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Come Along on the Shocker Express

The WSU Alumni Association is offering three Shocker bus trips during the 2008-09 men’s basketball season. Plan now to board the Shocker Express to cheer on WSU against Creighton, Missouri State and their rivals in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in St. Louis. Trip packages include everything a fan needs to have a great time.

•   Join fellow Shockers on the road to Omaha, Neb., where WSU will take the court against the Creighton Bluejays in the 17,272-seat Qwest Center on Sun., Dec. 28.
•   The second Shocker Express trip will feature the Wichita State vs. Missouri State game slated for Wed., Jan. 14, 2009, in the brand new JQH Arena.
•  And don’t miss a game of 2009 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, scheduled for Thu.-Sun., March 5-8 in St. Louis.

Just can’t get out of town to catch the games? You can still catch the excitement of Shocker basketball at WSU Alumni Association-hosted watch parties. To see if there’s a spirit group watch party in your town, visit Or contact Amanda at (316) 978-3874;

In Wichita, men’s basketball watch parties for all away games — beginning with Old Spice Classic games Nov. 28-30 — are held at Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 1421 Waterfront Parkway, Webb and 13th. Cheer for the Shockers in a great atmosphere, around great people — and sign up for your chance to win WSU gear at every game. (Check out Page 49 for a complete WSU 2008-09 schedule; you’ll find the women’s schedule on Page 51.)

Visit for more info on fan activities. To book trips, contact Amanda: (316) 978-3874; And watch for upcoming Shocker events on the association’s web calendar.


New President

This July, Dan Unruh ’86 took up the gavel as alumni association president. A partner with InSite Real Estate Group LLC in Wichita, Unruh has been a real estate broker since 1987. He’s involved in commercial brokerage, commercial development and corporate real estate. As a director within a corporate real estate department, he’s been responsible for the acquisition and disposition of real estate parcels in most U.S. states and in more than 16 foreign countries.


As a student at Wichita State, Unruh won the prestigious Gore Scholarship. Among his many campus activities was serving as a Student Government senator. It was also as a student that he first became involved with the WSU Alumni Association — through the Student Alumni Association. During the 1985-86 academic year, he was the president of the SAA Ambassadors and in 1986 was recognized with Volunteer of the Month honors by the association. This fall, Unruh has graduated into even higher service with the alumni association. A lifelong Kansan, he is married to Alissa (Kamp) ’87. The couple has two children.

Joining Unruh on the association’s 2008-09 executive committee are Collin Stieben ’00, vice president of administrative programs and president-elect; Steve Cohlmia ’74, vice president of development programs; Bob Gutschenritter ’70/75, vice president of finance, secretary/treasurer; Kaye Monk-Morgan ’93/96, university programs vice president; Lynn Stephan ’64/92, vice president of alumni programs; Kathy Winslow ’04, vice president of membership and volunteer recruitment; and Ross Hollander ’73, immediate past president.

Wichita State faculty, administrators and staff help mold the future of students on a daily basis, and the WSU Alumni Association is taking note of these Shockers of influence through a special recognition program.

D. Cramer Reed

Among the first individuals to be recognized was the late D. Cramer Reed ’37. Dr. Reed was nominated by Peter Cohen, dean of the WSU College of Health Professions. Reed, the founding dean of both Wichita State’s health professions college and the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, played a vital role in the professional lives of many educators, health-care providers and community leaders.

Shockers of Influence is a web-based program designed to help capture and tell the stories of WSU faculty and staff who make a difference in the lives of others in the Shocker community.

Alumni, university friends and other Shockers are asked to make nominations online. Selected submissions are posted at As an enticement, individuals who submit selected entries will receive a $20 gift certificate to the WSU Bookstore.

There are a number of questions to ask yourself when thinking about making a submission: Who was there when you needed someone to help you over an educational hurdle? Who mentored you and helped you professionally? Who inspired you?

Visit ShockersofInfluence — and let us know about the Shocker who made a difference for you. 


Volleyball Madness

Nov. 1; 7 p.m. — Shocker Volleyball vs. Illinois State @ Normal & After-Game Reception at Biaggi’s, with local host Bob Schutte ’67/69 and alumni association host Amanda Zedrick, assistant director of alumni events. For details, contact Amanda: (316) 978-3874;


April 23, 2009 — WSU Alumni Association Shocker Open Golf Tournament, CaddyShock, tentative date. For volunteer opportunities, please contact Amanda: (316) 978-3874;

Nursing Student Orientations
The WSU Nursing Alumni Society helped host orientation sessions for new undergraduate nursing students on Aug. 20 and incoming grad students on Sept. 9. Among the Shocker personalities welcoming students at one or both of the sessions were Peter Cohen, dean of the WSU College of Health Professions; Juanita Tate, associate dean of health professions and chair of the wsu School of Nursing; Alicia Huckstadt ’75/78, nursing professor and director of the school’s graduate curriculum; Kathy Winslow ’04, society president; Debbie Kennedy ’94, alumni association executive director.

Rise & Shine 12
Four of six WSU Distinguished Alumni Speaker Breakfasts remain on the 2008-09 series menu at the Marcus Welcome Center. In addition to Eric Sexton ’87/92 and Gary Bender ’62, here are the upcoming lecturers:
Thu., Nov. 6; 7:30 a.m. — Capt. Marc Ostertag II ’66, Navy (Ret.).
Thu., Feb. 5, 2009; 7:30 a.m. — Stan Herd fs ’69, artist.
Thu., March 26, 2009; 7:30 a.m. — Sonia Greteman ’82, founder of the branding agency Greteman Group.
Fri., April 24, 2009; 7:30 a.m. — Steve Clark ’65, real estate developer, investor, businessman.
For details, please contact Mandy at

Shocker Honors Scholar Banquet
Oct. 21; 7 p.m. — Shocker Honors Scholar Banquet. In collaboration with WSU Admissions, this event recognizes top students in area junior classes. Contact Mandy at mandy.fleming@ for details about volunteering as a “table host.”

For a complete roster of WSU Alumni Association events and activities, including Shocker travel opportunities, visit

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