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WSU Reads 2016: Start Something That Matters

Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie is the chosen book for the 2016 WSU Reads. This guide provides more information on the WSU Reads program, the book, and related topics, materials, and initiatives.

What's Happening in Our Own Area

Innovation University
Wichita State University is becoming the Innovation University, transforming the world through innovation, applied learning, entrepreneurship and economic impact.

Innovation – Bringing university researchers, students and industry together to share the ideas that will drive change.

Applied Learning – Breaking down walls and going beyond the books to provide real-world experience for real-world results.

Entrepreneurship – Fostering an environment where risk-taking is encouraged and big ideas can become big business.

Economic Impact – Creating new avenues for financial growth while infusing existing industries with the resources needed for future success.

Click here to learn more about the Innovation University.

Local Businesses that Give Back
The following are a few examples of businesses that give back in the Wichita area. Follow the links to learn more about the various philanthropic endeavors of each company. 


Koch Industries
Koch Industries is a corporation based in Wichita, KS with subsidiaries involved in such things as ranching, agronomy, and building materials, just to name a few.

Koch family giving back to Kansas with $10.5 million gift for arts complex
Los Angeles Times - September 17, 2015

Koch gives $11.25 million to Wichita State
The Wichita Eagle - December 16, 2014

Koch Industries


Kona Ice
Kona Ice is locally owned and operated by Carmond and Mike Young. The couple bought a Kona Ice franchise and run the shaved ice business out of a truck in Wichita, KS. 

Selling shaved ice a cool way to give back to neighborhood
The Wichita Eagle - July 4, 2013


‚ÄčSlawson Companies
Slawson Companies is based in Wichita and began as an oil and gas exploration company. The company is now also involved in commercial and residential real estate development as well as restaurants and hotels. 

Family of Don Slawson donates $16 million to University of Kansas
The Wichita Eagle - July 24, 2014

Slawson family donates $2M to tiger exhibit
Wichita Business Journal - February 13, 2008

Giving Back
Slawson Companies


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