Jan and Jerry Aaron
Jan and Jerry take great pride in Wichita State, and their loyalty and commitment were recognized in 2009 when they were named recipients of the Fairmount Founders’ Award. They give generously of their time, money and spirit.
Jerry has served on the WSU Foundation National Advisory Council since 1997 and participates on its investment committee. His strong ties include being a former member of the Barton School Advisory Board and serving on the Promise for the Future Campaign Cabinet. He also was a member of the WSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, serving as president in his last year. Both Jan and Jerry are life members of the WSU Alumni Association.
Jerry earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in management in 1963 at the University of Wichita. He continued his education and received a law degree from Washburn University in Topeka.
For nearly 40 years, Jerry worked in the food service industry, first as vice president and general counsel with Pizza Hut Inc., then as president of the Pizza Hut Franchisee Association and finally as senior vice president and counsel for Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon Inc. He retired in March 2008.
Jerry is active as a board member with several community and religious nonprofit organizations. He is currently chairman of the board of directors of Via Christi Health.
The Aarons contribute to WSU athletics, including baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and golf, Roundhouse Renaissance, Rockin’ the Roundhouse, Coach’s Club and the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization.
They also support the W. Frank Barton School of Business, the Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art and various other funds, scholarships and memorials. The Aarons took great pride in establishing the Jerry and Jan Aaron Endowed Scholarship in Business in 1996. They established a planned gift designated toward their scholarship to ensure its continuing benefit to Shockers. They are members of the WSU Foundation’s Society of 1895.
ASSOCIATE: Capitol Federal Foundation
Since 2003, Capitol Federal Foundation has been awarding $45,000 annually to the W. Frank Barton School of Business for academic scholarships. It’s an investment that demonstrates the foundation’s confidence in the academic quality at Wichita State University. Capitol Federal’s top executives and trustees of the Capitol Federal Foundation visit Wichita State annually and meet with their scholarship recipients over a lunch that further nurtures the relationship with the university staff and its students.
Capitol Federal Foundation is the independent charitable foundation of Capitol Federal. The foundation also supports the WSU Alumni Association. Capitol Federal was founded in 1893. An Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC, it is one of the largest residential lenders in Kansas and boasts more than $9 billion in assets. With 37 traditional branches and 10 in-store locations, the bank has a network that extends across the state of Kansas and into Missouri. It is headquartered in Topeka.
ASSOCIATE: Commerce Bank (Wichita)
Commerce Bank believes that support of higher education is an economic imperative for the community, the region and beyond.
The bank has been a longtime advocate for Wichita State, contributing to scholarships, athletics and academic and cultural programs. Among its generous gifts have been those to the Advanced Education in General Dentistry building and the Marcus Welcome Center. Beyond these projects, the company continually supports KMUW 89.1, the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization and several other areas, including the W. Frank Barton School of Business.
Commerce Bank seeks to support priorities it believes will make the community a better place to live and work. That covers everything from capital projects to academic initiatives and funding for the arts and sports. Many of the bank’s gifts to Wichita State have been made jointly with the William T. Kemper Foundation, of which Commerce Bank serves as trustee.
In the industry almost 150 years, Commerce Bank operates as a super-community bank offering an array of sophisticated financial products delivered with high-quality personal customer service. Commerce serves customers from 358 locations in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Oklahoma and Colorado and commercial offices throughout the nation’s midsection. For the fifth year in a row, the bank in 2013 was ranked among the top 10 best banks in America by Forbes. Commerce believes in investing in its people, technology, product offerings and service channels to bring value and convenience to its customers.
R. Larry Beamer & Deborah G. Haynes
Deborah and Larry have been demonstrating their passionate support of Wichita State for nearly 30 years, in a variety of ways. They provide financial assistance to the basketball program, to academics, to facilities and much more. But they also contribute their energy and spirit.
Larry received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from Emporia State University and his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He is a general surgeon in Wichita and a clinical associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the KU School of Medicine in Wichita.
Deborah earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Wichita State in 1976, graduating cum laude. She was a Gore Scholar, president of the Student Government Association and a Senior Honor Woman. She received her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine.Deborah is on the WSU Foundation Board of Directors and the National Advisory Council. She has served on various search committees and as a member of the College of Health Professions Advisory Board. She has been practicing family medicine in Wichita for 30 years and works for Via Christi Clinic. In 2012, the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians elected Deborah Kansas Family Physician of the Year.
In 1987, Deborah established the Deborah G. Haynes Faculty Development Fund in the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to provide additional instructional and research related resources. Six years later, she and Larry created the Dr. Deborah G. Haynes & Dr. R. Larry Beamer Endowed Scholarship Fund.
The couple was honored with the Fairmount Founders’ Award in 2011. They are members of the Society of 1895.
Through the years Deborah and Larry have contributed to the Advanced Education in General Dentistry building, the Rhatigan Student Center renovation, the president’s home addition, the Baseball Indoor Practice Facility, the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization, men’s basketball and the WSU Dance Team, among many other gifts.
Ron & Barbara Mann
Ron and Barbara both graduated from Wichita State University and used their educations to establish successful careers. They have given back generously to WSU by establishing two scholarships honoring Ron’s parents, and contributing in numerous other ways.
Ron earned his bachelor’s degree in aviation management in 1981. Until July 2008, he was president and CEO of Airtechnics Inc., which was founded by his father, Claude Mann. With her Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing, earned in 1985, Barbara worked as director of IT for Airtechnics for 10 years before opening her own retail clothing shop in Wichita in 2010.
Ron and Barbara established the Claude E. Mann Scholarship in Business in 2000 and the Elaine O. Mann Scholarship in Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2005. Elaine Mann proved that you’re never too old to learn when she graduated from WSU in 2004 at age 80.
Ron and Barbara also established the Karen Countryman-Roswurm Endowed Fellowship in Social Work. Their contributions help support men’s basketball, the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization, Barton Business Week, the W. Frank Barton School of Business through the Annual Fund for Excellence, Roundhouse Renaissance and the WSU Alumni Association. Their dedication to Wichita State has also inspired a planned gift.
Ron serves on the WSU Foundation’s National Advisory Council. He also is a member of the Barton School Advisory Board.
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