Society of 1895 - New Members 2013

Brenda L. Achey

R. Larry Beamer & Deborah G. Haynes

Britt M. Brown

Kelly Callen

Cari S. Clayton

Maureen M. Frey

Deb and Richard Campbell Glen A. Just

Beth Lindquist and David Caylor

Robert H. and Cheryl McCart

 

2013 Society of 1895

View the album from the 2013 Luncheon for new members

 Ron and Linda Matson

Capt. Roger L. McClure

Audrey McGrath

Howard Menaker

Michael R. Meacham

Jennifer Morrow

Stan and Rosalind Scudder

Dr. Royce W. Smith

Joseph Silverman

Jacalyn Strong

Vicky L. Triponey, Ph.D.


 

Brenda L. Achey

Brenda loves working in an academic environment, which is one of the reasons she has worked at Wichita State for almost 30 years.

In 1996, Brenda graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from WSU. Before earning her degree, she worked for Wichita State’s Financial Operations and Business Technology division for about 13 years and continued working there for three years after she graduated. For the next two years, Brenda worked in the mathematics and statistics department, and since 2002, she has worked as an accountant in the WSU College of Fine Arts dean’s office.

For her service to Wichita State, she received the Bender of Twigs, an award given to employees who have worked at least 25 years. Also, in 2004 she received the President’s Distinguished Service Award, which honors classified employees who provide extraordinary service.

Brenda lives in Wichita with her husband, Ron Achey, and their two daughters. Ron also has taken classes at Wichita State University and currently works for Spirit AeroSystems.

Brenda would like to see her deferred gift benefit both the College of Fine Arts and the W. Frank Barton School of Business.


 

R. Larry Beamer & Deborah G. Haynes

Deborah and Larry generously support Wichita State in many areas, from the basketball program to academics to bricks-and-mortar projects.

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 Fairmount Society Life Members.

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.

Deborah and Larry have designated that their planned gift be divided equally between the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization and the LAS faculty development fund.


 

Britt M. Brown

Britt’s ties to Wichita State and especially to the W. Frank Barton School of Business are strong. He graduated cum laude in 1974 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma-Business Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.

Britt is senior vice president of investments at UBS Financial Services Inc. in Wichita. In 2012, he was named to Barron’s Top 1,000 Financial Advisors list.

Britt served on the WSU Endowment Association’s Board of Governors from 1980 to 1992 and is a life member of the WSU Alumni Association. Last year, he created the Britt M. Brown Scholarship in Business to help financially needy students get an education and excel in the business world. His deferred gift will be used to support the scholarship.

Britt is proud that his son, Ruse, a financial advisor at UBS, also graduated from Wichita State with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

 


 

Kelly Callen

Kelly’s mother, Kathlien Edmiston, helped inspire Kelly’s love for Wichita State. When Kathlien served on the Ulrich Museum of Art Board of Directors, Kelly would often accompany her to meetings and events. Though she didn’t graduate from Wichita State, it was during this time that Kelly grew to appreciate its accomplishments and promise. Through the years, Kelly has given generously of her time and money. She serves on the WSU Foundation Board of Directors and National Advisory Council. And now, following in her mother’s distinguished footsteps, Kelly currently serves as chair of the Ulrich Museum Advisory Board. She also is on the College of Fine Arts Advisory Board.

Gifts from Kelly and her husband, Jon, include a significant pledge to the Mirό Mosaic Conservation Campaign, of which she was a campaign committee member. They also have contributed generously to the Rhatigan Student Center, Plaza of Heroines, Ablah Library 24-hour Study Room, maintenance of the Duerksen Fine Arts Center, president’s home addition and the Artist-in-Residence program in the School of Art and Design. They have supported the Ulrich Exhibition Fund, Ulrich Museum operating fund, Shift Space Gallery, Connoisseur Series, Patrons of Dance, Words by Women Series and the Adopt-A-Piano fund.

The couple created the Jon and Kelly Callen Musical Theatre Endowed Scholarship and they support the E.K. Edmiston Endowed Scholarship in Geology, the Kathlien R. Edmiston Scholarship in Political Science, the Robert K. Edmiston Economic Endowed Fellowship and the Tom Vanderhoofven Athletic Endowed Scholarship.

Kelly received the Board of Trustees’ Award in 2005. She is a Fairmount Society Life Member and a WSU Alumni Association Life Member.

Kelly has designated that her planned gift be used to support women’s basketball.

 


 

Deb and Richard Campbell

Deb and Richard are well known in the Wichita area for their support of music and the performing arts. Deb has directed, costumed and acted for many theaters in the Wichita area, including Music Theatre of Wichita, Center for the Arts, Cabaret Old Town, Mosley Street Melodrama, Crown Uptown, Wichita Community Theatre and Kechi Playhouse. She attended Marymount College, Colby Community College and Wichita State.

Richard is a 1978 graduate of Wichita State with a bachelor’s degree in music. He is a past president of WSU Music Associates, a group of arts enthusiasts supporting music education at Wichita State. He is a certified financial planner and co-president of Juhnke, Campbell & Associates. A past president of the Wichita Estate Planning Council, he also sits on the WSU Foundation’s Planned Giving Council.

Deb and Richard are co-producers of Wichita Scottish Rite Signature Theatre, which stages productions featuring adults and children in a learning environment.

The Campbells’ support of Wichita State includes Music Associates, Canta in Italia, KMUW 89.1 and the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization. They have designated that their planned gift be used to support the Music Associates program.

 


 

Cari S. Clayton

Cari is a shining example of someone who wants to give back to the university that helped build the foundation for her successful career. After earning her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her master’s in business administration at Wichita State, she held senior positions at several Wichita banks. She now is senior commercial relationship manager at Intrust Bank. Cari also has shared her business expertise by working as an adjunct instructor in finance for the W. Frank Barton School of Business at WSU. In addition, each year she enjoys judging the Shocker Business Plan Competition.

Cari’s relationship with Wichita State began as a child growing up in Macksville, Kan.; her father would take the family to Wichita to see almost every Shocker home basketball game. While at Wichita State, Cari was active in Beta Gamma Sigma-Business Honor Society. Several years ago, she assisted in establishing the K.C. and Cari Clayton Endowed Scholarship to help business school students excel as she did. Cari has not yet identified how her planned gift to Wichita State will be used.

 


 

Maureen M. Frey

Born and raised in the Chicago area, Maureen has called Wichita home for more than 25 years. While working full-time and raising a family, she received her bachelor's degree in finance with a minor in economics from Wichita State University in 1991 and went on to earn a Master of Business Administration degree in 2000. She has been with Intrust Bank the past 22 years, most of it working in wealth management as a personal trust administrator. Maureen is a Certified Trust Financial Advisor and a graduate of Cannon Financial Institute. She also is a member of the Planned Giving Council for the WSU Foundation and enjoys attending WSU athletic events.

She has designated that her deferred gift be used as needed to advance Wichita State’s mission.

 


 

Glen A. Just

Glen has memories of walking into “some big building” at the University of Wichita in 1960 and declaring his major in engineering, excited about the new adventure ahead of him. At the time, he was a baker at Dillon’s in Salina and had just spent three years in the U.S. Marines, serving two of those years in the Pacific and one in California. Upon his discharge, he decided he wanted to go to college and chose Wichita State.

Glen worked full-time at Beech Aircraft Co. while he was a student. Balancing school and work, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1969. After working at Beech Aircraft for 18 years, he moved to Phoenix to work for Honeywell Inc. For the first 15 years at Honeywell he was a systems manager and for the last five years he was a flight management systems engineer. He retired from Honeywell in 1987.

Glen wants his deferred gift to benefit students majoring in engineering. He and his wife, Jane, live in Phoenix. They have two children.

 


 

Beth Lindquist and David Caylor

As the daughter of former WSU President Emory Lindquist and Irma Lindquist, Beth is part of Wichita’s State forever family. She and her brother, Kempton, established the Irma Lann Lindquist School of Nursing Endowed Student Emergency Fund in honor of their mother upon her death in 2007. The planned gift that Beth and her husband, David, have established will support this fund.

Beth earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as her doctorate in history from the University of Kansas. Now retired, she was dean of instruction for 10 years at Metropolitan Community College-Longview, in Kansas City, Mo. Before that, she was dean of arts and sciences at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Mich. Her first position in higher education was as a history instructor at El Paso Community College in Texas, where she worked for 22 years.

David served as city attorney for El Paso and Irving, Texas, for 30 years. He is retired. David earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Benedict College in Atchison, a bachelor’s of sacred theology from St. Anselmo in Rome, and his law degree from Texas Tech.
Beth and David live in Lees Summit, Mo., and have three daughters and four grandchildren.

 


 

Ron and Linda Matson

Between the two of them, Ron and Linda have educated and mentored a tremendous number of students at Wichita State.

Linda earned her bachelor’s degree in 1984 and master’s degree in 1988, both in sociology, from WSU. She was an award-winning graduate teaching assistant, which led to teaching positions in the sociology and social work departments at WSU. In 1987, she began working for Cooperative Education and Work-Based Learning. After a 21-year career there, she went to work part time as a mentor for the Shocker Athletics WIN (Working Intensely Now) program.

At WSU, Linda was awarded the Mortar Board Outstanding Education Award for 1991-92 and the WSU Alumni Association’s 2012 Laura Cross Distinguished Service Award, given to a faculty or staff member who demonstrates exceptional service to WSU. She is a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

Ron received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of South Dakota and his master’s degree and doctorate in sociology from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He became an assistant professor at Wichita State in 1970 and an associate professor in 1997. Ron received the Bender of Twigs award for 25 years of service to Wichita State as well as the WSU Faculty/Staff Service Award and the President’s Distinguished Service Award, both in 1997. He was named 2011 Kansas Professor of the Year, an award given to 27 out of 300 candidates. He currently is interim dean of the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Through the years, Ron and Linda have supported WSU athletics, KMUW 89.1, Ablah Library and the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, among other areas. They have designated that their deferred gift be used to support the sociology department. Ron and Linda have four children and eight grandchildren.

 


 

Robert H. and Cheryl McCart

Robert and Cheryl, along with other family members and friends, established the Stephanie McCart Memorial Teaching Scholarship in 2009 after their daughter was killed in a car accident. At the time, Stephanie was in her final year at Wichita State; her dream was to be a high school teacher. For the past four years, the McCarts have hosted a golf tournament in Halstead to help raise money for the endowed scholarship. Their deferred gift also will support the fund.

Cheryl is a registered nurse with Home Health in Newton. Before that, she worked 28 years for Newton Medical Center. She earned her associate degree in nursing from Hesston College.

Robert is retired after working as a welder at AGCO in Hesston for 39 years. Cheryl and Robert have two other daughters and five grandchildren between the ages of 4 and 10.

 


 

Capt. Roger L. McClure

When Roger graduated from Wichita State University in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in music education, he stepped from campus right into the Vietnam War. He served eight years in the Air Force as a navigator and weapons systems officer on KC-135 Stratotankers and F-4 Phantom fighter-bombers. Today, he is retired from a long career as a commercial pilot with Continental Airlines. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa, where he bought a retirement home.

Roger has designated that his planned gift be used to support the School of Music and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. While a student at WSU studying instrumental music, Roger gave piano lessons after school to earn extra money. He intended to be a music teacher before the Vietnam War put him on a different course. Roger is a life member of the WSU Alumni Association, and occasionally makes it back to the Wichita area to visit family members.

 


 

Audrey McGrath

Audrey McGrath’s ties to Wichita State developed as she assisted Evelyn Cassatt, a friend and fellow Abilene resident, in preparing her own estate gift to WSU. Audrey was executor of Evelyn’s estate as well as her caregiver. Through the years, Audrey worked closely with James Rhatigan and the WSU Foundation on details surrounding Evelyn’s gift and grew to appreciate Wichita State’s strengths and promise. Audrey has established a generous estate gift that will support the James J. Rhatigan Emergency Fund for students as well as a general scholarship for Dickinson County students. Audrey is actively involved with her business interests in the Abilene area, including several rental properties and a farm.

 


 

Michael R. Meacham

Michael graduated from Wichita State in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. While a student, Michael was involved in a variety of extracurricular activities and had numerous leadership positions. He was freshman class president, president of the Student Government Association and senior class president. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

After graduating, he attended the University of Kansas School of Law, earning his law degree in 1978. From 1977 to 1985, he was a member of the Kansas House of Representatives, where he played an integral role in many enhancements to WSU’s campus. 

In 1998, he graduated with honors from the University of Kansas School of Medicine/Wichita State University with a master’s in public health. He left his legal practice and became director of Health System Development for Connecticut’s Office of Health Care Access.
Michael has supported Wichita State in a variety of ways. He has given to the Marcus Welcome Center, WSU athletics and the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He served as a former director and vice president of the WSU Alumni Association, former chair and member of the WSU Board of Trustees and as a member of the board of directors for the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization. He is a life member of the Alumni Association. 

Michael and his wife, Vicky Triponey, live in Charleston, S.C., where he is an associate professor of health administration and policy at the Medical University of South Carolina, educating future health care administrators. 
His deferred gift will go toward supporting need-based scholarships for students majoring in political science and to the Model United Nations Program.

 


 

Howard Menaker

Though not a Wichita State graduate, Howard has a powerful connection to the university. His family established a music scholarship at WSU in honor of his grandparents, Jay and Lillian Kornfeld, when Jay turned 80 in 1978. Through the years, his family continued to contribute to the scholarship for special occasions. Howard grew impressed by the appreciation students showed for the scholarship and their accomplishments. He has designated that his planned gift be used to support the Lillian and Jay Kornfeld Music Scholarship.
After graduating from Wichita Southeast High School, Howard received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University and his law degree from the University of Denver. He returned to Wichita to practice law for two years, before settling in Washington, D.C., in 1979. Howard continues to live there, where he is a public affairs consultant.

 


 

Jennifer Morrow

It hasn’t taken Jennifer long to make an impression on the financial world. At 34, she is chief of staff to the treasurer at Discover Financial Services in Chicago, where she lives. Jennifer earned her Bachelors of Business Administration degree in finance from Wichita State in 2001. She also earned a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Virginia and is a CPA. While at WSU, she was a Barton Scholar and a Neff Scholar, and was active in Delta Delta Delta sorority, Student Ambassador Society and Golden Key Honor Society. She is a life member of the WSU Alumni Association.

Jennifer envisions two ways that her deferred gift could be used. One is to subsidize living expenses so that students can take non-paying or low-paying internships outside of Wichita to broaden their horizons. Another is to provide scholarships for students graduating from lower-performing high schools so they will find it easier to pursue higher education.

With family roots in Huntsville, Ala., Jennifer moved to Wichita as a middle schooler. She won the prestigious Barton scholarship during her senior year in high school to attend Wichita State.

 


 

Stan and Rosalind Scudder

Rosalind, a professor in communication sciences and disorders at WSU, has been on the faculty since 1972. She plans to retire in May. Her career has been marked by many honors, including the President's Distinguished Service Award, the Excellence in Teaching Award from WSU, the Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association's top honor, and the Honors of the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders, the highest award given by the council. She was selected to be the founding director for the WSU Center for Teaching and Research Excellence. In 2005, she received the award for Leadership in the Advancement in Teaching from WSU.

Rosalind received her bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from WSU in 1964, her master’s in 1972 and her doctorate in 1978. She serves on the WSU Foundation National Advisory Council. A life member of the WSU Alumni Association, she formerly was on its board of directors.

Stan owns a construction company, Bridges Inc., in Newton. He attended Pittsburg State University.

The Scudders have established the Stan & Rosalind Scudder Endowed Scholarship/Fellowship, which is awarded to a student enrolled in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. They have designated that their planned gift be used to support the scholarship. Rosalind and Stan also have given to the Marcus Welcome Center, KMUW 89.1 and the Communication Sciences and Disorders Endowed Scholarship Fund.

The Scudders live in Newton. Together, the couple has six children and 12 grandchildren.

 


 

Joseph Silverman

Through the experiences of someone close to him, Joseph knows how difficult it can be for a single parent to pursue a college degree while trying to care for a family. His planned gift for Wichita State is intended to make it easier. Joseph has designated that his gift be used to establish the Joseph Silverman Scholarship for Single Mothers in the School of Social Work, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Joseph grew up in New York and attended college for a year in Maine. He ended up in Wichita after making friends with a Wichita family he met at a summer camp. Joseph has worked at The Yard Store in Wichita for the past 33 years.

 


 

Dr. Royce W. Smith

The art history courses that Royce teaches at Wichita State are usually filled to capacity. His students and colleagues say that Royce’s passion for the great art of the world is infectious and stimulating. He has earned two prestigious teaching awards at WSU — the Academy for Effective Teaching Award in 2010 and the Young Faculty Scholar Award in 2012.

An associate professor in the School of Art and Design in WSU’s College of Fine Arts, Royce received a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in 1996 from Wabash College, with majors in English, Spanish and humanities/fine arts and a minor in secondary education. He earned his master’s degree and doctorate in art history and theory from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. He also has a master’s degree in English from Purdue University. He joined the WSU faculty in 2005 and will become director of the School of Art and Design on July 1.

Royce is well known for leading his students on art-filled trips around the United States and abroad. He believes that seeing art in its cultural context is important to understanding and appreciating it. Since joining the School of Art and Design, Royce has expanded the contemporary art history and theory curriculum to include non-Western topics and international travel components.

Royce has designated that his planned gift to Wichita State be used to support faculty development and international travel for students in the School of Art and Design.

 


 

Jacalyn Strong

Jacalyn has lived in Houston for many years but her ties to Wichita State University remain strong. A 1981 graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management, Jacalyn worked for BP in the Houston area for several years before taking early retirement to stay home and raise her son, John, who is now 19. In 2010, she established the Jacalyn Strong Scholarship for Education Majors at WSU. As a volunteer at her son’s schools through the years, Jacalyn says she saw first-hand the dedication and hard work of teachers. She admires those in the profession and wants to support students who have a desire to teach. She also has supported Ablah Library and the W. Frank Barton School of Business.

Jacalyn returns to Wichita as often as she can to visit family, including a sister and brother-in-law who also are WSU graduates. She is a mentor for at-risk high school girls. Jacalyn, a life member of the WSU Alumni Association, has designated that her planned gift be used as needed to support Wichita State.

 


 

Vicky L. Triponey, Ph.D.

Vicky has committed her professional life to empowering students, building a greater sense of community and preparing students to be active and effective leaders. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 1979, a Master of Arts degree in student personnel from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1981 and a doctorate in higher education from the University of Virginia in 1989.

From 1989 to 1998, Vicky served in various leadership positions at Wichita State, including associate dean of student life and services, associate vice president for campus life and interim vice president for student affairs. During her time at Wichita State, Vicky was a mentor and advisor to Mortar Board, Student Government and Senior Honor Men and Women. She was honored in the Plaza of Heroines. She has given to the Marcus Welcome Center, WSU athletics and the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Her deferred gift will support co-curricular student leadership activities and programs operated by the Division of Student Affairs at WSU.

Vicky’s experiences at WSU prepared her for a career that included executive positions as the senior student affairs officer at University of Connecticut, Penn State and the College of New Jersey. The early part of her career included leadership positions at the University of Virginia, University of Georgia and University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. She most recently served as the interim vice president for student affairs at The College of New Jersey and is now serving as an independent consultant in the field of higher education.

Her greatest memories of Wichita State are working with fabulous students and colleagues, and meeting and falling in love with WSU alumnus Mike Meacham, her husband of 22 years. Vicky and Mike currently live in South Carolina.

 

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