Winter 2019

Shockers and their Bricks


Lydia Leija ’13/14 and her son are among the Wichita State alumni and university friends on hand for the unveiling of their Shocker Alumni Walkway bricks on Oct. 22.

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.

Courtney Sendall '11, Don '59 and Lynn '64/92
Stephan point to their newly installed Shocker
Alumni Walkway bricks.

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.


Shockers and their Bricks

Wichita State alumni and university friends attended the Oct. 22 unveiling of 190 bricks on the Shocker Alumni Walkway.

64th Class of Awards Honorees

The 64th WSUAA Alumni Awards class includes: Frederick “Freddy” Simon ’49, WSU Alumni Achievement Award; Cynthia “Cindy” Carnahan ’73, WSU Alumni Recognition Award; Rodney Miller, University Recognition Award; Rhonda K. Hicks ’95, Laura Cross Distinguished Service Award; and Kyle ’17 and Ricki ’09/16 Ellison, Young Alumni Award.

No Place Like Shocker Nation

WSU seniors Tommy Schmidt and Bethanie Francis were crowned Homecoming 2019 King and Queen as part of the Homecoming 2019: No Place Like Shocker Nation festivities.

Black Alumni Network Gets Connected

Wichita State students and alumni of the WSUAA's Black Alumni Network held a holiday social event at the Experiential Engineering Building.


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