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 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 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.
Two private educational institutions in Wichita are making a substantial economic impact on the local economy according to a recent economic impact study commissioned by the Kansas Independent Colleges Association (KICA).