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Friday, Oct. 14

6 p.m. Reception • 6:30 p.m. Dinner Tickets: $25 per person

Outstanding Recent Graduates

Leslie (Nigro) Freeman Shawnee, Kan. BSB 2002

Kansas City, Kan. MLS 2001

Jennifer (Schiffelbein) Lasseter

Darcy L. Seitz

Austin, Texas BS 2001

Carol Levers

Topeka, Kan. BSE 2006

Distinguished Alumni

Major General Kevin A. Leonard Teresa A. Markowitz Scott Air Force Base, Ill. BS 1979

Baltimore, Md. BS 1978

Ronald Loewen

Don G. Reichardt

Columbia, S.C. BS 1970, MS 1971

Roswell, Ga. BSE 1960

Make plans to attend the Alumni Celebration Dinner and honor this year’s award winners. Reservations may be made by calling the Alumni Office at (620) 341-5440. For more information or to register online, visit

Musings while under the hood Last night, I had a revelation. It wasn’t one of those instances where a bright light shone from above to convey an important message. In fact, it was a lack of light—a burned-out headlamp in my car—that led to this realization: Sometimes, it’s best to let the experts do the work. Being moderately mechanically inclined, I assumed changing the halogen bulb would be a simple procedure. But without going into a lot of details (including the possibility of dropping the bumper to get at the headlight assembly), I decided the job was best left to the specialists. I called my mechanic this morning. He’ll do the job right. And while my pride was somewhat damaged by the experience, it did give me a hook on which to hang the theme of this edition of Spotlight: Experts at The Teachers College of Emporia State University are doing teacher preparation right. Inside, you’ll read the stories of educators who have devoted their lives to improving the process of training new teachers, and learn what’s on the horizon for the classrooms of the future.

I want to take this opportunity to let you know about some developments that have taken place this summer in the life of Emporia State University. Dr. H. Edward Flentje (BSE 1964) is leading the university as interim president, following the departure of Dr. Michael R. Lane at the end of June. Flentje was named a 2010 ESU Distinguished Alumnus. He served as a cabinet officer for two Kansas governors, and has been a professor of public administration at Wichita State University. “The faculty and staff of Emporia State gave me an extraordinary foundation for my career, and I view this appointment as a special opportunity to be of service to the University that has given me so much,” Flentje said in a Kansas Board of Regents news release announcing his appointment. Deryl Wynn (BSB 1983, BFA 1983), Kansas City, Kan., will chair the screening committee charged with recommending a new ESU president. The 19-member committee represents ESU faculty, students, administration, staff, alumni and Foundation, the Emporia community and the Board of Regents. The Regents hope to have the next ESU president in office by January, 2012. Former President Lane and his wife, Dr. Peggy Lane, plan to stay in Emporia. Lane will teach in ESU’s School of Business. Peggy Lane is chair of the business school’s Accounting and Information Systems department.


The ESU Foundation is also under interim leadership. Tim Clothier, a Topeka businessman whose association with ESU dates back to his days as a student in the 1970s, is guiding the Foundation following the resignation of Judith Heasley at the end of May. A past president of the Foundation’s board of trustees, Clothier’s service to ESU also includes a term as president of the Alumni Association. Continuing as ESU’s executive director of University Advancement, Heasley will oversee ESU Alumni Association activities and help direct special ESU outreach activities. Our work goes on, meanwhile. Take a look under our hood and see for yourself!


Dave Sparks Editor

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Calendar of events South Central Golf Scramble August 28, Hesston ESU at the Kansas State Fair September 9 – 18, Hutchinson Fan Fair September 9, Kansas State Fair, Hutchinson Hornet Heritage Award and Family Day September 17, Emporia Bonner and Bonner Diversity Lecture Series Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop September 28, 7 p.m. Albert Taylor Hall Alpha Sigma Tau Reunion October 7 – 8, Emporia Kansas City Alumni Chapter Event October 6, 5:30 p.m. Boulevard Brewery, 2501 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. Smoky Valley Chapter Event October 13, 5:30 p.m. O’Malleys, 1616 W. Crawford St., Salina

Inaugural Sam E. and Jeannene Hayes Lecture John “Doug” Smith (MBA 1984), President and Chief Executive Officer of B. E. Smith, Inc. October 14, 1 p.m. Sauder Alumni Center

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 39th Annual Homecoming Scholarship Musical October 13 – 15, 7:30 p.m. October 16, 2 p.m. Albert Taylor Hall

Homecoming 2011 – Painting a Dream October 14 – 15, Emporia

Emporia Symphony Orchestra Concert November 1, 7:30 p.m. Albert Taylor Hall

Chi Omega 50th Anniversary Reunion Sigma Phi Epsilon 60th Anniversary Reunion Treble Clef Reunion and Rose Hirschorn’s 90th Birthday Celebration October 15, Emporia On Stage This Fall Gala Benefit Concert September 10, 8 p.m. Heath Recital Hall in Beach Music Hall Jazz Concert September 29, 7:30 p.m. and November 17, 7:30 p.m. Albert Taylor Hall in Plumb Hall

Fan Fair time

Mid-America Woodwind Quintet Concert November 10, 7:30 p.m. Heath Recital Hall Opera Scenes Concert November 15, 7:30 p.m. Heath Recital Hall Percussion Concert November 30, 7:30 p.m. Albert Taylor Hall Eurydice November 30 – December 3 Karl C. Bruder Theatre Wind Ensemble Concert December 1, 7:30 p.m. Albert Taylor Hall

ESU’s Mid-Kansas Alumni chapter coordinates Fan Fair, an event that attracts Hornet alumni to the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson each year. This year’s event is Sept. 9 at the fairgrounds.

Chamber Orchestra Concert December 2, 7:30 p.m. Heath Recital Hall

Along with Fan Fair, chapter members help staff the ESU booth during the fair’s Sept. 9 – 13 run. If you’re interested being a volunteer greeter at the booth, please contact Angela Fullen, donor relations and special events coordinator by emailing or calling (620) 341-6465. See you at the fair!

A Cappella Choir/Community Chorus Concert December 4, 3 p.m. Albert Taylor Hall

Updates and corrections Remember the Spring 2011 Spotlight cover and the image of Kaila Mock pouring molten glass into a sand-cast mold? You’ll want to know that Mock won first prize among more than 75 entries at the Glass Art Society annual conference in Seattle, Wash. Her kiln cast glass entry, “Play Things,” combined what judges called “a combination of Pop-art sensibility with strong symbolism and skilled execution.” Congratulations, Kaila! Spotlight failed to give appropriate credit to one of the photographers who provided images for the Spring issue. Andrew Dorpinghaus (CS), shot the photos that appeared on pages 20, 22, 23, and back cover. 2 spotlight

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Contents How ESU does education right

Editor Dave Sparks Design John Decker (BFA 1990, MS 2010) Photography James R. Garvey (BFA 1977) Through the Years Bradley Long (CS, BSB 2006) Contributors Elizabeth McLain Bill Noblitt Don Weast (BFA’98) Terri Weast (MLS’98) Editorial Committee Sherri Buttenhoff (BSB 1979) Carol Cooper (FS) Tyler Curtis (BSE 2001, MS 2004) John Decker James R. Garvey Kim (Gibson) Grooms (BSB 2001) Judith Heasley Bill Noblitt Dave Sparks Emporia State University Interim President Dr. H. Edward Flentje (BSB 1964) University Advancement Executive Director Judith Heasley Alumni Relations Director Tyler Curtis Alumni Association Board of Directors President Jason Fanning (BSB 1995) ESU Foundation Board of Trustees Chairman Ken Hush (BSB 1982) The ESU Office of University Advancement, 1500 Highland St., Emporia, KS 66801-5018, publishes Spotlight twice a year. Third class postage is paid from Liberty, Mo. This publication is mailed to alumni and friends of Emporia State University. Publication number 708440. Emporia State University is an equal opportunity employer. Contacts Editor, Spotlight 1500 Highland St., Emporia, KS 66801-5018, (620) 341-5440 Advertising, Editor, (620) 341-5440 Address changes, (620) 341-5440, email Postmaster, send address corrections to Alumni Association, 1500 Highland St., Emporia, KS 66801-5018 Volume 41, Number 2 PLEASE RECYCLE THIS MAGAZINE!


NEA launches fundraising for NTHF


Memorial Union— taking a classy step forward


Around Hornet Nation


Mim’s BAK adventures


Meet three new coaches

On the cover:

The Crazy Ladies of Chemistry, Linda Landis, director of ESU’s Science and Math Education Center (left) and Dr. Malonne Davies, Physical Science associate professor, cook up a colorful concoction of chemicals during an Expanding Your Horizons workshop for girls in sixth through eighth grades. See story on page 14 for more information.

Other 4 Jeff Chang presents Bonner and Bonner lecture 5 Hayes Lecture Series showcases high-achieving ESU grads 6 Visser gallery features youngest artists 7 Meet the Alumni Association board 11 A fistful of robots 12 Encouraging girls to do math and science 20 Sports highlights 24 In Memoriam 29 Through The Years 32 Homecoming 2011 schedule

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Jeff Chang

to present Bonner & Bonner lecture at Emporia State University


radical historian, hip-hop journalist and expert on multiculturalism will present the 19th annual Bonner and Bonner Diversity Lecture at Emporia State University. Jeff Chang is the author of two books — “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation” and “Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop” — and is working on a third, “Who We Be: The Colorization of America.” Chang will bring his message to Emporia State University on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011. His speech, which is free and open to the public, will be at 7 p.m. in Albert Taylor Hall in Plumb Hall. A hip-hop block party is being planned in conjunction with the lecture. Chang’s lecture topic will be his study in “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop” in which he traverses continents and decades to show how hip-hop came to crystallize a multiracial generation’s worldview. He speaks with passion, tempered with a critical understanding of pop culture, to tell students that this important history is actually their history. Chang covered the 2008 presidential election for Vibe magazine and and continues to speak and write on the connection between cultural change and political change. “Every moment of major social change requires a collective leap of imagination,” wrote Chang in an article published in The Nation. “Political transformation must be accompanied not just by spontaneous and organized expressions of unrest and risk, but by an explosion of mass creativity.” The Bonner and Bonner Lecture Series was established in 1992 in honor of Drs. Thomas and Mary Winstead Bonner, ESU’s first and second African American faculty members. Both were tenured professors with a combined 48 years of service and contributions to ESU.

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John “Doug” Smith, president and chief executive officer of B. E. Smith, a healthcare leadership solutions firm in Lenexa, presents the first Hayes Lecture.

Inaugural Hayes lecture features healthcare leadership consultant


tories of success told by high-achieving Emporia State University graduates are the focus of a new lecture series that debuts Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. The first speaker in the Sam E. and Jeannene Hayes Lecture Series will be John “Doug” Smith, president and chief executive officer of B. E. Smith, a Lenexa-based healthcare leadership solutions firm. He will speak at 1 p.m. in the Sauder Alumni Center’s ButcherBoertman Hall. The public is invited to the lecture free of charge.

Doug Smith (BSB’82, MBA’84), has over 30 years experience in healthcare leadership search and recruitment. He has worked with hospital boards, executives and physicians to recruit healthcare leadership candidates across the nation. His professional approach has earned B. E. Smith a reputation as a full-service healthcare leadership solutions firm.

“Sam and Jeannene established this lecture series as a way to engage ESU alumni in highlighting their successes,” said Tim Clothier, ESU Foundation interim president. Individuals whose leadership qualities, skills and accomplishments have led to distinction will be featured in each annual lecture.

The lecture series’ namesake, Dr. Samuel Hayes (BS 1962) of Mission Hills, Kan., is a dentist. He served as chair of the ESU Foundation Board of Trustees in 2001 – 2003.

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Visser gallery features youngest artists By Terri Weast


rtworks created by young children are now on display in ESU’s Visser Hall. The exhibit includes large murals, group and individual projects, as well as three-dimensional artworks created by children attending ESU’s Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE). In early March, children from one- to five-years old worked for two mornings to fill four 4’ x 6’ canvases. Art education students assisted the young artists, helping them wash paintbrushes, hands, and some small feet. “Last year—in Spring 2010—we had two-dimensional pieces done by the CECE students on display in this area, said Dr. Carol L. Russell, professor of early childhood/elementary teacher education.

The goal of the project, Carol Russell explained, was to have the CECE children “produce authentically creative art.” ESU undergraduate and graduate students are able to analyze children’s artwork in relation to art growth stages, in addition to simply enjoying the delightful display of children’s artwork on the walls outside their Visser Hall elementary teaching preparation classes. 6 spotlight

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Russell, along with her husband Fletcher L. Russell, adjunct professor of art, received funding through the Kathrine K. White Faculty Incentive Grant Program to assist in the estimated $1,000 cost of the project.

Finger-painter Kaylee DeWitt colors the canvas as Dr. Carol Russell watches. Along with the murals are three glass display cases for the children’s 3D art projects. The plan is to have new artwork on display by CECE students each semester. Eventually, a virtual children’s art gallery will be available.

The artwork was dedicated to Dr. Carol Marshall (BSE’59), who served ESU for more than 30 years. She started the early childhood education program at ESU in 1970. Terri Weast is director of publications for ESU’s Jones Institute for Educational Excellence.

Alumni board welcomes three new members at June meeting


uilding relationships will be the focus of ESU’s Alumni Association for the coming year. Association board members met in June to adopt a strategic plan that includes a five-part vision: •

Hosting an on-campus “superbowl” event for alumni and friends of ESU,

Ensuring alumni have opportunities to network with each other in diverse geographic regions,

Collaborating with ESU in recruiting future students,

Targeting alumni and friends to donate time, talents and treasure to ESU, and

Engaging alumni as active advocates for higher education.

June’s meeting was the first for three new members--Brett Bruner (BSB’06), Baldwin City, Will Ramsey (BSE’67), Lenexa, and Omar Rogers, Jr. (BSE’69, MS’71), Bowling Green, Ky. Photo credit: J.R. Garvey

The ESU Alumni Association Board of Directors at its June 2011 meeting. (Top row, left to right) Kim Grooms, Cindy Ramsey, Omar Rogers, Tim Wright, Neil Roach, Marlo Jackson. (Middle row) Les Moore, Brett Bruner, Deena Horst, Erika Craghead, Vicki Emery, Becky Winterscheidt, Maurice Gray, Will Ramsey, D. W. Donahoo. (Front row) Joella Mehrhof, Jan Farwell, Dr. Michael R. Lane, Russ Everhart, Jason Fanning, Tyler Curtis, Aubrie Powell, Laurie Pitman. Not pictured: Jeff Bledsoe, Michael Hatch, Gary Parks, Sarah Phillips and Alan Woodard.

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Professional Development School, cooperation with school districts earns gold stars for Teachers College


hen a video crew from the United States Department of Education shows up in your classroom, it’s more than likely not “gotcha” journalism at work. Not when the interviewers ask questions that delve into a teacher education program that Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, has singled out as an example of what’s good about the process of teaching teachers. And especially not when the resulting seven minutes and 32 seconds of video finds its way onto the USDE’s blog to sharpen the focus on one simple but transformative premise: great teachers matter. (View the video on ESU’s YouTube page, emporiastateuniv.) So what makes the Teachers College a standout? What is ESU doing right, and why does Duncan refer to the Teachers College as the “crown jewel of the school”? It’s a three-pronged answer, according to Dr. J. Phillip Bennett, dean of The Teachers College, and Dr. Ken Weaver, associate dean. One, says Weaver, “The college has always had dynamic leadership. But part 8 spotlight

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Watch the video at of that dynamic leadership has been to trust the department chairs and the faculty. That’s where your ideas come from.” The second part of the equation— and the segment that has earned the Teachers College much of its recent recognition—is its innovative Professional Development School (PDS). It’s a teacher preparation program modeled after the way doctors are trained in hospital

residencies, immersing teacher candidates into the classroom environment for a full year. “It’s won us a lot of recognition for our classroom teacher preparation model,” notes Bennett. “It’s a year long program, and the cooperative agreement with the schools is key. We’re training teachers together with the school districts.”

And there’s more!


he new video highlighting ESU’s teacher preparation program isn’t the first recognition for the Teachers College. Some recent examples:

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Provides service to society


Engages in effective practice


Responds to uncertainty and change


Relies on self-reflection


Belongs to professional community

In a 2009 speech at Columbia University about teacher preparation, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called the Teachers College the “crown jewel” of ESU.

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) presented its 2009 Edward C. Pomeroy Award to Dr. Tes Mehring, former Teachers College dean and current ESU provost and vice president for academic affairs. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to teacher education.

The Association of Teacher Educators singled out the ESU/Olathe Professional Development School for its Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award.

Applies interdisciplinary scholarly knowledge

“The net effect,” explains Weaver, “is that by the time a teacher graduates, he or she has seen the full spectrum of the joys and concerns about teaching— unhappy parents, successful students, the tensions that exist.” The spirit of cooperation extends not only to the schools participating as PDS sites—there are 34 such elementary and secondary sites in the state—but also across the ESU campus, where professors in disciplines as diverse as biology and music steer the content that candidate teachers learn to prepare them for classroom positions. Face-to-face supervision of those students is the third key component of the program’s success. “We want our people to go out into the classrooms and meet with the cooperating teachers, observe the students, evaluate their performance, and provide feedback to the candidates,” says Weaver. “It’s a steadfast commitment to make sure that there is quality supervision, and that there are people saying, ‘You’re doing well here, you can do better here, and this is how.’” “Graduates of the Teachers College are highly sought-after by school

districts because of their depth of knowledge and thoroughness of training and experience they bring to the classroom,” wrote Todd May in the USDE’s blog site, “Superintendents tell us it’s like they’re getting a second-year teacher when they hire one of our graduates,” Bennett says, “because they’ve already been in the classroom a whole year.” The solid foundation on which ESU teaching candidates build their careers keeps them in the profession. Ninetytwo percent of ESU’s graduating teachers remain in the classroom for more than five years—almost twice the national average. Finishing out her year as a teaching intern at Emporia’s Village Elementary School, Madeline Kilmer of Lawrence summarizes the experience best in the Education Department video: “Next year, I’ve been hired here at Village to be the kindergarten duallanguage teacher. I’m very excited. I feel completely ready to be a first-year teacher on my own, and I’m just very grateful to ESU for preparing me for that.”

Shunning the status quo, the Teachers College is delving into new learning arenas that encourage students to leave their smartphones on in the classroom. “That’s something I’ve been interested in, rather than saying ‘turn off your phones and electronic devices when you come into the classroom,’” noted Dr. Phil Bennett, Teachers College dean. The Instructional Design and Technology Department’s M-Learning Institute provided around 40 Teachers College faculty with information about mobile phone and tablet applications that can be used in the classroom. Going right along with that forward thinking, Bennett says, is the recognition that many K-12 districts have virtual schools. “The point is, we’re trying to be up to date with what’s going on in technology so that our teacher candidates have the knowledge as they leave our program.”

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Push to meet Lattner challenge hits high gear


inancial pressures, rather than worries about failing courses, are causing today’s students to consider dropping out of college. It’s a serious concern by itself, but it gets more worrisome when one factors in contemporary obstacles faced by those enrolled in teacher education institutions like Emporia State University. “Those of you who completed preparation for teaching many years ago may be surprised to learn that today’s ESU students are asked to meet much more significant challenges,” writes Dr. Stuart Ervay, professor of school leadership at ESU. Ervay co-wrote “Rallying Around Our Own: Helping

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ESU Student Teaching Interns During A Challenging Time.” A collaboration with Ervay’s daughterin-law, Debbie Baxter Ervay (BSE’84), the essay highlights stiffer undergraduate requirements, a much different professional environment in the nation’s schools, and a very tight job market as the chief points of comparison between conditions existing 30 years ago and today. Continuing a state-of-the-art teacher preparation program is an important method to help student teachers succeed. “However,” the essay explains, “that

doesn’t diminish challenges the students face in paying for their field experience programs.” The Teachers College is in the midst of fundraising to match a $50,000 challenge grant from the Lattner Family Foundation to support student teachers. Once the challenge is met, interns who demonstrate a financial need can be given money to help complete their program. “They deserve all the support we can give them,” says Ervay. For more information on contributing toward the Lattner challenge grant, contact the ESU Foundation at (620) 341-5440.

NEA presents $25,000 gift to National Teachers Hall of Fame Organization pledges to raise another $100,000


xciting developments are on the horizon for the National Teachers Hall of Fame.

During the 20th Anniversary induction activities held June 17, the organization accepted a $25,000 gift from the National Education Association and a pledge to raise $100,000 more. “We are a 3.2-million-member organization with members in every state across the country,” said Christy Levings, a member of the NEA executive committee and elementary school teacher from Osawatomie, Kan., during the induction ceremony. Levings commended ESU and the Emporia community for “what you’ve done to nurture this great organization to focus attention on education.”

Newly-minted National Teachers Hall of Famer Debra Howell, who teaches fourth through sixth grade at Monte Cristo Elementary School in Granite Falls, Wash., listens as Kansas Future Teachers Academy participants talk about their plans to enter the profession.

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“We want to raise nationally another $100,000 to continue to build the National Teachers Hall of Fame so people recognize what a jewel and what a gift it is here in Emporia,” Levings said. The NTHF is a nonprofit organization hosted by ESU in Visser Hall, home of The Teachers College. As a separate 501(c)(3) organization, it conducts fundraising independent of ESU.

A fistful of robots


ow can building robots help elementary, middle and even high school students learn about math, physics, reading, writing and engineering? And what kind of robots are we talking about here? R2D2, C3PO from Star Wars or that stunning robot babe from the silent film Metropolis? No, at least not at ESU’s Teachers College. These are much smaller and toylike but no less important. In fact, two different professors use robots in diverse, experimental ways to inspire their students—who will become teachers—to use robots in their classrooms. Both ESU professors believe the K-12 students learn the basic skills of math, physics and engineering. But Dr. Jane Eberle, education professor, takes it further. She believes that literature, such as books like I Robot, and writing about the ethical meaning of having robots in our lives can be part of what is learned too.

By Bill Noblitt

His ESU students compete each fall and spring against each other but also against teams of eighth graders. Outside, independent judges choose the contest winners. Seimears and Scott Capes, an ESU graduate who also uses STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in his Emporia High School classes, work together to put on the competition. Zach Rampy, an ESU junior, knows the value of using robots in science

Her future teachers learn the crossdisciplinary nature of using Lego robots in the classroom. “They can read science fiction about robots, watch films about them, and write fantasy pieces as well,” she says. But it’s that teamwork concept that is most important. “Kids who may not have the handson skills depend on others who do,” she says. “It becomes a peer tutoring

“In fact, robots can be used as an innovative way to teach skills in all disciplines,” explains Eberle. On the other hand, Dr. Matt Seimears, education professor, challenges his class in a competition with middle school and high school students to build robots that must perform preset tasks, such as collecting moon rocks or delivering a first-aid kit to an injured person. The robot that does it the best wins. The students, both middle and high school and those from ESU, learn about teamwork too and how working together builds winners. Seimears learned about robots in the classroom by accident. He teaches science students who will become middle and high school teachers, and he discovered robots as what he thought would be a small enhancement. Little did he know that in time, robots would take over his classroom.

“In fact, robots can be used as an innovative way to teach skills in all disciplines,” explains Eberle, battling robots with Matt Seimears. classrooms. “Students learn to think critically,” he says. Science becomes more than a pencil and paper exercise. It’s a hands-on experience, so students better grasp the science concepts involved.” As an elementary teacher, Eberle used Legos in her classroom to motivate students. She quickly saw the benefits of hands-on learning, but her goals are much broader at ESU. “I want my students to integrate technology into every elementary classroom subject,” she explains. “Study after study shows high school students drop out because of a lack of interest. I want these students to get interested in learning again.”

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exercise. Students learn the strengths and weaknesses of others and learn that we all bring important skills to the table to make the world work.”

Bill Noblitt is ESU’s Director of Marketing and Media Relations. This story is a condensed version of one that first appeared in Quest, the research magazine for Emporia State University, and is used with permission.

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Yes, girls can do math & science Girls in two Emporia State programs learn about becoming scientists and mathematicians

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By Elizabeth McLain


hese days it’s pretty common for girls to see portrayals of female professionals. There are TV women who are doctors, forensic scientists, engineers and mathematicians. But, sadly, it is rare that young girls get the opportunity to meet women actually working in these fields. However, there are two programs at ESU that do give girls the opportunity to learn from female professionals who are actually working in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). “It’s important for young women to have role models in those fields, says Dr. Betsy Yanik, professor of mathematics. Yanik and another mathematics professor, Dr. Marvin Harrell, are faculty directors for Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) and Mathematics and Science to Explore Careers: Investigating Together (MASTER IT). These programs encourage middle school girls to pursue interests in the STEM fields. Harrell says, “Given that females often tend to get better grades in these areas, it’s kind of strange that more of them do not continue in careers related to mathematics and the sciences. We can encourage them with programs like EYH and MASTER IT.”

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EYH has been in existence since 1994 and each year hosts more than 220 girls, grades 6 – 8, and their adult sponsors. The day-long conference takes place in March and gives the girls the opportunity to explore STEM careers alongside women actually working in the fields. The conference features recognized professionals who speak about their work. The girls also attend career discussions in the morning and hands-on sessions in the afternoon. Hands-on workshops include anything from building your own roller coaster to exploring a crime scene. Adult sponsors can also attend presentations and the afternoon

“It is crucial at this young age that girls are motivated and encouraged to stay in math and science so they have that background,” says Yanik, tossing polyhedrons with Dr. Marvin Harrell. workshops, but they are not allowed to attend with their own student. Yanik and Harrell agree that it is important for the girls to explore these fields on their own. This program allows the students to make informed decisions about which areas they want to pursue. It also gives the adults a chance to experience the workshops on their own. MASTER IT is an intensive fiveday residential program that hosts up to 24 young women each summer. The program is for girls who have completed seventh or eighth grade and who express a serious interest in exploring STEM fields.

EYH and MASTER IT are instrumental in encouraging young women to pursue their interest in STEM fields. “It’s difficult to suddenly decide to become an engineer or a scientist since these subject areas build upon themselves,” says Yanik. “It is crucial at this young age that girls are motivated and encouraged to stay in math and science so they have that background.” It is motivation and encouragement that will shape these young women as they make the move from watching female professionals on TV to becoming role models themselves.

The program goes far beyond presentations and discussions, however. As Harrell points out, “They can talk about things in which they are interested with someone who actually does that for a living while also getting hands-on experience.” In the past, the girls have taken trips to the Kansas Cosmosphere, spent an evening stargazing, gone fossil hunting, participated in problem-solving math workshops and been on field trips with biologists to collect samples.

Elizabeth McLain is Recruitment and Grant Specialist in ESU’s Graduate School. This story is a condensed version of one that first appeared in Quest, the research magazine for Emporia State University, and is used with permission.

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A classy step forward Memorial Union renovation creates a stylish “front door” for ESU


f you’ve stayed in one of those trendy, upscale hotels lately,

you’ve probably appreciated the open, airy feeling of the public space that greets guests as they walk in. Sunlight streaming in through tall windows, reflections dancing off dark wood accents, visitors relaxing in groups on attractive furniture—it’s the

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picture of a restful getaway or a productive meeting.

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That’s the scene in the eastern half of Emporia State University’s Memorial Union this fall, as renovations and additions to much of the area have been completed and the space opened up for public use. From a two-story wall of windows that allows light to bathe Webb Hall to an attractively tiled ground floor mall that leads visitors past the Information Center, Bookstore and Hornet Express, the first phase of renovation work has drawn universally positive reactions from students and visitors. Now the attention shifts to the western half of the Union. Demolition work on Main Street, the former Center for Student Involvement office suite, Student Health Center and Lakeview

Cafeteria area started as soon as spring classes ended in May. The new student dining area will have a different name when it reopens in early August, just in time for fall semester classes. “The Union Board of Directors has officially changed the name of the Lakeview Cafeteria to the Hornets Nest dining hall,” reports Dave Hendricks, Memorial Union director.

(Facing page) Sunlight streams into the new atrium on the Memorial Union’s east face. (Above) Students and visitors find the area outside the Bookstore a popular gathering spot. (Below) The Information Center greets campus visitors. (Bottom) Construction work moves to the Hornets Nest dining area. Photo credit: J.R. Garvey

Another striking improvement is the addition of a three-story window wall on the north side of the Union. “Views of Lake Wooster and the bridge are enhanced, regardless of which floor you’re on,” Hendricks. Visitors coming from the patio on the north will be able to use a new staircase to get to the Hornets Nest for meals.

On to Phase II The Memorial Union Renovation Steering Committee has decided to proceed with the second phase of the construction work. “This is the area on the second floor generally west of the KSTC Colonial Ballroom,” says Hendricks. That work is slated to begin Sept. 1.

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Tax credits still available Prospective donors to the Memorial Union renovation project have the incentive of some significant tax advantages. The Kansas Board of Regents allocated $865,000 to ESU as part of an infrastructure maintenance program approved by the Kansas Legislature. Because of that action, ESU is able to offer tax credits that may be applied to several areas of the project, including the Admissions Office, admissions reception atrium, Office of International Education and the Career Services office. For more information on the potential tax credits, contact Brett Larson, ESU Foundation development officer, at or 620-341-5440.

Thanks to leadership While it seems hard to believe that three years have passed since the initial planning meetings on the renovation project, a look at the calendar makes it official. “The Renovation Steering Committee began meeting way back in the spring of 2008,” notes Hendricks. Additionally, four student body presidents—Angela Blaufuss, Jonathan Krueger, Jonathan Rivers, and now Ashley Vogts—have helped maintain student support for the project.

Take a look online The Memorial Union Construction Update camera crew didn’t waste any time recruiting new student body president Ashley Vogts for the latest video recap of renovation work. Take a look at what’s been going on inside (and outside) the Union by visiting ESU’s YouTube page,

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Around Hornet Nation Emporia Connection reunites in April


Photo credit: Roger Heineken

mporia Connection reunion time was this past April 8 – 9 on the ESU campus. The group meets every two years to reconnect with friends over a series of social gatherings. This year, a panel discussed the history of African Americans at ESU, and a Saturday evening reception and dinner featured Angela Bates (BSE’75), a descendent of the settlers of Nicodemus, the historic all-African American settlement in north-central Kansas.

Ronald (BSE’74) and Debra (BSE’72) Wynn, Winthrop Harbor, Ill., joined Nadine Terry Washington (BS’84), Emporia, for the event attracting approximately 50 alumni and friends.

Mini-reunion at KTHF induction in Dodge City


hile Emporia is the home of the National Teachers Hall of Fame, Dodge City is home to the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame. ESU is proud that Hornets were well-represented in Dodge during the June 4 induction.

Award Nominations


ecognizing the individuals and families who have made Emporia State University the premier institution it is today is an important function for the Alumni Association. Now is the time to let us know about those folks! Honor them with a nomination for a Distinguished Alumni award or University Service Citation. Or, consider throwing your name into the pool as a member of the Alumni Association board of directors. Nomination deadlines are: Oct. 1 – Distinguished Alumni Oct. 1 – University Service Citation

The group included (left to right) Dennis Doris (BS’64, MS’68), KTHF director; Stan Roth (BSE’57, MS’59), 2011 inductee; Curtis Chandler (MS’08), 2011 Kansas Teacher of the Year; Ken Bingman (MS’66) a past KTHF and NTHF member; and Judy Weigand Day-Trenary (BS’58, MS’76, EdS’84), 2011 KTHF inductee.

Dec. 1 – Alumni Association Board For more information, contact Laurie Pitman, Alumni Association administrative officer, or (620) 341-6469.

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Mim takes on BAK in search of ESU alums


im Hiesterman (FS’57) is no stranger to life on two wheels. A frequent entrant in the annual Biking Across Kansas event, this year she set out to meet up with Emporia State University alumni in each of the eight overnight destinations as the 900-bike convoy made its way from west to east across the Sunflower State June 4-11. As the photos show, Hornet pride spans several generations of graduates, and you’ll meet them wherever you travel. “Everywhere—on the road, or right here in the locker room of

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the Cottonwood Falls swimming pool,” she laughed during an evening get-together at Chase County High School. Some of the Hornet faithful not only showed up at Mim’s high school flagpole gatherings, but several, including seven pictured here, pedaled the 475-mile course with her. Visit ESU’s YouTube site ( emporiastateuniv) for a conversation with Mim midway through the eight-day trek.

Donna (BSE’61) and Ross Clopton, Amarillo, Texas, in Burlington at the end of another day’s ride. Donna is a 2007 ESU Distinguished Alumni Award winner. At Greeley County High School in Tribune, Kellee Dixon (BSE’79), Linda Donelson (BSE 78, MLS’81), and Angel Brandl (FS) welcomed the BAK riders. Gathering in Scott City were (back row) James Davis (BME’01), a BAK rider from Emporia, Chris Carroll (BSE’75), Jeff Buehler (BSB’05, MBA’07), (front row) Kyle Carroll (BSE’73), Mim Hiesterman, Don Wells (BSE’68), and Rob White (BSB’92) a BAK rider from Paola. One night away from the Missouri border and the end of their journey, the bikers were met in Garnett by Molly Kate Boese (CS), Betty Lewis (BSE’64, MS’66), Jeff McCain (BS’92), Scott Fagg (BSB’86), and Donna Benjamin (MS’95). Shane Heiman (BSE’06) modeled his ESU cycling gear on the road in western Kansas. A few days later in Cottonwood Falls, the group joining Mim included Heidi (BIS’06) and Chuck (BSB’01) Maggard, James Davis, ESU employees Sandy Schroeder (BSB’95) and Carol Kohr (MBA’01), Mim, and Elaine Doornbos (BSE’68), a BAK rider from Las Cruces, N.M. Carol Ketterman (BSB’83), Irving, Texas, and Dave Ellis (BS’76, MS’78), Olathe pause outside downtown Emporia’s Commercial St. Diner early on day six.

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Sports Highlights Hornets on platform at National Outdoor Track and Field Championships Hurdler Etheridge wins national championship


or the first time in school history, the Emporia State men were on the podium at the end of the NCAA Division II National Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a fourth place finish in Turlock, Calif. It is the best team finish for the Hornets as a Division II school. Andrew Etheridge, Wichita, gave the Hornets a big boost by winning the national championship as a freshman. His 14.02 time in the 110m hurdles edged out the second place finisher by .01 second. Josh Schuler, Frisco, Tex., provided 17.5 points for the Hornets in his final collegiate competition for ESU. The

senior set school records in the 100m and 200m dashes. He ran a 10.26 in the 100m to finish second and 20.75 in the 200m for another second place performance. He broke his own records in both events. Schuler and Etheridge were both members of ESU’s 400m relay team that placed third. They combined with Derwin Hall, Blue Springs, Mo., and Shjuan Richardson, Muskogee, Okla., to run a 40.70 in the relay. Josh Honeycutt, Iola, picked up his third straight All-American honor in the outdoor triple jump and sixth overall indoors and outdoors.

Kevin Roulhac, Hesston, was the final member of the ESU men’s team to compete on Saturday. He threw 161-09 (49.31m) to place 14th in the discus. “For awhile the men were really getting points in chunks,” said ESU head coach Dave Harris. “What can you say about Andrew’s win in the hurdles – other than just wow!” Katie Mona, Lenexa, made sure the ESU women scored at the national meet for the 17th time since 1994 with a seventh place finish in the 800m. Defending national champion Jennifer Robinson, Altamont, cleared 5-05.00 (1.65m) to place 11th in the high jump.

Athletes reminisce at reunions


ifty years ago Emporia State enrolled young men from diverse regions of the United States—Florida, New Mexico, District of Columbia, New York, Missouri, and Texas. Despite their regional differences, they formed a very close friendship. Most participated in track and field, football, or basketball, and they created a very deep social and emotional bond that has stood the test of time. Five years ago Jim Walker (BSE’61), a retired educator who now resides in Texas, initiated a reunion in Austin. Shortly after, Landis Franklin suggested the former Emporia State track athletes attend the Millrose Games in New York City’s Madison Square Garden, and the first meeting took place in 2007.

Photo credit: Michael Nevens

A photo taken just before they departed the meet shows, by coincidence, the foursome—(left to right) Edward Washington (BSE’62), Landis Franklin, Noel Certain (BSE’63) and Mel Mayo—standing in the same order they stood fifty years ago with coach Fran Welch when they set the mile relay (now known as the 4 x 400) school record that lasted more than 30 years. The group continues its tradition of mini-reunions at locations around the country. Anyone wishing to participate may email Noel Certain ( for more information on upcoming events. emporia state universit y 21

Vandiver picked to lead ESU men’s basketball program


ormer NBA first round draft pick Shaun Vandiver has been selected as the 16th head men’s basketball coach at Emporia State University. “I’m very excited to be coming back to Kansas as the head coach at Emporia State,” said Vandiver. “This is a state with some great memories for me - I met my wife here, our first child was born in Kansas and I was part of a national championship team at Hutch.” The Bolingbrook, Ill. native was a key component in Hutchinson Community College’s tournament run to the 1988 NJCAA National Championship. He has spent the last ten years as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level, most recently at Boise State University. He was one of nearly 140 formal candidates for the position. “Shaun has played the game at the highest levels, and he has a unique advantage teaching young men how to reach their potential in academics, basketball, and in life,” said ESU Director of Athletics Kent Weiser. “He’s a man known and respected throughout the coaching profession, and is known for his integrity, his skill as a teacher of the game, and his talent for recruiting.” The 43 year old Vandiver is married to the former Danielle Dodgion, a native of Newton. They have five children Aubrey (age 22), Amber (18), Garin (16), Alessandra (9) and Gage (7). The ESU men are 14th among all NCAA Division II schools with 1,316 wins in 105 seasons of basketball. They are one of just three MIAA programs to advance to the conference tournament every year since it moved to Kansas City in 2003 and have been to the tourney semifinals in four of the last six seasons.

Photo credit: J.R. Garvey

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Bredbenner departs, LeMaire takes over ESU softball


ulie LeMaire will be the eighth head coach of the Hornet softball program.

“I’m very excited to be named the next head softball coach at Emporia State,” said LeMaire. “I look forward to continuing the rich tradition on the field and in the classroom that Coach (Kristi) Bredbenner has established.” Bredbenner accepted the head coaching position at NCAA Division I Wichita State University, leaving ESU as the winningest coach in Hornet softball history. She compiled a record of 29582 (.782) in her six seasons with the Hornets. LeMaire just completed her third season as head coach at Ft. Hays State University and took the Tigers to the MIAA Tournament Championship game

this past season. LeMaire began her professional career at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., where she served as assistant coach for two years. Prior to her stint at Lynn, LeMaire served as a graduate assistant coach at the University of North Dakota. She also taught physical education courses while working towards the completion of a master’s degree. A native of Basco, Ill., LeMaire earned a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Quincy in 2004 and earned a master’s degree in Kinesiology from North Dakota in 2007. “I’m eager to share my energy and passion for the game to this talented group of young ladies,” said LeMaire. Photo credit: J.R. Garvey

New soccer coach works to change sport’s perception


y vision is to change the perception of women’s soccer at Emporia State University,” said Bryan Sailer, the sport’s new head coach. “To me, this is one of the premier jobs in the MIAA.” Sailer, formerly women’s soccer coach at Barton Community College in Great Bend, has been a winner everywhere he has coached with a combined collegiate and high school record of 244-68-12 at three schools, including a 59-23-2 record in four years at Barton. He was tabbed the Jayhawk Conference Coach of the Year in 2008 after guiding Barton to an 18-4 record in his second season at the helm. “Coach Sailer will bring outstanding experience and energy to our program, and I’m very much looking forward to

working with him,” said ESU Director of Athletics Kent Weiser. “Bryan knows how to build a quality soccer program, and I believe he is the right man to bring ESU soccer to the nationally competitive level that our other athletic programs have achieved.” Sailer played collegiately at Monroe Community College, Rochester, N.Y., and was an all-conference pick at State University of New York-Brockport after graduating from Monroe. “I will sell the future of Emporia State women’s soccer,” said Sailer. “I will use every resource I have available to me and I will be a tireless recruiter for our soccer program.” Sailer and his wife, Tasha, have a two year old son, Brayden.

Photo credit: Andrew Dorpinghaus

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Obituaries Louise Darby Boles

Mary Peckham Graye




fter earning a master’s degree in library science from ESU in 1967, Louise Boles joined the staff at William Allen White Library on campus. Working first as a cataloger and instructor, she eventually became the library’s head of technical services. She left that job upon the 1980 retirement of her husband, Dr. Robert Boles, a professor of biology at ESU and former recipient of the University Service Citation award, so the couple could travel. In 2007, the Boles established the Dr. Robert and Louise Boles Scholarship for students majoring in biology or studying in ESU’s School of Library and Information Management. Dr. Boles died that same year. Louise Boles died March 31, 2011 in Emporia. Survivors include a daughter, Christine Martin of Lenexa; a son, Walter Earl Boles of Manly, N. S. W. Australia; a sister, Anne Ketterman of Coffeyville; and three grandchildren.

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Dan Clark McClenny (BSE’47, MBA’54)

hen Mary Peckham Gray married Isadore Fine in 1992, he was instructed that if anyone found out his age—he’s 92 now—to say he married a child bride. “She didn’t want anyone to know her age,” Fine said in a news article that appeared following his wife’s death March 17, 2011, in Madison, Wis.


Born in Oklahoma, Graye was educated in Kansas and had a distinguished career in Madison. She retired in 1989 as a senior vice president of First Wisconsin Bank, now part of U.S. Bank. She was the first woman accepted into the Wisconsin School of Banking, and the first woman to attain a vice presidency position in a Madison bank.

After serving in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, McClenny earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Emporia State University. He taught business and coached sports at high schools in Lucas, Holcomb and Burlington, where he also served as principal.

In 1973, ESU honored Graye as one of its Distinguished Alumnus Award winners. She established the Mary Miles Peckham Graye scholarship for ESU students studying business.

riends of Dan McClenny recalled his hearty, warm laughter, quick wit, compassion for others and a love of sports when learning of his death April 24, 2011 in Emporia.

McClenny put his MBA to work in a career with Didde Graphics company that began in 1957 and continued until his retirement in 1985. Active in church and civic organizations, McClenny was also an avid Hornet athletics fan. A memorial for athletic scholarships at ESU has been established in his name.

1920s Agnes R. Brady (LIF’27, BS’38), Saint Charles, Mo., May 16, 2011.

Wanda (Hunt) Stanley (BME’38), San Francisco, Calif., March 8, 2011. Elsie Magdalene (Schwarz) Thiel (LIF’32), Gypsum, February 19, 2011.



Edith Anna Boys (LIF’39), Overland Park, March 10, 2011. Lila Irene (Riley) Byerley (BS’35), Minneola, October 26, 2010. Ruth (Bixler) Downing (LIF’32), Newton, February 12, 2011. Naomi Ruth (Bebout) Gilbert (BSE’39), Seattle, Wash., March 21, 2011. Henrietta Caroline (Roach) Horst (LIF’38, BSE’60), Newton, April 26, 2011. Esther Marie (Graner) Morland (BS’31), Hiawatha, April 30, 2011. Katherine (Polley) Scully (BME’39), Leawood, June 5, 2011.

Vanetta Loree (Henery) Bayless (BSE’47, MS’68), Atkinson, Neb., May 11, 2011. Arlone Lorene (Rehberg) Campigotto (BS’40), Kettering, Ohio, February 27, 2011. *Glennis E. (Ayers) Goldsmith (BME’42), Wesley Towers, March 11, 2011. Patricia Eleanor (Yeager) Grant (BSE’49), Central Point, Ore., February 25, 2011. Lucille Christine (Johnson) Greenfield (LIF’42), Richland, Wash., June 9, 2011. Lucile Kathryn (Neudeck) Hamilton (BSE’40), Lenexa, May 9, 2011.

Paul G. Heinze (BSE’46), Spring Hill, Fla., December 22, 2010. (BSE’41), Shawnee, May 10, 2010. Victor Monroe Hyden, Jr. (BSE’48), Visa, Calif., May 10, 2011. Dorothy I. (Hart) Johnson (LIF’40), Junction City, March 7, 2011. Hugh Keefer (BS’49), Atchison, June 1, 2011. *Frank Anthony Malambri, Jr. (BME’48, MS’56), Emporia, May 2, 2011. *Dan Clark McClenny (BSE’47, MS’54), Emporia, April 24, 2011. Lucille (Kellogg) Sautter (BA’49), Bakersfield, Calif., April 14, 2011. Patricia Ann (Shirley) Schmidt (BME’46), Great Bend, April 9, 2011. Vivian (Day) Seymour (BSE’41), DeSoto, May 1, 2011. R. Ann (Koehn) Tegarden (BSB’46), Hutchinson, March 12, 2011. Marjorie J. (Stead) Thissen (BSE’48), Kingman, October 28, 2010. Lydia S.C.Y. Wang (MS’49), Seattle, Wash., April 8, 2011. Vernon Rex Zollars (BME’46), Dodge City, November 10, 2010.


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Arthur Balzer (MS’57), North Newton, December 12, 2010. Ray Francis Barker (BS’50), San Bernadino, Calif., April 22, 2011. *Catherine A. (Linehan) Brown (BSE’53), Emporia, January 25, 2011. Uel Donald Burden (BME’50), Manhattan, March 21, 2011. Kathleen (Gleichman) Gallatin (BSB’50), Wichita, June 9, 2011. Keith Colson Grant (BSE’50), Central Point, Ore., March 9, 2011. *Mary Miles (Peckham) Graye (BSB’51), Madison, Wis., March 17, 2011. emporia state universit y 25


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Donald Francis Groh (BSB’59), Wichita, April 30, 2011. Mardell Loretta (Taylor) Hicks (BSE’57), Herington, May 29, 2011. James Henry Johnson (BSE’50), Deerfield, April 10, 2011. Renata M. (Kleopfer) Johnson (BSE’59), Herington, March 1, 2011. William Charles Kloefkorn (BSE’54, MS’58), Lincoln, Neb., May 19, 2011. Leland Dale Jones (BSE’50), Mount Hope, May 9, 2011. Fred Herman Leive (BSE’56), Kansas City, Mo., April 23, 2011. Harlan Lee Long (BSE’51), Overland Park, March 26, 2011. Keith Musch (BSE’50, MS’59), Wichita, February 9, 2011. Doris Veal (Brown) Nelson (BSE’57), Shawnee, June 7, 2011. Leroy Crowder Reed, Sr. (MS’59), Ocala, Fla., March 1, 2011. Gloria Ann (Redfield) Riggs (BSE’50), Prescott, Ariz., February 20, 2011. James M. Roth (BSB’56), Fort Worth, Texas, May 20, 2011. Leon James Satterfield (BA’58, MA’59), Lincoln, Neb., April 12, 2011. George W. Spencer (BSE’50), Topeka, April 22, 2011. Harald R. Taylor (BME’59), Roswell, Ga., December 24, 2010. Marjorie (Mast) Tryon (BSE’58), Meeker, Okla., March 29, 2011. Robert Lee VanSickle (BSE’53), Wayne, Pa., May 3, 2011.

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Mary Charlene (Schultz) Vitany (BSE’51), Birch Run, Mich., March 17, 2011. Geneva Marie (Shumaker) Whitaker (BSE’58), Wetmore, February 14, 2011. Gerald Kirby Wilson (BSB’58), San Diego, Calif., April 30, 2011. Nellie Marie Wilson (MS’57), Wichita, March 21, 2011. Rodney Eugene Wilson (BS’51), Kansas City, Mo., June 5, 2011.

1960s Vera May (Higley) Adcock (BSE’62), Atchison, April 29, 2011. Patricia (Brown) Becker (BSE’69, MS’75), Humboldt, April 25, 2011. *Louise (Darby) Boles (MS’67), Emporia, March 31, 2011. Jerry Chaffin (MS’60), Lawrence, May 23, 2011. Evelyn (Newcom) Detter (MS’69), Hutchinson, June 8, 2011. Harold E. England (MS’69), Altamont, April 6, 2011. Donald King Enholm (MS’66), Bowling Green, Ohio, April 15, 2011. John Wilson Fast (MS’64), Santa Rosa, Calif., February 9, 2011. Gary Leon Fronk (BSB’60), Sun City West, Ariz., March 19, 2011. Mary Alice (Dill) Gleason-Folk (BSB’66), Oklahoma City, Okla., April 19, 2011. Eunice Gunnarson (MS’65), Lindsborg, May 12, 2010. (EDS’61), Topeka, May 15, 2011. Perry Eugene Hundley (BA’68), Kansas City, Mo., May 30, 2011. Arthur Dean Hylton (BSB’66), Montgomery, Texas, May 13, 2011. Emma Jean (Cradit) Larsen (BA’61), Springfield, OH, April 3, 2011. Edwinna Evelyn (Hudson) Martin

(BSE’62), Joplin, Mo., January 10, 2011. Mathew F. May (MS’65), Andale, November 28, 2010. Philip Winn Miller (BA’65, MA’67), Mount Union, Pa., February 14, 2011. Avis L. (Robbins) Murphy (BSE’67), Scott City, December 5, 2010. James Macial Murillo (MS’69), Wichita, May 18, 2011. Walter E. Pauls (MS’66), Nicholasville, Ky., March 8, 2011. Horace Roger Rankin (MS’67), Longton, March 29, 2011. Sylvia Rhea Richardson (BSE’69), Kansas City, February 12, 2011. Allen L. Ringer (BS’66, MS’74), Emporia, March 18, 2011. Floyd Weldon Roberson, Jr. (BSE’67), Wichita, October 12, 2010.

Pave your way

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Melvin Arthur Sell, Sr. (BSE’60, MS’66), Sabetha, April 30, 2011. Robert C. Skaer (BSB’64), Augusta, May 19, 2011. Regina Agnes Smith (BSE’62), Summerfield, March 19, 2011. Vicky Sue (Robinson) Steere (BSE’63), Alta Vista, March 18, 2011. Sammye G. (Walker) Vanderwall (BSE’65, MS’69), Belle Plaine, February 20, 2011. (BSB’68), Saint Joseph, Mo., May 23, 2011. Robert Keller Wilson (MLS’68), Goodview, Minn., May 30, 2010. Don Winger (BSE’65, MS’71), Longmont, Colo., April 21, 2011.

1970s Wayne Martin Brooks (BS’70), Kenai, Alaska, March 20, 2011. Jerry L. Cook (BA’78), Manhattan, June 5, 2011. George ‘Jim’ James Eastwood (BSE’70), Tulsa, Okla., March 2, 2011. Clara Ruth Ellis (MS’73), Interlachen, Fla., January 31, 2011. Avis Ayler Faulk (MLS’74), Newton, May 24, 2011. Gregory M. Gerleman (BSB’76), Emporia, January 16, 2011. Joe Richard Gray (BSE’78), Coffeyville, May 4, 2011. Troy Lee Hodges (BSE’70), Kansas City, Mo., March 13, 2011. Charles Warren Manley (MLS’73), Reno, Nev., February 15, 2011. Janice Sue (VanMeter) Marcum (BSB’70), Berryton, April 23, 2011. Vernita ‘Nita’ (Orndorf ) McEachernMcLean (BSE’75, MS’83), Blue Springs, Mo., March 30, 2011. Sundra (Riebel) Meitler (BSB’78), Sylvan Grove, April 24, 2011.

Jane M. Musgrave (BSE’73, MS’75), Lawrence, October 12, 2010. Vicki Lynn Norwood (BSE’71), Russell, March 30, 2011. John Patrick O’Connell (MS’73), Topeka, February 23, 2011. Douglas Lee Riffel (BA’70), Junction City, May 13, 2011. Dwain Lewis Scott (MLS’72), Leavenworth, February 14, 2011. Ruth Alice (Pickett) Smith (MS’73), Emporia, May 12, 2011. Kenneth M. Spain (BSE’72), Hutchinson, March 7, 2011. Thomas Wayne Trower (MS’78), Ingleside, Texas, March 18, 2011. Peggy Leanora Waugh (BA’70), Kansas City, April 4, 2011.

1980s Manuel Antonio Aristumuno (MS’80, MBA’82), Kansas City, Mo., March 24, 2011. Tracy Lynn Bowden (BS’89), Emporia, May 2, 2011. Shawn Kevin Fraker (BSE’84), Winchester, March 29, 2011. David James Keane (BSE’83, MS’96), Arkansas City, May 4, 2011. Alice Faye (Littrell) Koroma (MS’86), Warrensburg, Mo., April 1, 2011. Carole Rae (White) Swartz (MS’88), Lawrence, April 16, 2011.

1990s Martha Ann (Wills) Leek (BSB’91), Emporia, February 17, 2011. Sheila Sue (Waters) White (BSE’90), Emporia, February 26, 2011.

2000s Micia Kay Amos (BS’06), Emporia, February 3, 2011. Ruel Jess Eskelsen (MLS’03), Washington, D.C., March 18, 2011.

Homecoming reception to mark retirement for Backhus Dr. DeWayne Backhus (BS’66)

is retiring after 44 years of service to Emporia State University. Generations of ESU students have benefited from Backhus’ expertise in and passion for the physical sciences, especially planetary and space science. Backhus has served as chair of the Physical Sciences for the past 22 years and during that tenure has overseen tremendous growth in the department’s teaching effectiveness and research capabilities. During his career, Backhus has received numerous awards for teaching excellence, meritorious service and scholarly achievement. “His unwavering dedication to the University, his faculty and staff colleagues and his students has inspired countless thousands to greater heights of personal and professional success,” said Dr. James Roach, who succeeds Backhus as interim chair of the Departments of Physical Sciences at ESU. Stay tuned for details about retirement receptions in Backhus’ honor to be held in conjunction with Homecoming Week 2011 at www.

FS/CS Ruby (Howell) Allbaugh (FS’41), Newton, May 16, 2011. Eldon Hamilton Brown (FS’41), Littleton, Colo., March 22, 2011. Kay Lorraine (Thomas) Bowers (FS’53), Emporia, June 4, 2011. Kerin Dorothy (Bader) Denning (FS’57), Overland Park, May 19, 2011. emporia state universit y 27

Patrick Thomas Geraghty (FS’58), Emporia, March 9, 2011. Belinda Rebecca (Rodriguez) Gutierrez (FS’78), Kansas City, May 29, 2011. Oscar Francisco Hernandez (FS’64), Emporia, April 3, 2011. Richard Irwin Jacques (FS’50), Pittsburg, August 17, 2011. Betty Lorene (Frownfelter) Johnson (FS’44), Topeka, March 6, 2011.

Empowering Educators: Teachers College slates Homecoming activities On top of the Homecoming 2011 events you’ll see on page 32-33 of this issue, ESU’s Teachers College is celebrating, too. Under the theme, “Teachers College: Empowering Educators,” Visser Hall will be full of activities from 11 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., including: • Tailgate Party outside Visser • Kids face painting • Children’s art displays • Book time • Games with HPER students and faculty on the Visser lawn • Rat Lab demonstrations in Visser 345 • Performance by former ESU Teachers College faculty member Monte Selby, Educational Consultant/Author/Songwriter ( at 12:45 p.m. in the Visser Hall atrium • Balloon release at the beginning of the football game

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(FS’36), Tulsa, Okla., December 10, 2009. Robert Oliver Messick (FS’46), Mission Viejo, Calif., January 1, 2010. James E. Resch (FS’78), Emporia, May 26, 2011. Maurine (Essex) Schroeder (FS’36), Wichita, May 5, 2011. James Snyder (FS’78), Emporia, March 15, 2011. Jerry J. Thomas (FS’66), Emporia, March 5, 2011. Beau Robert Wallace (FS’03), Emporia, May 26, 2011. Marilyn R. (Cloyes) White (FS’46), Topeka, March 2, 2011. Carolyn Jean (Davis) Whittington (FS’53), Potwin, March 24, 2011.

FF/CF/FSt Floyd Charles Carley (FSt), Emporia, April 20, 2011. Marjorie Elaine (Moore) Jeffrey (FSt), Emporia, May 9, 2011. Ardis Eileen Laflin-Johnson (FSt), Lebo, March 28, 2011.

FR Samuel Kenneth Alexander, Jr., Topeka, April 23, 2010. Edgar ‘Ed’ Wayne Allison, Emporia, May 28, 2011. *Anita M. (Cossairt) Barrett, Emporia, March 8, 2011. *Marilyn V. (Travers) Bennett, Emporia, March 14, 2011. Irene M. (Brinkman) Brown, Emporia, March 4, 2011. Curtis Allen Bruce, Harrisonville, Mo., March 3, 2011. Roger Jack Bunday, Milwaukee, Wis., February 26, 2011. Charles Robert Crawford, Emporia, April 21, 2011.

Florence M. Evans, Emporia, May 29, 2011. Mildred B. (Mai) Garrett, Burlington, February 6, 2011. , Emporia, May 22, 2011. John W. Griffin, Sr., Denver, Colo., April 26, 2011. Ruth M. (Jones) Henrikson, Emporia, March 11, 2011. *Ruth Helen (Rowland) Hoffman, Hutchinson, May 4, 2011. Charles Richard ‘Dick’ Koepke, Emporia, April 27, 2011. *Faye L. Mack, Kansas City, Mo., February 13, 2011. Marguerite E. Magathan, Emporia, April 25, 2011. Robert O. Martin, Johnson City, March 20, 2011. Alfred L. Meinert, Topeka, March 16, 2011. William C. Miller, Hays, January 28, 2011. Gayland Wayne Park, Cottonwood Falls, May 7, 2011. Ruby Lucille (Pickell) Chaffain Patchett, Emporia, May 20, 2011. Margaret ‘Peggy’ Ann (Devore) Reid, Topeka, April 9, 2011. Vivian Ruth Stafford, Wichita, May 25, 2011. *Max R. Stewart, Sr., Emporia, April 26, 2011. Charles Frederick Swint, Emporia, May 18, 2011. Elva Lea Wise, Emporia, April 30, 2011. * - Memorial fund established at ESU Foundation.

Submissions Entries for “Through the Years” may be submitted by the alumnus/a or by a friend, but we will obtain permission from the alumnus/a before printing the information. High-quality photographs are encouraged (jpg format preferred) and will be considered for use. Entries may be edited for clarity or length. Entries may be sent to or to: Spotlight Magazine, 1500 Highland St., Emporia, KS 66801-5018.


1940 s Midland University, Fremont, Neb., has

established an endowed scholarship for student athletes in honor of Dr. Dale (BSE’49, MS’55) and Rita (BSE’53) Pennybaker, Lawrence. The couple taught and coached at Midland for eight years.

1950 s Vaughn Nelson (BSE’57), Round Rock,

Texas, retired from West Texas A&M University in July 2010. He has recently developed an online course in renewable energy and has published a book titled Introduction to Renewable Energy (CRC Press, 2011).

Legislative Issues

Want to keep up on legislative issues affecting higher education in Kansas—and more specifically, Emporia State University? Friend the “Hornets for Higher Ed” Facebook page. Point your browser to www.facebook. com/pages/Hornets-for-HigherEd/175792432463068?ref=ts.

Judith Weigand Day-Trenary (BS’57, MS’76), Arkansas City, has been nominated to the 2011 class of Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame. She has been teaching in the Arkansas City school district for 37 years as an elementary school teacher, a Kansas Reading Specialist, and a Reading Recovery teacher. Dr. Marlow Ediger (BS’58, MA’60), North Newton, was reappointed as a member of the External Examination Committee to appraise doctoral theses for Alagappa University and also for Nagarjuna University, both in India.

1960 s Dr. Sandra (Warner) (BSE’60, MA’65) and Dr. K. Lyle Froese (BSE’60, MA’64), McKinney, Texas, celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in September of 2010.

Dr. Gary Peer (MS’67), Stephenville, Texas, recently retired as Provost/VPAA at Tarleton State University, after 48 years in the field of education. He has also been named a 2010 Distinguished Alumni Fellow by Washburn University. William R. Brinkler (BSE’69, MS’74), Shawnee, was awarded the 2010 Technician of the Year Award by the National Electronic Association at their annual international convention. He is a CETma at Commenco Communications.

1970 s Nelda J. Elder (MLS’70), Manhattan, retired from Kansas State University Libraries on January 2, 2011, after 36 years of service.

Janet (Painter) Schalansky (BA’72, MS’73), Topeka, retired as President/ CEO of Kansas Children’s Service League on May 15, 2011.

One stop for all things ESU— Maybe you’re looking for deals on travel,

insurance or banking services. Or perhaps your interests tend more toward the legislative side of things. Either way, the new ESU Alumni Association website, www.esualumni. com, opens up more Hornet connections. “Our dot-com site allows us to better promote the alumni association’s affinity programs and legislative issues,” says Tyler Curtis, alumni relations director, about the site designed by Jeremy Luby (BSB’03, MBA’04). “Always a work in progress, we are excited about the site’s potential,” he continued. A quick look at the site gives visitors a variety of options, including these affinity programs: • Intrust Bank’s Hornet credit card • Life and medical insurance through Marsh U.S. Consumer • Auto and homeowners insurance from Liberty Mutual For vacation travel, the site connects ESU alumni with two services: • Go Next, offering group cruise travel all over the world • Please Go Away Vacations, scheduling land-based travel to U.S. destinations hosted by representatives from ESU. This newly-formed partnership begins with the California Classic, which takes place in April 2012. The website is also home to Hornets for Higher Ed, connecting alumni with issues concerning the Kansas Legislature, Board of Regents and other agencies addressing public higher education. “It’s a nice mix of information and opportunities,” said Curtis of the www. site.

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Andrea (Flanders) Bell (BS’89, MS’91), Erie, Colo., was selected by her peers as the Supervision Officer of the Year for the District of Colorado. Bell specializes in the supervision of high risk drug offenders and has been employed in the Federal Probation System since 1992.

Four generations of Hornets

Tyler Fleming, far right, graduated on May 14, making him the fourth generation of his family to earn a degree from Emporia State University. He earned a degree in health promotion. His mother, Tamie Morray Fleming (BSE’80), center; grandfather Norman Morray (BSE’50, MS’63), left; and greatgreat-uncle Glenn Campbell (1983 Athletics Hall of Honor inductee), shown in the framed picture, also graduated from the university. Morray taught for Madison-Virgil USD 386 and lives in Emporia. Tamie, of Cabot, Ark. teaches first grade at Martin Luther King Elementary in Little Rock, Ark. Campbell played for the New York Giants in the 1930s.

Darene Street (BME’73, MS’74), Lenexa, recently visited China on a trip sponsored by Columbia University, with the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA). She spent two weeks visiting schools in Xian, Wuhan, and Beijing. She teaches Humanities and Orchestra in grades 5-8.

was elected to serve on the Kansas Masonic Foundation Board of Trustees. Dave is the director of ESU’s Memorial Union. Gina L. Zimmerman (BSE’93), Edgerton, was named USD 231 Teacher of the Year. She is a 3rd grade teacher at Edgerton Elementary School.

Deb Wheeler (BSE’76, MS’80), Towanda, has been elected to the El Dorado (USD 490) Board of Education. She is currently a guidance counselor at Circle High School.

Kenneth G. Palmer (BSB’94), Wichita, has accepted a position as the Master Scheduler for Hendrickson Trailer and Suspension in Mitchell, SD.

Milton H. Siegele, Jr. (BA’77), Colleyville, Texas, led a church mission trip to Port Au Prince, Haiti, where the team worked and taught in Cite Soleil.

Hornet News Update

has been appointed the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for SeraCare Life Sciences. Fall 2011

1990 s David Hendricks (BSB’90), Emporia,

Richard E. Nitsch (BSE’76), Prairie Village, retired from the FBI on April 30, 2010.

1980 s Sean O’Connor (BS’84), Overland Park, 30 spotlight

Jeremy Kohomban (BS’89), Pawling, N.Y., received the 2011 Samuel Gerson Nordlinger Child Welfare Leadership Award, presented by the Alliance for Children and Families. The award recognizes significant impacts on public opinion and awareness about children’s issues and services. Kohomban is President and CEO of The Children’s Village, Dobbs Ferry, NY.

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Miranda ‘Mandy’ DeWitt (BFA’07), Lenexa, accepted a new position as Baker University’s Enrollment Representative.

‘Liz’ (Skolaut) Schmidt (BSE’97, MS’01), April 24, 2010. Nolan Karl Matthew Schoenfeld, son, born to Scott (BS’07) and Alycia (Ryff) Schoenfeld (BS’04, MS’10), March 7, 2011.

Rachel Lane (BS’09), Emporia, was awarded the 2011 Reynold T. Iwamoto Scholarship for academic performance at the KU Chemistry Honors Reception.

2010 s Mohamad Abdalla (MA’10),

Sacramento, Calif., has been increasing enrollment as the new Principal of Salam Academy Preschool. Not only has Mr. Abdalla been thriving in his new position, but he has been orating at several large events in the Sacramento area.

Aspen Nichole Spellman, daughter, born to Joe (BSB’06) and Kristen (Sutton) Spellman (BSB’06), August 4, 2010.

Elizabeth ‘Liz’ (Skolaut) Schmidt (BSE’97, MS’01), Lubbock, Texas, was named the Bennett Elementary School (Wolfforth, Texas) teacher of the year for 2009-10. She is currently a Kindergarten teacher there.

FF/CF/FSt Dr. Joseph Novak (FF), Tarpon Springs,

David Armstrong and Ashley Helton (BSE’07), April 9, 2011.

Ethan Schmidt (BA’98, MS’01), Lubbock, Texas, received the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award at Texas Tech University, one of the highest honors given to Texas Tech faculty to recognize their efforts in teaching. He is currently in his fourth year as an Assistant Professor in the History department. Schmidt also recently finished a two-year term as Director of Graduate Studies at Texas Tech.


T. Kipp Clark (MS’95), Scottsdale, Ariz., has accepted the position of boys’ head basketball coach for Horizon High School.

2000 s Teresa (Baker) Hodges (BSB’05),

Wellsville, passed the CPA exam on December 22, 2010. Rachel Parris (BS’05), Lubbock, Texas, recently graduated from Kansas State University with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Larry Carver (MS’07), Hutchinson, retired as Director of Virtual Learning & Instructional Technology at Hutchinson Community College on June 30, 2010.

Fla., has written a book titled Learning, Creating, and Using Knowledge, which was published in 2010.

Caleb Michael Brooks, son, born to Dennis (FS’90) and Elizabeth (Anderson) Brooks (BSE’05), April 27, 2011. Harper Betsy Dean, daughter, born to William (BFA’04) and Beth (Nickerson) Dean (BSE’04), November 16, 2010. Jacob Carter Hodges, son, born to Rick and Teresa (Baker) Hodges (BSB’05), January 4, 2011. Maylee Dawn Mixon, daughter, born to Michael and Megan (Chrisman) Mixon (BS’04), October 18, 2010. Matthew Charles Edward Roach, son, born to Seth C. (MME’09) and Rebecca J. (Haller) Roach (BA’04), June 10, 2010.


McFadden Hall and Enilda Romero (BS’07, MS’08), March 12, 2011. James H. Trenary and Judith Weigand Day (BSE’57, MS’76), November 23, 2010.

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Paint yourself a Technicolor dream on October 14 & 15 during ESU’s Homecoming festivities! As Homecoming’s Official Artist-in-Residence, Corky is splashing color all over the canvas to make this year’s Homecoming dream a reality that you and your former classmates will be talking about for years to come. Corky has painted a sketch of the events since the massive Homecoming canvas won’t all fit on this page. Visit for complete details and information on how to register for events online!

Friday, October 14

Saturday, October 15

Sam E. and Jeannene Hayes Lecture

Athletics Hall of Honor Breakfast

1 p.m. | Sauder Alumni Center Butcher-Boertman Hall Free of charge Attend the inaugural Hayes Lecture, this year highlighting the accomplishments of John “Doug” Smith (BSB’82, MBA’84), president and chief executive officer of B. E. Smith, Lenexa, Kan. Smith will share highlights of his career in healthcare leadership search and recruitment.

Alumni Awards Banquet

6 p.m. Reception | 6:30 p.m. Dinner Memorial Union Webb Hall | $25/person Celebrate the achievements of the 2011 Distinguished Alumni and Outstanding Recent Graduates in the brand new Webb Hall. All are welcome. Reservations required.

The Teachers College: Empowering Educators

Teachers College graduates are invited to attend a series of family-friendly events on Homecoming Day in Visser Hall.

8 a.m. | Memorial Union Colonial Ballroom | $12/person ESU recognizes the distinguished careers of student-athletes, coaches, administrators and supporters of Hornet Athletics. All are welcome. Reservations required.

Alumni Coffee/Kaffee Klatch

9 – 11 a.m. | Memorial Union in front of the Bookstore Free of charge Start your Homecoming activities with a complimentary continental breakfast, see old friends and be amazed by the renovated east wing of the Memorial Union.

Homecoming Parade

11 a.m. | Commercial St. to ESU Campus | $10/float entry Emporia does parades right—and ESU’s Homecoming is a great reason to have another one!

Watering Hole

Noon – 1:45 p.m. | Milton Tennis Courts $14/person ($17/person after Oct. 7) Quickly becoming one of ESU’s favorite traditions, the Watering Hole is the place to be. Join Hornet fans and alumni at this tailgate before the game!

2011 Homecoming Musical

ESU vs. Missouri Western

2 p.m. Kickoff | Welch Stadium For tickets, call ESU Ticket Office (620) 341-6378 or (877) 341-6378 What would Homecoming be without football? Come cheer on the Hornets to victory!

Alumni and Friends Post-game Reception

4:30 – 7 p.m. | Sauder Alumni Center $10/person The tradition continues—the Alumni Center is the place to be for food, drink, music and conversation after the game.

Class of 1961 & Earlier Reunion Dinner 6:30 p.m. Social | 7 p.m. Dinner Memorial Union Webb Hall | $20/person Did you graduate in 1961 or before? Come reminisce with your classmates, see familiar faces, and make new memories. Reservations required.

All-Greek Social

8 – 10 p.m. | Natasha’s | Cash Bar Last year’s Greek Life 100th anniversary was so successful, we’re doing it again for the 101st. Unwind with your brothers and sisters Saturday night! Free admission.

Other Reunions Saturday, October 15 Chi Omega 50th Anniversary Sigma Phi Epsilon 60th Anniversary Treble Clef Reunion/ Rose Hirschorn’s 90th Birthday Party

For more information or to register online, visit

October 13 – 15, 7:30 p.m. & October 16, 2 p.m. For tickets call the ESU Ticket Office (620) 341-6378

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Alumni magazine for Emporia State University

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