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).
Friends University’s alumni and staff snagged six spots in the Wichita Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 class of 2014.
Each year since 1998, the WBJ honors rising leaders in the Wichita area “who excel in their professions and contribute to the community,” according to the newspaper’s website.
Among this year’s honorees are the following recipients, who are affiliated with Friends University:
Dr. Arlen Honts, chair of the Division of Business and Information Technology, has been named the new president of the Rotary Club of Wichita.
The Rotary Club of Wichita is 103-year-old organization of approximately 400 Wichita business and professional leaders that, according to the organization’s website, was established to “provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.”
Friends University Vice President of Administration and Finance Randy Doerksen will be among 11 Wichita businesspeople to be honored for the Wichita Business Journal’s CFO Awards June 24.
The award recognizes Wichita-area chief financial officers who are instrumental in helping their businesses succeed.
Approximately 800 Friends University students are eligible for graduation this May. About 600 students are expected to walk in the graduation ceremony in Wichita Saturday, May 10, at INTRUST Bank Arena. About 70 graduates were recognized in a Topeka graduation ceremony at the Topeka Performing Arts Center May 4.
The following is a list of Friends University students who are eligible for graduation from all University locations. Graduation candidates are listed with their respective degrees and hometowns below.
Friends University will host two commencement ceremonies to celebrate graduates this May. Nearly 800 students are candidates for graduation, and many of them are expected to attend one of the following ceremonies:
Friends University Board of Trustees Chair Dr. John Lewis today announced the appointment of Dr. Darcy Zabel as Interim President for the University, following the resignation of President T.J. Arant.
Lewis said Dr. Arant offered his resignation during a special meeting of the board earlier today. The board accepted his resignation, which will be effective March 21. Dr. Arant has been president since July 1, 2011 when he succeeded Dr. Biff Green.
Most students who start or return to college as adults bring a wealth of experiences and knowledge with them, including professional training, volunteering or life experience. This knowledge and experience can translate into college credit so students may save money and graduate sooner.
The Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program in Friends University’s College of Adult and Professional Studies works with bachelor-degree-seeking students to evaluate whether college credit can be earned for these experiences outside the classroom.
When Rod Dreher left his hometown of St. Francisville, La., his intention was to never look back. But fate and faith had other plans.
Dreher, a journalist and conservative culture critic, lived in Dallas, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, in pursuit of his passion for writing. He was living the life of his dreams. But his dreams changed when his sister, Ruthie Leming, was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Join Friends University’s Freddy Falcon, a variety of other Wichita-area mascots and the community for the Friends University President’s Run Saturday, April 5. The event is organized by Friends University’s Run with Friends group, and the presenting sponsor is Armstrong Chamberlin Strategic Marketing.