2012-2013 Report to Investors
“In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.” —Flora Edwards
Dear Friends Every day, I am proud to lead an outstanding team of individuals and groups who create a full circle of support to make Park University’s mission possible. Some people are just beginning their relationship with Park. Others have been steadfast in their commitment for years. What has always impressed me since I joined the University in 2009 is that Park not only values lifelong learning, but it deeply values lifelong relationships. The dedicated staff in Park’s Office of University Advancement is focused on giving each relationship the full attention it deserves. Sometimes, University Advancement’s role is misperceived as solely fundraising. I often find myself explaining that fundraising is an outcome of their first priority: to help individuals and organizations connect with the University in ways that matter most to them. In the following pages, you will find stories representing a spectrum of cherished relationships for which Park is deeply grateful. Some began decades and even generations ago. Together, each connection forms the arc of support that ensures access to a quality Park education for generations to come. Sincerely,
Michael H. Droge, Ph.D. Park University President
Mission and Values The mission of Park University is to provide access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective, and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.
Facts about Park University Founded: 1875 Location: Parkville, Mo. (flagship campus) Campus centers: 40 (providing face-to-face instruction in 21 states), plus online internationally School colors: Canary and wine Mascot: Pirates, “Sir George” Website: www.park.edu Total acreage on Parkville Campus: 700 Oldest buildings: Park House (circa 1840) and Mackay Hall (construction began in 1886, occupied in 1893) Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Number of degree programs: Associates: 10; Bachelors: 46; Masters: 7 Unduplicated annual headcount: 20,964 Degrees awarded annually: 2,750 Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1 Graduate student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1 Ethnic student population: 46 percent International students: 604 (from 103 countries) Full-time staff/faculty: 433 staff/136 faculty Library holdings: 298,000 (including 139,000 e-books) Financial aid awarded: (FY 2012): $82,975,715 Endowment: $59,684,256 Living Alumni: 67,900
Core values that guide our actions • Accountability • Civility and Respect • Excellence • Global Citizenship • Inclusivity • Integrity Park’s Promise: Serving those who serve their community and country with personalized, globally-relevant education for life.
Awards • Named a “College of Distinction” for third year in a row • No. 1 ranked value among private colleges/ universities by Parents & Colleges • Ranked No. 1 “Best for Vets” business school in the country and No. 2 “Best for Vets” private college/university by Military Times • Ranked No. 7 most affordable private college/university in the nation, and No. 1 in the Midwest, for tuition and fees by U.S. News & World Report • Ranked No. 2 among private colleges/ universities and No. 24 overall on “Most Affordable Online Colleges” list by AffordableCollegesOnline.org • Military-Friendly School designations by G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education • Ranked 35th safest schools in the country by StateUniversity.com • Ranked No. 10 in nation for quality of online programs by Guide to Online Schools • Ranked No. 2 among Midwest universities for percentage of international students by U.S. News & World Report
From left: Danny Sakata, Joe Schoggen, Dr. Michael Droge and Dean Larrick cut the ribbon at the dedication ceremony for the new doors of the Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on Sept. 10.
New Chapel Doors Honor Park Family and Friends Doors are profound metaphors representing the past and future. Closed, they stand as symbols of strength and protection. Open, they represent opportunity, possibility and hope. As a grand passageway to one of the most cherished buildings on Park University’s Parkville Campus, new doors at Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel were dedicated on Sept. 10 during a special ceremony to thank Park donors who contributed funds to purchase the new Chapel doors in memory of their beloved family members and friends. Originally built in 1931, Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel was rebuilt in 1938 after an extensive fire. Today, the Chapel houses the University’s renowned International Center for Music and is a premier venue for concerts, lectures and convocations. Many alumni and community members have been married in the Chapel over the years, an opportunity that Park reinstated in 2011. “The Chapel is so important to Park and preserving it is critical to Park’s heritage,” said Park University President Michael Droge, Ph.D. “It represents the Presbyterian foundation upon which this institution was founded.”
Missouri weather takes its toll on wood, prompting the Chapel doors to be replaced many times over the years. “This time, we wanted the doors to be made of more durable material, yet retain the beauty of the original building,” Droge said. The new pair of 36-inch doors were custom designed to work within the irregularities of the historic stone construction of the building, which is one of the challenges of preserving historic buildings, according to Clint Harris, manager of plant operations, maintenance and environmental services at Park. “The old doors were expensive to maintain. Every few years we had to remove, sand and re-stain the doors,” Harris said. “The new doors were selected with efficiency and durability in mind.” Made from a fiberglass composite, the new Chapel doors are weatherproof, rotproof and fireproof. The custom doors include an electronic proximity card reader for secure building access that was seamlessly incorporated into the design of the door’s hardware. “We wanted the technological elements that the doors required to be hidden to preserve the original beauty of the Chapel doors.”
Chapel door donors unveiled a bronze plaque installed in front of Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel with the names of their beloved family members and friends. From left: Danny Sakata, Dean Larrick, Joe Schoggen and Dr. Michael Droge.
In memory of Charlene Schwenk Schoggen, ’43 By her husband, Rear Adm. Joe G. Schoggen, U.S. Navy, Retired, ’43 In 1939, Joe Schoggen traveled from Broken Arrow, Okla., to attend Park where he met his late wife, Charlene, who died last May. “It’s gratifying to see the improvements being made to the Parkville Campus, a place that Park students around the globe can be proud of. Generations of students have passed through these Chapel doors that will provide a warm welcome to all future visitors.” In memory of Susan Ditmars Sakata By her husband, Park Trustee Col. Danny Kazuo Sakata, U.S. Army, Retired Park Board of Trustees member Danny Sakata shared warm remembrances of his wife, Susan, who passed away almost two years ago. “Susan had a smile for everyone and a passion for life,” Sakata said. “She had big plans for doing volunteer work with Park. Her plans for the future never came true; however, I think Susan would be very happy with the new Chapel doors, and if she were here — and I think she is — she would be first in line at this dedication.”
In memory of Robert Warinner, ’53 By his friend, Dean Larrick, ‘53 “It was a treasure to find such a dear friend at Park,” said Dean Larrick, ’53, about the late Robert Warinner, ’53, who was his Park dorm roommate and best man at his wedding 50 years ago. Warinner died of a heart attack when he was 30 years old. “His was a great life cut short. I’m honored to give the doors in memory of our friendship.” In memory of Thom Hugh Hunter, ’42, and Ruth Evyline Rinehart Hunter, ’44 By their legacy gift “Through their unrestricted estate gift this year to Park, we believe that Thom’s and Ruth’s love for the Chapel, the Presbyterian Church and for Park has been forever immortalized,” said Park President Michael Droge, Ph.D. The Hunters met at Park and married in 1944. Ruth was recognized by the Park University Alumni Association as a Distinguished Alumna in 1981, and Thom was a Navy chaplain and Presbyterian minister, and served on the Park Board of Trustees and as president of the Park Alumni Association.
Park University Protects Stability of Military Students University led the nation as first responders to assist financially stranded military students with the Park Emergency Military Scholarship Fund Faced with sudden uncertainty for funds to continue their education, active duty military students were armed with immediate assistance from Park University this past spring. As a component of the country’s sequestration in March, all branches of the U.S. military, except the U.S. Navy, announced the suspension of tuition assistance, a vital benefit for active duty service members to help them pursue their educational goals. Park responded immediately. On March 12, President Michael Droge, Ph.D., announced Park’s Emergency Military Scholarship Fund for qualified active duty military students to provide full tuition support to those caught without other financial resources, such as funding from G.I. Bill benefits, Pell grants or federal loans. Park was the first college or university in the nation to provide such assistance for stranded students that allowed them to continue their education without incurring debt.
Park’s announcement quickly went viral on Facebook and Twitter, and resulted in numerous national TV and radio interviews featuring the University, as well as newspaper articles across the country. The response was overwhelming: Park raised nearly $50,000 for the Emergency Military Scholarship Fund within a few weeks. “For Park, the decision to act quickly and do the right thing for those who serve our country was not difficult,” Droge said. “This kind of commitment is part of Park’s heritage as well as our future.” Although the military reversed their decision quickly so that only a few students were impacted, the fund and all the generous gifts received will be held for this purpose and will stand ready to assist when needed in the future.
Self Portrait, 1934 Vincent Campanella
Endowed Fund Brings Artwork of Professor Vincent Campanella Home to Park He taught students to see and believe in their ability to draw and paint. No wonder the late Vincent Campanella, professor emeritus of art, was one of Park University’s most beloved teachers. To extend gratitude to Park and honor the memory of her father, Tura Campanella Cook recently made a gift of $100,000 to establish the Vincent Campanella Endowed Fund for Art Collection and Preservation at Park University. “I’m grateful to Park for so many things. I have many good memories attending Park events as a child and after my father retired, Park kept a watchful eye on him as he aged,” said Cook, who lives in Austin, Texas. “My husband and I decided to start the endowment and donate many of his paintings to Park as a special way to thank the University and cherish my father’s memory as an artist and teacher.”
Thomas Hart Benton, 1973
As part of the endowment, Park will receive 40 to 50 of Campanella’s original works, mostly watercolors and oils, donated by Cook and her family. The fund will pay for expenses related to preserving and displaying the paintings. Campanella, who died in 2001, taught at the University of Wyoming, Columbia University and the Kansas City Art Institute before joining Park University in 1952. He retired in 1980, but stayed on at Park as professor emeritus of art and distinguished artist-in-residence.
Campy the Classical Abstractionist
Known fondly by students, faculty and friends as “Campy,” Campanella was born in New York City in 1915 and attended the Leonardo da Vinci Art School when he was 9 years old. In the 1930s, as an artist with the Works Progress Administration, he moved to Wyoming, and there, surrounded by wide-open vistas,
his style began to evolve. Known as a classical abstractionist, Campanella returned to New York where he was represented by the Rehn Gallery between 1946 and 1955. Campanella’s work has been exhibited in museums across the country, including The Art Institute of Chicago, Carnegie Institute, Brooklyn Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, San Diego Museum, San Francisco Museum, Seattle Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. A retrospective show of his work was hosted in 2007 at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, Mo., and in Park University’s Campanella Gallery in Parkville, Mo. (In tribute to his memory, the Campanella Gallery was established in 1988 in the McAfee Memorial Library on the Parkville Campus to provide display space for student and regional artists’ work.)
Study of Two Seated Females (Demonstration Piece). 1962 Painted during a 45-minute demonstration in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the Parkville Campus.
Campanella is best remembered at Park for his supportive relationships with students. Through the years, Cook has been told many stories about her father’s inspiring teaching style. “My father would bristle when students said they couldn’t draw or paint. He encouraged them to look for shapes and lines to help them realize they can draw,” said Cook. “If I have any regret, it would be that I never sat in on one of my dad’s art classes at Park. I would have loved it.”
Campy Taught Me to See
A former student, Burton Dunbar, ’63, Ph.D., professor of Renaissance and American art history at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, said, “Vincent Campanella was the single-most influential person on my professional career. He was the most knowledgeable person I have ever met about being a painter and being an artist. To my everlasting gratitude, Campy taught me to see.” Other students of Campanella’s achieved notable success as artists, although in quite different spheres, including cartoonist Robert “Chance” Browne, a member of the Park class of 1970, who draws the nationally syndicated comic strip “Hi and Lois,” and Robert Morris, who has become one of the country’s most respected avant-garde artists.
“My father would bristle when students said they couldn’t draw or paint. He encouraged them to look for shapes and lines to help them realize they can draw.” — Tura Campanella Cook
The Vincent Campanella Endowed Fund for Art Collection and Preservation will also support Park in presenting future art lectures or demonstrations, such as the memorable presentation for students in 1962 in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the Parkville Campus where Campanella completed a 65” x 53” oil painting of two women seated on the stage. “With this gift, we want Park to continue to be a special place for art education within its strong liberal arts program,” said Cook.
Around the World and Back to Park
Pauline Murphy’s unrestricted estate gift supports students pursuing the field she admired: social work. In 1957, after just two years at Park University, Pauline “Polly” Murphy was eager to join the workforce and see the world. Fortunately, she landed a job working for Rotary International, and before long, she began traveling with Rotary, organizing conventions and assemblies until she retired in 1990, when she continued to pursue her love of travel. Though she journeyed the globe, Murphy remained connected to Park. In 2007, she attended her 50th class reunion during Park’s Alumni Weekend, traveling from her home in Evanston, Ill. Murphy’s loyalty to Park never ended. Upon her death in July 2011, Park received more than $198,000 — an unrestricted gift from Murphy’s estate. When Park receives an unrestricted gift, careful consideration is given to its best use. “There’s a perception that unrestricted gifts are not used for any specific purpose other than general operating costs,” said Laurie McCormack, vice president for university advancement. “At Park, we are careful to direct unrestricted funds in a way that best honors the donor’s life and fits within the University’s priorities.” Park learned that Murphy always expressed respect and deep appreciation for the social work profession from her experiences over the years, including her work with
Rotary, an international social service organization. In determining how to best use her generous gift, Park decided to dedicate more than $158,000 to establish a scholarship fund for students pursuing a degree in social work, while directing the remaining funds to support accreditation and promotion of the University’s new Master of Social Work program. Park is currently in the process of pursuing accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education to offer a MSW degree in 2014. As part of Park’s strategic plan, Park’s Promise, the University is committed to providing students with degree programs that support career fields in high demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social workers is expected to grow by 25 percent through 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. As the country recovers from a deep recession and multiple wars, social workers are in high demand. “In challenging times, the need for professionals to intervene — on the individual, organizational and community levels — goes up,” said Walter Kisthardt, Ph.D., professor and chair of social work, and director of Park’s Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work programs. “The new social work scholarship is a fitting tribute to Pauline Murphy’s memory by offering assistance to help Park students who are preparing to meet the growing need for professional social workers around the world.”
Lighting the Way It’s often said that the past can shed light on the future. That is clearly the case at Park University. To celebrate their 50th reunion, generous alumni representing the classes of 1961, 1962 and 1963 joined together to make a special gift, providing funds to purchase three new lamp posts for the University’s Parkville Campus. The elegant lamp posts, installed along the sidewalk on the west side of Norrington Center and Findlay-Wakefield Science Hall, provide much-needed improvement to the safety of the campus at night, while enhancing the beauty of the historic buildings. The new lamp posts also stand as a symbol to show how Park alumni continue to light the way for future Park students as they pursue their dreams. “Ultimately, our goal is that all of the Parkville Campus pathways will be lit by more of these beautiful lamp posts,” said Laurie McCormack, vice president for university advancement. “We hope other classes and individuals will welcome the opportunity to support this ongoing project.” If you are interested in learning more or making a gift, contact Nathan Marticke, associate vice president of constituent development, at email@example.com or (816) 584-6844.
Special thanks to Park University’s alumni donors for their generosity to help light the way from the past to the future: Charles, ’63, and Ruth M. Barton Robert L., ’52, and Gail Batchelor, ’56 Robert D., x61, and Diana M. Bee R. Lynn, ’61, and Kay N. Bondurant, x62 Catherine, ’63, and Thomas T. Campagna, ’61 Robert R. and Beverly Cantine, both ’62 Anita Colley, ’61 Barbara, ’61, and Roberg C. Eckardt, x62 Mary Ann Webster, ’70, and Alvin Eichelberg Doris J. Elliott-Watson, ’52 Robert C., ’62, and Sandra Fischer, ’63 Paul K., ’67, and Pia C. Garrett Paul H., ’65, ’88, and Sylvia Gault, ’60 Jonathan P. and Peggy Hawley, both ’61 Marian R. Jensen, ’48 Lucinda Kichukoff, ’62
Leonetta Mills, ’63 Irene H. Osuga, ’62 Jerry L. Plummer, ’62 Clifford R., x64, and Elizabeth S. Porter, ’62 Barbara Psarakis, ’62 Edward P., x61, and Roberta E. Sabin Mary J. Schenk, ’61 Nancy Stankus, ’61 Carolyn Taxer, ’62 Judith L. Tharp, ‘63 Nancy, ’61, and Robert Watkins Phillip D. and Carol Wheeler, both ’62 Bruce Williams, ’62 Blaine V. Williams, ’61 Shu-Hon, ’62, and Pauline K. Yu
Alice Richards Armstrong
Letters from Park
For years, Robert Armstrong did little more than flip through boxes of family photos and documents he had stored away. In 2005, a cousin sent him 78 letters written at the turn of the century that were addressed to his grandfather, Harry Armstrong, from his future wife, Alice Richards. It was then that Robert Armstrong caught the genealogy bug and began researching his family history — a history that led him to Park University. “I had never heard of Park until I read the letters,” Armstrong said. “The letters were so warm and witty, I couldn’t let them just sit in a box.” Instead, he made them the centerpiece of a book he authored about his family: Alice’s Letter to Harry: A History of the Richards and Armstrong Families. It was at Park University that Richards met Harry Armstrong before he graduated in 1898 and attended seminary in Omaha, Neb. It was during that time that Richards penned the 78 letters to Harry until she graduated from Park in 1900. They married in 1901. Since discovering how pivotal Park was to his family history, Robert Armstrong decided to contact Park Archivist Carolyn Elwess, ‘71, who became a valued resource. It turns out Armstrong discovered a number of family members attended Park, including Richard’s brother, Dean
Willard Richards, who graduated in 1900, and later sent his four children to Park. Harry Armstrong’s sister, Mary, also graduated from Park in 1899. With Richard’s letters and his grandfather’s diary, Robert Armstrong pieced together their story. Harry and Alice spent their first year of marriage as missionaries in Siam (Thailand) before Alice’s health forced them to return to the U.S. Tragically, Richard’s died after giving birth to a child in 1912. A year later, Harry married Helen Osborn and another year later, Robert Armstrong’s father was born.
A Special Place
After retiring as a chemical engineer, Robert Armstrong spent time researching his family’s history while caring for his ailing late wife, Sally Miller Armstrong. He published his book in 2006 before her death in 2008. It was then that Armstrong decided to do some traveling from his home in Katy, Texas, with an itinerary that included a stop in the Midwest to see Park University’s Parkville Campus. “It was apparent from the letters that Park was a special place with a family-like atmosphere,” Armstrong said. “From the letters, it was clear that Alice and Harry not only received a good education, but they were nurtured and mentored by the environment at Park. When I arrived on campus, I realized that special spirit still exists at Park today.”
Alice Richards (front, center) in a biology laboratory at Park University with Professor Merlin C. Findlay (standing left, rear) in 1899.
Armstrong said he was warmly welcomed and enjoyed being graciously toured around the Parkville Campus. In 2012, he returned to participate in the golf tournament during Alumni Weekend. For Armstrong, it was a natural decision to support Park. He was pleased to discover the opportunity to establish a charitable gift annuity to not only benefit Park, but to also offer personal financial benefits in his retirement. Yet Armstrong said giving to Park is about more than personal benefits or commemorating his family. “I want to support Park’s positive role in shaping the lives of future students.” Armstrong said he feels a closer tie to Park than his alma mater. “I graduated from an excellent academic university, but I didn’t have the benefit of a friendly, nurturing atmosphere where professors cared if I passed or failed,” he said. “Frankly, I wish I had attended a school like Park.”
Change of Address
To maintain his new connection to the University, Armstrong made sure to let his Park friends know about his recent change of address. “It all started on Facebook,” Armstrong said about getting in touch last year with a friend who had also lost a spouse. Unlike his grandparents Harry and Alice, Armstrong corresponded with an “old flame” via e-mail and Skype before finally meeting in person at the Grand Canyon. After an April wedding, Armstrong and his wife, Judy, now live in Oakland, Calif. “It’s been a whirlwind of a year,” Armstrong said. “We both feel very lucky.” They’ve since enjoyed traveling together. And yes, their travels have included a brief stop to see the Parkville Campus where Armstrong showed Judy the special place where romance first blossomed in his family more than a century ago.
Judy and Robert Armstrong
Win-Win Advantage of Giving Support for Park’s faculty provides steady payment for retired professor If anyone understands the need to support faculty in pursuing research and professional development, it’s G. Ross Stephens, ’49, Ph.D. “It’s increasingly important for faculty to have access to funds for research and travel,” said Stephens, who has pursued continued learning outside the classroom since his academic career began after graduating from Park University more than 60 years ago. Stephens, professor emeritus of political science and public administration at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science and economics from Park before earning two master degrees and a doctorate in political science and public administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“I know from years of experience in academia that funding for professional development is a constant need,” Stephens said. “It’s important for faculty — and consequently their students — to continuously expand their knowledge through research and conference participation.” Although he retired in 1992, Stephens can still be found nearly every day in his office continuing to research and write, or traveling to conferences across the country where he is often a featured speaker or panelist.
“My education at Park provided a solid foundation for my future academic career,” said Stephens, who, after he retired, wanted to find a way to give back to his alma mater. By establishing a charitable gift annuity with Park, he found a way to not only support Park, but to also create an additional source of personal income during his retirement years.
As a specialist in metropolitan and state government, Stephens is known for his research on public finance, public policy and intergovernmental relations. A former president of the Missouri Political Science Association, Stephens has served as a consultant to federal, state and local governments, and universities. He has also served as a survey statistician with the U.S. Department of the Navy, as the senior president in public finance at the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations and as a senior staff member for three Ford Foundation urban studies groups.
“The charitable gift annuity offers a smart way for me to support Park while generating some tax-free income for myself. It’s a win-win way to give.” The advantage prompted Stephens to establish a second charitable gift annuity this year, totaling a contribution of $40,000 to Park.
Stephens has authored two books and has been an expert source and contributor to the media, including The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Kansas City Star, Journal of Politics, National Tax Journal, Policy Studies Review, Land Economics, National Civic Review, Urban Affairs Quarterly and American Review of Public Administration.
Stephens directed his charitable gift annuities toward a priority that matters most to him: professional faculty development. Specifically, he designated his gift to support the professional activities of full-time Park faculty teaching political science and/or public administration, including research, professional conferences and other professional development activities when other funds are not available.
By example, Stephens demonstrates the value of lifelong learning. He believes in the increasing importance of a college education, particularly the liberal education emphasized at Park. “It’s more valuable than ever to have a well-rounded education to understand our ever-changing world,” Stephens said.
Charitable Gift Annuity
Remainder to Park
Charitable Gift Annuity: How It Works A charitable gift annuity offers a mutually beneficial way to support Park University while receiving steady payments during retirement years. Through a simple contract, a donor agrees to contribute cash, stocks or other assets to Park, and in return, receive fixed payments every year for a lifetime. A charitable gift annuity offers additional benefits, including: • Initial gift is partially income tax deductible • Payments are partially income tax free throughout an estimated life expectancy • Payments are not affected by ups and downs in the economy • The gift annuity can be for one or two people, enabling a spouse or other loved one to receive payments for life • Using appreciated stock to make a gift annuity allows the donor to usually eliminate the capital gains tax on a portion of the gift and spread the rest of the gain over the life expectancy To learn more about charitable gift annuities as a way to support Park University, contact Nathan Marticke, associate vice president of constituent development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (816) 584-6844.
founders day 2013
Celebrating Science at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research Educating scientists and health care leaders has been in Park’s DNA since 1875
To celebrate Park University’s service to science and health care, Founders Day 2013 was hosted on May 7 at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City, Mo. The event raised nearly $200,000 to benefit Park’s Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program and the University’s natural and physical science programs, as well as Park’s Presidential Honors Scholarship. “As we support science education at Park, it is most fitting that we celebrate Founders Day in one of the world’s leading scientific facilities,” Park University President Michael Droge, Ph.D., told the crowd. The Stowers Institute for Medical Research was established through the extraordinary generosity of cancer survivors James “Jim” E. Stowers Jr., the founder of American Century Investments in Kansas City, Mo., and his wife Virginia G. Stowers, who dedicated their personal fortune to improving human health through basic biomedical research. Situated on a 10-acre campus in the heart of Kansas City, the Stowers Institute features a 600,000-sq. ft. research facility that includes state-of-the-art laboratories, technology centers and scientific support facilities to promote collaboration among scientists.
All guests enjoyed a reception, followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of the renowned research facility. Premier sponsors also received a special pre-event reception followed by a more in-depth tour and special presentation about Stowers’ research advancements and future plans by David Chao, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Stowers Institute. A video highlighted Park’s natural and physical science programs, followed by a special presentation on how the University is incorporating the latest technologies in nursing education. Gerry Walker, D.H.Ed., chair and associate professor of nursing, moderated a live demonstration to showcase Park’s nursing simulation labs that feature computerized patients that can be programmed to present various medical conditions, complications and other patient-care scenarios to enable realistic, hands-on learning opportunities. Park’s Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program has trained hundreds of nurses since 1987. Recently, Park launched one of the first online Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Completion programs in the country. “From the very beginning — since Park was founded in 1875 — educating scientists and health care leaders has been in Park’s DNA,” Droge said.
From left: Founders Day Chair Tom Holcom, a member of Park’s Board of Trustees, stands with Park University President Dr. Michael Droge and Peter deSilva, a member of Park’s Board of Trustees.
From left: Benny and Edith Lee, and David Monchusie, ‘00, Park University’s chief information officer.
Park Board of Trustees members Danny K. Sakata and Kathy Dodd.
From left: Katy Dodd, Dr. Molly Droge, Tom Holcom, David Disney, Denise Holcom and Kathy Disney.
April 4, 2014 Save the date:
Ballyhoo 2014 Mark your calendar to join Park University in celebration of this newly named event (formerly known as Founders Day) in 2014 on Friday, April 4, in support of Park’s International Center for Music and the Presidential Honors Scholarship. A goal of $400,000 has been set for the evening. Following a heavy hors d’oeuvres and hosted bar reception, plus a short program of recognition at the acclaimed Webster House, Ballyhoo sponsors and their guests are invited to join music aficionados at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo., for a special concert — featuring Park’s International Center for Music faculty and students — to honor the late Van Cliburn, one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. Park associate professor of music/piano and 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch became a close friend of Cliburn’s — so close that Cliburn requested a special concert by Ioudenitch’s daughter, Maria, be performed in his home. This tribute concert is endorsed by Cliburn’s longtime partner, Tommy Smith. Contact Nancy Steinacker, development director, at email@example.com or (816) 584-6200 for sponsorship information.
SUMMA CUM LAUDE SPONSORS Aon Pioneer Services UMB
MAGNA CUM LAUDE SPONSORS
Cerner Dodd Family Foundation Benny and Edith Lee (DuraComm)
CUM LAUDE SPONSORS
Drs. Michael and Molly Droge Jenzabar Inc. Pearson eCollege Sprint St. Luke’s North Hospital Rick and Sandy Thode Truman Medical Centers Charitable Foundation
BACCALAUREATE SPONSORS AECOM Aramark Higher Education Arvest Bank Aspen Wealth Management Inc. BKD LLP Blackboard Collaborate Lynn and Kay Bondurant Burns Dental Care Commerce Bank Dell Kristopher Flint Dick Kaler Hunt Martin Materials LLC Mark Foster Courtney Goddard Roger and Nancy Hershey IBM InkCycle Inc. JMA Information Technology JE Dunn Construction Company Johnson County Community College Jerry and JoAnn Jorgensen William T. Kemper II Charitable Trust Lathrop and Gage
Martin Properties and Hakes Real Estate Dennis and Laurie McCormack McCownGordon Construction McRuer CPAs Ann Mesle Metropolitan Community College Mid-America Regional Council Louise Morden North Kansas City Electric Inc. Park University Enterprises Inc. Patriots Bank People to People International Port Authority of Kansas City, Mo. ProPrint Ricoh Danny Sakata Sodexo Inc. and Affiliates Spencer Fane Britt and Browne LLP Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP The National Golf Club U.S. Bank Gary and Lynette Wages Jane Wood Xerox Park University also extends special appreciation to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research for its gracious hospitality and event support.
On Par for Park
Park friends tee up to raise funds for Park athletics Friends of Park University came out in full swing for the annual Park University Golf Scramble on Sept. 27 at Tiffany Greens Golf Club in Kansas City, Mo. The fun event raised more than $32,000 to benefit Park University’s Department of Athletics. Park extends sincere appreciation to its event sponsors:
Royce Skocny (student and veteran), Stephen Terry (veteran and director of military and veteran student services), Mark Russell, vice president, Pearson eCollege, Charles Bailey (student and veteran) and Dina Juarez, ’13 (current Master of Public Affairs students, veteran and assistant director of military and veteran student services) TOM WATSON SPONSOR Pearson eCollege
BOBBY JONES SPONSORS Aon Risk Services Central Inc. Husch Blackwell PepsiCo
JACK NICKLAUS SPONSOR McRuer CPAs
ARNOLD PALMER SPONSORS AECOM BankLiberty Gary Crossley Ford Great Wolf Lodge Kansas City, Kan. Harrah’s Casino North Kansas City Electric
Henry Logan, ’98, Brian Moeller, Brian O’Neil, ’97, and Joe Simone (both alumni were basketball players at Park.)
Ogletree Deakins Park University Alumni Association Ricoh Tueth Keeney Cooper Mohan and Jackstadt PC UMB Van Chevrolet
BEN HOGAN SPONSORS Alexander Open Systems CarStar Cerner Crossroads Hospice Dennis McCormack Enterprise Keller Williams Realty Laurie McCormack Logan Property Mark Martin Properties MB2 Sports
Mike Weighill North American Communications RE Patriots Bank Pioneer Services PlattForm Higer Education RiskAnalytics Sodexo Sprint Van Chevrolet
BRYON NELSON SPONSORS Argosy Casino Heartland Motor Coach
Making the Most of Compost Park awarded grant from Mid-America Regional Council to divert 42 tons of food waste from landfills in its first year Going green has been such a commitment at Park University for some time that it is now going to a new level, thanks to an $11,700 grant from the Mid-America Regional Council to collect and compost all food waste produced at the University’s Pirate Café on the Parkville Campus. The new food waste project, “Making the Most of Compost,” began in January. Park cafeteria staff collect all food waste created by diners, including paper napkins and tray liners. The waste is picked up three times per week by Missouri Organic’s Food Residuals Environmental Division and composted at Missouri Organic’s rural facilities. “Composting is a growing trend on college campuses to support sustainable operations,” said Kathleen Robey, food services director with Park’s Sodexo Campus Services, who is serving as the grant director. A 2010 waste audit conducted by Park staff and students found that nearly 45 percent of the University’s trash by weight is affected by food waste and could be diverted from the landfill. “From our research, we estimate the new program
will divert 42 tons of waste from the landfill in its first year,” Robey said. The grant includes funding for marketing materials to educate students, staff and faculty about the new program and the impact of composting on the environment, as well as ways to decrease waste. “In addition to diverting waste, we want to cut down on creating waste by encouraging diners to carefully consider taking only what they plan to eat,” Robey said. As part of the project, Sodexo contributed funds to purchase two 60-inch LCD flatscreen monitors that have been installed in the cafeteria to run educational videos and presentations about composting, the environment and sustainability. A series of flyers, posters and other materials are being developed to inform the University community about the program. The composting project represents an expansion of the University’s “Park Goes Green” program introduced in 2009 to launch multiple initiatives, including recycling stations in dormitories and recycling bins across campus to collect paper waste, plastic bottles and aluminum cans.
Rethinking Relationships If you think Park University’s Office of University Advancement is only focused on raising funds, think again. At Park, it’s not only about the gift. It’s about relationships, some treasured for years, others just beginning. That’s why Laurie D. McCormack, vice president for university advancement, recently made some changes to reflect the full circle of support that is critical to Park’s future. Now in her sixth year at Park, McCormack shares some thoughts on advancement’s role in securing the resources to support Park’s continued success:
This has been the best fundraising year in the last six years. To what do you attribute this success? During the difficult economic times, our advancement team remained steadfast in nurturing and building relationships. With confidence in an improved economy and a strong Park University that has weathered the storm well, we’re fortunate that individuals and organizations that share a passion for Park’s mission are generously sharing their resources with us.
You recently restructured the office to focus on both “constituent develop ment” and “constituent engagement.” Why does that matter? We recognize that a gift to Park is ultimately a reflection of a personal relationship with the University that begins and evolves in many ways — from students who become successful alumni, to businesses who hire our graduates, to family and friends who want to honor their loved ones legacy. After I joined Park in 2008, I heard time and again from alumni and business and civic leaders who wanted to connect to Park. In 2012, we aligned the Office of University Advancement to better connect all the staff responsible for the various aspects of external relations. I also named two critical leaders of the advancement team:
Nathan Marticke, M.A.C.L. ’10, associate vice president of constituent development, and, Erik Bergrud, M.P.A. ’94, associate vice president of constituent engagement. Both Nathan and Erik are Park alumni and we all share a real passion for the University. They’ve garnered excellent skills elsewhere and with them both back at Park, we’re reaping the benefits of their education and experience. Not to mention, they’re a joy to work with every day. Some view their roles as separate: one focused on money and one focused on people. That’s too simplistic, and, candidly, devalues what we all do and the concern we share for all our constituents. It’s more about focusing and coordinating each University Advancement staff members’ efforts as we work toward the same goal: to improve and deepen the relationship our alumni and friends have with Park.
Why was Career Development moved under University Advancement? With Career Development joining the University Advancement team, we can work more closely with Park alumni to help us connect with their employers to hire Park students and graduates nationwide. This deepens their relationship with the University and better serves the employment needs of all our students and alumni.
As you enter this year at Park, what keeps you motivated? I’ve always believed that higher education is at the core of solving society’s ills, which is why most of my professional career has been in advancement efforts for universities. More than ever, it’s important for higher education to be accessible to everyone who has the perseverance and desire to further their education. That is, and always has been, Park’s mission, and helping to open those doors and provide that opportunity for a quality education is what continues to motivate me every day.
From left: Erik Bergrud, M.P.A. ’94, associate vice president of constituent engagement firstname.lastname@example.org, (816) 584-6412 Laurie D. McCormack, vice president for university advancement email@example.com, (816) 584-6210 Nathan Marticke, M.A.C.L. ’10, associate vice president of constituent development firstname.lastname@example.org, (816) 584-6844
2012-2013 Board of Trustees N. Gary Wages* Chair of the Board Independence, Mo. C. Ann Mesle, J.D.* Vice Chair of the Board Kansas City, Mo. Katheen J. Dodd* Secretary of the Board Kansas City, Mo. Richard E. Thode* Treasurer of the Board Raytown, Mo. R. Lynn Bondurant, ’61, Ph.D. Avon, Ohio
Scott D. McRuer Parkville, Mo.
Joseph Melookaran Overland Park, Kan.
Howard C. Breen Kansas City, Mo.
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John E. Miller Kansas City, Mo.
John C. Brown Past Chair of the Board Kearney, Mo.
Master Sgt. (Ret.) Raymond Mott, ’11 Green Valley, Ariz. Rosemary Fry Plakas, ’63 Alexandria, Va. Jeanette E. Prenger, ’09 Parkville, Mo.
Gayden F. Carruth, Ph.D.* Parkville, Mo.
Eugene A. Ruiz* Past Chair of the Board Blue Springs, Mo.
Michael M. Collins, ’04 Kansas City, Mo.
Danny K. Sakata Parkville, Mo.
Peter J. deSilva Kansas City, Mo.
Judith M. Simonitsch, J.D.* Independence, Mo.
Dennis H. Epperson, ’69, Ph.D., J.D. Santa Barbara, Calif.
J. Eric Wade, ’82, M.P.A. ’85 Lenexa, Kan.
Kristopher S. Flint, ’97 Kansas City, Mo.
David A. Warm Kansas City, Mo.
Mark S. Foster, J.D. Kansas City, Mo.
Philip D. Wheeler, ’62* Tucson, Ariz.
Joseph H. Geeter, III. Limerick, Pa.
Julie M. Wilson Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Charif Hamidi, ’11 Kansas City, Mo.
Paul H. Gault, ’65, M.P.A. ’88 Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer Kansas City, Mo.
Thomas H. Holcom* Kansas City, Mo. W. Wilford (Pete) Kale ’71 Williamsburg, Va. Susan K. McGaughey, ’74 Olathe, Kan.
Roger W. Hershey, J.D., L.L.M. Vice President and General Counsel Assistant Secretary/Past Chair of the Board Independence, Mo. Ami E. Wisdom Assistant Secretary Parkville, Mo.
Robert P. Corbett, ’38 Lee’s Summit, Mo. Charles A. Garney Kansas City, Mo. Virginia B. McCoy Past Chair of the Board Parkville, Mo. L. Louise Morden Lewiston, N.Y. Gerald R. Moss Decanso, Calif. *Denotes Executive Committee Member
Park University Staff Senior Officers
Michael H. Droge, Ph.D. President
Laurie DiPadova-Stocks, Ph.D. School for Graduate and Professional Studies Hauptmann School of Public Affairs
Jerry D. Jorgensen, Ph.D. Provost and Senior Vice President Roger W. Hershey, J.D., L.L.M. Vice President and General Counsel Laurie D. McCormack Vice President for University Advancement David F. Monchusie, ’00 Chief Information Officer Dorla D. Watkins, ‘80, M.P.A. ‘00 Vice President for Finance and Administration Rita M. Weighill, ’90 Vice President for University Communications and Marketing Erik O. Bergrud, M.P.A. ‘94 Associate Vice President of Constituent Engagement Kenneth Christopher, D.P.A. Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Clarinda Creighton Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Roger P. Dusing Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Courtney E. Goddard, J.D. Associate Vice President and General Counsel Charles D. Kater, Ph.D. Associate Vice President for Distance Learning Alan J. Liebrecht Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management: Nathan S. Marticke, M.A.C.L. ‘10 Associate Vice President of Constituent Development Rebecca A. Peck Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration Constantine (Dean) S. Vakas Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration Paul H. Gault, ‘65, M.P.A. ‘88 Special Assistant for Administration
Brad A. Kleindl, Ph.D. School of Business Diana Boyd McElroy, Ph.D. Student Life
Leah Fletcher Career Counselor/Internship Coordinator (816) 584-6578 email@example.com Jessica Greason Annual Fund/Alumni Giving Coordinator (816) 584-6329 firstname.lastname@example.org Danita Hodges, ‘12 Administrative Assistant for the Vice President (816) 584-6209 email@example.com
Michelle (Shellie) Myers, Ed.D. School for Education
Marquida Johnson, ‘08 Administrative Assistant (816) 584-6200 firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Donnelli-Sallee, Ph.D. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Interim Dean
Casey Falmer Assistant Director of Career Development (816) 584-6793 email@example.com
Office of University Advancement Staff
Julie McCollum Director of Alumni Relations (816) 584-6206 firstname.lastname@example.org
Laurie D. McCormack Vice President for University Advancement (816) 584-6210 email@example.com Erik Bergrud, M.P.A. ‘94 Associate Vice President of Constituent Engagement (816) 584-6412 firstname.lastname@example.org Nathan Marticke, M.A.C.L. ‘10 Associate Vice President of Constituent Development (816) 584-6844 email@example.com Alisha Blackwelder, ’03 Special Events Manager (816) 584-6420 firstname.lastname@example.org Edmund Brackett, Ed. D. Director of Sponsored Programs (816) 584-6588 email@example.com Howard Collinson, Ph.D. Public & Private Grants Manager (816) 584-6527 firstname.lastname@example.org Linda Doubenmier Prospect Researcher (816) 589-0673 email@example.com Winifred Edwards, ’03 Advancement Systems Coordinator (816) 584-6826 firstname.lastname@example.org
JoMarie Mortelli Data Integrity Specialist (816) 584-6815 email@example.com Tess Surprenant Director of Career Development (816) 584-6350 firstname.lastname@example.org Sandra Sanders Director of Advancement Services (816) 584-6816 email@example.com Bobbi Shaw, ‘01 Administrative Assistant (816) 584-6207 firstname.lastname@example.org Megan Simpson Special Events Coordinator (816) 584-6406 email@example.com Nancy Steinacker Development Director (816) 584-6866 firstname.lastname@example.org
Park Statistics $2,000,000
n Gifts In Kind n Pledges n Cash
2012-13 was the best fundraising year in six years.
$18,913.26 GIFTS IN KIND
$16,250.82 GIFTS IN KIND
$30,255.00 GIFTS IN KIND
On average, tuition accounts for 89 percent of institutional revenue.
Breakdown of gifts received
The annual cost of providing degree programs and services to more than 20,000 students nationwide.
Percentage of total cash donations received in 2012-13 by source. n Alumni n Other individual n Foundation n Business/Corporation n Other non-individual*
Percentage of total number of gifts 2012-13.
n Alumni 38% n Other individual n Foundation n Business/Corporation n Other non-individual*
Amount of financial aid awarded to graduate and undergraduate students over the past three years.
*Non-individual refers to estates and trusts.
Park University's Honor Roll Park University’s Honor Roll acknowledges all donors at varying levels during the fiscal year. This Report to Investors recognizes all gifts received between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013. The Office of University Advancement has made every effort to ensure accuracy. If you believe corrections or additions are needed, please e-mail email@example.com or call (816) 584-6816.
FIDES ET LABOR CLUB
Gifts totaling $50,000 or more
Cook Family Fund * Dorothy S. Froning Revocable Trust Kensler Family Trust Louise Morden Estate of Pauline Murphy
Gifts totaling $25,000-49,999
Aon Foundation Enochs Family Foundation Fund * Goppert Foundation Michael and Lucile Hobbs Pioneer Financial Services Inc.
CLOCK TOWER CLUB
Gifts totaling $10,000-$24,999
James and Barbara Woo Bryant Cerner Corporation Mike and Katheen Dodd DuraComm Lighting Arvin Gottlieb Foundation Green Mountain Foundation Tom and Denise Holcom Foundation * Keith Irvine Jenzabar Foundation Karbank Family Fund * Rose Karbank † Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation Benny and Edith Lee * Love Charitable Gift Fund * Philip and Patricia Love Hubert W. Merchant Trust Missouri Colleges Fund Inc. NCS Pearson eCollege Ricoh USA Inc. Danny Sakata Kenneth and Roswitha Schaffer * Joe, ’43 and Charlene Schwenk Schoggen, ’43* † Sprint Foundation Lawrence D. Starr Family Foundation Ross Stephens, ’49
Richard J. Stern Foundation UMB Financial Corp. Charitable Foundation Dorla Watkins, ’80, ’00 David Wentz
Gifts totaling $5,000-$9,999
American Association of Colleges and Universities Michael and Molly Droge Educational Assistance Ltd. Ruth E. Hunter Revocable Living Trust Thom H. Hunter Irrevocable Trust Husch Blackwell LLP Jenzabar JMA Information Technology Inc. Pete, ’71 and Kelly Kale Dean, ’53 and Charlotte Larrick Scott and Judy McRuer Missouri State University Port Authority / Ameristar-Isle of Capri Economic Advancement Fund * Richard and Sandra Thode Truman Medical Centers Charitable Foundation UMB Financial Corp.
CANARY AND WINE CLUB Gifts totaling $1,000-$4,999
AECOM Technical Services Jim Allen Aramark Arvest Bank Aspen Wealth Management Inc. BKD LLP BankLiberty Erik Bergrud, ’94 Blackboard Inc. Frank Blanck Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City BlueScope Foundation Lynn, ’61 and Kay Oates Bondurant, x62 Robert and Beverly Burns Daniel and Charlotte Butler Candice Bennett and Associates Inc.
James, ’49 and Mae Cariddi Carnegie Arts Center Gayden Carruth Terry Christenberry and Ann Mesle Robert and Shirley Miller Clark, ’61 Commerce Bank Clarinda Creighton Crossroads Hospice of Atlanta LLC Crossroads Hospice of Cincinnati LLC Crossroads Hospice of Cleveland Crossroads Hospice of Dayton LLC Crossroads Hospice of Kansas City Crossroads Hospice of Kansas LLC Crossroads Hospice of Northeast Ohio Crossroads Hospice of Oklahoma City LLC Crossroads Hospice of Philadelphia LLC Crossroads Hospice of St. Louis LLC Crossroads Hospice of Tennessee LLC Helen Dieleman ECCO Select Manuchair, ’60 and Pari Maheronnagsh Ebadi, ’62 Eliot S. Berkley Interim Trust Enterprise Rent-A-Car Dennis, ’69 and Bonnie Wallace Epperson, ’70 Fischer Management Mark Foster Francis Family Foundation Karen Peters Frankenfeld, ’59 Garney Family Foundation * Gary Crossley Ford Paul, ’60, ’88 and Sylvia Helms Gault, ’60 Courtney Goddard David, ’67 and April Wilber Hackathorn, ’69 Harrah’s North Kansas City Casino Henry E. Wurst Family Foundation Roger and Nancy Hershey Brian, ’86 and Nadienne Hoffman, ’03 Paul Houghtaling, ’59 Doris Howell, ’44 Hunt Martin Material LLC IBM Corporation InkCycle JE Dunn Construction Company Johnson County Community College Donald, ’80 and Carol Johnston Jerry and JoAnn Jorgensen
Joyce and Donald Rumsfeld Foundation Kansas City Power and Light Fund Diane Keen Arthur, ’65 and Susan Kluge Kathy Koehler Lathrop and Gage Dominic Lopez Donald and Barbara MacDonald Edward and Jody Manchion, ’99 Marjory Louise Rodgers Rice Charitable Trust Martin Properties Dennis and Laurie McCormack McCownGordon Construction LLC McRuer CPAs Metropolitan Community College Mid-America Arts Alliance Miller Analytics LLC John E. Miller Missouri Arts Council David, ’00 and Petunia Monchusie Gerald and Margaret Moss North Kansas City Electric Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak and Stewart PC Park University Enterprises Parkville Rotary Club Patriots Bank Pearson Education Inc. People to People International William and Linda Lawton Perry, both ’67 William and Darlene Pivonka Rosemary Fry Plakas, ’63 Audrey Oberhelman Pollard, ’49 Port Authority of Kansas City, Mo. ProPrint Inc. David and Patria Quemada Frank Quemada Raytheon Co. Carlos Riojas Ernest Robertson, ’47 Saint Luke’s Health Systems Saint Luke’s Northland Hospital Carol Sanders Ronald and Michelle Minyard Schwartz, both ’70 Judy Simonitsch * Sodexo and Affiliates Spencer Fane Britt and Browne
Gifts totaling $1-$999
Robert Achee, ’75 Donna Waggoner Adams, ’38 Richard Adansi, ’08 Adeile AhMu, ’06 Frank Aikmus, ’95 Frances Black Alcorn, ’49 James and Carolyn Jansen Alexander, both ’53 Wendy Wiles Alexander, ’11 Armand Alfonso Stephen Allison, ’69 Judy Allred Justin Ambrozia, ’98, ’09 Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. Marsha Clayton Anderson, ’90 Andrews McMeel Universal Foundation Kenneth, ’74 and Patsy Andrews Hilton and Judith Appollis, ’06 Argosy Casino Jose, ’06 and Carmelita Arispe Selina Armour, ’99 Annette Taylor Armstrong, ’49 Debra Cinnamon Armstrong, ’10 Kimberly McKeller Armstrong, ’13 Robert Armstrong Maya Atamaniuk, ’80 Langston Atkins, ’11 Mark, ’50 and Kay Atwood Melissa Aust, ’01 Kenneth, ’04 and Karen Austin, ’03 Tewaney Ayalneh, ’03 and Cynthia Wissinger, ’05 William and Versa Warr Bailey, both ’50 Cassie Wahlfeldt Baker, ’13 Linnie Baker, ’10 Robert Baker, ’44 Stephanie Welch Baker, ’99 Teresa Baker, ’08
Theresa Baker, ’75 Suzanne Ballou Lisa Balzereit, ’95 August Banks, ’87 Courtney Sharpe Barbour, ’10 Barkley Elizabeth Bates Barnett, ’41 Pamela Baron, ’00 Mathias Barrows, ’91 Charles, ’63 and Ruth Barton Robert, ’52 and Gail McMahon Batchelor, ’56 Nylah Beach, ’64 Betsy McCoy Beasley, ’64 Debra Beaton, ’80 Alan and Elaine Beaver Elizabeth Becker Aaron Beckman, ’10 Michael Becraft Robert, x61 and Diana Bee Jeffrey Bell, ’03 Stephen and Donna Bell Robert, ’91 and Pamela Bellman Kyla Nelson Benjamin, ’11 Steve and Joyce Berg Wayne Berg, ’82 Scott Bernheim, ’68 Hugh, ’58 and Carolyn Berry Theodore, ’71 and Mary West Betsch, ’72 Ryan Beverly, ’11 John Bialecki, ’81 Brad Biles Larry, ’67 and Jacqueline Bishard, ’83 Willie, ’76 and Charlene Black Brett and Alisha Blackwelder, ’03 Eric Blair, ’06 John Blair, x65 Charles Blankenship, x59 Kelley Blanks, ’08 Clint, ’71 and Joyce Blithe Rick, ’84 and Lesli Hill Blount, ’83 Shirley Durbin Bogren, ’55 Gene Booker, ’02 Bossert Body and Tow Inc. Stephen Bouck, ’98 Dorothy Bourne Diana Boyd McElroy Cara Boyd, ’97 Carl Boyd Edmund and Virginia Brackett Stephanie Stromdahl Brackett, ’67 Casey Bradley, ’04 Kelly Brandon, ’98 Gail Brandt Kathi Brant Nathalie Brech Cathy Breidenthal Marialena Bridges, ’97
Spring Hill Parents for Kids Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP Hugh Stocks and Laurie DiPadova-Stocks The Pattison Family Foundation Billy and Diana Trotter Tueth Keeney Cooper Mohan and Jackstadt PC US Bank US Bank Foundation Van Chevrolet William, ’11 and Kathleen Venable Eric, ’82, ’85 and Kerri Wade Gary and Lynette Wages David and Julie Warm Edwin Wenberg Philip and Carol Groundwater Wheeler, both ’62 Dale Whitesitt, ’61 William T. Kemper II Charitable Trust
PARKITE CLUB (continued) Gifts totaling $1-$999 Wakisha Briggs Robert, ’90 and Lezlie Brillhart Charles Brindel, ’65 Antoinette Brown, ’01 David Brown, ’78 David Brown, ’89 Joseph Brown, ’87 Scott, ’92 and Carla Brown Twila Brown, ’80 Frank, ’54 and Claire Browning William, ’53 and Mary Browning David, ’09 and Lesa Bruce Robert, ’67 and Anne Brumback Lisa Kohn Brunschmid, ’96 Shelley Bryan Wilma Bryan Malinda Bryan-Smith Buffalo Wild Wings John Buntyn, ’72 Lana Burke John Burt, ’85 Charles Burton, ’93 Anita Butler Mary Byland William Byrd, ’86
Emma Cage, ’91 Mary Calder Thomas, ’61 and Catherine McWilliams Campagna, ’63 Arthur, ’43 and Georgiana Campbell Francis, ’78 and Judith Campbell Jackie Malmberg Campbell, ’09 Steve Campbell, ’92 Timothy Campbell, ’88 Larry and Connie Candelaria, ’93 Gordon, ’79 and Lee Cannell Glenn Anthony Canonizado, ’05, ’10 Robert and Beverly Somerville Cantine, both ’62 Margaret Petter Cardwell, ’58 Leon Carey, ’99 Nancy Erickson Carlile, ’58 Carolyn Wheaton Carlson, ’61 Kirk, ’86 and Lois Carpenter, ’91 Jerome, ’86 and Martine Carrillo Jerry Carter, ’79 Karen Garner Carter, ’64 Moses, ’09 and Armandina Flores Castillo Sandra Caudill, ’98 Debora Champagne Michael Chance, ’10 William and Florence Charest, both ’84 Ronald Chartier, ’87 Charlene Chesnut
Chevron Matching Gift Program Larry, ’76 and Dee Childers David and Laure Christensen Edward Cicale, ’82 Patricia Cirino, ’89 Jeanetta Clampitt, ’91 Richard Clemens, ’94 Grace McHarg Clendenin, ’89 David, ’99 and Carmela Coble Mary Crabb Cofer, ’75 Dorothy Coffey, ’78 Lora Cohn Vito and Cathy Colapietro, ’06 Richard, ’78 and Kathryn Coleman Anita Palmer Colley, ’61 Jeanne Collier, ’80 Lesley Collins Howard Collinson Georgianna Condit James and Opal Ringen Congdon, both ’49 Kimberly Connelly Donald, ’49 and Caroline Cook James, ’56 and Mary Hay Cooke, ’55 Teresa Holzfaster Copas, ’12 Timothy, ’03, ’08 and Susan Corbeil, ’08 Robert, ’38 and Mary Alice Corbett Sheryl Corchnoy, ’95 John and Suzan Corcione
Edward and Lois Forry Cowing, ’52 Judith Coyle, ’78 Mona Cozart-Dean, ’12 James, ’45 and Martha Crockett Eugene, ’64 and Erin Crooks Joe, ’60 and Elinor Crosby James, ’83 and Jeanne Crum Bernice Crummett, ’83 Felitcia Lyles Cruz, ’12 Amy Cunningham, ’94 Jean Curl, ’50 David Curtis Wilbur, ’96 and Margie Curtis John Czarnota, ’67 Lee D’Amore, ’90 Jinais Da Costa, ’04 Keith Dailey, ’00 Diane Dalsing John, ’98 and Lisa Daly Page and Beverly Dame, ’67 Robert, ’04 and Brenda Dandridge, ’07 DeWayne Daniels, ’97 Eugene and Melvenia Daniels, ’81 Ann Soper Davidson, ’52 Augustin, ’83 and Kyong Davila Andrew Davis Bennie Davis, ’82 James, ’87 and Bettye Davis Peter Davis, ’82 Roger, ’92 and Susan Davis Woody and Louise Davis Linda Day, ’02 Armenda Daye, ’87 John Dean Kathryn Gatton Dearing, ’70 Oakland Demoss, ’80 Cyndi Nance Denham, ’99 Tanya Deskins, ’76 Jody Desormeaux, ’10 Winifred Dincher, ’06 Barbara Dinoff, ’65 Suzanne Discenza Harry Dixon, ’77 Samuel Dizer, ’84 Robert Dodds and Deana Bland-Dodds, ’89 Derek Donaldson Clifford Dorsey, ’65 Cecil and Linda Doubenmier Hugh and Patricia Downing, ’96 Joe, ’70 and Jan Drew Daniel, ’96 and Mary Duddy, ’99 Anna Hutcheson Duncan, ’58 Carol Duncan Daniel, ’04 and Bethany Durrer Albert and Betty Dusing Roger and Darla Dusing Marie Theodosis Dyer, ’50
Roosevelt Easley, ’94 Nancy Eastman Chuck and Marcia Rader Eberly, both ’50 Charles Ebert, ’78 Robert, ’62 and Barbara Wild Eckardt, ’61 Robert Eckerle, ’85 Mary Eddings, ’96 Alexander Edwards, ’56 Levester and Winifred Edwards, ’03 Wallace and Jean Wolfe Edwards, ’44 Alvin Eichelberg and Mary Ann Webster Eichelberg, ’70 John, ’97 and Rhonda Ellington Doris Elliott-Watson, ’52 Robert Ellis Jerry Ellison, ’12 Karen Cahill Ellison, ’72 Jamie Els, ’12 Kathy Elser-Newman, ’71 Clayton Embry, ’81 David, ’50 and Glenna Erb Jeremy, ’02 and Ramona Erickson Larry Evans, ’01 Tameka Lockett Evans, ’08 William Ewing, ’64 † Darold Farless, ’73 Mauro Faz, ’12 Donald and Lora Kehr Fendlason, ’58 Karon Haenisch Fenn, ’64 Glenn Ferdman Hilton Ferguson, ’91 Robert, ’62 and Sandra Mosiman Fischer, ’63 Kelly Fitzgerald Nickea Fludd, ’12 Wanda Ford, ’86 Mark Foreman, ’96 Ronald, ’75 and Karen Fory John Foster, ’81 David, ’61 and Anita Ferrer Foulk, ’63 Earl, ’98 and Alicia Fowler, ’03 Nikol Hiltunen Franklin, ’12 Bernard Froehlich, ’90 Beryl Fuller, ’53 Jeannette Fulton, ’99 John Fulton, ’63 Lillian Furrow, ’94 Helen Layton Gabbert, ‘56 Guillermo Garcia, ’07 Steven Gardner, ’11 James Garrett, ’88 John Garrett, ’78 Lionel Garrett, ’86 Paul Garrett, ’67 Peter Gasper, ’76 Cassandra Gault Joseph Geeter, ’99 Shunrie Geldore, ’06
David German, ’77 James Giannoules, ’06 William Gillespie and Terry Seelye-Gillespie, ’65 Mary Gilligan, ’77 Richard Gillis, ’86 John, ’49 and Dolores Gioia Richard, ’87 and Diane Glover Ira Goldberg, ’67 Donald, ’69 and Linda Good Jerome Goolsby, ’06 Hugh, ’11 and Roberta Gordon Jaimie Hawthorne Gordon, ’12 Donnie Gravier William Gray, ’56 Jessica Greason Greater Horizon Alice Green, ’39 Lawrence Green, ’01 Virginia Green, ’51 † Bernard Greenwell, ’71 Laura Greeson Jewell Kirschner Gregory, ’55 John, ’09 and Kimberly Grembowski John Griffin, ’03 Mary-Eleanore Griffin, ’98 James Groebe Dale Groenenboom, ’62 Stephen Grund, ’80 Tracy Gulledge, ’72 Valorie Guthrie Theodore Haff, ’73 Scott and Beth Coffelt Hageman Bobby Hall, ’92 Stacey Hall, ’95 Debra Hallgren, ’00 Hallmark Corporate Foundation Denise Hamilton, ’01 Joseph, ’05 and Blanche Hamilton Vernon Hampson, ’59 James Handerhan, ’69 Gary and Rosemary Hardison Sheryl Harkness, ’94 Robert Harmon, ’73 Angela Harpalani, ’93 Tom Harper Captola Taylor Harris, ’70 James and Ruth Wallace Harritt, both ’50 Jennifer Johannes Hascall, ’07, ’09 James, ’75 and Mary Hatch Peggy Hauser, ’09 Eric Hawley, ’74 Jonathan and Peggy Jandacek Hawley, both ’61 Jennifer Hawthorne, ’00 Gwen Gibby Hayes, x51 Delores Higgins Heard, ’51 Heartland Motor Coach Inc. Timothy Hebert, ’98
Vincent and Catherine Heegn, ’94 Roger, ’71 and Mary Mchugh Heidt, ’72 Joshua Helfen, ‘08 Alan Helig, ’76 Betty Nicholas Henderson, ’50 Gregory and Marilyn Schultz Hey, ’64 David Hickok, ’96 Arthur and Norma Hicks Deborah Blaney Higley, ’12 Robert Hilgemann, ’04 John Hill Charles, ’04 and Janus Hinson James and Danita Hodges, ’12 George, ’07 and Carey Holden Jerry and Glenda Holder Melvin Holland, ’82 Keith, ’09 and Barbara Hollis Anthony Holloway, ’00 John, ’08, ’13 and Kristianne Holwege, ’08 Robert Homer Edward Hooks, ’93 Gerlinde Hopkins Joan Horan Donald and Diane Sullivan Horne, ’58 Raymond Horvat, ’89 Robert Hoskins, ’74 Earle Houck, ’88 Harvey Hougen, ’69 Hayley Wilson Howard, ’08 Donna Howell William Hoy, ’86 Linda Hrebik, ’94 William Hubbard, ’87 Robert Hudson, ’74 Vera Alderman Humphrey, ’92 Sally Hunter Thomas Hunzeker, ’71 Michael Hurley, ’70 Cliff Husband, ’11 Kerri Hutchinson Marcelline Hutton, ’62 Nghia, ’93 and Minh-Quan Huynh, ’02 IBM Matching Grants Program Robert Ingraham Intel Charitable Match Trust Huston Jack, ’69 Renee Jack, ’90 Melissa Jackson, ’12 Wayne, ’64 and Marilyn Jackson Dustin Jacobs, ’07 Mary Jacobs, ’51 Stewart, ’76 and Virginia Jaehnig Lyndon Jagroop, ’11 James and Elizabeth Clayton Revocable Trust Lawrence James, ’77 Bonnie Parker Janos, ’54 Anita Harris Janssen, ’53
Charles Jeffery, ’71 Lowell Jeffries, ’84 Patricia Jenkins, ’04 Marian Jensen, ’48 Theresa Kadrovich Jezeski, ’13 Paul John, ’06 Andrew Johnson Carl Johnson, ’87 Emilia Johnson, ’00, ’09 Joseph Johnson, ’99 Joshua Johnson, ’08 Marc Johnson Marquida Johnson, ’08 Ricardo Johnson, ’09 Stacy Albright Johnson, ’10 Paul and Marcella Worthen Johnston, ’02 Albert Jones, ’95 Charles Jones, ’12 Falvorees Jones, ’00 Melvin, ’86 and Veronica Jones Richard Jones, ’80 Robert Jones, ’80 Sabrina Jones, ’91 Lowell Jordahl, ’97 Larry Jordan, ’77 Geraldine Joseph, ’94 Joseph and Christina Jung, ’98 Kenneth, ’89 and Rosalee Justus Kansas City Southern Industries * Sharon Kavanagh Rodney Keller, ’12 Sasha Kelly, ’02 Theresa Keltner, ’98 Lucinda Wickberg Kichukoff, ’62 Diana Kilbarger, ’85 Roland, ’90 and Bertha King Willie Kinlow, ’05 Helen Riester Kitchen, ’51 Traci Klasing Brad Kleindl Robert and Susan Hanson Klemmer, ’64 Jerry Klinger Ralph Knight, ’77 Sunny Knox, ’71 Lyle Kraft Donald and Sharon Chacalos Krams, ’71 Matt, ’61 and Arline Krich Wanda Kringle, x99 Krueger and James Insurance Agency Evelyn Krueger, ’59 Mark, ’88 and Kara Kulda Joanne Kwandt, ’79 Raymond Lang, ’85 David Latham, ’85 Gregory and Arlene Spain Laveist, both ’77 Don and Evelyn Frierson Lawrence, ’90 Eddie Lawson, ‘77
PARKITE CLUB (continued) Gifts totaling $1-$999 Joseph Laxson, ’05 John Layman, ’55 Roger Layman, ’57 James Leath, ’93 Richard Leavy and Christine Jones-Leavy, ’72 Brian Lee, ’00 Virginia Brunson Leever, ’42 Pearl Lefevers, ’94 Legal Search Associates Inc. David and Karen Rankin Lehmann, ’58 Donald Lennard Carla Lichty, ’72 Alan Liebrecht Phillip Liles, ’81 Glynda Lilly, ’12 Nancy Lindsay Tammy Lindsey, ’09 Camille Lloyd Richard Locke, ’73 Lockheed Martin Foundation Edmund, x55 and Joyce Wilson Loew, ’56 Logan Property LLC Roger, ’89 and Nancy Loggins David and Polly Butler Loggy, ’59 Paul Long, ’72 Lara Longo, ’94 James Lonto, ’86 Richard and Donna Loraine, ’75 Roy Lorenz, ’79 Gilbert, ’74 and Michelle Lowe, ’75 Larry and Nanese Loza, both ’05 Helen Phelps Lucas, x59 Robert Lucas, ’88 and Nancy Bingman-Lucas James Lucente, ’94 Nellene Lyles, ’88 John, ’83 and Susan Williams Lynch, ’94 MB2 Sports Belinda Myers Mack, ’08 Christopher Madden, ’91 Antoinette Madeira, ’88 George Malveaux, ’89 Edward, ’99 and Sally Manley John Mann, ’66 David Manning, ’02 Jerold and Susan Marcellus James Marcum, ’11 Joshua Markley, ’11 Oscar Marshall, ’86 Nathan Marticke, ’10 Dustin Martinez, ’06 Dale Mask Gregory, ’96 and Carla Mason Sheri Allen Masterson, ’12 Joseph, ’68 & Linda Traphagen Mastrangelo, ’70
Michael Mattson, ’94 Christine Mautino, ’00 Christine and Richard Mauzey Joanne Mayes, ’61 Eric Mays, ’95 Sally McAfee John and Debra McArthur Julie McCollum Jeff McConaughy, ’50 Jan McCormack, ’94 Brian McCullough, ’09 Jane A. McDonald Jane E. McDonald Tony McDonald, ’02 Albert, ’51 and Shera McDowell Charles McDowell, ’04 Karl McFarland, ’07 Robert, ’56 and Mary McGowan Neal, ’89, ’92 and Maria McGregor Haskill and Sarah McFarland McGriff, ’47 Alan, ’77 and Deborah McIntyre Robert McKay, ’95, ’11 Joel, ’55 and Carol McKean Shannon McKenzie, ’10 Bruce, ’71 and Mary Hobbs McKeon, ’72 Jeff McKinney, ’81 Lisa McKinney, ’03 Ronald McKinney, ’06 Timothy McLain, ’99 Jennifer McLaughlin, ’00 Jim, ’71 and Karen McMillen Carl McMillin, ’52 Christopher, ’11 and Lisa McNeely David Meatyard, ’93 Charles, ’68 and Esther Sukiennik Megerman, ’69 Harry and Leslie Mendenhall Eugene Menker, ’75 Merck Partnership for Giving Kenneth Merrill, ’93 William Meyer, ’67 Brenda Michael, ’80 Rebecca Mickelson, ’07 Microsoft Matching Gifts Program William and Geraldine Peterson Mier, ’52 John, ’49 and Ruth Simms Miksovic, ’46 Carol Miles, ’97 Miller Packaging Materials Fred Miller, ’77 George, ’78 and Corinne Miller James, ’63 and Elizabeth Hill Miller, ’61 Jay, ’50 † and Dixie Miller Mary Miller Natika Miller, ’05, ’06 Robert, ’56 and Marcia Miller Arrick, ’12 and Pamela Mills Leonetta Kimura Mills, ’63 Rick and Candy Mills
Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies Missouri Eagle LLC Darrell Mitchell, ’12 Darren Mitchell, ’04 and Mary Lyle-Mitchell Heidi Mitchell, ’04 John Mitchell Willie Mitchell, ’98 Betty Tuxhorn Modine, ’40 Yvonne Moduno Linda Moffitt David and June Nothdurft Mohr, ’97 William Mongkeya, ’86 Marilyn Valenti Montague, ’82 Becky Evans Montanino, ’75 Lauren Montgomery, ’12 Ralph Moore, ’77 Richard Moore, ’70 Allen Moorman, ’78 Wesley Moran, ’11 William Morgan, ’81 Frederick Morris, ’96 Michael Morris, ’97 Dianne Morrison, ’95 Josephine Mortelli Ora Mosely, ’83 Theran Mugleston Shelley Murphy, ’98 James, ’93 and Debbie Muschietty Robert Myers, ’61 NEM Properties LLC Nail World National Nutrition Wholesalers Carlos Navarra, ’10 Florence Ito Naylor, ’65 John Nelams, ’81 Ronald, ’52 and Marilyn Nelson Shane Nelson, ’05 John Nesbitt Michael, ’87 and Kathy Neverve John and Joyce Nevins Stephenie Newby, ’11 Andrew Newman, ’86 Michael Newmyer, ’74 William and Nancy Shea Nichols, both ’60 Ralph, ’47 and Lois Niemann Kathi King Nippert, ’12 Ujinobu Niwa, ’48 Lucinda Noches Talbert Rhona Noel, ’91 Roger Nordquist, ’55 John and Jean Noren NorthPoint Development Charles, ’67 and Virginia Norton Lois Sheppard Noto, ’58 Donald O’Hare, ’50 Earl O’Loughlin, ’73
Carroll O’Neal, ’89 Milton, ’77 and Theresa O’Quinn Henry Oakes, ’80 Dennis, ’74 and Jeanette Okerstrom William and Marilyn Weber Oline, ’53 Joe Oliver, ’77 Holly Sliger Olsen, ’12 Francis Olson, x42 Robert Ortiz, ’00 Irene Osuga, ’62 David, ’65 and Lucia Oswald Robert, ’61 and Jacqueline Uebner Oswald, ’60 Aykut Ozgunay, ’05 Michael, ’67 and Cynthia Papierniak Fern Parent Mack Parham, ’96 Doyne Prulhiere Parisi, ’68 Melvin Parker, ’92 LeeAnn Parsons, ’10 Rebecca Parsons, ’95 Alexander, ’59 † and Roberta Fehlman Patience, ’56 Bruce, ’68 and Patsy Patterson Helen Black Pavich, ’44 Dee Houghton Pawley, ’55 Mari Hougen Peak Anna Pearson, ’95 Scott and Teresa Pearson Rebecca Peck Perceptive Software Oscar Perez, ’82 Charles and Jane Perino Marvin and Janice Gow Pettey, ’66 Callie Phillips, ’97 James Phillips, ’78 Ozell Phoenix, ’95 Robert, x51 and Patricia Piper Richard Plocica, ’77 Jerry Plummer, ’62 Paul, ’03 and Susan Plunkett, ’05 Clifford, ’64 and Elizabeth Streeter Porter, ’62 Darrell Porter, ’90 Marian Poston Sam, ’66 and Nancy Rohlfing Potter, ’66 Adam Potthast John and Deanna Potts Stan and Layne Prenger Ergys Prenika, ’05 Kelly Preston, ’04 Daniel Price, ’75 Wendy Bordner Pruitt, ’04 Greg Prymak and G. Ann Schultis Barbara Walker Psarakis, ’62 Mark, ’06 and Summer Jackson Purcell, ’09, ’11 David Purdin, ’90 Hanh Quach, ’79 Quality Inter-Connect Systems Inc.
Merlin and Pat Wilson Quillen, ’51 Scott Raak, ’12 Keith Rageth, x59 Cynthia Arroyo Ramirez, ’11 Emzell Ramsey Alonzo Randolph, ’79 Forest and Barbara Blake Randolph, ’90 Donald Rathburn, ’58 Brian Rawls, ’88 Roxie Reavis, ’83 Juanita Poffinbarger Reed, ’63 Phillip Reeder, ’12 Leslie Reese French, ’08 and Melissa Reid Tammy Gray Reid, ’91 Patti Ren, ’04 Richard Renfro, ’37 Robert Renton, ’00, ’08 Christine Reyes Patricia Phillips Rhoades, ’51 Eddie Rice, ’85 Judith Richardson, ’94 Eckhart and Rosemary Albertson Richter, ’48 Mae Ridges, ’01 Ridgley Leasing Company LLC George Riester, x46 Roger Rikkola, ’65 Norton Riley, ’54 Saundra Ripper, ’98 RiskAnalytics LLC David Riter, ’03 Niki Rittenhouse, ’03 Darwin Rivera, ’04, ’07 John and Joyce Roberts, ’06 Pamela Roberts, ’88 Jaime Robertson Shelly Robinson, ’91 Stacy Roche, ’89 Eduardo Rodriguez, ’07 Oliva Rodriguez, ’01 Denne Roe Michael, ’76 and Orvalee Roe Rosalind Roger, ’09 Deborah Rogers James, ’01 and Francisca Rogers Wayne Rogers, ’64 William Rogers, ’77 Patricia Rolewicz Gregory Rose Gary, ’67 and Trudy Henderson Ross, ’66 John Ross, ’93 Peter, ’66 and Sheryl Rothberg Lester, ’70 and Maria Ruark Eugene and Charlene Ruiz Tom, ’59 and Beulah Rule Robert, ’90 and Paige Rumph Blair, ’73 and Karen Russell
Larry Russell, ’02 Edward, x61 and Roberta Sabin Keith Sader, ’05 Judith Saitta, ’86 Andrew Sanchez, ’11 Sandra Sanders Amanda Sandquist Thomas Sassa Chris Saullo, ’04 Don Savoia, ’90 Karie Schaefer, ’06, ’12 James Scheib Mary Schenk, ’61 Salvatore Schifano, ’94 David Schilder, ’84 Robert and Nancy Van Meter Schmidt, ’53 Deena Schneider, ’08 Mary Dean Schooler, ’38 Jerry Schrader, ’57 Marthann Schulte Russell, ’43 and Velma Helms Schuster, ’44 Penelope Scialla, ’69 Bruce, ’63 and Jane Scott Ricky Scott, ’07 Robert Scott, ’11 Yvette Scott, ’96 Roy Scrimshaw, ’76 Yvonne Seckington Leroy, ’70 and Rebecca Seeds Delphine Sefcik Karolton Sefcik, ’78 Jack Serig, ’70 Elizabeth Serpa-Flook, ’97 Michael Sevcik, ’80 Raymond and Marjorie Severin Michael Shaner, ’12 Kevin and Bobbi Shaw, ’01 Efrem Shimlis, ’97 Ruby Shorts, ’02 Robert, ’43 and Lucille Shrimpton Mary Shriner Angela Richardson Siefkes, ’97 Andrew Simpson, ’10 Megan Simpson John, ’87 and Margot Sisario Jeffrey Sloan, ’01 Brian Sloboda Donovan Smith, ’56 George Smith, ’96 James Smith, ’96 Leslie Smith, ’85 Paul, ’56 and Margaret McCluggage Smith, ’58 Peter Smith, ’74 Robert, ’49 and Joann Hoell Smith, ’50 Ronald and Jennifer Smith, both ’03 Sharon King Smith, ’97 Steven Smith
Stern Foundation provides grant to update Park theater Park University received a $17,400 grant from the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts to support costs to replace the curtain legs and stage rigging in the Jenkin and Barbara David Theater located in Alumni Hall on the Parkville Campus. The curtains, thought to be about 50 years old, were deteriorating and outdated, and the rigging above the stage was not state-of-the-art. “The improvements benefit not only students at Park, but groups and organizations surrounding the Parkville Campus who use the space for artistic productions and workshops throughout the year,” said Andrea Southard, Ph.D., instructor of theatre at Park. Every year, the Coterie Theatre, a professional Equity theater serving young audiences, hosts drama and acting camps at Park for children in kindergarten through high school. The Bell Road Barn Players, a theater company founded in 1952 by the Davids, have used Park’s theater most years since their Platte County, Mo., theater suffered irreparable flood damage in 1993. In addition to providing an academic minor designed to augment other departmental majors, Park’s Theatre Program offers two main stage presentations each year.
PARKITE CLUB (continued) Gifts totaling $1-$999 Suzanne Smith, ’96 Taylor Smith, ’10 Victor, ’08 and Diane Smith Frank Smocks, ’80 John Snider, ’57 Lynn Snyder Kelly Huddleston Sobieski, ’12 Jade Sodam, ’99 Ruth Wasser Solomon, ’49 Monica Sosa, ’13 Peter, ’72 and Sally Soule Donald Spangler, ’87 Gordon Sparlin, ’99 Robert, ’97 and Rhonda Spencer Kathleen Spennrath-Boor Michel Sportsman James, ’89 and Carol Roberts Springer, ’87 Sprint Kathryn Mason Sprowle, ’06 Andrew Squires Thomas Stachowski, ’91 Susan Stafford Antonio, ’99 and Tammie Stagnitta Walton Dees and Susan Stallings Nancy Richardson Stankus, ’61 Derek Stanley, ’04 Troy and Gwen Starkey, both ’11 James, ’90 and Sharon Starr Carl, ’00 and Debbie Steffen Nancy Steinacker Thomas, ’09 and Lori Stevens William, ’66 and Linda Stewart Kathryn Strauss LaDonna Strickland, ’04 Richard Strode, ’88 Robert and Rebekkah Stuteville Patrick Sullivan, ’85 Alex Summers, ’90 Susken Inc. Mark Sutton, ’76 Frederick, ’69 and Somjit Swain Carl Swanson, ’93 Lemert, ’81 and Karen Swisher T K Truck Sales Sarah Penzien Taft, ’79 Paul and Tammy Tappana, ’05 Joyce Barnes Tastad, ’95 Rashone Tate, ’98 Carolyn Defriend Taxer, ’62 Edward Taylor, ’04 Kimberly Joseph Taylor, ’11 Kimberly Shields Taylor, ’11 Stanton Taylor Barbara Purkhiser Tegtmeyer, ’51 Dennis Temple, ’63 and Cecelia Downs
Lorenza Terry, ’91 Stephen Terry John and Sandra Tew Judith Tharp, ’63 The Urgency Room LLC Robert and Brenda Theis, ’98 Latrish Thomas, ’10 Lori Thomas Frederick Thompson, ’85 Gregory Thompson, ’93 James Thomson, ’54 Arthur and Diane Porter Thornton, ’64 Ellynn Thorstens Charles Thurig, ’73 Nancy Bruce Tiburski, ’51 Tim Chelpaty Inc. Steve Tingler Lennea Etter Tinsky, ’91 Ronald Tipa, ’86 Khanh Tran, ’10 Thea Troupe, ’76 Arabella Tubbs, ’76 Lou Turner, ’89 Lyle Tweedy, ’04 Patricia Urdang Kendall, ’65 and Frances Valentine Lois Van Cleve Kathryn Van Orden Kathy VanCleave Luis Vega, ’03 William Venohr Linda Vestal, ’94 Harold, ’70 and Claire Via Maureen Viall, ’83 William Vidal, ’70 Thomas Vincent, ’76 Frances Virun, ’02 Eleanor Voorhies, ’37 † Roger and Winona Fleming Wagner, ’66 Winona Waldrup, ’10 Brian, ’95 and Paula Walker Gloria Walker, ’93 Gregory Walker, ’96 Daley and Dixie Walker Kendall Walker, ’02 Barbara Wallace, ’87 Howard, ’45 and Nancy Wallace Raymond Walton, ’91 Christopher Ward, ’10 Terrence and Linda Ward Robert Wareham, ’91 Alfred Warner, ’82 Carol Bucher Washburn, ’64 Charles Watkins, ’79 Lou Rogers Watkins, ’64 Robert and Nancy Budlong Watkins, ’61 Cora Jackson Watson, ’10
Dorothy Harper Watson, ’52 Henry Weathers, ’74 Brad and Marla Mitchell Webber, both ’85 Cynthia Weber, ’08 Elizabeth Weese, ’05 Marvin, ’56 and Julia Wehrman Larry Weians Michael and Rita Weighill, ’90 Richard Weimer, ’87 Ronald Welch, ’92 Jack, ’59 and Marjorie Crabtree Wells, ’60 Eileen West Barber, ’71 Anthony West, ’87 Robert and Lois White Whitcomb, ’52 George White, ’90 Harold and Carole O’Brien White, ’70 William Whitehead, ’75 Linda Whitener William and Barbara McDowell Whitt, ’65 Katherine Wienberg, ’94 Donald Wiggins, ’89 Michael Wikstrom, ’96 Catherine Wilane, ’88 Dorothy Blackford Willcutt, ’55 Betronnie Williams, ’05 Blaine Williams, ’61 Bruce Williams, ’62 Freddie Williams, ’92 Karen Williams, ’11 Marilyn Clemons Williams, ’91 Ellen Willits-Smith Bryan Willmon, ’06, ‘08 Charles and Margaret McElwain Wilson, ’65 Debra Wilson, ’01 Harold Wilson, ’81 Jay Wilson, ’09 Bryan Winston, ’79 Brian Winters, ’89 Margaret Worthington Winters, ’45
Clinton Wisdom Scott and Ami Wisdom Ruby Withers, ’92 Jane Witter, ’95 Kim Wixon, ’74 Frederick Wohlfert, ’71 Nancy Tolbert Wollard, ’53 William, ’52 and Joan Woo Jane Wood Robert, ’97 and Kellie Woodruff Eric and Angela Wright, ’87 Jean Wright, ’89 Joyce Wright, ’94 Vickie Writt, ’87 Lemuel Wynn, ’75 David Yates, ’92 Patricia Porter Yingst, ’61 Heather Yoho Michael Yonce, ’89 Albert Young, ’72 Gregory Young, ’10 Preston and Daisy Hoskins Young, ’73 Robert, ’64 and Gretchen Young Steven and Barbara Youngblood, ’09 Shu-Hon, ’62 and Pauline Yu Thimios Zaharopoulos and Julia Crain Beverly Zimmer, ’97 Harold and Ann Ritchert Zimmerman, ’54 Herb and Martha Zirschky, ’81 Fritz and Nancy Zschietzschmann Linda Zurn † Deceased * Gifts given through funds held at a donor advised fund or contributions made to other organizations designated for Park University, including: Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, Jewish Community Foundation, Minnesota Life Insurance Co., National Christian Foundation and United Way.
Park University faculty and staff are an integral part of the University’s fundraising efforts. Many sources for grants and funding look to internal giving rates to determine whether or not to donate money to an organization. These gifts are put to use immediately and have a long-term funding impact on the University through scholarships and other programs. These individuals truly exemplify the University’s motto, Fides et Labor.
Judith L. Appollis, ’06 Melissa Aust, ’01 Kenneth I. Austin, ’04 Tewaney M. Ayalneh, ’03 Michael B. Becraft Stephen E. Bell Steve Berg Erik O. Bergrud, ’94 Brad Biles Alisha R. Blackwelder, ’03 Eric Blair, ’06 Diana Boyd McElroy Edmund Brackett Kathi M. Brant Nathalie Aquino Brech Wakisha Briggs Jackie M. Malmberg Campbell, ’09, ’11 Debora J. Champagne Laure A. Christensen Lora Cohn Cathy L. Colapietro, ’06 Lesley Collins Howard C. Collinson Kimberly S. Connelly Suzan A. Corcione Clarinda Creighton James C. Crum, ’83 David Curtis Keith M. Dailey, ’00 Andrew Davis John S. Dean Laurie N. DiPadova-Stocks Suzanne Discenza Linda S. Doubenmier Hugh Downing Michael Droge Carol S. Duncan
Betty Dusing Roger Dusing Nancy Eastman Winifred Edwards, ’03 Glenn E. Ferdman Kelly Fitzgerald Paul H. Gault, ’60, ’88 Courtney Goddard Jessica Greason Valorie Guthrie Scott Hageman Roger W. Hershey Danita K. Hodges, ’12 Brian L. Hoffman, ’86 Glenda J. Holder Donna K. Howell William B. Hubbard, ’87 Sally Hunter Renee Jack, ’90 Andrew T. Johnson Marquida E. Johnson, ’08 Jerry D. Jorgensen Traci L. Klasing Brad Kleindl Donald H. Lennard Alan Liebrecht H. Camille Lloyd Helen Phelps Lucas, x59 Edward J. Manchion Jody Manchion, ’99 Susan Marcellus Nathan Marticke, ’10 Christine L. Mautino, ’00 Debra McArthur Julie McCollum Laurie McCormack Neal L. McGregor, ’89, ’92
Heidi M. Mitchell, ’04 Yvonne N. Moduno June E. Nothdurft Mohr, ’97 David F. Monchusie, ’00 Josephine Mortelli Theran K. Mugleston John R. Nesbitt Joyce A. Nevins Lucinda Noches Talbert John W. Noren Jeanette Okerstrom LeeAnn Parsons, ’10 Mari J. Hougen Peak Rebecca A. Peck William C. Pivonka Adam Potthast Deanna K. Potts Layne M. Prenger David V. Quemada Patti J. Ren, ’04 Christine M. Reyes Niki D. Rittenhouse, ’03, ’04 Gregory L. Rose Carol Sanders Sandra L. Sanders Karie B. Schaefer, ’06, ’12 Deena M. Schneider, ’08 Marthann Schulte G. Ann Schultis Bobbi J. Shaw, ’01 Efrem B. Shimlis, ’97 Mary A. Shriner Megan T. Simpson Brian Sloboda Lynn Snyder Michel A. Sportsman Walton Dees Stallings
Nancy Steinacker Rebekkah A. Stuteville Edward L. Taylor, ’04 Stephen W. Terry John Tew Steve Tingler Patricia M. Urdang Kathy L. VanCleave William R. Venable, ’11 Linda J. Vestal, ’94 K. Daley Walker Terrence Ward Dorla D. Watkins, ’80, ’00 Rita Weighill, ’90 Eileen West Barber,’71, ’78 Linda Whitener Ellen Willits-Smith Jay M. Wilson, ’09 Clinton Wisdom Ami E. Wisdom Jane Wood David L. Yates, ’92 Heather Greenwood Yoho Steven Youngblood Thimios Zaharopoulos
Howard Bailey McAfee Heritage Society Members of the Howard Bailey McAfee Heritage Society are consummate leaders who have demonstrated their love of Park University by committing to a deferred gift through a will, trust, charitable remainder trust, charitable gift annuity, deferred gift annuity, life insurance policy, remainder interests in real estate or pooled income fund gifts. Park appreciates its alumni and friends of the University whose growing numbers establish gifts through their estate plans.
Robert Bryan Armstrong Deanna Medlin Armstrong, ’70 Noble I. Ayers † Clifford E. Backstrom, ’32 † Evelyn Dahlstrom Backstrom, ’33 † Phyllis B. Bayer Richard C. Bayer, ’54 Roger E. Bell, ’78 John A. Bennett, ’50 † Eliot S. Berkley † James F. Bigalow, ’39 † Dorothy E. Blackman † Ralph E. Blackman, ’31 † John E. Blalack, ’82 Robert B. Booth, ’68 Rutheloise Borchardt Donald J. Breckon Sandy Breckon Ethel M. Metheny Bricker, ’44 † Frances Neil Broadhurst, ’42 † William B. Bruch Virginia Bruch, ’97 H. Hildreth Buterbaugh, ’65 Anita B. Butler Beverley Byers-Pevitts Vincent Campanella † Robert R. Cantine, ’62 Beverly Somerville Cantine, ’62 Mae Cariddi James G. Cariddi, ’49 James L. Cobb, ’56 Phyllis Dawson Cobb, ’58 Mimi Comfort Mark Comfort Mary Alice Corbett Robert P. Corbett, ’38 Anna M. Cory John C. Cory, ’42 William Cozort, ’57 † Martha A. Crockett James E. Crockett, ’45 George T. Croskey, ’40 † Tamas Gyorik DeSalanky, ’69
Ruthann Crinkelmeyer Donahue, ’64 Michael Droge Molly A. Droge Kenneth Eason, ’32 † Betty Eason, ’33 † Laurie Eberst Richard M. Eberst, ’69 Charles J. Edwards, ’42 † Dennis Epperson, ’69 Bonnie Wallace Epperson, ’70 Herman Fischer † Marion Tollaksen Fischer, ’33 † Karen Peters Frankenfeld, ’59 Audrey H. Freeman † Arthur B. Freeman, ’65 † Sylvia Helms Gault, ’60 Paul H. Gault, ’65, ’88 Steven F. Gebert, ’92 † Doris McClatchey Gerner, ’51 James P. Gerner, ’52 † John F. Gibby, ’49 Ricky C. Godbolt, ’93 Malcolm J. Good, ’39 † Josephine Barni Green, ’33 † Kathryn Houghton Groves, ’31 † William Perry Guilkey, ’97, ’07 Edwin E. Hancock, ’34 † Oradelle Malan Havey, ’32 † Gwendolyn Hawks Loucile Mayhew Heckman, ’33 † Carl F. Hedquist, ’37 † Dean Henricksen Kathryn Henricksen Alice Hornecker, ’30 † Robert E. Hoskins, ’74 Kenneth Robert Hougland, ’49 † Eva Mae Tyree Hougland, ’50 † Doris A. Howell, ’44 Thom H. Hunter, ’42 † Ruth Rinehart Hunter, ’44 † Joan Ioannidis Mary Lou Jaramillo, ’92, ’96 Richard W. Johnson, ’69
Katharine Cox Jones † Louise Mann Juergens, ’27 † Pete Kale, ’71 Fred R. Kenower, ’25 † James Kensett † Lenore Brownlee Kensett, ’48 Arthur H. Kensler † Joyce Kensler, ’88 † Arthur F. Kluge, ’65 Lorene Metheny Knight, ’39 † William R. Knight, ’39 † Anne L. Wickham Lane, ’91 Dean Demotte Larrick, ’53 Cathy R. Lennon Patricia L. Sapp Lutz, ’44 † Ora Mae Lyle † Edward F. Lyle, ’25 † Kenneth MacDonald, ’33 † Margaret Haner MacDonald, ’34 † Ruth Yoakum Mackenzie, ’33 Donald M. Mackenzie, ’33 † Harriss Cleland Malan, ’28 † Michael John Mangus, ’95 † Donald H. Martin, ’45 † Margaret Nichols Martin, ’47 † Robert E. Martin, ’50 Dorothy May Kenneth B. McAfee † Hugh B. McAfee, ’41 † Mary Ann Sackville McAfee, ’42 † Helen H. McClusky † Howard Y. McClusky, ’21 † Virginia B. McCoy Diane K. McDowell David W. McDowell, ’60 † Maria E. McGregor Neal L. McGregor, ’89, ’92 Marcia S. Miller Robert Clinton Miller, ’56 Milton H. Mohler † Ferne Mohler † Margaret Ann Monahan Rita Monahan
David F. Monchusie, ’00 Thomas R. Mooney, ’67 † John M. Moore, ’25 † Margaret Whiteside Moore, ’27 † Louise Morden Cameron H. Morrison † Florence A. Ito Naylor, ’65 Michael Newburger, ’70 Jessie Craig Obert, ’31 † Timothy Pelton, ’70 Andrea Lang Pelton, ’70 Thomas A. Perry, ’34 † Lora Turner Perry, ’40 † William L. Perry, ’67 Linda Lawton Perry, ’67 Harry Peters, ’35 † Rosena E. Eldridge Peters, ’36 † Robert R. Pevitts Barbara Ann Potts, ’54 † Constance Koning Proffitt, ’54 Russell Proffitt, ’55 † Mary Ann Metheny Putman, ’41 † David V. Quemada Patria Quemada Thomas A. Ray, ’71 Mary Bess Markward Renken, ’33 † Marjory Louise Rodgers Rice, ’38 † Verna Griffin Richardson, ’55 † Dorothy Riggs, ’30 † Robert M. Riley, ’43 † Betty Ann Meyers Riley, ’45 Stanley K. Rogers Annelle Hauetter Rogers, ’60 Gerald L. Rushfelt Penelope Tipton Salazar, ’63 Weston T. Sauby † Lucille Crawford Sauby, ’43 Barbara Moser Schaible, ’56 Winifred Harris Scheib, ’37 Harold Scheib, ’39 † Joe G. Schoggen, ’43 Charlene Schwenk Schoggen, ’43 † Maxine Spoor Schoggen, ’46
Phil H. Schoggen, ’46 Robert W. Seamans, ’56 Joseph T. Sefcik, ’43 Barbara L. Small † Terry Snapp Betty G. Snapp Talma B. Stanley, ’29 † Thompson Starfire, ’65 † G. Ross Stephens, ’49 James David Stratton † Hila Richards Stratton, ’35 † Jerrie McComb Sullenberger, ’45 Willard Franklin Sullenberger, ’45 Mary E. Swallen, ’25 † Stanton A. Taylor Eleanor McDaniel Taylor, ’54 † Hugh Temple † Saranna Johnson Temple, ’43 Tammy M. Thompson Bernice J. Collins Thompson, ’58 Timothy Joel Thompson, ’93 Betty Broadbent Turner, ’31 † Berniece M. Miller Vaughan, ’34 † Constance Vulliamy, ’33 † Gary Wages Lynette Wages Irvine D. Walker, ’32 † Marie Hubbard Walker, ’34 † Clara M. Mariner Wallace, ’26 † Alice W. Winter Waln, , ’23 † Charles Walters Dorothy K. King Walters, ’47 Dorla D. Watkins, ’80, ’00 Dorothy J. Harper Watson, ’52 Ann E. Webb, ’81, ’99 Michael A. Weighill Rita Weighill, ’90 Thomas M. Wells, ’34 † Martha Findlay Welsh, ’27 † Marjorie Jacoby Westmoreland, ’41 † Carol Groundwater Wheeler, ’62 Philip D. Wheeler, ’62 Jim Willson, ’56 Mary Alice Webb Wilson, ’32 † Jerome W. Wilson, ’33 † June Delores Withers Mary Wolfe † Herbert Snow Wolfe, ’18 † † Deceased
Tribute Gifts Park University offers a meaningful way to celebrate those special individuals in our lives who have made a positive impact for which we are grateful. Park is privileged to receive these generous gifts in honor and in memory of faculty, alumni, staff and friends of the University.
IN HONOR OF Jean Curl, ’50 by: Page and Beverly Dame, ’67 to: Park Fund Michael Droge by: Candice Bennett and Associates Inc. to: International Center for Music Carolyn McHenry Elwess, ’71 by: Robert P., ’38 and Mary Alice Corbett to: Park Fund Michael T. Eskey by: Pearson Education Inc. to: Pearson Education Inc. Award Pat Fogarty by: Albert and Betty Dusing to: Friends of the Library
George R. and Lillian P. Miller by: Mary Emily Miller to: Park Fund
William Ralph Venable by: Albert and Betty Dusing to: Friends of the Library
Ramon F. Noches by: Lucinda Noches Talbert to: Park Warrior Center
Louis Weber, ’25 by: William F. and Marilyn Weber Oline, ’53 to: Chemistry Department
Lida Pike by: Albert and Betty Dusing to: Friends of the Library
Gladys Zimmerman Weber, ’24 by: William F. and Marilyn Weber Oline, ’53 to: Chemistry Department
Warren G. Plumb by: Albert and Betty Dusing to: Friends of the Library
C. Ann Wentz by: R. David Wentz to: Student Teaching Fellowship
Waldo Y. Burger, ’42 by: Leslie Reese to: General Scholarship
Susan Sakata by: Wilma Rose Bryan, Malinda R. Bryan-Smith, James N. Groebe and Danny Sakata to: Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel Improvement
Willis D. Whitener by: John F. and Joyce A. Nevins to: Nicholas Manchion Scholarship
Martha J. Gray, ’50 by: Page and Beverly Dame, ’67 to: Park Fund
Charlene Schwenk Schoggen, ’43 by: Joe G. Schoggen, ’43 to: Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel Improvement
Nicholas E. Manchion by: Raymond and Marjorie Severin to: Nicholas Manchion Scholarship
John K. Sefcik, ’50 by: Delphine M. Sefcik to: Library Fund
Thomas H. Holcom by: William T. Kemper II Charitable Trust to: Founders Day Fund Karolton W. Sefcik, ’78 by: Delphine M. Sefcik to: Library Fund Emily Tsou Woo, x42 by: James and Barbara Woo Bryant to: International Student Scholarship
IN MEMORY OF
Luke Ryan Williams by: Raymond and Marjorie Severin to: Nicholas Manchion Scholarship Samuel David Williams by: Raymond and Marjorie Severin to: Nicholas Manchion Scholarship
Park University has 40 campus centers in 21 states. The flagship campus is in Parkville, Mo. Little Rock Air Force Base — Little Rock, Ark. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base — Tucson, Ariz. Luke Air Force Base — Glendale, Ariz. Barstow Community College — Barstow, Calif. Barstow Marine Corps Logistics Base — Barstow, Calif. Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base — Oceanside, Calif. Fort Irwin — Fort Irwin, Calif. Moody Air Force Base — Valdosta, Ga. Mountain Home Air Force Base — Mountain Home, Idaho Scott Air Force Base — Belleville, Ill. Hanscom Air Force Base — Bedford, Mass. Independence Campus — Independence, Mo. Downtown Kansas City Campus — Kansas City, Mo. Fort Leonard Wood — Waynesville, Mo. Wentworth Military Academy and College — Lexington, Mo. Whiteman Air Force Base — Knob Noster, Mo. Malmstrom Air Force Base — Great Falls, Mont. Holloman Air Force Base — Alamogordo, N.M. Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station — Cherry Point, N.C. Grand Forks Air Force Base — Grand Forks, N.D.
Minot Air Force Base — Minot, N.D. Defense Supply Center Columbus — Columbus, Ohio Wright-Patterson Air Force Base — Dayton, Ohio Tinker Air Force Base — Midwest City, Okla. Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station — Beaufort, S.C. Charleston Air Force Base — North Charleston, S.C. Naval Support Activity Mid-South — Millington, Tenn. Austin Campus — Austin, Texas Fort Bliss — El Paso, Texas Goodfellow Air Force Base — San Angelo, Texas Lackland Air Force Base — San Antonio, Texas Laughlin Air Force Base — Del Rio, Texas Randolph Air Force Base — Universal City, Texas Hill Air Force Base — Ogden, Utah Fort Myer — Arlington, Va. Henderson Hall Headquarters Battalion — Arlington, Va. Quantico Marine Corps Combat Development Command — Quantico, Va. Fairchild Air Force Base — Spokane, Wash. Francis E. Warren Air Force Base — Cheyenne, Wyo.
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