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IN THIS (ISSUE) News from the Alumni Office News From the Alumni Office What’s New With You? Alumni Spotlight: Jill Laffoon License Plates Now Available Homecoming 2012 Inauguration of President Arant Program Spotlight: CIS Fall Alumni Events From the Desk of Lisa Tilma

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License Plate Update on Page 2

Global Leadership and Management Graduate Students Travel to Chile Nineteen students from the Friends University Master of Global Leadership and Management (MGLM) program traveled Aug. 4-12, 2012, to Santiago, Chile. While in the MGLM program, the students have been learning about cross-cultural communication and negotiations, global business, finance, international marketing, strategy and many other aspects of global business. The residency abroad will serve as an opportunity to benchmark their academic knowledge against Chilean business reality.   Dr. Valentina Chappell, director of the MGLM program, said “We visited two companies daily, listened to presentations (Chilean executives speak fluent English), and participated in round table discussions. I’m certain that these business visits were beneficial to all parties. Most of our students are experienced business people and had a lot to share with their colleagues in Latin America.”  

Dr. Chappell further stated, “We worked with the Austral Group company located in Santiago for two years to organize this learning experience for the MGLM students.” While in Chile, students posted images and stories online. To view their entries, please go online to What’s New With You? The Alumni Office would love to hear from you! Simply fill out the form on the top of page two and mail it back to us, or go online to Any news submitted prior to Oct. 15, 2012, will be included in the next issue of our Campus Connection class 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.

Fall 2012 • (PACE)

Alumni Spotlight In this issue of Campus Connection, we are pleased to spotlight alumna Jill Laffoon, G’99.


Jill earned her associates degree through the Program for Adult College Education (PACE). She currently serves as director of marketing for the Kansas Masonic Home in Wichita. Most recently, she passed the examination for professional public relations accreditation(APR) from the Universal Accreditation Board. Jill studied for and completed her examination as a member of the Kansas Chapter of Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). She is currently the 36th public relations professional in the state to hold accreditation status. Jill has a unique marketing background that includes real world education in local radio, newspaper, advertising agency work, and a successful run as a retail store owner. Having played on both sides of the advertising agencyclient fence, she knows her way around marketing and sales down to the details of execution. Previously, she served in various business and communication positions with Passport Ink, Coldwell Banker and Associated Advertising. When she isn’t working, Jill loves to spend time with her three children, enjoys scuba diving, and describes herself as someone who “can share a ridiculous amount of... Wichita trivia,” and is “easily distracted by shoes and shiny things.”

University Kansas license plates now available

As of June 25, the Alumni Office learned that the Friends University state license plates were shipped from the Division of Vehicles to all Kansas county tag offices. This means that by the time you read this issue of Campus Connection, the plates will be available to pick up from your local county tag office! A supplemental order for Sedgwick County has been placed as of July 16. If you did not pre-purchase a plate from the University, you can still purchase one “over-the-counter” next time your tag comes due. If you have any questions, please contact the Alumni Office via email at


October 20 day, tur a S

Milestone Class Reunions • 10 a.m. Davis Admin. Bldg. (1962, 1987) • Check-in at 10 a.m., first floor. • Visit from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (campus tours included). Parade • 1 p.m. University Ave. & Hiram St. • Motorcyclists and and classic car enthusiasts wanted for parade. • Bring the family to enjoy the floats and collect candy!

President’s Inauguration brings Friends community together Friends University celebrated the inauguration of its 13th president, Dr. T.J. Arant, March 30, 2012. The ceremony took place at 2 p.m. in Garvey Gymnasium in the Garvey Physical Education Center.

Block Party • 1:30 p.m. Garvey Practice Field • FREE carnival games and inflatables. • FREE tailgate lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixins! Football Game vs. Bethany College Swedes • 3 p.m. • Halftime - crowning of Homecoming Royalty.

Program Spotlight In this issue of Campus Connection, we congratulate Dr. Jason Ferguson and his Computer Information Science (CIS) faculty on exceeding program expectations.

Approximately 600 students, alumni, parents, friends and members from the local community were in attendance, along with nearly 50 delegates from visiting colleges who showed their support.

Since June 2011, the CIS program has included the Information Systems Analyst (ISA) certification test into its capstone class. The ISA test is nationally-normed, and designed for IT professionals with advanced experience.

Rodney Pitts, G’82, chair of Friends University Board of Trustees, presided over the installation of the president, followed by Dr. Arant’s inaugural address.

After the results of the first ISA test, the program incorporated more data-driven curriculum to fill in gaps in students’ knowledge tested on the exam.

Music was provided by the Friends University student brass quintet, the University Concert Band and the Singing Quakers.

Since then, one-fourth of the students who have taken the test have received ISA certification, and 14 have received the mastery level. Additionally, Friend University’s average test scores are 5 percent above the national average.

A cocktail-style reception in McKay Gymnasium at the Casado Campus Center followed the ceremony, with music provided by the Friends University jazz ensemble and string ensemble. Guests enjoyed a variety of hors d’oeuvres provided by Sodexo catering services. This historic occasion was a rare opportunity to highlight Friends University and its place within the realm of higher education and the regions it serves.

ISA certification is not required, but it adds an extra set of credentials that CIS graduates can put on their resumes to show that their knowledge is above and beyond just a degree. If you know someone who may be interested in learning more about the CIS program, please have them contact

Friends University Appreciation Tailgate

Sept. 8, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.; game starts at 7 p.m.



Alumni Art Show Reception

Oct. 18, 2012, 6:30-9 p.m.

Milestone Reunions for Classes of 1962 and 1987

Sept. 28, 2012 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Oct. 20, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

APRENTIS Institute National Conference “Grace, Grace and More Grace”

Singing Quaker Alumni Concert

Sept. 27-29, 2012

Deadline for Athletic Hall of Fame nominations Oct. 1, 2012, at 5 p.m.

Run with Friends

Nov. 10, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

Run with Friends

Dec. 1, 2012, Wichita Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run

Athletic Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony

Jan. 26, 2013, between women’s/men’s basketball games

Oct. 14, 2012, Wichita Prairie Fire Marathon

Stay up-to-date on alumni news with Friends Flash! at! Did you know the Friends University Alumni Association has its very own Facebook group? As of this issue of Campus Connection, we’re at more than 900 members! If you would like to join, go to friendsuniversityalumni. If you are already a member, I challenge you to help make this group something that will be enjoyed by all!

Alumni Office 316.295.5900 800.794.6945 ext. 5900


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Suggestions include: • Photos from your college days – you never know what memories a photo will spark! • Job postings – if you’re looking for you or your employer, ask a fellow alum for their help. • Hello to new neighbors – did you recently move? Chances are there is someone with a Friends connection who lives in your new hometown. • Invite your classmates – I would love to see our group reach 1,000 members before the end of 2012.

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