Honors Stripe

Wichita State Honors Alumni

You can stay connected to the WSU Honors community in many ways:

Alumni News - your story might be the inspiration that one of our Honors students needs. Please complete the online Alumni Form to let us know what you are doing now.

Mentorship - share your wisdom and encouragement through the Cohen Honors Alumni Mentoring Program (CHAMP).

Advisory Board – help us cultivate new ideas and enhance our educational experience by serving on our external advisory board.


Value your Experience – help our students in need by donating to the Cohen Honors College Annual Fund. Any amount can make a world of difference.

Cohen Honors Advisory Board

first convened April 22, 2016 with 9 alumni and 2 honorary members. Chaired by the Honorable Eric F. Melgren, Honors/History ’79, the board meets twice per year to advise the Dean and helps develop student mentorship and opportunities throughout the year.

James Blakemore
Michael Jones
Chris McHugh
Judge Eric Melgren
Rebecca Morgan
William Pate
Donna Urbom-McClure
Joy Vann-Hamilton
Joan Wagner
Chris Wettig
Dorothy Cohen (Honorary)
Bill Cohen (Honorary)

Alumni News

Over 1,000 alumni have graduated with an Honors distinction since an honors program was founded at WSU in 1957. Read about where some of them are now


Elaine BernstorfElaine Bernstorf serves as Professor of Music Education at Wichita State University.  Her degrees include the BME and MME in Special Music Education and a PhD in Communicative Disorders and Sciences. Dr. Bernstorf is co-author of two editions of the book The Music and Literacy Connection (2004, 2014) published by NAfME (National Association for Music Education) through Roman and Littlefield. She has a book chapter in the recent publication: Exceptional Music Pedagogy for Children with Exceptionalities International Perspectives edited by Deborah VanderLinde Blair and Kimberly A. McCord. Dr. Bernstorf was recently inducted into the Kansas Music Educators Hall of Fame, a lifetime achievement award. In her free time, Elaine volunteers with several arts related organizations, does private practice speech pathology work and vocal coaching, travels, and enjoys her family.

Nancy Grace Mccabe Nancy Grace Mccabe is the author of five books: Following Disasters was published in Fall 2016 by Outpost 19, and her previous books include From Little Houses to Little Women: Revisiting a Literary Childhood (U Missouri 2014), Crossing the Blue Willow Bridge: A Journey to My Daughter’s Birthplace in China (U Missouri 2011), Meeting Sophie: A Memoir of Adoption (U Missouri 2003), and After the Flashlight Man: A Memoir of Awakening (Purdue UP 2003). Her work has won a Pushcart and been listed six times in the notable sections of Houghton-Mifflin Best American anthologies. Her essays have appeared in Newsweek, Prairie Schooner, Fourth Genre, Crazyhorse, Massachusetts Review, and Writer’s Digest, among others. She has published reviews and critical articles in journals including Studies in Popular Culture, The Looking Glass: New Perspectives on Children’s Literature, American Literary Review, and American Literature. Her short fiction has most recently appeared in The Citron Review.

She has taught workshops in creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and journalism for almost thirty years at six colleges and universities. She currently directs the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and teaches in the brief-residency program in creative writing at Spalding University. She holds a Ph.D in English from the University of Nebraska, an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arkansas, and a B.A. in English from Wichita State University.

Nathan MillerNathan Miller is a business technology consultant and community advocate. While at Wichita State he served as the founding Chair of the Honors College Student Council, a Director in Barton International Group, and Vice President of his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta. Since graduation, he has worked for Cargill as an IT Business Analyst and volunteered with the American Legion Boys State of Kansas, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and United Way.

Susan Snyder received her J.D. degree from Northwestern University School of Law. Susan is the Trust Counsel and Associate General Counsel in the Legal Department of Northern Trust in Chicago. In December 2015, Susan was appointed by the Illinois Governor to serve as a Commissioner of the Uniform Law Commission. She currently serves on the Commission's Directed Trust and Electronic Wills drafting committees. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a member of its Fiduciary Litigation, State Laws and Communication committees. She is a member of the American Bankers Susan SnyderAssociation Trust Counsel Committee and the National Conference of Lawyers and Corporate Fiduciaries. She is also the chair of the Legislative Committee of the Corporate Fiduciaries Association of Illinois. Susan lives in Chicago with her husband, Michael Gebert, a James Beard Award-winning food journalist, and her two sons, Myles and Liam. Susan is a past officer and Trustee of the Board of the Chicago Waldorf School.

On the impact of the WSU Honors Program: The honors program and its courses allowed me to pursue interesting topics and interact with other honors students that may not have been otherwise available to me. While I have been a Shocker since birth (my father was a long-time aeronautical engineering professor), I lived at home during college and so appreciated those opportunities to socialize with those in the honors programs at gatherings--filling a vital role outside the classroom for someone who was commuting to school.”

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