Spring 2014



All-Years Football Reunion

Shocker football players were invited back to campus for an all-years reunion June 13-14. Former offensive guard Jay Hull '83 of Dallas, who spearheaded the player-organized reunion held at Wichita State and hosted by the alumni association on May 15-16, 2009, again led the volunteer organizing of reunion activities, which are set to kick off with a Friday evening Welcome Dinner at Shocker Grill & Lanes in the newly renovated Rhatigan Student Center.

Saturday's schedule of events includes golf at the university's Braeburn Golf Course, a campus tour that will begin at the Marcus Welcome Center, which will also be the site of a barbecue luncheon for the former players, their guests and other university attendees. A formal dinner celebration Saturday night is planned as the key highlight of the reunion. To be held in the Preferred Health Systems Multipurpose Center at Charles Koch Arena, the formal program will feature special awards and remarks by former players.

Among the commemorative items reunion attendees will be given is the alumni association's Endzone to Endzone: Celebrating Shocker Football, a timeline and history of football at Wichita State. In addition, information and photographs will be collected at the reunion for the compilation of a Memory Book, complete with participating player bios, that will be produced and distributed at a later date.

14th Annual Shocker Open

 Thu., Sept. 18 — Shocker Open, 14th Annual Alumni Association Golf Tournament, Willowbend Golf Club. Steve Cohlmia '74, Clark Carrier '03/10, Cathy Carrier, Ben Drouhard '97/04, Bob Dwerlkotte '75, Angela Dudley '98/05, Dick Elliott '71, Curt Lagree '59/64, Jessica Newman '09, Ricki Ellison '08, Tom Wagner '99, Steve Carr '75, Joe Hand '99, Christopher Piszczek '10, Connor Dyck '12 and Nick Garrels '09/11 – these planning committee members invite you to join them in organizing this day of fun on the links. In addition to tournament play, event highlights include an awards presentation and a silent auction. 

Shocker Travel Opportunities

August 13-21 — Baltic Marvels, Oceania Cruises, Copenhagen to Stockholm, from $2,699 per person, double occupancy, including airfare. Cruise from Denmark to Germany, Estonia, Russia, Finland and Sweden aboard Oceania Cruises Marina, a sleek haven replete with magnificent amenities and outstanding cuisine. 

October 20-28 — Accent on the Adriatic, Oceania Cruises, Venice to Rome, from $2,499 per person (rate subject to change), double occupancy, including airfare. Cruise the azure waters of the Adriatic aboard the deluxe Ociania Cruises Marina, an elegant vessel offering breathtaking amenities and sumptuous cuisine. 

February 10-28, 2015 — Discover Down Under, Oceania Cruises, Sydney to Auckland, from $6,999 per person, double occupancy, including airfare. Discover rugged, glorious scenery, magnetic, cosmopolitan cities and captivating aboriginal heritage in the land down under while cruising aboard the elegant Marina from Australia's treasured east coast to the legendary landscapes of New Zealand. 

April 23-May 9, 2015 — Pathway through Panama, Oceania Cruises, Miami to San Francisco, from $2,999 per person, double occupancy, including airfare. Experience Central America's alluring blend of natural marvels, unique cultures and enchanting architecture as you cruise to Florida, Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Mexico in luxury aboard the regal Regatta on this 16-night South American odyssey. 

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


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.