WSU Today: Tuesday, April 20, 2021



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Consider donating to Shocker Support Locker

The Faculty, UP and USS Senates invites you to consider making a bi-weekly payroll donation to the Shocker Support Locker. If all staff and faculty donated $1 per pay period, it would result in more than $2,000 in donations every two weeks. All donations are used to support Wichita State students, faculty and staff and allows them access to items such as food, clothing, toiletries, and baby and family products at no cost. To setup your payroll deduction, click here and enter 211540 under gift designation.


Be a #WSUWeSupportU Mental Health Advocate | Learn the Share, Ask, Support method to help someone in need by taking the free #WSUWeSupportU Preventing Suicide Training at

Learn the Share, Ask, Support method

Learn how to support your students through the Share, Ask, Support method by taking the free #WSUWeSupportU Preventing Suicide training at Then wear your #WSUWeSupportU Suspenders4Hope shirt for mental health awareness week to show your support.

April’s Teaching Today the “Changes” issue is now available [] . This issue covers what you need to know about the change from Blackboard Learn to Blackboard Ultra, and what you need to prepare to see after May 29. We also talk about the Academic Resources Conference week in May [], where we will be focusing on more advanced topics and material than usual to give everyone something to think about as they move into summer. We wrap up the issue with an essay from Aaron Rife, the First Year Seminar Faculty Coordinator on the topic of “thinking during a pandemic.”April’s issue of Teaching Today is now available

This issue covers what you need to know about the change from Blackboard Learn to Blackboard Ultra, and what you need to prepare to see after May 29. We also talk about the Academic Resources Conference week in May, when we will be focusing on more advanced topics and material than usual to give everyone something to think about as they move into summer. We wrap up the issue with an essay from Aaron Rife, the First Year Seminar faculty coordinator on the topic of “thinking during a pandemic.” 

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Perpectives: Reestablishing Reality Holding on to a particular narrative is related to holding on to power. What truth do you accept? 2 p.m., Wednesdays, April 7-May 5

The Big Lie: Nazi propaganda, Antisemitism, and the coming of the Third Reich

Jeff Hayton, associate professor of history, will present at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 21 via Zoom. Andrew Hippisley, dean of Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, hosts the "Perspectives: Reestablishing Reality" series.

After losing the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, Donald Trump spent months falsely claiming the election had been stolen from him. And despite all evidence to the contrary, many of his followers believe him (still). The historical parallel to this conspiracy were Nazi efforts to blame Jews for German defeat in WWI. During the 1920s and 1930s, the Nazis fulminated against the Jewish ‘traitors’ and ‘November Criminals’ who supposedly ‘stabbed Germany in the back,’ and through such falsehoods, generated tremendous popular support. In both cases, propaganda was essential in magnifying dishonest claims. In exploring how the Nazis used ‘the Big Lie’ to gain support, this talk examines the role which propaganda and antisemitism played in the coming of the Third Reich, and the lessons which historical comparisons can provide for the present.

Zoom information available at

Wichita State University Opera Theater to Present Free Outdoor Performances

Opera Theater to present free performances

Wichita State University Opera Theater, under the direction of Opera Director Alan Held, will present two one-act operas by Gian Carlo Menotti at 7:30 p.m. April 23-24 at Miller Auditorium inside of the Duerksen Fine Arts Center. The performances of "The Old Maid and the Thief" and "Amelia Goes to the Ball," with the Wichita State University Orchestra, will be conducted by Dr. Mark Laycock. The comedies are favorites of audiences and will be presented in English. 

The performances are free, but tickets need to be reserved. Each performance is limited to 250 audience members. 

Reserve free tickets

Dr. Gianina Baker

Re-envisioning Assessment at Wichita State

Let's end the semester re-envisioning assessment of student learning here at Wichita State. Join Dr. Gianina Baker of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment for a presentation encouraging attendees to reflect on the lessons learned this past year in the midst of a pandemic, to explore how we might think differently about assessing students in the semesters ahead, and to share the needs of faculty and staff working toward a student-focused institution. Baker's virtual presentation is at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 20. 

Register for the presentation

The Making of a Graphic Novel: 3-4 p.m. Thursday, April 22. Virtual event:

Creators of WSU graphic novel set for April panel

All are invited to join this fun panel discussion with the creators of the graphic novel "Walk With Wu: The Story of Wichita State University" at 3 p.m. April 22 via Zoom. Panelists are:

  • Genna Pennington, artist
  • Jessica Cerri, curator and archivist, Special Collections and University Archives at Wichita State
  • Darren DeFrain, director of Writing Program, Department of English at Wichita State
  • Jay Price, chair of the Dept. of History at Wichita State. The Story of Wichita State University.

The panel will be moderated by Ethan Lindsay and Angela Paul of University Libraries. Locate a copy of the novel on the Libraries' online catalog

No-cost registration for this virtual event (Password: password: walkwithwu)

Market-based compensation implementation briefing for faculty and staff

Market-Based Compensation implementation briefing for faculty and staff will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. on Friday, April 23.

Please join the WSU senate presidents and human resources professionals for a status update of the university’s transition to market-based compensation. A presentation will be conducted to update the status of the project and information provided about next steps. The briefing, hosted on YouTube, will be recorded and available on the HR dedicated webpage for Market Based Compensation for anyone who is unable to attend the live session.  

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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. 

2021 Oscars Predictions

Join the KMUW for the 2021 Oscars Predictions

Who do you think will take home this year’s Oscar for Best Picture? Whether you want to stack your ballot with winners or find a new movie to queue up, come hear what the experts have to say at our live 2021 Oscars Predictions chat on April 21. The KMUW movie club is convening in advance of the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony on April 25 to talk favorites. Our expert film fans are:

  • Kylie Brown, director of tech and web for
  • Lela Meadow-Conner, founder of
  • Hugo Phan, KMUW digital assistant and Tallgrass Film Festival box office coordinator
  • Fletcher Powell, KMUW movie reviewer

Tune in for the live chat at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 21 on KMUW’s Facebook page. Share your questions and predictions by commenting on the live video, and start preparing now by checking out Fletcher's movie reviews under the commentary tab at

Mike Sudermann | Founder and Managing Partner of ASCENT Select Talent Capital

Meet with Shocker alumnus, Mike Sudermann

Entrepreneur, CEO, author, podcaster, and Wichita State alumnus Mike Sudermann is offering an exclusive three-part career clinic series this month. All students, faculty and staff are invited.

Sudermann is the founder and managing partner of ASCENT Select Talent Capital, a globally recognized executive search firm engaged in high-priority searches for start-up to Fortune 500 organizations.

Each of these clinics will be 30-40 minutes of teaching with 15 minutes for questions at the end of the presentation.


Volunteers needed for human performance research

  • Research topic / purpose for the study: To determine the long-term impact of participation in childhood sports on an adult’s continuation of physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness.
  • Procedures: Participants will complete a 1.5-mile run/walk test to calculate and estimate VO2 max.
  • Time: Participation is expected to last about 60 minutes.
Read more about the study

Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria:

  • Participants must be age 18 or older
  • Seeking both participants that did and did not participate in childhood sport
  • No known neurological, muscular, or orthopedic disorder that may impair balance or movement
  • No known cardiorespiratory or metabolic health conditions
  • No history of previous or current injuries that would impair movement

Location: Wichita State University Heskett Center Human Performance Laboratory Rm 208, 210, and Heskett Center Gymnasium Rm 216.

If you are interested in participating in this study please contact Brenda Le at or 316-519-2320. Should you have any questions or concerns, email Dr. Heidi Bell at or call 316-978-5150.


Graduate School accepting award nominations

Are you working with an outstanding graduate student? The Graduate School is currently taking nominations for annual awards. Awards open for nomination, eligibility requirements, and instructions for nominations are listed on the Graduate School's Annual Awards Page. Deadline for nominations is Friday, April 23. 


Wichita State Faculty and Staff Teacher Appreciation Massage Special 60 minutes for $45

Massage special for faculty and staff 

Campus Recreation knows you have been working hard. Now its time to treat yourself with a 60-minute massage for $45. This special price is only for Wichita State faculty and staff.

Massage must be booked for May 3, 4, 6, or 7. Call 316-978-3082 to get this deal.

Free Pool - Monday-Friday - 11am-2pm - No purchase necessary - Turn lunch time into fun time - availability may vary due to group reservations and special events

Enjoy free pool at Shocker Sports Grill & Lanes

Play free pool at the Shocker Sports Grill & Lanes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.