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Community members are celebrated for ‘Making a Difference’

The second annual Difference Makers of Wichita Awards Banquet was held Feb. 24, 2018 at Newman University. ...

‘Difference Makers for Wichita’ to honor 10 service-minded individuals

Ten local individuals and businesses will be honored for their service to the community at the “Difference Makers for Wichita” awards banquet to be held Feb. 24 in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center on the Newman ...

‘It’s not you, it’s them’ – micro aggression and unconscious bias panel

The Diversity program will host a panel about facing microaggression and unconscious bias on Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 5-8 p.m. in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center. A microaggression is a statement, action or incident regarded as ...

Everyday Hero: Jean Pouncil-Burton – Telling stories

Once upon a time, there was a fascinating woman who loved to tell stories. She’d read aloud from books, raising and lowering her voice as the story dictated, switching voices as the characters changed. Sometimes ...

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Everyday Hero: Larry Hanafin – Bringing light to a cause

By Amy Geiszler-Jones For the past 15 years, retiree Larry Hanafin has been helping the lights shine bright for one of the Wichita area’s most popular holiday displays. Now the volunteers and staff of The ...

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Nominations are being accepted for Wichita Difference Makers

The 2nd annual Difference Makers Awards Banquet will take place on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at Newman University. Now is the time to send in your nominations. With a goal to recognize individuals and organizations ...

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Quiet Hero: Lutz hits home run with League 42

Baseball has always been special to Bob Lutz, who covered a variety of sports during his 42-year career as a sports writer and columnist for The Wichita Eagle. “It’s always been my biggest love,” Lutz ...

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Bringing Broadway to Brookdale helps Janelle McGee give back

By Ken Arnold Editor’s Note: Newman University is a co-sponsor of the Difference Makers for Wichita Awards program that was launched in October 2016 to celebrate the contributions and positive influences of individuals and organizations that ...

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‘Quiet Hero’ brought Coffee with a Cop to Wichita

By Amy Geiszler-Jones Editor’s Note: Newman University is a co-sponsor of the Difference Makers for Wichita Awards program that was launched in October 2016 to celebrate the contributions and positive influences of individuals and organizations that ...

March 16 is new date for the Miss Kansas LEAD Series talk at Newman University

Miss Kansas is coming to Newman! Each year, the Student Life Department at Newman University hosts a LEAD series, which is a series of lecturing events that revolve around an annual theme. These events are ...

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‘Difference Makers for Wichita’ Banquet honors 10 for service to the community

Ten local individuals and businesses were honored for their service to the community at the “Difference Makers for Wichita Awards” Banquet held Saturday, Feb. 25 in the Dugan-Gorges Campus Center on the Newman University campus. ...

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Difference Makers ‘Quiet Hero’ Marcillene Dover advocates for KanCare expansion

The Difference Makers for Wichita Awards program was launched in October to recognize and celebrate community members for making a positive difference. Each month, individuals who do not seek recognition but rather are inspired through an ...

‘Difference Makers’ award to be named for philanthropist and community leader Russ Meyer

A new program that honors people and businesses making a positive difference in Wichita is naming its community leadership award for longtime aviation advocate, philanthropist and community leader Russ Meyer. The program, called “Difference Makers ...

‘Difference Makers’ award to be named for the late Brian Bergkamp

A new program that honors community members making a positive difference is naming its student service award for the late seminarian Brian Bergkamp, who died last July while saving the life of Kristen Eck. The ...

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Wichita Difference Makers recognizes first Quiet Hero

The Difference Makers for Wichita Awards program was launched in October to recognize and celebrate community members for making a positive difference. Each month, individuals who do not seek recognition but rather are inspired through an ...