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Ad wars: Innovation Campus developers, donors, Koch exec, others buy counter-protest ad

Ad wars: Innovation Campus developers, donors, Koch exec, others buy counter-protest ad

Chance Swaim, Editor in Chief

April 23, 2018


Filed under Local, News

Innovation Campus developers, donors, and board members of the nonprofit managing the campus expansion joined an executive from Koch Industries and others in placing an ad in the Sunday Eagle supporting Wichita State’s leadership. The ad came a week after a group called “Friends of the University” placed an ad protesting Wichita St...

‘Bitter or better’: Rowell rises through tragedies to leadership role

‘Bitter or better’: Rowell rises through tragedies to leadership role

Chance Swaim, Editor in Chief

April 23, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government Association

What do you do when what are supposed to be the best years of your life turn into the worst? For newly elected Student Body Vice President Shelby Rowell, the answer to that question is what led her to Wichita State and, ultimately, to her leadership role with Wichita State’s student government association. It’s...

Wichita State gave more than $7.1 million to Innovation Campus nonprofit in its first 3 years

Wichita State gave more than $7.1 million to Innovation Campus nonprofit in its first 3 years

Chance Swaim, Editor in Chief

April 22, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

From 2014 to 2016, in the midst of a state-funding crisis for Kansas universities, tax documents show Wichita State gave more than $7.1 million to the nonprofit organization managing Innovation Campus. During that three-year period, state funding to WSU decreased by 7.4 percent. To try to make up for t...

‘Friends of the University’ protest Wichita State leaders

‘Friends of the University’ protest Wichita State leaders

Chance Swaim, Editor-in-Chief

April 18, 2018


Filed under Local, News

A group called Friends of the University, which includes former and current Wichita State faculty, paid for a full-page protest ad in the Sunday Wichita Eagle asking the Kansas Board of Regents to redress a number of recent actions by WSU leaders. The ad, titled “WHOSE UNIVERSITY IS IT ANYWAY?”...

Ulrich director candidate visits campus

Ulrich director candidate visits campus

Andrew Linnabary, Reporter

April 18, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Leslie Brothers, a candidate for director of the Ulrich Museum of Art, presented to about 50 Wichita State staff and community members Monday, stressing that “providing access to art and meeting need is fundamental to achieving relevance” as she talked about her accomplishments. Brothers has spent...

Former visiting author at WSU wins Pulitzer Prize in fiction

Former visiting author at WSU wins Pulitzer Prize in fiction

Jenna Farhat, Managing Editor

April 18, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Andrew Sean Greer, who taught at Wichita State for a month as a visiting author in the creative writing program, won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in fiction. He won the award for his novel “Less,” which was praised by the Pulitzer committee as “A generous book, musical in its prose and expansive...

Wichita State appoints new chief of campus police

Wichita State appoints new chief of campus police

Andrew Linnabary, Reporter

April 18, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Rodney Clark, assistant professor of military science for the U.S. Army ROTC program at the Rochester Institute of Technology, has been named Wichita State police chief. Clark, a major in the Army retiring with more than 20 years of law enforcement experience, is expected to start July 2. Clark will...

Sunflower staffers snag regional SPJ awards

Sunflower staffers snag regional SPJ awards

Sunflower Staff

April 18, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Five staff members of The Sunflower have been recognized for producing the best journalism in their region. Chance Swaim, Matt Crow, Brian Hayes, Matthew Kelly, and Ray Strunk took home Mark of Excellence Awards Saturday from the Society of Professional Journalists awards ceremony in Ames, Iowa. The...

Sternfeld-Dunn promoted to director of school of music

Sternfeld-Dunn promoted to director of school of music

Andrew Linnabary, Reporter

April 17, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Associate professor Aleks Sternfeld-Dunn has been chosen as director of Wichita State’s school of music, effective in June. He will succeed Russ Widener, who is retiring after 37 years at WSU. Sternfeld-Dunn grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, was educated on both coasts and wound up in the middle...

Candidate for WSU liberal arts and sciences dean: ‘There’s an eclipse of attention to liberal arts’

Candidate for WSU liberal arts and sciences dean: ‘There’s an eclipse of attention to liberal arts’

Andrew Linnabary, Reporter

April 17, 2018


Filed under Local, News

Robert Matz, one 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’s selection process. The chosen candidate will replace current dean Ron Matson, who is retiring after 48 years...

Wichita State lecturer found dead in his office

Wichita State lecturer found dead in his office

Jenna Farhat, Managing Editor

April 16, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

C. Patric Mitchell, a lecturer in Wichita State’s math department, was found dead in his office this afternoon. University spokesman Joe Kleinsasser confirmed that Mitchell, 52, died of natural causes. A student found Mitchell dead in his office after he didn’t show up for her 1:30 p.m. class ...

Candidate for dean of college of liberal arts, sciences visiting campus Monday

Candidate for dean of college of liberal arts, sciences visiting campus Monday

Jenna Farhat, Managing Editor

April 16, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

One of four finalists for the position of dean of Wichita State's Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will be on campus for a public forum from 4-5 p.m. Monday in Hubbard Hall room 231. Robert Matz, interim dean of the college of humanities and social sciences at George Mason University,...