Wendy Veatch, manager of the Barton School’s Professional Edge program, was invited to present on “The Future of Rural Entrepreneurship Research” at the 2022 Small Business Institute (SBI) Annual Conference in Charleston, South Carolina Feb. 24-26. SBI encourages applied research related to small business and entrepreneurship from all disciplines, as well as workshops, pedagogical practices, best practices, and roundtables submissions.

Veatch helped create Wichita State’s Growing Rural Businesses Program as part of WSU’s Center for Entrepreneurship. The program has provided training for over 335 Kansas businesses.

Poster image with yellow red and green featuring text 'Art That Touches Your Heart and Black Educator Hall of Fame. Charcoal drawing of a crowd of people under the text.

Dr. Marche Fleming-Randle, vice president and chief diversity officer at Wichita State, will be inducted into the Black Educators Hall of Fame at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Rhatigan Student Center.

Fleming-Randle is the first African American female vice president for Military and Veterans Affairs at WSU. Her research and academic interests include mental health, child and youth programs, educational leadership and diversity. She is an educator, author, motivational speaker, and public intellectual.

The event is sponsored by the Art That Touches Your Heart foundation and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Picture of Dr. Edil Torres River.

The American Counseling Association (ACA) announced Feb. 16 that Dr. Edil Torres Rivera, professor of Counseling and director of Latinx Studies at Wichita State, has been elected to serve as the ACA’s president-elect beginning July 1. Rivera will begin serving as the ACA’s 72nd president on July 1, 2023.

“Being the first Latinx male to be ACA president and the first Puerto Rican is a humbling experience and yet provides a great sense of pride and satisfaction to be able to serve the counseling profession nationwide,” said Rivera.

Rivera specializes in multicultural counseling, group work, chaos theory, liberation psychology, technology, supervision, multicultural counseling, prisons, Puerto Rican studies, identity development, and gang-related behavior. His research has appeared in numerous prestigious national journals, and he serves on two editorial boards.

Rivera also leads WSU’s Latinx Studies program. The Latinx Studies Initiative, launched in 2019, allows the university to better serve its growing number of Latinx students by hiring educators with expertise in Latinx needs.

“Dr. Torres Rivera has established himself as a key leader within the Wichita State community and the counseling profession,” Dr. Clay Stoldt, interim dean of the College of Applied Studies, said. “He consistently brings expertise, energy and commitment to his work leading WSU’s Latinx Studies initiative and as a counseling educator. We are thrilled that Rivera has been elected to this prestigious position and know the ACA will benefit from his leadership, just as we have.”

A member of the ACA Governing Council from 2018 to 2021, Rivera also served on the ACA Executive Committee. From 2010-2011, Rivera served as President of the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD).

Winning design of the mission patch contest includes the names and acronyms of organizations collaborating on the satellite: Wichita State University, Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts, NanoAvionics, and South Dakota State University. The project is called SNAPPY, short for Solar Neutrino and Particle Physics.

Students in grades 6-12 recently participated in a design contest for a CubeSat mission patch—part of a NASA grant project that includes Dr. Nickolas Solomey’s research on solar neutrinos. Patch design entries included themes and elements to represent Wichita State, NASA and particle physics. The runners-up and winning design were chosen by Solomey and his team of graduate students working on the solar neutrino project.

Winning designer: Rylee Salts, Topeka High School

Runners-up :

  • Aaralyn Spencer, Altamont Grade School
  • Samantha Chestnut, Topeka High School
  • Cora Ambrose, Topeka High School
  • Elly Han, Altamont Grade School

This design contest was in partnership with the Ad Astra Kansas Foundation. The winning design will be used as the patch for the NASA mission.

Picture of Dr. Jenny Pearson.

Dr. Jenny Pearson, Wichita State professor of sociology, has been elected president of the Midwest Sociological Society. The society is a nonprofit, regional, professional society dedicated to building community among sociologists and to advancing sociological knowledge, teaching and practice for social scientific purposes and social betterment. A number of Wichita State University faculty and students attend the conference and present their research each year.

Pearson will serve a four-year term in April as president elect-elect; followed by president-elect and program chair; president; and immediate past president. She previously served as the Kansas state director and the co-founder and chair of the MSS LGBTQ+ Task Force, collaboratively working toward making the organization and annual conference more inclusive for LGBTQ+ members.

CARE Team graphic containing December 2021 and January 2022 data. December graph includes academic year (August 1 through December 31), 2020-2021 had 333, whereas 2021-2022 had 530, resulting in an increase of 59.16%. For the month of December (December 1 through December 31), 2020 had 31 and 2021 had 41, resulting in a 32.26% increase. For January, the academic year (August 1 through January 31) 2020-2021 had 354 and 2021-2022 had 584, resulting in an increase of 64.97%. The month of January (January 1 through January 31) 2021 had 21 and for the year 2022 there was 50, resulting in a 138.1% increase.

For December 2021, Wichita State’s CARE Team had an increase of 59.16% through the academic year of Aug. 1 through Dec. 31, 2021. There was also a 32.26% increase when comparing December 2020 and December 2021.

January had an increase of 64.97% for the  academic year of Aug. 1, 2021, through Jan. 3. This included a 138.1% increase when comparing January 2021 and 2022.

The CARE Team exists to support students through difficulty by connecting them with the resources and help they need to succeed academically and personally.

While State Upward Bound Math-Science (UBMS) program at WSU focuses on preparing students for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, their students also have a creative side. Recently, four Wichita State UBMS participants were published in the Mikrokomos program. Nayeli Villalobos and Setarah Soureshjani; Alissa Brown and Kenly Nicolas-Estrada, UBMS alumni, submitted writing samples they developed during their summer 2021 creative writing class. The class was taught by Robert Yates Wichita State graduate instructor.

Mikrokosmos is the literary journal of WSU’s Master of Fine Arts program. It accepts written non-fiction and fiction submissions from all students and alumni at WSU. UBMS participants would like to thank Mikrokomos for the opportunity they gave to these youth leaders to express their voices.

For more information about the essays, please contact derrick.veasey@wichita.edu.

Usha Haley, W. Frank Barton Distinguished Chair in International Business and professor of management, completed an article for a medical journal on misapplications of statistical data and techniques to make recommendations to fix this issue. The research indicates that 80% of medical doctors do not understand the assumptions underlying the statistics that they quoted. Fortune (Education) also recently quoted Haley on her research.

The Office of Academic Affairs has announced the new members of the Emeriti Faculty. Please congratulate the following:

  • Cathy L. Moore-Jansen, associate professor emerita of University Libraries
  • Philip L. Hersch, professor emeritus of economics

Emeritus status is an honorary designation conferred upon retirees in recognition of their contributions and accomplishments over their years of service to the University.

Abigail Devereaux presents a paper to students during an ISEG mentoring group meeting.

Abigail Devereaux, assistant professor of economics and Institute for the Study of Economic Growth research fellow at Wichita State’s Barton School of Business, was recently named a Public Choice and Public Policy Project fellow by the American Institute for Economic Research.

“Congratulations to all 21 individuals chosen as Public Choice and Public Policy Project fellows,” said Ted Bolema, executive director of the Institute for the Study of Economic Growth. “We all stand to benefit from their work. I’m especially excited to see the contributions of Abigail Devereaux. Her research and innovative thought leadership, as well as her numerous professional contributions, make her uniquely qualified for this exciting new AIER project.”

The Public Choice and Public Policy Project was established Dec. 21, 2021, and is modeled on the success of the Sound Money Project. The project creates a network of scholars that will offer regular commentary and in-depth analysis on public policy using the tools of Public Choice Economics. The innovative scholars who make up this project seek to understand the reality of government decision-making and the consequences those decisions have on the lives of everyone in society and to suggest alternatives to the romantic political notions that often dominate policy discussions.

“I am honored to be named as a fellow of the Public Choice and Public Policy Project,” said Devereaux. “Public choice is a subfield of economics that applies economic theory to the political world. Elinor Ostrom, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in economics, won for her work in public choice. We’re just starting to introduce public choice concepts in our economics pedagogy at Wichita State. I cover it in my Principles of Microeconomics course and much more extensively in my Economies in Transition course. I look forward to advancing Public Choice Economics alongside these incredibly talented, capable and accomplished scholars.”

A member of the Barton School’s faculty since 2020, Devereaux is a frequently published scholar on the topics of Game Theory, Complexity and Computability Theory, Theory of Entangled Political Economy, Combinatorial Growth Theory and Systems Theory. She has published in the Journal of Institutional Economics, The American Economist, Review of Austrian Economics, Cosmos and Taxis and Journal of Private Enterprise.

She is also recognized as an effective classroom instructor and mentor as an assistant professor of Economics at the Barton School. Devereaux has earned several distinctions in her career and is also a founding member of the Entangled Political Economy Research Network, a research fellow at the Independent Institute and a faculty affiliate at the Ostrom Workshop. In 2021, Devereaux and her co-author Dr. Linan Peng received the Elinor Ostrom Award for their work on China’s Social Credit System.