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IN THIS (ISSUE) News from your class agent News From Your Class Agent What’s New With You? Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Xu Keeping Time Homecoming 2011 Family of the Year Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Lobertini Football Game Coupon Fall Alumni Events From the Desk of Lisa Tilma

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You may have noticed that this issue of the Campus Connection class newsletter has a new look and feel to it. In a nutshell, here are the improvements we have made and for which you can expect to see in all our future issues: •

Martha L. Linsner, G’98 QSM Class Agent

Read about Homecoming 2011 inside!

Color! The old format was, well, just that – old! By putting our heads together with our wonderful folks in the Public Relations Office, we have modernized the class newsletter while at the same time bringing you as much information as possible with as minimal pieces of paper filling up your mailbox. Increased pages! We’ve doubled the number of pages in which we can share updates from your classmates, spotlight some very important people like key alumni and faculty members, as well as provide reminders about upcoming events that you are your family will be invited to attend.

Personalization! Using state of the art technology, we anticipate incorporating “Variable Data Printing” into our newsletter. What this means is that we can drop in information specifically relevant for YOU in YOUR own newsletter, like reminding you about an upcoming class reunion or that we have your correct contact information on file.

By making these changes, we hope to hear back from more of you so we can share your personal and professional accomplishments with your classmates while at the same time keeping the class newsletter a vital part of your “life-line” to Friends University. If you have any news you would like to share, please send an email to me. I would like to hear from you and publish your information in the next newsletter.


Friends University is more than just getting a degree, but developing a lifelong friendship, which is why we want to stay connected with you as a member of the Friends University Alumni Association. If you have some exciting news that you would like to share with your classmates, let us know! You can update your information online at Use your ID number to process the changes quicker.

Faculty Spotlight As a graduate of the College of Adult and Professional Studies, you most likely are looking for new ways to continue to grow in your academic knowledge. In this issue of the Campus Connection class newsletter, we are pleased to spotlight Friends University faculty member Dr. Guangqiu Xu and his book titled “Congress and the U.S.-China relationship (1949-1979).” Based upon extensive archival research in Chinese and American sources, professor Xu’s book is a detailed account of the interactions between Congress and the White House as the United States forged its policies regarding the world’s most populous nation. Covering the period from the establishement of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 to the United States’ recognition of the PRC in 1979, this study shows how Congress became a key factor in the formulation and conduct of China policy. This book puts into a new context the forces at play in determining how the United States and China responded to each other during the chilliest years of the Cold War. With his emphasis on Congress, professor Xu has opened up the history of the period to an analysis of how legislative power, direct and indirect, can affect foreign policy and change the course of world events. Dr. Xu has taught at Friends University since 2002 and his book is available through the Wichita campus bookstore or may be ordered online at

Fall 2011 • (QSM/TQM)

KEEPING TIME Once again, Wichita students at Friends University can tell the time by sound at the beginning of the hour and at each half hour. After more than two years of silence, the Davis Administration Building clock tower bell received a much-needed repair and began ringing again June 23, 2011. Funded by money set aside by the Student Government Association starting 2009, the repair included a digital device that bypasses the original gears, keeping the clock on time while preserving the historical components of the 80-year-old clock. As an additional bonus, the digital component adjusts automatically for daylight saving time and standard time. The project experienced a few setbacks, but fortunately, the clock tower repair cost around $8,000, which was less than the amount that SGA planned for in 2009.

HOMECOMING 2011 Milestone Class Reunions • 2:30 Davis Admin. Bldg. (1961, 1971, 1986) • Check-in at 2 p.m., first floor. • Visit during Class Reunions from 2:304:30 p.m. (campus tours included). Parade • 5 p.m. University Ave. & Hiram St. • Motorcyclists and classic car enthusiasts wanted for parade. • Bring the family to enjoy the floats and collect candy! Block Party • 5:30 p.m. Garvey Practice Field • FREE carnival games and inflatables.

FAMILY of the YEAR Friends University established the Family of the Year Award in 2010 as a way to recognize the legacy of those families who: 1. Have shown longevity in the number of years their family has attended Friends; 2. Are able to document that multiple members of their family tree have attended Friends; and 3. Have a history of dedicated service to the University. The Alumni Office is pleased to announce that members of the Joseph and Olive Schoonover family tree have been named the 2011 Family of the Year. They will be recognized at halftime of the Sept. 24 home football game vs. the McPherson Bulldogs.

• FREE tailgate dinner of hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixin’s! Football Game vs. Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes • 7 p.m. • Halftime - crowning of Homecoming Royalty

Meet Dr. Lobertini We here in the Alumni Office thought that you, as a graduate of the College of Adult and Professional Studies, would like to know more about the current dean. Dr. Lobertini is from east Tennessee. She received her Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Tennessee. She went on to receive her Master of Arts in English and Doctorate of Education from East Tennessee State University. Dr. Lobertini served as assistant dean of the university’s school of continuing studies and academic outreach, and chair of the division of cross-disciplinary studies before coming to Friend University. She has been married to Paul Mareth for more than four years and has two children. Her hobbies include reading and being a life-long learner.

FREE (ADMISSION) Present this coupon after the Alumni Appreciation Tailgate for free admission to the Sept. 24, 2011, Falcons football game! (Limit two free admissions per coupon.)

Dr. Lobertini’s priorities are developing “new programming that is targeted to specific audiences … and flexible programs that help adults achieve their educational goals.” She wants to widen the range of higher education opportunities for adult students.


Alumni Appreciation Tailgate & Distinguished Family of the Year Award Presentation

1974 & 1976 Alumni Football Athletes Reunion

Homecoming 2010

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Saturday, Sept. 24 Tailgate: 5 p.m. • Garvey Practice Field Falcon Football: 7 p.m. Adair-Austin Stadium on Hoyt Athletic Field Family of the Year Award Presentation: Halftime

Saturday, Oct. 1 • See page 3 for more information.

You may have noticed that Campus Connection has taken on a whole new look! By updating this newsletter, we hope that you not only find out about activities at your alma mater but also learn about achievements by your fellow classmates – those who you remember from your time as a student as well as those who you interact with through work, church or social circles but had no idea they were also Friends alumni.

Alumni Office


316.295.5900 800.794.6945 ext. 5900

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Saturday, Oct. 15 Lunch: 11:30 a.m. • Garvey Physical Education Center Falcon Football: 1:30 p.m. Adair-Austin Stadium on Hoyt Athletic Field

In each issue, we will also ask for your help with the information we have on file about you. (See the top of page 2.) Please, don’t think of it as homework, but as our way of keeping your information up-to-date for future reunions and networking opportunities both on and off campus. As your Alumni Director, I want to make sure that we continue to serve you in the best way possible! If you have additional ideas as to how we can make your class newsletter better, please feel free to let your class agent or me know. We’d love to hear from you!

Lisa Tilma, G’01/M’04 Executive Director of Alumni Relations