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Our Gifts Benefit...


The Annual Fund raises unrestricted funds, primarily for the six colleges and University Libraries. These funds have been used to:


  • Develop partnerships with international universities to provide study abroad experiences in the Barton School of Business

  • Sponsor outreach activities to develop interest in engineering at a very early age in public schools

  • Help the St. Petersburg String Quartet (who are faculty members in the College of Fine Arts) travel to New York City to play with the WSU Symphony at Carnegie Hall

  • Host student-centered events such as welcome back receptions and pinning ceremonies in the College of Health Professions

  • Send students and faculty to professional conferences to present research, such as the Southern States Communication Association Conference attended by Elliott School of Communication students

  • Purchase laptops that can be checked out when students are in the library

  • Send members of the Sport Management program in the College of Education to Oklahoma City to meet with professional sports teams

  • Provide wireless printing for research and assignments for students when they are in the library
  • Increase the textbook collection on reserve in the library

  • Assist the Barton School of Business in building relationships with CEO’s and other executives of companies that provide experiential learning opportunities for students and company residencies for faculty

  • Help College of Education students travel to Topeka for the Kansas Teacher of the Year event where students are recognized for achievement

  • Send performing arts students to the regional American College Theatre Festival

  • Give financial assistance to College of Engineering students who study internationally

  • Send faculty and students from the College of Health Professions to educational and professional conferences

  • Purchase specialized equipment like an X-ray diffractometer for the Geology Department in the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences







Donor Spotlight:

As faculty and staff, each of us brings something important to Wichita State University. It is amazing to see the efforts you and other employees make every day to help each other and our students achieve excellence. Making a gift to the annual fund is one of the clearest and most important statements you can make about your passion for Wichita State and your commitment to the success of our colleagues and students.


 Why Deborah Bardo gives back to the university she loves...

Wichita State allowed me to get a great education, especially with some longtime faculty. I had one of Dr. Nicholas Pronko’s last beginning psychology classes at 7:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I also have great respect for and fond memories of Dr. Emory Lindquist. I took two English history classes from him and also worked two summers for him. By then, he was president emeritus. He told of having nightmares where he was surrounded by towering stacks of term papers that would fall and bury him and that he intended never to assign another term paper. Instead, he used a tutorial where we had to present our work for the semester orally in his office for an hour. I was terrified — did Queen Elizabeth I really knowingly sign the death warrant for her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots? 

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever believe that I would get to come home to Wichita State. Thanks, WSU, you’re the best!

Deborah Bardo '75, '77
First Lady of Wichita State



Why Brenda Achey gives back to the university she loves...

WSU is my alma mater and my home away from home. I love Shocker basketball and the arts. My degree is in business, but my passion is really in the arts. For this reason, I give to WSU and to the College of Fine Arts. I have been working at WSU for 28 ½ years now and cannot think of a better place to work.

While I was working on my degree, I also was working fulltime. Therefore, I know how difficult it is to work and pay for an education. I am hopeful that my contribution to WSU will help lighten the financial load for others, so they do not have to work as much as I did while I was a student.

Brenda Achey '96
College Accountant
College of Fine Arts


 Why Clay Stoldt gives back to the university he loves...

My donation is admittedly modest, but it is one way I can express my appreciation for the many opportunities Wichita State has provided me. Also, as a former development officer myself, I remember how important it is to have strong levels of internal support to report when cultivating other donors.

Clay Stoldt
Chair, Professor
Sport Management
College of Education




Why Susan Norton gives back to the university she loves...

I started giving because I feel it is important to support things you care about with your time, talents and funds. WSU and higher education are things I am passionate about. Giving through payroll deduction is so easy — one time set up and it is done. For many of us, WSU is more than just a job, it is a passion. I hope my colleagues would agree that giving back to the university is important to continue the work we do. In my small way, I am supporting the university and continuing the legacy of so many who have gone before me. Kind of a ‘one small step’ thing.

Susan Norton
Director of satellite campuses, workforce development and adult learner programs

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