Fall 2016



We Will We Will Shock You

Wichita State’s bold vision to become the world’s example for applied learning and research — to be an Innovation University — will take some serious coin to fully realize: $250 million, in fact, which is the goal for the WSU Foundation’s Shock the World campaign.

Boeing In Her Blood

Leanne Caret ’90, president and CEO of Boeing’s $30 billion St. Louis-based Defense, Space and Security business, is a second-generation employee of the world’s largest aerospace company. Both of her parents worked at Boeing. In fact, they met there. “It’s part of who I am,” she says. “I bleed Boeing blue. It’s just that much a part of me.”

Backcourt Pros

We’re not quite used to it yet: seeing Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker on the basketball court in anything but Shocker yellow and black. But, defying the odds as they’re known to do, there they are in National Basketball Association team colors, VanVleet in Toronto Raptor red and black, and Baker in NY Knickerbocker orange and blue.


Sharing Shocker Pride

Readers write in to comment on The Shocker and its contents.


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!

Shockers Make Video Debuts at Rockin' the Roundhouse Festivities

The first three segments of a new WSUAA-produced video series called Shocker High Points debuted Saturday, Oct. 1 to an enthusiastic Rockin’ the Roundhouse audience.

Message from the Board Chair

On behalf of the entire board of directors and staff, we look forward to leading the WSUAA during what is arguably the most exciting time at our university in decades.

Message from the President and CEO

As we come to the end of 2016, I look back and reflect on the amazing year it has been.

Fun and Games at RnR 2016

Partying with a purpose – to raise funds for the Wichita State University Alumni Association and its programming in support of WSU – was the name of the game Saturday night.

Baseball, Bird People and Women United

Members of Women United for the Shockers – a group of 98 women each of whom has pledged support to the WSU Alumni Association, its mission and operations by contributing to the Women United endowed fund – came together for two quite different functions in September and October.

Man of Mystery Returns to Campus

Television writer, producer and director Dean Hargrove ’60, along with producer Jeff Peters and actor Alan Rachins, was the featured presenter of “Dean Hargrove and Friends,” the second Wichita State University Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series event of the 2016-17 season.


WSUAA News and Events


Message From the WSU President

President John Bardo shares an update on the university’s bold vision for the future.

WSU's Marcussen Organ Turns 30

Wichita State is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the construction of the Marcussen organ and Wiedemann Hall during the 2016-2017 season of the Rie Bloomfield Organ Series.

Protect, Serve – Dance

Aaron Moses, a WSU criminal justice graduate student who holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Washburn University, Topeka, Kan., works the night shift for the Wichita Police Department’s Patrol East.

WSU Fraternity and Sorority Life Gain New Members, Staff, Programs

The Shocker’s On the Hill Greek page celebrates WSU’s Greek-letter organizations, their members and alumni members.


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


Three Poems

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


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


Peripheral Visionary

James G. Davis ’59/63 achieved renown as a major American artist well before his death Sept. 28 in Oracle, Ariz. His paintings – bold, bizarre, edgy, imposing and bleakly beautiful – reside in the permanent collections of such museums as New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Museum, Washington, D.C.


Wichita State Welcomes New Vice President of Student Affairs

Teri Hall, associate vice president for campus life at Towson University in Maryland since January 2005, has been named vice president for student affairs at Wichita State University.


Shockers and Razorbacks Reunite

One by one, the former football players filed onto the field at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Ark. The visitors from Wichita State walked out first, followed by the Razorbacks of Arkansas.

Salcido Makes WPD History

José Salcido ’94 became the Wichita Police Department’s first Latino deputy police chief with his promotion in September.

Flying the W with the Cubs

Former Shocker pitcher extraordinaire Tommy Hottovy ’04, who pitched for the KC Royals among other MLB teams during his pro playing days, has joined the rare few Wichita State players who have been part of World Series Championship teams.


Second Season okayed; Frosh to varsity squad

Being in War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas on Saturday, Oct. 24, 1970, presented a memorable experience to any participant or anyone in attendance.

Splitting the Uprights

John Potts, Wichita State’s freshman kicker, scored a 37-yard field goal against the Cincinnati Bearcats in the second game of the “Second Season.”


Attack Mode

Mikaela Raudsepp is a junior majoring in biological studies at Wichita State. Hailing from Dundee, Ore., the outside hitter plays some decidedly different roles on the Shocker volleyball team — helping the Shockers to an MVC Championship and a trip to the NCAA tourney.

Depth of Field

In photography, depth of field is also known as the focus range. In basketball, depth of field is the 2016-17 Shocker team, the bench most definitely included.

Sports Briefs

Shocker Sports News and Notes


Class Notes

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


Built for Speed

James R. Bede ’57 built his first airplane at the age of six. The aeronautical engineering graduate then proceeded to become a prolific aircraft designer whose many concepts included a micro jet – the BD-5J – that flew for a James Bond movie.

Like a Sailor Home from the Sea

Artist, writer, graphic designer, entrepreneur, civic volunteer, World War II veteran, husband, father, grandfather great-grandfather: Q. Patric Rowley ’50 was inspiring in many roles and found success in both business and the arts.

Of Stout Heart

As president, CEO and chairman of the board at KG&E, Wilson K. Cadman ’51 was called upon to use insights gained from his University of Wichita studies in psychology, as well as his own talents in getting things done.

Hospitality Maven

Celia (Friedman) Cohen ’67, born in 1923, developed the trailblazing habit of doing things not many women in her day did.

Children's Champion

James J. Snyder, Wichita State University distinguished professor of clinical psychology emeritus, proved to be an insightful teacher and productive researcher.

Devotion to Duty

Thomas C. Raum ’47, retired 18th Judicial District Court of Kansas judge, was also a World War II and Korean War veteran.

In Memoriam

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


It's All True

As an artist, Bruce Conner explored some of our world’s most soaring contraries: the sacred and the profane, good and evil, light and shadow. A survey of his artworks is more like looking at a group show than the creations of one mind.


Getting It Done

A Shocker is among the nine recipients of this year’s Women Executives-Kansas City awards.

Diplomat in Samoa

Angelina (Farber) Wilkinson ’94, knows a thing or two about the importance of negotiation and diplomacy.

Wallace and the MinION DNA Decoder

Sarah Wallace ’05 is a microbiologist at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Texas.

Great American Brew Masters

Ian Crane ’08, and Andy Boyd ’05, are passionate about beer. Particularly the unique, hand-crafted variety.



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


The Shocker, Fall 2016

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