The Wichita State University Foundation
is pleased to recognize the Society of 1895 Honorees for 2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Marcus Welcome Center on the WSU Campus
 

Full List and Biographies of New Society of 1895 Members

(from April 8, 2010-April 5, 2011)

Judy Arnold Azama and George M. Azama
Angela and Chris Dudley
David Eads
Rebecca Ediger
Marche Devon Fleming-Randle, Ph.D.
Phyllis A. Fletcher
David and Pam Fullinwider
Dr. and Mrs. George Gibson
Corinne M. Glaves
Stacie M. Longwell
J. Brandon Moore
Darren Muci
Lynette G. Murphy
Ann and Robert J. O’Bleness
Mark and Stacy Parkinson
Barry and Cindy Schwan
Eric and Kathy Sexton
Chris S. Shank
Duane Q. Shook
Dave and Sid Sproul
Terry J. Sutcliffe
Randall C. Treece
Belinda E. Venters
John H. and Kathy L. Wilson
 

 


Biographies

Judy Arnold Azama and George M. Azama
Judy graduated from Wichita State University in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism. Originally from Casper, Wyo., Judy was a member of Alpha Phi sorority while at WSU. She returned to Casper in 1980, where she was employed by the True Companies until her retirement. Judy married George Azama and together they have consistently supported the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Their planned gift will benefit the Elliott School of Communication.

 


 

 Angela and Christopher Dudley
Angela earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wichita State University in 1997 and 2005, respectively. Passionate about Wichita State and the business program, she joined the WSU Foundation staff as the director of development for the W. Frank Barton School of Business in 2007. Her husband, Chris, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wyoming and later earned a graduate degree from Kansas State. Chris earned a second graduate degree in 2008 from Wichita State and is now a physician assistant at Advanced Orthopaedic Associates. Angela and Chris, who reside in Andover, Kan., with their two children, have chosen to establish a planned gift that will provide support to the College of Health Professions for physician assistant students.

 


 

David Eads
David earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wichita State University in 1984 and 1986, respectively. As a student, he was a recipient of a scholarship from Boeing and was active in various organizations, including the Delta Upsilon fraternity, Beta Gamma Sigma, the business honor society; the WSU Spirit Squad and the Student Activities Council. In 1983, David served on the WSU homecoming committee and also was selected for his outstanding leadership on campus to be a member of the WSU Student Alumni Association.
After graduation 1986, he became coach of the WSU Spirit Squad, which, under his leadership, took first place at the United States Collegiate Cheerleading Championships in 1987.

A life member of the WSU Alumni Association, David is a past president of the association and has served on its executive committee. He also has served on the WSU Foundation National Advisory Council and the WSU Intercollegiate Athletic Association Board of Directors.

David is the executive vice president and COO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. David also is an operations consultant for the Miss Universe Organization. A WSU donor for more than 25 years, David has chosen to designate his planned gift to benefit the WSU Spirit Squad.

 


 

Rebecca Ediger
One new Society of 1895 member has a few experiences under her belt that most people couldn’t imagine in a lifetime.

Becky earned a Certificate of Completion and a Bachelor of Health Science from Wichita State in 1976 and 1983, respectively, with an emphasis on physician assistant study. During this time, Becky practiced as a physician’s assistant at several medical facilities in the area.

The unique part of her career began in 1983 when she became an agent with the United States Secret Service (USSS), a position she held until retirement in 2006. In various assignments, Becky served on the USSS Presidential Protective Detail as the agent in charge of White House Security and later as the Deputy Assistant Director for the Offices of Protective Research and Protective Operations.

Becky was presented with the Medal/Special Award for Distinguished Service to the Executive Office of the President in 2001. This is the only time this particular award has been given to a U.S. Secret Service employee.

A life member of the Wichita State Alumni Association, Becky’s support has centered around athletics, including the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization (SASO), baseball, men’s basketball, volleyball and women’s golf. Her planned gift will be directed toward support of SASO.

 


 

Marché Fleming-Randle, Ph.D.
Affectionately called "Dr. Shay," Marché grew up in a military family. She was born in Birmingham, Ala., and was raised abroad. Marché earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Kansas State University and her doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. Since June 2007, she has been the assistant dean of the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wichita State University. Marché was president of the WSU Council of University Women from 2009 to 2010 and is committed to several educational programs and organizations, including the Research Association of Minority Professors, the Council on Colleges of Arts and Sciences, the Educational Opportunity Center Program Advisory Board and the Ronald McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program. She also has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors. In 2010, Marché was recognized with the WSU Office of Multicultural Affairs Phenomenal Woman Award, as well as WSU TRIO Disability Support Services Lighthouse Award for Faculty of the Year. Her planned gift will benefit ethnic studies at the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

 


 

Phyllis A. Fletcher
A supporter of Wichita State University for more than 20 years, Phyllis earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from WSU in 1976 and 1980, respectively. She has been a clinical instructor and coordinator for the Clinical Learning Center at the College of Health Professions since 1987. In 2007, Phyllis and her husband, Lee, established the Rachel A. Fletcher Memorial Scholarship in Integrated Marketing Communications at the Elliott School of Communication in honor of their daughter, who died of cystic fibrosis in 2006.

In 2004, Rachel underwent a double-lung transplant in March and, in May, received her degree in communications from Wichita State, also earning summa cum laude honors. The transplant was funded in part by supportive WSU students, staff and faculty who were instrumental in raising money through the Race for Rachel, which was held in 2002.

Phyllis’ planned gift will benefit her daughter’s scholarship and the School of Nursing.

 


 

David and Pam Fullinwider
David, a native of El Dorado, Kan., has been in the insurance and investment industry for more than 30 years, doing business as Fullinwider Financial Group in El Dorado, Kan.

Pam, originally from Henderson, Ky., joined the staff of the Wichita State University Foundation in 1998 as the office assistant to the director of planned giving. Currently, she is the director of the National Advisory Council. A WSU alumna, Pam received her Bachelor of General Studies in 2008.

David and Pam established their planned gift in honor of David’s father, Jim, who died in 2010. A 1949 graduate of the University of Wichita with a degree in chemistry, Jim was a strong believer in the importance of higher education. Jim worked at Frontier Chemical in Wichita, Kan., later known as Vulcan Materials, until he and his wife, Georgiana, returned to the family farm in El Dorado to raise their family. Jim was a dairy farmer in Butler County and later founded Fullinwider Accounting in El Dorado.

 


 

Dr. and Mrs. George Gibson
As a professor of voice and director of Wichita State University Opera Theater for close to 30 years, George lead the program to achieve international recognition and produce some of the globe’s most talented performers, including renowned bass Samuel Ramey, mezzo-sopranos Joyce DiDonato, Catherine Cook and Karla Burns; soprano Barbara Honn, and baritone Alan Held. During his tenure, George produced and directed more than 50 operas and musicals and was the recipient of WSU’s Leadership in the Advancement of Teaching Award and the College of Fine Arts Excellence in Teaching Award. Additionally, he was recognized by Kansas Governor Joan Finney as a recipient of the Governor’s Arts Award. George retired from WSU in 1997.

Mary Jane graduated from the University of Wichita in 1943 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education in elementary education. As a student, she was a member of the Pi Kappa Psi sorority. A life member of the WSU Alumni Association, she is a past president of the WSU Dames, now known as the WSU Women’s Association.

To honor George, friends and alumni of the opera department created the George Gibson Opera Fellowship in 1995. The Gibsons, who reside in Tucson, Ariz., have chosen to designate their planned gift to provide additional funding to the fellowship.

 


 

Corinne M. Glaves
Corinne, a native Kansan, graduated from Wichita State University as an adult in 1971. She spent nine years as an analyst in the research and evaluation department for USD 259 and feels strongly about quality education. For years, Corinne provided service to the community. She especially enjoyed working as a volunteer docent at the Wichita Art Museum. An extensive traveler and lifelong learner, she was involved in Friendship Force, an international cultural exchange program, and attended 25 Elderhostel programs around the world. Although she received a Bachelor of Arts in English and literature, Corinne believes that business knowledge is important for any career field, as well as for personal financial success. In her 80s, she continues to manage her own business, consisting of commercial real estate and investments. Corinne has chosen to use her planned gift to create the Corinne Glaves Scholarship in Business.

 


 

Stacie M. Longwell
As the director of special events for the Wichita State University Foundation, Stacie enjoys the thrill of creating unique and successful events and does so with energy and enthusiasm. She is a passionate, homegrown Wichitan with strong roots as a volunteer. Prior to working at the WSU Foundation, Stacie was the special events coordinator for Brothers Big Sisters of Sedgwick County, where she has been actively involved in the program as a Big Sister for more than five years.

A proud WSU alumna, Stacie graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing. As a student, she belonged to the Delta Gamma sorority and was a member of the cheerleading team, which will benefit from her planned gift.

 


 

J. Brandon Moore
Now retired from the Shawnee Mission School District 512, Brandon received his master's degree in education from Wichita State University in 1978, while teaching in Moundridge, Kan. For 35 years, he taught third, fifth and sixth graders. Additionally, he taught an early morning honors sixth grade pre-algebra course offered in District 512. Brandon was a math club sponsor and mathletics coach for 18 years. In 1999, he was a Crystal Apple Award nominee. Brandon also was honored by his colleagues three times for outstanding service. In 2009, he was one of Chick-fil-A's Shawnee Mission School District's Teachers of the Year. Brandon continues to substitute teach, tutor and enrich groups of former students in the area of math. Brandon has contributed to the College of Education annual fund for nearly 25 years. Motivated by his passion, he has chosen to designate his planned gift to benefit the College of Education.

 


 

Darren and Gilda Muci
Darren received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design in 1984 from Wichita State. Director, division of operations for the Wichita school district, Darren comes from a family of Shockers and educators. His father, J.R. Muci, retired as principal of West High School, his mother, Rhita, is a retired library media specialist with the Wichita School Service Center, and his sister, Lisa, is a violinist with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. All are WSU graduates.

Donors to WSU athletics, including the Roundhouse Renaissance Campaign and the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization, the Mucis especially were interested in supporting the Shocker track and field program. Darren is a volunteer track and field official for many WSU meets and holds certification through USA Track and Field. In 1995, he was the Sedgwick County recipient of the Excellence in Public Service Award, was a member of the 2000 class of Wichita Business Journal’s 40 under 40, as well as a member of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce Leadership Kansas program in 2002. Currently, Darren is a member of Real Men, Real Heroes, a mentoring organization working with local youth across racial, ethnic and socio-economic boundaries.

Gilda is a native of Los Angeles, Cal., and is a volunteer for The Lord’s Diner and a three-time recipient of the Good Apple Award for volunteerism in the Wichita Public Schools. She is a Plaza of Heroines honoree.

Their planned gift will support the WSU track and field program, as well as establish two general scholarships, one for an African-American student and one for a Mexican-American student.

 


 

Lynette G. Murphy
Lynette has been director of development for the Wichita State University College of Health Professions at the WSU Foundation since 2002. Prior to this role, she served as the communications coordinator for the WSU Foundation and as a media specialist in the WSU Office of University Communications, coming to WSU in 1993. Lynette is currently pursuing a master’s degree in communication at WSU so can count herself as a true Shocker! A native of Concordia, Kan., Lynette lives in Wichita with her husband, Dan, and her two children, Mattie and Gabe. Her gift will provide an unrestricted gift to the College of Health Professions and to the university in general.

 


 

Ann and Robert J. O’Bleness
Residents of Wichita, Kan., Ann and Robert have provided support to music associates and KMUW 89.1 at Wichita State University during the last 30 years. Motivated by the tragic loss of their son in 2010, the couple established the Robert Allen O’Bleness Scholarship in the College of Health Professions that same year.

For more than two decades, their son, Robert Allen, had built a successful career driving trucks for major concert tours, including those for Vince Gill, Kenny Chesney and Rascal Flatts. Working as a member of Carrie Underwood’s road crew, he died when his semi trailer truck crashed on the way to a tour stop in Connecticut.

The couple’s planned gift will support the scholarship, which serves as an ongoing tribute to their beloved son.

 


 

Mark and Stacy Parkinson
Known as Kansas’ first Shocker governor, Mark graduated from Wichita State University in 1980. As a WSU student, he participated and excelled in the debate program and went to the national debate tournament in 1977 and 1979. Mark received Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas in 1984. In January 2011, he completed his term as Kansas’ 45th governor and became president and CEO of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. A life member of the WSU Alumni Association, Mark recently was recognized with the Alumni Achievement Award.

Stacy, also a native Kansan, received her law degree from the University of Kansas. An active community leader, she is a practicing attorney and a successful business woman who is focused on improving Kansans’ quality of life.

Grateful for the role that Wichita State and its debate program have played in his life, Mark and Stacy established the largest scholarship dedicated to debate in the WSU Elliott School of Communication, the Mark and Stacy Parkinson Scholarship in Debate, which also is the focus of their planned gift.

 


 

Barry and Cindy Schwan
Although Barry received his degree in education from the University of Colorado in 1975, he did attend Wichita State University for one year and considers WSU “his” university. After teaching in Colorado for several years, he returned to Wichita to become president and now owner of The House of Schwan, a local Anheuser-Busch franchise, which has been owned by the Schwan family since 1960. Long active within the Wichita community, Barry has devoted much of his time to WSU serving on the WSU Foundation Board of Directors and the National Advisory Council, as well as the board of the Intercollegiate Athletic Association. He also has served on the board of the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization and the WSU Alumni Association. In 2008, Barry was the recipient of the WSU President’s Medal.

Cindy is a graduate of WSU with a bachelor’s in secondary education and a master’s in gerontology, and worked for many years in both fields. Also committed to community service, Cindy is a member of the WSU Board of Trustees and is a member of the College of Education’s Community Leadership Council and the Dean’s Advisory Council.

Barry and Cindy received the Alumni Recognition award at the 2011 WSU Alumni Association Awards Banquet. Barry and the Schwan family were inducted into the Junior Achievement 2010 Wichita Business Hall of Fame. In 2002, Barry and Cindy were recipients of the Commerce Community Service Award and Barry received the HOPE Award given by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

As co-chairs for the WSU Foundation’s Promise for the Future campaign, Barry and Cindy felt they should lead by example and established a planned gift to benefit the Barry and Cindy Schwan Endowed Scholarship in the College of Education.

 


 

Eric and Kathy Sexton
A native of Halstead, Kan., Eric received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from WSU in 1987 and 1992, respectively. As an undergraduate, he was a two-time All-Missouri Valley standout on the golf team, the recipient of the Glen E. Gardner Memorial Prize and was part of the Emory Lindquist Honors Program. Eric later earned his doctorate degree from the University of Kansas in 2002.

Eric became a member the Wichita State staff in 1990, and is currently the director of athletics at WSU. He became the university’s executive director for government relations and Board of Trustees in 1997. While at Wichita State, he also served on the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization Board of Directors from 1998 until 2003 and was president from 2004 to 2005. 

Kathy was raised on a farm in southeast Kansas near the city of Walnut. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wichita State in 1989 and 1992, respectively. Kathy founded the Capital-Area Chapter of the WSU Alumni Association when she worked in the Kansas governor’s budget office in Topeka in the early 1990s. Kathy later served as president of the WSU Alumni Association from 2004 to 2005 and has served on its board of directors and executive committee. From 2007 to 2008, she was president of the Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs advisory board, which she helped establish. Kathy received the 2008 Alumni Award for Outstanding Public Service at the Hugo Wall School.

Kathy and Eric currently reside in Derby, Kan., where she has been city manager since 2006. 

Lifetime members of the WSU Alumni Association, the Sextons were presented with the organization’s Young Alumnus Award in 2003. The couple’s planned gift will provide unrestricted support to the university.

 


 

Chris S. Shank
Following in the footsteps of his great-grandfather and charter member of the Fairmount College Board of Trustees, H.W. Darling, the “Father of Fairmount,” Chris has made his mark at Wichita State University.

As a student, he was president of his senior class, Beta Theta Pi fraternity and the Interfraternity Council. Also, he was a Senior Honor Man and a member of the spirit squad.

Since graduating in 1969, Chris has remained involved with the university. A life member of the WSU Alumni Association, he is a past president of its board and was the 2002 recipient of the Alumni Recognition Award. Chris, who contributes to Shocker athletics, also is a past member of the boards of directors of the WSU Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization (SASO) as well as a past president of SASO. A supporter of fine arts in every sense, he has served on the advisory board for the College of Fine Arts and currently serves on the Ulrich Museum Advisory Board. A President’s Club Life Member, Chris received the Board of Trustees’ Award in 2001. Since 2003, Chris has been a member of the WSU Foundation National Advisory Council. Currently, he is a co-chair for the Miró Mosaic Conservation Campaign. Chris is a member of the WSU Foundation’s Promise for the Future campaign cabinet and supports its efforts by establishing a planned gift.

 


 

Duane Q. Shook
Duane became associated with Wichita State University after enrolling in a dance class one summer. While not an alumnus of the university, he benefited greatly from classes offered to seniors and enjoyed the sense of community WSU provided. His love for the study of geology led to his established planned gift, which will benefit the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Geology, supporting both a departmental fund and a student scholarship. Duane truly understands the importance of a college education and desires to help future students make their dream a reality.

 


 

Dave and Sid Sproul
As a student at Wichita State University, Dave was a professional trumpet player who dreamed of owning a music store. Unable to find a job when he earned his business degree in 1968, he created his own. Taking his father’s advice and working with his grandfather who owned a house moving business, Dave began purchasing and renovating distressed properties. Deciding that it would be easier to build new homes, Dave started Sproul Construction with his father in 1973. Now retired, his company built some of Wichita’s finest homes for close to four decades.

Sid received her master’s degree in nursing from WSU in 1979 and later taught at the School of Nursing as an adjunct faculty member. She now is a community volunteer.

For more than 30 years, the Sprouls have contributed to Shocker athletics, including the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization (SASO), men’s and women’s tennis, baseball and the Roundhouse Renaissance Campaign; and the annual funds for the College of Health Professions and the W. Frank Barton School of Business. Their planned gift will benefit SASO, the Barton School of Business and the College of Health Professions.

 


 

Terry J. Sutcliffe
Before Terry launched a successful career in the banking industry, he attended the University of Wichita, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration in economics in 1965.

Terry founded Lawrence Bank in Lawrence, Kan., which he sold in 2005. He recently retired from First State Bank in Shawnee, Kan., of which he was part-owner. Terry continues working in the industry as a consultant.

A life member of the WSU Alumni Association, he has provided support to the W. Frank Barton School of Business for more than 25 years. Because of the positive impact Wichita State has had on his life, Terry has chosen to include the university in his estate plans.

 


 

Randall C. Treece
Originally from Great Bend, Kan., Randall has been an avid supporter of KMUW for nearly 20 years. He earned an art education degree from Emporia State University in 1970 and joined the Coast Guard after graduation. After he was discharged from the Coast Guard in 1974, Randall attended Kansas State University until he moved to Wichita. While at K-State, Randall enlisted in the Air National Guard in Topeka. In 1980, he accepted a full-time job at the Air National Guard at McConnell Air Force Base, where he worked until his retirement in 2001. He is a motorcycle enthusiast and belongs to the Wichita Swing Dance Society. Currently, Randall serves as a volunteer with the Wichita Art Museum and KMUW. He has chosen to establish a deferred gift that will benefit KMUW.

 


 

Belinda E. Venters
Belinda is a 1988 graduate of Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in journalism with an emphasis in advertising-public relations. She has worked for the WSU Foundation since 2005 and is its director of communications. Belinda is a member of the Council for University Women, the WSU Marketing Council and the Wu Crew, volunteering for organizations including the Lord’s Diner. She is the WSU Foundation lead staff member for the National Advisory Council’s marketing/communications committee. Belinda in a member of the Wichita American Marketing Association and has been a board member for four years. Belinda and her husband, Kent’s, support includes the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Elliott School of Communication through the WSU Foundation Annual Fund for Excellence, the Holiday Card Scholarship fund and the WSU Alumni Association’s license plate fund. They recently contributed to the Rhatigan Renewal, funding a meeting room. Kent is branch manager for Wichita’s Manpower office. They live in Bel Aire, Kan., with their sons, Christian and Caeden. Belinda’s planned gift will go towards establishing a scholarship in the College of Education in honor of her mother, Phyllis Decker, who was a one-room country school teacher for several years. Phyllis received special permission to begin teaching at age 17, due to the outbreak of World War II.

 


 

John H. and Kathy L. Wilson
John is professor emeritus of elementary education at Wichita State University, where he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in 1958 and 1964, respectively. He has more than half a decade of experience as an elementary educator. Although John taught for seven years in the elementary classroom and later at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Missouri, he was an educator at WSU for more than four decades, beginning in 1968. John, who published many articles in professional journals and authored or co-authored several books related to elementary-level curriculum and instruction, is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the Kansas Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching award in 1971. John remains actively involved with the College of Education, where he observes students in their final semester in the teaching program.

Kathy, also a WSU alumna, earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in 1976 and 1983, respectively. Sharing her husband’s passion for education, Kathy has more than three decades of service in education, serving as principal in all levels of education, most recently retiring as the principal of Newton High School. She then taught administration courses for Baker University. Kathy also served as the director for middle-level education, the initiator of the School-Police Liaison Program and the head of Career Education for the Wichita Public Schools.

To provide further assistance to future teachers, John and Kathy established the “Dr. John” Scholarship for Elementary Education Majors in 2011, which also is the focus of their planned gift.
 


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