Wichita State Open House Weekend, Oct. 4-6

Events, Food and Fun!

Join Shocker Nation for three days of events, food and fun for the whole community—Oct. 4-6. 

Test your skill in our Cornhole tournament at Sip & See on Friday. Cheer on Shocker Athletics with a basketball scrimmage or softball game on Saturday. Take in some art at the Ulrich Museum on Sunday. Check back regularly, events added often!

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Scheduled events:

FRIDAY, OCT. 4, 2019

11 a.m.-5 p.m. —  Ulrich Museum Fall Exhibitions
Location: Ulrich Museum of Art | Cost: Free
Explore and enjoy 20th- and 21st-century art with exhibitions that feature emerging and established artists, works from our permanent collection and traveling exhibitions.

8 a.m.-9 p.m. —  Pizza Hut Museum 
Location: Pizza Hut Museum | Cost: Free
Take a walk through the history of Pizza Hut—in the original building—from its founding by WSU students, Dan and Frank Carney, to its growth into one of the world's largest pizza chains.

12-2 p.m. — Chili Cook-off
Location: Rhatigan Student Center patio | Cost: $5
$5 all-you-can-eat chili cook-off, presented by the Student Veteran Organization.

5-5:45 p.m. —  Sip and See: Innovation Campus Tour
Location: Experiential Engineering/John Bardo Center | Cost: Free
"Sip and See" around the John Bardo Center, take a tour of the building.

5:30-7:30 p.m. — Sip and See: Trivia Contest
Location: Experiential Engineering/John Bardo Center | Cost: Free
Participate in our trivia contest with local trivia host Tyler Cowley. Preregistration is required. 
» Sign up for trivia contest

5:30-7:30 p.m. — Sip and See: Cornhole Tournament
Location: Experiential Engineering/John Bardo Center  | Cost: Free (Sponsored by Campus Recreation)
Test your skill in our 32-team (two players per team) single elimination (best of three games for all matches) Cornhole tournament during our “Sip and See” event at John Bardo Center. Prizes for the top three teams. Preregistration is required. 
» Sign up for tournament

5:30-7:30 p.m. — Sip and See: Food Trucks
Location: Experiential Engineering/John Bardo Center  | Cost: Varies
Grab a bite of delicious, local food truck fare—and a glass of wine—during our “Sip and See” event at John Bardo Center. Trucks at the event include: B.S. Sandwich Press, LoLo's Crepes, Brown Box Bakery and Grace Hill Winery.

5:30-7:30 p.m. — Sip and See: Alumni Association Raffle Entry
Location: Experiential Engineering/John Bardo Center  | Cost: Varies
Try your luck at a raffle hosted by the Alumni Association. Registration required.

6-7 p.m. —  John Bardo Center Dedication @ Sip and See
Location: Experiential Engineering/John Bardo Center | Cost: Free
The Experiential Engineering Building will be rededicated as The John Bardo Center. Take a tour of the building before the program begins at 6 p.m. 

6:15-7 p.m. — Sip and See: Innovation Campus Tour
Location: Experiential Engineering/John Bardo Center | Cost: Free
"Sip and See" around the John Bardo Center, take a tour of the building.

6-9 p.m. —  First Friday: ShiftSpace Gallery 
Location: Groover Labs | Cost: Free
After six years in the Commerce Street Arts District, the student-run ShiftSpace gallery is moving to Groover Labs, 344 N. St. Francis, in Wichita’s Old Town district. See the gallery’s new visual identity, conceived by graphic design student and ShiftSpace Student Group member Nicklaus Lawrence, a photo series documenting the construction of Groover Labs by WSU Photography Guild members, Choreography III and Foundation 3D Design students dance in response to the poetry of WSU alumna April Pameticky, and an art parade of wearable sculpture pieces created by Foundation 3D Design students.

7:30-9:30 p.m. —  Play: "The Moors" 
Location: Wilner Auditorium | Cost: Free for WSU students; $10/$12/$15 general public
Two sisters and a dog live out their lives on the bleak English moors, dreaming of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen set all three on a strange and dangerous path. The Moors is a dark comedy about love, desperation, and visibility. Written by: Jen Silverman (Rating PG13+)
» Click here for tickets

8 p.m. – The Mentalist: Dittelman
Location: CAC Theater | Cost: Free for WSU students; $5 for general public, $3 for staff, kids 12 and under $1.
Have you ever wanted to know what someone is thinking or what their next move is going to be? If that’s you, then come join SAC and the mentalist Eric Dittelman. No advance ticket sales.
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8-11:55 p.m. — Cosmic Bowling
Location: Shocker Sports Grill and Lanes (Rhatigan Student Center)
$2 per person, per game; no shoes; availability varies due to group reservations.
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All-day  Apollo 9/NASA Artwork by Lowell Nesbitt 
Location: Experiential Engineering/John Bardo Center, 2nd floor  | Cost: Free

Friday Campus Dining Options and Hours

SATURDAY, OCT. 5, 2019

7-9:45 a.m. — Shocker Athletics Garage Sale
Location: Aetna Multi-Purpose Gym (Koch Arena) | Cost: Free
Wichita State hosts its annual athletic department garage sale at the Aetna Multi-Purpose Gym inside Charles Koch Arena. Shocker fans can purchase old jerseys and uniforms, plus assorted apparel, bags and other equipment. Items for sale are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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8 a.m.-5 p.m. —  Pizza Hut Museum 
Location: Pizza Hut Museum | Cost: Free
Take a walk through the history of Pizza Hut—in the original building—from its founding by WSU students, Dan and Frank Carney, to its growth into one of the world's largest pizza chains.

10-10:30 a.m. — Future Shocker Baby Crawl
Location: Marcus Welcome Center | Cost: Free
Do you have Shocker Nation's fastest baby? Bring your family and join the fun at this year's Future Shocker Baby Crawl, hosted by the Office of Admissions! Bring your keys, bells, whistles or anything else that will get baby to cross that finish line. Pre-registration is preferred, but families are welcome to register at the event.
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10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Chalk It Up! Outdoor Community Art
Location: McKnight Art Center | Cost: Free
The art education program in the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries invites you to pick up a piece of chalk and make your mark on the WSU campus.

11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Empty Bowls Chili Cook-off
Location: John Bardo Center | Cost: $25 for chili ($10 for students), and participants will make their own ceramic, glazed bowls.
Learn how to make a one-of-a-kind ceramic bowl with the WSU Ceramics Guild as they demonstrate wheel throwing and hand-building techniques. The bowl you make (or glaze) will be donated to the Empty Bowls Chili Cook-off fundraiser. There will also be an improvisational dance!
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11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m —  Pop Up Dancers at Empty Bowls
Location: John Bardo Center | Cost: Free
WSU students and alumni with faculty member Cheyla Chandler will perform improvisational dance throughout the Empty Bowls event at John Bardo Center from 11:30-12:30 pm.

11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Black and Yellow Scrimmage
Location: Koch Arena | Cost: Free
Get your first look at the 2019-20 WSU Women's Basketball and WSU's Men's Basketball teams during this year's intrasquad showcase in The Roundhouse!
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11 a.m.-12 p.m —  Main Campus Guided Tour 
Meeting Location: Rhatigan Student Center patio | Cost: Free
Get a firsthand look on foot at WSU's main campus.

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m —  Main Campus + Innovation Campus Guided Tour 
Meeting Location: Rhatigan Student Center patio | Cost: Free
Get a firsthand look on foot at WSU's main campus and campus expansion.

1-4:30 p.m —  Sail Boats at Braeburn Square 
Meeting Location: Braeburn Square Pond | Cost: Free
Sail boats with Air Capital Model Sailing Club. The club expects to have 8-12 "Dragon Force 65" boats in the water and will conduct several 15 to 30-minute races depending on the wind.

12-5 p.m. — WSU Sculpture Guild Iron Pour
Location: Henrion Hall Foundry | Cost: Free
Join the WSU Sculpture Guild as they pour molten metal! From 12–2 p.m., you may carve a sand block to be used in the pour, then take your sculpture home. The iron will begin to flow around 2:30 p.m. Note: The guild will have a limited number of sand blocks, and it takes time to pour them all. You may pick up your completed block at a later date if you choose.

1 p.m. — Softball: WSU vs Crowder
Location: Wilkins Stadium | Cost: Free for WSU students and up to two family guests; $5 at the gate general public

1-1:30 p.m. — Ann Walenta String Quartet Performance
Location: McKnight Art Center east patio | Cost: Free

1-2 p.m. —  First-Year Research Experience (FYRE) Scholars Poster Gallery Cohen Honors College in Shocker Hall
Location: Cohen Honors CollegeCost: Free
The expanded Dorothy and Bill Cohen Honors College space in Shocker Hall will be open to walk-in visitors with a showcase of research posters created by the scholars selected for the spring 2019 FYRE program, a first-year research program open to any first-year STEM student, coordinated by Dr. Moriah Beck. Talk with the college dean and academic advisor about FYRE, undergraduate research, and what’s happening in Honors.

1-5 p.m. —  Ulrich Museum Fall Exhibitions
Location: Ulrich Museum of Art | Cost: Free
Explore and enjoy 20th- and 21st-century art with exhibitions that feature emerging and established artists, works from our permanent collection and traveling exhibitions.

2-9 p.m. — Rent-A-Lane Special
Location: Shocker Sports Grill and Lanes (Rhatigan Student Center)
Some restrictions apply; $15 per lane per hour; shoes included; up to 6

5:30-7:30 p.m. — Lead-off to Shocker Softball Dinner and Auction
Location: Koch Arena | Cost: 40
Wichita State softball will host its 2019 Leadoff to Shocker Softball Dinner and Auction in the Aetna Multi-Purpose Facility. Event includes coc
ktail hour, meet & greet, dinner, silent auction and keynote speaker.
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7:30-9:30 p.m. —  Play: "The Moors" 
Location: Wilner Auditorium | Cost: Free for WSU students; $10/$12/$15 general public
Two sisters and a dog live out their lives on the bleak English moors, dreaming of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen set all three on a strange and dangerous path. The Moors is a dark comedy about love, desperation, and visibility. Written by: Jen Silverman (Rating PG13+)
» Click here for tickets

8 p.m.-midnight — Cosmic Bowling
Location: Shocker Sports Grill and Lanes (Rhatigan Student Center)
$2 per person, per game; no shoes; availability varies due to group reservations.
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All-day. — Creative Crosswalks
Location: Ulrich Museum of Art | Cost: Free
Four winning crosswalk designs will be selected by the WSU ShiftSpace Student Group, and will be installed with temporary paint on the crosswalks in front of the Ulrich Museum of Art by volunteers like you! Event runs all day Saturday and Sunday.

All-day  Apollo 9/NASA Artwork by Lowell Nesbitt 
Location: Experiential Engineering/John Bardo Center, 2nd floor  | Cost: Free

Saturday Campus Dining Options and Hours

SUNDAY, OCT. 6, 2019

8 a.m.-5 p.m. —  Pizza Hut Museum 
Location: Pizza Hut Museum | Cost: Free
Take a walk through the history of Pizza Hut—in the original building—from its founding by WSU students, Dan and Frank Carney, to its growth into one of the world's largest pizza chains.

1-2 p.m —  Main Campus Guided Tour 
Meeting Location: Rhatigan Student Center patio | Cost: Free
Get a firsthand look on foot at WSU's main campus.

1-2:30 p.m —  Main Campus + Innovation Campus Guided Tour 
Meeting Location: Rhatigan Student Center patio | Cost: Free
Get a firsthand look on foot at WSU's main campus and campus expansion.

1-5 p.m. —  Ulrich Museum Fall Exhibitions
Location: Ulrich Museum of Art | Cost: Free
Explore and enjoy 20th- and 21st-century art with exhibitions that feature emerging and established artists, works from our permanent collection and traveling exhibitions.

2 p.m. —  Play: "The Moors" 
Location: Wilner Auditorium | Cost: Free for WSU students; $10/$12/$15 general public
Two sisters and a dog live out their lives on the bleak English moors, dreaming of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen set all three on a strange and dangerous path. The Moors is a dark comedy about love, desperation, and visibility. Written by: Jen Silverman (Rating PG13+)
» Click here for tickets

1 p.m. — Softball: WSU vs Emporia State
Location: Wilkins Stadium | Cost: Free for WSU students and up to two family guests; $5 at the gate general public

5-9 p.m. — Cosmic Bowling
Location: Shocker Sports Grill and Lanes (Rhatigan Student Center)
$1 per person, per game; no shoes; availability varies due to group reservations.
» Add event to calendar

All-day. — Creative Crosswalks
Location: Ulrich Museum of Art | Cost: Free
Four winning crosswalk designs will be selected by the WSU ShiftSpace Student Group, and will be installed with temporary paint on the crosswalks in front of the Ulrich Museum of Art by volunteers like you! Event runs all day Saturday and Sunday.

All-day  Apollo 9/NASA Artwork by Lowell Nesbitt 
Location: Experiential Engineering/John Bardo Center, 2nd floor  | Cost: Free

Sunday Campus Dining Options and Hours