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The 31 members of the Wichita State University community who died in a plane crash 46 years ago were remembered in a memorial service held on campus Sunday.

Many who lost their lives in the 1970 crash in Colorado were varsity football players at WSU. The team's head coach, the athletic director, the head of the booster club and their spouses were also among those killed.

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Gov. Sam Brownback has until Thursday to sign a budget passed by the Kansas Legislature two weeks ago. He'll need to find nearly $200 million in savings in order for the budget to be balanced. One of the options on the table is to cut a portion of spending to the University of Kansas and Kansas State. KMUW's Sean Sandefur sat down with Wichita State President John Bardo to talk funding higher education. 

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Wichita State University will award an honorary doctorate to Wichita physician Dr. Donna Sweet during the university's fall commencement ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 13. This marks the first time since 1988 that an honorary degree has been given at WSU.

WSU President John Bardo selected Dr. Sweet to receive the award in recognition of her 35 years of service to patients with HIV/AIDS. In a release from the University, Bardo said that Sweet has changed the world with her scholarship and her heart. Sweet says she was flattered and honored by his statement.

Updated June 23, 2015, at 2:40 p.m.

The chancellor of the University of Kansas is joining the presidents of four other state universities in giving up her annual pay increase.

KU spokeswoman Erinn Barcomb-Peterson says Chancellor Bernadette Gray Little has regularly made gifts to the university in excess of her annual salary increase and plans to do the same again this year.

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The Kansas Board of Regents has approved 2 percent increases in the base salaries of the top administrators at five state universities.

The board approved the additional compensation Thursday.

Wichita State University President John Bardo's salary will be about $357,000, an increase of about $7,000.

University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will receive a base salary of about $510,000 for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The increase is $10,000.

Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz will see his salary rise about $9,300 to $476,000.

Wichita State Plans Expansion Around Innovation

Aug 15, 2014
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Wichita State University outlined a plan on Friday to bring private companies onto campus for the sake of innovation. The presentation, which was held on campus, included designs for a number of new buildings. 

The fairways of Braeburn Golf Course on Wichita State’s campus will soon have a far different look. The links will be the site of Innovation Campus, a 20-year expansion that will include more than a dozen new buildings. 

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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.

WSU President John Bardo Proposes 'Innovation Campus'

Feb 25, 2014

Wichita State President John Bardo gave an outlook of the coming 2013-2014 school year on Monday afternoon. His presentation included new construction planned for the campus.

According to Bardo, a big part of the future of the university is what they are calling "Innovation Campus." This will give an opportunity to outside companies to build infrastructure on school grounds - bringing with them new ideas, technology, jobs and internships.

GOP Senators Say Problem Gambling Money Misspent

Two Republican state senators say even if the governor approves a request for increased funding to help problem gamblers, the money probably won’t be spent where it was intended under Kansas law.

Gary Haulmark of the Department for Aging and Disability Services has asked for a $3.5 million boost for problem gambling services. Senator Carolyn McGinn, of Sedgwick, wants lawyers for that department to justify how the money is being spent.

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After more than three months on the job, Dr. John Bardo was formally inaugurated Friday as the 13th president of Wichita State University.

Bardo gave his inaugural address to a crowd of faculty, staff, students, state officials and community members– including former WSU President Don Beggs and Gov. Sam Brownback.

He said it is more clear to him than ever that the fortunes of Wichita State and those of the greater Wichita area are linked.