Campus Connection (March 9, 2021)


Wichita State named as a COVID-19 vaccination provider; your help needed

Wichita State University’s Student Health Services (SHS) has been named by Kansas Department of Health and Environment as an approved COVID-19 vaccination provider.

SHS is still awaiting word on when it will receive vaccines. Please watch Campus Connection for updates.

In the meantime, WSU is preparing for distribution so vaccines can be given as soon as possible after arrival. Part of that preparation involves asking you to complete an anonymous survey, the results of which will help us know an estimate of the number of people interested in potentially receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on campus. Please watch your email for a link to complete the survey.

Vaccine distribution will follow the Sedgwick County vaccine prioritization plan, which identities who is eligible and when they will be able to receive the vaccine. Vaccine eligibility may vary from county to county within Kansas, and access to the vaccine is dependent on the number of available doses distributed to SHS from the Sedgwick County Health Department.  

Learn more and see FAQs about the vaccine

Speaking freely on freedom of expression; 3-4:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, 2021; Format: virtual; State University to host panel discussion on freedom of expression

Free expression is a fundamental value for an institution such as Wichita State University, Neal Allen, associate professor of political science, maintains.

“We owe all of our students, and all Kansas citizens that we serve, our best effort to include all points of view,” he said. “I believe that democratic government depends on having both involved citizens and trained professionals.”

The open exchange of ideas may not produce a tidy ending.

That exchange, however, is crucial to our nation’s discourse, no matter how difficult the conversation. Wichita State University recognizes the important role universities play and will present a virtual panel on freedom of expression from 3-4:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 31.

Read more about the panel and how to view it

Larisa GeninThe power of 'We': Barton School of Business dean reflects on early successes

When Dr. Larisa Genin arrived as dean of the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University in June 2019, she brought with her experience, passion and, most importantly, a commitment to collaboration. She credits the recent accomplishments of the Barton School to this team mentality.

“None of this would be possible without our team,” says Genin. “They’re the key to this success. Their intelligence, passion and dedication are what make the Barton School prosper. It’s important to provide a culture where all can thrive, and that’s what we’re doing.”

Read more about Dr. Genin

Shocker Store. 2021 Conference Champions Shirts. Available at, RSC and Braeburn Square locations. No discounts, supplies limit. $17.99/S-2XL. $23.99/S-3XL.Conference champs t-shirts at the Shocker Store

The Shockers are the American Athletic Conference 2021 regular season champions, and the Shocker Store has the t-shirts to celebrate this exciting occasion. There are two options available for pre-order at, and they will be available early this week in both the RSC and Braeburn Square locations. No discounts accepted. Supplies are limited. 

Dr. Shannon Ray featured at Physics Seminar

Join us for our next Physics Seminar at 2 p.m. March 10 via Zoom. We will be featuring Dr. Shannon Ray, National Research Council Fellow, Air Force Lab. The title of this talk will be "The Purification of 3-Level Quantum States and Surfaces of Ignorance."

Learn more about the Physics Seminar

Journey East Asia Grill has reopened

Journey East Asia Grill in Braeburn Square has reopened for lunch and dinner. The restaurant is open every day starting at 11 a.m. 

See the menu