Recognizing the long-standing excellence of the Wichita State University bowling program, Wichita State alumnus Kevin Clark and his wife, Andrea, established the Gordon and Cindy (Hubbard) Vadakin Honorary Endowed Bowling Scholarship in 2009.
Mr. Vadakin, a United States Bowling Congress gold-level certified coach and 2007 Hall of Fame inductee, guided WSU’s bowling team to 14 of 16 national championship titles since he began coaching at Wichita State in 1977. Also a WSU alumnus, he was recognized as a Bender of Twigs in 2002.
As a student at WSU, Mrs. Vadakin was a member of the women’s bowling team in 1975, when it won the national championship. After graduating in 1976, she worked in the aviation and aerospace industry for more than 30 years.
In his senior year at WSU, Mr. Clark was chosen by his peers as one of 10 Senior Honor Men and Women. He completed his bachelor’s degree in management in 1984. Since graduation, Mr. Clark has worked and continued significant community service in Wichita and Hutchinson, his wife’s life-long home. In 1998, he was recognized for his civic involvement by Intrust Bank when he was given their ‘Citizen of the Year’ award.
Mrs. Clark began her 25-year career in Nursing at the age of 19, when she earned her certified nurse aid credentials. In 1993, she completed the registered nursing program at Hutchinson Community College and, ultimately, earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Tabor College in 2010. Annually, Mrs. Clark trains more than 150 students in institutionally- and community-based classes to become certified nurse aides, medication aides, and home health aides in various areas extended and specialized care facilities in south central Kansas.