School of Business - Year in Review

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Greetings from Emporia State University. It is my pleasure to be your Dean of the School of Business. I was appointed Dean in June 2016, so this Year in Review and its success was led by Dr. John Rich, the Interim Dean. Dr. Rich and I are proud of our students, faculty, and alumni and their many accomplishments. Our School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). We have been working diligently for our upcoming reaccreditation in February 2017.


My goal as Dean is for our School of Business to provide students with the life-changing experiences (in and out of the classroom) that prepare them for their future. We know you will enjoy learning about our accomplishments and meeting our students, faculty, and alumni. I look forward to the opportunity to see you on campus or at one of our events.



Ed Bashaw, PhD School of Business Dean and Jones Distinguished Professor

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Beta Gamma Sigma

Initiation and School of Business Scholarship Reception


The School of Business had the opportunity to recognize its donors, scholarship recipients, and Beta Gamma Sigma initiates at receptions in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016. Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) is the highest international business school honor society available only to those at AACSB accredited institutions. In 2015–16, BGS inducted 18 members into their chapter, including former Interim President Jackie Vietti, President Allison Garrett, Gary Allerheiligen, and Tony Forcum. Over 200 School of Business scholarship recipients were invited to attend this event, illustrating the extensive network of community, alumni, and faculty donors that join to make student education possible. Students receiving the Distinguished Business Scholarship, the Preston Scholarship, and the Reeble Scholarship were recognized on stage for their accomplishments. Mr. Gary Allerheiligen (BSB ’70, pictured below, left) served as the keynote speaker for the afternoon, touching on his 40 years of experience in public accounting and the importance of standing out as an ethical leader.

BGS: Best in Business Congratulations to the Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter for being the “best in business” and qualifying for Highest Honors Chapter for the 2015–16 academic year from Beta Gamma Sigma Global Headquarters. This status is indicative of a campus where academic excellence is valued and where the faculty officers of the chapter work diligently to enhance Beta Gamma Sigma’s stature on campus.




I had a great experience at Emporia State University as a student-athlete. I built lifelong friendships with my professors, teammates, and coaching staff. I can’t say enough about how supportive the Emporia community has been during my time at ESU.


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MIAA Male Student-Athlete of the Year BSB, Business Management, 2016

After rechartering the organization in 2012, the Emporia State University chapter of Blue Key Honor Society has worked fervently to recreate the quality of leadership and service to which its membership has historically been devoted. Blue Key members have committed to annual recognition of campus leaders and their contributions as well as the development of new leadership initiatives that instill the best values onto students of the University. Blue Key membership is open to the top juniors and seniors that have established dominant credibility in scholarship, leadership, and service. On April 27, 2016, Blue Key Honor Society formally introduced their new members for 2016. Of the seven inducted, three were from the School of Business:

Cortez Gray

Major: Computer Science Minors: Math & Information Systems

Elvira Avdeyeva

Major: Business Administration Concentrations: Marketing & Communication and Sales Management

Luke Palmer

Majors: Accounting & Information Systems

CAPITOL FEDERAL S C H O L A R S The 2015–16 Capitol Federal Scholars were introduced on December 1, 2015, during the annual Capitol Federal Scholars luncheon at Emporia State’s Sauder Alumni Center. Since the program was established in 2002, Capitol Federal Foundation has given almost $600,000 in scholarships to Emporia State. The Capitol Federal Scholars program recognizes high-achieving students within Emporia State University’s School of Business. Emporia State was the first of seven Kansas higher education institutions to partner with Capitol Federal Foundation in a scholarship program preparing business students for the challenges of the future. Foundation Chairman John Dicus, Foundation President Tammy Dishman, and members of the Foundation Trustees traveled to Emporia for this annual celebration. “We love getting to know the students and hearing how the scholarships impact them,” explained John Dicus, Foundation Trustee and Chairman, President, & CEO of Capital Federal Savings Bank. Additionally, since 2013, the Capitol Federal Athletic Scholars Fund has awarded scholarships to outstanding student-athletes.

BRENT WILSON Business management major, Brent Wilson, was not only successful in the classroom, but achieved many accolades on the football field as well. Wilson was the recipient of the prestigious Ken B. Jones Award as the MIAA Male Student-Athlete of the Year. This was the eighth year an Emporia State student-athlete earned the award and the second Hornet football player. The award, in its 23rd year, is named in honor of Ken B. Jones, who served as the MIAA’s first full-time commissioner for 16 years. Wilson is the sixth Hornet male to be named a finalist and the second winner. Wilson also finished fourth in the balloting (as one of eight finalists from across the country) for the Harlon Hill Trophy after leading the Hornets to the NCAA National Quarterfinals. He was 337 of 521 for 4,244 yards and 40 touchdowns and added 316 rushing yards for 4,560 yards of total offense his senior year. He was ranked second in MIAA history on both single season passing and total offense. A three-time MIAA Offensive Player of the Week during the 2015 season, Wilson was ranked third in MIAA history in single season touchdown passes and fifth in single season passing yards and was third in MIAA history in single season total offense. Wilson was also named MIAA Offensive Player of the Year and a second-team Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-American. He is the first Hornet quarterback to be named at least second-team All-American in school history. He is the Emporia State school record holder in single game, single season and career passing yards, passing touchdowns, and total offense.

Wilson graduated in May 2016 as a business management major with a minor in information systems and a 3.74 cumulative GPA. He was on the Dean’s List for the School of Business. He earned D2 Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement Award, was an MIAA Scholar-Athlete, on the MIAA Academic Honor Roll, and the Emporia State Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. While at Emporia State, he was a member of Chi Alpha Chi Athletic Honor Society, the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, and Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership & Honors Organization. He earned the Emporia State School of Business Scholastic Achievement Award. Wilson was also a member of the Emporia State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and served as President of Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Emporia State. He helped with Laps for Landon, a fundraising effort for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He took part in the Tenth Annual Senior Prom and was a Logan Avenue Elementary School mentor.






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Phi Beta Lambda Chapter

Receives National Recognition and Places at State

KSCPA Member Value Day In October 2015, Emporia State accounting students joined a statewide event for students and professionals at the Kansas Society of CPAs Member Value Day. The Member Value Day allows KSCPA members and students to network in a non-recruiting setting, while sharing their excitement and passion for the field. This year the KSCPA Member Value Day hosted a record number of accounting students from around the state, prompting a special Student-CPA Connect event with the organization’s “20 up to 40” Leadership Program participants. Kayla Lansing, senior accounting student, was deeply impressed by the event saying, “My biggest takeaway from the day was that the accounting profession is actually growing younger. I found it great to see that there are so many other students aspiring to be CPAs, and it makes me even more hopeful for the future.”

In September 2015, ESU’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda completed the “Super Sweeps” challenge for national recognition. Phi Beta Lambda is the collegiate level of Future Business Leaders of America and Super Sweeps is a national program that encourages local chapters to increase membership and chapter participation. In early March 2016, Phi Beta Lambda members traveled to Sterling, Kansas, to compete at the 2016 State Conference. This year, six of the seven students that attended the conference placed within the top three for their events. Jacki Wallace and Zachary Graham placed first in the State conference for marketing concepts, organizational behavior, and leadership in personal finance presentations.

PI OMEGA PI Pi Omega Pi is the national Business Education honor society. The Emporia State University chapter was chartered in 1929 as the Mu chapter. The Mu chapter is the 12th chapter to be recognized nationally. The members pictured were inducted on April 21, 2016.



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Will Carey, accounting major who graduated in May 2016, interned with Dynamic Discs in Emporia. His primary responsibilities included billing tournament entrants, allocating shipping costs, and coordinating efforts with their Dallas location. When speaking to students seeking internships, Carey said, “Stay as involved as possible in student organizations and hold a leadership position. When asked about these organizations in an interview, students know exactly what their strengths and weaknesses are and are able to point to areas of growth.” Carey attributed much of his success to his active role in Beta Alpha Psi, Ambassadors, and his fraternity, Alpha Kappa Lambda. He acknowledged that developing the skills necessary for his internship weren’t always easy, saying, “It didn’t happen overnight, but was a process, including tough and happy times. I’ve pressed on through it all and am becoming a better leader for tomorrow.”

matt haefele A summer internship with Phillips 66 is taking Emporia State University graduate student Matt Haefele directly into a full-time job. Matt is studying for a Master of Accountancy and has been assigned to work in a new headquarters building completed in July. This was his second internship with Phillips 66. Haefele said that being very active in classes and on campus contributed immensely to his understanding in how to communicate and how to work with others, though he said there was a steep learning curve. Several class projects at Emporia State had refined his communications style, too, and the internship helped him improve significantly and to apply and refine what he had learned in classes. “A foundation of accounting and business was needed in order to begin to understand how Phillips 66 operated and how to do my job,” he explained. As inventory accounting analyst for the summer, Haefele reconciled inventory between statements and accounting books and tested new systems and processes being implemented for the group to which he had been assigned. He initially had thought that because he likes to be open to new opportunities, he might move on to new horizons as they present themselves. Now, he will consider them and perhaps put them aside. The internship solidified his desire for a career in accounting and helped him realize his strengths and passions.






BIZFEST U.S. NEWS RANKS EMPORIA STATE ONLINE GRADUATE PROGRAMS AMONG TOP KANSAS SCHOOLS Online graduate programs offered by Emporia State University have brought more accolades from U.S. News & World Report, which released its rankings for online programs in January 2016. Emporia State ranked No. 3 among Kansas colleges and universities for online MBA programs. Graduate degree programs offered online are popular especially with “place-bound” students who cannot attend on-campus classes because of job or family obligations, or distance, among other reasons. “Some may never set foot on campus until their graduation,” said Dr. Kathy Ermler, previous Dean of the Graduate School and Distance Education, “but we consider their successes just as important as our residential students.” Caleb Edelman, of Wichita knew he was ready to pursue a graduate degree after earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in management. He works as an accountant at Koch Industries, which offers a tuition reimbursement program. He was set to enroll in a traditional MBA program when wife Sarah shared exciting news—the couple soon would be parents. He realized that a full day of work followed by four hours of evening classes would be difficult. With a new baby’s sleep schedule factored in, Caleb could be perpetually exhausted. Online courses offered a better option.

“Emporia State was one of the top online programs that I found, and my mom is an Emporia State alum,” Edelman said of his choice. Edelman appreciated the flexibility of jumping on discussion boards at every opportunity. In fact, during Sarah’s early stages of labor, he tucked himself in a corner of the delivery room to access the discussion boards. Once baby Paisley was home from the hospital, he often hopped online while she was awake at night. “Even if I’m working on classwork from 6 to 10 at night, I can be here next to my wife in the same room,” Edelman said. “It’s great for work-school life-family balance.” He is set to graduate in May 2017.

“It’s great for work-school life-family balance.” –Caleb Edelman

Emporia State offers 11 graduate education programs online, including business education, accountancy, and the MBA program through the School of Business.

On August 25, 2015, over 250 students piled into Webb Hall to learn more about the School of Business at the 3rd Annual BizFest. Students took a passport and walked around Webb Hall to booths featuring student organizations, school resources, centers, and more. After grabbing some pizza, attendees took a seat and were welcomed by Interim President Jackie Vietti and Interim School of Business Dean Dr. John Rich. School of Business faculty and staff highlighted resources within the School, career opportunities, the Emporia Entrepreneurial Challenge, and upcoming activities for the Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics at Emporia State University. The event wrapped up with a performance from campus improv group, Zoiks!, and a drawing for prizes.




ETIQUETTE DINNER Honors Dr. John Rich held an etiquette dinner for his Professional Development and Leadership for Accounting Majors class. The dinner was sponsored by Tim Wright (BSB ‘86), School of Business alumnus, and was held in both Emporia and in Overland Park. Emporia High’s Future Business Leaders of America and their sponsor Jana Marstall were special guests for the Emporia event, while Linda Sinnett (BSB ‘79 and MBA ‘14) CFO at Design Resources, Inc., was the keynote speaker at Overland Park. Business etiquette is an important skill for young business graduates but may be difficult for a student to acquire on their own. During each event, June Coleman, Director of Career Services, provided students with tips and techniques that would be useful in a business type setting.

Banquet The School of Business Honors Banquet is a time to honor our outstanding students. We recognize our senior honor graduates, Outstanding Senior, Business Faculty Endowed Award recipient, and our Outstanding Graduate Student. Tony Forcum, distinguished alumni and Beta Gamma Sigma honorary member, was our guest speaker for the evening.


Anna Zimmerman

Distinguished Alumni & Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary Member Guest Speaker

Business Administration Outstanding School of Business Senior

Farhan Sadique

Kate Dorian

Marketing, minor in Management Business Faculty Endowed Student Scholarship Recipient

Business Education NBEA Award of Merit Recipient

June says, “Fine dining etiquette is critical to establishing one’s self as a top notch professional. Many companies include a luncheon or dinner as a part of the interview process, specifically to differentiate between candidates. It’s an important method for measuring professionalism when hiring.”

SENIOR HONOR GRADUATES Students designated “Honor” students by the School of Business must have earned a 3.5 or better cumulative grade-point average. Jaegeon An

Matthew Haefele

Madison Pendry

Bronte’ Bailey

Victoria Harmon

Brittany Rees

Dakota Belt

Jordan Hartman

Lindsay Rein

Ikbal Ben Gaied

Marcus Houghton

Tyler Rein


Chelsea Ingram

Victoria Soileau

Aaron Cherney

Joohee Jeon

Brock Squier

Daniel Claassen

Kristina Johnson

Shane Swink

Walker Davies

Bryan Jones

Casey Teichmann

Janessa Davis

Oscar Lemus

Jason Tetuan

Emily J. Davis

Yun Ma

Taner Thurman

Andrew Dickinson

Ann Maiwa

Alice Tunks-Jones

Haylee Eck

Payson Maydew

Brent Wilson

Dylan Geissert

Kayla Moore

Anna Zimmerman

Tawni Griffey

Nirav Patel






Business Students Compete at Emporia Entrepreneur Challenge The third annual Emporia Entrepreneurial Challenge (EEC), a venture idea competition for Emporia State University and Flint Hills Technical College students, was held last Spring with 37 teams submitting entries. The competition, which spans over several months, consisted of three rounds: a business proposal review, oral presentation, and community showcase. Teams were judged on concept, feasibility, market potential, business model, and understanding of competition. Separate from the Emporia Entrepreneur Challenge was the Elevator Challenge held on February 15. This challenge is an event that gives students a true experience of giving an elevator pitch to a possible investor. The “Best Idea” Award was won by Seth Akpovona, ESU Information Systems, and the “Best Pitch” award was won by Federico Rodriguez, ESU Communications (pictured bottom right). The Entrepreneur Challenge kicked off with judges reviewing submissions and nominating semifinalists, which were announced on March 4. Those teams were selected to move on to the semifinal round of the competition. Students had until early April to refine their big ideas and prepare for oral presentations. During this time, teams were encouraged to work with community resources for feedback and suggestions on their business plan. On March 22, the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a meet and greet for student teams and local business owners at Twin Rivers Wine and Gourmet Shoppe in downtown Emporia. Dr. Nathan Woolard, previous Assistant Professor in the School of Business, was the primary driver for this event since its inception in 2014. “We are seeing the level of quality and competition increase each year,” said Woolard. “Our hope is to grow beyond just a competition and become a community-wide group for aspiring entrepreneurs from all academic disciplines.” On April 4 and 5, 17 semifinalists had 15 minutes to pitch their final business plans to a panel of judges and answer a series of questions. Next, these teams from Flint Hills Technical College and Emporia State University participated in a Community Showcase on April 11, where they set up interactive booths for their concepts. This event was open to the public. Cash prizes were awarded to the top three teams: $2,500 for first, $1,500 for second, and $500 for third. The winner of the Emporia Entrepreneur Challenge was Megan Allen, founder of Nfusion, a small cosmetics business offering natural, herbal based remedies. She received a $2,500 cash prize. Allen participated in the Start Your Own Business class and is a graphic arts student at Flint Hills Technical College. Second place, and $1,500, was awarded to Ebrahim Kayali, ESU School of Business computer science major, for The Disabled Helper. This product is an IR circuit used to control campus doors by remote control by using a sensor that would automatically detect a wheelchair or walker, etc., making opening doors easier for students with disabilities. Karen Martinez, School of Business MBA student, won third place and $500 for her business concept, KATHI, a healthy café alternative serving natural juices and sandwiches. “The EEC brings students from different academic backgrounds together to explore entrepreneurship,” said Dr. John Rich, then Interim Dean and Professor of Accounting in the ESU School of Business. “The success of this event comes from the collaboration across campus, working together with our friends at Flint Hills Technical College, and a tremendous amount of community support.”




KANSAS BUSINESS HALL OF FAME 2016 Kansas Business Hall of Fame Inductees Chosen The Kansas Business Hall of Fame recognizes business leaders, who through their high standards of ethics, have added to the prestige and growth of Kansas. By identifying outstanding examples of business leadership, the Hall of Fame shares these stories of success and innovation through representative displays. Business leaders who are selected for the Hall of Fame are widely known for their contributions to Kansas and who clearly merit recognition as a historical figure. Recognition is given to historical contributors and present day leaders who have made private enterprise work so well in Kansas.

David L. Murfin

David L. Murfin accepted the 2016 Kansas Business Hall of Fame Contemporary Award. He was recognized as a businessman and philanthropist. Mr. Murfin is CEO of Murfin, Inc. whose interests include Murfin Drilling Company, Inc., a Kansas oil and gas production, exploration, and drilling company, and Murphy Tractor and Equipment Company, one of John Deere’s largest North American construction dealers. In 2012, David was recognized as “Hero of Industry” by the National Stripper Well Association. Frank and Matt Sabatini accepted the 2016 Kansas Business Hall of Fame Historical Award on behalf of Georgia Neese Gray. Georgia was recognized for banking, agriculture, and public service. Ms. Gray (1900­–1995) is best known for being the first woman United States Treasurer during the Truman Presidency. After her father passed away, she became the President of Richland Bank in 1938. She also managed the town’s general merchandise store. Georgia owned seven farms adding up to over 1,100 acres, which she managed for over 10 years. She is remembered by the Georgia Neese Gray Performance Hall at the Topeka Performing Center and the Andrew J. and Georgia Gray Theatre on the Washburn University campus.

Georgia Neese Gray

The ceremony marked the 28th year of inductions into the Kansas Business Hall of Fame, which is located in Cremer Hall on the ESU campus. For more information, please go to


The School of Business would like to recognize Dr. Raffaele DeVito for his outstanding contributions to the Emporia State academic community. DeVito retired as Professor of Management after 34 years at Emporia State University. Dr. DeVito served as the Chair of the Kansas International Trade Coordinating Council (KITCC) for 25 years and currently serves as Chair Emeritus. In 2008 and 2013, Dr. DeVito received a special Governor’s Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to the State. Throughout his career, DeVito presented and published international business papers in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the United States. He served as a Visiting Lecturer at East China Normal University, Shanghai, P.R.C. and lectured at three Chinese exchange universities during his time at Emporia State. Dr. DeVito’s research has centered on small- and medium-sized firms and their development of international supply-chain relationships.



SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee) Mentor of the Year Award for 2015–2016

Dr. Kamal Lamsal, Assistant Professor of Management, received the SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee) Mentor of the Year Award for 2015–16 from our athletic conference, the MIAA. He was nominated by School of Business students Brent Wilson and Marcus Houghton and selected by representatives of the 14-member conference schools.

KOCH SPEAKER SERIES The Koch Center introduced a three-part speaking event in Fall 2015 by inviting three individuals (local, regional, and national) to speak to ESU students on the topic of ethical leadership from the perspective of their careers and life experiences. Each event was held in the Library Commons of the William Allen White Library and was open to all students. The speakers were as follows: September 24, 2015, LeLan Dains, one of the co-owners of Dirty Kanza Promotions October 8, 2015, Bo Burlingham, Editor-at-Large of “INC.” magazine and best-selling author of several books, including Small Giants and Finish Big. November 5, 2015, Amanda Cebula, Director of Project Development at the Kansas Leadership Center.

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A ribbon cutting was held September 23, 2015, to dedicate this space at Emporia State. Students, faculty, and staff, along with University supporters and Phillips 66 representatives, gathered in the School of Business to celebrate. Housed on the first floor of Cremer Hall, the Phillips 66 Professional Development Suite will serve over 900 business students who, with faculty and employers, can use the space to conduct interviews and other professional development activities both face-to-face and via video capabilities. Juli Osborn, Director of Finance Process and Controls for Phillips 66 and 1980 School of Business alum, commented on the inspiration behind the donation that made this space possible. “Phillips 66 is looking for the right talent to help us provide energy and improve lives,” said Osborn. “Emporia State is recognized as a top regional school, and its students have a strong cultural and motivational fit for our company.”


Students now have a dedicated space to participate in interviews with potential employers from across the country or even internationally using the resources provided by the Phillips 66 Professional Development Suite.



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In addition to establishing the Phillips 66 Professional Development Suite, Phillips 66 is an active recruiter of Emporia State graduates, participates in the Corporate Connections program with the School of Business, and provides significant scholarship dollars for accounting majors.

ESU KSBDC Highlights The Emporia State University Kansas Small Business Development Center (ESU KSBDC) worked with 132 clients for 1,300 hours of one-on-one consulting. The Return on Investment for every dollar invested in the ESU KSBDC was $11.05. The data shown below are the 2015 highlights of their clients. ·

$2,689,368 sales increase


102 jobs created and retained


Helped start 19 businesses located in 10 Kansas counties


Helped start-up and existing businesses find capital of $3,380,111


Collaborative partnerships were developed and maintained with a number of organizations

Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Belarus, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, China, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Paraguay, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe


in non-athletic scholarships were received by business setudents during the 2015–16 academic year.

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The Distinguished Alumni award is the highest honor that can be granted to an alumnus or alumna of Emporia State University by the ESU Alumni Association. Awarded each fall during Homecoming, it recognizes the outstanding professional accomplishments of ESU's finest graduates. Since the inception of the award program in 1960, more than 200 alumni have received the award. In 2015, four of the five recipients were School of Business alums.

Col. Guy Beougher


BSB 1980-Business Administration McLean, Va. Retired U.S. Army Col. Guy C. Beougher received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Emporia State in 1980 and is a Senior Leader in the Defense Logistics Agency and involved in the fight against Ebola in Africa. Among his graduate degrees and certifications are a Master of Science in Material Acquisition Management from Florida Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from National Defense University. He is a doctoral candidate in public policy and administration and transactional cost economic theory at Virginia Tech University. His awards include a Superior Civilian Service Medal, a Civilian Global War on Terrorism, Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, Kosovo NATO Medal, and overseas ribbons. Beougher, who holds top security clearance, has devoted his 34-year career to service to his country through military and federal civilian work in leadership roles. His expertise in logistic operations, resource management, and related areas has resulted stewardship roles overseeing major portions of defense budgets, including Logistic Operations in Iraq with an annual budget of more than $100 billion.


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Richard c. ‘Dick’ Hawk BSB 1956-Business Administration MS 1957-Business Administration Leawood, Kan.

Richard C. ‘Dick’ Hawk has succeeded in diverse careers: banking, financial management, and upscale restaurant ownership. Hawk earned two degrees at ESU: a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1956 and a Master of Science in Business Administration the following year. During his time here, Hawk was Editor of The Bulletin newspaper and President of the student council. He also served as Director of Field Services at the University. He is involved with the Center for Advancement and Preservation of American Music and started the Higher Education Loan Programs in Kansas, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia. He acquired university campuses in San Diego, Mexico City, London, and Nairobi, and was majority stockholder and chairman of Dean Financial Services, which founded Princeton Bank in St. Paul, Minn., and also owned seven other banks in that state. He now is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hawk Management and Financial Services in Leawood and owner of the well-known Gaslight Grill, also in Leawood. Additionally, he is a principal in several other businesses, including Hawk Productions and HRS Education Services. Hawk built the Country Club Hotel and Spa at Lake Ozark and hosts “Dick Hawk’s Gaslight Jazz Show” on KXTR, 1660 AM Radio. Ingram’s Magazine in Kansas City named Hawk as one of its “Top 50 Kansans You Should Know” in January 2013. He maintains ties with ESU through a lifetime membership on the Foundation Board and the Now & Forever National Campaign Committee.

Dr. Ilene Kleinsorge

BSB 1981-Accounting Corvallis, Ore.

Dr. Ilene K. Kleinsorge graduated with honors from Emporia State with a Bachelor of Science in 1981 and received her Doctorate from the University of Kansas in 1988. She became a faculty member in the Oregon State University College of Business in 1987. Kleinsorge credits Emporia State University for helping her along the journey from single parent and college student working four part-time jobs to Executive Dean of the Division of Business and Engineering and Dean of the College of Business at OSU. She was appointed as the Dean and Sara-Hart Kimball Chair of the College of Business at Oregon State University on March 1, 2003. She serves as a technical adviser for the Governor’s Oregon Innovation Initiative and is the treasurer for Benton Hospice Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Advantage Accelerator Advisory Board, the University Budget Committee, and the Campus Planning Committee. She is the University representative for the local Economic Vitality Partnership in Corvallis. She has served as past chair of the Western Association of Collegiate Schools of Business and is a member of the Executive Commercialization Advisory Council. She has been active in community service including being on the Corvallis Chamber Board of Directors, co-chaired a capital campaign for an advocacy center for the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence, and held various positions on the Majestic Theatre board.



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John D. McPherson

BSB 1969-Business Administration Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. John D. McPherson Jr. built a career primarily running railroads since he graduated from Kansas State Teachers College in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He later received a Master of Science in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served in various capacities for the former Santa Fe Railroad for 25 years and was Chief Operating Officer for the Florida East Coast Railway, LLC from 1999 to 2007. He also was Vice President of Florida East Coast Industries Inc., and also served as its Vice President of Rail Operations beginning in 1999, according to McPherson’s executive profile in Bloomberg Business Week. McPherson also was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Illinois Central from 1998 to 1999 and as its Senior Vice President of Operations from 1993 to 1998. He served as Chairman of the Las Vegas Railway Express in 2013 and 2014, after becoming its Director in 2012. He has been a Director of CSX Corporation since July 2008, Bloomberg reported. He served as a Director of TTX Company from 1997 to 2007. He has participated in the Business Alliance in the School of Business and established the McPherson Family Scholars at Emporia State in 2009. This non-endowed fund is to provide scholarships for students who are Kansas residents with a minimum grade-point average of 2.75, regardless of major. McPherson, who now is retired, serves on the board of directors of CSX, Inc., and Las Vegas Railway Express.

Outstanding Recent Graduate The Outstanding Recent Graduate award recognizes an outstanding recent graduate from each of the undergraduate colleges and schools at Emporia State University. Every year, the School of Business selects an ESU alumni who has excelled in their profession and provided service to their communities.

2015 Recipient

Cory Falldine

BSB 2006-Computer Information Systems
 MBA 2006-Business Administration
 Emporia, Kan. As Emporia State University’s Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Falldine is responsible for ensuring that students, faculty, and staff have access to technology resources to achieve personal and professional goals while at Emporia State. He is a member of the Kansas Board of Regents Information Technology Council and currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Kansas Research and Education Network. Cory is also an active member of EDUCAUSE and has presented workshops at both the regional and national level.



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Linda Sinnett, BSB 79 & MBA 2014 Linda Sinnett, CFO at Design Resources Inc., was selected as a 2015 Women Who Mean Business by the Kansas City Business Journal. This program honors outstanding professional women in for-profit businesses who have made significant contributions to their business or industry, as well as their community.



Thank you to our amazing alumni and friends who made an investment in Emporia State’s future. Your gifts, regardless of size, help relieve the financial burden of our BizHornets and help improve our programs and facilities. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.



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Dr. John Rich

dean, school of business jones distinguished professor


Dr. Ahmad Abu Shanab

Dr. Antonina (Tonya) Bauman

Assistant Professor – Computer Science

Assistant Professor – Management

Dr. Marc Fusaro

Dr. Dipak Ghosh

Associate Professor – Business Economics

Professor – Business Economics

Dr. Bartlomiej Hanus Assistant Professor – Information Systems

Dr. Kevin Johnson Professor – Business Administration

Dr. Mohammad Chowdhury

Dr. Kevin Coulson

Professor – Business Administration

Professor – Marketing

Dr. Raffaele DeVito Professor Emeritus – Management

Dr. Liz Diers Assistant Professor –Accounting

Dr. George Durler

Mr. Dean Edmiston

Professor – Accounting

Associate Professor – Accounting

Mr. Larry Falcetto

Dr. Javier Flores

Associate Professor – Accounting

Assistant Professor – Information Systems

Dr. Daniel Haskin Associate Professor – Accounting

Dr. Shawn Keough Chair of Faculty Assistant Professor- Management

Dr. Kamal Lamsal

Dr. Steven Lovett

Assistant Professor – Management

Assistant Professor – Business Administration

Dr. Donald Miller

Dr. Jeff Muldoon

Professor Emeritus – Management

Assistant Professor – Management

Dr. Mohammed Sajedur Rahman

Dr. Marian Riedy

Assistant Professor – Information Systems

Associate Professor – Business Administration

Dr. Sharath Sasidharan

Dr. Satvir Singh

Associate Professor – Information Systems

Assistant Professor – Management



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Dr. Douglass Smith

Dr. Tanja Steigner

Instructor – Information Systems

Associate Professor – Finance

Dr. Christopher Stone

Dr. Timothy Thornton

Assistant Professor – Management

Assistant Professor – Business Education

Dr. Huaqing Wang

Dr. Lei Wen

Assistant Professor – Management

Assistant Professor –Accounting/Finance



Leticia Rust

Director- Student Services and Marketing

Student Services Professional

Deena Wilson

James Willingham

Academic Advisor

Coordinator – Graduate and Career Services

Shelby Clark Administrative Specialist

Dr. Jun Yu

Dr. Qiancheng Zheng

Associate Professor – Marketing

Assistant Professor – Finance

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS Dr. Joyce Zhou Associate Professor – Marketing

Glenda estes Administrative Officer

Linda Orear Administrative Specialist


Jill cook Coordinator

vision The School of Business will produce technologically advanced graduates with holistic, professional education for a dynamic, global environment.

MISSION STATEMENT Our mission is to provide access to innovative business preparation for limitless opportunities in the region and beyond.

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