Wichita State University

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Wichita State University will hold a ceremony Tuesday in memory of the 1970 plane crash involving the university's football team.

On Oct. 2, 1970, a plane carrying the WSU football team — along with administrators and fans — crashed in the Rocky Mountains. The crash killed 31 people, including 14 football players and the university's athletic director, Bert Katzenmeyer. Nine people survived.

Enrollment at public colleges in Kansas fell about half of a percent this fall, according to a new report from the Kansas Board of Regents released Monday.

Pittsburg State University's enrollment declined just under 4 percent — the largest decrease for a state university this year. Fort Hays State University had the largest percent increase with a little over 2 percent.

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Internationally known geologist and former Wichita State University instructor Robbie Gries returns to WSU on Friday to speak at an event celebrating women’s contributions to the earth sciences.

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The City of Wichita and Wichita State University’s Diversity and Community Engagement office will host the Taking Action on Violence community meeting Thursday.

The event will allow the community to discuss concerns and solutions related to violent crime, says City Council member Brandon Johnson. Wichita has had 37 homicides so far this year.

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Wichita State University and McConnell Air Force Base announced a partnership Thursday that will allow military personnel to work toward a bachelor’s degree while on base.

The program began Monday with the start of the fall semester. Military personnel can work toward any of seven degrees, including in business, engineering technology/cybersecurity, psychology and sociology.

Military members and veterans are underrepresented on college campuses, and the partnership is an attempt to address the issue.

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Wesley Healthcare is opening a new urgent care center on the campus of Wichita State University in 2020.

Wichita State, the Greater Wichita YMCA and Wesley Healthcare announced their partnership on Thursday. Wesley Healthcare is investing $3 million in the new YMCA building being built on Wichita State's campus. The new building will house the Wesley Healthcare Urgent Care Center.

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Wichita State University will expand its merchandise offering with the addition of a 2,800-square-foot retail location.

Shocker Store, formerly the University Bookstore, is opening a second location in late September on the university’s Innovation Campus.

The store will be located at Braeburn Square, a 20-acre mixed-use retail development near the intersection of 21st Street and Oliver on what was formerly Braeburn Golf Course.

Shocker Store is the second tenant, after Starbucks, to commit to Braeburn Square.

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A video game conference is being held this weekend at Wichita State University’s Shocker Studios.

The conference, titled Opus Animo, is themed after a video game renaissance, though Shocker Studios director Justin Rorabaugh doesn’t think that currently describes the video game industry in Wichita.

"There’s not a lot of game design companies in Wichita,” Rorabaugh said. "I know of maybe one.

"But it’s really an industry that we have a huge interest in."

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Wichita State University is getting a new marching band this fall.

Shocker Sound Machine will be the university’s first marching band since its football program was shut down in 1986.

While there are no football games, students will perform at other events across campus, including basketball games. The band will likely play four men’s and four women’s games this year. A smaller version of the band will play at those games to comply with NCAA restrictions.

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Students living at Wichita State University will have another year of crowded dorm rooms.

The university is converting some single-person rooms into doubles and some doubles into triples as a way to provide more beds for students interested in living on campus.

Last summer, several students were notified that they would be getting an extra roommate. WSU says that’s because more students from outside the Wichita area enrolled and needed housing.

And while a new apartment complex, The Flats, opened on campus last year, the Fairmount Towers residence hall closed.

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