Spring 2014



Running Down a Dream

The Wichita State Shockers went to war for nothing short of the perfect season. They won every single one of their regular-season battles. They made history. They made Shocker Nation proud - even, perhaps especially, in the one bout they lost.

Dark Passages

Human trafficking is among our kind's oldest and darkest pursuits. Wichita State wields weapons to combat it.

The Right Balance

Preparing teachers for the classroom has always been the key to Wichita State's College of Education. Yet if that's all that comes to mind, you're behind the times. Today's CoEd is home to a wide range of departments. Sport Management is one, and Human Performance Studies is another.



Shocker Notes


Shock Talk

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


Once Upon a BAT

Some 250 Shockers of all ages came out to the annual Baseball Alumni Tailgate Party on May 6 before heading over to Eck Stadium to watch the Wichita State baseball team take on Kansas State.

WU's Bracket Chatter

"Voice of the Shockers" Mike Kennedy '71 shares some of his college hoops knowledge with members and guests of Women United for the Shockers who gathered on St. Patrick's Day for fun, food and to fill out NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament brackets.

Shocker Faces

Shocker Snapshots

Uniquely Shocker

Two uniquely Shocker scholarship programs, both administered by the WSU Alumni Association, will be providing scholarships to 22 deserving students so they can pursue their chosen studies during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Shockers Forever

Core Group members of Shockers Forever, the association's student alumni group Emily Blount, president Margaret Ussery, Kamika Hicks, Margy Long and Michaela Stephenson.


WSUAA News and Events

From the Board Chair

It's a great time to be a Shocker — and a member of our Association's uniquely Shocker team.

From the Past Board Chair

Thank you, Shockers, for an astonishing opportunity.


The Ulrich Museum Celebrates Its Ruby Anniversary

For 40 years now, the art Wichita State's museum has put before us has stirred our hearts and minds.

Something Unique

Roy Moye III is an aerospace engineering major with a talent for singing. The winner of Shockers Got Talent in February, Moye also enjoyed performing in this spring's Hippodrome.

Phi Delta Theta Founders Day Celebration

The Wichita State chapter of Phi Delta Theta held its annual Founders Day Dinner on April 26 in Wichita.

Sororities Participate in Wellness Retreat

Members of six Wichita State sororities took time out of their busy schedules for a Kallistei wellness retreat hosted by Student Involvement Feb. 28-March 2.

Greek Columns

The Greek community at Wichita State is full of brotherhood and sisterhood, tradition and pride.


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

Heritage Fund

Thank you, Heritage Fund contributors


Patricia Burnett '68/81 "Sunflower"

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

Driving Late to the Party, 1968

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


Homecoming 2014

Shockers from near and far came home to Wichita State for an experience like no other — Cirque du WSU.


Shocker Tradition

For the 58th time, Shockers gathered to applaud outstanding Wichita State alumni, faculty and staff during the WSU Alumni Awards presentations.


Helping Create Thriving Communities

The Center for Community Support and Research's executive director Scott Wituk '96/99/01 has worked 13 years as the center's research coordinator and has more than 25 peer-reviewed publications.

A Midwestern Poet in Kentucky

Jeff Worley '71/75 has always loved words.

In the Garden

Standout Shocker Toure' Murry has successfully made the jump from playing at home in the Roundhouse to playing at home in Madison Square Garden.

Model Runner

Pro runner Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton '13, is the first young woman in her community to graduate from a four-year college.


Found Stories: Prairie Seasons

Katherine (Miles) Stippich was active in Wichita art circles from her high school days until her death in 1962.

Six Generations of Shocker Shulers

As the 20th century dawned, Fairmount College was experiencing a construction boom. In addition to providing work for local contractors, the construction, which included the building of Fiske Hall, helped forge a relationship between the institution and the Shuler family.


The Fortune

It's been 25 years since Shocker baseball brought the national championship to Wichita State. Let's take a look back to 1989.

Shocker Sports Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees

Six Wichita State sports greats were inducted into the Pizza Hut Shocker Sports Hall of Fame during a ceremony at halftime of WSU's Jan. 18 home game against Indiana State.

Sports Briefs

Shocker Sports News and Notes


Class Notes

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


Grains of Wheat

Lee R. Riley '42 went to school in a one-room schoolhouse before graduating from Lamar (Colo.) High School and then living with his sister in Wichita while going to college.

Calm in the Chaos

Ken Landwehr '04, the retired Wichita Police Department lieutenant credited with helping solve more than 600 homicides over the course of his 35-year career, was described by a fellow detective as always being "the calm in the chaos."

A Scholar's Life

Born in Russia in 1921, Cornelius John "C.J." Dyck '55 immigrated to Canada with his family when he was 5 years old.

Powerful Presence

Melvin L. Davis '55 was born in Wichita, grew up in his childhood home on East 3rd Street, was educated at every level in Wichita schools and graduated from the University of Wichita with a bachelor's degree in business.

Freedom Bird

W. Stephen Hathaway, professor emeritus of English, taught creative writing and American literature at WSU from 1974-2012.

Elite Circle

An accounting graduate of the University of Wichita who served as president of Pi Alpha Pi during his student days, Ernest L. Balay '53 proved to be a lifelong supporter and contributor to his Alma Mater.

A First Lady

Morita M. (Crymes) Bateman, retired associate professor of finance, real estate and decision sciences at Wichita State, was a first lady in multiple ways.

Proud Shocker

Allen "Al" B. Taylor '54 was a running back on the University of Wichita's Shocker football team, before graduating with a bachelor's degree in physical education and going into military service with the U.S. Army.

In Memoriam

Leaving lasting legacies are these Wichita State University alumni and friends.


No Shocker Goodbyes

I know that my Shocker relationships will continue into the future, wherever we may be and whatever we may be doing, the strength of our connections will remain.


Kansas Roots

Nikki Epley '94/97 is passionate about sports.

Hoopla in Doo-Dah

Scott Dawson '86, a Wichita-based illustrator, has a wide-ranging host of clients, including The Shocker.

Protect & Serve

As a teenager in Kechi, Kan., Jacob Seibel '11 knew he wanted to work in law enforcement, so he started tagging along with local police officers.

Surprise Honor

A surprise awaited artist, educator and Wichita State alumnus Don Robson '72 at Concordia University's commencement ceremony on May 10.



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