While a college’s reputation and the availability of unique and varied course offerings remain the most important factors in the college selection process, research shows that students and their families are also deeply influenced by the escalating cost of higher education. This scenario is further complicated by the reality that the operating budgets of many small private colleges are entirely dependent on student tuition and fees to cover salaries and administrative costs.
For the 22nd year, Friends University staff, faculty, students, alumni and families will work together to make Christmas a bit merrier for hundreds of needy families in Wichita.
On Dec. 15, more than 250 University representatives will embrace the spirit of the season for the annual Salvation Army Service Day. As is tradition, the University will effectively shut down for the day, while the Falcons help prepare and disperse donated gifts.
The festive illumination of Friends University’s iconic clock tower has become one of Wichita’s traditional symbols for the start of the holiday season. This year’s celebrations will shine a bit brighter with the help of one of the community’s most charitable families.
Friends University is pleased to announce that Dr. Joan Gallagher has been appointed to serve as the vice president of University Advancement.
Friends University appreciates and honors the service and sacrifice of our nation’s military service members. In an effort to show its appreciation, the University is offering several programs and services to accommodate the specific needs of veterans.
Effective immediately, the University is offering a 10 percent discount on tuition for all retired and honorably discharged veterans. Additionally, Friends University programs are approved for Veterans Education Benefits, which can also help finance veterans’ educational goals.
Friends University has been granted an endorsement from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for the third consecutive three-year term since 2008.
Friends University is the only private university in the state to earn such an honor and in 2008 it was the first university in the state to receive the endorsement from SHRM.
Friends University has been selected as an excellent place to learn, grow and succeed by the Colleges of Distinction college guide.
Colleges of Distinction is a tool for prospective students, counselors and parents to dive deeply into what the guide considers the most important factors when it comes to successful outcomes:
Friends University has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, an organization that works to connect the military and civilian worlds. The University will also host a Military Appreciation Day Oct. 25 where military personnel and their families can attend the Friends vs. Bethany College football game for free.
The Falcon community will be better informed about the election process and participation through the University’s recent partnership with TurboVote, a nonpartisan website launched by Democracy Works – an organization that aims to increase voter participation among college and university communities.
Several Friends University groups and leaders have taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this past week. Among them are Friends University Interim President Dr. Darcy Zabel, Friends University Board of Trustees Chair Dr. John Lewis and Friends University Board of Trustees Member Kim Dugger Attwater.
The University has had several employees who have lost family members to the disease, so participants are donating to the cause in addition to doing the challenge to increase awareness and support.