Please join Academic Affairs for an active discussion about the “Grand Challenges in Assessment: Guiding Innovations, Improving Pedagogy, and Increasing Equity” webinar from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18 in the AGH classroom (room 134) in Woolsey Hall. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to karla.jordan@wichita.edu.

A mural by one of the Urban Canvas artists, Quintis Pinkston, is painted in spray paint and features smiling people.

An art market inspired by the artists of the Ulrich Museum’s “Urban Canvas: Exploring Muralism in Wichita” exhibition will pop up in the circle drive just south of the Ulrich from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 14 at Open Streets ICT on 17th Street between Hillside and Grove. 

Seven featured artists, each of whom has work represented in the “Urban Canvas” show, will be the focus of the market: GLeo, Connie Fiorella, Domesick Creationz, Del Norte, Quintis Pinkston, Ric Dunwoody, and Heather Byers. An additional 45 local and regional artists will set up booths, some offering their work for sale and some doing demonstrations. Our inaugural Urban Canvas Art Market is free and open to the public.

Open Streets gives Wichitans a chance to enjoy entertainment, explore businesses and organizations, and check out fun vendors and food trucks. The street will be blocked off so get ready to walk, bike, jog, or skateboard, and bring out the strollers and wagons.

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Join a community discussion with Colombian muralist Nathalia Gallego, or GLeo; and Armando Minjarez, artist, designer, and community organizer on Thursday, April 11 at 210 McKnight Art Center. GLeo and Minjarez will speak about their experiences working collaboratively to create the “Horizontes Project” on Wichita’s north end, as well as the “Adelante Juntos/Forward Together,” which GLeo will create at the Duerksen Amphitheater project.

Spanish to English translation will be available. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the discussion beginning at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.

In 2018, WSU students and alums contributed research and volunteer time to the Horizontes Project. “El Sueño Original – The Original Dream,” located at 519 E. 20th St. N. on the Beachner Grain Elevator, was a major part of that project. GLeo painted this massive mural, which was the largest of its kind in the United States at the time of its creation. The artist returned to Wichita in late March and has been designing a mural for the WSU campus, “Adelante Juntos /Forward Together,” which she will begin painting on the walls of Duerksen Amphitheater this week.

Local artist Armando Minjárez originally brought GLeo to Wichita as a Knight Cities Challenge winner with the Horizontes Project. He is also producing this new amphitheater mural for the Ulrich Museum of Art with support from Wichita State University’s Office of Hispanic Initiatives; Student Government Association; Hispanic American Leadership Organization (HALO); Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives; the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; the Office of the President; and the Office of Strategic Communications and Marketing. A public unveiling of the mural is scheduled for May 3.

National Small Business Week - Save the Date - May 2, 2024 - Image of SBA Main Street - Kansas SBDC, WSU and SBA Logos - www.wichita.edu/NSBW

The Kansas Small Business Development Center at Wichita State is celebrating National Small Business Week in a big way.

On Thursday, May 2, the Kansas SBDC at WSU is hosting a conference designed to help established small businesses grow sustainably, a pop-up market to support local vendors and an awards ceremony honoring the success of local small business leaders.

For more than 60 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has celebrated National Small Business Week (NSBW), a time set aside to acknowledge the critical contributions of America’s small businesses. This year, NSBW takes place April 28 through May 4. The SBDC joins SBA and SCORE to officially recognize the hard work, ingenuity, and dedication of entrepreneurs and small business owners, including their contributions to the economy.

The Kansas Small Business Development Center at Wichita State University is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Join the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Shocker Career Accelerator in this professional panel geared toward WSU’s LGBTQ community from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 in 233 Rhatigan Student Center, Santa Fe Trail Room.

This is an opportunity to network and learn more about the unique experience that those in the community have. Listen to the panel discuss their experiences and afterwards, enjoy refreshments and get to know those both supporting and in the LGBTQ Community in the professional world.

In a co-sponsored event by the Department of Political Science, Fairmount College Student Advisory Council and Pi Sigma Alpha; join a panel at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 in 113 Lindquist Hall for a legal careers panel featuring political science alumni working in the areas of IT/IP law, immigration law, personal injury law and healthcare law.

Join local Wichita Organization Somos First Gen at a discussion panel from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9 in 266 Rhatigan Student Center, Pike Room, to learn about the first-gen experience at Wichita State.

With engaging conversation, a raffle for prizes and refreshments, the first-gen Latina-founded organization will be on campus to answer questions and engage with students on the life of a first-gen student and how those experiences impact their life on campus.

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Throughout a free four-week training course, learn the art of soliciting actionable feedback, refine your value proposition and craft a solid business model canvas.

Join from April 30 to May 28 and empower yourself to turn your startup dreams into reality. 

Artist and WSU alum Chiyoko Myose will collaborate with current student Miyu Takahashi on “Harukaze 春風 Spring Breeze,” an immersive experience taking place from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 12 in the McKnight Art Center atrium.

Attendees will view Japanese tea ceremony demonstrations hosted by Miyu Takahashi and immerse themselves in “A Thread X A Thread,” Chiyoko Myose’s ongoing art installation.

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Join Spectrum: LGBTQ & Allies and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the PRIDE Prom from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 19 in 233 Rhatigan Student Center, Santa Fe Trail Room.

Join in on a night of fun in a safe space with friends and allies. There will be games, a photobooth, music and more, and everyone is welcome to attend. Prom attire is encouraged, but not required.

The event is available at no charge to students and their guests.