Wichita State University

Wichita State University

This past weekend, a memorial service was held for former Wichita State University professor Robert Town, who died in December. Town was professor of organ at the university from 1965 - 2006 and played a major part in the university's acquisition of the great Marcussen organ, which is housed in Wiedemann Hall and was the first such organ built in North America.

The voice you'll hear in this remembrance is Andrew Trechak, associate professor of piano at Wichita State, who arrived at WSU in 1981. The music is from a May 1990 concert by Town, playing the Marcussen organ.

Voice and opera students at WSU will have the opportunity to study with two international opera stars beginning this fall.

Samuel Ramey, a renowned and celebrated opera talent and the most recorded bass in history, and Alan Held, an international opera star and one of the leading bass-baritone singing actors today, will join Wichita State's music faculty.

As announced in a press release on Tuesday, Ramey will have a daily presence on campus throughout the year.

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Francisco Zúñiga’s “Three Women Walking” seems to be a straightforward representation, but subtleties in expression, gesture and formal technique indicate there is more going on.

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The oldest surviving structure on Wichita State’s campus, Fiske Hall’s story began in 1904 with a donation from Charlotte Fiske of Massachusetts to construct a new men’s dormitory at what was then Fairmount College.

Wichita State University is hosting a career conference emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for young women.

The Expanding Your Horizons conference for middle school girls is in its first year.

The students can participate in workshops like "Polymers, Polymers Everywhere!," "Clean Air is Always in Fashion," and "The Slime is ALIVE!" The girls will also meet role models in science disciplines.

Wichita State University's Evelyn Hendren Cassat Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic is offering free hearing screenings on Mondays the rest of this month, on Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

Appointments are open to the general public and available from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m.

The clinic also offers hearing evaluation services, hearing aids, etc.

The clinic is located at the WSU Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Entrance T, at 29th and Oliver. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 978-3289.

One of the premiere events happening this Final Friday is the grand re-opening of WSU Shift Space.

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A three-judge panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals will hear seven cases on Sept. 17 at Wichita State University, as part of the college's Constitution Day events.

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The 26-year-old agave plant on Wichita State’s campus that we reported on previously  is now in mid-bloom.

Campus floral supervisor Kari Ossman has kept a close eye on the plant and considers the plant’s blooming a real education.

“The next phase will be to watch it bloom, to measure it, and to kind of watch it after it blooms to see if the plant really does die,” she said.

Century plants typically die after blooming, and Ossman looks forward to seeing the process.

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WSU’s Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection, which currently consists of 76 pieces, is one of the largest outdoor university sculpture collections in the United States.

In 2006, the collection landed a spot in Public Art Review magazine’s compiled list of the top 10 campus outdoor art collections nationwide. The list is based on the quantity and quality of the works.

So how did Wichita State University end up with such an impressive outdoor sculpture collection?

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