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WSU, WATC Present Merger Legislation To Board Of Regents

Dec 15, 2016
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On Wednesday, the Kansas Board of Regents read a first draft of proposed legislation that would allow for the merger of Wichita State University and Wichita Area Technical College.

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The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday approved policies for how the state's six public universities will implement a state law allowing people to carry concealed guns into campus buildings starting July 1.

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The Kansas Policy Institute, a free-market think tank based in Wichita, says it is planning to launch its own online news service.

The service will be called The Sentinel. Kansas Policy Institute President Dave Trabert announced the plan in a video on the organization's website.

“Are you tired of not getting honest information from government? Have you had it with media bias?" he says. "Well, if so, then I have some good news for you.”

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A new survey of Wichita State University students and faculty finds that most respondents feel well connected to the school and satisfied with the atmosphere on campus overall.

The school sent out the online survey in October. More than 1500 students and approximately 700 faculty and staff members responded.

The survey asked questions related to diversity at WSU, safety issues and how accessible the school is for people with disabilities. More than 80 percent of students surveyed say they’re at least somewhat satisfied with their experience at WSU.

Professors of PEACE

A new software system being developed uses a person’s expressive writing to help identify early signs of mental illness.

A user responds to a prompt and enters their creative writing into the online program. The writing is analyzed over a range of topics such as relationships, anger and addiction to find out if there are any themes or underlying emotional or mental concerns.

Wichita State University graduate student Johnna Crawford created the system.

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Wichita State University says offensive chalk drawings found on campus earlier this week were actually the work of a student completing an art project.

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Two Wichita State University alumni will receive awards this Sunday. Operatic mezzo-soprano and actress Karla Burns will receive an honorary doctorate, and opera star Samuel Ramey will receive the president’s award at WSU's fall commencement.

Karla Burns' numerous accomplishments range from her work on Broadway to winning an Olivier Award – the British equivalent of Broadway's Tony Award. Burns was inducted into Wichita State's Fine Arts Hall of Fame earlier this year.

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Wichita State University police are investigating reports of racist chalk drawings found on campus Monday morning.

Students and employees found sidewalk chalk drawings in front of several buildings. Some of the vandalism included hate speech regarding race and gender identity, according to a news release from the university. The drawings have since been removed.

In a statement, WSU President John Bardo condemned the chalkings.

“We deplore all forms of hate speech, including these acts of vandalism,” he said.

The Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas

The Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas is launching a new job-training program that’s designed to get more people into the advanced manufacturing industry.

The Workforce Alliance is coordinating a tuition-free training program that’s expected to start next spring. The U.S. Department of Labor awarded a $6 million grant for the project.

Students at Wichita State University, Hutchinson Community College and Wichita Area Technical College will be able to get paid on-the-job training at area manufacturers in addition to their classroom education.

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A representative from the Kansas Sierra Club says he's hoping climate change will be a bigger priority in the upcoming legislative session. 

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