Alumni Weekend in 2002. He is survived by his wife, Martha Jo, two sons, two daughters and three grandchildren. Phyllis (Greenrod) Madsen, ’52, Jan. 10, 2004, West Des Moines, Iowa. Mrs. Madsen enjoyed reading, spending time with friends and family, and all animals. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Janet Polashak Baptist, ’59, Aug. 17, 2004, Pinehurst, N.C. Laurel Dickerson, ’67, March 11, Ph.D., Saratoga, Calif. Dr. Dickerson was recruited by Apple Computer in 1988. In the early 1990s she founded MDG Associates, a successful educational consulting firm that worked with many high-tech companies in Silicon Valley. A member of the Peace Corps, she helped build schools and roads in Columbia. She also was an associate professor at the University of Florida. Dr. Dickerson was most recently involved with the Role Model Program in San Jose, Calif., which teaches the importance of education and self-responsibility. She is survived by her companion, Earle Craigie of Saratoga, Calif.; her sister, Debra Dickerson of Alameda, Calif.; her beloved critters, Archie, Wilma and Lucky; and a close circle of friends and colleagues from around the globe. The Rev. Armour David Stephenson Jr., ’78, Jan. 21, Kansas City, Mo. Mr. Stephenson, pastor of Parkway Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo., and his wife, Shirley, died in a plane crash on their way to Miami, where they planned to embark on a cruise to the Bahamas. They are survived by their four children, Armour III, Michael, Patrick and Gia, as well as a congregation that will remember the couple’s passion for “healing, outreach, prayer and equipping.” Lester M. Lee, ’82, March 4, Newark, Ohio. Mr. Lee served 26 years in the Air Force with a tour of duty in Vietnam and retired as a senior master sergeant. He was a member of the Brick Industry Association, a 32nd-degree Mason and a member of the Aladdin Shrine Temple, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Rocky Fork First Church of God. He was an avid sports fan, especially of University of Kentucky Summer 2005 ‹‹


CLASS NOTES >> basketball. Mr. Lee will be remembered by his slogan, “If you like what you see, buy your brick from Lester Lee.” He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Shirley; two sons, Scott and Stuart, and their families; and many extended family members. S TA F F Winona E. Flaherty, director of the Waverly Health Center, 1963-72, May 11, Grandview, Mo. During her 10 years as director of the Waverly Health Center, Mrs.

Flaherty was every student’s mom away from home. In 1972 she moved to Farmington, N.M., where she became a full-time homemaker and caregiver to her mother. She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, a Cub Scout den mother and an avid gardener. She loved to dance and visit with family and friends. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jay and Cindy (Humbird) Flaherty (’71, x73) of Kansas City, Mo., and two granddaughters.

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PA R K SEPTEMBER 2005 30 – Laramie Project (Theatre), Parkville, 8 p.m. OCTOBER 2005 1, 7-8 – Laramie Project (Theatre), Parkville, 8 p.m. 8-9 – art@park, Parkville campus 9 – Philharmonia of Greater KC, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 5 p.m. NOVEMBER 2005 13 – Parkville Community Band, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.


JANUARY 2006 22 – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (jazz version) with Gregory Sandomirsky, Bhrams Wyndams and the Paul Mesner Puppets, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 6 p.m. 23 – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (jazz version) with Gregory Sandomirsky, Bhrams Wyndams and the Paul Mesner Puppets, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

FEBRUARY 2006 12 – Philharmonia of Greater KC Concert Competition, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 3 p.m.

24 – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (jazz version) with Gregory Sandomirsky, Bhrams Wyndams and the Paul Mesner Puppets, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 10 a.m.

19 – Philharmonia of Greater KC Family Concert, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 2 p.m.

17-18, 24-25 – Play It Again Sam (Theatre), 8 p.m. MARCH 2006 18-19 – Grand Piano Festival, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

23-25 – Grand Piano Festival, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.

17-19 – Theatre Experimental Production, 8 p.m.

26 – Grand Piano Festival, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 3 p.m.

25 – LaScala Quartet with Stanislav Ioudenitch, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.

APRIL 2006 2 – Parkville Community Band, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 3 p.m.

DECEMBER 2005 3 – Philharmonia of Greater KC, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 3 p.m.

7 – Adam Wade Duncan Vocal Recital, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m. 14 – Acting Beyond Prejudice (Theatre), 1 & 2 and 7:30 p.m.

4 – Northland Community Choir, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 1:30 p.m. 9 – Accorda Quartet with Stanislav Ioudenitch, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m. 11 – Park University Music Program Christmas Concert, 3 p.m. 18 – Youth Conservatory of Music Student Recital, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 3 p.m.

28 – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (jazz version) with Gregory Sandomirsky, Bhrams Wyndams and the Paul Mesner Puppets, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 2 p.m. 29 – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (jazz version) with Gregory Sandomirsky, Bhrams Wyndams and the Paul Mesner Puppets, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 6 p.m.

ACCESS TO THE ARTS PROGRAM 50 programs scheduled in the chapel and theater during the 2004-05 academic year. 59 programs performed!!! Attend the many fine programs that will be offered between September 2005 and July 2006. For more information visit

15 – Acting Beyond Prejudice (Theatre), 7:30 p.m. 23 – Northland Community Choir, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 3 p.m. MAY 2006 7 – Youth Conservatory Student Recital, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 6 p.m. 14 – Philharmonia of Greater KC Final Concert, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 3 p.m. JULY 2006 4 – Parkville Community Band, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m

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