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Kansas Middle School Students to Give Concert

The Smoky Hills Middle School Honor Band will join the Kansas Wesleyan Wind Ensemble in presenting a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in Sams Chapel, Pioneer Hall. The public is invited to this free concert.

Former Professors Honored

Kansas Wesleyan University is pleased to announce to two former professors, Dr. David Fancher ’64 and Dr. Wes Jackson ’58, have been granted emeritus status. The Board of Trustees approved the recommendation, and a public announcement was made during KWU’s Breakthrough Reception, a celebration of the sciences, on Friday, Oct. 6, during Homecoming and Family Weekend.

KWU Students Plan First SHIFT Festival

The Kansas Wesleyan University Communication Studies and Theatre Arts Department is putting on the first ever Smoky Hill Independent Film and Television Festival. The event, known as SHIFT, will take place on campus Oct. 13 and 14.

'We Teach All Kids'

Dr. Climetine Clayburn ’71 returned to the classroom on Thursday to start her celebration of Homecoming and Family Weekend by speaking with Teacher Education students. KWU’s Kansas National Education Association Student Program hosted Dr. Clayburn’s visit.

Dr. Clayburn advised students to be conscientious about the needs of each student and to approach the classroom with optimism. 

Climatologist to Give Talk

Kansas Wesleyan University and the Salina Tree Board invite the public to attend a program presented by climatologist Mary Knapp. “Monitoring Kansas Climate” will explore various networks for monitoring the weather and how that data contributes to our understanding of changes in climate in Kansas. The presentation will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, in Peters Science Hall, Room 205.

Teaching Tech

Raised on a farm in a tiny northwest Kansas town, Annie Hoekman had no intention of going into computer science. But as the economics of agriculture changed, her father decided to shift from farming to computers, something he’d always been interested in, and began taking classes at Kansas Wesleyan University. He earned his degree when Hoekman was a freshman in high school and the family relocated to Salina.

New Exhibit Blooms in The Gallery

“Euflora,” an exhibit of floral paintings and photographs by Michael Jilg and Leon Staab, of Hays, will be featured in The Gallery at Sams Hall of Fine Arts at Kansas Wesleyan University from Oct.2–Nov. 10. A reception for the artists will be from 5–7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. 

Enrollment Grows for Third Year

Kansas Wesleyan University is on a three-year trajectory of growth. According to the official census data taken on the 20th day of enrollment, 791 students are attending this fall, the third consecutive year of growth and the largest student body since 2011.

KWU Recognized in National Rankings

Both U.S. News & World Report and College Choice have recognized Kansas Wesleyan University in their rankings of colleges and universities.

Kansas Wesleyan was rank as one of the best regional liberal arts colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. The U.S News Best College rankings are in their 33rd year and are based on several key measures — graduation and retention rates; assessment of excellence; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; graduation rate performance; and alumni giving.

Summer at the Zoo

A third-grade assignment set MiKayla Chiles on her career path. She completed a book report on big cats and has been fascinated by them ever since.

Her path took a small detour. She planned to be a social worker for a while, but her interests led her to the Biology Department at Kansas Wesleyan University.

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