Forward Together is a podcast hosted by Wichita State University President Rick Muma. In each episode, Dr. Muma and his guests discuss the aspirations and inspirations that drive Wichita State to be one of the nation’s most innovative public universities, known for providing impactful student experiences and driving prosperity for the people and communities we serve.


Episode 8: October 2022

Athletics: Name, Image and Likeness

In this episode of Wichita State University’s “Forward Together” podcast, President Rick Muma talks with Kevin Saal, who was hired as director of athletics at Wichita State University in June. Kevin is leading Shocker athletics during a time of significant change – name, image and likeness, the transfer portal and conference realignment top the list.

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Episode 7: September 2022

Performing Arts: WSU on the National Stage

In this episode of Wichita State University’s “Forward Together” podcast, President Rick Muma talks with Julius Thomas III and Amy Baker Schwiethale — two graduates of the WSU School of Performing Arts. Julius Thomas III is an actor, singer and dancer with credits in movies, television and stage — including starring roles in traveling productions of “Motown: The Musical” and “Hamilton.” Amy Baker Schwiethale performed on Broadway including a national Broadway tour of “42nd Street” and “Honk!” Schwiethale is currently a Wichita State professor and program director of musical theatre.

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Episode 6: May 2022

LatinX Food, Culture and Community in Wichita

Celebrate the food and culture of the LatinX community with WSU President Rick Muma in the latest episode of the “Forward Together” podcast. Dr. Muma speaks with WSU faculty members and LatinX cultural researchers Dr. Enrique Navarro and Dr. Rocío Del Águila.

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Episode 5: April 2022

Innovation at Wichita State

In this month's episode of the Forward Together podcast, we talk about all things innovation. Hear about the accessible comic book app WSU's Dr. Darren DeFrain developed, and learn more about next-generation networking technology with Shocker alum Khalid Raza.

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Episode 4: March 2022

Research at Wichita State

Learn about some of the cutting-edge research being done at Wichita State University in our March Forward Together podcast. To celebrate Women's History Month, President Rick Muma speaks with Dr. Melinda Laubach-Hock, director of sustainment at WSU's National Institute for Aviation Research; and Dr. Coleen Pugh, vice provost for research and dean of Wichita State's Graduate School.

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Episode 3: February 2022

Providing Access to Higher Education

On this episode of the Forward Together podcast, WSU President Dr. Rick Muma and his guests discuss WSU’s priority of making higher education accessible and how it helps build a stronger community and a stronger Kansas. Special guests include John Rolfe, president and CEO of the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce; and Isaac Brown, WSU men’s basketball head coach.

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Episode 2: January 2022

Annual Report

On this episode of the Forward Together podcast, WSU President Dr. Rick Muma and his guests reflect on and celebrate all that Wichita State University has accomplished in 2021. Special guests include James Chung, founder of Reach Advisors and author of the Chung Report; and Dr. Kaye Monk-Morgan, vice president of engagement and planning at Wichita State University.

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Episode 1: December 2021

Digital Transformation

In this inaugural Forward Together podcast, we focus on digital transformation in the arts. We're joined by Shocker alum Dean Hargrove — writer, director and producer, whose credits include “Columbo” and “Matlock — and Wichita State's dean of the College of Fine Arts, Dr. Rodney Miller.

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