Congratulations to our 40 Under 40 in Public Health.

AAron Davis, director of the Center for Public Health Initiatives at Wichita State’s Community Engagement Institute (CEI), was recognized by the de Beaumont Foundation Sept. 14 as one of the “40 Under 40 in Public Health” in recognition of his work at CEI.

Founded in 1998, the de Beaumont Foundation focuses on improving health at the community level by investing in tools, partnerships, policies, and the public health workforce.

Under Davis’ leadership, he  and his colleagues have been able to double the amount of work that they do to support public health initiatives in Kansas. The center has helped local health departments build resources to address technical skills for areas like electronic health record (EHR) implementation and develop adaptive skills, including those needed for engaging in community policy change.

“A central tenet of government is protecting the health and safety of our population,” Davis said. “This makes public health one of the most essential services we can provide at all levels of government and we have a civic responsibility to enhance this complex and ever-adaptive field.”

The de Beaumont Foundation announced its 2021 list after reviewing applications from hundreds of rising leaders in public health. The group was selected by a distinguished panel of public health professionals for their leadership and impact on their community’s health.

“At a time when health professionals are being required to adapt and take on monumental challenges, we are incredibly proud of these leaders,” said Brian C. Castrucci, doctor of public health, medical assistant, president and CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation. “We created the 40 Under 40 initiative to recognize and tell the stories of rising leaders who are making a difference in communities across the country. By promoting their work and accomplishments, we hope to attract and inspire a new generation of leaders.”

The Modern and Classical Languages and Literature department would like to extend its gratitude to Kevin Griffin, a Wichita State alum, for his donation of Japanese-language reading materials to the Music and Language Innovation Center library located in Jardine Hall.

After studying Japanese at WSU, Griffin moved to Japan after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster to help provide relief. Griffin currently works for the Japanese company DMM Eikaiwa as the lead software designer.

His donation includes study and reference materials, novels, short story collections and poetry collections. All materials can be found at the Wichita State Music and Language Innovation Center located in Jardine Hall (room 313).

Poster for film 'She Moved the Prarie' featuring women in Kansas field.

“She Moved the Prairie,”—a film directed by Cheyla Clawson Chandler, Wichita State School of Performing Arts associate director and assistant professor of dance— has been recently featured at film festivals worldwide. Chandler choreographed and directed a dance film.

“She Moved the Prairie” is a 25-minute dance film that focuses on women’s labor practices in the home and on the land in Kansas in the early 20th century. Chandler was selected for a National Tallgrass Artist Residency in 2020 and spent 10 days in June of 2020 creating the movement for the film on location at Matfield Green, Kansas, and at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Strong City, Kansas.

Cheyla received several grants to complete this film project including a Tallgrass National Residency stipend, a Wichita State University Research/Creative Project grant, and support from the WSU School of Performing Arts Angels Organization.

“She Moved the Prairie” is a collaboration between faculty and students from WSU Dance and Filmmaking. Chandler set the choreography with students and guest artist Sarah Frangenberg, which was filmed at her farm outside of Douglass, Kansas, as well as the Shaffer Homestead in Latham, Kansas. A student filmmaker, Caitlyn Cody, was the cinematographer for the project. Bret Jones, professor of performing arts and digital arts, was co-director. The music was composed by WSU graduate music student, M. Joseph Willette.

“She Moved the Prairie” has been accepted into several online and international film festivals. These include Roma Short Film Festival (Rome, Italy), Toronto International Women Film Festival (Toronto, Canada), Montreal Independent Film Festival (Montreal, Canada), Full Shot Cine Magazine Online International Film Screening, Mannheim Arts and Film Festival (Mannheim, Germany), Nahui Ollin Film Festival (Durango, Mexico), and Kadoma International Film Festival (Osaka, Japan).

For information about future screenings, please email cheyla.clawson@wichita.edu

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Quang Nguyen, Wichita State’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion communications and marketing specialist, was recognized as an honoree at the Wichita Business Journal’s 2021 Marketing Awards Aug. 26.

The award honors Wichita-area senior marketing professionals who excel in making their company or organization look and perform its best.

“Marketing is heavily important to both the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Wichita State University because it allows us to tell the story of our students,” Nguyen said. “We need to allow our students to share their college journeys and experiences and it is critical to our work with stakeholders; otherwise, we have missed an opportunity to achieve our mission of being an essential educational, cultural and economic driver for Kansas and the greater public good.”

Wichita Business Journal - Diversity and Inclusion Awards

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion was honored Aug. 12 at the Wichita Business Journal’s fifth Diversity and Inclusion Awards, formerly known as the Leaders in Diversity Award. This is the third time the office has been recognized by the Wichita Business Journal.

This event recognized the accomplishments of Wichita-area businesses, individuals and nonprofits as they strive to reflect the rich tapestry in our community. The honorees selected demonstrate respect or inclusive treatment for others, advocacy for underrepresented groups and commitment to the advancement of cultural diversity in the business community.

Dr. Kaye Monk Morgan, vice president of the Office of Strategic Engagement and Planning, was honored Aug. 12 at the Wichita Business Journal’s fifth Diversity and Inclusion Awards, formerly known as the Leaders in Diversity Award.

This event recognized the accomplishments of Wichita-area businesses, individuals and nonprofits as they strive to reflect the rich tapestry in our community. The honorees selected demonstrate respect or inclusive treatment for others, advocacy for underrepresented groups and commitment to the advancement of cultural diversity in the business community.

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

  • Richard N. Armstrong, associate professor emeritus of communication
  • Peter A. Cohen, professor emeritus of public health sciences
  • Donald W. Hackett, associate professor emeritus of management
  • Alicia A. Huckstadt, professor emerita of nursing
  • Melvin A. Kahn, professor emeritus of political science
  • Daowei Ma, professor emeritus of mathematics, statistics and physics
  • Michael Papadakis, professor emeritus of aerospace engineering
  • Phillip E. Parker, professor emeritus of mathematics, statistics and physics
  • Kathleen M. Perez, associate professor emerita of sociology
  • Kamran Rokhsaz, professor emeritus of aerospace engineering
  • Betty I. Smith-Campbell, professor emerita of nursing

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

Picture of Dr. Abby Devereaux.

Dr. Abby Devereaux, W. Frank Barton School of Business assistant professor of economics, and her co-author, Dr. Linan Peng, Texas Tech University post-doctoral research associate, recently received the 2021 Elinor Ostrom Award for their paper on China’s Social Credit System.

The award, created to honor and develop the legacy of Elinor Ostrom, aims to acknowledge and promote the work of practitioners, young and senior scholars involved in the field of the commons.

Dr. Usha Haley —W. Frank Barton Distinguished Professor in International Business, professor of management, and director of the Center for International Business Advancement — is working with the U.S. Congress and several governments worldwide to incorporate her research with federal regulation.

Haley’s research was used during a debate in Washington D.C about Chinese control over U.S. farmland and agriculture. The debate was discussed in The Washington Times Aug. 3.

Dr. Usha Haley, —W. Frank Barton Distinguished Professor in International Business, professor of management, and director of the Center for International Business Advancement — feels strongly about the connection between higher education and research. Her eighth book, “Impact and the Management Researcher,” has recently received attention from higher-education media, businesses, governments and regulatory bodies.

Haley’s latest interview was featured in “Poets and Quants,” a leading site focused on the higher business-education market and Master of Business Administrations degrees (MBAs).