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Jessica Provines, chief psychologist and assistant vice president for wellness at Wichita State, was quoted in a Chronicle of Higher Education article about counselor staffing during the pandemic.

For decades, a growing number of students with psychiatric and neurodiverse histories, conditions, and medications have been enrolling in college. From an access standpoint, that’s been terrific. From a counseling standpoint, however, it has meant a professional state of siege.

Honoree information, photos and video from the Service Recognition 2021 event held Oct. 25 at Charles Koch Arena are now available at the Service Recognition website. The event honored employees who reached their milestone service between the dates of Sept. 2, 2020, and Sept. 1, 2021.

Dr. Ted Bolema, associate professor of economics and executive director of the Institute of the Study of Economic Growth, was featured in Truth in Accounting’s Morning Call blog on Dec. 2. Bolema, along with Dr. Eileen Norcross, the vice president of policy research and a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, recently published the article “Budget boost over a fiscal cliff: States surf a federal windfall”. The article was picked up by a variety of papers, including the Denver Gazette and Washington Examiner.

Truth in Accounting is is a nonpartisan organization with a mission “to educate and empower citizens with understandable, reliable, and transparent government financial information.”

Congratulations, Alicia! Congratulations to Alicia Sanchez, assistant dean of students and director, for being recognized as a recipient for Women Who Lead in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion by the Wichita Business Journal.
Congratulations to Alicia Sanchez, assistant dean of students and director, who was recognized as a recipient for Women Who Lead in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion by the Wichita Business Journal. She is one of the leading top women professionals who lead in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion at Wichita State University and in the community.

Scott Miller, chair of the Aerospace Engineering Department in the WSU College of Engineering, has been selected to hold the Emylou Keith and Betty Dutcher Faculty of Distinction Professorship at Wichita State University.

The professorship was endowed by Emylou Keith in 2004 to honor her sister, Betty Dutcher, upon her death. Both women were graduates of Wichita State. Keith died in 2017.

“To be selected for this honor is amazing,” Miller said. “I’m surrounded by so many dedicated, successful and hardworking faculty and colleagues. It’s nice to be supported and recognized by them. Although I never met the benefactors, I understand they were special people. I’ll do my best to honor their gift and intent.”

Miller has been Aerospace Engineering chair since 2004 and a professor at Wichita State since 1988. He is a senior fellow for the National Institute for Aviation Research. He also is director of the NASA in Kansas program, a consortium of universities and science museums that conduct science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-based education and research. He earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University.

Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Shirley Lefever made the appointment based on a recommendation from the WSU Council of Deans. In part, their letter stated: “Dr. Miller is a recognized leader in engineering, aerospace education and research. He is a highly respected and awarded aerospace engineer across the region and nation. He has made a tremendous impact on students, faculty and Kansas STEM education and research over the last 15 years.”

The professorship previously was held by Victor Isakov, professor of mathematics, who died in May 2021.

Debra Franklin, associate vice president for Strategic Initiatives at Wichita State, was recognized during an Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute (ARM) Annual Member Meeting Nov. 16. Franklin was one of the first two honored as part of ARM’s new Champions program.

The ARM Institute is the nation’s leading collaborative in robotics and workforce innovation, working at the confluence of industry, government and academia. Structured as a public-private partnership, the ARM Institute and its member organizations catalyze robotic technologies and education solutions to strengthen the U.S. industrial base and secure U.S. manufacturing resiliency.

Wichita State University’s partnership with ARM in July has resulted in the Department of Engineering Technology being among the first programs in the nation to earn an ARM endorsement for their mechatronics track – a certification that will translate to stronger job prospects for graduates.

The Office of Disability Services would like to recognize and thank the student note-takers who shared notes with students who have a note-taking accommodation. These note-takers have worked diligently to help their fellow Shockers.

Please join us in recognizing the following students: Allison Campbell, Cadence Davis, Elizabeth Dickerson, Jorge Godinez, Sabrina Gooch, Madison McClain, Jaycie Nelson, Thu Nguyen, Jaden Nola, Grace Peterson, Megan Reuter, Justin Swafford, Kyran Crist, Katelyn Williams and Ivanka Mukadi.

The Graduate School would like to congratulate the winners of the fourth Three-Minute Thesis competition which was held on Nov. 12. Fariha Tanveer, a master’s student in biological sciences, placed first with the presentation “Developing a Human Patient ‘Avatar’ System Particularly Relevant to Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC). Tanveer’s advisor was William Hendry. Tanveer will go on to represent WSU at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools’ 3MT competition this spring.

Michael Okwori, a doctoral candidate in electrical and computer engineering, was runner up with the presentation “Application of Machine Learning Models and Feature Engineering to Predict Genomic Phenomena.” Okwori’s advisor was Ali Eslami.

Photos of the competition can be found at the Wichita State Graduate School’s Facebook page. Thank you to all our participants who showed the wonderful research occurring at WSU and congratulations Tanveer and Okwori!

Photograph of Katie Cramer, Editor of Kansas English

Kansas English, edited by Dr. Katherine Cramer, professor of English Education in the School of Education, and published by the Kansas Association of Teachers of English on Wichita State’s Open Journal Systems, has been named a recipient of the 2021 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Affiliate Journal of Excellence Award, given by the NCTE. This is the second year in a row that Kansas English has earned this distinction.

Established in 1995, this award honors outstanding affiliate journals and their editors who demonstrate excellence in these publications. The winning affiliate journal must be a magazine-type publication—print or online—and provide members with scholarly articles on issues and topics related to English language arts teaching. The journals are judged on the following: content, organization, scholarly exploration, appeal to different groups within the affiliate, coverage of important issues in English language arts education and inclusion of other types of writing (e.g., poetry, affiliate news, book reviews).

The Affiliate Journal of Excellence Award winners was announced at the 2021 NCTE Annual Convention during the affiliate event Sunday, Nov. 21.

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On behalf of the Offices of Financial Aid and Diversity and Inclusion, we would like to thank the students who attended our FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Fun Financial Aid workshops.

We would also like to congratulate Oscar Maturino and Austin Helgerson for receiving the FAFSA FUN Book Scholarship.

As a reminder, FAFSA’s priority completion date for Wichita State is Dec. 1. Please make sure to complete it as early as possible for priority consideration for financial assistance.