Wichita State University

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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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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.”

Hotel Coming To Wichita State's Innovation Campus

Jun 17, 2016
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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.

WSU Looking For Ideas To Address Funding Challenges

Jun 9, 2016
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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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