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Vanier Family Invests $1M in Nursing Program

On the heels of a $1 million donation from the Salina Regional Health Center, Kansas Wesleyan announced today that the Jack and Donna Vanier family is providing its own $1 million gift to help create a new, state-of-the-art Nursing Education Center.

The building, located at 135 E. Claflin Ave., will be the first new instruction-only facility on campus in 50 years. In total, the renovation plans have an estimated cost of $4.5 million. Once that capital is raised, construction is anticipated to begin late this fall, with a targeted completion date of December 2020.

Nursing Program Receives $1M From Salina Regional

Salina Regional Health Center’s Board of Trustees has a vision for the future of nursing education, and Kansas Wesleyan is the focal point. 

The hospital Board of Trustees announced this week that it will donate a total of $1 million to KWU to secure that future in the form of $600,000 in cash, plus a former doctor’s office, valued at $400,000, so that the university can establish a stand-alone Nursing Education Center on its campus. 

The lead gift from SRHC marks the launch of the university’s $4.5 million campaign for the new Nursing Center. 

Graduation and End of the year message from President and CEO Matt Thompson

On May 11, Kansas Wesleyan University graduated 148 students – 124 undergraduates and 24 who earned their Master’s in Business Administration.

That graduating class represented students from 19 different states and 5 countries.

Click this link to see an end of the year message from President and CEO Matt Thompson:

KWU Grad named as new county Emergency Management Director

Saline County has hired a new emergency management director.

Michelle Barkley ‘18 will take over the position. Barkley graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University with a degree in Emergency Management and minors in Criminal Justice and Unmanned Aircraft Systems.  She worked with the North Central Kansas Healthcare Coalition and Salina Regional Health Center developing plans and assisting with exercises to test plans.

Barkley has previous experience.  She also worked with Dane County Emergency Management in Wisconsin.

Kansas Wesleyan Again Named College of Distinction™

Colleges of Distinction 2018-2019

Kansas Wesleyan University has again been named a College of Distinction™ for 2018-19.

Kansas Wesleyan Again Named College of Distinction™

DECA Winners

Six Kansas Wesleyan University business students had top-10 finishes in national collegiate academic competition two weeks ago in Florida.

Competing at the Distributive Education Clubs of America national competition at the International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Fla., the entire KWU team also was awarded because all cumulative scores were higher than 75 percent.

Kansas Wesleyan's Teacher Ed Receives Accreditation

Kansas Wesleyan University's Teacher Education Program is accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). 

Welcome to the Kansas Wesleyan University Teacher Education data reporting website. KWU is committed to demonstrating accountability and using data to support curriculum and programmatic initiatives to prepare future educators. This site contains data, summaries of findings, and other information based on the annual reporting measures.

Kansas Wesleyan's Teacher Ed Receives Accreditation

Dr. Steve Hoekstra appointed to the National Council of Alpha Chi

Dr. Steve Hoekstra, Professor of Psychology, Chair of the Division of Social Sciences and Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies Program at Kansas Wesleyan University, was appointed to the National Council of Alpha Chi.

The National Council, Alpha Chi’s chief governing body, is an elected, 22-member governing body composed of 15 faculty members and seven students. The faculty members, who also serve as sponsors of local chapters, serve four-year terms, and the students are elected to two-year terms.

Arbor Day celebration

The Kansas Wesleyan University annual Arbor Day celebration is set for Friday, only this time there is a growing reason to participate.

Last February, the university achieved the prestigious designation of 2018 Tree Campus USA from the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

"Tree Campuses and their students set examples not only for their student bodies, but the surrounding communities showcasing how trees create a healthier environment,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation.

KWU to Celebrate Women in History

Kansas Wesleyan University will celebrate Women’s History Month by hosting a conversation on the role of women in religion. “Women in Religion – An evening of dialogue on the role of women in world religions,” will be held on Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in Fitzpatrick Auditorium in Sams Hall of Fine Arts. The event will feature a panel of local female church leaders, as well as an expert on women’s issues. Coffee and conversation will follow in Fitzpatrick Auditorium.