during spring break
Amanda Miley, a sophomore chemistry and biology major from Independence, and eight other Buena Vista University participants took part in an AWOL (Alternative Week of Off-site Learning) trip during spring break, enabling them to volunteer their time and service with a focus on social, economic, environmental and racial justice issues in New Orleans.
The BVU participants worked with the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal (CELSJR), an organization that acts as a liaison for marginalized communities. Throughout the week, CELSJR put the group in touch with a variety of community organizations. First, participants tended to fields at Grow Dat Youth Farm and helped spread the word about the effects that the proposed Industrial Canal lock expansion could have on community members alongside the organization, A Community Voice.
The BVU participants also volunteered at the Pray the Word, Say the Word youth camp and helped prep reading materials to be shipped to the incarcerated at Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners.
Advisors for this AWOL experience were Jamii Claiborne, associate professor of digital media, and Lori Berglund, assistant director of career and personal development at BVU.
AWOL has sent more than 729 volunteers and completed an estimated 33,756 hours of service worldwide, furthering its mission to immerse students in different cultures, heighten social awareness and advocate life-long social action through service on a local, regional and international level.
To ensure the AWOL program's long-term impact on the student and the Storm Lake community, students research their service areas, identify a local need, serve to understand it better and address it using new skills learned on their AWOL trips and engaging in local service projects.
Four AWOL trips took place this year, with 40 BVU students, faculty and staff participating. The other trips focused on treating injured animals in Hubert, N.C.; sustainable social and economic development in Los Fierros, Nicaragua; and tackling poverty and serving youth in Eagle Butte, S.D.
Lee’s Summit students
honored at Nebraska
A pair of students from Lee’s Summit were among more than 1,900 University of Nebraska students who were honored during individual college celebrations and the All-University Honors Convocation April 23 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln, Neb.
Ethan James Frazier, a junior in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and Elly Glazier, a freshman in Education and Human Sciences, were named High Scholars.
The award goes to students other than Chancellor's Scholars and Superior Scholars who are in the top 10 percent of their class.
Local students, instructors
honored by Park U.
Several local students and instructors were honored for their leadership achievements of Park University students, faculty and staff during the 2016-17 academic year by the Office of Student Life and the Park Student Government Association, which co-hosted the 22th annual Dr. Doris A. Howell Leadership Awards on April 19 on the university’s Parkville Campus. The event is named for Howell, a 1944 Park graduate and an internationally renowned leader in pediatrics and hospice care.
Local students honored included:
Dr. Doris Howell Leadership Awards: This award is given to students who distinguish themselves uniquely as leaders regardless of position or title. Recipients represent the spirit of a Park University by: pursuing integrity in every endeavor; inclusiveness as a global citizen; are responsible and respectful in word, work and conduct; are aware of the implications and rewards of their education; truthful in every action; and excellence in modeling the Park University lifestyle.
• Haley Weatherford, senior business administration/marketing major, Independence (attended Blue Springs South High School).
Outstanding Class Member Awards: This award honors one male and one female student from each class (sophomore, junior and non-graduating senior, based on the number of years enrolled at Park, not by credit hours completed) who best represents their class in service to, and participation in, Park University.
• Logan Trowbridge, junior chemistry major, Blue Springs (attended Blue Springs South High School).
Dusing-Proudfoot Award: This award is given to honor an outstanding contribution by a Park University faculty or staff member. It is named in honor of two former Park University professors, Albert Dusing and Merrill Proudfoot, who worked at Park for more than 20 years each and are respected for their academic and teaching betterment of students.
• John Noren, Ph.D. associate professor of sociology, Blue Springs
inducted into Harding U.
leadership honor society
Alaina Bridges of Independence was inducted into the Harding University circle of Omicron Delta Kappa on April 23 in Searcy, Arkansas.
Omicron Delta Kappa is a national leadership honor society with 293 circles nationwide, comprising of almost 300,000 scholars. Harding University is the only circle in Arkansas.
Bridges, a computer science major, was among the one percent of the student body invited to join the group this spring. Student membership candidates must rank in the upper 35 percent in scholarship of the university and must show leadership in at least one of five areas: scholarship; athletics; campus or community service, social and religious activities, and campus government; journalism, speech and the mass media; and creative and performing arts.
earns academic honor
at Bob Jones U.
Seth Sanders, a junior history major of Independence, was among approximately 500 Bob Jones University students named to the Spring 2017 President's List.
The President's List recognizes students who earn a 3.75 or higher grade point average for the semester at the Christian school in Greenville, South Carolina.
Local students earn
from U. of Kansas
Several local students were among the pproximately 5,400 undergraduate students at the University of Kansas who earned honor roll distinction for the fall 2016 semester at the school in Lawrence, Kan.
The honor roll comprises undergraduates who meet requirements in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and in the schools of Architecture, Design & Planning; Business; Education; Engineering; Health Professions; Journalism; Music; Nursing; Pharmacy; and Social Welfare. Honor roll criteria vary among the university’s academic units. Some schools honor the top 10 percent of students enrolled, some establish a minimum grade-point average, and others raise the minimum GPA for each year students are in school. Students must complete a minimum number of credit hours to be considered for the honor roll.
Local students earning honors included:
• Kaylee Blankenship, Blue Springs, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
• Joshua Dollar, Blue Springs, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
• Jordan Hildenbrand, Blue Springs, School of Engineering
• Vinny Huynh, Blue Springs, School of Architecture, Design & Planning
• Briauna Jurgensmeyer, Blue Springs, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
• Steven Lee, Blue Springs, School of Engineering
• Jordan Malhiot, Blue Springs, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
• Riya Naik, Blue Springs, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
• Alyssa Overfield, Blue Springs, School of Education
• Harper Palmer, Blue Springs, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
• Kalen Vann, Blue Springs, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
• Kiley Weir, Blue Springs, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
• Katherine Canzonere, Independence, School of Health Professions
• Caylee Combs, Independence, School of Nursing
• Grace Devero, Independence, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
• Zachary Kelsay, Independence, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
• Brian Locascio, Independence, School of Music
• Kelli Reinkemeyer, Independence, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
• Robert Sagastume, Independence, School of Social Welfare
• Katrena Smith, Independence, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
• James Tandy, Independence, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
• Ethan Wood, Independence, School of Pharmacy
• Kirsten Kent, Lake Lotawana, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
• Liia Butler, Lee’s Summit, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of the Arts
• Emily Deason, Lee’s Summit, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
• Allyssa DeJarnette, Lee’s Summit, School of Education
• Anna Everson, Lee’s Summit, School of Education
• Olivia Kolar, Lee’s Summit, School of Nursing
• Ian Morby, Lee’s Summit, School of Engineering
• Kyle Rampetsreiter, Lee’s Summit, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
• Paige Seymour, Lee’s Summit, School of Business
• Hannah Sroor, Lee’s Summit, School of the Arts
• James Barham, Lee’s Summit, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
• Kelley Bates, Lee’s Summit, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
• Ashlyn Black, Lee’s Summit, School of Nursing
• Meara Booth, Lee’s Summit, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
• Sydney Gordon, Lee’s Summit, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
• Jessica Halla, Lee’s Summit, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
• Paige Holmes, Lee’s Summit, School of Business
• Paige Matheny, Lee’s Summit, School of Nursing
• Jorden Nardozzi, Lee’s Summit, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
• Ethan Ravencamp, Lee’s Summit, School of Business
• Rachel Roberts, Lee’s Summit, School of Architecture, Design & Planning
• Kaleb Rupe, Lee’s Summit, School of Business
• Rachel Young, Lee’s Summit, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
• David Easley, Raytown, School of Engineering
• James Oberholtz, Raytown, School of Business
inducted into Phi Kappa
Phi Honor Society
Kassidy Wilson of Independence was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Wilson is pursuing a degree in animal science at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Wilson is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.
– Compiled by Karl Zinke