Digital mockup of fly your own Wheels Suite concept featuring a seated man and a women in the suite.

A team from Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research has received international recognition for a design that would allow WC19 certified manual and power wheelchairs to be used as a seat on board commercial airlines.

The Fly Your Wheels Suite — designed by NIAR researchers and students in the Advanced Virtual Engineering and Test Labs (AVET), in collaboration with Collins Aerospace and Q’Straint — can be implemented near the first-class cabin of a single-aisle aircraft, such as a Boeing 737.

The Office of Adult Learning at Wichita State University would like to express its congratulations to the recipients of the Adult Learner of the Year Awards (ALOTY). The third annual ALOTY ceremony was held on March 10 to recognize outstanding adult learners and those who support them.

This year, the ALOTY was Nick Rodriguez, an adult learner who demonstrates academic success, leadership skills, and the pride of Wichita State University.

The Community Partner Award winner was presented to Alpha Sigma Lambda, an organization that strives to support adult learners nationwide and has impacted the success of countless students at WSU.

Kim Sandlin, director of Student Success, was presented with the WSU Partner Award for her constant support and contributions to the success of adult learners at WSU.

Thank you to those who attended the ceremony, and congratulations winners on all your hard work!

Japanese-Contest-Winners

On March 12, Japanese-language students from Wichita State participated in the annual Japanese Language Contest in Kansas City sponsored by the Heart of Japan-America Society. A total of 72 students competed from 11 schools in categories that included Japanese calligraphy, poetry, a karuta card game, culture quizzes, kanji bees, and four-panel manga.

The following WSU students won awards at the contest:

  • Megan Dahna, second place for English-language Tanka poem and third place in the culture quiz
  • Sheridan Peterson, third place for English-language Tanka
  • Arianna Fonseca, an honorable mention for her Japanese Tanka poem

Uniformed Wichita State University Police Officer Dorion holding the Dottie C. Miller Award

Officer Dorion was recently presented the Dottie C. Miller Award by the Office of Student Engagement, Advocacy, and Leadership. Officer Dorion was recognized with this award for his continual support of the Greek community at Wichita State.

Phenomenal Women Awards | 2022 Award Recipients

The annual Phenomenal Women Awards recognizes women for their accomplishments and contributions to our community through their scholarship, activism, and commitment to excellence.

Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s Phenomenal Women Awards: Kaelyn Hannah, Dr. Carryl Baldwin and Dr. Marci Young.

Learn more about our recipients at wichita.edu/phenomenal.

Cpt Garwood and Sgts Morales and Feldt

The WSU Police Department takes great pride in announcing the following promotions:

  • Sergeant Kyle Garwood to Captain
  • Officer Alba Morales to Sergeant
  • Officer Matthew Feldt to Sergeant

Usha Haley — W. Frank Barton Distinguished Chair in International Business and Center for International Business Advancement director — recently spoke with U.S. News and World Report about the rising prices of gas. In the interview, Haley discusses how high gas prices will get and how long this current situation last.

Wichita State University’s Molecular Diagnostics Lab has been awarded the Jiggs Nelson Quality of Life 2022 award for its lifesaving and heroic work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The award, which included a $500 gift, was presented to MDL staff at the Wichita Medical Research and Education Foundation’s Healthcare Ethics Conference, which was attended virtually on Wednesday, March 9.

Wichita State University’s Molecular Diagnostics Lab has been awarded the Jiggs Nelson Quality of Life 2022 award for its lifesaving and heroic work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The award, which included a $500 gift, was presented to MDL staff at the Wichita Medical Research and Education Foundation’s Healthcare Ethics Conference, which was attended virtually on Wednesday, March 9.

A number of sports organizations, including those in European club football and tennis, have levied sanctions against Russia in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine. The Associated Press recently approached Usha Haley for her opinion.

Haley is the W. Frank Barton Distinguished Chair in International Business, and elected chair of the World Trade Council of Wichita.

Haley has done in-depth research on the efficacy of sanctions and boycotts and has featured some of this research in her book on Apartheid in South Africa, “Multinational Corporations in Political Environments:  Ethics, Values and Strategies.”

Usha Haley’s research covering the difficulties of identifying opportunities in emerging markets was recently covered in a thought-leadership article by IQ Insigniam Quarterly on Emerging Markets. Insigniam is a global consulting firm for large organizations.

Haley is the W. Frank Barton Distinguished Chair in International Business, and elected chair of the World Trade Council of Wichita. She is an expert in emerging markets.