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Our Gifts Benefit...


The Annual Fund raises unrestricted funds, primarily for the six colleges and University Libraries. These funds have been used to:


Donor Spotlight:

As faculty and staff, each of us brings something important to Wichita State University. It is amazing to see the efforts you and other employees make every day to help each other and our students achieve excellence. Making a gift to the annual fund is one of the clearest and most important statements you can make about your passion for Wichita State and your commitment to the success of our colleagues and students.


Courtney Marshall

Why Courtney Marshall gives back to the university she loves...

I'm thrilled to be part of the Shocker family! The pride our faculty and staff show for WSU is inspiriing. I know how important it is to show my Shocker pride, so I participate in the faculty/staff giving campaign.

I chose to make a gift to the alumni association.

You can give to your passion, too.

Courtney Marshall
WSU Alumni Association
President and CEO

Why Deborah Bardo gives back to the university she loves...

Wichita State allowed me to get a great education, especially with some longtime faculty. I had one of Dr. Nicholas Pronko’s last beginning psychology classes at 7:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I also have great respect for and fond memories of Dr. Emory Lindquist. I took two English history classes from him and also worked two summers for him. By then, he was president emeritus. He told of having nightmares where he was surrounded by towering stacks of term papers that would fall and bury him and that he intended never to assign another term paper. Instead, he used a tutorial where we had to present our work for the semester orally in his office for an hour. I was terrified — did Queen Elizabeth I really knowingly sign the death warrant for her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots?

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever believe that I would get to come home to Wichita State. Thanks, WSU, you’re the best!

Deborah Bardo '75, '77
First Lady of Wichita State


Why Brenda Achey gives back to the university she loves...

WSU is my alma mater and my home away from home. I love Shocker basketball and the arts. My degree is in business, but my passion is really in the arts. For this reason, I give to WSU and to the College of Fine Arts. I have been working at WSU for 28 ½ years now and cannot think of a better place to work.

While I was working on my degree, I also was working fulltime. Therefore, I know how difficult it is to work and pay for an education. I am hopeful that my contribution to WSU will help lighten the financial load for others, so they do not have to work as much as I did while I was a student.

Brenda Achey '96
College Accountant
College of Fine Arts

Why Clay Stoldt gives back to the university he loves...

My donation is admittedly modest, but it is one way I can express my appreciation for the many opportunities Wichita State has provided me. Also, as a former development officer myself, I remember how important it is to have strong levels of internal support to report when cultivating other donors.

Clay Stoldt
Chair, Professor
Sport Management
College of Education


Why Susan Norton gives back to the university she loves...

I started giving because I feel it is important to support things you care about with your time, talents and funds. WSU and higher education are things I am passionate about. Giving through payroll deduction is so easy — one time set up and it is done. For many of us, WSU is more than just a job, it is a passion. I hope my colleagues would agree that giving back to the university is important to continue the work we do. In my small way, I am supporting the university and continuing the legacy of so many who have gone before me. Kind of a ‘one small step’ thing.

Susan Norton
Director of satellite campuses, workforce development and adult learner programs