Spring 2007



Stops Along the Way

Some five billion migratory birds wing their ways along four major North American flyways. Kansas wetlands are key refueling stopovers.

Back to the Old Neighborhood

Bright and early every school day back in 1959-60, Gerald Norwood walked from his family’s Wichita home in the 500 block of Wabash to Dunbar Elementary School at 923 N. Cleveland.

Small Game Hunter

Fleas. Kenneth Gage ’80 has them — by the jarful. One would need a microscope and a manual to identify the subspecies of flea in the curious collection, but among them are some of the more famous pests of all time.

21st-Century Greaser

A new era of ecology is dawning in America, urged along by unending conflicts in the Middle East, ever-higher fuel prices and increasing concerns about global warming.



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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!

Star Shockers

Greeted by more than 250 well-wishers, toasted with champagne and fêted with fine dining were the 2006 WSU Alumni Awards honorees on Jan. 25.

Shockers of Influence

There are myriad ways for university staff, administrators and faculty members to distinguish themselves: professional awards, grants and publication, to name just three.

Remember When ....

… Ike began a second term as president and Sputnik rocketed into space?


WSUAA News and Events

President's Corner

Trish Brasted ’96 details activities with the association, including Shocker Superheros.

Director's Corner

Debbie Kennedy, WSU Alumni Association executive director talks about improvements at the alumni center.


A Fundamental Dream

One hundred years ago, in April 1907, the leading lights and top supporters of Fairmount College gathered at a spot on campus just to the north and west of Fiske Hall.


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.



Denny Senseney ’69/74 muses on music, his business — Wichita’s Senseney Music Inc. — and the importance of music education for every child in school.


Breath and Flesh

England’s office of poet laureate has a rich and lengthy history, a history that can be obscure at times, but that dates back solidly to 1668, when John Dryden held the position under Charles II.

Promise Kept

Nail Seyam '85 regularly gave the Friday night sermon at the Islamic Society of Wichita’s mosque in northeast Wichita.

Junk Boy

For as long as there has been junk, there have been shrewd and resourceful men willing to get their hands dirty if there is profit to be made in hauling it away.


A Key Memory

During her 98 years, musician Isobel (Nevins) Whitney ’31 has played countless symphonies and suites, but she remembers one piece particularly from her years as a violinist with the University of Wichita orchestra and strings ensemble.

Found Stories

Streaking to Enlightenment?


WSU's One-Two Punch in the Bullpen

Noah Booth and Damon Sublett have both been named to the pre-season watch list for the Stopper of the Year Award by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Nationally Ranked

Tennis standouts freshman Florentina Hanisch and senior Madina Rakhim are the dynamic doubles duo leading the way for the No. 20 ranked Shockers, still undefeated this season at 10-0.

Sports Briefs

Shockers excel in the world of sports. Here are highlights of some of their recent accomplishments.


Class Notes

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


Care and Wisdom

Wichita State’s ninth president Clark D. Ahlberg ’39 sculpted the university’s growth from 1968-83.

In Memoriam

These WSU alumni and university friends leave lasting legacies.


Welcome Home

“Welcome Home” is adapted from Geraldine Hammond’s address to fellow Class of 1931 members on the occasion of their 50-year reunion in 1981. The award-winning English professor died Jan. 14 in Wichita.


Patriot Act

Paul Ibbetson ’04/05 knew he couldn’t use the legal appellation of the controversial — and verbosely named — federal act of 2001 in his book’s title.

Fulbright Scholar

Mark O’Connor ’06 has joined the global fight against HIV/AIDS, traveling to Malaysia, to complete a public health research project funded by a Fulbright scholarship.

Treatment Available

It’s estimated that 16 million American women suffer from reduced bladder control, a statistic that inspired Dr. Leslie Page ’77/96 to take action.

One of Five

The United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, with worldwide jurisdiction over U.S. military personnel, relies on the service of just five judges.



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