Friends University has received $1 million from the William L. Graham Charitable Trust to be applied to two existing scholarships the Graham family established with Friends University in the 1980s and 1990s.
Friends University Garvey Lecture Series will feature author Neil White in its upcoming lecture titled “Shedding the Facade of Perfection: Breaking Free of Prisons We Build for Ourselves.” The lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, in Alumni Auditorium in the Davis Administration Building on the Friends University Wichita campus. A reception and book signing with the author will follow the lecture.
Friends University and Newman University are working together to open the door to a world of career opportunities at the Career Fair on Highway 54 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. March 25 in the Casado Campus Center’s McKay Gymnasium at Friends University.
The fair is open to everyone, but it is specifically targeted toward students and alumni, said Amy Dible, director of Campus and Career Transitions at Friends University.
“Most employers for this fair are looking for students in school for internships or candidates with degrees,” she said.
While celebrating their well-deserved achievements, Friends University graduates and their families may notice several changes in commencement ceremonies this May. Friends University will offer four ceremonies this year, including two ceremonies in Wichita and ceremonies at the northeast locations.
The academic excellence offered within the walls of Friends University will soon extend beyond the borders of Kansas. Beginning in March 2010, the University will offer an online-learning option for its Organizational Management and Leadership (OML) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs. The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Master of Management Information Systems (MMIS) online programs are scheduled to start in June 2010.
Local high-school students are invited to participate in the fifth annual Art Challenge at Friends University from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 5.
Students will have the chance to participate in several professional artist workshops and competitions, including Art Masterpiece Chalk Mural challenge, Ad Layout Computer challenge, Quick Draw challenge and Who Wants to be an Art Scholar challenge.
A nationally honored expert of economics will discuss the economic recovery efforts that have followed the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.
Dr. Emily Chamlee-Wright, professor of economics at Beloit College, will speak at 7 p.m. March 2 in the Penn Science Building, room 100. Her lecture is the second in the four-part Law, Liberty and the Market lecture series, which is funded by the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation. The lecture will be titled “The Economic and Social Recovery from Disaster: Lessons Learned from Katrina.”
Friends University is partnering with Young Entrepreneurs of Kansas (YEK) to encourage high-school students to pursue their dreams through higher education.
Students who are involved with YEK have had the opportunity to apply for a $5,000 scholarship at Friends University. High-school students who are interested in applying for the scholarship in the future can get more information at www.yeks.org.
As part of their Cherry Carnival Week, Friends University welcomes students, staff, faculty, alumni and their families to attend the 12th annual Chili Cook-off from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Garvey P.E. Center Multipurpose Room. This free event has become popular in the campus community with more than 900 attendees last year. Participants can sample each booth’s chili and vote on best theme and best chili as well as snack on hot dogs, beverages and ice cream.