Remember when the mainstays of WU’s pep program were the 100 Wheaties members who cheered on the Shockers in victory or defeat?
… Ike began a second term as president and Sputnik rocketed into space? Remember when university co-eds across the nation danced to Elvis Presley and the Everly Brothers and tuned in to a brand-new show called American Bandstand? The world said goodbye to Humphrey Bogart, hello to a device called the Frisbee, and Jack Kerouac published a little book called On the Road.
It was 1957, and the University of Wichita graduated a class of nearly 400. If you number among them, you’re invited to return to your alma mater to mark the 50th anniversary of your graduation May 10-12.
Among reunion activity options will be receptions perfect for reminiscing: tours of WSU’s National Institute for Aviation Research, the Ulrich Museum and the Rhatigan Student Center; a Shocker baseball game at one of the country’s premier university stadiums; commencement ceremonies; and a farewell brunch at the Museum of World Treasures, which was founded by Jon Kardatzke ’57.
Sure to be among event highlights will be the 50-Year Club Luncheon, during which returning Class of 1957 members will be inducted into the university’s 50-Year Club and presented commemorative medallions.