Keeping pace with a changing global employment environment and local employer needs, Friends University has added three new programs to its undergraduate majors: finance, forensic science and international business.
The finance program, which encompasses both global and domestic finance, will prepare students for a variety of fields, including investment, banking and financial management. Students will learn through case studies, trips to financial centers and simulations.
Hundreds of high-school art students will flock to Friends University Oct. 9 as part of a portfolio workshop.
The University’s annual Show Me the Money event offers portfolio critiques and advice to help prepare students for scholarships in studio art, graphic design, computer graphics, art education, media, journalism and public relations.
Show Me the Money is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 9 on the Friends University campus in Wichita. Admission is free, and lunch will be served to participants. Registration is required by 5 p.m. Oct. 2.
Friends University is offering a course to experience overseas travel for students fulfilling their world-culture general education requirement. The trip has been offered for several years and is open to non-students, including parents and alumni. The 10-day venture to the United Kingdom will take place during spring break March 11-21, 2010. The deadline for joining the trip is Oct. 14, 2009.
Friends University is taking steps to educate students, faculty and staff about prevention of illness and to prepare for potential occurrences of the H1N1 virus.
“We care greatly about the health of our students, faculty and staff and are taking steps to prevent the spread of flu at the University,” said Dr. Biff Green, president of Friends University. “We are doing everything we can to keep everyone healthy.”
The following measures have been taken to prepare for and limit the spread of illness across the Friends University campus:
Meeting the needs of busy educators, Friends University will be offering a number of fall workshops to address the needs of PK-12 teachers across a number of content areas. Fall workshops will be available beginning Sept. 18, 2009, on the Wichita campus and Sept. 19, 2009, at the Lenexa Education Center. These workshops give teachers the opportunity to refresh, recertify or learn a new skill.
In an uncertain employment market, Friends University is reaching out to alumni and current students to help place them on their career paths with the fall 2009 Career Fair from 3 to 6 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Olive White Garvey Business and Technology Building on the University’s Wichita campus.
Friends University and SKT Business Communication Solutions have partnered to launch a Cisco Networking Academy, offering a fast-track program for students preparing for information technology (IT) certifications. Friends University’s program is unique in that it is a stand-alone program unlike other universities in Kansas which offer certification in combination with a required bachelor’s degree.
Friends University’s newest student housing complex, J.R. and Gertrude Smith Apartments, will be dedicated in honor of the Smiths in a ceremony at 2 p.m. Sept. 23 in front of the apartments on the southeast corner of the campus.
J.R. and Gertrude Smith, both deceased, gifted more than $3 million to the University since 1991. Members of the Smiths’ family, University administrators, students and staff will attend the dedication.
Friends University received $7.7 million in gift income for 2008-09, making it the second-largest fundraising year in the University’s history. In addition, despite decreases in many university endowments, Friends University is reaffirming its commitment to maintain existing scholarship levels for students in 2009-10.
“We are very grateful for the support that our alumni and donors have provided for the University – especially given the economic situation during the past year,” said Dr. Biff Green, Friends University president.
Each year, students at Friends University nominate full-time faculty members for the W.A. Young Award for Excellence in Teaching and adjunct faculty members for the Jan LaFever Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award.
Dr. Gretchen Eick was presented with the W.A. Young award, and Kay Flook received the Jan LaFever award at the 2009 commencement ceremony.
The W.A. Young award began in 1963 in honor of Dr. Walter A. Young, who served as a faculty member, academic dean and then president of Friends University from 1939 to 1946.