New VP at Park
Rebekkah Stuteville is the new associate vice president of academic affairs at Park University. Stuteville began her duties on July 1.
She previously served as director of Park’s Master of Public Affairs program and as chair and associate professor of public administration.
In her new position Stuteville will lead the university’s academic affairs office, administrators, faculty, staff; as well as oversee academic planning and implementation.
Park has 18,700 students at 41 campus centers in the United States and online, including many international students.
Prior to coming to Park in 2008, Stuteville worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for 17 years where she was responsible for monitoring regulatory compliance and providing technical assistance for HUD’s community development programs with cities, states and nonprofits in Kansas and western Missouri.
She serves on the board of the Homeless Services Coalition of Greater Kansas City and has been a board member of the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration which honored her with the Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Academic Leadership Award.
Musicians to perform at Zona Rosa
Zona Rosa will host a talent showcase for the Platte County Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 18 featuring country artist Matt Snook who appeared on “The Voice” and became part of Team Blake.
Other entertainers who will perform at the Zona Rosa Town Square, 8640 N. Dixson Ave, Kansas City, North, are Yardogs, Outlaw Jim and the Whiskey Benders, Frisk, The Chambers Family Band, Merritt Whitley and Abe Reddekopp. Area amateur performers also will perform.
The 2015 Platte County Fair Queen candidates will also be introduced.
Drawings for free fair tickets are planned.
The Platte County Fair is July 22-25 at the fairgrounds at Tracy, Mo.
Gospel Music Heritage
Jeff Lane and Made Worthy will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Gospel Music Heritage, 102 Lewis St., Edgerton.
The quartet sings Southern Gospel Music.
A free will offering will be taken. Call 816-858-5512 or go to www.gospelmusicheritage.net for information.
Yoga In The Park
Gladstone Parks and Recreation is offering outdoor yoga classes beginning July 25 at Oak Grove Park Amphitheatre.
The classes will be led by Rex Moore, a certified yoga professional. Cost of the five week session is $14.
Register at www.activityreg.com or call 816-423-4088.
Observatory Open House
A Friday viewing of the planet Saturn is planned at the Pillsbury Observatory at William Jewell College from 9:30-10:30 p.m.
July marks the completion of the 21st year of viewings at the observatory under the direction of Charles Geilker, retired professor of physics and astronomy at Jewell in Liberty.
According to Geilker, Saturn’s rings are tilted at 24 degrees and will be clearly visible through the telescope.
No formal program is planned; visitors are welcome to come anytime during the hour to look through the 14- inch Celestron telescope and also view Liberty and the skyline of Kansas City from the balcony.
Access to Pillsbury Observatory is through the White Science Center. Visitors should take the elevator to the fourth floor. There is a 50-step climb to the dome.
No open house is planned for August, however, Geilker reminds everyone that the Perseid Meteor Shower is Aug. 12 and can be observed well from a dark location without a telescope that evening.
Gladstone Movie In The Park
Gladstone plans to show its first summer Movie in the Park Friday at the Gladstone Amphitheatre in Oak Grove Park.
The Disney film “WALLE-E” will be shown at 9 p.m. unless it is rained out.
The movie is free. Movie viewers can bring blankets, chairs, food and drinks. No alcohol is allowed. Concessions will be sold.
Family Day at Smithville
The Ninth Annual Smithville Christian Family Day is 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 25 in downtown Smithville.
Christian Family Day is the Nehemiah Festival Pep Rally, according to David Lin, festival founder.
“It’s just a great day for family or individuals,” Lin said. “Because we are Christians it does take on a Christian world view. People know that they aren’t going to have trash music; it’s going to be family friendly music; there won’t be a beer garden. If they are looking for things to do that any age can enjoy it from 2 to 90 they know they are going to find wholesome entertainment, a positive environment.”
Twelve bands will play music throughout the day ranging from jazz to rock to hip hop and blues.
“The music’s all the same, it’s just the content. The lyrical content is what makes it Christian, it’s not the music itself,” Lin said.
Bands performing include: Alex Sons & 2819 Crew, Bearing Armor, Whosoever Will, Jeannie Furst & Furst Light, The Center State, 9th Hour, Lester Estelle, Sr. & Friend. For a complete schedule go to http://www.christianfamilyday.org.
More than 95 vendors have registered for the event. Children’s activities are planned and food will be sold.
The Nehemiah Festival is scheduled Sept. 18-20 at Smiths Fork Park, Smithville. For information on the Nehemiah Festival go to www.nehemiahfest.com or call Lin at 816-645-1982.
| Norma King, Special to The Star