The Department of Public Health Sciences is co-hosting a series of film fests for the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) Big Read: Wichita alongside the Wichita Public Library and Tallgrass Film Association. The next event is a screening of the movie, “The Upside” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13 in the Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd St. N.

Food and popcorn sponsors are Independent Living Resource Center and Wichita Urban Professionals. After the screening, join a discussion of the film at The Monarch at 579 W. Douglas Ave. with guest moderator Kyle Ellison from Heroes Academy Kansas. Food and beverage discounts are offered with a ticket stub.

Each week will feature a new film that, like “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” by Roz Chast, the book chosen for this year’s NEA Big Read: Wichita, explores caregiving and the universal challenges experienced as one cares for someone with a chronic illness, injury, medical trauma or nearing end of life.

Student Activities Council will host a tailgate party from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 21 at Wilkins Stadium before the Shockers take on East Carolina. It will have food trucks, a sidewalk chalk competition and various games for attendees to play.

The event itself will be free and not require registration, but any food purchased at food trucks will not be covered and participation in the sidewalk chalk competition will require registration.

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The Wichita State Sustainability Council is accepting abstract submissions for its the third Student Research Poster Showcase from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22 in the Rhatigan Student Center. All students are encouraged to submit an abstract for the showcase. Intersectional research, specific projects, program evaluations and new ideas are all welcome.

Potential submissions can include the following sustainability research topics:

  • Sustainable manufacturing
  • Climate change
  • Green infrastructure
  • Waste/recycling
  • Environmental justice
  • Sustainability in education
  • Water/wastewater
  • Urban planning

The deadline to submit an abstract is Thursday, April 13.

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Celebrate pride at Wichita State with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Spectrum: LGBTQ & Allies at PRIDE Prom.

The PRIDE Prom will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 15 in 233 Rhatigan Student Center. There will be food, a photo booth, music and more.

Join the night of fun in a safe space with friends and allies. Everyone is welcome to attend and prom attire is encouraged but not required.

Students are invited to attend a conversation with Roz Chast, author of “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?,” the book selected for this year’s NEA Big Read: Wichita, from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, April 14 in the CAC Theater.

This event is ideal for students in health professions, social work, art, graphic design, communication, pre-med, English, human resources, psychology, sociology or in the Honors College.

Faculty and staff are welcome to attend the student conversation as well, but the Big Read: Wichita keynote featuring Chast at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 15 is open to the entire Wichita community at the WSU Hughes Metroplex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

Chast grew up in Brooklyn, and her cartoons began appearing in the New Yorker in 1978. Since then, she has published more than one thousand cartoons in the magazine and has written and illustrated many books.

Zach Gearhart, chief of staff, hosts biweekly updates for faculty and staff on legislative issues raised related to Wichita State from the Kansas state government.

This week’s session has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, April 10 in the Morrison Hall board room.

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Student Health Services (SHS) is back with its Pee for Pizza event. It will take place noon-4 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at the Student Wellness Center in the Steve Clark YMCA. During the event, participants can get tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia by submitting a urine specimen and then receive free pizza.

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 for free.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Positive Direction and Shocker Sports Grill and Lanes, Pee for Pizza occurs twice a month through the fall and spring semesters and 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.

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Interested in learning how to play pickleball? Join the Student’s Activities Council from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20 at the Heskett Center to learn the basics from a pickleball instructor and begin practicing.

The event is in collaboration with Campus Recreation. Registration is required and spots are limited.

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KMUW’s monthly book club features selections made by its staff. For April, KMUW is reading “Pineapple Street” by Jenny Jackson.

Participants will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19 at KMUW for a group discussion over dinner and drinks. Dinner is provided by Public.

Learn more about Jackson and the novel “Pineapple Street” on Marginalia.

9th Annual Lavender Graduation, A Celebration of our LGBTQ+ Graduates, 7 p.m. Friday, May 5 Rhatigan Student Center 233, RSVP @ wichita.edu/lavender

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Spectrum: LGBTQ and Allies will host the ninth annual Lavender Graduation at 7 p.m. May 5 in 233 Rhatigan Student Center.

This is a special ceremony honoring the achievements of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ+) students at Wichita State. Students have the option to be recognized openly or privately at the event.

To attend, students should RSVP by 11:59 p.m. May 1 to receive their lavender or rainbow cord.