Fall 2011



You Can't Miss It

Joan Miró’s monumental mosaic mural is set for major renovation, a renewal that will absent the iconic work from campus for a full five years.

Catching Cosmic Rays

Wichita State is the lead Kansas university participating in the development of the Pierre Auger Cosmic Ray Observatory.

Our First Lady

Shirley Beggs reminisces about her remarkable journey from Galatia, Ill., to Wichita — and Wichita State.

Quirkily Independent or Independently Quirky?

A reel-full of Shockers – Paul Witte ’05, for one – have helped script the success of the Tallgrass Film Festival.

Tallgrass: A reel-full of Shockers

Paul Witte ’05, an entrepreneurship graduate, is one in a cast of scores of Shockers who have helped in the success of the Tallgrass Film Festival.



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Winning Golfers Hit Stride

After 18 holes of golf under clear skies at Wichita’s Willowbend Golf Club, tournament officials tabulated player scores and announced the top finishing three teams in three flights – including first-flight winners Sammie Lane, Joe Poston ’75, Zac Potter ’10 and Kevin Seal.

Director's Corner

A great university deserves a great alumni association. I am proud of the work we do here.

President's Corner

It is with great excitement that I write this inaugural message as President of the board of directors.

New Venue for The Bash

After four years of being staged at the Woodman Alumni Center’s parking lot, the 5th annual We’re Not Back to School Bash was moved across campus to the Duerksen Amphitheatre.

Association News

Tyler Heffron ’02, who’s a native of Wellington, Kan., began his year-long post as president of the WSU Alumni Association July 1, taking up the gavel from Steve Cohlmia ’74.

Rise & Shine

The first of five featured presenters in the 2011-12 WSU Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series are Carol (McAdoo) ’72 and Norman ’73 Rehme, who will take the morning stage Thursday, Oct. 20 in the Rhatigan Student Center.


WSUAA News and Events

Shockerly Names

“Shocker,” a black Lab puppy, is the new addition to Debbie ’94 and Mike ’71 Kennedy’s household.


Wichita State Plays Carnegie Hall

More than 100 music students in the WSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the WSU Symphony Orchestra performed in Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Spotlight Series May 30.

Black Box Theater Opens

The dedication of the newly renovated Welsbacher Black Box Theatre was celebrated Sept. 10 at its location in WSU’s Hughes Metropolitan Complex.

Prestigious Chemistry Journal Publishes Work of Alum, Professor

James Blakemore ’07, a WSU chemistry graduate who’s now a grad student in electrochemistry at Yale University, has served as catalyst for joint research between the chemistry departments at Yale and Wichita State.


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


Shock Art

A native Wichitan, Joanna (Mix) Ramondetta studied painting, art history and the decorative arts at WSU.

Cat, Dog, Airplane

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


On Campus

As the fall semester gets solidly under way, Wichita State students explore all kinds of new territory, including, perhaps, the greenhouse atop Hubbard Hall.


A Tempting Winter Read

Slated to be published in October, Season for Temptation is this WSU alumna's first romance novel.

The Shocker Bookshelf

Shockers near and far are busy adding books of all kinds to our collective Shocker bookshelf. Here are some examples of their work.


100 Years of Alumni History Part II: 1998-1995

The alumni association at Wichita State and its predecessors, the University of Wichita and Fairmount College, is fast approaching a mega-milestone: its 100th birthday.

Found Stories

Years ago, if WU students said, “We’re headed over to the Commons for some shooting practice,” they’d be, well, right on target.


Goals High for NIT Champs

Winning the 2011 National Invitation Tournament Championship and finishing a school-record 29-8 in 2010-11, the Shockers have set high expectations for themselves and their fans for the 2011-12 season.

Puntando in Alto

Last season, the women’s basketball team notched numerous achievements, and head coach Jody Adams is looking for even more gains this coming season.

Sports Briefs

Shocker Sports News and Notes


Class Notes

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


Breaking Bounds

Mary E. (Chance) VanScyoc ’41 was known for taking chances. She even named her memoir — A Lifetime of Chances.

Shocker Honor Man

Husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, businessman, former Marine and Shocker student-athlete, Maurice “Maury” J. Curry ’43 stayed involved with his alma mater after graduating from the University of Wichita.

Business Smarts

When W.G. Douglas Sharp retired after 31 years of teaching at WSU, he reported, “I’ve got my rod and reel, so I’m ready to go.

Character Builder

Clark D. Jackson ’75 was an active, life-long supporter of Wichita State, the WSU Alumni Association and, especially, of WSU’s chapter of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

In Memoriam

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


We Remember

In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, The Shocker’s winter 2001-02 issue, the first published after the attacks, has been pulled from our archives.


Tag of Enchantment

Wichita State graphic design graduate David Rohr ’84 nabbed national honors in May for his design of New Mexico’s centennial license plate.

Memorial Ride

Richard “Rick” Stephens ’71/86 is a Shocker on a mission.

"A Dance" Hits Top 40

When Kim Cameron ’88 walked into the Grammy Awards last year, she was amused to find herself in the shadow of the wildly costumed Lady Gaga making her entrance a mere few feet of red carpet ahead.

The Bergesons' Burgers and Bottles

Patricia ’84 and David ’91 Bergeson are relishing their newest enterprise.



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