The First-Year Seminars (FYS) program will host informational sessions from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, both in 261 Rhatigan Student Center.

These sessions will describe the process on how to create and teach an FYS class for first-year students. Teaching an FYS is an excellent opportunity to support the academic transition of first-year students to Wichita State and support student success and persistence.

For more information, contact Brett Bruner, assistant vice president for Student Success & Persistence, at

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One Small Step is an initiative of StoryCorps, a national oral history non-profit organization that invites two strangers with different political views to sit down together for a respectful facilitated conversation, and StoryCorps will be coming to WSU from Thursday, Sept. 7 to Sept. 9 at the Ulrich Museum.

The audio of this conversation is recorded and archived in the Library of Congress, with permission from participants. One Small Step is not about debating political issues, but a chance for two people with different backgrounds and beliefs to share stories and experiences that have shaped their values and worldviews.

In these divisive times, One Small Step seeks to bring people together who may not otherwise interact and creates a space where they can share, listen and connect with one another. If you would like to participate in one of these important conversations, sign up online ASAP. When filling out the questionnaire, specify that you would like to participate in-person. Space is limited.

Conversations are scheduled for the following time frames:

  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7
  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 8
  • 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9

The Academic Center for Biomedical and Health Humanities (HealthHum) is hosting a grants workshop series beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8 in 209 Fiske Hall.

The focus will be on proposals that center humanity in health, medicine, wellbeing and human flourishing. Faculty and staff who are working in those areas, or who would like to, should join the workshop to find collaborators and develop grant submissions. Faculty and staff from all colleges and disciplines are welcome.

Other upcoming HealthHum meetings:

  • Grants workshop: 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15 in 209 Fiske Hall
  • General meeting: 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22 in 209 Fiske Hall
Black & Yellow Day: Join us on campus October 6 or October 20! Register at

The Office of Admissions will host the first of two Black & Yellow Days this fall Oct. 6. Each semester, high school juniors, seniors and college transfer students are invited to this all-day event on campus where they have the chance to participate in sessions hosted by each academic college, tour campus and explore the hands-on learning opportunities available at Wichita State.

In addition, there will be special sessions exclusively for admitted high school senior and transfer students. The event is $15 per student and $5 per guest and includes lunch in Shocker Dining. This fall, students can choose to attend Oct. 6 or Oct. 20.

Students can register online. For questions, contact Quinn Munk at 316-978-5453 or

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Savvy Scholar Workshop 13 Sept• 3:00-4:00 PM • Ablah Library In-Person & Online

Want to take your assignments and research to the next level? The Savvy Scholar Workshop is here to help you do just that. Join WSU Libraries from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Ablah Library’s Digital Scholars Commons, or participate online in the Introduction to Geographic Information Systems workshop.

Discover how to supercharge research projects using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Learn GIS basics to harness spatial data and unlock the power of mapping in your work.

Thinking of studying abroad? Attend our First in-person information session of the semester! Friday, September 8, 2023 RSC room 142

Interested in studying abroad? The first step would be to attend one of the information sessions to learn more. The first study abroad information session for the fall will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8.

Join the Society of Public Historians at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5 in the Fiske Hall lobby for its first meeting of the semester.

Members will discuss upcoming events and projects. Chipotle catering will be provided to attendees.

Registration is open for the 2023 Michael Tilford Conference, taking place Oct. 5-6 at Washburn University.

The Michael Tilford Conference provides an opportunity for those in education, with community business leaders, to examine diversity in education and business by discussing challenges and opportunities:

  • Inspire awareness of multiple dimensions of diversity, related practices of inclusion and the transformation of education.
  • Participate in workshops to learn about challenges and strategies for teaching diverse populations on campuses and in classrooms.
  • Share passions for teaching and interacting with students from all backgrounds.
  • Reinforce the integration of multiple dimensions of diversity into student academic and personal development components.
  • Explore how these strategies and practices translate into businesses and broader communities

The goals of the conference are for participants to listen to visionary leaders who will inspire them to promote equity and awareness at their institutions, participate in workshops to learn about challenges teaching diverse populations on Kansas campuses, and share their passion for teaching and interacting with students regardless of race, gender, religion and national origin.

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Student Health Services (SHS) is back with its Pee for Pizza event. It will take place noon-4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the Student Wellness Center in the Steve Clark YMCA.

Pee for Pizza is a sexual health awareness event that allows participants to test for sexually transmitted illnesses such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, HIV and hepatitis C and know their status at no additional charge. Pizza is also provided to participants.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Positive Direction and Shocker Sports Grill and Lanes, Pee for Pizza is by reservation only. No walk-ins will be accepted. Participants must not use the restroom at least one hour before testing.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact SHS at 316-978-4792. Other testing is available upon request.

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Savvy Scholar Workshop 13 Sept• 3:00-4:00 PM • Ablah Library In-Person & Online

The Savvy Scholar Workshop is designed to empower students with enhanced research skills, and faculty and staff are invited to join and encourage their students to participate in the workshop. Join WSU Libraries from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Ablah Library’s Digital Scholars Commons or participate online.

The workshop, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, will focus on leveraging Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to supercharge research endeavors. By mastering GIS basics, students will gain the ability to effectively utilize spatial data and harness the true potential of mapping in their work.