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.
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.