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Shock the World Campaign
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New name, same aim – to support WSU students



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The WSU Foundation’s annual fund program is now called the Shocker Fund
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Anand Desai

Shocker Fund is the new name for the WSU Foundation’s annual fund program, but the purpose remains the same – to encourage Wichita State alumni to support today’s students with their philanthropic giving.

“The new name better communicates that this is about Shockers supporting Shockers,” says Kathleen Hilyard, associate director of development for the Shocker Fund. “We think the new name better reflects who and what the fund is all about – WSU alumni making a real difference through their giving.”

To the deans of Wichita State’s seven colleges, the name of the fund is not as significant as what it accomplishes for their students. One example: a donation to the W. Frank Barton School of Business made it possible for Dean Anand Desai to help a student participate in the University Innovation Fellows program at Stanford last spring. When he returned to campus, that student offered an idea to improve a finance class to help make students more successful.

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Andrew Hippisley

“After discussion with the faculty, they embraced it and this year, we will be offering this program,” Desai said. “An investment by a donor in this one student will allow us to spread the benefits to many more.”

Alumni who give regularly to the annual fund program are probably familiar with its former name, the Dean’s Fund for Excellence. That name highlighted the fact that donations, usually designated for a specific college, enabled the deans to support worthy projects not covered by their college’s annual budget.

“It means we can respond to smaller things that come along during the course of a year,” says Andrew Hippisley, the new dean of Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “We can also enhance our support for things like study abroad, undergraduate research and other applied learning opportunities that benefit students.”

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Steven Skinner

Steven Skinner, interim dean of the College of Engineering, sums it up this way: “Every donation we get through the Shocker Fund creates an opportunity for us to say ‘yes’ to a student, to help them participate in an experience they might not otherwise be able to afford.”

It’s WSU students who are the backbone of the Shocker Fund. The WSU Foundation employs about 25 students every year to call alumni and talk to them about supporting the college from which they graduated. Last year, alumni gave $537,648 to the Shocker Fund. This year, with the support of Shocker Nation, the Shocker Fund hopes to exceed a goal of $550,000.

For more information

If you would like to learn more, contact Kathleen Hilyard, associate director of development for the shocker fund, at 316-978-3819 or kathleen.hilyard@wichita.edu.

Aaron Winter