Most Friends University offices will close Monday, Dec. 12, at 11 a.m. so that approximately 320 staff, faculty and students can help the Salvation Army prepare for its holiday distribution to 4,000 Wichita-area families, including 10,600 children.
This is the 19th consecutive year Friends University has helped with the effort. The volunteers will assemble bikes, sort and bag toys and stocking stuffers, decorate the distribution facility, and much more.
A popular component of Wichita’s skyline – now restored to its full glory – will again be part of the Friends University Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
The Friends University Davis Administration Building clock tower will be ablaze with festive lights as part of the annual holiday lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 30 in the second floor of the Davis Administration.
In the fall of 2011, the executive committee of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, selected Friends University’s Kappa Phi Chapter of for the “En el foco” webpage, which highlights yearly one of Sigma Delta Pi's 581 chapters nationwide to showcase member activities.
Tim O’Brien, author of the book “The Things They Carried,” will talk about his book from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in rooms 101/102 of the Marriage and Family Therapy facility/Center on Family Living on the Friends University campus.
O’Brien’s book is a combination of interconnected, fictional short stories based on O’Brien’s own experiences while fighting in Vietnam. The book was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award.
Those familiar with the long-running show Survivor know that the challenges the competitors undergo are not for the faint of heart, and may assume that only an elite athlete could stand a chance of succeeding. Chad Crittenden, contestant on Survivor: Vanuatu, smashed that stereotype when it was revealed that he was competing with a prosthetic foot. He will use his experiences on the show to share his thoughts on Acknowledging Diverse Minds, Bodies and Spirits at 7:30 p.m. November 4 in the Casado Campus Center McKay Gymnasium.
Friends University has been awarded the Military Friendly School designation from G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.
Passersby and students at Friends University may have recently noticed a familiar sound emanating from atop the Davis Administration Building – a sound we haven’t heard for over two years.
The building’s clock tower is again keeping time and chiming its dulcet tones high above campus, warning students that class will start soon, signaling lunch and serenading faculty and staff on their way out the door at the end of a long day.
Friends University graduate Dr. Cliff Loesch, pastor of University Friends Meeting, has been honored with an additional, global ministry: serving for three years as presiding clerk of Friends United Meeting.
“It’s humbling that they asked me to do this,” Dr. Loesch, music education ’79, said of the volunteer position, which began in August.