Emporia State University honored four volunteers for their extraordinary service to the university during a dinner on Tuesday, March 7, as the 26th class of University Service Citation winners.
Russ and Jeannie Jenkins, of Emporia; Lana Oleen, of Manhattan; and Kim Pember, of Emporia, are the University Service Citation award winners for 2006. The award recognizes unique and significant service to the university. Individuals chosen for the award have demonstrated a deep loyalty to ESU. Their efforts extend beyond the call of duty, and are usually performed without expectation for compensation. Since the first awards in 1980, 66 people have been recognized.
Thanks to Kim Pember, the city of Emporia is taking aim at becoming the engraving capital of the world. As the general manager at Glendo Corp. in Emporia, Pember approached ESU and the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce with a plan to create a four-year bachelor's degree in fine arts with a concentration in engraving - The first degree of its kind in the world. Kim was a working mother more than 20 years ago when she began studying at ESU, earning a bachelor of science degree in finance in 1988 and a master of business administration in 1989. That year, she earned the Outstanding MBA award. In 1998, she was recognized as an Outstanding Recent Graduate. She serves on the President?s Community Advisory Council and the School of Business Advisory Board. In 2005, she began a three-year term on the ESU Foundation Board of Trustees. In addition to all this, Kim has positioned Glendo as a world-renowned center of the engraving arts. She is credited with establishing the GRS Training Center that annually brings over 300 engraving students to Emporia from across the globe to study under the engraving world?s grandmasters. In other pockets of engraving tradition around the world, some might ask why an engraving degree wasn?t created there, but in Emporia, Kan. The answer is Kim Pember.
To Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, ESU's president, this year?s University Service Citation winners are exemplary models of selflessness.
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