Wichita State University

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Wichita State University received a grant to digitize thousands of historic documents from a famed 19th-century Kansas settler.

The $60,000 grant comes from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. It will go toward digitizing more than 17,000 pages from the papers of James R. Mead, a former Kansas legislator and one of the founders of modern Wichita. (And namesake of Mead Street in Old Town.)

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Wichita State has released the results of an extensive study over bringing back the school's football program.

The 69-page report from the consulting firm College Sports Solutions says that if WSU wants to bring back its football program, it will need a lot of money.

The study, commissioned in February, shows renovations to Cessna Stadium could cost between $21 and 28 million. A new practice facility would be more than $20 million.

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Eric Sexton, vice president for student affairs at Wichita State University, is stepping down.

Sexton announced his resignation Tuesday, a little more than a year after taking over the position. It will go into effect mid-July.

“It is time for me to change the trajectory of my professional life,” Sexton said in his resignation letter. “I want to sincerely thank the countless students, faculty, staff and alumni who have helped me. I will always be a Shocker.”

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Wichita State’s Innovation Campus, a huge expansion taking shape along 17th Street, just got a new tenant.

Element by Westin, a hotel chain with a contemporary design, will be the first addition and a focal point of Braeburn Square, the university’s new retail and mixed-use corridor. There will also be several units for retail and restaurants.

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Wichita State University is asking its faculty and staff for ways to save money and increase outside funding for their departments. The school has experienced funding cuts from the state.

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Significant upgrades will be made to Wichita State University's aerospace engineering building next year.

The building, named for Dwane and Velma Lunt Wallace, will undergo a facelift in the coming years, thanks to a $1 million gift from the foundation bearing their names.

Wallace Hall was built in the 1970s and has not had significant renovation since then. The university says funds will also be used to update and modernize the facility with an emphasis on making it more student-friendly, functional and aesthetically appealing.

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Kansas' state universities are calling for tuition increases of up to 5 percent, at least for now.

The schools submitted their tuition proposals Wednesday to the governing Kansas Board of Regents. But those came before Gov. Sam Brownback signed a budget bill Wednesday afternoon that cuts higher education funding by 4 percent, 1 percent more than the universities had expected.

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Gov. Sam Brownback is cutting most state agencies 4 percent to balance the Kansas budget for next year.

Lawmakers approved an unbalanced budget that required the governor to make almost $100 million in spending reductions to comply with the state Constitution. Brownback’s budget director, Shawn Sullivan, says the governor exempted some agencies and K-12 schools.

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Members of the Wichita City Council and Sedgwick County Commission met Tuesday morning to discuss the location of a new, shared law enforcement training center. The current facility is housed in a former elementary school, and city officials say the space is too small and outdated.

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Universities in Kansas have until October 1 to draft concealed weapons plans to comply with a new Kansas Board of Regents policy passed this year.

Concealed weapons will be allowed on university campuses beginning July 1, 2017. Schools can bar the weapons in certain buildings under the rule, but only if they add security measures, such as electronic wands or metal detectors.

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