Pirate Profile Series – Dr. Patty Ryberg

Over the next few months, we’ll be introducing you to several of the faculty and staff that make Park University a great place to study.

Leading off our Pirate Profile Series is Dr. Patty Ryberg, assistant professor of biology. Dr. Ryberg has been a part of two expeditions to Antarctica, collecting more than six tons of specimens across the two trips. Most recently, she was also awarded a National Science Foundation grant to help fund undergraduate research opportunities for Park University students. Thanks to Dr. Ryberg for sitting down to chat with us.

Pirate Profile Series

Over the next few months, we’d like to introduce you to some of the great people that make Park University a great place to work and learn. But first, we’d like to introduce you to Heather Elwing-Dixon. Heather is a senior at Park, and she has had the opportunity to sit down with several members of our faculty and staff and get to know the side you may not see in the classroom. We’re looking forward to sharing these interviews with you.

This CRAZY Excuse Kept A Student From Going To College

They’re everywhere. You might have heard one or two from friends or co-workers, or perhaps you’ve even used one on yourself. Yep. Excuses to not attend college are everywhere.

At Park University, we want to help you get out of your own way and just GO FOR IT! Here’s just a few of the excuses we’ve heard recently:
“Campus squirrels are too aggressive.”
“I’m going to be famous instead.”
“I can’t find my car.”
“My highlighter dried out.”
“I’m currently preoccupied with hunting Sasquatch.”
“I just keep forgetting.”

Sure, these excuses are a bit over-the-top, but they’re just like every other excuse out there.

An excuse.

Give us a call (888-214-9941) and let one of our Excuse Abatement Specialists help you, or visit park.edu/goforit to get started today.

Making The Awesome Happen

Whether on the late news in Kansas City, Austin and El Paso, on Monday Night Football, or during the Kansas City Royals’ impressive run through the American League playoffs, you might have caught the lead commercial in our “Go For It” campaign. We had a lot of fun shooting that entire campaign – check all of the commercials out here – with our friends at 160over90 and Fueld Films.

But we would be remiss in not recognizing the entire outstanding crew that helped make that shoot a reality. Thanks to the folks below for their hard work! (And make sure you check out the links for the Kansas City local folks.)

Director (June 11/12) – David Quinn
Director/Director of Photography (June 10) – Munn Powell
Executive Producers – Brady Anderton, Summer Finley Kelly
Producer – Barry Heaps
Production Manager – Erin Malloy
Production Coordinator – Kathie Krieger
First Ass’t Director – Tres Falls
Director of Photography (June 11/12) – Chris Muir
First Assistant Camera – Tom Pease
Second Assistant Camera/Digital Imaging Technician – Emily Herold
Steadicam Operator – Scott Jolley
Gaffer – Scott Childers
Key Grip – Nick Hughes
Best Boy (Electric) – Justin Browning
Best Boy (Grip) – Alex Fischer
Swing – Karen Fogelsong
Art Director/Location Scout – Bryan Mangan
Art Assistant – Tammy Peek
VTR – James Moore
Scripty – Terri Montgomery
Wardrobe – Sarah Lift
Wardrobe Ass’t – Chance Parsons
Hair/Makeup – Sharon Sullivan
Craft Service – Cody Wyatt, Cool Guy Foods
Office Production Assistant – Mike Neu
Production Assistants – Bridget Heimsoth, Steven Bartkoski, Julia Barnett, Cydney Carl

Bringing The Job Hunt To You

One of the most daunting and time-consuming tasks that students face both during college and after is finding their dream job. But as one of the pilot schools for Briefcase, Park University is making the job search as easy as responding to a text message.

Growing out of the college experiences of co-founders (and Kansas City natives) Caleb Phillippi and Nick Mallare, Briefcase is a student-centered platform that helps cut through much of the red tape of the job search process. Students can set up a profile that contains all of the basics – personal information, educational history, work history and relevant skills – and then use that profile to apply to jobs throughout the country and around the world with as little as one click.

“Looking at what we were offered as students, there were some really amazing tools and services that we could have taken advantage of but didn’t,” said Phillippi. “When I looked at the website and looked at the software that was provided for jobs and applications, I thought, ‘This is awful…’ and I had a very bad first impression before I ever went into the office.”

Photo of Briefcase founders Nick Mallare (l) and Caleb Phillippi

After a less-than-great experience with career services offices during their college careers, Nick Mallare (l) and Caleb Phillippi launched a new, student-focused platform that will change the way you apply for jobs.

Briefcase, on the other hand, is designed to be the best possible experience for the student. After a student’s Park University connection is verified, the platform walks step-by-step through the process of creating a job-seeker’s profile. Through a series of questions, a student can build their resume, including education, work history, other experience and relevant skills. If a student has a LinkedIn profile, it’s even easier – Briefcase can just import and adapt it.

Once a student has a profile, the search process is pretty straightforward.

“If you want a marketing job and want to work in TV, it would be ‘TV Marketing,’ ‘Broadcast Marketing,’ etc.,” said Mallare. “After you’ve done a few searches and found jobs that you like, you can click on apply. It will ask you to verify your personal information and then choose which resume you’d like to send based on some templates that we provide, and a cover letter if you choose. Then you click submit and it’s done. In the background, we do all of the necessary work to get the application into the applicant tracking system.”

Briefcase’s application process is great in terms of efficiency, allowing students to use one profile to apply for jobs across a number of different companies instead of entering the same data multiple times.

“One of the things we noticed up front was that there were great processes for tracking applications on the employer side,” said Mallare. “Why can’t we duplicate that on the employee side and allow students to set up their profile once and then apply to any job that they wanted to?”

But where the system truly shines is in the access promised to students.

The original kernel of the Briefcase platform was to create an applicant tracking system that worked for applicants instead of for the employers. Through discussions with entrepreneurs and business mentors in the Kansas City area, and impacted by their time with the Spark Lab KC accelerator, the idea grew. As an aggregator, Briefcase has access to jobs – both listed and unlisted – across the country and throughout the world.

“There are jobs that a student could theoretically find on a job board, and there are jobs that a student couldn’t find unless they had an existing relationship with a company’s recruiter,” said Phillippi. “The applicant tracking systems we partner with post jobs all over the country, and even a few international opportunities.”

Not only will students have access to a very deep pool of opportunities, each of those opportunities will be a real lead. Before publishing an opportunity for students to look at, Briefcase verifies each listing to ensure that it is a legitimate and active opportunity.

Possibly the biggest benefit to students, however, is the Briefcase matching algorithm. From the student profile – resume, major, experience, etc. – and the searches that a student executes, Briefcase will be able to recommend jobs that are a strong fit for each particular student. The algorithm is even designed to learn from the search results that students aren’t interested in to tailor the fit.

And not content to just make the jobs easy to find, Briefcase’s soon-to-be-released apps will bring the jobs to students in real time.

“Once the opportunity makes it through our filters, a student will receive a notification on their phone or through email,” said Phillippi. “Sitting in the back of class, they’ll be able to scroll down, click on the notification, select the resume they want to use to apply and send it off, then get back to taking diligent notes and paying attention.”

Visit park.briefca.se to set up your profile today!

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The 10 Things You Should Do In College (6-10)

Last week we shared the first five things on a great to-do list from real-life zombie scholar Sarah Lauro, Ph.D., and this week we’ve got numbers 6-10 on that list. Dr. Lauro originally shared these 10 recommendations to recent high school graduates in The Huffington Post. With her blessing, we share not only her advice, but also a road map to help you find it on our Parkville campus!

If you haven’t read the first five tips on the list, you should check them out here. (We’ll wait.)

6. Meet with your academic adviser
Undergraduate CatalogLet’s be honest – even though we try our best to be clear with our programs and degree requirements, parsing the nearly 400 pages of our undergraduate catalog can be tough. Lucky for you, there is an ally in your corner ready to help. Under the student tab in the MyPark portal, go to the Transcript (Unofficial) link; call our enrollment services office at 877-505-1059; or stop in at Norrington Hall. Your adviser will help keep you on track to successfully navigate the prerequisites and course progressions in order to graduate on time.

7. Go abroad
No matter whether you only have time to join one of Park’s Alternative Break programs or are able to spend an entire semester abroad, it’s worth it. Visit Park’s Global Education and Study Abroad office for more info!

8. Read the news
Real news, not just the random blogs you find online. As we mentioned last week, the ability to think critically is at the heart of Park University’s mission and embodied in our core values. Understanding the difference between actual journalism and pure opinion is an important skill, as is the ability to identify biases in coverage that you see. The Center for Global Peace Journalism is an excellent resource, one we’re happy to call our own.

9. Develop the art of conversation

Students, faculty and staff mingle at the weekly Coffee and Doughnuts, sponsored by Park StudentLife.

Students, faculty and staff mingle at the weekly Coffee and Doughnuts, sponsored by Park StudentLife.

Even though your generation is one of the most connected ever to electronic devices (a recent study suggests that 53% of 18-24 year olds NEVER unplug), there is something to be said for experiencing your personal interactions directly, without any filter. What better way to do that than over coffee and doughnuts? Every Wednesday, from 9-11 a.m., Pirate Grounds turns into a hub of conversation opportunities. Introduce yourself to someone new!

And Coffee and Doughnuts isn’t your only opportunity to meet someone new. Take a chance before or after your class, as you stroll across campus, or at one of the many campus events to break the ice!

10. Go to Office Hours
Even though Park prides itself on offering smaller classes and more interaction with professors, we know it can be intimidating to ask questions. ALL of our faculty offer you the opportunity to meet one-on-one, whether it’s by a posted schedule or through arranging an appointment. And although we’ve introduced it with a class connection here, office hours are also a great way to build relationships with your professors that will help you as you transition into the job market after graduation or as you continue your education.

You might even get to see a completely different side of your professor during office hours.

As you earn your degree from Park University and join the ranks of proud Pirate alumni, we hope you take full advantage of the real-life learning opportunities that we offer outside the classroom as well. Welcome to Park!

The 10 Things You Should Do In College (1-5)

As we get ready to welcome our students back for the start of the fall semester, we’d like to share a little bit of advice on how to get the most out of college. It comes by way of a to-do list from Sarah Lauro, Ph.D., in which she shared 10 recommendations to recent high school graduates. After its publication in The Huffington Post, we reached out to Dr. Lauro – who is a real-life zombie scholar, by the way – for her blessing as we share not only her advice, but also a road map to help you find it on our Parkville campus!

Without further ado, here’s the first five on her top 10 list, and we’ll be back next week with the rest!

1. Learn to use the library
1502609_416839065110926_324608368_oAlthough we stop short of delivering the books to you directly, Park makes it easy to learn how to make the most of the library. You can find help online (Ask A Librarian live chat, video tutorials and research guides) but the in-person experience is also top notch. We’ve got more than a quarter million volumes in our collections, along with the Fishburn Archives and the Campanella Art Gallery. And if you’re just looking for a place to study solo or meet with your group, we’ve got you covered.

2. Attend campus-sponsored events
The Park Student Activities Board and Park StudentLife put on hundreds of events throughout the year. From fun social events like the Foam Party to cultural sharing events like ISAS Culture Hour and the Coming to America series to our weekly Coffee and Doughnuts, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding an event to suit your fancy.


3a. Learn political views that are different than your parents
Although we have grown quite a bit since our founding in 1875, Park University’s origins as a liberal arts college continue to shape our expectations today. We hope that your education at Park will challenge you to think critically – indeed, it’s at the heart of our mission statement – and help you grow.
3b. Protest something
This isn’t just about politics, although it’s definitely related. If you have an opinion – on anything, really – don’t be afraid to share it.

4. Develop an appreciation for coffee
We definitely have this one covered. Right here on campus, Pirate Grounds serves great coffee from The Roasterie, a Kansas City-area icon whose CEO, Danny O’Neill, has been a big supporter of Park University as a member of the Board of Trustees. And just down the hill is another coffee shop you might have seen in the newsParkville Coffee. If you’re looking for unique, freshly-roasted coffee, you won’t find it fresher than here.

5. Use campus resources to improve yourself
Obviously we’ve mentioned the library, but Park also has a number of other resources to assist in your personal and professional growth. Even if you’re not using financial aid to help with tuition, the Financial Literacy Center can help you start your adult life with a healthy plan for financial success. Our Career Development Center will show you how to find the right internships and professional opportunities while in school and help you make a smooth transition at graduation. Health and wellness is also important, and our (FREE!) Pirate Fitness centers across campus as well as the Meritas Health Clinic in Copley Quad have you covered!

Come back next week as we share the last five tips on the list, and welcome to Park!