The Hornet Heritage Award

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.

Click here nominate a family online or call the Alumni Relations office at (620) 341-5440.

 

The 2015 Hornet Heritage Family -
The Holub/Vajnar/Tajchman Family

The extended families of Anton and Adolph Holub definitely have Hornet pride running through their veins. With 24 family members having earned degrees at Emporia State and many more former students in their family’s tree, the Holub-Vajnar-Tajchman family was an easy selection for the 2015 Hornet Heritage Award honors. 

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. 

“Recognizing a family with such deep ties to Emporia State is a special honor,” said Tyler Curtis, executive director of alumni relations.  “This family’s reunions constitute an alumni event in and of themselves.” 

The family’s Hornet gene pool includes Emporian Marvin Tajchman.  Tajchman was the youngest of three cousins who graduated from the university between 1962 and 1974 — all grandchildren of Adolph and Lucy Holub of Marion County.  A proud supporter of Hornet Nation, Tajchman’s family has built a legacy at the university through the cousins, nieces, nephews, sons, daughters — and eventually grandchildren — who have and continue to earn degrees at ESU. 

During Family & Friends Day on September 26, Tajchman and his immediate and extended family will be recognized with the Hornet Heritage Award for their Emporia State ties on their Holub-Vajnar-Tajchman family tree.  They will be honored during halftime of the day’s football game.

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Past winners

The 2014 Hornet Heritage Family - The Grimsley Family

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.

The 2013 award was given to the White/Crumb Family

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.