WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY ALUMNI MAGAZINE
Winter 2019

CONTENTS

FEATURES

Wherever I May Roam

Michael Staab ’13 is a NASA spacecraft systems engineer/flight director. You bet he’s got some otherwordly stories to tell.

Instruments of Choice

Scores of Shocker performers are making music of note on all kinds of different instruments. Drums, guitar, flute, voice and trumpet are just five of them.

From Coast to Coast

Things move fast in the pros. Selected in the first round of the 2018 NBA draft, WSU's Landry Shamet has already played for two organizations: the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Clippers.


MAIL

So Long, Shockers. See you online.

A farewell letter to readers of The Shocker in the magazine's final print issue.


SHOCK TALK

Shock Talk: Winter 2019

Shockers everywhere, at events long ago or happenings just the other day, always have something interesting to say.


AT THE CENTER

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.

Happenings

WSUAA News and Events


ON THE HILL

Meet Wichita State's Acting President


Meet Richard D. Muma, Wichita State provost and professor, who has been called on to serve as the university’s acting president while WSU President John Bardo recuperates from illness.

Our New Campus Environs

A map of recent WSU campus expansion highlights buildings built, those under construction and construction planned.

Wichita State's Festival of Dance

Showcasing the best and newest in modern dance, the Kansas Dance Festival is an annual event that features original choreography by guest artists and dance faculty members.

Gleanings

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


SHOCK ART

Shock Art

A gallery of both literary and visual art, Shock Art showcases works by Wichita State alumni, faculty and students.


WANDERINGS

Poetry of Motion

This past fall, the Wichita State University School of Performing Arts/Dance hosted the Kansas Dance Festival 2018. The performances were pure poetry of motion.


LOOK BACK

A Shocker in Paris

Ruth Eleanor Graves ’03 was our university's first known graduate to become a professional artist. A student of Elizabeth Sprague at Fairmount College in the early years of the 20th century, Graves went on to study at the Art Institute of Chicago. She then set off for New York City and, in 1924, sailed on to Paris. Famous for its artistic life, the City of Lights attracted emigrés from all over the world, from F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and other members of liter...


SHOCKER SPORTS

On Point: Coach Adams

Wichita State women's basketball coach Keitha Adams returned to her roots in 2017 to lead the Shockers. The Oxford, Kan., native enters her second season with one of NCAA Division I's youngest teams.

Greg Marshall Nets his 300th Win as Coach at Wichita State

Gregg Marshall's 300th victory at WSU came in dramatic fashion.


CLASS NOTES

Class Notes: Winter 2019

Comings, goings, appointments, retirements, honors, accolades and other notable alumni news.


IN MEMORIAM

In Memoriam

Leaving lasting legacies are these Wichita State University alumni and friends.


CODA

Time-Binders

After absorbing the disappointment of hearing of the financial decision to end the publication of The Shocker magazine, I thought about a comment by Dr. Seuss: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Be glad that it happened.”


ABOUT THIS ISSUE

The Shocker, Winter 2019

The Shocker was published twice annually by the Wichita State University Alumni Association (WSUAA) for association members and other selected audiences.