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December 2013



CALENDAR December 6 ESU-KC Graduation Celebration Electronic billing statement available through Buzz In

December 7


ESU Graduation Celebration Party

istance Education and ESU-Kansas City would like to invite all distance graduating students to our graduation celebration to honor your achievements on Friday, Dec 6th. We will be ordering a wide variety of appetizers and provide a cake in recognition of your graduation. Tanner’s full menu will be available to you as well, should you wish to order any additional beverages and /or dinners.

Please RSVP via email: or phone: 913-338-4378 *Please note this celebration is NOT related to the official graduation ceremony held on the main campus in Emporia. We encourage you to attend Commencement on Saturday, December 14th. Contact your departmental advisor for more information about attending Commencement.

Last day of classes

December 14 Commencement (main campus)

December 17 Grades are available on Buzz In

December 23– Jan 1 University closed

January 2 Offices open at 8:00 a.m.

January 22 Spring Classes begin


2013 WINTER COMMENCEMENT CONGRATULATIONS! We are very proud of you and we hope to see you at Winter Commencement in Emporia on Saturday, December 14, 2013! 

Undergraduate degrees will be conferred at White Auditorium, 111 E. Sixth Ave, beginning at 9:30 a.m.


Graduate degrees will be conferred in Albert Taylor Hall, located in Plumb Hall on the ESU main campus, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact the Registration Office at 620-341-5150 or e-mail For additional information, visit:


EDUCATOR OPEN HOUSE SU-Kansas City hosted an Educator Open House on November 7th. A big

THANK YOU to everyone who was a part of this excellent event!

Prospective students are learning more about the programs.

ESU-KC staff Ann (left) and Nina (right) are welcoming students to the Educator Open House.

Dr. Foyle (left), professor of Instructional Design Technology (IDT) Department is explaining the Master of IDT program to a guest.

3 Karen Bevis, JCCC/KCKCC Elementary Education program Advisor. 3

DISTANCE EDUCATION PROFILE For this month’s newsletter, we had the pleasure of interviewing ESU distance professor, Dr. Brian Miller.

Dr. Brian Miller is an associate professor and associate Chair of History in ESU’s Social Sciences Department. He was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in Williamsport, PA. Dr. Miller earned both his Master and PhD degrees in History at The University of Mississippi in 2006. One year later, he officially joined Emporia State in 2007. “I really enjoy reading the papers the distance students

Dr. Brian Miller

produce each semester”, said Dr. Miller. “We have some exceptional writers who are working on their degrees away from Emporia and it is such an honor to see the excellent work

Associate Professor and

they produce each semester!”

Associate Chair of History Outside of teaching at ESU, Dr. Miller is currently serving as the

director of Lyon County Historical Society, as a book review editor for the journal Civil War History, and he is a series editor for The South in the Civil War for Kent State University Press. He also won the 2012 Liberal Arts Teaching Award for Excellence. During his free time, Dr. Miller enjoys cooking, travelling and especially running. He is hoping to run a

Dr. Miller ’s advice for distance

half marathon in all 50 states and has already completed one in 14 states.

students: “Read the syllabus carefully and make sure you do all the work for your online classes. Students who end up with a failing grade usually could have passed the course had they completed their work.”


DISTANCE EDUCATION PROFILE Kelsey Keais is this issue’s SPOTLIGHT student who would like to introduce herself to other distance students.

Kelsey Keais is a senior in ESU’s Elementary Education program. She was born and raised in Wichita and graduated from Campus High School in Haysville, KS. Kelsey has enjoyed online learning and she describes ESU as her second home. “I love how you connect with the people in your class. I have gotten to know a bunch of people through the block classes,” Kelsey said. “I can proudly say that I am friends with them!” Her favorite class has been Block 1 Science with Mr. Seimears. Currently, Kelsey is student teaching in a 4th grade level class and will continue with a kindergarten class next semester. After her student teaching, Kelsey is expecting to graduate in May and hoping to launch her career as

Kelsey Keais

a K-6 teacher. “I hope that I will get to teach children because it is the best of anything. I want to take what I learned in ESU and apply it to my teaching strategy.”

Elementary Education Student

Outside of school, Kelsey enjoys reading, shopping, hanging out with her friends, and working with animals; she often volunteers at the Sedgwick County Zoo.



Emporia State named a Best College for Veterans U.S. News & World Report named Emporia State to the first Best Colleges for Veterans list! ESU is ranked No. 27 on the Midwest Region veterans list. It qualified for the list by being a “top-ranked schools in the Best Colleges rankings that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active service members apply, pay for and complete their degrees.�

ESU Football Team in NCAA Playoffs for the Second Time in School History With a 9-1 record and their second consecutive MIAA runner-up finish, the #14 ESU football team (9-1, 9-1 MIAA) played a #5 seed Minnesota-Duluth (10-1, 10-1 NSIC) in the NCAA Division II Super Region-3 Playoffs on November 23, 2013. This was the second time the Hornets have traveled to Minnesota for NCAA playoff action since 2003. On Saturday, November 23, the ESU football team turned the ball over a season high five times in a 55-13 loss at #5 Minnesota-Duluth. The hornets gave up 476 yards rushing on the day. Although their season ended 9-2, the hornets advanced to the NCAA Playoffs for the second time in school history!

# 14 Emporia State Hornets in the NCAA Playoffs on November 23.



ESU-KC Reminders Payment of Fees: We recommend students to pay their account balance or submit the Extended Payment Agreement and make a $150 down payment by January 22, the first day of classes. On January 28th, accounts that have a balance of $100 or more will be charged another $50 administrative fee. Undergraduate students who have not submitted an Extended Payment Agreement by 5:00 P.M. central time January 28th will be dropped from classes. For more information, visit

Spring 2014 Semester: Classes for the Spring 2014 semester begin Wednesday, January 22nd. Students can check their schedule through Buzz In’s “Academic Life” tab under “ Registration.” If you have any holds preventing you from enrolling, check under “ Student Records” and be sure to speak with your advisor to ensure you will be placed in the classes you need by the start of the semester.

Winter Break Dates Emporia State University offices will be closed Monday, December 23 through Wednesday, January 1. Offices will reopen Thursday, January 2 at 8:00 a.m. If you have any technology problems during Winter Break, please contact IT Helpdesk at or call 620-341-5555. IT Helpdesk Winter Break hours: Monday - Friday Dec 16 - Jan 18 8:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

ESU Distance Education Faculty & Staff hope you have a wonderful Winter Break! 7

ESU Distance Education 877-332-4249

ESU - Kansas City 8400 W. 110th St., Suite 150, Overland Park, KS 913-338-4378

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Emporia state university distance education december 2013 newsletter  
Emporia state university distance education december 2013 newsletter