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For program details and to find out if you are eligible, visit Photos courtesy of Michael C. Snell, Russell County Economic Development & CVB and Scott City Chamber and Economic Development

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Musings on the farm

Training camp water balloon fight goes viral Television sports anchors were talking about Hornet football a long time before the season began. A water balloon fight orchestrated by head coach Garin Higgins broke up the August heat of training camp. Once the video was posted on YouTube, network reporters, bloggers and Facebook posters made it a sensation. The scene scored close to 24,000 hits on YouTube (www. Lw3Y), and treated ESPN and other television network viewers to the lighter side of Emporia State football.

Photo credit: J.R. Garvey

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you forget about living on the farm isn’t the sight of an amazing sunset or the smell of freshly baled alfalfa hay. For a farm boy like me, those two sensory inputs have been indelibly etched on the hard drive that powers my brain.

flake off these alfalfa bales for the cows?” Ron asked me. Immediately, I was transported back to my teens, when my father—a man the same age as Ron, in fact—would have me do the identical job for the cattle in our southwest Kansas pasture.

What struck me, miles away from speeding traffic, wailing sirens, and the roar of commerce, was how quiet the outdoors can be.

As we get ready to celebrate our sesquicentennial, Emporia State University is hoping you’ll recall similar pleasant memories—recollections of lives lived, friendships made, significant others who became spouses, and the part this university played in those events.

On a recent fall morning while helping University Photographer Dick Garvey set up a photo shoot on the farm of Drs. Ron and Pat Fredrickson near Osage City, it didn’t occur to me that all those sounds were missing until we observed the welcome lack of another phenomenon—a breeze. Climbing into Ron’s truck during an earlier visit this summer, another memory resurfaced. “Would you drive while I

We want to hear your stories. If you haven’t already, go to www.emporia. edu/150 and tell us. Share the richness of your memories, and know that they will inspire others to do the same! Dave Sparks Editor 1

Calendar of events n Washington, DC Alumni Event

Thursday, January 10, 5:30 p.m. Capitol City Brewing Co. 100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC

n 3rd Floor North General Convention

Friday, January 18, 6 p.m. Barbecue, 512 W. Broadway, Lebo Saturday, January 19, 11 a.m. Sauder Alumni Center

n Jazz Concert

Tuesday, February 12, 7:30 p.m. Albert Taylor Hall, Plumb Hall

n ESU Founders’ Day

Friday, February 15, 11:30 a.m. KSTC Ballroom, Memorial Union

n 150th Anniversary Kickoff Gala

Friday, February 15, 7 p.m. Webb Hall, Memorial Union

n Wind Ensemble Concert

Tuesday, February 19, 7:30 p.m. Albert Taylor Hall, Plumb Hall

n ESU Theatre:

“Dancing at Lughnasa” Wednesday-Saturday February 27-March 2, 7:30 p.m. Bruder Theatre, King Hall

n Emporia Symphony

Orchestra Concert Thursday, February 28, 7:30 p.m. Albert Taylor Hall, Plumb Hall

n MIAA Men’s and Women’s

Basketball Championships Thursday-Sunday, March 7-10 Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Mo.

n Habitat for Humanity Concert

Tuesday, March 26, TBA First United Methodist Church, 823 Merchant, Emporia

n ESU Alumni at the Flint Hills

Discovery Center Saturday, March 30, 11:30 a.m. 315 S. Third, Manhattan

n Jazz Ensemble Concert

Thursday, April 25, 7:30 p.m. Albert Taylor Hall, Plumb Hall

n ESU Theatre: Spring Dance Show

Friday, April 27, 7:30 p.m. Bruder Theatre, King Hall

n Percussion Concert

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

n Wind Ensemble Concert

Thursday, May 2, 7:30 p.m. Albert Taylor Hall, Plumb Hall

n Chamber Orchestra Concert

Friday, May 3, 7:30 p.m. Heath Recital Hall, Beach Hall

n ESU Theatre: “Brownstone”

n A Cappella Choir & Community

n Track Reunion

n ESU Spring Commencement

n Opera

n Volunteer Appreciation Event

Wednesday-Saturday, April 10-13 and April 17-20, 7:30 p.m. Frederickson Theatre, Roosevelt Hall Friday and Saturday, April 5-6 Details TBA Friday and Saturday, April 19-20, 7:30 p.m. Albert Taylor Hall, Plumb Hall

Chorus Concert Saturday, May 4, 7:30 p.m. Albert Taylor Hall, Plumb Hall

Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. White Auditorium, 111 E. Sixth Ave. Friday, June 7, 6 p.m. Webb Hall, Memorial Union

Students join Postcard Palooza recruitment push


usic played while the supply of pizza, taquitos and submarine sandwiches disappeared as fast as it could be replenished. When you’re an Emporia State student writing postcards encouraging high school seniors to become Hornets next year, it’s important that you do it in the right environment. The Memorial Union’s KSTC Ballroom hosted a steady stream of students who took time out of their study schedules to help with Postcard Palooza. “We wanted to give Emporia State students a chance to help recruit other students,” said Laura Eddy, director of admissions. “They’re our best recruiters, they’re having a great time at Emporia State, and they’re writing postcards to tell high school seniors about it.” Photo credit: J.R. Garvey


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Contents Editor Dave Sparks Layout Kat Dorcas


Education Secretary visits The Teachers College


Building dynamic leaders


Now & Forever: raising the bar with a comprehensive campaign

Photography James R. Garvey (BFA ’77) Through the Years Jackie Denton (CS) Contributors Emmy Edie (BSB ’12, CS) Marissa Germann (CS) Holly Glynn (CS) Gwendolynne Larson Bill Noblitt Don Weast (BFA ’98) Editorial Committee Sherri Buttenhoff (BSB ’79) Carol Cooper (FS) Tyler Curtis (BSE ’01, MS ’04) Kat Dorcas James R. Garvey Kim (Gibson) Grooms (BSB ’01) Bill Noblitt DenaSue Potestio Dave Sparks Emporia State University President Michael D. Shonrock, Ph.D. Foundation President DenaSue Potestio Alumni Association Executive Director of Alumni Relations Tyler Curtis Alumni Association Board of Directors President Jason Fanning (BSB’95) Foundation Board of Trustees Chairperson Lana Oleen (BSE’72, MS’77) 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 42, Number 2


On the cover:


A renewed legacy: Transforming Emporia State’s living room


Natural fit: Ron and Pat Fredrickson

A 150th birthday doesn’t happen every day. Emporia State celebrates its quality, history, heritage and traditions by branding its sesquicentennial with a special logo. Watch the banner unfurl when you visit Logo design: Kat Dorcas

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“Right Now”: Emporia State’s Gabe & Benny create new Hornet anthem

10 Honoring alumni 16 Save the date: February 15, 2013 17 “Doc” Baxter honored for 43 years 18 Rechartering Blue Key 21 Sports highlights 22 Obituaries 28 Through the Years 33 Around Hornet Nation 3

Photo credits: J.R. Garvey

Education Secretary urges students to start social movement


hen U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s cross-country “Education Drives America” tour bus hit the road this fall, one of its stops was at what’s been called a crown jewel of teacher education programs. Duncan and Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, stepped off the bus in front of Visser Hall, home of The Teachers College at Emporia State, for a Sept. 18 town hall-style stopover. The education leaders spent 45 minutes taking questions from future teachers — Emporia State students either just beginning their teaching internships or currently doing their student teaching. Duncan drew sustained applause when he told the students about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program forgives student loans after time spent working in the public sector, which would include teaching. “After 10 years of public service,” Duncan said, “the remaining debt is erased, forgiven.” 4

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The time is ’Right Now’ for Emporia State’s Gabe & Benny


ave you heard Emporia State’s new anthem? It’s the work of two undergraduates, Gabe Andrews and Benny Bowden, both juniors from El Dorado. The duo has been performing as Gabe & Benny for nearly three years, despite Andrews attending Butler Community College and Bowden at Emporia State. “Ever since we started making music, we’ve been talking about doing a song for the college we go to,” said Bowden. “We would always see kids from D-1 schools making songs that go viral, and we noticed how well the students at those schools responded to the songs.” Once Andrews transferred to Emporia, the two knew the time was right. They

began writing their song, “Right Now,” last spring and contacted Jason Bosch, director of student life learning and assessment, about using it during new student orientation activities at the start of the fall semester. A key way to get students pumped up about the song was to perform it live during Hornet Pride the evening before fall semester classes started. The song also was played during that night’s Block Party in downtown Emporia.

Photo credit: J.R. Garvey

The next day, Emporia State President Michael D. Shonrock shared the song with all faculty, staff and students through an email that had a link to the free download — “We are pumped to give Emporia yet another thing to be proud of,” said Bowden, “and we can’t wait for everyone to hear it!”

Three shows remain in Emporia State Theatre’s 2012-13 season


mporia State Theatre’s spring schedule includes an Irish drama, a new American play and the annual spring dance show. Jim Bartruff, director of theatre, announced these shows: • “Dancing at Lughnasa” by Brian Friel, Feb. 27-28 and March 1-2, 2013; • “Brownstone” by Catherine Butterfield, April 10-13 and 17-20; and • “La Diner” spring dance show, May 3, 2013.

“Dancing at Lughnasa” won three Tony Awards in 1992. Set in the 1930s, it focuses on five unmarried sisters living together in the Irish countryside. The work achieved critical acclaim and commercial success on Broadway in

1992, and became a celebrated film starring Meryl Streep in 1998. The production is under the direction of Dr. Jim Ryan. The set designer is Nancy Pontius. Susan Mai and Ron Fowlkes design costumes and lights. The season continues with a new American comic-drama, “Brownstone,” where three points of time converge in a New York brownstone, spanning 80 years and encompassing the lives of three pairs of people. Written by Catherine Butterfield, ESU Theatre is proud to present the play’s regional premiere. “Brownstone” is under the direction of Theresa Mitchell. Fowlkes is the set designer and Amanda Dura will design the costumes. Pontius is the lighting designer.

In addition to these productions, ESU Theatre will present “La Diner,” the spring dance show featuring the music of the 1950s. Staged and choreographed by Lindy Bartruff, the dance show will be presented in the Karl C. Bruder Theatre on Friday, May 3, for one performance only. Curtain for all performances will be at 7:30 pm. For additional information about the Theatre Department or its season, please visit theatre or check out the department’s Facebook group, ESU Theatre. For reservations, call the University Box Office in the Memorial Union toll-free at 1-877-341-6378.


Emporia State student teachers benefit from Lattner Challenge funding


tudents in Emporia State University’s nationally recognized teacher education program may soon find it easier to juggle the demands of classes and finances. A scholarship program for student teachers is now in place, thanks to a grant supported by the Lattner Family Foundation and donors who helped match the organization’s $50,000 challenge. The capstone professional development at Emporia State’s Teachers College is student teaching, a full year’s immersion into the school and classroom environment. “Candidates’ daily expectations are relentlessly intense as they teach during the day and then work in the evenings to perfect and practice lesson plans that they will deliver to their students during

the next day’s classes, as well as grade assignments, tests, and projects,” said Dr. Ken Weaver, Teachers College dean. That intense preparation leaves student teachers with little time to work. In fact, candidates are advised not to work, which results in added financial concerns for them. “Now our students will have the Lattner Fund to ease their burden,” said Weaver. Teaching interns who demonstrate a financial need can be given money to help complete their program. “The Lattner Challenge grant was created during my time as associate dean and when I became dean, I had the goal of seeing the match completed before I retired,” said Dr. Phil Bennett, former Teachers College dean. “The announced

completion of the match and upcoming celebration is a very gratifying time for me. I would like to personally thank all those who contributed to the match,” Bennett added. “Emporia State and The Teachers College are very thankful and appreciative for the leadership and the generosity of the Lattner Foundation and our donors in attaining this milestone of assistance for our student teachers,” said Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, president. “At a time when local, state, and national economies remain stubbornly sluggish, the successful efforts of the Lattner Foundation and our donors to reach the fundraising goal reflect the importance of supporting our future teachers,” Weaver concluded.

Sodexo chef traveling for fall cuisine tour

Chef Saiket ’Johny’ Patwary is executive chef at Emporia State University


f you’ve eaten a meal on campus in the past couple of years, you’ve likely tasted the work of Emporia State’s executive chef, Saiket “Johny” Patwary. Now Sodexo, the university’s food service provider (and Patwary’s employer) has

selected him as one of five signature chefs recognized for their culinary expertise in a specialty.

Photo credit: J.R. Garvey

Sodexo’s Signature Chef program provides an opportunity for Patwary and other top chefs in the United States to travel to different regions and share authentic regional cuisines with local teams, students, faculty and staff. Patwary’s cuisine specialties are Indian, Mediterranean, Kansas region and Indian fusion barbecue. During his Signature Chef Fall Tour visit to Carroll College in Helena, Mont., he prepared curried shrimp with wild mushroom grits, turmeric-roasted potatoes and cauliflower, lamb curry, chicken tikka and mango lassi, a milkshake-like drink. A native of Bangladesh who was raised in Bahrain, Patwary graduated


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from Emporia State University with a computer science degree. During his undergraduate career, he was a dishwasher in the Sodexo dining hall. After graduation, he pursued a culinary arts degree and worked for Sodexo on other campuses before returning to his alma mater two years ago. In his culinary career, Patwary has served notables including actor Ed Begley, Jr., singer Shania Twain and the Green Bay Packers professional football team. He has competed and won in various culinary competitions around the country, including the California Date Competition, Las Vegas Odyssey, Kansas City BBQ Society and American Culinary Federation Competitions. He recently won an Asian cookbook recipe contest, which includes having his recipes published in an upcoming cookbook.

A day dedicated to research By Emmy Edie


esearch and Creativity Day is a time where Emporia State students—graduate and undergraduate alike—present their research findings to the public. And the most recent event in April resulted in the largest turnout ever experienced in the 25-plus years of hosting the event. “This year we had 65 participants, and we even had Fort Hays State University students participate in our event,” said Pam Fillmore, grants manager for Emporia State. “Next year, we’ll be inviting more surrounding universities to join in the fun,” she added. Research topics were varied— everything from the effects of sidewalk chalk to the influences of advertising. The activity is an opportunity for faculty,

students, and the community to learn about all the research that has been collected during the school year. Participants have a chance for scholarships and awards, but the overall goal of the event is to give the students experience. “This day helps students excel professionally by being more prepared for public speaking, conferences, and how to present their results,” said Fillmore. Emporia State’s next Research and Creativity Day is scheduled for May 2, 2013. n Excerpted from Emporia State

University Student Experience magazine

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Successful recruitment efforts seen in Emporia State enrollment numbers


or the first time in the past five years, Emporia State’s enrollment numbers show an increase in new freshmen, transfer and graduate-level students. And for the first time in more than a decade, the new freshmen’s average ACT score is higher than 22, rising nearly a full point above its previous 21.6. The larger incoming class is one of the first results of new efforts to boost enrollment. “Our new recruiting strategies have been successful,” said Dr. James Williams, vice-president for student affairs, who leads the enrollment management team at Emporia State. “Now we have to retain this group.” The Kansas Board of Regents reported Emporia State’s enrollment of 5,867 students, which is down 1.8 percent from the Fall 2011 figures. However, university officials anticipate the larger incoming

class indicates a trend toward greater overall enrollment in coming years. “The growth of this institution is critical to the future of Emporia State,” said Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, Emporia State University president, “and we recognize the positive economic impact of growth in the Emporia community, Lyon County and state of Kansas.” To recruit this year’s new group of students, Emporia State launched an integrated marketing campaign that included billboard and television advertising in urban Kansas markets and high-energy events like Hornet Night in Overland Park and the Hornet Telethon on campus. Also key was increases in scholarship opportunities for new and transfer students thanks to a $7.5 million commitment from the Emporia State University Foundation.

Both recruitment and retention are the keys to enrollment growth, and the university launched several new programs that focus on helping students become successful. The programs include the E-Experience that brought new students to campus in July before the school year began, the Six Week Series that expands traditional orientation activities through midterms of the first semester and CW 101: College Experience Seminar, a onecredit course in the fall semester that provides tools and resources to navigate the first year of college. Another new program is PALs or Peer Academic Leaders. In the program, students work with the Student Advising Center to mentor first-year students.


Building dynamic leaders for the future Hayes Lecture speaker stresses vision, community “


e’ve found that if you get to know your people and you get to invest in them, it’s a win-win situation. A win for the organization, and a win for the people involved in the organization.” Those words—from a man who knows a thing or two about guiding people— landed on the ears of Emporia State University students attending this fall’s Sam E. and Jeannene Hayes Lecture. Col. Cameron A. Leiker (BS ’90) currently serves as director of Human Capital Enterprise and Strategy, Plans and Initiatives for the Training and

Doctrine Command Personnel and Support Element (TRADOC) at Ft. Eustis, Va. From 2008-2011, Col. Leiker commanded the Army’s largest battalion, the Headquarters Command Battalion at Ft. Myer, Va. Leiker told an audience that filled Webb Hall on a Thursday evening that Emporia State already plays an important role in transforming young people into productive adults. “We can play an increasingly important role in creating tomorrow’s leaders. We are doing this through a great faculty and administration, coupled with a fantastic learning environment, and we are continuously seeking change.” Crediting the leadership of Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, Emporia State’s president, Leiker said, “It takes a dynamic leader with vision who can establish purpose and who can motivate people to make necessary change. And I think you’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg of where this great university is going to go as it transforms under his leadership.” For Leiker, the transition to Emporia State from Butler Community College in the late 1980s had as much to do with the community of Emporia as with the university. “Instead of first coming to the campus, I parked several blocks down the street, got out and started walking around.” “I went into shops and talked to people, and I quickly saw the pride they had for the community and the university. So by the time I drove to campus, I knew this was where I was going to call home for the last two years of college,” Leiker related.

Leiker noted the spirit had not died. “When I came back to campus today, I had professors who 22 years ago were my faculty advisors meeting me in the hallways, saying ‘Welcome home.’” “That doesn’t happen in a lot of schools out there. You are truly blessed to have the organization, structure and community that is here,” Leiker said, directing those remarks to students in the audience who were completing applications for one of five scholarships being awarded by the lecture series’ inaugural speaker, Doug Smith (BSB ’82, MBA ’84) of Leawood, Kan. Emporia State students attending either Leiker’s afternoon workshop or the evening presentation were eligible to apply for one of five $1,000 scholarships to be awarded next spring. Smith and his wife, Nan (BSE ’83, MS ’84), provided funds to create the scholarships. An El Dorado native, Leiker earned Distinguished Military Graduate honors from Emporia State when he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in 1990. The lecture series’ namesake, Dr. Sam Hayes (BS ’63) of Mission Hills, Kan., is past president of the Missouri Dental Association and is a retired Captain of the U.S. Navy Reserve. He served as chair of the ESU Foundation Board of Trustees in 2001-2003. Hayes and his wife, Jeannene, established the lecture series as a way to engage Emporia State’s alumni in highlighting their successes. Individuals whose leadership qualities, skills and accomplishments have led to distinction are featured in each annual lecture.

Returning to campus for his Hayes Lecture Series address this past fall,

Photo credit: J.R. Garvey


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Now and Forever: Emporia State raises the bar with plans for a comprehensive campaign


rmed with a consultant’s survey that proved overwhelming support for Emporia State University, the Emporia State University Foundation is preparing plans that will lead to launching a comprehensive fund-raising campaign. “Now and Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University” will engage alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends in a mission to raise private funds for the university’s students, faculty and learning environments. The Foundation’s Executive Committee has approved a recommendation to solicit $45,351,863 in private gifts and grants for Emporia State, its programs and its students. The university will celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2013, and the final numbers in the working goal – “1,863” – represent the year Emporia State was founded. “The Foundation’s executive committee was unanimous in its support of the campaign and its recommended working goal,” said Foundation board of trustees chairperson Lana Oleen of Manhattan. “We are fully committed to the endeavor and very excited for the future of Emporia State,” Oleen continued. Currently in its planning stage, the campaign will ensure Emporia State meets critical needs in areas involving opportunities for students, improved living and learning environments, and strengthening faculty and athletics.

Campaign gifts will allow Emporia State to recruit more new students, teach and retain them, help them graduate, and see that they are well-qualified to secure jobs. The Foundation Board of Trustees met in August to hear results from a fundraising feasibility study conducted during the past seven months by J.F. Smith Group, Inc., an Auburn, Ala.-based consulting firm specializing in helping clients determine levels of support and determining realistic fund-raising levels. The consultants based their feasibility study conclusions on personal interviews, focus groups and an online survey. The study revealed: • Positive response of survey participants to Emporia State’s mission and their belief that the university is fulfilling that mission. • Confidence in the leadership of President Michael D. Shonrock and in the quality of the university. • Agreement with the proposed investment opportunities creating opportunities for students, strengthening faculty, improving the living and learning environment, endowing funds for excellence, and athletics. • Successful and dedicated alumni and friends who believe in our mission and are passionate about their university.

“As with any goal, the greater the challenge, the sweeter the achievement,” said Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, Emporia State president. “Our future is in raising the bar. If we continue to raise the bar for this institution, we will grow and we will develop and be successful together,” Shonrock continued. The campaign will be the largest and most comprehensive of its type in Emporia State’s history, exceeding the $15 million “Building Blocks of Success” scholarship campaign completed in 2007, and the $25 million “Campaign 2000,” which reached its goal in 1997. “The comprehensive campaign working goal speaks to the enormous value that our alumni and friends place on our great university,” said DenaSue Potestio, ESU Foundation president. “This is an amazing place,” said Potestio, who arrived in June to lead Emporia State’s fund-raising efforts in support of students and faculty. “I am deeply privileged to partner with President Shonrock, our Foundation Board of Trustees, our alumni, and our community to lead what will be the largest, most comprehensive campaign in our history.” For more information, contact the Emporia State University Foundation at 620-341-5440.


Outstanding Recent Graduates

Photo credit: Christian Keisler

Cory M. Haag

Leah Childers, Ph.D.

Howard West

Cory Haag is Director of Operations for Haag Management, Inc., in Emporia, a family-owned business specializing in the development of college, residential and senior housing. He continues to work with local businesses and organizations to help redevelop downtown properties and housing options around the Emporia State campus.

Leah Childers is a mathematician and assistant professor at Pittsburg State University. A relatively new faculty member, she has already been active in encouraging students, particularly young women, to pursue further study in mathematics and mathematics-related fields.

Howard West trains the U.S. Armed Forces, Federal Aviation Administration and law enforcement personnel on security solutions such as air traffic control and emergency communications systems.

BSB-Business Management, 2002 Emporia, Kan.

“My senior year, we had a small business management class where we had to develop a business concept. Mine was to develop an apartment complex, which spurred the development of several apartment complexes now located near the campus.” 10

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BSE-Mathematics 2003, MS-Mathematics 2005 Pittsburg, Kan.

“While I was at ESU, I was really shown all my options, and given an opportunity to dream big. I fell in love with mathematics, and I’m excited that I get to teach it at the college level.”

BSB-Computer Information Systems, 2005; MS-Instructional Design and Technology, 2007 Boston, Mass.

“ESU helped me a lot. It provided me with two great degrees that have made me a more well-rounded person, something that’s helpful to me in my career.”

Distinguished Alumni Photo credits: Christian Keisler

Dale Cushinberry

BSE-Elementary Education, 1970; MS-Counseling 1972 Topeka, Kan. Dale Cushinberry retired as principal of Topeka’s Highland Park High School in 2010, capping off a career of nearly 40 years in education. He worked as a K-12 grade teacher, counselor and administrator in the Topeka school system and served seven years at Washburn University as a professor and administrator. “I don’t think you can go anywhere in the country and get a better comprehensive education than you can at Emporia State University. There’s not a better quality environment for education anywhere.”

Norma Hafenstein, Ph.D. BSE-Elementary Education, 1979 Denver, Colo.

Norma Hafenstein is a faculty member of the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. She is the founder and director of DU’s Ricks Center for Gifted Children, a private school serving 250 gifted students preschool through eighth grade. “I did an independent study where I wrote a proposal for a preschool for intellectually gifted children. That proposal I found the other day in my office, typed by hand. My school at the University of Denver, now nearly 30 years later, is the result of that proposal.”

Floyd Hoelting, Ed.D. BA-Social Sciences, 1968; MS-Educational Administration, 1968 Austin, Tex.

Floyd Hoelting has more than 40 years of experience in higher education administration. He is the executive director of the Division of Housing and Food Service at the University of Texas at Austin, providing housing, food services and student development for 8,000 students. “More than just learning things, I learned about me. The school is so close to the ground, all you have to have is the want to do something, and it was there.”

Dianne H. B. Welsh, Ph.D. MS-Psychology, 1984 Greensboro, N.C.

Dianne Welsh is a recognized scholar in international entrepreneurship, franchising and family business. She lives in Greensboro, N.C., where she is the Charles A. Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of North CarolinaGreensboro’s Bryan School of Business and Economics. “Emporia State University made a difference in my life in terms of teaching me to be a really great professor. I think the professors here made a real difference in my life. They cared about me as a person. I found my niche here at Emporia State, and I’m very thankful for all that the university has done for me.”

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A renewed legacy Transforming Emporia State’s Memorial Union


or a 90 year old building, it looks pretty good, doesn’t it?”

Calling it Emporia State’s living room, Dave Hendricks, director of Emporia State’s Memorial Union, asked the question during a Homecoming rededication ceremony for the building fresh out of a two-year, $23 million renovation. A crowd of people that started gathering during the annual Homecoming Kaffee Klatch that morning expanded to fill the Union’s Main Street and helped celebrate the project. “I began my career in student union and student activities, so I know how important the living room is to our students,” said Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, president. “We want to continue to build the enthusiasm,” he continued. Along with a sizable contribution from students in the form of increased fees, the project relied on private donations to complete. Two couples with strong ties to Emporia State—Bobbie (BS ’63) and Marcia Agler of Emporia, and Randy (BSB ’79) and Jan (BSB ’80) Steinert of Wichita—chaired a Memorial Union renovation campaign for the ESU Foundation. “This is not just a rededication of a historic building, I believe this is a rebirth of a university,” Steinert, right, told the audience.


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“I work for Emprise Bank in Wichita, and we’re constantly requesting customer satisfaction surveys to gauge feedback on how we’re doing,” said Steinert, adding that the bank strives for “exceeds expectations” on its feedback surveys. Turning to Hendricks, Steinert said, “I hereby rate the renovated Emporia State Memorial Union an ‘exceeds expectations’ in all categories on the customer satisfaction survey!” The Memorial Union’s original building opened Feb. 15, 1925, and three additions were added in 1958, 1963 and 1972. It was last remodeled in 1989. The current project, which was designed by Treanor Architects, P.A., of Lawrence, Kan., kept the original footprint of the building everywhere except the east side, to which a 5,500-square-feet addition was added for a two-story glass entrance. Along with the footprint, locations of food-service preparation and mechanical areas were unchanged.

Photo credits: J.R. Garvey

But many other details completely changed the look of the building. Hallways on the second floor were reconfigured to the outside walls of the building where new, larger exterior windows were added. Adding interior windows allows people using the majority of the meeting rooms to enjoy natural light and views to the outside. Besides physical changes, the renovation allowed the use of the building to change. Three departments on campus moved into the Union—the offices of Admissions, Career Services and International Education, giving students easier access to those services.

The work continues


hile construction equipment has moved offsite and Emporia State makes itself home in a renovated Memorial Union, fund-raising work continues to support the project. The Foundation has a goal to raise an additional $1.7 million in gifts to name a number of special locations throughout the building. The most lucrative of them—from a tax standpoint, at least—are selected room naming opportunities that will generate a 50 percent Kansas income tax credit for donations received by the end of December, 2012. “Put simply, every dollar you contribute results in a 50-cent reduction in your state tax bill,” explained Tim Wright (BSB ’86), a certified public accountant with Pool & Wright, Chartered, Emporia.

The tax credit allocation will be applied to several areas of the Memorial Union, including the Admissions office and reception atrium, the Office of International Education and the Career Services office. Donors may designate their contributions to name specific spaces in those areas, such as offices or conference rooms. For more information about tax credit-eligible space in the Memorial Union, or to make a gift to the renovation effort, contact the ESU Foundation at 620-341-5440. Photo credit: J.R. Garvey

A lead gift in the Memorial Union renovation came from retired Brig. Gen. Art Bloomer and his wife, Sue, of Wichita, which renamed the Veterans Hall of Honor in recognition of the couple. Art Bloomer greeted guests outside the room prior to a Homecoming week dedication of the renovated space.

Gifts from numerous donors have already made it possible to name several Memorial Union office and conference spaces. Lower Level

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Admissions D. Eugene Enos Counselor’s Office Phyllis A. Enos Counselor’s Office Dr. Deanna J. Hawes Counselors’ Suite Dr. Harry and Sharon Stephens Counselor’s Office Betty L. Wright Counselor’s Office Richard W. Wright Counselor’s Office

Admissions Louise Porter Director’s Office Louise Porter Administrator’s Office Judy Sherrer Conference Room

Career Services Career Services Counselor’s Office (Anonymous) Dr. Ronald H. and Dr. Patricia A. Fredrickson Director’s Office Leon K. and Judy Hannebaum Interview Room South Central Alumni Chapter Assistant Director’s Office South Central Alumni Chapter Conference Room International Education Dr. Scott Waters International Office of Business

Center for Student Involvement CSI Manager’s Office (Anonymous) LEAD Coordinator’s Office (Anonymous) John and Dorothy Blaufuss CSI Director’s Office Loewen Manning Hartsook ASG Presidential Suite Roger W. Heineken Greek Life Director’s Office Dr. Monte and Lynda Miller UAC President’s Office Antonio (Tony) and Carmen Tabares ASG Vice President’s Office

Second Floor Bloomer Veterans Hall of Honor Blue Key Leadership Conference Room Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professors’ Room Donald S. & Linda E. Miller Room Preston Family Room Xi Phi Room

Third Floor Lynette (Dyson) Murphy ‘89 and Daniel Murphy ‘90 Yearbook Office

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Osage City couple reflects “grow where you’re planted” spirit


rom the cab of a well-preserved 1963 Chevrolet one-ton truck, Ron Fredrickson pulls a rope that augers a special ration to his herd of Angus cattle roaming a pasture northwest of Osage City, Kan. On a farm that straddles the Lyon-Osage county line, Fredrickson and his wife, Patricia, have taken cattle feeding a step further than many producers. That additional measure—producing certified natural beef free of hormones and antibiotics—parallels the Fredricksons’ careers since they met at Kansas State Teachers College in the early 1950s. Moving 20 years ago back to the farm and ranch that’s been in the family since the 1880s, Ron and Pat have worked to improve not only the land they tend, but also the community in which they live.

Photo credit: Christian Keisler

It’s a long way from Amherst, Mass., where Dr. Ronald H. Fredrickson (BSE ’53) built a career as associate dean and director of the School Consulting and Counseling Psychology Program in the University of Massachusetts-Amherst’s School of Education, and where

Drs. Ron and Pat Fredrickson celebrate the naming of the Career Services director’s office in their honor in recognition of their gift to the Memorial Union renovation.

Dr. Patricia Fredrickson (BSE ’53) was a high school business education teacher. Ron Fredrickson founded the UMass school counseling program, which in September 2012 was renamed in his honor to acknowledge his guidance and inspiration. He also authored “Career Information,” a 1982 book devoted to the process of occupational choice. The couple opted to take advantage of retirement incentives that UMass offered Ron in 1992 and finally realize Ron’s dream of one day returning to his family’s agricultural origins. “The farm next door to us came up for sale at the same time we moved back to Kansas, so we bought it,” Ron relates. In the years since, the Fredricksons have received numerous awards for their land conservation work. Signs from the Osage County Conservation District, Kansas Bankers Association and Kansas Farm Bureau lining the fence along the gravel road leading to their home tell of the Fredricksons’ success with terraces and buffer strips of trees to curb soil erosion. After experimenting with raising a leaner type of beef that ended up being not as palatable to consumers, the Fredricksons linked up with Meyer Natural Angus to market choice and prime beef from cattle certified to be free of antibiotics, animal byproducts or implants. “You can cut the meat with a butter knife,” Ron says. “We send some to our friends back east, and they think it’s great. I don’t know if they’d agree that it competes with lobster, but we think it does.” “We’re also very interested in preservation,” Pat says. The Fredricksons worked with neighbors to preserve a oneroom schoolhouse west of Osage City. The Rapp School, which Ron attended

as a child, has been made a National and State Historic Site available for meetings and family reunions. The couple’s generosity extends to their alma mater, where Pat contributes to Emporia State music department scholarships. “I minored in music in college and made use of my music training throughout my career,” said Pat, who retired two years ago after serving as a church choir director for 13 years. In fact, the couple might not have met had it not been for Pat’s musical talents. “I played trumpet in the band and wasn’t very good,” Ron admits. “I noticed over to the side somebody who played flute very well, and she looked pretty nice.” The flutist was Pat Keck. “He called from a pay phone to ask me on our first date,” recalls the woman who later became Pat Fredrickson. “And then, on the same dime—the same phone conversation—he asked me for another date!” Ron and Pat were married in April 1953, shortly before Ron started a fiveyear tour with the U.S. Navy. The Fredricksons were recently recognized for another gift, this one to name the director’s office in Emporia State’s Career Services Office now located in the newly renovated Memorial Union. “What I learned from Emporia was resourcefulness,” Ron said, noting that the couple’s Memorial Union gift celebrates the hopes of students as they launch their job-searching journey through the Career Services Office. “At Emporia, I learned that if you don’t do it, it doesn’t happen.” Glancing at his wife of 59 years, Ron quipped, “And I also learned it’s a good place for good-looking women.”


Changing lives since 1863 By Tyler Curtis, Executive Director of Alumni Relations


hanging lives.

have built both during and after their time at the university.

As we approach Emporia State University’s sesquicentennial, we are focusing on how the university has changed the lives of our students and alumni. How has your life changed as a result of your experience at Emporia State?

Take a moment and think of all the lives that have changed as a direct result of both attending Emporia State University and then entering the workforce after graduation. Think of all those school children who have been taught by a graduate. Think of all those customers our alumni have served. Think of all of those international exchange students who have experienced life in America here at Emporia State.

Our 150th anniversary provides us with a wonderful opportunity to tell Emporia State’s story. And Emporia State’s story is your story because you are Emporia State University. Emporia State isn’t a building, a sign, or a logo. It’s people—people just like you. Sharing your story relates Emporia State’s story to our current students, staff, and faculty as well as to other university constituents such as parents, legislators, and fellow alumni. We have an amazing opportunity to harness the energy of our 150th anniversary to tell our Emporia State story. Our story is your story. Thanks for making this story so great.

Think, think, think. Literally millions of lives have been touched by Emporia State University via our alumni and the work they do both in their homes and in their communities.

With over 60,000 living alumni and over 75,0000 alumni from our 150-year history, we have a lot of stories to tell. These stories are compounded when we think of the relationships our graduates

I encourage you to share your Emporia State story at our new website: http://

Seacat family’s connection to ESU and teaching celebrated degrees from Kansas State Normal.


family with roots in southwest Kansas and strong ties to Emporia State University is the 2012 Emporia State University Hornet Heritage Family.

Seven secondgeneration Seacats earned Kansas State Teachers Photo credit: J.R. Garvey College degrees and spent a combined total of 160 years teaching in Kansas schools.

“From the early 1900s at Kansas State Normal to present-day Emporia State, the Seacat family has created a Hornet connection that deserves to be recognized,” said Tyler Curtis, executive director of Alumni Relations. Five of S. H. and Donia Seacat’s seven children left the family farm near Bucklin and pursued their teaching careers with 16

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A third generation includes three Seacat family members who received degrees from KSTC and Emporia Kansas State College. The Seacat family also encompasses a fourth-generation Emporia State University graduate. Over a period of 90 years, 16 family members have earned degrees from the institution and can account for a combined total of 300 years of teaching, most of which has taken place in Kansas schools.

Surviving family members include Mark (BSB ’73) and Joyce (BSE ’74) Neves of Olathe; Vesta Strader (Teaching Certificate ’45) of Bucklin; Kenneth Fields (BSE ’71) Excelsior Springs, Mo.; Brent (BS ’01, MS ’07) and Tauna (BS ’01) Baker, Topeka; Dale (BSB ’54, MS ’57) and Bertella (BSE ’60) Seacat, Gilbert, Ariz.; Max (BSB ’57, MS ’61) and Joleen (BS ’61) Seacat, Greensburg; and Dona Seacat (MS ’62,) West Barnstable, Mass. The Seacat family was recognized at halftime of the Emporia State/Central Oklahoma Family Day football game Saturday, Sept. 15 at Welch Stadium. The Hornet Heritage Family award, sponsored by the ESU Alumni Association, annually recognizes a multigenerational family of Hornet alumni and former students.

Celebrating a legendary career


hen the event is described as the largest Homecoming gathering in Emporia State University’s history, you know it has to be in recognition of a special achievement. The crowd that filled the Memorial Union’s Webb Hall after a Saturday football game was there to honor John Baxter, Emporia State’s head athletic trainer, on the occasion of his retirement. “One of the most remarkable things about John Baxter is that his message resonates across generations,” said Kent Weiser, director of athletics. “In the audience here, I see people who played years ago, and yet kids of today still respect what he does and what he stands for.” Baxter came to Kansas State Teachers College in 1966 after teaching and coaching in the Albuquerque, N.M. public school system. “For me, the most rewarding part of athletic training has always been the athlete who has an injury, struggles to heal and rehabilitate and comes back to play at the same level prior to the injury,” Baxter noted in an August

2012 ESU Bulletin interview. But a throng of former athletes, coaches and friends told a different story. “He’s touched the lives of countless athletes over the years,” said Lonnie Clark (BSE ’71), Birmingham, Ala. “He had a vision of a world-class training room to treat the athletes the way they should be treated, and to train students the way they should be trained,” said Clark, who retired in 2008 from a career with HealthSouth Corp. “I’m the guy replacing Baxter,” said Blaise Kriley (BS ’09, MS ’12). “And I have to replace a legend.” Sharing athletic training responsibilities with Leslie Kenney, Kriley is a product of Baxter’s program. “ESU has athletic training alumni at the collegiate level, in professional sports, the NFL and major league baseball, high schools across the country, and in clinical settings,” Kriley noted.

“His passion for kids and dedication to both academics and athletics is extraordinary,” said Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, president. “I’m pleased to announce that our athletic training facility will now and forever be officially renamed the John Baxter Sports Medicine Center.” Along with honoring his career, the event served a fund-raising function for both the sports medicine center and a scholarship in Baxter’s honor. “Our goal was to try to get you to become productive citizens,” Baxter told the crowd. “And if we did that, we did our job. And if, in the process we taught you how to make money at it, good.” “And if we taught you something that made you a lot of money, give it to the John Baxter Athletic Training Scholarship,” Baxter exhorted, as the audience laughed and rose to its feet to applaud and honor their friend and mentor. The Emporia State University Foundation is encouraging gifts to the Baxter scholarship and the sports medicine center renovation project. For more information, call 620-341-5440.

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Blue Key recharters at Emporia State


ith a crowd of more than 80 Blue Key alumni filling the room to watch, Emporia State rechartered a chapter of the national honorary leadership and service fraternity during 2012 Homecoming weekend. Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, Emporia State president, and Gary Sherrer (BSE ’63-Speech and Social Sciences), former Kansas Lieutenant Governor and past chair of the Kansas Board of Regents, will co-advise the new class of 12 junior and senior class members—six men and six women. “Essentially, people are selected for two things—one, their leadership abilities; and two, their willingness to serve,” said Sherrer.

Dr. Christopher Sieverdes, Blue Key’s national executive director, initiated the new class. Observing in the audience, members of Blue Key classes from past years felt not only strong ties with their classmates of the past, but also an emotional investment in this new class of Blue Key members. Blue Key was a highly visible force at ESU for 26 years before deactivating in 1986. Members dedicated themselves to service, both on campus and in community events. In the mid 1980s, Blue Key members led a $180,000 fund-raising effort for the Emporia Senior Center. Interest in a Blue Key presence at Emporia State resurged after a 2009 reunion, which former advisor Dick Reicherter attended before his death later that year. Blue Key members raised more than $15,000 to create the Richard F. Reicherter Blue

Key Scholarship, and have since raised an additional $100,000 to name and furnish the Blue Key Leadership conference room on the second floor of the renovated Memorial Union. As part of the rechartering and reunion event, Ed Eilert (BSB ’61-Business Education, MS ’62-Business Education), Dr. Sam Hayes (BA ’63-Chemistry), Ken Hush (BSB ’82-Business Administration and Marketing), Gary Sherrer, and Brig. Gen. Keith Tedrow (BSB ’64-Business Administration, MS ’65-Education) were the initial Blue Key Hall of Fame inductees. Fellow Blue Key alumni nominated the five Hall of Fame members and will select additional honorees in the coming years. Additionally, Blue Key members made it a plan to reunite every year during future Emporia State homecomings. The next Blue Key reunion will be Oct. 11, 2013.

Fifty years after their induction, members of the original Blue Key class returned to Emporia State University. Back row, left to right: Larry Thompson, Gary Sherrer, Sam Hayes, Ed Eilert, and Scott Irwin. Front row: Keith Greiner, Dale Greiner, Neil Roach, and Paul McKnab join Bill Wygle for a reunion photo.

Photo credit: J.R. Garvey

Photo credits: J.R. Garvey

Outreach offices expand Hornet admissions presence in Kansas City and Wichita



long with billboards springing up along heavier-trafficked metropolitan routes, Emporia State is beefing up the personnel side of its student recruiting efforts.

Laura Eddy, director of admissions. “Our offices in Wichita and Kansas City make it easier for prospective students learn about Emporia State.”

Setting up outreach offices in Kansas City and Wichita and equipping them with enthusiastic admissions counselors gives Emporia State an edge in the two most populous regions of the state, said

The Wichita office, in the Emprise Bank building at 3900 W. Central Ave., is home base for Denelle Hurd (BS ’10-Business Administration). Three hours northeast on I-35, Amy Jo Troyer

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Amy Jo Troyer

Denelle Hurd

(BFA ’04-Communication) is the Kansas City admissions counselor. Her office is in the Emporia State University – Kansas City office suite at 8400 W. 110th St. in Overland Park.

Changing lives…one call at a time


potlight thinks it’s time to put faces to the voices you hear when you answer the phone call from an Emporia State University student is asking for your support. “We have a great team of student callers,” said Angela Fullen, annual fund manager for the Emporia State Foundation. “Each of them has a passion for Emporia State, a positive attitude, and great communication skills.” Over the course of 15 weeks each semester, the student callers attempt to reach over 26,000 alumni. Along with updating alumni records, the students share information on current events at Emporia State and ask for support for the Foundation’s Annual Fund in Support of Excellence. During the spring, the callers solicit support for scholarships. Call Center staffers, majors and hometowns include: • Matt Casas, freshman Sociology major from Omaha, Neb.;

• Becky Fraker (student manager), junior Business Education major from Shawnee; • Gabrielle Garrison, freshman Secondary Business major from Milton; • Megan Glotzbach (student manager), senior Accounting major from Council Grove; • Carrisa Hoover, junior Rehabilitation Services major from Lyons; • Chase Johnson, freshman Spanish major from Andover; • Smantha Jones, sophomore Economics major from Burlington; • Emily Lang, freshman Elementary Education major from Prairie Village; • Owen Murphy, junior English major from Emporia; • Jessica Paden, freshman Elementary Education major from Osawatomie; • Dani Pate, freshman Rehabilitation Services major from Clearwater;

• Sheldon Patton, senior Social Science major from Emporia; • Jessica Rice, senior Psychology major from Lee’s Summit, Mo.; • Carley Saunders, freshman Secondary Education major from Wichita; • Noel Smiley, senior Health Promotion major from Oklahoma City, Okla.; • Yadah Smith, freshman Criminal Justice major from St. Louis, Mo.; • Max Venable, freshman Rehabilitation Services major from Baldwin City; and • Mallory Walden, sophomore International Business major from Wichita. If you’ve answered a call from one of our Call Center students, thank you, sincerely, for your time.


Athletes in the community By Marissa Germann, undergraduate business major


tudent athletes keep busy throughout the year by attending classes, practicing and playing games. In addition to their hard work on the court or field, student athletes also participate in local community service projects throughout the year. “It’s neat to see how much your community gives to you by coming to your sporting events and showing support, so our team is trying to give back to it even more by helping out in the community,” says Dwayne Wall, senior long jump and triple jump participant on the track team. The track team, for example, takes part each year in a big recycling event in Emporia. According to Wall, people from all over bring their recycling to one location, and the track team sorts it. “We sort things,

such as old televisions and furniture, and recycle those and other items. We also help people unload their items. Some team members even drive to houses in the community to help the elderly load their stuff.” Other sports teams, such as the football team, help out with freshman move-in day in August and help students move their belongings to their new rooms. Several athletic team members sign autographs for the community’s children. “It’s a good way for us to get to know the children in our community who come to the games,” Wall says. The volleyball and softball teams also participated in Emporia’s Food for Students program several times during the spring, where the students collect

food in the community and deliver it to local elementary schools. According to Carmen Leeds, senior associate director of athletics, the athletic teams during the Fall 2011 semester contributed more than 1,500 hours of community service. “Helping in the community is important because it helps put our name out there. It also shows how our work helps those in the community,” Leeds adds. “You’re able to reach out to others to promote your team’s activities, and it can also help increase support for our meets and other athletic events.” n Excerpted from Emporia State

University Student Experience magazine

Psychology on track By Holly Glynn


ave you ever wondered how that track start came to be so fast, or how basketball players never seem to tire game after game?

Education and Recreation. Together, the two worked on creating a class to teach athletes various mental skills, such as goal-setting, imagery and relaxation.

associate professor of psychology, where he studied 70 Emporia State track and field athletes and how their religious beliefs influence their performance.

An obvious answer to these questions might be that they spend hours practicing in preparation for their bodies to perform. But what if you were told they also spend a lot of time preparing their minds as well?

Delmott points out that mental skills are important for athletes to practice because “they are a great way to improve nearly every aspect of competition. For example, goals are great for increasing motivation. Imagery can be just as effective as physical practice in some cases. Relaxation helps reduce anxiety, and there are plenty of other benefits. Furthermore, most of the skills can be used outside of sports, such as goalsetting for eating healthier, or relaxation before a tough exam.”

As a long-time cross country and track athlete, Delmott was inspired to pursue a study on religion for several reasons. “My roommates are all active in church, and religion is also present in my life,” he explains.

Asher Delmott (BA ’12-Psychology), researched the mental-physical connection in student athletes. Through a psychology-centered internship and an independent study, Delmott studied college athletes in collaboration with Dr. Mark Stanbrough, associate professor of Health, Physical 20

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Delmott also conducted an independent study with Dr. John Wade,

Delmott has found a correlation between athletes who rated themselves successful and attributing performance to a stable cause. n Excerpted from Emporia State

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2012 ESU Athletic Hall of Honor Inductees


ive individuals, National Championship softball team head to ESU Athletics Hall of Honor

Hornets take Kanza Bowl, capping off spectacular season


’ve been coaching for 19 years, and this is the most committed group of people I’ve ever been around.” If you guessed those comments came from Emporia State University’s head football coach—and they came after winning the 2012 Kanza Bowl—you’d be half right. Garin Higgins did indeed make those remarks. But he was speaking at a football scholarship fund raising event July 19 in Overland Park, before the 2012 Hornet football season even started. That was 19 weeks before the Hornets concluded their most successful season in 23 years with 43-38 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville in the fourth annual Kanza Bowl at Topeka’s Hummer Sports Park. The victory capped a 10-2 season for the Hornets, their first 10-win season since 1989 and just the second in school history. The postseason victory was the first by Emporia State since 2002.

“To finish 10-2, they’ve worked really hard to put us in this situation,” Higgins said. “We just had a great senior class that worked hard. It was a great win for us and a great win for our program. We’ve been looking to get to this point for a long time.” Tyler Eckenrode, Houston, Tex., is one of those seniors Higgins referred to, and one the Emporia State coach holds particularly close to his heart. “I think a lot of people never really thought Tyler could be that quarterback that would lead us to 10 wins,” Higgins said. “I believed it.” Eckenrode, the game’s most valuable player, set a school single-season record with 29 touchdown passes and tied the single-game mark with five. Division II teams from the Lone Star Conference and Mid-America Athletic Association have played the Kanza Bowl in Topeka since its inception in 2009.

Five individuals and a national championship softball team were inducted into the ESU Athletic Hall of Honor on Saturday, October 13 as part of Homecoming festivities at Emporia State. The inductees join a group of 170 former student-athletes, coaches and administrators and 12 teams who have distinguished themselves, the University and their professions through their athletic achievement. • Art Bloomer, Football, Basketball, Track & Field 1951-55 • Heather Leverington, Women’s Track & Field 1997-2002 • Bob Oden, Men’s Track & Field 1957-60 • Rex Ressler, Men’s Track & Field, 1957-61 • Tod Schulz, Baseball 1985-86 • 1984 NAIA National Champion Softball Team

Volleyball finishes 2012 with 20-12 record


or the sixth consecutive season, Emporia State volleyball coach Bing Xu has guided his team to a record of 20 wins or more. This season, the Hornets progressed to the MIAA Tournament semifinals, losing to second-ranked and eventual tournament champion Nebraska-Kearney. Six team members earned All-MIAA honors this season, including a pair of second-team honorees. Paige Vanderpool and Meg Schwartz both earned second-team All-MIAA honors while Carly Spicer, Courtney Haring, Katie Deutschmann and Brianna Kaiser were named honorable mention. 21


Marjorie L. Bare (BS ’37), Douglass, Jan. 25, 2012 Charles H. Bergerhouse, Jr. (BS ’39), North Smithfield, RI, Sept. 23, 2011 Blanche M. (Morris) Brooks (BSE ’38), Lincoln, NE, March 20, 2012 Opal S. (Wooddall) Clogston (BSE ’31), Sun Lakes, AZ, Feb. 17, 2012 Dr. Willard M. Mcllvain Edwards (BSE ’39, MS ’52), Boulder, CO, May 13, 2011 Mildred M. Fulhage (BME ’36), Kansas City, MO, June 10, 2012 Charles “Stephen” Gilman (BSE ’33), Madison, Sept. 1, 2012 Frances P. (Wiand) Kline (BME ’32), Emporia, Dec. 31, 2011 Roberta M. (Works) Lesh (BSE ’33), Lawrence, Jan. 16, 2012 Charleen A. (Mohler) Miller (MS ’67), Salina, Feb. 24, 2012 Miriam “Mim” V. (Massey) Moss (BSE ’39), Enid, OK, May 28, 2012 Laurene E. (Schlatter) Selack (BSE ’39), McPherson, Jan. 13, 2012 Mildred R. (Livengood) Smith (BS ’38), Couthbury, CT, July 18, 2012 Naomi J. (Ehrlich) Wheat (BSE ’39), Iola, April 7, 2012 Orvin L. Wilhite (BA ’39), Leonardtown, MD, Oct. 7, 2011 *Gwendolyn “Gwen” (Smith) Zimmerman (BSE ’39), Emporia, Jan. 20, 2012


*Cyrus “Cy” R. Alley (BS ’47), Leawood, May 28, 2012 Alden Allbaugh (BSE ’41, LIF ’36), Newton, May 29, 2012 *Josephine E. Bates (BSE ’42), Casa Grande, AZ, April 9, 2012 Margaret (Chiaborel) Bennett (BS ’45), Paris, AR, May 21, 2011 Roya P. (Bush) Breazier (BS ’45), Kingman, Feb. 8, 2012 Harold K. Brooks (BS ’46), Pharr, TX, March 6, 2011 Louis F. Burns (BSE ’49, MS ’51), Pawhuska, OK, May 20, 2012 Donna A. (Hobbs) Cartwright (LIF ’41), Arlington, July 4, 2011 22

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Ralph C. Chartier (BS ’41, MS ’50), Albuquerque, NM, April 12, 2012 Patricia “Patti” L. (James) Collins (BSE ’47, MS ’68), Foster City, CA, Oct. 10, 2012 Doris A. (Love) Darby (BSE ’43, LIF ’43), Burlingame, April 26, 2012 Mary A. (Steelsmith) Downing (BME ’40), Chandler, AZ, Aug. 31, 2011 John E. Doxon (BA ’46, MS ’56), Emporia, Nov. 6, 2012 Alice “Jan” J. (Floyd) Estep (BME ’40), United Arab Emirates, July 17, 2012 Twila Fishburn (BSE ’41, LIF ’39), Haven, Oct. 12, 2011 Minnie E. (Saylor) Fryatt (BA ’45), Independence, MO, Oct. 26, 2012 Estamary J. (Graham) Fryer (BSE ’47), Dearborn, MO, Feb. 7, 2011 John L. Glinka (BSE ’48), Lawrence, July 28, 2012 Mary “Theresa” (Watson) Goodell (BSE ’40), Hancock, MI, June 9, 2012 Lee D. Hart (BA ’49), Orlando, FL, Oct. 16, 2012 Geneva B. (Toland) Hicken (BSE ’44), Santa Barbara, CA, Sept. 11, 2012 Catherine “Katy” J. (Bowman) Lamb (BSE ’49), Wichita, Jan. 26, 2012 Arthur L. Langvardt (BSE ’40), Hastings, NE, Aug. 12, 2012 *Dr. Harry Levinson (BSE ’43, MS ’47), Delray Beach, FL, June 26, 2012 Dorothy E. (Pinkston) Ludwig (CRT ’40), Emporia, July 18, 2011 Marie T. (Gudde) McNeive (BSE ’43), Jacksonville, NC, Sept. 6, 2011 Fred E. Meisinger (BA ’41), Wichita, Oct. 25, 2012 Wanda “Jo” J. (Leatherman) Perkey (BA ’46), South Bend, IN, April 24, 2012 Francis J. Revitte (BSE ’47), Kansas City, MO, March 16, 2011 Elva V. (Stout) Richie (BME ’45, MS ’54), Bonham, TX, Aug. 14, 2011 Mary A. (Tritt) Schessow (BSE ’43), Horicon, WI, June 30, 2012 Jack H. Sharp (BA ’48), Overland Park, Aug. 27, 2012 Lois F. (Shellenberger) Tillinghast (BSB ’44), Clay Center, March 2, 2012 Dr. Harlan J. Trennepohl (BSE ’47, MS ’51), Manhattan, May 8, 2012 Betty J. (Peters) Upham (BSE ’42), Junction City, Jan. 10, 2012

Mary L. (Roark) Walker (BSE ’44), Las Cruces, NM, Aug. 14, 2011 Dr. Melvin L. Winters (BSB ’49, MS ’50), Lenexa, April 21, 2012


Vincent E. Alstatt (MS’56), Manhattan, Aug. 7, 2012 John F. Ames (BS ’50), Tuscaloosa, FL, March 28, 2012 Elizabeth “Betty” A. (Payne) Anderson (BSE ’58), Martinsburg, WV, March 13, 2012 Paula “Kelly” K. (Agrelius) Archer (BS ’58), Columbia, MO, March 22, 2012 Paul L. Atkins (BSB ’57), Peabody, May 17, 2012 Donald E. Bachtel, Sr. (BS ’50), Leavenworth, Feb. 15, 2012 Loren V. Bainer (MS ’57), Fremont, CA, Jan. 11, 2011 Carl “Phil” P. Berg (BS ’57), Kansas City, MO, Aug. 7, 2012 Robert “Bob” L. Blunt (BS ’58, MS ’61), Effingham, May 18, 2012 Delayne P. Bowen (BSB ’58), Norman, OK, Sept. 5, 2012 *Theda E. (Elliot) Brandley (BSE ’52), Vancouver, WA, Jan. 26, 2012 Vernon H. Buck (BSE ’51), Emporia, Aug. 26, 2012 *Dr. Robert A. Burns (BS ’58, MS ’65), Cape Girardeau, MO, Dec. 12, 2011 Claron G. Cole (MS ’54), Garnett, Feb. 10, 2012 Leonard “Len” A. Davis (BSB ’54), Ione, CA, Jan. 4, 2012 Maurice D. Dietz (BSE ’56, MS ’57), Lee’s Summit, MO, Feb. 13, 2012 James “Jim” L. Downing (BSB ’54), Wichita, Feb. 29, 2012 Donald “Dean” Eklund (MS ’58), Wellington, June 21, 2012 Robert “Bob” J. Embry (BSB ’50), Brockton, MA, Sept. 28, 2012 Denzil “Denny” Fossberg (BA ’59), Grand Island, NE, Aug. 5, 2012 Maurice R. Gerleman (BSB ’58), Colorado Springs, CO, March 17, 2012 Doris M. (Davis) Green (BSE ’53), Satanta, March 16, 2012 Wilma S. (Stewart) Hawks (BSE ’57), Paola, CA, June 26, 2012

Gloria F. Hawley (BSE ’54, MS ’65), South Hutchison, Feb. 22, 2012 Betty (Howard) Hilliard (BSE ’57), Elizabethtown, KY, Sept. 1, 2012 Robert L. Jackson (BSB ’56), Argyle, TX, Jan. 1, 2012 Norma J. James (BSE ’58), Mesa, AZ, July 14, 2012 Karrol “Johnny” H. Johnston (MS ’56), Gladstone, MO, Feb. 24, 2012 Ronald C. Kallaus (BSE ’52, MS ’60), Hudson, May 8, 2012 Merle D. Krehbiel (BSB ’53), Bartlesville, OK, Jan. 25, 2012 John “Jack” W. Kuchera, Jr. (BSE ’59, MS ’67), Tonkawa, OK, April 27, 2011 *Dolores J. (Goad) Lindberg (BSE ’50), Brookfield, CT, Feb. 27, 2012 Kenneth H. Maeda (BSE ’59), Pearl City, HI, May 29, 2011 John “Lyle” McCready (BSE ’54), San Jose, CA, May 23, 2012 Lyle L. McVay (BME ’50), Greensburg, April 18, 2012 Joyce E. (Holdsworth) Medford (BME ’56, MS ’71), Pittsburg, May 20, 2012 Anna E. (Balding) Mochamer (BSE ’54), Reading, May 19, 2012 William “Bill” G. Nelson (BSE ’53, MS ’57), Irvine, CA, Aug. 6, 2011 Ted D. Nickel (MS ’55), Fort Wayne, IN, Jan. 15, 2012 Raymond J. O’Doul (BSE ’51), Reseda, CA, Oct. 22, 2012 Dr. Henry J. Patterson (BSE ’52, MS ’56, EDS ’61), Burleson, TX, July 27, 2012 Mary Lou (Canty) Payne (BSE ’54), Buffalo, Aug. 10, 2012 Dr. Robert “Bob” B. Pierce (BSB ’57, MS ’59), Warrensburg, MO, July 26, 2012 Wayne R. Quiring (BSE ’50, MS ’54), Lee’s Summit, MO, May 16, 2011 Glenda G. Razor (BSB ’59), Laguna Niguel, CA, May 5, 2012 Evelyn R. (Swisher) Redden (BSE ’51, MS ’66), Topeka, May 14, 2012 Billie E. Scott (BSB ’56), Effingham, Aug. 27, 2012 Richard “Rich” R. Seibel (BSB ’51, MS ’61), Wichita, Jan. 4, 2012 Dean B. Shoemaker (MS ’57), Oakley, Aug. 11, 2012 *Dennis E. Shogren (BSE ’50), Hutchinson, Sept. 15, 2012

Jean (Oltmanns) Silverstand (BSE ’56, MS ’65), Moundridge, July 17, 2012 Belford “Pete” E. Smith (BSB ’56), Lenexa, May 30, 2012 Robert B. Varner (BSE ’56, MS ’58), Topeka, Sept. 16, 2011 Japheth “J.D.” D. Walden (BSE ’50, MS ’55), Shawnee, March 6, 2012 Martha J. (Weppler) Warren (BSE ’59), Simi Valley, CA, June 11, 2011 MSGT (Ret.) Robert E. Willis (BSE ’51), Emporia, July 15, 2012 Fredrick A. Willson (BSE ’53, MS ’61), Eureka Springs, AR, Oct. 30, 2011 N. Mary “Mary” Wilson (MS ’57), Winfield, March 21, 2011 *Peggy O. (Kaub) Wygle (BSE ’59, MS ’68), Emporia, May 25, 2012


Max D. Armstrong (BA ’65), Louisville, KY, March 12, 2012 Virginia (McCormick) F. Bennett (MS ’67), El Dorado, Aug. 17, 2012 George J. Bequette, Sr. (MS ’62), Herculaneum, MO, March 10, 2011 Kathryn (Vance) Birney (BSE ’62), Bixby, OK, Sept. 13, 2012 Donald “Don” W. Bowin (MS ’62), Wichita, June 6, 2010 Michael D. Brown (MA ’68), North Manchester, IN, Aug. 10, 2011 Eldon R. Burgess (MLS ’66), Kansas City, MO, Feb. 14, 2012 Susan B. (Vuturo) Case (BSE ’69, MS ’71, MLS ’77), Kansas City, MO, March 3, 2012 Judith “Kaye” (Talley) Casebeer (BSE ’63), Weatherford, OK, Sept. 16, 2012 Mary L. (Weston) Casey (BSE ’65), Council Grove, Aug. 1, 2012 Joe R. Chalker (BSE ’63), Moran, Aug. 23, 2011 David E. Cormeny (MS ’66), Kansas City, MO, July 16, 2009 Emilio A. Cosio (MLS ’67), Miami, FL, Dec. 23, 2011 Carole E. (Files) Dibben (BA ’65, MLS ’94), Lawrence, July 2, 2012 Dennis A. Dirksen (MS ’61), San Diego, CA, April 25, 2012 Gladys E. (Thurman) Dollar (MS ’63), Paola, Feb. 21, 2012

Sharon K. (Parry) Dozier (BSE ’65), Chapman, Sept. 6, 2012 Arthur “Lee” Drumright (BSB ’60), Chesterfield County, VA, July 24, 2012 Arless N. (Moser) Eilerts (MS ’60), Fort Worth, TX, Feb. 15, 2012 Warren J. Endly (BSE ’63, MS ’66), Denver, CO, Nov. 26, 2011 Monroe Fordham (BSE ’62, MS ’66), Tonawanda, NY, June 13, 2012 Catherine (Osgood) Gardner (MLS ’63), Lawrence, Jan. 25, 2012 Rev. Raymond F. Gilstrap (BME ’64), Beloit, Nov. 14, 2011 Carmen Gonzales (BSE ’61, MS ’65), Winfield, March 11, 2012 Diana C. (Proffitt) Graf (BSE ’64), Onaga, Dec. 29, 2011 Larry J. Guenther (BSB ’61), Lee’s Summit, MO, Aug. 13, 2012 Helene W. (Lawrence) Hall (BSB ’66), Lee’s Summit, MO, Feb. 11, 2012 Carl M. Harvey, Jr. (BSE ’66), Little River, June 26, 2012 Alan R. Hawkins (BME ’62), Lawrence, July 21, 2012 Gary L. Hemmingway (BSE ’61), Topeka, May 14, 2012 David W. Herrold (BSE ’67), Greencastle, IN, May 31, 2012 Henry “Rick” R. Hole, Jr. (BSE ’68), Cape Coral, FL, Jan. 8, 2012 Maurice L. Hollar (BSB ’60), Wichita, March 9, 2012 Ronald L. Holman (BSE ’61), Falls City, NE, Aug. 3, 2010 Jimmie “Jim” E. Hooper (BSE ’65, MS ’69), Wichita, April 17, 2012 Robert “Bob” H. Hopper, Jr. (BSB ’62), McPherson, June 8, 2011 Eva L. (Beals) Hurt (MS ’69), Junction City, March 12, 2012 Russell S. Jay (BSB ’65), Arkansas City, May 10, 2011 Willie Johnson, Jr. (BSE ’67), Plymouth, MN, Jan. 29, 2012 Eunice N. Kenison (BSE ’67), McLouth, July 12, 2012 Lola K. (Bush) Killam (MS ’67), Topeka, April 15, 2012 Glennie M. (Beanland) King (MLS ’63), West Columbia, SC, April 19, 2012 Lawrence V. Klein (MS ’66), Pineville, AR, March 20, 2012 Richard J. Knaak (BME ’68), Holton, April 15, 2012 23

Larry P. Koegeboehn (BA ’63), Orange, CA, Sept. 20, 2012 Theda A. Lee (BA ’66), Hutchinson, Jan. 7, 2011 Harold “Jerry” Leedy (BSE ’60, MS ’63), Lee’s Summit, MO, Aug. 13, 2012 John E. Lutz (BSB ’64), Hays, March 16, 2012 Leota R. Matthews (BSE ’62), Netawaka, June 6, 2011 Gary L. McDowell (BSB ’67), Salina, March 19, 2012 *Patrick “Pat” G. McFadden (BME ’68, MS ’71), Wichita, Sept. 25, 2012 Billie “Bill” J. McKinley (MS ’60), Winfield, June 5, 2011 Martin E. McMahon (BSE ’62), Irving, TX, April 14, 2011 Gene A. Meeker (BSE ’66), Oskaloosa, Aug. 18, 2012 Kathleen “Katie” R. Miller (MS ’68), Sterling, June 4, 2012 *Bryson E. Mills (BSE ’63), Wichita, Jan. 19, 2012 Douglas “Doug” M. Mitchell (BSE ’64, MS ’69), Hutchinson, Oct. 15, 2012 Richard B. Monson (BSB ’69), Plano, TX, June 11, 2011 Shirley J. (Massey) Norton (BSE ’67), Kansas City, MO, May 15, 2011 Margaret “Peggy” S. (Cotter) Ochs (MLS ’69), Wichita, Jan. 31, 2012 Virginia A. (Pappas) O’Neal (BSE ’60), Wichita, May 31, 2011 Philip “Phil” S. Osborn, II (BSB ’69), San Antonio, TX, April 28, 2011 Tad O. Patterson (BSB ’69), Arkansas City, Oct. 14, 2012 Patricia “Pat” J. (Eggleston) Prevedel (BSE ’64), Fort Collins, CO, July 4, 2012 Thomas “Tom” W. Redding (BSE ’66), Kansas City, MO, April 15, 2012 Max N. Reed (BSE ’63, MS ’67), Wellington, Aug. 25, 2012 Iva “Nell” (Moss) Reeves-Woody (MS ’67), Russellville, AR, Sept. 26, 2012 Larry A. Reiser (BA ’63), Independence, MO, Aug. 17, 2011 Rex E. Ressler (BSE ’67), Laguna Beach, CA, June 28, 2012 John M. Ringler (MS ’66), Arkansas City, March 31, 2012 Duane D. Rudy (MS ’60), Augusta, June 17, 2012


FALL 2012

Jan E. (Tholen) Saab (BSB ’66), Newton, Feb. 14, 2012 Alice C. (Ruelas) Saiz (BSE ’63), Salina, Dec. 17, 2011 Gerald “Gary” D. Schroeder (BSB ’61), Las Vegas, NV, July 29, 2011 Jay P. Self (BSB 69), Junction City, Aug. 3, 2012 Loren D. Shofner (BSB ’68, MSB ’72), Shawnee, May 11, 2012 Kathleen R. (Hungate) Sivright (BSE ’68), Clinton, IA, Jan. 5, 2012 Kenneth L. Smejkal (MLS ’62), Macomb, IL, Jan. 27, 2012 Donna J. Smith (BSE ’65), Wichita, March 23, 2012 Mary F. (Roy) Sowers (BSE ’69), Ann Arbor, MI, July 17, 2011 Deanna J. (Wittman) Sponamore (BS ’61), Topeka, April 29, 2012 Robert “Bob” W. Stinson (BSE ’60), Olathe, Sept. 15, 2012 David H. Strange (BA ’67, MS ’70), Wichita, Sept. 14, 2012 Russell “Russ” D. Theakston (BSE ’67), Fayette City, PA, May 25, 2012 Mary A. (Bennett) Thistlethwaite (BSE ’62), Melvern, Dec. 26, 2011 Susan D. (Wittmer) Traw (BSE ’69), Iola, Feb. 23, 2012 Louis P. Tucker (MS ’66), Leavenworth, April 10, 2012 Larry D. VanPelt (MS ’65), Emporia, June 9, 2012 *Merle S. Venable (BSE ’60), Leavenworth, May 31, 2012 Donovan C. Wachlin (EDS ’67), Arlington Heights, IL, Feb. 3, 2012 Dorothy E. Whitcomb (BS ’62, MS ’66), Emporia, Aug. 8, 2012 Boyd E. White (BSB ’68), Leavenworth, July 10, 2011 Richard D. Whitney (BSB ’60), Cottonwood Falls, Jan. 24, 2012 LeRoy H. Wichman (BSE ’60, MS ’66), Fort Collins, CO, Jan. 30, 2012 Angie R. (DeBey) Willis (BSE ’63, MS ’77), Jewell, Oct. 6, 2012 Robert “Bob” S. Woolf (BA ’61, MS ’68), Claflin, April 15, 2012


Gary L. Ashcraft (BA ’76), Houston, TX, Aug. 14, 2012

George F. Austin (BS ’75), Bucklin, July 6, 2011 Larry F. Ball (BS ’74), Emporia, Feb. 15, 2012 Steven “Steve” J. Barnes (BSE ’77), Milford, July 10, 2012 David C. Bear (MS ’73), Albuquerque, NM, March 6, 2012 Carolyn B. (Bailey) Berneking (MLS ’70), Lawrence, Aug. 11, 2011 John “J.B.” B. Blocher (BA ’72), Shawnee, May 21, 2012 Darrell J. Bourque (MS ’76), Ottawa, Feb. 22, 2012 Norman W. Brammell (BSE ’70), Lawrence, April 13, 2012 Mariah F. (Lyons) Brawn (MS ’70), Topeka, Feb. 17, 2012 Martin A. Brome (BS ’71), Union City, GA, June 6, 2012 Wanda J. (Gardner) Burns (BSE ’70), Tulsa, OK, June 23, 2012 Calvin “Cal” E. Chandler (EDS ’70), North Newton, June 15, 2012 Thomas “Tom” V. Church (BA ’74), Puyallup, WA, June 4, 2012 Barbara J. (Woodbridge) Coleman (MS ’78), Salina, Nov. 30, 2011 Sharon K. (Needham) Cooke (MS ’79), Iola, July 22, 2012 Ann M. (Timmins) Coyle (MLS ’79), Canon City, CO, May 21, 2012 A.J. “Dave” Davis (MS ’72), Topeka, Jan. 23, 2012 Daniel “Danny” P. Fief (BSE ’71), Concordia, April 29, 2012 Dr. Michael “Mike” L. German (BSE ’70, MS ’71), Tucson, AZ, May 20, 2012 Lisa M. (Fillmore) Goldstein (BS ’78), Lawrence, Jan. 2, 2012 Ora K. Griggs (EDS ’71), Corisicana, TX, Jan. 27, 2012 John W. Haag (BSB ’71), Broken Arrow, OK, Feb. 24, 2012 Dianna S. (Regier) Harms (BSE ’70, MS ’75), Colorado Springs, CO, Sept. 17, 2012 *William “Bill” O. Hoch (BS ’70), Kansas City, MO, July 26, 2012 John J. Honas (MS ’77), Council Grove, March 7, 2012 Gary L. Hunter (BSE ’74), Greensburg, IN, Nov. 14, 2011 William “Bill” R. Irvin, Jr. (BSB ’75), Kansas City, Jan. 11, 2012

Donald “Keith” K. Johnson (MS ’71), Wichita, June 11, 2012 Glenda D. (Stites) Kalcik (AS ’78), Silver Lake, Jan. 31, 2012 Donald “Don” C. Krueger (BS ’70), Emporia, Oct. 2, 2012 Martha N. Lewis (MS ’75), Kansas City, May 29, 2012 Peggy R. (Griebat) Marmet (MS ’77), Topeka, Oct. 19, 2012 Kathleen R. (Dixon) Marshall (BSE ’70), Omaha, NE, April 23, 2011 Victor L. McClung (BSB ’73), Winfield, March 10, 2011 Jack D. Messer (MS ’75), Alma, July 20, 2012 Debra “Debi” J. Messing (BSE ’75, MS ’79), Concord, CA, Aug. 19, 2012 Jack W. Mitchell (CRT ’75), Concordia, Jan. 25, 2012 Billy J. Moore (MS ’73), Salisbury, MO, Sept. 9, 2011 James C. Mossman (BSB ’74), Walden, CO, Jan. 14, 2012 *Francis L. Petitjean (BSE ’70, MS ’75), Wichita, March 27, 2012 Michael “Mike” L. Post (BSB ’71), Bothell, WA, Dec. 7, 2011 Eugene “Gene” “Coach” M. Pruitt (BSE ’74), Burlington, Aug. 30, 2012 Inez J. (Jordan) Raines (MS ’70), Greenwood, MS, Aug. 19, 2012 Forrest E. Ray (BSB ’78), Tribune, May 5, 2012 Eva D. (Davis) Reese (MS ’73), Newton, June 4, 2012 Janie D. (Hieronymus) Ronsse (BSE ’70), Vinita, OK, Aug. 22, 2012 Ralph J. Schaffer (MS ’73), Derby, Dec. 8, 2011 *James “Jim” L. Schalansky (MS ’76), Topeka, May 13, 2012 John “Mike” M. Sears (BA ’71), Iowa City, IA, Dec. 7, 2009 *Michael “Mike” H. Shane (MS ’73), Emporia, May 6, 2012 Gary L. Sommers (EDS ’73), Potwin, April 3, 2012 *Stanley O. Sommers, Jr. (BSB ’71), Emporia, Jan. 31, 2012 Thomas F. Spalding (BS ’77), Las Vegas, NV, July 8, 2012 Helen M. (Borck) Strader (MS ’73), Mesa, AZ, Aug. 5, 2012 Hans A. Strasser, Jr. (MLS ’73), Roanoke, VA, Oct. 15, 2011

Julie A. Stubbs (BSE ’75), Overland Park, Nov. 3, 2012 Ann (Armstrong) Tams (MS ’76), Eudora, Jan. 26, 2012 Donald W. True (BSB ’78), Cedar Park, TX, Jan. 4, 2012 Thelma T. Werth (MS ’71), Topeka, Dec. 10, 2011 Michael “Mike” T. Whitaker (BSB ’73), Fort Worth, TX, May 25, 2012


Ronald “Ron” L. Edwards (BS ’83), Springfield, MO, Feb. 18, 2012 Mary (Gardner) Hardy (MS ’89), Overland Park, Oct. 6, 2011 Martha S. (Layne) Harp (MS ’82), Lawrence, June 25, 2009 Marilyn I. (Holman) Harsh (BSE ’83), Newton, Aug. 13, 2012 Jerrold “Jerry” D. Kohler (MA ’89), Denver, CO, Oct. 24, 2011 Anthony M. Masters (BSB ’82), Spring Hill, Aug. 10, 2012 Kevin H. Steele (BSB ’85), Emporia, Oct. 13, 2012 Heather L. (Selfridge) Warnica (BSB ’80), Overland Park, Aug. 28, 2012 Pamela S. (Keown) Williams (BSE ’80), St. Louis, MO, May 30, 2012 Nadine L. (Conder) Winans (MS ’85), Lyndon, July 5, 2012 David M. Workman (BGS ’85), Parsons, July 1, 2012


Loyce A. (Basolo) Cody (BSE ’94), Augusta, Dec. 5, 2011 Arlin P. Funk (BSE ’93), St. Charles, MO, Feb. 27, 2012 Lea L. (Cook) Harsch (BSB ’90), Lebo, Feb. 23, 2012 Susan L. (Pearson) Johnson (MS ’96), Gardner, Oct. 31, 2012 Stacie J. McPhail (BME ’99), Morganton, NC, June 17, 2012 Moramattie (Naresh) Singh (MLS ’96), Wichita, Aug. 4, 2011


Judith “Judy” D. (Weinsheink) Esrig (MBA ’07), Leawood, May 21, 2012 Amanda K. (Diamini) Fesseh (BSB ’03), Atlanta, GA, March 15, 2012 Jeremy W. Giebler (BSE ’09), Key West, FL, Sept. 17, 2012 Yvonn A. (Koon) Hamilton (MS ’08), Topeka, March 13, 2012 Norma J. Lambert (BS ’00), Emporia, June 17, 2011 Travis M. Simpson (BA ’09, MLS ’10), Bolivar, MO, Oct. 21, 2012 Jean E. R. Straub (MLS ’04), Denver, CO, Dec. 29, 2011 Melissa J. (Simkins) Wright (MS ’05), Havensville, July 20, 2012


Joshua S. Snow (BS ’11), Emporia, Jan. 14, 2012


Frank A. Able, Rochester, MN, June 7, 2011 Fred J. Aguilar, Emporia, Feb. 23, 2012 Harold “H.J.” J. Alloway, Derby, Aug. 27, 2011 James R. Anderson, Burleson, TX, Feb. 23, 2011 CAPT Thomas “Tom” L. Andrews, Jr., Pensacola, FL, July 25, 2011 Marvin R. Appling, Wichita, July 20, 2011 Helen “Lenn” C. (Drenick) Ashbaugh, Longmont, CO, April 9, 2011 Benjamin “Ben” A. Bahner, Emporia, Feb. 4, 2012 Jack “J.D.” D. Bales, Emporia, June 23, 2012 *Earl “Shorty” W. Bastin, Emporia, May 21, 2012 Dean C. Batt, Marion, Feb. 25, 2011 Merle B. (Myers) Baxter, Shawnee, April 16, 2012 Alva E. Beck, Stockton, June 9, 2011 Floyd C. Becker, Neosho Rapids, Jan. 31, 2012 John F. Belshe, Warrensburg, MO, Oct. 19, 2011


Dr. Daryl E. Berry, Olathe, Nov. 2, 2012 Dr. Joseph “J.B.” B. Black, Jr., Muncie, IN, June 23, 2011 Richard “Dick” D. Bolinger, Cheney, Jan. 6, 2011 *Vera “Betty” E. (Maninger) Bowman, Emporia, Jan. 7, 2012 Joseph E. Breitenstein, Topeka, Nov. 5, 2012 Robert “Bob” E. Brior, Forks Township, PA, April 5, 2011 Ellis R. Brockman, Mount Pleasant, MI, Feb. 28, 2011 Ron L. Brown, Louisville, KY, Feb. 4, 2011 James L. Bull, Montgomery, TX, Feb. 14, 2011 Edna F. (Dunfield) Bullock, Pearland, TX, March 26, 2012 Paul L. Burris, Emporia, Sept. 2, 2012 Glenn E. Cafer, Topeka, Dec. 24, 2011 Samuel E. Calderwood, Topeka, June 23, 2012 Gae W. Canfield, San Rafael, CA, July 28, 2011 Terry L. (Riffel) Carlson, Topeka, March 11, 2012 Naomi W. Carpenter, Wichita, July 14, 2011 Park W. Carter, Eureka, June 3, 2011 Mary E. (Houk) Chalker, Moran, June 11, 2007 Stephen W. Clemments, Greenacres, FL, Oct. 29, 2011 Helen M. (Woodworth) Coffman, Emporia, Sept. 22, 2012 Audrey (Bauernschmidt) Cook, Topeka, May 8, 2012 Mary T. (O’Neil) Cuadra, Emporia, July 30, 2012 Ruth H. Dace, Saint Louis, MO, April 7, 2012 Arthur “Paul” Dennis, Topeka, Oct. 27, 2012 Gary R. Doornbos, Leon, July 9, 2011 Edna M. (Rutledge) Dufur, Lennox, SD, Oct. 27, 2011 Frank Dunn, Hot Springs, AR, April 12, 2011 Martha L. (Born) Eder, Topeka, April 21, 2012 Everett O. Edwards, Jr., South Hutchinson, June 3, 2011 Ruth L. (Schwab) Edwards, Hamilton, May 25, 2012 26

FALL 2012

David M. Evans, Emporia, Oct. 30, 2012 *Julie G. Frisbie, Grantville, Feb. 13, 2012 Mildred “Midge” E. (Mast) Gabler, Topeka, May 17, 2012 Frank D. Gaines, Hamilton, Dec. 25, 2011 Leona F. Gaultney, Emporia, March 12, 2012 Perley D. Geiger, Uniontown, July 6, 2011 Fredrick “Jack” Gibson, College Station, TX, July 26, 2011 Peggy R. (Engeman) Gnegy, Liberty, MO, July 22, 2011 James D. Goodpaster, Adair, OK, Aug. 20, 2011 Nita B. Gothard, Fort Worth, TX, Oct. 6, 2011 Mary B. Gunn, Great Bend, April 6, 2011 Gale F. Haag, Holton, Sept. 17, 2012 Leonard W. Hanks, Shawnee, July 25, 2011 Laverne C. Harold, Falls Church, VA, Feb. 22, 2012 Bobbie W. Hill, Burrton, May 6, 2011 Nellie M. (Knox) Holdeman, Mulvane, Sept. 8, 2011 Jessie “Jean” (Naylor) Hollern, Emporia, May 21, 2012 Warren J. Horton, Emporia, May 9, 2012 Maxine (Wright) Jernberg, Cody, WY, April 26, 2011 Emery Johns, Edina, MN, Aug. 10, 2011 Robert “Bob” S. Johnson, Emporia, Oct. 11, 2012 Ida “Tooie” (Lehnherr) Jones, Lake Kahola, March 8, 2012 Virgil D. Jones, Bonner Springs, Feb. 12, 2011 Dr. Thomas L. Keefe, Richmond, KY, Aug. 11, 2011 Doris L. (Bender) Keim, Mulvane, Oct. 8, 2012 William “Bill” R. Kellogg, Drumright, OK, Jan. 2, 2012 SMSGT (Ret.) Richard C. Kreutler, New Braunfels, TX, Jan. 10, 2011 *Judith (Cook) Lacey, Lawrence, March 6, 2012 Clara (Ohlhausen) Lee, Leavenworth, July 9, 2011

Mildred E. (Gibson) Leffler, Americus, Nov. 9, 2012 *Lucky E. Lillieqvist, Pratt, Aug. 8, 2012 Kathleen M. (Cannon) Listrom, Hot Springs, AR, Nov. 9, 2012 Dolores J. Lyda, Trinidad, CO, Dec. 9, 2011 Ruth (Dickson Symmonds) Lyddane, Admire, Jan. 18, 2012 Richard J. Massieon, Seneca, March 25, 2012 Leah O. (Uhlrig) Mast, Carlotta, CA, Sept. 14, 2012 Veron G. Mauk, Douglass, June 29, 2011 Clifford S. Maze, Atchison, April 15, 2011 Everett J. McAdams, Peck, Oct. 14, 2011 William E. McCall, Orlando, FL, Dec. 9, 2011 Jack E. McClaskey, Girard, April 5, 2012 Elmer A. McConnell, Wellsville, Sept. 24, 2011 *Imogene “Imo” (Dunn) McCosh, Emporia, Sept. 14, 2012 Margaret K. McElderry, Manhattan, NY, Feb. 14, 2011 William “Joe” J. McFarland, Topeka, Jan. 27, 2012 George H. Mechtley, Emporia, Aug. 25, 2012 Byron D. Menke, Cottonwood Falls, May 24, 2012 Marvin “Marv” S. Moberly, Emporia, June 13, 2012 Herbert “Herb” L. Moerer, Emporia, June 29, 2012 Nancy L. (Keaton) Moore, Desoto, Sept. 20, 2011 Mildred L. Nelson, Beloit, July 12, 2011 Aloysius “Ollie” L. Nemec, Topeka, March 3, 2012 John L. Noordsy, Marion, SD, Sept. 30, 2011 Charles “Richard” O’Brien, Neosho, MO, June 11, 2011 Hazel “Tommy” I. Orton, Rosalia, March 22, 2011 Charles “Dan” D. Palmateer, Blue Rapids, Oct. 14, 2012 Kathryn L. (Prosser) Perkins, Emporia, Feb. 5, 2012

Marilyn J. (Goodrich) Peterson, Olathe, Aug. 22, 2011 *William “Buck” E. Ramsey, Escondido, CA, July 20, 2012 *Marilyn J. (Timmons) Reynolds, Fredonia, May 27, 2012 Leah C. (Maas) Rice, Milwaukee, WI, May 5, 2011 Geraldine L. Riddle, Emporia, Sept. 28, 2012 Agnes “Bernice” (Anderson) Rider, Emporia, March 3, 2012 John A. Schmitz, Centralia, July 29, 2012 Vivian B. Seal, Douglass, March 18, 2011 Bruce O. Selby, Colby, April 17, 2011 Donald G. Sheed, Jr., Lake Quivira, May 17, 2012 Marion Shubert, Council Grove, Jan. 5, 2011 Becky A. (Wilkins) Sill, Emporia, Nov. 3, 2012 Otis H. Smith, Wichita, June 2, 2012 Phyllis B. Smith, Hutchinson, Sept. 14, 2011 Kenneth “Ken” L. Soltesz, Jacksboro, TN, Sept. 20, 2012 William “Bill” G. Sparks, III, Topeka, Jan. 17, 2012 Blanche (Brobeil) Spaulding, North Newton, June 25, 2011 *Walter “Walt” E. Spencer, Emporia, July 18, 2012 Arline (Miller) Stoppel, Wilson, April 30, 2011 Carl “Pete” T. Strecker, Salina, March 22, 2012 David W. Stueder, Claflin, Sept. 15, 2011 John “Jack” Sullivan, Olathe, April 19, 2012 *Ronnie “Ron” K. Swint, Emporia, March 17, 2012 Nancy A. Toms, Emporia, March 23, 2012 Bruce E. Waymire, Ottawa, April 3, 2012 Howard “Duke” D. Weaver, Berryton, June 21, 2012 Neva C. (Phelps) Westerman, Ellsworth, Oct. 30, 2011 Henry “Tom” T. Whitaker, Emporia, Oct. 19, 2012 Faye E. (Herbert) Wild, Lodi, CA, April 15, 2012

Helen V. Woods, Emporia, April 30, 2012 Joseph “Joe” H. Worl, New Braunfels, TX, Sept. 2, 2011 Harold “Lee” Yates, Silver Lake, March 6, 2012 Julia “Julie” A. Younger, Saint Joseph, MO, July 24, 2011 Orlando “Landy” Zweimiller, Manhattan, Feb. 25, 2011


Janet (Whitney) Anderson (1979), Poulsbo, WA, March 13, 2011 Virginia “Ginger” L. (Dickey) Archuleta (1983), Colorado Springs, CO, Oct. 7, 2012 Rebecca L. (Giles) Armountrout (2010), Atchison, Sept. 18, 2011 Nadine J. (Bitler) Dabbs (1948), Oklahoma City, OK, June 7, 2011 Steven “Steve” P. Deiter (1976), Sabetha, Oct. 21, 2012 Morton W. Flaming (1965), North Newton, Oct. 15, 2012 Frances B. (Nuessen) Gilman (1980), Madison, Jan. 11, 2012 David W. Glenn (2000), Emporia, Dec. 31, 2011 Marie E. (Kramer) Goldsmith (1940), Sabetha, Jan. 12, 2012 Arthur “Art” J. Haag (1958), Wichita, Nov. 3, 2012 Virginia M. (Mouse) Haasis (1942), Emporia, Dec. 28, 2011 Robert “Bob” D. Hensley (1979), Council Grove, Oct. 26, 2012 Wayne E. Herrick (1985), Emporia, Dec. 30, 2011 Boyd V. Higgins, Jr. (1951), Hutchinson, March 26, 2012 Harry N. Himbury (1936), Nashville, IL, Jan. 29, 2011 *Glendon S. Iverson (1977), Emporia, July 6, 2012 Douglas “Doug” L. Jackson (1979), Strong City, May 14, 2012 Marie F. (Bergman) Jantz (1934), Newton, May 24, 2012 James “J.T.” T. Johnson (1979), Leavenworth, April 2, 2012 Denise S. (Hunt) Kaff (1998), Overbrook, June 13, 2012 Monica (Jackson) King (2011), Topeka, May 16, 2012

Donald W. Knopf (1964), Peoria, IL, Dec. 15, 2011 Richard “Keith” Lawton (1937), Lawrence, Aug. 17, 2012 Charlotte L. (Lugrand) Lee (1988), Emporia, Jan. 21, 2012 Orpha G. (Remer) Macha (1951), Chesterfield, MO, Jan. 5, 2012 Mary A. (White) McClenny (1941), Emporia, Jan. 19, 2012 Beverly “Bev” (Harnden) McQuin (1950), Kingman, July 7, 2011 Kitty K. (Cornelius) Mills (1990), Tucson, AZ, May 27, 2012 Edward “Eddie” A. Mura (1965), Overland Park, Aug. 27, 2012 Jane S. (Pierson) Padilla (1954), Pembroke Pines, FL, Sept. 1, 2012 Dorothy L. (Marcellus) Peak (1983), Emporia, Oct. 15, 2012 Vera L. (Drummond) Pierce (2000), Emporia, July 20, 2012 Paul L. Plummer (1978), Seattle, WA, Oct. 6, 2012 Lenora “Helen” (Moser) Proctor (1951), Holton, May 3, 2012 Jacqueline “Jackie” (Simmons) Robidou (1982), Americus, June 21, 2012 Ginger G. (Griesel) Sanchez (1982), Parker, CO, Oct. 9, 2011 Margery M. (Miller) Scovel (1940), Silver City, NM, March 8, 2012 David E. Siska (1980), Liberty, MO, June 29, 2012 Gladys A. (Peters) Smith (1930), Tempe, AZ, Jan. 9, 2011 Daniel P. Snyder (1977), Lyons, Jan. 7, 2012 Clifford E. Stewart (1989), Emporia, Feb. 6, 2012 Sean P. Thomson (1978), Wellsville, Dec. 31, 2011 Michael T. Van Gundy (1968), Emporia, July 10, 2011 Helen E. (Kidd) Webb (1980), Emporia, June 26, 2012 Wesley “Cullen” Wells, Sr. (2001), Derby, Jan. 14, 2011 Joyce A. (Wilson) Wempe (1994), Emporia, Oct. 29, 2012 Glenn N. Williams (2007), Emporia, July 15, 2012 *Memorial established at ESU Foundation. 27

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John (BA ’46-Mathematics, MS ’56-Mathematics) and Venda (ALND ’41) Doxon, Emporia, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on September 2, 2012. Mr. Doxon passed away in November 2012.


Daniel Austin, Ph.D., BS ’58-Social Science) is the author of “Baseball’s Last Great Scout: The Life of Hugh Alexander,” published by the University of Nebraska Press. Marilyn (Mellies) Feasel (FS) and Gary Feasel (BSE ’58-Physical Education, MS ’62-Physical Education), La Grande, OR, celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in August 2012. Gary coached track and cross country at Eastern Oregon University and is a member of the Eastern Oregon University Athletic Hall of Fame (coach). Marilyn is a retired early childhood educator at Eastern Oregon University.

Bill Freeman (BSE ’53-Biology), LeRoy, received the Pride of Kansas Award from the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. Freeman is one of the most successful high school football coaches in Kansas and is also a member of the Emporia State University Athletics Hall of Honor. Delores Bates-Romeo (BS ’50-Music), San Diego, CA, has been accepted for the 2013 editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in American Women, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in Education. Stan (BSE ’57-Biology, MS ’59-Biology) and Jan (BSE ’62-Biology) Roth, Lawrence, were honored Oct. 7, 2012, as the namesakes of a nature trail at the KU Field Station northeast of Lawrence. The Stan and Janet Roth Nature Trail commemorate the learning opportunities the couple has helped provide for student and community groups. Robert Wimmer (MS ’55-Biology), Winfield, received Southwestern College’s Servant Leader award in November, 2012. In addition to celebrating Wimmer’s award, Southwestern College marked establishment of the Robert Wimmer Chair in Biology at the college. He taught at southwestern College from 1959-1996.


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Mike Bowman (BSE ’68-Physical Education), Hudson, NY, was recently presented the Scoutmaster of the Year award at the Manikan District Annual Award Recognition Luncheon. Bowman is the scoutmaster for Troop 121, which won the Gold Award for Troop Excellence in the Scouting’s Journey for Excellence program. Pete Clarke (BSB ’64-Business Administration), Kingswood, TX, was inducted in the Sewanhaka High School (Floral Park, NY) Hall of Fame. Dean and Betty Edson (BSE ’62-Social Sciences, MS ’65-Educational Administration), Topeka, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 17, 2012. Larry Eisenhauer (BSE ’68-Social Sciences), Des Moines, IA, has been a judge on the Iowa Court of Appeals

since 2001 and in February 2012 was elected by the other members of the court as Chief Judge. Bob and Patricia Jennings (MS ’64-Elementary Education), Topeka, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on August 20, 2012. Myron “Mike” and Karen Lietz (BSB ’60-Business Administration), Topeka, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on October 21, 2012. Clyde Martin (BSE ’65-Mathematics), Lubbock, TX, was one of 13 accepted into a year-long appointment with the U.S. Department of State as a Jefferson Fellow. Martin has become the first mathematician/statistician accepted into the program. Jerry and Karen (York) Middlebusher (BSE ’60-Business Education), Daphne, AL, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 2, 2012. Louis (BSE ’63-Mathematics, MS ’67-Mathematics) and Karen (Wise) (BSE ’63-Elementary Education, MS ’66-Educational Administration) Oard, Coffeyville, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on September 8, 2012. Guy Oldfield (BA ’63-Physical Science), Lusby, MA, is the senior plant health physicist at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. He plans to retire in 2013 and either return to his home in Burr Oak, KS, or sail to Puerto Rico. Ron and Elaine Osborn (BA ’69-Mathematics), Emporia, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 31, 2012. Raymond (BSB ’61-Business Administration) and Loretta (BSE ’61-Elementary Education) Rentfro, Marion, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 1, 2012. Jerry Stephens (FS), Independence, MO, retired after 29 years as controller for Kaw Roofing and Sheet Metal, Inc. in Kansas City, KS. Max “Vern” and Kay (Cantrell) Stephens (BSE ’61-Elementary Education), Topeka, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 5, 2012. Stephen Twidwell (BSE ’69-Biology), San Marcos, TX, recently retired as an aquatic biologist for the State of

Texas after working 41 years. In his tenure, Stephen sampled most of the major rivers, lakes, and estuaries in Texas and worked extensively in the Gulf of Mexico. He was instrumental in establishing regional biological criteria, conducted numerous biological studies, and used biological assessment techniques to resolve water quality issues. Duane (BSB ’62-Business Administration) and Ellen (Thomson) (BSE ’63-Business Education, MS ’72-Library Science) Watts, Emporia, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 22, 2012.


Glen (BSE ’71-Biology, MS ’73-Biology), Ph.D., and Janell (BS ’71-Special Education) Andrews, Olathe, are winners of the EPA’s Citizen Excellence in Community Involvement award. Shirley Claas (BSE ’71-Elementary Education, MS ’91-Curriculum & Instruction), Seneca, retired from USD 451 after 41 years in education in the B&B-Baileyville school system. Steve and Faith (Bond) Coleman (MS ’76-Curriculum & Instruction), Emporia, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on October 14, 2012. Emery and Judy (Stevens) Corbett (MLS ’70-Library Science), Topeka, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 24, 2012. Dr. Jackie Glasgow (BSE ’74-Special Education), Wellington, retired as assistant superintendent of USD 353 after 37 years in education all in Wellington. Bob Gress (BA ’74-Biology, MS ’76-Biology), Wichita, retired as the director of the Great Plains Nature

Center. He helped shape its concept and mission, plan the building, and design the exhibits, and for more than three decades, he has introduced thousands of Kansans to every bird, mammal, reptile, and amphibian the Sunflower State has to offer. William (Bill) Harder, Jr. (BSB ’70-Management), Lincoln, NE, received the 2012 Ray Boller Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Sport of Skeet from the National Skeet Shooting Association’s Hall of Fame. Brian Hughes (BSB ’70-Business Administration), Plano, TX, is the vice president of Client Operations for RealPage, Inc. in Dallas, TX. He and his wife, Mary, have been married for 41 years. Sandy (Kramer) Lewis (BSE ’79-Elementary Education), Garnett, has been named as a 2012 Teacher of the Year recipient. She has been a teacher for 19 years in the Anderson County School District. Michael Manning (BA ’71-Psychology), Paradise Valley, AZ, has been selected as one of the 2012 Top Lawyers by AZ Business Magazine’s Ranking Arizona. For more than 25 years, Manning has been considered one of the country’s leading lawyers. Paul and Peggy (Griebat) Marmet (MS ’77-Physical Education), Topeka, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 16, 2012. Randy Scott (BS ’79-Chemistry), Los Altos Hill, CA, has been named the CEO of Genomic Health, Inc.’s new subsidiary and remains a Genomic Health Board member. Denise Scribner (BSE ’75-Physical Education), Wichita, was named one of the 18 national winners of the 2012 Presidential 29

Innovation Award for Environmental Educators by The White House Council on Environmental Quality and the EPA. She was also selected as one of the 24 teachers nationwide to travel to Japan to participate in the Fulbright Japan U.S. Teacher Exchange for Education for Sustainable Development in JuneJuly 2012. William (Bill) Sullivan (BSE ’72-Elementary Education), Bonner Springs, has retired from KDOT on April 1, 2011. Leonard Unruh (BA ’70-Chemistry), Maumelle, AR, retired from the FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research in December 2011.



Sue Buckley (BSB ’80-Business Administration, MS ’82-Counselor Education), Topeka, received the American Business Women’s Association Top Ten Business Women of the Year award. Buckley is vice president of sales at Dynamic Computer Solutions, Inc. Jim (BSB ’80-Business Administration) and Beverly (Howard) Dillman (MS ’87-Master Teacher), Emporia, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 16, 2012. Stuart and Barbara (Praeger) Ervay (MS ’87-Curriculum & Instruction), Emporia, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on September 16, 2012. Jeff Kohlman (BSE ’84-Physical Education), Lyndon, accepted the position of superintendent and kindergarten through sixth grade


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principal for Chase County Public Schools. Kenton E. Russell (BGS ’89-General Studies), Ellis, is professor of justice studies at Fort Hays State University. In 2011-12, he received FHSU’s Man of Merit Award and Honoring Our Professors Award. Dave Schramm (BFA ’85-Speech), San Francisco, CA, earned his Doctorate of Education degree from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2012. He currently serves on the faculty at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where he teaches a variety of communication courses.

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Carolyn (Holland) Cole (BSE ’94-English), Emporia, was recognized for her commitment to technology education and student learning with the Goodheart-Willcox State Advisor of the Year Award that was presented at the Technology Student Association National TSA Conference in June 2012. Jennifer (Mader) Dean (BS ’98-Biology), Garnett, was promoted to director of Environmental Studies and Permitting at TradeWind Energy, LLC in December 2011.

Marcie Dawn (Garst) Faust (BSE ’94-Elementary Education), Wellington, received the 2011 Kansas School Counselor Association’s School Counselor of the Year Award and was a finalist in the 2012 Kansas Counselor Association’s Counselor of the Year Award. She was voted presidentelect of the Kansas School Counselor Association and is in the running for the American School Counselor Association’s Counselor of the Year Award.

Lynette (Peters) Fredrickson (BSB ’91-Marketing), Concordia, was promoted to assistant vice president of the Elk State Bank. Dr. Rishelle “Shelly” (Meyer) Greenlee (BS ’03-Biology), Suffolk, VA, completed her 4-year residency in OB/GYN at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and was sent to Okinawa, Japan, in July 2012. Kyle Griffitts (BSE ’93- Social Sciences), Salina, was hired as principal at Cottonwood Elementary School. Ginger Hamilton (BSE ’92-Mathematics), Hays, was selected as a NASA Endeavor Fellow. Jill (Atkinson) Lachenmayr (BSE ’92-Elementary Education), North Newton, is the new assistant superintendent for Academic Affairs for USD 385. Cameron A. Leiker (BS ’90-Economics), Fort Eustis, VA, was promoted to Colonel of the U.S. Army in May 2012. In June 2012, he graduated from the National Defense University/ Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C., with a Masters in National Security Strategy and Resource Management. His current assignment is the Director of Human Capital Enterprise at the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. Angela Ryan-Davis (BSE ’95-Elementary Education, MS ’07-Early Childhood Education), Emporia, received the Kansas Special Education Professional of the Year Award by the Kansas Council for Exceptional Children. Alisa Snavely, CPA (BSB ’96-Accounting), Topeka, was nominated for the AICPA/KSCPA 2012 “Women to Watch” award. Snavely is the tax director at Bierberich Trahan & Co., P. A. in Topeka. Sgt. Mark Summey (BSB ’03-Business Administration, MS ’07-Instructional Design/Technology), Emporia, now works at Emporia State University’s

Technology and Computer Services after 31 years of service with the Emporia Police Department. Nancy (Wagner) Taylor (MS ’91-Counselor Education), Fountain Hills, AZ, retired from USD 450-Shawnee Heights Middle School in May 2011 after 33 total years of service. Troy Thrasher (BSE ’94-Physical Education), Hutchinson, became the all-time, winningest coach in Brown Mackie College’s history this year. He is the head women’s basketball coach at BMC. Shannon Stewart Wedel (BSE ’95Art), Great Bend, has been named Outstanding Elementary Art Educator of the Year 2012-2013. Wedel teaches art at Lincoln Elementary School in Great Bend.


Brent Baker (BSE ’01-Elementary Education, MS ’07-Educational Administration), Topeka, received the 2012 Elementary Teacher of the Year Award from the Auburn-Washburn USD 437 District. Michele Burke (MLS ’06-Library Science), Salem, OR, was named one of Library Journal’s 53 “Movers and Shakers 2012” for shaping the future of libraries. Burke is a reference librarian for Chemeketa Community College in Salem. Dorian Burnette (MS ’02-Physical Science), Memphis, TN, is a tenuretrack assistant professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Memphis. Brett Bruner (BSB ’06-Business Administration), Hays, is the new Director of Persistence & Retention at Fort Hays State University. Robert “Chris” Childers (BSE ’02-Chemistry and Social Sciences, BS ’02-History, MA ’04-History), Pittsburg, had his first book, The Failure of Popular Sovereignty: Slavery, Manifest Destiny, and the Radicalization of Southern Politics, published by the University Press of Kansas in the fall of 2012.

Kari (Bailey) Crump (BSB ’04-Marketing), Emporia, opened the retail store, Studio 11 LLC, in 2010. Ryan Diehl (BA ’04-English & History, MA ’07-English), Hutchinson, was named 2012 Dragon Educator of the Year at Hutchinson Community College. Diehl received the same honor in 2011, and has been an English composition and literature instructor at HCC since 2007. David Grover (MS ’00-Educational Administration), Cheney, was named the superintendent in USD 268-Cheney. Brady W. Hanson (BS ’07-Biology), Phoenix, AZ, earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in May 2012. He has begun a residency in family medicine with Banner Good Samaritan Family Clinic in Phoenix. Jim Howard (MS ’08-Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Administration), Scott City, is the new Scott City Middle School principal. Cindy (Steve) Johnson (BSE ’00-Business Education, MS ’03-Instructional Design/Technology), Leavenworth, received the 2010 Kansas Business Educator of the Year Award, the 2011 Mountain-Plains Business Educator of the Year Award for the ninestate region, and the 2012 Secondary Business Teacher of the Year Award at the National Business Education Association national convention. Jerome Johnson (BME ’00-Music), Leavenworth, was named the 2011 Employee of the Year Award for the McLouth School District-USD 342. Aundrellius R. Kerr (BSB ’09-Marketing), Olathe, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. Sarah Phillips (BFA ’05-Communication), College Station, TX, is the current director of Institutional Advancement at Texas A&M Health Science Center – College of Nursing. Benjamin Pilat (BFA ’05-Theater), Venice, CA, is a new Lighting Design faculty member at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA.

Cierra Sauls (BS ’09-Psychology), Johnson City, TN, received her Master of Arts degree in School Counseling from East Tennessee State University in December 2011. And in March 2012, she became a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and began working for Youth Villages, Inc. as a family counselor. Melissa (Boeckel) Sellers (BSE ’05Art, BFA ’05-Art), Olathe, received her Master of Arts degree in Studio Art and Photography from UMKC. She is currently in her sixth year of teaching digital photography at Olathe East High School. Jessica Stewart (BSE ’09-Health Education & Physical Education), Wichita, was honored as the 2011-2012 Kansas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance’s Young Professional of the Year Award. Sara Tincknell-Dreisbach (BIS ’02-Online Integrated Studies), Cherryvale, has been selected as the online learning coordinator for Allen Community College’s Iola Campus in Iola, KS. Justin Whitworth (BIS ’07-Integrated Studies), Kansas City, graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in May 2012. Kate Wise (MLS ’08-Library Science), Salina, was honored with the 2012 Kansas Library Association’s Presidential Award for New Professionals. Christine Yates (BS ’07-Psychology), Wichita, was accepted to the Virginia Commonwealth University Ph.D. program in Health Related Sciences with a concentration in Hospital Administration and Outcomes Research.



From the President Thank you for reading this edition of Spotlight. I hope you enjoyed catching up with what’s happening on the Emporia State campus as well as with your fellow alumni throughout the Hornet Nation. As we move toward 2013, we are excited to celebrate our sesquicentennial — 150 years of changing lives. I hope you will be able to join us Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, for our Founders’ Day lunch and our 150th Gala Event. GO HORNETS!

Michael D. Shonrock, Ph.D. President

Daniel O’Connell (BS ’10-Athletic Training, MS ’12-Health, Physical Education, and Recreation), Lawrence, is the new assistant athletic trainer at Baker University. Jamie Cornelsen (MS ’11-Early Childhood Education), Hays, opened the Amazing Grace Preschool at Cross Point Church in Hays. Austin Klumpe (MS ’11-Business Education), Belton, TX, has been named assistant coach with the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s women’s basketball team. Rebecca Ventola (MS ’11-Elementary Education), Clover, SC, is the new kindergarten teacher at Ivybrook Academy in Fort Mill, SC.


Bradley Rice and Jennifer Highberger (BSE ’05), July 17, 2010 Eric Brown (BS ’11) and Ashley Hill (CS), June 4, 2011 Will Braune and Cara Wadsworth (BSE ’07, MS ’09), June 18, 2011 Jacob McFarlane (BSE ’11) and Katherine Blaes, July 23, 2011 Wesley Williamson (BS ’02) and Kathryn Cory, October 9, 2011 Jason Chan and Sheila O’Keeffe (BSE ’03), October 25, 2011 Lucas Cole (BA ’00) and Jennifer Maris (BS ’04), November 12, 2011 James Plunkett (BS ’04) and Niki Morris, December 11, 2011 Abraham Morales (BSB ’11) and Lindsay Whitmore (BS ’08), April 21, 2012 Nicholas Guffey (BFA ’09) and Emily Thomas (BSE ’09), April 28, 2012

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Brett Wright and Nicole Gannon (BSB ’09), April 28, 2012 Cassidy Anderson (BS ’09) and Cameo Felipe (FS), May 11, 2012 Paul Mose (CS) and Melissa East (BFA ’10), May 18, 2012 Kent Otto and Kelsey Bravi (BSE ’12), May 25, 2012 Nicholas Wellington and Michelle McHenry (BIS ’09), May 26, 2012 Brian Dorsey (BSB ’08) and Whitney Sims, May 27, 2012 Aaron Crumb (CS) and Carrie Hurlocker (CS), June 2, 2012 Casey Finlayson (BS ’11) and Sally Boyce (BS ’12), June 2, 2012 Daniel Tush (MS ’07) and Rachael Lane (BS ’09), June 3, 2012 Kyle Leclair and Janet Cope (BS ’02, MS ’04), June 9, 2012 Scott Aligo and Sarah Phillips (BFA ’05), June 29, 2012 Michael Fairchild and Amy Rowland (BA ’06), June 30, 2012 Benjamin Cigich and Kathleen Wayland (BSE ’06), June 30, 2012 Jesse Liggett (BIS ’12) and Katherine “Kitty” Evans (MS ’03), July 4, 2012

Matthew Christian (BA ’05) and Jessica Stewart (BSE ’09), engaged, wedding planned for November 2, 2013

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School of Business celebrates AACSB reaccreditation

Thanks for your service


ovember’s annual Emporia State Foundation Board of Trustees meeting was also a time to recognize the service of six trustees whose terms expire in 2012. Named as trustees emeritus were (left to right) John Summervill (BSE ’62, MS ’63), Hutchinson; George Breidenthal (BA ’72), Kansas City; Art Bloomer (BSE ’55, BSE ’55), Wichita; and Laura McAntee (BSE ’48, MS ’61), Emporia. Not pictured: Mark Brady (BS ’85) and Bill Freeman (BSE ’53).


mporia State’s School of Business took its show on the road this summer and fall to celebrate the school’s Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business reaccreditation. The School of Business and Emporia State’s Alumni Association teamed up to host receptions in Kansas City, Topeka, Wichita and Emporia. Among those attending the event at Wichita’s Intrust Arena were (left to right) Don Edwards (BSB ’53), Gary (BSE ’63, MS ’69) and Susan Parks, and Willa Edwards.


ot only was the casino theme a perfect tie-in for this fall’s Homecoming celebration, it also proved popular with guests at the post-game reception at Sauder Alumni Center.

Less than five percent of all schools of business worldwide hold AACSB accreditation, a hallmark of excellence.

“All In” for Homecoming

Trying their luck at the blackjack table were Marion Stuart (BSE ’47, MS ’66), Clay Center, and David Welch, Emporia.

On the Boulevard


ansas City-area Hornets find the city’s Boulevard Brewery a popular spot for alumni events, and this fall’s gathering was no exception. Among those showing Hornet spirit (while possibly sampling some Boulevard spirit as well) were (clockwise from front) Matt (BS ’93, MS ’95) and Leslie (BFA ’93) Holstin, Olathe; Tiffany (BSE ’98, MS ’07) and Jason (BSB ’95) Fanning, Olathe; and Linda (BSE ’72) and D. W. (BA ’72) Donahoo, Overland Park. 33

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