Celebrating the Beggs’ 13-year impact

A Legacy of Leadership and Service: 1999-2012

Shirley and Don Beggs

As we said farewell and best of luck to Wichita State’s First Lady Shirley and President Don Beggs, we took time to celebrate their accomplishments and reflect on how they touched the lives of their university and community families.

On June 1, nearly 450 well-wishers turned out for a festive gala at the Wichita Marriott. Closer to home, about 400 faculty and staff gathered on June 14 in the Preferred Health Systems Practice Facility in Charles Koch Arena to give the Beggs a campus Shocker sendoff.

Watch the video tribute shown at both events looking back at highlights from the Beggs’ personal and professional accomplishments.

Attendees at both events were welcomed by Elizabeth King, WSU Foundation president and CEO, and were entertained by the Beggs’ favorite WSU and community performers.

Guests were encouraged to write notes or sign a poster for the Beggs’ scrapbook. In addition to these mementos, many people selected to contribute in honor of the Beggs to three funds near and dear to them. In cash and pledges, the Shirley and Don Beggs Scholarship for Children of Physical Plant Employees received $44,836, the Band Instrument Repair and Restoration Endowment has reached $7,740 and $672,949 has been contributed to the Shirley Beggs Ballroom.

Rodney Miller, dean of the College of Fine Arts, presented the Beggs with a proclamation and lifetime complimentary passes to attend any artistic and cultural fine arts events at WSU. He also presented the Beggs with a photo of them and other Shockers at Carnegie Hall.


Thanks for the memories...

Don and Wichita Business JournalLast year, President Beggs was named to the Wichita Business Journal’s 2011 Newsmakers. In 2010, Shirley and Don Beggs received the Uncommon Citizen Award from the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce. Shirley and Don also were the recipients of the Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award by the National Conference for Community and Justice in 2004.

 Downtown ShockerFrom 1999-2012, more than 4,500 students gained work-based learning experience through the Office of Cooperative Education and Work-Based Learning. More than 400 local and national businesses and organizations collaborated with the university to provide work-based learning experiences for WSU students.

Don Beggs with studentIn fall 2011, students were enrolled in nearly 162,000 credit hours, the highest number of credit hours since at least 1980.

Since 1999, net assets have nearly doubled, from $122 million to more than $224 million, and total gifts received amount to more than $265 million.

Band instrumentsShirley and Don established the Instrument Repair and Restoration Endowment in 1999 and they established the Shirley and Don Beggs Scholarship for Children of Physical Plant Employees. So far, 19 students have benefited from the latter scholarship.

 Engineering buildingSome of the noteworthy facility improvements are Charles Koch Arena, West and South campuses, Marcus Welcome Center, James Sutherland Garvey Center, the Advanced Education in General Dentistry and Engineering Research buildings, and soon — the Rhatigan Student Center.

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