Around Hornet Nation
Even in Austin, Tex., chances are good you’ll run into someone you know (or someone who knows someone you know) from your days at Emporia State University. That’s what Floyd (EdD 1968) and JoEllen (BSE 1969, MS 1972) Hoelting discovered as they put plans in motion for an Austin-area ESU alum gathering this past December. “It’s always a surprise to find out that we have something in common or know someone in common at these events,” reports JoEllen.
The Austin-area event drew 19 Hornets to Maggie Mae’s, a popular watering hole, for a chance to get to know each other and meet Tyler Curtis, ESU’s alumni relations director. Plans are in the works for another social event this spring.
Back in the Sunflower State, members of ESU’s South Central Kansas alumni chapter got together for a barn party in November at the home of Jan (BSE 1980) and Gary (BS 1982) Geringer of Douglass. It seemed like an opportune time to present a big check—more than $13,300, in fact—representing proceeds from the chapter’s annual golf outing. Lending helping hands with the presentation were (left to right) Tyler Curtis, alumni relations director, Mim Hiesterman, South Central alumni coordinator, Don Edwards and Rod Turner, South Central chapter volunteers.
ESU’s 2010 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship trophy made the rounds to several cities in Kansas and Missouri during the fall. One such stop was Wichita’s Pump House, where South Central alumni converged on the Old Town destination to see the trophy and congratulate the team which made it possible. Randy Steinert (BSB 1979), Kelsey Balcom, Haley Parker and Rheanna Egli, all freshmen, and Art Bloomer (BS 1955) admire the work of the 2010 team.
New to the ESU Alumni Association board this past June, Vicki Emery (BSE 1970) didn’t waste time getting her feet wet in the area of encouraging alumni connections. Vicki, from Fairfax Station, Va., helped organize a gathering of Washington, D.C.-area alumni in her role as DC Metro Area chapter president. A couple of attendees, Wendy Duran White (BS 2001), and Yingwen Zhou (MS 1995), Arlington, Va., modeled their 2010 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship t-shirts.
A group of Emporia State graduates met in Kansas City for breakfast in November. They were attending an annual fall high school media convention. All were editors of the Bulletin and/or the Sunflower during their time at ESU and now they advise high school publications.
From left: Chad Rummel, '03; Brenna Scott, '02; Sally Renaud, Bulletin adviser 1995-2004; Lisa Sage, '98; Bradley Lewis, '00. Lewis, an adviser at Harrisonville (Mo.) High School, was part of the local committee that organized the 4,500-participant convention. Rummel was part of the local committee that organized last year's convention in Washington, D.C.