Fall 2017


Kansas City

Discover Wichita State

The WSUAA partnered with WSU Undergraduate Admissions on a series of Discover Wichita State events, including one held on Sept. 25 at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, Kansas City, Mo. The come-and-go event provided an opportunity for WSU alumni and prospective students to meet with current WSU students and staff.


Cheering on Shocker Volleyball

When Wichita State’s No. 24 nationally ranked volleyball team traveled to Philadelphia to take on Temple in its inaugural American Athletic Conference match on Sept. 22, the WSUAA was there to host a pregame get-together at the Draught Horse Pub & Grill.

The pre-match party featured Wichita State personalities Rodney Miller, dean of the WSU College of Fine Arts, and Courtney M. Marshall, president and CEO of the WSU Alumni Association.

Waco, Texas

WSU vs. Baylor Pregame Party

An estimated 220 Shocker fans showed up at George’s Restaurant on Saturday, Dec. 2 in Waco, Texas, before the No. 8 nationally ranked Wichita State Shockers faced off against the No. 16 Baylor Bears.

The pregame get-together was hosted by the WSUAA, and Courtney M. Marshall, president and CEO, was on hand to welcome the crowd, which included Dave ’75 and Judy Megaffin, Jay Hull ’83, Ricky and Sarah Baker, TJ and Mary White, Steve Swanston, and Tim ’71 and Gail Buckley.

Shocker Nation

Watch Parties: Everywhere

As the Wichita State men’s basketball team sets out to post another successful season, Shocker alumni and fans all across the globe get together to cheer on their favorite team. The largest gatherings for WSUAA-sponsored Shocker Watch Parties, outside of Wichita, include the Arizona Shockers group, which comes together at Buffalo Wild Wings in Scottsdale, Ariz.

For details about organized get-togethers, please visit Fan Central at ShockerAlumni.org. You can also find information about Shocker Watch Parties on the WSUAA’s Facebook page – just ‘like’ us and check out the listings in our events section. Or email Sydney Chandler at sydney.chandler@wichita.edu.


Alumni Awards: April 17, 2018

In 1955, the WSUAA presented its first alumni award, the Achievement Award, to Lincoln LaPaz ’20, a noted astronomer. The tradition continues.

Tuesday, April 17; 6PM — WSU Alumni Awards Banquet & Ceremony, Rhatigan Student Center, Beggs Ballroom. The 2017 honorees are introduced on Page 7.

Congrats, Class of 1968

This coming spring marks the 50th anniversary of the Class of 1968’s graduation from Wichita State, and the WSUAA is pleased to invite all class members, plus the members of WSU’s Fifty-Year Club, to celebrate this milestone together.

Monday, April 30; 11:30AM-1PM — Fifty-Year Club Induction Luncheon & Reunion, Marcus Welcome Center. During the event, remarks will be given, and Class of 1968 attendees will be introduced and presented with commemorative medallions. For details: lynn.loveland@wichita.edu.

Painted Prairie

Reuben Saunders welcomed Wichita State alumni and university friends, including members of the WSUAA’s Women United for the Shockers, to his gallery for a special showing of the exhibition “The Painted Prairie” on the evening of July 20.

Attendees – including Mickey Armstrong ’45, Elizabeth King, and Al ’61 and Judy Higdon – also enjoyed an artist’s talk by Brian Hinkle ’92.

Shockers Forever

Shockers Forever, the WSUAA’s student alumni group, are gearing up for Homecoming 2018, the largest annual event that the group plans and hosts. For details, turn to Page 4. For information about other group activities and projects: tate.blanton@wichita.edu.

WSU Night at the Thunder

WuShock, the Shocker Cheer Squad and the WSUAA, including Tate Blanton ’13, assistant director of alumni programs, were on hand for the Wichita State Night at the Thunder event on Oct. 21.

For a complete roster of Wichita State Alumni Association events, projects and activities, including Shocker travel options, visit ShockerAlumni.org.



Congrats, WSUAA Scholars

This academic year, the Wichita State University Alumni Association has awarded the most student scholarships in the organization's history.

Board Chair's Message

Wichita State has been a part of my life – all my life. So I'm thrilled to be serving the university and its alumni as board chair of the WSUAA.

President and CEO's Message

As our campus continues to evolve with construction and completion of Innovation Campus buildings, one thing has been a constant here for more than 60 years: the Wichita State University Alumni Awards.

First Pavers Placed in Shocker Alumni Walkway

Located between the Marcus Welcome Center and Woodman Alumni Center and leading south into the heart of Wichita State's ever-expanding Innovation Campus, the Shocker Alumni Walkway has added its first set of alumni brick pavers.

WSU Alumni Travelers Cruise in Style

Wichita State alumni and university friends have been making memories and posting travel adventures together on WSU Alumni Association-hosted excursions for decades. The most recent was this fall on an “Adriatic Rhapsody” cruise from Athens, Greece, to Rome, Italy, aboard the Marina.

Distinguished Alumni Speakers

The 2017-2018 lineup for the WSU Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series is a dynamic one, featuring four Shockers who are standouts in their chosen professions.


WSUAA News and Events

A Slice of Wichita: Pizza, Planes & Beer

Festive ICT and the WSU Alumni Association partnered on presenting the first city-wide, family-friendly celebration of all things pizza, planes and beer in the Air Capital.