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Pictures from the Society of 1895 Luncheon

Posted on April 17, 2017 by under Community, School, Things to Do.    

I had to be in Kansas City on the day of the Society of 1895 luncheon at Wichita State University. Fortunately, Brian was able to attend for the both of us. This is a selfie that he sent me on his way to the event.

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Brian snapped a few photos while he was there, including one of his name tag.

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He was texting me the photos to make me feel like I was there with him also.

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Since this was kind of my thing, Brian didn’t want me to miss out.

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It looked like a great turn out. I found out after the fact that Jill Frasco and Bill Moore were both at the event, which made me feel really bad for missing out.

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Brian took a picture of the little blurb they printed about us in the program, but also took home a couple of the programs (one for us and one to give to grandma).

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Here’s what the cover of the program looks like.

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Brian ended up sitting with Lou Heldman, one of my most favorite WSU figures.

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Lou made sure that Brian left with an extra one of the parting gifts that all the guests received at the event so I would have one as well.

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Brian took a photo of the fancy-looking framed certificate that we received, which he accepted for the two of us.

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Here he is with Wichita State University President John Bardo and the President of the Wichita State University Foundation Elizabeth King.

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I think this is one of the official event photos.

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You can see more photos from the event on the Wichita State University Foundation Facebook page here. To learn more about the Society of 1895 and the Wichita State University Foundation’s Planned Giving options, click here.

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Obama’s Education Speech and Ignorant Educators

Posted on September 13, 2009 by under Leadership, News, School, Videos.    

Lately I have been hearing a lot about this Obama video to the students of America. Today my wife pulled it up and we watched it. First let me tell you that I have no allegiance to one party or the other. To be honest, I have never voted. I am 35 years old and I have not ever voted. I have my reasons and at this point in my life I choose to just observe and report. In my opinion this gives me a unique perspective on politics, I am not swayed to one side or the other. I kind of consider myself to be Switzerland when it comes to the politics of the United States.

What I keep hearing about this video is that schools across America would not allow their students to watch it. As a matter of fact, I have read a few articles that claim that some schools advised their students to not watch it at all, not even on their own time. I don’t understand this. I watched it and it sounds to me like Obama just told the children of America to get off there lazy fat asses and learn something. It sounded to me like he told the students of America that if they don’t make something of themselves then they have no one to blame but themselves. It sounded to me like he put the burden of self-improvement solely on the students of America. Personally, I have no problem with this. I have been preaching this to people for years. I look around at the youth off America and I fear for the future. Now let me tell you, I am no supporter of Obama. I don’t agree with many things that he has planned for the future. I applaud him for wanting to change many things that are broke in the country. He is one of the first to try to correct some of the problems instead of just talking about it. However, I think he is going about it all the wrong way, but that’s a conversation for another blog.

Back to the subject, this video. I listened to the video waiting for this “Call to the Hitler Youth” tone that I had been hearing everyone talk about, it never came. When the video was done I just looked to my wife and said “It’s about dammed time.” To sum it up, he basically went on TV and told the children that they need to get off their asses, get out from in front of the XBOX, PlayStation and Television and learn something. Make something of themselves by bettering their education. He even provided examples of other people their age (some older)how that have overcome adversity and have made something of themselves by applying effort and hard work to learning. He even pointed out that it is not easy, they will have to work at it and at times they may not like it. But the reward will outweigh the struggle. I only wish I had listened to my parents when they told me this years ago. I never liked school, all I wanted to do was draw and watch TV and movies. I was one of those students who said “I’ll never use this stuff in the real world” and never spent the time or effort to learn beyond what the teachers gave us. Hell, I barely learned what the teachers gave us. Now I struggle in life, I have had to learn everything that I need to get along in the real world on my own. Math, English, Grammar all of these things that I slacked off on in school I am finding that I need in order to do things in life. If I had listened to my parents, or had someone speak to the students of America like Obama did then maybe I would have turned out differently.

However, I had a choice. I was given this kind of speech from my folks and I CHOSE to ignore it. Most of the students of America had this choice removed. They were not given the opportunity to make up their own minds, they were not given the opportunity to think for themselves. A person within each of these schools decided that he or she did not want the students to think for themselves. These educators wanted them to continue to trudge along in life and not be something other than what they currently are. What if a student who is currently being pressured by gangs watched this video and decided that he had another option, then went on to create the cure for cancer. That option has been removed from his life now. He may now join that gang and not live past 25. What if another student is struggling with family hardships that are causing her to loose interest in school? Maybe this would have given her the strength to pull her head up and move past this and become the next President of the United States, maybe the first female President. That option is now taken from her because of someone else’s selfish actions.

Personally, I don’t see a problem with this video. I actually applaud it. I do now blame the teachers, principals and parents who kept their children from watching this video. The future that is going to be for your children is your making and I feel that by preventing them from watching this video you just darkened their future. Again, I am in no political organization. I lean towards no political party. I just feel that this was a powerful message that should have been heard and it’s an injustice to the children of this nation that the opportunity was taken from them.

Thank God for YouTube.


Read the transcript here.

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Five Years of Eating at Carrabba’s

Posted on October 22, 2008 by under Life, School.    


Here are pictures of Brian and I at Carrabba’s from October 2003.

We eat there way, way, way too much. =P

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Bowling Finals on TV

Posted on May 29, 2008 by under News, School.    

I read this in the latest Wichita State newsletter. How exciting!

Shocker fans have seen the pictures and read the stories, but soon they can watch the National Championship Finals on CBS College Sports. The recorded-for-TV finals of the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships will air at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, starting with the women’s championship match between WSU and Pikeville College. The telecast of the men’s championship match featuring WSU will air at 7 p.m. Friday, June 6. Both telecasts will air on CBS College Sports, which can be found on Cox Cable on channel 260. Satellite subscribers can view the championships on channel 610 for DIRECTV and channel 152 on Dish Network.

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Commencement Videos

Posted on May 20, 2008 by under School.    

The commencement videos from Wichita State University’s 2008 spring commencement are now available online. Check them out:

Commencement was probably boring for all the spectators but I had a blast. It felt good to be finished with school finally. I look forward to going back in a few years but, right now, I’m just glad it is all over.

Here are some stills from graduation. Enjoy!

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