Doing Good On Spring Break

Most college students are eager to get as far away from school and work as possible on spring break, traveling to exotic locales, finding ways to relax and generally unplugging from the rush of class. The Park University Office of Global Education and Study Abroad has a way to help with its Alternative Spring Break program. Open to students, faculty, staff and other members of the Park family, the March 8-15 trip returns to Guatemala for the third consecutive year. Applications are now being accepted for the trip, with a submission deadline of Dec. 1, 2013.

Returning to the community of Pananatic, volunteers will help with a wide range of activities. Park’s nursing students will work with local leaders to enhance medical care in the area. They will help provide primary health care to families in the area and perform general health care assessments. Many of the families in the area have no medical history available, so this is an invaluable service for them.

Other volunteers on the trip will help with a variety of activities throughout the community. From installing water filters and cooking stoves as part of an ongoing effort to improve water sanitation and hygiene to helping with de-worming campaigns to assisting with reforestation activities, volunteers will be kept busy during the day.

For more information, or to download an application packet, visit the Alternative Spring Break page at or contact the Global Education and Study Abroad office at 816-584-6580.

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Guest Lecturer Excerpt – Lonnie Lawton

Among the opportunities students in the School of Business at Park University enjoy is outstanding access to business leaders from one of the leading entrepreneurial communities in the country. Park recently welcomed Jim McGraw for a Business Roundtable discussion, and Helzberg Diamonds CFO Lonnie Lawton was featured as a guest lecturer for the October GEMBA cohort on Monday night.

Check out an excerpt of Mr. Lawton’s remarks from last night:

Honoring The Fallen

As part of Park University’s annual Veterans Week, the Park Warrior Center honors the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice of service by reading the names of the fallen from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Beginning at 9 a.m., volunteers took turns outside of Thompson Commons, reading the names of service members killed in action. In a brisk and chilly wind, the volunteers read for more than five hours, recognizing the 6,000-plus service members from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.

At the end of the reading, PFC Justin Love honored the fallen on behalf of the entire Park community, calling for the playing of Taps.

Park Honors Veterans With Week Of Activities

Park University will be closed on Monday recognizing Veterans Day and will continue the celebration of those who have served with activities throughout the week.

English Landing Park plays host to the first of the week’s activities, as the Department of Military and Veteran Student Services sponsors the Wounded Warrior Patriot 5K/10K Run at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The registration fee of $15 includes a t-shirt, with trophies awarded to the top three finishers in both the 5K and 10K race. Runners interested in the race can download the registration form and bring it to the Park Warrior Center or to English Landing Park.

On Wednesday, Park will honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice of service, with a reading of names outside of Thompson Commons. From 9 a.m. to noon, volunteers will share the names of those killed in action during Operation Enduring Freedom.

A Veterans Resource Fair concludes the week’s activities on Thursday. Area organizations that assist veterans, including Catholic Charities and Angel Paws, as well as a vocational rehabilitation counselor to assist military and veteran students.

For more information on any of these events, contact the Department of Military and Veteran Student Services at 816-584-6530 or email

Shadow Day Offers Glimpse Into The Real World

For many students, the choice of a major or career path isn’t perfectly clear as they enter college. Others are certain of their path and are looking for additional experience to help them as they enter the workforce following graduation. Park University’s Rotaract club offers students the opportunity to fulfill both of these needs through its annual Shadow Day, scheduled for November 15th.

In cooperation with the Parkville and Gladstone chapters of Rotary International, Park’s Shadow Day gives students first-hand knowledge of the day-to-day expectations of a variety of professions. The day opens with an introductory lunch, where students have the opportunity to network not only with their chosen mentor but also with other professionals in the community. In the afternoon, the mentors take students through the day-to-day work of their chosen profession.

Among the professions with Rotary members volunteering their time this year are: Financial Planner, Professor, Veterinarian, Architect, Agriculture/Farmer, Engineering/Controls, County Commissioner,  Life Insurance Agent, Bank Loan Officer/Branch Manager, Real Estate Agent, Travel Agency Owner/Manager, Architect, Chief Financial Officer – Auto Group, Military Career/Airport Administration, Bank Officer/Branch Manager, University Administrator, Certified Public Accountant.

For more information about this year’s Shadow Day, contact Park Rotaract president Esther Tokognon or call Park Student life at 816-584-6377. To register for Shadow Day, download and complete the 2013 Shadow Day Student Contract and return it to the Student Life office by Friday, November 8.