Fall 2007



On the Horizon

Wichita State's Gene Stephenson is still at the top of his game after three decades as a Shocker.

Mission Exceeded

The We are Wichita State campaign, which kicked off with a lead gift of $8.5 million on Oct. 14, 2005, raises $48 million for students, faculty and staff.

The Testing Fields

The frontiers of technology expand every time a new research lab opens. At Wichita State, a grand expansion is under way.

Anchoring Presence

Veteran broadcaster Tracy Rowlett, who earned two bachelor's degrees from Wichita State in 1967, covers the news of the day as a CBS 11 News anchor in Dallas.



Robert Newby '61, a professor of sociology at Central Michigan University, and Joed (Johnson) Steinberg '69, of Twin Falls, Idaho, write The Shocker.


Shock Talk

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


Honoring Shocker Excellence

Each year, the WSU Alumni Association recognizes outstanding Shockers for their professional achievement, distinguished service and humanitarian efforts.

We're Not Back to School Bash

Wichita State alumni came together Sat., Sept 22 in the parking lot of the Woodman Alumni Center to enjoy the fact that "We're not back to school!"

A Rockin' Good Cause

Rockin’ the Roundhouse has established a reputation for fun, and all the fun is for a rockin’ good cause: WSU students, alumni and Shocker student-athletes.

President's Corner

Ross Hollander '73 describes the Shocker contagion he calls YBF.

Director's Corner

Debbie Kennedy '94 reviews a fall season filled with Shockers activities.


WSUAA News and Events


Diplomatic Proceedings

The Model United Nations program at Wichita State introduces participating students to the complexities of our world’s political landscape.

The Real World

Choosing a career can be a daunting task, especially when students find themselves caught between fantasy and reality.


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.



Gregg Marshall shares a few thoughts on his move to Wichita State from Winthrop, his wife Lynn, spaghetti, the Eagles, Al Green and, of course, Shocker basketball.


First Step to Full Stride

Nito Blochlinger '02 once dreamed of working with a pro sports team.

Dynamic Duo

Matt '04 and Stephanie (Whitcomb) '04 Clark, former WSU student-athletes, serve in the Peace Corps.

Sculpting an Identity

Gloria Nusse ’78 discovered she wanted to pursue a career that combined art and science — during a comparative anatomy course at Wichita State.


A Home of One's Own

Thursday, April 11, 1940 was a historic day for the members of Sorosis, as it marked the groundbreaking for Sorosis House.


Revving Up To Play

Wichita State's men's basketball 2007-08 schedule features 17 home games and a trip to the Paradise Jam, where three 2007 NCAA Tournament teams are in the field.

Tenfold Champ

Mica Land readily admits that the steeplechase, a 3,000-meter obstacle course that includes barriers to hurdle and water jumps to splash through, is "kind of a funny race."

Spears, Men's golf dominate

Ryan Spears is the lone senior on a tough-to-beat men's golf team.


Class Notes

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


Helping Fund the Future

H. Richard "Dick" Reidenbaugh arrived on campus in 1969 as executive vice president of the WSU Board of Trustees and as the first executive secretary of the WSU Endowment Association.

Ad Man for the Years

After service in the U.S. Army, Preston "Pres" D. Huston '49 returned home where he eventually built the first integrated marketing, public relations, advertising agency in the Midwest.

Nurse of Distinction

Like many a nontraditional student, James "Jim" A. Dobbs Sr. juggled school, work and family during his collegiate days at Wichita State.

Guiding Light

Research for Suzanne E. Frentz '66, often began in front of her TV on weekends watching videotapes and monitoring social trends on soap operas.

In Memoriam

These WSU alumni and university friends leave lasting legacies.


That One Professor

Gary Miller, WSU provost and vice president of academic affairs and research, writes about an educational journey set right.


The Geography of Home

Georgia Sutton draws from a wide spectrum of experiences.

Broadening Interests

Carolyn McGinn '83 is in her first four-year term in the Kansas Senate.

The Farther Shore

Matthew Eck's debut novel, The Farther Shore, hit bookstores this fall.

Into Africa

Kathryn "KT" Thiessen '91/99 is headed to South Africa.



From history books to women's football, these Marginalia entries cover alumni and university news briefs in far-ranging arenas of interest.