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The WSU Office of Research is hosting a viewing of the PCORI Town Hall on the “Advancing the Science of Engagement” funding opportunity at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12 in 261 Rhatigan Student Center, Olive Room, with a brief discussion afterward.

Dr. Nikki Keene Woods, a successful principal investigator who has helped Wichita State secure PCORI funding in the past, will visit with attendees after the town hall to share about the experience of applying to PCORI.

The history in the State of Kansas as well as the city of Wichita is rich with Hispanic culture.

As Hispanic-Service Institutions Week closes and Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off, join a community celebration of Latinfest from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 in Old Town. The event will feature music, food, art and talent highlighting the cultures of Latin America.

At Wichita State, 2021 data shows that 7% of faculty and staff identity as Hispanic/Latino. Of this information, there are two full tenure Latina/o professors.

As WSU continues to grow, the campus is excited to introduce the first Latine employee resource group. Join the WSU Latine Faculty and Staff Association for a come and go reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday Sept. 15 in the Cadman Art Gallery.

The gallery will feature the history of Latinos in the Wichita area as well as those who have made their mark at WSU. In addition, the gallery will feature art from the Ulrich showcasing Latino artist in their collection.

Kansas had the 27th largest Latino population in the United States. Currently, 19% of the K-12 population in Kansas is Latino and in Wichita, USD259 reports the Hispanic/Latino population is 37%.

Join Dr. Teri Hall, vice president for Student Affairs; Dr. Brett Bruner, assistant vice president for Student Success & Persistence; Dr. Bobby Berry, assistant dean for Diversity and Outreach for the College of Applied Studies; Aaron Hamilton, OneStop; and Dr. Sara Mata, executive director of Hispanic Serving Initiatives, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday Sept. 14 in 266 Rhatigan Student Center, Pike Room for a deeper dive into the data and numbers related to Wichita State’s journey of becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution.

In Kansas in 2021, 16% of Hispanics (ages 18 to 34) were enrolled in higher education, compared to 23% of White non-Hispanics. In addition, 23% of Hispanic adults (25 and older) had earned an associate degree or higher, compared to 47% of White non-Hispanic adults.

The importance of becoming an HSI is strengthening the support for how to serve not only Hispanic students, but every student at WSU, from recruiting, to retaining and ultimately graduating.

Join a brown bag lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 in 233 Rhatigan Student Center, Santa Fe Trail Room to get an overview of Hispanic Serving Institutions.

In support of HACU-Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Wichita State recognizes Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Week, observed by colleges and universities across the nation.

As an emerging HSI, with a current percentage of 17% of students that identify as Latinx/Hispanic, WSU plays an important role of improving access to education and advancing equity for traditionally underserved students.

Interested in learning more about what is an HSI? Join a brown bag lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 in 233 Rhatigan Student Center, Santa Fe Trail Room to get an overview of Hispanic Serving Institutions.

Visit NetApp on the Innovation Campus for its quarterly campus-wide e-waste and shredding event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 in the NetApp parking lot, lot 44S.

The following are items that can be disposed of during the event:

  • Personal documents accepted for secure shredding.
  • All personal electronics accepted, including appliances.
    Note: old tube TVs must be taken to the Waste Connections Transfer Station, 2745 N. Ohio St.
  • Secure data destruction for e-waste (hard drive shredder).
  • On-site assistance available for larger loads.

The event is sponsored by the NetApp Green Team.

The Wichita State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is hosting a Business Transitions Conference from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26 in the Hughes Metropolitan Complex.

There will be breakout sessions focused on buying and selling a business as well as planning for family succession. Professionals specializing in financial, legal and business, including several WSU alumni, will be presenting on a variety of topics related to transactions. Tim Penner, CEO of Harper Industries, will be the keynote speaker. 

Learn more and register about the day’s events, speakers and sponsors and catch the latest conference podcast on the WSU Kansas SBDC YouTube channel. Registration is $50 per person.

Entrepreneurship Research Series Market Research for Startups SEPT 19 • 12:00 - 1:00 pm Ablah Library

Ready to delve into the world of startups and entrepreneurship? Join University Libraries from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Digital Scholars Commons of Ablah Library for the Entrepreneurship Research Series kickoff.

This session focuses on “Market Research for Startups,” offering essential insights into identifying target audiences, analyzing trends and refining your ideas based on real-world needs.

Daniel Bergman in a superhero mask

Join the RSC Shocker Store from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 for an evening with Dr. Daniel Bergman, author of “Teaching is for Superheroes.”

Dr. Bergman is a professor and program chair of science education at Wichita State and currently works with students and teachers from kindergarten all the way to graduate school. Enjoy chatting with the author and hearing excerpts from the book and gain teaching insights, tips,and advice in an entertaining, superhero-inspired format.

Event is come-and-go, and light refreshments will be served. For more information, email