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Mentor Program connects business students with alumni and supporters

The School of Business at Emporia State University has launched its first mentor program to encourage relationship building between Emporia State alumni, supporters and current students. The goal of the program is to give students the opportunity to learn from experienced professionals while preparing for life after college.

The program, which officially kicks off this week, consists of monthly communication between mentors and mentees on topics such as resume critique, industry trends, networking and professional gaols. Emporia State alumni and supporters from across the country have applied to be mentors, while current School of Business students comprise the mentee pool.

Tim Wright, a 1986 graduate of the School of Business and current president of Wright CPA Group in Emporia, was the first person to apply to be a mentor.

"I signed up for the School of Business' new mentor program because I want to make a difference in the lives of today's young people," Wright explained. "The education that I received from Empria State has changed my life, and now it's time to give back. ESU students are the future!"

The program suggests that mentors and mentees dedicate approximately one hour per month for interactions which can take place face-to-face, via e-mail or video-chat. This versatility will allow for mentors from across the world to participate in the program.

Students are seeking someone who will provide them with honest feedback, guide them in developing the skills to be successful in the workplace and paint a realistic picture of professional life.

Frances Mihulec, a current MBA student from Emporia, has applied to be a mentee.

"While the prospect of networking was definitely on my mind when I signed up to participate in the mentor program, I believe that being able to draw on experiences from someone in the field areas of my study is such a fantastic opportunity," said Mihulec. "I look forawrd to discussing issues related to entrepreneurship and information systems, as well as share my own experiences with my mentor."

All of the matched participants will be invited to attend the first-ever School of Business Gala on Nov. 7, 2014. At this event, mentors and mentees will be joined by School of Business scholarship recipients, faculty, staff, campus administrators and community members to celebrate School of Business achievements and new initiatives.

"This mentor program ties into several of our initiatives. The faculty and staff in the School of Business are continually focused on offering our students learning opportunities outside of the classroom and encouraging them to network with our alumni and supporters," explained Dr. Kristie Ogilvie, dean of the School of Business. "Through this program, students will be able to develop relationships that they can utilize after graduation and well into their professional career."

School of Business faculty members are excited about this new program and have been encouraging their students to participate.

"The mentor program provides a great opportunity for our business students to interact with successful alums and other professionals," said Larry Falcetto, associate professor and interim faculty chair for the School of Business. "Given the diverse backgrounds of our students, participation in this program will provide them with great chances for interaction and relationships that will help them not only while in school, but long after they graduate. We are very grateful to all of the mentors who are volunteering their time and experiences."

For more information on the Mentor Program please contact Lauren Woolard at lwoolard@emporia.edu or by calling 620-341-5232. Information can also be found online at http://www.emporia.edu/business/mentorprogram/.

Center for Leadership and Ethics dedicated at School of Business

September 12, 2014

The hallways of Cremer Hall echoed with the sound of Silent Joe ringing this afternoon during the dedication ceremony for the Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics at Emporia State University. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni joined in celebration alongside the Emporia community for the new academnic center housed in the School of Business.

Initial grants of $750,000 established the center and originated from the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation, Koch Industries, Inc., and three School of Business alumni and Wichita-based Koch employees: David Robertson, president and chief operating officer, Koch Industries: Dale Gibbens, senior vice president, human resources and public sector, Koch Industries; and Kim Penner, president, Koch Pipeline Company, L.P.

"I'd like to sincerely thank our friends at Koch for investing in the future of Emporia State University," said Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, president of Emporia State University. "The Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics aligns with the university's new mission statement emphasizing leadership and will bring many opportunities to faculty, staff and students at Emporia State."

The center is led by two co-directors, Dr. Kevin Johnson, university general counsel and professor of law, and Dr. Steven Lovett, assistant professor of business law and ethics. These leaders will focus on exploring the impact of principled entrepreneurship on a free society and applying market principles to management.

As the academic year begins, the center already has goals in place to make an impact at the university. Johnson and Lovett have been busy focusing on initiatives that include awarding faculty research grants, creating a speaker series, workshop development and collaboration with both campus and community organizations on projects that are consistent with the center's mission.

"I am genuienly excited to be an active part of taking operational and management knowledge, gleaned from the real world of private enterprise and placing it directly into an academic environment where the principles and tools of principled entrepreneurship can be exposed to a process of critique, development, expansion and innovative application," Lovett said.

Since launching this past June, six faculty research grants have been awarded to recipients in academic fields ranging from information systems to physics to finance. Each faculty member awarded a grant will imbed a serious discussion about the impact of leadership and ethics in a free society or free market society in a course they are instructing. The theme, nature and structure of each project will be designed by each recipient to fit the course and is grounded in academic freedom.

Dr. Jorge Ballester, professor of physical sciences, was one of the Emporia State faculty members to receive a grant funded by the center. Themes found in his research include equipping future leaders with usable scientific thinking tools and promoting scientific objectivity by placking authentic science in the center of the discussion, rather than by participating in politicized debates.

"Future leaders with a solid foundation in science will be better prepared to confront science-based problems such as energy production and climate change," epxlained Ballester. "In this way they can help preserve and increase the long-term value of our institutions, country, and human civilization. Scientific integrity will serve as the model for ethics."

Dr. Kristie Ogilvie, dean of the School of Business, is enthusiastic about the limitless potential of the Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics and its positive impact on students.

"The launching of the center brings new resources to both faculty and staff across the university," said Ogilvie. "I am thrilled to see a variety of faculty brining discussions of leadership and ethics into their classrooms and am inspired by the interactive setting the center will bring to our students."

The center also brings a visiting scholar to the university, Dr. Brent Kinghorn, who will teach within the School of Business for the 2014-2015 academic year. During his time at Emporia State, Kinghorn will hold classes in business communication, ethics and entrepreneurial management.

"As the visiting scholar, I have the ability to directly execute the center's initiatives and then note their effects," explains Kinghorn. "This opportunity is unique in that I get to be a part of a nascent effort at Emporia State and to investigate how principled leadership and ethical decision making might be taught in a way to benefit instructor, learner, and society."

Koch employees Robertson, Gibbens and Penner are all Emporia State alumni who have stayed connected with their alma mater. Robertson is a 2006 Distinguished Alumni, Gibbens serves on the Business Alliance for the School of Business, while Penner currently serves as chair of the Emporia State Foundation's board of trustees.

During the dedication of the Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics, School of Business graduate and one of the center's founders, Kim Penner, spoke on behalf of his fellow alumni about their inspiration for giving.

"I am honored to be part of today's celebration and to speak on behalf of my fellow Koch Emporia State alums," said Penner, president of Koch Pipeline Company. "We have each been inspired by the new vision for Emporia State University led by President Shonrock as well as the direction Dr. Ogilvie is taking the School of Business. Most importantly, we have been impressed by increased enrollment, campus improvements and the support from the Emporia community. All of these improve the lives of Emporia State students, who will go forward and make positive and lasting contributions to our society."

The grants that founded the Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics personify the vision of the Now & Forever campaign, the largest and most comprehensive fundraising campaign in Emporia State's history. To date, the campaign has secured $28.7 million in gifts, grants and deferred gifts. 

"We're raising the sights of what's possible at Emporia State University," said Dena Sue Potestio, president/CEO of the Emporia State University Foundation and vice president for university advancement. "There's no better time than now to think strategically and intentionally about the future and connect the power of philanthropy to the power of progress."

School of Business buzzing with Activity

It is a new day at the Emporia State University School of Business.

With the support of Kristie Ogilvie, Dean of the School of Business, many changes are underway. The school of business is embracing technology advances, developing new ways of supporting students and building relationships that last even after graduation.

The school of business has offered graduate degrees in Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Accountancy for years but they have recently taken the MBA and MAc programs to the next level. Now, students in either degree track have three flexible programs to choose from. Students can do the coursework completely online, attend classes on the Emporia campus or attend ESU-Kansas City in Overland Park. The online program for the MBA and MAc launched in January of 2014.

“I started in the fall and did the listening tour with our alumni. I was out in Wichita and Topeka and Kansas City and I kept hearing, ‘I love my education, I know what the quality is, but I can’t get back to Emporia.’ So it was an easy decision, the faculty was already talking about it, so we just jumped right in.”

The MBA program requires 36 credit hours of course work while the MAc program requires 30 credit hours for completion. The programs are designed for working adults who want to advance personally and professionally. The courses in the online program are taught by the same faculty that teach on campus.

“As far as faculty is concerned we are determined to make sure that the quality of the online MBA is equal to or even better than the face-to-face MBA,” said Sharath Sasidharan, Associate Professor. “I am sure it will be a great success but the first step is getting the word out.”

The cost of online programs are at times a deterrent for potential students. However, the online MBA and MAc programs through ESU are the most affordable in the state. With reasonably priced tuition and a flexible schedule, the online programs are sure to quickly gain popularity.

“Our program is between $13,000 and $14,000 depending on the number of classes taken and students can tailor the program to what works for them,” said Ogilvie.

Over 10 percent of graduate students receive a graduate assistantship which includes a tuition waiver. Scholarships are also plentiful within the school of business. At this time one in three students enrolled in the ESU school of business has received a scholarship of some sort.

“We had that big announcement about the anonymous million dollar donation for school of business scholarships, so that is going to be even more enhanced this year,” Ogilvie said. “For us the reason scholarships are so important is it makes a difference between whether a student is going to come to college or not.”

In an effort to provide ongoing support to students a Business Resource Center has been developed.

Jessica Buchholz, Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator, directs the business resource center. She connects with potential students, current students and alumni to maintain connections and provide support. Jennifer Cheray, Student Services Coordinator, is focused on retention. If a student is having issues and faculty flag it, Cheray will meet with the student to identify what the problem may be and help identify resources or supports that can help the student be successful. Allisha Lyon, Graduate and Career Services Coordinator, works with students on obtaining internships and career placements as well as coordinating graduate programs.

“Whether you are an online student, undergraduate student, wherever you are in the educational process you have access to the business resource center,” said Ogilvie. “We now have that one-stop shop for business students — we don’t compete with the rest of the services on campus, rather we help students coordinate with those services.”

Buchholz explains that the business resource center also has tutoring labs for students that need additional help with classes. If students are needing additional support outside of the classroom they can meet with graduate assistants at the business resource center or participate in tutoring labs. The business resource center also coordinates student activities like “Wacky Wednesday” to encourage student involvement.

“There is a great buzz, there is a great excitement,” said Sasidharan. “The students feel more involved, they hang around the building a whole lot more. So what it has really created is a sense of belonging to the business school.”

The school of business is also working hard to foster connections with businesses in Emporia. Internships for students have now become a type of long term interview and those internships are crucial to students finding employment after graduation. Staff at the school of business are taking the time to meet with Emporia business owners and develop relationships that will increase internship opportunities.

“We are not the business school of the past. We are rebuilding and reaching out to the community,” said Sasidharan. We feel we can contribute to their development and we want to bring them in. We feel the collaboration is a win win situation for the community and the school of business.”

The positive changes within the school of business have fostered excitement among students, faculty and staff.

“It is a new day for the school of business,” said Buchholz. “We are going to focus on our students and we are going to focus on how we can connect with the community, because I really do feel that for our students when they are successful the community is also successful.”

Dr. Peggy Lane wins Outstanding Educator Award

Emporia State University’s Dr. Peggy Lane was awarded the Southwest Decision Sciences Institute (SWDSI) Outstanding Educator Award for 2014, on March 12, in Dallas. SWDSI is a subdivision of the Decision Sciences Institute, a non-profit professional organization committed to the understanding and improvement of decision making in organizations, and to the development of scholar teachers in the decision sciences. The Outstanding Educator Award is presented annually by the Federation of Business Disciplines, on behalf of SWDSI, to an educator who has made an outstanding contribution to the discipline of Decision Sciences.

Currently, Lane serves as the executive director of the School of Business at Emporia State University Kansas City where she works to create partnerships between existing students, area industry, and community colleges. In addition to serving as director in Kansas City, Lane also instructs two graduate-level Enterprise Resource Systems (ERP) courses at Emporia State. Since coming to the university in the spring of 2007, Lane has taught a variety of ERP and MIS courses, and also served as department chair before moving to the Kansas City location.

“I was thrilled to be nominated for this award by one of my former professors, Dr. Thomas Jones of the University of Arkansas. It is a great honor to have been selected as the Outstanding Educator from the Southwest Decision Sciences Institute — an organization which I have been a part of for more than twenty years.”

In the nomination letter he submitted, Jones explained, “Peggy is truly outstanding and has demonstrated successes in creating academic environments resulting in exceptional learning. Her overall theme of her teaching career is that of caring for students and their success — a ‘students first’ approach.”

Lane is well-known for her innovative approach to teaching and for providing her students with hands-on experiences. In 2009 Lane became the first professor at Emporia State to use SAP software in class. The course content included a combination of ERP concepts and hands-on experiences with ERP. She was instrumental in creating the proposal to add an ERP concentration to Emporia State’s MBA program, which was accepted and is now offered to students.

“The School of Business is proud of Dr. Lane for her academic accomplishments and her commitment to innovative teaching and research,” said Dr. Kristie Ogilvie, dean, school of business. “Dr. Lane truly inspires both inside and outside of the classroom, through her teaching methods and commitment to students.”

Lane received her undergraduate, MBA, and doctoral degrees from the University of Arkansas. Over the years she has received multiple awards for her dedication to the profession. Awards include a First year Teaching Award from Bradley University in 1992, the Emporia State University School of Business Service Award in 2009 and the Emporia State University School of Business Teaching Award in 2010.

Dr. John Rich named 'Icon of Education' by Ingram's Magazine

Ingram’s Magazine recognized Emporia State University’s John Rich as a 2014 Icon of Education for his commitment in the classroom.

Since 2009, Ingram’s has honored the region’s top administrators, researchers and classroom instructors with its Icons of Education program. This year, Rich was selected for his dedication to excellence in the School of Business at Emporia State University. Rich has been a faculty member at Emporia State since he accepted an instructor position in 1968. He currently serves as a professor of accounting and the director of Student Affairs and Alumni in the School of Business.

“I found the recognition by Ingram’s to be a great and very pleasant surprise,” Rich said. “I am honored to have been chosen and believe that I represent the many faculty at Emporia State who are deserving of this recognition. To be included with the past and present recipients of this award is a humbling honor, and one that I will always treasure.”

Rich’s dedication to the field of accounting and to Emporia State University have earned him a variety of roles over the years. In addition to serving as a professor in the School of Business, Rich has served as department chair, acting assistant vice president of academic affairs, both associate dean and interim dean for the School of Business, faculty athletics representative and in a variety of campus and community-wide committees and leadership positions.

During his time as associate dean, the School of Business achieved AACSB International Accreditation, a mark of distinction held by less than 5 percent of all business schools in the world.

Rich explained, “Earning the accreditation was a 20-year process of continuous improvement which involved many stakeholders. Being a part of the faculty and administrative team that achieved accreditation for our School, I believe, will be the most significant and long-lasting contribution.”

“Dr. Rich has impacted the lives of many with his commitment to students and passion for education,” said Kristie Ogilvie, dean of the School of Business. “Many of our graduates stay connected with Dr. Rich and are always eager to speak about his influence on their college experience. The School of Business is proud to call Dr. Rich one of our own, and we congratulate him on this recognition in Ingram’s Magazine.”

Before moving to Emporia 46 years ago, Rich earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Oklahoma State University. He earned his Ph.D. in accounting from the University of North Texas in 1985. In his time at Emporia State, Rich has been awarded the Xi Phi Outstanding Faculty Member in 1974, a University Service Citation in 1994 and the Campus Pride Award in 1996. He has also been an author, co-author and editor of a number of regional and national journal articles.

Top 20 Teams Chosen for Student 3D Emporia Competition

3D Press Release

Twenty teams of students from Emporia State University and Flint Hills Technical College are moving to the second round of the 3D Emporia competition, which stands for Dream It- Design It- Develop It.

The teams moving on are: 

Team 2: Santana Reed

Team 4: Wookyung Lee
Team 5: Joohyung Yoo
Team 6: Steven Clark, Niwar Hamzani
Team 8: Sam Howard
Team 9: Joshua Williams
Team 12: Ross Phillips
Team 15: Wade Hanna, Carrie Kellie
Team 17: Jessica Brownlee, Nakita Elwood, Teri Whitson
Team 18: Savannah Engel, Kathryn Martin, Haley VonFeldt
Team 19: Aaron Freeze
Team 20: John Brownlee, Frances Mihulec
Team 21: Kelsey Bryson, Jennifer McNary
Team 22: Hank Osterhout
Team 23: Soojin Bae, Jeffrey Miller, Preseton Mossman
Team 24: Ben Bosworth, Zahidul Karin, Gunay Miriyeva
Team 26: Ikbal Ben Gaied Hassine, Kaisa-Triin Karu, Nizomiddin Kuchkarov
Team 27: Brady Batman
Team 28: Ethan Hall
Team 29: Davian Lawrence, Demico Lockett, Oladipo Olaonipekun



Payson Maydew Breaks Emporia State Heptathalon Record

Payson Maydew (Accounting Major) broke the school record in the Heptathlon with the fifth-best mark in the country this year at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational over the weekend.

It was one of three provisional marks on Saturday in Nebraska for the Emporia State track and field teams.

Maydew scored 5,183 points to eclipse Craig Saalfeld's school record of 5,175 set in 2009. He placed third in the field of 13 that included seven NCAA Division I and five unattached competitors.

The team of Ryan Dickson, Ashton Proctor, Jordan Smith and Duke Tibbs ran a provisional qualifier of 3:17.59 to place third in the unseeded men's 4x400m relay. The women's foursome of Nikki Wetstein, Peyton Weiss, Lindsey Kunkel and Dominique Staats placed fourth in 3:52.98 to provisionally qualify for nationals in the 4x400m relay.

Emporia State had a large number of men at the Mule Relays in Warrensburg, Mo. and had four fifth-place finishes by individuals while the 4x440-yard relay team of Michael Child, Grady Goff, John Thurston and Cale Hedges placed fourth.

The next action for the Hornets will be in two weeks as they again split the squad with select athletes returning to Lincoln for the Nebraska Tune-up while the majority of the team is set to go to the KSU Tuneup in Manhattan on Feb. 21.

Kirsten Ford hired as Director Compliance and Business Operations for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference

Click on the link below to view the press release

Kirsten Ford RMAC Press Release

Dual credit accounting program links Kansas high schools, ESU

Emporia State University is now the second Regents university in the state to integrate the Accounting Pilot and Bridge Program into its curriculum. This program, developed by Kansas State University, is designed to encourage high school students to consider a degree in accounting and shed light on what opportunities are available with this particular career path. The program allows students to successfully complete their introductory college accounting course, Financial Accounting (AC 223), during their high school career and have the opportunity to receive credit from Emporia State University.

Dr. George Durler, professor of accounting at the School of Business, was instrumental in bringing this agreement to Emporia State.

“The accounting faculty at Emporia State University have worked with Dr. Dan Deines at Kansas State and the Kansas Society of CPAs for several years to provide this opportunity for high school students,” Durler said. “This project provides the means for high schools to offer a meaningful course beyond the accounting mechanics course typically available and for participating students to earn college credit. Originally conceived by Dr. Deines, the project has been endorsed by the American Institute of CPAs and several other state CPA societies. Surveys of business leaders indicate there will be a significant demand for professional accountants in the future. This is a significant step in encouraging some of the best high school students to consider one of the most respected professions in business for their future career.”

Under the agreement approved by the Kansas Department of Education, students enroll in and successfully complete the college-level course taught at their high school. Upon completion, students must take a qualifying exam administered either by the accounting department at Emporia State University (no additional cost) or by the director of the accounting pilot program administered by Kansas State University ($100 testing cost). Students must receive a score of 85 or better on the qualifying exam to be eligible to enroll in the special test-out section of AC 223 at Emporia State University.

Students will receive credit for AC 223 with no tuition charge once they enroll in additional 12 hours for their semester at Emporia State. More information can be found at the Kansas Department of Education's website on state-wide articulation agreements (http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=5049#ESU).

This program not only allows future students to explore the field of accounting before entering college, but also gives them the opportunity to receive three hours of college credit at essentially no charge.

“Our faculty at the School of Business are continually finding ways to open more doors for both our current and potential students. We are very excited about this opportunity” said Dr. Kristie Ogilvie, dean, school of business. “The bridge project allows students to get a head start on earning college credits while still in high school and encourages them to learn about a career path with many successful possibilities.”

All faculty teaching the Pilot Accounting Courses must receive the appropriate training and follow the prescribed curriculum for students to be eligible for the qualifying examination. Currently there are five high schools in Kansas participating in this project; Emporia, Clearwater, Hutchinson, Manhattan and Washburn Rural. The Emporia State accounting faculty expects this participation to grow significantly with this statewide agreement in place.

“This dual credit program offers a great opportunity for high school students to get a head start on college-level accounting study,” said Dr. David Cordle, ESU provost and vice president for academic affairs. “In addition to the benefits to the students themselves, the program has real potential for positive impact on our state and its workforce.”

For more information on the School of Business at Emporia State University please visit www.emporia.edu/business or contact Jessica Buchholz at 620-340-2479 or by email at jbuchho1emporia.edu.

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The School of Business has job openings for Graduate Assistants and Student Workers for next semester (starting in January)! Below is link to fill out the application to apply. If you are interested, please fill out this application and email it or deliver it to Linda Orear by 10:30 am this Thursday (November 21st) in the Dean’s office (CH 202).
Graduate Students: you must also complete an application with Graduate Studies found here

(May 17 - 28, 2014)
Business Tour Opportunities to BMW, Mercedes, Bosch, Daimler, Bavarian Company, Triumph, Zeiss, Mapal, etc., and opportunities to visit numerous museums and historic sites in Stuttgart, Aalen, Munich, Lake Constance,
Rhine River, Cologne, Berlin, Heidelberg, etc., and more.
INCLUDES: Ground Transportation, Accommodations, Business Tours, Most Museum & Historic Site Admissions, and Some Meals
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 – 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 – 12:00 p.m. (noon)
Thursday, November 14, 2013 – 9:30 a.m.
International Travel & Tuition Scholarship Opportunities Available For Qualified Applicants On a Limited First-Come, First-Served Basis
Contact Dr. Jack Sterrett, Cremer Hall 411, 620-341-5729

CFO of the Year: Linda Sinnett

ESU Alum Linda Sinnett was named CFO of the Year by the Kansas City Business Journal.

Read the full story here.

Dine to Donate Flyer

ESU Marketing Club Fundraiser-Tuesday, October 22

There will be a fundraiser for ESU Marketing Club on Tuesday, October 22 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Applebee’s. This event, Dining to Donate, helps organizations raise money for future projects and events. Please support ESU Marketing Club on October 22. You can download a copy of the flier here. The flier confirms Applebee’s will donate a portion of your bill to this recognized student organization. If you have any questions, please contact the Marketing Club officer Jeff at jmille35@g.emporia.edu or Karson at kwilso16@g.emporia.edu.

Deena Wilson

School of Business Academic Advisor donates to Pantene Beautiful Lengths

Academic Advisor for the School of Business, Deena Wilson donated 10 inches of her locks to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, an organization that partners with the American Cancer Society to help women who are battling cancer. To-date this organization has donated 24,000 free real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society’s wig banks. “In the past few years, I have had friends who have battled with Cancer, and their fight has inspired me to make this type of donation,” remarked Wilson. This is not the first time that Wilson has donated. “I have donated to Locks of Love twice before”, Wilson said “I think both are great places to donate your hair, so I just wanted to give to both”. For more information on Pantene Beautiful Lengths please visit http://www.pantene.com/en-US/PanteneBeautifulLengths/Pages/default.aspx


School of Business Waives GMAT requirement based on students GPA

The School of Business has added a waiver to the GMAT admissions requirement for all School of Business Graduate Programs (except MSBE) starting in the spring semester of 2014. Requirements for the waiver are: Applicants who have an overall GPA of 3.50 or better from an AACSB-accredited undergraduate program are exempt from their having to take the GMAT or GRE. “Historically the GMAT exam helps Universities identify skills that students need to be successful in graduate programs. When looking at schools and colleges that are AACSB-accredited, such as the School of Business at Emporia State University, it is recognized that students follow a rigorous curriculum. The School of Business believes that students who have achieved this higher GPA from an AACSB-accredited school or college are already determined to have the academic abilities needed to complete our graduate programs” said Dr. Kristie Ogilvie, dean of the School of Business. “By waiving the GMAT requirement, the School of Business will remain competitive in graduate student recruitment and offer an additional component of flexibility during the admissions process to students that fulfill the criteria for the waiver”.



For more information, contact Dave Sparks, communications director, Emporia State University Alumni Association, dsparks@emporia.edu, 620-341-6479 (office), 620-339-9939 (cell).


Forward-thinking gift honors longtime Emporia State professor, heightens School of Business profile


EMPORIA, KAN. — A leadership gift enhancing Emporia State’s School of Business further demonstrates an Emporia couple’s lifelong commitment to the university and the community where it is located.

Motivating Dale and Carolyn Davis’s $100,000 gift to Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University is their belief in the potential of the School of Business to enhance the university and greater Emporia community while extending the school’s influence across Kansas and beyond.

The gift recognizes the service and achievement of Dr. John C. Rich, professor of accounting and information systems and director of student affairs and alumni for the AACSB International-accredited School of Business.

 “We want to express our appreciation for what Emporia State University has done for Carolyn and I and our family,” said Dale Davis. “It’s also our way of congratulating John Rich for his longtime service to Emporia State.”

“For me personally, this has been an overwhelming and humbling experience,” said Rich, a faculty member at Emporia State since 1968, and part of the leadership team for the Now & Forever campaign.

“The thoughtfulness of the Davises in recognizing me through this gift was unexpected and is one of the most meaningful things that I have ever experienced,” Rich continued.

The Emporia State Foundation hosted a reception at Emporia State’s Sauder Alumni Center on Friday, Oct. 11 to announce the gift and publicly thank the Davises for their generosity. The event featured bell chimes echoing from Silent Joe, the tower housing the bell that serves as audible evidence of success in the University’s comprehensive fund-raising campaign, echoing its “Silent No More” theme.

The Davises’ gift will support strategic marketing initiatives for the School of Business, including traditional materials such as viewbooks, pamphlets and newsletters. In addition, it will enable the school to deliver quality and effective advertising via channels never before possible, such as television, billboards and online.

“Their generosity means the School of Business will be able to extend its reach and heighten both the school and the quality programs we offer in Emporia, Kansas City and online. It’s a tremendous opportunity to further our marketing efforts,” said Dr. Kristie Ogilvie, School of Business dean.

For DenaSue Potestio, president/CEO of the Emporia State Foundation, the Davises’ gift celebrates the potential for future School of Business growth. “This is a leadership gift in the truest sense of philanthropy,” she said.

“Mr. and Mrs. Davis hope this gift will be an inspiration to other School of Business supporters to enhance their commitment,” Potestio continued.

“This is a wonderful example of how partnerships build success within the community,” said Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, Emporia State president. “Dale and Carolyn’s gift will make a profound difference in how the School of Business recruits and retains students and builds its reputation.”

Dale Davis is chairman of the board of directors of Sauder Custom Fabrication, specialists in the design and fabrication of custom vessels serving the world’s chemical, petrochemical, petroleum and power industries. A former member of the Emporia State Foundation board of trustees, he served on the search committee that helped select the current Foundation president. He is also a founding board member of the National Teachers Hall of Fame and is a member of the School of Business Council of Advisors. Carolyn Davis is retired from ESB Financial, where she served as vice president of marketing. Among other philanthropic gifts, the Davises have been major contributors to the Emporia Humanitarian Center, the Emporia Arts Council and numerous scholarships.

The couple has three children, two of whom earned elementary education degrees from Emporia State: Terri McAlister (BSE 1979) of Basehor and Becky Clopton Mayes (BSE 1983) of Emporia. Their son, Michael Davis, lives in Olpe and is employed at Sauder Custom Fabrication in sales.

AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, reaffirmed the Emporia State’s accreditation in 2012. AACSB accreditation is awarded to fewer than 5 percent of the world’s schools of business, and is a reflection of a commitment to quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Friday, October 4, 2013


For more information, contact Dave Sparks, communications director, Emporia State University Alumni Association, dsparks@emporia.edu, 620-341-6479 (office), 620-339-9939 (cell).


Momentum building in ‘Now & Forever’ campaign with upcoming announcement

EMPORIA, KAN. — Emporia State University’s School of Business is the focus of the next celebratory bell-ringing event at Emporia State next Friday, Oct. 11.

“We’re excited to invite the community to help us celebrate a leadership gift to the Now & Forever campaign,” said DenaSue Potestio, Foundation president and vice president for university advancement, noting that the festivities will include ringing Silent Joe, the bell in the stone tower southeast of Welch Stadium.

The gift recognizes the service and achievement of Dr. John C. Rich, professor of accounting and information systems and director of student affairs and alumni for the School of Business. Rich, a faculty member at Emporia State since 1968, is part of the leadership team for Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University.

Ringing the bell has become one of the campaign’s audible icons of success.

“Each time we receive a sizeable gift like the one we’re announcing next week, we ring Silent Joe to tell our supporters we’re ‘Silent No More,’” said Jennifer Denton, the Foundation’s vice president for administration and stewardship, echoing the comprehensive campaign’s theme.

“With this generous gift to the School of Business, we will be able to expand our reach and heighten our branding of both the School of Business and the quality programs we offer in Emporia, Kansas City and online,” said Dr. Kristie Ogilvie, dean of the School of Business.

The gift’s benefactors and their reasons for making it will be revealed during the celebration, scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. Oct. 11 at Sauder Alumni Center, 1500 Highland St., Emporia. The event is open to the public. RSVP to Michelle Corkins, mcorkins@emporia.edu or 620-341-6460. 

2013 Outstanding Recent Graduate - Jeremy Rusco

2013 Outstanding Recent Graduate - Jeremy Rusco, Owner of Dynamic Discs

BSB 2006 – Business Administration

Emporia, Kan.

Emporia is cementing its status as a mecca for alternative sports, particularly with the work that Jeremy Rusco has accomplished in the past few years. Disc golf is said to be one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States, partly because of Rusco’s work to promote the fast-growing sport.

Rusco owns Dynamic Discs in Emporia, a premier disc golf retailer that he started as an eBay company in 2005. The business has expanded from an attic to three different basements before settling into retail storefronts in Emporia, Kansas City, and Lewisville, Texas.

He was co-director of the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) Amateur and Junior Disc Golf World Championship tournament that attracted 550 of the world’s best amateur disc golfers to Emporia in July 2013.

Read more at the Emporia Gazette.

School of Business in the News

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New online MBA program coming from ESU School of Business

A new online Master of Business Administration degree at Emporia State University will provide advanced education in business administration to those seeking advancement to middle and upper managerial and executive positions. Emporia State’s School of Business will launch the new program in Spring 2014.

“Emporia State University has an extended market and alumni who would like to continue their education with an MBA from the School of Business if we can deliver in a distance format, since many cannot get to campus to complete their education” said Dr. Kristie Ogilvie, dean of the School of Business. “An online MBA enables the School of Business to deliver quality education and reach our market. We expect this program to grow, and we are looking forward to working with students in this extended market.”

Courses in the online MBA program will be taught by the current faculty in the School of Business and will incorporate and integrate courses in management, marketing, accounting, finance, information systems and strategy. The program will consist of 12 courses, or the equivalent of 36 credit hours.

“For many years Emporia State University has offered graduate programs aimed at professional development and career advancement, and this new online MBA program continues that tradition,” said Dr. David Cordle, Emporia State provost. “We believe that students will benefit from the program’s online delivery and from the quality that is characteristic of our School of Business.”

The new online MBA program is fully accredited by AACSB International, and is designed for business and non-business graduates who wish to receive their education with Emporia State University, but need the option of online classes. Besides accreditation and the convenience the program offers, the online MBA continues the School of Business’ reputation for affordability.

U.S. News and World Report named Emporia State’s School of Business the least expensive option for in-state students and ranked it in the top 10 of least expensive business schools for out-of-state students. In addition, there also are several scholarship opportunities for Emporia State graduate students.

“The new online MBA program gives us an opportunity to expand our graduate offerings,” said Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, president of Emporia State University, “which will enhance our overall enrollment.”

For more information on the program, email bizhornet@emporia.edu, or call Marketing and Recruitment for the School of Business at 620-341-5371, or visit www.emporia.edu/business.

Dr. Kalyan Chakraborty received 2013 Hind Rattan award

Dr. Kalyan Chakraborty with President Micheal Shonrock

Dr. Kalyan Chakraborty with President Micheal Shonrock

Dr. Kalyan Chakraborty, Professor of Economics at the School of Business at Emporia State University  received the 2013 Hind Rattan –or Jewel of India- award on Jan. 25, the eve of Republic Day, at the 32nd International Congress of NRIs sponsored by the NRI (Non-Resident Indians) Welfare Society of India. Dr. Manmohan Singh, prime minister of India, presented the 2013 award, which honors the outstanding contribution, services, achievements and accomplishments of Chakraborty in keeping the flag of India high in the world. Chakraborty, who has taught in Emporia State University’s School of Business since 2000, earned multiple degrees and worked in India before coming to the United States in the early 1990s to pursue higher education. Now a U.S. citizen, Chakraborty earned degrees in economics, marketing and sales management, law and business management from Indian universities. From 1978 to 1991, he worked as a sales account executive for the eastern division of Coal India Limited, a Government of India Enterprise, in Kolkata, India. Chakraborty earned a master’s degree in resource and recreational economics from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1994, and a doctorate in economics from Utah State University in 1998.

See more at: http://www.emporia.edu/news/01/17/2013/econ-professor-to-receive-jewel-of-india-award#econ-professor-to-receive-jewel-of-india-award/

Dr. Kalyan Chakraborty Receives Award

Dr. Kalyan Chakraborty Receives Award

Capitol Federal® Scholars Announced

For more information, contact DenaSue Potestio, Foundation president/CEO, 620-341-6464 (office), or Dave Sparks, communications director, Emporia State University Foundation, dsparks@emporia.edu, 620-341-6479 (office).

September 10, 2013

Capitol Federal® substantially upgrades Emporia State scholarship program

EMPORIA, KAN.— When Emporia State University introduces its next class of Capitol Federal® Scholars later this fall, the news will have an even sweeter ring for the students selected for the scholarship award. That’s because the scholarship’s benefactor, the Topeka-based Capitol Federal® Foundation, has doubled its commitment to the Capitol Federal Scholars Fund for this academic year at Emporia State, granting $80,000 for student scholarships.

“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.

“The Capitol Federal scholarship has allowed me to pursue my business degree and career aspirations while pushing me to further excel in my academics,” said Mallory Walden, a junior from Wichita majoring in Management Information Systems. “I am able to receive an outstanding education with help from CapFed and I am so grateful for that,” said Walden, a three-year recipient of Capitol Federal scholarship recognition.

Two more Capitol Federal Scholars see the multi-year program as an incentive to continue their hard work. “Not only has the scholarship helped financially, but it also has been a motivator to maintain a high level of success in my college education,” said Eric Wietharn, a junior Accounting major from St. Marys.

As a senior, Kristi Bretches has received Capitol Federal scholarship money each of her four years at Emporia State. “To me, the scholarship acts as a reward for all of the hard work I put in during the school year and it gives me extra motivation to continue doing well in my college education,” said Bretches, an Accounting major.

“This fall marks the 12th year of Capitol Federal driving excellence from our students in the School of Business at Emporia State University," said Dr. Kristie Ogilvie, the school’s dean.

“This generous scholarship program has assisted over 100 students financially during its existence. Many of the students who have received the Capitol Federal Scholarships while at Emporia State have gone on to exemplary professional careers,” Ogilvie said, listing Koch Industries, Ernst and Young, Grant Thornton, ConocoPhillips and the U.S. Department of Agriculture as some of the employers of Emporia State’s Capitol Federal Scholars.

A new component of the Capitol Federal partnership with Emporia State is creation of a scholarship program for student-athletes. The new Capitol Federal Athletic Scholars Fund will award scholarships to one or more male student-athletes and one or more female student-athletes each year. Those students’ names will be announced later this fall.

John Dicus, chairman, president and CEO of Capitol Federal Savings Bank, described his company’s longstanding support for education this way: “Education has a ripple effect, being the key to a person’s success, leading to the strength and development of the community. Knowing education makes such a difference, we continue to support the Capitol Federal Scholars Fund and the newly created Capitol Federal Athletic Scholars Fund offered to Emporia State University students.”

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.

Emporia State will host a luncheon recognizing its twelfth class of Capitol Federal Scholars and the new Capitol Federal Athletic Scholars in November. Students earning Capitol Federal Scholars recognition at that luncheon, their majors and hometowns will include:


Morgan Flowers, Business/Financial Service, Pratt

Tawni Griffey, Accounting, Norton

Chelsea Ingram, Business Administration, Topeka

Jeana Johnson, Accounting/Business Education, Topeka

Dallas Shafer, Business Administration, Emporia


Dylan Geissert, Business Administration, Hope

Kayla Lansing, Accounting, Leavenworth

Brittany Rees, Business Administration, Emporia

Betsy Teegardin, Accounting, Emporia

Anna Zimmerman, Business Administration, Topeka


Sara Dunkin, Business Administration, Topeka

Royce Franklin, Business Administration, Wichita

Nicole Rottinghaus, Marketing, Baileyville

Mallory Walden, Management Information Systems, Wichita

Eric Wietharn, Accounting, St. Marys


Stephanie Anderson, Accounting, Emporia

Kristi Bretches, Accounting, McPherson

Brynna Demotte, Business Administration, Topeka

Lindsey Holthaus, Accounting, Topeka

Victoria Slinkard, Management, Medicine Lodge


Zach Carlson, MBA, Topeka

Kelly Copp, MBA, Auburn

Chelsie Eagleburger, MBA, Emporia

Amanda Humphrey, MBA, Emporia

Krista Saylor, MBA, Newton

ESU Grad Scores Highest on the CPA exam in Kansas!

 Dean Krsitie Ogilvie, Jason Rowland, and Dr. John Rich

Dean Kristie Ogilvie, Jason Rowland, and Dr. John Rich

Jason Rowland( BSB in Accounting 2010 and MBA 2012) scored the highest in the state of Kansas during the 1st testing window of 2013 for CPA candidates who completed their fourth (and final) section of the Exam during that time period. Jason now works for TPP | Certified Public Accountants, LLC in Overland Park, KS

“The combination of ESU's quality curriculum, attentive faculty, and campus involvement options provided me ample opportunities for learning both in and out of the classroom. During my time in the MBA program, I learned a great deal through interaction with various School of Business faculty members. My professors were always available to answer my questions, offer career advice, or discuss any issues that were of concern to me. Their leadership and genuine desire to help me succeed were key factors that enabled me to develop the skills that I would need to enter the profession of accounting. My education and experiences at ESU prepared me for success on the CPA Exam and a successful start to my career.” Jason Rowland


Past Grads land jobs at KOCH Industries

Felix Bhatti

Felix Bhatti – Collaboration Analyst, Koch Business Services – December 2012 CIS Graduate

"I graduated in Dec 2012 with a degree in Computer Information Systems from the School of Business at Emporia State University. The information systems faculty has been instrumental in helping me develop industry-relevant, cutting-edge managerial and technical competencies crucial to my professional life. They encouraged the acquisition of not only theoretical knowledge but also stressed practical applications of subject matter.  Thanks to their support and encouragement, prior to graduation, I obtained placement at Koch Business Solutions based in Wichita as Collaboration Analyst. My time at ESU has been a truly rewarding experience and I would strongly recommend the Information Systems program at the School of Business as a foundation for a successful and fulfilling career."

Brandon Long

Brandon Long – Network Analyst, Koch Business Solutions – December 2012 CIS Graduate

“The instruction I received from the faculty and staff in the School of Business provided me with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the workplace, and the meaningful advice I received helped me grow personally and professionally.   During the summer prior to graduation, I completed an internship with Koch Industries in Wichita.  This was a very enjoyable and rewarding experience, as it allowed me to gain hands on experience in the information technology field while working in a professional business environment.  Upon the completion of my internship, I was offered a full time position with Koch Business Solutions.  Overall, my experience at Emporia State was exceptional and I would not be where I am today without the School of Business and its faculty.”

Matthew Wallace

Matthew Wallace – Application System Analyst, Flint Hills Resources – May 2012 CIS Graduate

“With the knowledge and skills I attained from the exceptional faculty at Emporia State University I was able to secure a job at Flint Hills Resources, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., well in advance of graduation. While working in IT you’re exposed to new systems and technologies that you may have never even heard of. The classes I took in the School of Business exposed me to a wide variety of areas within IT, and enabled me to adapt to an ever-changing industry. I am currently working as an application systems analyst where each day is a little different than the last, and that’s what makes going to work so easy. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been able to transition from a school that encourages you to reach your full potential, to a company that does the same. “