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This newsletter is sent to regular recipients of the Kansas East Communique and Light Shine and the Kansas West Weekly Update.

Campus e-Notes is a semi-regular publication of the Kansas Area Communications Office featuring news and events from United Methodist Campus Ministries in Kansas.

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Topeka KS 66604

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Wichita KS 67207

January 12, 2009

Welcome to Campus e-Notes, an e-mail newsletter about campus ministry in Kansas. You are receiving this message because you are subscribed to either the Kansas West Weekly Update or the Kansas East Communiqué and/or Light Shine newsletters. If you do not wish to continue receiving this newsletter, simply use the provided unsubscribe link to end your subscription.

If your congregation is sending anyone to college this year, you can contact our campus ministers directly through the conference websites. To send students' names and contact information, visit:

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Please share this newsletter with your students and encourage them to try out the activities on their campus. Use the links on the left to visit the individual campus ministry websites.

Cat-Hawk Challenge
The second annual Cat-Hawk Challenge was a success, raising a total of $27,225 for United Methodist campus ministries at Kansas State University and the University of Kansas. The University of Kansas team won the Challenge by raising $14,255. The Kansas State University team raised $12,970.

The fund raiser was Oct. 18 at the Marriott Hotel in Overland Park. The KU team was coached by Mary Lou Reece, and Rev. Jim Reed coached the K-State team.

See photos from the event at

Baker University Campus Ministry
Campus Minister: Ira DeSpain,

Greg Rogers, a December 2008 graduate of Baker University, was featured recently in the “Lawrence Journal-World” newspaper. Greg has been blind since birth, but his inability to see hasn’t kept him from having a strong faith in God. Greg is an active member of the Baker University campus ministry.

Read the article at

The Journal-World website also features several videos about Greg and his life. To see clips of a chapel service at Baker University, in addition to interviews with Greg and campus minister Ira DeSpain as they discuss his faith and the profound difference that has made for him, visit

Emporia State University United Methodist Campus Ministry
1305 Merchant, Emporia
Campus Minister: Kurt Cooper,

This spring break, United Methodist Campus Ministry at Emporia State University will be making its fifth study tour of the Civil Rights movement. Students will leave March 13 and return March 20. The trip will take students to sites in Topeka, Kansas City, Saint Louis, Metropolis, Atlanta, Tuskegee, Montgomery, Selma, Birmingham, Memphis, Little Rock and Tulsa. The trip is designed to help students consider the connections between their faith and human and civil rights.

Fort Hays State University – Protestant Campus Center
507 Elm, Hays
Campus Minister: Steve Johnson,

The weeks between the fall and spring semesters are often quiet in campus ministry, but not so this winter at the Protestant Campus Center. Pounding, grinding and other strange noises mean that the restrooms are being remodeled.

The Bridges to the Future Capital Campaign wrote a grant to the Dane G. Hansen Foundation that is paying for the work. Both bathrooms are being completely gutted and updated with new fixtures, paint, flooring, and more. The upstairs bathroom will even have a handicapped-accessible shower.

Spring semester programming for Fort Hays State University will start Jan. 20, with the free weekly meal Chat-n-Chew. Additional Bridges to the Future funds designated for the Protestant Campus Center have been used for a new dishwasher and new ceiling tiles in the kitchen.

A new format is being designed for Creative Worship this spring. For those with a Facebook account, updates and more information can be found at the Protest Campus Center Facebook group page.

Kansas State University – K-State Wesley
1741 Anderson Ave., Manhattan
Campus Minister: Matthew Stone,

As the K-State Wesley group turns its eyes to the coming semester, it is very excited to announce that the new building will be opening this spring! Worship will begin there at the beginning of the semester and work will continue throughout the semester to clean and restore the building to great condition. The new facility will be consecrated on March 29. Bishop Scott Jones will be there to participate in the ceremony as well. All are welcome to tour the building and join the celebration. More details will come this spring.

The new facility is a former fraternity house at K-State (Delta Tau Delta). It holds promise and potential as both a residential facility for the campus ministry student leaders, and as a center for students to gather throughout the day. It has enough room for up to 50 students to live, space for 150 students to worship, meeting rooms for a dozen small groups, an industrial-size kitchen and a versatile dining room that can double as overflow space for worship.

Everyone in the campus ministry is very excited to begin using the facility to its fullest potential. However, there is a great deal of work to be done, and help from area United Methodists is appreciated.

Pittsburg State University Campus Ministry
201 E. Williams, Pittsburg
Campus Minister: Linda Stotler,

Hospitality is the center of ministry at the United Methodist Campus Center on the Pittsburg State University campus. Thanks to the Bridges to the Future capital campaign, the newly remodeled kitchen at the PSU campus center is now a clean and safe place to serve meals. The students can better enjoy and share hospitality with others.

The new kitchen will be used as soon as the semester begins, when the Pitt State campus ministry will co-sponsor a welcome supper for all new international students on January 14. A week later new students and returning students can enjoy a fun night of food, games and fellowship at the center on January 25.

Weekly activities and small groups led by students will continue in the spring semester, with a weekly praise service on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. The Wednesday lunch and fellowship time will continue as well, with churches throughout the Parsons District preparing and donating a lunch each week during the semester as students share a devotional time and discussion during the meal.

The international gathering of students once a month also will continue, where students gather for soup and to learn about a new country. The next dates for this event series, which is co-sponsored by other Christian organizations on campus, will be February 13, March 13 and April 10.

The Pittsburg State campus ministry looks forward to a lot of sharing and caring hospitality in the coming semester!

University of Kansas – Wesley KU
946 Vermont, Lawrence
Campus Minister: Holly Snyder,

Holly Snyder is the new leader of United Methodist campus ministry at the University of Kansas. Wesley KU continues to meet for worship on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. at First United Methodist at 10th & Vermont in Lawrence and for prayer time at KU’s Danforth Chapel on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. The group also meets for Sunday Night Live on Sundays at 7pm at Central United Methodist at 15th & Massachusetts.

Washburn University Campus Ministry
1621 College Ave., Topeka
Campus Minister: Natasha Murray-Norman,

Throughout the past semester, the campus ministry group at Washburn University has met at University Church in Topeka for ROOTS, a weekly worship. The worship happens each Wednesday from 7:30-9 p.m. and includes communion. The service is followed by dessert and fellowship.

Wichita State University Campus Ministry
Rhatigan Student Center, Room 201, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita
Campus Minister: Akiiki Daisy Kabagarama,

The campus ministry at Wichita State University has created a group called Campus Advance that meets every Wednesday at 10:45 a.m. in the Rhatigan Student Center. The purpose of Campus Advance to serve WSU students and the community through loving relationships, bible studies, fun activities and campus involvement.