Quasquicentennial: Our 125th Anniversary
125 Years of Innovation in Education
In September 1895, Fairmount College, the forerunner of Wichita State University, held its first classes just northeast of 17th Street and Hillside. Now, 125 years later, we celebrate the ever-expanding role of our institution as a pillar of cultural and academic excellence, a vital engine of economic growth and a positive force in the lives of millions.
Wichita State Then and NowWe hit the video archives to take a look at how campus life has changed over the decades.
Thematic Calendar and Events
All events are subject to change due to health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
July - Community Focused
- City of Wichita turns 150
August - Welcomefest
Celebrating our founding through 1910s
- Students return
- Welcomefest events
- Getting to know Wichita State
September - WSU Birthday
Celebrating 1920s and 1930s
- WSU's birthday - 9/11/1895
- Academic Convocation
- Volleyball / Softball
- Latinx Heritage Month
- Hyatt Place opening
October - New Beginnings
Celebrating 1940s and 1950s
- WuShock's birthday
- Memorial '70's 50th anniversary
- Start of basketball
- Shocktoberfest / Homecoming
November / December - Forward Thinking
Celebrating 1960s and 1970s
- Distinguished Scholarship Invitational
- Koch Innovation Challenge
- 3 Minute Thesis
- U.S. election
January / February - Welcome Back
Celebrating 1980s and 1990s
- Back to school
- Springfest events
- Black & Yellow Day
- Black History Month
March - New Season
- AAC Tournament / March Madness
- W-S-YOU event
- Women's History Month
- Shocker New Venture Competition
April - Rise of Technology
- Innovation Month
- Earth Day
- Open Streets
- Multicultural Greek Council Step Show
May / June - Future of WSU
- Finals & Commencement
- Summer break
- State Track Meet
- Summer classes begin
Planning Our Quasquicentennial Toolkit
Logos and graphics
Download includes a zipped file with a scalable eps file and a png. Click image to begin download.
Below are a few 125th templates that may be used as a starting point for your project. Each design is set up as an InDesign document. Your download will include an InDesign CC (.indd) file and a legacy InDesign (.idml) file that can be opened by older versions of InDesign. Click image to begin download.
These templates are set in the font Klavika. If you do not have Klavika, you may request it from Creative Services.
Below are two motion video templates to use on your 125th video intros and outros. It’s recommended to use the textured template for general video and use the transparent template for adding a customized background. Click link to begin download.
Celebrate Wichita State’s 125th anniversary by adding a special anniversary “signature” to your email.
For email signatures it's recommended to only use official Wichita State University and department logos with the registration circle. If your logo does not have a ®, it will need to be replaced with a new logo.
To learn how to change your email signature, please visit Signatures for Mac or Signatures for PC.
Click link to begin download.
Snippet with 125th logo on the left and room for content on the right. Use for displaying content as you plan and implement content for the 125th anniversary. Change the background color, use it in a standard page or landing page, or as a sidebar, add an image or button links.
To find the snippet, go to the CMS toolbar, click "Insert Snippet" and search for "125th." See an example of all available combinations.