Park University Lights Up Mackay Hall

As the fireworks finale of the Parkville Fourth of July Celebration came to an end, Park University’s historic Mackay Hall was lit up in LED red, white and blue lights to honor “Old Glory.”

The lights, permanently installed by DuraComm Lighting, a Kansas City, Mo., based business, will allow the University to showcase the iconic building during the overnight hours every day. The default lighting on Mackay Hall will be white, but Park will light the building with appropriate colored lighting for holidays and traditions, such as Christmas and Halloween; canary and wine (Park’s official school colors) for special University occasions; and Kansas City Chiefs games (Park is the Chiefs official higher education partner) and other community partners. Park’s Office of University Engagement will oversee the system.


Atkins-Johnson Farm Presents “Parlor Games”

The Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum is proud to announce the latest special exhibit, Parlor Games: A Household at Play, an exploration of the whacky and addicting card and board games of the past. Step inside a Victorian parlor and learn about how families played together and entertained themselves in an era before electronic entertainment. Family play was very important to households, just as it is today. The exhibit is on display through August 25, 2018. 

This exhibit includes nearly a dozen replica vintage games that visitors can play together. Games range from 1880s card games to 1920s board games. Games of skill like Twiddleywinks or Ring Toss test the player’s skill and coordination, other games are just the luck of the dice. In addition to replica games that visitors can play together, this exhibit also features rare original games of the late Victorian era, images of parlors and parlor gamebooks as well as advertisement cards promoting the latest turn-of-the-century parlor game craze. Visitors of all ages will find something to delight and entertain. 


Advanced Spine and Brain Center Opens at Liberty Hospital

The Advanced Spine & Brain Center now is open at Liberty Hospital. Michael Rhee, M.D., a board-eligible neurosurgeon, and Tracy Wheeler, MSN, AGACNP-BC, an experienced nurse practitioner in neurosurgery who works with Dr. Rhee, are bringing their expertise to Liberty Hospital’s Advanced Spine and Brain Center to serve Northland patients, as well as patients throughout a four-state area.

Assisting Dr. Rhee in the office and operating room is Tracy Wheeler, whose background includes eight years of critical care, ICU and neurosurgical nursing experience at Saint Luke’s. She joined Dr. Rhee about 18 months ago. Tracy earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO, and her degree as an adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner from St. Louis University. She is a board-certified nurse practitioner and also is certified as a surgical first assistant.

For more information about OLIF or the Advanced Spine and Brain Center, visit or call 816.415.3437.