The Hornet Heritage Family award, sponsored by the ESU Alumni Association, annually recognizes a multigenerational family of Hornet alumni and former students with Hornet fever in their bloodlines. A new family is recognized annually at Family Day.
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The extended family of John William Grimsley and Anna Christianson Grimsley definitely has Emporia State University Hornet pride running through its veins. With 14 family members earning degrees from Kansas State Normal, Kansas State Teachers College and Emporia State University since 1919, the Grimsley family was an easy selection for Hornet Heritage Award honors in 2014.
The family connection stretches from Dr. Minnie Grimsley Miller, who earned a BSE in 1919 and served on the KSTC faculty as head of the Foreign Language department, to Cheyenne Savage, a current Emporia State student. In between, the family boasts 19 former students, 14 degree holders, and three—Dale Grimsley, his wife Belle (Gates) Grimsley, and their daughter, Lendi (Grimsley) Bland—who hold both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Emporia State.
“Recognizing a family whose ties to Emporia State span nearly 100 years is a special honor,” said Tyler Curtis, executive director of alumni relations.
The Hornet Heritage Family award, sponsored by the Emporia State University Alumni Association, annually recognizes a multigenerational family of alumni and former students who have maintained close relationships with Hornet Nation.
Over its 150-year history, the institution of higher education located at the north end of Emporia’s Commercial Street has been known by four names—Kansas State Normal, Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia Kansas State College, and Emporia State University.
In this sesquicentennial year, it is both coincidental and fitting that the family chosen for Emporia State’s multigenerational attendance recognition, the Hornet Heritage Family Award, should have graduates from all four eras—KSN, KSTC, EKSC, and ESU.
The Crumb-White family degree tree stretches from Katie (Turner) Crumb’s 1922 KSN Teaching Certificate to the Master of Science in Industrial Design and Technology that Natalie (White) Ball earned from Emporia State in 2010.
In between those years, 32 members of the Crumb and White families have attended what is now Emporia State, earning a total of 29 degrees. Among seven family members earning multiple degrees is Glenn Crumb (BSE 1951, MS 1956) who served on the Physical Sciences faculty at KSTC from 1963-69.
“We are blessed to have families who have made Emporia State University a family tradition,” said Tyler Curtis, executive director of alumni relations.
“Recognizing a family whose ties to Emporia State span nearly 100 years during the university’s sesquicentennial anniversary is a true honor,” said Curtis. “These families make us all proud to be Hornets.”
The 2012 award was given to the Seacat Family
The 2011 award was given to the Prophet-Brady Family
The 2010 award was given to the Simkins-Hartzler family
The 2009 award was given to the Spencer-Smith-Brown-Hopper-LeClear family
The 2008 award was given to the Hoelting family
The 2007 award was given to the Edwards family
The 2006 Hornet Heritage winner, the McGee - Hoffmans family
The 2005 winner, the Hastert, Peat and Schlobohm families
The 2004 winner was the Goldsmith family
The 2003 winner was the Breukelman family
The 2002 winner was the Wendling family
The 2001 winner was the Van Voris, Litchfield and Grimwood family.