Society of 1895 members gather to celebrate their university and share their stories

View from the 2014 Society of 1895 event
Mike Lamb, WSU Foundation vice president for planned and annual giving, welcomed about 300 attendees to the 2014 Society of 1895 Celebration and recognized 26 new members.

Whether it’s helping to enhance the department of their former major, giving back to the alma mater that helped prepare them for successful careers or creating a fund to honor a loved one, the varied reasons all mean that the future of Wichita State is secure with the help of legacy gifts made yesterday, today and tomorrow.

    The WSU Foundation honored 26 new members to the Society of 1895 on April 10 at the Marcus Welcome Center. The new members enjoyed a private ceremony emceed by Mike Lamb, the Foundation’s vice president for planned and annual giving, prior to the luncheon for all members.

    During the lunch program, WSU President John Bardo updated attendees on campus happenings including the residence hall, the future razing of Wheat Shocker Apartments, the new technology buildings and the increase in enrollment for fall 2014. Keith Pickus, interim dean of the College of Health Professions, introduced Patricia Hileman, mother of five children, four of whom have benefited from the services provided by the Evelyn Hendren Cassat Clinic. The programs of the WSU speech-language-hearing clinic have been enhanced by the estate gift from Evelyn Cassat in 2008. Elizabeth King, president and CEO of the WSU Foundation, recognized the new and current Society of 1895 members and commended them on their generosity and forward-thinking commitment to Wichita State. The WSU Madrigals, introduced by the College of Fine Arts Dean Rodney Miller, entertained the audience with moving and fun musical performances and concluded the program leading attendees in singing the alma mater.

    There are 554 donors in the Society of 1895 who have documented 595 planned gifts.

    Photos from the event may be found in the WSU Foundation’s Facebook photo album by clicking here

After lunch, new Society of 1895 member and WSU physical therapy professor, Ken Pitetti, right, visits with Roger McClure ’67, center, from South Africa and also a Society of 1895 member, and his brother, David McClure.
After lunch, Ken Pitetti, right, a new Society of 1895 member and WSU physical therapy professor, visited with Roger McClure ’67, center, from South Africa and also a Society of 1895 member, and his brother, David McClure.

 

 

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