After over a year of construction, the new housing complex on the campus of Wichita State University has opened. A dedication was held Thursday afternoon.
Students, parents, faculty and staff shuffled through the new dorm rooms at Wichita State University in a sea of black and gold. Dubbed Shocker Hall, the five-story building will house 784 people, with apartments going for as much as $4,000 a semester.
In a dedication outside, Wichita State President John Bardo said the building is a sign of things to come.
Kansas State University is considering a $150 million research facility that would focus on food and complement the planned National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility adjacent to the university.
K-State President Kirk Schulz has requested $5 million in state funding for next year to begin planning the Food Systems Research and Education Facility.
They discussed the proposal briefly at a Kansas Board of Regents budget session Thursday. Schulz says the project might be years down the road, but he wants to get legislators and other state officials familiar with the request.
A commission will be working over the coming months to look for possible ways Kansas schools could more efficiently use tax dollars. The group is made up of former lawmakers, education officials and members of advocacy groups like the Kansas Policy Institute.
Those on the commission don't always see eye-to-eye on education issues.
The group elected former advertising executive and Wichita Chamber of Commerce Chairman Sam Williams to head the commission. He says he'll be working to get everyone on the same page.
Tech Mahindra, a leading supplier of tractors, utility vehicles and information technology, announced on July 16, 2014, at the Farnborough International Airshow in England that it will collaborate with Wichita State University and its National Institute for Aviation Research on multiple areas of engineering.
Tech Mahindra and WSU have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines collaboration in the areas of aerospace engineering, certification, information technology and automotive testing.
A Kansas legislative committee is asking the state's education department to reconsider a plan to fingerprint public school teachers.
During a committee meeting Monday, Rep. Jim Ward said he was concerned that the proposal would violate the privacy rights of the 33,000 longtime teachers who would be fingerprinted. He also objected to a plan to require the teachers to pay $50 for the fingerprinting.