Engineering Student Success Center Staff


Alicia NewellAlicia A. Martinez Newell
Director of Student Engagement
alicia.newell@wichita.edu (316) 978-3420

Degree: Master of Science in College Student Personnel with emphasis in administration in higher education

Position – Director of Student Engagement:
I have the privilege of working with all engineering students from the start of their academic career through graduation! I direct the daily operations of the records and registration process for the College of Engineering. This includes new student orientation, academic advising and registration, transfer evaluations, exceptions, degree audits and verification and commencement. In addition, reviewing policies and procedures regarding academic advising at the undergraduate level and supervise the support staff within the ESSC. I also work with all undecided engineering students during advising.

Favorite thing about Wichita State University: Student Involvement! Wichita State has over 200 organizations for students to get involved with. No matter what your interest is, there’s something for everyone… and if not, we’ll help you create it! Having a vibrant student life on campus creates an amazing environment full of Shocker pride.

Best place to study on campus: WSU is committed to the academic success of each and every student on campus. There are numerous academic resources and tutoring centers across campus ready to assist students at any given time. By studying in any of the tutoring centers across campus (GEEKS, Writing Center, Math Lab) the moment a student stumbles on a problem, someone is there to assist them right away so they don’t have to struggle alone.

Best thing about being a Shocker: Family! The support students gain while on campus is unparalleled. Having the support of your peers, instructors and administrators all working together for one common goal--- STUDENT SUCCESS. Knowing that you are not alone on this journey and have support across campus to help develop the whole you---  is what I love most about being a Shocker!


Jason Bosch
Director of Scholarships & Outreach
jason.bosch@wichita.edu (316) 978-6314

Degree: Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership

Position – Director of Scholarships & Outreach:
I have the privilege of helping students fund their education through scholarships. I work with donors and departments to award over 80 merit-based and need-based scholarships to engineering students each year. I also work with and advise two of our scholar communities – Wallace Scholars and Spirit Scholars. I plan events and social/academic activities for these two scholar communities throughout the year. In additions to managing scholarships, I serve as a co-assistant affiliate director for Project Lead the Way (PLTW), an organization that brings STEM curriculum into K-12 schools. We work with PLTW schools around the state of Kansas on providing teacher training and support to teachers using the PLTW curriculum in their classrooms.

Favorite thing about Wichita State University: I love Wu Shock! He’s fun and unique mascot. I also just love the university in general. I am a WSU graduate and was highly involved on campus as a student, so I love the leadership development opportunities the university provides.

Best place to study on campus: That depends on how you study and learn best, but one of my favorite places on campus in general is the Rhatigan Student Center. It’s always bustling with activity and is a great place to relax, study, eat, socialize, or play.

Best thing about being a Shocker: For me, the best thing about being a Shocker is that I get to give back to my fellow Shockers. WSU gave me so much as a student, and I now I get to help my fellow Shockers succeed as a staff member.

Erin ShieldsErin Shields
Engineering Recruitment Coordinator
(316) 978-7691

Position - Engineering Recruitment Coordinator: Most of my time is spent sharing information about the WSU College of Engineering with high school students, parents and teachers through group/classroom presentations or individual appointments. I visit local, regional and out-of-state high schools, and I most enjoy having authentic conversations with students about their interests in engineering and the experience-based education we offer at WSU. I also assist in the planning and coordination of Kansas BEST Robotics events and the Engineering Open House event for high school students.

Favorite thing about the College of Engineering: I admire our focus on preparing students for the real world by making internships, cooperative education and undergraduate research accessible year-round. We don’t just want our students to graduate with a piece of paper; we want them to be high quality engineers with experience that will make them marketable and successful whether they choose to go into industry or stay in academia after graduation.

Best place to relax on campus: Shocker Sports Grill & Lanes! There is something for everyone on the lower level of the Rhatigan Student Center. You can rent a bowling lane with friends, shoot some pool, or gather to watch a Shocker basketball game. And don’t forget to order some of the delicious food while you’re there. (I recommend the Turkey Bacon Cheddar BBQ Wrap.)

Best advice for a high school senior: 1) Start your college application process early. Before you become bogged down in the many responsibilities of senior year, take the time in August and September to get all your college applications submitted. Then you can spend more time finding scholarship opportunities, many of which may require you to be admitted before you will be considered. 2) You cannot be expected to do it all alone. Ask a teacher, counselor, or mentor to take a look at your college/scholarship applications before you submit them. They will be able to give you positive feedback on the structure and grammar of your résumé and essays. Rely on the wisdom of family and friends when you are struggling to make sense of the college application process. When in doubt, find a great resource to help you!


Norman BentNorman Bent
Director of Diversity & Inclusion
(316) 978-3420

Family: Three loving boys

Degree: Master of Arts, Education with emphasis on International Education.

Position-Director of Diversity & Inclusion:
I coordinate all outreach, recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in engineering. I also work with the African American Advisory Board and the Hispance Advisory Board.

Favorite thing about Wichita State University: Commitment to success and long lasting positive and life changing experiences for all students. These can be achieve through college involvement, cooperative education, exposure to students from all walks of life.

Best advice to a high school senior: Don’t underestimate your possibilities! Always, seek to be and do your very best. Don’t let others tell you that you cannot be the next engineer, or scientist, or the next creator of amazing things! If you think you are studying hard, STUDY even HARDER! Always ask yourself, WHY NOT ME! And place in your mind that IT IS MY TIME NOW!

Best advice to a Wichita State junior: Hey, you are one step closer to becoming a senior! Enjoy your cooperative learning and remember your service learning-PASS IT ON! Continue to enjoy your WSU learning experience.

JPEG ImagePolly Basore Wenzl

Strategic Communications and K-12 Outreach Officer polly.basore@wichita.edu
(316) 978-6512

Degree: B.S, Journalism, Oklahoma State University; M.S, Journalism, Columbia University

Position - Strategic Communcations & K-12 Outreach Officer:             I work with a team of WSU engineering students to inspire children’s interest and aptitude in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) through fun and educational programming held on campus, at schools and within the community. I also coordinate strategic communications for the CoE,

Favorite thing about Wichita State: The students here are truly something special. Hard-working, friendly and open to friendship with all kinds of people from all kinds of backgrounds. 

Best thing about being a Shocker: WuShock is the best mascot ever. 

Best place to relax on campus:  Anywhere outside when flowers and bushes are in bloom.