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Leadership Council formed to help secure private support for WSU Ideas Lab

Henrion Hall; Wichita State
The WSU Ideas Lab would be placed inside Henrion Hall, one of the oldest buildings on campus.

As the GoCreate makerspace is under construction on the WSU Innovation Campus, work also is underway to create what many see as a similar space for artistic and design endeavors in Henrion Hall, one of Wichita State’s most historic buildings.

The red-brick building along the southern edge of the main campus will be home to the WSU Ideas Lab, a technologically up-to-date facility where students and faculty will engage in journeys of discovery, ideas and creativity.

The Ideas Lab will complement GoCreate, which will have the kind of equipment and tools people need to build their ideas into marketable products, systems and processes. GoCreate, part of the Experiential Engineering Building, will be open to community participants as well as WSU students and faculty. Henrion now is home to sculpture, ceramics and painting studios, which will remain as an integral component of the Ideas Lab.

Eight alumni and friends of Wichita State who support the Ideas Lab have volunteered to help the WSU Foundation and the WSU College of Fine Arts raise $3.2 million to renovate the interior of Henrion Hall. These eight will serve on the Ideas Lab Leadership Council, with Curt Gridley ’80 and Tracy Hoover as co-chairs. It is hoped that four to six more people will join the council.

The Ideas Lab Leadership Council is the first of several volunteer committees the WSU Foundation plans to create to help raise private funds for the priorities identified in a comprehensive campaign to advance Wichita State. The campaign is in the quiet phase now and will be unveiled publicly in fall 2016.

Meet the volunteers serving on the Ideas Lab Leadership Council and learn more about why they wanted to participate in the initiative:

Curt Gridley and Tracy Hoover

Curt Gridley and Tracy Hoover

Curt Gridley and Tracy Hoover

Curt graduated from WSU in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and mathematics and a minor in Spanish, then received a master's degree in mathematics from Dartmouth College. He is now a technical and management consultant for small start-up companies and sits on the WSU Foundation Board of Directors. Tracy graduated in 1985 from Wellesley College with a bachelor's degree in English and computer science. She is an accomplished musician who teaches private lessons in viola da gamba through the WSU School of Music and is treasurer of the Viola da Gamba Society of America.

Why they support the Ideas Lab in Henrion Hall:

“Our background is in engineering and arts/music, so we love the idea of a space where these worlds can intermingle and the exchange of ideas can happen. We also think it’s important to preserve Henrion. This is an ideal use of that building – a vast open space that can be configured in an infinite number of ways. The Ideas Lab will connect a historic part of campus with new initiatives that will help shape the future of Wichita State.”

Clark and Sharon Bastian

Sharon and Clark Bastian

Clark and Sharon Bastian

Clark, chairman and CEO of Fidelity Bank, earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wichita State in 1975. He serves on the WSU Foundation Board of Directors and the Ulrich Museum of Art Advisory Board. Sharon received a bachelor’s degree in art and mathematics from WSU in 1976. She is actively involved in Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, WSU Art & Design Advocates Board, StepStone and other community organizations.

Why they support the Ideas Lab in Henrion Hall:

“The Ideas Lab is the intersection of creative expression and academic disciplines. WSU students will have opportunities to see how the creative mind applies to all fields of endeavors. Equipping the space with state-of-the-art technology, in a safe and user-friendly environment open 24 hours a day, will draw community businesses to campus as well, fostering collaborations to address issues facing our community. Wichita is at a crossroads and predictions for the future look troubling. We believe the community will respond to a vibrant, active, creative campus. The Ideas Lab is a fundamental component to the growth that we want to see on campus and in our city.”

John and Nancy Brammer

Nancy and John Brammer

John and Nancy Brammer

John earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Wichita State in 1970 and a master’s degree in the same field in 1973. His doctorate of dental surgery is from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He performed his research fellowship and residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Now retired, John was an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Wichita for many years. Nancy serves on the Ulrich Museum of Art Advisory Board.

Why they support the Ideas Lab in Henrion Hall:

“This project will preserve a historic building on campus while improving the interior space for the benefit of the students. It will give students from different disciplines a new freedom to share ideas, serving as an incubator for new concepts and directions of study and development.”

Joy and Brian Heinrichs

Joy and Brian Heinrichs

Brian and Joy Heinrichs

Brian, a 1996 WSU graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance, is chief financial officer for Intrust Bank. He serves on the WSU Foundation’s Board of Directors. He also is a member of the Barton School Advisory Board and the Koch Global Trading Center Advisory Board. Joy is a 2000 graduate of Wichita State with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

Why they support the Ideas Lab in Henrion Hall:

“The Ideas Lab is important because it expands the Innovation Campus beyond an engineering and business focus. Creative students will be able to work alongside students with strong technical skills to turn ideas into reality. One of the main objectives of a college education is to develop creative problem-solvers. The Ideas Lab will create an environment that fosters creativity and learning with the side benefit of renovating a historic building on the WSU campus.”

Photo of Tanya Tandoc in 2014.

New kilns in Henrion Hall dedicated to late chef and artist Tanya Tandoc

Four new kilns purchased by the WSU School of Art, Design and Creative Industries will be dedicated to the memory of Tanya Tandoc, who pursued studies as a ceramic artist at Wichita State University.

Tandoc, who owned Tanya’s Soup Kitchen and was active in Wichita’s art and music community, died June 4 after being attacked by her housemate.

The Art & Design Advocates, a group of volunteers who raise money to support the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries, raised $50,000 to help the school buy four Blaauw kilns. Blaauw is an industry leader in 21st-century kiln technology renowned for precision, efficiency and durability.

“These kilns will create a lasting legacy for Tanya that suits not only her passion for clay, but that also symbolizes the radiance and love she shared with everyone she knew,” said Lindsey Herkommer DeVries, coordinator of external affairs for the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries.