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Park, 132 Years Later ... George S. Park and John A. McAfee, Ph.D., founded Park University in 1875 in Parkville, just north of Kansas City, Mo. The comprehensive Master’s I independent institution is a national leader in higher education. Armed with the motto Fides et Labor (Faith and Work), McAfee created the Park Family Work Program, which enabled students who otherwise could not afford an education the opportunity to gain one — if they were willing to work. The school’s founding motto continues to symbolize that vibrant promise for all Park scholars.  The original Parkville Campus is now the University’s administrative center, serving more than 26,000 students on 43 campus centers in 21 states and Online.  Compare Park of 1905 to the inviting,

classes here. To arrange a tour, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (800) 488-PARK (7275), (816) 584-6207 or

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Park University Alumniad Volume 97, Number 1 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 Brad Biles Director of Alumni Relations Julie McCollum (816) 584-6206, (800) 488-PARK (7275) fax (816) 505-5409 Alumni Relations Coordinator Alisha Coggins, ’03 (816) 584-6207 Editor Kathy Walker Walker Texas Writer Assistant Editor John Dycus Art Direction Jennifer Henderson jodesign Established in 1875, Park University is a national leader in higher education. Distinguished by its innovative adult degree-completion programs. The University has 26,402 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs at 43 campus centers located in 21 states and Online. 2007-08 Park University Alumni Council Karen Peters Frankenfeld, ’59 President Bella Vista, Ariz. Neal McGregor, ’89, Ph.D. Vice President Blue Springs, Mo. Matt Dodson, ’98, M.P.A. ’01 Treasurer Kansas City, Mo. Scott Briscoe, ’04 Kansas City, Mo. Jay Flaherty, ’71 Kansas City, Mo. Chris Hershey, ’03, M.P.A. ’05 Kansas City, Mo.

Dirk Lawson, ’94 Lee’s Summit, Mo. Susan Kensett McGaughey, ’74 Olathe, Kans. Jeff McKinney, ’81 Round Rock, Texas Michael Newburger, ’70 Parkville, Mo. David Oswald, x65 Webster Groves, Mo. Bruce Wilson, ’03 Kansas City, Mo. Ken Zacharias, ’71 The Villages, Fla. Alumniad Advisory Board Donna Bachmann, associate professor of art and design Cathy Colapietro, director of admissions and student financial services Brian Davis, associate vice president, College of Distance Learning Olga Ganzen, M.P.A. ’99, Ph.D., associate professor of international education, director of international education and study abroad Caren Handleman, vice president for university advancement Julie McCollum, director of alumni relations Diana McElroy, Ph.D., dean of student services Rita Weighill, ’90, associate vice president for communication Kathy Walker, editor Cover photo by Glen E. Ellman Photo illustration by Jennifer Henderson Correction: In the spring 2007 Alumniad, Kay Dennis, Ed.D., was listed as the director of healthcare leadership. She is chair of the Adult Education Program. See for more information about Park University. We would like to hear from you. Send your comments to Rita Weighill at Alumniad is published by the Office of University Advancement for Park alumni and friends. Send address corrections to Office of University Advancement, Park University, 8700 N.W. River Park Drive, Parkville, MO 64152, or call (816) 5846200 or e-mail

Table of Contents




Barnes Brings Leadership


From the Center, Reaching the World


Riding a Crescendo


AWE 2007 Photos


Master Plan Implementation Begins


Fulbright Experience Delivers Rewards


Nine Students Enter Honors Program


Alumni Association Awards

Departments 4-5 5 14-17 18 19 24-26 27 31-41 37-39 39-41

International Connection Focus on Park University Campus News Support for Park: Giving Born of Gratefulness Tribute Gift Recognition In Academia Call for Nominations Alumni Section Class Notes Park Mourns

Our mission:

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

Our vision statement:

Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Our core values:

• Commitment to commonalities and differences. • Commitment to community among all peoples of the world. • Commitment to lifelong learning.

On the cover Did you find the tiny McKay Hall on the cover of the last issue? It’s hidden on this issue’s cover, too. Good luck finding it!

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President’s Greetings To our Great Park Alumni and Friends, The University continuously renews itself within the framework of the core of our mission, Access to Academic Excellence, and our motto since 1875, Fides et labor (Faith and Work). We want you to know that we are a responsible 21st-century global higher education institution whose core values rest on our historic foundation. Throughout the 2006-07 academic year Park demonstrated commitment to leadership roles that enhance its communities. Improvements in campus safety, student housing and emergency management planning ensure the comfort and well-being of our students, faculty and staff. Dedication to shared governance and to the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment demonstrates our desire to improve local and global quality of life. Park’s ongoing commitment to academic excellence is evidenced in the honors that faculty and student receive. The following summary demonstrates Park’s commitment to advance campus life, improve campus safety and communication, and engage in ongoing response to global issues. Campus safety is a top priority, so it was no surprise when the University was selected to serve on the Missouri governor’s Campus Security Task Force, represented by Dorla Watkins, ’80, M.P.A. ’00, vice president for business and finance. This 23-member task force developed initiatives to improve safety standards and heighten security on Missouri public and private higher education campuses. The task force presented its report to Governor Blunt in August. PirateConnect phone services were announced in late March, becoming the latest technology program to serve Park students nationwide. Among PirateConnect options, the phones will be able to transmit emergency text messages to handheld devices and cellphones, defining the situation and providing safety directives. Also, the phone’s owner can request GPS tracking by campus security personnel. Park’s decision to implement PirateConnect was made before the Virginia Tech tragedies, but that horrific day underscored the need for providing the Park community with an immediate response communication system (see 26,000 Learners, p. 23). To ensure that the University is prepared for emergencies, I formed an Emergency Management Planning Task Force of Park constituencies and community leaders to develop a pandemic management plan that will meet federal, state and local public health guidelines. The plan will provide students and employees with comprehensive steps and outlined responsibilities in the event of a flu pandemic. It is my pleasure to announce new student housing. Groundbreaking in May 2007 celebrated the start of construction on Copley East and Copley West on the Parkville Campus, initiating Copley Residential Quad’s first phase. The residences will house 250 students in beautiful multi-floor buildings that complement historic Copley Hall, the inspiration for the design. Construction should be completed in 2008 (see p. 22). Shared governance is a frequently discussed topic and a concept with many definitions. I challenged a task force of faculty, students and staff to draft a “working definition of shared governance” that would serve the University. The Park University Commission’s discussions threaded through five meetings, resulting in a document produced in May that has been shared with the University community for further refinement.


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I have never been as proud of the purpose or appreciated the value of collegiate exchange more than that demonstrated by the commission members. Their openness to explore ideas that uniquely fit Park brought freshness and a better understanding of how shared governance will guide our decisions. Park has joined more than 300 colleges President Beverley Byers-Pevitts, Ph.D., accepts and universities as charter signatories of the a certification plaque from Tascha Naber (center left), SCA Tissue North America, in American College & University Presidents recognition of Park’s ongoing commitment to become a “green” campus. Flanking Naber and Climate Commitment. This commitment Dr. Byers-Pevitts are, from left, Roger Hershey, is supported by students and faculty who vice president and general counsel; David Fox, instructor of geography and Presidents Climate believe in addressing environmental safety Commission co-chair; and Rich Ludwikoski and Dan Reyes, Xpedx. and becoming a carbon neutral University, with the intent to reduce large-scale adverse health, social, economic and ecological effects. Park became the first higher education institution in the Kansas City area and the second in Missouri to accept this global challenge to address critical environmental issues threatening our future. The ACUPCC task force, led by David Fox, geography assistant professor, as chair and Roger Hershey, vice president and general counsel, as vice chair, will develop a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality at Park through long-term reduced global emissions of greenhouse gases. Park academic leaders continue to advance our commitment to academic excellence. For the second time, Steven Youngblood, assistant professor of communication arts, was selected as a Fulbright Scholar — the University’s fourth in six years. The International Center for Music also brought international acclaim to Park University as piano and string students repeatedly won the most prestigious global competitions (see pp. 11-13). Park continues to strengthen its position as a 21st-century international educational leader, thanks to the resources and talents of our faculty, staff, students, trustees and, especially, our outstanding alumni. Park will engage in other notable activities. The combined talents and support of our wonderful alumni and friends will advance the University to celebrated levels of distinction. Thank you for helping us reach our goals. Cordially,

In her new role as distinguished professor for public leadership, the Honorable Kay Barnes, former mayor of Kansas City, Mo., will head Park’s Center for Leadership. She is teaching leadership, communication and public affairs courses in the Hauptmann School for Public Affairs. “Park students have the distinct privilege to learn from a professor who exemplifies the best in public service and servant leadership,” said President Beverley Byers-Pevitts, Ph.D. “Mayor Barnes brings proven leadership to the development of Park’s newest center.” The Center for Leadership will equip learners to advance leadership for the common good in local and global arenas and will develop students’ leadership and service abilities for application to a global business community. The mission of the center, including details regarding its activities, will be established by Barnes, its founding director, and will include: • Developing a Leadership Coaching Program and leadership-oriented programs for professionals. • Assisting in the development of an Executive M.P.A. Program. • Assisting local governments in identifying and solving problems. • Developing programs with local schools and nonprofits, while addressing community issues. • Developing a nationwide mentor program for M.P.A. students. Since joining Park in May, Barnes has met with Kansas City-area civic leaders for their input on the center’s direction. This summer, she co-taught the M.P.A. Organizational and Leadership Development course with HSPA Dean Laurie DiPadovaStocks, Ph.D. Barnes will teach the course again during the fall II term. She also cotaught the HSPA Community Leadership course in the fall I term. Barnes served eight years as the 54th mayor of Kansas City, Mo.

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International > > > > > > Connection U.S.A. Olga Ganzen in February participated in the Association of International Education Administrators conference in Washington, D.C. Workshops revolved around The Global University: Challenges and Opportunities. Students Kok Fang Loo, Abdel Salam Lazkani, Otabek Yuldashev, Aigline Yoke, Maria Gabriela Rossi, Shakir Valiyev, Wei-Ling Lai and Chiao-Ying Wang, along with faculty adviser Angela Markley Peterson, participated in the Global Future Washington, D.C., trip as part of the Park University/Kansas City Chamber of Commerce World Trade Center’s Global Future program. The trip included visits to the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, the Capitol and the Supreme Court. In March, Olga Ganzen, Carol Getty, Charles Smith, David Fox and Wen Hsin represented Park in Washington, D.C., at the American Council on Education’s Internationalization Collaborative annual meeting titled FLASHPOINTS in Comprehensive Internationalization IT. Park students, faculty and staff represented Armenia and Greece at the 2007 National Model United Nations Conference in March at New York City’s Marriott Marquis. Student team members included Veronica Aguilar, Maria Ayala, Floriza Chandler and Andrea Delahoz from the El Paso Campus Center; David Rosenfeld and Jonathan Lee from the Fort Myer Campus Center; and Khulangoo Batchuluun, Azbilegt Chuluunbat, Simona Cibotara, Lindsey Deegan, Eldor Fazilov, Amiran Gelashvili, Elvin Hatamzada, Abdel Salam Lazkani, Gelin Liao, Bayan Mailybayera, Maria Gabriela Rossi, Sunny Thomas, Laura Warman and Otabek Yuldashev from the Parkville Campus. Faculty and staff included George


Belzer, Fabio Garcia, James Pasley, Art Rodriguez and Marijane Peplow. Michael Droge and Carol Getty presented the Outstanding Contribution to International Education award check to Judith Richards during the Park University faculty conference in April. Azerbaijan Steven Youngblood received his second Fulbright Award to teach at Baku State University in the spring 2007 semester. Brazil Parkville Campus members participated in the Brazil Service Learning program in Recife, where they aided people in a local favela by providing student-taught nursing and craft (graphic design) classes. They also provided equipment and professional techniques. Travelers included students James Beale, Jaclyn Acosta, Pam Adams, Jane Bond, Andrea Nelson, Erin Prideaux, Jessica Stewart, Jodi Stoafer and Lorraine Wright; faculty Beverly South and Masoom Khawaja; and staff Fabio Garcia, Angela Markley Peterson and Gina Mumpower-Turner. China In March, President Byers-Pevitts, Robert Pevitts, Olga Ganzen and Trustee

Park students teach craft classes in Recife, Brazil.

Robert Pevitts, Krista Irick and President Byers-Pevitts on the Great Wall of China. Krista received Park’s FreemanAsia Award for study in Nanjing, China.

Benny Lee in Beijing discussed a future partnership with Beijing Normal University, Capital University of Economics and Business, and Central University of Finance and Economics. Beijing Normal University, which provides international education to many nations, is expanding fields of study and providing interdisciplinary studies to meet national plans for innovation that include strong research programs in biology, environmental studies, social studies, information systems and others. University representatives discussed challenges to a joint graduate degree program and made plans to draft a more detailed template of a proposal linking BNU and Park. The Park group visited the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Other sites visited included the Central Conservatory of Music, the China Conservatory of Music and Beijing Municipal Commission of Education. At the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, the group learned that Park was introduced in a television program about early 20th-century American universities that attracted Chinese students. Park also was

confirmed to be on a list of U.S. schools recommended to Chinese students. Greece In January, Thimios Zaharopoulos met with the private education group EMIEducational and the Business Training Center in Athens to discuss potential cooperation with Park and EMI. Russia In February, Olga Ganzen, J. Mark Noe and Peter Soule discussed faculty/student exchange, certificate programs and a joint M.B.A. program at the St. Petersburg University of Finance and Economics and the St. Petersburg University of Economics and Engineering.

Taiwan President Byers-Pevitts made a goodwill visit to Tamkang University in Tapei City in March to discuss the possibility of building a cooperative academic relationship. Park guests also toured the university and attended a reception and discussion hosted by Tamkang University President Flora C.I. Chang. Other visits were to Chueh Sheng Memorial Library and the Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center. President Beverley Byers-Pevitts, Robert Pevitts and Trustee Benny Lee participated at the International Forum of University Presidents. President ByersPevitts was one of 10 guest speakers at Ming Chuan University in Tapei City, where she presented her successes in internationalizing education.

Park’s world travelers George Belzer, adviser, Model United Nations

James Pasley, Ph.D., associate professor of political science

Beverley Byers-Pevitts, Ph.D., president, Park University

Marijane Peplow, assistant professor of humanities

Michael Droge, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president for academic affairs

Angela Markley Peterson, assistant director, Office of International Education and Study Abroad

David Fox, instructor of geography Olga Ganzen, M.P.A. ’99, Ph.D., associate professor of international education and director, Office of International Education and Study Abroad Fabio Garcia, ’03, coordinator, International Program Carol Getty, Ph.D., associate professor of criminal justice Wen Hsin, Ph.D., associate professor of information and computer science and coordinator, Computer Science Program Masoom Khawaja, assistant professor of art and design Benny Lee, Trustee Gina Mumpower-Turner, admissions counselor J. Mark Noe, Ph.D., associate dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Engineering

Robert Pevitts, Ph.D., executive director, International Center for Music and Youth Conservatory for Music Judith Richards, Ph.D., chair, Modern Languages Department Art Rodriguez, library manager and faculty coordinator, Ft. Bliss Campus Center Charles Smith, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics Peter Soule, ’73, Ph.D., professor of economics and associate dean, School of Business and Management Beverly South, assistant professor of nursing Steven Youngblood, assistant professor of communication arts Thimios Zaharopoulos, Ph.D., dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Focus on Park University

Park University offers associate and bachelor’s degrees at Defense Supply Center Columbus Defense Supply Center Columbus Campus Center Columbus, Ohio O pened : August 1995* Campus Center Director: June Mohr, ’97 Academic Director: Ernie Reid, ’94 The Defense Supply Center Columbus is one of three inventory control points of the Defense Logistics Agency, a division of the Department of Defense. This supply center leads in managing materials and spare parts for land, maritime and missile weapons systems for all military branches, handling more than 1.6 million items. The Park University DSCC Campus Center serves military members and dependents as well as civilian students, offering associate and bachelor’s degrees in computer science, management, management/accounting and management/logistics, and bachelor’s degrees in management/computer information systems, management/ human resources and social psychology. The DSCC Campus Center and the Alumni Association co-host an annual golf scramble and networking party each summer. Alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends throughout Ohio and from West Virginia have participated. The formation of an Ohio alumni chapter was announced at this year’s June 22 event. *Opened in October 1991 at Rickenbacker Air Force Base, the campus center was relocated to DSCC when Rickenbacker closed. Fall 2007 << 

“Dream with me of new realities, new capabilities and new global horizons for all our learners. We will maximize our creative, our educational, our spiritual and our entrepreneurial potential. Imagine a Center for Global Culture, Economics and Understanding. We will prepare all of our learners for a global marketplace, for cultural awareness with the ability to lead, to communicate and to conduct business. Our learners will participate in international study programs and internships. We will increase our partnerships with global agencies and corporations. Our students will bring about a new culture of peace through their interaction.” – Dr. Beverley Byers-Pevitts presidential inaugural address April 12, 2002



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ark’s founding principle of providing access to academic excellence is the cornerstone of the University’s growth. Alumni successes and contributions to economic and civic life reflect the effectiveness of Park’s commitment to a challenging curriculum and rigorous academic standards. As the University enters its 132nd year, its commitment to academic excellence remains firm. From its founding campus in the nation’s heartland, Park branches out to 43 campus centers nationwide to teach students to think critically, communicate effectively and provide leadership to today’s interconnected global economy. All administrative and support functions flow outward from Parkville to the campus centers and thousands of Online students. Park’s innovation and entrepreneurial approach to delivering education provide the core strength necessary to sustain its “reach around the world.”

AT THE CENTER OF IT ALL Park’s strong core is essential to its goal of fostering lifelong learning habits. To ensure that every student does his or her best academically, and to encourage intellectual risk taking, exploration, skill development and innovative critical thinking, Park has developed Academic Centers of Excellence. The centers provide an efficient structure where best practices in education flourish and students reap the benefits of creativity and innovation. Following is a glimpse inside these remarkable programs. Academic Centers of Excellence The centers offer a diverse array of programming designed to stimulate academic achievement. Programs offer intellectually motivating classes, seminars and projects, while providing students the opportunity to exceed the norms of traditional classroom experiences. They

can explore challenging concepts and ideas, while applying critical thinking to the learning experience. Academic Centers of Excellence focus on: • Online education • Sustainability • Honors • Social research • Language and linguistics Center for Leadership On May 1, former Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Kay Barnes joined Park’s faculty and was charged with the task of creating a Center for Leadership within the Hauptmann School for Public Affairs and for the University. The CLPA will equip learners to advance leadership for the common good in local and global arenas and will develop students’ leadership and service abilities for application to a global business community. Fall 2007 << 

Barnes will establish the center’s mission, including the details regarding the following activities. • Develop a Leadership Coaching Program as well as programs for professionals. • Assisting in the development of an Executive M.P.A. Program. • Assisting local governments in problem identification and problem solving. • Develop programs with local schools and nonprofits, and address community issues. • Develop a nationwide Mentor Program for M.P.A. students (see p. 3). Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning With the mission of promoting Park’s teaching practice and profession, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning provides faculty with resources to achieve greater curriculum and method innovation and to pursue their scholarly research and publishing goals. CETL publishes the annual refereed journal InSight, the first Universitysponsored peer-reviewed publication, and plans call for expanding to regional authors. InSight features theoretical and empirically based research articles, critical reflections, case studies and classroom innovations relevant to teaching, learning and assessment. Unique among many discipline-based and teaching-oriented journals, each edition focuses on a theme relevant to trends in higher education. CETL also facilitates a summer scholarly writing group, the Presidential Leadership Program for women faculty, and seminars, panel discussions and presentations that focus on issues faculty


identify annually as critical areas for professional development. EXTENDING OUR REACH International Institute for Global Culture, Economics and Understanding From its founding, Park has created an environment to expand its learners’ horizons, preparing them for the world in which they will conduct their careers. Since the earliest days, classes were filled with learners who studied, lived and worked side by side with individuals from other countries and cultures as they prepared to embark on career paths that took them into fields as varied as business, arts and education. Today students are taught by faculty who infuse multicultural and international studies throughout the curriculum. This includes offering internationally themed majors and minors, integrating international courses into graduation requirements, sponsoring international faculty exchanges and supporting the English as an International Language Program. Students also are encouraged to participate in study abroad programs. Social, political and economic structures and processes are affected as the globalization of commerce and civic interaction evolves. Some analysts argue that knowledge, education and learning play a more important role than land, capital and labor. To address the needs generated by the global economy, Park is establishing the International Institute for Global Culture, Economics and Understanding. Establishing the international institute is a cost-effective way to

globalize the University by focusing on “internationalization at home.” The institute’s unique offerings will facilitate connections for students, faculty, staff and the community. Goal As outlined in Explorations & Transformations 2012:Access to Excellence, the international institute will translate the University’s mission and vision into academic practice, while creating Park’s unique identity in the Kansas City area. The institute will: • Enhance existing programs at all campus centers and Online. • Solidify Park’s position as the region’s leading internationally focused institution of higher education. • Prepare students to enter the global workforce. • Provide access to the arts to University and external communities. • Provide services to the business community. • Facilitate new interdisciplinary academic programs. • Stimulate new community outreach opportunities. Brick, Mortar and Dreams Housing the international institute will require construction of a building on the Parkville Campus — a symbol of Park’s vision statement to “be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.” It is proposed the institute will feature two auditoriums, a gallery and a professional conference center, all designed for the dissemination and exchange of local,

regional and national cultural artifacts, ideas and community experiences. International Institute Centers Initially the international institute will comprise three centers, with additional centers probable. It will create synergy between its centers, generating ideas and innovations. International Center for Culture and the Arts The International Center for Culture and the Arts will include the already established International Center for Music, as well as activities involving the visual and performing arts, literature and communication. It will coordinate activities related to international studies and multicultural studies. The International Center for Music fosters the exchange of master teacher/performers, renowned young musicians and music programs from countries around the globe. The ICM has attracted a talented corps of international students in its Graduate Certificate Program in Applied Music. The Center will serve an important role in the Global Solutions conferences, bringing together faculty and other experts from arts and sciences and business disciplines. International Center for Civic Engagement The International Center for Civic Engagement was launched in 2005 to advance Park’s global mission, develop links with international efforts across campuses and provide innovative educational opportunities for learners

within the global society, while establishing an outlet for channeling community outreach in the Kansas City area. The ICCE currently facilitates a University book discussion series and a foreign policy speaker series. It also serves as the University’s conduit to the United Nations Online Network in Public Administration and Finance and other internationally focused organizations. The ICCE publishes occasional civic engagement papers written by scholars and practitioners. The ICCE will be home to its existing programs as well as a proposed Civic Engagement Lecture series and the Hauptmann Citizens Scholars Program — a citizenship skill development program that will be linked with the University’s undergraduate degree programs (local and Online). International Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development This center will engage faculty, students and professionals in generating development solutions and models of interest on local, regional, national and international levels. Programming will include: • Global Entrepreneurship Speakers Series • Global Future International Business Program • Pre-Business Entrepreneurship seminars • Faculty Research Entrepreneurship and Economic Development • A mentor program to develop entrepreneurs and students • A business incubator

PREPARING GLOBAL CITIZENS “The flattening of the world ... has presented us with new opportunities, new challenges, new partners but also, alas, new dangers, particularly as Americans. It is imperative that we find the right balance among all of these. It is imperative that we be the best global citizens that we can be.” – Thomas L. Friedman, The World is Flat (2005) The international institute’s primary work will be to facilitate and enhance the University’s ability to accomplish its mission of educating global citizens. The international institute will promote global citizenship to students, faculty and the community via classroom, cocurricular and extracurricular programs. Its establishment will enable the University to better showcase its existing international programs to the community and strengthen programs that will equip citizens to compete in the global marketplace. PROMOTING ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE Park’s mission as an entrepreneurial institution of learning is to provide access to academic excellence that will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community. The international institute will support teaching, scholarship and service via a variety of programs and services.

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Fellowships Each center will establish a limited number of annual fellowships, open to Park faculty and visiting scholars and practitioners. The faculty will engage in scholarly work in a specific discipline or an interdisciplinary area. Many visiting scholars will lecture; others will perform musical work, display art, read poetry or engage in other related cultural activities. The international institute will connect fellows to the University via satellite technology and video and audio feeds that can be incorporated into Online classes. Professorships The international institute will attract extraordinary faculty and fellows by offering a limited number of disciplinerelated professorships. Engaging Adjuncts “Star” adjuncts will serve as visiting fellows. These leaders will come from the corporate world, government, civic life and the arts. They will become resources for Park students and faculty and will interact with the community. The international institute will connect Park’s existing adjunct instructors, many of whom bring knowledge and skills from years of workplace and classroom experience. Graduate Assistantships The international institute will provide an ideal vehicle to increase the number of teaching and graduate assistants. Not only will this enhance the learning experience, but the students will have a practical credential on their résumé at graduation —

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that of experience in the global economy, be it in culture, arts or business practices. Conference on Global Solutions The University’s master plan, Explorations & Transformations 2012: Access to Excellence outlines the establishment of an annual Conference on Global Solutions that will bring together academics, professionals and students to discuss issues that have local, national and international implications. The international institute will host the conference, which will incorporate international participation via distance technology. Service-Learning Several Park programs incorporate a service-learning dimension. According to the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, “Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.” The international institute will provide faculty with service-learning assistance and resources, particularly in terms of matching students with (appropriate community agencies). Fulbright Mentoring Four Park faculty members have received Fulbright awards over the past six years. The Fulbright recipients will mentor colleagues interested in applying for future awards.

Serving the Business Community Through the International Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, the international institute will fill a major gap in the Kansas City marketplace by providing quality conference and meeting space as well as direct access to scholars and visiting corporate leaders. The international institute will establish a CEO roundtable that will bring together executives from a range of professions to discuss common concerns and strategies. FROM THE CENTER, REACHING THE WORLD Throughout its history, Park has witnessed community, national and global changes. In each era it has sought to prepare students to not merely respond but to actively generate economic and civic development. Park graduates have strong public voices, lead public or private organizations or have access to public media and often shape public knowledge about globalization. Supported by the University’s strong core and established Centers of Excellence, Park students and alumni will remain important voices as the discussion of globalization unfolds. Contributors: Erik Bergrud, director of the International Center for Civic Engagement and special assistant to the president; Caren Handleman, vice president for University Advancement; and Susan Walker, special gifts, University Advancement



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CLASSICAL MUSIC | Park University


In just four years Parkville’s International Center for Music has gained worldwide renown. By PAUL HORSLEY The Kansas City Star

In the warm, resonant acoustics of Graham

JIM BARCUS | THE KANSAS CITY STAR In four years Park University’s International Center for Music has drawn talented young musicians from around the globe. Since the program began, a dozen students have won international competitions. Above, in the intimate glow of the school’s chapel, Shan-Ken Chien, Leslie Henrie and Amy Gowans, from left, fill the room with music and dreams of the future.

Tyler Memorial Chapel high above Parkville, four graduate students were playing the knickers off Mendelssohn’s A-minor String Quartet, Op. 13. Their chamber-music coach, cellist Martin Storey, listened. In two weeks they would play it for an audience expecting a performance at the highest professional level. The stakes were high. Many use such performances to gauge the progress of Park University’s new music program. The program, the International Center for Music, is growing into something unique among American conservatories. In just four years it has gone from a glimmer in the eye of Van Cliburn Piano Competition gold medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch [associate professor of music and artistic director of the Youth Conservatory for Music and the International Center for Music]– known affectionately as Stasik – to a significant player among music conservatories in the United States. “It’s a completely different atmosphere from a normal conservatory,” Storey said. “The emphasis is entirely on performance.” Park’s master plan also includes a massive revitalization of the campus, with $16 million in new housing (doubling the dorm capacity) and a $35 million International Institute for Global Culture, Economics and Understanding. © Copyright 2007 The Kansas City Star. All rights reserved. Format differs from original publication. Not an endorsement.

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The latter would build a 600-seat concert hall, a 250-seat recital hall and a 250-seat convertible black box theater, all of which could double as revenuegenerating conference space. The money is rolling in from the dramatic increase in online enrollment at Park, which serves some 25,000 students at satellite campuses and on the Internet. Meanwhile students are coming from all over the world to study at the Center for Music – one of three parts of the International Institute – led by Ioudenitch and populated now by two more full-time teachers, former University of Kansas violin professor Ben Sayevich and the British-born Storey. Seven years ago the Park trustees wanted to revitalize their music and humanities programs. Ioudenitch urged Park CEO and President Beverley ByersPevitts and the board to create something unique. “We are training exceptional young artists to the highest level of performance,” Byers-Pevitts said. “That is the dream that Stasik had and that we have supported.” The result is what organizers lightheartedly call a “boutique conservatory” – but there’s nothing lighthearted about their determination to make this one of the top places in the United States for advanced musical performance and study. “We’re small, and we want to stay small,” said Center for Music executive director Robert Pevitts, husband of Park’s president. “Our goal is to attract the very, very top people in the field. The quality of the students that we’re attracting is amazing.” As Pevitts spoke, Russian pianist Tatiana Tessman was in the basement taking a piano lesson from Ioudenitch preparing for this summer’s Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Since the

Stanislav Ioudenitch, front, the inspiration for Park’s music resurgence, here teaches prize pupil and Siberian-born Tatiana Tessman. She heard Ioudenitch play in Moscow, admired his work and followed him to Parkville to study.

program began in 2003, a dozen other students have won or placed in international competitions – 13 prizes so far, and nine firsts. Romanian violinist Christian Fatu continues a promising concert career, and Uzbek pianist Ulugbek Palvanov has several European concerts booked already. Currently the center’s graduate certificate program has 18 students; the

undergraduate programs, 12. Pevitts said the goal for now is to increase those numbers to 24 and 15, but no more. The supporting music faculty is in place, he said. “At one time music was the secondlargest major on this campus,” he said. You can’t be around Park long without hearing the words global and international creeping into every conversation about the school’s mission and vision.

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“The core of our mission is to provide

the chapel, the only German Steinway in

backstage and immediately asked to study

access to education, but also to prepare our students to be part of a global society,” Byers-Pevitts said. “If we can have an

the region. “This kind of treatment I’ve never seen anywhere in the world,” said Sayevich,

with him. “His style of playing is unique. There’s this electricity, this energy. He’s always creating new images.”

understanding of peoples’ culture and economics, we have a better chance of

a native of Lithuania, adding that state institutions such as the University of

For Ioudenitch, the center gives students utmost respect, even the young

understanding who they are. And there’s no

Kansas offer advantages but ultimately

ones. “We treat them as colleagues, not

greater international language than music.”

move graduate students further and further from actual performance.

students.” But the intensity is as highpowered as the halls of Juilliard.

Creating something from nothing

“Park is in a renaissance state,” Pevitts

What are the models for building a

“There are times in a student’s life

said. “Amazing things are happening, and

when he needs a few years of complete

music program the likes of which can hardly be found in the United States?

you can feel that energy.”

dedication to his art,” Ioudenitch said, even if it means homeschooling for other

“We’ve stolen bits from all the models of all the places we’ve been,” said Storey, who

It’s wonderful, but ... Tessman says Ioudenitch was the

subjects. “A person gets a certain number of years, and his whole life is going to be

abandoned a professional piano trio in London to marry his longtime sweetheart,

reason she traveled from Russia to study in quaint little Parkville. She’d heard him

determined by what he does during those few years.”

Japanese-born Kanako Ito, who also

play in Moscow and had never heard

teaches at the center. From the Russian model they have the rigorous devotion to

anything like it. “It was a completely new style, a new tradition of playing.” She went

long hours of music making per day. “We all bring certain things that we liked and didn’t like from where we were before,” Sayevich said. For Siberian-born Tessman, 28, Park provides what she needs as a developing concert artist more than any big conservatory could have: calm, peace, serenity and the chance to practice. The center’s youngest student, 16-year-old Uzbek native Behzod Abduraimov, turned down a full scholarship to the Juilliard School’s Pre-College division to come. “He is a professional musician,” Ioudenitch said. “He is not a talented amateur.” Abduraimov lives on campus, takes classes in theory and English as a Second Language and practices five to six hours a day. For the faculty, too, the resources at Park and the respect they receive are unlike anything they’ve experienced. When they fantasize and then ask for something, they’re likely to get it. “Many dreams have come true,” Ioudenitch said, such as the $100,000 Hamburg Steinway that sits in

Park University has what young artists need: calm, peace, serenity and time to practice. Here, Behzod Abduraimov, left, and Maria Ioudenitch do just that.

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Campus News presented string master classes with Eric Rosenblith of the Longy School of Music on Feb. 13-14 in the Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel at the Parkville Campus.

Fort Bliss Campus Center Hosts Great Decisions Forum The Fort Bliss Sergeants Major Academy hosted more than 35 students and faculty April 11 at the Fort Bliss Campus Center’s border issues discussion forum, sponsored by the International Event Committee. The event, part of Park’s Great Decisions Forum initiative, focused on U.S.-Mexico border issues and created a foundation for future events. ICCE Book Review Explores Implications of Globalization The International Center for Civic Engagement hosted the second book review during the spring semester on the University and societal implications of Tom Friedman’s The World is Flat. Discussion sessions included topics such as “Preparing Our Children to Compete in the Global Marketplace,” “How Should American Higher Education Adapt to the Flattened World?,” “Implications of Offshoring” and “What Does Globalization Mean for Greater Kansas City?”

encounter between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, on Feb. 12 in the McCoy Meetin’ House. The production by the Grimes Theatre Group of New York was written by Jeff Stetson.

If Malcolm X and Dr. King Should Meet Park hosted The Meeting, an imagined

ICM Holds Master Classes The International Center for Music

Interior Design Students Create Cardboard Comfort Depending on the quality of its design, furniture can expand or limit physical comfort in a real and tangible way. Park interior design students tested this theory by designing and constructing chairs using 5x48-inch cardboard strips and wood glue. The chairs were displayed at the Campanella Gallery.

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Financial Aid Workshop Student Financial Services and hosted a financial literacy workshop Feb. 5 at the Parkville Campus. The workshop explored budgeting, banking options, the importance of saving, credit reports and ratings, and identity theft.

Carnegie Foundation Accepts Art from Canned Goods On Feb. 2-3, interior design students participated in CANstruction, a design/build competition benefiting Harvesters of Kansas City that showcases the talents of design and construction industry professionals. The students joined with several architecture and design firms in building structures out of nonperishable items. The event also collected 33,000 canned goods. CETL to Affiliate Program The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning accepted a proposal to participate in the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Affiliates Program. Park is a Carnegie institutional participant. Coming from seven countries on three continents, the participants are the most internationally diverse that Carnegie has ever coordinated.   International Scholar Visits Park Researcher and scholar Valeria Heuberger, Ph.D., from the Austrian Institute of East and Southeast European Studies, toured the Parkville Campus on Jan. 25 and learned about Park’s Difficult Dialogues Program from Assistant Professor of English Cynthia Williams. Austin Campus Center Gives Back The Austin Campus Center encourages students, faculty and staff to be engaged in their communities by participating in service-learning

campus news >> projects. The ACC organized volunteer opportunities with TreeFolks, an organization that has planted tens of thousands of trees in Texas schools, parks, green spaces and neighborhoods since 1989. Faculty and students also conducted financial training classes at local churches. Students, Faculty Sing for Nobel Prize Winner On Jan. 28, 42 Park faculty, staff and Kenyan students traveled to Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., to meet with Wangari Maathai, the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the Green Belt movement. Maathai spoke about the importance of social, political and environmental action as well as the importance of doing one’s best to make the world a better place. The students and Michael Hernandez, director of International Student Services, sang the Kenyan national anthem for more than 1,000 participants. Lecture Series Hosts Emily Hauptmann The Hauptmann School for Public Affairs hosted its 15th Annual Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Lecturer on April 4 in the McCoy Meetin’ House. The lecturer, Emily Hauptmann, Ph.D., is an associate professor of political science at Western Michigan University and the daughter of Professor Emeritus Jerzy Hauptmann, Ph.D.

Crowns Enjoys Second Season Encouraging “hattitude” while celebrating African-American traditions, Park hosted the Unicorn Theatre’s production of Crowns, a soulstirring musical celebration of AfricanAmerican women and their church hats on March 27-April 1. One of the most successful plays in Unicorn’s 33year history, Crowns tells of Yolanda, a Brooklyn girl who discovers her connections to traditions and a deeper spirituality when she goes to stay with her grandmother in the South and observes ladies in the rituals of Sunday church services. Founders Day Honors Patricia Garney Park celebrated its 132nd anniversary at Founders Day 2007 by honoring Patricia Garney for her servant leadership to the Kansas City community. Founders Day took place April 19 at the Westin Crown Center in downtown Kansas City, Mo.

President Beverley Byers-Pevitts, Ph.D., Patricia Garney, Jackie Russell and Emilie Jester

Faculty Pay Tribute to Fallen Service Personnel On April 18, Park faculty honored American service personnel who have died in Afghanistan and Iraq by reading their names aloud at the entrance to the Parkville Campus Academic Underground. Led by Ronald F. Brecke, Ph.D., professor of political science, the faculty members recited more than 3,200 names in 15-minute intervals. A webcast is at Cultural Sharing: Become Kenyan for a Day Park explored Kenyan culture at the University’s Cultural Sharing on April 20 in the David Theatre at the Parkville Campus. The third installment in a series that seeks global understanding through cultural exchange, the event featured Kenyan history and traditional food, music, dance and clothing. The Park chapter of People to People International and the Graphic Design Department, Office of International Education and Study Abroad, Office of International Student Services and the Milele Kenya Club sponsored the event. Music Student Wins Top Prize at Iowa Piano Competition Graduate student Lolita Lisovskaya earned the $7,500 top prize at the 2007 Iowa Piano Competition on

Students Forgo Spring Break for Civic Engagement On March 10-17, eight students and two Student Life graduate assistants from the Parkville Campus traveled to Jacksonville, Fla., to volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank, Dignity-U-Wear, Clothing Warehouse, the Clara White Mission’s homeless shelter and The Sanctuary’s after-school program. They also volunteered at the Child Guidance Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Megan Wescoat and Mel Gardner help kids cook snacks at The Sanctuary After School Program.

Cleanup crew at the Child Guidance Center

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March 10 in Sioux City, following three days of competition and a performance of the first movement from Mozart’s Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K. 482. The competition, hosted by the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra

Park Pledges to Go Green Pledging to reduce the greenhouse gases generated by the campus and to ultimately achieve carbon neutrality, President Beverley Byers-Pevitts, Ph.D., signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, while in Washington, D.C., with members of Congress in attendance, making Park the first institution in the Kansas City area and the second in Missouri to join in the effort. Sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, the initiative is solidifying institutional commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

at Morningside College’s Orpheum Theatre, included a recital, a chamber performance with Kia-Hui Tan and William Conable from Ohio State, and a concerto performance for the three finalists. The judges complimented the involvement and intricacy of Lisovskaya’s playing. Sprint, Rave Wireless Power Mobile Services Park students now may buy mobile phones that come pre-loaded with Rave applications for academics, safety and community-building, as well as special calling plans. In addition, Sprint is offering additional coverage of its nationwide PCS network at the

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Parkville Campus, giving students the power of continuous access to information nearly any time (see p. 23). Grand Piano Festival Hosts Sequeira Costa Park’s International Center for Music hosted its third consecutive Grand Piano Festival on March 14 at the Parkville Campus. Guest artist Sequeira Costa, a University of Kansas professor of piano, taught master classes along with Stanislav Ioudenitch, Park associate professor of music and artistic director of the International Center for Music. The festival featured concert performances by Costa, Ioudenitch and ICM students Tatiana Tessman, Lolita Lisovskaya and Ulugbek Palvanov. PDI Hosts Workshop on Poverty in the Classroom, Workplace Since A Framework for Understanding Poverty was published in 1995, millions of readers worldwide are believed to have changed their view of social class. Many Kansas City leaders joined Park at a two-day workshop featuring author Ruby Payne, Ph.D., on March 1-2 at the KCI Expo Center. The event, hosted by the Professional Development Institute, drew more than 750 participants from Missouri, Kansas and Iowa. On the first day, Payne spoke to educators and

administrators from 48 school districts and five higher education institutions. The next day, she and Phil DeVol, her co-author of the book Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professional and Communities, addressed issues related to generational and situational poverty and the “hidden rules” associated with social class. Fulbright Faculty Workshop Park hosted a Fulbright faculty workshop April 2 at the Parkville Campus. Gary L. Garrison, assistant director for Asia and the Middle East at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, discussed lecturing and research opportunities in 150 countries; where to get advice on which country to apply to and how to make contacts abroad; and how to prepare the Fulbright application. He also shared how campuses can explore hosting visiting foreign Fulbright scholars (see related Fulbright story on p. 28). Crum to Serve as Council Fellow Jim Crum, ’83, director of Business and Institutional Services, was selected as a fellow of the Council on Ethical Billing.

Global Future Program Takes Students to D.C. From Feb. 18-21, Park students traveled to Washington, D.C., for the World Trade Center’s Global Future program. They visited the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, the Capitol, Supreme Court, USAID, National Press Club, International Spy Museum and Arlington National Cemetery, among other sites. Highlights included meeting Fort Myer Campus Center faculty and staff and visiting Shakir Valiyev (Azerbaijan), Darrell Loo (Malaysia), Aigline Yoke (France), Maria Gabriela Rossi (Brazil), Fabiola Kamga, the White House, where some students saw Otabek Yuldashev (Uzbekistan) President George W. Bush.

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Students, Faculty Engage in International Service Learning Park students and faculty participated in a spring service-learning program in Recife, Brazil, on March 8-19. The group worked with members of the Pau Amarelo community center near the coastal town of Olinda, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Pau Amarelo center serves residents of favelas, or slums, in and around Olinda and Recife.

ICS Student Releases Free E-mail Application for Macintosh Users Information and computer science senior Nick Kreeger has released an open-source e-mail Macintosh application called Correo (“mail” in Spanish) designed to combine the advantages of the Mozilla platform and the end-user features of Mac OS X. Kreeger added in-page RSS news feed detection and improvements to the download manager.

Park Model U.N. Team Goes to New York Park’s Model United Nations team participated in the National Model U.N. in New York on March 19-24. The 20member team included 14 delegates from the Parkville Campus, four from the El Paso Campus Center and two from the Washington, D.C., campuses. M.B.A. student Salam Lazkani and Parkville Campus senior Simona Cibotaru led the team in representing Armenia on nine U.N. committees and Greece on the Security Council.

Desert Pirates Walk for MS Park’s “Desert” Pirates at DavisMonthan Campus Center walked to benefit multiple sclerosis research March 31 in Tuscan, Ariz. The team of students, staff, family and friends went 3.3 miles and raised $200. The “Desert” Pirates intend to make this an annual event. Biology Student Earns Scholarship to Study in Germany Sophomore Darina Durlova received a prestigious DAAD research internship in science and engineering scholarship to study at Germany’s University of Bielefeld from May to August 2007. DAAD stands for Deutscher Akademischer Austausch

Dienst (German Academic Exchange Service). The RISE scholarship gives biology, chemistry, earth sciences, engineering and physics students the opportunity to spend a summer working with German doctoral students on research projects. Durlova is an international biology major originally from Bulgaria. Her project investigates the relationship between mother and baby guinea pigs and how pups signal their mother about their needs. Park Artist Donates Work to KC Council The Council on Philanthropy featured art donated by Park graphic designer Jake Marshall on note cards that were sold at the organization’s luncheon May 11. Packets included five cards with Marshall’s watercolors on the front. Proceeds supported the council’s mission to provide affordable programs, workshops and services to those working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector. Cards may be purchased at kcphilnet. org. Click on “Support the Council.”

Don’t Shop ’til You Drop ... Shop ’til You’re Satisfied! You can now shop from the convenience of your home at the Pirate Virtual Store — the Online source for Park apparel, gifts, books, software and office supplies. The store, at, provides a secure credit card environment, and items can be delivered within three days. Fall 2007 << 17

Giving Born of Gratefulness Lucy Picco Simpson,’62, found a strong voice for her convictions at Park. Her gift to the University provides educational opportunities for others do to the same.

by Susan Walker, special gifts, University Advancement

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courtesy of Clifford porter, x64

Lucy Picco was by all accounts a reserved young woman. A first-generation college student from Cicero, Ill., she enrolled at Park on the recommendation of her pastor. Although the University was far from home, and her family only reluctantly supported her higher education choice, Lucy’s pastor was confident that she would excel at Park. Campus culture had a family feel to it in the late 1950s, and students quickly developed into a community, cementing lifetime friendships. Romances, too. Although Lucy did not marry Barry Simpson, ’59, until both had graduated and migrated to the East Coast, they met while students at the Parkville Campus. At Park, Lucy honed her sense of right and wrong through her political science studies under the tutelage of Jerzy Hauptmann, Ph.D. From the course work, classroom discussions and lively debates in the cafeteria, the Commons and the dorm grew a strong voice for her convictions. The pastor was correct: Education changed her life. After graduation, she set out to help others experience that same change. After earning a graduate degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., Lucy spent time as a classroom teacher, but it was soon apparent that her true vocation lay elsewhere. She had long been bothered that in textbooks women were depicted mostly in domestic

Lucy Picco Simpson, Betsy Street Porter and Barbara Walker Psarakis from the Class of 1962

and passive roles, despite the number of competent and entrepreneurial women who had tremendous impact throughout history. As a member of the textbook review committee for the publishing company McGraw-Hill, Lucy worked to present accurate depictions. Still, she was dissatisfied with the historical filter that failed to tell the stories of strong women. So she began publishing a journal to provide classroom instructors the resources necessary to teach a more authentic view of history. TABS soon gained national recognition. Gloria Steinem subscribed to TABS and displayed a poster of the journal in her office at Ms. Magazine. Thanks in part to Lucy’s efforts during the tumultuous 1970s, event descriptions and images in today’s textbooks better represent both genders. Her husband credits Lucy’s Park education as the catalyst that enabled her to be part of this momentous change. “If we hadn’t come to Park, life would have been much different,” he noted. “I could have stayed in Davenport [Iowa]

— I had plans to remain on the farm or become a minister — and she could have stayed in Cicero. She might have worked at Western Auto, perhaps married, had a family and a nice enough life. Instead, Park became the portal to a very different and very exciting life for both of us.” The bonds forged during her college career lasted a lifetime. Reflecting on a campus visit for a 10-year class reunion, she wrote: Lucy Picco Simpson “I have such a strong with her husband, feeling for this place Barry Simpson, ’59 — the hills, the stairs, the Missouri River view, the weeds and bugs, the smells behind Commons, the sound of a tray load of dishes dropping and breaking. I had forgotten how much I loved the campus. The strong pleasure of simply walking around surprised me.” Cancer would end her life. Facing her final days with dignity and strength, Lucy found pleasure in memories of her accomplishments and gratitude for Park’s role in making those achievements possible. She desired that today’s students have the same benefits of a close-knit community and academic excellence that changed her life’s course. To that end, she made a gift to the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs a few weeks before her death on March 1, 2006. Park is honored to be entrusted with her gift and is committed to maintaining the campus culture that produces accomplished leaders like Lucy Picco Simpson.

Tribute Gift Recognition Park University gratefully acknowledges the individuals, associations, corporations and foundations that honored loved ones and friends through tribute gifts between January 1 and May 31, 2007. In Memory of Billie Smith Allen to the Park Fund William Allen, ’93 Alice Elliott Easley, ’46, to the Park Fund Harriet Trautwein Allgood, ’47 A. Morris Everett, ’42, to the Park Fund Carol Allison Polson, ’42 Peter Francis, ’67, to the Park Fund Robert Theiss, ’67 Delta Gier to the Park Fund Robert Bell, ’53, and Jean Benjamin Bell, ’53 Morene Sue Grisham, ’88, to the Park Fund Roy Lorenz, ’79 David Gunderson to the Friends of the Library Albert and Betty Dusing G. Ann Schultis Neil and Blanche Sosland Lester Harris to the Park Fund Joseph Keevil and Frances Harris Keevil, ’48 Ruth Harris to the Park Fund Joseph Keevil and Frances Harris Keevil, ’48 Elizabeth Lerma to the Friends of the Library Albert and Betty Dusing

:: Alumni and Friends Who Make a Difference ::

Patricia McClelland to the Friends of the Library Albert and Betty Dusing G. Ann Schultis Harold Smith, ’44, and Carolyn Douglas Smith, ’47 Patricia McClelland to the Mary L. Parker Women’s Scholarship Ray Seidelman Jr., ’00, and Sandra Seidelman Calvin C. McCollum to the Friends of the Library G. Ann Schultis Harold Smith, ’44, and Carolyn Douglas Smith, ’47 Terri Lynn Morris to the Nicholas Manchion English Award Edward Manchion and Jody Manchion, ’99 Oleva Morrison Myers, ’32, to the Myers Scholarship Fund Robert C. Myers, ’61

Marlowe Sherwood, ’63, to the Marlowe Sherwood Endowed Scholarship Fouad Azab, ’80 Lucille Picco Simpson, ’62, to the Hauptmann School for Public Affairs Barry Simpson, ’59 Armour Stephenson, ’78, and Shirley Gilmore Stephenson, ’81, to the Park Fund Gwendolyn Williams Brazil, ’79 Jeffrey Winston, ’79 D.H. Thomas, ’15, to the Park Fund Robert Thomas, ’50, and Evelynn Thomas Meta Oelfke Thomas to the Park Fund Robert Thomas, ’50, and Evelynn Thomas Luke Williams to the Nicholas Manchion English Award Marjorie Severin Sam Williams to the Nicholas Manchion English Award Marjorie Severin

Frances Perry to the Friends of the Library Harold Smith, ’44, and Carolyn Douglas Smith, ’47 Jon Porter, ’59, to the Park Fund E. Ann Mariner Porter, x62 Marian Wightman Renfro, ’38, to the Park Fund Richard Renfro, ’37

Nicholas Manchion to the Nicholas Manchion English Award Edward Manchion and Jody Manchion, ’99 Marjorie Severin

Rosa Mae Rose to the Nicholas Manchion English Award Edward Manchion and Jody Manchion, ’99

Patricia McClelland to the Pat Hutchens McClelland Endowed Scholarship for Education Jutta Pegues Tom Rule, ’59, and Beulah Rule

John R. Sanders to the Dr. John Sanders Memorial Scholarship Brian Hoffman, ’86 Debra McArthur Carol Sanders

Patricia McClelland to the Education Department Margaret Monahan

Myrtle Shannon to the Park Fund Charles Shannon, ’80, and Clarita Shannon

In Honor of Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann to the Hauptmann School for Public Affairs Barry Simpson, ’59 Dr. William C. Pivonka to the Dr. William C. Pivonka Science Scholarship Dennis Epperson (T), ’69, and Bonnie Wallace Epperson, ’70 Sapna Gupta Brian Hoffman, ’86 Penelope Scialla, ’69

(†) In memoriam (T) Trustee (A) Alumni Council

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ark your calendars for

Alumni Weekend 2008

• June 19 - 22

• Class of 1958 Golden Reunion Dinner, June 19

Photos provided by Tom Lucas, ’62; Alan McArthur, ’07; Bobbi Shaw, ’01; and Kevin Keith.

• Class reunions for classes ending in 1 and 8

• Fun events for all ages Honoree Daley Walker, professor emeritus, and wife Dixie

Janie David Fopeano, ’73; Lynn Bondurant, ’61; and Mary Ann Hasty Johnson, ‘63

Class of 1957 wins the Loving Cup for highest number of classmates in attendance.

Joe Williams, ‘57

Edwin Hancock, ’34, with daughter Mary Wirch Members of the Class of 1957 visit in front of the chapel.

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Lynnese Paulson, ’57, and Roger Layman, ‘57

Deborah Hammond, ’05, and Ken Austin, MBA ’04, team up at the golf scramble.

Liberty Memorial, National World War I Museum, location of the Friday evening tour and dinner. Dr. Tim Wescott, assistant professor of history, welcomes Forest Brown, ’49, to the Liberty Memorial. Wescott is a National WWI Museum Trustee.

Alumni brought their families to experience the Liberty Memorial.

Alumni and friends in the McCoy Meetin’ House

Alumni Council officers conduct the Alumni Association’s annual meeting in the Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel. Karen Peters Frankenfeld, ’59; president; Neal McGregor, ’89, Ph.D., vice president; and Matt Dodson, ’98, M.P.A. ’01, treasurer

John Snider, ’57, and wife Betty McHaley examine a display at the National WWI Museum.

a nd thoughtful every step of the [Alu mni Weeke nd] went a bsolute ly perfect for me. Julie a nd her staff we very helpful alu mni. Su nday morning as my way. The Ba nqu et was a lot of fu n, a nd it ena bled me to … meet some very interest ing ca mpus. It was a perfect ending f light is ta king off from K CI, I look out the window a nd lo a nd behold, there is the Park pla ce in my heart a nd life. to a wonderful weeken d. … Tha nk you a nd you r whole staff. Park will always hold a special Sincere ly, Greg Aba n ava s ‘76 Fall 2007 << 21


Implementation Begins by Roger

W. Hershey, vice president and general counsel; chair, Park University Master Planning Commission

Groundbreaking for the Copley Residential Quad took place May 11.


here has been a rush of activity since autumn 2006, when work picked up on the Parkville Campus Master Facilities Plan, adopted by the Board of Trustees for the Parkville Campus in May 2005. In October 2006 the Board authorized the design, construction and financing of student residences on the Copley Residential Quad, which takes its name from nearby Copley Hall. In January 2007 the Board adopted two sets of site design guidelines to bridge the Master Plan and the design process for two related projects. One set applies to University land near the 6th Street entrance, the other to the new residences near Copley Hall.

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The residences will be constructed on the campus’ westerly edge at the middle elevation on the Copley Quad. Students will live closer to the academic center, and the Quad will bridge the upper campus and downtown Parkville, thus encouraging a closer connection between the University and the community. Ellerbe Becket Construction Services will oversee design and construction, and Ellerbe Becket Inc. and Sinclair Hille Architects will develop the architectural design. UMB Bank, N.A. will assist with the financing.  Three connected buildings will share a central community lounge, kitchen,

laundry, vending area, computer lab and study lounges. The resident life coordinator will have administrative offices and an apartment. One elevator will serve all three buildings, avoiding some of the many steps that abound on campus.  Unlike individual rooms found in traditional university dormitories, these residences have been designed around two suites. Suitemates will share space that consists of two bedrooms, a common area and a mini-kitchen and living room. There will be four-bedroom suites and twobedroom suites. President Beverley Byers-Pevitts, Ph.D., recently signed the American

College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, pledging that Park will achieve climate neutrality in greenhouse gas emissions on the Parkville Campus. This decision was anticipated by the Master Plan goal to “utilize planning principles that encourage a healthy, attractive environment (including sustainable design principles)” and the site design guideline mandates to select environmentally sensitive building materials and consider Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design guidelines promoted by the U.S. Green Building Council. The University has required that the new buildings meet the council’s LEED Silver Standard.  In the future when Copley Hall is renovated into student residential usage, that building will serve as the architectural keystone that establishes the character of Copley Quad, where residential students will enjoy modern accommodations in a historic setting. Building materials have been selected for durability as well as appearance. Stone highlights will visually tie the new buildings to Copley Hall and other historic stone structures nearby.  The buildings center on the Copley Quad level. However, one building continues up the hillside toward FindlayWakefield Science Hall and is expected to provide pedestrian access from the top floor of the building to the upper

level of the campus. The westerly building faces the Quad but then continues down the hill four levels. Copley Quad will replace the west side’s main vehicular thoroughfare, thus separating pedestrian and vehicular traffic. A new perimeter drive will connect the main entrance with 6th Street. Until that road is built, drivers will select their campus entrance based on their destinations. Labor Hall may be expanded to meet the recreation and wellness needs of the campus community. This project is scheduled to be completed in a later phase; however, renovation of a portion of Labor Hall has been accelerated in response to student requests.  The design-build project delivery

method will save money by avoiding the inevitable cost increases and by taking advantage of the current low interest rates. Students could occupy most of the new suites by the beginning to the 2008 fall semester, with all suites completed by the end of October 2008.  The project has offered new opportunities for cooperation between the University and Parkville, starting with the mayor and city staff participating in the Master Plan process. In fact, the location of the new residences was influenced by the city’s request that student housing be located near downtown. And at the University’s suggestion, the city created the Parkville Industrial Development Authority, which will issue tax-exempt bonds, with proceeds providing the funds that PIDA will loan to the University to finance the project.   While campus traffic patterns, parking and other activities will be disrupted during construction, an intra-campus shuttle bus will provide transportation from parking lots to the campus. Various campus activities and community events will be relocated or rescheduled to help minimize disruption. Patience will be a virtue, especially as the campus community recognizes what a boon the new residences and fitness facility will be to Park University.

26,000 Learners Connect Across One University A new partnership with Sprint and Rave Wireless should enhance the Park academic experience and unite students across 43 campus centers and Online. Rave Wireless phones available to Park students come pre-loaded with applications for academics, safety and community-building, plus special calling plans. Sprint is offering additional coverage of its nationwide PCS network at the Parkville Campus. Park and Rave will integrate existing computing systems into an optional mobile

Aigline Yoke, communication major

phone platform, giving students who sign up 24/7 access to administrative and class information. “The partnership between Park, Rave Wireless and Sprint brings together the expertise of three technology leaders that will result in an unprecedented mobile program that unifies our students and provides enhanced academic opportunities on their preferred devices, regardless of the Park program in which they are enrolled,” said Sara Freeman, associate chief information officer. Park’s mobile phone program launched fall 2007. Fall 2007 << 23

PUBLICATIONS David Yates, ’93, chemistry and physics instructor, co-authored The Status of Science Safety Initiatives in Missouri Secondary Schools: A Progress Report, which was published in the December 2006 issue of Missouri Science News. SCHOLARLY ACHIEVEMENTS Olga Ganzen, M.P.A. ’99, Ph.D. executive director of International Education and Study Abroad, earned a doctorate in philosophy in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in arts and sciences from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her dissertation is titled Educating Global Citizens: The Internationalization of Park University, Kansas City, Mo. President Beverley Byers-Pevitts, Ph.D., co-facilitated the World Trade Center Book Club discussion of Richard Florida’s book The Flight of the Creative Class on April 23 in Kansas City, Mo. The book explores what Florida calls the looming crisis affecting the United States in light of tighter immigration and visa laws. GRANTS AND AWARDS Missouri Campus Compact is funding service-learning initiatives at Park. The MCC is a statewide coalition of university and college presidents that helps students develop the values and skills of civic participation through public service. Virginia Brackett, Ph.D., assistant director of the Honors Program and assistant professor of English, applied for the funds to support development of a mandatory

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service-learning program that will be introduced to the expanded fall 2007 freshman program. PRESENTATIONS Laurie DiPadova-Stocks, Ph.D., dean of the Hauptmann School for Public Affairs, was the distinguished lecturer at the Alpha Alpha meeting April 13 at Mississippi State University. She presented Humility, the Unscripted Future, and Your Graduate Degree. Stephen Pew, Ph.D., Master of Healthcare Leadership associate professor, presented The Expanding Role of Consumer Education in Healthcare Advocacy (Educational Programs for Patients and Their Advocates) at the 36th Annual Society for Healthcare Consumer Advocacy Conference on April 11 in Tucson, Ariz. Dennis Kerkman, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, presented the study Mapas Mentales y Actitudes Sociales de Españoles, Mexicanos y Estadounidenses (Mental Maps and Social Attitudes of Spaniards, Mexicans and Americans) to the Department of Social Psychology at the University in Seville, Spain, on Oct. 17, 2006. The research shows how U.S. students with negative attitudes toward Mexican Mestizos (partly Mexican, partly Spanish heritage) exaggerate the social distance between themselves and Mexico.  

Roxanne GonzalesWalker, Ed.D., CDL associate dean and assistant professor of education, conducted two sessions in January at the Council of College and Military Educators conference in Monterey, Calif. The presentation, Training, Mentorship, and Evaluation of Online Adjunct Faculty as a Means to Meeting the ACE Principles of Good Practice, focused on how to meet the new Department of Defense best practice standards for Online courses. In February, Kay Dennis, Ed.D., chair of the Adult Education Program and assistant professor of education, and Gonzales-Walker co-presented Faculty Training: Critical Steps toward Academic Quality Online at the Instructional Technology Council’s e-learning conference in Albuquerque, N.M. Bob Theus, FBCC academic director, co-presented at the 2007 Southwest Regional Professional Development Institute on Feb. 22 in Las Cruces, N.M. Their workshop sessions focused on leadership and motivation. Derek Mueller, ’96, English adjunct faculty member, spoke at the 2007 Conference on College Composition and Communication on March 24 in New York City. He participated in the session Re/Visions of a Field: Representing Disciplinary Identities in the Pages of College Composition and Communication and presented Clouds, Graphs, and Maps: CCC from a Distance. Walter Kisthardt, Ph.D., Department of Social Work chair, presented a seminar with the social work staff

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March 23 at the Kansas City VA Medical Center. His presentation, Crisis as Opportunity: Will Social Workers reclaim a leading role in discharge planning and community re-integration for returning vets?, reviewed the history of social work as an integral component of service and treatment for service men and women from the post-Civil War era through 1926 when the first social service department was established in veterans hospitals. Bartlett Finney, professor of business administration, and Michael Martin, assistant professor of management, co-presented at the North American Management Society conference March 28-30 in Chicago. Finney’s paper, A Comparison of Business Policy Case Analyses and Reports of Online and Traditional MBA Graduate Students, was published in the conference proceedings. Martin’s paper was titled Perceived Value of Traditional Face-to-Face vs. Online Degrees as Viewed by Corporate HR Departments. Kenneth Christopher, Ph.D., assistant professor of criminal justice, presented at the third annual Western Hemispheric Port Security Conference and Trade Exhibition, SecurePort 2007, Jan. 30 in Houston. Christopher’s paper, Risk Assessment Modeling: Developing Efficiencies in Risk Assessment Strategies for Seaport Facility Security Officers, provided support and recommendations to maritime officials and seaport security managers for developing cost-effective risk assessment plans consistent with the National Strategy for Maritime Security.

Debra Sheffer, assistant professor of English, presented Manhood, Honor, Nostalgia, and Civil War Soldiers at the Southwestern Social Science Association’s 87th Annual Meeting on March 15 in Albuquerque, N.M. Her paper discussed the role of honor in the antebellum and Civil War era in relation to psychological combat trauma. Greg Plumb, J.D., professor of criminal justice, participated in a roundtable on diversity in society March 25-30 at Lincoln College at the University of Oxford in England.  He was discussion leader for a paper presented by Kevin Hopkins of the John Marshall Law School in Chicago titled At the Crossroads: Challenges to Diversity in U.S. Higher Education. Criminal justice department faculty members participated in panel discussions March 13-18 at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences 44th Annual Meeting in Seattle, Wash. Department Chair Carol Getty, Ph.D., presented Twenty Years of Federal Sentencing, which discussed the evolution of federal sentencing guidelines. Greg Plumb, J.D., professor of criminal justice, chaired a panel on outcomes and assessment strategies during which he presented Analysis of Program Assessment Tools. He also made a presentation titled Use of Technology to Support Traditional Classrooms. In a police work and stress panel, Assistant Professor John Hamilton, Ph.D., presented research on Stress Coping Mechanisms of Police Officers. Assistant Professor Kenneth Christopher, D.P.A., presented

A Systemic Approach to Seaport Security: A Case Study of the Port of Miami after 9/11. The four faculty members met with ACJS officials to review processes related to certification of Park’s Criminal Justice Administration Degree Program. Artwork Exhibited Professor of Art Donna Bachmann’s painting/assemblages Small Triptych: The Golden Rectangle was selected for exhibit April 4-29 at the 6th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Lemon Street Gallery in Kenosha, Wis. AWARDS, APPOINTMENTS, RECOGNITIONS Laurie DiPadovaStocks, Ph.D., dean of the Hauptmann School for Public Affairs, received the Public Administrator of the Year AwardAcademic on May 16 at the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration awards luncheon. Professor Emeritus Jerzy Hauptmann, Ph.D., presented the award. The American Society for Public Administration elected DiPadovaStocks to a three-year term on its National Council. She represents District 4, which includes much of the Midwest from Canada to Mexico, on the governing board of the international professional and academic association. Erik Bergrud, M.P.A. ’94, director of the International Center for Civic Engagement and special assistant to the president, received the 2007 Presidential Leadership Award from the Conference of Minority Public Fall 2007 << 25

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Administrators. Each year the COMPA president selects an individual who has made significant contributions to the organization. Roxanne Gonzales-Walker, Ed.D., was appointed associate dean of the College for Distance Learning. She has been with Park since 2004 as an assistant professor of education and an Online instructor evaluator in the School for Online Learning.  The Missouri Department of Higher Education appointed Cathy Colapietro, M.P.A. ’06, director of admissions and student financial services, to its School Advisory Committee for the Missouri Loan Program.

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Faculty Honored at Recognition Luncheon On March 21 the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning recognized 19 peer-selected “Outstanding Faculty” and “Outstanding Part-time Faculty” from across Park’s disciplines who demonstrate excellence in student motivation: Donna Bachmann, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Betty Bennett, School for Education John L. Cookinham III, Graduate School (M.B.A.) Amber Dailey-Hebert, Ph.D., Graduate School (M.Ed.) Sharlynda Teague Dehnel, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Michael T. Eskey, Ph.D., College for Distance Learning Bartlett J. Finney, Ph.D., School of Business and Management Ray James, M.P.A., Graduate School (M.P.A.) Cali Kliewer, School for Education Joseph B. Kubec, School of Business and Management Jolene Lampton, Ph.D., College for Distance Learning

Jon Steven Lees, College for Distance Learning Jean Mandernach, Ph.D., College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teresa Mason, Ph.D., College for Distance Learning Walter Miszczenko, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences J. Mark Noe, Ph.D., Graduate School (M.C.L.) Stephen Pew, Ph.D., Graduate School (M.H.L.) Carol Sanders, Ph.D., College of Liberal Arts and Sciences John P. Sylvester, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences OTHER David Yates, ’93, chemistry and physics instructor, passed the NRCC Chemical Hygiene Officer Certification examination March 29.

Debra Sheffer, English assistant professor, attended the 2007 West Point Summer Seminar in Military History in June. The seminar advances the field of academic military history by training educators in Western military history. Fellows then return to their home institutions and develop or enhance a program in the study of military history.  Virginia Brackett, Ph.D., English assistant professor and assistant director of the Honors Program, attended Citizens’ Day, sponsored by Missouri Citizens for the Arts, on Feb. 7 at the Missouri Legislature. She was among 250 arts advocates who met with their senators and representatives. Brackett met with Rep. Will Krause, Rep. Jason Grill and Sen. Gary Nodler, vice chairman of the Appropriations Committee.

Deadline for 2008 award considerations Jan. 1, 2008

Call for Nominations

~ Distinguished Alumnus/a Award ~ ~ Marlowe Sherwood Memorial Service Award~ ~ Torchlighter Award ~ The Alumni Council is looking for suggestions for 2008 honorees.

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

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

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

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Return to: Office of Alumni Relations Date: ____________

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Fulbright Experience Delivers Rewards by Steven Youngblood, assistant professor of communication arts It would have been easy to stay at home in Parkville, comfortable and content, teaching my communication arts students. Instead, I spent the spring 2007 semester in Baku, Azerbaijan, trying to reach students through a translator, riding around in dangerous minibuses, struggling to master a new language, teaching broadcasting with no broadcasting equipment, getting lost, cramming myself into a subway car so crowded that my extremities went numb, rescheduling my classes a dozen times, going stir-crazy in a little apartment, and enduring the windiest, longest winter of my life. Still, I loved it. Yes, there were bumps in the road, but my second J. William Fulbright Scholarship experience delivered a number of rewards — professional, personal and even patriotic. Professional rewards My teaching at Baku State University, the ANS Journalism Academy (held at a Baku TV station), Azerbaijan English Teacher’s Association and Baku Oxford [High] School was most satisfying. At Baku State, I taught two sections of broadcast journalism, team-taught an Online journalism class and advised students working on projects for national TV and radio. At AzETA and Baku Oxford, I had a ball working with high school-aged kids producing a newspaper. My students, ranging from age 13 to professional journalists, seldom disappointed me. The

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Baku State University students were a fascinating group on a par with my Park students. My Fulbrights have helped me gain a new understanding about media in Azerbaijan and Moldova. These postSoviet experiences, combined with other professional activities abroad in places like China, provide a context for study of international media and the interactions between media and government. Through the Fulbright in Moldova, I established ties with the Independent Journalism Center and the Youth Media Center, and I have returned to Moldova each summer since 2001 to continue planting the seeds of a free press. In Azerbaijan, I also established ties with several professors with whom I will collaborate on a broadcasting textbook. I would like to return to teach youth media workshops and continue my work with AzETA. Another ongoing project is my work with professional journalists in the neighboring Republic of Georgia. I taught a “peace journalism” workshop there featuring journalists from both sides of a simmering dispute over Abkhazia, a breakaway Georgian region. At the end of the workshop, each journalist drafted a code of conduct indicating his intention to write in ways that deescalate conflict, without inflammatory language. They agreed on the need for sound, objective journalism that verifies information, avoids rumors, seeks sources from all sides of an issue and does not give extremism a platform. I was proud of their commitment and their

accomplishments. My Fulbright experiences have made me a better journalist, taught me about the world and given me perspective on both media and teaching. Not a day goes by that I don’t use this knowledge and these experiences in my Park classroom. Personal rewards According to my wife, Barbara, the Fulbrights helped me become more understanding and compassionate, although I still have a long way to go in both areas. Barbara, a Park education student, is the most compassionate, empathetic person I know, and these attributes were amplified in Azerbaijan through her work teaching English to poor children. These qualities also have been enhanced in our son, Alex, and I hope he takes from this experience a new open-mindedness and concern for less fortunate people. Adjusting to life abroad is difficult, and Barbara and Alex were troopers. Whether it was cooking every day from scratch in a poorly equipped kitchen, trying unusual foods (tough for a 9-year-old) or using squat toilets, they both showed an admirable spirit of adventure and adaptability. Our personal rewards continued this fall when we welcomed an Azerbaijani student, Ulvi, to Park. He joined several other Azeris at the University, and we became his host family as he began his sophomore year in August. We got to know him during our stay in Baku and have welcomed him to our extended

rnalist, My Fulbright experiences have made me a betterctijou ve on both taught me about the world and given me perspeI don use this t ’ t tha by s goe day a t No ng. chi tea and dia me knowledge and these experiences in my Park classroom. As spring breaks in Baku, Azerbaijan, street vendors selling everything from nu ts to sunglasses pro liferate.

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family of international students. My first Fulbright resulted in a number of Moldovan students coming to Park, and Barbara, Alex and I have been rewarded many times over by our host family relationships with these wonderful young people. Patriotic rewards The Fulbright program is a cornerstone of our country’s public diplomacy. Though not officially diplomats, Fulbright professors and other Americans abroad, like Peace Corps volunteers, are on the front lines of projecting the U.S. image. At a diplomatic reception in Baku, an undersecretary of state said that in the past, government-to-government contact was a sufficient means of diplomacy but that today the State Department realizes that some of the best contacts

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are those made between individuals. I agree. As Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Karen Hughes put it, “I believe there is no more important challenge for our future than the urgent need to foster greater understanding, more respect and a sense of common interests and common ideals among Americans and people of different countries, cultures and faiths throughout the world.” I felt like a diplomat many times when fielding difficult questions about America and Islam and American foreign policy. My work put me in contact with hundreds of Azerbaijanis and Georgians, and I understood the importance of making a positive impression. Our family’s best public diplomats, however, were Barbara and Alex, who couldn’t walk one block in Baku without hugging an

Alex and Steve relaxing in Qax, Azerbaijan, in the countryside.

old lady or giving a friendly smile and a “salam.” They left a tidal wave of goodwill in their wake every day. Conclusion As with my Moldovan Fulbright, I see the Azerbaijan experience as a beginning rather than an end. I have established professional ties in Azerbaijan and Georgia and look forward to returning to both places to teach and collaborate with professional educators and journalists. Also, my family’s friendships with two wonderful Azerbaijani families will continue. It’s impossible to overstate the positive impact of the Fulbright program. Fall 2007 << 29

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Honors Program

McAfee Scholarships attract outstanding freshmen and sophomores to Park’s newly expanded Honors Program. by Virginia Brackett, Ph.D.,

assistant director of the Honors Program and assistant professor of English

is top-rate on-campus living opportunities. Creating Honors Program cohort groups has several goals, including a higher graduation rate for Park’s most gifted students; their earning of prestigious national and international scholarships; an increase in the number of graduates admitted to top-flight graduate schools;


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Park graduates know, one can truly feel a part of the campus only through such involvement. Program scholarships support enrollment in four specially designed cohort courses, and students completing all four will receive up to 50 percent scholarship support for study abroad

All of the applicants already held tuition scholarships, indicating an interest among these high academic achievers to live on campus.

and increased faculty interaction with these students. A vital element of the program’s first two semesters will be participation in service-learning. This should intensify the students’ desire for lifelong civic involvement by increasing community and civic awareness. It also will help students make decisions regarding majors; yield ideas for research projects undertaken during the junior and senior years; and create University partnerships with nonprofit agencies. As


Park is fulfilling another goal in Explorations & Transformations 2012: Access to Academic Excellence as the Honors Program expands this fall. The program welcomes its first group of freshmen and sophomores — nine students, including three McAfee Scholarship winners and one McAfee finalist. Twelve students applied for the full scholarship, which includes on-campus housing. All of the applicants already held tuition scholarships, indicating an interest among these high academic achievers to live on campus. Several of the new Honors Program students live on campus, which could prove crucial to the program’s cohort development and, ultimately, its success. These students are already leaders among their peers, serving as officers in their honor societies and senior classes, as community volunteers and engaging in programs like Prominent Youth, in which students design their own business initiatives. Studies link shared experience to improved retention on university campuses, and an obvious shared experience that Park can offer its students

or domestic summer internships. The courses offer opportunities to explore local, national and global communities; to produce an application portfolio supporting entry into the global community; to propose a tentative list of scholarships and academic opportunities for application; to evaluate topics in the humanities, math and sciences; and to engage in first-stage planning of a research project. The students’ close interaction will play an enormous role in the success of the expanded program.

Distinguished Alumnus Award

Jerry L. Schrader, ’57 M.D. Jerry L. Schrader, ’57 M.D., is the Park University Alumni Association’s 2007 Distinguished Alumnus. Schrader arrived in Parkville in 1953 with $100 in his pocket and an incredible amount of untapped talent. One of the first persons he met was Bursar Connie Vuillamy, ’33. She put him to work in Park’s family work program. Eventually, he became the janitor supervisor. Four years later, he received a bachelor’s degree in biology, Park’s Burtons Scheib Science Pre-Med Award and acceptance into the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Schrader credits his Park friends with setting his career on the right path. “I was quite undereducated when I came to Park College, and much of what I learned was taught to me by my peers. … Thanks to Park College, I was extremely well-prepared for medical school.” Shrader’s peers admired him as well. Many nominated him as Distinguished Alumnus. Schrader became a medical doctor in 1961 and served internships in Puerto Rico and Seattle, Wash. He settled in Salem, Ore., where he completed his residency in psychiatry, studying under social psychiatrist Maxwell Jones, M.D. The experience influenced Schrader’s career path to private practice with a community-oriented approach focusing on advocacy and administration. He spent half his time working and consulting in community settings. He was the first staff member of Oregon’s Linn County Mental Health Clinic and was psychiatric consultant to the Willamette University Health Center and to the Oregon State University

Health Center. He taught psychiatry to rural general medicine doctors through the University of Oregon Medical School, which led to a yearlong postdoctoral NIMH Fellowship at the Harvard University Medical School’s Laboratory of Community Psychiatry. In 1973, as a result of his Harvard training, Schrader became Alaska’s director of mental health, based in Juneau. He developed the state’s mental health system and influenced major legislation regarding residents. As president of the Mental Health Association in Alaska he helped obtain a multibillion-dollar class action judgment in the Alaska Supreme Court favoring the mental health community. He explains this process as starting down “the path of suing the state as a well-informed but single person, and by the time it was settled there were attorneys representing the mentally ill, the alcohol and drug groups, the developmentally disabled and the seriously mentally ill. One should not underestimate the power of a determined citizen.” This victory resulted in Schrader’s appointment as chairman pro tem of the Alaska Mental Health Board, where he was charged with creating a working relationship between the board and the legislature. He also was named an American Psychiatric Association fellow. In 1987 his paper on the Alaska land

issue experiences was published in The American Journal of Psychiatry. In 1989 he returned to Oregon and resumed his private practice with an emphasis on community mental health until his retirement in 1999. Schrader has received numerous awards, including commendation letters from the Alaska Mental Health Board and the governor. He has served on several boards and has devoted personal time to serving his community. He owns a 48-foot, 33-ton deep-sea fishing vessel, the F/V Good News, which he fished commercially from 1978 to 1982. He continues to be an avid hiker and mountain climber, in past years scaling Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens prior to its eruption, among others. Schrader has two daughters and two granddaughters, who consider him to be the finest sourdough pancake chef in the world. Fall Fall 20072007 << 31<< 31

Marlowe Sherwood Memorial Service Award Francis Campbell, ’78 The 2007 Marlowe Sherwood Memorial Service Award recipient, Francis Campbell, ’78, so impressed the volunteer coordinator at Banner Homecare and Hospice of Arizona that she brought Campbell to the Alumni Association’s attention. Campbell graduated from the Williams Air Force Base Campus Center near Mesa, Ariz., making him the first recipient of an Alumni Association award from a campus center outside Kansas City. Like many Park alumni, he credits his education for success in his career. He came to the Parkville Campus for the first time to participate in Alumni Weekend 2006. Campbell always demonstrated an inclination toward service and muses about mowing the parish lawn for free as a child. When he was 11 he began a self-defined form of hospice care, reading to and studying with a bedridden friend. Years later, after retiring from careers in the military and teaching, Campbell still devotes volunteer time at a hospice center in his hometown of Mesa. In 1954 at the age of 17, he joined the Air Force. By 1968 he was a civil affairs officer in Vietnam, serving as a liaison between the Army and civilian authorities and populations. “If a Vietnamese official contacted me about a needed building, it was my job to get materials and people to build it,” he

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said. “The base medical personnel, myself and an escort would go to villages and do dentistry and medical care once a month.” The job appealed to Campbell’s humanitarian nature. “I had a good job — I didn’t have to shoot at anyone and had enough sense to duck when they shot at me.” The Air Force honored his program for excellence, and the Air Force Times ran his picture on the front page. Even with his accomplishments, Campbell insists that he’s “nothing special.” “What makes me different is that I’ve taken every opportunity for education that faced me and done the best that I could with that chance.” He returned from Vietnam to Williams Air Force Base and took advantage of his GI Bill education benefits. In September 1978 he received a Park degree in social psychology with an emphasis in guidance and counseling. He earned a teaching certificate and taught special education in the Mesa public schools for 19 years until 1998 and simultaneously taught classes in creative writing and worked in Mesa Community College’s athletic department until retiring in 2004.

By September 2005 he was volunteering 30 hours a week at Banner Homecare and Hospice of Arizona. He works in the assistant to the volunteer coordinator’s office and sees three elderly patients during home visits. So much for retirement. “I decided to get off the couch and do volunteer work. I prayed long and hard for the best place for me. I believe God directed me toward Banner Homecare and Hospice.” Campbell’s religious life has always played an important role in his decisions. He volunteers for his church and teaches Bible studies. He also works with the Knights of Columbus. The Park founders’ dream was to create a sense of social responsibility through service to others. Francis Campbell exemplifies this basic Park University principle.

Torchlighter Award Daley Walker

Daley Walker has been honored twice by the Alumni Association for his service to Park students and alumni. He received the 2007 Torchlighter Award and was named a Park University honorary alumnus. Walker retired from teaching in 2006 after 43 years in Park’s math department, serving as department chair full time from the 1970s until 2004, when he began teaching on a part-time basis. Many students, including non-math majors, credit him for their success at Park and in their personal lives. “Daley displayed the beautiful flow of mathematics... [It] became more than just a bunch of number crunching,” said Paul S. Curtis III, ’05. Walker’s patience and gentle persistence coaxed students beyond what they

thought they could accomplish. He taught a complex subject with simple, understandable explanations. He never quit on his students, patiently repeating the lessons until they understood the material. His methods impressed his colleagues, prompting Ann Schultis, director of library systems, to tell the nominating committee that “Daley taught innumerable independent studies for students who needed a class to graduate, and I observed him teaching one on one many times in his office or the coffee shop, or by talking with students in the hall.” Upon retirement, Walker told a reporter for The Stylus, Park’s student newspaper, the reason he spent his entire career at Park was because he loved the people with whom he worked. The math

department had been a close, supportive group. Students continually stopped by his office and still visit his home when they return to Parkville. Walker has been an integral part of the Park family. In addition to his academic contributions, he helped start Park’s baseball team and coached for several years in the 1970s. His students are delighted by what they call his “eccentricities.” He removed his office door to illustrate his open door policy and staunchly clung to his original office furniture, retrieving it from the Dumpster after the University upgraded and discarded it. Walker and wife Dixie have been married more than 50 years. They have one son, Steve Walker, ’76; two daughters and five granddaughters. TM

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Corner Greetings from the Alumni Office, We had just finished Alumni Weekend. As I sat in a meeting for our department’s annual planning and team building retreat, I was feeling pretty high from the experience. I had visited with old friends and made new ones. I listened to stories about earlier times at Park — some funny, some touching, some even a little shocking. Reflecting on those few days in June raised a question, which I would ask of each staff member at the retreat. “What makes you proud to work at Park University?” I also would be challenged to answer the question. It has taken me a long time to decide. As I look out my office window in Park House, the Parkville Campus is absolutely gorgeous. The grass is green and the flowers are in full bloom. Wildlife — deer, hummingbirds, groundhogs, foxes, lizards — wander into the yard, oblivious to humans. Though I brag about it, this isn’t my answer. I love Park’s diversity. It’s everywhere. I travel around the country visiting with students and alumni. I have never met people of such varied backgrounds, race, ethnicity, religious beliefs and points of view. Our student body and alumni easily represent more than 100 countries — a kaleidoscope of people. Although I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity, this isn’t my answer, either. I grew up in Parkville and came to love this school with its sense of family. The community and Park shared so much. The local children swam in the college pool. We went to the campus movie theater and played on the athletic fields. We wore Park T-shirts to high school. We marched with our school band in the Harvest Fest parade. Throughout the years, Park students studenttaught in Parkville schools and worked in the community. Alumni frequently stay and become a part of the community. Although Park is an important part of local life, this still is not my answer. Park has struggled through hard times and flourished. From the first graduating class of four, the University now exceeds 26,000 students and still finds ways to keep tuition affordable through entrepreneurial endeavors and fund-raising. And this leads me to the reason I am most proud to be associated with Park. Park leaders have always strived to make education accessible to all who are willing to make the commitment. That first graduating class in 1879 included three women at a time when women rarely went to college. During World War II, a group of Nisei — Japanese American — students were rescued from the internment camps and given the opportunity to continue their education. Park integrated its classes and its dormitories in 1950, long before legally required. The “family work program” required all students to have a job on campus, keeping costs low while allowing students to earn their tuition. Through the years following World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam, Park welcomed returning servicemen and service women and provided a friendly, safe environment to use their GI Bill benefits. In the past, students often halted their education to take care of family and commitments. Today’s Online program and multiple campus centers enable students to earn their degrees while caring for families and continuing careers. At the last two graduations in Kansas City, military students deployed in Iraq and Kuwait were awarded degrees via live satellite. Others have received and will receive diplomas in absentia, accepted by family members. No matter the challenge, Park is determined to provide its students with the opportunity to learn. If there is a student who wants to be educated, Park will find a way. That’s what Park is all about — the students. This ongoing dedication to adapt and serve our students is the reason I am most proud to be affiliated with Park University. Sincerely,

Julie McCollum Director of Alumni Relations

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Bulletin Board Alumni

Alumni Travel Beijing, China - Nov. 1-8 Davos, Switzerland, and Salzburg, Austria - Fall 2008 Events Phoenix Golf Scramble - Nov. 15 Tucson Golf Scramble - Nov. 16 Alumni Weekend 2008 - June 19-22 Kansas City Area Park After Hours, a social and networking event held the last Thursday of each month, continues to bring Park alumni together. In March the group was hosted by Michelle Shoemaker Rodriquez, ’01, M.B.A. ’05, at Nick and Jake’s in Parkville. In April, Susan Kensett McGauhey, ’74, hosted the event at Granite City in Olathe. The May venue was the patio of Harry’s Country Club in the River Market. Wendy Engle Farmer, ’00, entertained the group in June at the new Big Brothers Big Sisters’ office in the Northland. Ken Smith, ’94, welcomed alumni to Ponaks on Southwest Boulevard in July. Becky Montanino, 75, hosted the August event at The Granfalloon on the Plaza. These events enable alumni from all class years and programs to reconnect, make new friends and network in a friendly, informal setting. Plus, attendees can enter drawings for free “Park stuff.” Faculty and staff are welcome. The Office of Alumni Relations is looking for hosts and locations for future events.

Sydney Bradford, ’01, CDL assistant enrollment counselor, and Wendy Engle Farmer, ’00, BBBS senior case manager, and her daughter.

For information about alumni travel, events, opportunities and news, call (816) 584-6206 or (800) 488-PARK (7275) or e-mail Ohio Thirty-four golfers participated in the third annual Ohio Golf Scramble at the Defense Supply Center Columbus on June 22, and more than 75 alumni, students, faculty and staff attended the party that followed at the “19th Hole” in the Officers Club. Mark Baisden, ’05, has volunteered to lead the formation of the new Ohio Alumni Chapter. To join, e-mail

Peacock Society

The Hauptmann School for Public Affairs and the Alumni Association co-sponsored the M.P.A. graduation dinner May 11 at Piropos Restaurant in Parkville. Graduates received peacock feathers — their welcome into the Peacock Society, the HSPA alumni chapter. Professor Emeritus Jerzy Hauptmann, Ph.D., and Kay Barnes, former mayor of Kansas City, Mo., now distinguished professor of leadership, were featured speakers. Graduates, faculty, staff and members of the Alumni Council and Peacock Society attended.

Legacy Scholarship

The Marlowe Sherwood Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to its first recipient, Quilla Sanders, ’00. She received an associate degree at Wright Patterson Campus Center in Ohio and is working toward her bachelor’s degree at the Defense Supply Center Columbus Campus Center. A second scholarship will be awarded during the 2007-08 academic year. An applicant must be an alumnus/a or the spouse, child, grandchild or niece/nephew of a Park alumnus/a. To apply, contact Renee Jack at renee.jack@park. edu or go by the Financial Aid Office. During Alumni Weekend 2007, the Class of 1957 chose to give its class gift to this scholarship fund.

Laurie DiPadova-Stocks, Ph.D., presents the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Student in the M.P.A. Program to Randall Duncan, M.P.A. ’07.

Park Pirate Virtual Store

Park has partnered with MBS Direct to launch the Pirate Virtual Store — the Online source for Park apparel and gifts, books, software, office supplies and more (See p.17). Access the store at www. Send suggestions for items to add to the store to Brick Tribute Garden The Brick Tribute Garden has been relocated to the Park House lawn. All bricks from the old garden have been replaced and are easily visible to visitors. For an annual gift to the Park Fund in the amount of $250 or more, a donor may place a brick in the garden. Bricks can be personalized with up to three lines of text and include name and class year or the name of a loved one, department, favorite professor, club, campus center, etc. Bricks will be limited to one per donor per year. New bricks will be added each year prior to Alumni Weekend. Fall 2007 << 35

Bulletin Board continued Staying in Touch M.B.A. Association 1938 Round-robin: 69 years later As a class project, the members of Assistant Professor Mike Fitzmorris’ M.B.A. class, Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy, organized the Park University M.B.A. networking and business card exchange for alumni and current students May 3. Layne Prenger, director of career development, shared tips on job interviews and networking.

Sixteen classmates from the Class of 1938, many of whom lived in Terrace Dormitory, began a round-robin to stay in touch after graduation. Doris McGill Fraser and Ruth Roach Malan pioneered the group, which included Ella “Eme” Eskridge Clark, Miriam Hiner McBride and Mary “Betty” Dean Schooler. Today, Eme, Doris, Betty; Ruth’s widower, Hugh Malan, ’36; and Louise Hurn Jenkins and Margaret Jones Danielson correspond via the letter. Many alumni groups report that they maintain contact through roundrobins, but this letter is believed to be the longest running one.

Betty Dean


Doris McG

Eme Eskridge

So what is a round-robin? 1. Person No. 1 writes a letter and passes it to person No. 2. 2. Person No. 2 writes a letter, adds person No. 1’s letter and passes both to person No. 3. 3. Person No. 3 writes a letter, adds it to the “package” and passes all three letters to person No. 4. 4. And then ‘round and ‘round … Join the Online alumni community at and stay in touch with your classmates!

Louise Hurn

Margaret Jones Ruth Roa


R! REMINDE CLICK SUBMIT, WIN 2007 Park University Photo Contest

Submission Deadline: Oct. 29

If you haven’t already done so, you can still submit a photo for Park’s 2007 Photo Contest. All alumni, students, faculty, staff and trustees may submit up to three color photos of any subject: vacation, a favorite landscape, family, work — you name it. The photo receiving the most votes will grace the cover of the 2008 Park University Calendar. The next 12 top vote getters each will accompany a month, along with a small write-up and picture of the entrant, and the photographer’s byline. The rules are simple: 1. Entries must be in the Office of Alumni Relations by Oct. 29. 2. Vote Online from Nov. 1 - 14. 3. One vote per person.

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4. Photo subject or the photographer must be a Park alumnus/a, student, faculty, staff or trustee. 5. Photo must have been taken within the last five years. 6. Photo must be G-rated. 7. Photo may be digital (at least 300 dpi, jpeg) or print (3x5 to 8x10). No cellphone photos, please. 8. Each entry may include up to three photos. 9. Include: a) explanation of each photo, b) short autobiography and c) photo of yourself. 10. Photos taken commercially by non-Park persons are not eligible. 11. A completed entry form and signed photographer’s release must accompany each entry. Download the entry form and release at 12. Photos and accompanying information will be posted at Submitting a photo gives permission for it to be posted on the web site and used in the calendar. Photographs will not be returned. Send entries to Park University, Office of Alumni Relations, 8700 N.W. River Park Drive, Parkville, MO 64152 or alumnioffice@ Include your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and class year or position at Park.

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

Class Notes

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


Jerry L. Schrader, ’57, M.D., received the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Read more on p. 31.


Manuchair Ebadi, ’60, M.D., retired as associate dean for research and program development at the University of North Dakota’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Read about his distinguished career in the Online edition of the fall 2005 Alumniad at John Malveto, ’67, is associate professor at Louisiana State University’s School of Art in Baton Rouge, La. Sixteen of his works were displayed at the Parkville Campus during Alumni Weekend. William L. Perry, ’67, became Eastern Illinois University’s 10th president July 1. He had worked at Texas A&M since 1971, most recently as executive vice president and vice provost.


Joseph Drew, ’70, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, is senior vice president of real estate for Tejon Ranch Co. near Lebec, Calif. He joined the company in 2001 from the International Trade and Transportation Center where,

as president, he developed and marketed a 700-acre Class A industrial park in Shafter, Calif. Drew also was CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Kern County administrative officer and director of airports. The California State University, Bakersfield, inducted him into its Hall of Fame. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Park and a master’s degree in public administration at CSUB. Sam Schembri, ’76, is president and CEO of Martech in Kansas City, Kan. The company specializes in database and list management, and currently employs five Park alumni. Francis “Pete” Campbell, ’78, received the Alumni Association’s Marlowe Sherwood Memorial Service Award. Read more on p. 32.


Mike Gunter, ’86, retired as the Missouri education liaison representative for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, based in St. Louis, Mo. George Jordan, ’88, an Air Force reservist, returned from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and was awarded the Global War on Terrorism Medal as a logistical combat support officer. Inger Scherer Condit, ’89, girls volleyball team coach at St. Pius X High School in Kansas City, Mo., was named Missouri Coach of the Year by the Greater KC Volleyball

Coaches Association. Her team won the Missouri Class 3 state championship Nov. 4, 2006 at the University of Central Missouri. In national high school rankings published by, the team carried a final ranking of 111th. This was the third time Condit coached her team to the state Final Four, the second time she reached the title game and her first championship win. 


Robert “Mac” McGovern, ’91, is corporate vice president of Horizon Sunrooms, the largest home improvement company in Northwest Florida. He also is president and contractor of Emerald Coast Roofing, a company recently incorporated as an affiliate department. His first published book is Poetry Past and Present or the Ravings of a Madman. Donald Weiss, ’91, played the organ in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on June 17 during the Alumni Weekend church service. He lives on the Jersey shore and works in New York City. Marialena Bridges, ’97, is director of counseling at Brooke Point High School in Stafford, Va. She is a doctoral student in educational Fall 2007 << 37

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leadership at Northcentral University in Prescott Valley, Ariz., and recently opened a business ­— La Dolce Vita, an Internet company marketing the first-ever compartmentalized, organizational leather handbag.

Alicia deFlon, ’04, graduated from the Parkville Campus with a degree in interior design and is the new owner of Home Embellishments on Main Street in downtown Parkville. Russ Johnson, M.B.A. ’04, was elected to the Kansas City, Mo., City Council on March 27 and began his four-year term May 1. He lives in Kansas City, Mo., with his wife, Julie, and daughters Victoria, Olivia and Sophia. Since 1996 he has been the managing consultant for System Solutions, an information technology consulting firm of which he was a founding partner.

Jerod Dahlgren, M.P.A. ’07, is a staff writer in the public relations office at Buffalo State College in Buffalo, N.Y. He married Tanya Wright on Oct. 14, 2006. Alexa Barton, M.P.A. ’07, county administrator for Clay County, Mo., received the Stanley Fisher Memorial Award on May 16 from the Greater Kansas City chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. Bryan Long, M.P.A. ’06, city manager for Oak Grove, Mo., presented the award.

Marialena Bridges, on right, with colleagues

Dionysius Sebwe, ’97, has been confirmed by the Liberian Senate as Liberia’s deputy defense minister for operations.


Buck Christensen, ’00, and Buck Teri his wife, were married at Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., on April 26. Ray Seidelman, M.P.A. ’00, received the Order of Merit from the Boy Scout Thunderbird District. This is the highest award given to adult leaders on the district level. Seidelman has worked with Kansas City-area Scouts for 19 years. Richard Zarate, ’02, is a business development specialist at the Hispanic Economic Development Corp. in Kansas City, Mo. Max Pórtero, ’03, works for the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development in the Passaic County Workforce Development Center’s Workforce Learning Link. He provides counseling and assessment in GED training, adult basic education and basic skills training. He also helps participants prepare résumés and find employment.

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Melody Brown Webb, ’04, is a trial assistant with the Johnson County, Kan., District Attorney’s Office. She is pursuing paralegal certification at Johnson County Community College. Christa Meeks DeAngelo, ’05, took 2nd place on the CBS reality television show Pirate Masters. She was Miss Hawaiian Tropic 2005 and has been a featured extra on The Sopranos and The Knights of Prosperity. Bianca Hendricks Myers, ’05, is development coordinator for alumni relations at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa. Dan Smith, ’05, is stationed aboard the USS Antietam, based in San Diego, Calif. His first novel, Feeding the Dragon: A Novel about Seaborne Piracy and the Mouth it Feeds, was published in February. He and his wife, Alicia, have two children. Cindy Perez, ’06, graduated from Army Officers Candidate School and was commissioned a second lieutenant May 17. She attends the U.S. Army Intelligence School.

Faculty Daley Walker retired at the end of the 2006 summer semester after teaching math at Park for 43 years. On June 16 the Alumni Association gave Walker the Torchlighter Award and made him an honorary alumnus. Read more on p. 33.

Families The Peeke family held a reunion June 2 on the Parkville Campus. Several Park alumni attended: Jean Peeke Olin, ’46; Brad Rohwer, ’51; Mary Sue Cooksey Rohwer, ’53; Anne Pawley Tabb, ’51; Jim Peeke, ’65; Bryan Peeke, ’66; and Caroline Peeke Johnson, x59. Jean Peeke Olin writes: Thank you for the use of the Meetin’ House. There were 16 of us who sat around and talked about the things that we remembered about our folks when they were at Park. All of our parents attended Park. You probably


know that my grandparents were missionaries in Japan. Some of the children were sent to Park and spent [eight] years there, like my uncle, Lonnie Peeke [Alonzo Peeke, ’24] From Park, we went to the Power Plant for lunch. Both my father and cousin Brad Rohwer [’51] shoveled coal there as their family work.  The campus looked beautiful. Thanks again.

Park Mourns ’30s

Olive Peeke Pawley, x31 April 10, Riverside, Calif. As did many members of her family, Mrs. Pawley attended Park Academy and Park College. She taught high school science, worked as a medical technician for her surgeon brother in South Dakota and conducted speedreading workshops across the country for Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics. She returned to high school teaching and became vice principal at Yorktown High School in Virginia, where she remained until retirement in the mid-1970s. While in Virginia, she participated in Dr. Edward Bauman’s Good News for Modern Man television series.


We want to stay in touch with you! Help us by keeping your information up to date. Inform the Alumni Office of changes to your address, phone, business information and your preferred e-mail address. Send news about marriages, births, adoptions and career changes. Call (816) 584-6206 or (800) 488PARK (7275) or e-mail Keep in touch with your classmates by using Find a Classmate on the Park alumni web site, Use the ID # next to your name on the label of this magazine for your First Time Log-In.

Sam Passiglia, ’33 May 11, Kansas City, Mo. Mr. Passiglia was a teacher and counselor in the Kansas City Public School District for 38 years and was the district’s first teacher of Italian descent. He leaves behind a rich legacy of students and immigrants brought to citizenship by his naturalization classes. An educator until the end, he continued to teach his family lessons of grace and dignity.

Pearson, ’37, for 41 years. After his death in 1980 she earned a certificate in pastoral counseling and a master’s degree in psychology. She traveled the world and lived in Nepal for four years. In 1996 she married Austin Quist. She said her most important life achievements were raising her five children, serving God as the wife of a minister and working in psychotherapy and counseling in Nepal.

Dean Johnson Dimmitt, ’35 March 13, Topeka, Kan.

Robert Swanson, ’37 Sept. 15, 2006, Alma, Mich.

Marjorie Noble Ehrhard, ’37 Dec. 1, 2006, Modesto, Calif.

Ruth Roach Malan, ’38 Sept. 17, 2006, Pinckneyville, Ill. Mrs. Malan was one of the “roundrobin” pioneers from the story on p. 36. She was a homemaker and teacher who sang in the church choir, taught nursery and Sunday School classes and was a deacon. She was a member of Pinckneyville Women’s Club and the American Association of University Women. She is survived by her husband,

Mildred Morthland Pearson-Quist, ’37 Jan. 10, Montesano, Wash. Mrs. PearsonQuist was married to Edgar

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Class Notes Hugh Malen, ’36, two sons, one brother, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. John S. Myers, ’39, M.D. May 17, Kansas City, Mo. After serving in the Navy, Mr. Myers practiced medicine with his father and his father’s three brothers at the Myers Clinic in downtown Kansas City. John was a charter member of the Barbershop Harmony Society.


A. Morris Everett, ’42 Feb. 9, Hagerstown, Md. Anna Bond Dolan, ’43 Aug. 5, 2006, Kansas City, Mo. Lillian Jones Lee, ’44 Aug. 12, 2006, Silver Springs, Md. Flossie Helmke Moorhead, ’44 Feb. 10, Gurnee, Ill. Marian McKee Cares, ’46 Sept. 10, 2006, Ann Arbor, Mich. Alice Elliott Easley, ’46 Jan. 21, San Diego, Calif. Mrs. Easley was the beloved wife of Dave Easley, ’46, and was a mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother. She was passionate about her work with St. Paul’s Cathedral in San Diego and for more than 25 years was an elementary school teacher in the Chula Vista City School District, Calif. Frank Brogno, ’47 June 25, Carmel, Calif. Mr. Brogno attended Naval Officer Training School at Park, during which time he met his wife, Helen. They married in 1946, when he returned to Park after spending two years as a naval officer in the

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Philippines. He earned his doctorate at the University of Chicago and established a private counseling and psychotherapy practice in Gary, Ind. Mr. Brogno celebrated and worked to preserve his Italian heritage through many civic and cultural organizations.


Stephen “Steve” Elliot (Stefan Czekanski), ’51 November 2006, Sao Bras de Alportel, Algarve, Portugal Mr. Elliot was a world traveler fluent in Polish, Russian, German, French, Italian, Portuguese and English. His talents in music composition and in classical and modern piano were recognized at Park and abroad. He composed three off-Broadway musicals for New York’s Theater Wing Company and more works in San Francisco and Marin County, Calif. After years as West Coast regional manager for Maupintour Travel and teaching courses at the Adler School of Travel, he retired from Lindblad Travel and moved to Portugal, where he continued his compositions, including a Mass, and other Brazilian-style pieces performed in Lisbon, Almancil and Faro.  Patricia Rino Fitch, ’54 Jan. 29, 2006, Port St. Lucie, Fla. Joan Caldwell Barclay, x55 March 19, Overland Park, Kan. Mrs. Barclay and her husband, David, met at Park in 1953 and married in New Rochelle, N.Y., a year later. A coloratura soprano, she sang in church choirs throughout her life. While in San Diego, she sang with the San Diego Symphonic Chorale. She is survived by her husband, the Rev. David Barclay, ’53, five adult children and nine grandchildren.

Jon G. Porter, ’59 Nov. 19, 2006, Mount Pleasant, Iowa Mr. Porter kept Park in his fondest memories. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Elizabeth Ann Mariner Porter, x62; brother Jene Porter, ’59, and his wife Susan Speer Porter, x62; and brother Clifford Porter, x64, and his wife Elizabeth “Betsy” Streeter Porter, ’62. Mr. Porter and his brothers all met their wives at Park.


Suzanne Spears Lustenberger, ’60 May 11, Lockport, N.Y. Mrs. Lustenberger taught English at Central High School in St. Joseph, Mo., from 1961 to 1964. She moved to Lockport in 1984, where she was an English professor at Erie Community College. She is survived by her husband, Adolph Jr., three daughters and four grandchildren. Nancy McGrath O’Connor, ’60 Jan. 1, Chicago, Ill. Ms. O’Connor was the former dean of students of the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. She is survived by two sons and five grandchildren. Judith Willis Lipkin, ’62 April 3, West Palm Beach, Fla. Mrs. Lipkin died from injuries she received in an automobile accident. She worked at the Palm Beach County Tax Collector’s Office and had been a public school teacher in the Kansas City public school system. She will be remembered for her gentle spirit, sense of humor and love for everyone. She is survived by her daughter, Lori, and son, William Jr., both of St. Cloud, Fla., and her cat, Big Red. Richard T. Mankin, ’62, colonel, U.S. Army Feb. 15, Dallas, TX Col. Mankin served his country for 32 1/2 years. He was a veteran of World

Class Notes War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars, with service in the infantry, artillery and military intelligence branches. His awards and decorations included the Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters and Meritorious Service Medal. Col. Mankin was a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College. In 1975 he completed his Army career in Dallas with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service as the procurement director and then pursued careers in business and academe.


Murdock Taylor, ’72 Jan. 20, Fayetteville, N.C. Barbara Pearl, ’75 Oct. 5, 2006, Kansas City, Mo. Arthur Languille, ’75 Oct. 15, 2006, Liberty, Mo. James Michael “Mike” Owen, ’78 June 1, Kansas City, Mo. A lifetime resident of Kansas City, Mr. Owen was a roofing contractor. He was an Eagle Scout, Explorer Scout and a member of the Mic-O-Say Tribe. He also was a member of the Park College Hermits. Dean Grant Stanzel, ’78 June 21, Leawood, Kan. Mr. Stanzel was an information technology specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, retiring in 2004. After retirement he attended French and art classes at Johnson County Community College. He enjoyed bicycling.

mother, grandmother, daughter and sister.

Robert Gordon, ’79 Jan. 14, Azle, Texas

Tracey Blaylock, ’95 May 3, Kansas City, Mo.


Donald Lee Kane, ’95 Nov. 27, 2006, Delaware, Ohio

John F. Shaw, ’80 May 27, Lee, Mass. While in the Army, Mr. Shaw earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in human resources. He worked for the government in various capacities in Europe until 1990. Woodrow W. Smith, ’84 Jan. 11, Phoenix, Ariz. Mr. Smith was an exceptional athlete in track and field, basketball and football. He was educated in the Air Force as a medic, cardiopulmonary technician and licensed practical nurse. He retired from the Air Force as a technical sergeant after 15 years of service. He was a behavioral technician and teacher for 10 years with Maricopa County, retiring in 1994. He is survived by his wife, Deborah Smith, ’85, and their son. Patrick Ross, ’86 Jan. 15 Eleanor Spencer Shepard, ’88 March 23, Wylie, Texas


Nathaniel Felix, ’04 Aug. 25, 2006 Nicholas Beckwith, ’04 Sept. 22, 2006, East Peoria, Ill. Mr. Beckwith was on his high school’s wrestling and football teams. He was an Army parachute rigger and an Air Force reservist. He is survived by his parents, many family members and friends. Rodney Miller, ’07 April 15, Layton, Utah FACULTY David A. Gunderson, Ph. D. Jan. 8, Kansas City, Mo. Dr. Gunderson taught business and finance courses on the Parkville Campus for 22 years. He was a high priest in the Community of Christ Church. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Delores; one son, three daughters, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandson.


Rick Myers, ’92 Aug. 17, 2006, Cary, N.C. Judy G. Hendrix, ’93 May 1, Kansas City, Mo. Mrs. Hendrix was a nurse for more than 28 years and enjoyed caring for her patients. She was recognized for her hard work, dedication and caring spirit. More important, she loved being a

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Griffith William Davies, ’79 May 30, Liberty, Mo. After a long battle with emphysema, Mr. Davies died from complications from a double lung transplant received May 14. He served four years in the Navy, mostly stationed in the Philippines, and earned a bachelor’s degree in history and education at Park. “Griff” was

a longtime sales rep for Huttig Building Products.

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November 2007 4 — Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City with violinist Kanako Ito and cellist Martin Storey, GTMC, 3 p.m. Admission $8. 5-Dec. 14 — Nano Nore’s Norway: Paintings and Prints, CAG. Reception Nov. 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m. 9-10 — Meyer Music piano sale, GTMC, time and date TBA 15-17 — One-act play, Studio Theater, Alumni Hall third floor, 8 p.m. Tickets $5 at door, free to Park students with ID. 18 — Parkville Community Band, GTMC, 4 p.m. December 2007 1 — Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, Christmas on the River, GTMC, 3 p.m. Admission $8. 2 — Martin Storey cello recital, GTMC, 3 p.m. 5 — Poetry reading by Native American Mark Turcotte, GTMC, 6:30 p.m. www. 9 — Northland Community Choir, GTMC, 3 p.m.

29 — Quartet Accorda with pianist Marina Sultanova, GTMC, 7:30 p.m. March 2008 Women’s History Month at Park. www. 1 — the shape of things by neil labute, Jenkin and Barbara David Theater in Alumni Hall, 8 p.m. Tickets at door, $8 adults; $5 senior citizens, Park faculty/ staff, children; free to Park students with ID. 6-8 — Grand Piano Festival featuring Stanislav Ioudenitch and his students, GTMC, 7:30 p.m. 9 — Grand Piano Festival, GTMC, 3 p.m. 18-April 25 — George Rousis: Transitions in Fe and Other Sculptural Elements, CAG 27-30 — 9 Parts of Desire by Heather Raffo, presented by the Unicorn Theatre and Park, Jenkin and Barbara David Theater in Alumni Hall, 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets at door, $15 adults, $10 Park faculty/staff, $5 Park students with ID (group rates available).

11 — Parkville Community Band, GTMC, 7:30 p.m. 17-Feb. 1 — Aaron Ennis senior art exhibit, CAG February 2008 Black History Month at Park. www.park. edu/deptofhistory 3 — Fisk University Jubilee Singers, A Celebration of Black History Month, GTMC, 3 p.m. 3-March 14 — Valerie Doran Bashaw: Mixed Media and FiberWork, CAG 17 — Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City with Park International Center for Music student soloists, GTMC, 3 p.m. 21 — Poetry reading by Brenda Cardenas, GTMC, 6:30 p.m. www.park. edu/deptofenglish 22-23, 28-29 — the shape of things by neil labute, Jenkin and Barbara David Theater in Alumni Hall, 8 p.m. Tickets at door, $8 adults; $5 senior citizens, Park faculty/staff, children; free to Park students with ID.

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30 — Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City with KCMTA concerto competition winner, GTMC, 3 p.m. April 2008 4 — International Center for Music student chamber recital, GTMC, 7:30 p.m. 13 — Parkville Community Band, GTMC, 3 p.m. 19 — Violin recital featuring Ben Sayevich’s students, GTMC, 7:30 p.m. 24-26 — Acting Beyond Prejudice, Studio Theater, Alumni Hall third floor, 8 p.m. Tickets $5 at door, free to Park students with ID. 25 — Park Piano Trio, GTMC, 7:30 p.m.

18 — Youth Conservatory for Music, GTMC, 3 p.m. 22 — Ben Sayevich violin recital, GTMC, 7:30 p.m. June 2008 2-July 11 Jessica Wohl: Oil Portraits, CAG July 2008 4 — Parkville Community Band Fourth of July concert, GTMC lawn, 7:30 p.m. 14-Aug. 29 — Masoom Khawaja: Photographs, CAG Key: GTMC - Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel CAG - Campanella Art Gallery

27 — Northland Community Choir, GTMC, 3 p.m.

All events — Up-to-date information

28-May 30 — senior art exhibits by Pearl Chamberlin, Anna Mandina and Annette Schooling, CAG

Theater — Ticket information is at

May 2008 4 — Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, GTMC, 3 p.m. Admission $8. 8 — Cello recital showcasing students in Martin Storey’s studio, GTMC, 7:30 p.m.

for all events is at www/ Art — Campanella Art Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sunday 4-9:30 p.m. Holiday hours may vary.

Park Alumniad, Fall 2007  

Park University alumni magazine, published Fall 2007

Park Alumniad, Fall 2007  

Park University alumni magazine, published Fall 2007