We are thrilled you are part of the KWU family, and I want to welcome you to the academic year. Whether it is your first or your final semester, we want to help make it the best experience possible.
One of the benefits of a KWU education is having the ability to explore your academic aspirations and your personal interests. We call it the Power of AND. We believe your classroom experience AND the learning taking place outside the classroom will develop key skills that will prepare you for success in your career AND in life. So tune your guitar for the band, refine your swing at batting practice, or rehearse your lines for the play. We want you to be involved, and we are here to support you!
At KWU you are cared for like family, and our faculty provide individual attention to ensure you are having an exceptional experience. They are committed to your education — through advising, mentoring and excellence in teaching. I invite you to visit with the faculty, the president and me during open office hours.
Our students love living in Salina, and I encourage you to take advantage of everything our city has to offer. It is large enough to provide a wide range of entertainment, shopping and internship opportunities, yet small enough that our students feel embraced and welcomed in their home-away-from-home. Catch a movie at the local cinema for just $4, check out the festivals and farmers markets, play a round of golf at the Muni or cool off at the local water park. If you are looking for a part-time job or just some good food, we’ve got nearly 100 restaurants in town!
We are prepared to set you up for success this year, but as you know, you get out only what you put in, so use the Student Success Center for advice on a paper; join one of the more than 80 clubs and organizations on campus; play an intramural sport; attend academic talks, plays, concerts and athletic events; go to Monday Night Alive; and sign up to serve the Salina community on a Saturday morning. When you get involved, you will meet friends that you may have for a lifetime, AND you will increase your knowledge and skills.
On behalf of the more than 150 faculty and staff members at KWU, welcome to our family. Let’s make this an exceptional year!
Damon Kraft, Ph.D. – KWU Provost