Record turnout for Faculty of Excellence Luncheon

Photos from the 2013 WSU Faculty of Excellence


Elizabeth King, president and CEO of the WSU Foundation, had difficulty quieting the attendees to begin the 2013 Faculty of Excellence Luncheon program because of the many conversations between donors and the faculty recipients of their gifts — a great problem to have.

    With more than 75 participants at the Nov. 15 event at the Marcus Welcome Center, this was the largest turnout in recent history.

    In King’s welcoming remarks she said, “A great university has to have a great faculty. We are very appreciative to our donors who support our great faculty and for recognizing that investing in faculty means investing in students.”

“What you have done in supporting us keeps researchers and artists in this community for the public good.”

 — Stan Longhofer, the Stephen L. Clark Chair of Real Estate and Finance

    WSU President John Bardo gave a brief campus overview with an update on the shuttle service, residence hall, which is to be inhabited by Aug. 6, 2014; and the growing quality and quantity of students applying for fall 2014 — up nearly 30 percent. One asset in the recruitment of the best and the brightest, according to Bardo, is the honors college, the first in the state of Kansas. Bardo thanked the donors for supporting WSU faculty whom he likened to gem stones that he found when returning to WSU. “When . . . put in a ring, they sure do bling.”

    Other speakers included Bill Moore, WSU Foundation Board of Directors chair, and Tony Vizzini, vice president for academic affairs. Stanley Longhofer, the Stephen L. Clark Chair of Real Estate and Finance and director of the Center for Real Estate, was the guest faculty speaker. He addressed the importance of academic research as a catalyst for general economic growth in the region and used his work as an example of how the larger community benefits from having a research institution in the area.

    The event concluded with the musical performances of Sarunas Jankauskas, WSU assistant professor of clarinet, performing Firecracker and Geoff Deibel, WSU director of jazz studies and assistant professor of saxophone, and Justine Sasanfar performing Sonata for Saxophone and Piano — both pieces composed by Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn, WSU professor of music theory, composition and technology.


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