Friends University’s Campus and Career Transitions (CCT) Office and the Alumni Office will host a Backpack to Briefcase seminar that will educate students and graduates on the ins and outs of student loans from noon to 1 p.m. April 7 in the Casado Campus Center’s President’s Conference Room. Myra Pfannenstiel of the National Student Loan Program will present information on developing a budget and utilizing repayment options.
Additionally, the CCT Office is planning a Backpack to Briefcase seminar on health and life insurance for April 21.
Dr. Biff Green, who has served as president of Friends University since 1991, announced today his plans to retire in 2011. With full support from the Friends University Board of Trustees, Green has agreed to continue to lead the University for the 2010-2011 academic year, providing the board a year to conduct the search and transition to the next leader.
Approximately 250 high school students and teachers will attend the Psychology Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 12 in the Casado Campus Center. The fair is co-sponsored by the Psychology Department and Admissions Office and will include 25-30 interactive demonstrations as well as other activities. Lunch will be provided.
Friends University psychology majors and students taking psychology classes will assist in running the fair. A panel of top psychology alumni currently working in the field will be available for questions.
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.