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Two Wichita galleries are holding auctions this week featuring artwork from 16 Iraqi and 9 Palestinian artists.

The pieces have been on display around the city in an exhibition titled “Building Bridges,” whose goal is to showcase the common humanity between the Middle Eastern artists and their American audience. KMUW’s Nadya Faulx spoke to some of the people involved with Building Bridges and has more.

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New numbers show enrollment at Wichita State University is relatively flat over last year.

Every year, the state’s 32 public universities and colleges take a census of students on the 20th day of class. According to the figures released by the Kansas Board of Regents, statewide enrollment throughout the system was up less than half a percent.

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Wichita State University is marking 40 years of having LGBT groups on campus.

Wichita State’s first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender student group—called the Student Homophile Association—formed in 1976. It was just three years after the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its diagnostic manual.

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Wichita State men's volunteer Director of Operations Nick Taylor and his partner David Wagner won the silver medal in wheelchair quad doubles tennis in the Paralympic Games. The duo earned gold medals in the last three Paralympic events.

Taylor and Wagner's list of accomplishments now include three Paralympic gold medals, one silver Paralympic medal, three Australian Open wins and three U.S. Open wins.

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Students looking to get financial help with college expenses can begin the process earlier.

The Department of Education has moved up the submission date for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, to Oct. 1; it used to be Jan. 1.

Completing the FAFSA is usually the first step every incoming and returning college student must do to be considered for federal financial aid.

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Students returned to Wichita State University for the fall semester this week. The university begins the new term with two weeks of special programs and events.

As KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports, one campus event features a speaker known for being an agent of change.

The main event of WSU’s “Welcomefest” will be Tuesday evening, when artist and activist Bree Newsome delivers a keynote speech titled "Tearing Hate from the Sky."

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A private developer plans to build a student apartment complex on Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus.

MWCB LLC will finance and build the new facility, which will include 112 apartment units for graduate and undergraduate students who are at least in their sophomore year. WSU staff and employees who work for companies on the Innovation Campus can also live in the building.

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Wichita State University men’s basketball coach Gregg Marshall has been suspended from the team’s final exhibition game in Canada.

Marshall will be absent from Wednesday afternoon’s game against the IndiSport All-Stars, the school said in a news release. The team has been on a four-game tour of Canada.

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A new website offers comprehensive economic data for Wichita and the state of Kansas.

The website KansasEconomy.org provides trends, economic indicators and the most recent employment and population forecasts. 

The Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University created the website to compile economic data from across the state in one place. The center’s director, Jeremy Hill, says the information is coming straight from government sources and will automatically update.

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Some nursing students at Wichita State University are getting help paying for their education in exchange for setting up a practice in an under-served area of Kansas.

Wichita State’s School of Nursing received a $348,267 dollar federal grant to help get more primary care nurse practitioners into practice.

Alicia Huckstadt, professor and director of graduate program in the WSU School of Nursing, says the grant will pay for 16 students for the entire year beginning this fall.

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