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Strategically planning a postsesquicentennial Emporia State

“Look Both Ways” By Tyler Curtis, Executive Director of Alumni Relations


hat a year.

Since February of 2013, we have been celebrating Emporia State University’s Sesquicentennial. And it has been a celebration to remember. It has certainly been an honor to chair the University’s 150th committee, and I want to thank all of our volunteers who served on committees and task forces to make these events happen. To those who attended our special events, thank you for your participation. After a year packed full of exciting activities and celebrations, what’s next? How do we keep the energy of the 150 going? We have a few ideas. One of those ideas involves a reunion of veterans during Veterans Day 2014.

As you probably know, Emporia is the founding city of Veterans Day, and this year will commemorate the 60th year of our nation’s celebration of Veterans Day. Veterans are also honored by Emporia State University. The oldest student union west of the Mississippi river, our Memorial Union was built in 1922 to honor WWI veterans. Emporia State’s Memorial Union is the second-oldest student union in the United States built in honor of veterans. Since the beginning, our Memorial Union has housed a Veterans Hall of Honor room, an area dedicated to veterans that now bears the name of Distinguished Alumnus and veteran Art Bloomer ’55. Some of you will remember Vet City. Some of you participated in ROTC. We want to celebrate you.

Emporia State continues to welcome veterans and was just named by U.S. News and World Report as a Best College for Veterans. Emporia State is a wonderful place for all students, especially those who serve our county in the armed forces. We have some exciting things in store for this reunion, so save the dates of November 8–11 and plan to attend our All-Veterans Reunion in 2014. It’s always fun to look back at our history as we look forward to our future. Stay tuned for more exciting events and celebrations that we have in store for the year ahead. We look forward to celebrating you next.

Photo credits: J.R. Garvey

Trading Spaces—Students move in to Trusler Hall


he day before spring semester classes started was move-in day for students of Singular Hall who claimed their rooms in the newly renovated Trusler Hall. Singular, built in 1959, and Trusler, built in 1963, share common spaces in the middle of the building. The building is connected to the Towers Complex on the east. The renovation of Trusler’s 60 student rooms included adding a sink/ vanity with a mirror to each room. Each floor has community restrooms for residents designed with three large sink/vanities, three toilets and five showers that added changing stalls. Lounges on each floor include 40-inch flat screen televisions and modern, comfortable furniture. The new spaces added technology — wireless internet, two Ethernet connection ports in rooms, five outlets for electronic devices — as well as free laundry and cable television provided in lounges. Students living in Singular packed up their rooms before leaving for the winter break. Renovation work is now underway in Singular. When completed, each floor will have larger core community lounges connecting the two buildings. 1

Calendar of events n Jazz Concert

n Opera Concert

n Summer Theatre Reunion

n South Central Alumni Chapter

n Douglas County Chapter Alumni Event

n Phi Delta Theta 45th

Thursday, February 20, 7 p.m. Albert Taylor Hall in Plumb Hall Networking Event Thursday, February 20, 5:30 p.m. Larry Bud’s West, 6200 W. 21st St. N., Wichita, Kan. n Ambassador Reunion

Saturday & Sunday, March 1 – 2 ESU Campus n Wind Ensemble Concert

Tuesday, March 4, 7:30 p.m. Albert Taylor Hall in Plumb Hall n ESU Theatre: “Boeing, Boeing”

Wednesday – Saturday, March 5 – 8, 7:30 p.m. Bruder Theatre, King Hall

n Emporia Symphony Orchestra/

Blue Valley North High School Side-by-Side Concert Thursday, March 6, 7 p.m. Blue Valley North Performing Arts Center, Overland Park, Kan. n MIAA Men’s and Women’s

Basketball Championships Friday – Sunday, March 7 – 9 Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Mo. n Emporia Symphony Orchestra Concert

Tuesday, March 11, 7:30 p.m. Albert Taylor Hall in Plumb Hall

n Kansas City Alumni Networking Event

Tuesday, April 22, 5:30 p.m. Wayne & Larry’s, 933 Iowa, Lawrence, Kan. n Jazz Concert

Thursday, April 24, 7:30 p.m. Albert Taylor Hall in Plumb Hall n Emporia Symphony Orchestra Concert

Tuesday, April 29, 7:30 p.m. Albert Taylor Hall in Plumb Hall

n Newberg Outstanding Senior Banquet

Wednesday – Saturday, April 16 – 19 & April 23 – 26, 7:30 p.m. Frederickson Theatre, Roosevelt Hall Volume 43, Number 2

& Pool Party Friday, July 11, 5:30 p.m. Lawrence Aquatic Center, 727 Kentucky, Lawrence, Kan. n South Central Scholarship

n Emporia Connection Reunion

n ESU Theatre: Spring Dance Project

n Summervill’s Fan Fair

n Choral Concert Saturday, May 3, 7:30 p.m. Albert Taylor Hall in Plumb Hall

n ESU Booth at Kansas State Fair

n Kansas City Scholarship

n ESU Family Day

Thursday, May 1, 7:30 p.m. Albert Taylor Hall in Plumb Hall Friday, May 2, 7:30 p.m. Bruder Theatre, King Hall

Golf Tournament Friday, May 9, 1:30 p.m. Deer Creek Golf Course, Overland Park, Kan.

n ESU Spring Undergraduate

n ESU Spring Graduate Commencement

n ESU Theatre: “Uncle Vanya”

n Douglas County Alumni Picnic

n Wind Ensemble Concert

n Habitat for Humanity Concert

Friday & Saturday, April 4 – 5 ESU Campus

Anniversary Reunion Friday & Saturday, June 27 – 28, ESU Campus

Golf Tournament Saturday, July 26, 8 a.m., Sand Creek Station Newton, Kan.

Commencement Saturday, May 17, 9:30 a.m. White Auditorium, 111 E. Sixth Ave., Emporia, Kan.

n Track Relays Reunion

Wednesday & Thursday, June 11 – 12 ESU Campus

Thursday, May 1, 6 p.m. Webb Hall, Memorial Union

Tuesday, March 25, 5 p.m. Johnny’s Tavern, 8719 W. 95th, Overland Park, Kan. Tuesday, March 25, 7:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 823 Merchant St., Emporia, Kan.


Friday & Saturday, April 18 – 19, 7:30 p.m. Albert Taylor Hall in Plumb Hall

Friday – Sunday, August 29 – 31 Denver, Colo. Friday, September 5, 5:30 p.m. Hutchinson, Kan. September 5 – 14 Hutchinson, Kan.

Saturday, September 20 Welch Stadium n Kansas City Alumni Event

Thursday, October 9, 5:30 p.m. Boulevard Brewery, 2501 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. n ESU Homecoming Weekend

Friday & Saturday, October 17 – 18 ESU Campus

Saturday, May 17, 2 p.m. Albert Taylor Hall, Plumb Hall

n All Veterans Reunion

n Douglas County Hornet Welcome

n ESU Winter Undergraduate

Thursday, June 5, 5:30 p.m.

n Volunteer Appreciation Event

Friday, June 6, 6 p.m. Webb Hall, Memorial Union

Saturday – Tuesday, November 8 – 11 Commencement Saturday, December 13, 9:30 a.m. White Auditorium, 111 E. Sixth Ave., Emporia, Kan. n ESU Winter Graduate Commencement

Saturday, December 13, 2 p.m. Albert Taylor Hall, Plumb Hall

Contents Editor Dave Sparks Layout Kat Dorcas


Cover story: Post-sesquicentennial steps


Patterson Scholarships established at The Teachers College

Photography James R. Garvey (BFA 1977) Through the Years Jackie Denton (BA 2013) Contributors Jessica Buchholz (BSB 2005, MBA 2007) Tyler Curtis (BSE 2001, MS 2004) Tony Hall (BSB 1986) Gwendolynne Larson Don Weast (BFA 1998) Editorial Committee Umair Abbasi (MBA 2007, MS 2010) Sherri Buttenhoff (BSB 1979) Carol Cooper (FS) Tyler Curtis Kat Dorcas James R. Garvey Kim (Gibson) Grooms (BSB 2001) DenaSue Potestio Dave Sparks


Silent No More: Campaign gifts start new bell-ringing tradition


A Visser Homecoming


Doc and Coach Slay: Celebrating two legendary careers

Emporia State University President Michael D. Shonrock, Ph.D. Foundation President/CEO DenaSue Potestio Alumni Association Executive Director of Alumni Relations Tyler Curtis Foundation Board of Trustees Chairperson Kim R. Penner (BSB 1980) Alumni Association Board of Directors President Will Ramsey (BSE 1967)

The Emporia State University Alumni Association and Emporia State Foundation, 1500 Highland St., Emporia, KS 66801-5018, publish 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, 620-341-5440, email Postmaster, send address corrections to Alumni Association, 1500 Highland St., Emporia, KS 66801-5018 Volume 43, Number 2


On the cover:

Post-sesquicentennial, the Emporia State University of the future will have a new look and feel. Find out what’s next. Cover photo credit: J.R. Garvey

Elsewhere in Spotlight 4 School of Business launches online MBA 5 Jazz Ensemble headed to NYC 7 Your stories 10 Outstanding Recent Graduates 11 Distinguished Alumni 12 Teachers measure up—again 13 Legislators tour Emporia State 17 Richel renovations 20 Athletics updates 22 Obituaries 26 Through the Years 33 Around Hornet Nation 3

School of Business offering online MBA Program


new online Master of Business Administration degree at Emporia State University will provide advanced education in business administration to those seeking advancement to middle and upper managerial and executive positions. Emporia State’s School of Business launched the new program in Spring 2014. “Emporia State University has an extended market and alumni who would like to continue their education with an MBA from the School of Business if we can deliver in a distance format, since many cannot get to campus to complete their education,” said Dr. Kristie Ogilvie, dean of the School of Business. “An online MBA enables the School of Business to deliver quality education and reach our market. We expect this program

to grow, and we are looking forward to working with students in this extended market.” “For many years Emporia State University has offered graduate programs aimed at professional development and career advancement, and this new online MBA program continues that tradition,” said Dr. David Cordle, Emporia State provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We believe that students will benefit from the program’s online delivery and from the quality that is characteristic of our School of Business.” The new online MBA program is fully accredited by AACSB International, and is designed for business and non-business graduates who wish to receive their education with Emporia State University, but need the option of online classes.

Besides accreditation and the convenience the program offers, the online MBA continues the School of Business’ reputation for affordability. U.S. News and World Report named Emporia State’s School of Business the least expensive option for in-state students and ranked it in the top 10 of least expensive business schools for outof-state students. In addition, there also are several scholarship opportunities for Emporia State graduate students. “The new online MBA program gives us an opportunity to expand our graduate offerings,” said Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, president of Emporia State University, “which will enhance our overall enrollment.”

Enrollment tops 6,000


jump in new graduate students, an increase in the size of the freshman class and significant improvement in retention rates from freshmen to sophomores combined to give Emporia State University the largest fall semester enrollment increase of the Regent universities. Emporia State University topped the 6,000 mark on the 20th day of classes — Sept. 16. The enrollment total of 6,033 was an increase of nearly 3 percent from the 20th day of Fall 2012. A collaborative spirit across campus was key to the growth. “It’s a concentrated effort by faculty, staff and students as partners in the enrollment management of the entire campus,” said Dr. James Williams, vice president for student affairs, who is charged with enrollment management. The effort also extended beyond the Emporia State campus. 4

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“Let’s take a moment to thank our entire Hornet Nation who helped with student recruitment,” said Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, president of Emporia State University. “Our students who participated in Postcard Palooza, the Emporia community members who made phone calls during the Hornet Telethon and our alumni at Hornet Nights. “They all worked to bring new Hornets to campus this fall.”

launching a capital campaign at the Emporia State University Foundation to increase scholarship funds. “The buzz is here,” said Shonrock. “We have momentum and we are continuing to move forward.”

Photo credit: Jacki Wallace

Components of the successful strategy include new initiatives in marketing to recruit students for all programs, other programs to increase retention and

Pops Concert packs the house


t was a standing-room-only audience soaking up cinematic scores as the Emporia Symphony Orchestra staged is season-opening Pops Concert in October. The concert kicked off Emporia State’s Homecoming festivities. Conducted by Emporia State University’s Dr. Jeremy Starr and bolstered by 30 Emporia State student musicians, the orchestra also includes another 40 performers who are community residents and Emporia State faculty or staff members.

Photo credit: J.R. Garvey

Photo credits: Dave Sparks

Emporia State University Jazz Ensemble headed to New York City


mporia State’s Jazz Ensemble is one of just 10 ensembles invited to perform at the 13th annual New York Jazz Festival, April 11-14, 2014. “Needless to say, the students are really excited about the opportunity to play in NYC,” said Gary Ziek, professor of music. “This is a tremendous opportunity for the students in the Emporia State University Jazz Ensemble. They will be performing, receiving clinics from worldclass jazz artists and listening to groups from around the country and world. They will be performing in what is considered to be the most prestigious venue for jazz

performance in the United States, Jazz at Lincoln Center.” Emporia State’s festival concert performance will be in The Allen Room at Lincoln Center on April 13. “It is an incredible venue, with the backdrop being a 90-foot glass window overlooking Central Park and the Manhattan Skyline. We have a truly outstanding group of 22 students who work at preserving and promoting America’s native musical art form, jazz,” Ziek said, adding that the ensemble will be featuring music in a number of different styles.

The trip will be the first to New York City for most of the students in the group. “We want to give them every opportunity to soak in the culture that this amazing city has to offer,” Ziek said. Although this is the first time that the Emporia State ensemble has been to the New York City Jazz Festival, the group has performed in several prominent festivals in the past. Among them are two performances at the 38th Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland in 2004.


Post-Sesquicentennial steps


e’ve spent the last year celebrating a milestone in Emporia State University’s history–150 years of changing lives. But while the party decorations may have been dismantled, the pride in our accomplishments and excitement of anticipating the future are two sensations that defy boxing up and storing on dusty shelves. So what’s next? We’re already at work on that, and have been for several months. n Campus Master Plan

What will the Emporia State University of the future look like? After a year of research and exploration involving campus and community representatives, a consultant is presenting ideas that strengthen community connections, create a cohesive campus, address student housing and building conditions, and suggest facility improvements. It’s all being done with a goal of creating an inviting, exciting place for students to learn. That means developing a model residential campus that is engaged with the Emporia community and connected with its downtown Commercial Street neighbors. “We anticipate some real change in terms of the look and feel of Emporia State,” said Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, president, during the spring semester General Assembly. Shonrock said he was excited about the growing vision of a Black and

Gold District in downtown Emporia. Envisioned to encompass Commercial Street from Ninth to 12th Avenue, which abuts the south edge of campus, Shonrock said the emerging plans include input and participation from Emporia Main Street, the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce, Regional Development Association of East Central Kansas, Emporia City Commission and Lyon County Commission to make the development a reality. n Strategic Plan

Since August, we’ve been having conversations about the mission and vision of Emporia State University.

n Visual Identity

With a date-specific logo like the one Emporia State has used to celebrate its sesquicentennial, it’s obvious that we’ll need a different look once we’re past the 150th anniversary. While the jury is still out on the exact nature of the university’s post-sesquicentennial visual identity, some aspects will remain constant–the familiar Power E among them. That logo will continue to live as the symbol of Emporia State’s athletic teams and will be used on promotional items such as t-shirts.

Photo credit: Yohan Kim

Spearheaded by DeWayne Backhus, retired chair of the departments of physical sciences at Emporia State, the strategic planning process has involved analyzing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats perceived by various constituent groups–faculty, staff, alumni, community supporters and others among the more than 1,000 people who responded to an online survey. “We have a very good vision in our current program and strategy for Emporia State University,” said Shonrock. “What you’re going to see is a vision that looks at the common good, looks at ways to change lives and make a difference.” Photo credits: J.R. Garvey


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Tell us your stories


mporia State’s Sesquicentennial website has collected a powerful series of Hornet memories during the past year. Here are a few–go to and add yours!

I have fond memories of my time in Kansas; the students I taught as a graduate assistant, the friendly people I met in the Emporia community, and my great professors in the music division, most notably Dr. James Starr and Professor Elaine Edwards. I received a great education at Emporia State University and wish continued success and excellence to ESU in its next 150 years. n Mary Louise Petrik (MS-Music 67), Baltimore, Md. I have had the blessing of being associated with Emporia State and the Memorial Union for 44 years beginning as a student. I cannot imagine a better place to be. Amazing alumni friends through the decades enrich my life and inspire me. It is great to reconnect when they return to campus. I have valued my long and ongoing association with our ESU Greek community. “I’m a Hornet!”... and proud of it! n Roger Heineken (BFA-Art 78), Emporia, Kan.

ESU in bumper stickers: My father placed a KSTC bumper sticker on his 1969 Mustang when his oldest daughter first enrolled. He changed it to a EKSC sticker when his second daughter joined her. And while the name changed to ESU through his third daughter and his three sons, and Greek letters were added and removed, the EKSC sticker remained and is still in the rear window of the classic car. n Doug Hermes (BS-Sociology 84),

I enjoyed my four years at ESU. The friendships, teammates, and overall experience was great. As a student, the faculty took the time to make sure that we understood and learned. As a football player, I was a part of a team that was a close unit. Those experiences have helped me throughout my career as an advisor to my clients as an independent insurance agent. n Karl L. Burrell (BSBFinance 93), Dallas, Texas

I loved my undergraduate experience so much I have followed in my greatgrandfather’s academic footsteps (he of Breukelman Hall). Today I am the Vice President for Student Affairs at Missouri Western, a career path I chose because of my campus experience and the many mentors I had at Emporia State. I now oversee many of the areas that I once participated in as an undergraduate at ESU. n Shana Meyer (BS-English 95, MS-Counselor

Education 97), St. Joseph, Mo.

It was my first time in the United States and in an American university. The experience I had at ESU was unique and endless. I did my internship as an exchange international teacher. I enjoyed every piece of ESU—the activities, moments and friends and professors I met there. Happy Anniversary my dearest ESU, my university. You are very deep in my heart. n Vicente Aguilar (BA –English), Asunción, Paraguay I came to ESU in 1962 when it was KSTC. I studied music education under Ms. Hirschorn and Paul Moore. In my sophomore year, I met my wife who was a lover of classical and church music. Concerts gave us a great dating venue. We both believe that our training was second to none and gave us the basis for excellent teaching through many years. ESU changed both our personal and professional life. n Jimmie Webster (BME-Music 67), Memphis, Tenn.

ESU provided the best undergraduate experience I could have ever asked for. It was big enough to find my own way, but small enough to have friendly faces to help guide me when I stumbled. Being a part of multiple programs on campus lead to lifetime experiences that I will cherish forever like studying abroad, being a part of Greek life and fostering friendships that I will have all of my life. n Alice Christian, Graduate Student (MS-Social Work, BS-Rehabilitation Servics Education 12), Wichita, Kan. I will always be indebted to the opportunity given to me by Emporia State. My education there prepared me well for my career. The financial aid office staff went out of their way to help me with a package to afford a college education, and the professors in the Math department went out of their way to help me be successful and graduate. Thank you Emporia State! n Allen Litton (BS-Mathematics 80), Des Moines, Iowa

Liberty, Mo.


New entrepreneur program is combined effort


new business-education partnership in Emporia will bring academic opportunity to students of both Emporia State University and Flint Hills Technical College. Dream It — Design It — Develop It, known as the 3D Event, is a new venture idea competition that is open to students from Emporia State University and Flint Hills Technical College. The Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Emporia State University School of Business for the event, which will also allow the winning Emporia teams to compete against teams from Kansas State University. “The School of Business is pleased to partner with so many different individuals and several organizations within the Emporia community to bring

an event to our students that promotes entrepreneurial spirit and academic excellence,” said Dr. Kristie Ogilvie, dean of the ESU School of Business. “Having the opportunity to offer the 3D competition to students from all disciplines from both ESU and Flint Hills Technical College will bring a healthy dynamic to the event.” The framework for the 3D event begins with participants, either individuals or teams up to three members, submitting a business plan that pitches a “big idea” to a panel of judges and qualifying for the next round in the competition. During the semifinal round, students will have three weeks to redefine their big ideas through faculty mentoring and workshops led by entrepreneurs in the community.

The semifinalists then have 15 minutes to pitch their final business plans to a panel of judges and go through a series of questions and answers. The top three teams will pitch their ideas during a gala event April 11, 2014, at Emporia State University. Ultimately, the 3D competition focuses on teaching students what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Not only does this event give students insight to what it takes to start their own business, it also gives them the chance to turn their dream into a reality. Added Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, ESU president: “The entrepreneurial spirit and creating big ideas has always been part of the 150-year partnership between Emporia State and the city of Emporia.”

Dual credit accounting program links Kansas high schools and Emporia State University


mporia State University is now the second Regents university in the state to integrate the Accounting Pilot and Bridge Program into its curriculum. This program, developed by Kansas State University, is designed to encourage high school students to consider a degree in accounting and shed light on potential careers.


typically available and for participating students to earn college credit,” Durler said. “This is a significant step in encouraging some of the best high school students to consider one of the most respected professions in business for their future career.”

students. We are very excited about this opportunity,” said Dr. Kristie Ogilvie, dean. “The bridge project allows students to get a head start on earning college credits while still in high school and encourages them to learn about a career path with many successful possibilities.”

Dr. George Durler, professor of accounting at the School of Business, was instrumental in bringing the opportunity to Emporia State.

This program not only allows future students to explore the field of accounting before entering college, but also gives them the opportunity to receive three hours of college credit at essentially no charge.

“This project provides the means for high schools to offer a meaningful course beyond the accounting mechanics course

“Our faculty at the School of Business are continually finding ways to open more doors for both our current and potential

“This dual credit program offers a great opportunity for high school students to get a head start on college-level accounting study,” said Dr. David Cordle, ESU provost and vice president for academic affairs. “In addition to the benefits to the students themselves, the program has real potential for positive impact on our state and its workforce.”

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Best-selling author James Patterson establishes scholarships for The Teachers College


ational Merit Finalist. A desire to give back to an inner city community. Inspired by teachers who served as mentors. These are just some ways to describe eight Emporia State University students who have two very important things in common — they are pursuing education degrees from The Teachers College at Emporia State and, thanks to the generosity of best-selling author James Patterson, they each will receive $6,000 toward their freshman year. “My passion is to get more and more kids excited about reading, and training the next generation of great teachers is essential to that mission,” explained Patterson, who established the James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarships at Emporia State. Patterson contacted Emporia State President Dr. Michael D. Shonrock to offer the scholarships. Wrote Patterson: “I’ve been looking to bring the Teacher Education Scholarships to more schools and, after studying a number of institutions and programs, I think The Teachers College would be a great addition.” The author’s books include the Alex Cross and Woman’s Murder Club series for adults and Maximum Ride, Witch & Wizard and Middle School series for young adults. Patterson holds the Guinness record for the author with the most titles to hit No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Patterson is passionate about getting children to read and believes that teachers are key to the effort, explained Dr. Ken Weaver, dean of The Teachers College. “Mr. Patterson chose Emporia State University as a recipient of his generosity

Photo credit: J.R. Garvey

because he was impressed with how The Teachers College is preparing the next generation of great teachers,” said Weaver. “This gift will make a substantial difference in the lives of these students.” The surprise gift is a significant achievement for Emporia State, according to DenaSue Potestio, Emporia State Foundation president and CEO and vice president for advancement. “James Patterson’s generous gift will open doors for a new generation of teachers to share his passion for literacy with their students,” Potestio said.

The eight recipients of the James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarships at Emporia State University are: Michelle Berg of Wichita, Samantha Buchanan of Grantville, Leanne Feathers of Wamego, Jennifer Gottstein of Lawrence, Joseph Hamer of Wichita, Sarah Johnson of Wichita, Travisray Salyers of Eudora, and JaShawn Wallace of Kansas City, Kan.


Photo credits: J.R. Garvey

Outstanding Recent Graduates

Emily Aronis

Wichita, Kan. BS 2006 – Health Promotion Workers at some of Wichita’s largest employers are healthier, thanks to the efforts of Emily Aronis. A member of the Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita, Aronis has worked with employers including Bombardier, IMA, Meritrust Credit Union and Conco to develop their health risk management program strategies. Now a Benefits Analyst in charge of wellness program implementation at Spirit Aerosystems, Aronis developed running clubs when she worked at Bombardier and IMA to encourage coworkers to become more active. She returns to Emporia State each fall to take part in Worksite Wellness Program speaker panels, sharing her career journey, experience, and professional advice with current health promotion majors.


Michele Burke

Salem, Ore. MLS 2006 – Library Science Michele Burke is Reference Librarian at Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Ore. A frequent guest speaker at Emporia State’s School of Library and Information Management (SLIM) classes in Portland, Burke shares her expertise with information literacy and leadership skills. She founded the Information Literacy Advisory Group of Oregon (ILAGO), an initiative that works to expand college students’ access to information available in libraries. Her attitude of respect and willingness to listen has made her a major player among Oregon’s academic librarians in their statewide effort to create shared information literacy standards and desire to improve consistency across varied institutions and curricula. Burke was president of the Oregon Library Association in 2012 – 2013, and was named a Library Journal “Mover and Shaker” in 2012.

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Ashton Ludden

Jeremy Rusco

One of two undergraduates to ever receive a 2009 Kansas Arts Commission Emerging Artist Award Fellowship while at Emporia State, Ashton Ludden is completing her Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville.

Emporia is cementing its status as a mecca for alternative sports, particularly with the work that Jeremy Rusco has accomplished in the past few years. Disc golf is said to be one of the fastestgrowing sports in the United States, partly because of Rusco’s work to promote it.

Knoxville, Tenn. BFA 2009 – Engraving and Printmaking, Art History minor

Ludden has been serving as a Graduate Teaching Associate and the UTK Letterpress Studio Coordinator. While at UTK, Ludden has furthered her curiosity with animal agriculture and has lectured at the 2012 Animal, Ethics and Law Symposium. She completed a five week Artistin-Residency at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland, and received the 2013 Frogman’s Graduate Scholarship Award. Her prints have been exhibited internationally.

Emporia, Kan. BSB 2006 – Business Administration

Rusco owns Dynamic Discs in Emporia, a premier disc golf retailer that he started as an eBay company in 2005. The business has expanded from an attic to three different basements before settling into retail storefronts in Emporia, Kansas City, and Lewisville, Tex. He was co-director of the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) Amateur and Junior Disc Golf World Championship tournament that attracted 550 of the world’s best amateur disc golfers to Emporia in July 2013.

Photo credits: J.R. Garvey

Distinguished Alumni

Linda F. Bluth, Ed.D. Ellicott City, Md. MS 1966 – Psychology

Linda Bluth has 47 years of experience as a special educator, including 32 years in special needs transportation. Retiring in 2009 as director of the Office of Quality Assurance and Monitoring at the Maryland State Department of Education, she currently works part-time for that same agency as a quality assurance monitoring specialist in special education and early intervention services. An expert in the field of special needs transportation policies, she joined the School Bus Safety company as a consultant and product trainer in 2011. Bluth is past president of the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT), and received the organization’s Distinguished Service Award in 2000.

Anita G. Evans

Mayetta, Kan. BSE 1980 – Physical Education A physical education teacher and Title VII Indian education director at Royal Valley USD 337, Mayetta, Anita Evans develops and implements programs emphasizing Native American culture, language, art and academic assistance for students in the district, along with coaching the high school’s softball and volleyball teams. Evans was named 1997 Kansas Native American Educator of the Year, and earned National Indian Teacher of the Year honors in 2002 from the National Indian Education Association. She is also a 2010 Port Jervis (N.Y.) High School Hall of Fame inductee. In 1998, she implemented a summer youth work program for Prairie Band Potawatomie Nation and served as its director until 2005. She also sponsors the Royal Valley Native American Singers and Dancers, the only school-sponsored Native American dance group in Kansas.

John David (J.D.) Schramm II

San Francisco, Calif. BFA 1985 – Speech and Theatre J.D. Schramm serves on the faculty of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he teaches a variety of communication courses to MBA students. A sought out speaker, educator and trainer, Schramm uses his expertise in communication to help individuals and organizations become more effective. He speaks regularly on topics of suicide prevention, LGBT inclusiveness in schools and churches, and mentoring young people. Schramm earned a BFA in theatre from ESU in 1985. An original member of the ESU Ambassadors, he took that model to his high school alma mater, Thomas More Prep-Marian in Hays when he served there as director of admissions. He went on to complete his MBA at NYU in 2002 and his doctorate in education (Ed.D.) from Penn in 2012.

Paul Thomas (Tom) Thornbrugh Tulsa, Ok. BA 1968 – Speech

Tom Thornbrugh is presiding judge for Oklahoma’s 14th Judicial District. In a distinguished career in both private practice and on the bench, Thornbrugh has been committed to ensuring citizens receive fair treatment under the law. Before his district court appointment, Thornbrugh spent more than 20 years in private law practice in Tulsa, also serving as a legislative advisor for U.S. Senator Dewey Bartlett (R-OK). During his career with the U.S. Army, Thornbrugh was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Award, and Vietnamese Signal Corp Citation. He serves as adjunct professor at St. Gregory’s University and University of Tulsa.


For the second time, 100 percent of ESU’s Teachers College mentored teachers achieve highest honor in profession


ne hundred percent of the Kansas educators mentored through a program at Emporia State University in 2012-13 reached the highest level of achievement in the teaching profession, each for a second time. They are National Board Certified Teachers. “This process of board certification is similar to how a doctor becomes certified in a special area,” said Dr. Roger Caswell, executive director of the Jones Institute for Educational Excellence, who assisted these teachers in their process to renew their NBCT status. “This is voluntary. No state, school district, or program is demanding them to go through this process. That’s why, a decade after earning their certification the first time, it’s a huge commitment to say, ‘Yes, I want to do it again.’” The 15 teachers were notified in late October/early November that the work they had done had, once again, measured up. The teachers are: Blue Valley, USD 229 – Jody Drake, Mission Trail Elementary School, first grade teacher; certificate area: early childhood/generalist Valerie Golden, Overland Trail Middle School, eighth grade English language arts & reading teacher; certificate area: adolescence and young adulthood/ English language arts

Eric Kessler, Center for Advanced Professional Studies, bioscience instructor; certificate area: adolescence and young adulthood/science

Olathe, USD 233 – JoAnn Hiatt, Olathe East High School, mathematics teacher; certificate area: adolescence and young adulthood/science

Pat Mairs, Harmony Middle School, sixth and eighth grade social studies teacher; certificate area: early adolescence/ social studies, history

Denine Larson, Fairview Elementary School, Title I reading teacher; certificate area: early and middle childhood/literacy/ reading-language arts

Buhler, USD 313 – Sheryl Smith, Buhler High School, art teacher; certificate area: early adolescence and young adulthood/art

Beth Pope, Bentwood Elementary School, fourth grade teacher; certificate area: middle childhood/generalist

Dodge City, USD 443 – Melody Head, Dodge City High School, business educator; certificate area: early adolescence and young adulthood/career and technical education Maize, USD 266 – Angela Stockam, Maize South High School, chemistry teacher; certificate area: adolescence and young adulthood/science Manhattan-Ogden, USD 383 – Chris George, Manhattan High School, physics teacher; certificate area: adolescence and young adulthood/science Pat Lamb, Manhattan High School, biology teacher; certificate area: adolescence and young adulthood/science Meade, USD 226 – Stacy Cordes, Meade Junior High School, science/technology/engineering/ mathematics instructor; certificate area: early adolescence/science

Salina, USD 305 – Mary Harmon, Schilling Elementary School, library media specialist; certificate area: early childhood through young adulthood/library media Seaman, USD 345 – Debbie Stewart, Logan Elementary School, second grade teacher; certificate area: early and middle childhood/literacy/ reading-language arts The process is often misunderstood to mean a teacher passed a test or was nominated for the award. Alvin Peters, the director of the program that guides teachers through working toward becoming NBCTs, adds, “National Board certification is a different kind of honor. Teachers must submit extensive documentation of their instruction, including videos of their students at work in the classroom.”

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Emporia State University partners with Wichita State in dual-degree engineering program


dual-degree agreement signed by Emporia State University and Wichita State University creates a “pathway of success” for students of both institutions. Under the agreement, students who choose the “3+2” program will spend three years taking courses at Emporia State University before transferring to

Wichita State for two more years of study in the College of Engineering. At the end, students will have earned bachelor of science degrees in mathematics or physics from Emporia State and bachelor of science degrees in aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, industrial/manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering or engineering

technology (renewable energy option) from Wichita State. “The 3+2 program makes good use of the resources and strengths that Emporia State and Wichita State bring to bear and the distinctive experiences available on each campus,” said David Cordle, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Emporia State.

Legislator bus tour stops at Emporia State


embers of the Kansas House Appropriations and Senate Ways and Means committees visited the Emporia State University campus on Oct. 22, 2013 as part of a bus tour that included all Regents institution campuses. Emporia State faculty and staff, as well as community leaders joined the legislators for a luncheon in the Skyline Room of the Memorial Union. President Michael Shonrock took questions from the audience and then the legislators were offered a chance to tour the campus. District 16 Senator and chair of the Ways and Means Committee, Ty Masterson expressed concern about the increasing cost of the credit hour that came about after the legislature cut 3 percent from high education funding. When asked if he was prepared for more cuts during the 2014 legislative session, Shonrock said he thinks about alternatives in case the budget shrinks again.

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“Remember, I’m an incurable optimist. I think you’re going to find a pot of gold that I don’t know about. If that doesn’t happen, and we think there’s going to be other cuts, I’d rather know now so that we can prepare for that future.” Legislators also asked about the value of some bachelor’s degrees in the job market of today. Senator Steve Abrams, District 32, shared his concern about higher education in

Kansas being able to train students to meet the current job market, mentioning high tech and nursing fields as having far more openings than candidates. While legislators applauded Emporia State’s increase in enrollment, Shonrock clarified that student retention is just as vital as recruiting new students. “Growth is not just adding more students,” he said, “it’s about retaining the students we already have.” 13

Silent No More: Campaign gifts start new bell-ringing tradition Photo credit: J.R. Garvey


ilent Joe, the limestone-faced bell tower southeast of Welch Stadium, is taking on a new role in Emporia State University’s comprehensive fundraising campaign. Traditionally rung after the football team scores a victory, the bell has become an audible icon for success as part of Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University. In the second half of 2013, bell-ringing celebrations recognizing significant campaign gifts and achievements have happened five times: n A leadership gift to Emporia State’s

athletics program from Steve and Bobbi Sauder of Emporia in excess of $600,000, n Recognition of a record $9.4 million

fundraising total in fiscal year 2013, n Creation of the Fulhage Music

Scholarship program with a $250,000 gift from the estate of Mildred Fulhage, a longtime Kansas City, Kan. public school music teacher,

n A $100,000 leadership gift to the

School of Business from Dale and Carolyn Davis of Emporia, and

n $200,000 gifted anonymously for

the School of Business to establish a Distinguished Business Scholar program. Coupled with the donor’s prior gifts and a planned gift, the contribution will grow to $1 million. Announced at the Founders’ Day Gala in February 2013, Now & Forever has now topped the $22 million mark on its way to a working goal of $45 million. “This is truly a team effort,” said DenaSue Potestio, Emporia State Foundation President/CEO. “I’m excited about the spirit, pride and camaraderie that’s building in our Hornet Nation as we engage alumni across the globe to build the strength and vitality of their alma mater.” Steve Sauder is the Now & Forever campaign’s Champion for Athletics, a

role in which he leads fundraising for Emporia State’s athletics programs. The vision goal for Hornet Athletics is $9 million in private gifts and grants. “With Steve’s leadership I know this is possible,” said Potestio. “I’m pretty invested in the future of this community, and I understand that Emporia State University and the city of Emporia are joined at the hip,” Steve Sauder said in an earlier interview. The owner Emporia’s Radio Stations, Inc., he Photo credit: J.R. Garvey


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serves on the Emporia State University Foundation Board of Trustees in addition to his involvement in numerous community activities. “We’ve all stretched and succeeded during the past few months,” noted Lana Oleen, past chair of the Foundation’s board of trustees during a July celebration marking the record-breaking fundraising year. “I sincerely appreciate not only the efforts of the Foundation staff, but also the gifts that 5,950 individuals, families, groups and corporations have made to our Now & Forever campaign this year.” The September celebration of the Fulhage Music Scholarships of course included performances by some of the students benefiting from the scholarships. “My biggest dream was to study in the United States,” said Anastasia Motiti, Fulhage Scholarship recipient and international transfer student from

Cyprus, an island country in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Motiti, a talented musician who has attended several piano and flute academies and master classes with a number of European musicians in Cyprus, Greece and Austria, is attending Emporia State with the support of her family, the Fulhage Scholarship, and the Fulbright Commission in Cyprus. The forward-thinking gift from Dale and Carolyn Davis recognizes the service and achievement of Dr. John C. Rich, professor of accounting and information systems and director of student affairs and alumni for the AACSB Internationalaccredited School of Business. “For me personally, this has been an overwhelming and humbling experience,” said Rich, a faculty member at Emporia State since 1968, and part of the leadership team for the Now & Forever campaign.

“The thoughtfulness of the Davises in recognizing me through this gift was unexpected and is one of the most meaningful things that I have ever experienced,” Rich continued. The final bell-ringing ceremony of 2013 took a different turn, in that the person making the gift chose to remain anonymous. A $200,000 campaign gift, coupled with $200,000 the donor has previously given, established the Distinguished Business Scholar program at Emporia State. “This same individual is also making a generous planned gift to bring the endowed scholarship fund to $1 million. This elegant giving strategy enables the new program to begin today and to grow in the future,” added Jennifer Denton, Emporia State Foundation vice president for stewardship and administration.

Campaign commitments to be celebrated in 2014 include: n A seven-figure planned gift to support the Department of Physical Sciences n A seven-figure planned gift to establish two scholarship funds n A six-figure planned gift for student scholarships n A six-figure commitment comprised of both current and planned gifts to support athletics,

academics, accounting, music, and fraternity and sorority life n A quarter-million dollar commitment to athletics n A quarter-million dollar commitment to Women’s Basketball n A quarter-million dollar commitment to promote a popular speaker series through student scholarships n A quarter-million dollar planned gift to establish scholarships for business and business education majors n And multiple other six-figure commitments to Now & Forever, the Campaign for Emporia State University.

Photo credit: Samantha Jacob

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Capitol Federal® substantially upgrades Emporia State scholarship program When Emporia State University introduced its next class of Capitol Federal® Scholars in December, the news had an even sweeter ring for the students selected for the scholarship award. That’s because the scholarship’s benefactor, the Topeka-based Capitol Federal® Foundation, doubled its commitment to the Capitol Federal Scholars Fund for this academic year at Emporia State, granting $80,000 for student scholarships. “I am so grateful not only for Emporia State’s partnership with the Capitol Federal Foundation, but also for CapFed’s philanthropic leadership in Kansas,” said DenaSue Potestio, Foundation president/ CEO. The Capitol Federal Scholars program targets high-achieving students in Emporia State’s School of Business, rewarding them with scholarships for their academic performance. Each scholarship is renewable annually, meaning a student who earns the scholarship as a freshman will remain eligible through graduate school as long as he or she maintains the required minimum 3.25 GPA. “The Capitol Federal scholarship has allowed me to pursue my business degree and career aspirations while pushing me to further excel in my academics,” said Mallory Walden, a junior from Wichita majoring in Management Information Systems. “I am able to receive an

outstanding education with help from CapFed and I am so grateful for that,” said Walden, a three-year recipient of Capitol Federal scholarship recognition. Two more Capitol Federal Scholars see the multi-year program as an incentive to continue their hard work. “Not only has the scholarship helped financially, but it also has been a motivator to maintain a high level of success in my college education,” said Eric Wietharn, a junior Accounting major from St. Marys. As a senior, Kristi Bretches has received Capitol Federal scholarship money each of her four years at Emporia State. “To me, the scholarship acts as a reward for all of the hard work I put in during the school year and it gives me extra motivation to continue doing well in my college education,” said Bretches, an Accounting major. A new component of the Capitol Federal partnership with Emporia State is creation of a scholarship program for student-athletes. The new Capitol Federal Athletic Scholars Fund will award scholarships to one or more male studentathletes and one or more female studentathletes each year. John Dicus, chairman, president and CEO of Capitol Federal Savings Bank, described his company’s longstanding support for education this way: “Education has a ripple effect, being the key to a person’s success, leading to the strength and development of the

community. Knowing education makes such a difference, we continue to support the Capitol Federal Scholars Fund and the newly created Capitol Federal Athletic Scholars Fund offered to Emporia State University students.” Students earning Capitol Federal Scholars recognition at that luncheon include: n FRESHMEN

Morgan Flowers, Pratt Tawni Griffey, Norton Chelsea Ingram, Topeka Jeana Johnson, Topeka Dallas Shafer, Emporia n SOPHOMORES

Dylan Geissert, Hope Kayla Lansing, Leavenworth Brittany Rees, Emporia Betsy Teegardin, Emporia *Amber Vandiver, Emporia Anna Zimmerman, Topeka n JUNIORS

Sara Dunkin, Topeka Royce Franklin, Wichita Nicole Rottinghaus, Baileyville Mallory Walden, Wichita Eric Wietharn, St. Marys n SENIORS

Stephanie Anderson, Emporia Kristi Bretches, McPherson Brynna Demotte, Topeka Lindsey Holthaus, Topeka *Neil Shortell, Emporia Victoria Slinkard, Medicine Lodge n GRADUATE STUDENTS

Zach Carlson, Topeka Kelly Copp, Auburn Chelsie Eagleburger, Emporia Amanda Humphrey, Emporia Krista Saylor, Emporia * Capitol Federal Athletic Scholar Photo credit: J.R. Garvey


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“It was a great experience,” said Chuck Frazier, a now-retired portrait photographer. “I like to tell everybody it was the hardest 30 days of my life, because the pace was so grueling.” “We got most of the shots on the fly, because we weren’t on our own for very long periods of time,” said Nancy Frazier.

Photo collection finds new home


haunting collection of images from India now graces the walls of Emporia State’s Memorial Union, a gift from an Emporia couple who recorded their trip to the country in 1991.

Charles “Chuck” Frazier and his wife, Nancy, toured Uttar Pradesh, one of India’s northern states, as part of a cultural exchange program sponsored by Rotary International.

From the hundreds of images and portraits, the Fraziers mounted an exhibit of approximately 30 photos that have been displayed around the state. The couple gifted the collection to Emporia State last fall, just in time for it to be mounted as part of the university’s International Education Week observance in November. “We’re doing a lot of work to recruit students from India, so displaying these photos may give them a feeling of being home,” said Dr. Gonzalo Bruce, dean of international education. Photo credit: J.R. Garvey

Students benefit from renovated Richel Learning Space


he newly renovated Richel Learning Space, located in Cremer Hall 193, is available to all Emporia State University students, faculty and staff. The Learning Space is broken up into three new areas: the Learning Commons, group study “breakout” rooms, and an upgraded classroom. Stationed throughout the space are upgraded classroom computers, saturated wireless connectivity, furniture that is easily configured for group or individual study use, digital displays and networked printing stations. Added convenience features include vending machines, and the allimportant charging stations for the mobile devices students carry and use in their studies. 17

ESU’s TESOL program moves to The Teachers College


ESOL, the program that Emporia State University offers to teach English to speakers of other languages, has moved under the wing of The Teachers College. The Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Teacher Licensure program at Emporia State is the vehicle that in-service or pre-service teachers use to Kansas State ESOL licensure. The courses making up the endorsement curricula provide skills needed to ensure effective special English language and content instruction to English learners.

In the United States, English learners are the fastest-growing segment of the student population. Accompanying that figure is the fact that about half of teachers in the field feel they are unprepared to meet the needs of the English-learning students they serve. “The TESOL Teacher education program reflects the mission of The Teachers College and personnel preparation unit of Emporia State University,” said Dr. Ken Weaver, dean. The unit developed a new conceptual framework titled “The Professional” with program goals, outcomes, and assessment procedures that build on our earlier program goals,

outcomes and assessment procedures. This new conceptual framework captures the continuing philosophy that for educators to help all students learn, they must have a command of content, critical ideas and skills, and the capacity to reflect on, evaluate, and learn from their practice so that it continually improves. The teacher licensure program is accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and the teacher education unit of Emporia State is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

A Visser Homecoming


omecoming 150 held special meaning for Virginia Visser, former first lady of Emporia State University. “I’m so caught up in what goes on in the university, I don’t feel I’ve ever lost touch with ESU,” she said during her visit. Visser’s husband, John, served as university president from 1967 to 1985. During the Vissers’ tenure, Kansas State Teachers College became Emporia Kansas State College (in 1974) then Emporia State University (in 1977). Virginia Visser attended Homecoming events with her daughter, Dr. Mary Visser, who grew up on the campus and later followed her own career in higher education. Mary Visser is professor and coordinator of exercise science/exercise physiology at Minnesota State University, Mankato. “I think Dad would have been absolutely awed” to see the changes to campus, she said, including in The Teachers College, housed in the building named for John Visser. “Not just the physical building (Visser Hall), but what’s going on in there.”


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Both mother and daughter recalled the turmoil on campus during much of John Visser’s tenure. “There was much more of an us-against-them mentality on campus,” Mary said, noting that demonstrations against the Vietnam War were common on campuses across the country. “There were riots on campus,” Mary Visser recalled. “Dad went out to talk to the students. He was very committed to working with students.” Virginia Visser admitted to some worries during that time. “I was always afraid someone would attack our house,” she recalled, although the situation never developed.

Mankato, Minn. “I like coming back here,” Virginia Visser said. “If I’m ever in Emporia, I stop by the university.” Both found the current campus climate much more positive than 45 years ago. “This place is definitely going forward,” Mary Visser said. “It’s clean, neat and the kids look excited — even during Friday classes.” “I’d welcome the opportunity to work here,” she added with a smile. Photo credit: Dave Sparks

After John Visser stepped down as president, the couple retired to Vassar in neighboring Osage County where they lived a number of years. Virginia now lives in

Doc and Coach Slay: Celebrating two legendary careers


lot has happened since Emporia State’s 2012 Homecoming celebration, when hundreds of John “Doc” Baxter’s friends and former students filled Webb Hall to celebrate his retirement. Along with substantial contributions to the John Baxter Athletic Training Scholarship have come almost $182,000 in gifts to support a complete remodeling of what was unveiled during Homecoming 2013 as the John Baxter Sports Medicine Center. “Everyone we asked said ‘yes’ to the idea,” said Russ Jenkins, who helped raise money for the training room renovation project. As Emporia State’s head athletic trainer, Doc Baxter kept students, studentathletes, community members, and athletes from surrounding schools healthy during his 46-year career. Additionally, Baxter worked with numerous individuals and groups to ensure that Emporia State’s campus and the Emporia community was a friendly place for individuals with disabilities. “The improvement in here will benefit our athletes tremendously,” said Dustin Enslinger, head men’s athletics trainer. “We’re able to give our athletes the firstclass treatment they deserve to get them

back on the field or the court as soon as we can.” A month later, it was “grand reopening” time for the arena floor at William L. White Civic Auditorium in Emporia. Now known as Slaymaker Court in honor of former head men’s basketball coach Ron Slaymaker, the hardwood floor sports Coach Slay’s iconic signature as testament to a life spent on the basketball court.

director. “He has certainly been the face of the basketball program, but really the athletics department for so many years.” For information on contributing to the John Baxter Sports Medicine Center renovation, the John Baxter Athletic Training Scholarship, or the Ron and Shirley Slaymaker Scholarship Fund, please contact the Emporia State Foundation, 620-341-5440.

Slaymaker played high school games at White Auditorium, spent four years on the Hornet basketball team, then enjoyed a career of 28 years as the team’s head coach. “When you get into coaching, having a court named after you is not on your list of goals,” Slaymaker said. “When it did happen, I felt a lot of gratitude and a little bit of shock.” “When people think of Emporia State and the history and success of Emporia State they think of Ron Slaymaker,” said Kent Weiser, athletics

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2013 ESU Athletic Hall of Honor Inductees Photo credit: Samantha Jacob

University Athletic Hall of Honor on Saturday, October 12 as part of Homecoming festivities at Emporia State.


ive individuals and a national runner-up baseball team were inducted into the Emporia State

The inductees joined a group of 175 former student-athletes, coaches and administrators and 13 teams who have distinguished themselves, the University, and their professions through their athletic achievement.

n Cindy (Blakeley) Cameron, Cross

Country/Track & Field

n Bill Favrow, Track & Field/Football n David Harris, Track & Field/Cross

Country Coach

n Dontaye McCoy, Football n Sarah Wuertz, Women’s Track & Field n 1987 NAIA National Runner-up

Baseball Team


Hornet Football goes 9-2, reaches NCAA II playoffs Emporia State’s 14th-ranked Hornets ended the football season 9-2 and advanced to the NCAA Playoffs for the second time in school history. In a game marked by chilly temperatures, the team turned the ball over a season-high five times in a 55-13 loss at fifth-ranked Minnesota-Duluth. The Hornets played without starting quarterback Brent Wilson, who suffered a broken collarbone the week before. Ray Ray Davis ended with four catches for 46 yards, while Austin Willis had one catch for 55 yards and a touchdown. The Hornets gave up a season high 476 yards rushing on the day. Over the past two seasons, Emporia State has gone 19-4 on the football field, accumulating the most wins of any NCAA Division II team in Kansas or Oklahoma.

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All-Region 3 team includes three Hornets Emporia State placed three players on the Daktronics SR-3 All-Region team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) from Super Region 3. Ray Ray Davis, Jarrett Stastny, and Chris Poston were named to the second-team. Davis had 84 receptions for 1,072 yards and 15 touchdowns on the year. He led the MIAA and was ranked fifth in the nation in touchdown receptions. He set

the MIAA single game record with five touchdown receptions against Central Oklahoma. Sastny was a first-team All-MIAA selection and the only freshman on the first-team this season. Poston was named first-team All-MIAA despite missing four games with a broken thumb. He had four interceptions in seven games and added 38 tackles on the season.

Academic Excellence Linebacker Ben Carlson was named a Capital One Academic AllAmerican. He and offensive lineman Kameron Neal both earned Capital One Academic All-District honors from CoSIDA. Carlson had a 3.84 GPA in business administration. Neal had a 3.78 GPA in computer operating systems.

Farewell, Coach Kramer


arry Kramer, the second winningest coach in Emporia State football history, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25 at the age of 71.

Kramer was the coach of the Hornets during one of the greatest runs of football success in school history from 1983-1994. A native of Austin, Minn., Kramer was named NAIA National Coach of the Year in 1989 when he led Emporia State to the NAIA National Championship game. “To me Coach Kramer really the coach who put Emporia State football on the map,” said current Hornet head coach Garin Higgins, who played for Kramer from 1987-90. “Everyone who played for Coach Kramer has a special bond. Whatever job we may have, he gave us something that we could use in our lives.”

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Volleyball team Goes 18-11 for season Emporia State ended the season 18-11 Emporia State fell in the first round of overall and 9-7 in MIAA play. The the MIAA Tournament in three sets to Hornets were the only team to defeat Central Oklahoma. Central Missouri in the regular season and will return nine players that started Senior outside hitter Paige Vanderpool earned second-team at least nine matches All-MIAA honors for the third straight season to lead this season. seven Emporia State players on the 2013 All-MIAA

All-MIAA Honors Volleyball team.

Middle hitters Carly Spicer and Courtney Haring, outside hitter Brianna Kaiser, right side hitter Katie Deutschmann, libero Kelly Holden and setter Macki Pankratz were named honorable mention All-MIAA by the league coaches as well.

Soccer reaches MIAA semifinals for first time A stellar Emporia State season was concluded with a 2-1 loss to Southwest Baptist in the semifinals of the MIAA postseason tournament.

All-MIAA Honors

Emporia State’s season record finished at 9-8-3, one win short of tying a program record. The semifinal appearance was the furthest the team had advanced in the MIAA Tournament in program history.

A total of four Hornets earned All-MIAA recognition as the all-conference team was announced. Freshman keeper Yadira Rivera and freshman defender Jaide Allenbrand both earned Second-Team All-MIAA status. Senior midfielder Hannah Carlson was a Third-Team selection while freshman midfielder McKenzie Koch was an honorable mention pick.

Cross Country teams compete at Regional The Emporia State men placed 18th out of 23 teams at the NCAA Division II Central Region Championships in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Hornet women only ran four runners and did not have a team score.

Emily Schoenfeld ran 23:25.19 to finish 95th over the 6-kilometer course for the women.

MIAA Championship recap

Jacob Bull was the top finisher for the Hornets. He covered the 10-kilometer course in 33:45.68 to finish 65th overall.

The Emporia State men placed 9th and the women 11th at the MIAA Cross Country Championships in Pittsburg, Kan. Bull led the Hornet men with a 40th place finish, while Schoenfeld placed 51st to pace the Emporia State women.

Summer program for Hornet athletes keeps students on track to graduate on time


program designed to focus Emporia State athletes on timely graduation is drawing positive reviews after its first summer of operation. Fifty-one studentathletes took a total of 204 credit hours in the new Emporia State University Hornet Athletes Summer Academy during the summer of 2013. The program is designed to keep athletes on track to graduate in four or fourand-a-half years. It’s the result of one of the 18 Big Ideas put forth in Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University. “The summer program at Emporia State helps us in many ways,” says athletic director Kent Weiser. “Since taking 16 hours a semester when a sport is in season is difficult, it keeps studentathletes on track to graduate in four or four-and-half years.” “We don’t use the program to keep a kid eligible,” adds Weiser, “but to keep them on track to graduate.” Summer semester scholarships meant the student-athletes could stay in Emporia for voluntary summer workouts and attend classes to help them make academic progress toward their degree without worrying about costs. “It is truly a win-win situation,” says Weiser. Coach Garin Higgins agrees. “The summer school program has been a big part of our success. It gives our players a reason to stay in Emporia and take part in our voluntary workouts while working toward their degree.” 21


Margaret J. (Miller) Burnley (BSE 37), Pleasanton, CA, March 7, 2013 Dorothy “Dot” (Wingerd) Burt (BSE 39), Hutchinson, Nov. 15, 2013 Mildred “Milly” L. (Burnap) Hollembeak (BSE 38), Emporia, July 22, 2013 Darlene Zoberst (LIF 36, BSE 55, MS 62), Salina, Nov. 11, 2013


Virginia L. (Griggs) Arheart (BS 47), Elkhart, Aug. 9, 2013 Betty Louise (Fults) Bennett-Francis (BS 41), Olathe, Feb. 27, 2013 Audrey E. (VanDyke) Binns (BS 43), Cottonwood Falls, May 26, 2013 Wilbur J. Carpenter (BS 41), Columbus, OH, June 21, 2013 Helen E. (Daughtry) Costello (BSE 42, MS 68), Tampa, March 3, 2013 Geraldine “Jerre” (Russell) Edwards (BSE 45, MS 80), Springfield, MO, Sept. 5, 2013 William C. Green (BSE 48, MS 63), Baxter Springs, May 18, 2013 Anna E. Huebert (BSE 40, LIF 40), Newton, April 13, 2013 Helen L. (Robinson) Long (BSE 49), Manhattan, June 22, 2013 Patricia I. (Gangwer) Mayeux (BS 46), Columbus, OH, May 1, 2013 Vida L. (Bower) Remy (BSE 43), San Rafael, CA, Aug. 26, 2013 Dr. Lewis W. Seagondollar (BA 41), Raleigh, NC, Sept. 20, 2013 Naomi G. (Dickson) Snyder (BME 47), Emporia, Sept. 1, 2013 Alice F. (Crow) Sutton (BSE 49), Mexico, MO, Oct. 27, 2013 Randolph M. Woelk (BSE 43), Wichita, March 4, 2013


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Rev. Donald “Don” R. Barb (BS 55), Olpe, Nov. 1, 2013 Dr. James “Jim” K. Bowen (BS 59, MS 60), Delray Beach, FL, July 18, 2013 Dr. Billy “Bill” L. Braden (BA 54), Wamego, Oct. 9, 2013 Harold W. Cole (BSB 57), Independence, Sept. 30, 2013 Charles A. Coleman (BSE 51), Abilene, April 25, 2013 Royce K. Crawford (BSB 57), Salina, June 28, 2013 Larry E. Cummins (BSB 58), Bentonville, AR, July 27, 2013 Alexander “Al” Doban (BSB 53), Camden, ME, Sept. 25, 2013 Donald G. Dody (BS 58), Portland, OR, March 3, 2013 Laverne D. (Hurt) Eakins (BSE 58), Topeka, July 11, 2013 John “Bill” W. Eudaley (BSE 50), Meade, Dec. 1, 2013 Stanford “Stan” L. Fahring (BSE 56, MS 58), Irvine, CA, April 24, 2013 Marilyn R. (Williams) Freese (BSE 54), Hutchinson, July 10, 2013 Beverly A. (Dillman) Gerding (BS 57), Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Aug. 2, 2013 Sylvia (Renner) Hawk (BSE 59), Leawood, April 30, 2013 Dr. Donald “Don” L. Holst (BSE 53), Chadron, NE, Nov. 2, 2013 Larry D. Howard (BSE 58), Emporia, July 10, 2013 Thomas M. Johnson (BA 46, MA 53), Willis, June 26, 2013

Helen M. Klostermann (BSB 50, MLS 61), Newton, Sept. 29, 2013 Jack R. Masters (BSB 55, MS 58), Basehor, July 5, 2013 Melvin G. Minor (BSE 59), Stafford, May 3, 2013 Ethel “Jeanne” J. (Sacks) Moffatt (BSE 50), Lees Summit, MO, Aug. 30, 2013 Kathryn A. (Boys) Nachbor (BSE 59), Wichita, July 21, 2013 Lilly A. (Thiessen) Pankratz (BSE 56), Inman, Sept. 8, 2013 Wayne E. Parker (BSE 57), Corvallis, OR, Feb. 22, 2013 Charlotte M. (Hutchcraft) Pierce (BSE 57, MLS 81), Wichita, Sept. 16, 2013 Carl “Sonny” E. Pugh (BSE 58, MS 61), Overland Park, Aug. 18, 2013 Keith W. Reeves (BSB 50), Melbourne, FL, Aug. 1, 2013 Edward D. Sherraden (BSE 53, MS 54, EDS 64), Olathe, Aug. 29, 2013 Albert “Al” A. Sill (BSB 56), Black Diamond, WA, July 25, 2013 Rosalea V. (Freeman) Snow (BSE 51, MS 54), Overland Park, May 2, 2013 Doris J. (Meredith) Sparke (BSE 55), Shawnee, Sept. 16, 2013 Merton R. Staley (BSE 52, MS 56), Rolling Meadows, IL, Aug. 2, 2013 Barbara J. (Groh) Taylor (BSE 52), Arvada, CO, April 4, 2013 Carlie W. Trower (BSE 58), Ballwin, MO, April 16, 2013 James “Jim” H. Van Lew (BSB 59), West Des Moines, IA, Nov. 5, 2013 Edward “Ed” F. Wiegers (BSE 54), Marysville, June 28, 2013 Joseph “Vinnie” V. Zujkowski (BSE 52), Hillsborough, NJ, Oct. 3, 2013

1960s Francis “Frank” E. Jones (BSE 50), Lakewood, CO, June 19, 2013 Willis E. Kirk (MS 54), Woodway, TX, April 8, 2013

Barbee L. (Nesbitt) Bellows (BS 64), Nevada City, CA, Nov. 8, 2013 R. Lyle Brown (BA 62), Emporia, April 6, 2013 Selma L. (Melton) Brown (BSE 63), Salina, Aug. 9, 2013

James N. Bryant (BSB 60), McKinney, TX, June 6, 2013 Lt. Col. Kent B. Burns (BSB 62), Goldsboro, NC, Aug. 20, 2013 Cleo H. Cherryholmes (MS 63), Haslett, MI, April 18, 2013 Kenneth “Gene” E. Clohecy (MS 67), Roeland Park, Aug. 10, 2013 Paula J. (Ivey) Colgan (BA 61), Orlando, FL, Sept. 29, 2013 Kent L. Conard (BSB 64), Wichita, Aug. 16, 2013 Dean M. Crane (BSE 68), Overland Park, April 18, 2013 Sister Mary A. Cummings (BSE 68), Cheyenne, WY, Sept. 28, 2013 Nevada N. (Truesdell) Dauber (BSE 62), Hutchinson, July 1, 2013 Mireya (Alvarez) del Castillo (MLS 65), Columbia, MO, June 17, 2013 Alice G. (Myers) DeMarrias (MS 64), Colony, Sept. 15, 2013 John J. DeMint (MS 66), Tulsa, OK, Oct. 20, 2013 John R. Dyck (MS 60), Minneapolis, April 1, 2013 Frances (Salmon) Elffner (BSE 63, MLS 68), Denver, CO, April 12, 2013 Jimmie E. Evans (MS 63), Leavenworth, Sept. 16, 2013 Ella E. (Paustian) (Manske) Ferree (BSE 65), Council Grove, June 10, 2013 Esther E. Foiles (BSE 67), Hermiston, OR, April 13, 2013 Barbara A. (Towns) Foos (BSE 69), Sapulpa, OK, May 10, 2013 Barry B. Foster (BSE 68, MS 73), Livingston Manor, NY, April 19, 2013 Sarah “Sally” A. (O’Brien) Hahn (MLS 61), Overland Park, Sept. 15, 2013 Ronald L. Harris (BSE 61), Junction City, Dec. 5, 2012 Betty L. (Wingate) Heidt (BSE 62), Rose Hill, April 7, 2013 Henry “Huck” D. Huddlestun (BSE 64), Lawrence, June 15, 2013 Woody M. Jacoby (BSB 66), Forsyth, MO, May 1, 2013

Allen D. Kaufman (MS 64), Galva, June 14, 2012 Katherine L. Kindscher (BSE 61), Beloit, March 25, 2013 Gary W. Kinzer (BA 62), Shawnee, July 2, 2013 Eva S. (Stanford) Krug (EDS 66), Garden City, Jan. 13, 2013 L. Robert “Bob” Lacey (BSE 60), Hutchinson, Sept. 19, 2013 Donald “Don” R. Louis (BSE 62), Denton, TX, Dec. 7, 2012 Isabelle “Juanita” J. (Powell) Massey (MS 64), Paola, Nov. 7, 2013 Kevin L. McCay (MS 65), El Paso, TX, Aug. 6, 2013 Jerry F. McCloud (BSE 63), Shawnee, Nov. 20, 2013 Raymond “Ray” E. McCoy (BSB 63), Cordova, TN, Oct. 25, 2013 Rose Mary (Harms) Means (BSE 60), Monument, CO, June 28, 2013 Barbara (Belden) Miller (BSE 69, MS 74), Eskridge, Sept. 18, 2013 Frederick “Fred” C. Miller (MS 66), Emporia, Sept. 16, 2013 Esther I. (Warnken) Morris (BSE 64, MS 59), Emporia, Sept. 21, 2013 Betty L. (Sharp) Myers (BSE 61), Boone, IA, Aug. 11, 2013 Dennis E. Nail (BSB 65), Wellington, April 14, 2013 Judith G. (Johnson) Nixon (BS 65), Abilene, April 11, 2013 Richard D. Pankratz (MA 68), Topeka, Sept. 21, 2013 Robert “Bob” S. Patterson (BSE 64, MS 65, EDS 75), Fairway, Aug. 26, 2013 Warren L. Peterson (MS 64), Hutchinson, Sept. 15, 2013 Florence M. (Kirby) Schadt (MS 65), Olathe, July 17, 2013 William “Bill” W. Schnittker (BSE 62), Overland Park, Dec. 3, 2013 Gladys P. (Evans) Stiles (EDS 68), Overland Park, Sept. 5, 2013 Darrell “Ross” R. Stiner (BSB 62), Naples, FL, Aug. 6, 2013

Mangal D. Taj (MS 69), Emporia, Aug. 3, 2013 Don E. Tayrien (BSB 66), Bartlesville, OK, May 25, 2013 Gary R. Vaughn (BSB 64), Lenexa, Nov. 15, 2013 Charles E. Vaughn (MS 65), Waterloo, IA, April 18, 2013 Ray T. Vaughn (BSB 68), Lenexa, Sept. 7, 2013 Robert “Bob” E. Watkins (MS 60), Shawnee, Sept. 29, 2013 Robert E. Weir (BA 62), Topeka, April 30, 2013 Catherine “Cathie” A. (Crebo) Winters (BSE 67), Roach, MO, Aug. 22, 2013 Abdelwahed “Del” Zhiri (BSE 66, MS 66), Lawrence, Oct. 3, 2013 Raymond L. Zurfluh (BSE 63), Salina, July 10, 2013


Dennis L. Ainsworth (BS 72), Ottawa, July 8, 2013 Timothy W. Albertson (BSB 71), Holcomb, June 11, 2013 Marjorie L. (Gray) Anderson (MLS 70), Emporia, Oct. 17, 2013 Thomas “Tom” D. Anderson (BS 72, BA 79), Emporia, Oct. 20, 2013 Gerald D. Bonham (EDS 70), Springfield, MO, April 21, 2013 Sharon K. (Hamman) Carnes (BS 71), De Soto, Nov. 19, 2013 Rebecca “Becky” S. Carson (MS 71), Wichita, Nov. 29, 2013 Robert “Bob” E. Chase (BSB 72), Sabetha, Sept. 30, 2013 James M. Coots (BS 70), Tulsa, OK, March 8, 2013 Mildred (Cummings) Crane (BSE 70), Gridley, Aug. 21, 2013 Richard “Keith” K. Cunningham (BSE 73), Neodesha, Oct. 14, 2013 Virginia “Allein” (Smith) Davis Butts (BSE 75), Emporia, April 16, 2013


Remembering Bill Wygle Bill Wygle’s physical size gave obvious clues to his past athletic achievements in football, track and field at Kansas State Teachers College under legendary coach Fran Welch. But it was his gregarious nature that would immediately put visitors at ease. R. W. “Bill” Wygle (BSE-Physical Education 50, MS-Educational Administration 53) died Jan. 13, 2014 at the Emporia Presbyterian Manor. He was 87 years old. A World War II veteran, Wygle and his wife, Peggy (BSE-English 59, MLS 68) lived in Vet City as a student. He was a member of Phi Sigma Epsilon fraternity and Blue Key Honor society. After a career that included administrative posts at KSTC and presidencies of Arkansas College, Batesville, Ark., and Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva, Ok., he later became general manager for American National Insurance Company. His past service includes the Alumni Association board of directors. At the time of his death, Wygle was a Trustee Emeritus of the Emporia State University Foundation after serving the organization as board chairperson from 1991-1993. Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Key Honor Society at Emporia State. Larry V. Gales (BSB 70, MS 73), Burlington, July 26, 2013 Dale E. Gatza (BSB 73), Junction City, April 1, 2013 Bradford “Brad” K. Gordon (MS 70), Newton, May 19, 2013 Bonnie L. (Spencer) Hinck (BSE 70), Eskridge, Sept. 8, 2013 Eva R. (Fornwalt) Hirst (MS 70, EDS 79), Hutchinson, Oct. 1, 2013 Janice L. (Denny) Hofstetter (BSB 76), Wichita, April 26, 2013 24

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Michael I. Hollinger (MS 78), Topeka, Sept. 7, 2013 Phillip “Phil” K. Hopper (BA 73), San Carlos, CA, Aug. 3, 2013 Marcus E. Ireland (BSE 75), Kansas City, June 19, 2013 Max A. Jacob, Jr. (BA 73), Belton, MO, Oct. 14, 2013 Lillian K. Kestner (MLS 78), Lewiston, ID, April 5, 2013 James W. Lockett, Jr. (BME 71), Adelanto, CA, July 31, 2013 Jeffrey T. Loper (BSB 79), Burlington, Oct. 10, 2013 Ralph J. Lynch, III (BSB 72), Grass Valley, CA, Feb. 19, 2013 Kenneth “Ken” I. Massey (BA 73), Sterling, July 25, 2013 Jon H. Meulengracht (BA 75), Leawood, Nov. 22, 2013 Wendell H. Morgan (EDS 74), Hutchinson, June 25, 2013 Steven “Steve” C. Pershall (BSB 73), El Dorado, July 7, 2013 David R. Peters (BSB 75, MS 76), Richardson, TX, April 1, 2013 Dwight “Kent” K. Runnels (BA 71), Basehor, Oct. 9, 2013 Shirley M. (Scott) Schoap (LIF 70), Cottonwood Falls, June 24, 2013 Stanley “Stan” B. Stewart (BSE 76), El Dorado, July 25, 2013 Elizabeth “Louise” L. (Joergensen) Stoll (BSE 78), Reading, Aug. 6, 2013 Elsie E. (Hursh) Stout (BSE 75), Lyndon, Oct. 8, 2013 Iva A. (Smith) Tomlinson (BSE 72), Harveyville, Nov. 16, 2013 Kevin J. Wold (BSE 75), Lawrence, April 5, 2013 Steven M. Young (BSE 75, MS 99), Topeka, July 11, 2013


Louise E. Ahlberg (BSB 80, MS 85), Leonardville, Nov. 18, 2012

Donald “Don” L. Anderson (BSB 80), Emporia, Aug. 19, 2013 Edward C. Dekat (BSB 80), Saint Marys, May 1, 2013 Robert “Bob” T. Johnson (BSB 84), Ironwood, MI, Nov. 8, 2013 Eric Jorgensen (BSB 85), Paola, Sept. 13, 2013 Kandy K. (Lewis) Kendall (BSE 82), Pratt, Nov. 25, 2013 Carolyn Wood (Kelpe) Kerne (MS 82), Denton, TX, Nov. 2, 2013 Michael V. “Mike” Lane (BGS 85), Chanute, June 27, 2013 Kim L. (Richardson) Lawson (BSE 89), Wichita, April 29, 2013 Kevin H. Parkerson (BSB 88), Topeka, July 17, 2013 Lawrence L. Turnbaugh (BSE 83), Pomona, May 16, 2013


Kathleen A. Braithwaite (MS 93), Eudora, May 5, 2013 Jill M. Peterson (BS 92), Wamego, Aug. 10, 2013 Stuart B. Phipps (MA 99), Kansas City, MO, Sept. 14, 2013 Mari C. (Hall) Simon (BS 90, MS 97), Topeka, June 28, 2013 Karla J. (Severtson) Vonachen (MLS 97), Hutchinson, Sept. 26, 2013


Rev. Thomas “Tom” L. Dean, Sr. (BS 03), Kansas City, MO, June 29, 2013 Erik “Stavros” A. Falasca (MLS 04), Columbus, OH, Sept. 14, 2013 William “Russ” R. Morgan (BA 03), Arkansas City, Aug. 3, 2013 Leslie A. (Wurdeman) Riner (BSN 07), Overbrook, April 20, 2013 Dianna J. Rogers (BS 08, MS 10), Dearing, March 22, 2013


Jacob “Jake” L. Golden (CS 13), Emporia, Oct. 10, 2013 Eric “Bubba” L. Knox (CS 13), Emporia, Sept. 5, 2013 Travis M. Sanders (BS 12), Lawrence, Oct. 27, 2013

Former Students

Mariel C. (Nicklin) Barrett, Laredo, TX, Sept. 7, 2013 Dr. Ruth Boxberger, Great Bend, Sept. 8, 2013 James “Jim” E. Brothers, Lawrence, Aug. 20, 2013 Ronald “Ron” P. Cowan, Jr., Topeka, Nov. 11, 2013 Helen W. (Bergevin) Donnellan, Waco, TX, June 8, 2013 Alfred C. Glaser, Kearney, NE, April 26, 2013 Philip E. Hainline, Cottonwood Falls, April 8, 2013 Rick L. Harris, Grapevine, TX, Sept. 16, 2013 Cheryl A. (Dall) Holder, Strong City, Aug. 29, 2013 Ruth E. (McCall) Hughes, San Antonio, TX, Nov. 19, 2013 Earl A. Korphage, Cottonwood Falls, Jan. 6, 2012 Robert “Bob” G. McCollom, Alexandria, VA, Dec. 3, 2013 Alvin A. Miller, Emporia, Aug. 17, 2013 Phyllis “Joan” J. (Bourgain) Miller, Smithville, TX, Dec. 27, 2012 Jennie J. (White) Newby, Sterling, Feb. 28, 2013 James Perona, Thornton, CO, June 18, 2013 Alice Ernestine (Mott) Riley, Tucson, AZ, March 24, 2013 Sean M. Robbins, Owasso, OK, Aug. 4, 2013 Miles A. Sheffler, Olathe, Sept. 2, 2013 Kenneth “Dale” D. Whipple, Duncan, OK, Oct. 14, 2013


Mona L. Aguilar-Lancaster, Fort Smith, AR, Sept. 28, 2013 Dorothy M. Becker, Emporia, May 21, 2013 Wilma J. (Wheat) Bixler, Emporia, May 4, 2013 Michael F. Blaisuis, Albuquerque, NM, May 4, 2013 Raymond “Bud” M. Brown, Emporia, June 19, 2013 Stella V. (Foster) Burch, Manhattan, Aug. 31, 2013 Robert “Rob” D. Burton, Topeka, July 6, 2013 Bradley “Brad” C. Cook, De Soto, Oct. 29, 2013 Ivan “Ike” L. Dalby, Burlington, Aug. 15, 2013 Carl W. Didde, Emporia, April 21, 2013 David “Dave” R. Eklund, Kansas City, MO, June 22, 2013 William “Bill” F. Eubank, Emporia, July 13, 2013 Don J. Evans, Cottonwood Falls, Aug. 16, 2013 Mary Ann (Graham) Feltner, Lyndon, Aug. 18, 2013 Rev. Henry “Wayne” Fink, Manhattan, July 13, 2013 Edwin G. Giger, Elmdale, Nov. 27, 2013 Robert S. Glover, Sr., Emporia, April 30, 2013 Otis H. Goff, Lebo, Sept. 17, 2013 Mary A. (Geiger) Goodwin, Emporia, April 18, 2013 R. Dean Grisell, Emporia, Aug. 22, 2013 Linda K. (Yockey) Hedges, Emporia, Oct. 29, 2013 Robert E. Hern, Topeka, Nov. 5, 2013 Florence N. (Eddy) Hogan-Burris, San Francisco, CA, Sept. 26, 2013 Fred C. Hohne, Clearwater, FL, April 2, 2013 Emily (Deweese) Hooper, Lyndon, April 6, 2013 Dr. Patrick R. Huntley, Topeka, Sept. 30, 2013

Gary Janssen, Emporia, Sept. 20, 2013 Marvin W. LaFollette, Wamego, Nov. 24, 2013 Jane Ellen (Flemming) Lennon, Manhattan, Sept. 4, 2013 Doris (Rahjes) Long, Aledo, TX, Oct. 3, 2013 Henrietta L. (Kufahl) Matzke, Westmoreland, Aug. 17, 2013 Mary Louise McPherson, Oro Valley, AZ, June 5, 2013 Fern L. (Metzger) Meredith, Meriden, Sept. 30, 2013 Thomas “Tom” C. Murphy, Topeka, July 19, 2013 Clyde D. Nosker, Emporia, Oct. 7, 2013 Charles “Joe” J. Osman, Wellington, Aug. 20, 2013 August “Gus” W. Piel, Topeka, Oct. 25, 2013 Dean A. Register, Greeley, Sept. 11, 2013 Rodney C. “Rod” Riley, Emporia, Nov. 9, 2013 Florene V. Ringler, Emporia, April 13, 2013 William F. Roberson, Topeka, Aug. 20, 2013 Linda K. (Burlingame) Runcie, Emporia, Oct. 8, 2013 James “Jim” E. Schmelzer, Garnavillo, IA, Aug. 3, 2013 Marjorie F. (Redeker) Schmidt, Olpe, July 25, 2013 Pauline M. Snodgrass, Clay Center, Nov. 23, 2013 Glen R. Stinson, Allen, Oct. 14, 2013 Lawrence D. Timmons, Emporia, Oct. 24, 2013 Shanna (Brunkow) Toms, Parkville, MO, Oct. 13, 2013 Helen L. (Parr) Wachter, Auburn, Sept. 23, 2013 Walter “Tom” T. Walmsley, Corvallis, OR, Sept. 8, 2013 William “Bill” E. Wilmore, Emporia, Oct. 24, 2013 Irvin “Woody” L. Woodward, Topeka, July 17, 2013



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Marlow Ediger (BSE 58-Elementary Education, MS 60-Educational Administration), North Newton, was appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Research in Education. Marlow has also had 11 manuscripts accepted for publication in multiple journals and books. John A. (BSB 55-Management) and June (Burnell) Harger (FS), Litchfield Park, AZ, celebrated their 60th anniversary in May 2013. Robert Keefer (BSE 59-Mathematics), Wichita, has begun his 55th year in the classroom, which includes 41 years in junior and senior high schools in the Wichita area and the last 13 years at Wichita State University. Dr. Samuel Levinson (BSE 51-Speech, MS 55-Psychology), San Diego, CA, retired after 30 years of private clinical practice in Maryland and Northern Virginia. Previously, he served as chief of clinical psychology for the U.S. Air Force Surgeon General’s office from 1972-77. Evan Lindquist (BSE 58-Art), Jonesboro, AR, was named the 2013 Artist Laureate for the state of Arkansas. Dr. Norman (BA 59-Biology) and Phyllis (Loeckle) Powers (BME 61-Music), Emporia, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July 2013. 26

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Marilyn (Brodie) Archer (MLS 69-Library Science), De Queen, AR, recently retired after 21 1/2 years as the director of library services at Cossatot Community College at the University of Arkansas, De Queen, Arkansas. Marilyn was also the Havre de Grace, Maryland high school librarian from 1970-72 and then worked in retail for 20 years. She and her husband are enjoying their retirement in De Queen. Dennis (BS 65-Physical Education) and Carol Bolen, Emporia, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 2, 2013. Larry and Sandra (Martin) Browning (BSE 64-Business Education), Emporia, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 8, 2013. Dan Busby (BSB 63-Accounting, MS 64-Business Administration), Winchester, VA, has been selected by The NonProfit Times for inclusion in its Power & Influence Top 50 list of 2013. Chief Judge Larry J. Eisenhauer (BSE 68-Social Sciences), Ankeny, IA, retired from the Iowa Court of Appeals on September 30, 2013. Tom (BSE 63-Foreign Language) and Ruth (Fruit) Fowler (BSE 63-Home Economics), Emporia, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 28, 2013. Sheryl Jones (BSE 60-English), Arvada, CO, has published This is The Army, Mr. Jones, the first of a threevolume set of World War II V-Mail cartoons sent to family members from 1942-45. The series is a tribute to her adoptive father and creator of the cartoons, Harry E. Chrisman. Shirley Johannsen (BSE 64-Elementary Education), Topeka, was honored for her 50 years of teaching at State Street Elementary School. Carolyn (Rosecrans) Langenwalter (BSE 64-Elementary Education, MS 69-Educational Administration),

Wichita, won a silver medal in the 400-meter sprint, placed fifth in the 800-meter sprint, and placed sixth in the 5K road race at the Senior Olympics in Cleveland, OH. Ronald Poplau (MA 68-History), Kansas City, KS, is featured in the book, American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom. Norman (BA 62-Mathematics, MS 65-Mathematics) and Jane Ann (Taylor) Rees (BSE 66-Elementary Education), Marion, IL, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 18, 2013. Fred (BSB 67-Business Administration) and Jean (Jones) Rowley (BSE 66-Business Education), Lebo, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 24, 2013.


Vickie (Reschke) Fellers (BSE 79-English, MA 90-Speech & Theatre), Wichita, was inducted into the National Forensic League Hall of Fame on June 20, 2013. Judge W. Lee Fowler (BSB 78-Business Administration), Cottonwood Falls, was appointed to the Kansas Sentencing Commission. Lois Griffing (BSE 75-English), South Orange, NJ, is the production stage manager for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Kinky Boots. John B. (BSE 74-Biology, MS 79-Biology) and Jeline D. (Kelsey) Harclerode (MS 74-Special Education), Emporia, are both retiring after working in the Emporia school district for over 40 years. Ann (Reber) Holmes (BS 71-Home Economics), Asheville, NC, wrote No Sewing Until You Quilt It, which was published by the American Quilter’s Society.

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John Klenda (BA 74-Social Sciences), McPherson, was appointed attorney for the 9th District Court of Kansas. Richard and Teresa (Thorne) Maley (BSE 75-Home Economics, MS 93-Counselor Education), Emporia, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on May 26, 2013. Raymond and Pamela (Lucas) McComas (BSE 72-Elementary Education, MS 73-Speech), Topeka, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on May 26, 2013. Patricia “Pat” (Likens) McGonigle (BSE 79-Foreign Language), Vassar, retired from teaching at West Franklin High School.

in May 2013 and will work at Hutto Middle School teaching business/ technology subjects.


Robert Baker (BSB 85-Accounting), Wichita, is president of Clark Investment Group. Carla (Bowers) Blackwell (BSE 81-Elementary Education, MS 96-Master Teacher), Cruz Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands, retired in May 2013 after 32 years of teaching. Carla spent two years teaching 4th grade at Strong City and 30 years teaching 6th grade in Fredonia, Kansas. She began helping her husband as operations manager at the Virgin Islands Environmental Resource Station, Lameshur Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands in July 2013. Angela Cowen (BSE 87-Elementary Education), Burlingame, was hired as an interrelated resource teacher by the Holton Special Education Cooperative for USD 337 Royal Valley.

Mulugeta Ferede (BSB 87-Business Administration, MBA 89-Business Administration), Austin, TX, was selected as the new executive director of the University Unions at The University of Texas at Austin. Brad Hill (BSE 85-Physical Education), Manhattan, was inducted into the Kansas Babe Ruth Leagues Hall of Fame on September 21, 2013. Connie (Elliott) Hoyt (MS 88-Counselor Education), Pomona, retired from West Franklin High School. Ken Hush (BSB 82-Business Administration, Marketing), Wichita, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Wichita State University Board of Trustees. Linda (Heidebrecht) Innes (BSE 88-English), Belton, MO, has worked for the Center School District #58 for 25 years in Kansas City, Missouri and is currently an English as a Second Language teacher. Linda was selected as the Teacher of the Year for Center High School and for Center School District during the 2012-2013 school year.

Dr. Rich Morrell (BSE 79-Physical Education, MS 82-Counselor Education), Lincoln, NE, was named the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s new university registrar. Patricia (Mitchell) Saracyewski (BSE 73-Elementary Education), Topeka, retired in May from Mater Dei Catholic School after 37 years of teaching. Linda (Brogan) Sinnett (BSB 79-Business Administration), Lenexa, was named Kansas City Business Journal’s CFO of the Year. Randy Steinert (BS 79-Business Administration, Accounting), Andover, was awarded the 2013 Bill Hanna Outstanding Volunteer Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas. Michael Stoppel (BSE 78-Business Education), Derby, retired from 34 years of teaching at Winfield High School and Campus High School in Haysville, Kansas. Michael was department chair for 27 years and vocational coordinator for 20 years. He moved to Austin, Texas

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Carlene (Swart) Jones (BS 80-Elementary Education/Special Education, MS 82-Speical Education), Berryton, retired as school psychologist from USD 437 after spending 33 years in public education as a special education teacher. Prior to being a school psychologist, she also worked in Kansas City, Emporia, Wichita, and Topeka schools. Cynthia “Cindy” K. (Gabrish) Kelsay (MS 84-Master Teacher), Oskaloosa, retired after 36 years of service in education. Kimberly Chambers Nelson (BFA 81Art), Belle Plains, recently had her own art show (Glitz, Glamour & Gatsby’s Women of the ‘20s: Portraits by Kimberly Chambers Nelson) at The Orpheum Theatre in Wichita, Kansas. Ronald P. Pope (BS 80-Sociology), Topeka, of the Topeka law firm of Ralston, Pope & Diehl has achieved his 10th year of recognition by his legal peers for possessing the highest ethical standards and for also achieving the highest possible professional rating. Kelli Poppe-Havel (BFA 89-Speech and Theatre), Topeka, is the new administrative assistant for the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission. MacDonald (Mac) Young (BS 89-Sociology/Anthropology), Pittsburg, was promoted to 11th Judicial District Court Administrator in March 2013.


Josh Anderson (BSE 97-English, Speech & Theatre), Kansas City, MO, is featured in the book, American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom. Troy and Lauri (Lynn) Barnhart (BSE 93-Elementary Education), Emporia, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on April 23, 2013. Karl Burrell (BSB 93-Finance), Garland, TX, was the top case rate leader for New York Life Insurance five out of the last 10 years in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He has been with the company as an independent agent for 13 years, achieving council 12 times. 28

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Karl has three sons (Tysean, Karl Jr., and Ka’Sean), mentors and coaches little league football, and starred as a football player in the movie Any Given Sunday. Sarah Colaw (BSE 91-Elementary Education), McPherson, was honored as USD 418’s Teacher of the Year. Colaw is a special education teacher at McPherson Middle School. Dominick DeRosa (BSE 98-Biology and Chemistry), McLouth, was one of 11 educators in the United States to be awarded the 2013 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators presented on behalf of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This award comes with a $2,000 grant for use in his classroom and $2,000 to continue his education. Christel (Meyer) Dixon (BS 93-Mathematics), Claremore, OK, graduated from Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences on May 17, 2013 with a Doctor of Osteopathy degree. Christel began her residency in Pediatrics in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the OSU Medical Center and St. Francis Children’s Hospital on July 1, 2013. Darren Elliott (BFA 98-Communication), Olathe, was named the 2013 State of Kansas Collegiate Educator of the Year. Michelle Finnegan (BS 91-Rehabilitation Services Education), Tecumseh, is the new guidance counselor at Royal Valley High School. Jared W. Giffin (BSE 94-Elementary Education, MS 02-Educational Administration), Emporia, is the new principal at Riverside Elementary School. Steven N. Harmon (BA 93-Political Science, MS 96-Counselor Education, MS 08-Instruction Design/Tech),

Emporia, started E-Town Solutions LLC, an online technology company, on April 19, 2013. Becky (Bowman) Hundley (BGS 96-General Studies), Wichita, was promoted to technology transfer manager in the Research and Technology Transfer Office at Wichita State University. Jill (Ryan) Lively (BSE 92-Physical Education), Norton, is the new junior high school physical education and health teacher at USD 211 Norton. Dale Masterson (BFA 91 -Communication), El Cerrito, CA, rode his bike 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles in June and raised $5,400 toward a record-breaking $14.2 million for the 20th annual Aids/LifeCycle in June 2013. Max McCoy (MA 94-English), Emporia, was named the 2013 Distinguished Adviser for four-year newspapers by the College Media Association. Shana (Warkentine) Meyer (BS 95-English, MS 97-Counselor Education), St. Joseph, MO, is the new vice president for Student Affairs at Missouri Western State University. She is the senior student affairs officer, overseeing three cluster areas: Health & Wellness, Student Development, and Student Services. Kimberly “Kim” (Mehuron) Storer (BSB 99-Accounting, MBA 00-Business Administration), Burrton, started her new job as the chief financial officer of The Independent School. Thad Thurston (BSE 91-Mathematics, BSE 91-Physical Education, MS 04-Educational Administration), Osage City, is the new district-wide principal for USD 245 LeRoy-Gridley. Jeff O. Travis (BSE 92-Business Education), Beloit, was hired as the new superintendent of USD 273 Beloit.

Signe Truelove (BSE 92-Social Sciences, MS 02-Special Education), Emporia, was named the 2014 Emporia Master Teacher. Trish Wood (BS 99-Biology), Emporia, is the new OB/GYN at the Flint Hills Community Health Center/Lyon County Health Department.


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Cory Cannon (BA 01-Political Science), Topeka, received his Masters of Liberal Studies degree from Fort Hays State University in Political Science and a Certification in Knowledge Management (CKM) through the Knowledge Management Institute. He also received the Additional Skill Identifier 1E (Knowledge Management Professional) through the U.S. Army. He is currently the knowledge manager for Prairie Quest Consulting in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and the Knowledge Management Officer for the 451 ESC Reserve Unit in Wichita, Kansas. Aaric Davis (BSE 01-Mathematics, MS 06-Educational Administration), Olpe, is the new K-12 principal at Hartford and Neosho Rapids. Mandy (Davis) DeWitt (BFA 07-Communication), Lenexa, joined the Learning Services Team at Baker University’s School of Professional & Graduate Studies as the learning services specialist. Andrew Donahoo (BFA 09-Career & Professional Communication, English,

and Communication), Carbondale, IL, was named the new hall director at Southern Illinois University in July 2013. Dr. Drew Fowler (BS 07-Chemistry), Humble, TX, started a new position as a senior scientist at Halliburton in November. Courtney George (BS 09-Social Sciences), Tahlequah, OK, began working at Northeastern State University in June 2013 as the Student Orientation and Leadership Programs coordinator. Justin Henry (MS 01-Educational Administration), Wichita, was named to the Wichita Business Journal’s 40 under 40 list for 2013. Amanda Hulme (BSB 07-Marketing), Lincoln, NE, accepted a position as the assistant director of Student Organizations at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Rachael Lane (BS 09-Chemistry), Lawrence, received a 2013 Kansas Water Environment Association Scholarship. She also presented at the 2013 American Water Works Association conference in Denver, CO. She is an analytical chemistry Ph.D. candidate at the University of Kansas. Marisa Lewis (MLS 05-Library Science), Lenexa, participated in the Kansas City Bodybuilding Championships and won second place in Masters Bikini division and third place in Novice Bikini division. Lucas Moody (BS 05-Sociology, MS 08-Mental Health Counseling), Emporia, joined SOS, Inc. as the Child Advocacy Center director. Natalie (Villaflor) Modin (BA 08-Chemistry), Kansas City, MO, recently graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City with a Bachelors of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Ken Morrison (MS 08-Instructional Design & Technology), is currently completing his seventh semester as a professor at Hannam University’s Linton Global College in Daejeon, South Korea. He is a member of the 2013

global class of Apple Distinguished Educators, and was also one of 15 educators in all of Asia, Australia and New Zealand to be chosen by Apple for the ADE Showcase presentation at the 2013 Apple Education Summit in Bali, Indonesia. Jessica (Noll) Nelson (MS 09-Adaptive Special Education), Manhattan, has been recognized as the USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014. Enilda Romero-Hall (BS 07-Business Administration, MS 08-Instructional Design & Technology), Norfolk, VA, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation in the Instructional Design and Technology (ID&T) program at Old Dominion University on June 7, 2013 and recently accepted a position as assistant professor of ID&T at The University of Tampa. Chad Rummel (BSE 03-Business Education & Journalism), Washington, DC, was named the executive director of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, effective November 1, 2013. Ashley (Spiker) Schuetz (BFA 05-Communication), Holton, is a new third grade teacher at Royal Valley Elementary School.

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Shelbye (Wagner) Smith (MS 04-Psychology), Wichita, has been named to the Wichita Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list for 2013. Jessica Stinson (BFA 05-Communication), Warrensburg, MO, began working as the assistant director for Residence and Fraternity/ Sorority Life at the University of Central Missouri. Matt Thomsen (MS 03-Special Education, MS 04-Educational Administration), New Strawn, is the new principal at Burlington Middle School. Jeremy Tiemann (MS 02-Biology), Sidney, IL, recently co-authored a publication in the Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science. Jeremy is employed with the Prairie Research Institute of the Illinois Natural History Survey and has authored or co-authored a number of publications in professional journals based on research conducted in his current position. Adam Tucker (BSB 08-Management), Seattle, WA, graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law with honors. After graduating, he took a job working in business banking and wealth management at J.P. Morgan Chase in Seattle. Jesse Tuel (BSB 01-Business Administration, MA 08-English), Christiansburg, VA, edited At the Hang-Up, the autobiography of former University of Kansas basketball coach Ted Owens. Richard Yates (BFA 01-Art), Sioux City, IL, is the assistant professor in the Art department at Morningside College teaching web design, interactive design, and digital media for Fall 2013.


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Alexandria “Alex” Hupp (MS 12-Health, Physical Education & Recreation), Olathe, will serve as the interim head coach of the Jackrabbit softball team at South Dakota State University for the upcoming 2014 season. Chuck Kern (MS 11-Educational Administration), Laramie, WY, is the new assistant principal at Laramie High School. Brittanie McKenna (BSE 13-Elementary Education), Holton, started her first year of teaching at Royal Valley Elementary School as a third grade teacher. Tim Morrow (BS 13-Business Administration), Ottawa, is the new media consultant for the Ottawa Herald. Rutherford Rankin (BA 10-Spanish Literature and Modern Language), Roswell, NM, completed his Master of Arts degree from New Mexico State University in Educational Administration with an emphasis in Community College Administration in December 2012. He recently began a position at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell as the One Stop coordinator, coordinating the recent combination of the financial aid office, admissions and records, new student relations, and advising and retention into one location. Ashley (McCullough) Rivers (BA 11-Career & Professional Communication and Communication), Wichita, started as the Campus Life and International Services coordinator at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. Cameron Schneider (BSE 12-Social Sciences), Louisburg, is the new high school social sciences teacher at USD 235 Uniontown.

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Jeremy Walter (BS 10-Crime and Delinquency Studies), Waco, TX, received a full-ride scholarship to Baylor Law School. Hamid Shahshahan (MA 13-Biology), Emporia, has accepted a position as a Research Technologist at University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE.

Former Students Charles “Phill” (FS) and Donna (Parten) Jeanneret (FS), Olpe, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 2, 2013.

Nuptials Dominik King (BSB 12) and Stephanie Ternes (BSB 11), April 13, 2013 Eric Patterson and Christine Yates (BS 07), May 18, 2013 David MacKay (BS 05) and Martha McMurphy (BSE 04), May 30, 2013 Tony Holguin and Kelli Hurla (BSE 11), June 1, 2013 Derek Blanchard and Shae Jackson (BSE 98, MS 07), June 8, 2013 Jeremy Osborn (BSB 07) and Whitney Stauffer (BSE 11), June 8, 2013 Kyle Lococo (CS) and Brooke Hulsing (BSE 12), June 15, 2013 Erik Ladner and Nicole Palenske (BS 00, MS 02), June 16, 2013 Byron Sturm (BSE 99) and Tina Bumgarner, July 13, 2013 Aaron Conrade and Ashley Lynch (BSE 10), July 20, 2013 Corey LeClair and Jennifer Sweetman (BIS 11), September 28, 2013 Wells Unruh (BSB 03) and Erin Schneider (BSE 05), October 5, 2013 Josh Johnson (BSE 12) and Tracy Vacinek (BSE 10), October 19, 2013


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Births Katherine Theresa Livingston, daughter, born to David and Theresa (Holderbach) Livingston (BSE 05, MSE 10), May 10, 2011 1 Evelynn

Lillian Alice West, daughter, born to Michael and Holly (Call) West (BFA 02), February 11, 2012

Mila Natale Aurelia Ortega, daughter, born to Eric and Shanda (Patterson) Ortega (BS 98, MS 02, MS 06), July 12, 2012 Corbin Duncan Schlosser, son, born to Jeffrey (BIS 08) and Chelsea (McClernon) Schlosser (BS 07), February 7, 2013 2 Evan

Michael Hernandez, son, born to Keith (BS 09) and Laura (Pfautsch) Hernandez (BSE 08), February 18, 2013

Brayden Michael Kehres, son, born to Dustin (BSB 08) and Nicole Kehres, February 21, 2013 Isabella Lee Morales, daughter, born to Abraham (BSB 11) and Lindsay (Whitmore) Morales (BS 08), February 21, 2013 3

Eleanor Rose Murphy, daughter, born to Douglas and Angela (Royse) Murphy (BSE 05), February 23, 2013

10 9 4 Dawson

Craig Veatch, son, born to David (BS 99, BSE 04) and Jami (Craig) Veatch (BSE 84, MS 92), March 1, 2013



Madilyn Raychel Schultz, daughter, born to Eric (BS 98, BSB 00) and Jessica Schultz, March 8, 2013 Lily Sofia Bivens, daughter, born to Jason and Kathleen (Hensley) Bivens (BSE 07), March 12, 2013 Lily Jean Hartley, daughter, born to Paul and Katie (Miller) Hartley (MS 12), March 26, 2013 Piper Annette Meier, daughter, born to Bryant and Darcy (Illk) Meier (BSB 05), April 2, 2013

7 Norah

Margaret Parker West, daughter, born to Michael and Holly (Call) West (BFA 02), April 2, 2013

8 Cole

Michael Olivier, son, born to Trenton (BS 07) and Kala (McMillan) Olivier (BSE 07), April 4, 2013

Kiptyn Aaron Olson, son, born to Spencer and Michelle Olson (BSE 10), April 8, 2013 Isabella Claire Livingston, daughter, born to David and Theresa (Holderbach) Livingston (BSE 05, MSE 10), April 10, 2013


For Sigma Sigma Sigma, good luck comes in threes – and twos. Over the course of three consecutive months, three Tri-Sig sisters all welcomed twins to their respective families. Jennifer (Nielsen) and Josh Brothers welcomed twin girls, 11 Alexis Linn (purple pants) and Haylee Renee (pink pants), on June 3; Kendra (Brooks) and Christopher Shaw welcomed twin boys, 12 Bowen and Brody, on July 10; Elizabeth (Buchanan) and Shane Mitchell welcomed twin boys, 13 Jasper (left) and Grayson (right), on August 21. And good news, all six of these children are future Hornets!


Maddyn Lucille Hayes, daughter, born to Ryne and Michele (Silkman) Hayes (BSE 05, MS 09), April 17, 2013

June 13, 2013 Emma Nicole Edwards, daughter, born to Dustin (BS 08) and Ashley Edwards, June 14, 2013

Kamryn Elise Smith, daughter, born to Kelly (BSB 96) and Kyra Smith, May 6, 2013 Landon Kash Desmarteau, son, born to Doug (FS) and Nicole (Hileman) Desmarteau (BS 04), May 13, 2013

Lillian Harper Grigsby, daughter, born to Mark (BSE 08) and Tina (Herrera) Grigsby (BSE 10), June 14, 2013 10 Kendall

Kay Cox, daughter, born to Brandon and Katie (Whipple) Cox (BSE 10), June 16, 2013

Sydney Saye Burkdoll and Sophie Grace Burkdoll, twin daughters, born to Jeff (FS) and Stacy (Moses) Burkdoll (BSB 00, MBA 02), May 22, 2013

Adelyn Ann Stefan, daughter, born to Ryan and Erica (Hirt) Stefan (BSN 07), June 17, 2013

Mason Archer Kimberlin, son, born to Kelby and Jennifer (Wilson) Kimberlin (BIS 00), May 22, 2013

Lillian Sani Brooks, daughter, born to Jason (BM 09, MM 12) and LaKeitha (Corbett) Brooks (CS), June 20, 2013

Avery Elizabeth Mackey, daughter, born to Jarrett and Melissa (Richard) Mackey (BA 01, BS 05), May 22, 2013

Bexley Kail Fuller, daughter, born to Tony and Chelsea (Blaufuss) Fuller (BIS 07), June 21, 2013

Callahan Grace Moyer, daughter, born to John (BSB 08) and Jenna (Redeker) Moyer (FS), May 22, 2013

Athena Nicole Shepherd, daughter, born to Dallas and Tess (Rosenquist) Shepherd (BS 00), June 21, 2013

9 Adalyn

Kate DiLeonardo, daughter, born to Louis (MS 07) and Karen (Hurla) DiLeonardo (BSE 99), May 29, 2013

George Yates, son, born to Richard (BFA 01) and Angela (Tajchman) Yates (BSB 03), June 25, 2013 Emily Ann Pound, daughter born to Jacob (FS) and Sarah (Burke) Pound (BS 04, MLS 08), June, 26, 2013

Alexis Linn Brothers and Haylee Renee Brothers, daughters, born to Josh and Jennifer (Nielsen) Brothers (BFA 06), June 3, 2013

Baron Michael, Bryndon Drew, and Brynlee Lechele Welch, triplets, born to Beau (BSE 06) and Larissa (Book) Welch (BSE 06), June 27, 2013

Owen James Inman, son, born to James and Christine (Marsh) Inman (BS 09), June 5, 2013

Carlee Faye Van Sickle, daughter, born to Justin (FS) and Megan (Leverington) Van Sickle (BSE 05), June 28, 2013

Alexander Sebastian Haag, son, born to Adam (FS) and Katie (Bess) Haag (BIS 08), June 6, 2013

Jack Thomas Williamson, son, born to Josh and Sarah (Cotte) Williamson (MBA 07), June 28, 2013

Adelaide Rae Jones, daughter, born to Seth and Sarah (Mann) Jones (MS 09), June 8, 2013

Adley Jo Meyer, daughter, born to Clint and Kelsey (Wilson) Meyer (BSN 05), June 30, 2013

KEY Brant Leon Ary, son, born to Brett (BS 98) and June (Seimears) Ary (BS 00),


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CF........Current Faculty CSt......Current Staff CS........Current Student FF........Former Faculty FSt.......Former Staff FS........Former Student LIF.......Life Certificate

Grayson James Hoyt, son, born to John and Jamie (Ayers) Hoyt (BSE 08), July 3, 2013 Cole Joshua Stevenson, son, born to Josh and Dorothy (Jochem) Stevenson (BS 07), July 6, 2013 Jude Abram Bulinski, son, born to Sean and Sarah (Albers) Bulinski (BIS 07), July 9, 2013 Bowen Brooks Shaw and Brody Rees Shaw, sons, born to Chris and Kendra (Brooks) Shaw (BSN 05), July 10, 2013 Alivia Florence Desserae Brosemer, daughter, born to Paul Brosemer and Alicia Littrice (BS 11), July 16, 2013 Kaylee Brooke Sharp, daughter, born to Lee (BSB 04) and Sara (Norton) Sharp (BSE 07), August 19, 2013 Jasper Rane Mitchell and Grayson Tate Mitchell, sons, born to Shane (BS 06) and Elizabeth (Buchanan) Mitchell (BSE 06), August 21, 2013 Malloree Annlee Davis, daughter, born to Seth and Tara (Tabares) Davis (MS 08), September 3, 2013 Bryx Dominic Webber, son, born to Quinten and Ashli (Gorrell) Webber (BSE 07), September 6, 2013 Calvin Christopher Messer, son, born to Tanner (FS) and Andrea (McAfee) Messer (BSN 11), November 8, 2013 Samira Paola Rangel, daughter, born to Damian (BSE 99) and Blanca Rangel, November 8, 2013 Brynn Addison Woods, daughter, born to Casey (FS) and Erin (Stephenson) Woods (FS), November 14, 2013 Kash Jose Lozano Garza, son, born to Osiel and Jennifer (Galindo) Garza (BSB 07), November 21, 2013 Jeancarlo Urgiles, son, born to Jose (BSB 12) and Norma Urgiles, November 22, 2013 Aaliyah Grace Battenfield, daughter, born to Andy (BSE 03, MS 12) and Stacey Battenfield, November 23, 2013


lumni from Emporia State’s South Central chapter rallied in style prior to a Hornet basketball matchup with Wichita State Nov. 9. The group celebrated another successful golf tournament raising $13,750 for scholarships, as evidenced by the check that Don Edwards, Randy Steinert, Mim Hiesterman and Frank Duvanel are holding.


week in Cabo San Lucas? “Yes, please,” said a group of Emporia State Kappa Sigma alumni, spouses and friends. The travel party included (left to right) Gary Brulez (BSB 80), Pam (Lee) Brulez (AS 80), Craig Gilbert (BSB 84), Scott Enge (BSE 82), Gary Geringer (BS 82), Jan (Pugh) Geringer (BSE 80), Ron Bolz (BSB 81), Cheryl (French) Bolz (BSE 2004), Todd McMahan (BSB 82), and Diann (Richards) Anderson (BSB 81).


n the road–Michael and Karen Shonrock visit with Stuart (BA 61) and Carolyn Anne Cram during a July reception held at the Crams’ San Francisco, Calif.area home. Approximately 40 ESU alums from the Bay Area attended. ESU’s Cram Hall, located in the science building is named after Winston Cram, Stuart’s father.


ornet Nation has a horseshoe pitching champion in its midst! Ken Perry (BSE 62) picked up first place in the Elder’s Class A at the Kansas State Horseshoe Tournament Aug. 31–Sept. 1 in Topeka. Perry and his wife, Phyllis (BSE 61), live in Topeka.


rtMakers’ Place is a studio and program of art therapy and art groups offered by Wyandot Center, Wyandotte County’s designated community mental health center in Kansas City, Kan. Its new coordinator and art therapist is Tamara Schardt, fresh from earning her master’s degree in art therapy from Emporia State in May 2013. Her master’s project encompassed self-care for hospital staff, demonstrating how art therapy could benefit them as well as patients. 33

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Published by the Emporia State University Alumni Association, Spotlight reconnects Hornet Nation alumni with their alma mater.

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