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Dr. Matt Thompson

Greetings from Kansas Wesleyan University!

This is an exciting time to be connected to KWU. As we embark on our 129th year in service to our students, our alumni, our community, and the world, we have renewed our commitment to excellence in all aspects of our mission: academic excellence, spiritual development, personal well-being, and social responsibility.

Kansas Wesleyan has been recognized as a College of Distinction, which acknowledges our student-centered approach, commitment to community service, and strong faculty. I’m regularly stopped by alumni who tell me about their career and personal successes, which they attribute it to the firm foundation they received at Wesleyan.

Let us help you discover the power of “AND.” Here, you can achieve your academic AND your personal goals. You can live out your passions AND explore new interests. You can grow in your faith AND serve the world. You can find your spark AND ignite your future.  

This year we launch our KWU Everywhere approach that expands the classroom beyond our campus borders. This fall, the university will launch its first official Wesleyan Journey courses. This exciting, new academic offering allows students to take a course with a KWU faculty member, travel with him or her away from campus, and engage in service learning, all at no additional cost to the student. During fall break, there are two groups going to Costa Rica and one to the Florida Keys. All participating will have the chance to be challenged and to grow in rewarding ways as they earn academic credit.

KWU Everywhere also includes the launch of online courses and the preparation for offering full degrees online in Criminal Justice, Emergency Management, Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Masters of Business Administration. We are able to do this because of a $1.2 million infrastructure upgrade by Sunflower Bank to enhance Internet access, WiFi, and our telephone system.

This fall brings a new general education curriculum, known as the Liberal Studies program. These 36 hours of coursework are designed for today’s student. They were created to meet the expectations of employers who want to hire graduates trained in the liberal studies with the ability to think critically, write fluently, act ethically, and work collaboratively. Our Liberal Studies program is exciting and offers students the chance to learn in new and engaging ways.

At the core of who we are is our commitment to the spiritual development of our students. Our Tuesday Night Alive weekly worship program is one of the best attended United Methodist collegiate programs. Upper Room Ministries has selected KWU as a pilot site for a new collegiate renewal program, which will take place this spring. In addition, our small groups and Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter are active and important parts of the life of our campus.

If you have not been to campus before, or not been here in a few years, it’s time to come and discover why so many students love calling our campus home. The Student Activities Center is one of the finest in the state, and the new Graves Family Sports Complex (GFSC) is an incredible overhaul of a full block. The GFSC includes a performance field for football and soccer, an eight-lane competition track, a practice field, tennis courts, a new 2,000 seat stadium, and enhanced fencing, lighting, and amenities. Be sure to catch a game in this new fan-friendly and family-friendly environment.

With the addition of Men’s and Women’s Bowling, and Men’s Wrestling, we now offer 23 NAIA athletic competition teams. Athletics is a wonderful and vibrant part of the campus life. Be a Coyote and show your purple and gold pride.

If there is anything I may do to assist you in your exploration of Kansas Wesleyan, please be in touch. You may come to my monthly open office hours, join me and my family for dinner in Shriwise, catch me at a Coyote athletic competition, sit next to me at a fine arts event, or follow me on Twitter (@KWUpres).

All the best,

Matt Thompson