Summer 2005



Student Life: Then & Now

Every year since 1895, freshmen have approached the school atop Fairmount Hill with their own unique intertwining sets of trepidations, aspirations and plans for campus life.

The Slum Angel of Bangkok

The angel is one of the world’s great go-to metaphors: “Touched by an Angel,” Angel Airlines, Angel Island, fallen angel and that most exalted of compliments, “You’re an angel.”

By the Spadeful

Digging up the truth is Jill Cobb’s bare-bones mission. But in her line of work, the truth rarely makes a clean entrance.

A Sense of Taste

Cheez Whiz has been a familiar fixture in America’s processed food pantry for decades.



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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!

50 Years for '55

Members of Wichita University’s Class of 1955 gathered May 12-14 to reminisce and to be inducted into the university’s 50-Year Club.

Director's Corner

Debbie Kennedy reflects on a period of transition for the association.

President's Corner

Kathy Sexton says being part of the alumni association is about building and growing relationships

O! Visioneers

The alumni association at Wichita State has become a partner with Visioneering Wichita.

Shocker Golf in the Arizona Sun

The Camelback Golf Club and Resort in Scottsdale played host to the 2005 Arizona Shocker Open on March 14.

They Did It Again

Dubbed CaddyShock V, the 2005 Shocker Open golf tournament was promoted with a tag line reminiscent of Caddyshack.


WSUAA News and Events

Heritage Fund Contributors: Thanks!

The Heritage Fund provides support in maintaining association programs, events and publications, and allows for the initiation of new areas of service.


Poets Behind Bars

Poets help prisoners at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility express their feelings.

The Right Ingredients

WSU has a new “front door,” in the form of the recently dedicated Marcus Welcome Center.


These Gleanings entries survey the current university scene.


Shock Art

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


Shocker Ink

For six thousand years, the art of tattooing has traveled the globe to appear, disappear and reappear — currently on many a WSU student and alum.


Quoted: Jim Marlett

Jim Marlett ’69 shares his love of frogs, childhood fear of snakes, respect for prairie-dog smarts and the importance of Charlie and his “squeezer.”


Land of Opportunity

In 1962, 16-year-old Luisa Pequeño left Cuba with her brother. Helped by a Catholic charity, the Pequeño siblings made the journey without their parents.

Philanthropist from the Heart

Not many people can say they’ve come up in a speech given by the First Lady of the United States. But Joan Beren ’83 can.

The Best There Is

You’ll search in vain for former Shocker great Doug Mirabelli fs ’97 in all those photos of the jubilant dog pile that followed the Boston Red Sox’s dramatic World Series championship in October.


Crystallizing In Favor of Suffrage

A woman of firsts, Fairmount College’s Ella (White) Brown spoke out nationally for the Woman Suffrage Amendment.

Found Stories

From the 1929 Parnassus comes this description of an early University of Wichita spring tradition — the May Fête.


Yeah, There's Water

By now, Sarah Becker is accustomed to the quizzical looks she gets after telling people she competes in the steeplechase.

Batting Toward National Respect

A hard-hitting, slick-fielding infielder, Katie McGeeney came to the Wichita State softball program last year with impeccable credentials.

National Champs!

The Shocker women won their seventh national title, their first since 1994, at the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships in Rockford, Ill.

Sports Briefs

Shocker Sports News and Notes


Class Notes

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


In Memoriam

These WSU alumni and university friends leave lasting legacies.


Summer (or Fall, Winter, Spring) Reading

Peter Zoller, WSU associate vice president of academic affairs, suggests books that give the reader a better understanding of the world.


Almost Magic

Among Africa’s rural Zulu people, formal education is often limited to “chalk talk,” relates Terry Hutter ’74/76 — memorization with no application.

Collecting Community

When Gerald Norwood ’74 starts listing his community activities, even he is surprised at their scope.

An Educational Venture

Tom Page ’97, and Jill Miller ’01 traveled to Washington, D.C., for a May 26 rally in front of the Department of Education.

A Clear Vision

As a young man, optometrist A. Roy Roberts ’78 knew he wanted to pursue a career in a medical specialty.



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