Largest attendance at this year’s WSU Retirement Coffee

Dr. James Rhatigan shares a laugh with Maurice and Jeanine Pfannestiel as they arrive at the 2012 Retirement Coffee on Sept. 4. Maurice is associate professor emeritus of economics.

More than 170 attendees at the WSU Retirement Coffee on Sept. 4 were welcomed by James Rhatigan, consultant for the WSU Foundation and the WSU Alumni Association. He expressed his appreciation for the largest turnout in the history of the event.

“Our first meeting was a luncheon in 1967,” Rhatigan said, “involving 22 retirees. It followed the president’s opening convocation for faculty and gave retired faculty a longer time together. It has continued ever since. I am so happy to see so many of you here today reuniting and continuing your friendships formed at Wichita State.”

WSU President John Bardo spoke of the excitement he and his wife, Deborah, who also was in attendance, are experiencing about being back.

“We came back because the university is special, the city is special and both have great potential,” he said.

He discussed his five areas of interest for the future of WSU and thanked the attendees for their positive contributions to the university during their time here.

“Our first meeting was a luncheon in 1967 involving 22 retirees.”

Dr. James Rhatigan

“We want to continue the emphasis that you placed on building a great university – that’s the direction we want to go.”

Rhatigan entertained the audience with stories of humorous things that happened during his 30-plus years in student life at WSU.

Russian cellist and WSU freshman, Maria Begacheva, performed accompanied by pianist K.C. Graham, who played on the Yamaha grand piano, a new addition to the Marcus Welcome Center thanks to donors Sue ’68 and James ’73 Janson. Begacheva is considered to be one of the finest cellists ever to attend the College of Fine Arts. She is a scholarship student of Leonid Shukayev of the St. Petersburg String Quartet at WSU and a recipient of a scholarship from the Abercrombie Scholars Endowed Fund. Begacheva is majoring in cello performance.


 Coffee 2012


David Farnsworth, professor emeritus of political science, and Orpha Duell, professor
emeritus of administration, counseling, education and school psychology, enjoy their visit
at the Sept. 4 Retirement Coffee.

To view a slideshow from the 2012 Retirement Coffee, click here


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