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Shock the World Campaign
In This Issue


John See
Some of Wichita State's biggest fans describe why they support the Shock the World Campaign
Craig Barton - $350,000
New facility for the W. Frank Barton School of Business

    The school named for Craig Barton’s father, W. Frank Barton, will move from Clinton Hall to the new complex on the WSU Innovation Campus. The new facility will replicate today’s business environment that encourages collaboration, teamwork and entrepreneurship.
    Craig, a longtime philanthropic supporter of Wichita State and former member of the WSU Foundation board, says the investment “should say to the world that Wichita State will be a leader in business education for decades to come.”
    “The physical setting — the atrium, the open concept, the modern technology — all of this will make an eye-popping statement that will capture every student’s imagination. The Barton School has the right people. Now we will have a building to match.”
Allen, Gibbs & Houlik LC - $500,000
New facility for the W. Frank Barton School of Business

    Under the leadership of Paul Allen, Don Glenn and Gary Gibbs, Allen, Gibbs & Houlik supports Wichita State in the areas of business, the arts and athletics. The Wichita-based firm is one of the largest independent Certified Public Accounting and advisory firms in the central United States.
    Paul Allen, who is chair of the WSU Foundation Board of Directors, explains the company’s support for the new Barton School of Business building this way:
    “The way we work, learn and create has been radically reshaped over the past decades. The new Barton School of Business building will reflect those changes with a facility that’s designed to encourage collaboration and innovation throughout. It will serve as a flagship of the quality of WSU’s business education and a reminder of the university’s contribution to our firm and our community’s growth – as a critical pipeline of young talent and energy to fuel further success for all.”
Alex & Pamela Ammar - $350,000
Charles Koch Arena renovation

    In supporting the Koch Arena project, Alex and Pamela Ammar had an opportunity to name an area inside the arena. They chose the recruitment room because they believe bringing successful and talented students to Wichita State is one important way for the university to grow and flourish.
    Wichita State and the Shocker athletic program have much to offer students with big dreams, they say.
    “I received my undergraduate degree from WSU and was a cheerleader there,” says Pamela, an attorney who also serves on the WSU Foundation board. Alex is a surgeon who “knows the value of a great education and skillful recruiting. And we both love basketball. Our gift to the Shock the World Campaign is a perfect way to show our support of Wichita State.”
Intrust Bank - $500,000
New facility for the W. Frank Barton School of Business

    Intrust Bank has provided generous support to Wichita State for more than 50 years. As the largest independent bank headquartered in Kansas, Intrust regards higher education as crucial to the growth and prosperity of the communities it serves.
    Intrust President Jay Smith, who also co-chairs the volunteer committee that is helping to raise private funds for the new business school building, said Intrust supports WSU’s vision to create a world-class learning environment for the Barton School of Business.
    “The ability to innovate and look to the future with optimism is critical if we are to succeed in creating opportunities for our citizens, both young and old,” Smith says. “The exchange of ideas resulting from this new home for Shocker business students will greatly facilitate our ability to create new opportunities for generations to come.”
Darlene and Bob Anderson Estate - $1 Million
Scholarships and fellowships for student athletes

    During their lifetimes, Darlene and Bob Anderson created a legacy few could match at Wichita State, establishing 21 scholarships and fellowships for WSU students. That legacy shines even brighter through an estate gift to help student athletes achieve their educational dreams.
    One of the ways Darlene and Bob demonstrated their support of lifelong learning was by helping others get their college degrees. “It has given us great pleasure to invest in the education of students now and for years to come,” Darlene said in 2010.
    Bob, a WSU faculty member from 1967 to 1992, died in April 2015. Darlene died in January 2014. The WSU Foundation recognized the Andersons’ extraordinary generosity in 2010 by bestowing on them the Fairmount Founders’ Award, its most prestigious honor.
Shock the World Campaign: The quiet phase

Many supporters of Wichita State pledged important gifts during the quiet phase of the campaign, from July 2013 to October 2016, helping to raise more than $145 million of the $250 million goal. Here are five of the most powerful.

Largest philanthropic donation made during the quiet phase

  • Koch Industries/Fred and Mary Koch Foundation
    — $11.25 million to support the GoCreate makerspace, Charles Koch Arena project, Koch Honors College Scholars, Koch Innovation Challenge and Koch Global Trading Center.

  • Dorothy and Bill Cohen
    — $5 million to support the Dorothy and Bill Cohen Honors College and to endow the Dorothy and Bill Cohen Fund for University Libraries.

  • Sam and Rie Bloomfield Foundation
    — $2.5 million to create the Sam Bloomfield Chair in Engineering Innovation.

  • Cybertron International
    — $2.5 million to provide computers, monitors and desktop support for the new Experiential Engineering Building.

  • Dwane and Velma Wallace Foundation
    — $1 million to help renovate and update Wallace Hall.