Spring 2009



Shockers of Note

Seven Wichita State University alumni, faculty, staff and friends were applauded Feb. 12, 2009, at the Wichita Marriott, continuing a Shocker tradition of celebrating achievement as well as service to the university and society.

A Jazzy Choice For The Crown

Emily Deaver, the reigning Miss Kansas, traveled to Las Vegas in January to compete in the Miss America Pageant.

Country Cop

Pat Taylor's business card tells you that he is Deputy No. 3 for the Kingman County Sheriff's Office.

Endzone to Endzone

Few collegiate sport histories can match the highs and lows of Wichita State University's football program. This timeline of Shocker football recaps some of them.



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Shock Talk

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


Shocker Faces

Shocker personalities show up everywhere. Take a look!

Showcasing Shocker Pride

The 9th Annual Shocker Honors Scholar Banquet, a joint effort by the WSU Alumni Association and the Office of Admissions, provided an opportunity for some of the area's top academic achieving high school juniors to learn about Wichita State.

One for the Record Books

Joe Williams fs '81 decided to mark the 30-year anniversary of his 1978 record-setting, 67-yard field goal by coming back to campus from his Mississippi home.

Shocker Tales of WU

It was a time to share memories and meet friends from years past when graduates of the University of Wichita Class of 1958 re-connected on campus Oct. 2-4 for their 50-year reunion.

Happy Birthday, Albert

Albert Fulton fs '32 celebrated his 100th birthday in the company of family and friends on Jan. 17, 2008.

Joining the Alumni Ranks

After years of going to class, writing papers and taking exams, 170 graduating seniors were toasted for their academic efforts at the 3rd Annual Senior Luncheon, sponsored by Capitol Federal.

Shockers Visit Frogs

Traveling Wichita State men's basketball fans, university administrators and WSU alumni from the Fort Worth area met at the Mellow Mushroom before the Shockers took to the court Dec. 8, 2008, against the Horned Frogs of TCU.

Dinner and a Game

Bob Schutte '67 and Kevin and Diana '79 Roberts played host to members of Wichita State's nationally ranked volleyball team at a Nov. 1, 2008, dinner in Normal, Ill.

FORE! The 9th Annual Shocker Open is April 23

This spring, for the ninth year, Shocker golfers will come together for an afternoon of competitive fun at Wichita's Willowbend Golf Course.

President's Corner

Since our last The Shocker, your alumni association has been busy with a multitude of activities in support of our mission and of WSU.

Director's Corner

This February during planning for our 53rd annual WSU Alumni Awards banquet, I was again struck with the calibre and the diversity of the contributions made to our university and society by our honorees.


Millie Arrives on Campus

A number of artworks in WSU's renowned Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection might be deemed whimsical.

A Rockin' Good Time

Charles Koch Arena was a rockin' venue on the evening of Oct. 11, 2008, when a crowd of Shockers came out for the 5th Annual Rockin’ the Roundhouse.


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


Shock Art

Wichita State-educated artists Wade Hampton and Jon Harris share their work.


Drawing Challenge

In honor of WuShock's 60th birthday, the WSU Alumni Association sponsored a "WuShock as Muse" drawing contest.


Digging Up Success

Even as a kid, Nathan Harper wanted to be an anthropologist.

A Grand Wichita Opera Debut

Since earning a bachelor's degree in vocal music education from Wichita State, Joyce DiDonato '92 has soared to international fame.


Lords & Ladys

A good many alumni from across the country have written to share memories of the Rhatigan Student Center, in celebration of its 50th year on campus.

'Millie' Invades Professor Dondlinger's Quadrangle

"Millie" now highlights the center of the original campus quadrangle at 17th Street and Fairmount Avenue — the precise section of campus where Wichita State University had its beginning as Fairmount College.

Found Stories

Bob Freeman, on bass, rocks out at an impromptu concert on the Sigma Phi Epsilon porch one Friday afternoon, as captured in the 1976 Parnassus.


Dream Season

Mary Elizabeth Hooper's friends at Plano Senior High School in Plano, Texas, didn't mince words. They told her she was crazy.

Heartbreaker in St. Louis

Wichita State's run in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in St. Louis ended March 6 on a last-second shot from Creighton's Booker Woodfox to give the Bluejays the quarterfinals win, 63-62.

Big Hitter

The volleyball roster on goshockers.com lists Emily Stockman at an even 6 feet, which is apparently a generous measurement.

Sports Briefs

Shocker Sports News and Notes


Class Notes

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


Inspiring Presence

James L. Hardy, WSU professor emeritus of music, was a longtime chairman of the university's music education department.

Community Builder

In 2005, Ivonne (Kamen) Goldstein '04 was honored by the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce with its Uncommon Citizen Award for the extraordinary effect her volunteerism has had in the Wichita community.

Mr. Gesatkunstwerk

Eugene C. Spangler '39, WSU associate professor emeritus and director of theater services, perhaps saw the broadest range of university opera theater productions ever.

No Doctor Stanga

John E. Stanga Jr. taught political science at Wichita State for nearly 40 years.

Diplomatic Globetrotter

Few people have logged as many miles on the job as D. Wayne Conner '52/56.

Career Diplomat

J. Daniel Phillips' professional journeys led him to just about every corner of the globe during his 33-year diplomatic career.

Home Sweet Home

Wichita State was the academic home of Jeneva “Jenna” J. Brewer '46/49, WSU associate professor emeritus of mathematics and statistics, for some 46 years.

In Memoriam

These WSU alumni and university friends leave lasting legacies.


This Significant Day

"People exhale, so amazed at what has just taken place. One man exclaims, 'We are one America!'"


Right Up His Alley

When Steve Kloempken '95, is at a bowling alley, he notices everything: from the size and feel of the balls, to the shine on the lanes, to the way the pins fall.

FBI Agent

Nathan T. Gray '84 has come a long way from his early days in law enforcement.

Blank Page

The walls of the Blank Page Gallery in Wichita's Delano District have played host to an eclectic mix of artwork, including knitting created by a group called the Grim Knitters.

A Pet's Best Friend

When a deadly tornado nearly wiped out the Kansas town of Greensburg in May 2007, homeless and injured animals there had a friend looking out for them: veterinarian Christen Skaer '93.



Newsworthy info about alumni and university personalities and happenings — all packaged up in bite-size reads, with illustrations by Wade Hampton.