Graduation Profile: Program empowers student to build mentorship network for female police officers

Lacking a support network while climbing the ranks, Sonta Wilburn looked to a Master’s in Public Administration to build leadership capacity for herself, others “We need more female leaders.” It’s a sentiment often heard, yet Sonta Wilburn had experienced its truth firsthand in the police force. Now a major and patrol commander in Overland Park, […]

Graduation Profile: Giving voice to others’ needs inspired by passion for literature

English major served as platform for Will Dale to discover passion for social justice Combining an English degree with social justice may not be a logical connection for everyone. For graduating senior Will Dale, he couldn’t imagine any other way. “English was my first choice,” Dale said. “I’ve really fallen in love with reading literature […]

Extracurricular Activities: Kathy Suprenant, quilter

Kathy Suprenant is a professor of molecular biosciences and a quilt artist. Why do you quilt? Historically, fabric was precious, and small pieces of clothing were recycled into functional quilts. My grandmother, for example, recycled samples of men’s wool suiting material to create a warm bed quilt (learn more about this mystery quilt at […]

Extracurricular Activities: Gary Webber, martial artist

Gary Webber is the Program Coordinator for the Adams Institute in the Department of Chemistry and a 3rd-degree black belt in Ki-Aikido. Why are you interested in Ki-Aikido? I have wanted to learn a martial art since junior high school, but never found anything I liked. In 1997 a friend introduced me to a young Japanese […]