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Donors and scholarship recipients gather to share stories

Photos from recent scholarship events hosted by the WSU Foundation
Photos from recent scholarship events hosted by the WSU Foundation.

College of Health Professions Scholarship Reception

College of Health Professions scholarship recipients, their donors and Wichita State and WSU Foundation staff gathered for an afternoon of food and conversation, Tuesday, March 2, at the Marcus Welcome Center. Nearly 50 attendees were welcomed to the reception by Joseph Hunter, WSU Foundation vice president for development. Sandra Bibb, dean of the College of Health Professions, provided a college update.

Remarks from Mike Herbert, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Kansas, focused on the donor perspective, as DDKS has provided continuous support to a variety of WSU developments such as the Advanced Education in General Dentistry building fund, AEGD Gift of Smiles Campaign and the Linda Brantner Committed to Community Scholarship.

Guests also heard comments from WSU student Dustin Siler, the Geney and Cramer Reed Endowed Scholarship/Fellowship recipient. He has participated in numerous service projects and was involved with procuring a grant to fund a white coat ceremony for the class of 2015. Siler will graduate in July with a Master of Physician Assistant.

To view photos of the event, go to http://bit.ly/HP-2015.

Current and former Jabara Scholarship recipients gather for announcement

It was a reunion of sorts for the current and former recipients of the Jabara Scholarship on Friday, March 13 at the Marcus Welcome Center. Nearly 40 people were welcomed by Elizabeth King, WSU Foundation president and CEO, to hear the announcement of the 2015 recipients, share lunch and memories.

Mark Torline, director of the WSU Center for Entrepreneurship, welcomed Jocelyn Galicia and Clayton Hicks as the two newest members of the Jabara Scholarship family. Galicia was unable to attend, but her mother and brother, Maria and Adam Galicia, were proud to accept the plaque on her behalf. Accompanying Hicks were his parents, Gayla and Gerald Hicks. Torline shared with guests the history behind the scholarship, which was established in 1999 and named for Fran Jabara, a prominent Wichita entrepreneur who founded the center and is a former dean of the business school.

James Jordan-Wagner, interim dean of the W. Frank Barton School of Business, provided a college update.

A touching closure to the event was when former recipients were introduced and shared what they are doing today and how the scholarship impacted their lives during their academic career and after.

The scholarship awards each recipient $20,000 over four years. To qualify, a student must have a minimum ACT score of 24, a GPA of 3.5 or better and be a declared entrepreneurship major.

To view photos of the event, go to http://bit.ly/Jabara2015.

W. Frank Barton School of Business Scholarship Reception attendees hear before and after stories

LeRoy Unruh, who grew up in a small Kansas town, received his bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1971 from Wichita State University. Unruh retired from GE Insurance Solutions in Overland Park, Kan. He contributes much of his professional success to his Shocker education and by establishing a scholarship, he wanted to provide that same opportunity for success to other rural-area students. Unruh shared these sentiments at the W. Frank Barton School of Business Scholarship Reception hosted by the WSU Foundation on March 26 at the Marcus Welcome Center.

The recipient of the LeRoy and Trish Unruh Endowed Scholarship, Angela Hobbs, was happy to share her side of this story with the nearly 60 guests. Hobbs, a small-town Kansas native, is majoring in accounting with minors in entrepreneurship and finance. She works full time at Cessna Aircraft Co. in its tax department and also is very active on campus. Hobbs’ future plans include pursuing a law degree with an emphasis in tax law.

The reception was emceed by Joseph Hunter, WSU Foundation vice president for development. James Jordan-Wagner, interim dean of the Barton School, talked about the donors’ scholarships and their impact on students. He also provided attendees an update on the business school’s activities and campus news.

To view photos from the reception, please click this link: http://bit.ly/WSUFBarton.