This week’s brief news — June 1

Fall 2023 deadline for tuition assistance on July 3

For WSU employees, dependents, and spouses looking to attend WSU at discounted rates, the Fall 2023 tuition assistance application is available, and the deadline is quickly approaching. Until July 3, enrolled faculty members and their families can submit the tuition assistance application to potentially receive financial aid for the upcoming term. 

Applicants will be informed of their award status in late July or early August. Additional information, along with help contacts, are available on the Tuition Assistance Program webpage.

Professor releases ‘Teaching is for Superheros’ book

Education professor Daniel Bergman recently released his first book, “Teaching is for Superheros!” for educators of all ages and experience levels. Bergman, a chair of science education at the College of Applied Studies, has previously written several professional articles, such as ‘Edutopia’ and ‘New Teacher Advocate’, to assist classroom teachers with teaching methodologies and applications. “Teaching is for Superheros” presents engaging learning environment strategies with some of Bergman’s favorite superhero analogies and comparisons.

A release launch party will be hosted on Friday, June 2 at Norm’s Coffee Bar in Newton. Additional details, as well as the link to pre-order Bergman’s book, can be found on the Teaching is for Superheroes! website.

WSU webpage functions restored after outages

Last Thursday, the website’s search feature was temporarily out-of-order after users reported broken search result links. Some search entries were inaccessible, so users were advised via WSU News to copy and paste links into browsers to bring up the desired search results. A support ticket was submitted on Thursday, May 25, and the search feature was restored by Monday morning.

New bricks added to Shocker Alumni Walkway

A new batch of WSU alumni was honored earlier this month with their own inscribed bricks added to the Shocker Alumni Walkway, located in front of Woodman Center. Alumni, family and friends gathered for a toast during the unveiling celebration, which can be viewed on the WSU Foundation and Alumni Engagement website

For alumni interested in having their own personalized brick added to the walkway, order forms can be submitted via the Alumni Brick Walkway website.

Proposal submission now available for Tilford Conference

Michael Tilford Conference on Diversity and Multiculturalism organizers are looking for student and faculty submissions for the upcoming 2023 Tilford Conference, hosted at Washburn University in Topeka on Oct. 5 and 6. 

This year’s theme for the annual conference is “Living into Brown: Staying the Course Toward Inclusion and Belonging,” and will feature “visionary leaders who will inspire you to promote equity and awareness at your institution” through workshops and speaking sessions. 

Proposals related to effective inclusion practices, recruitment and retention strategies for diverse individuals, and improving access to higher education or similar topics will be accepted until June 30. 

Registration is required, and proposals can be presented via posters, papers, panels, roundtables or workshops. Students, faculty and staff are invited to submit proposals through the Tilford Conference registration link.

Keeping Up with the Crime Log:

The Wichita State Police Department (WSUPD) maintains a daily log of incidents on the WSU campus and surrounding area. Each case and its details can be accessed via the Crime Log website on the WSU homepage.

This week, some notable entries were:

Aggravated battery, criminal damage to property and reckless driving

WSUPD officers responded to the parking lots southwest of Shocker Hall on May 23 after a report that the previous day, an individual in a vehicle hit another person, an occupied car, and an unoccupied car before quickly fleeing the scene. The multiple-offense crime was assigned to investigations.

Non-injury motor accidents

Three non-injury motor accidents were reported on campus this week as campus roads flooded with parents and friends helping to move students out of campus housing. One report was filed on May 23 on 3355 WuShock Drive after a two-vehicle collision. Additional reports were filed on May 25 on Mike Oatman Drive and during the afternoon of May 26 outside Shocker Hall. Reports were filed for each auto incident by responding officers.

Several consecutive cases of medical assistance

The afternoon of May 26 and mornings of May 27 saw five back-to-back reports of medical emergencies which WSUPD officers were called to respond to. Two reports were filed outside Charles Koch Arena on 3425 E. 21st, while the other two occurred near the WSUPD Police Department and 3550 WuShock Drive. A fifth medical emergency case was reported inside of Koch Arena the afternoon of May 27.