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Faculty of Excellence Luncheon included high praise, biomedical engineering and jazz

group shot with FoE on big screen
The 2014 Faculty of Excellence Luncheon was held in the Marcus Welcome Center.

Distinguished faculty and their donors were hosted by the WSU Foundation and the Office of Academic Affairs at the Faculty of Excellence Luncheon Nov. 14 at the Marcus Welcome Center. About 70 guests were welcomed by Elizabeth King, president and CEO of the WSU Foundation.

WSU President John Bardo provided a university update. Marilyn Pauly, WSU Foundation Board of Directors chair, shared a recent example of donor support with the John A. See Research Award created for faculty and students producing outstanding research or other significant work. The first recipients were three faculty members.

Linnea GlenMaye, associate vice president for academic affairs and associate professor, recognized the high caliber of faculty at WSU and highlighted several of them and the work they’re doing.

Michael Jorgensen, associate professor in the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department and manager of the Biomedical Engineering Program, was the featured speaker and talked about the strides students and faculty are making in biomedical engineering. Undergraduates are presenting papers at conferences and being published, he said, and faculty members are developing new products, including biodegradable heart stints, bone screws and plates. Jorgensen emphasized the innovation that is happening when different disciplines across campus collide – or come together to find solutions.

All speakers were appreciative of the donors who through their support have helped to bring the best and the brightest faculty to WSU and retain them. They also spoke highly of the faculty at Wichita State who are giving students an exemplary experience in the classroom, which keeps them coming back.

Entertainment for the event was provided by three members of the WSU Faculty Jazz Quintet: Geoff Deibel, Mark Foley and John Goering. They performed “Body and Soul” and “Take the ‘A’ Train”.

Photos from the event may be seen at http://bit.ly/foe2014.