WSU Today: Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021



Jade Mursch

2020 graduate secured a job amidst pandemic

“My internship fell through, and it felt like a blank slate for me. I kept thinking, ‘Where do I go from here?’” said 2020 grad, Jade Mursch. “Your whole college career leads up to graduating and finding a job, and then in one moment, everything is in shambles.” Learn more about how a 2020 graduate secured her full-time job amidst the pandemic. 

Read more about Jade Mursch

Angelique Banh and Michelle Valadez

Two students chosen as recipients of Women for Innovation Award

Wichita State University’s College of Innovation and Design has granted two students the Women for Innovation Award — one who wants to create an app to help drivers in the event of a car crash, the other who wants to open a boutique for sustainable clothing. 

The Women for Innovation Award was created to address gender gaps in start-up funding, said Nancy Kersenbrock, assistant director at Wichita State’s Center for Entrepreneurship.

“This award identifies women entrepreneurs and provides that illusive early support to move their idea forward," Kersenbrock said. “The fact that this is being funded by Wichita State alumni illustrates the belief that our extended Wichita State family has in our future entrepreneurs.”

Read more about the Women for Innovation Award recipients


Central Services Supply

Central Services announces new office supply vendor

Central Services is pleased to announce that we are taking advantage of the Omnia Partners consortium pricing and have partnered with Office Plus of Kansas for office supplies. This site shows all pricing, and you will no longer need to ask for a price quote. The process for placing special orders remains the same, but you now have another option to find what you need. Staples Advantage will still be available if you cannot find what you need on the Office Plus shopping site.


Username: WSUSupply

Password: WSUSupply

The username and password are universal and can be used by anyone on campus. Orders will still be placed via the Central Services storefront, and any orders inadvertently placed via the Office Plus website will be removed by the vendor.

Please contact Central Services if you have any questions or need assistance. Thank you!


WSU Finance 101 Thursday, February 25 2:00 - 3:30 pm Online using Zoom

Register now for WSU Finance 101

If you are new to working with finance or budgets at Wichita State or are experienced but have questions, WSU Finance 101 is for you!

Understanding finance at Wichita State can be a challenge for budget officers and support staff. Lois Tatro will present WSU Finance 101 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today via Zoom. This presentation is designed to help answer questions and clarify information.

Topics will include:

  • Information on GU and RU funding
  • How to stay on top of departmental finances
  • Processing revenue, expenses, BPC cards, and travel

You are strongly encouraged to submit questions regarding the finance process prior to the session. Email questions to as soon as possible so they can be addressed during the presentation.

Register in myTraining (found on the Faculty/Staff page of myWSU). Zoom link and session details located there.

Final Fridays Social Series WSU Trivia Kahoot Feb. 26th 3:30 - 4:30 PM March Mayhem Murder Mystery Mar. 26th 3:30 - 4:30 PM Who Are the People in your Neighborhood? Apr. 30th 3:30 - 4:30 PM Scavenger Hunt May 28th 3:30 - 4:30 PM

Join UP and USS senates for Final Friday Social Activities

Wichita State's UP and USS senates invite you to a series of Final Friday social activities. Events will be held virtually through Zoom, and pre-registration is required. 

  • WSU Trivia Kahoot: 3:30 p.m. Feb. 26
  • March Mayhem Murder Mystery: 3:30 p.m. March 26
  • Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood? 3:30 p.m. April 30
  • Scavenger Hunt: 3:30 p.m. May 28

Learn more and register



Boynton publishes book on Celtic capitalism

Dr. T.J. Boynton’s book “Against the Despotism of Fact: Modernism, Capitalism, and the Irish Celt” (SUNY series, Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century), was released in hardcover on Feb. 1. 

Boynton is an assistant professor of English literature. His book argues that the figure of the Irish Celt is persistently cast as inherently resistant to capitalism from its appearance in Matthew Arnold’s The Study of Celtic Literature through to major works by the likes of Joyce and Beckett.

Buy the book


Volunteers needed for a research study

A research study is being conducted to determine the validity of the SWAY app modules in assessing balance, reaction time and cognitive function measures in relation to cognitive overload, mental fatigue and sleep deprivation. If you are interested in participating in this study, please email or call 620-203-1164.

Read more details about the study and how you can take part

Validity of SWAY App in Detection of Cognitive Overload, Mental Fatigue and Sleep Deprivation: Telemedicine Approach
Purpose of the study: To determine validity of the SWAY app modules in assessing balance, reaction time, and cognitive function measures in relation to cognitive overload, mental fatigue, and sleep deprivation.
Procedures: Participants balance, reaction time, and cognitive function will be tested in rested and sleep deprived state using the SWAY application on a SMART device. Daily consensus journal will also be completed. Instruction will be received through a virtual zoom session.
Time: Participation will include sixteen (16) consecutive days. The SWAY assessment will be performed two (2) times a day and consensus journal once (1) daily. Each assessment will take approximately 10-15 minutes. If randomly assigned to the Fatigue Group, participation will also include two (2), 36-hour sessions of no sleep and seven (7) hourly SWAY assessment check-ins during each no-sleep session.
Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria:
Participants must be age 18 or older
No known muscular disorders
No known neurological disorders
No known orthopedic disorder
No uncorrected vision
No known sleep disorders
Location: Telemedicine approach: virtual Zoom appointments using computer technology and a SMART device.
Contact: If you are interested in participating in this study please contact RJ Britton at: or 620-203-1164.
Questions/concerns: Should you have any questions or concerns, email Dr. Heidi Bell at: or 316-393-3339.