Shocker Blast: Friday, April 23, 2021



I am FIRST generation. Wichita State University. Being a first-gen student was a little bit terrifying since my family wasn't sure how to guide me through the process. At the same time, I developed a new support system that helped me make the right choices and gain independence. Carri McMahon Community Engagement Institute, Organization and Collaboration Specialist MPA, Public Administration F1RST GEN SHOCKERS.

F1RST-Gen Shocker Friday: Carrie McMahon

What is a first-gen Student? A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parents/legal guardians have not completed a bachelor's degree. A student who is the first person in their immediate family to attend a four-year college/university to attain a bachelor's degree.

  • FORM-A-LINE: Become a subcommittee member of FGCC. The First-Generation Coordinating Council (FGCC) is looking for individuals to join in the work. Currently seeking subcommittee members for the following:
    • Marketing
    • Faculty and staff engagement
    • Data and assessment
    • Graduate School
  • FOCUS ON FIRST-GEN: This week we highlight Carri McMahon, Organization and Collaboration Specialist for the Community Engagement Institute.
  • F1RST-GEN T-Shirts are available in the RSC Shocker Store.
  • If you're interested in being featured as a first-generation profile, contact Lydia Santiago at

Wichita State named top transfer destination in Kansas for 10th straight year

For the 10th year straight, Wichita State University has been named as the top transfer destination for Kansas community college students.

About 900 Kansas community college students transferred to Wichita State, and one in every four students who choose to transfer from a Kansas community college to a four-year school chose Wichita State in 2019, the most recent data available.

Read more about Wichita State as the top transfer designation


That's A Shocker: A Wichita State University Libraries Podcast

Podcasters go out of this world for UFO research

Join our podcast crew as they traverse the cosmos — and the Libraries' vast resources — for info on UFO research. Kerry Majher, WSU program coordinator for NASA in Kansas, drops in as well. Listen to "That's A Shocker."

workplace sexual harassment: your thoughts?

Women in Public Service invites you to participate in sexual harassment survey 

Is sexual harassment problematic in your public service organization?

Important public conversations about workplace sexual harassment have been taking place nationally and locally. Women in Public Service wants to know how the issue affects public service organizations in Kansas. WPS invites you to participate in a brief, anonymous survey.

Responses are confidential and are part of a broad gathering of data, which will only be shared as part of consolidated findings during the WPS conference on July 29.

Take the survey

Student Choice - Vote on the Concept you Want to See Fall Semester

Vote for a new dining concept in the RSC

Which new dining concept do you want to see in the Rhatigan Student Center starting Fall 2021? Learn about your options and then vote!

Vote now


LIVESTRONG at the YMCA focuses on healing the whole person

The Steve Clark YMCA on campus is set to begin offering the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. This free 12-week program focuses on healing the whole person. With LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, cancer survivors — whether it is a recent diagnosis, finished treatment, or in remission — work with trained Y staff to build strength and muscle mass, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability while providing a supportive community to enhance their emotional well-being. LIVESTRONG is available for any Wichita State students, faculty, staff, Y member or community participant. Beginning on May 3, the group will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the YMCA for exercise and community time. For more program details or if you or someone you know are interested in enrolling, please contact Debbie Cruz by email at or by phone at 316-776-8178.

First-Generation Student Organization elections

First-Generation Student Organization is holding its annual elections. We are looking for president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary for the 2021-22 term. If you are interested in running for office, please connect Heather Hunter by email at for the application form. Deadline for submitting is April 28, and voting will take place April 30.



Wichita State film project: 'The Rule of Three'

Wichita State University Theatre has produced a four-episode web series, "The Rule of Three," as part of the WSU Theatre season this year. The show was written by Theatre professor and director of filmmaking at Wichita State, Bret Jones.

"The Rule of Three" is a comedy and drama that follows Douglas, a writer in the making, who has three people who are close to him all die on the same day at the same time. They come back as ghosts and haunt Douglas as he tries to get used to their deaths and with them being in his life from beyond the grave.

Read more about "The Rule of Three"

WSU Theatre has been making a film project as part of their annual season for the past few years. “The training for the actors working in front of the camera is a valued part of our performers’ training,” Jones said. Students that get cast in the film project learn what is required to act on camera, expectations on a set, and other aspects of performing in film. The training complements the students work in theatrical productions, as well as audio work, which the students are exposed to while participating in the theatre program at Wichita State University.

The Rule of Three cast: WSU Theatre students—TJ Wade, Alice Cashman, Nora Dooley, Mirta Santana Morales, and Wesley Sweigart. Student directors: Julian Cornejo, Sang Le, and Ryan Reise.

Purchase tickets

#WichitaStateEngaged: Engaged Youth 

#WichitaStateEngaged is a five-part series of conversations to highlight and elevate some of the engagement work happening on and off campus.

  • Engaged Business was in March, and we talked with WSU SBDC and the Wichita Area Black Dollars Matter group.
  • Engaged Culture happened in April with The School of Performing Arts and Mulberry Art Gallery.
  • Engaged Youth is up next at 1 p.m. May 5 with the Youth Advocacy Coalition. The topic is youth engagement and retention.
  • Engaged Education will be in August.
  • Engaged Neighbor will be in September.

Find past conversations and register for the May 5 event

Criminal justice panel focuses on police reform

Wichita State’s Michael Birzer, professor of criminal justice, will lead a panel discussion on police reform at noon April 27 via Zoom. The event is hosted by the League of Women Voters Wichita-Metro and will address the types of changes being sought within the police department in the wake of the “defund the police” movement.

The event will also address what it would mean to change the funding structure of the police department and how the Wichita Police Department is addressing community concerns. Along with Birzer, the panel will include Gwen Grant, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City; and Wanda Parker-Givens, deputy chief of the Wichita Police Department.

To register, call 316-261-8500 or visit

Clothesline Project spotlights impact of abuse and violence

The Alpha Theta chapter of Sigma Psi Zeta presents The Clothesline Project at 6 p.m. Friday, April 30 via Zoom. (Zoom ID: 944 4601 3860; password: CPSP21).

The purpose of the Clothesline Project is to increase awareness about the impact of violence and abuse in our society and to stir people to action. It serves as a visual reminder of statistics we tend to ignore. It conveys the voices of those who have been silenced or pushed away. More importantly, the Clothesline Project gives survivors the opportunity to break the silence and to make their own stories heard and valued. Our Clothesline Project is a tribute to all survivors of gender-based violence in our community in hopes of preventing violence in the future.

Learn more at Contact philanthropy chair Kaylee "LOGIC" Thamrin at with any questions. 

Prevention Panel | Know your resources for Sexual Assault Awareness Month | Join CAPS and partnering departments for a conversation about on-campus resources and reducing sexual violence 12:00 pm. April 27th live on @ShockersCAPS Facebook and WSU CAPS YouTube.

Prevention panel discusses sexual assault resources available

Join Counseling and Prevention Services and partnering departments for Prevention Panel for Sexual Assault Awareness month to learn about your on-campus resources and how you can help prevent sexual violence, live on @ShockersCAPS Facebook and WSU CAPS YouTube at noon April 27. 

Shocker Yoga with Graduate student council Led by Rex Hafenstine Friday, April 23 | 4-5pm | Outdoor Heskett Tennis Courts End Wellness Week with some outdoor yoga! Find us at the outdoor tennis courts in between the Heskett Center and the Softball field. Please wear comfortable clothes! We will provide bottled water & disinfecting wipes. (Masks and social distancing are encouraged*) For questions, contact Amy at

Location update: Shocker yoga

There has been a location change for our event.

Shocker Yoga with the Graduate Student Council has been moved indoors due to inclement weather. End wellness week with us, led by the amazing Rex Hafenstine, at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 23 inside the Heskett Center. Ask the front desk where we are as we may be either upstairs at Court B or in Studio Room 145.

For questions, contact Amy at

The Spring 2021 Museum Exhibition Class Invites you to an Exhibits Opening Monday April 26th, from 2:00-5:00 Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology Neff Hall -first floor Come and go reception

Holmes Museum exhibition opening

The spring 2021 Museum Exhibition class is hosting an exhibits opening from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 26 at the Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology on the first floor of Neff Hall. The opening will also include exhibits from the spring 2020 Museum Exhibition class.

Writing Professional Documents

Learn how to write professional documents

The Shocker Career Accelerator invites students to the Writing Professional Documents workshop at 11:30 a.m. today in the RSC 313. Professional Career Documents can be confusing, and not something everyone knows how to do. In this workshop, we explore documents that are part of the employment process. Join us while we take you through resumes to cover letters, how to fill out an application, and how to write a letter of recommendation. If you have a laptop, please bring it to the workshop.

Sign up for the Writing Professional Documents workshop

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers info meeting

The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) was founded in November 2007 to help Asian heritage scientific and engineering professionals achieve their full potential. Organizations existed for other affinity groups —  The National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers — and there was a need for a similar organization where students representing all of the pan Asian cultures could connect and support each other.

Join the Engineering Student Success Center and representatives from the national SASE organization at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 28 for a virtual informational session to learn more about SASE. Students interested in starting a SASE chapter at Wichita State will be able to learn more about the organization and the process for starting a chapter. For questions, contact Jason Bosch at

Join the live Zoom session at 7 p.m. April 28

Family Fun Day outside at the Ulrich Museum. Saturday, April 24th, 1-3 P.M. Free basketball for the first 200 kids, Basketball decorating and other Art-making activities, Social distancing encouraged, Freddy’s Frozen Custard cookie sandwiches, and more! Free and open to all. No registration required.

Family Fun Day features lots of kids activities

This Saturday at the Ulrich Museum of Art on the Wichita State University campus is all about fun!

Bring the kids for a special Family Fun Day from 1-3 p.m. It's free, and no registration is required. This year, we'll be giving away a free basketball to the first 200 kids to participate. Safe social distancing practices will be encouraged. Several art-making stations will be set up around the museum. Kids can decorate their basketball and participate in a basketball rolling mural; the WSU Shiftspace Student Group will help kids make bikes decorations; and we'll have free custard cookie sandwiches from co-sponsor Freddy's Frozen Custard.

As an added feature this year, if you donate non-perishable food or household goods for the Shocker Support Locker and ICT Community Fridge Project, you'll get to select a bowl of your choice from the display of 250 ceramic bowls created and donated by kids in the Wichita community to Empty Bowls ICT. Sponsored by the WSU Ceramics Guild and the Wichita East High School Aces Ceramics Club.

Panel will discuss campus sexual assault resources

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance is hosting a virtual Resource Panel at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 28. Panelists will include representatives from Student Health Services, Counseling and Prevention Services, the University Police Department, and the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center, and the Title IX Coordinator. Panelists will discuss their roles on campus, services, and resources available to all students and employees.

The panel will be presented via Zoom. To register and receive the Zoom information, please email

Watkins Visiting Professorship Lecture: Physics

Join us via Zoom for at least one of the two talks: noon April 27 for the scientific lecture or 2 p.m. April 28 for the public lecture. Carlo Rovelli will present "Making Sense of the Quantum: Do Things Exist by Themselves?"

Find more information on this lecture

Wichita State Softball. Purchase four tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas, and four bags of popcorn for only $32. Vs. USF. Sunday, April 25

Wichita State softball Family Day

Wichita State Softball will be hosting Family Day at noon Sunday, April 25. Sponsored by The Wichita Eagle, purchase includes four tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas, and four bags of popcorn for only $32. Come support the Shockers as they take on conference opponent USF for tons of family fun.

Ulrich Virtual. Dr. Rhea Combs, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Smithsonian Museum. Gordon Parks' cinematic impact. Tuesday, April 27, 6 P.M. CDT. Free and open to all. Registration required:

Ulrich speaker explores Gordon Parks' cinematic impact

Whether you're a fan of classics like "Shaft" and "The Learning Tree," or if you're more into contemporary films like "Black Panther," Kansas-born artist Gordon Parks (1912-2006) has had a direct hand in shaping the movies we love for more than a half century.

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, the Ulrich Museum of Art on the Wichita State University campus invites you to a virtual talk that examines Parks' cinematic legacy. Dr. Rhea Combs, director of curatorial affairs at the Smithsonian Museum, will deliver the talk, "Beneath These Restless Skies: Gordon Parks and His Cinematic Impact." The virtual program is free and open to all, but registration is required to get the Zoom link. 

Read more about Dr. Combs' talk

Dr. Combs, who previously served as Curator of Film and Photography at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, also serves as the head of the museum’s Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts (CAAMA). She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University, a Master of Arts degree from Cornell University, and a Doctorate from Emory University. Her writings have been featured in anthologies, academic journals, and exhibition catalogues covering a range of topics including African American female filmmakers, Black popular culture, visual aesthetics, filmmaking, and photography.

This talk is in conjunction with the Ulrich exhibition, "Gordon Parks: I, too am America," which is on display at the museum through May 8.

Register for this talk


Urban Skillet

Urban Skillet at Food Truck Plaza today for lunch

Stop by the plaza for lunch with Urban Skillet food truck. Get your meal to-go, or spread out on our socially distanced picnic tables or beautiful green space. The truck will be on site from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today.

Learn about wellness services available to you

This week might be Wellness Week, but there are many wellness services available to students all semester. That includes CARE Team, Counseling and Prevention Services, Student Health Services and Campus Recreation.  

Learn about wellness services available to all students

CARE Team: 
Wrap-around services and campus support Self-Care Sundays and other wellness-related programming

The CARE Team Coordinators who are here to help are:

  • Ashlyn Riley – Serves colleges of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Engineering and Honors
  • Vaughn Sweet – Serves colleges of Fine Arts, Business, Health Professions and Applied Studies
  • Tara Hanna – Serves students living in on-campus housing
  • Alicia Newell – CARE Team chair, serves student athletes
    Learn more at

Counseling and Prevention Services:

  • Individual and couples therapy at an affordable rate
  • Group therapy for particular areas of concern, including Understanding Self and Others, Healing from Trauma, and Graduate Student Support Group
  • Online programming, such as Keep Calm & Breathe Online, Mental Health Toolbox and FAQ Friday.
  • Learn more at

Student Health Services:

  • Treatment for illness and injuries
  • Preventative health management and immunizations
  • Health screenings and laboratory services
  • Family planning services and men’s/women’s health exams
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • Health education video series on social media
  • Learn more at

Campus Recreation:

  • Intramural sports and sport clubs, including volleyball, softball, tennis, soccer, badminton, judo, eSports, and more
  • Shocker Fit classes such as F45
  • Massage therapy
  • Special events, such as F45 Playoffs, Pumpkin Run & RecFest
  • Nutrition discussions on Facebook Live
  • Learn more at

My jeans protest violence

April 28: Wear jeans for a purpose

Join the Prevention Ambassadors on April 28, when millions of people across the world will wear jeans with a purpose, support survivors, and educate themselves and others about all forms of sexual violence. #WSUDenimDay

Visit to learn more.

Wichita State softball Family Day  Wichita State Softball will be hosting Family Day at noon Sunday, April 25. Sponsored by The Wichita Eagle, purchase includes four tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas, and four bags of popcorn for only $32. Come support the Shockers as they take on conference opponent USF for tons of family fun.

Collaborate with others and win up to $4,000

Teams of two to four people will work together during this one-day, virtual design challenge hosted by the College of Innovation and Design, in partnership with the Kansas Business Group on Health, to answer the question, "How might we make it easier to connect rural residents to their doctor to provide daily health information?"

Learn more and register at


COVID-19 survey focuses on policy changes

As part of a research project, four Wichita State students are conducting a survey to gauge how students feel about the recent policy changes that have been implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Take the survey


Shocker Store Official Store of Wichita State University - Congratulations Graduates - Order your Commencement T-Shirt Today - your name will be listed on the back with all the other Spring/Summer Grads - only available by ordering at - $25.99 - S-2XL

Order your commencement T-shirt today

Order your commencement T-shirt today. Your name will be printed on the back with all the other spring and summer graduates. Shirts cost $25.99 and are only available by ordering at