Vol. 17, No. 6 November 2, 2000 Issue

Vice President for Student Affairs Ron Kopita, left, and President Don Beggs give a lively reading of the Dr. Seuss classic, "Green Eggs and Ham," to a crowd of more than 50 children during Dr. Seuss Activity Day Saturday, Oct. 28. Among the activities for kids were other readings and creating artwork related to the themes of the books.

Evan Borst, 18, from Goddard High School makes last-minute adjustments to his team’s robot during the second annual Kansas BEST competition in Levitt Arena Saturday, Oct. 28. The contest’s scenario was for students to build a robot that would help fight a fire and retrieve artifacts in a museum. The Goddard team went on to win the competition’s presentation award, based on the evaluation of a project notebook, oral presentation and other factors. The Wichita Home Schools defeated 19 other schools to win the overall competition that is designed to inspire students to careers in engineering, science and technology. The WSU College of Engineering Dean’s Circle hosts the event. Goddard and Wichita Home Schools will represent Kansas in the national competition at Texas A&M University Nov. 18

‘Helping people help each other’
By Amy Geiszler-Jones

There’s a sign – a couple dozen words in black type on a white piece of paper – that hangs on Greg Meissen’s and Mary Warren’s office door in the Self-Help Network of Kansas in Jabara Hall. It’s simple, yet it speaks volumes about the philosophy of a WSU service that has grown from a referral and support system for self-help groups to a significant research center involved in projects to enhance lives and communities throughout Kansas.

Taking research to a higher level
By Joe Kleinsasser

WSU faculty and staff aren’t resting on their laurels. After setting a record in research funding in fiscal year 2000, WSU is on a blistering pace to establish a much higher mark.

Efforts to study pay disparity under way
By Julie Rausch

The state Division of Personnel Services announced in October that a pay study is being done on whether there are significant pay disparities between state salaries and market value salaries, according to Mike Turner, WSU’s director of human resources.

Pepsi and WSU ink 10-year agreement
By Joe Kleinsasser

The Pepsi Bottling Group and Wichita State University have entered into an agreement giving PBG exclusive rights to sell Pepsi-Cola products at all WSU facilities. In return, WSU will receive a minimum of $2.7 million from PBG over the next 10 years. Additional dollars will be generated based on sales.

Increase in credit hours, gift help WSU
By Joe Kleinsasser

An increase in credit hour production will allow WSU to serve students better in the future.

Shocker One Stop: Personalized service on the Web
By John Jones

This week, University Computing and Telecommunications Services is unveiling the first step in the university’s new Web-enabling program, Shocker One Stop, which will include a growing number of services for all students, faculty, and staff of WSU.

National Geographic writer featured in breakfast series

J. Cliff Tarpy, a member of the senior editorial staff for National Geographic Magazine, will share a behind-the-scenes look at how the famous magazine is put together during a breakfast address at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at The Olive Tree Banquet Hall, 2949 N. Rock Road.

Basketball teams get ready for play

Both women’s and men’s basketball teams at WSU are combining old with new as they get ready to start their seasons this month. Fans can get a preview of the men’s team tonight (Thursday, Nov. 2) in an exhibition game, while the women’s first exhibition is Tuesday, Nov. 7.

French chamber choir to perform in Connoisseur Series

Accentus Chamber Choir, a professional choir of 32 singers from France, will perform as part of the College of Fine Arts’ Connoisseur Series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, in Wiedemann Recital Hall.

Co-op program ready to blow into Windy City
By Amy Geiszler-Jones

The cooperative education internship program is getting ready to hit the road again, this time to Chicago, in hopes of finding more employers for the hundreds of students it serves each year.

WSU to present annual Kansas Dance Festival

Faculty and students from Wichita State University and seven other universities will fill the stage with a collage of choreography and talent at the annual Kansas Dance Festival 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 17-18, in Miller Concert Hall.

Engels to perform organ concert

Concert organist Stefan Engels will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, as part of the Rie Bloomfield Organ Series in Wiedemann Recital Hall.

The WSU theater program was established 75 years ago. A story in the Oct. 19 issue of Inside WSU incorrectly stated the program’s length.

While the offering of an associate degree will be necessary to fulfill accreditation standards for WSU’s paramedic program, it has not yet received approval from the Kansas Board of Regents to offer the degree. A story and headline in the Oct. 5 issue of Inside WSU may have implied the upgrade was official.

Inside WSU regrets any inconvenience caused by these errors.

Preparing for commencement

Fall commencement will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, in Levitt Arena.

The University Bookstore is taking faculty rental regalia orders; please contact Sheila Cubbage at 978-7021, but you’ll need to hurry. After Nov. 3, there will be a $25 rush-processing fee. No rental orders will be accepted after Dec. 1.

Faculty and staff planning to participate should RSVP to the Office of University Communications, 978-3045, by Dec. 8.

Nearly everything’s for sale – including the sink

The Physical Plant is holding a surplus sale of a variety of items, including sinks. Among the 83 lots are several computers, monitors and printers, riding lawn mowers, sound mixing boards, office furniture and basketball goals.

Anyone interested in checking out the goods can go by the Gaddis Physical Plant Warehouse 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays until Nov. 10. Sealed bids must be submitted to the purchasing office, 021 Morrison Hall, by 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10.

Connect with a kid

If you’re looking for an opportunity to volunteer in the community, you can do a number of things – from eating breakfast with a child to reading to a classroom full of kids – during Mentoring Week, Nov. 13-17. For other opportunities to give of your time, contact the United Way Volunteer Center, 267-0202. WSU employees giving at least $20 a month to the United Way are eligible to take a Community Service Day for such volunteer efforts.

Feasting fun

You can get your tickets now for the 23rd Annual Renaissance Feast, held at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2, in the Rhatigan Student Center ballroom, which will be transformed into a 16th century English castle. WSU’s Madrigal Singers and Chamber Singers provide entertainment. Tickets are $26 with discounts for students and groups and can be purchased weekdays at the RSC Reservations Office on the first floor. Call 978-3475 for more information.

Decorate safely

If you’re getting into the holiday spirit, make sure to decorate safely in university offices. According to WSU fire codes, only Universal Laboratory-listed electric lights are allowed. Any other decorations should be made of flame retardant material. Open flames, such as candles and heaters, can’t be located near combustible materials or Christmas trees. Natural cut Christmas trees are not allowed in university buildings, unless they are in areas protected by an approved automatic sprinkler system. Artificial trees need to be flame retardant or resistive and can’t obstruct hallways or exits.

Inside WSU is published by the Office of University Communications for Wichita State University faculty, staff and friends on biweekly Thursdays during the fall and spring semesters. Items to be considered for publication should be sent to campus box 62 or amy.geiszler-jones@wichita.edu 10 days before publication.

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