In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 18, the Student Government Association, partnering with Community and Residential Development, sponsored a leadership conference followed by service projects. Around 70 students and staff participated.
The day started off at 11:30 a.m. on the Friends University campus with guest speaker, Craig Bay, G’92/M’96. Bay discussed his time at Friends University, being Christ-centered and seeking to understand, love and respect others. A three-course lunch was provided.
Friends University will host a Fine Arts Showcase Day Jan. 29 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Riney Fine Arts Center for prospective students looking for a Fine Arts degree and interested in becoming a student at Friends University.
Fine Arts Showcase Days give students an opportunity to attend classes, sit in on rehearsals, take a lesson, audition for a scholarship, and visit with current students and faculty. Lunch is provided at no cost.
Friends University’s new Web site won a gold in the Web Site Overall category as part of the MarCom Awards in October. The University’s Web vendor, PlattForm Advertising, entered the new Web site in this international awards program. PlattForm also won awards for its execution on print and television involving traditional college and university-related advertising and marketing pieces.
In a season of giving and good tidings, Friends University students and staff gave back to the community through a coat drive and two service days.
This year’s winter coat drive sponsored by Psi Chi and the Psychology Club received a record-breaking 92 donations by Friends University students, faculty and staff. The drive took place during November, and collection boxes were located throughout campus. For the past seven years, donated coats have been given to Operation Holiday.
Adults laugh only 15 times a day. Preschoolers laugh 450 times a day. There is so much a teacher can still learn. Workshops can give teachers the opportunity to refresh, re-certify or learn a new skill, even if that new skill is how to put more laughter, joy and humor in their life.
Friends University will once again close its doors Dec. 14 for the 17th year. Approximately 250 staff, faculty and students will help the Salvation Army prepare for its holiday distribution to needy children and families in the Wichita area. The group will eat together before leaving for the distribution facility at the former Honeywell building. The group will assemble bikes, sort and bag toys and stocking stuffers, decorate the distribution facility, and much more.
Friends University currently has 23 international students representing 15 foreign countries among its Wichita, Lenexa and Topeka sites including Bangladesh, Canada, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and the United Kingdom.
The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony programmed by the Friends University Falcon Activities and Campus Events (FACE) Special Events Committee will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2. Refreshments will be provided.