Priorities:Wichita State University Student Priorities
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- 1 Wichita State University
- 1.1 Project Pitch Videos
- 1.2 Strategy 1: Alter Campus Culture by Gaining More Student Involvement
- 1.3 Strategy 2: Increasing First Year Student Retention
- 1.4 Strategy 3: Alter the Campus Culture through Curriculum
- 1.5 Strategy 4: Shocker Startup: a Student Organization to Promote Entrepreneurship Across the Campus and Community
- 1.6 Strategy 5: Develop Legal Competency and Security for Designers and Creatives
- 1.7 Strategy 6: Innovation Central Network
- 1.8 Strategy 7: Improve and Initiate New Avenues of Inspiration and Innovation
- 1.9 Strategy 8: WSU Ignite, an event that will excite students about innovation and familiarize them with the innovation and entrepreneurship resources that surround them
- 1.10 Strategy 9: Increasing About the Plethora of I&E Resources on Campus
- 1.11 Strategy 10: Encouraging student involvement within I&E opportunities on campus
- 1.12 Strategy 11: Community Engagement and Involvement
- 1.13 Strategy 12: Encourage Students to Embrace the Spirit of Innovation
- 1.14 Strategy 13: Outreach for Underserved Local Communities
- 1.15 Strategy 14: Encouraging Students to Utilize Campus Resources
- 1.16 Strategy 15: Assisting First Year Students in Learning Wichita State's Campus
- 1.17 Strategy 16: How to Increase Interdisciplinary Connections Across Campus
- 1.18 Strategy 17: Creating More of a Community for International Students
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Wichita State University
Project Pitch Videos
Strategy 1: Alter Campus Culture by Gaining More Student Involvement
Project Lead: Kelsey Hanna
Tactic #1: Creating a more family-friendly campus environment by the addition of drop-in daycares and mothers rooms
With a campus high in nontraditional and returning students, it is hard at times to keep adults with families on campus. The idea is that with the addition of a few key resources targeted towards students with families we could create an environment that allows for them to spend more time on campus while also catering to their family's needs.
Project Lead: Isaac Carrillo
Tactic #2: Introduce Students to an Entrepreneurial Mindset early on.
Freshmen are often eager to apply themselves but lack direction. They feel the doubts and uncertainty of the workload ahead bearing down on their shoulders and this causes them to let go of their dreams for beginning something. Starting a club/organization has many similar characteristics to starting up a business and thus would be very beneficial for students to due. By encouraging these start-ups, we begin to empower students to overcome their fear which in turn will grant them success. The end goal is to develop a system by which it is easy to
1) Educate the students on the simplicity of the process of starting a club on campus.
2) Assist them to nurture their ideas by providing them with substantial aid through faculty, resources, and encouragement.
3) Guide them through the process of sustaining an organization. (Teaching and handing down leadership)
To do this we will need to gain much knowledge in the area by:
- Forming a database of Faculty willing to help start student organizations/clubs.
- Educating ourselves in the process of starting clubs and familiarizing ourselves with important advisors.
- Developing a way to become easily accessible to the student body. (A link on the WSU homepage?)
Tactic #3: Create More Hangout Spaces for Students to "Lounge" In
Some of the best ideas and greatest of memories are made in the outdoors. Something about the sunshine sparks some great conversation. With our innate love of fresh air, it only makes sense to create more spaces to hang around outside. What better than a hammock for one to "hang" with friends? This idea has two bases. The first being Rock Hurst University in Kansas City which hosts several large hammocks all around campus that students are always in. The second base was a senior UIF member from a college in North Dakota. He started his club with 10 members and ended with nearly 300 participants. This culture of leisure is something that may combat the commuter culture at Wichita State. By starting a Hammocking Club we will
1) Effectively Prototype Tactic #2 and gain knowledge in how to better implement it
2) Create an outdoors-focused culture at Wichita State
To create this "Hammocking Culture" we will have to
- Start the club and do everything that goes with that process.
- Find funding/support from companies and the university.
Strategy 2: Increasing First Year Student Retention
Project Lead: Mohamed Moustafa
One of the main problems facing first-year students is uncertainty choosing a field of study or a major to pursue, this applies directly to undecided students but also impacts a great population of freshman students who are decided yet dubious. Through our journey as UIF candidates, we had the opportunity to interview freshman students and we found that they are mostly unaware of the wide range of university major offerings. Making students more aware of majors available and career opportunities in each field can make them more likely to commit to finishing their degree and counteract 'first-year drop off'. Another very useful strategy for freshman retention that we uncovered through our discussion with several faculty and staff leaders is student-faculty engagement outside of class. Increasing this engagement helps create a home-away-from-home feeling for students which increases their attachment to the university and improves their academic performance, hence increasing retention. Following these discoveries, we developed two initiatives that focus on increasing student-faculty collisions and students' awareness of university offerings.
Initiative #1: Engaging Faculty in Freshman Student Orientation
- Invite introductory course faculty to attend lunch & dinner with students during orientation (Pilot program)
- Include faculty as participants in team building and ice-breaker events
- Run faculty & student focus groups pertaining to engagement
- Add mini-intros to different fields of study throughout orientation
- Include activity introducing WSU major offerings/resources to orientation
Initiative #2: Welcome Week Majors Fair
- Organize a fair as part of Welcome Fest
- Departments host tables and promote their available majors & minors
- Faculty interact with students and answer questions
- Invite alumni to represent departments and talk about their beyond school experience
Strategy 3: Alter the Campus Culture through Curriculum
Project Lead: Kelsey Hanna
Tactic #1: Design thinking pop up classes.
Pop-Up series classes offered across majors and disciplines led by UIF members to teach design thinking concepts to both student and faculty with the ultimate goal of having design thinking concepts integrated across campus. This would bolster the campus innovation and entrepreneurial mindsight while simultaneously allowing a new approach to education that is both exciting and useful in industry positions.
Project Lead: Kevin Kraus
Tactic #1: Introduce students to design courses early on.
Selected Topics in Design is an aerospace engineering course that offers sophomore and junior honors students the opportunity to work side-by-side with the aerospace engineering students enrolled in their senior design course. Creating parallel courses in the other engineering departments would help form a foundation in design earlier on in a student’s academic career.
- Speak with the faculty of senior design courses to gauge the feasibility
- Discuss the option of these courses fulfilling Engineer of 2020 requirement
- Create the first revision of the curriculum
- Begin offering these courses
Tactic #2: Offer interdisciplinary design courses.
Interdisciplinary work allows students the opportunity to gain new perspectives on how their majors interact with other majors in the business world. A design course that involved business and engineering majors and emphasized product lifecycle management would expose the students to different mindsets and a more holistic understanding of how an idea or solution is created out of an initial design and eventually marketed. This course could also facilitate community business partners that offer real-world problems for the students to undertake as their design project.
- Find a faculty member interested in teaching the course
- Determine if this course could satisfy senior design requirements
- Identify community businesses interested in a partnership
- Create the first revisionof the curriculum
- Begin offering the course
Project Lead: Michael Schlesinger, Caylin Wiley, Jesus Gomez, and LaRissa Lawrie
Tactic #3: Rethinking Senior Design Courses
- Interdisciplinary Senior Design Teams:
Through our stakeholder meeting, we have understood that some departments won't give up their requirements when dealing with Senior Design, especially the engineering departments. However, we talked about the possibility of creating independent teams in different colleges when students start their senior year or project. Then, the goal was to create a link or collaboration between those groups and develop a company model between them. For example, we talked about the possibility about creating a group of aerospace engineers who will be in charge of the airplane design, electrical engineers about the circuits required, mechanical engineers dealing with engines, business to create a business model or marketing to investigate if there will be a profit, art and communication majors to create the brand, visual design, and publicity. The combinations are limitless.
- Involving Employers
Many students strive to network with employers early on in their college careers. However, lack of opportunities often leaves students wanting more interactions than they get. One way we can change this is by allowing students the opportunity to involve employers in their senior design project. While some colleges already incorporate this idea, it is limited to specific colleges and few employers. Connecting employers with students to provide benefits to both sides. Students have the chance to obtain real-world experience with employers and the problems they face. Employers then have the opportunity to utilize a senior design team to help them resolve an issue within their company. Allowing students and employers to work side by side in senior design projects would help prepare students for their future.
- Workshops to help Senior Design students
Some students have the drive to turn their senior design projects into something more. The students we interviewed were looking for resources on how to take a research project and turn it into a viable business or patentable product. The first step to accomplishing this and changing curriculum is to empower students. Part of this tactic is giving students the equivalent of a pop class workshop on senior design classes. Talks are occurring with the research institutes on campus about funding and structural support. The workshops will be designed to take students through the stages of design thinking and prepare students with the lean startup model. The current plan is to hold the workshops three times a semester.
As one of the leading contributors to the Tech Transfer and Research Development schools in the State of Kansas, it is important for Wichita State University to continue to push for new methods of encouraging students and to provide opportunities to broaden their intellectual development. By setting in place initiatives that would help facilitate more innovative business models, students could then begin to explore the potentials of their academic course material and truly begin understanding the implications of their education.
It is through the social interactions between student to student contributors, faculty to student advisement, and business to student relationships that as a Univesity the cultural development will shift from faculty-driven research and development to that of the entire University body working in cotangent towards a more dynamic experience.
Strategy 4: Shocker Startup: a Student Organization to Promote Entrepreneurship Across the Campus and Community
Project Lead: Hannah Hund
Team: LaRissa Lawrie, Wesley Alexis
Tactic #1: Connect ICT
Students want to collaborate on projects with people from different disciplines, but do not have a venue to interact with students from other programs or interested community members. Connect ICT is a networking event hosted by Shocker Startup designed to create meaningful collisions between students from different disciplines and the community. Students will share their project idea to a student and community member audience stating what they want to do and what they need to accomplish their goals. Members of the audience with different backgrounds and access to resources are encouraged to approach presenting students and form teams or partnerships.
Tactic #2: Shocker Startup Impact
The Impact Speaker Series will host speakers that provide information and inspiration to encourage entrepreneurship in the student population and Wichita community. This event will contribute to the living-learning community at Wichita State.
Tactic #3: Pitch and Presentation Competitions
Shocker Startup will host pitch and presentation competitions to give students the experience and practice they need to create startups. Encouraging community members and industry to be judges will help to further bind the relationship between Wichita State students and the community.
Tactic #4: Partner with Center for Entrepreneurship Forum Series
Shocker Startup will partner with the Wichita State Center for Entrepreneurship to get more students interested in Entrepreneurship. The next series will be part of Shocker Startup to further promote the relationship between the students, community, and university.
Strategy 5: Develop Legal Competency and Security for Designers and Creatives
Project Lead: Wesley Alexis
Tactic 1: Offer courses on patent law.
- Assess student need by a survey.
- Assess and constructively critique current IP and legal services at WSU
- Find faculty and department interested in teaching.
- Use student, faculty, and legal feedback to develop the curriculum.
- Offer the course.
Tactic 2: Employ external legal counsel
- Compile a list of law firms not on retainer to WSU.
- Of these firms, seek either probono or funding for a legal counsel.
- Establish a connection for direct designer/creative-legal counsel.
Tactic 3: Offer legal workshops for young entrepreneurs, designers, and creatives.
- Contact Business Booster & Tech Transfer’s directors.
- Analyze “customer” perspective and surveys.
- Develop engaging and informative workshops.
- Offer workshops.
Strategy 6: Innovation Central Network
Project Lead: Austin Crane
Connecting students with students or students with resources are the biggest problems with starting a startup at a university, the solution is to create an online environment of like-minded students with other students and the universities resources. Students value their time more than they value anything and creating an online environment that they can search and post their needs will help save them time and give them multiple options to choose from.
Short term tactics:
- poll students and see what the need is for resources and founding members
- poll current startups from the community that have found success and failure and see what could have helped them in the early stage of their startup
- create a minimum viable product with a local startup
- look at marketing to a global audience
- implement it in other universities
- create an app?
- create a network within ACE or other organizations
The following link directs to the online environment previously mentioned:
Strategy 7: Improve and Initiate New Avenues of Inspiration and Innovation
Tactic #1 Unconference
Project Lead: Levi Lowe
There are no limits to individual creativity given a safe space to work and show off projects/hobbies. I believe that given a space to design in, and a group of individuals to support the mission, a mindset geared towards innovation and entrepreneurship can be instilled in each and every one of the individuals that step foot on campus here at WSU. We can achieve this and more through an unconference. Unconferences are events run by participants. Attendees set the agenda for what’s discussed, lead the sessions and workshops that fill the schedule, and create an environment of innovation and productive discussion. By creating open events geared towards showing off projects and hobbies, I believe that we can instill a sense of community and support among students and faculty.
Some of the key concepts behind the unconference would be:
- Come and go event scheduled by the participants showcasing.
- Anything goes. Students can show off projects they are working on, sell handmade friendship bracelets, or have a Nintendo Smash Brothers tournament.
- Student organizations could host tables showcasing their groups.
- General areas of interest such as Hobbies, Projects, Organizations, and Entrepreneurship concepts.
- Possibly invite community business leaders to judge/sponsor entrepreneurship ideas.
Tactic #2: TEDx Events
Project Lead: Saad Syed
To inspire students with new ideas is a challenge that will always be ever evolving. At the same time, there will always be resources available to organizations to help spark inspiration and innovation. We have identified one such event to be as evolving as the challenge itself. We believe starting a tradition of hosting a TEDx event every year for all students will help create that culture of inspiration and innovation.
Short-Term Tactics to Implement Strategy
- Interview students of all discipline to gather data on ideas and topics for TedX event.
- Research logistics of hosting TedX and similar events.
- Engage administration to help facilitate the event.
Long-Term Tactics to Implement Strategy
- Develop a plan for future fellows to take ownership of organizing and hosting the event each year.
- Develop a plan to host smaller similar inspiration events throughout the school year.
Strategy 8: WSU Ignite, an event that will excite students about innovation and familiarize them with the innovation and entrepreneurship resources that surround them
Project Lead: Jocelyn Galicia
WSU Ignite is an event that will be held on campus over a span of two days. There are four main components to the event; a small-scale music festival, film festival, startup competition, and a technology trade and demo show. The music and film components offer a choice of entertainment for students and encourage students that have no interest in innovation to attend. The other two components serve to transform the local and regional perception of WSU and create a campus culture shift that inspires students to think more innovatively. This will be done by showcasing and celebrating the amazing talents, resources, and current innovation occurring at WSU and all around the Wichita area. Overall, the event will serve as a flagship event for the new innovation campus.
- Gather a minimum of 500 survey responses to demonstrate a need for an event such as this.
- Acquire a minimum of 1000 petition signatures.
- Seek out sponsor support
- Create a presentation for the proposition of the event
- Have the event approved by WSU stakeholders
- Seek out a group of motivated individuals to assist in event planning.
- Sign up volunteers for the event
- Create marketing materials
- Plan out logistics and itinerary
- Begin planning for the next year
- Gather feedback from attendees to improve the event
- Create a committee and assign roles to ensure the event is held for years to come.
Strategy 9: Increasing About the Plethora of I&E Resources on Campus
Tactic #1: Wu-Invent App
Project Lead: Kyle Kopecky and Will Valentine
A single app that brings together various silos of innovation and entrepreneurship across campus in one cohesive space. Attending classes on the "Innovation Campus" at WSU, students have the desire to work across disciplines to create and innovate their every day lives. However, most are not aware of the vast resources that are at their disposal. Wu-Invent is a single app that will bring together the resources from every department across campus including engineering, business, the library, and more to increase student awareness and subsequently increase involvement in I&E.
Tactic #2: Wu Shocks Innovation Nation: The Orientation Experience
Project Lead: Jessica Aldrich
As WSU promotes the current additions to the university as the "Innovation Campus," students deserve to be involved in innovation culture from the moment they step on campus. During the mandatory orientation, students would participate in Wu-Shocks Innovation Nation Design Experience. Students from every college are grouped together and tasked with helping Wu travel across campus, using all of the resources at their disposal along the way. After completion of the challenge, students would tour the campus and have the chance to use the resources first hand, tying their experience to the physical location of the resource.
Strategy 10: Encouraging student involvement within I&E opportunities on campus
Tactic #1: Wichita Maker Faire
Project Lead: Spencer Lueckenotto
Maker Faires are popular across the country, allowing individuals of all ages to come together to share I&E ideas with like-minded individuals. To our knowledge, an event like this has never been done in Wichita or the surrounding areas. Hosting this event on campus would bring students and community members together in a unique space to share and collaborate on ideas. Strategy 11: Community Engagement and Involvement = Strategy 11: Community Engagement and Involvement.
Tactic #2: Innovation Curriculum
Project Lead: Mohd Sabra
Many of the engineering degrees at WSU require a senior design or capstone course that allows students to create an innovative product or process to meet needs within their field of study. However, outside of these courses, students in other disciplines do not have the same opportunity. By implementing an innovation-centered curriculum, students across campus would be encouraged/required to participate in an Innovation Project. Multidisciplinary teams would work with mentors (faculty and industry professionals) on developing an innovative idea that would be presented at the Shocker New Venture Competition, or other similar events on campus. Outside of this, the teams would be judged/graded by their mentors and would receive course credit for the work.
Tactic #3: Campus Create Day
Project Lead: Molly Carlson
Overview: Create a fun way to introduce students of all ages to innovation and entrepreneurship at WSU. Different departments will have various craft based innovation challenges that will encourage students to implement I&E in all aspects of their education. It will also show all I&E things WSU already has on campus.
Short term tactics: gain faculty and campus approval, create activities for examples, create activities guidelines
Long term tactics: find groups to make activities, find an open space, reach out to neighboring elementary, middle, and high schools to send invitations.The goal would be to have this event in the spring semester.
Strategy 11: Community Engagement and Involvement
Tactic #1: ICT Innovation Monday
Project Lead: Austin Nordyke
For being a commuter-driven campus, WSU has little involvement with the surrounding community of Wichita. I&E opportunities that encourage collaboration between community members and WSU students, such as GoCreate, have flourished due to the cross-community incubator it has become. However, these spaces are few and far between. ICT Innovation Monday would open doors of local entrepreneurs and major corporations alike for students to learn about innovation and share their own ideas. Out of these collaborations, students would be exposed to new ideas and processes, be able to meet potential mentors and employers, and find like-minded individuals to pursue their ideas with.
Tactic #2: Shocker Street Market
Project Lead: Savannah Redfern and Molly Carlson
Every first Friday of the month Wichita holds a city-wide art crawl event for thousands of Wichitans to engage with local art at unique locations around town. It is a grassroots event that promotes the arts and the community. As Wichita State has a renowned outdoor sculpture collection, a large art museum, and talented student artists and faculty, it does not make sense as to why WSU is not a part of this. At the Shocker Street Market held on our campus, students and faculty would be able to sell and show their art. Students will be able to apply to hold a booth at the market and gain experience in selling their products. There will also be local artists at the booths as well in order to increase community engagement. We would have student bands, food trucks, yard games, picnic areas and more. This event would bring not only the campus community together but would also bring the Wichita community to us.
Tactic #3: Lawn Party
Project Lead: Matthew Colborn
Student pride and campus community is low in comparison to other universities of our caliber. In addition to this networking and finding new people to meet (which is becoming increasingly important to younger generations) is another challenge students are having. By creating a lawn party that is offered to students for free and non students for a ticketing price we can bring in celebrities to perform for our students and the community while offering additional value to our partner companies on campus by strategically placing the event in locations that would increase their foot traffic. By throwing this event it kicks off the semester and creates natural collisions for students and businesses.
Strategy 12: Encourage Students to Embrace the Spirit of Innovation
Tactic #1: [IN]novation
For students to embrace a culture and truly feel like they are a part of something, you have to set a precedent from day 1. As potential new shockers visit WSU they have the opportunity to experience campus and the future that may lie ahead for them. [IN]nnovation is an initiative focused on potential new students and giving them a taste of what WSU is really about. During their campus visit, students will receive a 1in by 1in plastic square. On that square, they are asked to write their biggest hope for college on one side, and their biggest fear on the other. After their visit, the “token” is collected and stored until the beginning of the semester. Students who are admitted and enrolled at WSU will have their “token” given to a student artist who will be charged with the responsibility of creating a work of art showcasing the hopes of all of the tokens combined. The fears will be to the inside of the work, with the idea in mind that as one part of a greater whole, the students can overcome any adversity and accomplish their biggest hopes and dreams.
Strategy 13: Outreach for Underserved Local Communities
Tactic #1: Innovation Station
Project Lead: Christian Ammerman
The idea for Innovation Station stems from a crossover of our WUIFx program that is run through Collegiate High School and was inspired by our Innovation In Action workshop, which engaged high school seniors in design thinking. By engaging in both programs, we found it crucial to help provide students across disciplines, social classes, and locations necessary tools to actively engage in design thinking and various innovative processes, regardless of their backgrounds. The purpose of Innovation Station is to provide knowledge to students in schools that do not receive proper funding for engagement in both design thinking and STEAM. Ideally, we would like to venture to various schools throughout Kansas, especially smaller, and more rural schools. We would like to give the students a greater worldview, to engage in problem-solving skills, and to empower them to make a change. This model will be properly prototyped at St. Anne's Catholics School's STEM Club and will feature a short introduction to design thinking, what UIF is, and then followed by a short design challenge. On top of exposing students to design thinking, Innovation Station also provides WSU with positive marketing, as well as market UIF to prospective students.
Tactic #2: Let's Go Full STEAM Ahead
Project Lead: Sierra Bonn
"Let's Go Full STEAM Ahead!" is an educational initiative to empower young women to see their potential within the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Of all the science, engineering, and tech workers in the United States, only 24% are women. To address this gender disparity, young women need to be encouraged to pursue their dreams. Starting with students at Colvin Elementary School, we have prototyped teaching methods to explore STEAM with 2nd and 3rd-grade girls. At Girl Scout camp, we prototyped activities for their new Science and Engineering Exploration Badges. In Augusta Public Schools (elementary, middle, and high school), we will be prototyping short STEAM workshops that can be taught in 30 minutes-1 hour, that tie into what the students and teachers are already doing with their classrooms.
Watch Sierra's Ignite about "Let's Go Full STEAM Ahead!": "Let's Go Full STEAM Ahead: Addressing Gender Disparity" an ignite presentation at the 2019 ASEE Midwest Regional Conference
Strategy 14: Encouraging Students to Utilize Campus Resources
Tactic #1: Shocker Study Spaces
Project Lead: Maggie Brown
When interviewing students for session two, many of them made comments about only knowing to go to the Rhatigan Student Center, or RSC, when they have extra time but don't want to leave campus. There was also mention of not liking the RSC due to how loud and noisy it is. There are many places to go on campus that could be used by students as study spaces, but many students don't know where these places are located and don't want to seek them out. The purpose of Shocker Study Spaces is to make these locations known. The plan, as of now, is to get permission to mark the directories of buildings with stickers showing where these areas are, to put a vinyl wall decal that says "Shocker Study Space" in the locations, and to create maps of the buildings with the spaces marked. To start putting this plan into action, we will have to figure out with department, or department(s), we will need to work with to get permission to mark walls/directories, create the stickers, and the logo to go on the stickers. There is not yet a set date for this to be prototyped because there are still conversations that need to happen.
Tactic #2: Shocker Scooter
Project Lead: Noah Foster
When reflecting on our mobilization, parking is an issue when it comes to campus, as such, we were thinking of numerous ideas to help solve this problem. Approximately 85-90% of students are living off campus. To help diminish this problem, we could implement scooter stations around campus that would be able to be checked out, like a program that the city of Denver has. We chose scooters because of the ease with which it takes to use one, and because of the small amount of space, they take up, compared to a bike taking up an entire sidewalk. Along with these, there would be stations scattered throughout the whole campus, which would allow students, staff, and faculty to check out the scooter through our Shocker Cards (ID's). The scooters would be electric and charged in the stations, so they would be able to tell you which has the most battery life. Also, with the scooters, we would map out Wichita State's campus so that the entire campus would be on it, and a route would be able to generate the path that is fastest from station to station, similar to a GPS system. Overall, this intends to help students for parking and mobility, and if they park far away, they can reach their classes quicker and get to their intended destination faster and with ease.
Strategy 15: Assisting First Year Students in Learning Wichita State's Campus
Tactic #1: ICT Tour
Project Lead: Mikah Betterton
ICT Touris for first-year students who are not from Wichita and want to explore more of their college town. ICT Tour will take the students around Wichita's local restaurants and shops, who would then punch a hole in their card. Once, they fill up their card and take it to the Office of First Year Programs they will be awarded a gift. This will help drive first-year students to become more active in their community and help the local businesses get more customers at their stores. There will be a list of recommended local restaurants and shops that are part of the program based on vendors that are interested, and willing to participate. This is loosely based on Kansas State University's tour of Aggieville, and could even feature WSU's "ShockStops" which give students discounts at participating businesses.
Strategy 16: How to Increase Interdisciplinary Connections Across Campus
Tactic #1: WUIFx Goes Greek!
Project Lead: RJ Clark
WUIFx Goes Greek draws its inspiration from WSU's very cohesive Greek community. This community is comprised of 13 different fraternities and sororities, each of which would contribute members to participate in this 48-hour design competition. The competitors would compete to solve a pre-determined problem, and then present their solution in the form of a 90-second video, an 8-minute presentation, as well as defend their position in front of a panel of judges. Throughout the competition, UIF and faculty/staff will provide materials, resources, information, and assistance as necessary. Overall, this would not only improve the interdisciplinary connections that WSU already has but also create connections across the different chapters of Greek life. This program would ideally start next fall, as the timing would be ideal to also incorporate Greek recruitment and events into the schedule, as well as serve as a "back to school" event to improve student participation on Wichita State's Campus.
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Strategy 17: Creating More of a Community for International Students
''''Project Lead: Jacob Burns
The idea in mind is that international students don’t always have ways to get around town or go where they need to go. There have been complaints about the bus not going to walmart often enough or at a convenient time for everybody. If we had WSU students sign up to volunteer a couple hours to take international students places like Walmart or Walgreens or anywhere else they may need to go, it would not only allow them to obtain their essentials for living, but it could also help international students make a connection with other students on campus.
Strategy 18: Innovation Living Learning Community- Creating Community for First-year students and gaining expieriences in entrepreneurship and innovation in our community and campus
Tactic #1: Innovation LLC
Project Lead: Savannah Redfern An Innovation Living Learning Community would provide first-year students with opportunities to gain experience in design-thinking and innovation. It would be a community offuture entrepreneurs, innovators, business, and community leaders collaborating together to better the campus and Wichita. During their first semester, they will all be enrolled in the same first year seminar class that focuses on innovation and design-thinking. This will be a hands-on class where students not only learn about the design-thinking process and the resources on campus, but also about issues in our community and campus. There will be guest speakers of changemakers in our community and our campus. Students will learn how to be changemakers in our community as well as what needs to be changed. In the second semester, students will work in teams to develop and cultivate unique ideas and concepts. During this semester, they will develop these ideas into a successful event, product, club or program for Wichita State or the Wichita community. They will collaborate together and keep each other and the RA and professor updated on their progress. Finally, students will have the opportunity to showcase their efforts in a semester-ending competition with the other teams within Innovation LLC.
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