Nicollette Engels

Nicollette loves public radio because she believes people should be informed and considers public radio to be one of the purest forms of news and entertainment.  Some of her favorite shows include: This American Life, All Things Considered and Strange Currency.

In her spare time, Nicollette likes to collect all things macabre, odd and spooky, as well as watching many hours online of English Bull Terrier videos while daydreaming of one day affording one of the great beauties.

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Mike Wood has been named as the interim general manager at KMUW. He is taking over the duties of former General Manager Mark McCain, who announced his retirement last week.

Wood retired from his position as the Executive Director of WSU's Media Resources Center in May, but has returned to help manage the station during this transitional period.


Most of us are familiar with Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, but what happens when these two traditions fall on the same day? You got it: Thanksgivukkah.

Boston marketing specialist Dana Gitell coined the term when she realized the holidays overlap. The Jewish Boston organization jumped on the idea and has been the ringleader in the Internet frenzy of hybrid-holiday madness, starting with Thanksgivukkah Boston.

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Many of Wichita’s homeless are expected to visit Inter-Faith Ministries Safe Haven Saturday to receive free veterinary care for their pets.

Veterinarian Dr. Christen Skaer and her nonprofit organization, the Sedgwick County Animal Response Team (SCART), are holding the first of their free triannual checkups, called Project Care, for animals affected by poverty and homelessness.

Landon Taylor / ICT Fest

Friday marks the beginning of the 9th annual ICT Fest.  The local music festival is changing things up this year by targeting Wichita’s youth unlike they have before.

ICT Fest has always been about providing an all-ages festival, but this year it is making an effort to specifically draw in more adolescents. Organizer Matthew Clagg and founder Dan Davis both said they believe the future of the festival is dependent on pulling in a younger crowd.

“We want to grow the next generation of Wichita performers,” Clagg said.

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The 26-year-old agave plant on Wichita State’s campus that we reported on previously  is now in mid-bloom.

Campus floral supervisor Kari Ossman has kept a close eye on the plant and considers the plant’s blooming a real education.

“The next phase will be to watch it bloom, to measure it, and to kind of watch it after it blooms to see if the plant really does die,” she said.

Century plants typically die after blooming, and Ossman looks forward to seeing the process.

Kansas Historical Society

Thursday the U.S. Postal Service released a stamp featuring a photo of a coal miner from the Kansas Historical Society’s collections.

The 12-stamp series "Made in America: Building a Nation" honors industrial-era workers just in time for labor day. The vintage, grayscale photos of the series portray men and women of the era at work.

Photographer Lewis Hine took 11 of the photos used in the collection.

The photo of the coal miner from the ‘40s or ‘50s was donated to the society in 1966 by the Kansas Department of Economic Development. It depicts the unidentified miner at work with a handpick and lantern.

Aspiring filmmakers are expecting an exhilarating and caffeine-induced weekend with the return of “Down to the Wire: A 24-Hour Film Race.”

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WSU’s Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection, which currently consists of 76 pieces, is one of the largest outdoor university sculpture collections in the United States.

In 2006, the collection landed a spot in Public Art Review magazine’s compiled list of the top 10 campus outdoor art collections nationwide. The list is based on the quantity and quality of the works.

So how did Wichita State University end up with such an impressive outdoor sculpture collection?

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Wichita State University’s three-decade-old agave plant is due to bloom within the next couple of weeks. After a lifetime in a campus greenhouse, the plant has been moved to the university’s Fairmount Street entrance south of the Ulrich Museum of Art.

The agave, also known as a century plant, can only bloom once in a lifetime, making this a rare botanical occurrence. The average century plant blooms in 10 to 30 years, and after it blooms it will die.

The plant sent out a flower stalk June 19 and has grown several inches per day since.