The Barton School of Business is poised to host its esteemed “Beyond” Hall of Fame 2026, dedicated to recognizing, honoring and celebrating industry executives and business leaders who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to their communities and the advancement of the Barton School. The illustrious inductees of the inaugural Hall of Fame in 2024 were Frank Barton, Clark Bastian and Fran Jabara. Nominations for this prestigious event’s next group of inductees are being welcomed until Friday, May 10, 2024.

“The Barton School has been shaped by countless luminaries,” said Dr. Larisa Genin, dean, Barton School. “This recognition stands as our heartfelt tribute to their remarkable achievements and profound impact. Each inductee serves as a beacon of inspiration to us all.”

The “Beyond” Hall of Fame 2026 crowning event will take place on Feb. 21, 2026, at the celebrated Mark Arts in Wichita. This spectacular event coincides with the Barton School’s 100th centennial celebration, promising an evening of unparalleled grandeur and significance!

Nominations for the 2026 Business Hall of Fame inductees are currently open. If you are aware of individuals whose contributions have left a lasting impression on the Barton School, we encourage you to submit your nominations to by May 10, 2024. Please include the nominee’s name, title, company affiliation, a brief rationale for the nomination, along with the nominator’s name and contact information.

The Latine Faculty and Staff Association (LFSA) at Wichita State are requesting nominations from members of the campus community to recognize and celebrate outstanding Latine Shockers.

  • The Elisa Chacon Award
    Named after Elisa Chacon, WSU’s first Latine student graduate, the award will be given to an undergraduate student who has excelled in scholarship, community, leadership and advocacy.
  • The Hector Franco Award
    Named after Hector Franco, WSU’s earliest graduate-level degree recipient, the award will be given to a graduate student who has excelled in scholarship, community, leadership and advocacy.
  • The Joseph “Jose” Angulo Award
    Named after Joseph “Jose” Angulo, WSU’s longtime professor who taught at WSU for 37 years, this award will be given to a faculty member who has excelled in advocating, promoting, mentoring and engaging with the Latine community at WSU.
  • The Maccelino “Chelo” Huerta Award
    Named after Maccelino “Chelo” Huerta, WSU’s head football coach from 1962 to 1964 who was inducted in to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002, this award will be given to a staff member who has excelled in advocating, promoting, mentoring and engaging with the Latine community at WSU.
  • The Camarena Community Award
    Named after Gene and Yolanda Camarena, founders of the Shocker Adelante Scholars. the award is for a student who embodies the highest ideals of character, leadership and service and whose commitment has made a significant impact to the Latine community at WSU.

Take a moment to nominate a fellow WSU colleague/student for the LFSA Awards. Applications will be accepted through April 24, and the award winners will be revealed during the inaugural Latine Graduation Student Celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9 at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex.

For more information, contact Sara Mata at

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The honorees for the 2024 University Faculty Awards will be recognized Friday, May 3 in 141 Woolsey Hall, Fidelity Bank Room. The reception to meet and greet the honorees will be held at 2:30 p.m. The recognition ceremony will begin at 3 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by April 30.

The university faculty awards recognizes excellence in teaching, research and creative activities.

2024 University Faculty Award honorees:

  • Excellence in Teaching: Jody Fiorini
  • Leadership in the Advancement: Carolyn Speer
  • Young Faculty Scholar: Eylem Asmatulu
  • Excellence in Research: Hyuck Kwon
  • Excellence Award for Community Research: Stan Longhofer
  • Faculty Risk Taker: Gery Markova
  • Young Faculty Risk Taker: Abigail Devereaux
  • Excellence in Online Teaching: Masud Chand
  • Academy for Effective Teaching: Manira Rani

Note: No awards will be presented for Creative Activity and Excellence in Accessibility for FY2024.

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The President’s Distinguished Service Awards will recognize faculty and staff for exemplary, dedicated and caring service to the Wichita State community Friday, May 3.

The reception to meet and greet the honorees is at 9 a.m. The recognition ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. in 141 Woolsey Hall, Fidelity Bank Room. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by April 30.

Honorees were selected by their peers from the university’s Staff Senate and Faculty Senate. RSVP on the Shocker Pride Celebration homepage.

The 2024 President’s Distinguished Award honorees:

  • Faculty Senate:
    • Cheyla Clawson Chandler, associate professor and director, School of Performing Arts 
    • Mythili Menon, associate professor, Department of English   
    • Chelsea Redger-Marquardt, assistant dean, Cohen Honors College            
  • University Staff Senate:
    • Jessica Pierpoint, library patent and trademark specialist, University Libraries             
    • Gabriel Fonseca, director for diversity and inclusion, Office of Diversity and Inclusion      
    • Ken Wiseman, Go Create facility manager, Go Create Maker Space           
    • James Porter, exhibition designer and production manager, Ulrich Museum of Art    
  • University Staff Senate – Wayne Carlisle Award:
    • David Wright, chief data officer, Office of Academic Affairs and Research
Yellow background with picture of Dr. Linda Rhone. 2024 MO-KAN-NE Achievers Recipient. Linda F. Rhone, Ph.D., Ed.D. Executive Director, TRIO Student Support Services, College Readiness and Retention and Graduation Programs. Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska Chapter of the Educational Opportunity Association.

On April 4, Dr. Linda F. Rhone, executive director of TRIO Student Support Services/College Readiness, Retention, and Graduation Programs, will receive the MO-KAN-NE (Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska) Achievers Award in Kansas City, Missouri at the annual conference. The MO-KAN-NE Achievers Award honors individuals who are outstanding former TRIO/GEAR UP participants, who have received recognition within his/her profession, or had outstanding academic achievement. They are also a person who has made a significant civic, community or professional contribution.

Dr. Linda Rhone’s career extends more than thirty-five years in academia with several full-time faculty appointments in the field of teacher education. She transitioned her extensive experience as a K-12 teacher in marginalized communities, community college instructor of social sciences for four years, and university education professor for more than 15 years to currently managing the multi-million-dollar TRIO Student Support Services federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Rhone went from assistant professor to executive director and still teaches today as adjunct professor in the graduate program at Wichita State in the College of Applied Studies and as adjunct professor in the Graduate Teacher Education Workshop program in the College of Education at Friends University.

Rhone’s experience also includes her role as lead research assistant on the $1,000,000 federal grant for Professional Development at the University of Kansas. On the Senate Floor in Topeka, Kansas, Rhone’s work to establish the Wichita Teacher’s Inquiry Group with a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation (a university and public-school partnership) was acknowledged by Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau. As the president and founder of the Kansas Teacher Inquiry Group, Rhone has transformed lives of the teachers who learned how to effectively teach populations of marginalized groups and the students who were taught by them.

Dr. Rhone holds a Ph.D. in social justice education and a Doctor of Education in curriculum and instruction. Rhone attended the University of Sheffield, the University of Kansas, West Virginia University and California State University-Los Angeles for graduate school. She earned her undergraduate degree from Wichita State. Rhone is a proud former TRIO participant.

Rhone’s platform in TRIO Student Support Services is an opportunity to continue to advocate for social justice and develop change agents. Rhone says that none of this would have been possible without the guidance of her mentors Associate Vice President for Special Programs Deltha Q. Colvin, Dr. James Rhatigan and the late Dr. Deema de Silva. The MO-KAN-NE Achievers Award further serves as a source of pride in the knowledge that MO-KAN-NE continues to make a difference in the lives of thousands of first-generation and low-income students throughout the MO-KAN-NE region and the United States.

2023 ALOTY winner Jennifer Johnson holding her award plaque

The Office of Online & Adult Learning is now accepting nominations for the Adult Learner of the Year (ALOTY) Awards Ceremony. The ALOTY Award is given to an adult learner in recognition of their achievements and dedication to reaching their academic goals.

Submit a nomination for the ALOTY Award.

In addition to the ALOTY Award, the ceremony will include four new awards you can nominate individuals for:

  • Service Award — Recognizes an adult learner who exemplifies what it means to be service-oriented through studies, work or personal life.
  • Research Award — Recognizes an adult learner who has completed exceptional work in undergraduate research.
  • Applied Learning Award — Recognizes an adult learner who has excelled through their applied learning experience.
  • Leadership Award — Recognizes an adult learner who exemplifies leadership, either through studies, work or personal life.

Another recognition that will be awarded is the Support System Award. This award differs from the others because the student will be the one to recognize their support system.

  • Support System Award — Recognizes an adult learner’s support system that has encouraged them along their academic journey.­

Nominations for awards will be open until March 1. For any questions about the ALOTY Awards, email or call 316-978-8325.

Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame

Gary Bender, Mona Nemer and M. Lee Pelton exemplify the merits and advantages of a liberal arts and sciences education and will be inducted into the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame at 2 p.m, Feb. 6 in Wiedemann Hall. Induction into the Fairmount College Hall of Fame is the highest recognition of outstanding alumni who have had a significant impact on the region, nation and world. The event is open to the public. 

Andrew Hippisley, dean, Fairmount College, will moderate an audience-involved panel discussion with Bender, Nemer and Pelton about their university experiences and how a liberal arts and sciences education prepared them for their careers. A reception will immediately follow the event in Miller Concert Hall Lobby, Duerksen Fine Arts Center. 

Shania Burkhead-Harris holds her certificate and award check with Dr. Tom Luhring

When graduate student Shania Burkhead-Harris attended the 50th annual meeting of the Kansas Herpetological Society in Lawrence from Nov. 3 to Nov. 5, she didn’t know that she’d been nominated by her PI/advisor for the newest award offered by the society.

The Gann Scholarship for Women in Herpetology honors any female-presenting or assigned-female-at-birth student for their potential to contribute to the study of amphibians and reptiles, and their ability to be a role model for future women in STEM. Shania’s thesis research looks at variables affecting the growth and development of Small-mouthed Salamanders in artificial, outdoor wetlands. She has been a stalwart participant in Expanding Your Horizons events during her time in the department, as well as participating in outreach events for scout groups.

Dr. Tom Luhring, assistant professor of biological sciences, nominated Shania for the inaugural scholarship.

Cynorra Jackson photographed with the Dean of University Libraries Brent Mai

WSU Libraries are thrilled to announce that Cynorra Jackson, access services supervisor, has been awarded the 2023 Presidential Award for Library Personnel at the Kansas Library Association Conference.

The recognition highlights her exceptional dedication and contributions to the field of library services, emphasizing her commitment to enhancing access to information and promoting excellence in the profession. WSU Libraries congratulate Cynorra Jackson on her exciting achievement.

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Dr. Sun Young Lee, assistant professor for the School of Education in the College of Applied Studies (CAS), has been selected for the Spalding Faculty Fellowship for the 2023-24 academic year. Recognized for her exceptional research productivity and ambitious national and international scholarship plans, the honor was conferred by Dr. Jennifer Friend, dean, CAS.

The Spalding Faculty Fellowship includes a grant of $6,987 for fiscal year 2024, allowing allocation for various purposes, including travel, equipment and graduate assistants.

This Fellowship is a tribute to V. Jean Spalding and her late husband, Lee (Leland) Spalding, who were dedicated volunteers in the Wichita community. Lee’s graduation from Wichita State in 1964 with a degree in management and Jean’s invaluable work in the budget office of USD 259 showcased their devotion to various community projects, including American Red Cross blood drives, Helping Hands through Central Christian Church, Via Christi Hospital and Partners in Caring. Their legacy of selfless service to their church, family, friends and community embodies their commitment to education at multiple levels.

The Spalding Faculty Fellowship is a testament to Jean’s dedication to education and aims to provide support for academics and research.