Wichita State University’s name on the water tower near 17th and Oliver was misspelled and later fixed Friday morning.
The last two letters of “State” and “University” were switched to say, “Wichita Staty Universite.”
Images of the misspelling began to take off on social media Friday morning. People were stopping on Perimeter Road and the faculty/staff parking lot across the Original Pizza Hut to take photos.
It was fixed with the correct spelling by 11:15 a.m.
The water tower was being updated by the city of Wichita to include current WSU logos, according to a June 30 university news article.
The water tower will include a yellow and black WSU logo facing southwest and a WuShock logo facing northeast.
“City crews have been working hard to make the Wichita State water tank a source of pride for the WSU community,” according to the release.
It’s not immediately clear how and when the misspelled logo was painted on the structure.
“It was a city project but it’s on our land and it shows Wichita State University,” WSU spokesman Joe Kleinsasser said. “So of course we’re going to get a lot of attention.”
“Contrary to popular opinion, it wasn’t an innovative way of getting national publicity. It just happened,” he said, chuckling. “And we’re just having fun with it.”
The Twitter accounts of the city of Wichita and Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell made some light of the mistake:
“We are ‘sory’ and will get it ‘fixted’ ‘A S I P,’” according to the city’s tweet.
“Someone has big regrurts over this,” Longwell tweeted.
Contributing: Jaime Green of The Eagle