WSU Today: Wednesday, April 28, 2021



Exchange Student Spotlight Hyunjin Kim South Korea Dankook University Biological Sciences Spring 2021

Exchange Student Spotlight: Hyunjin Kim

Learn more from our exchange students about their experiences here at Wichita State. This week, read about Hyunjin Kim's time as a Shocker and her favorite part about studying at Wichita State. Visit to read more about her experience.

Speaking Freely on Freedom of Expression 

In case you missed it, the full video of the March 31 Speaking Freely panel is available for viewing. Go to to watch the panel discussion and for other resources, including a recap of the event and a video on civil discourse. 


State Employee Health Plan Updates in response to COVID-19

State employee health plan updates in response to COVID-19

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced four provisions on March 13, 2020, that have been extended until further notice when provided by a network provider for employees and dependents enrolled in medical insurance through the State Employee Health Plan.

Read more about SEHP's updates
  1. SEHP will cover medically necessary diagnostic tests that are consistent with CDC guidance related to the COVID-19 at no cost share to members, where it is not covered as part of the Public Health Service response.
  2. SEHP will allow early refills on 30- or 90-day prescription medications and allow members to use their mail order benefit.
  3. Given the nature of the COVID-19 outbreak, seeking in-person medical care has the potential to further spread the virus. SEHP partners with Aetna and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas to provide Telehealth services with a virtual doctor’s office. There is 24/7/365 access to this service. The member cost-share will be waived for any Telehealth service. Aetna members: Teledoc; Blue Cross Blue Shield members: Amwell.
  4. For plan participants that reside in the Topeka area, the HealthQuest Health Center, available to members enrolled in the health plan, is located at 901 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka

COVID-19 testing is currently available for all state employees, all employees of active non-state employers, and all spouses and dependents older than 10 years of age covered by the State Employee Health Plan at the HealthQuest Health Center. Curbside testing is available by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call 785-783-4080.

To schedule a telehealth appointment, SEHP members can call (785) 783-4080 or click here.

For all up to date information regarding COVID-19 and the WSU campus please visit


Applications for the 2021-2022 Academic Year must be received by May 31, 2021 -

WWSU scholarship applications due May 31

WWSU scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 academic year must be received by May 31.

Candidates must apply for consideration to this scholarship. The fillable form can be found at, and should be submitted by email to, along with all other required attachments (see application for additional materials).

Candidates will receive written notification of their award status in late June.

Recipients are encouraged to attend at least one WWSU event during the 2021-2022 school year as our guest.

For more information, go to If you have questions please contact Shannon Koehn, scholarship chair at

New landing page for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The updated Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plan and resources are available online for your convenience. Visit the new landing page today

Have questions or would like to provide feedback? Leave a written message for WSU's Chief Diversity Officer online at the bottom of each page.

The President’s Distinguished Service Awards and the unclassified professionals’ Wayne Carlisle Distinguished Service Award honorees will be recognized at 2 p.m. Friday, April 23, 2021. To RSVP for in-person attendance for view the livestream visit

ICYMI: President’s awards presented April 23

The President’s Distinguished Service Awards and the unclassified professionals’ Wayne Carlisle Distinguished Service Award honorees were presented at 2 p.m. Friday, April 23.

To see the list of honorees or view the livestream visit


Bobby Watson, Saxophone, with Jazz Arts Ensembe 1 and Banda Hispanica, Thursday, April 29 7:30pm, Duerksen Amphitheatre

Acclaimed jazz saxophonist Bobby Watson to perform with Wichita State students

The School of Music welcomes renowned jazz saxophonist Bobby Watson, in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. April 29 at the Duerksen Amphitheater, with Jazz Arts 1 Ensemble led by James Pisano. Also featured is Banda Hispanica led by John Goering. Audience members are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. The rain location is Miller Concert Hall.

Watson will also present a free master class on at 11 a.m. April 29 in Duerksen room C107.

WSU School of Music Jazz Arts Ensemble 2, Wednesday, April 28 at 11:00am, Rhatigan Student Center Starbucks,

Jazz ensemble to perform live in RSC today

The Wichita State School of Music presents Jazz Arts 2 live in concert. The ensemble will perform at 11 a.m. today on the stage next to the RSC's Starbucks. Take an early lunch and join us for some live music.

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

Who shares misinformation online?

Mythili Menon will present this fourth lecture of the five part "Perspectives: Reestablishing Reality" at 2 p.m. today. She is an assistant professor of English and linguistics and the director of the linguistics program at Wichita State University.

Misinformation on the web has several consequences for communities and democracy. Are consumers of news susceptible to false belief? Are certain personality traits more likely to share false information online? In this talk, Menon will report results of a news-sharing game where we tested the sharing behavior of consumers of news by incorporating fine-grained information such as personality traits, demographic information, including political beliefs. Our results have the potential of informing existing news-verification systems and social media of the differences between how end-users belonging to different personality traits consume and share misinformation online.

For more information on the Perspectives series and how to join the lecture, visit

Public Service Recognition Week May 2-8; Monday: Dr. Lee Norman speaks at 1pm; Wednesday: The PPMC is delivering treats to municipal public servants; Thursday: #ThankfulThursday will be full of shout outs and encouragement on social media; Friday: Dr. Kaye Monk-Morgan speaks at 3pm; RSVP at

May 2-8: Celebrate public service

Join the WSU Public Policy & Management Center to celebrate public service May 2-8.

At 3 p.m. Monday, May 3, hear about living a life dedicated to public service and the road that prepared Dr. Lee Norman to confront a pandemic.

At 1 p.m. Friday, May 7, hear about Dr. Monk-Morgan's journey in public service, as well as encouragements for the future. Afterward, join the Wichita Federal executives and Wayne Bell, district director of the SBA, as they announce and celebrate the winners of the Annual Make a Difference Awards, which recognizes federal public servants for notable service.

RSVP for these events

Analytics Showcase, WSU. Save the date! November 5th, 2021. Learn. Network. Collaborate. Partner.

Save the date: Analytics Showcase on Nov. 5

After more than a year's delay, we are happy to announce that the Inaugural Analytics Showcase at Wichita State University is scheduled for fall 2021.

Please save the date of Nov. 5 on your calendars for this exciting event.

The showcase will offer an opportunity to learn about the following topics:

  • Innovative analytics research and curricular activities taking place at Wichita State University.
  • Groundbreaking analytics applications of business, government, and non-profit organizations in Wichita and the surrounding region. 
  • State-of-the-art analytics software solutions being offered by leading technology providers.

Attendees will will able to network with organizations and analytics exerts to identify opportunities to collaborate and partner on projects of mutual interest.

Get more information about the Analytics Showcase

Finding Books to Read for Fun: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 28. No cost to join -

University Libraries teams up with Wichita Public Library for webinar

University Libraries is partnering with the Wichita Public Library for this fun webinar. Discover a free and useful online resources for finding book recommendations and tools for keeping track of what you’ve read or want to read. 

Get more information this library webinar


Wichita State University Foundation We're Hiring

WSU Foundation seeking associate VP of marketing and communications

The Wichita State University Foundation is looking to hire an associate vice president to lead our marketing and communications team. The primary responsibility for this individual will be to create and direct the strategy that builds the WSU Foundation’s brand, promotes engagement, and communicates impact to a wide audience. This work will flow through a highly capable team into deliverables in design, advertising, appeals, content development, print and online communications. This individual will report to the president and CEO and serve as an active member of our WSU Foundation leadership team.

Learn more about this career opportunity


The Shocker Career Accelerator presents: JCPenney Suit-Up

JCPenney Suit-Up event is online this spring

From April 28 to May 2, shop online at JCPenney and take an extra 30% off select men's and women's career dress apparel, shoes and accessories. Faculty, staff, and students are all invited.

Text SHOCKS to 67292 to receive your coupon!

  • Check out our newest seasonal items like career dress apparel, fashion jewelry, handbags and luggage
  • Turn up the style with locks of savings. New clients get 20% off their salon services with a designer or senior designer.
  • Receive a free beauty consultation at the in-store Sephora.

Check out the latest styles and trends

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.