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Enclosed is your class newsletter MMIS • Spring 2011

Friends University Issue 32 Spring 2011

Campus Connection


From Your Class Agent Nicholas Bennington

Winter greetings fellow MMIS alumni! I hope you are doing well and rang in the new year in style! The holidays were a bit more special this year along Kellogg with the Friends University Davis Administration clock tower brightly lit for the first time in 17 months. I’ve been told the roof restoration is nearly complete and the scaffolding should be removed soon. It’s nice to have our Wichita scenic landmark shining in all its glory. In other news, the search for a new Friends University president has been underway for a good portion of 2010. As you may recall, Dr. Biff Green announced his retirement last year so the University has been interviewing candidates and is now in their next phase of review. Hopefully by the time you read this newsletter, an announcement will be made on the University’s progress in the selection of a new president. In our next issue of Campus Connection, I plan to interview the MMIS director Dr. Mark Sanborn regarding the updates and changes that are currently taking place within the MMIS curriculum. If you have any specific questions about the program or the MMIS field in general, feel free to e-mail me your input. I will try to incorporate the feedback in our next issue. Being the first Campus Connection newsletter of the year, I usually ask readers to begin setting their new year’s resolutions, or more appropriately, goals for the coming year. But first let me ask you to reflect on the goals you made in January 2010. How many of you accomplished one of your

goals? Two? Three? Do you even remember what your goals were last year? Research shows that had you not written your goals down on a piece of paper and reviewed those goals on a consistent basis, more than likely you did not achieve it. I made a list of goals/dreams last year and haphazardly reviewed them throughout the year. To my surprise I did semi-accomplish several goals or at least made significant headway in completing them. Such as: • Own a 2010 911 Porsche. Well I didn’t exactly get a Porsche, but I did purchase a new Mazda3 this past summer. • Be in a loving relationship. I became engaged to my girlfriend, Rose, in March of 2010. We also attended a Love and Logic relationship class. • Become completely debt free by the end of the year. I did make efforts of reducing debt and my fiancee and I completed a Dave Ramsey Financial Peace course at our local church. • Lose 20 pounds by the end of the year. Well... three out of four isn’t too bad. Like many of you, this goal will be carried over to 2011. The point is, when you make your resolutions or goals for the new year, be sure to write them down and review your list every morning and evening. You will be surprised how opportunities will come your way!

Nicholas Bennington, M’00

Alumni Office Alumni Office Friends University 2100 W. University Ave. Wichita, KS 67213 316-295-5900

Help Keep Us Informed Name_ _____________________________________________ Class Year_ ____________________ Address ______________________________ City ________ State ________ Zip______________ Home Telephone _______________________ E-mail_ _____________________________________ Place of Employment ___________________________ Occupation___________________________ If you have any other information – such as new additions to your family or professional changes – please include that information below. Spring 2011 Friends University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding this policy: EEOC/Title IX Coordinator, Friends University, 2100 W. University Ave., Wichita, KS 67213, 316-295-5000. Friends University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association, telephone 312-263-0456,

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Search Underway for 13th University President

December Seniors Honored at Special Luncheon

As you may have heard, Dr. Biff Green, president of Friends University, will be retiring June 30, 2011. The Board of Trustees has launched a national search for the 13th president of Friends University which is expected to conclude by March 1, 2011. To find out more about the presidential search, please visit

With the help of the Wichita Alumni Advisory Board, the Friends University Alumni Association honored those traditionalundergraduate seniors who graduated in December with a special luncheon Dec. 8.

Friends University Offers Hometown Advantage Grant Do you know a high-school senior from Sedgwick County, Andover, Augusta or Rose Hill who is exploring college options? Friends University is offering students from these areas a $5,000 grant toward tuition at Friends University starting in fall 2011. The $5,000 grant is renewable, is available in addition to other scholarships and does not need to be paid back. It is designed to make it more affordable for new students who demonstrate financial need to get an independent college education.

Members of the Wichita Alumni Advisory Board, University President Dr. Biff Green and his wife, Binnie, and Board of Trustees Chairman Rodney Pitts, G’82, served a tasty Mexican buffet of steak and chicken fajitas, Spanish rice, refried beans, cinnamon chips and all the fixins! Students received words of encouragement from Dr. Green, Mr. Pitts and Wichita Alumni Advisory Board members Marvin Connet, G’82/’84, and Lisa Kraemer, G’10. As they prepared to enter the world as representatives of Friends University, the seniors were urged to remember the time they spent with their classmates and friends. Congratulations once again to this group of graduating seniors!

For more information, call 316-295-5100 or e-mail

don’t forget Easter Egg Hunt Lenexa – April 16 Topeka – April 16 Wichita – April 23 Commencement Lenexa – May 1 Topeka – May 1 Wichita – May 7

From the Executive Director of Alumni and Annual Fund You may recall that the Alumni Office has been working with the State of Kansas to create a Friends University license plate. On Jan. 4, 2011, the director of vehicles informed us that while they have all the necessary documents to move forward, they would need additional monies from the state budget to produce the plates. At the time of the printing of this newsletter, the director of vehicles stated that they would be meeting with the secretary of revenue in mid-January to work on adding our plate costs to their agency budget.

The Alumni Office anticipates re-grouping with the director of vehicles in mid-February to determine where funding is with our plate request. More information will be posted online at www.

Lisa Tilma, G’01/M’04 Executive Director of Alumni and Annual Fund


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