Summer highlights from the WSU Foundation staff and friends

The WSU Foundation learned on June 5 that it received a Gold Award in the CASE Circle of Excellence program for its Promise for the Future planned giving campaign. Michael Lamb, the Foundation's vice president for planned giving, submitted the entry. It was one of 46 in the category for Targeted Fundraising Campaigns and the only one to get a gold award, the top honor. The Promise for the Future campaign had a goal of establishing 100 legacy gifts for WSU made through instruments such as retirement plans, wills, trusts, life insurance and gift annuities. When the campaign ended on June 30, 2012, the goal had been met in full. The CASE Circle of Excellence program recognizes outstanding work in advancement services, alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing.

Residence hall groundbreaking

On June 11, members of the WSU Foundation Board of Directors took time before their monthly meeting to attend the groundbreaking ceremony on campus for the new residence hall. Members of the Foundation’s staff also attended.

Residence Hall groundbreaking

Dale Maltbie, Timothy Buckley and Bill Moore (background, right) were among WSU Foundation board members who attended the residence hall groundbreaking.


WSU Foundation leader honored

On June 24, WSU Foundation President & CEO Elizabeth King received the Rotary Club’s highest honor, called the Service Above Self Award. The award recognizes Rotarians for their outstanding contributions to the club, to Rotary International, to their professions and to their community.

Elizabeth King accepting Rotary Award 2013

Joe Johnson, vice president of Rotary Club of Wichita, and board member Alicia Holloway presented the award to Elizabeth King.


Daylong retreat for WSU Foundation staff

The WSU Foundation staff held its annual retreat on June 27 at the Marcus Welcome Center. The day’s agenda kicked off with comments about the importance of teamwork by Al Higdon, a member of the WSU Foundation National Advisory Council and co-founder of Wichita advertising agency Sullivan, Higdon & Sink. The staff’s team-building activities included shooting baskets at the Preferred Health Systems Multi-purpose Center, where they also heard motivational comments from WSU Women’s Head Basketball Coach Jody Adams and Men’s Basketball Associate Head Coach Chris Jans. After lunch at the cafeteria in Fairmount Towers, the staff listened to a presentation by WSU Alumni Association staff members on their roles and responsibilities. The day ended with a creative art project facilitated by Aimee Geist, curator of education for the Ulrich Museum of Art, and judged by Ulrich Director Bob Workman and new Ulrich Curator Jodi Throckmorton.

2013 WSU Foundation Staff Retreat

Members of the development team presenting at the WSU Foundation staff retreat.

WSU Foundation staff changes

A couple of staff changes have occurred over the summer at the WSU Foundation, including these:

Jessica Treadwell was promoted to director of development for special programs. In this role, Treadwell will continue to work with donors and as the Foundation’s fundraising liaison with KMUW. In addition, she will work to cultivate and steward gifts in support of the WSU Alumni Association.

Jessica Treadwell 2013

Jessica Treadwell, director of development for special programs


Elizabeth Greene was promoted to administrative assistant for the Foundation’s planned giving staff. She reports to Michael Lamb, vice president for planned and annual giving. Greene previously was office assistant to the director of the WSU Foundation National Advisory Council and the director of Annual Fund. The Foundation is in the process of filling that position.


Elizabeth Greene, administrative assistant for planned giving

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