Darren DeFrain, associate professor of English at Wichita State University, shows off a page of the Vizling app, which will allow users to understand reading materials that rely on visual components to help tell a story or communicate information.
January 21, 2022 — The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded a grant of $243,922 to a Wichita State University researcher for his work on an app that will allow people who are visually impaired to read comic books, graphic novels and other digitized graphic materials on their devices.
Members of Boeing pose around conference table.
January 21, 2022 — Wichita State University and Kansas Modification Center (KMC) have reached another significant milestone to advance the passenger-to-freighter aircraft conversion of the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft at WSU’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) WERX.
Graphic featuring logo with text EDA, Build Back Better Regional Challenge. Finalist | $1 Billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge | EDA. U.S. Economic Development Administration.
December 15, 2021 —

The U.S. Economic Development Administration recently awarded Wichita State University and South Kansas $500,000 to Build Back Better with the potential opportunity for a Phase 2 award of $25-75 million.

The Build Back Better Regional Challenge will provide $1 billion in American Rescue Act funding to invest in America’s communities. This historic investment supports bottom-up economic development  focused on advancing equity, creating good-paying jobs, helping workers to  develop in-demand skills, building economic resilience, and accelerating the economic recovery for the industries and communities hit hardest by the  coronavirus pandemic.

Picture of Henrion Hall's foundry.
December 8, 2021 — The second phase of renovations is close to complete on Wichita State’s Henrion Hall, the 100-year-old building that houses WSU’s studio arts.

“It is paramount for our students to conduct art-making in classrooms that are tailored to the functionality and safety needs of the art we make,” said Tanna Burchinal, studio manager for the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries. “Each phase of Henrion Hall's renovations has addressed this. We are adding beauty back to this 100-year-old building, as well.”

Picture of two Wichita State College of Health Professions manikins.
December 7, 2021 — The College of Health Professions (CHP) has initiated a major expansion to its clinical simulation capabilities. Students across the CHP’s clinical degree programs will have increased exposure to high-tech robotic simulated patients in preparation for treating humans.
Picture of three Wichita State students playing the French Horn.
December 7, 2021 —

Arts at Wichita State University benefit the city and state in ways that range from tourism to education to mental wellness.

People enjoy the university's arts and culture community when they visit the Ulrich Museum of Art and benefit when a child participates in a class taught by Wichita State graduates. The Wichita Symphony Orchestra is staffed by many Wichita State professors and alumni, another example of the numerous interactions between the university and community.

More than 250 students have benefited from the applied learning experiences available through the digital twin program at Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research.
December 6, 2021 — Since its inception, the National Institute for Aviation Research’s digital twin program has been rife with opportunities to progress research, digital transformation, engineering technology and sustainability efforts. It’s also been an important career steppingstone and training ground for more than 250 Wichita State University students, who have gained valuable applied learning experiences while working on the project.
Picture of Students from Wichita State University's W. Frank Barton School of Business taken before the COVID-19 pandemic and masking policies.
December 6, 2021 — The same data, software and tools used by the world’s leading business and financial decision-makers can now be accessed in the Koch Global Trading Center of the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University.
Dr. Rick Muma stands in front of Morrison Hall
October 28, 2021 — Wichita State University and all of Shocker Nation will celebrate the inauguration of our 15th president, Dr. Rick Muma, at 2:30 p.m. today in the Lowe Auditorium of the Hughes Metropolitan Complex.
President Muma's Town Hall for Fairmount College faculty and staff 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15 Meeting ID: 944 1646 4950 Passcode: 606906 Become More Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Wichita State University
October 13, 2021 — Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty and staff are invited to a town hall with President Rick Muma at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15 via Zoom (Zoom Meeting ID: 944 1646 4950  Passcode: 606906).