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MAGAZINE Spring 2010

Vol. 2 No. 1

Liberal education:

designing a bridge to the future Pages 2-3

Contents Features





President’s greetings


Liberal education: designing a bridge to the future


Truman Medical Centers and Park’s Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program: partnership makes it possible


Park University hosts The Big Read in Kansas City


Park faculty serve the world as Fulbright Scholars


Park University becomes a Cisco Networking Academy


Liberal arts and science graduates: building bridges to career success

20 Criminal justice at Park University: real-world experience separates fact from fiction 24 Holocaust course offers “life-changing” experience


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Campus news

The mission of Park University, 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.

22 In academia 27 Alumniad

Our core values: • Commitment to commonalities and differences • Commitment to community among all peoples of the world • Commitment to lifelong learning

28 Director’s corner 29 Happenings 30 Events 32 Class notes

Kathy Winklhofer, Editor + Art Director Wink Creative Communications

36 Park mourns

Vanessa Bonavia, Writer V Communications |

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President’s greetings Dear Friends, Since 1875 Park University has committed significant resources and energy to providing an outstanding liberal arts and sciences education for its students. The studies at Park continue to be infused with academic attentiveness to produce student-learning outcomes that provide the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges encountered in a complicated and globally connected civilization. Even as the debate of a comprehensive liberal education versus an education focused on narrow training rages in higher education, Park’s founding liberal arts education remains an unwavering mission on which true leadership abilities are sculpted. The testament of measure comes from Park’s outstanding alumni through the years who demonstrate their leadership and abilities to think critically in their respective national and international workplace settings. In this issue of Park University Magazine we have included a variety of current snapshots demonstrating the meaningful ways that liberal education at Park continues to be successfully threaded into the Park curriculum for all its students. Best Regards,

Park University Magazine Spring 2010 Vol. 2 No. 1 Michael H. Droge, Ph.D. President (816) 584-6202 Laurie McCormack Vice President for University Advancement (816) 584-6210 Rita Weighill, ‘90 Vice President of Communication (816) 584-6211 Brad Biles Associate Director for Communication (816) 584-6888

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Liberal education: designing a bridge to the future

By Jane Wood, Ph.D. Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciencess

A 2009 survey for the Association of American Colleges and Universities found that more than threequarters of our nation’s employers recommend that collegebound students pursue a “liberal education.” An astounding 89 percent said they were looking for more emphasis on “the ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing,” and almost as many urged the development of better “critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills.” Seventy percent said they were on the lookout for “the ability to innovate and be creative.” — The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 28, 2010 Spring 2010 - 2

Recently, I attended an intriguing lecture at the Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library’s Central Library on “Monitoring the Humanistic Heartbeat of America.” Brothers James H. Billington, the librarian of Congress, and David Billington, the Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor of Engineering at Princeton University, discussed the importance of a liberal arts education and the need for a greater emphasis on the humanities in order for the United States to compete in a global society. It was gratifying for me to see a large and eager audience in the library’s beautiful auditorium and to know that so many people are concerned about the crucial relationship between innovation and the three main areas of liberal arts: nature (natural and applied sciences), politics (social sciences) and art (arts and humanities). As interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Park University, I often hear the question, “But what does a person do with a degree in liberal studies? Or English? Or history?” The answer to that question is as varied as the plethora of students who graduate with one of the CLAS’s many fine degree

Jobs, and their usefulness, come and go (consider the milkman, for example) but the ability to think critically, write coherently and apply logical principles remains essential.” — Jane Wood, Ph.D. programs. I think the underlying concern inherent in the question is one of applicability: Is, indeed, a classic liberal arts and sciences degree relevant today? And in keeping with the Socratic Method, I will answer the proceeding question with another question: Is it still important for individuals to be free? The Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences states the following: Liberal education is education “fit for a free person.” The term “liberal” in “liberal education” is derived from the Latin word “liber,” free. Liberal studies can, in fact, lead to freedom — freedom from the enslaving constraints of ignorance, prejudice, apathy and narrow specialization. Indeed, a successful liberal education, by which we mean a broad, general education in the humanities, fine arts and sciences, gives an educated person a dedication to critical inquiry, sensitivity to cultural and social contexts, independence of thought and reasoning, and respect for the breadth of human endeavor. The Council’s definition of the liberal arts derives from traditional Greek and Roman philosophies of education, but addresses poignantly the need for nuanced knowledge as civilization progresses. In their lively discussion, the Billington brothers pointed out that no great innovation has ever occurred without the involvement of the three core areas of a liberal education. In building bridges, David Billington noted that an engineer has to consider the needs of the community (social sciences), the logistics of construction (natural and applied sciences) and what the society considers beautiful or symbolic (arts and humanities). Without these three areas firmly in place, he argued, bridges, and the links they provide, will fall. In many ways, I see a grounding in the liberal arts and sciences as a foundation that enables Park University students to build an individual set of values that will prepare them for a future where they will be called upon to adapt and innovate at perhaps

an unprecedented rate. A degree in a CLAS program, such as geography, criminal justice or psychology, certainly prepares students for employment in the marketplace, but perhaps just as importantly, it equips them for life. Jobs, and their usefulness, come and go (consider the milkman, for example) but the ability to think critically, write coherently and apply logical principles remains essential. In his 2002 commencement address, the late Jerzy Hauptmann, Ph.D., Park University professor emeritus of political science and public administration, called for Park’s liberal education to “encourage the interconnections and the interrelationships of the different areas of knowledge. I suggest that liberal arts today, since we live in a world of specializations, has to encourage and foster the individual’s search for meaning in an interrelated world.” In this fast-paced global society — where people have 700-plus “friends” on Facebook and we can Skype with colleagues around the world — it is imperative that individuals continue the search for meaning while adapting to the changing face of technology. I hope that Park University students will continue to question, for example, the role of technology in their lives and its impact on the planet. I hope Park University student scientists will research innovative ways to measure scientific “progress.” Thomas Jefferson, also living in an age of rapid change, arranged his library in three categories: memory, imagination and reason. Jefferson, like many great leaders, understood that without the integration of the social sciences (memory), art and humanities (imagination), and natural and applied sciences (reason), ideas and innovation would teeter like a two-legged stool. Plutarch, a Greek historian and essayist, notes, “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” We hope to light the future paths of our students here at Park University as they search for meaning — now and into the future — by providing well-built bridges that enable them to integrate memory, reason and imagination as they travel.

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Campus news Park celebrates new Robert and Mary Alice Corbett Stairway Park celebrated the latest capital improvement to the Parkville Campus with the Robert and Mary Alice Corbett Stairway dedication ceremony on April 1. Construction of the stairs was made possible through gifts totaling $150,000 from The Sunderland Foundation and the Corbetts. Robert Corbett, ‘38, is a former Park graduate and is a former chair and member of the University’s Board of Trustees. The stairwell serves as the connection for the Copley Quad residents to the academic level of the University. Standing at the base of the new Corbett Stairway are, front row from left: Karie Schaefer, ‘06, Copley Quad resident director and program coordinator; Mary Alice Corbett and Robert Corbett, ‘38, and their son Bob; back row from left: Kent Sunderland, Sunderland Foundation president and Ash Grove Cement Co. vice chairman of the board; and Dr. Michael H. Droge, Park University president.

Magazine again ranks Park as one of the best in country for racial diversity Park University again earned a distinction as one of the top colleges and universities in the nation for having a racially diverse student body population. In the latest issue of U.S. News & World Report — Best Colleges 2010, Park was ranked fourth among Master’s level colleges and universities in the Midwest for racial diversity, and tied for 46th nationwide. Park also tied for 24th among Midwest colleges and universities for its percentage of undergraduate international students.

Online degree programs ranked high by consumer group Get, a consumer watchdog and advocacy group, selected five Park University online degree programs as “best buys” in the fall of 2009 (rankings are within each division): Master of Public Affairs/Public Administration (4th); Master of Business Administration (12th); Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration/Law Enforcement/Security/Corrections (12th); Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology (20th); and Bachelor of Science in Management (33rd).

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Symposium keynote speakers Richard Norment, left, and Mike Fahey, right, flank Dr. Alphonso Ogbuehi, Park School of Business dean, and Robert Mayer, Park School of Business executive-in-residence.

Park School of Business hosts Symposium on Public-Private Partnerships More than 70 attendees, many from government and business sectors, participated in Park University’s School of Business Symposium on Public-Private Partnerships in November 2009 in Kansas City, Mo. The symposium brought together major stakeholders in finance, public policy, economic development and real estate development.

Faculty and students at Park University’s Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center.

Women’s golf team selected NAIA Scholar Team of the Year Park’s women’s golf team was named the 2008-09 NAIA Scholar Team of the Year after posting a combined 3.97 grade-point average. “This is such a tremendous honor for our program,” said then-head coach Kelly DeFeo. “As a team, we work hard on the golf course, but our players work harder in the classroom. They understand and embrace what it means to be a student-athlete at Park University.”

Campus centers assist charities and families for the holidays To help make the holidays a little brighter for families in need, students at Park University’s Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center raised funds for five El Paso area nonprofits. Park’s Moody Air Force Base (Ga.) Campus Center adopted a family for the holiday season with the help of Juanita Walker, campus center director, and Darryl Bennett, a non-degree seeking student, who coordinated donations from Park students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the Moody AFB Flight Support Squadron.

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Campus news University making impact on Facebook, Twitter

From left: Dr. Michael H. Droge, Park University president; Patrizia Pfefferkorn, Park Student Government Association president; André T. Butler; Leonel TchuenteSila; and Michael Hernandez.

Park students support Haiti with donation to Heart to Heart International Park University students have donated 514 care kits and $2,000 to Heart to Heart International for Haiti earthquake victims. André T. Butler, ‘95, chief advancement officer for Heart to Heart, accepted the donations during an informal ceremony at Park in March. Leonel Tchuente-Sila, a sophomore business administration/finance major, initiated the student-driven collection for Heart to Heart International, a global humanitarian organization based in Olathe, Kan. “This has been a tremendous effort by our students from several student clubs at Park University, as well as staff, faculty and Kansas City community support,” said Michael Hernandez, director of international student services at Park.

Pianist Abduraimov tours Far East with Sydney Symphony By virtue of his grand prize victory at the London International Piano Competition 2009 last April, Behzod Abduraimov, a sophomore applied music/piano major, had the honor of performing as a guest soloist with world-renowned conductor and pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney (Australia) Symphony Orchestra during a tour of China and Southeast Asia in the fall of 2009.

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Last summer, Park University expanded its official presence on Facebook, offering another way for students, faculty and alumni to keep up with news at campus centers across the country. As of April 23, the University’s official Facebook page,, has more than 5,900 “fans.” A number of University departments and campus centers also have Facebook pages. The University also has joined the ranks on Twitter, parkuniversity. And, Park University President Michael H. Droge, Ph.D., has a Twitter account at ParkUPrez. For those who follow the Pirates’ athletic teams, check them out on Facebook at parkathletics and on Twitter at http:// TM

Trustee wins award from International Relations Council Danny O’Neill,

a member of Park’s Board of Trustees, was honored in October 2009 with the International Relations Council’s Award for Contributions to International Commerce and Community Service. The IRC commended O’Neill for demonstrating that operating a successful, profitable business can be accomplished in a manner that is also humane and sustainable. O’Neill is the founder, president and “bean baron” of The Roasterie Inc., a Kansas City-based coffee company.

Fort Bliss Campus Center begins pilot education program Park University has been serving the soldiers of Fort Bliss (Texas) since 1975. Like the Army, Park is innovative in thinking and has started a “pilot” program with Task Force “Redball” at McGregor Range, N.M., under the command of Lt. Col. Danny Magpantay. The program consists of taking education to the soldiers and conducting college classes where the soldiers work.

University receives “military friendly” honor

A group of Green to Gold program soldiers stand behind Donna Zumwalt, ‘94 (center right) as she shakes hands with Maj. Tracy Hankins. Cliff Ferby, ‘01, Fort Bliss Campus Center director/SARM, is at right, and Capt. David Carrasco is at left.

Park partners with U.S. Army in officer transition program Park University’s Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center, its largest distance campus, participated in a U.S. Army program known as Green to Gold. The program trains and enables enlisted soldiers to transition from noncommissioned officer status to fully commissioned Army officer positions with a combination of Army training and formal education. The Green to Gold program at Fort Bliss is run by Maj. Tracy Hankins and Capt. David Carrasco. “The Park University Fort Bliss Campus has produced more officers for the U.S. Army through the Green to Gold program than any other similar program in the U.S.,” Hankins said.

Park University was honored by G.I. Jobs magazine on its 2010 list of “Military Friendly Schools.” The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

University recognized by Missouri governor for recycling efforts Park University was recognized by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon for its participation in the Missouri Recycling Association’s RecycleMania program. During the 2009 RecycleMania competition, the University’s Parkville Campus recycled 1.9 tons of mixed paper, 1.1 tons of cardboard and 400 pounds of food waste.

Staff, faculty donate funds to Park First annual giving program The number of Park University faculty and staff who responded to the Park First solicitation with a gift or pledge, either unrestricted or to a project/ program of their choice, increased by 130 percent with a 200 percent increase in the total dollars raised. The total amount given or pledged by faculty and staff for the 2009-10 fiscal year was nearly $48,000.

University approved to provide project management training Park University has been approved by the Project Management Institute to become a PMI Registered Education Provider. Park is the only baccalaureate/master’s degree institution in the Greater Kansas City area with this designation.

From left: Angie Peterson, Park’s coordinator of recycling and assistant director of international education and study abroad, Randy Bailey, director of environmental services, and Donna Gifford Baker, ‘03, M.B.A. ‘04, director of budget and purchasing, are shown with the certificate the University received. Bailey and Baker orchestrated the University’s participation in RecycleMania. Spring 2010 - 7

Truman Medical Centers and Park’s Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program:

Partnership makes it possible

New satellite campus expands Park’s nursing program and offers “perfect solution” to help working TMC nurses advance their careers

“I always wanted to take the next step and become a registered nurse…but life got in the way,” said Rhonda Sawyer, a licensed practical nurse and Park University sophomore nursing student. “It was time to realize my dream — and Park offered a direct route to achieve my goal.”

University. LPNs working at TMC take Park’s nursing courses at the hospital. Parkville Campus and TMC students combine for clinical course work at TMC’s Hospital Hill and Lakewood facilities.

The Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program at Park recently forged a unique partnership that is helping Sawyer and working LPNs at Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, Mo., to advance their nursing careers — and alleviate the nation’s critical shortage of professional nurses.

“The medical center was looking for ways to increase the pipeline of RNs into the Truman Medical Centers system while investing in our current staff,” Teresa Collins, TMC chief nursing officer said. “This partnership was the perfect solution. It allows TMC’s dedicated LPNs to continue working while they become registered nurses.”

Perfect solution

Respect for experience

The partnership established a satellite campus last year at TMC that enabled Park to expand its nursing program from 40 nursing students to its current maximum of 65 students. “This is an exciting time for Park’s nursing program,” said Gerry Walker, D.H.Ed., M.S.N., R.N., nursing program chair and assistant professor of nursing. “Partnering with TMC is truly a win-win for our efforts to help LPNs advance their careers.” TMC is providing Park’s nursing program with classroom space, faculty offices and clinical practice sites at no cost to the Spring 2010 - 8

Park’s nursing program fills a unique niche in nursing education. Its focus is to offer career mobility for LPNs to transition to the role of the registered nurse. The accelerated format enables a qualified LPN to obtain an associates degree in nursing and take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). At Park, all nursing students enter the program as LPNs. The competitive program offers credit for an LPN’s years of experience and entrance exam scores. “From day one, we respect our students as nurses,” Walker said. “Our accelerated format enables them to reach their goals in as little as 10

Park nursing students benefit from clinical training in the Maternity Unit at TMC. From left: Holly Halberstadt; Ramona Whinery, R.N. in TMC’s Perinatal Services; Tara Linder, Dustin Downing, and Yollie Endaya, M.S.N., R.N.C., I.B.C.L.C., Park adjunct clinical instructor and TMC assistant patient care manager.

months. I haven’t found another program in the nation that does what we do.” Sawyer’s experience is testament to Park’s unique approach. She had been an LPN for 19 years and “searched everywhere” in Georgia, her home state, and Florida, Indiana and Ohio for opportunities to further her career. She finally learned about Park’s program on a Web forum called “Park gives you credit for what you know. Most programs required basic nursing classes, such as how to make a bed or turn a patient. I didn’t want to spend time and money taking classes on things I’ve been doing for years,” Sawyer said. “Park’s program respects and treats you like a nurse from the beginning. I couldn’t find that anywhere else.” For Sawyer, it was worth putting everything in storage and moving with her son from Georgia to Missouri for a year. She will graduate in May and take the state board exam this summer. Sawyer was especially impressed with her clinical training at Truman Medical Centers. “TMC nurses are natural teachers and know how Park nursing student Oliver Kimathi learns from Yollie Endaya.

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The Ellen Finley

Yollie Endaya (right) works with TMC staff to instruct Park nursing students. From left: Holly Halberstadt, Tara Linder and Jacqueline Wyatt; Jennifer Ellzey, M.D. and TMC pediatric resident; and Dustin Downing.

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to help patients facing challenging situations. They helped me think outside of my own reality,” Sawyer said. “What I learned at TMC will make me a better nurse.”

Critical thinking makes the difference

Today, nurses are regarded as health care leaders. “It’s no longer just what the doctor ordered,” Walker said. “Critical thinking and assessment training are at the core of our program. We take an LPN’s technical skills and teach them to think like an RN and be accountable for critical decisions.” And the approach is making a difference. Last year, 100 percent of Park’s nursing students passed the state board exam (NCLEX-RN) — a record for the program. Walker isn’t surprised by the success. “This is a tribute to our innovative curriculum and Park’s dedicated faculty.” Walker said future plans for Park’s nursing program include the development of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program.

Park University hosts The Big Read in Kansas City Event inspires people across the metro to pick up a good book Even avid readers will be hard pressed to find another novel quite like Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping, the subject of a community-wide celebration as The Big Read returned to the Kansas City area in April and May.

Answering a big need

The Big Read is designed to revitalize the role of reading in American popular culture. It answers a big need identified by a 2004 report from the National Endowment for the Arts: reading for pleasure in America is declining rapidly among adults. The Big Read — an initiative of the NEA in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest — addresses this issue by bringing communities together to read, discuss and celebrate books and writers from American and world literature. The NEA inaugurated The Big Read as a pilot project in 2006 with 10 communities featuring four books. Since its national launch in 2007, an estimated 400 communities have hosted The Big Read across America.

Park leads the way

For the second year, Park University is taking the lead to host The Big Read in the Kansas City area thanks to Jane Wood, Ph.D., interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, who received a $20,000 grant from the NEA. “NEA grants are extremely competitive and among the most prestigious in the arts and humanities, and this is the second NEA grant that Dr. Wood has received for The Big Read,” said Park President Michael H. Droge, Ph.D. “These grants represent a major professional accomplishment and bring honor to our University.” In 2007, Park hosted a number of Big Read events celebrating the life of Ernest Hemingway and his book, A Farewell to Arms. The event is hosted in partnership with the Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library and The Central Exchange (a Kansas City-area nonprofit that champions women in leadership and business).

Big Read on Campus

Park faculty and students led a panel discussion April 13 on the Parkville Campus. The discussion, “The Postmodern Paradox: Literary Criticism and Housekeeping,” explored the novel in light of the literary tradition of transcendentalism and the ongoing debates about postmodernism literature. Other Big Read events included community discussions across the Kansas City metropolitan area in libraries and community centers, as well as interactive radio broadcasts and webcasts.

Conversation with the author The celebration will culminate May 12 with a presentation by Housekeeping author Marilynne Robinson, and Angela Elam, host of “New Letters on the Air,” public radio’s longest-running literary program. The event, at the Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library’s Plaza Branch, will be recorded for later broadcast. For more information about The Big Read, visit

Housekeeping by Marilyn Robinson Park University’s event is the only one of the 269 Big Read events across the country focusing on Housekeeping. Set in a remote, imaginary town in Idaho, the novel presents the eccentric lives of three generations of Foster family women. Housekeeping chronicles the deaths, abandonments and insecurities that beset the Fosters so vividly that it is often heartbreaking, but the novel also radiates a mysterious joy and tender humor that has captivated readers for the past 30 years. Published in 1980, Housekeeping was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and given the PEN/Hemingway Award for best first novel.

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Steven Youngblood, (right) Park University’s associate professor of communication arts, helps a student in his peace journalism class in Azerbaijan.

Park faculty serve the world as Fulbright Scholars Professors earn prestigious awards to teach and touch the lives of people around the globe. Awarded for academic merit and innovative research, Park University’s faculty is serving the global community as J. William Fulbright Scholars. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. In 1945, Senator J. William Fulbright proposed the program as a much-needed vehicle for promoting “mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Spring 2010 - 12

the people of other countries of the world.” His vision was approved by Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman in 1946. Today, the Fulbright Program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide. Since 2001, Park faculty have collectively received seven prestigious Fulbright Scholarship Awards that have enabled professors to teach and touch the lives of people across the globe.

Park University Fulbright Scholars:

Pete Soule, Ph.D., (in red) professor of economics, stands in front of a church in Olvia, Ukraine, with students, family and friends.

Nicolas Koudou, Ph.D., professor of business

administration and director of the Master of Business Administration program, is scheduled to conduct research on HIV/AIDS in the West African country of the Ivory Coast beginning in January 2011. This is his second Fulbright Scholarship, his first was in 2003. Kay Dennis, Ed.D., assistant professor of education and online instructor evaluator, is scheduled to teach graduate courses on distance learning and intercultural communications at Liepaja University in Latvia during the Fall 2010 semester.

Carol Getty, Ph.D., (center) associate professor of criminal justice, poses with students from her criminal justice class at the National University of Internal Affairs in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Carol Getty, Ph.D., associate

the Ukraine.

professor of criminal justice, taught criminal justice in 2008 at the National University of Internal Affairs in Kharkiv, the second-largest city in Steven Youngblood, associate

professor of communication arts, taught peace journalism in 2007 in Azerbaijan. For his first Fulbright Scholarship, Youngblood taught in Chisinau, Moldova in 2001. Pete Soule, ‘72, Ph.D., professor of economics, taught economics in 2002 at the University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Mykolayiv, Ukraine.

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Educating the architects of the networked economy:

Park University becomes a Cisco Networking Academy Rapid advancements in computer networking are revolutionizing the way we live, work, play and learn.

Today, Park University faculty and staff can e-mail colleagues throughout the 43 campus centers across the country and copy friends in Peru. We can login to virtual classrooms and talk with professors around the world. With just a few mouse clicks, anyone can pay bills, send flowers, download last week’s episode of “Mad Men” and book a Mexico getaway. The wizardry behind our modern life is made possible by an intricate network of routers and switches designed by computer network professionals who, not surprisingly, represent one of the world’s fastest growing fields. To prepare computer science students with the highest levels of training to meet the demand with a competitive edge, Park University is now a Cisco Networking Academy.

The need to connect

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international company whose name has become synonymous with the Internet — Cisco Systems — and an innovative technology that enables individuals and organizations to connect in ways unimagined more than two decades ago. Today, computer networks are rapidly expanding to enhance collaboration and productivity. A secure and reliable network is now essential for all industries, from telecommunications, health care and education to government, media and entertainment.

The foundation for these networks is the Cisco Internet Protocol-based networking solutions. In a competitive marketplace, organizations increasingly rely on Cisco-certified professionals to design and secure their expanding networks. To meet their needs, organizations are turning to professionals equipped with the certified expertise that can be obtained through Park’s new Cisco Networking Academy.

The gold standard

As a Cisco Networking Academy, Park will offer a three-course sequence this fall that will prepare students for the Cisco Certified Network Associate exam. The curriculum will be offered in faceto-face and online classes. The courses will become part of the networking and security concentration within the Computer Science, Information Systems and Mathematics Department (CIM). “A Cisco certification is viewed as the gold standard in the industry and is highly regarded by employers,” said John Dean, assistant professor and CIM department chair. “Becoming a CCNA will make Park students very marketable.” The Cisco Networking Academy is a global education program that provides practical training on how to design, build, troubleshoot and secure computer networks. It has been established in colleges and universities in more than 160 countries. Park is implementing the program with assistance from Fort Hays (Kan.) State University, coordinator for the Cisco Networking Academy in the Midwest.

Park’s CCNA courses must be taught by Cisco-certified teachers. In the program’s first year, Wen Hsin, Ph.D., associate professor of information and computer science, is completing the CCNA teacher certification and will begin instructing students this fall.

Competitive advantage

A CCNA certification offers a competitive advantage for students entering one of the fastest growing career fields. According to a report from the U.S. Department of Labor, expected job growth in information communication technology is 37 percent through 2016 — much faster than the average for all occupations. The report cited major factors for growth including a “demand for networking to facilitate the sharing of information” and a “need for computer specialists to use their knowledge and skills in a problemsolving capacity.” Under the umbrella of Park’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the CIM department is steeped in the core values of

a Park education focused on developing invaluable problem-solving skills for students entering a changing world. “The essence of computer science is problem-solving,” Dean said. “Computer science students need to know syntax and computer languages, but the most important training is critical thinking that enables them to understand an organization’s changing needs and create technology solutions to meet them.” Visit for more information about this course.

“The CCNA certification is Cisco’s introduction certification and the one in greatest demand. Cisco products often are the first when choosing network infrastructure equipment, and they are immensely prevalent, creating a vast need for professionals who are capable of managing them.”

— Certification Magazine

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Liberal arts & science graduates:

Building bridges to career success At Park University, students build pillars of knowledge and intellectual strength that prepare them to adapt to a changing world — and construct their unique bridges to career success. For more than 135 years, Park has been rooted in a strong liberal arts and sciences tradition to prime students for success in diverse fields — from politics and law, to sales, health care and nonprofit leadership. To see the impact of a Park liberal arts and sciences education, one need only look to the accomplishments of its graduates.

Jason Austin, ‘96

Bachelor of Science, Athletic Training Neurosurgery Sales Representative Aesculap Inc. I meet with surgeons and hospitals every day to provide the latest technologies in health care. My degree at Park was an ideal foundation for my career with an international manufacturer of medical devices. I educate neurosurgeons about products, including shunts for hydrocephalus, high-speed drills for spine and craniotomies, aneurysm clips, ultrasonic aspirators and neuroendoscopy equipment. Working “tableside” with surgeons in the operating room to assist with Aesculap’s equipment is what I enjoy most. At Park, I learned to think critically, which has been crucial to my career. In sales, I constantly have to process a great deal of information and apply appropriate steps to solve problems — and respond persuasively to the inevitable road blocks in the sales process. Hometown: Blue Springs, Mo.

“We can train our employees to be the best if they come out of school prepared to communicate clearly, and to think critically and creatively. Park University is an example of higher learning that is focused on a mission to prepare graduates with the knowledge to compete in an increasingly global economy.” — Anne M. Mulcahy, chairman of Xerox Corporation Spring 2010 - 16

Jim Barkley, ‘76

Bachelor of Arts, History and Education Education Coordinator The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial I am the first and only educator at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial — the only museum solely dedicated to the remembrance and study of World War I. In managing all aspects of educational outreach, my work enables the Museum to provide valuable resources about World War I to every state and foreign educator that requests them. Since 2005, I’ve interacted with more than 55,000 students and educators worldwide. At Park, I gained the foundation to pursue my professional goals. I’m grateful to Park professors — especially Ronald Miriani, Ph.D., professor of history, and the late Jerzy Hauptmann, Ph.D., professor emeritus of political science and public administration — who became my most influential role models. Hometown: Independence, Mo.

Adrienne L. Barr, ‘08

Bachelor of Arts, English and Psychology Management and Program Analyst FBI Defensive Systems Unit I didn’t have a specific career in mind until the year before I graduated when I was directed to Park’s Career Development Center and was encouraged to apply for the FBI’s Honors Internship Program. During the internship, I was offered a full-time position with the FBI and I was introduced to a career path I previously didn’t know was available to me. Park provided opportunities to enhance my leadership skills to prepare for success. As former president of the Psychology Club, I focused on issues of international support, such as the school supply drive for Afghanistan children. As former president of the English Club, I learned how to orchestrate large-scale projects, which has helped me in planning nationwide conferences for the FBI. Hometown: Stafford, Va.

Janie Benoit, ‘03

Bachelor of Science, Biology Resident Physician, Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Montreal My goal was always to be a physician. After graduating from Park, I entered medical school at McGill University in Montréal and am now doing a five-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Montreal. My undergraduate education

at Park has been invaluable. Small classes allowed me to ask questions freely. Careful supervision in the laboratory was precious to my future. Taking classes outside my major helped me develop a broader understanding of other cultures that serves me in working with diverse patients. When I started at Park, my English was limited; French being my mother tongue. It improved quickly because my professors took extra time to help. I am forever thankful to Park for my success. Hometown: Montréal, Canada.

André T. Butler, ‘95

Bachelor of Science, Social Psychology Chief Advancement Officer Heart to Heart International My experience in the U.S. Navy gave me a chance to “see the world,” thus I wanted to work for an organization with an international focus. As a certified fundraising executive, I forge global corporate partnerships to raise critical funds for Heart to Heart — a leading humanitarian nonprofit — to respond to people in crisis. We mobilize vital shipments of medical aid to more than 60 countries. Most recently, we’re working diligently to provide relief to earthquake survivors in Haiti. The “Park Experience” — with its global reach and practical application — opened my eyes even further to what the world has to offer, and what I have to offer it. Park truly offers a way for students to get involved with the global and local community outside of the classroom, and this is priceless. Hometown: Grandview, Mo.

Jodi Carl, ‘03, M.P.A. ‘07

Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice and Psychology, and Master of Public Affairs Crime Analyst Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department When people learn that I’m a crime analyst in Vegas, they immediately think of crime shows on television. I always laugh because it’s just not that glamorous. I work behind the scenes to research data that helps detectives solve cases. I specialize in mapping statistics about robberies, homicides and other crimes to alert the police department about crime “hot spots” to help them decide where to deploy resources. Although I’m not in the thick of things, I work quickly to pull information for those who are. I don’t want officers in a dangerous situation without the most accurate information I can provide. I credit my career success to the professors in the Criminal Justice Department at Park who have years of experience in corrections, law and security. Park’s small classes allowed me to benefit directly from their expertise. Hometown: Las Vegas.

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Education is all a matter of building bridges.” — Ralph Waldo Ellison

Bridgett Cochran, ‘03

Kristopher S. Flint, ‘97

Co-Owner Porter Teleo

President Two West Inc.

Bachelor of Arts, Interior Design

It was always a dream of mine to design a line of textiles. Today, I am the coowner of Porter Teleo, a Kansas City, Mo., based firm that designs and manufactures hand-painted and hand-printed wall coverings. My work involves all aspects of the business, from creation of our product lines to marketing and distribution. The firm’s work has been featured in national and international design magazines including Metropolitan Home, Town & Country, Vogue Australia, Elle Décor and California Homes. My education at Park was the critical first step on my career path. It gave me the tools I needed to take the next steps to internships, jobs, and finally, to starting my own business. Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.

Michael M. Collins, ‘04 Bachelor of Arts, Political Science

Vice President, Fund Development & Government Relations Swope Community Enterprises From transportation to agriculture, I was the “eyes and ears” for U.S. Senator Christopher “Kit” Bond in Kansas City, Mo., for four years. I oversaw operations and worked with everyone from Missouri citizens and business executives, to farmers and nonprofit leaders. It was a tasking job, but worth every second. When I graduated from Park University, I thought I knew everything about politics. While working on Capitol Hill, I quickly realized I had more to learn about the impact of policy in people’s lives. Fortunately, Park prepared me to look for creative solutions to complex problems. The ability to think critically and clearly communicate issues is essential to my career. My education and experience will be invaluable in my new role at Swope Community Enterprises where I lead fund development and government relations. Hometown: Kansas City, Mo. Spring 2010 - 18

Bachelor of Arts, Communications Arts

I started in graphic design and in 1997, I co-founded Two West in Kansas City, Mo.— the same year I graduated from Park. At Two West, we launch, transform and grow brands by designing interactive websites, broadcast and print advertising campaigns, and other strategic communications. I’m currently leading the company’s expansion in Los Angeles where we opened an office in 2008. My degree from Park has proved to be a strong foundation for my career. A liberal arts education — studying history, philosophy and literature — is fundamental to my understanding of human behavior, and at its core, marketing is essentially the art of influencing behaviors. Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.

Jenny Harrell, ‘95

Bachelor of Science, Athletic Training Critical Care Certified Nurse Truman Medical Centers I care for patients facing life-threatening illnesses and injuries, and collaborate with a dynamic medical team toward a primary goal: patient survival and recovery. Park prepared me for a career in a busy city hospital full of challenges. I was encouraged to look at the bigger picture — a crucial skill when searching for root causes of illness that don’t present clearly. In a trauma center, crisis is common and clear communication with the hospital team and patients’ families is essential. Park’s smaller classes helped me develop the confidence to voice my concerns to advocate for patients’ needs. Park’s focus on learning about other cultures gave me a broader perspective that guides me in daily interactions with patients from diverse cultures. Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.

Shawn Henderson, ‘08

Bachelor of Science, Computer Science Environmental Protection Specialist U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Every day, my work supports the vital mission of the Environmental Protection Agency: to protect human health and the environment. Primarily, I monitor water quality for Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska) and report my findings to a public database called STORET. The data is also used by to keep Kansas Citians informed about the water quality. While at Park, I was an EPA intern. Today, I supervise Park geoscience interns at the EPA and am glad to help them gain the experience that has been invaluable to me. My education has proven essential to my career. At Park, I essentially learned how to learn — and it serves me in a career where I am constantly learning new things. Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.

Holly Starr, ‘99

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Host “38 The Spot” (KMCI-TV) As the spokesperson for “38 The Spot” in Kansas City, Mo., I enjoy writing and researching my own material for feature stories, interviews and promotions. My role includes community work outside of the station to host charitable events and make public appearances. I also host Vegas TV (KTUD) in Las Vegas. Most recently, I’ve become the in-arena emcee for the Missouri Mavericks hockey team. My Park education sharpened my communication and interpersonal skills that are very important in my career. A liberal arts education helps students clearly define their skills and values. I found this to be true after graduation when doors opened for me, leading me down a path to gainful employment — and a career that I love. Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.

Mishca Waliczek, ‘95 Bachelor of Arts, Psychology General Counsel BlueScope Construction Inc. Thinking critically, communicating effectively — fundamentals of my Park education — are absolutely essential to my legal career. Daily, I am involved with every aspect of the business and legal needs of a leading construction company. I aim to solve problems creatively and to identify practical alternatives to address legal

obstacles and to mitigate risks. From day one through graduation, Park challenged me and provided a solid foundation to be successful in law school at Syracuse University where I earned a Juris Doctorate degree. Park’s professors were always accessible and approachable. The University provided a supportive environment for success. Hometown: Liberty, Mo.

Tony West, ‘87 Bachelor of Arts, Communications Arts Freelance Television Cameraman/Editor My work takes me all over the country covering professional sports for the NFL and Major League Baseball. I also cover news stories, including the last vice presidential debate, for national networks including NBC, CBS and CNN. I’ve been fortunate to shoot high-profile events including the 2004 and 2006 World Series, and the 1996 Summer Olympics. In this competitive field, getting in the door is half the battle. Park helped me reach my dreams. The real-world advice and guidance from my professors helped me get invaluable internships. By the time I graduated from Park, I had worked for three different companies. With my experience and a wellrounded education, I’ve never met anyone as prepared as I was for career success. Hometown: Valley Park, Mo.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences At Park University’s core is the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Comprised of the School of Arts & Humanities, the School of Natural & Applied Sciences and the School of Social Sciences, the College offers innovative degree programs in the humanities, natural and social sciences, and the fine and performing arts. With a focus on experiential and service learning, Park graduates are well prepared to pursue countless career paths. Yet a Park education is rooted in a purpose greater than simply awarding degrees. Empowering students to deal with complexity, diversity and change are the hallmarks of a Park liberal arts and sciences education.

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Criminal justice at Park University: Real-world experience separates fact from fiction Sifting through fact and fiction is the proverbial challenge for those in the criminal justice profession. Fortunately, students can rely on just the facts — and the faculty’s real-world expertise — in Park University’s Criminal Justice Administration Department. “We bring real-life experience to the classroom,” Greg Plumb, J.D., chair of the Criminal Justice Department said. “Students get the real story from academically trained professionals who have extraordinary experience. That’s

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what sets us apart from other programs in the Midwest.” Each of the department’s full-time faculty, and most adjuncts, has at least 20 years of professional work in the field. The department has grown into a comprehensive criminal justice administration program with three primary areas of concentration: law enforcement, corrections and security. Park criminal justice graduates are serving as probation officers, crime

analysts, security managers, police officers and federal agents patrolling the nation’s borders. A criminal justice degree is also the launching pad for graduate education and law school.

New Terrorism and Homeland Security Certificate

As the program continues to grow, Plumb said the department is constantly enhancing curriculum to keep the program relevant to society’s needs. The

We bring real-life experience to the classroom.”

emergence of terrorism as a leading global threat in the 21st century has prompted the expansion of curriculum that incorporates homeland security education in criminal justice programs nationwide. Leading the way, Park’s Department of Criminal Justice Administration has developed a new Terrorism and Homeland Security Certificate Program. The program trains students to identify and respond to situations related to terrorism, security and national emergencies. Students learn how to assist organizations with preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation activities associated with natural and man-made threats. The program will be available to students this fall. “The new certificate offers the latest knowledge and practical skills that make students more marketable to a range of companies, businesses and government institutions,” Plumb said. “The curriculum we’ve developed also will be incorporated into other Park degree programs such as public administration.”

Fact or fiction: the CSI effect

In a post 9/11 world, the growth of criminal justice careers is on the rise. But could popular television shows such as “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” also be inspiring an interest in the field? Plumb says it definitely lures prospective students. “They see themselves working in CSI-like crime labs. Some are discouraged when I tell them that it can mean taking a lot more chemistry classes. There are certainly many misperceptions.”

— Greg Plumb, J.D. what elements are factual and what aren’t realistic. It’s a great teaching tool,” he said. Even Plumb finds shows like “CSI” entertaining and says most of the science depicted is accurate. So what is fiction? “Crimes aren’t solved in an hour,” Plumb said. “Many of our graduates working in the field will tell you about the ‘CSI Effect.’ For example, juries today expect DNA matches to be delivered overnight and to instantly solve a case — and it’s just not that easy.”

Then there’s the Hollywood approach that can skew reality. “The sophisticated ‘toys’ they use to solve crimes aren’t in most budgets,” Plumb said. “And investigations are complex and require a much larger team of lab technicians, detectives and crime analysts working for months behind the scenes.”

Critical thinking and service learning

In their pursuit of truth and justice, criminal justice students rely on critical thinking, problem-solving and effective communication skills. “The liberal arts tradition at Park prepares our students to make informed judgments that foster

concern for individual and social wellbeing,” Plumb said. “This is essential for our graduates who are solving real problems for people interfacing with criminal justice systems, both nationally and internationally,” Plumb said. Service and experiential learning are increasingly important aspects of the criminal justice program. “We encourage students to experience living outside themselves and to develop an interest in serving a global community,” Plumb said. To gain their own real-life experience, criminal justice students work with a variety of community agencies, including Synergy Services, a Kansas City area nonprofit organization that serves victims of violence and abuse. Park students also participate with the Inside-Out Prison Exchange, a national program that brings college students and incarcerated men and women together to explore issues associated with crime, justice and freedom. Plumb said the department remains focused on developing the timehonored skills and values of a liberal arts education — that all students need to be contributing members of society.

To challenge his students, Plumb engages them to think critically with a game he calls Fact or Fiction. “I show an episode of “CSI” and ask students to determine

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In academia Publications

Stephen E. Bell, Ph.D., J.D., economics associate professor, co-authored “Corporate Governance and Firm Valuation — The Case of China” for the academic journal Corporate Ownership and Control. The article discussed the impact of high levels of Chinese governmental ownership in Chinese corporations. Kenneth Christopher, D.P.A., criminal justice administration assistant professor, had his two-part article “Port of Miami Cargo Gate: Using Technology to Improve Throughput and Enhance Security,” published in the September and November 2009 issues of Port Technology International. The article studied the development of a new cargo gate complex at the Port of Miami. Alphonso O. Ogbuehi, D.B.A., Park School of Business dean, had his article “An Empirical Analysis of Risk Mitigation in the Pharmaceutical Industry Supply Chain: A Developing Country Perspective,” published in the Jan.-Feb. issue of the Thunderbird International Business Review. The article reports on the empirical findings of the quantification of risks that decision-makers consider most important. Jeffrey Smith, information and computer science adjunct instructor, had the article he authored, “Management and Security Risks with Client-Server Software,” published in the fall 2009 issue of The Security Journal. The article identifies best practices for managers to ensure due diligence security in client-server software applications.


Kimberly Connelly, international student services assistant director, presented “If You Want Something to Grow — Fertilize and Plant Seeds Everywhere” at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region IV Conference in October 2009 in Rochester, Minn. Connelly’s session provided a “grass-roots” approach to promoting cross-cultural competence throughout the University. Michael T. Eskey, Ph.D., criminal justice associate professor, presented the paper “Writing and Citing in Criminal Justice: It’s Not Always Plagiarism” at the Midwest Criminal Justice Association’s annual conference in Sept. 2009 in Chicago. Eskey’s presentation addressed concerns related to student plagiarism, whether advertent or inadvertent.

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Roxanne Gonzales, Ed.D., College for Distance Learning associate dean, was a panelist at the 15th Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning in October 2009 in Orlando, Fla. Her session, “Offering Online to Military Personnel: Is it a Market for Your College?” focused on institutional challenges and best practices in serving veterans, military members and their families through online degree offerings. Nicolas Koudou, Ph.D., business administration professor and director of Park’s Master of Business Administration program, and Lyudmyla Smereka, a graduate student and research assistant in the M.B.A. program, presented their peer-reviewed paper, “HIV/AIDS Challenges and Marketing Opportunity in SubSaharan Africa” at the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines Fall Conference in Memphis, Tenn., in October 2009. Their study revealed that the HIV/AIDS epidemic is escalating the costs of production for multinational and African enterprises. Carol Sanders, Ph.D., (right) and Don Williams, Ed.D., (below) biology associate professors, hosted a roundtable discussion at the Association of College and University Biology Educators annual meeting in Kansas City, Mo., in October 2009. Sanders and Williams talked on “The Trials, Tribulations and Successes of Undergraduate Research — An Evolving Program Plan.” The session provided an outline of the scope of Park’s Biology Research Capstone program. A trio of faculty from Park University’s School for Education presented a session at the National Head Start Association’s Parent Training Conference in December 2009 in San Jose, Calif. Jo Agnew-Tally, Ed.D., SFE dean, (left) LaDonna Ebright, ‘80, (middle) early childhood education assistant professor, and Amy Wolf, Ph.D., (right) education assistant professor, presented “Engaging Families in Leadership and Advocacy,” a session that focused on educators too often dismissing the anxieties of children as they enter early childhood programs for the first time.

Thimios Zaharopoulos, Ph.D., interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, attended the annual meeting of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences in Baltimore in November 2009. Zaharopoulos was a panelist on the “Doing More with Less” program and shared experiences on how the recent financial crisis has forced changes in higher education practices.

Awards, appointments and recognitions

In October 2009, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Colloquium presented Park University with a certificate in recognition of the University’s contributions to teaching and learning. The distinction is a true honor for Park — fewer than 100 certificates have been issued by the Carnegie Foundation in the past 10 years. Amber Dailey-Hebert, Ph.D., education associate professor and director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, was appointed to chair the Association of Continuing and Higher Education’s Research Committee. The committee serves as a clearing agent for research in continuing higher education. Kay Barnes, public leadership distinguished professor and founding director of Park’s Center for Leadership, received the 2009 Missourian Award in September 2009, during a ceremony in Jefferson City. Presented by the American Heart Association, the Missourian Award is given annually to nominees who have made an outstanding contribution to their state or nation in civics, business, education, politics or the arts. Roxanne Gonzales, Ed.D., College for Distance Learning associate dean, was installed as president of the Association for Continuing Higher Education at the organization’s annual conference in Philadelphia in November 2009. Her theme for the organization in 2010 is “Continuing Education — Reflecting Upon and Responding to the National Agenda.” LuAnn Halverstadt, Ed.D., education adjunct instructor, was selected as the 2009-10 Clay-Platte Distinguished Elementary Principal. Halverstadt, principal at Graden Elementary in the Park Hill (Mo.) School District, received the award from the regional chapter of the Missouri Association of Elementary Principals. She is one of 13 principals across the state who received a regional award, and she is now eligible to receive Missouri’s Distinguished Elementary Principal of the Year Award this spring.

Masoom Khawaja, graphic design assistant professor, received the Peace Award in Education from the Crescent Peace Society in Overland Park, Kan., in October 2009. Khawaja was recognized for valuable service to the local and global community, including her participation with the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council. Traci Klasing, career development assistant director, was one of seven individuals nationwide selected for the National Career Development Association’s 2010-11 Leadership Academy. This highly experiential leadership development opportunity is designed specifically for promising national and state career development association leaders. Steve Youngblood, communication arts associate professor, was appointed to a three-year term on the American Council on Education’s Internationalization Collaborative Advisory Council. Youngblood has been involved in internationalization for the last six years at Park University, including serving four years as chair of the Internationalization Task Force and Internationalization and Multicultural Education committees.


The Missouri Arts Council awarded Park a $13,066 grant to support the University’s Ethnic Voices Poetry Series. According to EVPS director Virginia Brackett, Ph.D., English associate professor and Department of English and Modern Languages chair, the grant reviewer’s comments noted that the Series provides an opportunity for the Kansas City community to hear a different voice and perspective on life, and that it provides a model for community engagement and commitment to diversity. Steve Youngblood, communication arts associate professor, received two grants totaling $150,000 to continue his peace journalism work in Africa. The grants will allow Youngblood to direct and teach a six-month Peace, Developmental and Electoral Journalism project in the Republic of Uganda. The project, to be launched in July, is aimed at preventing violence before, during and after the March 2011 presidential elections in Uganda.

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The class stands on the platform at Zeppelin Field in Nuremberg, Germany, where Nazi party rallies were held

Holocaust course offers “life-changing” experience New Liberal Education curriculum reflects Park’s interdisciplinary approach to learning Why do some people experience tragedy and emerge full of hope while others lose belief in the human spirit? This is just one of many profound questions Park students explore through the University’s new Liberal Education curriculum. Park faculty recently embarked on an intensive reconstruction of the general education requirements for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The new curriculum — now termed the Liberal Education program — includes creatively designed LE 300 (Integrative and Interdisciplinary Learning Capstone) courses that emphasize an interdisciplinary approach to learning. One of the newest LE 300 courses introduced last fall is a 16week course titled “Of Hope and Horror: The Psychological and Literary Impact of the Holocaust.” The course is teamtaught by Brian Cowley, Ph.D., associate professor of Spring 2010 - 24

psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology and Sociology, and Jane Wood, Ph.D., interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Fourteen Parkville daytime students and two distance students spent 16 weeks exploring the genocide and its affect on survivors, rescuers and liberators. Students read key works from psychology and literature that examine the causes of the Holocaust and the responses of individuals and communities to human atrocity. During the 2009 Fall Break, the class traveled to Munich, Germany, for an intensive tour of Holocaust and Nazi Party sites, including the concentration camp at Dachau, Zeppelin Field (the place where Nazi Party rallies were held) and the new Nazi Documentation Center in Nuremburg.

Dr. Jane Wood (fourth from the right) and students visit the Nuremberg Castle.

A student stands at the entrance to the Dachau Concentration Camp. The German phrase on the gate reads “Arbeit macht frei” which translates “work brings freedom.”

The class enjoys their first dinner together in Munich.

The class takes a guided tour of Zeppelin Field.

Erin Wiley, a senior social work major, described the course as life-changing. “The readings, discussions and travel impacted us all on so many levels,” Wiley said. “I now look at current world events, social issues and my own personal life challenges with a whole new perspective.” A highlight of the trip was meeting Franz Mueller, founder of The White Rose Memorial at the University of Munich. Mueller is the only surviving member of a renowned student resistance group known as “The White Rose,” whose members were imprisoned and executed during Hitler’s reign for creating and distributing anti-Nazi leaflets. Students spoke with Mueller about his harrowing experiences as a college student. “I’ll never forget his response when we asked why he resisted the Nazi regime when so many others did not,”

Franz Mueller visits with the class at The White Rose Memorial at the University of Munich.

Wiley said. “He told us that he couldn’t help but resist because of his humanistic education — studying literature, history and philosophy — that taught him to think and question…and to recognize that what Hitler preached and made ‘legal’ was morally and politically wrong.” Wiley said the unique structure of the course was unlike anything she’d ever experienced. “It was the best class I’ve ever taken. I’m still processing it all,” she said, “and probably will for the rest of my life.” The course will be offered again this fall. with travel planned for October 8-18. Spring 2010 - 25

2009-10 Alumni Council Dr. Neal McGregor, ‘89, M.A.R. ‘92 President Susan Kensett McGaughey, ‘74 Vice President Jay Flaherty, ‘71 Treasurer David Barclay, ‘53 Jeff McKinney, ‘81 January Rogers Miller, ‘05, M.B.A. ‘08 Michael Newburger, ‘70 Cynthia James Null, x58

Staff Liaisons Julie McCollum Director of Alumni Relations (816) 584-6206 | Alisha Coggins, ‘03 Alumni Relations Coordinator (816) 584-6207 |

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Tip off at Park University’s first NAIA 2010 tournament game.

Alumni: Let us hear from you! Contact the Office of Alumni Relations with news, comments and questions about the Park University Alumni Association and its members. Phone: (816) 584-6206 or (800) 488-PARK (7275) Fax: (816) 505-5409 E-mail: Address: 8700 NW River Park Drive, Box 37 Parkville, MO 64152

News and notes for Park University alumni

Alumniad Spring 2010

Vol. 99 No. 2

The purpose of the Alumni Association is “to assist and advance the interest of Park University and to cherish the spirit of friendship among its members.�

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Director’s corner Social networking Dear Alumni, Social networking, the hot topic for 2010, has come to Park. As new ways to stay connected present themselves, we have made it our priority to keep up with the cutting-edge of community interaction. After all, Park is one of the innovators and leaders in online education, and it is only logical that we would extend that Internet connection beyond the classroom, keeping our former students as active participants in our alumni community, long after they graduate. Today, Park alumni are offered a variety of ways to network. The alumni website,, outlines the options, including: 1) PirateLink Online Community — Use your Park ID number, found next to your name on the label of this magazine, to create an account. Update your information, share photos and class notes. Create your own Park social network by inviting friends to join you. 2) Park alumni e-mail means you can keep your student e-mail account forever. Didn’t have a student e-mail? Alumni can request a “” alumni account at 3) Become a Facebook fan of the Park University Facebook page. Discover other Park pages for the Alumni Association, graduate schools and campuses. Interact with other Parkites who are fans. 4) Park University’s alumni LinkedIn group is the perfect place to network on a professional level. With more than 2,000 members, alumni are connecting to discuss career topics and meet alumni in their profession.

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5) Twitter offers quick “tweets” of University news and invitations to events. 6) Check out Park University videos on YouTube. 7) View and download alumni photos from Flickr, where photos are posted from past Alumni Weekends, the Montana Dinosaur Dig, alumni athletic events and more. Links to all the social networking options can be found at Create an account, log in and become a part of the Park University online world.

Julie McCollum

Director of Alumni Relations (816) 584-6206 or (800) 488-PARK (7275)

President Droge takes to the road


Park University President Michael H. Droge, Ph.D., is traveling and meeting alumni in a variety of locations across the country. Watch your e-mail for an invitation in your area. The Park University Alumni Association sponsors these events. Additional gatherings are being planned for Philadelphia, Boston, Southern California and Texas. Photos from alumni events can be found at

Bob Booth, ‘69, Dr. Droge and Deanna Medlin Armstrong, ‘70 enjoyed an evening at the Savoy Opera House.


Alumni from the Tucson, Ariz., area joined Dr. Droge for cocktails and dinner at the Savoy Opera House on Jan. 21. More than 60 people attended, including members of Park’s Board of Trustees who were in town for a board meeting and visit to the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Campus Center.

Kansas City area alumni got to know each other at a gathering at the Screenland Theatre.

Kansas City

Dr. Droge met alumni and their families from the Kansas City area for a party and a movie at the Screenland Theater in the Crossroads District on Jan. 28. More than 100 alumni and their children played Wii bowling on the big screen and watched the movie “Up.”

Washington, D.C.

Rosemary Fry Plakas, ‘63, a curator at the Library of Congress, invited alumni and Park friends to take a private tour of select exhibits and the rare books collection. On March 15, Dr. Droge was joined by more than 40 guests for the tour and a reception that followed. Left: Alumni and friends toured the rare book collection at the Library of Congress.

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Basketball and alumni St. Louis and Scott Air Force Base Campus Center area alumni and students were invited to cheer on their alma mater at the Park vs. McKendree basketball games on Feb. 27, in Lebanon, Ill. The Alumni Association sponsored a pre-game pizza party for the men’s and women’s teams on Friday night. Mark Halsell, ‘85, and Vicki Richardson Halsell, ‘87, parents of sophomore guard Mark Halsell, were joined by King Taylor Jr., ‘78, Mars Eghigian, ‘53, and others who showed their Park pride from the stands.

Park students attended the Park vs. McKendree basketball game.

Coach Jason Kline speaks to the Park players during a game at the NAIA tournament. Spring 2010 - 30

NAIA National Championship Tournament On March 17, alumni, students, faculty, staff and fans cheered Park’s men’s basketball team to victory (83-75) over Georgetown (Ky.) College in the first round of the NAIA national tournament, held at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. The Pirates played in front of a record crowd of more than 9,400 spectators. The Alumni Association, Pirate Club and Athletic Department co-hosted a pre-game reception at the nearby Kansas City Marriott Downtown hotel where fans had the opportunity to meet team members and coaches. The men’s basketball season ended with a second round loss (80-64) to Biola University (Calif.).

Owen Smith cheers on the Pirates during a basketball game. He is the son of Park employee, Cherie Smith, M.P.A. ‘06.

Great Wolf Lodge

Alumni enjoyed Great Wolf Lodge water parks in three locations — Grapevine, Texas; Mason, Ohio; and Kansas City, Kan., this past fall and winter. This was the third year for the Kansas City location, where more than 40 families took advantage of the highly discounted Park room rate and party sponsored by the Alumni Association. The Kansas City event has already been scheduled for next year, Feb. 4-6, 2011.

Upcoming Events Visit for additional details and registration.

Track and Field 12-Hour Walk/Run Relay May 15, 2010

Join a team or bring your own to this alumni-sponsored fundraiser for Park’s track and field team. The relay will be held on the University track, located at the 6th Street entrance, next to the Julian field. The relay will start at 5 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. Walkers and runners both are welcome to participate.

Founders Day June 3, 2010

Airline History Museum, Kansas City, Mo. Honoring our military service member students.

Alumni Weekend

Montana Dinosaur Dig July 5-10, 2010

Hell Creek Formation near Jordan, Mont. See the ad on the back cover.

London and Paris Trip August 13-21, 2010

Make your reservations for eight days and seven nights in two of the greatest cities in the world — London and Paris. The Park University Alumni Association invites its members, family and friends to take advantage of this escorted tour.

5K and Pancake Breakfast October 3, 2010

June 25-27, 2010

Reunion classes ending in “5” and “0,” Men of Chesnut, family picnic and golf outing

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Class notes Alumni



Dorothy Harper Watson, ‘52, Ph.D., celebrated her birthday with colleagues, friends and Park classmates at a dinner on March 12 in Columbia, Mo. The banquet was part of a twoday literacy event, The Dorothy Watson Birthday Conference.

From the Class of 1944, four girls have remained friends for 64 years and probably have maintained the longest round-robin in the history of Park, by keeping in touch with each other three or four times a year by old-fashioned mail. Cherry Kaiser wrote the Alumni Office: “It started after World War II when we were living in public housing on the GI bill at Willow Run Village in Ypsilanti, Mich., while the men were going to the University of Michigan. After their graduation we went our separate ways and started our letters. We are Jean Wolfe Edwards, now living in Beulah, Mich.; Kathryn Paxton Teener, Ashland, Wis.; Marie Pangborn Bedient, Dalton, Maine; and Nina (Cherry) McLaren Kaiser, Bethesda, Md. You can look us up in the 1944 Narva. We have not changed a bit!” Husbands, Jim Teener, ‘44, Phil Bedient, ‘43, and Joachim (Kim) Kaiser, ‘43, were Park students, too.

From left: Jean Wolfe Edwards, Kathryn Paxton Teener, Marie Pangborn Bedient and Nina (Cherry) McLaren Kaiser.

Front row, from left: Donna Spellman Merrill, ‘53, Ph.D.; Bob Merrill, ‘50; Dean Larrick, ‘53; back row, from left: Kathy Lofflin, Ph.D., director of the Dorothy Harper Watson Literacy Center at Park University, and Dorothy Harper Watson, ‘52, Ph.D. Florence Byham Weinberg, ‘54, Ph.D., released the latest addition to her series of Fr. Ignaz Pfefferkorn, S.J., mysteries. The new book, Sonora Wind, is actually the second revised edition of the earlier Sonora Wind, Ill Wind, turning the series into a trilogy. A fourth book is in process. In October 2009, Weinberg gave an invited lecture in German on Pfefferkorn’s life (1725-1798), emphasizing his missionary activity and his prison experience, to the people of his hometown, Unkel-am-Rhein, Germany. She also read an excerpt from the novel-in-progress in German translation.

Harriet Cavert McDaniel, ‘48, and her husband, Clyde, are retired and living in Okemos, Mich. They are busy with gardening activities (including the recent planting of 100 daffodils) and keeping up with the activities of their children and grandchildren. Spring 2010 - 32

Charles and Shirley Howard Linn, both ‘54, were featured in the winter 2009/10 issue of Topeka Magazine. The Linn’s bought a “run-down” farm in Tecumseh, Kan., in 1977. The article highlights the renovation of the 1860s farmstead, which the Linn’s call home and use as a studio for their artistic pursuits. Visit their website at

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1970s Henry Doktorski, ‘78, classical accordion virtuoso, played a program of traditional Polish carols (or “karoldy”) with the 90-member Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra during this past holiday season. Doktorski, who graduated with a major in piano, performs Bach and Beethoven on the hand-pumped reed organ and has played 40 concerts with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and Pittsburgh’s Civic Light Opera Orchestra.

1980s Amnard Vessugunmanugul, ‘80, lives in Bangkok, Thailand, where he owns a furniture factory, Million Industries Co., Ltd. The company makes hotel, hospital and residential furniture. Connect to Vessugunmanugul through the PirateLink online directory. Tim Decker, ‘82, is director of the Missouri Division of Youth Services. The agency has been featured on ABC and public television’s “Visionary” series highlighting a new method for juvenile detention being utilized under Decker’s direction, which has seen surprisingly successful results. See the Visionary video at Rick Gillis, ‘87, has written a job search book, The Real Secret to Finding A Job? Make Me Money or Save Me Money! Gillis coaches and speaks on the subject of employment. His website is

1990s Robin Korogi, ‘91, was appointed as director of the Veterans Affairs Montana Health Care System. Korogi becomes the first woman to hold this position. The Montana VA includes 1,000 employees in 13 outpatient clinics, a 30-bed nursing home and a 50-bed hospital. Korogi is a Desert Storm veteran.

Nancy Hemby Berto, ‘92, was awarded the Governor’s Brightest Star Award in Boise Idaho, in honor of her 30 years of volunteer work in the state. Berto has volunteered with such groups as Camp Fire Inc. as a club leader and camp volunteer, Lions International as an active member in her local club and at the district level as public relations chairperson, and her church. Berto started the first Red Ribbon campaign at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, for Mothers Against Drunk Driving in 1983. Elma Warrick, M.P.A. ‘92, is executive director at HomeFree-USA, Kansas City. She participated in a public forum titled “Neighborhoods and the Foreclosure Crisis: Finding the Way Out.” The event was presented in conjunction with KCPT (Kansas City’s public television station). Tammie Burns, ‘93, is manager of data delivery and translation systems at Fiserv Inc., based in Atlanta, Ga. John Sweat Jr., ‘95, has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Concord, N.C., city council. Sweat has served the community previously through the Historic Preservation Commission and the Planning and Zoning Commission. Felicia Frausto-Medina, ‘96, was appointed deputy county administrator for Yuma County, Ariz. She previously was the director of human resources.

2000s Jacqueline K. Clark, M.P.A., ‘00, received the Roger Yarrington PR Professional of the Year Award from the Kansas City chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Clark is the director of communications and public affairs for Ash Grove Cement Co. Alicia Lewis-Jowels, ‘01, is a mortgage loan officer in the El Paso (Texas) Employees Federal Credit Union’s newly created Mortgage Department. Jowels is a certified credit union executive and has been employed by the credit union for 30 years. Beth McDonald, ‘01, is contracts negotiator for the U.S. Air Force Civil Service in Dayton, Ohio.

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Class notes Alumni 2000s Christina Thomas, ‘01, Army National Guard sergeant first class, has been deployed to serve as a member of the Joint Task Force-Guantanamo, at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Thomas is an intelligence analyst with 13 years of service. Mark Nelson, ‘02, is director of the new safety division of the North Dakota Department of Transportation. Nelson retired in 2009 as superintendent of the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Demetrius Carter, ‘03, ‘07, is supervisor of staffing strategy at Dominion, a leading producer and transporter of energy, based in Richmond, Va. Carter manages a five-person team that recruits at colleges and universities, technical schools and the military. He was featured in an article that appeared in the December 2009 issue of GI Jobs magazine. William Hayes, ‘03, is a realtor with Keller Williams Realty in Austin, Texas. Jennifer Colley, ‘04, is senior brand manager at Sullivan Higdon & Sink, Kansas City, Mo. She was a guest speaker in Park University’s International Business Perspectives class taught by Michael Fitzmorris, assistant professor of international business. Leslie Schultz Turpen, ‘05, is a window covering sales professional at One Stop Decorating, covering the greater Kansas City area. Brian Cazzell, ‘06, is administrative officer of the Geriatrics and Extended Care departments at the North Chicago Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Summer Evans, M.P.A., ‘06, was elected to a second term as the vice president-finance for the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Evans is a client service account executive for GlynnDevins Advertising and Marketing in Overland Park, Kan.

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Heather Hodges Langdon ‘06, has established her own photography and design business. Portraits, wedding and special events are her specialty. Enjoy her work at Merideth Parrish, ‘06, M.P.A. ‘08, is regional public affairs officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region 7, representing Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Parrish is the voice of the Federal Emergency Management Agency when a federally declared disaster strikes those areas. Russell Seidelman, M.B.A., ‘06, was profiled in the November 2009 issue of the Oregon Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Newsletter. Edward Labarge, ‘07, wrote and published Computer Security Guide for Paranoids ( Security_Guide_For_Paranoids/Computers). Labarge is a criminal investigator with the United States Marine Corps. Andrea Brennan, ‘08, created the new branding designs for the Kansas City Meals on Wheels, a nonprofit organization serving the greater Kansas City area. Jill Blake, M.Ed., ‘09, was appointed the head women’s volleyball coach at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant. Blake is a physical education teacher in the Keokuk School District and will continue teaching there while coaching at IWC. John C. Sutton III, ‘09, was chosen as one of 12 new artists to participate in a two-year intensive residency program at the Kansas City Arts Incubator, in the Crossroads area of Kansas City, Mo. His work can be viewed and purchased in his studio at 115 W. 18th Street.

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Ryan Wagner, ‘09, while attending graduate school at Buffalo (N.Y.) State College. is a tech sergeant, C-130 loadmaster with the 136th Airlift Squadron, New York Air National Guard, based in Niagara Falls. From Feb. 11-18, he participated in two relief trips to Haiti, transporting Haitian and American earthquake refugees. Wagner loaded the non-walking, ambulatory patients requiring critical care onto the C-130, cared for them in-flight and assisted medical personnel en route to hospitals in the U.S. Paul Warner, ‘09, is a system engineer on the client support and technology team at XSP. The software company is based in Birmingham, Ala.

Birth Announcements Alisha Coggins-Blackwelder, ‘03, her husband, Brett, and son Harrison, welcomed Henry Kitt Wilson Blackwelder to the family on Dec. 9, 2009. He weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20.5 inches long at birth. Coggins-Blackwelder is the Park University alumni relations and special events coordinator.

Total membership: 2 The La Grange (Texas) Chapter of the Park University Alumni Association held its annual meeting on Feb. 14 at Bistro 108 in La Grange. Michael McCathern, ‘92, was unanimously elected chapter president for the remainder of the calendar year. Also, 100 percent attendance was recorded for this meeting, according to William L. Rogers ‘77, chapter secretary. Apply for membership through

From left: Michael McCathern, ‘92, and William L. Rogers, ‘77.

Donna Gifford Baker, ‘03, M.B.A. ‘04, her husband, Gabriel, and their son, Gabriel Jr., welcomed Taylor Ann Baker into the family on Aug. 19, 2009. Taylor weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20.5 inches long at birth. Baker is the director of budget and purchasing at Park. Teresa, ‘07, and Matt Graves, ‘09, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Asher Matthew Graves, on Sept. 17, 2009, in Blue Springs, Mo. He weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and was 21.5 inches long at birth. Mia Guzman Withington, ‘09, and her husband, Jason, welcomed son, Caiden, into the family on June 8, 2009. He weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 21¼ inches long at birth.

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Park mourns ‘20s Helen Oltman, ‘23 Kalona, Iowa, April 28, 2009

‘30s Norman Purviance, ‘31 Lewiston, Idaho, April 19, 2009 Jerome W. Wilson, x33 Thousand Oaks, Calif., Oct. 27, 2009 Lillian S. Ackley, ‘34 Deerfield, N.J., Feb. 18, 2009 Elizabeth Tipton Gartrell, ‘34 Nesbit, Miss., July 10, 2009 Elizabeth H. Wright, ‘34 Pine River, Minn., Feb. 16, 2009 Helen Cain Hamblin, ‘35 Springfield, Mo., Aug. 10, 2009 Hazel F. Callow Lark, ‘35 Oregon, Mo., Aug. 18, 2009 Frank C. Cox Jr., ‘37 Titusville, N.J., May 17, 2009 Howard P. Hinde, ‘38 Houston, Texas, Jan. 9, 2010 June Wright Gibson, ‘39 Buffalo, N.Y., July 25, 2009 Louise Anschuetz Hinde, ‘39 Houston, Texas, Jan. 2, 2010 Florence Heacock Strange, ‘39 Annapolis, Md., June 5, 2009

‘40s Thomas R. Ross, ‘40 Elkins, W. Va., Oct. 1, 2009 Dorothy Mercer Seaman, ‘40 Woodstock, Va., Sept. 24, 2009

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John R. Smith, ‘40 South Cle Elum, Wash., Jan. 23, 2010 Jeanette Wolfe Allsbury, ‘42 Little Rock, Ark., Aug. 10, 2009 Jane Fogg Carroll, ‘42 Merriam, Kan., Sept. 10, 2009 J. Scott Burger, ’43 Albuquerque, N.M., Jan. 31, 2010 Evelyn Shaw Wager, ‘44 Parkville, Mo., Nov. 30, 2009 Ruth Ann Enlow Bender, ‘49 Midland, Mich., Oct. 1, 2009 Dona Lee Banzett Brandon, ‘49 Davis, Calif., June 16, 2009

‘60s Col. Lewis Lee Millett, ‘63 Idyllwild, Calif., Nov. 14, 2009 John M. Karnes, ‘68 Melbourne, Fla., Nov. 25, 2009 John D. Swensson, ‘68 Colorado Springs, Colo., Dec. 7, 2009 Gerald H. Conner, ‘69 Albany, Ore., Jan. 11, 2010

‘70s George Joseph Caruso, ‘71 Hamilton, N.J., Oct. 4, 2009

Barbara Smith Layman, ‘49 Denver, Colo., Sept. 14, 2009

Harry W. Brinegar, ‘75 Oklahoma City, Okla., May 14, 2009


Thomas C. Parisi, ‘75 Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 18, 2009

John Dewar, ‘50 San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 2, 2010 Albert K. Anderson, ‘51 Whippany, N.J., Sept. 14, 2009 William E. Nill, ‘51 Kansas City, Kan., Dec. 7, 2009 S. Thomas Niccolls, ‘51 Sebring, Ohio, Jan. 10, 2010

Lyman M. Spangler, ‘76 Leavenworth, Kan., Aug. 21, 2009 John T. Schott II, ‘77 Plattsburg, Mo., Dec. 10, 2009 Norman J. Charlton, ‘78 Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 5, 2009 Linda Sue Garlo Manor, ‘79 Debary, Fla., Dec. 13, 2009

David R. Northey, ‘55 Waterloo, Iowa, April 18, 2009


John O. Wells, ‘55 Anna, Ill., Nov. 13, 2009

LW Brannon, ‘82 El Paso, Texas, Feb. 15, 2010

Arthur G. Draper, ‘58 Hermann, Mo., Oct. 14, 2009

Frank Thomas McCall, ‘82 Parkville, Mo., Oct. 4, 2009

Dana Clement Hibbard, ‘58 Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 29, 2009

Paul S. Poeppelmeier, ‘83 Dayton, Ohio, Oct. 11, 2009 William E. Epperson, ‘84 Dayton, Ohio, May 11, 2009

Sharon K. Lewis, ‘85 Aurora, Colo., Dec. 4, 2009 Karen J. Brink, ‘87 Kansas City, Mo., Sept. 19, 2009 David W. Ratcliff, ‘88 Wardensville, W.Va., Nov 2, 2009 Roger B. Besaw, ‘89 Columbia, Md., Oct. 28, 2009

‘90s Gary J. Bevins, ‘91 Joplin, Mo., Sept. 29, 2009 Lyle E. Vogt, ‘93 Gladstone, Mo., Jan. 9, 2010 Retta Ann Sage, ‘99 Tucson, Ariz., Oct. 27, 2009

‘00s John H. Mair, ‘01 Tucson, Ariz., July 2, 2009 Andrea Paul, ‘02 Macon, Ga., Dec. 30, 2009 Michael N. Bigham, ‘03 Clearfield, Utah, Jan. 9, 2009 Lina A. Heap, ‘07 Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 19, 2009

Park celebrates a remarkable life Col. Lewis Lee Millet, ‘63 Idyllwild, Calif. Dec. 15, 1920 – Nov. 14, 2009 Medal of Honor Recipient U.S. Army Col. Lewis Millett was a combatdecorated veteran of three wars: World War II, Korea and Vietnam. While serving in World War II, Millett received a Silver Star for driving a burning ammunition truck away from a group of soldiers before it exploded. During the Korean War, he received the U.S. military’s highest award — the Medal of Honor — in 1951 for leading the last major bayonet charge in Army history. Throughout his 35-year military career, Millet also was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, two Legions of Merits, three Bronze Stars and four Purple Hearts.



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