Reunion with old friends

Retired WSU faculty and staff gather for annual breakfast event

Sam Webb and Dwight Murphy
Sam Webb (left), professor emeritus of economics, and Dwight Murphy, retired professor of finance, real estate and decision sciences, were among the 150 retired faculty and staff who attended the 2011 WSU Retirement Coffee.

What began as a small gathering of students and retired Wichita State University faculty and staff — and, of course, the event’s originator, James Rhatigan — in 1968, the WSU Retirement Coffee has become an annual tradition. The special breakfast brings retirees back to campus and gives them an opportunity to reunite with old friends and reminisce about their time at the university.

Hosted by Rhatigan, WSU Foundation consultant, and the WSU Foundation, this year’s event was held on Aug. 30 at the Marcus Welcome Center on the WSU campus. It was a success with nearly 150 attendees.

The audience heard comments from First Lady Shirley Beggs, WSU President Don Beggs, Elizabeth King, WSU Foundation president and CEO, Keith Pickus, interim provost, and Ron Matson, associate professor of sociology. Additional presenters were Promise for the Future campaign cabinet members Julie Scherz, associate professor of the WSU Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Phil May, professor emeritus of the WSU School of Accountancy. Entertainment was provided by musical theater students from the College of Fine Arts.

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