Preview: News Digest - Wichita State University
News Digest - Wichita State University
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Lawrence 'Larry' Jones gift reflects core studies and passion for music
Because of incredible forethought while serving on the board for Union Pacific Corp., Lawrence M. "Larry" Jones was able to designate a combined gift of $500,000 to Wichita State University's Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Wichita Symphony after his death. Jones died Nov. 7, 2007. Part of the gift established the Dr. Lawrence M. Jones Distinguished Professorship in the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. WSU received $400,000 of the gift. http://www.wichita.edu/thisis/wsunews/news/?nid=141
Kansas students receive prestigious Jabara Scholarships
Kansas high school students Andrew John Janzen and Spencer Dean Linville have been named the newest winners of the Fran Jabara Scholarship in Entrepreneurship at WSU. Janzen and Linville will receive $20,000 each over four years to attend Wichita State. Janzen attends Smoky Valley High School in Lindsborg, Kan., and Linville attends Douglass High School. http://www.wichita.edu/thisis/wsunews/news/?nid=145
Industrial and manufacturing engineering students continue long tradition of excellence
Undergraduate students have continued a long tradition of excellence by receiving the first- and third-place awards in the IIE (Institute of Industrial Engineers) Region V paper competition recently. Jenny Marshall won first place and Danielle Davis received third place during the IIE paper competition conference held at Texas A&M. Region V includes 17 industrial engineering programs in Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas. Marshall will compete at the national level in May at the Industrial Engineering Research Conference. WSU students have received the top regional award every year during the past six years, and three national awards in the past six years. Click on the URL for more information.
Festival offers something new for music lovers
The 18th Annual WSU Contemporary Music Festival will welcome spring breakers back to the Wichita State University campus beginning Monday, March 24, through Saturday, March 29. Afternoon concerts and presentations are free and open to the public; evening concerts are $6 with discounts available. http://www.wichita.edu/thisis/wsunews/news/?nid=148
Graduate owes success to WSU's co-op program
Jenny Farha said she doesn't think anyone is supposed to be in college for 11 semesters, but that's exactly how much time she spent doing co-op while at Wichita State, starting with her first semester of college. "Co-op literally changed my life," Farha said. "It showed me what I really wanted as a vocation and helped me get comfortable in front of the kids." http://www.wichita.edu/thisis/wsunews/news/?nid=147
Wichita State dedicates South Campus
Wichita State University held an open house and dedication at its new South Campus Friday, March 14. Classes are being offered for the first time this semester in a renovated commercial building in the Towne Center Shopping Center in Derby, 200 W. Greenway Blvd., Suite 15A. http://www.wichita.edu/thisis/wsunews/news/?nid=149
Podcast: Is March Madness a boon or bane to the workplace?
College basketball peaks with March Madness, and many workers will slip away to check NCAA Tournament scores, participate in office pools or watch videocasts of the games on their office computers. Nevertheless, Wichita State University management trainer Dotty Harpool says there are some positive aspects to March Madness in the workplace. http://www.wichita.edu/thisis/wsunews/news/?nid=140
CSD outstanding alumni event planned
The department of communication sciences and disorders will celebrate its Fourth Annual Outstanding Alumni Event from 3:30-7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the Marcus Welcome Center. This year's event will honor Patrick J. Carney, professor emeritus, department of audiology and speech pathology at the University of Tennessee. His presentation is titled "Professional issues in communication sciences and disorders: Looking back -- looking forward." For online information and registration forms, go to www.wichita.edu/csd or call 978-3240. Click on the ULR below for more information.
Nutsch put the past behind her, looks ahead to future at WSU
In October 2005, two months after Karen Nutsch and her family lost their home near Rose Hill, Kan., to a devastating gas explosion, ABC's "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" knocked at their door. That knock would change more than the family's living conditions. One of the things her parents had expressed to ABC that they wanted most for their children was a college education, and WSU stepped up in a big way with full-ride scholarships. http://www.wichita.edu/thisis/wsunews/news/?nid=136
Students to take spring break March 17-23
No classes will be held at Wichita State University during the spring break recess Monday, March 17, through Sunday, March 23. However, most university offices will be open during regular office hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Registrar's office to close for remodeling during spring break
The Office of the Registrar will be closed for remodeling during spring break week, March 17-21. The office space has to be vacated while recarpeting takes place. In-person services on an emergency basis will be maintained to the extent possible. Telephone and e-mail messages may not be returned until everyone is back at their work station.
Radical needlework coming to the Ulrich Museum
Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 27, when Stan Shellabarger and Dutes Miller will perform radical needlework from 4-5 p.m. in the Ulrich Museum galleries. Known for their endurance performance art, Stan and Dutes will crochet "Untitled (Pink Tube)." Following the performance, the work will be on view at the Ulrich Museum through April 13 in "The Suburban" (a show within a show), as part of the one-person survey exhibition of Chicago-based artist Michelle Grabner. The WSU performance, a first for Stan and Dutes, is free and open to the public.
Salina South wins state LifeSmarts championship
Salina South High School won the LifeSmarts high school state championship, held at the Hyatt Regency Wichita on March 9 and 10. LifeSmarts is a program provided nationally by the National Consumers League and coordinated in Kansas by the Kansas Council on Economic Education (KCEE). The KCEE is a nonprofit entity that is based in the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University and is affiliated with all of the six Kansas universities.
Women in student government leadership
Women campus leaders in the Student Government Association and other organizations will talk about what it takes to attain a leadership role on campus and the challenges they face from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, March 24, in 314 Rhatigan Student Center. The event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Student Government Association.
Lake Afton Observatory has busy spring planned
This spring, the Lake Afton Public Observatory will be presenting "Black Holes in Space" on Friday and Saturday evenings March 28-29; April 4-5 and 25-26; May 2-3, 23-24 and 30-31; and June 20-21 and 27-28. Lake Afton's second spring program is called "Celebrity Craters." It will be presented on Friday and Saturday evenings March 14-15 and 21-22; April 11-12 and 18-19; May 9-10 and 16-17; and June 6-7 and 13-14. The spring schedule is available at http://www.wichita.edu/thisis/newsresource/Lake_Afton.pdf.
Multicultural Visit Program
More than 30 students participated in WSU's Multicultural Visit Program Friday, March 14. Students met a number of WSU students and faculty and learned about academic programs and student organizations.
WSU job openings are posted on HR Partners
For a list of current job openings at WSU and to apply, go online to www.HRePartners.com. Current job openings include executive administration assistant to the President, Office of Multicultural Affairs program coordinator, Housing and Residence Life coordinator, Counseling and Testing Center psychologist, assistant director of intramural and club sports, physical plant engineering project designer, physical plant season worker sr., and more.