Spring 2004



Sweet Savage Shocker

The husband who is a monster by day but an angel by night is an age-old story, as ancient as the Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche, an allegory about the tie between erotic love and the irrational soul.

WSU Turns 40

For 40 years, Wichita State has been a vital part of Kansas’ system of higher education. But it took a war.

...and then you go deeper

The Wichita Group is a trio of artists: Michael McClure, Bruce Conner, David Haselwood. This article on Haselwood is the second in a three-part series about these artists.



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Shock Talk

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


An Extraordinary Night

Greeted by more than 200 well-wishers, toasted with champagne and fêted with fine dining were the 2003 Alumni Awards honorees during a celebratory banquet Feb. 12 at the Wichita Marriott Hotel.

Director's Corner

WSU Alumni Association Executive Director Brad Beets '87 writes about a commemorative plaque in honor of all veterans: past, present and future.

President's Corner

WSU Alumni Association President Terri Moses '80/90 reports on a board of directors and staff retreat.

Days of Yore for '54

The 50-Year Reunion for the University of Wichita's Class of 1954 is slated for May 14-15, 2004.


Alumni events range from Arizona to all over Kansas - including Wichita, of course. Check out the opportunities for Shocker fun.

A New Look

Navigation is easy at www.WichitaNetwork.com.


In the Key of Vision

Music professor and pedagogue Jacquelyn Dillon directs string and orchestral studies at Wichita State.

Spirit Journeys

The gala opening of "Asmat Art and Culture" is slated for Fri., April 23 at the Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology on WSU's campus.


These Gleanings entries survey the current university scene.


Second Homecoming

Two of Wichita State’s outdoor sculptures, Love and Grandfather’s Horse, return to campus this spring after taking some time off to freshen up.

Playing Catch and Release with My Father

A poem by Dennis Camire '94


Open Wide

Your pearly whites are in good hands at Wichita State's dental hygiene clinic.


Quoted: Jim Sheffield

Jim Sheffield talks about the science and the art of politics, who’s who in American political history, being king and who’s right, Hobbes or Rousseau.


Identity Crisis

We last left Jesse James possibly lying in a grave marked for Jeremiah James, a Kansas farmer who died in 1935.

A Toothy Catch

What else they caught that day — if anything — remains undocumented, but one thing is certain: a few fishermen made one heck of a catch at Oklahoma’s Foss Reservoir: a very old mammoth tusk.

Balancing Act

This Sedgwick County Commissioner expertly walks a tightrope of conflicting interests.

Karla Burns: Off Broadway

Hi-Hat Hattie comes home to Wichita May 28-30.


Nothing But Net

It was a rhetorical question, of course, posed by Charles Koch to the sellout crowd that jammed into the new arena bearing his name for a celebration dubbed Dedication Night.

Super Looper

Braden Looper fs ’96 knows all about the sometimes-vicious New York tabloids, well-known for ruthlessly ripping athletes with big, bold back-page headlines.

Towering Expectations

The number drives Logan Sorensen all kinds of crazy, but he can’t escape it. It’s on page 44 of the Wichita State baseball guide and again on 52. Right there in black and white, for all to see.

Rolling the Globe

Tucked away in the basement of the Rhatigan Student Center, Wichita State’s bowling program goes about its pin-busting business rather inconspicuously, even though the Shockers regularly compete for national championships.

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.


The King and I

“My mom,” writes Barbara Stewart '99, “divides her generation into two kinds of people: Elvis fans and Beatles fans. My mom loved the Beatles. My dad loved Elvis."


Lizard Wear

Karen Graham ’87/90/95 never intended to be a fashion designer, especially not for lizards.

A Household of Writers

Myrne ’70 and Jon ’61 Roe claim to have “unfocused careers.” Yet the two writers are sharing a rare achievement: Even in “retirement,” they each have a book out.

Sooner Be A Shocker

Jim Miller ’89 enrolled at Wichita State intending to pursue a degree that would get him into parks and recreation; instead, it got him into Sooner red and Olympic rings.

Nuggets of Wisdom

Linda Niles ’73 graduated from Wichita’s East High School in 1965 — and she’s still there, proof that reading Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? aloud is the best way to wake up.



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