Spring 2014

Uniquely Shocker

baby WuShock illustrationTwo uniquely Shocker scholarship programs, both administered by the WSU Alumni Association, will be providing scholarships to 22 deserving students so they can pursue their chosen studies during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Since 1999, the alumni association has administered the Drive Your Pride WSU Scholarship Kansas License Plate Program. The program provides Shockers the opportunity to sport a special, official Kansas license plate, while at the same time raising scholarship funds for WSU students.

Today, with some 1,800 Drive Your Pride tags on the road, the program is closing in on a cumulative total of half a million dollars raised for scholarships – and thanks to those who have purchased WuShock tags for their vehicles, 14 students will be awarded scholarships to Wichita State for 2014-2015. Scholarship recipients are Christine Carter, mathematics education 5-8; Samuel Glomstad-Foster, physical education PreK-12; Aaliyah Gomillion, psychology and forensic science; Brielle Hennes, nursing; Angela Hobbs, accounting; Lauren Kater, communication sciences and disorders; Emilee Kerr, dental hygiene; Melissa LaBarge, nursing; Sarah Linnebur, graphic design; Maha Madi, pre-med, psychology; Anthony Perkins Jr., vocal performance; Joanna Rodriguez, biology; Rebekah Streck, communication sciences and disorders; and Jonathan Whitford, bioengineering.

The Alumni Association Legacy Endowed Scholarship Program was established by Don Barry '88. As a student at Wichita State in the 1980s, Barry struggled to make ends meet. While sharing rent in a $100-a-month house and driving a car with holes in the floor, he nonetheless earned a bachelor's degree in general studies. Barry, who is managing director of investments at Wells Fargo Advisors in Wichita, and his wife, Lora, established the Legacy Scholarship with the intent to aid students who could use some additional financial assistance. The scholarship is unique in that recipients must be children or grandchildren of WSU Alumni Association members. Barry and other alumni association members, including those who service as members of the Legacy Scholarship Committee, see the scholarship program serving as a lasting link between family and the university.

Recipients of Legacy Scholarships for 2014-2015 are Anna Dixon, undecided; Molly Dwyer, dental hygiene; Huston Howery III, sport management; Caroline King, integrated marketing communications; Taylor Manfull, entrepreneurship; Rachael Manske, marketing and Spanish; LeAnn Stuever, accounting; and William Stuever, criminal justice and forensic science. 


Once Upon a BAT

Some 250 Shockers of all ages came out to the annual Baseball Alumni Tailgate Party on May 6 before heading over to Eck Stadium to watch the Wichita State baseball team take on Kansas State.

WU's Bracket Chatter

"Voice of the Shockers" Mike Kennedy '71 shares some of his college hoops knowledge with members and guests of Women United for the Shockers who gathered on St. Patrick's Day for fun, food and to fill out NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament brackets.

Shocker Faces

Shocker Snapshots

Uniquely Shocker

Two uniquely Shocker scholarship programs, both administered by the WSU Alumni Association, will be providing scholarships to 22 deserving students so they can pursue their chosen studies during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Shockers Forever

Core Group members of Shockers Forever, the association's student alumni group Emily Blount, president Margaret Ussery, Kamika Hicks, Margy Long and Michaela Stephenson.


WSUAA News and Events

From the Board Chair

It's a great time to be a Shocker — and a member of our Association's uniquely Shocker team.

From the Past Board Chair

Thank you, Shockers, for an astonishing opportunity.