Shocker Pride Celebration 2014

2014 Shocker Pride Celebration Honorees

President's Distinguished Service Award Honoree, Dorothy Crum (2014)Dorothy Crum
Director of Voice and Choral Studies and Professor
School of Music, College of Fine Arts
President’s Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Dorothy Crum has served Wichita State University for over 40 years. She has gained national and international attention both as an instructor and as a performer.

She is highly esteemed by her colleagues and her accomplishments during her tenure are extensive.

In 1983, Crum and colleague Jean Lansing’s performance of composer Christina Kuzmych’s Shapes and Sounds IV won First Place in the International Women’s Composition Contest.

Five years later Crum officially formed the Sotto Voce Trio with Lansing and a third member, Sylvia Coats. The Trio performed contemporary pieces during the 1980’s and 1990’s across the country. The culmination of the trio’s work was a CD released in 2007, “Sotto Voce”.

In 2003 Crum established the summer voice and opera program Canta in Italia in Lucca, Italy. The program gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the music, culture, and language of Italy for a month each summer. Crum is the program’s master teacher and director. She also spearheaded fundraising efforts for the program, raising $50,000 for student scholarships in its inaugural year and $10,000 to $20,000 annually in years since.

“Dorothy’s passion for contemporary music, teaching voice, and service to the School of Music make her a worthy choice for the Shocker Pride award,” said Sylvia Coats, professor of Piano Pedagogy and Class Piano.

Crum plans to retire at the end of the current term. Faculty, current and former students, and members of the community gathered recently to celebrate her body of work at her retirement celebration “Act II: A Celebration of Song”.


President's Distinguished Service Award Recipient, Alicia Huckstadt (2014)Alicia Huckstadt
Director, School of Nursing Graduate Program and Professor
School of Nursing, College of Health Professions
President’s Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Alicia Huckstadt has served Wichita State University in the College of Health Professionals for over 30 years.

In her role as director of the School of Nursing Graduate Program, Huckstadt guides the graduate program and faculty to provide the best possible experience for students, preparing them for leadership roles in advanced practice. Huckstadt is also a nationally board certified nurse practitioner. She regularly imparts her services to WSU Student Health Services, providing a role model for graduate nursing students and nursing faculty.

Her colleagues describe Huckstadt as a dedicated person who goes well beyond expectations for the College of Health Professions.

“Alicia is helping to shape the future of health care services in the State of Kansas by leading our brightest and most promising candidates into the pursuit of health care professions,” said Dr. Camille Childers, director of Student Health Services.

Huckstadt has served as a representative of the school of nursing as well as the university as a whole through her off campus activities. She was inducted in 2012 as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners for her outstanding contributions and demonstrated commitment to advancing the nurse practitioner role. She was also invited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Doctoral Advancement in Nursing Project to serve as a mentor for nursing students seeking doctoral studies nationwide. Through these roles and others, Huckstadt has gained valuable knowledge on current health care related information, including information on changes mandated by the state legislature and Kansas board of nursing for nurses and nurse practitioners. She regularly shares that knowledge through her teaching and with her colleagues at WSU.

Through her tireless efforts, Huckstadt recently acquired the largest federal grant ever obtained in the School of Nursing, a two year $692,576 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The student awards from the grant are used for tuition, books, fees, and to reduce living expenses.

“I see Alicia as a person who truly cares about others, demonstrates kindness through her communication and shows dedication to her job and the people that work with her,” Childers said.


President's Distinguished Service Award Recipient, Peer Moore-Jansen (2014)Peer Moore-Jansen, Department Chair and Professor
Department of Anthropology
Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
President’s Distinguished Service Award

For 25 years, Dr. Peer Moore-Jansen has served Wichita State University. As a professor, Moore-Jansen teaches classes including biological anthropology, human osteology, demography, quantitative methods, and others.

However, his work outside of the classroom is even more extensive. In addition to his duties as an instructor, Moore-Jansen has been department chair for the Department of Anthropology since 1999. During this time, he has contributed his services to the continued maintenance, growth, and development of the anthropology program.

It isn’t just the anthropology department that benefits from Moore-Jansen’s industrious work ethic.  He has served, in one capacity or another, in over 50 organizations and committees within the University. These include stints at various times as Emergency Building Coordinator for McKinley Hall, a member of the Teacher Certification Committee, secretary of the Curriculum and Academic Planning Committee, acting director of the Lowell D. Holmes Museum, and Anthropology Club adviser. His service record has contributions from half of the colleges at WSU as well as committees for the general good of the university such as the Planning and Budget Committee and the Research Council. In addition, he has served as a member of the Faculty Senate for over a decade, including five terms as president.

In 2004, Moore-Jansen established the Skeleton Acres Research Facility, funded by the donation of David Jackman, who later bequeathed a $4 million endowment to the WSU foundation for the David and Sally Jackman Endowment for Anthropology.  The facility, located on land donated by Jackman, is an educational resource for both academics, and the local police to study effects various events on the human body. Moore-Jansen’s vast academic and volunteer experience has provided opportunities for growth in the classroom, the university, and the greater Wichita community.

According to Dr. Willard Klunder, associate professor and Moore-Jansen’s nominator, “Dr. Moore-Jansen is a committed teacher and scholar whose service to the university the past twenty-five years far exceeds what is expected of faculty members. In all of his endeavors, Peer works cordially with his colleagues and clearly has earned their respect.  He is a most worthy candidate for the President's [Distinguished] Service Award.”


President's Distinguished Service Award Recipient, Connie Dietz (2014)Connie Dietz, Director
Office of Cooperative Education and Work-Based Learning
Campus Life and University Relations
President’s Distinguished Service Award

Connie Dietz, director of Cooperative Education and Work-Based Learning, has been employed with Wichita State University for nearly 20 years. Under her direction, the Office of Cooperative Education has grown to be one of the largest operations of its kind in the Midwest. She has shown extraordinary dedication to both the program and the university by continually seeking out new options for student workplace opportunities.

“Mrs. Dietz continues to find ways to grow the program and the university, but most of all she desires to serve all the dreams and goals of her students,” said Alex Kanelakos, a former student served by the cooperative education office, and a current NASA flight controller and astronaut instructor.

Dietz takes a personal interest in her students. She is attentive to both their career and educational goals. In Kanelakos’ case, in 2003 when it was understood that NASA had no intention to include Wichita State in its campus visit schedule, Dietz arranged a field trip for Engineering, Business, and Sports Administration students to Houston, Texas. The itinerary included tours at NASA and other area businesses, and enabled students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to network and apply for work-study positions.

The university’s student recruitment and retention efforts have also benefited from the growth of the Cooperative Education Office.

“From a selfish perspective, what I appreciate most about Connie is that she takes great pride and interest in facilitating our office’s recruitment efforts,” said Bobby Gandu, director of admissions.

Dietz regularly joins various academic departments and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions on recruitment visits to explain the role the Office of Cooperative Education plays on campus. For many prospective students, the opportunity to gain co-op or internship experience is a major component of their college choice.

“Connie serves as a fantastic example of what being a team player for our university is all about,” Gandu said.


President's Distinguished Service Award Recipient, Shan Jabara (2014)Shan Jabara, International Student Adviser
Office of International Education
Academic Affairs
President’s Distinguished Service Award

Shan Jabara has served Wichita State University for 8 years. As an International Student Adviser, Jabara provides support to international students during their time at WSU.

Jabara has had a hand in most projects handled by the Office of International Education. She manages and conducts the Garvey Scholarship, the Don and Elizabeth King Scholarship, the SGA Scholarship, and the Maha “Maggie” Sawan Fellowship, among others. 

Jabara is co-adviser of the International Student Union, the largest student organization on campus. Every spring and fall semester, she organizes a welcome table at the Mid-Continent Airport where current international students welcome new international students. The new students are greeted by someone, usually from their home country, and receive information, assistance, welcome bags, and emergency supplies in the case of lost luggage. They are given a ride to their residence hall and are helped to settle into their new home.

To further assist new international students acclimate and succeed at WSU, Jabara initiated the international student buddy program. This program pairs one international student with one American student for their first semester.

Jabara also organizes Interfest, sponsored by the International Student Union. The event is hosted one to two times a year. The event features regional dishes handmade by various student groups. In addition, she assists with the Cultural Ambassadors Program and Around the World Wednesdays events and the International Student Union Cricket Tournament.

“Shan has thus been a great asset to WSU. I think it is fit that she be nominated for the President’s Distinguished Service Award,” said Alan D’souza, WSU policy analyst director.


Wayne Carlisle Distinguished Service Award Recipient, Martha Lewis (2014)Martha Lewis, Director
TRIO Disability Support Services
Campus Life and University Relations
Wayne Carlisle Distinguished Service Award

Martha Lewis has been with Wichita State for 13 years. As the director of Trio Disability Support Services, Lewis has worked to advance educational opportunities and accommodations for students with physical and psychological disabilities.

Lewis’ colleagues describe her as compassionate, dedicated, and charismatic. 

“She made the commitment to ensure that anyone in the state who needed services would receive them,” said Deltha Colvin, associate vice president for Special Programs for Campus Life and University Relations.

To back that commitment, Lewis has put significant effort into finding additional funding for the program. Through grant writing, Lewis has earned the university over $1.2 Million for TRIO DSS.

“Her passion for the success of students at the university often takes her personal time, as the Department of Education will not allow the painstaking process of writing grant proposals to take place during working hours,” said Shanda Burch, executive assistant to the vice president of Campus Life and University Relations. “Grant writing can take years and I have personally seen Mrs. Lewis stay up until three or four a.m. working on a grant or Department of Education reports.”

Lewis understands that sometimes, the difference between student success and setbacks is the support and genuine interest of a staff or faculty member. This understanding has led her to organize a recognition banquet each year for students and their families. Attendees include President and First Lady Bardo, WSU vice presidents, deans and department chairs, and faculty and staff who have helped her students.

“It gives the students and their family special attention and shows that the university really cares about their success,” says Corinne Nilson, executive director for Kansas Kids @GEAR UP.

In addition to the recognition banquet, Lewis also attends the graduation ceremonies of each of her students on her own time.

“She knows that if the student looks out and sees her smiling face, he or she has the university’s support, and that is so very important.” Nilson said.


President's Distinguished Service Award Recipient, Raymond Buckner (2014)Raymond Buckner, Custodial Specialist
Housing and Resident Life
Campus Life and University Relations
President’s Distinguished Service Award

Raymond Buckner has been a custodial specialist with Housing and Residential Life for 3 years.

His coworkers describe him as friendly, driven, and diligent. The have seen the standard of cleanliness steadily rise in Fairmount towers and believe it to be in no small part due to Buckner’s efforts. Though he had no custodial experience prior to this position, Buckner dedicated himself to learning the tools and techniques of his trade. Due to his efforts, Buckner is now so exceptionally skilled at his work that he regularly trains new employees.

“Buck accomplishes his task proficiently without supervision and always has his signature smile on his face,” said Asraf Nujeebhun, “Buck’s work ethic speaks for itself. He is efficient reliable, productive, responsible, and trustworthy.”

The environment of Fairmount Towers has been improved not only by Buckner’s custodial work, but also by the friendly and engaging manner with which he greats both staff and residents. Affectionately referred to as Buck by his colleagues and the residents of the dormitory, Buckner’s cheerfulness has given him something of a celebrity status. Students regularly stop on their way to class to greet him and chat.

“Buck is the friendliest staff member in our department,” said Kelly Vickers, an administrative specialist for Housing and Residential Life, “He regularly holds doors open for guests and residents and gives a friendly wave to all those he passes throughout the hallways.”

Buckner’s dedication to customer service, his upbeat and positive attitude, and the pride he takes in his work have made him a fitting recipient of the President’s Distinguished Service Award.


President's Distinguished Service Award Recipient, Danielle Gabor (2014)Danielle Gabor, Senior Administrative Assistant
WSU South Campus
Academic Affairs
President’s Distinguished Service Award

Danielle Gabor has served Wichita State for over 4 years and has been a central pillar of the Wichita State University South Campus for the past year.

As the only full time administrative assistant on staff, Gabor wears many hats. She unlocks the classrooms in preparation for lessons, answers questions, and spearheads new initiatives. She helps students learn to use the computers, teaches them about the different classes offered both at the South Campus and the main campus, and helps sometimes hesitant individuals grow their resolve to confidently pursue their education. Gabor does all this while performing her day to day administrative duties, and still has coffee and tea ready for weary instructors during breaks between classes.

Her colleagues have taken notice.

“Danielle has brought a personal touch that establishes relationships with students, staff, and faculty alike while maintaining a high level of professionalism,” said sociology Professor Deborah Beat.

Story after story from her colleagues has brought to light instances of thoughtfulness and compassion that exemplify Gabor’s character.

“She never ceases to impress me by checking on whether we have anything she could help with without having to be asked or just being available to discuss ideas knowing she will give honest feedback in an open and supportive style,” said Beat in her nomination of Gabor. “It has been a privilege to work with her and actually develop a more personal relationship with such a kind and giving individual.”

Among her many contributions to the South Campus, Gabor has successfully spearheaded the creation of a free math tutoring service which she now oversees and an art exhibition hosted by the South Campus gearing up for its first showing in June.


President's Distinguished Service Award Recipient, Linda Harris (2014)Linda Harris, Senior Administrative Assistant
Center for Entrepreneurship
W. Frank Barton School of Business
President’s Distinguished Service Award

Linda Harris, senior administrative assistant for the Center for Entrepreneurship has a history with Wichita State University that spans over 25 years.

Lou Heldman, interim director for the Center for Entrepreneurship, described a recent visit to Special Collections in Ablah Library. “There among the hundreds of photos,” said Heldman, “was one of Linda from a quarter-century ago, packing up in the basement office in Clinton Hall for the Center for Entrepreneurship’s move to new quarters in Devlin.”

Harris has had a hand in much of the development of the Center for Entrepreneurship. She was instrumental in launching the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs with former director Fran Jabara in 1983 which has since grown into an international organization. She also helps to organize the Entrepreneurship Forum Series.

She has been a member and proponent of the Kansas Business Forum since its inception 19 years ago. Harris takes her work personally. Kirk Ring, assistant professor of management explains, “She fully understands the need to make quality connections with these companies because they often trust our programs to delve into sensitive issues concerning the interface of family and business life.”

Harris’ years of experience and building relationships have been an invaluable resource to her department. Her coworkers depend upon her for the perspective she brings to every meeting, and the wealth of knowledge she has to draw on.

According to Cindy Claycomb, interim dean and professor of the W. Frank Barton School of Business, “There is no one I know at the University who displays more teamwork, cooperation, and good work ethics than Linda.”