University Service Citation Award
Started in 1980 by the ESU Alumni Association, the intent of the University Service Citation Award is to recognize unique and significant service to Emporia State University. Individuals chosen for this award are moved to service by a deep concern for and loyalty to ESU. Their efforts extend beyond the call of duty and usually are performed without expectation for compensation. Award nominations are made annually. Click here to download a nomination form or call your ESU Alumni Association at 620-341-5440 to request a nomination form.
Jay and Sharon Bezdek
Jay and Sharon Bezdek earned bachelor’s degrees in accounting from ESU in 1969, and have distinguished themselves as volunteers for Alumni Association activities in south-central Kansas. Jay, a retired financial consultant, has served on the ESU Alumni Association board of directors and was active in Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity. Sharon, a retired real estate agent, is past president of the South Central Alumni chapter planning committee and a member of Alpha Sigma Tau sorority. The Bezdeks moved to Wichita from Dodge City in 2003.
“Sharon and Jay are a vital part of the energy of the South Central alumni chapter,” said Mim Hiesterman, South Central alumni coordinator. Both help plan the chapter’s golf tournaments, assist with luncheons for area schoolteachers, and encourage prospective students to attend ESU.
Ken Hush is a 1982 Bachelor of Science in Business graduate who recently completed a term as president of the ESU Foundation board of trustees. He is president of Koch Carbon, LLC, a global bulk commodities marketing and logistics network. A 1995 inductee in ESU’s Athletics Hall of Honor as a tennis player, Hush was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and Blue Key.
“Ken is a tireless supporter of everything ESU,” said Charles “Skip” Evans of Emporia in nominating Hush. “He’s always looking for ways to give back to the university that has impacted his life.”
Hiesterman (BA 1957) has held leadership positions on ESU Foundation committees and has been a member of the School of Business Council of Advisors. Active in the ESU Alumni Association’s South Central chapter and Sigma Phi Epsilon alumni group, Hiesterman continues to volunteer for activities sponsored by those organizations
Gail "Pep" Shanelec
Shanelec (BSE 1950) is a retired high school teacher and football coach who continues to make Emporia State University known to students in the Ellsworth area. A member of the ESU Foundation Board of Trustees, Shanelec continues to support student recruitment efforts.
Summervill (BSE 1962, MS 1963) has continued his passion for students, their education and success during his years as a teacher, coach and athletic director. He coordinates Fan Fair, the annual ESU Alumni gathering on the opening night of the Kansas State Fair, and serves as a member of the ESU Foundation Board of Trustees.