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University of Kentucky linguistics chair named LAS dean

University of Kentucky linguistics chair named LAS dean

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

May 29, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Andrew Hippisley, chair of linguistics at the University of Kentucky, was named dean of Wichita State’s Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Tuesday. Hippisley, who joined Kentcky's linguistics program in 2007, was one of four finalists for the position. He replaces Ron Matson, longtime...

Kelly promises to investigate Innovation Campus if elected governor

Kelly promises to investigate Innovation Campus if elected governor

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

May 26, 2018


Filed under Politics, Showcase

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Laura Kelly spoke to supporters in Wichita Friday, voicing her concerns with Innovation Campus and decrying privatization in state government. The Kansas Senate minority whip, who was joined at Milkfloat by her running mate and Senate colleague Lynn Rogers, spent half...

Svaty rolls out pro-choice running mate despite anti-abortion voting history

Svaty rolls out pro-choice running mate despite anti-abortion voting history

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

May 17, 2018


Filed under News, Politics

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Josh Svaty introduced supporters to his running mate, Katrina Lewison, at Reverie Coffee Roasters Thursday morning. Lewison's addition to the ticket as a vocally pro-choice Iraq combat veteran appears to be a move to the left for Svaty, a centrist with an anti-abortion...

Wichita State receives $12 million gift from oilman, wife

Wichita State receives $12 million gift from oilman, wife

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

May 16, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

Wichita oilman Wayne Woolsey and his wife, Kay, announced Wednesday that they will make a $12 million cash donation to Wichita State — the largest such gift in school history, according to the WSU Foundation. The Woolsey's lead gift of $10 million will go towards building a new home on Innovation...

Asbestos removal begins at Fairmount Towers next week

Asbestos removal begins at Fairmount Towers next week

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief Elect

May 14, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Crews will begin removing asbestos from the Fairmount Towers Complex next week in preparation for the building’s demolition, according to a university press release. In Fairmount Towers’ 50 years of operation, “the asbestos was not in a state that exposed anyone living or working in the building...

Muma named Wichita State’s provost

Muma named Wichita State’s provost

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief Elect

May 11, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

Rick Muma was selected Tuesday to become Wichita State’s next provost and chief academic officer, getting the nod over a pair of vice provosts from the University of North Dakota and the University of Alaska Anchorage. Muma, in his twenty-second year at WSU, has served as interim provost since January,...

Bardo: ‘Do we wish we were an elite little liberal arts college?’

Bardo: ‘Do we wish we were an elite little liberal arts college?’

Jenna Farhat, Managing Editor

May 3, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

President Bardo presented to a group of Wichita State’s unclassified professional employees, and spoke heavily of the role of the liberal arts in the STEM-focused direction of Innovation Campus. The Unclassified Professional Senate held its spring general meeting Wednesday night, drawing a crowd...

Kansas Legislature passes bill requiring open student fees deliberations

Kansas Legislature passes bill requiring open student fees deliberations

Chance Swaim, Editor-in-Chief

May 3, 2018


Filed under News, Politics, Showcase

If Gov. Jeff Colyer signs the latest budget bill passed by the Kansas legislature, Wichita State will have to open its student fees deliberations next year. The Kansas Legislature sent a budget bill to Colyer with an amendment that will require Wichita State, and five other regent universities receiving...

Kansas Sunshine Coalition honors The Sunflower for ‘courageous work’

Kansas Sunshine Coalition honors The Sunflower for ‘courageous work’

Jenna Farhat, Managing Editor

May 3, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

The Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government has presented The Sunflower with the Above and Beyond Award for 2018. The Kansas Sunshine Coalition board voted unanimously to give the award to The Sunflower “for the staff’s exemplary reporting on a host of conflicts and controversies involving...

Third LAS dean candidate: ‘Value of an LAS degree is on the rise’

Third LAS dean candidate: ‘Value of an LAS degree is on the rise’

Andrew Linnabary, Reporter

May 3, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Orlando Pérez, the third of four candidates for dean of the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, presented to Wichita State faculty and staff members as part of the dean search committee selection process Monday. If chosen, Pérez will replace current dean Ron Matson, who is retiring after...

Provost candidate from University of North Dakota stresses importance of liberal arts

Provost candidate from University of North Dakota stresses importance of liberal arts

Daniel Caudill, Reporter

May 3, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Hesham El-Rewini, a candidate for provost and chief academic officer at Wichita State, visited campus Wednesday and spoke at a public forum as part of his candidacy. El-Rewini currently serves as senior vice provost and dean of the college of engineering and mines at the University of North Dakota. “At...

WSU cease-and-desist letter ends Butler’s bid for downtown culinary program

WSU cease-and-desist letter ends Butler’s bid for downtown culinary program

Ray Strunk, Reporter

May 2, 2018


Filed under Local, News

Wichita State University thwarted Butler Community College’s bid to take over the old fire station on South Topeka in Downtown Wichita for its hospitality and culinary arts program. After it was announced in mid-April that Butler was one of two finalists to occupy the space, David Moses, WSU’s...