Spring 2007


Capital Watch Party

Kansas senators, representatives and capital-area Shockers gathered Feb. 14 for a WSU men’s basketball watch party at Hatfield’s in Topeka. The event was hosted by the alumni association’s Shockers for Higher Education (SHE), which is co-chaired by Jackie Williams ’67 and Kaye Monk-Morgan ’93/96. SHE works to complement and assist WSU President Don Beggs and Eric Sexton ’87/92, WSU director of government relations, in informing Kansas legislators about university needs, especially when legislation affecting higher education is being debated. Among those cheering on the Shocks were Delia Garcia ’02, Carolyn McGinn ’83 and Tom Sawyer ’84. Watch for additional details about this event and she activities in the next issue of The Shocker.

Baseball & Barbecue

Sat., April 28; 1 p.m. — Baseball & Barbecue on Coleman Hill, Eck Stadium, Home of Tyler Field. Barbecue and all the fixings will be served at 1 p.m., before WSU takes the field against MVC foe Evansville at 2 p.m. This alumni association event is sponsored by Pepsi Bottling Group and the House of Schwan. 

CaddyShock VII

Thu., April 20; 12 p.m. — CaddyShock VII, 2007 Shocker Open, Willowbend Golf Club. Food. Drink. Prizes. 

Calling All Shocker Nurses

Fri., April 20 — The 17th Annual WSU Nursing Alumni Society Meeting. Highlights will include presentations of the 2007 Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award, Honorary Alumni Award and Student Excellence in Service Awards. Updates about the WSU School of Nursing and the WSU Alumni Association will also be featured. 

GenWu Takes to the Field

Wed., April 18 — GenWu @ WSU vs. KU Baseball, Eck Stadium, Home of Tyler Field. Game time is 7 p.m., but GenWuers are invited to arrive early for food and fun.

Rise & Shine: Kosich

The second half of the 2006-07 WSU Distinguished Alumni Speaker Breakfast Series kicked off Fri., Jan. 19 when Tom Kosich ’86/87 spoke to an enthusiastic, if not downright rowdy, group of Shockers at the Marcus Welcome Center.

After his good friend and WSU baseball pitching coach Brent Kemnitz introduced the former men’s basketball player, Kosich spoke about his business, his family and his unique life journeys. Among those in attendance were Dick George ’61, Nancy and Doug Blackman, and Margaret and Joaquin ’71/76 Santos.

Rise & Shine: Mann

Fri., April 27; 7:30am — Jim Mann ’56 Distinguished Alumni Speaker Breakfast, Marcus Welcome Center. Mann will wrap up the six-speaker Rise & Shine 10 series. The digital-age entrepreneur and business executive has experienced success on a scale matched by few graduates of any university, having transformed an initial $3 million investment into the multibillion-dollar industry giant that is SunGard Data Systems of Wayne, Pa. 

Senior Breakfast

Tue., April 17; 8-9 a.m. — Eighth Annual Senior Breakfast, Rhatigan Student Center Ballroom. Hosted by the alumni association, the Division of Academic Affairs & Research and the Division of Campus Life & University Relations, this breakfast in celebration of 2007 WSU graduates, is sponsored by Capitol Federal Savings. Volunteer alumni table hosts are being sought now.

WSU Senior Luncheon

More than 30 Shocker alumni, including Bonnie Bing-Honeyman ’70/76, Rosy Crowley ’79 and Jackie Williams ’67, welcomed some 120 seniors to the inaugural Senior Luncheon Nov. 14, 2006. The event was sponsored by Capitol Federal Savings and hosted by the WSU Alumni Association, the Division of Academic Affairs & Research and the Division of Campus Life & University Relations.

For a complete roster of WSU Alumni Association events and activities, including Shocker travel opportunities, visit www.wichita.edu/alumni.


Shocker Faces

Shocker personalities show up everywhere. Take a look!

Star Shockers

Greeted by more than 250 well-wishers, toasted with champagne and fêted with fine dining were the 2006 WSU Alumni Awards honorees on Jan. 25.

Shockers of Influence

There are myriad ways for university staff, administrators and faculty members to distinguish themselves: professional awards, grants and publication, to name just three.

Remember When ....

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WSUAA News and Events

President's Corner

Trish Brasted ’96 details activities with the association, including Shocker Superheros.

Director's Corner

Debbie Kennedy, WSU Alumni Association executive director talks about improvements at the alumni center.