Spring 2012



Right Time, Right Place

Timing isn't everything. Neither is place. No, when it comes to running a university, it mostly takes the right person — at the right time, in the right place. For the past 13 years, Don Beggs has been the right man.

Ready for Battle

Her passion harks all the way back to the ancient Greek battlefield, where your war horse's training was a life-and-death matter.



Shocker Notes


Shock Talk

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


Back on Campus

Members of the classes of 1961 and 1962 were back on campus Feb. 23-25 for their 50-Year Reunion and to help celebrate Homecoming 2012: PartyGras.

Queuing Up for BAT Fun

Nearly 200 Shocker fans turned out May 1 for food, drink and fun at the alumni association's annual Baseball Alumni Tailgate Party before heading over to Eck Stadium to cheer on WSU against Kansas State.

Shockers in Portland

Shocker alumni from Wichita and elsewhere converged in Portland, Ore., for the WSU men's basketball team's first ncaa Tournament game since 2006.


WSUAA News and Events

President's Corner

I am honored to have had the opportunity to work with such a great group of proud Shockers!

Director's Corner

Congratulations to all graduates — and thank you to all those who helped prepare them.

Shocker Faces

Shocker Snapshots


Elite 8

Seniors Brian Box and Matt Munday made up the WSU team that reached the final round of eight at the National Debate Tournament, March 29-April 2 in Atlanta, before losing to Gonzaga.

Airline Quality Rating Sees Best Overall Score in 22 Years of Research

For the fourth consecutive year, the performance of the nation's leading carriers improved, according to the 22nd annual national Airline Quality Rating, a joint research project funded as part of faculty research activities at Wichita State and Purdue University.


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


Woody Crumbo (1912-1989)

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

Spirit Warriors

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

The Market at Porta Capuana

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


Party Gras

A touch of Mardi Gras madness hits campus Feb. 20-25 when Shockers of all ages come together to celebrate everything from a 50-year reunion to the crowning of Wichita State's newest homecoming queen.


Shocker Honors

For the 56th time, the WSU Alumni Association presented its alumni and university awards to outstanding Shocker individuals.


The Disco of Ginger Rabbits & Tomato Bisque

Tanya Tandoc likes to make things.

Painting in Percussion

Named DownBeat's No. 1 Rising Star Drummer no fewer than five times, Matt Wilson sports an eclectic sense of humor that comes through in his musical artistry.


100 Years of Alumni History Part III: 1994-1984

The WSU Alumni Association is fast approaching its 100th birthday. In The Shocker's spring 2011 issue, we started to Look Back at some of the association's best-loved projects, happenings and people — beginning in 2010 and counting back to 1913. Here's our third installment.

Found Stories

A Distinguished Quintet of Shockers


The Road Ends Here

Portland. The rain-soaked Oregon city was the last stop for Wichita State's nationally ranked Shockers this season.

Shockers Win National Title

Led by All-American seniors Pat Mosley and Aaron Hynick, the Wichita State club wrestling team won the National Collegiate Wrestling Association's Division II championship in March in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Shocker Sports Hall of Famer Dies at 78

He liked green apples, got a kick out of teasing folks of all ages, loved his family and his church and Wichita State — and just about everybody knew him as "Mr. B."

Sports Briefs

Shocker Sports News and Notes


Class Notes

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


Shocker May Queen

At the time of her 50-year reunion with other University of Wichita graduates of 1939, Mary E. (Reser) Gary said her fondest memories of her student days were of "Mr. Wilner, the many college plays and Alpha Tau Sigma."

Shocker Fan O' the Day

In 2006, the Wichita Eagle named Richard "Dick" A. Curry '49/67 a "Shocker Fan O' the Day."

Journalism at its Best

"Forty Years of Kansas Journalism at Its Best" reads the headline on a 1986 WSU announcement about the Charles G. Pearson Endowed Scholarship in Journalism.

Never Grounded

Glen W. Zumwalt was presented the WSU Recognition Award in 1992, a decade after he received the Outstanding Engineering Research Award at WSU and a year after he retired from Wichita State as Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering.

In Memoriam

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


A Shocker Presence in D.C.

Of those of us who are in D.C. every week, we each choose to define our roles differently. I choose to go to the office every morning.


A Sweet Award

WSU graphic design grad Sonia Greteman '82 has won myriad awards as founder, president and creative director of the Wichita-based marketing communications agency Greteman Group, but none as sweet as this: the 2012 Donna E. Sweet Humanitarian of the Year award.

Monster Keeper

As a youngster growing up in Kansas City, Mo., Daniel Lavin '08 dreamed of a career in sports.

Top Kansas Physician

Each year since 1990, the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians has named one doctor as its Kansas Family Physician of the Year.

Mastering Teaching

Dana Mitchell '08, a Wichita kindergarten teacher who says she "absolutely loves" the profession, is one of three recent grads featured in WSU's Do More. Be More. ad campaign showcasing the benefits of experienced-based learning.



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