Spring 2017

Greek News

Shock the Yard: Greeks step, stroll, strut, dance their way to victory

Shock the Yard performers
                                                               Photo by Selena Favela
Members of Wichita State’s Greek community compete during
the Shock the Yard Step Show on April 29. The annual event
is sponsored by WSU’s Multicultural Greek Council.

The 8th Annual Multicultural Greek Council “Shock the Yard” Step Show livened up post-basketball quiet Charles Koch Arena on April 29. Each year for the past eight seasons, Shock the Yard participants have shared the history and traditions of stepping and strolling, while competing for top Shock the Yard honors.

“Stepping,” by the way, is creating beats and sounds using parts of the body, as well as coordinating synchronized dances in a formation.

This year, the Epsilon Alpha Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority stepped its way to the win in the on-campus division, while the Delta Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity took second place in the on-campus division. The Sigma Theta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity was awarded first place in the event’s off-campus division.

Through the years, the step show has taken place at a variety of locations, the Miller Concert Hall on campus, for one, and the Orpheum Theater off campus, as another example. But with growing audiences for the show, it seems Shock the Yard has found a natural home site at Koch Arena.

Next year’s event is slated for a 7 p.m. kick-off on April 28, 2018. Team registration and sponsorship opportunities for the 9th annual show will be available on Sept. 1, 2017.

For more information, please contact Student Involvement: 316-978-3022.

Greek Life at WSU

The Greek community at Wichita State is full of brotherhood and sisterhood, tradition and pride. From participating in Hippodrome to Shocktoberfest events and intramurals, Greeks know how to show school spirit.

They always have! The Shocker’s On the Hill Greek page celebrates WSU’s Greek-letter organizations, their members and alumni members. For more info about Greek life at WSU, visit wichita.edu/thisis/GreekLife.

Meet and Greek 

6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 22 — Fraternity and Sorority Life is hosting this Meet and Greek event at Shocker Sports Grill and Lanes to provide Wichita State students an opportunity to meet members of the Greek community, learn about recruitment and get information about upcoming events.

Greek Academy

1:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 24 — The aim of WSU’s New Member Greek Academy introductory program is to educate incoming members of the Greek community about university policies and procedures as well as expectations placed upon them as members of the Greek community.

Greek Retreat 

Oct. 13-15 — Held every fall at Camp Hiawatha, Greek Retreat provides the opportunity for members of all chapters to come together to create a community, develop leadership skills and experience a weekend of brotherhood and sisterhood. Built on Fraternity and Sorority Life values, the program seeks to create Greek Unity through efforts to develop collaborations between chapters and councils.


Oct. 23-28 — Shocktoberfest is Wichita State’s annual fall celebration of Shocker spirit. Shocktoberfest offers a series of events at which students and student groups can compete and celebrate Shocker pride. Greek organizations have a strong history of both participating and excelling in the competitions.


Message From the WSU President

President John Bardo shares an updated definition of “applied learning,” stresses the importance of creating connections between classroom and workplace learning – all key aspects of Wichita State’s efforts in preparing students for the world.

Her Mission: Finding the Best Solution

A native of Peru, Lucy Aragon is working on a doctorate in industrial and manufacturing engineering at Wichita State.

The American Way

Wichita State University President John Bardo shared the news on April 7: WSU has accepted the invitation from Commissioner Mike Aresco to join the American Athletic Conference, ending a 72-year relationship with the Missouri Valley Conference.

Greek News

The 8th Annual Multicultural Greek Council “Shock the Yard” Step Show livened up post-basketball quiet Charles Koch Arena on April 29.


These Gleanings entries survey the current university scene and feature original illustrations by Scott Dawson ’86.