Spring 2008



Brick by Brick

The Plaza of Heroines, at the heart of campus, honors women who have made a difference.

Home to Kansas

WSU's Special Collections department becomes the permanent home of the collected papers of Gordon Parks.

In the Shadows

WSU grad student Amber Schrag aims her trowel for evidence of how the ancient common Maya lived.

The Right Stuff

Wichita State and its alumni association throw a reunion event in celebration of 30 years of Shocker baseball.



Letters from alumni in Kansas, Oregon and California are in the spring 2008 magazine mail bag.


Shock Talk

Shockers everywhere, at events long ago or happenings just the other day, always have something interesting to say.


A Gala Night for Shockers

The Wichita State community celebrates the 2007 alumni award honorees: Deltha Colvin ’72, David Nygaard ’73/74, Phillip Bowers ’86/91, Karen Countryman-Roswurm ’05/06, Sheryl Wohlford ’82 and Ron Holt ’77.

Harvest Valley Shockers

Students in Cheryl Lucas' second-grade class enthusiastically participate in No Excuses University, a program dedicated to guiding students to plan for and graduate from college.

Chilly in California

Wichita State fans cheer on the Shockers as they battle Long Beach State March 1 in Long Beach, Calif., where the alumni association hosted a pregame get-together.

Rise & Shine 12

For the 12th season, the WSU Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series offers eye-opening lectures and mouth-watering breakfast buffets at the Marcus Welcome Center on Wichita State's beautiful campus.


Community Health

WSU faculty member Toni Pickard's community health project, Healthy Options for Planeview, began 10 years ago with the offering of parenting classes. Today, HOP encompasses a low-cost, safety-net dental clinic and a health clinic, which is staffed by a WSU physician assistant faculty member and PA students.

This Golden Year: Sorority Life Turns 50

WSU sorority members share memories as their organizations reach a special milestone. It's a celebration of tradition, sisterhood and campus life.


These Gleanings entries survey the current university scene and feature original illustrations by Scott Dawson ’86.


Shock Art

A gallery of both literary and visual art, Shock Art showcases works by Wichita State University alumni, faculty and students.


Dogs' Best Friend

Through Kansas K-9 ResQ and Adoptions, Toni Wenger '75 is undertaking her heart's mission: saving stray and abandoned dogs and working to place them in loving homes.

The Role of a Lifetime

WSU graduate David Willis was seen by millions of movie fans in his role in the "There Will Be Blood," a film that was nominated for eight Academy Awards.


Of National Note

In 2005, The Shocker carried a story about Holyoke Cottage and its new owner, Bob Bayer '57, who hoped to gain national recognition for the historic Fairmount building. Now, Bayer's dream has been realized.

"A Girl Who Went From Wichita to Paris and Won Success"

Ruth Graves '03, Fairmount College's first professional artist, painted her way to acclaim in 1920s Paris.

Found Stories

Members of WSU's marching band weren't the only Shockers erupting in cheers back in 1982 when Wichita State's football team and the University of Kansas met for a long-awaited gridiron battle.


Hill Is Writing It Up

There have been many chroniclers of WSU baseball through the years. But as the Shockers continue their 31st season under head coach Gene Stephenson, one of their own is writing up the journey.

Barnett-Bright: WSU's Binary Star System

Student-athletes Britnee Barnett and Ashly Bright step up to the plate for Shocker softball.

Moving Up the Ladder

A Golfworld NCAA Division I poll ranking has the Shocker men's golf team moving up the ladder of competition.

Sports Briefs

From a first in Shocker tennis history to contact info for baseball's Building Excellence for the Student-Athlete Campaign, Sports Briefs covers WSU athletics in bite-size entries.


Class Notes

Comings, goings, appointments, retirements, honors, accolades and other personal alumni news.


Bold Gold Shocker

Max E. Hubbard '57 was a family man, retired businessman and avid Wichita State supporter.

Our National Treasure

Leon G. Snitz fs '24 was known for being a man unafraid of change.

Kansas Hospitality

Frank W. Hafer fs '40 made his mark on the hospitality business.

Thanks for the Memories

In 1985, Charles E. Heilmann '64 spoke to a group of scholarship students at Butler County Community College. He encouraged them to never lose the love of learning.

In Memoriam

These alumni and university friends leave lasting legacies.


Bernard and Boyd

James W. Johnson '75, an independent curator and art historian, writes about Bernard and Boyd, a current exhibition at the Wichita Art Museum, which encapsulates the history of Wichita State University's printmaking program.


Offbeat Chic

Emily Christensen fs '07 has opened a new home furnishings store in Wichita called Frank & Margaret, so named in honor of her grandparents.

It's a Blast

When a U.S. Navy missile was launched to knock down an errant spy satellite in February, Laura Van Huss '05 had more than a passing interest in the outcome.

Always the Youngest

Guillermo Zorogastua '04 has heard all the jokes about his age. But that's all right, he says, he's getting used to it.