At Wichita State, there's a lot to see. But for one woman, she's turned one of her simple lunchtime joys into a spectator sport.
For the last ten years, Karen Newton's work has kept her busy. Registering students for classes can take its toll. And anyone who knows her will tell you her true calling is just outside of her door. "This campus if full of nature. It's wonderful," Newton said.
So wonderful that one day she decided to get a little more interactive with nature. "I thought oh surely they won't take this right of my hands, and then they did. I wanted them to come to me more and more so I started calling to them with that weird sound bit by bit they learned it," she said.
Some might say it's just a squirrel trying to get a nut. But others who observe the daily interaction, realize she's more popular that most people. "They do know people, as weird as that sounds, because I can get to the doors over there and they see me through the glass and they just fly over," she said.
Overtime Newton has earned a reputation on campus a as squirrel whisperer. That's fine if you call me the squirrel lady as long as they don't call me the squirre-ly lady."
And on a good day, she'll have a crowd of 19 squirrels at her beckon call. Armed with peanuts and birdseed, she keeps her beloved squirrels well fed.