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DIVISION OF STUDENT ENGAGEMENT

Involvement Opportunities

Wichita State believes that involvement in co-curricular activities complements the academic programs and contributes significantly to the personal and professional development of its students. More than 150 student organizations are active on campus, so investigate the various opportunities and select those that meet your personal interests and needs. For additional information about opportunities for involvement, contact Student Involvement, Rhatigan Student Center, (316) 978-3022.

Athletic Departments: Charles Koch Arena

Athletic Events: Team Sports
Ticket Office
Charles Koch Arena
978-3267 (978-FANS)
www.goshockers.com

Women's Basketball

Tickets free with a valid Shocker Card

Baseball

Tickets free with a valid Shocker Card

Softball

Tickets free with a valid Shocker Card

Volleyball

Tickets free with a valid Shocker Card

Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball tickets are free to the first 1,000 students with a valid Shocker Card. For all games, it will be necessary for tickets to be picked up on-campus 48 hours prior to game time. $17- $20 for individual guest game tickets*

Post-season NCAA events often require paid admission. Specific information will be available before each event. *Prices subject to change. Contact the Ticket Office to confirm.

Athletic Department: Other Activities

Junior Shocker Club: allows Shocker fans 14 years and younger to be a part of the excitement with the Shockers.

Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization: Through annual membership donations, SASO (Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization) provides scholarships for nearly 200 Shocker student-athletes who compete in 15 NCAA Division I sports at Wichita State. SASO benefits include priority seating, parking, hospitality and a tax-deductible contribution that assists academic endeavors.

Student Services: provides programs and services intended to maximize academic potential through enhancement of learning skills, career development and personal counseling.

Shocker Hall of Fame: honors former Shocker athletes and administrators who excelled in their fields.

Summer Camps: various WSU camps provide fun and experience for younger students.


Fine Arts

Tickets for events
Fine Arts Box Office, Duerksen Fine Arts Center
978-3233
www.wichita.edu/finearts

The College of Fine Arts provides a great variety of cultural/entertainment events for WSU students and the Wichita area population. The special series events bring nationally and internationally recognized artists to Wichita and include the following:

Connoisseur Series: five to six events covering all arts disciplines such as classical music, jazz, dance, theater and the arts of non-Western cultures.

Dance Series: performances by nationally recognized performers as well as collaborations of the Wichita State University Dance Ensemble with regional and other university/college dance companies.

Faculty Artist Series: WSU faculty artists in solo recitals as well as performances by WSU's renowned Fairmount String Quartet, Wichita Brass Quintet, Sotto Voce Trio and Lieurance Woodwind Quintet.

Opera and Musical Theatre Series: three to four productions each year of operas and musical theater from the classics to more modern and avant-garde repertoire by one of the university's outstanding programs.

Theatre Mainstage Series: four yearly productions produced and directed by WSU faculty with students in lead and supporting roles.

Rie Bloomfield Organ Series: world-class artists playing one of the world's finest organs in the perfect acoustics of Wiedemann Recital Hall.

Tickets for these events are usually discounted for students. Call the Fine Arts Box Office at 978-3233 for more information.

Students are also encouraged to participate in fine arts classes and productions even if they are non-fine arts majors. Each semester the College of Fine Arts offers more than 100 fine arts classes that do not have any prerequisites, many of which can be used to satisfy general education requirements. Students should call the offices and phone numbers listed here for more information.

Art and Design
302 McKnight
978-3555
The works of School of Art and Design students and faculty are displayed throughout the year at several campus locations. Call the office for more details.

Dance
978-3530
Dance concerts by the Wichita State University Dance Ensemble, the Alithea Mime Theatre, faculty and students are presented throughout the year.

Music
978-3103
In addition to nationally and internationally known guest artists, the School of Music presents performances throughout the year by the WSU Symphony Orchestra, Symphony and Concert Bands, Jazz Arts I and II, Concert Choir, A Cappella Choir, Madrigal Singers, Chamber Singers and the WSU Opera/Musical Theatre.

University Theatre
978-3360

The University Theatre stages productions throughout the school year by the following companies: Mainstage Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, Readers' Theatre and Musical Theatre.

Forums, Lectures Aan Special Events

Heritage Months: The Office of Multicultural Affairs promotes and sponsors heritage months throughout the academic year. Heritage months are designed to celebrate the rich cultural diversity of our campus community throughout the year, and especially during our heritage month festivities, which run from February through April. With cultural events, guest speakers and panel discussions, live entertainment and theater performances, film screenings and hot-topic workshops, you'll have fun as you learn about diverse cultures. At Wichita State University, February is Black History Month; March is Women's History Month; April is Asian Pacific Islander Month; September is Hispanic Heritage Month; November is Native American Heritage Month.

Sam Bloomfield Distinguished Engineer-In-Residence: Practicing engineers meet with the campus community.

The Entrepreneurship Forum Series for business ownership.

Library Associates Lecture Series: Professionals in the field of library science in three-four lectures per academic year.

Pride Through Diversity Week: The Office of Multicultural Affairs presents a week of special events and programs designed to educate the Wichita State University campus community about multicultural groups and populations. Programs include special guest speakers and performances, panel discussions, book signings and video screenings.

James Schwartz Memorial Lecture Series/Executive In Residence: A prominent entrepreneurial executive visits campus.

Watkins Visiting Professorship: Created in 1974 by a grant from the Watkins foundation. Departments of biological sciences, chemistry, geology and physics invite speakers of renown to give public and academic lectures in their fields during the spring semester.

Hippodrome: Started in 1928, is a week-long event in April celebrating WSU pride and talent. It is the longest running tradition at Wichita State. The week is capped with an all-day show featuring performances from student organizations across campus.

Shocktoberfest is the annual fall spirit month at Wichita State. Held each October, it features student organization competitions, individual participation events and the crowning of WSU's Man and Woman of the Year.

Welcomefest is the biannual welcome back at Wichita State. It is held the first two weeks of the fall and spring semesters. There are a variety of events to welcome new, transfer and returning students.

Memorial '70: An annual ceremony of remembrance is held at 9 a.m. each October 2, and a wreath is placed at Wichita State's Memorial '70. If the date falls on a weekend, the ceremony is held on the closest weekday. The brief ceremony honors WSU football players, administrators and supporters who died in a plane crash Oct. 2, 1970. The plane crashed near Silver Plume, Colorado en route to a game with Utah State University in Logan, Utah. The Memorial '70 sculpture is located on Alumni Drive near 18th and Hillside. A special display case commemorating those lost in the crash is on display on the Charles Koch Arena concourse.

Museums

Rhatigan Student Center Art Gallery (RSC 1st floor): student exhibitions of art, which change every two weeks. Free and open to the public. Closed during summer, on weekends and on holidays. Visit the RSC Gallery Web site at www.wichita.edu/RSCGallery

Ulrich Museum of Art (McKnight Art Center East): exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, guided tours, gallery talks by visiting artists and free membership for WSU students. Free admission and open to the public 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; closed Mondays and major holidays. Visit the museum's Web site at www.wichita.edu/ulrich

Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection: features more than 70 sculptures across the WSU campus, one of the largest university campus collections in the country and includes such artists as Andy Goldsworthy, Henry Moore, Luis Jimenez, Louise Nevelson and Robert Indiana. Free maps showing the locations of the sculptures are available at the Ulrich Museum of Art or online at www.wichita.edu/sculpture

Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology (108 Neff Hall): features art and other artifacts from cultures throughout the world. Free and open to the public.

Student Organizations

Campus involvement greatly enhances the college experience. Through involvement in recognized student organizations, students develop leadership skills including communication, accountability, time management, teamwork and how to work with diverse groups.

Only student organizations recognized by the Student Government Association (SGA) are eligible for the many resources provided by the university. All recognized student organizations may:

  • request mailboxes and storage lockers in the Student Involvement office.
  • request student fee funds from the SGA.
  • reserve campus facilities.
  • be listed in university directories and publications.
  • receive mailings from Student Life and other offices.
  • be invited to participate in leadership training.

Student Involvement also provides contact information for all of the student organizations. If you are interested in joining any of the 150 student organizations, visit Student Involvement in the Rhatigan Student Center, or call 978-3022. If students cannot find an organization that matches their needs, they may easily create a new one with the assistance of our staff at www.wichita.edu/involvement

Below are the types of student groups at WSU:

  • Academic organizations
  • Community service
  • Cultural/international organizations
  • Governing/representative councils
  • Greek organizations (fraternities and sororities)
  • Honorary organizations
  • Political organizations
  • Sports and recreational clubs
  • Religious organizations
  • Special interest organizations