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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-272-9595 ext 4303.
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.
UPDATE: July 2, 2012 – As of July 2, Rockcleft is open for business and non-residents are now allowed back in the area.
As of Wednesday, June 27, the wildfires in the Colorado Springs area are approximately one mile from Friends University's Rockcleft Camp. While the camp is still intact, the area has been evacuated and is closed until further notice.