The John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education has selected Friends University as one of only 12 four-year institutions nationwide to participate in its Foundations of Excellence Program beginning fall 2013. Headquartered in Brevard, N.C., the institute is led by John N. Gardner and Betsy O. Barefoot, who collectively have nearly 50 years of experience with educational policy and institutional reform. Gardner and Barefoot will be on the Friends University campus Oct. 3-4 to launch the program.
Whether a trauma is borne from personal heartbreak or a global tragedy, the road to healing is often long and painful.
Dr. David Niyonzima, who survived a 1993 violent ethnic massacre in Burundi that killed eight of his students, will share his personal journey of healing and forgiveness from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Marriage and Family Therapy facility on Friends University’s Wichita campus.
Jack Cole is on a mission to redeem himself for destroying more than a thousand lives as an undercover narcotics investigator for the New Jersey State Police.
He wasn’t a dirty cop. He didn’t break any laws. In fact, he says he ruined people’s lives in the course of his duty.
“I can’t tell you how many folks I sent to prison that would have gone on to have productive lives had I not intervened,” Cole said as spokesman for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). “Ultimately, you can get over an addiction, but you’ll never get over a conviction.”
The Hon. G. Joseph Pierron Jr. will be the featured presenter at Friends University’s Constitution Day program Sept. 23, 2013. The interactive lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium, Davis Administration Building.
The presentation, titled “You Be the Judge,” will be led by Judge Pierron, with the audience playing the litigants, lawyers and judges in a re-creation of actual United States Supreme Court cases. Audience members do not need to prepare for the program.
Kansas' poet laureate will be among several noteworthy presenters at the Kansas Alliance for the Arts in Education (KSAAE) professional development conference at the Friends University campus Sept. 21. The KSAAE works to ensure the arts are an integral part of quality pre K-12 education to promote students' personal development and academic performance. For more information about the conference, click here.
As a member of the Kansas Independent College Association (KICA), Friends University is pleased to celebrate Kansas Private College Week Sept. 16-20. The week is designed to increase awareness of independent colleges and universities in Kansas and is sponsored by KICA. For more information, click here.
Friends University’s Apprentice Institute founder Dr. James Bryan Smith’s book, “Hidden in Christ,” focuses on the truth and affirmation he finds in Colossians 3. The Scripture “is a very rich passage, comprising a complete picture of our life in Christ,” Dr. Smith says in his interview with the Wichita Eagle.
Cancer has touched so many of our lives in the same way it has touched Katrina Bilella, a graduate student from Florida State University.
In 2002, she lost her grandfather after a two-year battle with esophageal cancer, and now she’s watching her aunt fight breast cancer. Inspired by the war her loved ones have waged against the disease, Bilella has enlisted as a soldier, taking on a 4,000-mile bike journey from Baltimore to San Francisco with 25 other bicyclists to raise funds to fight the disease that has affected her family so deeply.