Attendees at an Event Celebrating 20 Years of MBA Partnership Success between the Barton School of Business at Wichita State University and Berlin School of Economics and Law.

The Global Workplace MBA Initiative, a collaborative effort between the Barton School of Business and the Berlin School of Economics and Law, proudly celebrates its 20th year of partnership. Launched in 2004, this initiative is designed to offer U.S. and German MBA students immersive real-world international collaboration teams and intercultural communication experiences. Widely acclaimed, it stands as one of the most distinctive international MBA programs in the United States.

“For two decades, the Berlin Experience has created an opportunity for students to collaborate, network and build their professional skillsets,” said Wichita State President Rick Muma. “This is an invaluable experience for our students and more than 125 companies — many of which are in Wichita — who have benefited from the strategic guidance and insights offered by students in the program.”

Comic Contest. Winner will have their comic published in the Graduation Edition on May 2. Submissions by: April 28 Send submissions to editor@thesunflower.com

The Sunflower is hosting a comic contest. Students are welcome to send in any comic related to Wichita State, student life, etc.

The winner will have their comic published in the newspaper’s Graduation Edition on May 2, as well as receive some Sunflower-themed goodies, like a T-shirt, tote bag and more. Submissions are due April 28 and can be sent to editor@thesunflower.com.

Casting students now! The hit Amazon Prime TV series The College Tour is coming to film on our campus!

The College Tour TV series is coming to Wichita State in the fall, and students can start applying for a chance to be part of the show. The one-hour episode of The College Tour will feature WSU and highlight student life on campus.

Applications are now open. Faculty and staff can encourage students to apply by linking them to the application page. As part of a student’s application, they’ll submit a two-minute audition video talking a little bit about themselves and their time at Wichita State, but no prior videography skills are necessary. Just a video from their phone will work.

For questions, reach out to Trish Gandu at trish.gandu@wichita.edu. The deadline to submit applications is April 21. Learn more about The College Tour TV series.

Student Engagement Ambassadors: Applications due April 12

Do you know of a student who is passionate about Wichita State and eager to spread the word about campus involvement? Student Engagement, Advocacy and Leadership (SEAL) is searching for student engagement ambassadors to showcase the value of getting involved through presentations, one-on-one chats and creative marketing.

Nominate a student today by emailing SEAL at seal@wichita.edu.

Casting students now! The hit Amazon Prime TV series The College Tour is coming to film on our campus!

The College Tour TV series is coming to Wichita State in the fall, and now is the time for students to apply to be part of the show. The one-hour episode of The College Tour will feature WSU and highlight student life on campus.

Applications are now open. As part of your application, you’ll submit a two-minute audition video talking a little bit about yourself and your time at Wichita State, but no prior videography skills are necessary. Just a video from your phone will work.

For questions, reach out to Trish Gandu at trish.gandu@wichita.edu. The deadline to submit applications is April 21. Learn more about The College Tour TV series.

Gene Camarena, president and CEO of La Raza Pizza, Inc.

The W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University is pleased to announce that Gene Camarena is joining the Dean’s Advisory Board. He currently serves as the president and CEO of La Raza Pizza, Inc. As a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board, Camarena will help advance the mission and strategic priorities of the Barton School by strengthening, enriching, and enhancing programming, impact, and the student experience.

“This spring semester, my wife and I had the privilege of serving as Entrepreneurs-in-Residence for the Barton School,” stated Camarena. “It was an enriching experience, prompting me to seek further opportunities to contribute to the school’s advancement. As a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board, I am committed to making a lasting, sustainable impact on its future and shaping the trajectory of its students.”

The annual update for the CourseLeaf CIM system will take place Monday, April 15. During this time, access to the system will be closed. This includes the approve pages for proposals currently in the workflow. It is recommended that editors and approvers refrain from trying to log into CIM on Monday.

Access to CIM will be restored by Tuesday, April 16.

Next week, around April 15, summer classes will populate in Blackboard. The summer Blackboard course shells will all be in Ultra Course Format. Blackboard Classic Format will no longer be available at Wichita State as of the end of the spring 2024 term. If you are going to teach this summer, you can improve your Ultra Course Format experience by adapting your original courses in the following ways:

  • Review your “tests” area and delete any old test banks that you don’t use.
  • Check your “grade center” area and make sure you don’t have any hidden columns. If you do have hidden columns, unhide them.
  • Do not “convert” your original course to an Ultra course. Instead, wait for the Ultra course shell, go to that shell area and copy your content from original into the Ultra course.

For other advice about how to prepare and then copy an original course to an Ultra course shell, check out the information in the “Ultra Training for Instructors” Blackboard course. If you don’t have access to that course, contact the Office of Instructional Resources at OIR@wichita.edu.

Shocker Store. Congratulations, Graduates! Order your commencement t-shirt today! Only available by ordering at thecommencementgroup.com/wichitastateu

Graduating Shockers can order their spring 2024 commencement T-shirt now.

Your name will be listed on the back with all the other spring 2024 graduating students. They are only available by ordering online.

Shirts will be available for pickup at commencement.

Study Abroad is excited to announce that WSU has a new exchange partner university in Chile available for study abroad programs.

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI) has two campuses located in Viña del Mar and Santiago. WSU students can study abroad at UAI for a semester, yearlong or summer programs.

Exchange partnerships allow students to pay their regular WSU tuition fees while on exchange. They offer some courses taught in English as well as many programs in Spanish and Spanish-language courses.

The new partnership officially begins for spring 2025. The deadline to apply for spring study abroad programs will be Sept. 15.

For questions, contact Study Abroad at studyabroad@wichita.edu.