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Faith, Values & Leadership

A Kansas Wesleyan student had an extraordinary opportunity to interact with our nation’s top political leaders during the National Student Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C., last October.

Autumn Zimmerman spent three days discussing faith and values with members of Congress while networking with like-minded students.

"It was absolutely awesome to meet members of Congress face to face [and] realize they're just human, like you," Zimmerman said.

Debate & Forensics Brings Home 4 National Championships

Twenty Christian colleges and universities from across the nation gathered at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA, on March 8–10 to celebrate their Christian heritage and compete in a national debate and individual event competition. Kansas Wesleyan University brought home four national championships from the three-day National Christian College Forensics Invitational (NCCFI).

Talk with the Animals

Dylan Boyd, senior in Biology, learned about animal personalities during a special topics class last school year, but a summer internship at the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary in Red Lodge, Mont., brought his classroom knowledge to life. 

"It was really cool to see [what I had learned] play out in front of my own eyes as I was there, looking at all these different animals," he said.

Teaching Students Recognized

Kansas Wesleyan’s Department of Teacher Education selected seniors Sarah Eurit and Angel Wolf as its Teachers of Promise for the Spring 2018 semester. Kansas colleges and universities that offer teacher programs are invited by the Kansas State Department of Education to select two teacher education students as Teachers of Promise. The students participate in professional learning and recognition opportunities.

Eisenhower Scholars Selected

Three high school seniors will receive Kansas Wesleyan University’s highest academic award, the Eisenhower Scholarship. Amber Schreiber, of Las Vegas, NV; Nolan Jones, of Plainville, KS; and Noah Eichelberger, of Moundridge, KS, were selected based on the Eisenhower Scholars Competition held on Jan. 27.

Best of KWU Highlights Academic Work

Kansas Wesleyan University recognized exemplary student research and scholarship during its annual Best of KWU presentation on Thursday, Feb. 22, in Fitzpatrick Auditorium, Sams Hall of Fine Arts. Students who completed internships through The Washington Center during the Fall 2017 semester also spoke about their experiences.

KWU DECA Dominates Competition

In its first year, Kansas Wesleyan’s DECA team has demonstrated strong business acumen during competition at Fort Hays State University. All KWU students placed either first or second in their categories.

Smoky Hills Honor Band Students to Perform

The 19th annual Smoky Hills High School Honor Band Concert will take place on at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in Sams Chapel, Pioneer Hall. Area honor band students will spend the day in masterclasses and rehearsals with KWU faculty and students. Then the students will perform as the featured ensemble in a concert with the KWU Wind Ensemble and conducted by Dr. Carl Rowles, KWU director of bands.

Study of Memes Earns Notice

Senior Dakota Yates' qualitative research paper was selected by the Southern States Communication Association for publication and presentation at their annual convention April 6 and 7 in Nashville, TN. The paper, titled “Political Memes and Cultural Division: How the Usage of Metaphor Shapes the Political Other,” addresses how memes, during the 2016 election, reflect the growing divide between people and political groups in the U.S. The paper was a part of Yates’ capstone class in Communications.

Professor to Exhibit Work

“More Than a Glance,” a faculty sabbatical exhibition by Lori Wright, associate professor of art at Kansas Wesleyan, will be featured in The Gallery at Sams Hall of Fine Arts at Kansas Wesleyan University from Jan. 17 to Feb. 15. There will be a reception for the artist from 5–7 p.m. Jan. 26, with remarks at 5:30 p.m., and a Gallery Talk from 12:10–12:50 p.m. Jan. 30.