The Friends University community will embark on its 21st year in its mission of making Christmas a bit merrier for hundreds of needy families in Wichita.
On Dec. 16, more than 250 staff, faculty, students, alumni and families affiliated with the University will embrace the spirit of the season for the annual Salvation Army Service Day. The University will effectively shut down for the day, allowing participants to concentrate on the task of helping to prepare and disperse donated gifts.
Dignitaries from Wichita were recently welcomed to the city of Tlalnepantla, Mexico, to celebrate 40 years of city sisterhood.
Dr. Jerry Smartt, Friends University Professor of Spanish, accompanied Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and City Councilman Jeff Blubaugh, ‘98/99/02, on a trip to Tlalnepantla, just north of Mexico City in central Mexico, from Sept. 12 to Sept. 17. The trip marked 40 years since Wichita and Tlalnepantla formed an alliance through the Sister City program.
Dr. Chris Habben, professor of Marriage and Family Therapy and Lenexa Site program director and clinical internship supervisor, was honored for his contributions and service to his profession with the Divisional Contribution Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Two Friends University professors recently shared their expertise and opinions with viewers of the local news show “This Week in Kansas” on KAKE-TV. On Sept. 29, Dr. Russell Fox, professor of political science, discussed Kansas senator Jean Schodorf and her run for secretary of state. Dr. Malcolm Harris, professor of finance, was on the show Oct. 6 to discuss the first government shutdown in 17 years.
Friends University will be celebrating Homecoming Oct. 18-19. Homecoming festivities will include an expanded parade that will include community groups and several area marching bands, a tailgate party, the Saturday afternoon football game and alumni reunions.
The weekend will kick off with a Chamber Concert performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium as well as an alumni dinner Friday evening.
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.