Spring 2010

Director's Corner


Since I last wrote to you, we have been through a busy and amazing time at the alumni association. We again “Rocked the Roundhouse,” honored some very special alums at our annual awards banquet, brought homecoming back to campus — and set new standards for attendance and bedlam at the pep rallies during the MVC Men’s Basketball Tournament.

In reflecting on those and other Shocker happenings, I first want to thank everyone who again attended and supported Rockin’ the Roundhouse. We understand today’s challenging economic circumstances, but your loyalty to your university and the alumni association made the event a success beyond what we could have reasonably expected.

I also want to thank Gov. Mark Parkinson ’80, who has been, I am happy to report, a familiar face at association events this year. In addition to speaking on campus as one of five distinguished alumni in our 2009-2010 breakfast series, he and his wife Stacy attended a post-Shocker basketball game party in Kansas City and an Arch Madness pep rally in St. Louis. And this spring, the Governor will participate in an alumni event in Topeka.

The decision to bring back homecoming after 20 years met with mixed reactions, primarily because we took the non-traditional approach of tying festivities to a winter basketball game. After you check out the Homecoming 2010 story and photos, I think you’ll agree with my feeling that it’s the perfect time to return homecoming to its annual place in WSU’s schedule of events.

Finally, and with great sadness, I would like us to pause and take a moment amidst all this talk of Shocker things to remember one of Wichita State’s and the alumni association’s biggest champions, George Fahnestock ’69, who died Jan. 14. I cannot say enough about this Shocker and friend, so I’ll simply say, “We will miss you, George.”


Shocker Hoopla in St. Louis

Shockers converged in St. Louis March 5-7 for the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament, where the 10 MVC member teams vied for the annual championship — and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Shockers Return

Members of the University of Wichita’s Class of 1959 returned to campus Oct. 2-3 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their graduation.

Shocker Faces

Shocker Faces are spotted just about everywhere -- from Little Cayman in the Caribbean, to right here in Wichita, to Bar Harbor, Maine.


Check out this run-down of alumni activities.

Director's Corner

Debbie Kennedy, WSU Alumni Association executive director, provides a spring line-up of alumni activities -- and remembers George Fahnestock '69.

President's Corner

Collin Stieben '00 gives his final The Shocker message as 2009-2010 president of the WSU Alumni Association.