KU News Release


May 12, 2011
Contact: Mike Krings, University Relations, 785-864-8860

Wheat State Whirlwind Tour to focus on aviation, medical education May 26

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LAWRENCE — Kansas’ role in the aviation industry, medical education, the oil industry and natural ecology will be the highlights of the fourth day of the 2011 Wheat State Whirlwind Tour, Thursday, May 26.

The tour, now in its 13th year, takes nearly 40 University of Kansas faculty and staff, many new to the state, on a five-day, 1,400-mile journey to learn more about Kansas history, culture, economics and geography.

Day four will begin in Wichita, when the group pays a visit to the Cessna plant. Cessna, a leader in aircraft manufacturing, has been a vital part of the Kansas and Wichita economies for decades. Company officials will take participants on a tour of its facilities and share information about its operations.

From Cessna, the group will travel to KU’s School of Medicine-Wichita campus. Jennifer Eaton with the campus communications office will meet the group and discuss the school’s role within the university and throughout the state. The school educates many of the doctors who practice throughout Kansas and is part of the recent expansion of KU’s School of Pharmacy to train more pharmacists for the state.

The group will then travel on to El Dorado in Butler County. Participants will learn more about the south-central and southeast parts of the state’s history in the oil industry. The El Dorado Oil Museum chronicles the long history of the industry in Kansas. Located in fertile oil country, the El Dorado oil field produced as much as 29 million barrels of oil per year during its height.

The bus will then travel to the Flint Oak Resort in Elk County for its final stop of the day. The group will dine and spend the evening at the Flint Oak Resort. Opened in 1980 as a private hunting club, the resort now specializes in shooting sports, hunting trips and hosting events for outdoor enthusiasts and travelers from across the country.

Tour participants will share their insights on the trip on Twitter. Visit twitter.com/kuwheatstate May 23-27 for daily updates, impressions from participants and more. To view daily itineraries, maps of this year’s route and photos of previous tours, visit www.wheatstate.ku.edu.

Itinerary for Thursday, May 26

7:30 a.m. – Depart hotel
9 a.m. – Arrive at Cessna in Wichita
10:15 a.m. – Depart Cessna
10:30 a.m. – Arrive at KU School of Medicine-Wichita
Noon – Lunch at Wichita Art Museum
2 p.m. – Depart for El Dorado Oil Museum
2:30 p.m. – Visit El Dorado Oil Museum, public art walking tour
4:30 p.m. – Depart El Dorado
5:30 p.m. – Arrive at Flint Oak Resort


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