Summer 2008



Distinctive Advantages

Hugo Wall's vision forged a half century ago flourishes at WSU's school of urban and public affairs.

Summer Reading

Whatever your taste in reading, there'll be something to whet your appetite on the Shocker bookshelf.

New Frontiers

The crests and troughs of KMUW's FM signal have been waving through Kansas skies for almost 60 years.

Ever After

Tragedy's wake can be shot through with poetry, music — and even flourishes of the magical.



Readers respond to alumni news and stories featured in the spring 2008 magazine.


Shock Talk

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


Shocker Faces

Shocker personalities show up everywhere. Take a look!

CaddyShock 2008

This year, the WSU Alumni Association's annual golf tournament teed off in support of student-recruitment efforts.

Director's Corner

Debbie Kennedy recaps spring alumni happenings.

President's Corner

Ross Hollander closes his year of service as alumni association leader.

Class of '58: Save the Date

The Class of 1958's 50-Year Reunion has been slated for Oct. 2-4.

Thank You, Heritage Fund Contributors

Thank you, Heritage Fund Contributors. Your contributions allow the association to better serve WSU, its students, faculty and alumni.


WSUAA News and Events


The Best for the Whole

Eric L. Sexton '87/92 was introduced as WSU's 17th athletic director since 1939 during a news conference in early April.

One of a Kind

WSU's College of Education keeps on an innovative track


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


Low and Leigh

In this issue, Shock Art features the work of Denise (Dotson) Low and spotlights work from Carolyn Leigh.


River City Rollers

Three women with Shocker connections take part in ICT Roller Girls, and they're loving every moment of it.


Manager of the Year

Former Wichita State catcher Eric Wedge has achieved success in the major leagues with the Cleveland Indians — and has maintained his love and insight for the game of baseball.

Helping is the Payoff

Carney wins outstanding CSD alumni award, reflects on his years at WSU and the relationships he formed.

New Chapter Opens for Moore

Former alumni association director to retire from community group after a 17-year tenure he calls "a remarkable experience."

The Alaska Experiment

Challenging boredom and bears, former Wichita State student Carolyn Wise spent three months on the trip of a lifetime in Alaska with her father, Dennis, and sister, Jennifer.


The Real McCoys

Walking around campus, a visitor's eye is drawn to the sculptures that have found residence here. In 2006, the Public Art Review noted WSU's outdoor sculpture collection as one of the top 10 in the nation.

Found Stories

This University of Wichita student was one of many "studying" for finals on campus in 1940, as captured in that year's Parnassus.


Javelin U

Penn State is known as Linebacker U, and Southern Cal has earned the nickname Tailback U. But Javelin U?
Wichita State might have laid claim to that distinction.

Jones Hits Stride in Second Season

While Ryan Jones' freshman season was filled with bad at-bats, poor swings and hitless games, the low point of that frustrating first year is surprisingly easy to identify.

George IV and WSU's VIIIth

Wichita State bowling has had more than its share of colorful characters the past 30 years — but George Lambert IV might be the most intriguing person to roll strikes for the Shockers.

Sports Briefs

Shocker Sports News and Notes


Class Notes

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


President's Medal Honoree

H. Marvin Bastian left his mark on WSU in numerous ways.

Legacy, Times Two

Following in his father’s footsteps, Thurlow W. Lieurance Jr. ’41 contributed to the university, to his community and to his nation in his own distinctive ways.

Shining Hours

William "Bill" E. Cooper '48 was a passionate booster of business, aviation and of Dallas.

Staunch Supporter

Marjorie I. (Melton) Williams '42 was a homemaker and legislator's wife who, during her years on the University of Wichita's campus, was an assistant to Hugo Wall and a student-athlete.

A Perfect Fit

Steve Schroeder did not graduate from Wichita State, but he was haled as a Shocker nonetheless.


Greensburg Rebirth

WSU associate professor Les Anderson spent some time in Greensburg, Kan., in early summer 2008 with a journalism class collecting stories on the area's people and what effect the May 2007 tornado had on them. He reflects on his Greensburg experiences in this Coda essay.


Walk of Fame

This May, Shirley Knight fs '57 became the first star to be included in the Walk of Fame at the Warren Theatre on east 13th Street in Wichita, where her handprint was captured in concrete.

Sworn In

No one objected when Mark V. Bodine '85 was admitted to the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Winning Equation

Sandra Peer '88 loves teaching, people and math. Small wonder then that she enjoys being a math teacher so much.



From a teacher in China to a "green" concierge, these Marginalia entries cover alumni and university news in far-ranging arenas of interest, with original illustrations by Wade Hampton.