Beta Gamma Sigma Initiates
Capitol Federal Scholar
High School Business Career Day
The Thomas Learning Space Ribbon Cutting
Outstanding Alumni Recognition

Business school earns top online MBA ranking

November 20, 2014

Affordable Colleges Foundation, a leading resource for online learning and college affordability information, recently published a new list of the Best Online MBA Programs for 2014-2015.  The online MBA program at Emporia State was ranked No. 42 in the nation, and the only Kansas college mentioned on the list.

Affordable Colleges Foundation ranks programs based on cost, quality and student support metrics. This organization began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education.

“We are extremely excited to receive this ranking,” said Dr. Kristie Ogilvie, dean of the School of Business. “It is just another testament to the exceptional education we provide at Emporia State.”

Data from over 500 schools were analyzed to create the criteria for this ranking.  Schools listed offer online MBA programs that stand out among peer universities with full accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), hold low student-teaching ratios and have faculty who demonstrate excellence in business and management.

To review the full list of rankings visit http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/mba-programs/.

New Capitol Federal® Scholars introduced


A scholarship program recognizing academic performance in Emporia StateUniversity’s School of Business has helped more than 150 students achieve their dreams since its creation in 2002. The newest class of Capitol Federal® Scholars was introduced Wednesday, Dec. 3.

“Since the program was established, Capitol Federal has given more than $500,000 to support the scholarship program at Emporia State,” said Dr. David Cordle, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We know Capitol Federal wouldn’t make this investment if they didn’t believe in the power of higher education to change people’s lives.”

“I am so grateful not only for Emporia State’s partnership with the Capitol Federal Foundation, but also for CapFed’s philanthropic leadership in Kansas,” said DenaSue Potestio, Foundation president/CEO.

The Capitol Federal Scholars program targets high-achieving students in Emporia State’s School of Business, rewarding them with scholarships for their academic performance. Each scholarship is renewable annually, meaning a student who earns the scholarship as a freshman will remain eligible through graduate school as long as he or she maintains the required minimum 3.25 GPA.

In her second year as dean of Emporia State’s School of Business, Dr. Kristie Ogilvie has learned about the high regard that employers have for the scholarship program’s recipients.

“I’ve had several employers call and tell me they need a top-end student. They ask, ‘Do you have any CapFed scholars?’”

Pleased that the scholarship program is so highly thought of, president and CEO of Capitol Federal Savings Bank John Dicus gives credit to the university which produces the highly sought-after students.

“Thank you for what you’re doing here on the Emporia State campus and in the community to make the Capitol Federal Scholar such a desirable characteristic that employers look for as their next leaders,” Dicus said.

Some of those future leaders took time during the luncheon to thank the Capitol Federal Foundation.

“Over the course of the last two years, this scholarship has really been a blessing to me, because it’s allowed me to spend more time focusing on school and my classes,” said Kelly Copp, graduate student from Auburn.

“After first receiving the Capitol Federal scholarship as a freshman, I have strived to perform to the best of my abilities. I deeply appreciate the support of Capitol Federal,” said Eric Wietharn, senior from St. Marys.

“I’ve gotten to see how important private gifts are to students. I’m thankful for everyone who has contributed to help me pursue my dreams,” said Mallory Walden, a senior from Wichita who has worked in the Emporia State University Foundation Call Center raising money for scholarships.

A scholarship program for student-athletes is a new component of Capitol Federal’s partnership with Emporia State. Created last year, the new Capitol Federal Athletic Scholars Fund awards scholarships to student-athletes. This year’s Capitol Federal Athletic Scholars are Amber Vandiver, a senior from Emporia, and Austin Willis, a senior from Topeka.

Emporia State was the first of seven Kansas higher education institutions to partner with Capitol Federal in a scholarship program preparing business students for the challenges of the future.

“I thank Capitol Federal for saying ‘yes’ to our students and for supporting and encouraging them through the Capitol Federal Savings Scholarship program,” said Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, Emporia State’s president.

Students earning Capitol Federal Scholars recognition at the luncheon and hometowns include:


  • Holly Clark, Shawnee
  • Alexandra Ewy, Lawrence
  • Megan Goodman, Salina
  • Moira Pyle, McPherson
  • Ryan Smith, Shawnee


  • Morgan Flowers, Emporia
  • Tawni Griffey, Norton
  • Kristina Johnson, Garden Plain
  • Dallas Shafer, Emporia


  • Dylan Giessert, Hope
  • Chelsea Ingram, Emporia
  • Kayla Lansing, Emporia
  • Brittany Rees, Emporia
  • Anna Zimmerman, Topeka


  • Sara Dunkin, Topeka
  • Royce Franklin, Wichita
  • Lindsey Holthaus, Emporia
  • Nicole Rottinghaus, Baileyville
  • Betsy Teegardin, Emporia
  • Amber Vandiver, Emporia
  • Mallory Walden, Wichita
  • Eric Wietharn, Saint Marys
  • Austin Willis, Topeka


  • Stephanie Anderson, Emporia
  • Kristi Bretches, McPherson
  • Kelly Copp, Auburn
  • Chelsie Dieker, Emporia
  • Amanda Humphrey, Wichita