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Former Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson and his wife have created a scholarship at Wichita State University to help immigrant students.

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Wichita State University has a new acting president.

The university's provost, Rick Muma, will serve as president while current president John Bardo continues to recover from two surgeries. Bardo was hospitalized in November due to a chronic lung condition.

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Researchers at Wichita State University have found a better way to protect wind turbines from costly lightning strikes.

When lightning strikes the blade of a wind turbine it can blow the tip right off. That means costly repairs and unexpected downtime for the wind turbine.

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Wichita State University President John Bardo is in a hospital being treated for a flare-up of a chronic lung condition.

Bardo, 70, has been in the hospital for several days. He will not attend graduation and isn't expected to return to campus until the new year. He is continuing to work with his executive team while he recovers.

"I’m in good spirits," Bardo said in an email sent to the university dean and others. "I’m looking forward to being back on campus and seeing you in the new year."

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The United States Air Force is interested in partnering with Wichita State University and Kansas businesses.

Representatives of the Air Force had high praise for the technology at the university after a tour of the experiential engineering building and the National Institute of Aviation Research. The Air Force is focusing on increasing the lifespan and sustainability of their airplanes.

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The discussion of higher education in Kansas often focuses on expanding technical and STEM education. Less attention has been paid to liberal arts, which has seen majors cut and enrollment fall across the country.

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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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