Wichita State University news releases, media contacts and resources

The Strategic Communications news and media relations team supports the university and its many departments and centers with news coverage, from announcing major news to promoting upcoming events, all with an eye on the mission and vision of Wichita State.


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News and Media Relations staff

Lainie Mazzullo-Hart

Director of News and Media Relations (Primary media contact)


(316) 978-3409

Joe Kleinsasser

Co-Director of News and Media Relations


(316) 978-3013

Sara Ornelas

Marketing Content Strategist


(316) 978-3456

Paul Suellentrop

Senior Communicator


(316) 978-5596

Resources and links

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Dec. 1, 2020 — Wichita State University has created a scholarship and support network to help those nearest to its campus. The Shocker Neighborhood Commitment provides funding to make college more affordable and attainable for recent high school graduates living in the Shocker Neighborhood.

Dec. 1, 2020 — In honor of Wichita State University's 125th anniversary, three Wichita State faculty members have teamed up with an alumna artist to create "A Walk with Wu," a graphic novel that chronicles the university's rich history through the eyes of our beloved mascot: WuShock.

Dec. 1, 2020 — Two new battery-powered buses wrapped in Shocker pride will soon be seen zipping through Wichita’s streets. Wichita Transit recently unveiled the Wichita State University-branded buses, which are ecofriendly, filled with modern conveniences, and will circulate among the university’s main campus, as well as Wichita State South, WSU Tech and the Metroplex.

Nov. 17, 2020 --- Wichita State Director of Athletics Darron Boatright has accepted the resignation of Head Men’s Basketball Coach Gregg Marshall, effective immediately.

Nov. 16, 2020 — Wichita State University's Center for Economic Development and Business Research has released its Kansas population forecast for the state and all 105 counties. Kansas’ total population is expected to grow by 28.8% to approximately 3.76 million residents by 2070.