WSU President Don Beggs has introduced our university community to a matrix highlighting the three primary constituencies that Wichita State strives to serve: students, faculty and alumni. We embrace this matrix.
Two of our major Association programs targeted to enhance students' experiences at wsu are the "Drive Your Pride" license plate initiative, which raises money for wsu's general scholarship fund, and the re-organized, re-energized Student Alumni Association. This key student group offers such benefits as networking with alumni — and just having fun. Spearheading SAA's reorganization are Jeff DeGraffenreid '88, Ronnie Carlisle '87 and Jeromy Gensch '98. The group's first event, a pre-game chili feed with President and Mrs. Beggs at the Woodman Alumni Center, has been slated for Feb. 12. We invite you to get involved with this great group.
On the faculty side, we are busy establishing working relationships with each of wsu's colleges for the overall goal of organizing college reunions that will help keep alumni actively connected to Wichita State. This year, the Association is sponsoring and helping organize reunions with engineering and the Barton School of Business.
Alumni, of course, are our focus. With too many alumni programs and events to advertise here, let me simply say that one of our biggest and most successful events, the Shocker Auction, has been studied by an alumni task force with an eye toward "revamping" the event. Their findings will be announced in Janurary.