Vol. 17, No. 16 May 3, 2001 Issue

Top , Yeow Ng, composites laboratory manager with WSU’s National Institute for Aviation Research, left, shows Todd Tiahrt, Kansas’ 4th District representative, a 3-D laser holographic camera used to detect defects in composite test samples.

Tiahrt has helped secure $10 million in federal funding for NIAR. Tiahrt spent several hours at WSU April 18.

Bottom, in the morning, he talked to political science professor Mel Kahn’s American Politics class. He also attended an alumni tent party before heading to the WSU-University of Kansas baseball game.


Striking out a baseball myth
By Amy Geiszler-Jones

George Platt, WSU’s unofficial historian, is trying to strike out a myth about the first Shocker baseball player to play in the major leagues...


Research will lead to a crash landing
By Joe Kleinsasser

There’s going to be a plane crash in June. But don’t worry. The crash is planned and there won’t be any deaths or injuries...


Anthropology museum to collect tribal art
By Amy Geiszler-Jones

WSU’s anthropology museum, which reopened recently, has been given the rare opportunity to start a cultural art collection by sending an expedition team to the primitive region where the art is created...


Indian student group establishes scholarship
By Amy Geiszler-Jones

What started as an idea nearly a decade ago has turned into reality in a few months.

The Indian Student Association has become one of the first student groups to establish an endowed scholarship fund. To become endowed, a scholarship fund must reach the $10,000 level, which allows scholarships to be paid out indefinitely with the fund’s earnings...


A fresh coat of paint and more

It’s been a long time coming. WSU’s Web site, which won awards when it was new more than three years ago, has not kept up with the evolution of the Web and the way we use the Web today. It’s time for a new look, and to find a way for the university Web site to better serve its various users...


Theres’ some remodeling being done on the inside, too
By Amy Geiszler-Jones

While WSU’s Web site got a new look this week, some features inside the site are being updated as well...

WSU effort to LINK to community under way
By Amy Geiszler-Jones

WSU’s initiative to connect faculty expertise to community groups for joint funded research and service projects is under way...


Lost items are found money for scholarships
By Amy Geiszler-Jones

A dozen or so sunglasses and prescription glasses hang on a pegboard covering one wall in Valerie Pittier’s office in WSU’s police station. Below the rows of glasses are several sets of keys...


No summer vacation for campus parking, road work
By Joe Kleinsasser

It won’t be too difficult to find a parking spot on campus this summer. However, you may have to find a different parking lot than the one you use now...


Historial Kansas maps will soon be online
By Joe Kleinsasser

Finding a current Kansas map is easy. Finding a Kansas map that’s more than 100 years old is much more difficult...


The Roundhouse Renaissance campaign goal increased
By Lynette Murphy

Despite a campaign kickoff on Halloween day 2000, there’s nothing "scary" about the progress that’s been made a mere six months later in the $25 millon effort, the Roundhouse Renaissance. About $14 million in pledges has been received so far, putting Shocker athletics at about 60 percent of its goal...


It’s soon cap-and-gown time

Once again this spring, each academic college at WSU is hosting its own commencement, making commencement a two-day event May 11-12...


‘Lysistrata’ portrays battle of the sexes

WSU’s final Theatre Mainstage Series production this season is "Lysistrata," a classical Greek satire, directed by Bela Kiralyfalvi, professor and chair of performing arts. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, May 3-5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6, in Wilner Auditorium...

Inside on a summer break

This issue of Inside WSU will be the last this academic year. It will resume publishing in late August. The WSU news digest, e-mailed weekly, will continue to keep the campus community informed about happenings during the summer. To submit information for the news digest, contact Joe Kleinsasser, 978-3013 or click here.

Giving employees a break

Two Wichita businesses are offering discounts to WSU employees. Red Carpet Car Wash, 6001 E. Kellogg, offers a discount of nearly 25 percent for employees who show their WSU ID. A full-service car wash costs $7.60; add $2 for trucks, vans and 4x4s.

Owned and managed by WSU alumni, the Wichita Hilton Garden Inn, 2041 N. Bradley Fair Parkway, offers a special rate of $89 for WSU employees who ask for the special WSU rate when booking rooms for their overnight guests. The hotel’s standard rates start at $99.

Just hanging around

New parking permits for faculty and staff will be issued later this month. Current permits expire June 30. The new permits will be hangtags to display from your vehicle’s rearview mirror. Students were issued hangtags during the spring semester, but the permits have undergone a redesign since then. The tags will hang horizontally, rather than vertically, to not impair a driver’s vision, according to WSU Police.

Shutting down for awhile

The Lowe Auditorium in the Hughes Metropolitan Complex will be closed in June and July for renovations. An area by the stage will be remodeled to make it handicapped accessible.

Time to strike a deal

There’s still time to place bids on surplus WSU equipment. Lots of printers, monitors, copiers, chairs, office equipment and even a satellite dish are up for sale through Friday, May 4. Sealed bids must be submitted by 2 p.m. May 4 to the purchasing office, 021 Morrison Hall. To view the items, visit the Physical Plant warehouse from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. through May 3 and from 8 a.m. until shortly before bids are due May 4. For more information, contact David Fyfe or Jon Townsley, 978-3444, or click here.


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