Friends University’s new Web site won a gold in the Web Site Overall category as part of the MarCom Awards in October. The University’s Web vendor, PlattForm Advertising, entered the new Web site in this international awards program. PlattForm also won awards for its execution on print and television involving traditional college and university-related advertising and marketing pieces.
In a season of giving and good tidings, Friends University students and staff gave back to the community through a coat drive and two service days.
This year’s winter coat drive sponsored by Psi Chi and the Psychology Club received a record-breaking 92 donations by Friends University students, faculty and staff. The drive took place during November, and collection boxes were located throughout campus. For the past seven years, donated coats have been given to Operation Holiday.
Adults laugh only 15 times a day. Preschoolers laugh 450 times a day. There is so much a teacher can still learn. Workshops can give teachers the opportunity to refresh, re-certify or learn a new skill, even if that new skill is how to put more laughter, joy and humor in their life.
Friends University will once again close its doors Dec. 14 for the 17th year. Approximately 250 staff, faculty and students will help the Salvation Army prepare for its holiday distribution to needy children and families in the Wichita area. The group will eat together before leaving for the distribution facility at the former Honeywell building. The group will assemble bikes, sort and bag toys and stocking stuffers, decorate the distribution facility, and much more.
Friends University currently has 23 international students representing 15 foreign countries among its Wichita, Lenexa and Topeka sites including Bangladesh, Canada, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and the United Kingdom.
The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony programmed by the Friends University Falcon Activities and Campus Events (FACE) Special Events Committee will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2. Refreshments will be provided.
Friends University will host an open house event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, on the second floor of the Davis Administration Building on the Wichita campus. Attendees can learn more about all of the Friends University programs, from traditional undergraduate to the Graduate School, in addition to the Cisco Networking Academy.
Dr. Evelyn Hume has been hired as dean of the Graduate School on the Wichita campus.
Dr. Hume is originally from Tennessee and relocated to Kansas from Virginia, where she was previously dean of the business school at Longwood University in Farmville. She has a Ph.D. in accounting from Louisiana State University, and a master’s in information systems and a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of West Florida.
Children can trick or treat and interact with college students at Friends University Thursday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Friends University Residence Life Office.
“Trick or Treat Off the Street” is designed for children 12 years and younger to collect candy throughout the campus residence halls, apartments and houses. “Knock here for candy” signs will be posted on doors of participating student apartments.