Lydia Leija ’13/14, whose two degrees from WSU are in criminal justice, was excited to show her son the Shocker Alumni Walkway brick she had purchased with him in mind. That brick – with its inscription YOU CAN DO ANYTHING, SON – was unveiled during a brief ceremony on Oct. 22.
Leija’s brick is one of 190 that currently comprise the walkway, which runs between the Woodman Alumni Center and the Marcus Welcome Center and leads right into the heart of Wichita State’s growing Innovation Campus. A fundraising project for the WSU Alumni Association, the walkway program celebrates Shocker individuals and their special Shocker connections to our collective university history. At the same time, the program also helps provide funding for the organization’s alumni affairs and university-support programming, including its student involvement and scholarship development efforts. For details, visit shockeralumni.org/ShockerAlumniWalkway.
John Bardo, WSU president, and his wife Deborah Bardo ’75/77 were among the WSU alumni, faculty and staff members and university friends who gathered for the unveiling of the second installment of walkway bricks. The first set of inscribed bricks to be installed in the walkway were unveiled last year. Bricks are scheduled to be permanently laid into the Shocker Alumni Walkway once a year.
Other Shockers whose bricks were unveiled on this clear-sky fall afternoon included Stephen Blaes of Saint Albans, Mo., Nancy Hanne ’86 of Saint Paul, Minn., Robert Hollowell ’73 of Seattle, Wash., JJ Jackson ’80 of Calabasas, Calif., Larry Larkin ’60 of Nashville, Tenn., Cheryl Lindeman ’93 of Solana Beach, Calif., Dave Megaffin ’75 of Allen, Texas, Robert Mills ’62 of Prairie Village, Kan., Roseanne Olmstead ’92 of Kansas City, Mo., Camille Pankratz ’95 of Salina, Kan., Matthew Petersen ’96 of Tulsa, Okla., Lary Pierce ’64/72 of Indian Trail, N.C., Kevin Polite ’85 of Decatur, Ga., Linda ’85 and Larry ’71/77 Richardson of Derby, Kan., and Patti Zielke ’88/95 of Charlotte, N.C., as well as Pamela Ammar ’80, Kay Boyd, Britt Brown ’74, Jasvinder Singh Malli ’14/17, Julie Scherz ’69/71/89, Jeremy ’13/16 and Courtney ’11 Sendall, Jean Spalding, Lynn ’64/92 and Don ’59 Stephan, and John Tomblin, all of Wichita.