UPDATE: Due to weather, the concert will be held in Sebits Auditorium in Riney Fine Arts Center.
Singer-songwriter Graham Colton will be coming to Friends University for a free concert at 9 p.m. Sept. 7 on the Green Residence Hall lawn.
Colton has toured with John Mayer, Maroon 5, Dave Matthews Band, Train, The Wallflowers and pop superstar Kelly Clarkson. His latest album, “Coast Eyes,” is the follow-up to his 2008 album, “Here Right Now.”
Two of the most memorable contestants from season 11 of “The Biggest Loser” will be visiting Wichita Sept. 12-16 to share their message of health and hope. Their visit is being sponsored by Friends University, the Wichita YMCA and LifePoint Church in Valley Center.
Getting tickets to Friends University’s fine arts and athletic events is easier than ever with the online ticketing system that is now in place at friends.edu.
The system has been in place since August, and it’s working well for both the University and its customers, said Mackenzie Harting, fine arts event coordinator.
“The response has been very good. Customers want the option to purchase tickets when it is convenient for them, not just when the box office is open,” Harting said.
With recent headlining debates on health care, gun control, wars, and presidential power, it seems like everyone is an expert on the Constitution. But Dr. Michael Austin might contend that no one truly knows our forefathers’ intent when they scribed the core laws of our country.
Dr. Austin, professor and provost of Newman University in Wichita, will speak on the “Framers’ Intent” during a Constitution Day lecture at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Davis Administration Building’s Alumni Auditorium. The lecture is sponsored by the Garvey Institute of Law.
Friends University’s Run with Friends group is encouraging alumni, students, board of trustees members, faculty, staff and others affiliated with the University to participate in one of the Prairie Fire Marathon races Oct. 14.
The races will include a marathon, half marathon, Mayor’s 5K Challenge, Fun Run and Walk, and Youth Marathon. Register with Prairie Fire by Aug. 31 to take advantage of the lowest registration fee. A Fit for Life Expo will also take place Saturday before the race, and volunteers are needed to staff the Friends University booth at the Expo.
Colvin Elementary School students will learn the importance of a college education from more than 300 Friends University freshmen and transfer students.
As part of the Week of Welcome Service Day Aug. 20, incoming Friends University students will have the opportunity to encourage and teach about 150 third-graders about the value of higher education.
“We’re really excited to bring this event to campus again this year,” said Brett McLaughlin, coordinator of residence life at Friends University. “Last year’s event was a huge success, and this year promises to be even better.”
The world will soon get a closer, more detailed view of Friends University thanks to some of the latest technology from Google.
Google Street View and the Street View Trike visited Wichita July 30 to shoot images of streets and pedestrian pathways throughout the University’s campus. The Trike is a three-wheel pedi-cab with a camera system on top that explores and captures some of the world’s most interesting places that aren’t accessible by cars, including universities, zoos, theme parks and more.
Friends University students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the community will be helping fill the shortage in the Red Cross' blood supply during its blood drive Aug. 27. Donors can sign up to donate between 11:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., and the donation process usually takes about 15 minutes. Those interested should contact Megan Skaggs at email@example.com or 785-272-9595 ext 4303.
Summer-time renovations are bringing a new café to the Casado Campus Center and new gym floor graphics to the Garvey Physical Education Center.
Casado Campus Center
Friends University’s Casado Campus Center is receiving a face-lift this summer with renovations in the lower level.
The $350,000 project replaces Freddie’s Snack Bar with Jazzman’s Café and Bakery, and Sandella’s Flatbread Sandwiches.
Friends University biology professor Dr. Alan Maccarone is one of the nation's leading experts on egrets, and has spent most of his summers since 1990 studying the movements of the snowy white birds in Wichita. Friends University has funded research projects for three years.