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YMCA namesake Steve Clark will chair second straight WSU presidential search

YMCA namesake Steve Clark will chair second straight WSU presidential search

Matthew Kelly, Reporter

May 16, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

Local real estate developer and Wichita State alumnus Steve Clark will chair the search committee tasked with finding the next WSU president. Clark, the namesake of the Steve Clark YMCA and WSU Student Wellness Center, also chaired the university's 2012 presidential search that identified John Bardo a...

Tragedy prompts cycling trio of alumni to ride from Wichita to Winnipeg for eating disorder awareness

Tragedy prompts cycling trio of alumni to ride from Wichita to Winnipeg for eating disorder awareness

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

May 12, 2019


Filed under Features, Local, Showcase

Long-distance cycling involves pushing through a certain amount of physical pain, but it was a different kind of pain that got retired Wichita surgeon Paul Harrison on the bike — the loss of his 34-year-old daughter, Bridget. Harrison watched anorexia wreak havoc on his daughter’s life. A gifted hand s...

Fiske Hall rededicated with memories, special meanings

Fiske Hall rededicated with memories, special meanings

Kylie Cameron, Editor in Chief

May 6, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

Members of the Wichita State philosophy and history departments shared their memories of Fiske Hall alongside Provost Rick Muma and Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean Andrew Hippisley Friday afternoon — speaking about what the building means to them at its redediction. Fiske Hall, the oldest surviving building on...

Through fire, flames and perseverance, Josh Cable is still running

Through fire, flames and perseverance, Josh Cable is still running

Evan Pflugradt, Sports Editor

May 3, 2019


Filed under Cross Country, Showcase, Sports, Track And Field

Josh Cable is like most college freshmen at Wichita State. He’ll spend the second-to-last Friday before finals week cramming through assignments and projects. He wants to finish these early so he can go be among the crowd at INTRUST Bank Arena Friday night and listen to country music superstar ...

Closed search means next WSU president will be named without publicly announcing candidates, finalists

Closed search means next WSU president will be named without publicly announcing candidates, finalists

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

April 30, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

The search for the next Wichita State University president will be closed to the public, a Kansas Board of Regents spokesman confirmed to The Sunflower Monday. That means none of the candidates considered or non-winning finalists selected by the Regents’ presidential search committee will be announ...

Q&A with the new student body president, VP

Q&A with the new student body president, VP

Audrey Korte, Reporter

April 29, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase, Student Government Association

Kitrina Miller was sworn in as student body president of the 62nd Session of Student Government Association Thursday. She and her running mate Michael Bearth won the election against three opposing campaigns earlier this month. Together We Can, Miller and Bearth’s ticket, beat Isaac Rivera and Anisia...

Private donations almost completely funded KU and K-State’s new business buildings. WSU plans to pay for 40% of Woolsey Hall.

Private donations almost completely funded KU and K-State’s new business buildings. WSU plans to pay for 40% of Woolsey Hall.

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

April 28, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

Wichita State is moving forward with a plan to reallocate university funds to bond money for a $50 million business building on Innovation Campus. Private donations will fund 60% of construction costs, but the university is shouldering more of the financial burden than Kansas State and the Universit...

WSU will cut, reallocate university funds to pay for business building, Muma says

WSU will cut, reallocate university funds to pay for business building, Muma says

Andrew Linnabary, Digital Managing Editor

April 26, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

Wichita State plans to cut and reallocate $1.5 million in funding from a variety of areas of campus to pay for $20 million of a new business building, Provost Rick Muma said Friday. The cuts and reallocations to fund the $50 million building are tentatively: $300,000 from the Barton School of Bus...

As development ramps up, Fairmount stakeholders weigh in on community investment, gentrification

As development ramps up, Fairmount stakeholders weigh in on community investment, gentrification

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

April 21, 2019


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

Mark Farha’s vision of transforming Fairmount took root on a car ride through the neighborhood more than a decade ago, when Farha Development owner saw a window of opportunity. “About 13 years ago, we were driving through the neighborhood and thought, ‘Here’s a major university. Why isn’t ...

Meet Max, the campus stray with a loyal fanbase

Meet Max, the campus stray with a loyal fanbase

Andrew Linnabary, Digital Managing Editor

April 21, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

Max has lived on campus for more than five years and is nowhere near getting his degree. Max doesn’t dine at Chick-fil-A or Panda Express. But he does get three square meals a day — sometimes dry, sometimes wet. Maybe a little too much, judging by his belly. He doesn’t live in Shocker Hall o...

Did WSU’s ‘Enough is Enough’ campaign do enough for Fairmount?

Did WSU’s ‘Enough is Enough’ campaign do enough for Fairmount?

Audrey Korte, Reporter

April 18, 2019


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

The Kansas Health Foundation gave Wichita State a quarter of a million dollars to use on community engagement with Fairmount after the brutal rape and murder of Letitia Davis. For three years, WSU went full steam ahead on community development and research, but that grant money ran out in 2018. Since...

Meet Dr. Tompkins: Q&A with Interim President Andy Tompkins

Meet Dr. Tompkins: Q&A with Interim President Andy Tompkins

Matthew Kelly and Andrew Linnabary

April 11, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

Andy Tompkins started his term as interim president of Wichita State Monday. Tompkins, who retired as KBOR president and CEO in 2015, most recently served as Fort Hays State’s interim president from 2016-2017. A 2001 inductee into the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame, Tompkins was a high school E...