Spring 2017


Kansas City

Wichita State Night at the K

Saturday, Aug. 5 — Wichita State Night at the K, Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo. Join fellow Shockers for an evening of big league action to cheer on the KC Royals as they take on the Seattle Mariners. Gate A opens at 4:30 p.m., with game time at 6:05. Please note that only the first 1,750 Shockers to enter the stadium through Gate A with a ticket purchased from the official Wichita State Night at the K online site will receive a baseball cap.

St. Louis

Cheering for the Champs

Four Village Tours & Travel charter coaches full of Shocker basketball fans traveled to St. Louis for the March 2-5 Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament – and were on hand to watch the Shockers claim the tournament championship. In addition to the tournament games, the travelers kept their Shocker spirits high at pre-game pep rallies, co-hosted by the WSU Alumni Association and WSU Athletics.

Among the 200-plus Shocker travelers were Dave and Marilyn Bangle, Alfred and Sara Campbell, Steve and Linda Clary, Richard and Carol Harris, Lowell and Gloria Rising, and Chris Purdum ’07, WSUAA board chair, who, along with his wife Ashley ’06, took on the duties of serving as a travel-host.


WSU Alumni Gathering

Before the Shockers took on the Loyola Ramblers Feb. 12 in MVC basketball action, the WSUAA hosted an alumni gathering. Attendees included Mike James, David Payne, and Jeff Herndon.


The Big Dance

Partnering with WSU Athletics, the WSU Alumni Association co-sponsored Team Send-Offs featuring WuShock, Shocker Sound, the Spirit Squad and Shocker Dance before each NCAA tournament game the Shockers played: the March 17 winning effort against the Dayton Flyers and the March 19 second round battle versus the Kentucky Wildcats that nixed WSU’s entry into the Sweet Sixteen.

Shocker Nation

Watch Parties: Everywhere

As the Wichita State men’s basketball team compiled another successful season, Shocker alumni and fans all across the globe got together to cheer on their favorite team. The largest gatherings for WSUAA-sponsored Shocker Watch Parties, outside of Wichita, included Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City and Scottsdale, Ariz., where more than 30 alumni gathered consistently at Buffalo Wild Wings.


CSD Outstanding Alumna

Courtney M. Marshall, president and CEO of the WSUAA, was among those presenting remarks at the April 27 CSD Outstanding Alumni Event held in honor of Kathy Strattman ’98/01, a WSU College of Health Professions associate professor. Presented by the WSU Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders and the WSU Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the event celebrates outstanding achievements in the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology, and is partially sponsored by the WSUAA.

The Best in Community Policing

Wichita Police Department Chief Gordon Ramsay, Michael Birzer ’89/94, Wendell Nicholson ’92 and Paige Keller ’16 were featured presenters at the “Building Relationships: Community Policing” WSU Distinguished Speaker series event on Dec. 13 at the Marcus Welcome Center. The event began with a wine and cheese reception before Chief Ramsay’s presentation and a panel discussion on the importance of community policing. Event attendees included Charlie ’71/91 and Cindy ’79/91 Claycomb, Leanne Patterson, Jamie Stoskopf, Carolyn Harrison, and Glenda Martens.

Shockers Forever

Shockers Forever, the WSUAA’s student alumni group, successfully carried out Homecoming 2017, the largest annual event that the group hosts. 

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


Shocker Faces

Shocker personalities show up everywhere. Take a look!

Painting the Town Yellow

Homecoming 2017: Paint the Town Yellow took place the week of Jan. 30, culminating with the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen on Feb. 4.

Board Chair's Message

Summer is upon us, as are the typical winds of Kansas. I analogize those winds as the metaphorical, transformational type at the root of the changes on our campus

President and CEO's Message

The WSUAA is the “keeper of traditions,” and we’re excited to have an opportunity to build upon traditions and create new ones as we transition into the American Athletic Conference.

Shocker Fans Vie for Trophy

Spirits ran high with members of the WSU Alumni Association’s Women United for the Shockers group during the March 10 Bracket Chatter get-together at AJ’s Sports Grill at The Alley.

WSU Class of 1967 Returns to Campus

Special tours, get-togethers, attendance at the 61st WSU Alumni Awards banquet and ceremony, and induction into Wichita State’s 50 Year Club were all on the activity-queue for the Class of 1967’s return to campus.

Shocker Baseball Faithful Tailgate with Special Guests

Todd Butler, Mike Kennedy, Brent Kemnitz and Courtney Marshall address WSUAA BAT Party-goers before the Wichita State Shockers take the field against the Cowboys of Oklahoma State.

Congratulations, WSUAA Scholars!

For the 2017-2018 academic year, the WSU Alumni Association will be providing scholarships to the highest number of recipients in the history of its administration of the WSU Drive Your Pride License Plate Scholarship and the WSU Legacy Endowed Scholarship.


WSUAA News and Events

Association Partners with F45

In keeping with Wichita State’s emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship, the WSU Alumni Association helped bring an F45 fitness studio to campus.