Communication faculty member Dan Close passes away
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Dan Close, associate professor of communication, passed away Saturday, May 28. He was 63 years old. Close was a first-generation college student and a long-time Shocker who earned two degrees from WSU: a bachelor’s in journalism in 1981 and and master’s in communication in 1993. As a student, Close was the editor of The Sunflower and the department’s outstanding senior. Close started as an assistant professor in 1995 after a successful career as a reporter for The Wichita Eagle. Close taught a wide range of courses, though mostly in journalism. He served as the faculty advisor to The Sunflower for 16 years. Close’s recent passion was his first-year seminar, “Exploring WSU in your photos and words.” The course was a blend of journalism and photojournalism, but with a focus on encouraging students to explore and report on the campus and culture at Wichita State.
See also: "He was a great friend: Colleagues and friends remember Dan Close" / Mia Hennen, News Editor (The Sunflower, June 1, 2022) https://thesunflower.com/63828/news/he-was-a-great-friend-colleagues-and-friends-remember-dan-close/