The Ellen Finley Earhart Department of Nursing Program at Park University, initiated in 1987, is designed to provide career mobility for licensed practical nurses seeking to transition into the role of registered nurse. Our accelerated degree program enables a qualified LPN to obtain an associate degree in nursing in 10 months. In addition, graduates are prepared to take the Registered Nurse Licensure Exam and pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Also, students already working with an ADN can complete an online-only BSN completion program.
Park’s nursing program always has the short-term goal of maintaining or improving our students’ ability to become licensed upon graduation, which requires passing licensure exams. Over the past five years, more than 95 percent of our students have passed their licensure exam. The program aims to continue to meet or exceed our students’ track record of success, and is transitioning to a four-year BSN degree program. We are currently seeking accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing for a 100-student BSN program to accept students beginning in the Fall 2016 semester.
Long-term success of the Ellen Finley Earhart Department of Nursing Program will be determined by the University’s ability to provide more career development opportunities for alumni, and by its ability to serve a greater number of students in years to come.
Program success is monitored by several metrics including:
The nursing program has been so successful in recent years, that even with a recent expansion, the University has more qualified applicants annually than we can accept into the program. The stage is set for additional growth and continued excellence as Park prepares to transition to a full four-year BSN program with increased faculty and improved facilities. The increased number of accepted students will help fill critical vacancies in the workforce doing a job that’s important to us all: caring for patients. The nursing program is also a member of the National League for Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
The International Center for Music at Park University offers the following degrees and certificates: Master of Music in Piano/String Performance, Graduate Certificate in Music Performance, Graduate Artist Diploma in Music Performance, Bachelor of Arts in Music and an Undergraduate Artist Certificate in Music Performance, which is a two-year certificate program designed for students pursuing a non-degree course of study concentrating on performance. Park students receive individualized instruction on multiple music genres ranging from classical to jazz, including music by living composers.
The International Center for Music will continue to attract and educate talented young musicians who launch their musical careers at Park University. Current and future students will continue to receive international music competition awards and other national and international recognition for their performances.
The International Center for Music's long-term success will be judged in part by the increased number of full-tuition scholarships the University is able to provide its student musicians. This will ensure that student admission is based solely on artistic promise, which in turn, will foster better audience development for the Center's concert series in the future.
Stanislav Ioudenitch, gold medalist of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and founder of the ICM, envisions elevating the already impressive reputation of the Center to the highest possible standard of musical performance. Ultimately, the success of the International Center for Music is monitored by our students’ level of performance in their studios and on stage, especially as our students continue to attract more dedicated audience members.
Behzod Abduraimov, ICM artist-in-residence continues to tour internationally as a soloist in the great concert halls of the world. In addition, Daniel Radzynski was recently chosen as concertmaster for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Park Warrior Center embodies Park’s commitment to our nation’s wounded warriors, including those injured in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. The Center is designed to holistically assist returning service members with physical and mental health disabilities as they work toward accomplishing their educational and career goals. The PWC provides:
Short term goals for the Park Warrior Center include:
Long-term, the PWC will help countless service members who were injured in the course of duty to transition from military life into higher education, transition to the degree program of their choice, complete that degree program and go on to begin their chosen profession with the knowledge and tools necessary for success.
The success of the Park Warrior Center is measured by course completion rates, program persistence rates and student surveys administered before and after enrollment to gauge students’ progress toward their personal, educational and career goals. As more and more students enroll in the PWC, the Center will also have enough data to measure success by matriculation and graduation rates.
While the number of casualties in recent conflicts has gone down, the number of service members returning from duty either physically or mentally changed is on the rise. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Defense, 98 percent of troops seeking help for emotional issues are returned back to their units. Soldiers who serve on multiple tours are 50 percent more likely to develop acute combat stress.
Dr. Ehrlich joined Park in 2011 as assistant professor in the Master of Healthcare Administration program within the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs. He was quickly identified by many as a leader and by 2014-15, he was elected to his second term as president of the Faculty Senate. In addition to his service on the Faculty Senate, Dr. Ehrlich has served or is currently serving on the Student Service Model Task Force, the Graduate Academic Council, the University-wide Academic Program Review, the Retention Task Force and the Budget Advisory Task Force. He earned his Doctor of Education in healthcare leadership from the College of St. Mary in Omaha, Neb., after earning an undergraduate degree in human resources management and a Master of Business Administration from Friends University in Wichita, Kan.
Prior to joining Park, he was assistant professor at the College of St. Mary, dean of the School of Professional Studies at Peru State College, director of assessment at Midland University, vice president of institutional research and assessment at Clarkson College and an assistant professor at Friends University.
In addition to his experience in, and understanding of, higher education, he brings good business acumen from his previous experience as a project manager in finance knowledge management for Sprint Corp., as an internal consultant with Boeing on process re-engineering and business models, and as clinic administrator for clinics in corporate settings with business management in health care in Winfield, Kan.
Roger P. Dusing serves Park University as associate vice president and chief human resource officer, directing the human resources and payroll operations for the University, as well as serving as Park's Title IX officer. In addition, he represents the University on the board of the Kansas City Professional Development Council, a consortium of area schools providing faculty and staff development programming.
Dusing joined Park in 2011 after 30 years as a human resources executive and consultant for several Kansas City area businesses. He has literally been on the University’s Parkville Campus his entire life as a student, adjunct faculty member and son of two of Park’s longest tenured employees.
Dusing earned a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Bradley University. He is currently a doctoral student pursuing a degree in business with a concentration in human resources from Northcentral University. Dusing is the board chair for Benilde Hall, a program in Kansas City, Mo., providing housing and treatment to homeless men with addiction and mental health issues. He was recognized as Human Resources Executive of the Year by American Business Media in 2008, and he is the author of I'm Fired?!? A Business-Fable About the Challenges of Losing One Job and Finding Another, a book on job search techniques.
Prior to arriving at Park, McCormack was the assistant vice chancellor of advancement for development at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. While at UMKC, McCormack directed the University’s first-ever nine-figure capital campaign, raising $202.6 million. In addition, she conducted six- and seven-figure campaign solicitations, including one of $5 million. Prior to her ascent to the assistant vice chancellor position, McCormack also served UMKC as the senior director of campaign planning and principal gifts, managing the development of strategies and delivery of solicitation to major prospects for gifts between $100,000 and $35 million., as well as managing campaign special events and coordinating fundraising for scholarship programs. Additionally at UMKC, McCormack held the titles of director of student affairs advancement, and manager of alumni and development in the School of Law, where she directed the administration of the UMKC Law Foundation, a $2.4 million endowment. McCormack’s career in fundraising began with the Heart of America United Way as the campaign assistant director, where she raised more than $3.8 million through targeted efforts.
Prior to her second stint at UMKC, McCormack was the director of marketing and client services at the law firm of Polsinelli, White, Vardeman and Shalton, P.C., in Kansas City, Mo., and she was the manager of community and public relations at Gateway 2000 in Kansas City. While at PWVS, McCormack developed the firm’s marketing initiatives, as well as its advertising and public relations efforts. At Gateway 2000, McCormack managed the company’s marketing and charitable giving programs, in addition to directing its corporate public relations activities employee communication programs and TIF administration.
McCormack is or has been a member of several organizations, including the Downtown Council of Kansas City, where she serves on the Business Retention and Attraction Committee, the United Negro College Fund Kansas City Board of Advisors, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and the Safehome Capital Campaign Steering Committee. She is a former president and board of director member of the Southtown Council, and former treasurer and board member of Safehome.
McCormack received her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from UMKC. She is also a graduate of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Centurion Leadership Program. In addition, she has been recognized by UMKC as a 2001 Community Champion and with the Law Foundation Service Award.
Prior to joining Park, Van Hoesen was general counsel and chief financial officer of a telecommunications company. He began his career path as an associate with the accounting firm CBIZ, and later moved to the local accounting firm House, Park, Dobratz and Wiebler in the role of audit manager.
Shane Smeed was appointed vice president of enrollment and student services at Park University in September 2015. Smeed has more than 17 years of experience in higher education, holding a variety of positions, including director of admissions, dean of enrollment management and vice president of admissions. In his role at Park, Smeed will provide strategic and operational leadership to a department that includes the deans and directors of enrollment, student financial services, international student admissions and services, student services, campus center operations and athletics.
Prior to joining Park University, Smeed served as vice president of admissions at Kaplan University, vice president and chief operating officer of Ottawa (Kan.) University, metro president for DeVry University’s Kansas City campuses and inventory planner for the Boeing Co. in its materials management division.
Smeed is pursuing a doctorate degree in higher education administration from St. Louis University. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Keller Graduate School of Management and holds a bachelor’s degree in business operations from DeVry Institute of Technology.
Roger W. Hershey, J.D., L.L.M., vice president for entrepreneurial ventures, joined Park University in 1995 as a member of the Board of Trustees, and served as board chair from 2001 to 2003. In 2004, he became vice president and general counsel, and assistant secretary to the Board. He served the University in this capacity until 2014 before assuming his current position.
Hershey became a member of the Missouri Bar in 1970 after which he served active duty as a lieutenant, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve, from 1970-74. He then practiced law in Butler and Independence, Mo., was an assistant vice president for estate and financial planning at UMB Bank N.A. and served as executive vice president of Asbury Land Title Inc. and its escrow company. Hershey was president and a founding shareholder and director of King Hershey P.C., a Kansas City real estate development law firm established in 1988 until he was employed by Park.
Hershey received his Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) from Graceland University, a Juris Doctor (with distinction) in 1970 and a Master of Laws with a concentration in corporate and commercial law in 1976 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. For over 20 years Hershey has been AV Rated by his peers through the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review System. An active participant in economic development, civic and nonprofit groups, Hershey serves on various committees and boards across the Kansas City community, including the Economic Development Corporation (Parkville, Mo.), Enhanced Enterprise Zone (Independence, Mo.), License Surcharge Annual Review Committee, Indy Energy, Park Commission (Independence, Mo.), The Great Rivers Environmental Law Center and The Dominion Home Owners Association Inc.
Rebekkah Stuteville, Ph.D., was appointed interim provost in September 2015. Previously, Stuteville served as associate vice president of academic affairs for the University, as well as director of Park’s Master of Public Affairs program within the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs, and chair and associate professor of public administration. In her current role, Stuteville will organize and facilitate the Office of the Provost.
Prior to joining Park in 2008, Stuteville worked as a federal civil servant for 17 years at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development where she was responsible for monitoring regulatory compliance issues and provided technical assistance on HUD’s housing and community development programs of cities, states and nonprofit organizations in Kansas and western Missouri.
Stuteville earned her doctorate in political science and public administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2004. She also received both her Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Arts degree in political science from UMKC.
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