George Hockett ’86 stays connected by giving back

George Hockett
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George Hockett ’86 has been giving back to Wichita State through the WSU Foundation Annual Fund for Excellence for more than 20 years.

After graduation, George Hockett said he realized the benefits that financial assistance have on college students.

"The $1,000 I received was important in my first year of school," said Hockett, electrical engineer and partner at Miniature Plastic Molding LLC.

Because of this, Hockett, a 1986 WSU graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, has been giving back consistently through the WSU Foundation Annual Fund for Excellence since 1988.

"Giving to WSU is one of the ways I feel I show my Shocker pride and my continued connection to the university."

Hockett says that even a small amount can help programs, including engineering, continue to grow in the future.

He reminisces about talking with his former fellow engineering students while attending WSU about how exciting it would be to see each engineering program expand to its own building. He said they lightly joked about it, but after some time in the workforce, Hockett felt that it was actually possible to help the College of Engineering with that goal. He said that although he doesn’t keep in contact with his former classmates, he does know that all of them have at some point donated to their alma mater.

Hockett says he receives satisfaction through his gifts every time he meets a new Shocker graduate or hears of another program expansion at the school.

“Adding another engineering discipline, like bioengineering, is always helping to draw more recognition for our program. It also gives students a chance for cross disciplines, which in this day and age is a benefit in the workplace. It has been several years since I graduated, but I will always be a Shocker. I want to see the university grow and its reputation remain high for future Shockers.”

For more information on how to donate to the Annual Fund for Excellence, visit or contact Krista Voth, WSU Foundation director of annual fund, at (316) 978-3819 or

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