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COVID-19 Updates

May 20, 2020

Warmest greetings from all of us at the WSU Foundation.

Like so many of you, we continue to grapple almost daily with the challenges presented by the pandemic. Despite those challenges, we remain strong and positive as we continue our work to advance Wichita State while taking the necessary steps to stay safe and healthy.

Beginning in early June, our staff will start returning to the Foundation offices in Woodman Alumni Center on the WSU campus. We hope to be fully reintegrated by July 6, with new rules and policies in place to safeguard our staff as well as visitors. Between now and then, we will continue to conduct most of our work and connect with you remotely and digitally.

One of our top priorities remains helping WSU students cope with pandemic-related financial struggles. We are doing that in two ways: through an emergency fund for students with the immediate need and a second fund to provide need-based scholarships for each academic college this fall. We invite all who can contribute to consider these student-focused funds. And to those who already have a heartfelt thank you. To hear the stories of two students helped by the emergency fund, click here.

Some helpful links:

Beginning July 6, documents, checks and other correspondence may be dropped off at the front desk in Woodman Alumni Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Our main phone number, 316.978.3040, will be staffed during these times. Voice messages left during off-hours will be answered as soon as possible.

For now, our development officers will connect with you by phone, email or text. We want to check in with you and share Wichita State updates. We miss our face-to-face interactions with our Shocker community and look forward to a time very soon when that resumes. Until then, we wish good health and happiness for you and all your loved ones.

Go Shox!

Elizabeth King, WSU Foundation President and CEO

March 26, 2020

A warm hello from your friends at the Wichita State University Foundation.

We hope you and your family are finding ways to adjust to the changes facing our world due to COVID-19. As we write to you, our team is missing our daily face-to-face interactions with our Shocker community. Whether in Wichita or Washington, D.C., you are an important partner to Wichita State’s success. Our team is working actively to find new ways to connect with you during this time of social-distancing. Beginning today (March 25), all of our activities will be done digitally and remotely.

Here is an update on what it looks like:

  • Due to the stay-at-home order issued by Sedgwick County, our office will not be open for document drop-offs. However, our staff will be active in a virtual way through email, our website, giving pages, and social pages.
  • Our development officers will be connecting with you by phone, email, or text. We want to check in with you and share Wichita State updates.
  • Be on the lookout for emails coming from foundation@wichita.edu. Our next issue of our newsletter, Horizon Now, will come out next week.
  • There have been a number of student emergency requests coming in due to COVID-19. We are activating a COVID-19 Student Fund this week. If you are able to give, visit at https://foundation.wichita.edu/

These recent weeks have been a period of great transition for our university as we navigate the uncertainty of COVID-19. If you want to learn more about what the university is doing, visit www.wichita.edu/covid19news

We look forward to reconnecting with you in person very soon. In the meantime, we hope this is a period of peace and good health for you and all of your loved ones.

Warmest regards,

Elizabeth King, President and CEO WSU Foundation

COVID-19 Resources https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

March 16, 2020

Letter from WSU Foundation President as of March 16, 2020

Like many organizations across the nation, we are taking cautionary steps to safeguard your health and safety during the COVID-19 situation. We value your relationship and dedication to Wichita State and have developed a few ways to keep you connected:

At these challenging times, we pause to offer gratitude for the wonderful support and tremendous impact your giving has made on Wichita State University students, faculty and staff. As always, we want to find meaningful ways to connect with you and welcome your input at Foundation@wichita.edu.

Warmest regards,

Elizabeth King, President and CEO WSU Foundation

COVID-19 Resources https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html