Among Friends: Sept. 29, 2010

News Date: 
Wed. 09/29/2010

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New York City’s Lincoln Center Invites Friends Alumnus, Mayberry Choir to Perform
Danny Darrington, a 1999 graduate and 2004 master’s graduate, and the Mayberry Middle School Choir have been invited to participate in a performance for Youth Choruses April 10, 2011, at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. The choir will join other choirs to form the Distinguished Concerts Singers International, a choir distinction, accompanied by Distinguished Concerts Orchestra International.

2010 Alumni Scholarship Recipients Announced
The Alumni Scholarship is awarded to freshmen sons or daughters of Friends University alumni. Four $1,000 scholarships are awarded each year to the selected students. The scholarship requires a high-school GPA of 3.0 and/or composite ACT score of 21. The 2010 recipients include:

  • Emily Teel of Wichita, daughter of Ronald Teel, a 1985 graduate; and Jana Teel, a 1982 graduate and 1991 master’s graduate
  • Daniel Moran of Wichita, son of Sharon Moran, a 1986 graduate and 1994 master’s graduate
  • Andrew Watkins of Wichita, son of Donald, a 1991 graduate; and Christine Watkins, a 1986 graduate

2010 W. O. Mendenhall Scholarship Recipients Announced
Each year, members of the Alumni Advisory Board select exceptional juniors who exemplify Friends University through their activities on and off campus, community service, religious outlook, academic performance and future ambitions. Juniors Zachary Wood and Kristin Wakeland were selected as the 2010 Man and Woman of the Year. Both received a plaque and $500 for their 2010-11 tuition and expenses.

Wood, a criminal justice and Spanish major, has been involved with University Band, Singing Quakers, Campus Ministries, Falcon Student Organizations and Honors Seminar. He also translates for local organizations in Wichita.

Wakeland, a zoo science, field biology and chemistry major, has been involved with University Band, theatre and First Year-Intern. She is active at First Baptist Church and Music Theatre for Young People, and she backpacked through the Himalayan Mountains of India with National Outdoor Leadership School.

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