Spring 2010


BAT Party Slated for April 27

The annual Baseball Alumni Tailgate Party is set for Tue., April 27. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. with a social and cookout taking place just west of Eck Stadium next to the stadium’s baseball parking lot. Look for the big, yellow-and-white-striped tent. The game — Wichita State vs. the University of Kansas Jayhawks — starts at 7 p.m. All attendees of this family-friendly event will receive a special Shocker photo frame and an exclusive Shocker photo opportunity. The cost for the event is $10 for WSU Alumni Association members, including dinner and game ticket, $6 for dinner only. The non-member cost is $15 for dinner and game ticket, $10 for dinner only. Kids 2 years old and older must have a game ticket to enter the stadium. Kids 5 years old and younger eat free and are counted as members of the alumni association. Special thanks go to the House of Schwan and QuikTrip for their support of this alumni Shocker baseball tailgating event. 

Association News

Steve Cohlmia ’74, president-elect and vice president of administrative programs at the alumni association, is set to take over the presidential reigns from Collin Stieben ’00 on July 1. Cohlmia, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wichita State, is an investment executive at Carey Thomas Hoover & Breault Inc., a full-service securities brokerage and financial planning firm in Wichita. Long active in university and alumni association events and projects, Cohlmia is especially linked to the annual Shocker Open, a golf tournament that for the past few years has raised funds in support of alumni association events that help recruit students to Wichita State. 

Rise & Shine with Julie-Ellen Acosta ’80/84

Fri., April 30; 7:30 a.m. — Julie-Ellen Acosta Breakfast, Marcus Welcome Center. The last of five speakers in the 2009-2010 WSU Distinguished Alumni Speaker Breakfast Series, Acosta is vice president of Leadership Talent Management-Organization Effectiveness, Boeing Leadership Center, a human-resources function of The Boeing Co. 

Top of the Tower Reception

Shockers, including special guest Gov. Mark Parkinson ’80, gathered April 13 at Top of the Tower Bank of America Building in Topeka, Kan. The event was sponsored by these individuals and companies: Fairmount Club Donors: The Holly and Alan Cobb Family, Katy and Ed Field, Shelly and Bill Moore, Cox Communications. Capitol Boosters: Sherriene and Derrick Sontag. Shocker Fans: Joy and Pete Bodyk, James Mullins.

For a complete roster of Wichita State Alumni Association events and activities, including all Shocker travel options, please visit wichita.edu/alumni.


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.