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Friends University is a private non-denominational Christian university in Wichita, Kansas. Nickname: Air Capital Location in the state of Kansas County Sedgwick Mayor Carlos Mayans Area    - City 359. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Davis Administration Building, the original Historic Site of Garfield University, later Friends University
Davis Administration Building, the original Historic Site of Garfield University, later Friends University

Friends University was founded in 1887 as Garfield University, but was donated in 1898 to the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). When the school was donated, the name was changed to Friends University, and has been named this since, 1898. In the 1930s the leadership of the school was turned over to an independent Board of Trustees, with some representation of the Mid-America Yearly Meeting of Friends on the board. The mission of Friends University is "to provide a high quality undergraduate and graduate education that incorporates liberal arts instruction and professional studies within the context of the Christian faith." Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1200x1600, 734 KB) Historic Davis Administration Building, Friends University, Wichita, Kansas, USA I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1200x1600, 734 KB) Historic Davis Administration Building, Friends University, Wichita, Kansas, USA I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... 1898 (MDCCCXCVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... The Religious Society of Friends (commonly known as Quakers) began in England in the 17th century by people who were dissatisfied with the existing denominations and sects of Christianity. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Members of the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers, use the term Yearly Meeting to refer to an organization comprised of a collection of smaller, more frequent constituent meetings within a geographical area. ...


For four years in a row Friends University was named one of the 100 Best College Buys in the United States by The Student Guide to America's 100 Best College Buys, a publication based on research by Institutional Research and Evaluation in Gainesville, Georgia. [verification needed]


The sports teams at Friends University are the Friends Falcons.

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History

Garfield University

Friends University began as Garfield University, an effort by the Christian Churches of Kansas led by Dr. W.B. Hendryx to build a Christian college in the Wichita area. Hendryx wanted to name the college after his good friend, President James Garfield. Construction of the building that would later become Davis Hall was completed in September 1887. [1] Wichita is the name of: Wichita (tribe), a Native American tribe Wichita language, the language of the tribe Wichita (film), a 1955 American Western movie directed by Jacques Tourneur Wichita Recordings, a London based independent record label A song by the band Soul Coughing A font replicating the hand writing... James Abram Garfield (November 19, 1831 – September 19, 1881) was the 20th President of the United States (1881) and the second U.S. President to be assassinated (Abraham Lincoln was the first). ... 1887 (MDCCCLXXXVII) is a common year starting on Saturday (click on link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Monday of the Julian calendar. ...


As crop failures and deaths made it difficult for pledges to be paid, the university floundered financially. Edgar Harding of Boston eventually became the owner of the property, and began putting out ads for someone to purchase it. One of these ads caught the eye of James Davis of St. Louis, who was a Quaker. Davis had "proclaimed he would buy a college and give it to the Quakers with his first million dollars". After three visits to the building that would eventually be named after him, he began looking into purchasing the college. [1] Boston is a town and small port c. ... There is more than one person called James , Jim or Jimmy Davis: James Davis (VC) Jim Davis, the cartoonist of Garfield Jim Davis, the actor (Dallas) Jim Davis, the Congressman from Florida Jimmie Davis, singer and governer of Louisiana Jimmy Davis, Manchester United footballer Jim Davis (Musician), Frontman of The... Nickname: Gateway City, Gateway to the West, or Mound City Location in the state of Missouri Coordinates: Country United States State Missouri County Independent City Mayor Francis G. Slay (D) Area    - City 66. ... The Religious Society of Friends (commonly known as Quakers) began in England in the 17th century by people who were dissatisfied with the existing denominations and sects of Christianity. ...


Becoming Friends University

On March 31, 1898, Davis had closed the purchase. Representatives were called in May of that year for a called meeting of the Kansas Yearly Meeting of Friends, because Davis wanted classes to begin that autumn and the meeting was not scheduled until October. The Friends unanimously decided to accept the offer [2], and Edmund Stanely (A Clerk of the Kansas Yearly Meeting) was recruited to serve as Friends University's first President. [1] March 31 is the 90th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (91st in Leap years), with 275 days remaining. ... 1898 (MDCCCXCVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Members of the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers, use the term Yearly Meeting to refer to an organization comprised of a collection of smaller, more frequent constituent meetings within a geographical area. ...


In October, at the scheduled meeting, Stanely reported that the school was opened on September 21, 1898, and that "In accordance with the purposes in organizing and maintaining a denominational institution for higher education, we are encouraging such movements as will cultivate and stimulate spiritual growth and development." He also acknowledged additional gifts from local citizens of Wichita (Davis included) in the form of works of art[2]. September 21 is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years). ... 1898 (MDCCCXCVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ...

The Kansas Yearly Meeting Summer Conference on the steps of Davis
The Kansas Yearly Meeting Summer Conference on the steps of Davis

At the birth of the school, 53 students enrolled, of whom only 12 were ready for college work. A college of liberal arts and a preparatory department offered classes in Literature, History, Mathematics, Astronomy, Bible, German, Elocution, and oratory. Classes were also available in Piano, Voice, and Music Harmony and Theory. [1] Image File history File links Me001001. ... Image File history File links Me001001. ... In the history of education, the seven liberal arts comprise two groups of studies, the trivium and the quadrivium. ... A university-preparatory school or college-preparatory school (usually abbreviated to preparatory school, college prep school, or prep school) is a private secondary school designed to prepare a student for higher education. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... HIStory: Past, Present and Future – Book I (or simply HIStory) is a double-disc album by Michael Jackson released in 1995 by the Epic Records devision of Sony Music. ... Euclid, Greek mathematician, 3rd century BC, known today as the father of geometry; shown here in a detail of The School of Athens by Raphael. ... A giant Hubble mosaic of the Crab Nebula, a supernova remnant. ... The word Bible refers to the canonical collections of sacred writings of Judaism and Christianity. ... Elocution is proper speaking in pronunciation, grammar, style, and tone. ... Oratory is the art of eloquent speech. ... A grand piano, with the lid up. ... Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with speech. ... Harmony, Greek ἁρμονία harmonía meaning a fastening or join. The concept of harmony dates as far back as Pythagoras. ... Music theory is a field of study that investigates the nature or mechanics of music. ...


Academics

Friends University grants a wide range of degrees through the College of Business, Arts, Sciences and Education (CBASE), the College of Adult Professional Studies (CAPS), and a Graduate School (GRAD).


CBASE, Friends' undergraduate school, offers degrees in Business and Information Technology, Education, Fine Arts, Natural Science and Mathematics, Religion and Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Degrees that are rather unique to Friends are a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ballet and a Bachelor of Science in Zoo Science.


CAPS offers to working adults classes in general studies through PACE (Program for Adult College Education), and a degree completion program. [3]


Notable Alumni

Brett Shaffer - All-American and four-time all KCAC shortstop, hit .503 as a freshman, let nation in stolen bases in 2001 with 45. Bruce P. Blake is a retired American Bishop of the United Methodist Church, elected in 1988. ... A mitre is used as a symbol of the bishops ministry. ... This article is about the current denomination in the United States. ...


External links

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