Mickey Armstrong, center, with WSU College of Fine Arts Dean Rodney Miller and Shoko Sevart, chair of the Friends of Fine Arts, an organization that supports the College of Fine Arts.
Two passionate supporters of the WSU College of Fine Arts are among eight people inducted into the college’s Hall of Fame for 2016.
Mickey Armstrong and Anita Jones were honored along with their late husbands, Pete Armstrong and Larry Jones, during a dinner and ceremony to recognize alumni, faculty members and community partners who bring distinction to the College of Fine Arts.
Armstrong has been an active community leader and generous supporter of Wichita State University for many years. She and her husband established the Mickey and Pete Armstrong Performing Arts Scholarship in 2006 to support music theatre students. They were instrumental in helping Wichita State acquire the Gordon Parks collection, an important archive of papers and memorabilia from the life of the Kansas artist.
Since Pete’s death in 2009, Armstrong has continued her involvement with WSU and the College of Fine Arts. She has served on the college’s advisory board, including two terms as president. She also served on the Friends of Fine Arts board, Music Associates and the Ulrich Museum Advisory Board. Armstrong graduated from the University of Wichita in 1945.
Anita Jones, center, with WSU College of Fine Arts Dean Rodney Miller and Shoko Sevart, chair of the Friends of Fine Arts, an organization that supports the College of Fine Arts.
Jones graduated from the University of Wichita in 1953. A longtime supporter of the WSU School of Music, she served nine years as a Music Associates board member, including six as vice president. She has been a member of the College of Fine Arts Advisory Board and an enthusiastic supporter of WSU Summer Theater. Jones is a member of the Ulrich Museum’s Salon Circle and has supported fellowships for several faculty members, including opera star Sam Ramey. She also has made special gifts to the percussion program and orchestral programs.
Jones and her husband also established the Anita and Larry Jones Scholarship in the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1993. Jones has served on the boards for several community organizations, including the Wichita Symphony and the Wichita Center for the Arts.