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Three student artists’ work to be exhibited at Park University

Paintings by Park University student Yubo Zheng are part of the student art exhibit at Campanella Gallery this month.
Paintings by Park University student Yubo Zheng are part of the student art exhibit at Campanella Gallery this month. Photo provided

Artwork by three Park University fine art students will exhibited at school’s Campanella Gallery through the month of May. An artists’ reception is planned from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on May 11 in the gallery.

Admission to the gallery is free.

Students featured in the exhibit and their medium are Kansas Citians Kealy Houlahan, wooden bowls; and Stevie Smith, watercolors along with Yubo Zheng of Wuhan, China, paints in oil and acrylic.

Hours at the Campanella Gallery vary. Through May 12, the hours are 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. on Saturday; and 4 to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. From May 13 to May 31, the hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Campanella Gallery, which is located inside Park’s Norrington Center, will be closed May 28 for Memorial Day.

Urban League president to deliver commencement address

Gwendolyn Grant, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, will speak May 12 during Park University’s Commencement .

There are 628 students eligible for commencement, which begins at 10 a.m. inside Community of Christ Auditorium at 1001 W. Walnut in Independence.

Grant, an alumni of Park, has led the Urban League since 2001. She is also the founder of Destination: Wealth Creation, an educational program designed to create wealth in urban communities; as well as Personal Pathways to Powerful Leadership for Women. She is president of the Kansas City, Mo., School District Buildings Corporation Board of Directors, and Park University’s Civic Advisory Council.

Historical society inducts new officers

Paula York has been elected president of the Platte County Historical Society. She was among several new officers and directors sworn in April 22 at the annual spring dinner meeting.

Other elected officers are: Phil Schroeder, first vice president; Lynn Cassity, second vice president; Sue Hurd, third vice president; Kenneth Klamm, executive secretary; Alan York, treasurer; Rebecca Bauer, assistant treasurer; and Anne Jones, immediate past president.

Members who were elected to serve three-year terms as directors are Lisa Wittmeyer, Matthew Silber, Sharon Aring, and Bill Hillix.

Route DD bridge closed

The Missouri Department of Transportation has closed the Route DD Bridge over Wilkerson Creek near Smithville Lake through May 18 for utility work.

Detour signs will direct drivers to Litton Way, a seven-minute detour, said Markl Johnson with MODOT.

Work is weather dependent and motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones.

Mad science, music and soccer camps

Children are invited to enroll now in several summer camps sponsored by Gladstone Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department.

Mad Science Fridays classes for 6- to 12 year-olds include Jr. Engineers, June 8; Crazy Chemistry, June 22; Radical Robots, June 29, and Machine Mania, June 13.

Classes are $32 each and take place from 9 a.m. to noon.

Musical Theatre Summer Youth Camp is June 25-29. The camp will include drama, games and a performance of “Jolly Roger,” an original musical about Peter Pan and Captain Hook. It is for children ages 7-14 and costs $150 for community center members or $175 for nonmembers.

British Soccer Camp will be offered twice — June 4-8 and July 23-27 — with sessions planned for three different age groups. The cost for the program, which is offered through Challenger Sports, ranges from $90-$185.

Register for camps at the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes, by visiting www.activityreg.com, or call 816-423-4200 for more information.

Compiled by Norma King, Special to The Star