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Futsal Court Opens As Part Of Fairmount Park Improvements

Nov 14, 2016
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City officials on Monday celebrated the completion of a renovation project at Fairmount Park near the Wichita State University campus.

The park has a brand-new basketball court and the first futsal court in Wichita. Futsal is a game similar to soccer but with a smaller ball and a smaller outdoor playing surface.

Half of a tennis court at Fairmount Park was renovated and converted for the game. Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell says the court, which cost about $281,000, will help attract college students to the park.

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Wichita State University has received a gift of more than $1 million for the care of the school's acclaimed collection of outdoor art.

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Wichita State University says all of its campuses are going tobacco free next summer.

  

University president John Bardo passed the new policy in August. It goes into effect on July 1, 2017.

The new rule bans all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes, from WSU properties. The Kansas Indoor Clean Air Act already outlaws smoking within 10 feet of buildings.

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The iconic Joan Miró mural "Personnages Oiseaux" is returning to the face of the Ulrich Museum of Art and will reclaim its place as one of the most recognizable icons on the Wichita State University campus. For almost a decade, an art conservation company has been working to stabilize the outdoor mosaic while retaining the integrity of the original piece.

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In spite of a sluggish economy, Wichita home sales are expected to rise for the sixth straight year, according to the latest housing forecast from the Wichita State University Center for Real Estate.

The report says Wichita home sales should rise 5.8 percent by the end of this year and another 5 percent in 2017. Director Stan Longhofer says overall, the housing forecast looks very solid.

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The iconic Joan Miró mural Personnages Oiseaux is returning to the Ulrich Museum of Art at WSU at the end of October. Marianne Russell-Marti of Russell-Marti Conservation Services has worked to restore the mosaic and will give a lecture Tuesday night on her work.

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Researchers at Wichita State University have received a grant from NASA to develop a biomedical sensor that attaches to the body.

The wearable device is called a smart skin biomedical sensor. It looks like a rectangular copper sticker with geometric patterns.

Based on their early work , a group of student and faculty researchers at WSU received a $1.1 million grant from NASA to continue developing the sensor. It measures things like blood flow, blood gas levels and muscle degeneration—all without batteries or electrical components.

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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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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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