The 2023 Ad Astra Conference will be held at Fort Hays State University from March 31 to April 1. The event is open to all first-generation students, and the first 30 students who register by Tuesday, Feb. 28 are provided with meals, a T-shirt and housing for the conference. Transportation to the conference is provided by the F1rst-Gen Student Organization.

The Ad Astra Conference brings first-generation students from universities across Kansas together for a common experience with a desired outcome of greater persistence to graduation and a better prepared future.

KMUW’s monthly book club features selections made by its staff. For March, KMUW is reading “I Have Some Questions for You” by Rebecca Makkai.

Participants will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15 at KMUW for a group discussion over dinner and drinks. Dinner is provided by Public.

Penguin Random House describes the book as Makkai’s “most irresistible novel yet: a stirring investigation into collective memory and a deeply felt examination of one woman’s reckoning with her past, with a transfixing mystery at its heart.”

The NEA Big Read: Wichita 2023 book selection, “Can’t we talk about something more pleasant?” by cartoonist Roz Chast, has inspired a month of community and campus events based on the themes of the book, including caregiver support, aging, serious illness conversations and dementia.

The events are co-hosted by the Department of Public Health Sciences.

Questions about the events can be directed to Robert Miller, Public Health Sciences lecturer, at

Join the Department of Physics for its next seminar at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 1 in 226 Jabara Hall and also on Zoom.

The speakers of the seminar are Elizabeth Behrman, professor of math and statistics, and James Steck, professor of aerospace engineering. The seminar will cover “Quantum generative adversarial network for mapping entanglement.”

Graphic with the text, "Arab Student Association Fundraiser. 3.2.23 11-1 pm, RSC table 17" and the Arab Student Association logo.

The Arab Student Association (ASA) is a new student organization on campus, and it will sell homemade Arab sweets to fundraise. The fundraiser will take place 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, March 2 in the Rhatigan Student Center.

Visit the ASA at table 17 and choose from a variety of Arab sweets to choose from, including baklava, katayef and maamoul. All treats are under $3 and cash only.

Graphic with the text, "SAS Fundraiser, Leaf Teahouse, 1912 E Pawnee St, February 28th."

The Student Ambassador Society (SAS) will be holding a fundraiser at the local boba shop Leaf Teahouse during its normal operating hours Tuesday, Feb. 28.

The store will open at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., and 10% of all proceeds will benefit SAS. Leaf Teahouse is located at 1912 E. Pawnee St.

Any student who wishes to participate in this fundraiser can show a picture of the flyer at Leaf Teahouse to support SAS.

For any questions, contact Bri Pfeifer, external community engagement chair of SAS, at

Graphic with an image of Mengfei (Angela) Ren and the text, "Fuzz testing of Zigbee protocol implementation. Friday, Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m. Jabara Hall 260. Mengfei (Angela) Ren, Ph.D Candidate, University of Texas at Arlington." Wichita State University logo.

The School of Computing is hosting Mengfei (Angela) Ren, a Ph.D candidate from the University of Texas, at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24 in 260 Jabara Hall.

Ren will present “Fuzz testing of Zigbee protocol implementation.” Students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend the talk.

The School of Computing is hosting Raiyan Abdul Baten, a postdoctoral associate from the University of Rochester, at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 in 260 Jabara Hall.

Baten will present “Fantastic Ideas and Where to Find Them: Boosting creativity in self-organizing social networks.” Students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend the talk.

Graphic with photos of the Wellness Expo and the text, "Campus Recreation's Wellness Expo March 1, 2023 11 a.m.-1 p.m."

Join Campus Recreation as it hosts this year’s Wellness Expo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1 in the Heskett Center.

Plan to join hundreds of fellow Shockers as they receive screenings and wellness tips from over 50 vendor booths from Wichita State University departments and around the community.

Those interested in being vendors for the event can fill out the vendor form here.

Wichita State staff and faculty walk-in headshot event. Wednesday, March 1 8:30-11:30 a.m. RSC, Room 266 (Pike)

The Office of Strategic Communications will offer headshot photos to WSU faculty and staff at no charge. These opportunities are quick and walk-in only without needing to schedule an appointment.

The next headshot photo event is from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 1 in 266 Rhatigan Student Center.

Additional dates will be announced in the future.