2013 Fairmount Society Dinner

2013 Fairmount SocietyThe Fairmount Society is the university's most distinguished support group. Members are invited to the Fairmount Society Dinner, the WSU Foundation's most exclusive event. They are also included in the President’s Club. Associate status is given to corporations, businesses and foundations.

New members for 2013 were honored at a dinner Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at the Wichita Marriott. 

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Kansas Health Foundation LogoFairmount Founders' Award
Kansas Health Foundation

Awarded for outstanding service and exceptional contributions, which consistently manifest the values and ideals of the founders of Fairmount College.

William P. BuchananBoard of Trustees' Award
William P. Buchanan

Awarded for significant contributions to the partnership that exists between WSU and the community.


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2013 Fairmount Society Dinner at the Wichita Marriott
2013 Fairmount Society Dinner at the Wichita Marriott



F a i r m o u n t   S o c i e t y   g i v i n g   l e v e l s

Lifetime Achievement Member: donations exceed $1 million
Lifetime Distinction Member: contributions between $500,000 and $1,000,000
Lifetime Member: has donated $200,000 or more
Annual Member: minimum giving is $20,000 during the current fiscal year

Congratulations to those who have reached
the illustrious lifetime giving levels of the Fairmount Society.



2013 Fairmount Society New Members

2013 Fairmount SocietyHonoring Our Loyal Donors

New members were welcomed into the Fairmount Society, the university's most distinguished support group, at a dinner Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at the Wichita Marriott. 

Annual members gave a minimum of $20,000 during the fiscal year. Lifetime membership is extended to donors who have contributed $200,000 or more in a lifetime. Lifetime Distinction membership honors supporters donating $500,000 or more during their lifetimes. Lifetime Achievement Membership is extended to donors whose total outright giving is $1 million or more.

Congratulations to the following new members of the illustrious lifetime giving levels of the Fairmount Society.
Click on the headings to see new member bios.


New Lifetime Achievement

  • Associate: Spirit AeroSystems Inc.

New Lifetime Distinction

  • Steve and Becky Clark
  • Anita Jones
  • David and Janet Murfin
  • Associate: Airbus Americas
  • Associate: Hedrick Foundation 

New Lifetime Members

  • Dr. Phillip T. May
  • "Ed" Mahmoud Sawan

New Lifetime Associates

  • Cornejo & Sons
  • Fidelity Bank
  • Star Lumber and Supply
  • Wichita Area Association of REALTORS

New Annual Members

  • Paul and Rachel Allen
  • Bruce Cochener Foundation
  • Wilson and Roslyn Cadman
  • Carolyn Risley Hill Revocable Trust
  • Robert and Patricia Cather
  • Edwin and Carolyn Cooper
  • Todd and Margaret Dechant
  • Dedalus Foundation Inc.
  • Denis and Shirley Dieker
  • Richard P. Dodge
  • Steve and Regine Feilmeier
  • Frankie Gassert
  • Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
  • Joe and Harriet Harris
  • Howard & Helmer Architecture
  • IMA Financial Group Inc.
  • Kansas All-Star Scholars Fund Inc.
  • Nelson and Bette D. Ladd
  • Lois K. Walls Foundation Trust
  • Mable Hutcheson Living Trust
  • Brian McNeil and Teresa M. Fowler-McNeil
  • Mel Hambelton Ford Inc.
  • David and Terri Moses
  • Relmax Inc.
  • Kenton Richards
  • Robert R. Warrender Trust
  • Ronald S. Saks Charitable Foundation
  • Star Lumber & Supply Co.
  • Jim and Elizabeth Summers
  • Kimberly A. Taylor
  • The Butler Group
  • Tony and Sherl Weatherbee
  • Mark and Connie Wellemeyer


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Spirit AerosystemsSpirit AeroSystems Inc.

   Spirit AeroSystems Inc., one of the world’s largest suppliers of commercial airplane assemblies and systems, believes that investing in higher education produces great returns for our community. In support of its vision to foster community improvement, Spirit has been involved with various facets of Wichita State University, including significant gifts to the Ulrich Museum of Art.

   During the past seven years, Spirit has supported more than 300 scholarships to students in the colleges of engineering, education and business. The company has been a champion of the College of Engineering, helping to support and promote K-12 outreach programs such as Kansas BEST and LEGO Mindstorms. It funds programs within the Fairmount Center for Science and Mathematics Education, as well as supports the Engineering Open House and student organizations, such as the Society of Women Engineers and the National Society of Black Engineers.

   Spirit AeroSystems’ engagement with the community is driven by its commitment to bring value to its customers, investors, employees and their families. Spirit believes in the power of partnerships, and supports projects that bring communities together to enhance the quality of life and help to solve local problems in the cities and towns where its employees work and live.

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Steve and Becky ClarkSteve and Becky Clark

   Steve and Becky have business interests spread all over the country, but they remain devoted to Wichita and to their alma mater. Steve earned his degree in business from WSU in 1965 and he has been an active supporter ever since. A real estate developer and investor, he established the Stephen L. Clark Endowed Chair in Real Estate and Finance in 1982 and the Layman L. Clark/Kansas CCIM Chapter Scholarship in Real Estate in 2011. The latter honors his father. He also created the Judy Clark Delta Gamma Leadership Award in memory of his first wife.

   Steve has been chair of the WSU Foundation Board of Directors and is a member of the WSU Foundation National Advisory Council. He received the 2001 WSU Alumni Achievement Award, the 2007 WSU Board of Trustees’ Award and in 2010 he was honored with the Kansas CCIM Chapter and WSU Center for Real Estate Lifetime Achievement Award. He recently led the search committee for WSU’s new president. He also has served on the WSU Alumni Association Board of Directors.

   Steve served on the board of directors for the Greater Wichita YMCA for more than 25 years and is currently the organization’s president. In 2012 he was honored by the YMCA as Outstanding National Volunteer Fundraiser.

   Becky attended Wichita State for a short time. She and Clark are life members of the WSU Alumni Association.

   Besides their scholarship support, Becky and Steve have contributed major gifts to the Rhatigan Student Center renovation, the Mirį½¹ Conservation Campaign, the Marcus Welcome Center, the president’s home addition, the Plaza of Heroines, the W. Frank Barton School of Business and a variety of WSU athletic programs. They are Society of 1895 members.

   Steve and Becky have four children and two grandchildren.


Anita JonesAnita Jones

Anita’s relationship with Wichita State dates back to the 1950s, when she attended the University of Wichita and met Larry Jones, the man who would become her husband of 54 years. She and Larry, who died in 2007, have a long record of investment in Wichita State, supporting scholarships and fellowships, the fine arts and important projects such as the president’s home addition and the Marcus Welcome Center.

    Anita earned her bachelor’s degree in English language and literature in 1953. As a student, she was a Senior Honor woman and involved with Delta Gamma Sorority and Alpha Tau Sigma. Today, she is a community volunteer and a longtime asset to WSU, serving from 2010 to 2012 on the WSU Foundation’s Promise for the Future Campaign cabinet. She is a member of the Society of 1895 and a life member of the WSU Alumni Association. She previously served on the Fine Arts Advisory Board and currently is on the Music Associates Advisory Board. She also was a member of the adopt-a-piano fundraising committee. She takes great delight in attending the many music, theater and art events at Wichita State.

   Anita and Larry were given the Fairmount Founders’ Award in 1992 for their dedication to Wichita State. Through the years they have created the Anita Jones Faculty Fellow in Fine Arts, the Anita and Larry Jones Endowed Scholarship in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Larry Jones Faculty Fellow in Business. With help from memorial funds, they also established the Randal M. Jones Endowed Scholarship in performing arts, named in honor of their son, who died in 1989.

   Anita’s community involvement is extensive and includes Kansas Humanities Council, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita Symphony and many others over the years. Anita lives in Wichita, where she and Larry raised four children, three of whom graduated from Wichita State.


David and Janet MurfinDavid and Janet Murfin

   Though David and Janet didn’t graduate from Wichita State, their dedication to their lifetime community translates into strong support for all things Shocker. They are avid fans of WSU basketball and have donated many gifts to the men’s basketball program, the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization, men’s and women’s golf, and other athletic and academic areas. David shared his business expertise as a judge in the Shocker Business Plan competition sponsored by the W. Frank Barton School of Business in 2008 and subsequently helped back one of the winners in starting a business. Janet’s involvement with WSU includes overseeing the business scholarship her mother, Anita Lusk, established.

   David received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and business administration from the University of Kansas in 1975. He is CEO of Murfin Inc. whose interests include Murfin Drilling Company Inc., a Kansas oil and gas production, exploration and drilling company, and Murphy Tractor and Equipment Company, one of John Deere’s largest North American construction dealers. He also is involved with multiple other real estate and business interests. David is chairman of the National Stripper Well Association, a member of the National Petroleum Council and immediate past chairman of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce. He is a former president of Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association, was a founding member of the Kansas Heart Hospital and serves on the board of Goodwill.

   Janet also is a KU graduate, receiving her bachelor's degree in elementary education and is certified as an Academic Language Specialist and Reading Specialist. She has served on a number of nonprofit boards in the community. Janet is immediate past president of Larksfield Place Retirement Community and is currently a board member of Larksfield Place Foundation.

   The Murfins have three grown children and three grandchildren, all of whom live in the Wichita area.


ASSOCIATE: Airbus AmericasAirbus Americas

   Airbus Americas has been a loyal and invested partner with Wichita State for years. In 2012, Airbus demonstrated its commitment by donating aircraft structural parts and kits worth about $875,000 to Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) to help educate the next generation of leaders in the aircraft industry. Headquartered in Herndon, Va., Airbus Americas has six locations in the United States, including an engineering center in Wichita housing 350 engineers. Airbus is an aircraft manufacturer that produces about half of the world’s jetliners.

   At its facilities in Wichita and Mobile, Ala., Airbus Americas helps engineer the entire Airbus product line. Additionally, Airbus supports, trains and sells to customers in the Americas from its centers in suburban Washington, D.C., and Miami. Airbus has spent more than $140 billion in the United States since 1990, with hundreds of American suppliers in more than 40 states supporting more than 226,000 jobs.


ASSOCIATE: Frank and Betty Hedrick FoundationHedrick Foundation

   In the past decade, the Frank and Betty Hedrick Foundation has contributed generously to the WSU Center for Physical Activity and Aging by funding research, faculty stipends and program initiatives such as balance and fall prevention demonstrations. In 2011, the foundation pledged $90,000 to purchase a sophisticated machine called the Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometer, or DEXA, more familiarly known as a bone density machine. It replaced a machine given to WSU by the Hedrick Foundation in 1999. The machine is principally used by the Center for Physical Activity and Aging.

   The foundation was founded by the Hedricks in the 1960s. Frank Hedrick was president of Beech Aircraft from 1968 until his retirement in 1982. Betty briefly attended the University of Wichita in the 1930s. She headed the foundation after her husband’s death in 1987.

   Through the years, the Frank and Betty Hedrick Foundation has supported WSU athletics with significant gifts. It also established the Frank E. and Harriet E. “Betty” Hedrick Scholarship. Today, the foundation’s work is guided by Fred and Myrna Clayton and their children, K.C. and Angie. The connection between the Claytons and Hedricks began when Myrna worked for Frank Hedrick at Beech. It developed into a special and close family relationship among all of them.

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Dr. Philip T. MayDr. Philip T. May

   Phillip’s relationship with the W. Frank Barton School of Business dates back to 1974, when he was asked by the dean to develop computer applications for WSU’s accounting curriculum in an era before desk-top micro-computers. Phillip and his team created the first micro-computer laboratory for accounting students in Kansas and the first text materials for accounting-computer applications, materials that are now standard in the accountancy curriculum.

   Phillip received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Lawrence University at Appleton, Wis., his Master of Business Administration at Indiana University and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He taught at Wichita State for 30 years and received the Bender of Twigs recognition for 25 years of service. He received the Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1979. In 1998, he was named Outstanding Researcher-Writer of the Year for the W. Frank Barton School of Business and in 1999 he received the Recognition Award from the WSU Alumni Association.

   Phillip is a member of the Barton School Society, the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society, Beta Alpha Psi accounting fraternity and WSU's ICAA (Intercollegiate Athletics Association). He has been a member of the Faculty Senate for more than 20 years. In 2010, he was a cabinet member for the WSU Foundation’s Promise for the Future Campaign, which secured 100 new legacy gifts. He is a President’s Club Life Member and a life member of the WSU Alumni Association. He serves on the WSU Alumni Association Board of Directors.

   Outside of academia he loves to cheer on the Shockers and provides generous financial support to WSU athletics. In his retirement, Phillip tutors Shocker athletes in accounting. Phillip and his late wife, Mary, established the Phil and Mary May Endowed Scholarship in 2008.


"Ed" Mahmoud Sawan"Ed" Mahmoud Sawan

   During the 30 years he taught at Wichita State, Ed approached each semester with new notes, tests and homework assignments. Students benefitted from his belief that teaching is not delivering knowledge but sharing knowledge. 

   Ed received his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1973 and his Master of Science in automatic control and computer science in 1976 from the University of Alexandria in Egypt. He received his doctorate in electrical engineering in 1979 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. That same year, he joined the WSU engineering faculty and taught there until his retirement in 2009. He was interim chair and chair of his department for six years; he also was graduate coordinator for electrical engineering students from 1993 to 2006.

   During his time at Wichita State, Ed chaired 32 doctoral dissertation committees and supervised more than 70 theses or directed projects. He won two college-level teaching awards and one university-level award for his dedication in the classroom. In 2009, he was given the Academy for Effective Teaching Award and in 1983 and 2002 he received the Dwane and Velma Wallace Award for Excellence in Teaching, an award rarely given twice to the same person. Ed qualified for the Bender of Twigs after teaching for 25 years at WSU.

   In honor of his wife, who died in 2010, Ed created the Maha Maggie Sawan Fellowship for International Students, the largest general graduate fellowship at WSU. It funds two fellowships each year.

   Ed lives in Wichita. As professor emeritus, he continues to teach part time in the College of Engineering.


Cornejo & SonsASSOCIATE: Cornejo & Sons

   In 1952, Jess M. Cornejo started a construction and excavating company that has grown into one of the largest minority-owned businesses in the Wichita area. Cornejo & Sons Inc., now a heavy highway paving and construction materials company, has expanded into four companies; Cornejo Construction, CMC Concrete Materials Co., CDR Construction Demolition and Recycle, and Cornejo Materials. The company has mining operations and construction landfills in north and south Wichita, and ready-mix plants in Wichita, El Dorado, Howard and Eureka. In 2005, Cornejo & Sons was ranked among the top 500 Hispanic-owned businesses by Hispanic Business magazine.

   In 1986, Jess Cornejo and his wife, Josephine, established the Jess Cornejo/Cornejo & Sons Scholarship Fund to benefit Operation Success, a program serving low-income, minority and first-generation college students at Wichita State. Josephine is a President’s Club Life Member at WSU.

   Ron, one of Jess Cornejo’s five sons, attended WSU for a short period before he decided to work full-time for his father. Ron has served on the W. Frank Barton School of Business Advisory Board and the WSU Foundation National Advisory Council. His brother, Marty Cornejo, sits on the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization (SASO) Board of Directors. Both Marty and Ron continue their father’s business.

   Cornejo & Sons supports SASO and other WSU athletic programs.


Fidelty Bank LogoASSOCIATE: Fidelity Bank

For four generations, Fidelity’s goal has been to provide its customers with service, convenience and the opportunity to grow financially. Fidelity is a family-owned financial institution and the second largest locally owned bank in Wichita. It operates in 22 locations in the metro areas of Wichita and Oklahoma City and has 450 employees.

   Fidelity Investment Company Inc., the forerunner of Fidelity Bank, was founded in Wichita in 1905 as a mortgage lender. In 1942, Homer Bastian recognized Wichita’s growth potential as a trade area and purchased one-half interest in Fidelity Investment. In 1946, Homer’s son, Marvin, joined his father as a loan counselor and, a year later, purchased the company’s remaining stock. In the late 1960s, Marvin Bastian became chairman of the Fidelity companies. Marvin’s sons, Clark ’75 and Clay Bastian, joined Fidelity in 1975 and 1979, respectively. Clark currently serves as chairman and CEO. He and his wife, Sharon ’76, are lifetime members of the WSU Alumni Association and Clark is a member of the WSU Foundation National Advisory Council and the Ulrich Museum Advisory Board.

   During his life, Marvin served on the WSU Board of Trustees and the WSU Endowment Board of Governors. In 1989, he received the WSU President’s Medal. In 1990, Marvin and his wife, Bobbie, created four endowed funds with the WSU Foundation: the Bobbie and Marvin Bastian Endowed Fund for the Ulrich Museum of Art, the Bobbie and Marvin Bastian Endowed President’s Discretionary Fund, the H. Marvin Bastian Endowed Business Fund and the Bobbie J. Bastian Endowed Fellowship in the School of Music.

   Fidelity Bank also has given generously to support the Advanced Education in General Dentistry building, the Miró Conservation Campaign, the Tom Otterness Sculpture Fund, the Ulrich Museum Exhibition Fund and WSU athletics.


Star Lumber and Supply LogoASSOCIATE: Goebel Family - Star Lumber Foundation 

   Star Lumber and Supply is a fifth-generation, family-owned company that prides itself on giving back to the community that has given so much to it.

   In 1939, Earl Goebel opened a lumber yard in west Wichita, foreseeing the future expansion of the city. Star now provides home improvement and construction materials throughout central Kansas and Oklahoma. It has three divisions: Star Lumber and Supply, Star Flooring and Decoration and Perfection Structural Components. It won the Wichita Eagle’s Reader’s Choice Award for best flooring company for several years in a row, including 2012, and in 2010 received the Spirit of Wichita award from the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce.

   Recognizing a need in the communities that it serves, the Goebel family established the Goebel Family-Star Lumber Charitable Foundation to administer funds to charities in those communities. Through this entity, the Goebel family has made contributions to organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, Habitat for Humanity, Rainbows United Inc. and YMCA. It also established the Earl and Mathilda Goebel LIGHTHouse project, which provides housing for people with intellectual disabilities and dementia.

   Star established the Goebel Family Star Lumber Charitable Foundation Scholarship/Fellowship for its employees and immediate family members attending WSU. It also supports Wichita State athletics.


Wichita Area Association of REALTORS LogoASSOCIATE: Wichita Area Association of REALTORS

   The Wichita Area Association of REALTORS® is a professional trade organization whose members seek to promote and advance best practices in the real estate industry and protect private property rights.

   In the 1970s, John Arnold, a Wichita State alumnus and commercial real estate broker, started one of the first university real estate programs in the country in conjunction with the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State. WAAR helped raise funds for the endowed chair and faculty positions for the program and has continued to make annual contributions.

   In 2000, Stanley Longhofer started the Center for Real Estate at WSU to provide annual activities that promote and support higher education in real estate in Wichita. The Center for Real Estate does not receive state funding and relies on contributions made by real estate associations, including WAAR. Annually, 50 to 60 students earn their real estate licenses at WSU and many join the association, becoming professional REALTORS®.


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